Independent Trek Vs Guide Trek

EBC TrekRecently, Trekking has been one of the revenues earning activity of Nepal. It can be done either as a Guide Trek or independent Trek depending on the level and budget available. It is one’s personal decision to make.

Independent Trek

Independent Trek refers to the trek where you hire a guide without consulting to any agencies. It seems to be easy and at the same time difficult too. Easy in the sense that you chose your guide independently according to your budget and can plan your trip accordingly. Similarly, it can be difficult as you have to find a guide who is trustworthy and suitably equipped for trekking and ensures your safety. Also, Tourists are not allowed to hire a guide directly in Nepal. It is against the rule.

Guide Trek

Guide Trek refers to the trek where you hire a guide who is legally organized through TAAN (Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal). Such kind of hiring is done if you trek through the help of registered agencies in Nepal. The agencies will be responsible for almost all your expenses expect some when you are in the Trek. Costs excluded are visa fee, Sightseeing entry fees, Personal expenses, Travel Insurance, trekking gears, Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver, and so forth.

In conclusion, Guide Trek superior to independent because it is safe and legal. Also, you do not have to worry about the accommodation and all. You can even change the Guide if you are doing Guide Trek.

Amazing places in Nepal

You may be going through many websites while planning your holiday in Nepal. It’s an obvious thing that you might get confused about where to go for, what to do, and about the new places to visit.
                   NO WORRIES!!!!!! Here in this blog, you will find out the best place to enjoy in detail.

1. Ghale Gaun

Ghale Gaun is a naturally beautiful place in Lamjung district. This naturally rich village is also famous for its cultural variety. It is mainly populated with the people of Gurung community. Hinduism and Buddhism are the main religion found in this village. The pine forests, the jungle of rhododendrons, and many other florae make Ghale Gaun amazing and radiant. The main attraction of Ghale Gaun is the view of the majestic western Himalayas, Ghatu dance celebrated in Basanta Panchami to the day of Baishak Purnima, an ethnic lifestyle of people, Talyngo Lake, Lami Lake, Kanya temple, Pempro fall, Batase cave, and the Khudi hydroelectric dam site. The travelers who wish to experience stunning natural beauty mixed with a unique ethnic lifestyle and homestay may find Ghale Gaun the best place to explore.

2. Balthali

Balthali village (1730m) is standing on a plateau, just beyond Panauti above 40 Km away from Kathmandu. Balthali lies at the junction of Roshi and Ladku rivers. It is on the hill surrounded by thick forest with many floras, colorful rhododendron and sal trees. While the backyard is dominated by high hills of lush green Mahabharat Range, the views are magnificent. The main attraction of Balthali village is Namobuddha, Indreshwor Mahadev, Bramayani Temple, view of snowy peaks of Dorjee Lhakpa, Panauti valley, and museum, and many more.

3. Ghorepani Poonhill

Ghorepani Poonhill is the stunning viewpoint at Annapurna region. One can have the best sunrise and the mountain ranges from Poonhill. On the way to Ghorepani, one has to pass through beautiful ethnic villages of Annapurna Region. The main attraction of Ghorepani Poonhill is sunrise, Gurung community with the unique culture and sound hospitality, view of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri and a few other such as Nilgiri, Machhhapuchhure, Lamjung Himal, Himchuli, and many more.

4. Chepang Hill

Chepang hill is one of the most fascinating places in Chitwan. One can enjoy the land of Chepang community and their lifestyle. It is the new attraction opened for travelers in Chitwan. Chepang people who are backward and endangered communities of Nepal can be benefited by visiting their society. Also, visiting Chepang Hill can aware people from outside as well as inside the country about the Chepang culture and communities. The main attraction of Chepang hill is culture, tradition, and lifestyle of Chepang, less touristic and new trekking trail, natural beauty and many more.

 

 

“Nepal” It’s just amazing

Annapurna Circuit Short Trek

Nepal is a secular state which is geographical, religiously, culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse with the full range of amusements and incredible panorama. Nepal is the favored destination in the world for trekking, mountaineering, whitewater rafting, wildlife safari and other many different adventure activities due to its extreme high Himalayan ranges and incredible biodiversity. Nepal is one of the best countries in the world for a cultural and historical tour with its long history, fascinating art and distinctive and varied architecture. Nepal’s natural beauty and common tradition and culture are widely famous for their uniqueness and charm to the world. Nepal travel is an exciting jumble of fascinating land of ancient history, vibrant, colorful culture and tolerant people. Nepal is one of the wealthiest countries in the world in term of bio-diversity due to its unique geographical position, a wonderful gift of nature and altitude variation. Of all the 14 peaks above 8000m in the world, eight are located in Nepal.

Nepal is also known to be the land of Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest, 8848m), the highest peak in the world with other 1310 mountain peaks. Other peaks in Nepal are Kanchenjunga, Cho-Oyo, Makalu, Manaslu, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Lhotse, etc. Trekking is by far the most significant tourism industry in Nepal attracting climbers from all over the globe. Nepal trekking presents walking around, ground of yaks and yetis, Stupas and legendary Sherpa, the most outstanding celebration escapade trekking in Nepal onward and travelers target with remarkable countryside side, the summit of the highest mountains in the world, snow white Himalaya passes, glaciers and ice falls, superlative Himalaya landscapes and remote framework.

In Nepal, wide range of the earth’s topography and climate zones including a diverse range of ecosystem from tropical jungles of the Terai to the arctic conditions of Himalaya highlands. Nepal has the most magnificent sceneries in the world and the great variety of flora and fauna. Nepal is home to 167 species of mammals, 50 amphibian, 130 reptiles, 863 birds and more than 6000 pieces of plants. Nepal’s 20 protected areas cover 23.23 percent of its land. Its ten national parks, three wildlife reserves, six conservations areas and one hunting reserve cover various geographical locations from the sub-tropical Terai jungles to the Arctic Himalayan region. UNESCO lists two of Nepal’s natural areas as Natural World Heritage Sites namely Chitwan National Park and Sagarmatha National Park. Lots of conservation areas as Sagarmatha Conservation, Langtang National Park, and Annapurna Conservation Project, etc. have been successful to preserve the rare and endangered species of wildlife and vegetation abundantly.

Nepal is the land where Gautam Buddha was born – Buddha, the symbol of peace. Nepal is a “paradise on the earth” due to her common culture, hidden traditions, people’s different ethnicity and custom. Nepal is rich with many temples and historical places full of architectural interest that display great craftsmanship and artistic ingenuity. Numerous religious and social festivals are celebrated all year round and are part of the rich, religious and traditional heritage of people from this part of the world. Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Patan are the culturally and traditionally essential cities for observing the diverse Nepalese religions. Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Christians, and people of other faiths live together here in perfect harmony.

Nepal has a composite population stemming from various racial and ethnic communities. Nepalese people are renowned for the welcome and hospitality they offer to visitors who remember it more than any other. Nepalese are naturally a friendly, welcoming people. We enjoy meeting people from around the world and are proud to share our beautiful country with you. Despite extensive common grounds shared with neighboring India and China, the people stands a world of their own, offering astray from the routine of everyday life for visitors who come here seeking a break. The diverse mosaic of various races and ethnic groups has given Nepal its distinct character and culture.

Nepal‘s climate varies with its topography. It ranges from tropical to alpine depending upon the altitude. The Terai region which lies in the tropical southern part of the country, for instance, has a hot & humid climate. The Midland areas are pleasant almost all year round although winter nights are cold. The northern mountain region, around an altitude of 3353 m has an alpine climate with a considerably lower temperature in winter as can be expected. In the north, summers are cool and winters severe, while in southern summers are tropical and winters are mild. Even in December and January, when winter is at its sharpest, there are compensating bright sun and brilliant views. Some places of Nepal have yet remained unspoiled or untamed; that is full of wilderness ecological and cultural museums. Jungle Safari tour in Nepal is a great way to relax discovering the best of viewing flora and fauna and the original local people and culture along watching wild animals and scenery. Nepal is a predominantly rural society and its rich culture, and ethnic diversity is best experienced in its villages. The country is recognized as a beautiful, sociable and tranquil destination for village tourism. The prominence of Nepal is admired for hiking which endows with impressive sights of the mountains and the deep valleys.

There are several things to do when exploring the heights of Nepal including trekking, rock climbing, Cannoning, kayaking, paragliding, mountain biking, Peak climbing, and mountaineering. Some visitors in Nepal come not just to witness the beautiful scenery but to expand their mind and spirit as there are courses in meditation, yoga, and massage available in many of the towns and cities in Nepal. Nepal travel proves to be a great experience and adventure that you will have an unforgettable and exciting time, with memories to treasure for years to come. Nepal can be perfect for people with long or short duration holiday visit. So now is the time to brace you for the break-away to experience the most amazing and adventurous Nepal with exhilarating exploration.

Famous Buddhist monasteries in Nepal

1.    Bouddhanath Monastery

Temples in Nepal
Bouddhanath Monastery, Nepal’s largest monastery located east of Kathmandu. It is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the world. Boudhanath Stupa is one of Nepal’s most holy sites for the Buddhist faith. The atmosphere of the whole place lightens up with zest as the fragrance of incense drifts through the air. This Stupa, a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site, is included in the World Heritage Cultural site list by UNESCO. After the Chinese invasion in 1959, Tibetans in thousands came to this famous Buddhist Chaitya and energized the Stupa. In the Tibetan New Year, the most popular festival Lhosar celebrated here every February.

2.    Swoyambhunath Monastery

Temples in Nepal
Swayambhunath Monastery is a traditional Buddhist shrine that sits on a hilltop of the Kathmandu valley. It is regarded as one of the oldest Monastery in the world. The word Swayambhunath means “the self-existent” in English. It is a prominent pilgrimage place for many Buddhists and Hindus around the world. The temple is also known as the monkey temple, the large tribe of monkeys can be seen every time. Swayambhunath Monastery is complete with Buddha eyes looking out across the valley, an iconic symbol. This Swayambhunath monastery offers an opportunity to study the religious harmony.  It is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu Valley.

3.    Kopan Monastery

Kopan monastries
Kopan the Tibetan Buddhist monastery situated on the hillock behind the Bouddhanath Stupa. Located at the top of Kopan Hill, the Kopan Monastery, and Tibetan Buddhist home with over 300 monks. Dominated by a magnificent Bodhi tree, it was once the home of the astrologer to the king of Nepal. The Kopan Monastery also offers a panoramic view of the town of Boudha below and the spectacular Himalayan mountain range. More than hundreds of visitors come to visit here yearly from around the world.

4.    Namoduddha Monastery

Namo-Buddha
Namo Buddha a magnificent Buddhist monastery lies 38 km east of Kathmandu with 1,750 meters. Namo Buddha is one of the most important pilgrim sites in the valley, particularly for Tibetan Buddhists. In one of his previous lives as a prince, it was here that the Buddha gave up his body out of compassion for a starving tigress and her cubs. It has a fantastic story concerned with the Buddha which is commemorated by an ancient stone slab and a Stupa with the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. This holy land is very relaxing and comfortable places. Namo Buddha temple is designed by Thrangu Rinpoche as a representation of the three yana or path; it is beautiful, elegant and filled with symbolic meaning as befits this holy Buddhist pilgrimage place.

5.    Lumbini Monastery

Maya Devi Temple
Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha is one of the most popular holiest pilgrimage places in the world. Lumbini is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the four significant Buddhist sacred places commemorating the most significant events in the Buddha’s life.  Each reflects the unique interpretation of Buddhism of its home nation, and together the monasteries create a fascinating map of world Buddhist philosophy. Attractive part of Lumbini is the temple of Maya Devi. This temple, dedicated to the mother of Lord Buddha- Maya Devi, was excavated a few years ago. The main attraction of Lumbini remains the Sacred Mayadevi Temple, Ashoka Pillar, sacred pond, China Temple, etc. The shrines and monasteries built by different countries and in different times reflect the architectural traditions of the respective states and thus giving Lumbini an international feel with a message of universal friendship and brotherhood.

 

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Most Sacred Hindu Temples

Generally, Hinduism is regarded as the world’s oldest organized religion. Most forms of Hinduism are henotheistic religions. They recognize a single deity and view other Gods and Goddesses as manifestations or aspects of that supreme God. Henotheistic and polytheistic religions have traditionally been among the world’s most religiously tolerant faiths. Here we present you some of the sacred Hindu temples and religious centers in the world.

Pashupatinath Temple

Pasupatinath Temple
Pashupatinath, or Pashupati, is a Hindu temple on the banks of the Bagmati River in Deopatan, a village 3 km northwest of Kathmandu. Regarded as one of the four sacred Hindu temples in the world the shrine of Pashupatinath is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Built in the 17th century the temple glitters in gold and silver. The two famous, pagoda styled temple features roofs made of gold plates and four entrances at four directions of silver, portraying artistic works of highly skilled artisans. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to pay homage to this temple that is also known as ‘The Temple of Living Beings.’

Muktinath Temple

Muktinath Temple
Muktinath is a sacred place both for Hindus and Buddhists located in Muktinath Valley at an altitude of 3,710 meters at the foot of Thorong La mountain pass Mustang district, Nepal. The Hindus call the sacred place Mukti Kshetra, which means the “place of salvation.” Mainly the temple is a predominant SriVaishnava origin and worshipped by Buddhists. The main shrine of Muktinath is a pagoda-shaped temple dedicated to the Lord Vishnu. The statue is of gold and is tall enough to compare with a man.

This Sanskrit name Muktinath itself has religious overtone and a sort of emotional ring to it for the devout Hindus. This words separation two word Mukti & Nath. Mukti means Salvation and Nath mean god and Nirvana, so it holds great significance for all spiritual people in the south Asian subcontinent. Muktinath (the provider of salvation) has been one such holy site, where thousands of devotees flock for attaining the much sought after moksha (freedom) from the cycle of birth and rebirth.

Budhanilkantha Temple

Budhanilkantha
Budhanilkantha Temple is located at the base of Shivapuri Hill within the Kathmandu valley on the northern side. It is also known as mystical Budhanilkantha temple or Narayanthan temple. Budhanilkantha means “Old Blue Throat.” The deity is about a thousand years old. Lord Vishnu is about five meters (Seventeen fits) long and lying in a thirteen meter (forty-three fits) long tank as if floating with his legs crossed with his sleeping body resting on the coils of Ananta and his 11 hooded head. His four hands hold the four symbols of Vishnu, the Shankha as the conch shell, Chakra as disc, Gadha as club and Padma as the lotus flower. It is believed that the deity was carved in the seventh or eighth century during the Licchavi period.

Prambanan Temple
Prambanan is a Hindu temple in Central Java, Indonesia. The temple was built in 850 CE and is composed of 8 main shrines and 250 surrounding smaller ones. Nearly all the walls of the temple are covered in exquisite bas relief carvings, which narrate stories of Vishnu’s incarnations, adventures of Hanuman the Monkey King, the Ramayana epic and other legends. Though not the biggest temple in Indonesia (Borobudur is larger – see below), Prambanan makes up in beauty and grace for what it lacks in size.

Srirangam Temple
The Temple of Srirangam (Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple) in the Indian city of Tirmarcate enclosures within enclosures; each more sacred than the next, with the inner-most enclosure is forbidden to non-Hindus.

Shaivism Temple
Shaivism
 also was known as Shaivam (lit. “Associated with Shiva”), is one of the four most widely followed sects of Hinduism, which reveres the god Shiva as the Supreme Being. Followers of Shaivism, called “Shaivas,” and also “Saivas” or “Shaivites,” believe that Shiva is All and in all, the creator, preserver, destroyer, revealer and concealer of all that ive: it encompasses an area of over 150 acres (63 hectares) with seven concentric walls, the outermost being about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) long! The walls demarcate enclosures within enclosures; each more sacred than the next, with the inner-most enclosure is forbidden to non-Hindus.

Shaivism Temple
Shaivism
 also was known as Shaivam (lit. “Associated with Shiva”), is one of the four most widely followed sects of Hinduism, which reveres the god Shiva as the Supreme Being. Followers of Shaivism, called “Shaivas,” and also “Saivas” or “Shaivites,” believe that Shiva is All and in all, the creator, preserver, destroyer, revealer and concealer of all that is. Shaivism is widespread throughout India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

The temple is designed to dissolve the boundaries between man and the divine. Not merely his abode, the temple ‘is’ God. God and therefore by implication the whole universe is identified with the temple’s design and actual fabric. The ground plan is perhaps the best example. The Vastu Shastras describe it as a symbolic, miniature representation of the cosmos. It is based on a strict grid made up of squares and equilateral triangles which are imbued with profound religious significance.

 

All you need to know about “Nepal”

PatanLots of question come to your mind when you plan to travel to a new place. Same questions may arise when you think of Nepal.

Why Nepal?

Nepal is a beautiful country with a distinct culture and tradition. It is not only famous from the religious view, but also it is the naturally gifted place. Traveling in Nepal means experiencing a great spirit and beauty of Nature. Out of the 14 highest peaks, eight peaks lies in Nepal with World’s highest mountain “Mt.Everest.”
It is said that Trekking was born in Nepal. It was started when Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay first climbed the summit of Mt.Everest. There are lots of trekking routes that you can go for with your choice. Everest Base Camp trekking, Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, Langtang Valley trek, Manaslu trek and so forth are the popular treks of Nepal. Similarly, there are the choices for the tour too like Kathmandu Rim Trek, Pokhara tour, Chitwan National Park tour, etc. Likewise, Adventures trekking like Bunjee Jumping, Zip flyer, Paragliding, mountain biking, is also the popular ones.

Is Nepal Safe to travel?

Due to the religious nature and kindness in people, Nepal seems to be safe compared to most of the countries around the world. Hospitable people and their welcoming heart are amazing things that you can experience and learn.
After the disastrous Earthquake, the question of safety while traveling can appear in your mind. Not to worry the trekking routes were not much destroyed and the thing that was damaged is constructed and ready to be explored.

What are the best seasons for trekking and Touring in Nepal?

The most important thing is the weather. You need to plan your holidays when you will be able to explore the places with good weather and when you can see the unobstructed view of nature. For details click here.

Accommodation and Fooding

Accommodations are mostly available with sharing basis, but if you pay a little more, you can get your private room. Talking about the remote places, it is hard to find the perfect hotel, so you need to stay in tea houses. Tea houses are also good with all the facilities that you need, but it is hard to find the single room as they are in the remote regions. Similarly, food is available on your choice.

There may be still lots of question in your mind. Do not hesitate to ask us in the comment section below. We will love to help you out. Thank you

 

 

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