Day Tour around Patan Durbar Square

Patan, called as the city of fine arts is the small and beautiful artistic city near from the main center of Kathmandu and has remained a masterpiece and one the best cultural tour destination inside Kathmandu Valley.

As soon as we reach the square, at first the parallel view of the cultural city is spectacular from the roof top opposite of the main entrance. This gives the sense of the civilization that evolved in ancient Kathmandu. The iconic Krishna Temple is the supreme combination of arts with the religion. The whole epic Mahabharat and Ramayana has been inscribed in this beautiful stone temple. Hats off to the Artists.

Equally praiseworthy is palace and palace museum. And this is so amazing to pass by the local elders who just stay in the resting places and share their memories with one another. The locals use this place as the best hang outs zone as well.

Beside Durbar Square, it’s recommended to go to Golden Temple, which is one the sacred Buddhist temple in Kathmandu valley. The oldest temple of Patan is Kumbheswor which is said to be erected in 12th century. The statue of GAJALAXMi which is the oldest one in Nepal is also in Patan, near Chyasal. This is the symbolic manifestation of the Ganesh and Laxmi being together, both the icons of prosperity.

The narrow allies, called as Gallies are also worth passing through. The temple of Mahaboudha is also one the Shikhara Style Buddhist Temple which is inspired from the Temple of Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya.  Mahaboudha is the corner to see the Buddhist sculpture.

Now still there are lots more to see exclusive of Patan Darbar Square. We can visit Ashokan Stupa at Pulchowk. This is one of the four Stupas that the great emperor Ashoka erected around 3rd century B.C in a mission to make 84000 Stupas all over the world in order to spread the teaching of Buddha. There are four other stupas in Patan of such type.

 

 

Patan has lot to offer.

If You’ve Got the Time, We’ve Got the Place. We have our expertise to give the best glimpse of the civilization of the middle age.

My date with the Baba Sadhus at Pasupatinath

The cultural tours in Nepal are most probably the best experiences in lifetime and among them the funeral tour in Pashupatinath is the one of the best heartbreaking moment that one can have in his lifetime. Going into Pashupatinath this morning with my guide Shiva was unforgettable to say the least. I would be lying if I said I was not a little bit nervous.

 

 

 

The previous thoughts I had of the burial site, my position and privilege as an observer and nevertheless, a western tourist disappeared in the back of my mind as I embraced death, dying, and life up close. Instead, a sense of calmness overcame me as I entered the site. Things I had only seen in documentaries or read about in my past became reality.

As a cultural tour for me, It was beautifully tragic to watch families mourn their loved ones but also a regain sense of closure of a human being’s life. As my guide puts it, death is a universal truth. It is inescapable. It is inevitable. Yet, it brings us together. The beauty in the architecture, placement, and the detailing in the stones of the temples is something that you will notice right away, let alone the historical and ancient feel of the atmosphere.

However, the juxtaposition in the atmosphere and location of human activity was noteworthy. Just above, on the second level, one can see gatherings of people chanting religious songs about life and the living while below, families prepare ceremonial rituals for their passed loved ones according to either their buddhist or hindu faith. The complete emotional contrast between the two levels was stunning and ironic, leaving me lost for words.

During your tour to Nepal, the babas in Pashupatinath Temple are the real miracles of renunciation who have no desire with them , still love have a short modeling with the western tourist, with which they are content and get something to serve their belly. After watching a these death rituals I thought it would be fun to pose with some of the Sadhus and Shiva joked that this was my opportunity at speed dating to which I took him upon that offer.

After all, they are beautifully detailed pieces of living art. I truly admired the lengths that some Sadhus would go to, making sure that you leave with a smile on your face as well as incredibly silly and beautiful photos. Pashupatinath was a remarkable experience to experience the cultural tour in Nepal and I would recommend anyone that is visiting Nepal to not overlook it. I can easily say that it is one of the few and most genuinely honest places that you will visit in this world.

 

Boudhanath Back to the Shape: Resilience in action

Visit to Boudhanath Stupa is the true symbolization of Nepalese power of resilience. The regular visitor to Boudha may see the change, Boudhanath back to the shape.

Earthquake 2015 was a devastated the UNESCO world heritage sites badly, among them was this Stupa, one the  biggest and greatest for the followers of Tibetan Buddhism. One would simply burst into tears to see the beautiful Stupa converted into rubbles.

The massive reconstruction campaign done by BADC is going to make it the first successful reconstruction project of heritage sites after the earthquake 2015. Unbelievable! 30 kg gold has already been used and more still required.

This Stupa is supposed to have the relics of the Kashayapa Buddha, and also connected with the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, Guru Rimpoche! Thus is a sacred site for all.

 Now it’s time again to be there to observe this beautiful creation of devotion and dedication on its same original form, a true Buddhist experience in its original form.

Nepal as a GAP Year Travel Destination

Taking a Gap year is now becoming phenomenal with the youngsters in almost all the economies; developed, developing or emerging. After the declaration of White House in 2016 regarding the gap year of daughter Obama , it  again became as huge discussion topic  about taking a gap year, basically regarding  the destinations , experiences and the future impacts.

As taking a Gap Year is trending, it is not only for spending the time in vain but also creating a meaningful impact in the future.  After spending a gap year semester after High school, it should reflect in terms of their problem solving and decision making through self confidence building.  So, a decision to select a gap year destination becomes crucial when it comes into the positive results.

Mardi Himal Trekking by GAP Year in Nepal
Mardi Himal Trekking by GAP Year in Nepal

Prior selecting the destination its essential to know about the GAP Year opportunities in the destination. Thus, the decision should be taken with full attention and care. Such destinations maximize the gap year experiences aiding further in the personality development where there is perfect harmony between the aspirations of the participants and gap year volunteering opportunities.

Lonely planet nominated Nepal as the best valued travel destination for year 2017 and Nepal usually makes its place in different travel nominations as a top 10 travel destination for the adventure lovers. Being the best valued destination, Nepal is again the best valued destination for the gap year travelers too.

Nepal has turned as tourism hotspot for the adventure lovers because of the mountains, Himalayas and the culture. This makes Nepal a unique destination for the travelers and specifically the gap year travelers. These experiences have been proven to pull up the enthusiasm for the gap year travelers around the globe for taking up the new challenges of their life. To summarize the gap year experiences and opportunities in Nepal:

  • Unrivalled cultural immersion experiences due to wide variety of festivals, ethnicity, and the lifestyle.
  • Nature and green travel opportunities due to serene landscape
  • True experience of a traditional living due to the existence of villages and community life
  • Adventure travel experiences through the best trekking trails of the world.
  • Ancient Spiritual experiences with close connection with Buddhism and Hinduism
  • Wild Life and Jungle safari experiences in the preserved national parks
  • Participation in community volunteering activities such as teaching, women entrepreneurship, health and sanitation, environment and etc
  • Adventure sports such as rafting, paragliding, bungee for making prepared for real life adventure.
  • Cost effective travel in comparison with the other developing economies.

Nepal is thus one the best of the Gap Year travel destination for the gap year travelers around the globe.  Its going to be the life changing moments for all those gap year travelers who spend their valuable gap year in their life.

GAP Year in Nepal

Somersaulting in Poonhill: Lifetime memorable Trekking experience in Nepal.

It’s going to be hard work today crossing all those 3500 steps of Millennium Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ulleri. Keep going up, these steps will end for your lunch break, with the excellent view of Annapurna South. You have to search the pain again.

Still 2 hours to reach Ghorepani but be excited, tomorrow is going to be the highlights of this small Annapurna Circuit with the highest altitude of 3218 m in Poonhill.  Now you need to wait for the welcome door, which says Welcome to Ghorepani.  Be fully relaxed!  You can take a shower.

Ghorepani is now fully facilitated with the hot shower with the attached bathroom class Tea Houses. It’s simply the best destination for anyone; old or young, foreign or native; Groups or the individuals. Thus there has been a significant improvement in the hotel facilities in Ghorepani.

Now its time for the excitement as tomorrow the sunrise and it takes around 45 minutes to reach the hill top of Poonhill. A grazing ground for the indigenous Poons of that area which is now a piece of a heaven for the Himalaya fans.

By the time sun rises be ready to somersault in this top of the hill. Or just take a simple Gymnastic or simply jump. You feel that you are being lifted up, a rarest experience being close to the Himalayas. Capture those moments. It looks like you are jumping higher than 8000m.

 Not a fantasy!  You are going to feel it.