Siddhartha Gautam, the prince was born in the Kingdom in Nepal who later found the enlightenment in India and came to be known as Gautam Buddha. Beautiful Buddhist monasteries and stupas over the relics have become an inseparable part of Nepalese & Indian art, culture and architecture.
Nalanda was once a world center for Buddhism and its philosophy until it disappeared suddenly in 13th century except for the small kingdoms in the hilly tracts.
Early 20th century saw re-emergence of Buddhism and even today some of the famous pilgrimage sites in India & Nepal related to Buddhism attract large number of devotees and visitors every year. Most of them are situated around the River Ganges. The significant sites to be visited as great Buddhist centres are Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath, Shravasti, Kushinara Sankashaya, Nalanda, Rajgir, Sanchi stupa and other cave temples as in Ajanta and Ellora.
Lumbini is the birthplace of Buddha and the site is marked by ruins a great stupa and pillar by Emperor Ashoka. Buddha finally got enlightenment in Bodhgaya, when he was 29 years old, under the Bodhi tree, which seems to have eternal life as it keeps sprouting even after destroyed completely.
The Mahabodhi temple and a monastic order looking after the three monasteries are things of interest here. Sarnath monasteries from 3rd century B.C. to the 1st century C.E. are in ruins now. The key factors of Buddhism such as the four noble truths and the philosophy of moderation were taught here. There is Shravasti, where there are several legends about Buddha’s miracles said to be performed there and there is Sankashaya, where there are no temples and monasteries but is still a revered place because it was here that Buddha was said to be descended from the Tushita Heaven. Nalanda, Rajgir, Sanchi Stupa, Amravati, and cave temples of Ajanta and Ellora are the preferred Buddhist pilgrimage spots in Buddhist circuit.
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Nepal is especially rich for Pilgrimage Tour as Nepal until recently was the only Hindu country in the world before it adopted secularism. With vast majority of people following Hindu religion, Nepal has many pilgrimage destinations for not only Hindus but also Buddhists. The Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal takes you to several places and temples where devotees throng to worship their favoured Hindu deity including the likes of Lord Shiva, Vishnu and many others. Nepal is also known as the land of Himalayas and Himalaya being the abode of Lord Shiva and Parvati, Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal holds special significance for the pilgrims. During the course of Pilgrimage Tour, visitors can get to see temples with different styles and architectures. According to the Veda, the holy Hindu scripture, there are close of 33 croregod and goddesses in Nepal. And no wonders, people have made various Shakti Peeths—energy centers– like Jogeshwori, Pathibhara and so on, mostly on the top of the mountains. Some of the pilgrimage sites like Gosainkunda, Muktinath, Baraha Chhetra etc. are situated in remote locations but they are extremely popular in Nepal as they constitute some of the important destinations for Pilgrimage Tour.
It is believed that holiness and God cannot be detached from the Nepalese people. Nepal is no less than ecstasy for the purpose of religion and religious tour. Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal will offer a pleasant culture, unique tradition and sacred pilgrimage which will refresh your body, mind and spiritual side. In the past, people encoded several things artistically in the forms of temples and sculptures as a part of Nepali culture. Those things are valuable treasures for the Nepalese people now. One of the nearer and dearer sacred places for Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal is Pashupatinath temple, the holiest Lord Shiva shrine in entire South Asia. Every year, thousands of pilgrims from different corners of the world visit this scared temple. Besides that, Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha, Swayambunath and Bouddha stupas are popular pilgrimage destinations for the Buddhist pilgrims in Nepal. Apart from them, Muktinath temple in Mustang district and the Gosainkunda pond in Rasuwa are of major significance for the pilgrimage tour. Most of the sacred pilgrimage destinations are situated in the remote locations of Nepal and hence it also provides fair chances of trekking and hiking opportunities for ones interested in pilgrimage tour. This is almost like passing an examination, for if you are able to cross the trail you can worship the deities and get spiritual satisfaction.
This is an ideal introduction to the delights of Nepal, with a variety of activities through which to see and experience many aspects of this magnificent country. For history and culture we explore Kathmandu: the narrow streets, temples, stupas and pagodas of the city and the surrounding valley have an almost mediaeval atmosphere. For magnificent mountain views we visit Nagarkot before heading westward to the old capital of Gorkha and on to Pokhara, set in a subtropical valley, where we walk in the hills beneath the mighty Annapurnas. For wildlife we visit Chitwan National Park, home to the Indian rhino and Bengal tiger, from where we explore the park by canoe, on an elephant and by foot.
The energetic can even fit in an optional day rafting on the Trisuli River. This trip is a chance to see some of the most majestic mountains on earth, to experience the sheer charm of Nepal’s culture, and to meet a hospitable and cheerful people living beneath the snow-capped Himalay.
Capital of Nepal, the mystical valley Kathmandu is Nepal’s biggest and most cosmopolitan city, a meeting place of a dozen ethnic groups, and the home town of the Newars. Orientation and arrival and Arriving by air.
For every Nepal visitor, the Himalayan range awes and fascinates. Mt. flight is one of the biggest attractions for the Himalayas. For those who are restricted by time or other constraints mountains flights offer the alternate to climbing and ensure a lasting memory of the highest peaks on earth.
Mt. Everest is more than just the highest mountain the world, it is the reason why you are here, to see it, to take pictures, to climb it can be as close to it as possible. While on board, you will able to see of course the highest peak in the world – Mount Everest, which is 8848 m (29029 ft.) and other eight peaks in Nepal which stands above 8000 meter high among the fourteen all over the world, such as Lhotse (8516 m), Nuptse (7855 m), Amadablam (6812 m), Chamlang (7319 m), Makalu (8463 m), Gauri Shankar (7134 m), Langtang Lirung (7234 m), Annapurna (8,091 m), Manasalu (8,136 m), Ganesh (7,429 m), Kanchenjunga (8,586), etc.
The flight takes off from Kathmandu airport to Everest. A guaranteed window seat for every passenger ands access to the cockpit ensures more than a birds-eye view, almost an angelic spectacle, of Everest and the Himalayan panorama. That’s the Everest Experience a memory to cherish for a lifetime.
The mountain flights are operated by the domestic airlines. It is a guaranteed flight, which means operated only when the weather is good and view is satisfactory. At the present, there are two main Airlines companies who offer Mt. flights.
This stupa, having hundreds of voltive shrines and other historical monuments in and around it, was built in 250 B.C. This is the largest stupa in Nepal and it displays typical Buddhist architecture. It is 3 km west of Kathmandu city and is situated on a hillock about 77m above the level of the Kathmandu Valley and hence commands an excellent view of the Valley. This white dome is regarded as a spotless and pure jewel of Nirvana. It has thirteen tiers, representing the elevator to Nirvana, and a pair of painted eyes on all four sides of this stupa, symbolizing the all seeing eyes of the Buddha. This stupa is the oldest of its kind in Nepal and was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument List in 1979.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
It is also known as Hanuman Dhoka Durbar, used to be the residence of the Nepali royal family and administrators. This ancient palace lies in the heart of the city. It consists of huge Royal palace with different temples, inside as well as outside the temple, dating from the 15th to the 18th century. This palace is named after Hanuman, the monkey god, as a stone statue of Hanuman is placed right next to the main entrance protecting the whole palace. Interesting things to see here are: Taleju Temple built by King Mahendra Malla in 1549 AD, the temple of Kal Bhairav, the God of destruction, Nautalle Durbar, Coronation Nasal Chowk, the Gaddi Baithak, the statue of King Pratap Malla, the Big Drum and the Jagannath Temple. It was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument list in 1979. There are also the numismatic museum and Tribhuvan Museum inside the Hanuman Dhoka Palace building. Photography is prohibited inside the museums.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Situated at an altitude of 1,401 m, Bhaktapur covers an area of four square miles. Bhaktapur or “the Cityof Devotees” still retains the medieval charm and visitors to this ancient town are treated with myriad wonders of cultural and artistic achievements. The past glory of the Malla rulers continues to be reflected at the Durbar Square. Pottery and weaving are its traditional industries. The city lies about 14 km east of Kathmandu. The ancient city of Patan, lying 5 km southeast of Kathmandu, is known as the city of fine arts. The city is full of Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments. The diversity of the medieval culture that allowed both Hinduism and Buddhism to flourish has left a rich legacy of impressive sightseeing in this city for today’s visitors.
Nagarkot, located 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu, is one of the most scenic spots in Bhaktapur district and is renowned for its spectacular sunrise view of the Himalaya when the weather is clear. Visitors often travel to Nagarkot from Kathmandu to spend the night so that they can be there for the breathtaking sunrise. Nagarkot has become famous as one of the best spots to view Mount Everest as well as other snow-topped peaks of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. It also offers an excellent view of the Indrawati river valley to the east. With an elevation of 2,195 meters, Nagarkot also offers a panoramic view of the Valley and is described by visitors as a place whose beauty endures year round.
Many visitors prefer to visit Nagarkot in the spring when surrounding valleys break out in a rich kaleidoscope of different coloured flowers. The flowers are beautiful against the serene backdrop of the snow-covered mountains. Ever popular among the tourists are the short treks and picnics which Nagarkot offers. Treks from Nagarkot are unique and delightful. For anyone who wants to have an adventure without exerting much efforts, a hike to Nagarkot’s surrounding areas would be a good option. One can traverse short distances on trekking trails and come close to nature’s wonders such as the outer of verdant forests, flower-covered meadows and unusual rock formations.
What’s really great
Most of the people coming up here for the views simply park themselves on a terrace or prop themselves up in bed at dawn. However, if you want an even better view than the one from your lodge, hike an hour from Nagarkot to the viewing tower that can be seen to the south. From this tower, you can even see Mount Everest, which isn’t visible from the lodges at Nagarkot. While the top activity at Nagarkot is sitting back and gazing at the long wall of snow-covered peaks that stretches off into the distance, this is also a great place to get an idea of what trekking is all about. Several long day hikes are possible from Nagarkot, and destinations include Bhaktapur and the temple complexes such as Sankhu, Changu Narayan, and Vajra Jogini. These hikes can be done as part of your return trip to Kathmandu, as round-trip hikes (though with arduous climbs back up to Nagarkot), or as one-way hikes utilizing buses or a taxi for the return trip to Nagarkot.
Phewa Lake, the second largest lake in the Country, is the center of all attraction in Pokhara. It is the largest and most enchanting of the three lakes that add to the resplendence of Pokhara. Here, one can sail or row a hired boat across to the water or visit the island temple in its middle. The eastern shore, popularly known as lakeside or Baidam, is the favorite home base for travellers and is where most of the hotels, restaurants and handicraft shops are located.
The Barahi temple is the most important monument in Pokhara, Built almost in the center of Phewa Lake, this two-storied pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima, the protectress deity representing the female force Shakti. Devotees can be seen, especially on Saturdays, carrying male animals and fowl across the lake to be sacrificed to the deity.
Nepal Facts & Information
Area: 1,47,181 sq.km Geography: Situated between China in the north and India in the South Capital: Kathmandu Population: 23 million. People: Nepal has more than 61 ethnic groups and 70 spoken language. Language: Nepali is the national language. however, most of the people involved in the travel and trade understand and speak english. Currency: Nepalese Rupees. Time: +5.45 GMT