Nepal: An Epitome of Attraction
The land of ravishing scenic beauty which upholds the highest peak of the world can also be recognized as the abode of God and “Culture”. Nepal, being the birthplace of Lord Gautama Buddha and the perfect blend of the religions—Hinduism and Buddhism, does not confine in providing visual and physical pleasure but also takes the mind onto a spiritual journey. Nepal remains a mystical land and an epitome of attraction for many, due to the splendour of the various Himalayan peaks, cascading rivers, pristine forests, striking landscapes and the luscious cuisine. Nepal being a multi lingual, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic forms the quintessence of harmony. Thus, the Nepalese people with their diverse upbringing are the most welcoming and warm hosts for tourists and travellers. If one is looking forward to a holiday filled with adventure, learning, tranquillity and heaps of memories, then Nepal comprises all.
Places to Visit in Nepal
Holy sites and monuments
- Pashupatinath Temple: It is situated on the banks of the sacred river Bagmati is dedicated to Lord Shiva which is located 6 kilometers away from the capital city of Kathmandu. This temple was built in Pagoda style and has a glided roof along with silver carved doors.
- Dakshinkali Temple: As the name suggests is a temple dedicated to the goddess Kali. This temple is located in a forested canyon and lies 19 kilometers from Kathmandu.
- Bodunath Temple: Constructed in the structure of a stupa, Bodunath Temple is located 11 km from Kathmandu and is the biggest know stupa in the world. It stands with four pairs of eyes in four cardinal directions which shows an outlook for righteous behaviour and the prosperity of mankind.
- Swayambhunath: It is a Buddhist stupa which is located 3 kilometers from Kathmandu. This stupa is 2000 years old and its stupa is made up of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth. The area around the stupa contain an array of temples and shrines.
Nepal is rich and exquisite in the flora and fauna which grows around the place. There are 651 breeds of butterflies distributed throughout the country. The Himalayan Cliff bee, the largest of bee species in the world, the Atlas Moth, the world’s largest moth, the Himalayan dragonfly are the most unique of all species.
Grandiose animals such as leopard, deer, Himalayan tahr and blue sheep can be spotted in the midst of the majestic forests of Nepal and can be spotted during spring and autumn. The Central Zoo, Natural History Museum and other wildlife museums exhibit exotic zoological collections. Nepal can also take pride in the fact that it constitutes over 6390 species of flowering plants. Some of the famous Botanical gardens are Maipokhari Botanical Garden in Illam, Tistung Botanical Garden in Tistung and many others.
Things to do in Nepal
If one seeks for tranquility of mind and a break from the hustles and bustles of a busy and hectic work life, then Nepal is the right place for them. Nepal offers a number of places in the capital city of Kathmandu and other places in order to practice yoga and meditation. Among the prominent yogic schools are Yogic Asana (postures), Pranayam (control of breathing) and Dhyan (meditation) are taught in Yoga Aahrams or Peeths.
Meditation is an effective means of overcoming stress and tension in life. Meditation is state of consciousness that cultivates a calm and positive state of mind and awareness. In Kathmandu, meditation is taught and practiced in the Yoga camps Osho Tapoban, Vipassana Centre, Kapan Monastery and Art of Living Foundation.
White Water Rafting
Nepal is renowned for being one of the best places in the world for rafting, known as White Water Adventure, with the exhilarating rivers and wilderness entwining the country. Nepal is a favourite destination for people who love rafting. The tourists are provided with the facility of buses which drop them at the put-in point, the place where the boat is put into the water. Each tourist receives a life-jacket, helmet and paddle along with two water-proof bags to put their belongings. Once instruction have been given, the river trip then begins across from the cold Himalayan regions to the hot humid plains of Tarai, holding a breath-taking and eye-catching series of glimpses for the people. Summer is the most preferred of all seasons for rafting because then the rivers remain calm and welcoming for rafting enthusiasts.
When you think about the mountains of Nepal, Mount Everest, the highest peak of the word is what strikes our mind. October and November is considered to be the best months for trekking in Nepal.
The tourism industry of Nepal is well- facilitated to provide trekking facilities in several peaks of the country including Mount Everest. Trekking is the best way to make way into the interesting and remote mountain villages of Nepal and relish the views of the inter-mingling peaks which remain untouched by modern civilization.
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