The legend of a giant chariot festival began with the Kingdom that drought for years causing misfortune and chaos as a result of disrespect to Gorakhnath. And, how Matsyendranath through devout and prayer, guru of Gorakhnath protected the valley with rain for the harvest, pulling the chariot and celebrating the coming of Lord Karunamaya.
Nepal is a country known for many things, be it the rich culture and colorful traditions, the diverse harmony of all religions and beliefs, the abundant natural sceneries, and the unique story of its history. Within the heart of all these features is the diverse love of art and architecture mixed thoroughly with religious beliefs and imagery. Filled with immense architectural beauty that have stood the test of time, the prime examples of the brilliance of such creations lie within three places around Nepal valley.
Up on the hills, near a village called Daha Chowk, is where lies the tomb of one of Nepal’s greatest generals, Kazi Kalu Pandey.
Much before it opened its doors to the outside world; much before mountaineers everywhere started coming to climb the highest mountains on earth; Nepal was already gaining fame due to the extraordinary bravery of the Gorkhas.
Whether in the cities’ bazaars, or in the countryside’s paddy fields; whether on the trekking routes, or in immigration counters and government offices, the one thing you cannot miss is the sight of the Nepali topi on many heads.
Patan (Lalitpur), the ‘City of the Arts’, is chock-a-block with treasures at every nook and cranny. There are also many fascinating but lesser known places that can pique your curiosity and sense of adventure.
The Rana Period (1846-1951) was witness to a great many historic events, not least being the building of durbars on a scale not seen before in Nepal.