Losar is one of the main festivals celebrated by the ethnic communities of Tamang, Sherpa, Gurung and Thakali. Losar means new year according to the unisolar calendar followed by the communities, it is also known as the Tibetan Calendar which follows the cycle of 12 years called Lohokor.
Every year during the full moon of Poush Shukla, devotees flock to the holy river of Shali Nadi in Sankhu to offer their prayers to Goddess Swasthani and God Madhav Narayan. Devotees fast for their family’s prosperity till the next full moon. During the month family members read the book of Swasthani.
The youngest of the three sister Durbar’s of the valley. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a marvel of wooden and stone architecture. It features a unique blend of ingenuity and fusion of the architecture of its older sisters. In comparison with its sister durbars the architectural layout is more organized with large squares and equal divisions around the city. The city diffuses from the centre(Taleju) outwards into the numerous vicinities of Bhaktapur.
Trekking is never just about the climb or the view from a high point. It is far more than that - it is an experience, an opportunity to build relationships and forge memories you thought you could only dream of. You can have your definitions and this is mine.
Heritage Weekly: Patan Durbar Square
Patan, Yala, Lalitpatanna and Lalitpur,all these names are used to describe a magnificent city which was founded on Buddhist Principles during the era of the Licchavi Era. Today the Patan Durbar Square is known for its magnificent wooden architecture and the harmonious entanglement of Buddhism and Hinduism. Patan Durbar Square is the centre of the Sri Yantra Mandala of the city of Lalitpur. It was enlisted along with its sisters Kathmandu Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square in the UNESCO World Heritage list under the criteria of culture in 1979 AD.
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.
It’s an art that’s more ancient than the Ramayana and Mahabharata, and a part of the culture and lifestyle of the Indian subcontinent since the ages.
The era of the Malla kings was a long one, about 550 years, and a period of prosperity in all spheres, including art, architecture, and culture.
Holi, the festival of colors, is celebrated with great enthusiasm all over the country, and it is a time when one forgets and forgives.
Ason Bazaar portrays a large slice of what Kathmandu is all about, and the tourist would be well rewarded by a leisurely stroll down its many streets and alleyways.
Plan your Pokhara trip to include a few days of trekking to picturesque little villages, hiking through fabulous scenery on great hilly trails.
Lord Shiva, one of the three main deities of Hinduism, has numerous devotees all over Nepal and the Indian subcontinent. He also has many temples all over the country.
After the jetlag is over, it’s time to meet near and dear ones, and you can’t wait to see their delight when you gift them the fabulous souvenirs that you have brought all the way from Nepal.
In today’s world, going green is the in thing to do, and using the humble cycle to tour around the valley makes you a ‘green’ person.
In the hectic world we live in today, people all around the world are seeking solace in spirituality, and Nepal is the ideal destination for pursuit of the same.
One of the least developed regions in Nepal, you will discover unexpected sights and lifestyles here; a veritable adventure of exploration awaits you.
Nepal was on the world map in 2015, but for all the wrong reasons. Today, again, it is very much in the limelight, and this time it’s for very good reasons.
Panauti has an ancient history, and a culture that is rich and thriving. It’s close to Kathmandu, and a visit is sure to enrich you.
A festival that celebrates the victory of Nepali forces over the Indian British Army during the Anglo-Nepal War of 1814-1816.
Manaslu (Mountain of the Spirit), the eighth highest mountain in the world, rules over the fascinating region known as Manaslu Conservation Area. It’s a place for discovery.
Nepal is well represented in Disney World’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, and it was awesome to go on an Everest Ride.
A jungle safari around Chitwan National Park in Chitwan, Nepal, is an experience that one will not easily forget.
Having had your first experience of what’s it like being in Nepal, your taxi ride having given you an up-close contact with a knowledgeable Nepali taxi driver, you reach Thamel after driving down half of Kathmandu.
When coming to Nepal, travel light, travel with adventure in your heart, and travel with optimism. There’s mush to see, experience, and discover.
You are coming on a long trip, and spending a fair amount; stay longer, so you experience real adventure.
Homestays are popular universally, because they give an up-close and personal experience of indigenous lifestyle and culture.
Here’s what you need to know about the world’s highest marathon.
The honey hunters of Nepal have been made famous by Eric Vialli’s documentary, ‘The Honey Hunters of Nepal’, and deservedly so.
Lord Gautam Buddha’s discourses show humankind a new understanding of life.
Shamans are known as jhañkris, or dhāmīs, in Nepal. They are believed to have mysterious powers to ward off evil spirits and exorcise their spells.
Besides nourishing the body and the brain, Yarsagumba improves organ function and the immune system if taken over a longer period.
While Pokhara is undoubtedly a paradise for locals and tourists alike, traveling to Baglung from there is an experience that will draw sighs from your soul.
In Buddhism, the threefold path to enlightenment and nirvana consists of meditation (samadhi), virtue (sila), and wisdom (panna). As far as meditation is concerned, Mindfulness of Breathing (Anapanasati) and Loving Kindness Meditation (Metta Bhavana) are believed to be two of the most valuable among the different types of meditation taught by the Buddha.
Do you want to enrich your cultural experience when in Nepal? Well then, why don’t you take some to learn the fine art of cooking Nepali cuisine?
The best thing about Kathmandu Valley is its weather. One tourism entrepreneur once quipped, “We say that when it is 42 degrees in Delhi, it’s 24 in Kathmandu!” Blessed with so much natural beauty and pristine environment by the good lord, and plundered of its bounties of nature in so many ways by man, Kathmandu Valley can still boast of having splendid climate all year round, even if it can no longer lay claim to fame as one of the better cities of the world that it most certainly was once upon a time.
This is what Father Gillespie, one of the first foreigners to visit the secluded kingdom of Nepal in the 18th century, wrote in his ‘Account of the Kingdom of Nepal’: “Cat’hmandu contains about 18000 houses, Lelit Pattan contains about 25000 houses, B’hatgan contains about 12000 houses…the houses are constructed of brick and are three or four stories high…streets of all their towns are paved with brick or stone…there are also good wells made of stone…In every town there are large square verandas…called ‘pati’…on the outside of the great towns, small square reservoirs of water….” (Asiatic Researcher, 1801, Vol. II, London)