Dear Lina and Bippin,
Hope you are well and your journey back has been pleasant.
I wanted to thank you for the best trip of my life! It is still hard to condense my feelings into words and unless one has been on a trip of this magnitude there is no way of expressing the feelings and impressions acquired. Thank you for all the care and support on this journey; nerve wrecking and exhausting for you proved to be a great service to us.
It has been great to be involved in your wedding and I wish you eons of happiness and every success. I also could not have asked for a better group to travel with; Patels now associate with fun and joy in my mind!
I have definitely caught a bug for hiking and have already started surfing the web for some mountainous terrains to explore. I keep dreaming about Kailash and Tibet; it is weird to find myself in the “real” world so abruptly.
Once again, a huge thank you from all of us for a great trip and an amazing parikrama never to be forgotten.
Olga Bhatia, UK
As per the decision of Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, mountains of the height less than 5800m will be promoted as trekking peaks and royalty fee has been waived for those peaks. Hence, the following peaks managed by NMA are free of royalty fee from now.
1. Tent Peak (5663m)
2. Mardi Himal (5587m)
3. Yala Peak (5732 m)
4. Chukung ri (5550 m)
DHANGADHI, Sept 16 :In a first of its kind in the country, an aircraft museum has been completed in Dhanghadi.
The museum, housed inside an old aircraft of the now defunct airline Cosmic Air, has on display 200 down-sized prototypes of aircraft ranging from the first plane flown by the Wright Brothers to other models since.
The country´s first aircraft museum has been set up at Hasanpur, Dhangadhi by Bed Upreti, a Dhangadhi local who is currently working as a pilot trainer for an airline company in Indonesia.
Captain Upreti claimed that Nepal´s first aircraft museum is a first of its kind in the entire world. The fact that the museum is housed in an airplane sets it apart from others.
Upreti told Republica that the museum can become a resource center for those interested in learning about different types of aircraft built in the world since 1903. Read the story »
The country that invented the quotient of Gross National Happiness wants you to experience its beguiling charms, but only on its terms. Closed off from the world for decades, Bhutan has only allowed tourism since 1974. Those willing to go the extra mile to come here are rewarded with a traditional Buddhist society that has also embraced modern conveniences. Visit the Taktsang Goemba (Tiger’s Nest Monastery), perched on a perilous cliff, or the Jigme Dorji National Park to see the Takin, Bhutan’s national animal, which resembles a goat crossed with a horse. Only two airlines are allowed to fly here, so the country remains difficult to reach, although that exclusivity is part of its allure. Completely independent travel to Bhutan is not allowed. You must have a guide and go on a government-approved itinerary. There’s also a minimum cost of $200 to $250 per day if you stay in the country’s most basic three-star hotels. Happily, this price includes your guide, meals, and transportation (except flights). Spring and fall are optimum times to visit for lush greenery and popular regional festivals. Read the story »
KATHMANDU: With the beginning of this year’s last climbing season, many climbers have set out to climb fourteen different mountains of Nepal.
According to officials at the tourism industry division of the ministry of culture, tourism and civil aviation, 316 mountaineers from 32 countries have obtained permit to climb mountains ranging from Arniko Chuli (6,039 m) to Mt Lhotse (8,516 m).
“Mountaineers, including 99 female, nine of them expedition leaders,representing 42 expedition groups, have attended the ministry’s briefing after obtaining climbing permits for the autumn season, Joint Secretary Madhu Sudan Burlakoti who heads the tourism industry division at the ministry said. Read the story »
Legions of trekkers are drawn to the Himalaya’s most iconic and accessible hiking, some of the world’s best, with rugged trails to Everest, the Annapurna and beyond. Nowhere else can you trek for days or even weeks against the backdrop of some of the world’s most glorious Himalayan vistas. Here are some of the best treks that take you to the base of some of the celebrated mountains of Nepal.
Topping many people’s travel bucket list and probably the most coveted trek in the world, Everest Base Camp trek takes you through the fascinating Khumbu region and to the base of the world’s highest mountain. Read the story »
There’s nothing quite like the freedom of exploring a new place on your own terms. Travelling alone to a country for the first time may seem a little daunting but solo travel can give you the freedom to have the holiday you desire. With endless possibilities to choose from, though, how do you determine which country is right for you? Not every country that is suited to solos may appeal and thinking about whether you prefer adventure, culture, cities or ancient ruins will help you narrow down your must-see destinations. Here are some of the great places to travel solo: Read the story »
Tibet is all you’ve heard and everything you’ve imagined: a land of intense sunshine and towering snowcapped peaks, where crystal clear rivers and sapphire lakes irrigate terraced fields of golden highland barley. The Tibetan people are extremely religious, viewing their daily toil and the harsh environment surrounding them as challenges along the path to life’s single goal, the attainment of spiritual enlightenment. The region’s richly decorated monasteries, temples, and palaces—including the Potala Palace—were not constructed by forced labor, but by laborers and artisans who donated their entire lives to the accumulation of good karma. Here are top 8 things to do in this magical land.
Over the centuries pilgrims have constantly been braving their way to Mt. Kailash in order to attain spiritual enlightenment despite the harsh weather and often forbidding terrain. Hike the age-old pilgrims’ path around Mt. Kailash, Asia’s holiest mountain. The holy Kailash Circuit (parikrama or kora) is the three-day ritual circumbulation that takes you along a 52km kora. The circuit is considered to be the holiest of all Hindu as well as Buddhist pilgrimages and is believed that a single circuit erases the accumulated sins of a lifetime while 108 circumbulation will achieve salvation or nirvana. Read the story »
‘Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand tour’ is a classic opportunity to discover South-East Asia giving you the best of these three countries in a nutshell. Best of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand tour will open your eyes to the delights of Indochina and leave you awe-struck by these magical locations.From heavenly beaches to historical monuments, diverse culture, rich history and myriad of adventures, if these attractions do not take your breath away, the spectacular views will! Here is what Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand has in store for you:
Buzzing cities, world-class cuisine, dramatic landscapes, and rich biodiversity give Vietnam a distinct character: from the capital city of Hanoi up north, to Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta down south. One of Southeast Asia’s most resilient peoples, the Vietnamese have absorbed noticeable influence from their massive northern neighbor China as well as their former colonizer France. Echoes of the Vietnam War (known here as the American War) still reverberate, but for the most part Vietnam is too busy looking forward to dwell on the past. Read the story »
Varanasi is another sacred Hindu city with a very old history. Known as the city of Lord Shiva, the god of creation and destruction, it’s believed that anyone who dies here will be liberated from the cycle of reincarnation. Even a wash in the Ganges River is said to cleanse away all sins. A visit to Varanasi, formerly known as Benaras or Benares, or as Kashi (meaning “resplendent with light”), is an experience unlike any other. This is the epitome of a holy city, inundated with religious pilgrims and sacred cows, yet it is also a city firmly grounded in the commerce and reality of day-to-day existence.
The fascinating thing about this mystical city is that its rituals are revealed openly to along the many riverside ghats, which are used for everything from bathing to burning the bodies of the dead. Yoga, blessings, massages, shaves, and games of cricket are among the other activities you’ll find performed along the river edge. Here are top 8 things to do while in Varanasi:
1. A Boat Ride along the Ganges
A dawn rowing boat ride along the Ganges is a quintessential Varanasi experience. The early-morning light is particularly inspiring, and all the color and clamor of pilgrims bathing and performing puja unfolds before you. An hour-long trip south from Dashashwamedh Ghat to Harishchandra Ghat and back is popular, but be prepared to see a burning corpse at Harishchandra. Early evening is also a good time to be on the river, when you can light a lotus flower candle and set it adrift on the water before watching the nightly ganga aarti ceremony at Dashashwamedh Ghat directly from the boat. Read the story »
Legends say that the Indra Jatra festival is observed to celebrate the victory of the gods over the demons to release Jayanta, the son of Lord Indra. This colorful autumn festival which is also known as Kumari Jatra, is celebrated by both the Hindus and Buddhists. The festival is believed to have started by King Gunakamadeva during 18th and is named after Lord Indra who is known as the god of rain and also as the King of heaven.
Indra Jatra festival falls on the fourth day of the waxing moon in the month of Bhadra as per the lunar calendar. It is celebrated in the three districts of the Kathmandu Valley and in Kavre and Dolakha for 7 days. Indra, the Hindu god of rain and good harvest, is worshiped in this festival. The festival is celebrated by both the Hindus and Buddhists and lasts for eight days with singing, mask dancing and rejoicing. Read the story »
Nepal’s hidden Tibetan Kingdom – Lo Manthang – is one of the remotest places on earth but it is also the main food, salt, and clothes trading route between Nepal and Tibet. Located in Upper Mustang, 50 km from the Tibetan border and 250 km from the Indian border, this isolated Tibetan settlement was founded in 1380 and was the capital of the former Kingdom of Lo.
Due to its proximity to, and long association with Tibet, Tibetan Buddhist lifestyles, religion, art and culture remain intact here. The people are called “Lobas” and their language is a dialect of Tibetan. Around 900 Lhobas currently live in Lo. Lo Manthang is one of the last places on earth that still lives by and practices animist Bonpo which is the oldest and deeply spiritual form of Tibetan Buddhism. Read the story »