Rongbuk monastery, also known as Dzarongpu was initially established with the name of Dongnga Chöling in 1902 by the Nyingmapa lama Tsedru Ngawang Tenzin. The highest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the world lies near the base of the north face of Mount Everest, at the end of the Dzakar Chu valley at Basum Township in Tingri County of Shigatse Prefecture of Tibet. Perched at an altitude of 4, 980 meters (16,340 ft) above sea level, Rongbuk is considered to be the highest religious place and a spiritual destination in the world. Owing to its unique location, and unlike other incense-filled temples in Tibet, Rongbuk is aptly regarded as the gateway to Mount Everest. Visitors on Tibet tour or trekkers and climbers travel from Rongbuk Monastery to Everest Base Camp after an overnight stay or a brief halt in the vicinity of the monastery for capturing beautiful and picturesque photographs. The following few things will give you a better idea before you travel to the world’s highest monastery:
Tengboche Monastery (Thyangboche or Dawa Choling Gompa) is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu valley of eastern Nepal. Located at an altitude of 3,867 metres (12,687 ft), and en route to Everest Base Camp, it is one of the most prominent and the largest monastery in the entire region. It is perched on a hill, at the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Imja Khola rivers, with Mt. Ama Dablam forming a stunning backdrop to the location. The site can be reached by a mountainous trail from Namche Bazaar, via Lukla airport connecting to Kathmandu.
Engaging dance performances, traditional folk music and mystical rituals are all part of Bhutan’s colorful Tsechus or festivals. People from all over Bhutan come together in their finest clothes to take part in the festivities. The men look dashing and the women beautiful in their traditional costumes (Gho for men and Kira for women). The engaging celebrations also give you insight into the dragon kingdom’s community life and their unique culture. Besides, it doesn’t hurt to know that the Bhutanese believe that attending a Tsechu and watching the masked dances washes away your sins, all the more reason for you to take part in the celebrations.
The idea of holidaying in the Everest region in luxury seems paradoxical, to say the least. After all, this remote corner of the world has always evoked memories of a strenuous trek and luxury hardly pops into your mind when thinking about a journey into the heart of the Everest region. The usual mode of travel has been staying at regular teahouses or even camping, living mostly on local food menu and utilizing the most basic of facilities to get you going through your journey. In other words, the antithesis of a modern comfort that you are used to by global standards. That is up until now!
There is no shortage of reasons for anyone to go to Nepal. From high altitude mountaineering in the Himalayas to the jungle safari on the southern flatlands, from trekking in some of the most famed trails to encountering rich cultural heritage, there is something for everyone. But importantly, before venturing into this beautiful country, you might want to familiarize yourself with some of the health and vaccination recommendations for Nepal.
No vaccination is legally required while entering or leaving Nepal. Having said that, there are a few health precautions that you might want to consider if Nepal is on your next travel list. This article will attempt to inform you about some of the possible vaccination and health requirements before travelling to Nepal. Please keep in mind that this is not a professional medical advice, but a general guideline to inform you about some of the possible health precautions that you may need to understand before the journey. To help you in identifying some potential health risks and immunization issues you may encounter while holidaying in Nepal, here we present the most common travel health issues which should be helpful for preparing your trip.
If you want to experience the panoramic wonders of the Himalayas and Everest from an aerial vantage point, there are primarily two ways to do so. The most popular option is on a plane with a group, and this will fly you parallel to the Himalayas, including Everest. The other option is a helicopter flight that will take you a lot closer to Everest, and consists of landing either at the Everest Base Camp or Kala Patthar. The Everest mountain flight, either by plane or helicopter, is especially suited to those who are short on time and for people who do not want the rigors of trekking due to fitness considerations or otherwise. Here we compare the Everest flight versus Everest heli tour based on several factors, and in the process we will give you a brief overview of what it’s like to fly near Everest on plane or helicopter.