What could be more rewarding than spending your vacation exploring the richness of Nepali culture, lifestyle and enhancing cross cultural understanding while volunteering in the community itself? A unique opportunity for cultural exchange, Himalayan Glacier not only takes you to exotic locales but also connects you with exciting volunteering opportunities to share your life experiences, skills and passions in some of the remote communities of Nepal. So if it is a life changing experience that you are after, then Nepal might just be the place for you! Spend your vacation volunteering with us and chances are you’ll return home with a wealth of lasting memories and new friends. Here are some of the exciting volunteering opportunities to get you started: Read More
A mere 10 kilometers from Kathmandu, Bhaktapur reveals itself in myriad forms to the hungry eye, that you got to persevere to explore the uncharted pathways and take in the little wonders that this ancient habitat has to offer, besides the touristy glam. Bhaktapur, literally translated, means ‘City of Devotees’. A prominent seat of the Mallas since the medieval times, it is swathed in history. Bhaktapur is also admired for the temples and palaces that bear testimony to the exceptional carving skills of its Newar craftspeople. The Durbar Square resembles an open museum and is a melting point of multiple languages and cultures crowded with tourists from different nations besides the usual locals. Read More
Capturing wildlife is a very challenging form of photography, and wildlife photographers need good field craft skills. Some animals are difficult to approach, and thus knowledge of the animal’s behavior is crucial in order to be able to predict its actions. Besides that, it also requires a lot of patience which not many can boast of, given the world we live in. Read More
We bring you a few simple ways in which you can turn your weekend into a spark that turns into a happy blaze to keep you warm and glowing throughout the week. Here are 5 exciting places to indulge and invigorate yourself:
Go Kart Racing
We do realize that the traffic in the streets of Kathmandu is a killjoy more often than not. However, once you are on the racetracks with your helmet firmly secured, you totally forget the pains of real driving. All you need is a short pep talk and a few minutes of training to know your way around the little cars. Then off you zoom into the world of excitement and fun that is only visible in cartoons and video games. There is no time limit and the fastest driver on the track wins the race. Go kart is actually a small four-wheeled vehicle that accommodates one person at a time. The thrill lies in the speed with which you drive your car to the finishing line. There is no age-bar to play this game. If your feet do not reach the pedal, a cushion is all you need along with a healthy level of interest to make the most out of this little adventure trick.
Available at: Go Kart Track Nepal, Sanepa Read More
In Nepal, religion permeates every facet of life with festivals, daily rituals, family celebrations and religious observances. At every step one can see temples and shrines, processions and devotional music. Although Nepal is famous as the world’s only Hindu Nation, it is an intricate and beautiful tapestry woven of Hinduism, Buddhism and other faiths loving together in tolerance and harmony. Hindus and Buddhists from all over the world come to pay their respects to the temples of Nepal. The thousands of temples, stupas, pagodas and monuments inside the valley have made Kathmandu famous in the world as the City of Temples. The magnificent medieval temples and shrines of Nepal are basically distinguished based on following intriguing and unique styles: Read More
Asia offers an astounding variety of travel destinations. There are so many, in fact, that it can be difficult to decide where to go first and which to miss because of time constraints. The reality is that it’s impossible to cover them all in one trip unless you’re lucky enough to have plenty of time and money to spare, but hopefully this post can help you make up your mind if you’re pondering the many wonders of the East and you have to choose just a few.
Here we will look at 8 amazing places in Asia that everyone should see at some point in their lifetime.
1. Beijing, China
Beijing offers the ancient alongside the modern, and is a fascinating city in the heart of China. It is home to a wealth of history, and sights include the Forbidden City and more modern constructions such as Chairman Mao Memorial Hall. For real Chinese shopping check out Beijing’s Dirt Market, rather than the tourist-filled Silk Market. Other top attractions include the Great Wall at Mutianyu, the Temple of Heaven and Jingshan Park. Read More
Located at the foothills of Mount Kanchenjunga, Ilam is a small hilly town with pristine landscapes of sloped tea gardens, thick natural forests, holy sites and unique culture. Ilam offers an excellent getaway from city life for romantic sunrise and sunset, a brisk walk in the tea garden, tranquil picnic and sightseeing spots, short treks along gentle slopes or a trudge into the nearby woods. If spiritual instinct calls there are several holy sites one can visit in and around the area. Here are some of its noteworthy attractions:
From 2,328 meters, Antu overlooks Terai flatlands, terraced hills of cash crops, tea gardens and thick forests of pine trees offering spectacular sunrise, sunset and views of Everest and Kanchenjunga. On a clear day one can see views as far as Mirik, Kurseong and Darjeeling in the adjoining Indian part.
A pristine lake amid natural forest, Mai Pokhari is surrounded by thick forest of fir, juniper, birch, pine and is home to a variety of flora and fauna. Altogether there are nine ponds in the vicinity some of which are large enough for boats. Various species of orchids, rhododendron, herbs; rare animals like musk deer, leopard, porcupine, jackal; numerous migratory birds and rare insects, are found in the region. The lake is also considered holy as the abode of Goddess Bhagabati.
At 3,636 meters on the international Nepal-India borderline, Sandakpur provides majestic view of the Himalayas, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Kumbhakarna, Mt. Makalu, and Mt Everest. Rare wildlife like red panda, musk deer, and wild bird Danphe can be seen in the forest of this area.
Kanyam and Fikkal
Kanyam and Fikkal have large estates for which Ilam has been famous for the last 140 years. These tea plantation areas are popular among tourists for picnicking, sightseeing, and taking photographs. Fikkal is a business center in the area. It falls on the Mechi highway on the way to Ilam.
It offers good views of sunrise and sunset from its elevation of 1800 meters. One can also see the Terai flatlands, the Mahabharat range and the Churia mountain range from this area. Siddhi Thumka is 3 hour trek away from Ilam Bazaar.
Chhintapu at 3,400 meters is the second highest peak in Ilam district. The area has natural rich forests of rhododendron, herbal plants and various species of birds. About 11 varieties of rhododendron are found in the area. In addition are rare herb Yarcha Gumba, and wild animals like musk deer and the rare red panda. Good views of the mountains can be seen from different points of the trek.
LUMBINI, Oct 7: Prominent Buddhist Guru Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche has visited birth place of Lord Gautam Buddha, Lumbini recently.
Guru Rinpoche, who arrived to visit Lumbini with his 21 disciples, told after visiting Lumbini that the birth place of Lord Buddha is a great source of inspiration for the peace in the world.
He also termed that Lumbini’s divine energy of peace and spirituality is the prodigious in the world.
Guru Shyalpa, who arrived here to observe the construction site of to be built Mahasiddha Sanctuary for Universal Peace, also visited relic of Tilaurakot Palace where Prince Siddhartha Gautama had spent his 29 years.
On the occasion, he emphasized on the preservation of Buddha’s birth place as it is important and relevant to all the religious communities.
Guru Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche is a prominent writer and an expert in Buddhist study.
His spiritual book entitled as ‘In Living Fully: Finding Joy in Every Breath’ had become best seller book in USA back in 2012.