Individual sovereignty and responsibility

Sitting inside one’s room life looks boring, unfair and insignificant. People become only a part of themselves, fixed on their frail preoccupations, caught by life’s inhibition and totally fixated with all that is stressful but unnecessary.

There is no way but the only you choose for yourself.

But then, just when they step out of their room to the world, out of themselves: their fraility, vanity and a bit of insanity to the well of human society they sense that deep inside everybody is trying to get out of themselves and find their redemption. People feel that human beings are ignorant of their condition or fine even when they realise their situation is like a caged bird, like a toad living happily in a dirty and dark well.

They get a horrible and terrifying sense of not only their condition but all of human beings. They have a strong sense of connection with all the people by realising if all people could unmask their persona all of them are bleeding, crying, and asking for help.

Yet, no one is willing to ask for help because all of them know, there is no help coming except from themselves. People are paralyzed because that’s alot to be obliged for, alot to take upon one’s soldier: the responsibility of oneself and eventually life itself.

 

The main man.

So, they instead keep on dwelling desperately, escaping obsessively and hiding heniously from themselves and the conscience, the call to action, the demand of their highest self. People have remorse for themselves because all this leads to existential guilt.All of them very well know they are betraying themselves by inaction .People are ashamed of themselves for their place in existence and their inability to act upon this, accept the self-imposed constraints, limitations and problems.

Hence, why wouldn’t there be all the voilence, suffering, misery, resentment, anger, envy, scapegoating, because it all stems from one’s inability to deal with their place in the universe. Taking responsibility for one’s life is too much for many people because being ignorant is easy. Ignorance is bliss!

Nepal- A little bit of everything

Most people would recognize Nepal as a country of the Himalayas where Mt. Everest is located. It would come as a surprise for many people that Nepal has more to offer than the picturesque view of mountain ranges. Sandwiched between India and China, it is a country blended with multi-religious, multi-lingual and multi-ethnic society.

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Map of Nepal (in red)

The country has little bit of everything for each kind of visitor. Aside from hosting large number of tourists keen in adventure and mountaineering, it doesn’t fail to attract other tourists who are seeking something more and different. It offers many forms of tourism to travelers: cultural tourism, sports tourism, eco-tourism, wild-life tourism, medical tourism, religious tourism, hedonistic tourism, social tourism, sustainable tourism, educational tourism, Meeting Incentive Conference Exhibition travel (MICE) and so on. The most famous way of tourism in Nepal, undoubtedly is backpacking which brings hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. Nepal also was among the most famous destination of ‘hippie trail’ during ‘hippie subculture movement’ that pinnacled in the 1970s whose trace still can be found in streets of Kathmandu.

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Once is not enought ( NTB)

 

The ancient history of Nepal goes long back to  Neolithic age. Gradually, people started to establish settlement , many of whom  came from Indus Valley Civilization and  people from Sino Civilization also started to live  here. As time passed by, the culture and tradition started to evolve and took a new birth of its own in a different way whose process is still going on. Hence, owing to its geographical location, the culture of Nepal is of mixed Indo-Aryan and Sino-Tibetan heritage.

 

Whereas, the modern history of Nepal only goes back to 18th century. It became a sovereign country by the effort of King Prithvi Narayan Shah and his kins in the 1780s after uniting many independent kingdoms across the country. The founder of modern Nepal famously said, “This is not the nation gained by my trifle efforts, this is a plethoric garden with all kinds of flowers, and may all be aware of this.”  He refers to various ethnic groups as all kinds of flower in this country (garden).

 

 

In Nepal, there are more than 120 spoken ethnic languages  which crystallizes the cultural diversity of the country. All of the ethnic people have their own sets of tradition, rituals, cultures, festivals which is observed by all other people throughout the country. In Nepal you can anticipate to see something happening every other day: festivals, celebration, folk practices and many such things in every places, all credit goes to it’s cultural diversity. People will be surprised to see hundreds of way of life in a small country. Every ethnic group has their own way of life: what they eat, wear, how they celebrate (music and dance),  what they believe and practice is wonderfully unique to each one of them.

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Apart from natural beauty the country is enriched with cultural and historical heritages. Before unification of Nepal Kathmandu valley (which still is) was the cultural, political and economical capital of the country. During that time, there was no significant development in other places of the country except the valley of Kathmandu. Newari kings ruled the valley which was divided into 3 states and the feeling of competition among 3 of them gave birth to mesmerizing arts, architecture, innovation during that period. People still can witness many part of those medieval masterpieces, 3 durbar squares (palaces) still stands in their respective places, and also sculptures, paintings scriptures, works are preserved in museums around the valley. Nepal is definitely a haven for archaeologists, anthropologists, sociologists and linguists. People who love history, ancient culture, folklores and way of life should also make a visit to the country regardless of their occupation .

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Inspite of being a small landlocked country, the topography is astoundingly diverse ranging from 59m-8848m. In an area of mere 1,47,181 sq.km it has everything within it: plain fertile lands, hills, rocky mountains, cold deserts, plenty of forest area, fresh lakes and glaciers, plenty of pristine rivers. The country may only miss the touch of sea but she has plenty of other things that she obviously won’t frown for it.

 

Due to its diverse ecological and physiographical division, Nepal is a home to varied endemic species of plants and wildlife. People can expect to see varieties of flora and fauna during their time in Nepal. For the purpose of preservation and conservation there are plenty of wildlife reserves, national parks and conservation areas established throughout Nepal. Nepal is a very promising destination for wildlife tourism because it has grasslands like east Africa, snow-capped regions like the Alps, wetlands like Amazon and deserts like Great Victoria desert.

Nepal justifies the proverb, ‘Big things comes in small packages.’

People make visit to Nepal, for the sake of observing the harmony of nature, getting in touch with wild life and get lost in wilderness to later find themselves again. The vegetation ranges from evergreen lush forests to artic-tundra vegetation which serves as habitation for every type of animals, birds, insects and plants that can adapt to the environment. It’s worthy of visit for people who love nature, simple things and beautiful moment in life. Many activities like jungle safari, elephant riding, hiking, sightseeing can be done to observe it thoroughly and insightfully.

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Recently, due to development of technology and rampant use of social media, Nepal has been able to bring home people who have an adventurous soul for different kind of sports. White water rafting, bunjee jumping, paragliding, cannoying, kayaking, ultralight flight, mountain flight are the main attraction for people willing to try something thrilling that gives adrenaline rush. Zipline, skydiving, skiing, motoring are quite new to Nepal but they are being explored by visitors rapidly.

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Adventure

 

Places like Pokhara, Everest region, Annapurna circuit, Kathmandu have the facilities for activities mentioned above. Every activities are performed maintaining standard regulation with possible risk assessment, so people shouldn’t worry much while doing it. Eventually adventure is done for that very reason: to conquer the fear. Hence, time in Nepal must be used for at least one of these activities otherwise it would be like an insult for what Nepal stands for- adventure.

Furthermore, the country is turning into a hub of sustainable and eco-tourism. These two forms of tourism are new, popular and trending concept in the industry which is very good because it shows increasing awareness among people about environmental issue and active participation to mitigate it. People who want to travel to enjoy things the way it is with minimal impact on physical, behavioral and psychological level are increasing day by day.

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Very normal scene in Nepal

Large number of conscientious people also travel to a place, trying to make only positive impact every way possible. These people visit those places to promote and enjoy local way of life, and enhance local’s life economically, socially with emphasis on environmental sustainability. For this purpose as well, there’s no any other place like Nepal because it’s a developing country with about 80% of rural setting. Availability of community with sparsely populated region with no sign and consequences of industrialization in a natural environment makes it more suitable for it.

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Because of its pre-historic root, Nepal is home to hundreds of pilgrimage site where Hindu and Buddhists pilgrims flock in large numbers. Lumbini, the birth place of Buddha, brings Buddhists and general tourists in large amount. Swayambhunath and Baudhanath are also other famous shrines for Buddhist where  hundreds of tourists are seen everyday.  The dominant minority religion of Nepal is Budhhism with about 10% of its citizen identifying themselves as a Buddhist. People of other faith are also found in considerable number, Muslims, Christains, Jains, Kirantis and other religious community, all live together in harmony by participating in each others ceremony.

 

Not to mention, the population of Nepal is predominantly Hindu which totals about 80% of population. Pashupatinath temple, Janaki temple, Muktinath, Pathibhara, Swargadwari, Halesi are most visited holy sites by domestic tourists. The former one on the list is one of the most holiest site for Hindus throughout the world and sees tons of pilgrims mainly from India. It  houses a jyotrilinga (a symbol representing Lord Shiva) – one out of 12 of them, of which all other 11 of them are located throughout India. It is unique among them because it is the only one having head, 5 head represents 5 elements that makes life. It is believed that Lord Shiva bestows every wish of pilgrims in the temple. Janaki temple has religious importance because it is birthplace of Goddess Sita, the consort of Lord Rama, from the Hindu epic Ramayana, so it too brings lot of people as well in few auspicious occasions.

Beside from religious purpose, people coming to Nepal to find spiritual connection and inspiration is in the peak in this generation. The number of people who visit Nepal for spiritual retreat, meditation, yoga and spiritual gateway has been increasing drastically as a result of easy mobility and means of communication. Due to its vibrant energy, Nepal is called a living tantric body by many spiritual gurus and most of those enlightened being have found home and solace in it. Maybe all that people need is to spend few weeks in this mystical land to get awakened about hidden perception and perspective of life.

Nepal is an emerging market and hot spot location for MICE travel. It’s becoming a place for organizing various international events with a strategy to reduce the event expenditure and also because Nepal lures people with all its extravagance. Hence, many art, science, business, diplomatic and official meetings and exhibition keeps happening in Nepal. Educational tourism in Nepal is growing rampantly, gap year tourists, semester abroad students, and medical students primarily from South Asian countries  come in Nepal due to inexpensive tuition fees with a mentality of exploring around during their time here. People in large quantity make a visit for social causes, charities and missions. Volunteers from across the world can be seen in many places throughout Nepal working for different social goals.

Globalization has a pivotal role in changing societies all around the world, Nepal is no exception. As a consequence of it, people have become liberal in many ways, whose influence can be seen in many forms. People have become more open to new ideas and cultures, owning to it, people have started to travel hedonistically, there are large number of pub, lounge, bars, for the people who are musically inclined, oenophile and just want to enjoy the moment with loved ones. Also concerts and gigs by international band keeps happening around the big cities.

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Nightlife in Kathmandu

At the end, Nepal cannot be described without mountains and nature¸ that­’s what mainstream media shows about it anyway. Nepal has generally been travel-media darling because of tall standing mountains. Thus, the most acclaimed form of travel in Nepal is inevitably backpacking, trekking, and sightseeing. Nepal has managed its image for the same reason throughout ages and people have been exploring it in its new form only for few decades. Nepal was closed for foreigners excluding few diplomats before 1950s because of autocratic bureaucracy. Until 1990s , many famous tourist places weren’t connected even by roadways and infrastructures wasn’t well constructed in major cities as well. So, tourism is a bit new idea in Nepal, albeit growing exponentially.

Nepal is like Jerusalem (melting point of 3 cultures and religions) in tourism and travel industry. It is the place where all the forms and ways of travel is feasible making it a must visit place for every tourist and it’s definitely Mecca for adventure enthusiast who should at least make a visit once in their lifetime. Nepal is time and again recommended as ‘most visit country’ list every year by different renowned magazines, newspaper and travel advisors and portals, it comes at first when the list is at the cheapest cost.

 

The possibility of the country in tourism industry is tremendous and for every type of people with different preference it has beguiling power. It has certain gift to offer for everyone which is worth coming to receive by yourself. It maybe the only country with such wide array of diversity, uniqueness, and mixture of everything. It has competence to make your all senses go crazy, leave you awestruck and grasp your soul out of you and maybe it will stay here forever.

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Sunrise from Sarangkot, Kaski

 

“You don,t have to die to be in heaven, you just need to buy a ticket and visit Nepal.

 

 

P.S: I don’t own rights to any images I’ve used here. I downloaded them from internet.

Chitlang: An escape from the bustle of city

 

It had been quite a long time since I had travelled for a while. I was looking for a good place to escape the hecticness of daily life. Meanwhile, a friend of mine from school suggested an over-night tour outside Kathmandu Valley.

Eventually, three of us decided to go for a short hike around Kathmandu Valley. What was interesting is that we didn’t know where we were going before we left from my house. We left after lunch and playing some ‘galli cricket’ by recalling school days when we used to be a die hard fan of the game. We still didn’t know where to go when we were wondering about it in Chabahil before finally taking public vehicle for the destination.

We had researched about few places that was decent for the kind of environment we were looking for. We had three place out of many options to be choosed. For some reasons we chose Chitlang instead of Daman and Chisapani, which were our other possible options. The spotlight of Chitlang was in peak which was one major reason we picked it as our destination.

We began our hiking nearly at 1am after getting bus to Kalanki. From there we took a bus to Godam, Thankot which is one of the way to get to Chitlang. We got confused about from where to start the hike initially as we heard about many routes that led to Chitlang. After asking local people, counseling with hoteliers of Chitlang and reading guides in Internet we finally made a decision to get to Godam first and then hike from there. We saw some travellers getting back in bike because constructional work was going on the road making the option of returning back inevitable for them.

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Let the trail begin!

As we got out of vehicle in Godam, the pleasant and soothing weather welcomed us. We were greeted by blue-hills which was covered by drifting white clouds. We were given a ‘red carpet’ welcome by nature with wood trails ahead of us and beautiful view of Kathmandu Valley South of us. Also the cool breeze was playing with my hair arousing the amazing feeling of being alive. Isn’t this a perfect way to be welcomed? For me it was.

 

We embarked on the journey and started moving forward then. After walking for half-hour we stopped to have snacks in a small vendor fast food store in a place called Panighat. There were 3 old men having snacks and local alcohol who literally gave us every information about the place we were visiting to. We talked with them very briefly and again started to move after having ‘shaadeko chauchau’.

We walked through  the trail which they had referred us to take because it was very short according . After walking for another half-hour we got confused amidst the forest. We weren’t being able to find the right road and then  a guy came who literally rescued us from ambivalence and dizziness of freedom. He was a native of Chitlang and guided us till Chitlang from where we found him.

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Not a bad place to be lost..

He seemed to have a lot of maturity and knowledge of life due to the journey he had to go through. After completing his SLC(secondary school) he went to Dubai and worked there for 4 years. He shared his experience and talked about working in a restaurant in 121st floor near Burj Khalifa. We talked about various aspects of life and world affairs; especially about the Arab and Nepal.

He said, ” We learn something new and gain some experiences in abroad, nothing else.” He was doing a small business after he returned back from Dubai 2 months ago. Condemning the political instability of Nepal which is full of uncertainty he stated, “Let’s see I’ve just started a small business, I don’t know what happens with it and what will happen in Nepal. I’ve to check whether my business grows overtime, if not I’ve to leave for abroad.”

After 2 hours of hike up the hill we reached to Deurali, a place from where Chitlang was visible but looked quite far-away below the hill. We had some protein enriched diet and began moving downhill. “From here Chitlang is about 50 minutes of walk away.” – Rajan ( the guy we met) motivated us to push ourselves and make it to Chitlang very soon.

My friends were worned out by ascending the hills which took us around 2 hours because we would barely walk such distance in Kathmandu. Even though, it was hard they started walking steadily because next hour they would be in Chitlang and that motivated them as well.

After an hour we reached to Chitlang and the brother who guided us throughout the journey finally waved us a good bye. As his home came near, he wished us to have an amazing tour and moment ahead and suggested some hotels to stay for that night. At 6:30 pm  we confirmed our booking in a hotel where we were going to stay that night inside a tent. Finally, I could see the smile of relief in my friends face, the relief that they can stretch their legs and just relax.

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Finally some rest!

Then we got fresh on the garden of the restaurant while dipping few cookies in tea. After getting some life in us we roamed around Chitlang and sight saw the area. The site really provides a natural retreat and that day even weather was so pleasant that made the place look even more beautiful. The sun had already set and all hills around us were shrouded by looming clouds. We came back half-hour after leaving to look around and after it we felt like the relentless hardwork finally paid back. It made me feel, “Indeed, journey is more beautiful than destination!” There were some group of pupils dancing and singing beside our hotel and we joined them, just as an audience.

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Chitlang village..

Chitlang was one of the most booming tourism hot-spot when we visited it. It was  at  the peak of its growth then. It had come  to spotlight recently, thanks to a hill station constructed near called Chandragiri Hills and social media . It suddenly raised awareness  about a place near Kathmandu ideal for one day travel outside the valley to get away from hustle of city. It’s surely a very good gateway for all  Kathmandu’s residence of any age group and preferences.

As it started getting late and also cold we got back to hotel and went to our tent. We started talking about the journey and to have some fun. There were 2 group of travelers beside us in the hotel, one were of old men and other of bachelor men, both of them were rejoicing the moment with drinks, smoking and barbecue. We joined the brother who were dancing on popular and trending Nepali and Hindi songs before having dinner.

As soon as we had dinner we went to bed quickly because we were very tired after walking for about 4 hours up and down the hill . Next morning we woke up around 7 and did our morning rituals before leaving for Markhu after having breakfast. We greeted the hotel owner for providing us with amazing hospitality and left to our destination for the day. It was hard for boys to start the journey because of realisation that we still had to walk for 2 hours but we managed to start because:

“The journey of thousand miles starts with a step.”- Lao Tzu

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Between Chitlang and Markhu

Between the way we enjoyed watching villages, farm lands, mesmerising hills and wood trails. We could only see women, old aged people and children in the village and it is the same condition of villages across Nepal because of exodus of working age men  (mostly)  to abroad or city. Sadly, this is a compulsion for most of the people in Nepal to survive and fulfill basic needs in Nepal.

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Most fertile land lays as if it were barren.

 

We hiked through pine forests until sheep farm from where Markhu was visible just below the hill. The view in the sheep farm was too peaceful and it was something to cherish.. The pretty grasslands spread across hills with hundreds of livestock grazing around reminded me of Santiago from ‘The Alchemist.’ We stayed there for a moment just as a spectator of silent orchestra which nature was playing. We rested there for a while just appreciating the scenery and life around with a feeling of gratitude and ‘awe’.

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Sheep Farm

We were getting burned out after walking for such a long period of time and we were starving for water. We removed our thirst that looked unquenchable before we sipped a few drops of water by asking it with a  person who was working on the farm. After 20 minutes from.there we saw a board welcoming us where there was written ‘ Welcome to Markhu’  which gave us a sense of pleasure. We saw a long suspension bridge, few boats in the dam and Markhu village with house spread around the hills.

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Markhu Village

It was getting late and we were afraid if we wouldn’t get a bus to Kathmandu. As we were discussing about the possibility of getting a vehicle, a person came walking toward us and we approached him. He told us that a bus goes to Kathmandu at 2pm and that sparkled our face with a bright smile. We again saw the group of brother who stayed with us in the same hotel last night who urged us to find bus very soon and reach Kathmandu safely. They worked on a governmental agency and were stopping-by time and again in different site to do their work.

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227m suspension bridge

It was noon when we stopped in a hotel to have lunch after which we went to see the suspension bridge which stretched about 227m connecting the two villages divided by the lake. We stopped in the bridge for a while to admire the particular moment of eternity called ‘now’ where everything stopped for a while. The wind was really strong: strong enough to quiver the suspension bridge sometimes. I just sat there looking straight into the horizon. The weather was very gay, a perfect time to play in sun’s ray in the field of hay while my problems lay in the bay. It was the best day for rejuvenation and weaving some dream back and throw away the burden of old broken dreams. I experienced invincible inner peace then because the best way of experiencing serenity in the chaos of daily life is remaining still, away from the crowd and just living in the moment watching time stream away as air passes by.

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Serenity

 

After being around there for an hour we came back to the market from where we would take a bus to Kathmandu. The bus finally arrived at 2 10 pm and it was first time in my life when something happened accurately in Nepal, not in ‘Nepali  time’. There were 3 group of travellers who were waiting for the bus and one group was very large consisting of around 20 people. We all got on the bus that filled the bus fully with no seat being unoccupied. By doing that the tour finally came to an end formally, we just had to get to Kathmandu now.

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Indra Sarovar lake

On the way back home, we really had great fun- filled with laughter every moment. We laughed at anything from incidents from past and also silly jokes. We looked back and said, “We had some fun, didn’t we?” Obviously we had lots of fun throughout the tour and we knew that the memory would last for lifetime. We were surrounded with a lot of beautiful girls around and that made the journey more shorter. I talked with a girl who was  2 years senior to me because she seemed to be interested in literature. After 3 hours of off road drive we finally reached the bus station in Kalanki from where our home was still an hour away. As we got off the bus we had mix feeling of happiness and sadness because we truly had a  sublime moment that was going to be life long memory but the tour also came to an end respectively.

As soon as we got off the bus, Kathmandu welcomed us in some style. The weather was getting very harsh with black and heavy clouds all around. It was about to rain. After walking a few step it all started together- thunderstorm, heavy rain, and some hailstorm as well. We began to run to save ourselves from getting wet and get a vehicle quickly. I started to capture the action of nature when all of a sudden I couldn’t see both of my friends. After a few moment I found Aakash and we began to search Saroj while it was raining heavily.

We searched him throughout Kalanki but never found him as he had already taken bus for his home which was very far from Kalanki . We two got drenched like a rodent and had a cup of tea after  we started to shiver. After drinking a cup of tea we also took bus to Chabahil where we eventually reached after an hour.

The street around my house was very peaceful, silent and dark because most of the shops were closed and there was power cut throughout the community.  I could sense calmness in the environment and within me and I felt a very peculiar feeling of being new to it and also a strong sense of belonging. While walking about 10 minutes from bus station to my home, I felt something had changed in this place but nothing can change in a day, it must have been some changes in me. The tour definitely had reduced the accumulated anxiety, stress and angst.

I changed my wet dress which gave me a sense of warmth. Finally the tour came to a complete end. There were a lot of things going on within my

mind throughout the tour which I call as a learning and growing experience. Traveling lets me breath and reflect those things which truly matters in my life. With end of this experience I look forward to more such moments in days to come.

 

Bhaktapur- small city with big promise

Sometimes you just need a break in a beautiful place, alone or with someone you’d love to be with. Here’s about a place which is well suited for the relaxation of one’s mind, body and soul as a whole: Bhaktapur (called Bhadgaon and Khwopa in native tongue) is one of the three royal cities of the Kathmandu valley. It is the smallest district of Nepal with an area of 119 sq. km. But don’t go with the geographical area of the city, it is one of the biggest and richest city of the world- according to culture and heritage. It provides you with something everywhere around it. Every single street in it is meant to be explored to find out the hidden and forbidden history of people, culture, tradition and life before centuries. Bhaktapur is considered as Nepal’s cultural gem as this city constitutes of numerous fascinating cultural sites which never fail to capture one’s heart. Located about 20 kilometers east of Kathmandu in the Kathmandu valley, Bhaktapur is also known as the ‘city of devotees’, the ‘city of culture’, and the ‘living heritage’.Bhaktapur is filled with Hindu and Buddhist religious sites and art. Although the population is primarily Hindu, there are nineteen Buddhist monasteries (Vihars).Bhaktapur is rich in architectural beauty, filled with ancient Hindu and Buddhist religious sites, and palaces and courtyards where tourists can easily spend days observing the traditions and culture of the Newars. The major alluring site of Bhaktapur is the Bhaktapur Durbar Square which was added to the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1979.

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The Royal Square of Bhaktapur

Many festivals are celebrated throughout the year to mark the seasons, pay tribute to gods, and remember historical and legendary events. Dashain is the longest festival of the year, lasting 15 days which is observed in September/October. This festival is celebrated in the honor of goddess Durga. Bisket Jatra, the Nepalese New Year celebration is observed by pulling the chariots through the streets. This celebration is observed in April.

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Gai-Jatra, the Cow Festival which is observed in July/August focuses on families in bereavement. Tihar, the festival of lights, honors Laxmi, the goddess of wealth. During this festival, people light up their homes with candles, oil lamps, and other lights to invite the goddess Laxmi inside their house. They also worship crows, dogs, and cows during this festival and set aside one day to honor brothers. This celebration is observed in October. The Newar community observes MhaPuja revering one’s own body. Bhaktapur is rich in small & medium scale industries and we can find a lot of pottery shops within the city. Seeing the potter shaping his pot gives us the lesson about what life really is- all about shaping & creating ourselves. One of the most special food of Bhaktapur is ‘JujuDhau’ – curd served in clay plot, it is among must try delacies of Bhaktapur.

Bhaktapur is well known for its aspects in tourism sector as well. There are many ancient Hindu and Buddhist religious sites, palaces and courtyards in Bhaktapur where the tourists can observe the Newari culture and traditions. Almost 1/3 of the ancient temples, monasteries, and other ornate buildings of Bhaktapur were destroyed in the earthquake of 1934. Yet many gems remain in quite good condition till today. In Durbar Square, tourists can observe the 55-Window Palace, which served as the seat of royalty prior to 1769. The palace has elaborately carved windows and doors and houses the National Art Gallery, with Buddhist Paubha scroll paintings, palm leaf manuscripts, and stone carvings. Just outside the palace at the entrance to the Taleju Temple Complex is the Golden Gate, built in 1756, a splendid example of Repoussé metalwork. There also lies the Royal Bath, with its Golden Faucet. Durbar Square is also home to the Big Bell, built by the last Malla king of Bhaktapur, Ranajit Malla in the 18th century. It was rung to pay homage to the Goddess Taleju and to hearken the public to town meetings. Today, the bell is rung twice a day as a tribute to Goddess Taleju. Also in the Square lies the Yaksheswor Mahadev Temple, built by Yaksha Malla in the 15th century. It was modeled after the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu and was designed with ornate wooden struts decorated with erotic carvings. Other sites in and around the square include the octagonal Chyasin Mandap, Siddhi Laxmi Temple, Shiva Temple (Fasi-dega), Vatsala Temple, Bhandarkhal Complex, Chatu Brahma Mahavihar, Indrayani Temple, Balakhu Ganesh Temple, Tripura-sundari Temple and the Char Dham symbolizing the four greatest Hindu pilgrimage sites. The Fasi-dega Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, affords wide landscape views of the entire city. The Nyatpol (or Nyatapola) Temple, dedicated to the Goddess Lakshmi, lies in the Taumadhi square. Built in 1702 with 5 storeys, this is Nepal’s tallest pagoda temple.The Bhairavnath Temple, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 1934 and subsequently rebuilt, houses a gilded bust of the terrifying Bhairav, considered either a manifestation of Lord Shiva or a deity that guards his home. It also comprises of Pottery Square and the temple of eth Ganesh, dating back to the 14th century. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square coexists with the Dattatreya Square where one can locate many of the Bhaktapur’s temples and museums. A Pottery Square lies in the Dattatreya Square where the local potters work on their handicrafts.

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There are many other sites to look around in Bhaktapur besides the Royal Squares. One can visit Nagarkot which lays 20 kilometers north-east of Bhaktapur and enjoy panoramic views of the Himalayas. Nagarkot offers hiking trails that lead to Tamang villages. Changunarayan, the oldest temple in the valley lies 6 kilometers north of Bhaktapur. Thimi is a traditional Newar city which is well known for handicrafts. Bode is a town which is a 20-30 minute walk from Thimi where the town celebrates the tongue boring festival every year on the second day of the Nepali new year. The Surya Binayak is a 10-20 minute walk from Bhaktapur where many pilgrims visit for receiving blessings from Lord Ganesh. A 1-2 hour from the Ganesh Temple leads to Ghyampe Danda, a popular hiking trail.

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Hence, Bhaktapur can be called as ‘City of Diversification’ as it provides wide range of choice to visitor. It offers people with different opportunity to explore, enhance, involve, engage, learn and rejuvenate. It has scope for adventurous tourism, religious tourism, ecotourism, wilderness tourism and many more. It has a lot of promises to be fulfilled for visitor. No matter whatever the choice of visitor is, the city never leaves them unsatisfied and every time a visitor roams around the city they can find themselves recreated.

Credit_ Jagreety Khanal.

 

Terrorism

Terrorism is the deliberate commission of an act of violence to create an emotional response through the suffering of the victims in the furtherance of a political or social agenda. Terrorism is one of the greatest woes that the world is fighting against, continuously without any response of change. Terrorist use innocent citizen or people to warn government. They commit coward act of holocaust, genocide, homicide etc of innocent people to threaten a state or country who oppose their philosophy. As they can’t fight the government head to head they end up killing very innocent citizens who don’t have any rivalry with them. The world should fight against this barbaric, inhuman and intolerable act and take out the root of terrorism and it’s philosophy from the world.

I believe in peace and a world full of brotherhood and love.

I don’t feel alive

If I don’t get some time alone away from crowd in stillness with myself, I don’t feel alive.
If I don’t get chance to look at sky and wonder how big the universe is, I don’t feel alive.
If I don’t get time to look into upper horizon and wonder about stars, moons , life beyond our planet, reincarnation and everything else, I don’t feel alive.
If I don’t get chance to watch sunset and sunrise wondering about the cycle of nature, I don’t feel alive.
If I don’t get to see hills and mountains and learn how to stay firm whenever in life, I don’t feel alive.
If I don’t get to see rivers and learn how to get strong flow in our journey, I don’t feel alive.
If I don’t get time to wonder the vastness of seas and ocean and think how deep we should go to find ourselves, I don’t feel alive.
If I don’t get chance to communicate with nature and find out every answer it carries, I don’t feel alive.

After France attack

#France_Attack #Global_Wake_Up_Call

The suffering of world through extremist act & terrorism has now reached to the pinnacle. Every single day brings another terrifying news and event. There hasn,t been a day without any terrorising event taking part at some part of world. Not only France: Turkey, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, USA, Afghanistan are also some of the recent sufferer and that pain doesn’t exist only to the country that gets directly involved in warfare but it poses threat to the global citizen directly or indirectly. The further crisis of terrorism exists very much in every part of the world and this kind of act is inevitable in coming days. The best way to fight terrorism is to get prepared and awared every moment in every corner of world because terrorism doesn’t only exist in the western part of the world, it has become a part of daily life in few countries of world and other countries also need to put alert in the issue because it can happen at anytime and anywhere because the extremist group have zero moral and ethics in life. They just believe in creating tyranny, chaos and unstability among people.

P.S: I wrote this piece of opinión after the France attack on 14 july, 2016.

Away from illusion

The world is divided into illusionary categories and people are characterized by the categories they are divided into. People are judged based on their religion, nationality, class, race, ethnicity, caste and all so called categories which is meant to bring differentiation among people but actually has brought division among people. World would be alot better and peaceful without all this categories. We humans are better if categorised as an individual, a soul because we come with nothing from upper realm and go this way to same place.