Boudhanath Stupa

Boudhanath known as “Khasti” in Nepali language, is located at Boudha, Kathmandu. One can easily get here in a local bus, tempo, micro bus, taxi, or even self drive to this location.

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The Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath is one of the largest in the world. Its height is about 36m and is designated as world heritage sites since 1979.

It is believed that thousands of deities incarnated as lamas in the Baudha Stupa. It is said that because of Rabne, the rays of Bodhisattva’s entered in, from heaven and the holy sound was heard in the sky. That is why,it is viewed with a great reverence.

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Boudhanath Stupa is not only famous among the Buddhists but among the other religion followers too. From children to youngsters to old, every individual comes here to pay a visit and to find peace of mind and soul.

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The Stupa had been severely damaged in April 2015 Nepal earthquake. As a result a lot of reconstruction was done which was completed by the end of Oct 2016. In-fact, it was the first monument to be reconstructed after that devastating earthquake.

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There are a lot of hangout spots around the Stupa which is praised by both internal and external tourists. One can also find various restros that serve delicious Tibetan foods such as: laphing, pojay momo, et cetera.

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It is indeed one of the best places to visit as the scenic beauty of the Stupa and background hymn gives immense ecstacy.

A short video on Boudhanath Stupa, follow to be updated about my poss!!

 

 

Trip to Ghandruk

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Ghandruk is a town and Village Development Committee in Kaski District in the Gandaki Zone of northern-central Nepal.
Ghandruk is a popular place for treks in the Annapurna range of Nepal( i.e. specially for Annapurna Base camp trek), with easy trails and various accommodation possibilities. From Ghandruk there are views to the mountains of Annapurna including Machapuchare, Himchuli. By this reason it’s purely in natural setting.

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How to get to this beautiful village?

  • After you reach Pokhara, you can board a bus, hier some vehicle or travel in a bike too. As per your comfort.

{If you are not from Pokhara, and wandering how to get there, then it’s pretty simple:
You can reach to Pokhara by bus, bike or micro vans or even a flight. If you want, you can also reserve any vehicle and drive to Pokhara.}

  • There are various options to reach this village.
  1. You can stop by at Birenthanti and walk along the way to Ghandruk.
  2. As you enter the Ghandruk VDC, you can take up the stone paved staircase that leads to Ghandruk village.
  3. Or simply, drive all the way and take 5 to 15 mins walk up the hill.

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Yaa, that’s all. Pretty simple, isn’t it?


On the way to the village you will be able to see different scenarios of the nature, that will bring peace to mind. And also various cultures and typical traditions of village which has helped the villagers earn their livelihood since ages.

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Here’s a 3 minute video of my trip to Ghandruk. Check it out!

Hope this was helpful, do let me know if you found this helpful. And what you would like me to post about in upcoming days.


 

10 things to do at Pokhara

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Pokhara, the 2nd largest city of Nepal offers a variety of things you can do as per your interest.

Here, are 10 things you would not want to miss out when you make your next plan to travel to this city.

  1. Fewa Lake:

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The basic thing no one misses out is visiting this lake also known as Phewa Lake. Boating is an option available, to take a tour of this lake and visit the ‘Barahi Temple’ situated at the center of the lake.

2. Begnas Lake:

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It is another beautiful creation of nature in the city of lakes where you can witness the reflection of Annapurna and Machhapuchre reflected in the crystal clear surface of this lake. It also facilitates the visitors with the pleasure of boating.

3. Devi’s Falls:

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Also known as पातले छाङ्गो, it’s a waterfall which forms an underground tunnel which is 500 ft long and runs 100 ft below ground level. It is said that a swiss couple Davi went swimming but the woman drowned in a pit because of overflow and so it was named as Devi’s fall.

4. Caves:

  •  Gupteshwor Mahadev cave:

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Across the road from Devi’s falls, this cave consists of a huge stalagmite worshipped as a Shiva linga. All you gotta do is buy a ticket at the gate and clamber through a damp tunnel behind the shrine, you will be able to see thundering waters of devi’s falls.

  • Chamero gufa:

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Also called Bat cave and Mahendra cave, is located close to the Seti river. It is the large limestone cave whoch is famous for the bats that can be seen hanging by the walls.

5. Sunrise @ Sarangkot:

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Anyone who comes to Pokhara doesn’t miss a chance to get to this place. To witness the sunrise and its gleaming rays making, the peaks of Annapurna range shine brighter and brighter as it rises higher in the sky.

6. Peace Stupa:

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Also known as शान्ती गुम्बा, a Buddhist pagoda style located on a hilltop in Ananda hill is a place where you can find an immense inner peace of mind.

7. Bindhya Basini Temple:

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It is located near Bagar, in Pokhara Nepal. It is one of the popular attraction in the city as people come here to worship the hindu deities Bindhya Basini.

8. Pokhara Museum: International Mountain Museum

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With an objective of maintaining systematic records of the successful eight thousanders, geographic flora and fauna and human activities in the range, the IMM has been established at the foot step of fishtail peak and gateway to the mountain region.

9. Sports activities:

Pokhara offers many interesting and exciting sports adventures for the tourists both internal and external.

Some of them are:

  • Parasailing/ paragliding

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  • Zipflyer

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  • Mountain biking

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  • Ultralight

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  • Handgliding

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  • Skydiving

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  • Paramotor

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  • Boating

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10. Live music:

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At the end of the day, being a social animal, you might want to relax with your friends or family, not to disappoint you this city offers a variety of foods and beverages with live music performed by various artists in different restaurants which will surely make you groove and help make new friends along the way.

So, these are the things you can plan to do while visiting pokhara the gateway to the Annapurna circuit, a popular trail in Himalayas.

Let me know, in the comment section down below, which of the above mentioned things you wish to try out and if you already have what was your experience about it and also what topic would you like me to talk about in my next post.

Hope this was helpful, thank you for checking it out, follow to be notified about my posts.
(Reference: some of the pictures were extracted from google for this post)

Rara Lake- The Virgin Lake

The beautiful creation of the creator, ‘The virgin lake- Rara lake’ is located at Mugu district of Karnali zone Nepal. It is situated at an altitude of 2,990m i.e. 9,810ft above sea level with a water surface of 10.8 km square and max depth of 167m.

Rara lake is within the Rara National Park which has unique floral and faunal essence along with rare species like wild bear. The lake holds three epidemic fish species and one epidemic frog (though we did not witness any 😉 ).


How to get to Rara?

  • Day 1: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (6:00 p.m. -7:00 a.m.)
  • Day 2: Nepalgunj to Kalikot, Manma (8:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.)
  • Day 3: Manma to Talcha Airport (6:00 a.m.- 7:30 p.m.)
  • Day 4: Talcha to Rara Lake (2 to 3 hrs of trek)
  • Day 5: Rara to Talcha To Nagma (1:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.)
  • Day 6: Nagma to Surkhet (6:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. (take a bus from Surkhet to Kathmandu))
  • Day 7: Reach Kathmandu by 12:30 p.m.

 


P.S: That’s how I made my trip to Rara National Park.


My trip from Kathmandu to Rara- The Queen of Lakes

On 1st November 2016, around 6:00 p.m in the evening I along with my crew members boarded our bus destined to reach the Rara lake from Gongabu buspark, Kathmandu. We were filled with excitement to be at a new place and explore its beauty. 

We reached to Nepalgunj by the next morning and after having breakfast we continued our ride and headed to our next stop i.e. Manma, Kalikot (a stop nearer to our destination). We had to spent our night on Manma as it was restricted to ride heavy vehicles after 6:00 p.m. On the third day, continuing our journey we reached to Talcha airport by 7:30 p.m. We spent a night at Talcha having delicious traditional food of Nepal that we had been craving for since days. On the fourth day, finally the day came when we buckled up and secured our shoelace, got set for 2 to 3 hrs of trek from Talcha to Rara lake.

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As we walked amidst the woods of Rara National Park listening to the chirping of birds we reached the Shiva temple and worshiped him. As we moved further, we could see the reflection of Rara lake through the woods. It seemed as if the glitters were shining as the sun rays touched its surface. That moment; when we saw the glimpse of Rara, the true feeling of esctacy, can’t simply describe in words how happy and delighted we were. The color of the sky was reflected by Rara and it seemed as if the sky had fallen on the ground: both deep blue – A perfect scenario. The purity of lake was mesmerizing.

I had no wish to leave this place but as they say, “Travelling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying,”I would stay and love you but I have to go”.

As the night passed and the sun had risen once again, the beautiful morning view of the lake could be seen. It was priceless. Here’s a picture of that scene.

Isn’t it beautiful?

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Slowly, viewing this nature with immense pleasure we returned back to Kathmandu with never fading memories of the trip and carrying everlasting beauty of Rara imprinted in our hearts.

This way, we ended our trip and it was worth it. I know that whenever, I’ll look back to remember this journey from Kathmandu to Rara it is going to bring a huge smile to my face and a peace of mind looking at the pictures of calm and smoothly flowing Rara.

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“Rara- The virgin lake” It is the true definition of beauty.

Here’s a short video of my trip. Check out the link below:


Lastly, if you are struggling to make a choice about your next tour then without any hesitation just pack your bags and head towards Rara Lake. I bet, it’ll be worthful and when you get back home you will be a changed person, filled with better insights and a wonderful story to share with your friends.