Though Nepal is India and China near neighbor, many people remain unware of the vast treasury of history and spirituality enshrined in this intriguing Himalayan country. Even if you are less drawn towards the great outdoors kind of adventure, Nepal can hold you entranced with its distinctive culture and character- and its many opportunities for enjoying profound religious experiences. Among the tours enjoyed by our clients are journeys to sites of special significance for Hindus, Including Muktinath, Lake Gosainkund and the legendary temples os Kathmnadu, including Pashupatinath and Swoyambhu or the 'monkey temple'.
The sancity of Muktinath('place of salvation') derives from it's reputation as the place 'where the Gods breathe fire'.
Lake Gosainkund, a holy lake at 4380M is said to have been created by Lord Shiva, who thrust his Trident into a glacier to slake his thirst after selflessly consuming poison in order to save the world. It is a focus of extreme devotion in the Hindu religion, especially during Janai Purnima, the full moon festival in August, when thousands of piligrims flock there.
Some of our clients drawn to Nepal for spiritual reason also like to visit the Damodar Kunda, In upper Mustang, or Tilicho Lake, which is in more remote part of the Annapurna Range. Damodar is linked with the story of lord Krishna and its name, meaning 'having a rope round his stomatch' alludes to the waist-rope which Krishna wore. A glacial lake on the slopes of the Damodar Kunda, its Water were cited by Krishna as being very purifying-and so bathing here is believed to free the visitor from sin.
One of the highest lakes in the world, TILICHO (at 4949Mvin the Annapurnas) has been a pilgrimage destination ever since it was identified as the sacred site mentioned in the Ramayan where Shiva found solace after the Death of his consort, Sati.
Though prominent in Buddhism rather than Hinduism, many travelers appereciate the spirituality connected to Lumbini, the site in southern Nepal where Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautam, who grew up to become the founder of Buddhisim lord 'Gautam Buddha'. The most well-known of the four main buddhist pilgrimage sites, Lumbini is located about 25KM east of Kapilvastu.
With a spiritual aura deriving from natural beauty rather than scriptural significance, Poon Hill is popular with our clients because it is wonderfu vantage point for sublime sunrise vistas and has spectacular views of all four Annapurnas, Macchapuchhre, Nilgiri South and Dhaulagiri peaks.
Nature lovers will also revel in some time spent at Chitwan or Bardia national parks, where rare species such as the Indian one-Horned rhino and the Bengel tiger can be viewedin their natural habitat.
Chitwan is Nepal's oldest national park, having been established in 1973 and granted World Heritage status in 1984. It is home to 43 species of mammals and 450 varieties of bird.
Bardia, on which National Park status was conferred in 1988, was created in the western Terai to protect the area's representative ecosystem and more specially to conserve tigers and their prey species.
Whether your personal venture is pricipally religious or purely for leisure and unwinding consider a specially tailored trip in the land of love, Peace and greater understanding.