Mount Lhotse is the world’s fourth highest mountain, next in rank to Kanchenjunga. Unlike most mountains in Nepal, Lhotse is an independent mountain. Its highest peak is 8,516 meters above sea level. Its two other peaks, Lhotse Middle (also called Lhotse East) and Lhotse Shar, have altitudes of 8,413 meters and 8,400 meters, respectively. The mountain was first climbed by Swiss climbers Ernst Reiss and Fritz Luchsinger, scaling it through its west face.
Nepal: A Place for Discovering the Spirit
There has long been something about Nepal that has attracted spiritual persons. Is it in the rugged mountains around it, of which one boasts the highest elevation on our planet? Is it in the snow-sprinkled valleys between the ranges, which seem natural cradles in the bosom of the world? Or is it in the people themselves, who manage to retain their charm and warmth despite the snowy rocks they often live beside? It may be all of these things and more—that is, the compounded history and picture all these things have made possible and continue to render possible to build on.
Nepal is one of those places you have to see first to understand, though. This is not a country you can grasp from staring at a map or just a few pictures. That’s fitting, in a way: the country that holds the roof of the world (or its pillars, at any rate) should not be a country one can capture in a few lines on an image or a paragraph of description. This is the earth at its grandest, away from the oceans and not dwarfed by them, but rather striving for the very heavens.
All the more appropriate that so much of Nepal’s history has focused on heavenliness. This is the perfect location for ascetics and soul-searchers, a land sprinkled liberally with stupas and temple complexes amidst the villages and local bazaars. You come here to see what people have built amidst all this natural beauty in their efforts. There are lakes next to tourist towns, national parks beside and including enormous ranges, gorgeous stretches of greenery ramifying into tendrils of lush reaching up into the snowy caps. Nepal is a place to go trekking or motorbiking, to conquer the rivers with rafts or gaze into their bubbling stretches, and a place for prayer or simple admiration of that which both god and man have wrought.
Located 40 kilometers away from the city of Kathmandu, Namo Buddha is a quiet, peaceful, and clean place that is perfect for contemplation and meditation. With breathtaking sunrise and sunset views, it is truly enchanting.
Buddhists consider the place as one of the most significant places of worship in Nepal. It is the location of three major Buddhist pilgrimage sites: Swayambhunath Stupa and Boudha Stupa. It is also the place where you can find the very sacred Namo Buddha, also [Read more…]
Kanchenjunga is the world’s third highest mountain. It used to hold the title of the world’s highest mountain until 1852 when it was discovered that the spot belongs to Mt. Everest. Towering 8,586 meters above sea level, this mountain in the Himalayas lies along the border between Nepal and India. It has five peaks, four of which exceed a height of 8,450 meters above sea level.
Two of its peaks are found in the district of Taplejung in Nepal while the other three are along the Taplejung and North Sikkim (India) border. The presence of these five peaks in the mountain is the reason why it is sometimes called The Five Treasures of Snows. The [Read more…]
Muktinath is found at the base of Thorong La mountain pass in the district of Mustang at an altitude of 3,710 meters above sea level. Located near the village of Ranipauwa, the place is inhabited by the ethnic group Bhotias. It is quite difficult to access because of harsh weather conditions in the area. Some people hire a helicopter to reach the place when the weather is favorable. However, this is not advised especially if you intend to stay for quite a while because you might suffer from altitude sickness.
It is considered sacred by Hindus. Many pilgrims flock to the site during the Ram Nawami, Rishitarpani, and Bijay Dashami festivals. [Read more…]
Rani Pokhari is Kathmandu’s beautiful and peaceful pond, which is also known as Lani Pukhu or Queen’s Pond. It is a serene-looking rectangular lake that is interrupted in the middle by a picturesque white Hindu temple that looks like a mosque. Pokhari literally means pool or small lake.
The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was built by King Pratap Malla in 1667, including the artificial pond, as a gift to console his queen after their son died. Their child suffered a painful death after he was accidentally trampled by an elephant. The pond did provide a peaceful solace to the Queen, and thus it was [Read more…]
The oldest Buddhist stupa in Kathmandu Valley is found in Chabahil, an ancient spot within Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu. To the Western ear, Kathmandu and Nepal are world locations of enchantment, magic, religion, culture and wonderment. All of these are true, and it is places like Chabahil that prove it.
Nepal is a landlocked country that is bordered by India and China. It shares much of its culture, traditions and religions from these big countries. Despite the poverty and political turmoil, Nepal is one of the most beautiful countries in the world tourism-wise; often frequented by European and Asian tourists, [Read more…]