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An ancient Stupa, “BOUDHANATH” also known as “Jyarung Khasor” in Tibetan language, is one of the largest Stupa in the world. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage in the year 1979 BS, this pilgrimage site has both historical and religious values that attract thousands of visitors / tourists every year. Standing tall and magnificent, Boudhanath Stupa carries its own importance from the top part to the bottom. From above, Boudhanath Stupa looks like a giant Mandalaor diagram of the Buddhist cosmos. A question-mark-type symbol is painted in the middle of the eyes, which is actually the Nepali character for the number 1, symbolizing unity and the one way to reach enlightenment—through the Buddha’s teachings. Prayer flags that are tied to the Stupa flutters in the wind, which is believed to be carrying mantras and prayers heavenward.
But the year 2015 (25th April and 13th May) was an unfortunate year for all Nepali people since a massive earthquake hit the country killing thousands of people and destroying almost all the national properties of the country. This devastating calamity struck Boudhanath as well, ruining the structure of the uppermost part of the Stupa which was disheartening to the whole nation. But the civilians rose up as one and held on each other to overcome this tragedy. Donations, volunteers, well-wishers, prayers and blessings from all over the world made the Stupa revive its former beauty and glory back again.
Boudhanath Stupa is fierce, strong and back in form already looking more stunning and majestic than ever. It is ready to welcome all the visitors.
It is time to visit Nepal. It is time to visit Boudhanath Stupa.
Do you know that Mount Kailash Pilgrimage is considered World’s Best Hikes in Epic Trails by National Geographic?
Mount Kailash Pilgrimage, Tibet
Best For: Yogis and others seeking spiritual enlightenment
Distance: 32 miles
Legendary mountaineer Reinhold Messner was once awarded a permit to climb Kailash, considered sacred to five religions. According to Hindus, the perfect pyramid of the 22,028-foot peak is where the god Shiva sits in meditation. The mountain is also a holy place to Buddhists, Jains, the Ayyavazhi branch of Hinduism, and the ancient Bon religion of Tibet. Messner decided not to deconsecrate the summit, which has never been attained by human beings. When a Spanish team planned to climb it in 2001, Messner suggested that they go find a more difficult summit. It remains unclimbed, although in recent years the Chinese government has begun to build a road on the sacred pilgrimage path, known as the kora.
While the mountain itself is forbidden, traversing 32 miles around it is an important ritual. All this religious significance means that while Kailash is not a place for mountaineers, it does draw crowds of pilgrims seeking its powerful good grace. It’s also a first-class Himalaya trek encompassing meditation sites at waterfalls, the sacred cave of Zuthal Puk, and 18,600-foot Dolma La Pass.
When to Go: April through September. Numerous companies offer tours that deal with the logistics of getting into Tibet and driving to the base of Mount Kailash, which can be crowded with pilgrims.
Insider Tip: After you complete the kora, take a dip in nearby Lake Manasarovar. At 15,060 feet, it’s one of the highest lakes on the planet. According to Hindus, the waters purify bathers, and ablutions here complete the Kailash pilgrimage.
Even though the number of foreign tourists has gone down drastically after the devastating earthquake of April 25, adventure lovers are still enjoying trekking in the mountains of Nepal.
Altogether 1,635 foreign tourists enjoyed trekking trips in Nepal after the earthquake till August 18, statistics of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) shows.
According to the statistics, 296 free individual trekkers (FITs) have enjoyed trekking trips in Nepal after the earthquake.
The number of trekkers, however, is down by 80 percent compared to figures of same period last year. In the same period last year, NTB and TAAN had issued 8,854 TIMS cards.
NTB issues TIMS cards to FITs, while TAAN distributes TIMS cards to trekkers traveling in groups.
NTB issued 35 TIMS cards in May, 64 in June, 96 in July and 100 till August 18. It had issued 558 TIMS cards in May, 431 in July and 566 in August. NTB doesn’t have figures of June last year as its daily activities were affected in the month due to protest of Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC).”
“Nepal has not closed any trekking area after the earthquake. We have been providing TIMS cards to interested trekker”,” Ramesh Adhikari, chief administrator of NTB, said” “After the earthquake, Annapurna Region has become the most preferred destination of trekker”.”
Similarly, TAAN has issued 1,339 TIMS card after the earthquake. It issued 590 TIMS cards in May, 143 in June, 340 in July and 266 till August 18. The association had issued 3,150 TIMS cards in May, 593 in June, 1,627 in July and 1,929 in August.”
“It is good to note that adventure lovers are still trekking in Nepal in the post-quake situation that too in monso”n,” Adhikari said, addin”, “We are working to normalize the life of the people in major trekking areas. Our focus is on reconstruction and maintenance of trails and bridges so that people can trek in Nepal without any hassles in the coming seas”n.” He also said even local community of different trekking areas has taken initiative to rehabilitate trails and welcome tourists.
Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, with the help of international agencies like World Bank and Samarth, has carried out assessment of trekking trails in Everest and Annapurna regions. Miyamoto International, a global engineering firm, carried out assessments of trails in both the regions and declared that most of the trails there are unaffected by trek and safe to visit.
Sagar Pandey, general secretary of TAAN, said they were planning series of events for the revival of trekking in Nepal. For the coming New Year, we are planning ‘New Year Walk in Langtang Region’ and Anniversary Walk on April 25 in one trekking ar”a,” Pandey sai”. “Nepal Adventure Week, which is being held in October, will help in promotion of adventure tourism as the event will see participation of representatives from different international tour operators.”
The Department of Tourism under Ministry of Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation on Sunday issued the first permit to ascend Mount Everest after the April 25 earthquake.
Japanese climber Nobokazu Kuriki, who will be climbing the world’s tallest mountain from Nepal’s side via regular route, will be the first climber to ascend the Everest after multiple avalanches, triggered by devastating earthquake claimed at least 17 lives.
All the expedition and travel programs in the Everest region were called off following the tragic incident.
The government issued the first permit to climb Mount Everest after the assessment report conducted by Tourism Ministry had declared the Everest region safe for expedition and traveling.
Kuriki, who had already attempted to scale the Mount Everest four times before, will be accompanied by a Japanese photographer Masaru Kadotani till Camp II.
Minister for Tourism Kripasur Sherpa said that the permission was given to climb Mount Everest was targeted towards giving the message to the international audience that the Everest region was safe for climbing and traveling.
“The permit was given with a purpose to serve in disseminating the message to the world that Everest was safe to climb and travel. We are proud with it,” said Sherpa.
Kuruki, who lost his nine fingers while attempting to climb Everest in 2012, said that he wants to deliver the message that Nepal is safe and help in the revival of mountain tourism in Nepal.
“I hope I will be successful this time. My hopes are running high. I am going there with a noble cause of promoting Nepal being safe to travel and contribute in the revival of mountain tourism in this beautiful country,” said Kuruki.