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Festival of threads – Janai Purnima in mid-hills and Rakhi in lowland plains

Posted Aug 27th, 2015 under Culture & Festivals, Leave a comment

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In a country where festivals are the ways of life, “Janai Purnima” also known as the festival of threads is one of the most religiously significant celebrations of Nepal.

"According to the Gregorian calendar on the fortnight, full moon of August the festival is celebrated with great joy every year."

Ethnics groups like Brahamins, Chettries and Newars celebrate this festival by tying the sacred thread around the wrist by the priest with the enchantment holy Mantra which signifies peace and prosperity. The holy thread tied around the wrist shall be untied on Laxmi Puja, the major celebration after almost three most and re-tied on the tails of cows, which signifies the devotion for holy animal cow and Goddess Laxmi.

festivals of nepal, janai purnima

"The males who have gone through bratabanda “the holy ceremony that makes Hindus eligible of performing holy rituals change the thread they put around their shoulders on this day by dipping into the holy pond or river."

The major Shiva temples all over the country are filled with devotees and priests surrounding it to tie the holy thread on the wrists of as many as devotees. Devotees believe that bathing in the holy Goshaikunda Lake in Langtang region on this day cleans their mind and soul getting rid of all the sins they have committed till the day.

"In Newar community, the festival is also known as “Kwati Purnima”. Kwati is a special soup made by nine different beans using various spices, which gives a significant taste to the dish. It is believed that after the completion of the plantation season, consumption of this special dish is good for one’s immunity system."

festivals of nepal, janai purnima

Kwati, the special Newari cuisine during Janai Purnima

The beginning of festive season in Nepal, Janai Purnima shall be observed in the major Hindu Shrines across Nepalese mid-hills. However, in the lowland plains of the country the natives celebrate this day as Rakhi Festival. Rakhi observes sisters tying the colorful threads on the wrists of their brothers and brothers offer gifts or cash to their sisters.

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The perfect family holiday in Nepal

Posted Aug 24th, 2015 under Photo Essay, Leave a comment

Individuals from different families come together to undertake the challenges of the holidays that cater extreme adventure or the holidays that offer specific genre of touristic activities. When a family sets out to enjoy a holiday, diverse travel choices depending on individual's adrenaline hunger, age, past travel experiences and most importantly the reasons for the love towards traveling come into play.

family holiday in nepal

Our Family Holiday in Nepal addresses all these diverse preferences and reasons of traveling of every member of the family. It incorporates soft adventure of trekking along the trails of magnificent Annapurna Region, exploring the cultural delights of Kathmandu Valley, sightseeing around the nature's bride Pokhara, penetrating the woods of Chitwan National Park and experience the exhilarating Mountain Flight to king-sized Khumbu .

family holiday in nepal

The soft trekking adventure to Poonhill Ghorepani can be done by anyone fit enough to walk five hours a day and the acclimatization problem that normally comes during trekking in Nepal is never an issue on this trek as it goes not higher than 3210m. Children above ten years old and the elderly citizens can easily complete this trek. However, in case of walking problems kids or senior citizens might encounter, horses or ponies are easily available to take them to the ultimate destination, Poonhill 3210m.

The authentic culture of Gurungs (ethnical tribe living in the region for centuries), the floral and faunal biodiversity of Annapurna Conservation Area Project and the Himalayan panorama dominated by Annapurna, Fishtail and Dhaulagiri are the major highlights of Poonhill Trek that slides up and down the rolling hills as the waves in the ocean do.

 

family holiday in nepal

The sightseeing tours around cultural treasure troves of Kathmandu has been the fascinating aspect of tours in Nepal for travelers having all preferences. After the quake, cultural landmarks of Kathmandu have more to offer because many monuments that stood tall and intact during the quake manifest the cultural richness and the ancient civilization of the country. Others that are partially damaged or completely destroyed demonstrate the power of the quake that hit Nepal on April 25 2015.

However, all these cultural landmarks of Nepal still manifest the colorful Nepalese lifestyle and clearly gives the message that Nepalese have already accepted the disaster as nature's warning and have started to rebuild Nepal more powerful and prosperous than ever.

 

family holiday in nepal

The wildlife activities in Chitwan National Park, the park that lies in lowland plains cater adventurous Elephant Safari into the jungle catering chances of sighting many rare wild species including One-horned rhino, Royal Bengal Tiger, Gangetic Dolphin and Mugger Crocodile among others.

The nature walk into the woods and the dugout canoe ride in Rapti River are ideal opportunities for bird watching and to witness the river ecosystem of the park. Moreover, the culture of Tharu Tribe, Elephant Bathing in Rapti River and tours to Elephant Breeding Center are wonderful highlights of the park.

 

family holiday in nepal

 

Pokhara, the town catering exceptional wonders of the nature is also included in the family tour. Creepy caves, deep-seated gorges, verdant lakes and mythical falls can be explored around Pokhara.

Moreover the Himalayan backdrop dominated by Fishtail and Annapurna massif that can be seen from anywhere in Pokhara makes this town more fascinating. The boating in Fewa Lake, soothes travelers brain soul in Pokhara.

 

family holiday in nepal

An hour long Mountain Flight on a fixed wing aircraft that flies over exceedingly wonderful Khumbu Region gives travelers to witness the mighty 8000ers including Everest.

Overall, this is a perfect family holiday in Nepal that gives travelers the brief yet insightful peep into Nepal's incredible highlights. Spending this fantastic family holiday in Nepal that caters the best of Nepal's trekking experience, wildlife activity, cultural opulence, natural delights and exceptional Everest could be the best time you spend with your family.

 

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Hill Stations around Kathmandu Valley

Posted Aug 21st, 2015 under Photo Essay, Leave a comment

The hills that ring chaotically charming Kathmandu Valley are the fascinating destinations catering relatively tranquil rural habitats and some of the most amazing features of the nature. The rural culture in very close proximity to cosmopolitan town Kathmandu, the lush vegetation attached to the concrete jungle of Nepal's capital and the widespread Himalayan panorama brings hundreds travelers to the summit of these hills  every day. 

Not far from culturally opulent three medieval towns of the valley, the hills encircling it manifests the different aspect of the country, which incline towards incredible nature and the authentic rural lifestyle. Some of these hill stations also has huge religious significance and some of them are rich in terms of wildlife. Whatsoever, all these hill stations that surround Kathmandu Valley cater peaceful stay, semi urban lifestyle and the Himalayan panoramas for sure.

The best part is that all the Hill Stations are very easily accessible from any part of the valley and the best way to explore these hill stations is to go for the overnight stay. A night at these hill stations guarantees the sunset and sunrise views in the Himalayas. To sight the sun setting or emerging in the horizon where Himalayan peaks lie is itself a spellbinding moment.

On today's post we have included an image each of the most popular hill stations around Kathmandu Valley. Have a look

 Chobhar (1413m)

chobar

 

Godawari (1526m)

Godawori

 

Dhulikhel (1550m)

Dhulikhel

 

Namo Buddha (1750m)

Namobuddha

 

Kakani (2030m)

Kakani

 

Shivapuri (2128m)

Shivapuri

 

Nagarkot (2195m)

Nagarkot

 

Pulchowki (2780m)

Phulchowki Hill

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Biking around Kathmandu Valley

Posted Aug 18th, 2015 under Travel Guide, Leave a comment

When you feel the wind touching your body or your pumped up calves wants to push more, the thrill of riding through rough terrains and steep hills gives you a high that remains into your brain and soul forever.

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Nepal is geographically a diverse country. Hills surrounding the capital city Kathmandu give an amazing biking experience where one can get in touch with the nature and witness rural Nepalese culture first hand. Many bikers get amazed by the fact that being so close to the valley one can get a glimpse of Makalu to Annapurna on a fine sunny day and feel the thrill of riding along the spontaneous trails.

There are number of trails which basically are old jeep roads, carved along the ridges of the jungle which takes you to the world out of city lights. You will find small villages, hidden temples, beautiful monasteries and of course the Himalayan vistas along the trails.

mountain biking around kathmandu valley

For those who have a sweet tooth for adventure, Mountain biking around Kathmandu valley will be an amazing experience for you. There are verity of trails which are favorable for both Pro and amateur bikers. Weather you ride for fun or you ride to achieve, Mountain biking around Kathmandu Valley offers you the best of both worlds.

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Birds found around Kathmandu Valley

Posted Aug 12th, 2015 under Photo Essay, Leave a comment

“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that's all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.” – Stephen King

Birds found around Kathmandu Valley

Birds found around Kathmandu Valley

From great Himalayas in the north to the plain Terai in the south, Nepal has three types of geographical zones with the hilly region sandwiched in the middle. Being a small country, Nepal manifests rich wildlife including 873 bird species, which is the 10% of total species of birds found on earth. Dense forest in the Terai and Hilly region of the country houses a unique combination of in-house and migratory birds. For anyone who wishes to visit Nepal especially for bird watching, it will be an amazing experience for sure.

Chitwan National park, Bardia National Park,Sagarmatha National Park, Koshitappu Wildlife Reserve and ten other protected areas in Nepal are the famous bird watching destinations of the country.

Birds found around Kathmandu Valley

Birds found around Kathmandu Valley

Hundreds of species of birds migrate to Nepal during their long migratory journeys from Siberia, Africa, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Mongolia and Tibet China. Eurasian Cuckoo, Pied Thrush and Asian Paradise Flycatcher are some of the unique species of migratory birds recorded in the country.

Birds found around Kathmandu Valley

Birds found around Kathmandu Valley

For getting an ultimate bird watching experience, one does not even have to go far from Kathmandu. Forested Regions like Shivapuri National park, Godawari, Taudha (lake) are ideal bird-watching destinations, few kilometers far from the valley. Around 120 species of migratory birds and around 400 species of in-house birds can be found around the valley itself.

Birds found around Kathmandu Valley

Birds found around Kathmandu Valley

Today we have posted few photographs of birds found around Kathmandu Valley. Hopefully, these images of birds found around Kathmandu will give all bird-watchers the some idea on Kathmandu's prime destinations for bird watching tours.

Birds found around Kathmandu Valley

Birds found around Kathmandu Valley

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