“Giving up the worldly pleasures and determined to live the peaceful life in isolation sadhus immerse themselves most of the times into devotion”
Holy men who stroll around revered Hindu shrines with long unshaved beard & naturally dreadlocked hair are sadhus in general. Sadhus in general around these shrines are orange robed and are adorned with numerous metal rings & Rudrakshya necklace. However, sadhus and their lifestyle have a broader meaning. Giving up the worldly pleasures and determined to live the peaceful life in isolation sadhus immerse themselves most of the times into devotion.
“Pashupatinath, the temple dedicated to Hindu Supreme Lord, Shiva is the biggest Hindu Shrine of Nepal and one of four prominent Hindu temples of Indian subcontinent”
Nepal’s Hindu shrines are the ideal sites for sadhus. Holy saints from and India and Nepal make their temporary or permanent abodes here and hence Sadhu lifestyle can be witnessed, experienced and captured at these landmarks extensively. Pashupatinath, the temple dedicated to Hindu Supreme Lord, Shiva is the biggest Hindu Shrine of Nepal and one of four prominent Hindu temples of Indian subcontinent. Sadhus and their lifestyle at Pashupatinath are the prime highlights here.
“Sadhus at Pashupatinath are mostly Shiva’s followers. Also known Shaiva Sadhus, they present themselves in the most inscrutable appearances: wild & fearless. Some sadhus at Pashupatinath also paint their bodies with ash from firewood. They believe the remains of fire allows supreme protection to their inside and outside bodies not only from heat, cold and rain; they also have faith that the ash guards their bodies against evils of any sorts.”
“Sadhus at Pashupatinath look and behave weird but exceedingly holy at the same time”
Sadhus at Pashupatinath have signs of their supreme master Lord Shiva: Dressed like Shiva they hold trisul (trident) in one hand and damaru (two-sided drum) in other. With a necklace of crumpled Rudraksha seeds, trident shaped tika on their foreheads and a conch shell in their rugged bags for making frequent evocative calls across the cosmic sea, they look and behave weird but exceedingly holy at the same time.
“Aghori Sadhus even feed on dead human flesh at cremation grounds”
Moreover, few sadhus to avoid presumed illusionary sexual practice tie their penises to heavy stone and destroy their erecting tissues. Aghori Sadhus who are normally dressed in black are believed to feed on dead human flesh at cremation grounds. And Aryaghat in Pashupatinath is their paradise, where hundreds of deceased ones are cremated daily.
“Like their master, Sadhus at Pashupatinath love to get high intoxicated by hemp. Hemp hence at Pashupatinath is in a way legal to consume; not for common man but for Sadhus only.”
“An encounter with beautiful unexpected experiences is Nepal’s specialty. Himalayas & Buddha are the prime identities of Nepal among potential travelers across the world. However, the most important aspect that every traveler values while making a travel decision is the native people of the travel destination.”
If someone is talking about the people of Nepal, they should have wonderful experience with Nepalese. Known for their bravery, kindness, hospitality and resilience, the people of Nepal are amazing. No matter what tribe they belong to or kind of lifestyle they enjoy, Nepalese are probably the most likable people across the world.
Travelers who have visited the Nepal frequently speak about Nepalese hospitality. The friendly and welcoming smiles of Nepalese have touched many people’s heart. Serving their guests with the best food & accommodation possible has been the culture since the starting of civilization in Nepal. (Atithi Devo Bhava) is a Sanskrit verse which simply means, Guests are Equivalent to gods. This code of conduct has been adapted by the Hindu civilization, and also has been a part of our Nepalese culture.
“During the 2015 mega earthquake a British reporter shared a story on social sites, which got viral. A British journalist was reporting on the current situation of Bhaktapur city. He came across an old lady who was around her 70s. He started asking about her current situation. The lady replied, “Everything is destroyed, my house, my furniture and my elder son got badly injured”. Then out of nowhere during the conversation the old lady asked the reporter, if he was thirsty or hungry, if he needed anything. He was overwhelmed by her generosity and the level of hospitality that a broken Nepalese could show. This is a prime example of hospitable nature and the level of Nepalese mentality towards their guests.”
Nepalese are a very proud group of people. The culture, tradition and history of Nepalese play an important role in our day to day lives. Travelers can expect something extraordinary out of a very simple Nepalese because when it comes to serve the guest Nepalese hearts are big enough to satisfy them with the limited resources they own.
Our heartfelt condolences to people those lost their lives during the earthquake on April 25, 2015. May their souls Rest in Peace. We wish a quick and meaningful recovery of the people injured during the quake and those who lost their loved ones.
After a year of the tragedy, Nepal is slowly finding its way towards recovery. Lots of monuments have been rebuilt and many are on the phase of restoration. Nepal is once again safe and sound. People here are ready to welcome travelers. We urge travelers to visit Nepal.
“Bardia National Park is wilder, denser and is a hair-raiser”
Bardia National Park is rarely frequented and unharmed protected park of Nepal. It is probably the best wildlife destination in Nepal. Bardia National Park was declared the protected National Park in 1988. It spreads in the area of 968 sq. km. Bardia National Park is wilder, denser and is a hair-raiser. The park resembles Chitwan National Park as it was three decades ago. It is the largest protected home of Royal Bengal Tigers in Nepal and one of the biggest in Asia.
However, the park suffered adversely during Maoist insurgency. Poaching of endangered species was very high then. Royal Bengal Tigers and one-horned rhinos became the prime targets of poachers. Hence their number fell heavily. The poaching almost extinct Rhinos from the park. And they were relocated here from Chitwan National Park.
Bardia National Park is home to 30 species of mammals. The park also houses more than 400 species of birds. It houses endangered species like Bengal florican and sarus crane. In the river ecosystem of the park, aquatic life prospers. Gharial and marsh mugger crocodiles and Gangetic dolphins are frequent sights.
As the insurgency was over, the wildlife in the park dramatically began to prosper. Now the Park caters the most intriguing wildlife activities of entire Nepal. The possibility of sighting Tigers in the park is more than 50% and rhinos are certain sights.
Those who craves to enjoy the wilds in relatively undisturbed, wilder and less touristy destination, park is ideal . Plus villages in close proximity of the park are great cultural showcase. The homes to indigenous Tharus, the villages are authentic and culturally very rich.
Getting to the park is either by flight or road. One hour flight to Nepalgunj followed by an hour drive takes you to the park. Or, else you will have to drive a full day from Kathmandu to reach the park.
Fourteen kilometers of river stretch for white water adventure, Trishuli River Rafting is a true adrenaline rush. For the first timers it is even more exhilarating. Starting point of Trishuli River Rafting is easy access from major tourist hubs of the country. Hence it has gained excessive popularity amongst domestic as well as foreign adventure seekers. However, the accessibility is only an advantage. Trishuli River Rafting is popular because of the unlimited fun attached during the thrilling journey on this massive liquid highway.
It is maximum of four hours ride from either Kathmandu, Chitwan or Pokhara to the raft starting point. Three to four hours river ride followed by 3-4 hours of drive back to desired destination – Rafting in Trishuli is action packed day trip throughout. Trishuli River caters Class 3+ rapids during autumn and Class 4+ rapids during spring. During Monsoon the rapids go beyond Class 5+.
Rafting in Trishuli for beginners normally kicks off at Charaudi. Expert river guides train the rafters with the river techniques before the journey. As the adventure begins, the first rapid “Welcome” welcomes you. The heavy splash of water on your face is an adventurous welcome. The first section of the rafting is mild adventure. Frequent water fight with the fellow rafters rafting in other rafts is fun here. Swimming in calm and deep section of Trishuli River could be yet another adventure. And for this you shouldn’t be a good swimmer at all.
The real action begins after the lunch. The first rapid after lunch that greets you is “Twins Rock”. Twins Rock is a fast flowing rapid with outrageous waves of water in between two giant rocks. Initially it demands you to raft fast forward and then compels you to get down into the raft. Soon the raft enters yet another interesting rapid “The Roller Coaster”. Roll along the water and with efforts of rafting back and forward get pass it. After a while of pleasant rafting session and witnessing eye-catching rock formation in Trishuli River, “Ladies Delight” awaits you. Hundred meters of rough ride up and down the fierce rapids demands screams out of thrills. The adventure isn’t over yet. The most challenging rapids of Trishuli River are yet to come. “Offset I” takes the raft down to fill it with the water. Rafters here can just feel cold Himalayan water splashing every part of their body. Soon the “Offset II” caters similar thrills. The last rapid looks a piece of cake but it surprises. It is a whirlpool powerful enough to make several rounds around it before the raft gets out of it. Hence the rapid got its name “Surprise”.
Truly an exhilarating river journey, Trishuli River Rafting is the most ideal destination for enthusiast rafters during autumn and spring. It can be challenging enough to professional and avid rafters during the monsoon. Giving a try to raft along the rapids of Trishuli could be a lifetime river experience.