The practice of Yoga dates back to the time of Mahabharata, where Saints and Sadhus used to practice this ancient art of mental and spiritual discipline.
The history of yoga dates back to fifth century BC, in the ancient Indian sub-continent. In the 19th and 20th centuries, Yoga Gurus from the sub-continent introduced yoga to the west. Yoga is a physical exercise, which has spiritual and meditative benefits and has been important part of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.
Yoga is channeling the mental and spiritual strength of the body with the help of physical posture and exercise.
June 21st International Yoga Day is celebrated in Nepal, and yoga demonstrations and lectures are held all over the country .Most of the demonstrations are held for all the general public and some special programs are conducted for the special members or invitees. Cities like Birjung, Biratnagar, and Kathmandu among others are the annual hosts for these events.
Nepal houses more than 400 Yoga and Meditation centers all over the country and it has been a favorable yoga destination since 1950s.
Nepal is an ideal destination for practicing the ancient art of yoga. Lush green vegetation and peaceful environment in the lap of Himalayas offers a wonderful opportunity for anyone who wishes to practice this ancient art of reviving mental and spiritual strength- Yoga.
Tour Date 2015-06 Blog post date 2015-06-21
Explore Himalaya recently organized a Yoga Trek to Lower Mustang for twenty Russian participants. The group’s spiritual leader was Ilia Beliaev. Nadia Neupokoeva and trek guide Lama Babu provided the much needed support to the group from EH’s side. All the group members were very satisfied with the trip and found the trek spiritually enriching and memorable. Here we reproduce some of their testimonials:
“Thank you for a very good trip, it was really great! Many thanks to Nadia and our Nepali guide Lama Babu. They are the best guides ever. I can say that I want to come here again and again. Om Namo Shivaya! The travel itinerary was perfect. We had a lot of attention from our guides. It was pleasurable trip for me! And surprise – there was no untoward incident even though we travelled on such a difficult route!”- Natasha, Moscow
“Many thanks to our guides and Explore Himalaya Company for showing a high level of professionalism, for their support and friendly service!”- Elmira, Kazan
“Very enriching experience! The trip has left a lasting impression! Thank you!”- Igor, Riga
“Thank you for an excellent and well organized trip! The experience was memorable and heartwarming!” – Anna, St.Petersburg
“I had dreamt about this trip my whole life. My dream was realized during these 15 days. This was one of the most important events in my life! Thank you!” – Elena, St.Petersburg
“Incredible route! Mountains, monasteries, very friendly local people!Everything ran smoothly! Perfect organization! Thank you for your professional support!”- Svetlana, St.Petersburg
“My husband and I had a satisfactory trip! Thank you for organizing it so excellently!”- Tatiana and Vlad, Moscow
(Pics courtesy:Ilia Beliaev)
Tour Date 2012-05 Blog Post on 2012-05-14
A part of Bagmati zone, Nuwakot district lies northeast of Kathmandu valley. The name, ‘Nuwakot’, is made up of two words ‘Nawa’ and ‘Kort’. ‘Nawa’ means Nine in Nepali and ‘Kort’ means sacred religious sites at the top of a hill. During the 18th Century, it used to serve as an important stopover on the Tibetan-Kathmandu Valley trade route. Referring to the pages of history, the Great King Prithvi Narayan Shah invaded Nuwakot which was under the ruling of Jaya Prakash Malla and made Nuwakot as the capital of his ruling area. At an elevation of 900 m, the ancient citadel stands proud as if untouched by changing times, amid the quaint Nuwakot Bazaar. The seven-story palace fortress was built during the reign of King Prithivi Narayan. It takes about 3 hrs/75 km to reach the historical city by land transfer from the capital city Kathmandu. Newar, Brahmin, Chhetri, Tamang and Magar is the main inhabitant of Nuwakot.
Sindure Jatra is one of the main festivals in Nuwakot. This Jatra is celebrated on Chaitra Purnima (April) which is celebrated for 10-12 days. The festival is celebrated every year and is mostly observed by people from Newar community. The festival marks the Nepali New Year and arrival of spring season. During the festival, devotees gather and take out a procession carrying a wooden chariot containing the idols of Goddess Bhairabi. People smear each other with Sindur (orange vermillion powder) and sing and dance to the tune of traditional music during the procession.
NOTE: Festivals dates change yearly.
Day 01: 28th Chaitra (10th April 2017): On the very first day of the festival, at the evening time, Living Goddess Kumari and Holy Priest (Dhami) perform a special ritual bath for the priest by Goddess Kumari. After the ritual of the purification process, the priest performs special puja in the temple. On the premises of the temple, two wooden poles are praised and plunked.
Living Goddess Kumari
Wooden Pole (Lingo)
Day 02: 29th Chaitra (11th April): Devotes carry the chariot of Goddess Bhairabi and pull it up to the Devighat (Riverbank) as per the tradition. This is where Two Goddess will meet as siblings.
Day 03: 30th Chaitra (12th April): Early morning, the Priest offer goats and buffaloes as per the rituals.
Following that people pray and sacrifice animals. On this day, the huge mass of devotees gathers, near the temple on the bank of a river. Mid-Night Goddess Bhairabi Chariot is returned back to her own Temple. This process will take whole night.
Day 04: 31st Chaitra (13th April 2017): Sindure Jatra (vermillion powder) festival is celebrated on this day. It is celebrated on after two days of Chaitra Purnima. Festival starts, after the guardian of Goddess Bhairabi scatter Sindur to the Priest, following on priest scatter Sindur to devotees.
Dhami and Dhamini
Day 05: –New Years Day- 1st Baishakh (14th April 2017): On the 1st day of New Year, Priest performs another ritual following on sacrificing the goats in the premises of the Bhairabi Temple. Where priest will offer the goats and buffaloes to Goddess with few amount of blood. He will suck the blood the blood for three times as part of ritual.
Priest (Dhami) Suck blood during festival
Day 06 to Day 10: 2nd – 6th Baishakh (15th – 19th April): Family gets together for celebration and invites each other for a special feast.
Day 11:- 7th Baishakh (20th April): Special Puja is performed to the Wooden Pole which was established at the starting of the Festival and Today it will be pull down with special Puja rituals. Devotee’s gather around Bhairabi Temple to pull down the wooden pole.
Day 12: – 8th Baishakh (21st April): It is the last day of the festival. The second wooden pole is brought down in a same ritual process as performed on the previous day. This is the last day of the Festival of the year.
Explore Himalaya recently organized an incentive trip to Nepal for mid to high level employees of a Russian company, MTS. The group trekked through the hills of Sindhupalchowk, rounding up their trek with an exciting bungee and swinging adventure at ‘The Last Resort’ located near Kodari, the Nepal-Tibet border. Explore Himalaya caught up with the group on their return to Kathmandu and talked with some of the group leaders. Here’s what they had to say:
– Konstantin, Moscow
|“Explore Himalaya did a very good job of organizing this trip. The staff were very friendly and the trek was an unforgettable experience! I can talk about it for hours!! Our guide was very polite, friendly, told us many interesting things about the life of the Nepalese. We really enjoyed it, and had the most favorable impression. The bungee jump and the subsequent tour of Kathmandu were very impressive. I jumped twice – swing and bungee.
The support staff and guides from Explore Himalaya were all very polite, alert and did their best to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable.After the completion of the trip, I realized how difficult it must have been for Explore Himalaya to organize this trek. Obviously a lot of hard work has gone into organizing this trip and I commend Explore Himalaya for organizing it so smoothly. Surprises were at every turn – in the city, and during the trek but everything got solved. Trekking was a pleasant experience for me. The weather helped us and we were able to see the snow capped Himalayan mountains. It was a daunting organizational challenge, but kudos to Explore Himalaya for making a success of it. With so many uncontrollable factors, everything was organized perfectly!”
Are you visiting Nepal for an experience? Then staying at a homestay in Nepal might just be what you are seeking for. The traditional way of accommodation has emerged as an exceptional attraction for travelers visiting to remote areas of Nepal since few years. These homestays do not only provide only a bed to sleep and meal to eat but also an authentic Nepalese living experience. They allow travelers to observe how people in Nepal spend their daily lifestyle and also to participate in it if interested too.
Typically, a traveler is welcomed from the heart offering Tika or Khada and they will also be exhibiting their culture through a cultural program. The type of the program depends upon what kind of ethnic tribes are in the village.
Travelers sometimes may not be able to get their own private room unlike any other hotels in the city areas and have to share with others but this is not something they should be afraid of. Likewise, attached bathroom should not be expected. However, they will be very precious memories you will be taking back home.
In the meal, one can taste delicious cuisines which are way more hygienic as you will be served each and everything produced from the locality. You will experience hospitality in its purest form where it is served from the heart.
One can also explore the village to see things that are unusual, leaving you amazed for those who live in a more urbanized area. Trying to communicate with locals may also bring surprises that you didn’t expect.
The motives of these accommodations are to let travelers familiarize with a complete village life environment to get lost in nature for a whole new experience.
Here we have some 30 Photographs from and around Phoolbari Homestay offering you a glimpse of how does a stay in Homestay look like: