Shimmering Lakes and Fluttering Prayer Flags: Finding Serenity in Nepal
Since the beginning of time, the secret of life is to travel and explore the world. The history of evolution has proved the statement. In the ancient world, once men were living a nomadic life and entirely dependent on nature. Travelling becomes the soul of human life. Travel is a powerful implement for being a better person and creating a better world to celebrate the diversity of the universe.
“Not all those who wander are lost.”- By J.R.R Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings)
Ever wonder why people love to travel and moving out of their comfort zone. Each and every individual has their reasons. Most commonly noticed ones that justify the love are challenging yourself, learning more, expanding of perspective, appreciating lives outside of your world, finding yourself among diversity, strengthening your relationship with the universe, having an adventure, escaping, celebrating, relaxing and rejuvenating. Challenging yourself pushes them to their limits and gets them outside their comfort zone. It helps to discover the new world as well as the importance of self. Seeing the world adds knowledge and skills such as new languages, culture, new cuisine and many more. Getting away from our comfort zone offers multiple opportunities to reflect on our life. And travelling is one of the best ways to learn more about self. It shows diversity and its value which helps us to accept and develop.
Though travellers’ buck list has always so many amazing places, still there is a possibility to miss out on one that is Nepal.
Nepal is a country, which will never disappoint you as a traveller. It’s full of happiness, culture and beauty. Some of the basic reasons why you should visit Nepal are the views are stunning, the people are friendly, home to once-in-a-lifetime treks, diversity and acceptance of religion, safe and affordable.
- Trekking adventure
Nepal has some of the best trekking in the world. It is home to Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, the Ghorepani Poon Hill (sometimes known as the Annapurna Panorama Trek) and many others. People, from all over the world, come to hike Everest Base Camp. At the altitude of 18,000 feet and experience the best mountain views in the world and the multiple days’ trek are well worth the effort. The Ghorepani Poon Hill is an easy to modest level trek. During the trek, a traveller walks amongst lush green forests blazing with beautiful red rhododendron. There is a chance to observe the local lives of the Gurung tribe. The place is known for its beautiful views of the rising sun. Moreover, it is famous for its alternating incline between forests, plain fields, and hills.
- Admire the Boudhanath Stupa
There is the largest stupa (a Buddhist shrine with a dome shape) and also the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet. This is scared place and established in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Every part of the building represents the stages to the trail of enlightenment with the eyes painted on each side of the gilded tower showing the all-knowing nature of the Gautama Buddha as well as five elements of earth, water, fire, air and ether (the fifth represented by another Buddha preserved in the centre).
- Spotting the Wildlife
The wildlife seekers have an incredible scenario to fix their eyes on. One can spot tigers, rhinos, leopards, elephants, and buffalos around Nepal. The most common place to go on a safari is Chitwan National Park, however, Bardia ( Bardiya) National Park is a great hidden gem. There’s nothing like going on an overnight safari, falling asleep to the sounds of wild animals and getting close to nature. Bird-watching fanatic will especially take pleasure in a visit to the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, on the south-eastern Terai bordering India. It's to be found on the floodplain of the Sapta Koshi River and is made up of mudflats, reed beds, and freshwater marshes. Almost 500 species of birds can be found here.
- Hidden Temple in the Kathmandu Valley
Changu Narayan is the oldest temple in Kathmandu, situated in the east of the Kathmandu Valley, just north of Bhaktapur. It is one of the Kathmandu Valley's several UNESCO World Heritage sites, but, perhaps because it's a little out of the way, it's far less busy than other such sites like Swayambhunath or Pashupatinath. It is easy to visit from Bhakapur. Changu Narayan is a two-story pagoda-style temple devoted to Lord Vishnu and enclosed by ancient carving and statues. It has survived from double destruction of 1702 and 2015.
- Sip Tea in the Plantations of Ilam
While Darjeeling is a domestic name within the tea world, the plantations of Ilam are not nearly in popularity. Travellers can pick up boxes of Ilam tea in Kathmandu, but for even fresher bits and pieces, travel east to Ilam itself. The hilly landscape of tea plantations is ultimate for moderate hikes, and the nearby forests are rich in biodiversity.
Decades have passed away; humanity has evolved from the Stone Age to the Millennial Age but the intuition has remained the same. Still, we find that travelling is the soul of surviving. Love for Nepal is not because of any artificial or technical development. It is a love for novelty and nature. Moreover, the wish to travel is not going to end. In fact, it is demonstrating the revolution of evolution.
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