Exploring Nepal: Trails of Tranquility

While the bag unpacks in a place unknown,

Sunshine paints the outlines of the mountains.

Through the hustle of the city, the taste buds tingle,

In the bubble of quietness, the bells rotate in rings.

I hear the roars of the wild while the rest call it Safari,

I carry the fascination all the way to my dormant state.

I enter a stateless phase beside Buddha wishing it would last forever,

For now, this landlocked space mothers me to rest at night.

 

How many of us know our neighbouring marvel well? Exploring Nepal, the country blessed with beautiful landscapes, stunning mountain peaks, and an adventure experience like seldom before. Not just that, the spellbinding lakes that add to the place. It is the only country whose flag is not a rectangle in shape. Quite a speculation, isn’t it? The country lies in the along the slopes of the Himalayan mountain ranges. A landlocked boundary space between India & China, it surely is the tourist’s playground. It is the only country to remain non-colonized. Keeping the facts aside for a while, let’s dive deeper into the rarest known scenarios about the Lord Buddha’s birthplace.

Adventure and Safari
Asiatic Rhino, Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal

Taking biodiversity into consideration, Nepal is one of the richest countries in the world. Many travel experts in the industry call it, ‘the Amazon of Asia,’ owing to its unique variety of species that are found here. Nepal has a whopping 900 species of birds, amounting to 8.9% of world’s bird population. The fascinating sight is the single-horned rhino found exclusively in Nepal.

The Ghurkhas
Gurkha Soldiers Preparing for Military Parade during Kumari Festival, Kathmandu, Nepal
Gurkha Soldiers Preparing for Military Parade during Kumari Festival, Kathmandu, Nepal

“Better die than live like a coward,” goes the motto of the world-famous Nepalese Gurkha soldiers. These men were an integral part of the British Army since the year 1815 when a peace agreement was clinched by the British East India Company after it suffered heavy causalities during an invasion of Nepal.

Yeti: The mysterious creature
Khumjung village, Khumbu Region, Mount Everest (Sagarmatha) National Park, Exploring Nepal
Khumjung village, Khumbu Region, Mount Everest (Sagarmatha) National Park

Yeti, the mysterious creature is said to reside at the Nepalese Himalayas. This creature attacks and eats anything at sight and is taller than the average man’s height. It is said to be spotted by the ones who have trodden the secluded path in the mountains. Yeti is regarded as the legend by the scientific community, given to its lack of conclusive evidence of existence. Sir Edmund Hillary led an expedition to find the Yeti in 1958. The rest is history.

The festivities & food
Children participating in Gai Jatra (Festival of Cows) procession. The festival of "Gai Jatra", the procession of cows, is generally celebrated in the Nepalese month of Bhadra (August-September) by the Newar community., Exploring Nepal
Children participating in Gai Jatra (Festival of Cows) procession. The festival of “Gai Jatra”, the procession of cows, is generally celebrated in the Nepalese month of Bhadra (August-September) by the Newar community.

Nepalese host tons of culture and tradition. Festivals like Lhosar, meaning new year, is celebrated with pomp and show. Chath Parva is another festival celebrated in the months of October and November by the natives of Mithila region. The festival is celebrated by worshipping the Sun God while thanking him for nourishing life on earth. The festival of colours, also known as Fagu Purnima or Holi falls between February/ March and is considered a universal festivity of celebration. Teej is a festival celebrated to rejoice good over evil. Amongst other smaller festivities are Indra Jatra, Buddha Jayanti and others. Momos are the richest served food here in Nepal.

Kumari: The living Goddess
Kumari the living goddess out in the public view on the occasion of Rato Machindranath Jatra in Lalitpur, Kathmandu. Exploring Nepal
Kumari the living goddess out in the public view on the occasion of Rato Machindranath Jatra in Lalitpur, Kathmandu.

Devotion is said to be the highest honour in Nepal with Kumari being the centre of it all. The name Kumari in Nepali means virgin. Although little is known of this living Goddess, the Nepalese devote themselves sincerely and passionately in order to pray for the fulfilment of their deeds.

As the old saying goes, most big surprises come in small packages. Exploring Nepal, the country that delivers bliss to the senses at the time of reach. The country space like no other with regards to nature and adventure while letting the fanatic foodies decide their course of meals. Set course today and feel the precious piece of nature while exploring Nepal. Not too long ago, Nepal was also known to be the Marijuana capital where the availability was seen on the grasslands, rural areas, ditches, farmlands, mountainside and nearly everywhere. See you up here soon with a ‘namaste.’ Until then, Exploring Nepal once is definitely not enough!

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