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Dashain Festival of Nepal, 2019 dates, its tradition and celebration

Overview of Dashain Festival:

Nepal is a multiethnic and multicultural country where Nepalese citizens perform different festivals. They celebrate many festivals that differ regionally or according to ethnicity, religion, and traditions. We have many festivals in our country, Nepal. Different festivals celebrated by Nepal carry specific significance behind their celebrations. From Jatras in the capital of the state to the Chhat in the Terai or national festivals like Dashain, the festivals are the intrinsic part of Nepalese culture.

Dashain festival is the most celebrated festival in Nepal, Hindus. Like other festivals, it is also based on the lunar calendar and falls in the months of Aswin or Kartik(Nepali date) and the English period between September to October. It marks the victory of the goddess Durga over the Demon Mahisasur. It signifies the victory of Good over Evil.

The festival is observed for a fortnight, and the first nine days are called Navaratri. The goddess Durga is worshiped these days. People also visit the temple of the gods and goddesses. They make sacrifices of birds and animals in front of the image of the Goddess Nawadurga. The last two days of Navaratri are observed with great Festivity.

Dashain festival Nepal is an occasion of great joy, delight, enthusiasm, and rapture for all the people. People indulge in feasting and rejoicing. They clean their houses, put on new clothes, and taste various types of delicious foods. There is a public holiday in this festival for all the schools, colleges and offices. Among all these reasons, Vijayadashami is known as the auspicious occasion. On this day, people embark on new enterprises and start their journey. This is an occasion of peace and goodwill.

Dashain celebrates the inevitable victory of virtue over vice, of truth over untruth and of justice over injustice.

Dashain festival 2019 starts from 29th September 2019 and ends on 13th October.

However, the major celebrations of the day fall on 8th October (Vijayadashami).

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YearDateDayHoliday
 29 SeptSunGhatasthapana
20195 OctSatFulpati
6 OctSunMahaAshtami
7 OctMonMahaNavami
8 OctTueVijayadashami
9 OctWedEkadashi
10 OctThuDwadashi

 

Dashain festival

How Is Dashain Celebrated?

Dashain is the longest Hindu festival which is celebrated for two weeks. This festival is celebrated with prayers and offerings to Goddess Durga (the universal mother goddess). This is also known as the great harvest festival of Nepal and is a time for family reunions, gift exchanging, exchange of blessing, and elaborating puja.

During Dashain, people worship the image of the goddess in their houses in the hope of getting blessings. Dashain is celebrated for 15 days starting from the new moon day (Ghatasthapana) to the full moon day (KojagratPurnima). Some of the days have a specific and vital significance. Ghatasthapana, Phool Pati, Mahaastami, Navami, and Vijayadashami are the series of the events under Dashain, each marked with a different set of rituals.

Rituals performed in different days of Dashain:

Below is the brief description of the essential days of Dashain Festival:

  1. Ghatasthapana (Day 1)The first day of Dashain is termed Ghatasthapana, which accurately suggests that pot establishing.
    This is the first day of the festival and is called the day of sowing Jamara. On this day, a Kalash that symbolizes the goddess Durga is kept and filled with clean, holy water collected from sacred pond or river.
    A rectangular sandy area is prepared, and Kalash is kept at the center by the devotees. ghatasthapana ritual is performed at an exact auspicious moment determined by the astrologers. At that exact moment, the priest intones a welcome, requesting god Hindu deity to bless the vessel together with her presence.Around the Kalash, barley seeds are sown in the sandy area, which is believed to be pure and blessed. DashainGhar is the place where all the task of Gatasthapana is done and is worshipped throughout the festival period. Only the males of the family used to perform this ritual before, but the case has been changing now as female is also showing this ritual nowadays. While sowing the seeds, you should make sure that the area cannot be affected by direct sunlight. The Kalash is worshipped for nine days and watered regularly in the sown area. The seed will grow almost up to 6/5 inches and seen in yellowish color at the end of the ninth day and called as Jamara.
  2. Phulpati (Day 7)

    During the day of Phulpati, the Brahmins from the Gorkha bring out the Royal Kalash, Banana stalks, Jamara, and sugarcane tied with the red fabric. Phulpati is celebrated on day 7 of the Dashain festival. The procession is regarding three days long. There is the parade at Hanumandhoka during this day, the government officials anticipate the arrival in Tundikhel and be a part of the parade.

    Nepalese army observes the continual firing of the weapons for regarding fifteen minutes to celebrate the arrival of the Phulpati. Phulpati is kept in Royal DashainGhar inside the Hanuman Dhoka. However, after the royal family was overthrown from the nation, the tradition of arrival of the Phulpati is modified. Phulpati currently goes to the residence of President.

  3. Maha Aasthami (Day 8)

    MahaAasthami is celebrated on the 8th day of the Dashain festival. The folks worship the fiercest manifestation of god Durga; bloodthirsty Kali within the eighth day of Dashain. God Kali and Hindu deity receive large sacrifices of animals like goats, hens, buffaloes, goats, and ducks in the Kingdom of Nepal. The blood is sacrificed to the god as a symbol of fertility.

    The meat is then taken to the homes and consumed as a sacred food; Prasad, that is blessed by the god and people organized feast in their homes. The folks host a feast in their homes. The Newar community held a feast called “KuchiBhoe”.In this feast, ritually people must eat two paths of beaten rice along with Bhutan, bara (beancake), cholla, tori ko saag, aalo ko achar, (potato pickle) bhatmaas, (soybean) Aduwa, (spiced ginger) body (blacked- eyes peas) in a banana leaf including Aila (liquor) and the (Newari alcohol).

    Dashain festival

  4.  Maha Navami(Day 9)

    MahaNavami is the last day of Navaratri; the ceremony reaches to the peak until this day. The state offers the sacrifices of the buffaloes underneath shooting salutes in Hanuman Dhoka Royal Palace. Throughout the day, Vishwa Karma is worshiped (the god of creativity) wherever folks sacrifice duck, goat, duck egg, hens to vehicles, numerous instrumentality, and tools. The devotees believe that the worshipping of the vehicles on at present can prevent them from the accidents within the coming days.

    The night of MahaNavami is also called as KalRatri or the Black night. At this time Basantapur Durbar area awakes the whole night and 54 buffaloes, and 54 goats are sacrificed in the DashainGhar according to the tradition. Taleju temple is opened publicly on this day. More than thousands of devotees visit to pray and honor the goddess throughout the day.

  5. Bijaya Dashami (Vijayadashami/Day 10)

    The tenth day of the Festival is called BijayaDashami, and the day is the most significant. During this day, everyone dressed up in new elegant dresses and receives tika and blessings from the elders. The women prepare the tika; a mixture of rice, vermilion, and yogurt. The elders also give the younger ones Dakshina and blessings to be the right person and for their better future.

    During Dashain, men and women in their fineries visit their elders to seek tika (a dab of red vermilion mixed with yogurt and rice) accompanied by blessings. The red tika is taken as a symbol of the blood that ties the family together forever. All the family members away from home, gather together and receive tika from the elder one. They celebrate their happiness with each other and eat delicious food.

  6. Kojagrata Purnima (Day 15)

    KojagrataPurnima, the entire moon day, masks the ending of the Dashain festival. “who is awake” is the literal meaning of Kojagrata. On at present, Laxmi, the god of wealth and luck, can come back to earth and bless the folks that did not sleep all night. KojagrataPurnima is celebrated on the 15th day of Dashain and finally concludes the festival. Dashain Traditions:

    Dashain is the festival of joy, entertainment, and happiness. Many different activities are performed during Dashain. Some of the common activities are listed below:
    • Nepali people fly highly decorative kites in the sky during the festival period. They fly kites also called as “Changa” from their rooftop and plays change chait competition whenever kite strings get tangled. Most kids are crazy about kite flying.
    • Another most common thing people do is Playing card games. Families and friends get together to play cards and enjoy.
    • Most of the homes are cleaned and decorated ornately. This can be meant to be a gesture to the Hindu “mother goddess” to come back down and bless the house with sensible luck.
    • All the family members that are away from form gather together and enjoy reunions in the clean and beautiful houses.
    • Most Children are decorated in elegant clothes and are headed towards their relatives’ houses to put tika and receive blessings called ”aashirbadh.”
    • Another interesting thing people do is play swings that are constructed temporarily out of bamboo and set up for children to play.
    • Most of the Adults can be seen enjoying at the swings, which can be up to 20 feet high. The swings are destroyed at the end of the festivals.
    • More than thousands of animal sacrifices are made, such as buffalo, goat, and ducks to appease Hindu goddesses all over the country. People also visit the temple to worship various gods.

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  7. Conclusion:

    The weather during Dashain is fair and mild with the chilled morning. The environment is clean with fresh air around with no more dust and mud. Farmers are free from plantations and weddings.
    Along with this, all the colleges, schools, factories, and offices remain closed at this period. Sword precessions (Paayaa) are also held in various part of the Kathmandu Valley

    Decorated shops .fair and pleasant weather ripening and rustling crops, cleanliness of roads, temples, crowded shops, etc. are the perks of the Dashain festival. This all indicates the greatness and joyous movement of the most significant celebration. All the people greet each other with Dashainsuvakamana. Apart from that, various media such as radio, TV, and newspaper publish Dashain’s wishes to the folks.

    After the end of the Dashain festival, everyone gets back to their daily life. People receive the blessing of Goddess; people go to work and gain power and wealth.

Where is mount Everest, World’s highest mountain location is in Nepal

Where is Mount Everest?

Mt Everest is the highest peak in the world and is known to almost everybody around the world. Walking on the foot of Everest has become the dream of many travelers. However, many people, as well as passionate mountaineers, are still in confusion regarding its location and home country of Everest. Many travelers question that where is Mount Everest? This article provides answers to many enthusiast travelers about the exact location of Mount Everest.

Geographically, the world’s highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest, is located on the border between Nepal and Tibet (autonomous region of China). The Guinness Book of World Records has also declared that Mount Everest is the world’s highest peak above sea level and is situated in Nepal.

Mount Everest lies in the ward no 4 of Khumjung VDC of Solukhumbu district, province no 1, Nepal and Tingri country, Xigaze, Tibet (China).  Mount Everest lies at 27°59’ North latitude and 86 ° 55’ East longitudes according to its exact geographical location, which was surveyed by China’s National Surveying and mapping Administration in 2005. It is located in the Mahalangur range of the great Himalayas of Nepal and consists of four of the six highest peaks in the world.

As Nepal is known as the land of Himalayas, that holds a record of 8 out of 10 world’s highest peak, Nepal is acknowledged as the home country of Everest.

Undoubtedly, Everest is the best destination in the world for adventure sports due to its topographical structure and geographical composition.  To feel the true beauty of Mount Everest, everyone needs to gaze through their own eyes. After finding the where is Mount Everest?, you can plan your trip and above the Himalaya team will be happy to serve you.

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‘Sagarmatha’ is another name of Mount Everest, which was given by Nepalese People, whereas Tibetan people called it ‘Chomolungma’.

The surveyor-general of India ‘Sir George Everest’, who first locate the exact location of Everest, was the reason behind the real name of Mount Everest.  It is also called a third pole.

Because of political restrictions and alternative factors, the Nepali facet of Mount Everest is most accessible and a lot of usually within the spotlight.

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In which country is Mount Everest located?

Are you wondering to view the stunning Gaint mountain peaks (Mt. Everest) and don’t know “where is mount Everest Located.” You need not have to worry about this; the easiest way to gain an idea about this is by knowing the country it resides. The world’s highest peak Mount Everest is located in a small landlocked south Asian country named Nepal.  China lies to the North of Nepal, and India lies to the South of Nepal.

Now to the question where Mount Everest is exactly located?

Mahalangur range is the home location of the high Himalayas.

It arises precisely on the borderline of Nepal and Tibet (27°59’ North latitude, 86°55’ East longitudes) in the southern part of Asia.

We hope you are pretty clear about where is the Mount Everest after reading this article.

Reasons to Travel to Everest Base Camp:

  • stunning views of World’s highest Mt. Everest base camp
  • Kalapatthar- majestic viewpoint
  • You will get a chance to explore traditional Sherpa villages &get insights of their culture, traditions & hospitality
  • Everest base camp trek with Peak climbing
  • Experience Helicopter flight above the Himalayas
  • Sagarmatha National Park
  • Namche Bazaar-the Sherpa’s capital
  • Three great high passes (Kongma-la, Cho-la & Renjo-la pass)
  • Nepal’s biggest Khumbu and longest Ngozumpa glaciers
  • Tengboche monastery
  • Enjoy Fantastic Landscape
  • Sunrise and Sunset

History Behind the name “Everest.”

Interestingly, the earth’s tallest mountain did not get its name from those who had climbed it. The mountain is called for Sir George  Everest, the Welsh Surveyor General of India at the time. He did not need the honor and protested the concept for several reasons.

The political figures in 1865 did not listen and still renamed “Peak XV” to “Everest” in honor of Sir George Everest. What is worse, the Welsh pronunciation is correct “Eave-rest,” not “Ever-est.”!

Mount Everest already had many native names transliterated from totally different alphabets. However, none were common enough to create official while not symptom someone’s feelings. Sagarmatha, the Nepali name for Mt. Everest and therefore the close parkland, wasn’t place into use till the Sixties.

The Tibetan name for Mt. Everest is Chomolungma, which implies “Holy Mother.”

Who Climbed Mount Everest First?

Mount Everest was first climbed by Sir Edmund Hillary ( a beekeeper from New Zealand) and his Nepalese sherpa, Tenzing Norgay. They were the first person to reach the summit on May 29, 1953, at around 11:30 a.m.

The pair reportedly buried some candies and a tiny low cross before forthwith down to celebrate changing into a region of history.
During that time, Tibet was closed to foreigners because of the ongoing conflict with China.

Till now, Nepal allowed only one Everest expeditions per year. However, previous teams had come very near and failed to reach the summit.

There has been enormous controversy and theories in Everest. One of the famous debates is about whether or not British mountaineer George Mallory reached the summit in 1974. However, his body was not found until 1999. That is why Everest is considered as the generator of controversies and conspiracies.

Important Dates and information regarding Mount Everest

Apa Sherpa, who lives in Utah, has successfully reached the summit 21st times.

Sherpa Phurba Tashi tied Apa Sherpa with his 21st successful summit attempt in 2013.  Tashi is famous for his role in the heartrending 2015 documentary Sherpa.

American Dave Hahn holds the record variety of winning tries for a non-Sherpa; he reached the summit for his fifteenth time in might 2013.

  • Jordan Romero—a 13-year-old boy from California—set the record for being the youngest to climb Mt. Everest on might twenty-two, 2010. He created the summit together with his father and step-mother. He additionally went on to become the youngest to complete climb the Seven Summits.
  • In 2013, American Melissa Arnot summited for her 5th time. She set the record for a first successful non-Sherpa woman to summit Mt.Everest.

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Height of Mount Everest:

As per the survey accepted by Nepal and China, the height of the Mt.Everest is 29,029 ft (8,840) above the sea level.
Due to the improvement of technology, different surveying techniques keep producing different results for the literal height of Mount Everest. Geologist shows their disagreement about whether measurements should be based on permanent snow or rock.

Mount Everest Base Camp height is 17,600 ft and is situated at the altitude of 5,380 meters, and the height of Mount Everest is 8848 m.

At 29,029 feet (8,840 meters) higher than the water level, Mt. Everest is that the highest and most distinguished mountain on earth supported activity to water level.
Asia’s Himalayas—the tallest chain within the world—span across six countries. China, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Bhutan, and the Asian nation. Himalaya suggests that “abode of snow” in Sanskrit.

The Weather In Mount Everest

The weather condition of the Everest region changes fast and may be risky. The weather might change unexpectedly, although you had the fine result from the forecast. It is challenging to predict the weather, so you need to be prepared for any disaster. The oxygen at the base camp is only 53% of the oxygen available at sea level. Most of the trekkers are said to be ignoring the signs of altitude sickness and get perished on the route.

April and early June, as well as early September and late October, are considered as the best time for traveling to the Everest region and climbing Mt. Everest becomes more comfortable at that time. Relatively mild and steady weather with less rain or snow is what needed for the successful climbing of the Mt.Everest. Winter and summer seasons are not a favorable time to head towards the Everest region as many obstacles can be encountered at this period.

Climbing Mount Everest

As the summit lies between Tibet and Nepal, it can be climbed either from the Tibetan side or from the Nepalese side. You can start in Nepal and climb from the southeast ridge so that you can reach to the top of the Mt.Everest easily. This route is considered best for both mountaineering and bureaucratic reasons. However, climbing from the north is regarded as a little cheaper.

Anyone must be aware that rescues are far more complicated, and helicopters aren’t allowed flying on the Tibetan side while traveling from the northern side. Most of the climbers climb Mount Everest from the southeast side in Nepal that begins at 17598 ft from the Everest Base Camp.
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Cost for climbing Mount Everest:

Climbing Mount Everest is a little expensive. It costs US$11,000 per climber to climb to Mount Everest according to the permit allowed from the Nepalese government.

You will be charged extra days to have rescued on hand, insurance to get your body extracted if necessary. The reasonable fees can be $25,000 before buying the first piece of equipment or hiring the Sherpas and a guide.

Besides these, you should pay daily fees for cooks, phone access, garbage removal, weather forecasts, etc. You’ll also be paying regular prices for weather forecasts, phone access, cooks, garbage removal, etc. The costs may depend upon your stay at Base Camp.

It will cost more than $500 for a single supplemental 3-liter oxygen bottle. You need to buy according to your choice along with sherpas too. Besides this, it will cost at least $1000 for properly rated boots and climbing suit. The average price to climb the summit of Everest from the south will start from USD 35000.

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Useful Travel Tips

● Travel documents such as Tibet Travel Permit, Alien Travel Permit, and Border Permit, should be taken with yourself. Besides these, you need to get the Mountaineering License, which is issued by Tibet Mountaineer Association for climbing to Mountain.
● Some essentials things you should take include bottled oxygen, medicine for high altitude, down clothing, sun cream with high SPF, lip balm, sunglasses, gloves, etc. Other than that, you’d better pack some food and water as the dining on the Everest in very basic.
Most importantly, you should bring cash as the stores don’t accept credit cards.
● Accommodation and Dining can be done in Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse and Tent GuestHouses that offer the service with the primary condition. Otherwise, you can join the camp to stay overnight. However, the camp is only available from May to early October. You can opt for accommodation according to your itinerary.

You can use the postcard mailing facility on the world’s highest post office that is located near the Tent Guesthouse.

Everest base camp height, Mount Everest trek difficulty and problems

Everest Base Camp Height

Everest Base Camp offers you the spectacular mountain views and friendliness of its inhabitants. Standing in the foot of Mount Everest has been the dream destination for many people across the globe. Mount Everest peak being the world’s tallest mountain; it attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists yearly. Whether it be realizing the wilderness adventure mountaineering or for sheer joy in life, anyone can travel to the Everest region. Mount Everest Base Camp height is 17,600 ft and is situated at the altitude of 5,380 meters. Every journey starts with a dream. Everyone wants to do things that give them excitement, as well as adventure.

This classic Everest trek through the Khumbu valley offers more than just a walking holiday; it is for many a pilgrimage to the bottom of the highest mountain in the world.

Everest base camp height
Trek to Everest Base camp is a dream for everyone. Out of multiple choices Everest region offers, the super common purpose to visit this region is viewing a splendid giant peak, i.e., Mt.Everest. However, trekkers have to overcome numerous obstacles to reach the ultimate destination. High altitude sickness is the most important thing to remember and be cautious about during your hiking period. You can avoid altitude sickness by adopting various methods.

Think air and lack of vegetation in the high altitude area are the primary cause for altitude sickness.
Severe headache, nausea, loss of appetite, shortness in breath, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, rapid pulse, etc. are the major symptoms of altitude sickness. If in case any one of these symptoms appears on the person while trekking, then the person should be immediately given primary primitive medical treatment before it is too late.

There are various ways in which you can go to the Everest region. The length of the trek depends upon how many places you want to see and how much time you have in hand. The altitude of Mount Everest Base Camp Height is quite high. As it lies above 3000 meters, you will have to go slow in your treks and give your body enough time to acclimatize. Sleep will be of the utmost importance too.

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EBC trek is one of the joyous and marvelous trekking routes of Nepal. The higher the trekker goes, the vegetation starts disappearing. You have to reach as the altitude of 5545 m to get to the top of the Kala Patthar and view stunning snow-topped mountain views. There is an average difference of about 300m in height every night. The trekkers start their journey from Kathmandu (1300m), flying to Lukla (2800m). There might be a chance trekkers getting altitude sickness as they have to adjust their body in 3400 m.

If you are in lack of time but still want to view splendid mountain views from the closest, then a helicopter trek can be a perfect choice. They can experience the beauty of trekking without allocating much time on trekking.
Opting this trek will reduce your strain in your body because you don’t have to trek in high altitudes.

Starting a trek from the capital city of Kathmandu that lies in the altitude of 1400 meters, you will begin to your most beautiful journey of life. You can go for short hikes around the hillocks of Kathmandu so that you can train your leg well, and to be used to with some altitude and steep and sloppy trails.

While talking about scenic beauty, Nagarkot will be the perfect place for those who have lived all their lives close to the sea level. Nagarkot is known for its scenic beauty, calm, and homes to view dazzling sunrise and sunset.
You will reach to thrilling Lukla airport (2800 meters) after driving from Kathmandu. Afterward, you will reach to Phakdinging, which is 200 meters lower than Lukla is.

A few hour hikes from Phakding will take you to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest Base Camp. It is located at an altitude of 3441 meters.

Everest base camp height difficulty and problems:

Most fit hill walkers can easily accomplish this journey. You will find yourself passing through many villages and getting up close with the culture. The average group size is ten, and you will have Sherpa guides and a team of porters to assist you all the way there. You will get the chance to experience a wide range of western and Nepalese food while staying in lodges.

Indeed, the average walking speed could not help to accomplish the Everest base camp journey. If you have enough hiking experience, then 130km might not seem like a long distance. You should be aware of this trek. Anyone who has the stamina to walk 5-7 hrs. in the mountain can easily cover the distance.

You can have a porter to carry your large bags so that you make the walking distance less difficult. This will ensure you to focus on getting yourself safely to EBC and back down the trail. On a standard 14-days trek to EBC, you will be walking nine days with an average of 15km a day. The remaining days will be for rest, acclimatization, and in Kathmandu.

However, 15km per day might be a short distance to travel, yet the steep and rocky terrain, high altitude, and gradual ascent will slow down your speed. This is more difficult in winter when the snow and ice cover the trails. But, it is still safe to say that the distance is very attainable for people from all age groups. You can complete the Everest Base Camp trek by 10, 11,12, or more days. This depends on one’s physical strength and time preference.

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Over the high wall of mountains beyond base camp in Tibet, so you will have reached the northern border of the country. The EBC trek is a 130 km round trip that starts from Lukla- the gateway to Everest.
Altitude is by far the most challenging aspect of the trek and is what makes it more difficult than your average trek of the same length.

The major problems that occur in the Everest region are acute mountain sickness and other altitude-related illnesses. The trek starts after the enjoyable flight to Lukla that stands just below 3000 m and then makes it up to Everest Base Camp at around 5400m. At the highest point, Kala Pathar, you will be at just over 5,500m – a height that allows to you experience breathtaking views of the whole region. Most guided tours will have two days factored in to allow for acclimatization.

During the day of your acclimatization, your body will be reinvigorated and will be allowed to get to the altitude higher than the average elevation. It will provide an opportunity to explore some of the surrounding areas while not trekking.

As a result of the acclimatization days and the slow approach to increases in altitude, the outward leg of the trek should take nine days while the inward leg should take only three days. Despite the challenges and ups/downs trail, every moment of the EBC trek is worth the dedication

Some of the tips for Everest Base Camp trek:

You need more acclimatization to lower down

Should apply for an effective training program

Add some weight training to your program

You need to conserve energy on the trail

Make sure you have professional guides

The following are some of the important trip facts that you need to know:

Trip facts

Duration Days: 14 days

Max Elevation: 5,643 m / 18513 ft  (Kala Patthar)

Starting/ending point: Lukla/Lukla

Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging

 Accommodation: Teahouse/ Lodges

 Activity: hiking, trekking

 Trip Snippets: 10 to 14 days

 Transportation: Flight to Lukla and back to Kathmandu

 Trip Highlights

  • Sightseeing Other peaks Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), Mt. Makalu (8,463m) and Cho Yu (8,201m)
  • The ancient monastery in Tengboche
  • Exploring Sherpa culture, getting insights into their lifestyles and monasteries
  • Grabbing stunning Beauty of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest (8,848m)
  • Experiencing a wide range of Flora and Fauna along the trail route
  • World’s highest airport in Syanboche
  • Stunning Khumbu Glacier
  • You will observe the Wildlife like snow leopards, musk deer, and Himalayan Monal
  • Incredibly Panoramic view of mountains from Kala Pathar (5,555m)

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Itinerary and Altitudes of the places along the way

 

DayPlaceAltitude
1Kathmandu1400 meters
2Lukla / Phakding2800 meters / 2610 meters
3Namche Bazaar3441 meters
4Thame3800 meters
5Everest Base Camp/ Kala Pathar5365 meters/ 5555 meters
6Tengboche 3860m/12660ft
7Dingboche4360m/14300ft
8Lobuche4940m/16207 ft
9Gorak Shep

 

5170m/16961 ft
10Pheriche4270m/14070 ft

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (sightseeing and Trek preparation)

Day 2: Trek to Phakding (short flight to Lukla)

Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazaar

Day 4: Acclimatization day trip to Namche Bazaar

Day 5: Trek to Tengboche

Day 6: Trek to Dingboche

Day 7: Acclimatization day trip to Dingboche

Day 8: Trek to Lobuche

Day 9: Trek to EBC – and then back to Gorak Shep

Day 10: Trek to Kala Pattar then to Pheriche

Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazaar

Day 12: Namche to Lukla

Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu

EBC trek is one of the popular destinations in the world and listed on the top ten exciting trips in the world.

 

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Conclusion:

Everest Base camp trek is an ultimate goal for trekkers that comprises of most enjoyable, fascinating experience, unique Sherpa lifestyle, and getting insights into their culture as well as stunning views of the Khumbu region.
Khumbu Himalaya glaciers, Khumbu Icefall, beautiful landscapes, Tibetan Sherpa Culture, wild animals, and green forest are the other significant perks for traveling in the Everest region. Wild animals and a lush green forest that is surrounded by more than 27 Himalayan peaks are the other reasons to go to the Everest region. Everest base camp could be a fuel to fulfill your passion for traveling.

It is always good to do a background check on all the things that are necessary for you to know before undertaking the trek. That way, you will be fully prepared for anything that comes along the way. And, it includes the climatic conditions and altitude too. So grab this opportunity to walk on the lap of stunning giant mountains and fulfill your wanderlust dream. The vibrant and unobstructed view of a mountain range, sunrise, and the chilly wind at the top is a stunning experience that will be remembered for a lifetime.

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Where is Bhutan, interesting facts, location and geographical information

Where is Bhutan?

Bhutan is the small land-locked country that lies in the continent of Asia and covers the area of 38,394 square kilometers. It is the 138th largest nation in the world in terms of Land area. Bhutan is the adventure country, and also a practical guide to the “Land of thunder the dragon.” It is located at the eastern Himalaya Mountains south of china, sharing the border with Indian states of Sikkim, West Bengal, Assam, and Arunachal Pradesh.

Bhutan serves as the best tourist destination for adventure trekking. The country has several Key Himalayan mountain passes. Possessing the heavenly landscapes with some fertile valleys and savanna, anybody could fall in love with this place.

In 1947, Bhutan became an independent state after gaining its sovereignty from the United Kingdom. Bhutan comprises a population of 716,896 according to the record of the 2012 survey and has a density of 19 people per square kilometer. In Contrast with Bhutan’s people, the population density of the neighboring country is far higher as the overall population of the country is around seven hundred fifty thousand only.

The people of Bhutan are referred to as Bhutanese, and the currency of Bhutan is the Ngultrum (BTN). Dialing code for Bhutan is 975 and .bt is the top-level internet domain for Bhutanese sites. Bhutan is a small country that lies between the Republic of China and The Republic of India.

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Talking to the temperatures, southern Bhutan is comparatively hot with a humid atmosphere, and the climate varies from 15 to 30 degrees. In contrast with that, the temperature of the northern areas is low and cold as it is close to the mountains. You can view incredibly panoramic views of snow-topped mountains; the mower parts usually stay cool.
Bhutan is famous worldwide through the concept of “Gross National Happiness” (GNH).

GNH is defined as the development philosophy, also a benchmark for progress. The main aim of GNH to achieve the wellbeing of the population in a combination of Psychological and spiritual. Bhutan consists of a democratic constitutional monarchy system of government. Environmental protection and cultural preservation is the foremost policy in the planning of development activities.

As there is the absence of the massive carbon polluting industries as well as the density of cars on the road in Bhutan, it is referred to as “Carbon Negative.” Scenic mountains, fresh air, serene surroundings, and eye-catching landscapes reinvigorate the tourist so that they can enjoy the fullest. Bhutan is a rich country with its precious cultural diversity. Besides this, anyone can enjoy the celebrations held in Bhutan throughout the year.

 Some interesting facts about Bhutan

  • The local name of Bhutan is given as Druk Yul, which means “Land of the Thunder Dragon.” That is why the Dragon appears on the Bhutanese flag.
  • In 2010, Bhutan was the first country to ban the production and sales of tobacco in the world. The first king of Bhutan called tobacco as the most filthy and notorious herb. During that time, the violators of the decision were charged with a considerable amount: the equivalent of over two months’ salary.
  • With only around 14,800 square miles (38,400 square kilometers) of territory, Bhutan is roughly half the size of South Carolina. The country is slightly smaller than Switzerland. Much of the terrain is made up of mountainous slopes.
  • Despite a focus on internal happiness, the Bhutanese government has been accused of numerous human rights violations against the ethnic minorities living there; many were forced out of the country or into refugee camps. The United States accepted about 30,870 Bhutanese refugees between the period of 2008 and 2010.
  • The internet and television access were allowed into the country in 1999, and a few channels are received from neighboring India, to push the modernize. Bhutan was known to be the last country to adopt television in the world. As per the king warnings, the misuse of the tv could corrupt their old traditions.
  • Having a mandatory dress code in Bhutan, Men wear traditional, knee-length garments, and women wear ankle-length dresses.
  • Bhutanese architectural styled can be observed in the design structure of the University of Texas at EI Paso.
  • Bhutan is known to be the first country to measure national happiness officially, and the index is known as GNH (Gross National Happiness). Bhutan attempts to track the satisfaction of its population rather than emphasizing GDP. After that, the United Nations bought into the idea in 2011 and finally released the World Happiness Report in 2012. The annual report uses Gallup data and ranks countries by factors such as social, health, and environmental wellness rather than just economic concerns.
  • Bhutan’s government imparts free education to the Bhutanese people, and the heavy emphasis is given on Buddhist teachings. The majority of schools have an English curriculum. Until education reform was passed in the 1990s, only around 30 percent of males and 10 percent of females in Bhutan were literate.
  • There is an exceptional inheritance (Land, House, and animals) case in Bhutan. The eldest daughter is supposed to inherit the properties rather than the eldest son. Man is moved to the home of his new wife until he can “earn his keep.”
  • Bhutanese people are not allowed to marry foreigners. Law has restricted Homosexuality. However, polygamy is legalizing in Bhutan, besides the practice is not shared.
  • Archery is the national sport of Bhutan. Besides this, Basketball and Cricket are also gaining popularity.
  • The state religion of Bhutan is Vajrayana Buddhism and follows tantric Buddhist texts.
  • The last Himalayan Kingdom Bhutan’s official religion is Mahayana Buddhism and consists of a small percent of Hinduism.
  • Land-locked country Bhutan contains the area of 38,394 Km2 with its north-south dimensions around 170km maximum and east-west dimensions stretching around 300 km.
  • Located in the eastern Himalayan range, it is mostly mountainous. Bhutan shares about 470km long border with Tibet in the north and India to the rest.

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Quick facts

Population716,896
Density18.7 / km2 ( 48.4 / mi2 )
LanguageDzongkha
Independence Year1947
CapitalThimphu (Thimphu)
CurrencyNgultrum
GDP1,821,412,873 (2014 data)
GDP per Capita2,541 (2014 data)
Land Area38,394 km2 (14,824 mi2)
Neighboring CountriesIndia, China
Minimum Longitude88.770
Maximum Longitude92.130
Minimum Latitude26.710
Maximum Latitude28.330

Geographical Profile

Describing the geographic profile about Bhutan, forests cover about 70% of the kingdom. The country is divided into three distinct climatic zones: alpine, temperate, and subtropical zone, while the temperature varies according to elevation.
The central portion of the country is cold and experience temperate climate throughout the year. A hot, humid climate helps maintain a reasonably even temperature in the southern part. The four particular seasons remain different for most of the country. In the northern region, about 10% of the total surface area is covered by Glacier. And this is the essential renewable source of water for Bhutan’s river.

Around the 9th century, the legendary land of Bhutan was first settled by wandering migrants from the Tibet region of China. It is called Druk Yul (Land of the Thunder Dragon) by its people. The magnificent Kingdom of Bhutan lies in the eastern Himalayas, which is sandwiched between India and China.

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Thimpu

Thimpu is known as the capital city of Bhutan. It has a population of 98,676 and is located on a latitude of 27.47 and a longitude of 89.64. Thimpu, the largest and capital city, is situated in the western part of central Bhutan, is one of the beautiful valleys for visitors.

You never avoid the interesting things Thimpu is offering, and surely this charming city will never disappoint you. This place is essential for people having Buddhists faith.
Whether it be charming hiking trails, or exploring indigenous wildlife species, Thimphu stood out to be the best travel destination among another city.

Striking arts and metal works are the fantastic creation of this place and have become a significant reason to travel.
Juni Handmade Paper Factory and Bumthang Owl Trek are must doable things in Thimphu.
The Bumthang Owl Trek is the wildest and engaging activities to do in Thimphu. You will run into hundreds of these majestic birds in this trek. Hooting at night is what they do to entertain us. You can have a beautiful three long day trip and explore the Bhumthang and Choekar valleys.

From there, you will get fantastic views of Mt. Gangkarpunsum, ZampalamChudek, and TharpalingGompas.
Traveling and discovering the life of Bhutanese in Thimpu has become a dream of many enthusiast travelers. The prominent city offers you a wide variety of things to observe, such as a long list of Buddhist sites, Monastery, museums, and other beautiful places to explore.

Thimpu is considered as a Constitutional Monarchy, as it is called as the political center of Bhutan. And also, it is called the home to its Executive head of state.

Welcome to Paro

Extending from the conflux of the Parochhu and the Wang Chhu Rivers at Chuzom up to Mt. Jomolhari, Paro valley gives the marvelous view for the visitors. It is just a short distance northwest of the imposing ParoDzong. The main streets were built in 1985 and are lined with colorfully painted wooden shop fronts and restaurants.

It is the most extensive valleys in the Kingdom occupied by fertile rice fields and hence depicts a beautiful, crystalline river going down the valley. Beautiful traditional-style houses and hills on edge have beautifully surrounded the valley.
Situating in the flat valley bottom and following a grid-like pattern is the peculiar characteristics of Paro Valley.

The area comprises over 155 temples and monasteries, some of which date back to the 14th century. Paro valley also includes the country’s first and only international airport. Famous historical and religious sites and numbers of high-end tourist resorts make ParoValley perfect for a Tourist destination. Till today Paro remains one of the best Bhutanese towns to explore on foot and offering the best landscapes around the city.

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Traveling to Bhutan

To get into Bhutan, it requires travelers to contact a registered Bhutanese tour operator or their international agents. Bhutan travel is not allowed without having an organized tour, arranged by the registered tour operators. Otherwise, the visa will be denied. The tour operator will work out on the itinerary, and once the itinerary has been completed, you have booked your tour.

Once the visa is approved, the tour operator will forward the visa clearance letter, which will also be sent to the immigration control points at Paro Airport and the land border crossing points. You should show the clearance letter to the immigration officials, upon your arrival at the Paro Airport. Then the immigration officials will stamp into your visa.

The visa and tour agency fees to visit Bhutan average more than the US $250 per day, which is a very high amount. It is perhaps to discourage influence from outside countries. The full amount of your Bhutan visit must be made in advance through the Tourism Council of Bhutan. From there, your tour operators will be paid for arranging the tour, hotel, and itinerary.

Foreign travelers get little choice of where to stay or what to do. Some Bhutanese claim that foreign visitors are shown only what the government wants them to see. To maintain a false image of internal happiness, Tours are censored in Bhutan.

Indra Jatra, the joyous festival in Kathmandu

Indra Jatra Festival

Indra Jatra is a significant festival in Nepal. Nepal is a multiethnic and multicultural country. Every Nepalese citizen celebrates different festivals on various occasions. They celebrate many festivals that differ regionally or according to ethnicity, religion, and traditions. Different festivals celebrated by Nepal carry specific significance behind their celebrations.

From Jatras in the capital of the country to the Chhat in the Terai or national festivals like Dashain, the celebrations are the intrinsic part of Nepalese culture. The Jatras are especially popular in the Kathmandu valley, the capital city of Nepal, and are celebrated by the Newar community with great joy, enthusiasm, and belief.

However, the people from another city such as Bhaktapur, Banepa, and Patan celebrate different types of Jatra with great joy. “Indra Jatra” is a major annual festival celebrated in Nepal, especially in the capital city of Kathmandu. Indra refers to the god of Heaven, while Jatra refers to Procession. Thus “Indra Jatra” is the joyous festival and a procession held in honor of the Hindu god Indra.

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Overview of Indra Jatra


Indra Jatra is the celebration to offer thanks to Lord Indra as Indra means the king of heaven and the god of the rain whereas jatra means procession. As the jatra honor Lord Indra, who is the lord of rain, the devotees especially thank god for the shower. Many other devotees worship ‘bhairab,’ ‘lord Ganesh’, and kumari (the living goddess). ‘bhairab’ is the destroyer of the evil, lord Ganesh. During the ancient times, the Kantipur valley was known in the name of ‘Yenya Day,’ and the Newars celebrated the Jatra as ‘Yenya.’ The term ‘Indra Jatra’ was given later.

We can still observe some Newars also celebrating the Jatra as ‘Yenya’ or ‘Yenya Punhi’ instead of Indra jatra. They celebrate the festival by lighting up a Diyo called Dalucha and worshipping the very same Diyo by offering Samya Baji. During the 10th century, the king Gunakamadeva the tradition of Indra Jatra to honor the establishment of the Kathmandu city. Since 1756AD, the Kumari Jatra is also observed on the same day. Kumari Jatra is also regarded as the procession of the living goddess of Nepal.

Main attractions of the Jatra:

Majipa Lakhey
Pulukishi
Sawa Bhaku
Ganesh (Chariot)
Bhairava (Chariot)
Kumari (Chariot

There are various dances performed by many people held in the open stages of the city called Dabu. Besides this, there is a display of sweet bhairav as well as other deities of the town.
During the Jatra period, the erection of a wooden pole made of pine can be observed at Basantapur Durbar Square in front of the old Hanuman Dhoka Palace.

It is also called a pole raising ceremony. Hundreds of spectators gather at the Palace Square and on the surrounding temples for celebrating this pole raising ceremony. After that, the chariot of Kumari (the living Goddess), is taken out in a procession and walk through the main streets of Kathmandu.


When Do We Celebrate Indra Jatra?

An annual festival Indra jatra is celebrated for eight long days in September. The festival commences from the day of the Bhadra Dwadashi to Krishna Chaturdashi, every year.
This takes place on the twelfth day of the waxing moon in September. This festival was celebrated on 24th September in 2018, and it falls on 12th September, Thursday in 2019.


Indra Jatra Celebration

The erection of the Yasin or Linga in Kathmandu Durbar Square (Basantapur) is the starting of the festival.
The pole is believed to represent a similar flag pole given to Lord Indra by the God, Vishnu, at Indra Chowk, the Akash Bhairav mash is brought out of the Bhairav temple and placed in front of the temple. The Akash Bhairav is worshipped and covered in beautiful flowers, along with these sweets, and other offerings are placed on it. This event is called ‘Yosin Thanegu.’
The Linga is a pole made from pine wood, which is specially brought from the forest near Nala (a small town which is 29 km east of Kathmandu). People mainly the Newars gather wearing the mask, sharing the local liquors, and perform dances that represent gods and demons during the rising of the Lingo (Pole). Besides these, the images of other deities are also displayed, such as Lord Indra, Bhairab, and many others.

The devotees also visit various shrines holding the light in the remembrance of their passed members of the family. This event is called ‘Pakuranga.’

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Reason Behind The Celebration Of Indra Jatra

There is an exciting myth behind the evolution of Indra Jatra. Indra’s mother needed Parijat, a type of white flower, to perform a religious ritual. So, Lord Indra disguised as a human being descended to the earth in search of the herb for his mother. He was accused of the flower theft by the owner of the meadow while he was trying to pick the flower. Then the owner of the field kept him in captivity, blaming that he stole the flowers. Lord Indra was imprisoned in Kathmandu, and he was not allowed to go back from there.

After a long-time missing of Son Indra, his mother Dakini was worried and came to earth for searching him. Luckily, she finally found him and requested the owner of the meadow to let him go. Only after the villagers realized who they were, they agreed to free Lord Indra but put forward a condition for them.

Based on their condition, Lord Indra should come to the earth every year during that very time of the year, and he will be displayed as a prisoner for seven days. Also, the farmers made Dakini promise to provide them with enough dew during the winter for better productivity. The villagers also ensured that Dakini would take the deceased members of their family to heaven with her.

This is why the festival of Indra Jatra is celebrated to express gratitude towards Lord Indra and Dakini for the decent harvest in the coming year and timely rainfall.
Similarly, the festival also celebrated in the name of the deceased members of the family.

Description of Kumari Procession

The Indra Jatra festival is celebrated by taking out the chariot of Goddess Kumari in procession to thank Indra. During this time, the street of Kathmandu is full of the devotees who are performing dances, singing songs, and playing various musical instruments like drums and flute.

Along with this, we can see the crowd of a street vendor selling different products. To display the prisoned condition of Lord Indra, the local people in Maru tole construct a stage made of wood and view the statue of Indra with stretched arms and covered by fiber thread. This is a long old tradition being carried out since the Lichhavi Period.
Kumari Jatra was started later in the 18th century.

The chariot of Goddess Kumari is taken out, and the procession goes all around Kathmandu following different routes.
Moreover, the other two smaller chariots carrying a representative of Ganesh and Bhairav are taken to different parts of the old Kathmandu.

The famous Akash Bhairav is displayed and is decorated with beautiful flowers in Indra Chowk. According to legend, this Akash Bhairav’s head is related to the Mahabharat story, whereas some others believe it to be the head of the first Kirat King Yalamber.

Different types of people gather in Indra Chowk and sing bhajans and hymns. A variety of dance performances can be observed during Indra Jatra, such as Sawa Bhakku Bhairav from Halchowk, Majipa Lakhey from Majipat, Devi Nach, and Yeravat Jhathi (Pulukisi) from Naradevi, Mahakali and Kathi Maka Nach from Bhaktapur. These types of dances take place around the Hanuman Dhoka area. Every night the Dasavatar or the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu are staged. Here is the brief description of the major day of this festival:

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First Day (Kwaneya):

The Newars community celebrates the first day of the festival for the remembrances of the family members who died during the past year by offering small oil lamps. It was started during the reign of Mahendra Malla.

Second Day (Yenya Punhi):
On the second day, the Linga (Yasingha) is pulled down, which signals the end of the Indra Jatra. It is then taken to the converging point of Bagmati and Bishnumati in Teku to be put to rest.

Final Day:

The festival of Indra Jatra concludes with the lowering of the (lingam) pole bearing Indra’s flag amidst religious ceremonies.
The end of the Indra Jatra indicates the beginning of the main festival called Dashain and Tihar. The major festival celebrated with great enthusiasm throughout the country.
The major highlights of the Indra Jatra festival include street dance popularly known as Lakhey, and pulu is performed by participants wearing the mask of the deities.

Various ritual dances are performed — featuring masked demons, gods, and goddesses in different parts of the Valley. Along with this, most popular Lakhey dances are also part of the chariot procession and is performed along the old street of Kathmandu.

Lakhey Dance

Different participants wear masks and danced during this festival. Lakhani (masked dancers) are taken to the streets almost every evening accompanied by loud drums. The festival recalls the time when Lord Indra was descended to the earth seeking for the herb.

Mahakali Pykhan

The Mahakali Pykhan is especially performed at Bhaktapur Durbar square, as well as the streets of Kathmandu. The major highlights of the Mahakali Pykhan Dance are that it represents the Kyyah, a large, hairy ape-like creature. The dance performed is full of fun and humor, with a lot of falling.

Sawa Bakhhu Dance

Sawa Bakhhu Dance is another popular dance performance performed by a dance group in Halchowk. The dance starts from the Hanuman Dhoka and continues along the festival route, stops at particular junctions, and finally receives an offering from the devotees. The dance depicts the Bhairab (in Blue) with a sword and the other two attendants (in Red).

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Conclusion:

The shrines and ancient palace buildings that lie around Kathmandu Durbar Square glow with oil wicks in each night of Indra Jatra. The whole city looks very delightful and colorful. The large image of Akash Bhairab’s head is put on display out in the open, directly facing his temple at Indra Chowk.

We can observe the enactment portraying the ten earthy incarnations of Lord Vishnu in each night on the platform of the temple of the Living Goddess. Many Nepali families will also put idols of Indra or Bahirab on display this time of year. This exciting festival is celebrated by both the Hindu and Newari communities of Nepal.

Thus, Indra Jatra marks the special place in Nepali Calendar as the largest street festival of Nepal celebrated with mystic mask dancing and pulling the chariot of living goddess ‘Kumari.’ Hence the festival of Indra Jatra is celebrated in honor of ‘Lord of Heaven’ Indra.

Tiger’s nest Bhutan, the ultimate guide to hiking in Paro Taktsang

Tiger’s Nest Bhutan

Tiger’s nest Bhutan is known as the heavenly beauty for its mountain ranges, its monasteries and temples, its purity and simplicity of lifestyle, and most importantly, its association with the Happiness of Index. It is known as the kingdom of Happiness. Anyone traveling to Bhutan cannot escape seeing the beauty of Tiger’s Nest Bhutan.

Tiger’s Nest Bhutan Trek is a fascinating and exotic trek that is beyond your expectations. The Tigers Nest Trek is the most popular and recognized tourist spot in Bhutan and is also known as Paro Taktsang. It is the prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site, and the geographical location of the temple is in the Cliffside of the upper Paro valley in Bhutan. Dated back to the history, the temple was first built in 1692 AD, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup cave.

It is said that Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated in that cave for three years, three months, three weeks, three days, and three hours in the 8th century. Hence Padmasambhaya was the first person to introduce Buddhism in Bhutan and is the tutelary deity of the country. If you are a travel person and want to quench your thirst for wanderlust, then Tiger’s Nest or Taktsang Monastery should be on the top of the bucket list. Despite the daily visits by tourists, Paro Taktsang still functions as a monastery today.

The Tiger’s Nest Monastery is located 10 miles north of Paro (20 minutes by car), making Paro the perfect home base when making this visit. Since most people can only visit Bhutan on an organized tour, Above the Himalaya team will arrange this wonderful tour for you. Paro Taktsang is considered as the thirteen tiger lair caves in which he has meditated.

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The temple of the Guru with eight Names (was devoted to Padmasambhava), has an elegant structure built around the cave in 1692 by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye. A famous festival named Tsechu is celebrated in the Paro valley during March or April in honor of Padmasambhava. People from all around the world visit this extraordinary place.
The physical structure of Tigers Nest Monastery can be described as a small collection of buildings unstable perched on a cliff 900 meters off the ground.

The exciting story behind the name Tigers Nest evolved when the legend Guru Rinpoche was carried from the Tibet to this location on the back of the tigress. Today the monastery comprises four temples with residential accommodations for the monks.

Overview of the visit to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Tiger’s Nest Monastery is a short, enjoyable trip which is doable for every person. It takes a full day to visit this Monastery. During the visit, it takes an easy four /five hour to do the round trip hike, an additional one hour to tour the Monastery on average. Many people also have lunch in the cafeteria close to the monastery.

Ways to get to Bhutan:

Bhutan consists of the only international airport and two airlines operating flights to Bhutan.
Daily flights run from Kathmandu to Paro and return also. However, the schedule of the flights may be changed. Please verify with your agency before booking your tour packages.
Most importantly, October and April being the peak season. Make sure you book your ticket, packages as soon as possible. You can enter Bhutan from the land port, but you must travel through India.

Ways to get to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Due to the geographic location, the means to get to the monastery is only by hiking. There are no vehicles that make the drive up to the monastery. However, you can hire a horse to carry you to the half-way, for those who cannot hike the entire way. Trip to Tiger Nest Monastery is an easy task due to its quite comfortable journey and altitude.

The Tiger’s Nest Monastery is 10 km north of Paro, and it is a 20 minutes car-drive from Paro. The visit to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery can take between 6 hours to a full day based upon your trip itinerary. To this, you need to add one more hour to tour the monastery and enjoy a serene environment. Many people also prefer to have lunch in the cafeteria located midway on the hike.

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There are two ways to make the round trip to Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan.
You can ride a horse halfway up and hike rest of the way
you can take the car or vehicle from the Paro to reach to the base of the mountains.
Afterward, you can take a ride on horse/donkey/pony/mule halfway up. The animal will take you from the base of the valley base to midway. You can continue hiking up from there.
While, on returning, you will need to walk as the animals are not allowed to carry people downhill.

Some facts about the trip

Distance: 12 km/4 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 900 m
Highest Elevation: 3,120m
Time: 5 to 7 hours for the entire visit/ tour/ hike
Trail: A wide, dirt trail. Uphill the entire way.

The Tiger’s Nest Monastery lies at an altitude of 3120m. You will gain 900m in elevation from the start of your hike to this place. Tiger’s Nest ranks among the top 10 places to visit in Bhutan.
The trail to Tiger’s Nest in dry weather is dry soil, sand, rocks, and gravel – dirt path. You get spectacular views from different places of the hike.
The entire hike on foot can take anywhere from 5-6 hours without including the breaks and rest stops.

Best time to Travel to Bhutan:

Bhutan can serve as the best tourist destination throughout the year. However, Talking to the best time to visit Bhutan, March to May, and September to December are the most favorable time to enjoy the scenic beauty of Bhutan. Besides, these other months are not so preferred for its specific reasons. Monsoon seasons starting from June to August will have a heavy continuous rainfall most of the time. It makes the road slippery, and the view becomes unclear due to before rain and after rainfall weather.
In winter, the temperatures will be decreased to below zero in the mountain region, making it hard to survive.

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Best time to visit Tiger’s Nest Bhutan:

Tigers Nest can serve its best view during the time of October to December.
During this period, the weather is crystal clear and cold. Apart from this, the non-snowy, moderate temperature is what every trekker is seeking to make their journey exceptionally enjoyable. Spring and Autumn seasons are considered best because of its modest heat with sunny and warm weather favoring the trekker to capture stunning views. Visitors can enjoy the dynamic landscapes this season. Solo travelers can opt for winter as in this time; the trail is less crowded. It is suggested that the visitor must have enough warm clothes to travel in winter.
 

Some tips for traveling to Tiger’s Nest Bhutan

• Keep yourself hydrated to make your journey comfortable.
• Slow and steady is the ideal pace for any trek or hike. You’ll gain elevation very fast. Hence, you may feel short of breath. Make sure to rest when necessary. Thus, climb at your own pace.
• Paro Taktsang is a monastery along with many religious statues and monks around. You must follow the dress etiquette in mind. Avoid shorts, T-shirts, sleeveless tops, etc.
• As the ticket counter only opens at 7:00 am, you are urged to verify with your guide for confirmation of time.
• You’ll need to remove shoes, hats, caps, and sunglasses before entering the temples and monastery.
• You need to put on comfortable boots with ankle support, which makes for a pleasant walk. Wearing slippers will make you hard to walk. Wear thicker darker shocks.
• Sweater or summer jackets should be carried with yourself to protect yourself from the wind.
• You’ll need to store your bags, cameras, mobile phones in lockers right before you enter the monastery.
• The tour vehicles can only stop at the car park at the valley base. The only ways up from the car park are by foot or on an animal.
• At the Monastery entrance, you need to keep the belongings, including mobile phones in a locker. So carry lock and keys to lock the locker.
• You will find the cafeteria mid-way. The animal ride will take you till here. From here, you need to walk. You can also have lunch or rest here.
• Having a walking stick with you for the hike is a great idea. The walking sticks will help you with balance, especially for the downhill climb.
• Bringing some snacks or energy bars will be helpful in replenishing energy during the hike.

Physical Fitness and Health Condition

Tiger Nest Tour is a natural, doable hike that any travel enthusiast with average physical fitness can complete and enjoy.
However, Individuals with respiratory/heart/knee problems can find this hike to be challenging.
The hike duration may vary depending on the trekker’s walking pace. Walk on your one pace and listen to your body so that you can enjoy the journey to the fullest.

For people in their early 60s, climbing Tiger’s Nest indeed posed a challenge, but it was a test of our will-power and tenacity. However, with the combination of proper itinerary management and customer handling of the travel agency, you can accomplish your journey happily. You may want to bring hiking poles to help out your knees on the descent, whereas some people chose to stop at the viewpoint with the row of prayer wheels or prefer to call it a day at the cafeteria and turn back.

You should always monitor your fitness and walk accordingly. For those with the physically fit health and having enough previous hiking experience, then you can choose to hike from the bottom of the cliff. Luckily, you can take a ride on horse/mule donkey to reach the mid-way if you feel unfit to walk to the top.

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Conclusion

Tiger Nest’s serves you with the best photogenic vibes. The best lighting for photography is midday. The monastery will be in the shadow of the mountain until 11 am during October. Getting here early helps to avoid some of the crowds, but you will still need to wait until midday for the best photographs.

You should bring hiking shoes, lots of water, a few snacks, and your camera as well as other belongings. You can go to the cafeteria to buy your lunch or tea. All in all, Tiger Nest Bhutan is a natural and amazing view and its adventure as well. Day hike will be enough to the experience of the Tiger nest. Anybody would like the art, scenic views of the tiger nest, and the view from the tiger nest.

Wishing a happy Journey to all going to Paro Thaksang and Above the Himalaya team will be delighted to cooperate with you and assure you to make your journey awesome.

Nepal Tibet Bhutan tour,major attractions, best time to go

Nepal Tibet Bhutan tour

Do you want to witness the exclusive beauty of nature and amazing historical places?  Do you want to learn about diverse Asian cultures?  Then we are providing you with your dream to the world’s best travel destinations with the tour of Nepal Tibet Bhutan. With just one trip, you get to visit nature’s beautiful countries at a single time: Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. These countries are famous in the entire world for their extensive travel options and a variety of natural beauties. Despite their small size, they attract the people of all over the world with their vision, art, literature, and culture.

Nepal is the land of mountains and multi-cultured people. Its stunning Himalaya’s, warm welcome of local people, adventure sports, temples, and dense forests are the major attractions. Similarly, Tibet, the land of his Holiness Dalai Lama, is famous for its monasteries, culture, art, museums, cold weather, and various mountains. And Bhutan is renowned in the world for its eye-catching monasteries, stunning terraces, hills, shopping places, and mountains as well.

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These countries look similar, yet they are widely different. They have their uniqueness and attractions. And after knowing about them, you definitely will want to visit all of them. And if you think visiting three countries together might become difficult or problematic, then stop stressing. Today we are providing you the top way to visit the three high countries easily and at its best time, also at the lowest cost possible.

You can visit the selected best places in a limited time from the Mountains of Nepal, to monasteries of Tibet and the shopping areas of Bhutan. You get to see the best of all. It all can be done with the help of the Nepal-Tibet- Bhutan Tour. An exclusive way to visit the best three countries most comfortably and efficiently.

Nepal Tibet Bhutan tour can be customized based on Budget, Climate, or in any way you want. It is also the most less time-consuming trip of three countries. You can also visit all these countries on your own. But there might be certain restricted places you might not know about, so we help to make your trip easier and memorable as well.

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Short Itinerary to Nepal Tibet Bhutan tour

The primary requirements to visit Tibet and Bhutan are the Visa requirements. And it generally takes three days to get a visa for each country. So, when you first reach Kathmandu, we will start processing for your visa to Bhutan. And then, while visiting Bhutan, if applied for your Tibetan Visa, it will be ready when you get back from Bhutan. Following Short detailed itinerary will solve all your confusions:

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu

The journey begins when you reach the beautiful city, Kathmandu. The city of temples, cultures, and diverse ethnicity welcomes you with an open heart. This day you can just sit and relax in your luxurious hotel and enjoy any food you like.

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing, Bhaktapur and Patan visit

Your Nepal Trip begins this day with Kathmandu city. It is a dream destination for many peoples all around the world. You can start by visiting the holy Temple, Pashupatinath, and get all the blessings. You can then enjoy sightseeing in the city.  Also, you can visit the world heritage sites Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square. They represent the culture and history of the country so well. You can also enjoy shopping in the very Touristy place, Thamel. So your second day ends by visiting all these famous and exciting places in Kathmandu.

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Day 3-4:  Short trip to Pokhara

Your journey to Nepal can never be complete without visiting the beautiful city of lakes, Pokhara. This beautiful place is the pride of Nepal.it is so exotic and fantastic. Surrounded by the green hills and the white mountains, it opens the gate to various trekking sites, amazing sceneries, and a lifetime experience. You can enjoy the lakeside and get a fantastic view of the mountains. You can also shop for many things in the colorful market filled with various materials of decoration, statues, and stylish clothing.

Day 5: Fly to Lhasa

In the past three days, you won’t even remember how fast they passed. And by that time, your visa to Tibet will be ready. After exploring the hidden beauties of Nepal, you will be prepared to explore the next best destination, Tibet. The journey to Tibet will begin with Lhasa city, where you will get to visit various monasteries, museums and also get the fantastic views of Mount Everest. You can visit the magnificent Potala Palace, filled with art, culture, and history. And even the Jokhang Temple.

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Day 6: Visit Lhasa

Lasha is so exotic and naturally beautiful that just one day is never enough to explore. It’s all the places. So you will spend another day exploring the remaining sites of Lasha like The Manasarovar Lake, Mount Kailash areas, and many more.

Day 7-8-9: Visit Shigatse and return to Kathmandu.

The nest day in Tibet, you can visit another best city in the country; Shigatse. This city is filled with mountains, temples, and various historical places. You can take a sightseeing tour in the daytime. And then return to Kathmandu.

Day 10,11,12 and 13: Fly to Paro and tour of Bhutan.

After having the most memorable journey of Nepal and Tibet, you once again get back too Kathmandu and fly to Thimphu, Bhutan. The next three days you will spend in the last destination of your journey Bhutan. Starting with the sightseeing of Thimphu city, you will visit its major attractions. The great monasteries, amazing museums, mountains and culture of people of Bhutan. The major attractions of this city include the Weekend Market, National Memorial Chorten, and various preservation sites. If the time remains, you can also do your shopping in the fantastic markets of Bhutan and can also visit the nearby cities.

Day 14: Return to Kathmandu

This is the ending day of your journey. With loads of precious memories and incredible experiences of Nepal-Tibet-Bhutan Tour, you will finally return to Kathmandu. You can then fly back to your home, or you can even directly take flight from Bhutan.

Day 15: Final Departure to your home town.

Above is a very basic itinerary of Nepal-Tibet- Bhutan tour. This can completely be customized as per your wish. You can add or remove the places of your preference in any of the countries.

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Best time to go on Nepal-Tibet-Bhutan trip

The best time to go on a Nepal-Tibet- Bhutan Trip is during September, October, and November. In these months, Nepal is filled with various festivals and cultural activities. The temples are decorated, the prices are low, and the most important festival Dashain is being celebrated. The sky is bright for the perfect views of the tallest mountains, and the weather is neither hot nor cold.

And in Tibet, it is the ideal time for visiting. The temperature is favorable, and there is no rain. There is winter season in Tibet at that time, and still, days are pretty sunny. There are almost nine hours of sunshine, and it’s just warm and friendly. It makes the perfect weather to visit various places in the city.

Also, in Bhutan, the weather is very much pleased with this time. There is no rain and no extreme cold. These are the perfect months for sight-seeing in Bhutan. Also, various festivals are celebrated in Bhutan, which you can be part of and make your journey even more memorable.

Major attractions of Nepal Tibet Bhutan tour

This is the perfect kind of journey for any traveler. In just one trip, you get to visit the most important places in all three countries: Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet. You can visit the following major attractions of the places:

In Nepal

  1. The Pashupatinath Temple

Listed in world heritage sites, this temple is the point of religious faith and beliefs of Nepalese people. It is famous in the country and outside for its ethical values and also its beauty. Built-in the Pagoda Style, this temple is magnificent.

  1. Kathmandu city tour

Kathmandu falls under the top destinations of People all around the world. This is the city full of temples, hills, and the best shopping places. You can visit Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square. You can move around the streets and buy things. You can also be a part of Nepalese festivals.

  1. Pokhara

This exotic city is rich in natural beauty. It is full of mountains, lakes, rivers, glaciers, temples, trekking sites, and many more. This lively place is extremely touristy and has the best hotels in the country.

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In Tibet

  1. Sight-seeing of Lasha

The Nepal-Tibet-Bhutan tour will take you to one of the most beautiful places in the world, the city Lasha. This city is full of Monasteries, Mountain views, Museums and many more.  You can freely enjoy the sight-seeing of this beautiful city.

  1. The Potala Palace

The grand Potala Palace is the winter home of his Holiness Dalai Lama. This palace is now a famous museum. It might be one of the most beautiful Palaces in the world.it is full of art and rich in the culture of Tibet.

  1. Shigatse city

The Nepal-Tibet- Bhutan Tour takes you to another wonderful city named Shigatse city. This city is famous for the clear view of the tallest mountain Mount Everest. It is full of forests, hills, mountains, bio-diversity, and many more.

 

In Bhutan

  1. The Weekend Market

One of the major attractions of Nepal-Tibet-Bhutan Tour is the Weekend Market. This famous market has everything you want to see. From the simple vegetables to the local organic materials. It has it all. It has the freshest air. It is an open market. And you will feel great to roam around here.

  1. Memorial Chorten

Memorial Chorten is a famous temple built by one of the Kings of Tibet, Jigme Dorji. Every day hundreds of people visit this place for worshipping and visiting. Your journey will be much more memorable with this beautiful National Memorial Chorten. It has the spell-bounding white walls and golden roofs.

  1. DechenPhodrang

It was the historic building of Thimpu. However, after being destroyed by the fire, it is now being converted into the state school. Hundreds of students study here. And it is the place that has the oldest paintings in the country.

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Conclusion

There can’t be any better journey than the Nepal-Tibet-Bhutan Tour. This journey will be completely customized as per your choice. You can add or shorten the days of the trip. Imagine visiting the best places in the most exciting three countries at the cheapest cost possible. Nepal- Tibet- Bhutan journey will not just be a trip for you; it will be a lifetime experience. As they say, invest in experiences, not in materials, this journey is an investment that will provide you return in your entire lifetime.

With one TIME Nepal-Tibet-Bhutan tour, you will get to know so much about the natural beauty of the world, art, literature, cultural values, and the diversities around the world. You will witness the beauty of temples and Monasteries. You can also have a great view of the world’s tallest mountain Mount Everest. You will be capable enough to write about these places so well. If you are an influencer, you will get to inspire so many people about so many things. You can pass on your learnings of culture, nature and many more to the world, by visiting these three countries. This trip will be by far the best trip of your life.

After this trip, you will be so refreshed that it will have an entirely positive impact in your next life. Imagine just by visiting one single small place nearby how much restored we will, how much things we get to learn. Then think about how much you will make your life better by visiting the top best places in three countries.

And these Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan are abundant in every single beauty of the world. Therefore, invest your time and money in a place that will have a positive impact on your entire life — such a journey that will remain in your memory forever. In every single way, Nepal-Tibet-Bhutan is a trip you must once go on.

Best time to visit Tibet, Places to see, weather guide

Best time to visit Tibet

The best time to visit Tibet depends on what places you want to see. This beautiful small land of natural beauty has surpassed various troubles and is now trying to recover as a developed place. It is full of culture, religious faith, and historical attractions.

There are various places you can see as a tourist and enjoy your holidays. Why not spend your time and money in a place where it will have a substantial positive impact? Being the site full of monasteries, mountains, hills, lakes, and many more, still, it is not so popular. It might be a lack of awareness or advertisements. But there are some best places to see, and they have their own best time to visit Tibet.

Tibet is also freshwater for the Everest Base Camp. Although Mount Everest is situated in Nepal, there is an easy way in Tibet for its trekking. If you want to save money and have the best adventure, you can still go from the Tibet side. You can also enjoy the sight-seeing and the spectacular views of various snowy mountains. Also, Tibet is the best place to know about his holiness Dalai Lama. The spiritual learning’s, kindness, compassion, and many more things you can take away from here.

The beauty of Tibet cannot come in words. Your one journey will make you feel like you have entered an entirely new world. The religious values and behavior of people here are excellent. And the world-famous monasteries are the major attractions of Tibet. You can learn the teachings of Buddha, meditations, and have a peaceful and enjoyable time.

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You get to know about the monks, their daily life and also help them to know about the external world. One journey, hundreds of memories with learning’s and a lot of positive impact on society, visiting Tibet is your best lifetime experience.

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Weather and climatic conditions of Tibet

Tibet lies in the high altitude, thus known as the roof of the world. The weather and climatic conditions of Tibet vary according to time and place. The temperature differs as per the cities. However, the climate of Tibet is very normal; neither very hot nor very cold. The areas nearby the Himalayas and rivers are comparatively cold than other places. The climate Tibet also depends on the snow level. However, it generally has high- altitude weather.

The weather and climatic conditions can be explained with its major cities:

 Lhasa

The difference in weather can be seen among various cities of Tibet. For example, in Lasha, there is cold and suitable weather. It Known as the city of light, it is known for its sunshine. Located at the height of 3500 meters, it might be freezing in winter. The temperature can call be on minus. And the summer is warm and suitable. The seasons in Lasha can be shown in the table below:

Spring March, April, May ( best time to visit)
Summer June, July August ( best time to visit)
Autumn, September, October ( ok to visit)
Winter,  November, December, January, February ( coldest time)

You can visit it at any time of the year. Generally, the best time to visit Lasha is Spring, Summer, and Autumn. You can also visit it in early and late winter.

 Shigatse

Shigatse is the most popular city in Tibet. This is the second-largest city. It is mainly famous as a gateway to Everest Base Camp and its views. This place also has various temples and historic monasteries, including Rongbuk Monastery. Shigatse is renowned for the celebration of multiple festivals.

The weather of Shigatse is warm during January and February of the year. There is good sun-light during this time. March is the month where the temperature starts to increase, and the spring also starts. Daytime is warm enough. However, nights might get very much cold. S September and October are the months of winter, and June begins the rainfall.

If you want to visit the Everest Base Camp, the months April and May are considered best. Also the September, October and, November.

Xining

Xining is another famous city in Tibet. Every year hundreds of tourists visit this place to witness its natural and artificial beauty. It is a place worth visiting with its exotic lakes, monasteries, and the very famous sun and moon mountain.

It has a very balanced kind of weather. Typically, December AND January are the months of winter with temperature in minus, and June, July is the months of summer. The summer is warm with the direct sunlight making it even easier to travel.
There is no specific best time to visit this place; however, you can visit its winter and summer to avoid any rainfall.

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Guge Kingdom

The Guge Kingdom is another popular place to see in Tibet. This place is full of amazing views of sunrise and sunsets, the eye-catching artistic works, ancient constructions, and many more. This is a place that carries the cultural values and historical stories of Tibet.

This amazing place is full of scenic beauty, providing a great source for photography. The little village and natural beauty make this place even more attractive. The weather in the Guge Kingdom is warm and sunny during the daytime and very cold at night. The daytime average temperature can be up to 10 degrees Celsius and night temperature may fall below 0 degree Celsius.

You can visit this beautiful fantastic place any time of year. However, the months of September and October are considered best for their suitable and favorable climate.

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Places to see in Tibet

1. Manasarovar Lake

Manasarovar Lake is the pride of Tibet and a fallen piece of heaven. Yes, exactly, it is that fascinating and exotic. The beauty of Manasarovar Lake cannot be described in words. It is the lake of most freshwater. This is so pure and sparkling that it seems like anyone can see through it. Mansarovar is the most sacred lake and carries the religious faiths of both Buddhism and Hinduism.

It is located only 20 kilometers away from Mount Kailash. Which attracts thousands of Pilgrims and tourists all over the world. This is the best place to enjoy peace and serenity. You also get to capture the beautiful pictures that nobody can take off.

2. Jokhang Temple

Jokhang temple is one of the popular temples in the world. It is incredibly famous for its artistic beauty and spiritual values. It is situated in a very touristy city in Tibet, Lasha. This temple carries the values, religious faiths, and history of Tibet so well that you cannot just take off your eyes from it.
The beautiful golden temple is also listed on the World Heritage List.

It is also known as the most peaceful and spiritual place of Tibet. This place is filled with the most positive vibes and full of wisdom and culture. You will forget all your troubles, and get the best feeling of learning, awakens, and happiness in this incredible temple.

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3. Mount Everest Base Camp

This list can never get complete without including the sizzling Mount Everest Base Camp. The base of the mighty Mount Everest is the best place you can ever be. It is the feet of the world’s tallest mountain and full of white snow and coldest weather.

The journey to Everest Base Camp is not just a trip; it is an achievement for one’s life. Not everyone gets lucky enough to witness this live example of Mother Nature’s divine beauty. The clear sky above you, the snowy mountains around you and surrounded by your loved ones, might be your best feeling of life. The sense of pride, confidence, and achievement will flow in your body after being in this precious place.

4. Lulang Forest

Forests represent the deepness, nature, and serenity with the feeling of freedom and liveliness. Lulang Forest of Tibet is one of the best forests around the world. It is situated around 90 km away from Bayi Town. This place is so exotic that it will make you forget today’s busy competitive life in cities.

The forest situated at the elevation of 3700 meters is full of bio-diversity. It has incredible scenic beauty and is famous for rare species of plants and wildlife. It has a variety of trees, making it look like the most beautiful forests. There are numbers of grasslands, rivers, waterfalls, etc. adding beauty to the forest. Also, it is rich in Rhododendron and other flowers, making it utterly heavenly.

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5. Potala Palace

Your journey in Tibet can never be complete without visiting the Grand Potala Palace. It is situated in Lasha. The World Heritage Site Potala Palace is also a reason why many people visit Tibet. The main feature of this palace is that it was the winter palace of his holiness Dalai Lama for ten years.

This palace has a been history as it was built upon the palace of 33rd Tibetian King Songtsen Gampo. The appearance and art of this palace are commendable. It has now being converted into a museum, storing various story materials. Potala palace presents the old residence of Dalai Lama and some of the essential materials used by him.

It has a colorful foundation with 13 story building. You can take amazing pictures around it. The fantastic views of the Potala palace will undoubtedly make your journey even more memorable. You will be a lucky person to witness the precious materials, books, and other things of the great Dalai Lama. Your journey will be filled with love, gratis, ude, and compassion after visiting this place.

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Conclusion

These are some of the places that you can see in Tibet. There is no specific best time to visit Tibet; you can visit it any time of the year. The weather of Tibet is favorable most of the time in the year. There are many other temples, monasteries, rivers, lakes mountains. Etc in this fantastic place. Tibet is a place you must visit at least once in a lifetime.

The best time you can make is during the autumn, spring, and summer. It winters it might get cold. You might also want to avoid the wet time to prevent rain, to make your journey more comfortable. You can also check the weather forecast before beginning your journey.
The main things you need to consider are the permits.

There might be various places (not mentioned ones above) that are restricted in Tibet. So make sure you collect all details information before starting your journey. And after all, you can begin your cost-friendly and incredible trip to Tibet.

The best time to visit Tibet or any place is when you want to explore something new, want to begin some adventures, and take a break from your regular daily life. It is when you want to spend some precious time and make some unforgettable memories with your loved ones. And most importantly, the best time is when you are in your sound health.

So, go ahead to explore the fantastic Tibet and its beauties and add some precious memories to your life.

Places to visit in Bhutan, Bhutan tourist places

Overview of Bhutan

Bhutan is a small country that lies between the Republic of China and The Republic of India. Bhutan is called the “The land of Thunderbolt,” which is located in the southern foothills of the Himalaya Mountains. However, its long list of forts, trekking sports, monasteries, and other Buddhist relics and mesmerizing shopping areas are the primary source of attraction of tourists and are surely worth a visit.

Bhutan is known as Last Shangri-La and consists of beautiful valleys, majestic mountains, and copious of fauna and flora. The elevation level of Bhutan is 38,394km, and the total population of Bhutan is 735553. Talking to the temperatures, southern Bhutan is comparatively hot with a humid atmosphere, and the climate varies from 15 to 30 degrees. In contrast with that, the temperature of the northern areas is low and cold as it is close to the mountains. You can view incredibly panoramic views of snow-topped mountains; the mower parts usually stay cool.

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Places to visit in Bhutan

Bhutan is a rich country with its precious cultural diversity. Besides this, anyone can enjoy the celebrations held in Bhutan throughout the year. Below are the six famous places one must visit during their trip to Bhutan. I am sure that Bhutan will make your next travel destination beautiful.

Tiger’s Nest Monastery

If you are a travel person and want to quench your thirst for wanderlust than Tiger’s Nest or Taktsang Monastery should be on the top of the bucket list. It is popularly known for its scenic beauty and the sacred monastery of Guru Rinpoche. Considered as a place of pilgrimage and the easy half-day trek will provide you a panoramic view of the Paro valleys. It is the most recognized spot in Bhutan.

The best part of this place is that its extraordinary beauty is capable of luring hundreds of thousands of travelers from different parts of the world. The Tigers Nest Monastery is the small collection of buildings unstably perched on a cliff at the altitude of 900 meters off the ground. It is a beautiful location, wise. This place in Bhutan is the most religious site, and we can observe impressive lush forest of thousands of species of rhododendrons and blue pine along the way to the cliff. The Tigers Nest is Bhutan’s most famous Landmark. Your guide will provide you a standard permit for entering into the monastery.

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Your downwards hike will be more challenging beyond your expectations. It is because of the muddy and slippery path due to the melts of the snow. So you are urged to wear trekking boots that resist slippery road. Note: You should register for the deposit of your cameras and bags at the entrance gate as photography is not allowed inside the temple premises. Also, you can rent the walking sticks as well as the Horses (that will take you halfway to the Tigers Nest) if you wish.

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Major Highlights:

The cave temple inside the Monastery, Majestic views, the tigers nest, and many decorated small temples inside the premises of the monastery.

Trekking in Mt. Jomolhari

Your trip to Bhutan will be incomplete without you trek to Mt. Jolmolhari.

Best Time to visit: September to November and April to June
Location: The trek starts from Jomolhari Basecamp at Jangothang
Altitude: varies from around 4,000 ft tall 15,000 ft.

Highlights of the trek:

The spectacular impression of Jolmolhari from Jolmolhari Base Camp
Treks offer a variety of landscapes and a lush green forest full of flora and fauna.
Explore the colorful city of Paro.
Get a chance to explore Bhutan’s rural Life and discover age-old monasteries and Temples.
Stunning view of luxuriant pine forests, beautiful meadows, and quaint villages will melt your hearts and give a heavenly feeling.

Mt. Jolmolhari will give you the best travel experience for adventurous lovers. This is the most popular trekking destination in Bhutan for endurance travelers. You will be surrounded by a wide range of beautiful landscapes, flora, and fauna. The major perks of this scenic Jomolhari are its lush, colorful forest, and soaking peaks. Apart from this, you cannot escape from the scenic beauty of high pastures where yaks graze, and ancient dzongs stand as well as red-dressed monks that chant prayers. Jomolhari base camp is the best spot for having the closest view of the breathtaking JomolhariMountains.

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Jomolhari trekking provides you a unique experience traversing the beauty of the blue poppies and whispering winds.
DrunkgyalDzong is the main starting point of this trek following through SharnaZampa, where we overnight. During your trek, you will be passed through a beautiful Gunitsawa village and reach to Thangthangkha. Afterward, reaching Jagithang will offer you an eyeful view of Mt chomolhari, JinchuDrakey, and Jomolhari in front of human life.

Nevertheless, the trek offers you a wide range of Bhutanese Landscapes, along with scattered hamlets, beautiful farmland into a deep and richly forested valley. Not only this, this trip will offer you a chance to see high alpine pastureland where yak herders graze their animals. The trek will give an opportunity to get insights into the local peoples, enjoy the pristine forest, and a rare glimpse of wildlife as well as observing the old traditions of arts and crafts.

Paro

Extending from the conflux of the Paro chu and the Wang Chhu Rivers at Chuzom up to Mt.Jomolhari, Paro valley gives the marvelous view for the visitors. It is the most extensive valleys in the Kingdom occupied by fertile rice fields and hence depicts a beautiful, crystalline river going down the valley. Beautiful traditional-style houses and hills on edge have beautifully surrounded the valley.

Situating in the flat valley bottom and following a grid-like pattern is the peculiar characteristics of Paro Valley.

The area comprises over 155 temples and monasteries, some of which date back to the 14th century. Paro valley also includes the country’s first and only international airport.

Famous historical and religious sites and numbers of high-end tourist resorts make ParoValley perfect for the Tourist destination.

The central plaza is decorated with a large prayer wheel and a small amphitheater. All the events are held in that beautiful place throughout the year.

 

Thimphu

Thimpu, the largest and capital city, is situated in the western part of central Bhutan, is one of the beautiful valleys for visitors.
The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan offers you a perfect holiday destination to observe natural beauty and for relaxing, entertainment purposes. You never avoid the interesting things Thimpu is offering, and surely this charming city will never disappoint you. This place is essential for people having Buddhists faith.
Whether it be charming hiking trails, or exploring indigenous wildlife species, Thimphu stood out to be the best travel destination among another city.

Striking arts and metal works are the fantastic creation of this place and have become a significant reason to travel.
Juni Handmade Paper Factory and Bumthang Owl Trek are must doable things in Thimphu.
The Bumthang Owl Trek is the wildest and engaging activities to do in Thimphu. You will run into hundreds of these majestic birds in this trek. Hooting at night is what they do to entertain us. You can have a beautiful three long day trip and explore the Bhumthang and Choekar valleys.

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From there, you will get fantastic views of Mt. Gangkarpunsum, ZampalamChudek, and TharpalingGompas.
Bhutan is an immensely rich country based on its cultural heritage and arts, Junghi Handmade Paper Factory, is an exciting thing to do in Thimpu. It teaches tourists about traditional papermaking techniques, which include pulping, rolling, and coloring the paper.

Traveling and discovering the life of Bhutanese in Thimpu has become a dream of many enthusiast travelers. The prominent city offers you a wide variety of things to observe, such as a long list of Buddhist sites, Monastery, museums, and other beautiful places to explore.

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Rinpung Dzong

Key attractions: beautiful temples with pained walls
Opening hours: 9 am – 5 pm

RinpungDzong is the beautiful dzong(fort), which was built in the 16th century. It consists of towering walls and known as the Fortress on a Heap of Jewels. It is the Best tourist destination to visit, among other places. Another interesting fact about this is, it is a classic example of Bhutanese architecture and deep-rooted traditions. The whole area of RinpungDzongIs occupied by various temples and shrines.

Kungarwa, Monk’s assembly hall, Sandalwood stupa, Protectors shrine, and many others are some of the memorials you can visit in this place. There is the organization of an annual festival called tshechuEach of the villages has its celebration and celebrate its uniquely, Tshechu is the most popular religious festival and has delightful holidays. On this occasion, people dress in elegant clothes and join the nearest monastery or temple to celebrate their happiness and to pray the second Buddha, the Guru Rimpoche.

During the festive period, people gather at one spot to have their traditional dance; they share their delicious meals such as red rice, spicy pork, momos, and emadashi made by pork or beef. Apart from this, they also drink the traditional wine called Ara. In this festival, holy images will be carried in a procession, followed by the mask dances. The exciting stories speak out through the dances, and the monks perform these for many days.
A sacred banner which consists of eight manifestations of Padmasambhava will be shown to the public on the fifteenth day of the festival period.

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Chele La Pass

Key attractions: Stunning views of the sparkling valleys, gushing waterfalls, the lush forest full of alpine flowers, and clouds drifting above the hills situated at the elevation of about 3989 meters, Chele La pass is among the list of popular tourist places in Bhutan. You can experience the magnificent Jomolhari Mountain from here on the bright and sunny day. Besides these, the beautiful adjacent peaks from the northwest side and valleys of Haa and Paro will catch your sight and make your journey enjoyable.

This pass is the highest road pass of Bhutan as it is located at the altitude of 13000 feet above the west from the Paro valley. It is surrounded by amazing views of the Himalayan range and Mount Jomolhari( country’s most sacred mountain ), which is over 22,000 feet. This pass is located at the 13,000 feet above in the west from the Paro valley, it is the highest road pass of Bhutan and is surrounded with amazing views of the Himalayan range, and the Mount Jomolhari.

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It will take you approximately one and a half hour drive to reach Chele La Pass from the valley floor of Paro.
The Haa summer festival is another perk to visiting this place. The Haa summer festival is the symbol of the rich culture of the nomadic heaps. Having a small excursion that will take you only two and a half hours will give you a memorial experience for your lifetime.

All in all, Bhutan is a beautiful country to explore.

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If you are a shopaholic, then you should traverse on the weekend market. There you will see lots of local people from all over the world to sell different natural and organic products. You can buy local vegetables, fruits, seafood, cheese sauces, flowers and so on.

Besides the above-described destinations, PunakhaDzong, Buddha Dordenma Statue, Dochula Pass, Phobjikha Valley, Norzin Lam Street, and many more are other main attractions of Bhutan that any adventurous lover should travel.

Things to do in Pokhara, Top 8 places to see in Pokhara

Things to do in Pokhara

Pokhara, the contemporary city full of appealing beauty and captivating sources of entertainment, is the favorite travel destination of many people. A never-ending list can be made about the things you can do in Pokhara, as it provides you with a variety of travel options. It is the city of exotic lakes, stunning Himalayas, and breathtaking adventures.

It is the second-largest city of Nepal with a distance of just 200 kilometers from the capital, Kathmandu. The beauty of Fewa, Begnas, and many other lakes, natural scenarios, views of snowy mountains, and adventure sports are the main features of this place. The alluring mountains’ opinions around the city, green hills, and the perfect cold-weather make this place a piece of heaven.

You can wake up in the morning, enjoying the beautiful sunrise in the snowy mountains, and take a walk around the city as the sunsets. It is also the gateway to the famous Annapurna Sanctuary trek. Annapurna Sanctuary consists of the Annapurna ranges of mountains, Machhapuchre, Dhaulagiri, and many more. This trek goes through the dense forests; white spring falls, lakes, glaciers, rare wildlife and bird species, making it the most exciting and fascinating treks in the world.

The city full of natural beauty is the perfect place to have your family time or fun with friends or enjoy solitude. The serene and peaceful lakes, amazing landscapes, and people with happy faces enjoying different adventures are guaranteed to make you most comfortable. Also, various stupas and temples are reflecting the culture and religious habits of diverse people of Pokhara. It is the land of different ethnic groups like Gurungs, Magar, Newaretc with their customs, festivals, and spiritual values. It is another important thing you can do in Pokhara; explore the culture and traditions of different people and their livelihood.

The variety of options of things you can do in Pokhara makes this place highly attractive. And today we are providing you with the best ten things you can do in this captivating city:

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Here is the list of top 8 things to see in Pokhara.

1. Enjoy the lakesides

Pokhara is famous all over the world for its lakes. There are seven most beautiful and famous lakes in the city named; Fewa Lake, Begnas Lake, Rupa Lake, Maidi Lake, Dipang Lake, Gunde Lake, and the beautiful Gunde lake. These exotic lakes with sparkling water are the major attractions of the city. You can enjoy boating in them and also take the best pictures.

You can also enjoy the local food in the lakeside cafes with the scenic beauty of the lakes. These lakes also have temples in the middle of them, so you get to enjoy and take part in the sacred religious activities of local people and make your journey even more memorable.

Lakes reflect the quietness and calm, where you can be peaceful, happy, and take a look at your life and know the ways to make it even better. These lakesides can be visited in any season and are incredibly cheaper. So, want to take a break from your regular life, why not visit the exotic lakeside of Pokhara.

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2. Annapurna Base Camp trek

Pokhara is the gateway to the beautiful and heavenly Annapurna trek. It is another best thing you can do in Pokhara. Annapurna Base camp is the base of the Annapurna Mountain, which provides a clear view of Mount Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri range, Manaslu range, and various others. The magnificent view of these Mountains can bring new energy and perspective to your life.

This trek is full of beautiful forest areas, glaciers, waterfalls, rivers, mountains, etc. it is also a place where you can see the rarest endangered wildlife and the community of people of different backgrounds, cultures, and traditions. You can also enjoy the eye-catching view of landscapes and green hills around
you. It provides a variety of natural and cultural beauty.

This is not just a trek to one Mountain but the six famous peaks of the country. It goes through the beautiful forest areas full of Rhododendron and many other beautiful flowers. The spectacular views of these sacred mountains and journey towards them will be the best adventure of your life. You can also capture this heavenly beauty and sceneries in your cameras and keep it for a lifetime, as this trek also provides you best photography options.

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3. Rafting

There is no way that you have not heard of Rafting. River rafting is an exciting, adventurous game. Rafting is a recreational activity that uses an inflatable raft to navigate through a rapid river. In Pokhara, the Seti Gandaki river is famous for rafting. It’s a white water rafting river. This raft goes through the forests, hills, and an area of flora and fauna, making the adventure even more memorable.
Imagine flowing down in a beautiful river in the high speed, surrounded by the green hills and mountains. For once, you will forget your all sorrows and problems. You might also see some wildlife there as forest areas surround it.

But you need to consider your health and weather conditions. Rafting is considered as an extreme sport. So, if you are unwell, you might not feel good in the water. And also, the water in Kali Gandaki comes from the melted snow of the Annapurna Mountains. Such water remains already cold, so be considerate about your weather. You also need to be calm, patient and learn teamwork.

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4. Sight-seeing tour

Pokhara is full of stunning scenarios of lakes, snowy mountains, green hills, waterfalls, and many more natural beauties. It is a perfect place to enjoy the fantastic scenes and make lifetime memories. You can sit beside the beautiful lakes or dwell in the green hills. You can also visit the Annapurna Sanctuary and get magnificent views of snowy mountains.

The sunrise and sunsets in this place are truly precious. The sun rises from the snowy white mountains bringing the rays of hopes and new energy in your life. And when you see the breath-taking sunsets from the lakeside, rivers or waterfalls, it seems to set along with all your pain.

Being the place of cultural diversity, there are various temples and stupas, as well. You can visit these amazing historic places and be part of local cultures. There are museums as well as storing the essential materials of the past. Pokhara has everything you want. You can sit there and enjoy the fantastic sceneries or walk with beautiful nature and enjoy sight-seeing.

5. Enjoy local food and culture

There are varieties of foods you can find in Pokhara. The residence of different ethnic groups, caste, and creeds, Pokhara, offer you tasty local dishes that can make your day. You can enjoy the Newari food, Thakali and many more with the fantastic hospitality at the affordable cost. The people of this place are famous for their best behaviors and religious faiths and values. Every month they have different festivals and cultural activities which you can freely take part in.

Also, get to enjoy the delicious dishes of local people. The recipes like Sel Roti, Daal Bhat, Gundruk are healthy as well as cheaper in cost. And the food available in Pokhara carries the proper Nepalese taste and unique style.

6. Shopping

Shopping is always a number one among the things to do in Pokhara. You get to make your journey even more exciting by buying more and more new things. From personal items like clothes, accessories, etc. to the antiques, paintings, and statues, you can buy everything in Pokhara

You can enjoy shopping at any time of the day as the weather this place is excellent. There are many local shops, shopping malls, and many other places. You can even find different things nearby the lakesides of Pokhara, in the temples and other streets. You can also take away the famous Pashmina Shwals, decoration materials, local sweets, and many more from Pokhara. So, shopping is the best thing to do in Pokhara.

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7. Paragliding

Pokhara is famous for paragliding. Can you imagine being in the sky flying freely like a bird? Well, if you are excited and dream about it, paragliding can make it real. In it, you get to flow from a height freely.
Especially in a beautiful Pokhara, paragliding becomes the most exciting adventure. There are many places in Pokhara from which you can enjoy the thrill of paragliding.

You did not just flow in the sky; you can also enjoy the beautiful sceneries around you. The view of white mountains, green hills, small villages, forests, spring falls, etc. below you make you feel like heaven.

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8. Hiking

Hiking is another beautiful thing you can do in Pokhara. You can go on hikes from amazing Sarangkot or any other places. Sarangkot is situated in the hill, giving you the view of the entire city.
You can go on early morning hikes to see the sunrise view or in the evening to enjoy the deep sunset. Flora and fauna on the way will make you speechless.

The beautiful ways that go through the hills, little villages, and the riversides make the hiking even more best. Hiking can make you physically fit as well as mentally fresh. Hiking in Pokhara can surely make your best memory. On the ways, there are local food places, where you can take rest and enjoy the meal and hospitality of people.

There are so many other things to do in Pokhara like taking a city tour, visiting the Stupas and museums and lakesides. Boating, rafting, trekking, shopping, and sightseeing can make your trip so memorable and enjoyable that you want to come here again and again — Pokhara is a beautiful blend of natural beauty, culture and ethnicity, and adventures. Not a single second of yours becomes dull here.

So this year, why not take some time and refresh yourself with your family and friends and visit Pokhara. You are always welcome to this small piece of heaven.


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