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Covid-19, Coronavirus Travel Update – How we Operate Trips in Nepal

 Covid-19, Coronavirus travel update in Nepal, How we operate Trips

There are still lots of questions in everyone’s minds about travel and holiday vacation. Despite the pandemic ends, the fear of getting infected remains there. Although it hardly hit the hospitality and tourism sector. However, We are now slowly recovering and moving our life for the betterment. Here is the Covid-19 Coronavirus Travel Update in Nepal

Looking to the brighter side, the CORONA pandemic has taught humanity to require care of their personal hygiene and psychological state. Travel, for several folks, has been an integer part of life and was often a luxury for all folks. However, Now everybody wants to travel and explore nature again in a safe destination.

So, excellent news for all the travel enthusiastic here. Nepal Government has decided to open all the trekking and mountaineering activities from the 17th of Oct 2020., Tourism and Civil Aviation has issued a replacement guideline and regulation for the foreigners aimed toward reducing the spread of COVID-19 while trekking and mountaineering.

After Our understating of this pandemic and of the Covid-19 virus, we’re at a point where if necessary precautions are taken, everyone will be safe and healthy. After the start of the vaccination worldwide and in Nepal now we have more confidence to operate treks and tours. With our experience and all the above information it’s no doubt if necessary precautions are taken, we can travel safely.

We continue to closely monitor the unfolding Coronavirus / Covid-19 outbreak. We hope that our past and future guests and friends are staying safe around the globe. We are happy to share the good news with all our customers that we are in operation and our first trip to Everest base camp was made by Mr. Marck and we have few groups coming online for Spring for Everest base camp trek, Annapuran, and Langtang area.

Safety First

Above the Himalaya Trekking always put the safety of our guests, employees, and community as our priority. If you choose to join us, you can be confident that we have implemented social distancing and sanitation procedures to ensure your comfort, health, and safety while cruising or staying with us. Thus worrying about the risk of COVID cases is minimum with our team as we are always concerned about the safety of our customers.

As a locally-owned small business in Kathmandu Nepal, we are deeply connected to our community. We will continue to do our part to keep our guests, employees, and community safe and healthy during this time. It is our passion to share the beauty of Nepal Himalayas with our guests and we look forward to doing so this autumn in the safest way possible.

Before we resume trips for trek and tour we will review all aspects of the holiday. We will check accommodation, transport, and other aspects of your holiday against our Covid-19 Safety Guidelines. We look closely to verify if they comply with local requirements.

Corona travel update in Nepal

Book with confidence

Our flexible booking will give you peace of mind and easy for you if sometimes plans change. Furthermore,  when you book with us you have the flexibility to change your travel plans.  – with the assurance that you’ll have options to re-book when it suits you. As long as you notify us about changes to your travel plans at least 21 days before your scheduled departure, you can pick new travel dates or an entirely different trip, with no change fees.

Above all, Above The Himalaya Trekking is committing to provide the health and safety of our guests. Because we only operate Private groups and small tours with limited numbers, we will be able to incorporate regular cleaning and sanitizing into our daily routine. Each of our tour guides is using with Mask, disposable paper towels for single-use, hand sanitizers for guest use, as well as all of the latest emergency contact details. Due to our we generally do not visit enclose places where large numbers of people are gathering.

Private trip and Small group travel

We focus on a private departure designed just for you. Select your own travel dates. Perfect for people who want to travel with a personal group of family, friends, or colleagues.  We’ve assessed the group sizes for our treks and tour. This is to order to maintain safe distancing between guests and carry out the enhanced new cleaning measures to minimize risks.

 

Trip review after Corona Virus, Everest View trek

Honest, knowledgeable service even during a pandemic. Review of Everest view trek
Everest view trek after Covid 19
One always worries whether a trekking company is being honest and how much their markup is, but Puru Timalsena and Above the Himalayas were straightforward, honest, told me where not to spend extra though it would have benefitted him, and did great follow up. I have used Above the Himalayas for two trips, the first in 2019 to visit Upper Mustang for the Tiji festival and the second in November 2020 for the Everest/Khumbu region. As I was living in Nepal, I tried initially to do some of the groundwork for myself, but with someone as knowledgeable as Puru at the helm, that was a mistake. He even helped us out on a hotel I tried to arrange on my own and helped us gather reliable information on how to get my wife back to Nepal during the pandemic after she had to leave with only a regular tourist visa. In both cases, he helped without any additional commission on his side, which you wouldn’t readily find in a country like Nepal. His arrangements and advice were always spot on. I highly recommend Above the Himalayas.
Marc Shapiro
USA

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Nepal starts vaccination drive against COVID-19

The first phase of the Covid-19 vaccination drive has completed in Nepal. With as many as 184,857 persons receiving the first dose of the vaccine throughout the country. The vaccine comes as a hope that the pandemic would end soon. The availability of Covid-19 vaccines decreases fatality rates in Nepal.

This is great news to everyone and especially for the travelers who are skeptical about how is Travelling going to be safe. Now you don’t need to worry and lest plan your trip together with us. y

Ministry of Health and Population informed that employees of all district-based government offices, public corporations and banks, journalists, elected local representatives, security personnel deployed for border security, and those who were missed out during the first phase of the campaign — health workers, health volunteers, drivers of ambulances and funeral vehicles, security persons mobilized for managing the bodies of those infected — will be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

 

What we are doing for our Tour Group:

  • Limitation on tour group sizes
  • Offer free hand sanitizers and face masks
  • Hygiene Safety Regulations for Customers
  • Mask: Need to wear it all the time when you are in-crowds.
  • Hand cleaning: We suggest guests use hand sanitizers available.
  • Social distancing: Maintain a physical distance of at least 1.8 meters.
  • wearing a mask and using sanitizer regularly during your travel
  • Eating healthy food
  • Encourage drinking plenty of lukewarm water

 

Hygiene Safety Regulations for Staff

  • Masks and Gloves: Suggest to wear all times while serving customers.
  • Hand cleaning: Suggest cleaning regularly.
  • Medical checkup: Employees will be going through regular medical examinations.
  • Eating healthy food
  • Clean and sanitize frequently when touching the surfaces.
  • Encourage drinking plenty of lukewarm water
  • Emergency Warning Signs will keep at the entrance.

 Hygiene Safety Regulations for Customers

  • Hand cleaning: Hands should be kept clean regularly with soap and water.
  • Visitors are asked to use the available hand sanitizers.
  • Social distancing: Maintaining a minimum distance of at least 1.8 meters.
  • Wearing a mask and Using sanitizer regularly during your travel

 

Before You Travel

Talk to your doctor before travel, especially if you’re at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
If you’re eligible, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Wait 2 weeks after getting your second vaccine dose to travel—it takes time for your body to create protection after any vaccination.
Check up 1-3 days before your trip to Nepal.
Do NOT travel if you were exposed to COVID-19, you’re sick, otherwise, you test positive for COVID-19.
Don’t travel with someone who is sick.
When traveling by your check if your airline requires any health information, test results, or other documents. Visit the Foreign Affairs Country Information page for details about entry requirements and restrictions for arriving travelers.
Follow any entry requirements or restrictions at your destination which could include testing, quarantine, and providing contact information.
If you get sick in Nepal, you would possibly need medical aid. Plan ahead and learn more about Getting Health Care During Travel.

During your  Travel

If you want to travel, take the subsequent steps to guard yourself et al. from COVID-19:
• Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when publicly settings. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other sorts of public transportation traveling into, within the country.
• Avoid crowds and occupy at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who didn’t travel with you. it is vital to try to do this everywhere—both indoors and outdoors.
• Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with a minimum of 60% alcohol).
• Bring extra supplies, like masks and hand sanitizer.
• Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Entry Protocol for Mountaineering Expeditions and Trekking in Nepal,

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation issued the Entry Protocol for Mountaineering Expeditions and Trekking in Nepal for the safety and protection against the risk of COVID-19 for foreign tourists visiting Nepal for Mountaineering Expeditions and Trekking. The following are the terms and conditions:

 

  1. All tourists coming to Nepal for mountaineering and trekking must acquire a visa before arriving in Nepal.
  2. In the case of countries where visa provision for Nepal is not available, expedition teams or trekkers can coordinate with Travel and Trekking agencies based in Nepal for the arrangement of prior approval to enter Nepal.
  3. For prior Visa approval, the Nepal based Agencies must submit all prescribed details of the client/s and relevant details to the Department of Tourism (DOT) for Expedition teams and the Nepal Tourism Board for Trekkers, for a recommendation of Visa to the Department of Immigration.
  4. Tourists arriving in Nepal as per point 1, the visa shall be provisioned at the point of entry by the Department of Immigration.
  5. Tourists entering Nepal must present the following documents at the entry point;

 

  1. RT (Polymerase Chain Reaction: PCR) Negative taken within 72 hours before departing the home country
  2. Visa or prior approval document (ref point 1) for entry to Nepal.
  3. A hotel booking for at least 7 days’ quarantine in Nepal.
  4. Insurance of at least 5,000/- (Five thousand US Dollars) against COVID-19 per person.
  5. After entry to Nepal, tourists must stay in hotel quarantine for a minimum of 7 days.
  6. Tourists are required to take PCR test on the fifth day of hotel quarantine at their own expense and shall be allowed to proceed for expeditions or trekking on obtaining RT PCR Negative.
  7. As per Article 3, for tourists who test RT Positive for COVID-19, Quarantine shall be extended till he/ she obtains RT PCR Negative test report.
  8. Expedition or trekking teams must provide insurance coverage of a minimum of NPR 100,000/- (One lakh Nepali Rupees only) against COVID-19 to team members from Nepal prior to obtaining permission for expedition or trekking.
  9. While in expedition or trekking in Nepal, health guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Population of the Government of Nepal must be duly followed.
  10. Other conditions and criteria to be followed by the tourist shall be as per regular updates from the Department of Tourism. The concerned agency must provide detailed information on the same to tourists before the expedition or trekking.

 

Travel advisories

We have mentioned a few travel advisories below. You can also consult or get an update from your local advisories if you plan on making your travel in a few days. Do check all the entry and exit requirements as these requirements are changing frequently.

 

 

Holi The Festival of Colour in Nepal

Holi Festival Nepal

As we all know that being a secular state there are many festivals are celebrating in Nepal. Among all these festivals one of the most exciting and enjoyable festivals is Holi. Holi: The Festival of Colour in Nepal is also knowing as faun Purnima in Nepal. Falgun means colour in the Nepali language and Holi is the festival of colour. The excitement of celebrating this festival increases as it falls during the beautiful season of Spring. Hoi always falls on the full moon day at the end of the month Falgun. On the English calendar, Holi is celebrating during the month of mid-February.

Holi is celebrating by rubbing colour powder on one’s face. People celebrate this festival by spraying water. The festival Holi is celebrating all over Nepal and India. Hoi is celebrating in the Terai region after a day which celebrates in the hilly and Himalayan region. This festival celebrates as the death of Holika, on full moon night before Ranwali Holi. On the night before Holi dung cakes and wood are burned and people offer prayer a wish of health. This festival holds great religious significance in the Hindu Veda scriptures. It says that on this day the Lord Vishnu burn the evil goddess Holika. So, Holi festival in the joy of the death of evil.

On the day of Holi, the colours run riot and people get together in public places and chase one other with colours and water. Holi is a unique festival and nowadays Holi is celebrating all over the world. People mostly children love to play Festival Holi. People make their faces colourful sing and dance in this festival.

 

How is Holi celebrated in Nepal?

Holi is one of the main festivals that is enjoying in Nepal. This festival is enjoying with great joy and happiness over Nepal and many parts of India. As Holi is all about celebrating and enjoying the colours. During this festival, people splash water on each other and exchange colour. Holi is mainly famous and is celebrated by children. Throughout this day people sing and dance smirk colour among the family members, friends, and relatives.

Now a day’s people tend to wear a white t-shirt or Happy Holi printed t-shirt. The reason behind wearing white during this festival is that colour while plying can be seen. The main colours that are used during Holi are blue, green, and red.

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People also make different types of paintings on their faces. People also say that using different colours during Holi will get a chance to live a year full of happiness and joy. The clothes using while playing the holi they are keeping for a year. which is for hahat people wear during Holi are also p happiness and memory alive throughout the year. In many cities of Nepal, the blacktopped road is seen colourful by playing Holi. Pihckari is famous too used by hidden during hoi. They fill up the colourful water in the Pihckari and splash them to other peoples.

Water balloons are the most important thing during this festival. Nepal government also gives public holiday on the occasion of Holi so, the shop and office are also closed. The entire country is decorated in different colours. Another important thing about Holi is Bhang. Bhang is a special drink, which is mainly consumed during Holi and Shivaratri festival.

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Nepal Holi Festival

The tradition of celebrating this festival has been for a very long time. Holi is celebrated traditionally in the major cities of Nepal. In Basantapur Durbar square of Kathmandu, hoi is celebrated by erecting a long bamboo stick which is called lingo, which is covered with pieces of many colours in a different cloth. In the Holi eve the lingo is bought down and the cloth.

It is also said that the festival of colour has been known and celebrated since the 4th century. Festival Holi is all about enjoyment and celebrations. Gujiya is a famous dish which is cooked during Holi. People smirk one another with colours, water and celebrate by eating and dancing together. The celebration of Holi begins a couple of days before the actual festivals.

Holi is the combination of colours, water, music with your close once. smirking colour answers to one another are considered as an act of love. After smirking at colours and people visit the houses of their relatives and enjoy. Thus, this day is celebrated by singing, dancing, and playing with colours. Generally, Holi is celebrated in different places at different times, so the date of celebration of Holi differs from place to place. Traditionally the Pihckari was used to make out of bamboo but nowadays there are different designs of Pihckari.   Children use Pihckari to play with the water whereas adult people use water balloons.

Different Colour powder and water are mixed and splashed to one another. Holi is one of those festivals where one another forgets their fights and celebrate without with joy. It does not matter if you know the person or don’t know they will play Holi with you. Mainly foreigners enjoy this festival more.

 

Significance of Celebrating Holi

Being a colourful and joyful festival Holi also holds various aspects of significance in our lives. Though some of the significance might not be apparent and very much related to our lives here you are going to know about the various significance of Holi in our life.  Knowing all these significances about Holi you must heartily enjoy and cherish this festival.   If you are in Nepal during this exciting festival then please don’t hold yourself back, enjoy this exciting festival and without any hesitation. Holi is all about enjoying even with the person you do not know. This is an opportunity to be close with the local people of Nepal.

People also fill water in the plastic and play Holi with it. The plastic bag local which Usually, kids start playing Holi with the balloons and Lola. Before one week of the main day, they start playing. At the time of the night on Holi, people collect woods and burn the fire and also play music and dance. People drink bhang and go crazy. People are believing burning fires on this day will keep them and their families away from the evil powers. The burning fire also indicates the death of the evil goddess Holika. This tradition is also called Holika Dahan.

 

Mythological significance

There is an important sign of Holi as it is celebrating the great story of our legend and religion. It is said that once there was an imp and mighty king in a state. his name was king Hiranya Kashyap who was known for his authoritative and controlling behavior. He wanted himself to be called a god and wanted all people to call him and worship him as a god, but he was very furious.

On the other hand, he had a son named Prahlad he was just the opposite of this father. As Prahlad started growing, he began to worship Lord Vishnu. Seeing his son worship Vishnu, Hiranya Kashyap tried many ways to make his son stop worshipping Vishnu but Prahlad didn’t agree with this father. So Hiranya Kashyap was very furious, so he asked his sister asked, Holika to help him get rid of his son. His sister Holika, who was unburnt by the fire, took Prahlad in her lap and sat on the blazing fire. According to some legends, Prahlad was saved by that fire because of his extreme devotion toward the Lord Vishnu.

On the other hand, Holika who was known as the unburnt, because of her sins she was burned by the fire.  Thus, as the tradition of burning the evil Holika, Holi is celebrating.

Holi includes God with Radha and Krishna

Another legendary story of celebrating Holi includes the great god Radha and Krishna. This story describes as a prank lord Krishna applied colour and water to Radha and another Gopi’s. Later on, this prank of Krishna became a tradition and everyone started celebrating Holi as a festival.

There is one more mythology of celebrating Holi which includes lord, Krishna. Once when Krishna was an infant child Ogress Pootana was a devil. That devil tried to kill Krishna by feeding him poisonously. Later on, Ogress Pootana was killed and as a celebration of his death, Holi is celebrated. In addition to this, another significance also says that Lord Krishna drank the poison but it didn’t affect him. But because of this poison Lord Krishna is said to have a blue body.

Another popular story behind the celebration of Holi is that the legend Ogress Dhundi used to trouble and scared off children of the Raghu kingdom. Later Ogress Dhundi was pranked and chased away from the children on the special occasion of Holi. Because of this story, children play and also prank each other on this day.

 

Cultural significance

All the legendary and most believed story behind the celebration of Holi is to reassure the people of the power of truth and brightness to lies and darkness. The story tells the ultimate win of good over bad. As mention above the story of Hiranya Kashyap and Prahlad also shows that, it doesn’t matter who you are or what power you have at the last god will always take his true devotee and believer in his shelter.  These stories will help people to believe and follow god’s conduct and the path that God has set us in. it also teaches us to be loyal and truthful to all.  Since now a day many people don’t believe in truth or god.

Holi is a festival to remind people about the importance of truth in this world.  Holi teaches people to be honest and truthful about everything. also, Holi is celebrated at the time when the fields are fully blooming and people are harvesting. the good harvest gives people hap [pines and reason to celebrate Holi. It is also Witten in the holy book of Hindus that all the festivals are celebrated to remember the power of truth and loyalty to all.

Another reason why Holi is celebrated is more believed by the people and is extremely popular in India. Holi is taken as the occasion of celebrating the sacrifice of Kamadeva who is called lord of passion. Lord Kamadeva risked his life to revive lord shiva from his mediation. After lord shiva woke up from his meditation then he killed all the devil and shave the world from many evil powers.

 

Social Significance 

In today’s generation, people don’t have time for celebration or communication with each other. For this problem, Holi is a solution that brings society together and strengthens the trust and relation of the people. for the people with busy live Holi is a chance to spend some quality time enjoy with family and friends. Because of these reasons people from other religions like Islam, Christian, Shik everybody come together and celebrate Holi. Holi is the only festival where your religion doesn’t matter to celebrate.

Holi is such a festival where you can enjoy with your enemy and friend forgetting all your grudges. This is the festival where your enemy will turn into your friend. While playing hole it does matter where you belong form or if you are rich or poor if the colour is applied to your face then everyone is the same. This festival will increase brotherhood and strengthen your social relationship. On the religious occasion of Holika Dahan people also do many social works like feeding poor people and animals.

People also organize many awareness programs regarding the importance of education, environmental protection, and the end of many social problems.

 

Biological Significance 

Celebrating festivals is significant for our lives and in many other ways other than just providing fun or excitement in our lives. we must be thankful to our ancient human generation who stated the beautiful trend of celebrating Holi at the beautiful time of the year possible. In today’s busy life holing has become an opportunity to celebrate and have fun. Holi falls during the month of Falun which is the start of the spring season in Nepal. Spring is the time when nature and the environment change their dress and become very refreshing.

The weather and climatic condition during this month are perfect for the celebration of Holi. To celebrate the change of season people, sing, dance and enjoy the color. This will also help to energize and refresh your lives.

On the other hand, while celebrating Holi nowadays because of these fake and chemical mixed colours may cause rashes in your bodies. Biologists have also stated that the colour can enter your body through your body pores and may cause some sink related damage. In addition to this, using the Holi colour on your face will result in pimples all over. If the colour that you are using is fake then if, make a stain on your face or your body for several days. So, you should be more careful while playing Holi.

Scientific reason to celebrate

There is also a scientific reason for celebrating Holi, the scientific reason is related to the tradition of Holika Dahan. Holi falls during the mutation period of the winter and summer seasons. because of this bacteria grows in your body and the environment. So, when Holika was burned the temperature rises to 145-degree F. so following this tradition while celebrating Holi the heat of the bonfire also kills bacteria in your body as well as in the environment.

Now a day’s people from different parts of Nepal, celebrate this festival by promoting good health and doing good deeds. After Holika was burned in the fire, later people collected the ash where Holika was burned and mix Chandan with the ash and put it on their forehead. They also mix Chandan with the leaves of flowers and mango tree and drink it. People believe that Consuming that paste will cure you of different diseases.

In many parts of the country, people believed that playing with colours will help to promote good health but the doctors and scientists strongly denied thy says playing with the colours will result in different diseases in your body. People clean their house and take bath and celebrate this festival.

 

Why Holi is celebrating?

Among many significances of celebrating Holi, it is also believed to keep general people safe from the diseases that might transfer while with the change of the season from winter to spring. In the traditional time while making colour for celebrating Holi people used an extract from different flowers. They used to mix those colours to generate new colours. The original colours include Turmeric, Mehndi, Kumkum, etc. these colours are also used as medicine to cure different diseases like high fever, skin diseases, and these ingredients are also very good for your skin. But nowadays you can find many synthetic colours in the market these colours are considered to be very harmful to the skin and your health.

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Celebration of Holi in modern ways.

One of the reasons for celebrating Holi is the indication that spring has arrived. the colours used while celebrating Holi denotes the various variation of the spring season. in the traditional days, people used to make the colours by different natural means. They are getting to extract many colours from different flowers.  So the color use while celebrating Holi is completely natural.  But nowadays the colours are mixing with many chemicals. These artificial colours are very harmful to people and especially animals. So, because of this, the importance of the celebration of Holi has become quite less than before.

Traditionally people used to drink bhang and alcohol as a means of celebrating festivals but drinking Bhaang in Holi has become an undesirable practice. Especially adult people create different problems by cons8uming alcohol and Bhaang. Because of this problem, the spirit and reasons for celebrating the festival have been very less. Celebrating Holi in modern ways also creates unnecessary environmental pollutions. So, people should be conscious while playing Holi and celebrate this festival with non-hazardous and eco-friendly manners. You should also consider the animals using artificial colours.

 

Preparation for celebrating Holi

Holi is the festival of enjoyment with the colours. The entire country looks like a garden full of colourful flowers while celebrating this colourful festival.

Since there is a public holiday on this day shops and offices are closed so, you can celebrate Holi without any tension. People hold different parties, programs, and concerts on the occasion of this joyous festival. As preparation for Holi, people bring lots of beers and different colours. Pihckari is made in different styles of plastics. Parents during different styles of Pihckari and balloons. Women of the house start many kinds of different dishes for Holi. They make varieties of sweets, mathri, papri, and Gujiya for the family and relatives.  They also make many types of drinks.

Background of Holi, Nepal Water Festival

The origin of the Holi Festival is often traced back to the “Mahabharata”, an Indian famous epic. consistent with the legend, King Hiranyakashipu was so arrogant and didn’t allow people to worship Lord Vishnu. However, Prince Prahlada was a fanatical devotee of Vishnu and openly opposed his father. This enraged Hiranyakashipu. Since then, the king ordered his sister Holika to burn the prince on the complete moon night. From getting the blessing of God Vishnu, Prahlada was unscathed while Holika was burned into ashes. When the prince walked out of the hearth, people sprinkled him with colorful water to precise the praise of goodness and hatred of evil.

Traditions of Nepal Holi Festival

Different from Indian Holi rituals, Holi Festival in Nepal features a special ceremony for erecting a wood pole. On today, Nepali women dress in beautiful Sari with auspicious things in hand, then revolve around the pole to wish for blessings. Durbar Square and therefore the surrounding streets become a sea of waters, colors, and music. and you will have the prospect to ascertain the foremost prestigious singers working on the stage. On the eighth day, the festival involves an end with a Holi bonfire.

 Holi: The Season of Bloom

Everyone gets excited about the season of Holi.  Traditionally Holi was celebrating as spring has come. Holi is also the best festival of the Spring season of Nepal. the spring season is the best reason, especially for the farmers. Since spring starts after the end of the winter season so, the environment also gets very exciting. Forest comes with red rhododendron all over and the weather condition also remains very fine during this season.  framers celebrate Holi as their harvested plants start to grow. Nature also wears its finest and new clothes during the spring season.

 

Season of colour

People celebrate this festival with great exhilaration and excitement. At the time of the Holi, the roads are also quite empty because of the holiday so you can enjoy and walk anywhere around the street. The most important colour during this day is pink which name is gulal in Nepali. People also throw a bucket of water at each other. Thus, Holi is a colourful festival and is playing around entire Nepal with full joy and enjoyment. This festival is celebrating to enjoy the win of brightness over darkness.

 

Holi Festival Nepal 2021

In ancient times Holi used to be celebrated for a week. In some villages, Holi is still celebrating for a week but in the major cities of Nepal like Kathmandu, it celebrates for a day. You should also be a part of Holi. You can do a water balloon fight and colour smirking. It is also a chance to be close to the culture and tradition of Nepal. Adult people celebrate Holi to remember the days of their childhood. During this festival, people do not care about their appearance and cleanliness.

You can go crazy during this festival. Since2021 is the time where the pandemic becomes a little less dangerous in Nepal so you can celebrate Holi but remember to follow the safety rules set by the government. For instance, you can go to a different concert and Holi program organize Kathmandu and other public places. Basantapur Durbar Square is the main place where the Holi festival is celebrateing with great enthusiasm and excitement. although the lockdown has ended the virus is still there so to prevent this virus you should not gather more people in the name of the festival.

You must follow all the safety precautions and celebrate Holi with a lesser number of people as possible. Since the festival is the reason which makes your life more exciting so you should enjoy this beautiful festival of colour. as per the lunar calendar, Holi always falls on different dates. Holi Festival Nepal 2021 falls on March 28 and March 29.

 

Some tips you need to know for celebrating Holi

  • Since the synthetic colours are harmful to your face and your body so to keep your body safe from the chemical reaction, before playing Holi massage your body with coconut oil, including your hair and face. Make sure that you massage for about 10 minutes.
  • To prevent the global coronavirus this year, keep your body safe and hand sanitizes. Also do not walk here and there unnecessarily and play Holi with the lesser amount of people as possible.
  • Since the colours can make your nail dirty, it is better to wear darker shades of nail polish as it will be your nail clear.
  • Before going out to play Holi you will have to remove and change all your ornaments like gold and silver as they might damage with the colours permanently.
  • Holi is a raw festival; you should not wear any type of makeup except body moisturize because while playing Holi there will be a chemical reaction between your make-up and the colour which may lead to several skin-related problems.
  • Your hair can get damage while playing Holi as the dry colours will make your hair drier.  So it is always s better to tie your hair up in any kind of pun or plait which will enable the colour to reach your scalp or hair roots.

 

Tips to consider while playing Holi

  • The quality of colour is very important for playing Holi these days, s, if possible, avoid the use of synthetic colours as they can cause skin irritation and other kind problems.
  • Do not go crazy while playing Holi, remember to play it slowly as the more colour you play with it will be harder to scrub or wash it off.
  • As there is the saying what you sow shall you reap, you should play Holi in a proper manner. If you misbehave with the people while playing Holi then you might get into serious problems so be careful and enjoy it like a festival.

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Tips for after playing Holi 

  • When you finish playing Holi remember, before going to the shower once again apply coconut oil in your body where there is colour. this will help to get rid of the colour stain quickly.
  • The colour may enter your ever for any reason, in that case, dip cotton buds in Luke warm water and apply it to your eyes or ears from outside. This will clean the colour from inside eyes and ears.
  • At the end of the day if you have Bhaang or alcohol then, make yourself some nice lemon juice and have it. And you can also use the left-over lemons to scrub your palms and heels as this will make it softer.

 

Interesting facts about Holi 

  • The word Holi is describing in the legendary story of Prahalad. According to this story Holi derived from the name Holika as it is the celebration of her death.
  • Holi is also the national festival of many parts of Nepal and India. Although Holi is a Hindu festival it also considers as the secular festival as people of all the religion celebrate Holi. Despite the difference in the case, religion and nationality all people celebrate Holi by apply color to each other’s faces.
  • On Holi eve a born is light in every corner of the country and people offer religious prayer to that fir asking for forgiveness and wipe out the evilness from the society.
  • Earlier Bhaang juice makes during Holi to increase the spirit of the people for celebrating Holi. Thi makes forget all kinds of restriction and enmity among each other.
  • Traditionally Holi celebrates in Nepal and India only but nowadays Holi has been celebrating in many nations of the world like Barcelona, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and America. Thus, Holi has been evolving and spreading among the various nation of the world.
  • Holi is a celebration of good and truth over evil.
  • This also gives the indicator of the change of season. in earlier days people used to know that winter has ended and spring has arrived when they celebrate Holi.
  • Holi is a festival that is celebrated in two days in the major cities of Kathmandu. On the first day preparation of Holi. Later born fire is light to do tractional rituals and the second day of Holi is “Ranwali Holi” is the main day.

 

Bhutan Snowman Trek – When to Travel and more

Bhutan Snowman Trek

Bhutan is an incredible place gifted with great cultural and natural features.  People often say that a thunder dragon protected the country and its people from any trespassers or evil spirits. Bhutan was isolated for generations from the outside world to preserve and protect the culture. But in today’s world Bhutan is the center of attraction for tourist and adventure geeks. Among many famous trekking places in Bhutan Snowman Trek is one of the finest treks where you will witness pristine mountain lakes, imposing glaciers, and some of the world’s most endangered species. Bhutan Snowman trek region is also known as Land of the Thunder Dragon.

This trek is also considered one of the challenging and finest treks in Bhutan. You will get to explore and enjoy the hidden and untouched part of Bhutan along with the great Himalayan range. Bhutan Snowman trek takes 30 -35 days to be completed and the maximum elevation of this trek is 5,050 meters from sea level. Through this trek, you will also get an opportunity to be close to the culture and tradition of the Bhutanese people. The trail to the Bhutan snowman trek goes through the green grassland.

The trail on the way to snowman trek also goes through many high mountain passes, you will be shocked to see the beautiful mountain range that seems scattered, floating above the clouds like islands of snow.  Combined attributes of distance, going through high altitudes, extreme and unpredictable weather conditions and remoteness makes this trek tough and hard to climb.

Throughout the trek, you will notice tiny Buddhist monasteries and secluded villages all over. Snowman Trek in Bhutan is all about nature, peace, high snow peaks mountains, and welcoming people.

Bhutan snowman trek

Bhutan Snowman Trek Difficulty

Snowman trek is the most difficult and probably the highest trek in Bhutan.  This route is only recommended for trekkers who have experience in trekking different mountains. Snowman trek is also the longest trek, this trek is combined with the two most incredible treks like Chomolhari base camp and Laya Lingshi trek. Walking at such a high altitude might be problematic for many people.  Beginners should not trek snowman trek without proper and complete training. You should also be physically strong for this trek. For increasing your physical strength, you can do exercise daily, yoga, swimming, or gym before 3 months of this trek.

During this trek, you will need to cross 9 passes which are above the altitude of 4500 meters from sea level. Crossing these passes might be very difficult for many trekkers. This trek also goes through the Drukgyel Dzong and Paro were the third highest mountain of Bhutan Jhomolhari which is at an altitude of 7314 meters. Winter in the snowmen trek region is very extreme and difficult to trek. Because of this reason snowman trek is mostly closed during the winter season. Along with this, this trek is not for beginners, you will need to have some trekking techniques and experience before this trek. This trek is not for the solo and family trekkers. There must be 5 people in a group for this trek.  The itinerary of the snowman trek is very long and many people might be fitted to the itinerary.

Snowman trek will refresh your mind and your soul and connect you with the peace of nature.  Bhutan trek is a small world in itself where you can drown without resurrection.

 

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Here are some of the things that you might need to know before this trek: –

  • Currency

The currency of Bhutan is called The Bhutanese Ngultrum is commonly known as Nu. The value of Bhutanese currency is equal to the Indian currency. Some of the major currencies of the world like US Dollars, Sterling Pounds and Euros, and even the cheques of the trekkers can change in the airport of Paro and banks or hotels. Bhutanese Ngultrum is a close currency is a closed currency so, his currency can only be exchanged after you arrive.

Although there are different hotels and banks on the trek where you can exchange our currency but we recommend you to take the local currency (Bhutanese Ngultrum) on the trek. Remember that in the shops or hotels in Bhutan cash economy and a credit card are not quite accepted.  If you are carrying a credit or debit card during the trek for an emergency fund then you will have to make sure that your card can be used abroad.

 

2) Trekking Bag Weight

While trekking in foreign countries you will have to know the weight up to which you can carry your luggage. The luggage limit o Bhutan for trekkers and travelers is 15 kgs. This would be more than adequate for the things you will need during the trek. Your trekking bag will be weighed before you leave the country at the airport. If your trekking bag is overweighed then you will have to take out some of the items from the bag. While packing for the snowman trek to Bhutan you will have to put all of your trekking equipment in the trekking bag. You can carry your personal belongings like password, I card visa on your hand carry.

 

3) Bhutanese etiquette

Except for the courtyards, people or trekkers are not allowed to take pictures inside any monastery, temple, or dzong all around the country. While visiting temples or any religious sites in Bhutan walking in the clockwise direction is considered to be the best way.   If you point your fingers at any scared or religious object then it is taken as very disrespectful. For those people who smoke Bhutanese government has imposed a 200% tax at the airport, there will get a permit to smoke. If you smoke without a permit in the public areas or trekking Dzongs and Monastery then you will be taken into custody.

 

4) Food and Drinking water in Bhutan

As Snowman trek in Bhutan is a very long trek so you will have to carry some energy bars also dried fruit and nuts are also considered to be a good source for providing energy to your body. Also, carry energy drink powder and water purifying powder during this trek. You should not worry about the food during this trek as there are plenty of hotels on the way to the snowman trek. Remember to eat healthy and energy giving food brought the entire trek. You should not worry about the drinking water as well because you can buy water anywhere on the trail or drink water at the hotels.

We also suggest you bring re-usable water bottles on the trek to reduce the use of plastic, if you bring a reusable bottle then you can fill and carry the water. Drinking water during the trek helps to hydrate your body and adapt to the weather condition of the snowman trek. Besides the please avoid hard drinks like alcoholic, beverages as they might not be safe to drink in high-altitude places.

chomolhari trek

5) Important information

This trek holds a lot of challenges but once you reach the destination it will worth it. You will be provided with a trekking guide. You will need to have the day to day update of the weather and temperature of the snowman trek. Your trek might be delayed due to various reasons so, you should make your trek flexibly. Always carry ash with you as many of the hotels will not take cards.

 

Trekking in Nepal vs trekking in Bhutan

Though snowman trek of Bhutan is very much like trekking in Nepal. The main difference between trekking in Nepal and trekking in Bhutan is that there are very few people trekking in Bhutan. You will not see many other trekkers while trekking in Bhutan but on the other hand while trekking in Nepal you will meet many fellow trekkers on the way. You will also observe that people living on the hills or at the higher latitude places are lower in Bhutan. But here are a higher number of people who reliving in the higher altitude places like the Khumbu region.

Because of his daring he entire trek you will see Jangothang, Lingshi, Goyok, Laya, Woche, Chozo, and Thanza villages. But while trekking in Nepal you will see a village or stay at villages daily. The landscape in Bhutan is a heavier forest than the landscapes in Nepal.

Although animals like deer, blue sheep, Himalayan black bear, snow leopard are found in both countries. Besides all these differences almost all the culture between these countries is same.

 

Itinerary of Bhutan Snowman Trek

 

Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu airport

After you arrive at the Kathmandu airport out team above the Himalayan will pick you at the airport. You will be escorted to your hotel. If you arrive in Nepal in the daytime then you, we have some time to roam and visit around Kathmandu. At the time of dinner, you will meet with your guide and trekking partners. You will also have a small meeting with our team regarding the trek.

 

Day 2: Flight from Kathmandu to Paro (2280 meter)

You will have a flight from Kathmandu to Paro. Paro is the main point from where you will start your trek to the snowman in Bhutan. While flying from Nepal you will have an exotic aerial view of the mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Kangchenjunga. Observing the beautiful landscape and foothills of Bhutan from the sky you will reach Paro.  You reach Paro you will meet with your Bhutanese guide. You will be escorted to your hotel.

 

Day 3: Hike to Taktsang Monastery (2,000ft/609m)

Taktsang Monastery is also referred to as “Tiger’s nest” this place is one of the most religious places of Bhutan. The significance of the Taksang monastery is that this place is the point where Indian guru Taktsang Padma Sambhava flew from Tibet on the back of a tiger to defeat five demons who were against Buddhism in Bhutan. The trail to this monastery goes through the pine forest. From the top of this monastery, you will have a magnificent view of the mountains and Paro city. Which returning to Paro you will see Kyichu Lakhang which is also a small Buddhist monster. Kyichu Lakhang is one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in Bhutan.

Tiger's nest Bhutan

Day 4: Drive from Paro to Shana (2860) meter to Shiring Karup (3100m)

Duration: 4 hrs.

You will start your trek after your breakfast. From Paro, you will take a drive to Shana. After driving for about 20 minutes, you will reach Drukyel Dzong where you will have lunch.

You will be continuing your journey, after the drive of 1- 2 hours you will reach Shana.  from ere your actual trek starts, on the way to Shiring Karup you will be passing through the incredible fields of rice, wheat, barley, mustard, potato, and radish as well as herds of cows.  On the trail, you will also get the first view of the mount of Jomolhari (7314m).  After few kilometers of walking, you will reach the remote village of Shiring Karup. Overnight at the camp on Shiring Karup.

Day 5: Trek from Shiring Karup to Soi Thangthanka, 3,586m/11,765ft – (7-8 hours)

After having breakfast, you will be trekking within Jigme Dorje National Park which is probably the largest protected area of Bhutan. The total areal of this national park is 4350 sq. km. you can see isolated farmhouses and plenty of wildlife on the way to Soi Thangthanka. The forest of Soi Thangthanka is filled with oaks, maple, birch, larch pine and alders, and rhododendron. After walking for about 7 -8 hours on the trail you will reach Soi Thangthanka.

 

Day 6: Trek from Thangthanka to Jangothang 4,102m/13,458ft – 5-6 hours

Jogothang is the famous place on the Bhutan snowman trek from where you will get the best view of Bhutan’s second-highest mountain, Chomolhari on the top of the remote valley. From Thangthanka out will have to walk for about an hour, slowly you will be leaving the forest line and climbing up to the lovely village called Tengethang. Here you can observe the remote life of Bhutanese, there is a big school in the middle of the village where you will see children playing.  On walking few kilometers, you will reach the ba8se camp of Mount Chomolhari. Many of the trekkers might suffer from altitude sickness on the base camp. Overnight at the base camp.

 

Day 7: Rest and acclimatization day at Jangothang

Since acclimatization is very important while trekking in the higher altitude place. Here at Jangothang, you will be having a day off. If you want to get the best view of the mountain range you will have to walk for about an hour from Jangothang.  Some of the famous places in jangothang are Tshophu and Nyile La pass.  Today you can observe the local lifestyle of Bhutanese people closely. There also few yak herds on the side of the lake. From here you will have a beautiful back view of Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake.

 

Day 8: Trek from Jangothang to Lingshi, 4,001m/13,126ft, crossing the Nyile La Pass, 4,817m/15,804ft – 6-7 hours

Today you will be walking through some of the places with the exotic view of the stunning Himalaya range like Jitchu Drake, 6,850m/22,470ft, and Tsering Kang, 6,994m/22,946ft. After hiking upward for about 4 hours you will reach Nyile pass at an altitude of 4,817 meters. From there you will have to trek down towards Lingshi where you will get the first view of dzong atop. Dzong atop was damaged badly by t8he earthquake. There might be the repairing work of houses, hunts, and buildings going on. With the fine weather of Bhutan, you will enjoy the walk with the spectacular views of the mountains.  It takes about 4 – 5 hours of walk to reach Nyile la pass from Lingshi. On the way, you will see many yak herders and small stupas throughout the way. Overnight at the camp in Nyile la pass.

Day 9: Trek to Chebisa, 3,870m/12,697ft – 5 hours.

You will be continuing your journey with the amazing view of the mountains and observing the cuter n tradition of the Bhutanese people.  Today you will be heading on the northeastern part toward Lingshi Dzong. The trail includes the high alpine forest filled with rhododendron and pine tree. if you are lucky enough then you might get the glan8ce of the beautiful daphne. Once you reach the Chebisa valley you will be stunned by the picturesque and uniqueness of Chebisa. The houses are made up of stoned and are singled roofs. On the way to Chebisa, you will also be crossing a huge and lovely waterfall.  Overnight at Chebisa.

 

Day 10: Trek to Shomuthang, 4,222m/13,852ft, crossing the Gobu La Pass, 4,349m/14,268ft – 5-6 hours.

From Chebisa our next trekking destination is Shomuthang. The trail to Shomuthang has lots of ups and downs so, it might be very difficult for you to walk.  Gobu La pass is another pass that you have to cross during this trek. Gobu La pass lies at an altitude of 4440 meters. From here you can get the backside view of the beautiful village of Lingshi with the best view of the mountains. The path to Shomuthang goes through the gorgeous valley below Jarela. From here you will have to descent through the forest. If you are tired then after walking for about half an hour from the forest you can camp here.

 

Day 11: Trek to Robulathang, 4,152m/13,662ft, crossing the Jarela Pass, 4,635m/15,207ft – 7-8 hours.

Today will be a long walk so you will have to get up early in the morning. After that, you will be continuing your trekking journey toward Robulathang.  When you start your trek, you will have to trek upward crossing the grassy slopes and windswept hills. After that, you will reach Jare La Pass. You can see Blue sheep and lammergeiers on this pass.  After this, once you reach the gap you will see the mark of flags and cairns from where you will see the valley and Sinche La pass.  The trail further moves toward the forest of rhododendron, spruce, cypress, and brish toward the valley.  After reaching Robulathang valley you will observe the local people wearing distinctive clothes.

 

Day 12 Trek to Limithang,

Total Attitude- 4,118m/13,510ft,

Passing the Shingela La

Total Altitude- 4,912m/16,115ft

Duration 6-7 hours.

Trek to Limithang via shingle la pass on the snowman trek to Bhutan might be the most difficult part of this trek. From the camp, it will take about 4 – 5 hours of ascent to cross Since La pass.  This ascent to Sinche La pass is very hard as the trail is straight upward. If you take a slow and steady pace to be comfortable then it will be more difficult for you. So, we recommend you to walk fast without a pause to this trek. While crossing the Shingela La pass you will see the striking view of Gnagchenta.

While descending the grassy slopes will make it hard to walk.  Moving further to Limithang you will witness the wonderful glacial blue lake and white stream below the exquisite peak “tigers Ears”. Overnight at camp

Chomolhari trek

Day 13: Trek to Laya, 3,812m/12,506ft – 4 hours.

From Limithang your next trekking destination is Laya. Your trek starts with the descend from the Zamdo Nangi Chhu to the Laya village. Laya village is the largest village on this trek. On the way, you will have to pass through the thick forest and the lovely river flowing at the side of the forest. Laya village is the only village on this trek that is well developing and rich in culture and facility both.

You can find all kinds of facilities here like a large school, electricity, a phone signal and is now only a day even the road head at Koina. Vertically striped yak-hair clothing and strange conical bamboo hats are the major thing that s famous in Laya. The interesting fact of Laya is that there are more Tibetan/Mongolian people more than Bhutanese people living here.

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Day 14: Rest day at Laya

Acclimatation is the key to a successful trek. Today you are again acclimating at Laya. You can release all the tiredness and pain from the trek. Hot stone bath is also offered in Laya where you can realize your pain and just relax.  You can spend this day resting and exploring the beautiful village of Laya. You can even communicate with the local people. Walking few meters up from Laya village will provide you the best view of the mountains. Horses are very famous in Laya you can also do horse riding here.  

 

Day 15 Trek to Rodhophu through Taksaka

Altitude- 4,206m/13,800ft

Duration-7-8 hours.

From the Laya village, you will be descending a long way down to the gorge. You will be going through the wooden gateway leaving the 14 Laya village. The wooden gateway is ancient and old lots of cultural beliefs of the people living there.  After walking half an hour from the gateway, you will reach the army post of Takasaka. From here walking for few kilometers, you will be heading east toward Lunana.

Here you will have to climb the forest gradually to an old hut. There are no villages or any kind of human habitat here. You will be gradually climbing up to a higher altitude from here. You will be entering a ringed valley with the Rocky Mountains behind. The trail to Rodhophu has a rocky trail that causes ups and downs. After walking for few minutes, you will see a checkpoint where you will have to show your trekking permit and passwords.

 

Day 16: Cross Tsome La Pass, 4,709m/15,450ft, and trek to below Gangla Karchung La, 4,900m/16,076ft – 5-6 hours

After about 2 – 3 hours of walk through the rocky trail, you will reach Tsome la pass.  Tsome la pass is an extremely beautiful and remote area of Bhutan.  After you cross the pass there is a rolling series of folds around the large mountainside of the trek. On the trail to Gangla Karchung la, you will also get to witness the great mountain range of Gangla Karchung (6395m).

 

Day 17: Cross the Gangla Karchung La, 5,156m/16,916ft, to Tarina, 3,919m/12,857ft – 6-7 hours

Today is probably the great day of this trek as you will be climbing up to the pass from where you will witness the glacial lakes and Kang Bum 7100 meters. The mountain is surrounded by the debris dams at the top of the Lunana. The lakes like snakes twisting down the valley. The trail also goes through the wide forest of red rhododendron with the stunning view of the mountains all over. From the rhododendron forest after walking for a couple of hours you will reach Tarina.

 

Day 18: Trek to camp above Woche, 4,114m/13,599ft – 6 hours

From Tarina, you will have a pleasant walk downwards. The downward valley is surrounded by rock walls and rocky peaks. From here you will observe many exotic glasses of the waterfall from the hill. The valley can be seen very colorful with the flowers and colorful heathers all over. After that again you will be climbing up to reach to first Lunana village of Woche. Woche is very famous for the tea and it has the different varieties best tea in the world. You can enjoy and communicate with the local people of Woche.

 

Day 19: Trek to Lhedi, 3,728m/12,231ft, across the Kashe La Pass, 4,556m/14,947ft – 6-7 hours

The next day you will be trekking further toward Lhedi.  The trail to Lhedi goes by crossing the Kashe La pass.  On the trail, you will observe the sacred lake of the people which is in pea-green color. You will have to respect the culture of the people and throwing stones and garbage is not allowed on that lake.  Continuing your trek, you have to pass Kashe La pass with the magnificent few of the mountains. After that trekking for few hours, you will reach Lhedi.  Lhedi s another beautiful village with the string houses on the terrace high and the river flowing by the side of the villages. The Houses are here are making of rock.

 

Day 20: Trek to Thanza, 4,126m/13,537ft – 4-5 hours.

There are lots of junctions and confusion of the route to Thanza. If you walk continually from Lhedi you will reach Thanza within four hours. On the way, you can stop at Chozo the artic view of the mountains. From Lhedi you will have to follow the river o the junction, then you will be following the route to the upper valley. Once you reach the upper valley then shortly after a few minutes f walk you will reach Chozo. Chozo is also a village of Lunana, and the people of the Chozo valley are more superstitious and believe in the spirits.

From Chozo village you Chozo will have to walk through the plain, gradually you will reach to the higher upper valley which is the big village and divided into two sides of the river.

From here trekking for about an hour you will reach Thanza.

 

Day 21: Rest day in Thanza

Today is the third acclimatization day of this trek. Today you will be resting and exploring the village of Thanza. You will be exploring and communicating with the people of the Thanza village. We will also discover new things about the culture and tradition of the people living in the Thanza village. You can also enjoy wearing the cultural and traditional dress and playing the traditional games of the local people.

 

Day 22: Trek to before Gophu La, stop at Tshorim, 5,225m/17,142ft – 7-8 hours

You will resume your trek by the steady climb from Thanza.  From here you will have to cross the Gophu La pass.  On the way, you will exigence the ups and downs on the rocky trail with minor waterfalls from the hills.  You will also witness a great view of the lake surrounded by the high snow Peaks Mountains.

After you reach Tshorim by crossing Gophu La pass there are two campsites one is before the lake and the other is after the lake. You can choose any campsite and stay overnight.

 

Day 23: Cross the Gophu La with altitude 5,454m/17,894ft, to Geche Woma (4,625m/15,174ft) – 8 hours

This day will be the most beautiful day of this trek. Today you will be having breath-taking views of the mountain’s peaks and the green grassland. In the morning you will observe the striking view of the sunrise from the middle of the mountain peaks.

When you cross the Gophu La you will have a great view of Gangkar Punsum, 7,550m/24,770ft. Geche Woma is the camping place in the valley where you will stay overnight.

 

Day 24: Cross the Saga La pass, 4,930m/16,175ft. Trek to Sachu Kheti, 4,267m/14,000ft – 7-8 hours

The trek continues down to the valley. From the valley, after walking for about 45 minutes you will reach the lunch spot.  You can rest and explore there for some time. Then you will have to cross the Saga La pass and while crossing the pas you will have a dramatic view of the mountains.  From the pass, you will be trekking down on the steep trail slowly and from here you will reach Sachu Kheti.

 

Day 25: Travel unnamed pass (4,520m/14,829ft) & Trek to Demsho Wom (4,520m/14,892ft – 4 hours)

This is one of the fabulous days of the trek. Today you will be going through the farmlands which consist of oddly shaped towers, unusual spires, mushrooms of rock, and great cantilevered flakes. While crossing the unnamed pass you will also get a great view of Saga La Pass. From the pass, you will be walking through the huge valley meanders off to your right with more intriguing peaks and cliffs.

 

Day 26: Trek from Demsho Wom to Tshering Dorji Yak Herder Camp (Meluthang), 4,425m/14,518ft – 6 hours

Today is a great day along with the great challenge of this trek. it takes 45 minutes to reach a large lake from the Demsho Wom. Just below the Demsho La pass, there is a fine-looking valley that consists of two lakes.  This valley lies far from the civilization. Habitat is also very less in this region. You will breathe in the cold and clean air in this region. After crossing the path hiking for about 4 hours you will reach Tshering Dorji Yak Herder Cap.

Day 27: Cross small pass (4,360m/14,340ft), Trek to Padim (4,515m/14,813ft – 5 hours)

This is also one of the important days of this trek you will be crossing many small passes today and final cam at Padim. The route goes through the many lakes on the higher altitude place and eventually climbing up and down from here to the tail which consists of a level grassy platform. Is and eventually believed that there is a path that leads to Gangkar Punsum heading north, but for humans only; it is too difficult for animals, so after a short walk from here you will reach Padim.

 

Day 28: Trek from Padim to Khemi La Khemi La, 4,572m/15,000ft and trek below to Chachi La pass, 3,682m/12,080ft – 6-7 hours

If you get up early in the morning you will get a magnificent view of the sunrise and mountains.

After that, you will continue your trek. Today you will be crossing two paths. First of all, you will be crossing Khemi la Pass, and the after you will be moving down and cross Chachi La pass.

 

Day 29: Trek from Chachi La pass 4,638m/15,216ft to Maurothang, 3,682m/12,080ft – 6-7 hours

We have nearly come to the end of this trek. Today we will be crossing Chachi La pass and trekking down to the Maurothang. On the trail, you will observe beautiful and clear views of the mountain’s peaks. Walking through the sloop and grassy trail finally you will reach Maurothang.

Snowman trek Bhutan

Day 30: Trek to Sephu, 2,672m/8,766ft – 5-6 hours. Drive to Paro

This will be the last day of your snowman trek to Bhutan. It takes 4 hours to trek back to Sephu. From Sephu you will drive Paro via Punakha. On the way, you can see the oldest monastery in Punakha.  After you arrive at Paro we will go to the hotel and have a rest.

Day 31: Flight from Paro to Kathmandu and final departure

This is your last day Bhutan. If your flight is in the evening then you can roam near Paro. After that, you will catch your flight to Kathmandu. From Kathmandu airport, you will have your final departure.  Happy trekking!!!!

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Frequently asked questions on the Bhutan Snowman Trek

 

  1. When is the best time to trek Bhutan snowman trek?

Since the Bhutan snowman trek is not possible during winter due to extreme cold weather. But there are two main seasons for trekking to Bhutan snowman trek spring and autumn season. The spring season falls starts in March and carries on to the end of May and the Autumn season starts from mid-September to the end of November. Weather and temperature remain best for trekking during these times of the year. The trekking trail to snowman trek goes with blooming rhododendron and pine trees all over. Precipitation is also very less during the autumn and spring season.

 

  1. What happens if I get sick during this trek?

It is common to get sick while traveling to a different country. Your body might not adapt to the weather or atmosphere of a new place. When it comes to trekking in a higher altitude place like snowman trek in Bhutan then the chance of getting sick is even more. However, our team of above the Himalayan, we allow sufficient time for trekkers to acclimate during this trek. We also provide guidelines or ways for avoiding diseases. We have a connection with the hospitals or medical services in Bhutan where at the time of emergencies we can take you there. But if you seriously fall sick during the trek then we would arrange a helicopter evacuation back.

 

  1. What kind of facilities that I will have during this trek?

Bhutan Snowman trek is well facilitating. Although there are something’s that you will need to compromises. As this trek goes through the remoteness of Bhutan, you will not have many facilities there. For example, you might not be able to charge batteries, mobile for your electrical device, so you should carry a power bank as an alternate. On camping, you will have to cook your food and sleep on the camp which is uncomfortable.

 

Mount Everest New Height- World Tallest Mountain gain 0.86 Meters.

Mount Everest new height

Mount Everest is known for its height all over the world as it is the world’s highest mountain. Mt Everest lies at the border of Nepal and China. Before 2020 the actual heights of Mount Everest was 8,848 sq. km. But after the survey which was held on 8th December 2020. Nepal and china both countries jointly announced that the height of Mount Everest has been increased by 0.86 meters which is almost a meter. So the New height of Mount Everest is 8,848.86 sq. km.

The announcement of Mount Everest’s new height was done on the national television of Nepal. Susheel Dangol is Nepal’s chief survey officer stated that “we can be confident that this is the most accurate height of Everest that we have ever had”. He also that it is a huge responsibility on our part as a country of Mount Everest and it is a movement of pride for all of us. The measurement of the world’s highest peak is a big deal so since 2018 Nepal has been conducting its own measurement of Mount Everest.

Meanwhile, several teams have offered many new techniques and ways for measuring the new height of Mount Everest. Nepal wanted to do this survey alone but after Chinese president Xi Jinping visited Nepal, china also became part of this survey. Mount Everest’s new height is said to be the most accurate height till now. The new height of Mount Everest has been calculated by the joint effort of Nepal and China. Four Nepal surveyors spent 2 years training for this mission before actually went to the submit. The Nepalese team went to submit in May of 2019 for the survey. And the Chinese team went right after that.

everest base camp trek

Mount Everest old height

We all know that the old height of Mount Everest is 8,848sq.km. Between the years 1849 to 1855, a survey was done in India to measure the height of Mount Everest. This survey was conducted on Dehradun, Triangulation was done from India base to Sonakhoda base in Bihar. During this method, Mount Everest was also observed. But during that time people didn’t know that Mount Everest was the heights peak in the world. After the competition of that survey, the height of Mount Everest was 8,839.80 meters. Later in 1945, another survey was held to measure the height of Mount Everest from India.

This survey was done in Bihar, India using the trigonometric method. They identified the actual height of Mount Everest as 8,848sq. Km. after that many surveys was done by different county with new techniques but it was not accepted. Nepal has not been part of any survey for measuring the height of Mount Everest but since 2018 Nepal has built a survey team for measuring the height. In 1999 an American team did another survey for measuring Mount Everest’s height.

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They used a GPS (global positioning system). They estimate the height of Mount Everest as 8,850 meters. This height was accepted by many specialists in geodesy and cartography. Although Nepal had also welcomed the revelation but kept on using the height determined in 1945. Not only Nepal before the new height of Mount Everest was established in Nepal everyone thought the world used the same height.

Measurement of Height of Mount Everest

There are many ways of measuring Mount Everest. Mean sea level is always considered as the base for measuring mountains. So while measuring the height of mountains the main work is at the bottom than at the top. Nepal has been using the Bay of Bengal as the mean sea level for measuring other mountains. In the case of Mount Everest, India has already surveyed a point that was closer to Everest, near the border of Nepal and India so, Nepalese surveyors used that point as a mean sea level. After identifying the mean sea level, surveyors built a network of lines of sight creating a chain up to 250 km or any other point from where Everest is visible.

Meanwhile, Chinese surveyors used separate mean sea level as their base. They used the province of Shandong as the mean sea level. Surveyors from both countries all sued the trigonometry formula to calculate the height of Mount Everest. Using the formula they calculated the height of the triangle by multiplying its base with the angles. For measuring the top of the mountain someone needs to be on the top of Mount Everest. So Nepalese surveyors went up to the summit last year.

Nepalese surveyors stated that they used 12 different lower peaks near Everest for trigonometric calculation. They also said that these 12 peaks have helped to achieve the precise result. On the other hand, Chinese surveyors also used the same method and formula. Associated researcher of a Chinese academy of survey and mapping had stated that “surveyor’s beano had been placed on the summit, surveyors who were at the station around the Everest measured the distance from the six-point to the bacon, and at least six triangles can be calculated to determine the Everest’s height”.

 

Why did the height of Mount Everest changes?

The first survey was held in 1975 and the second was held in 2005. During the second survey, the Chinese team installed a Chinese version of a GPS device on Mount Everest. China invented the BeiDou navigation satellite system which is known to be the rival of US-owned GPS (global positioning system). China used the same device while measuring the height of Mount Everest whereas Nepalese surveyors used the actual GPS for measuring the submit. GPS is a more precise instrument so, GPS was used by Nepalese surveyors.

For many years there has been debate among various countries whether it should be “rock height”, or whether the snow cladding should also be added to the height.

Nepal and china used GPS (global navigation satellite) systems to achieve the altitude data from various surveyors in their calculations. Till now China has conducted two surveys for measuring the height of Mount Everest.

The height of Mount Everest has been changed from 8,848sq.km to 8,848.86 sq. km. There are several reasons for this. Many specialists and scientists have said that the ongoing impact with Eurasia might force the mountains to an ever greater height than Mount Everest. The rocks of the mountains continue to rise toward the skies, erosion works against their upward progression. No one can force or do anything artificially to change the height of Mount Everest. The change of height of Mount Everest is a natural process. There are the different reason which affected the new height of Mount Everest. Here are the reasons

GEOLOGICAL UPS AND DOWNS

Geological ups and downs have played a vital role in changing the height of Mount Everest. A massive earthquake hit Nepal in 2015, since then the tectonic plates of near mountains have been moving. The movement of tectonic plates helps to lift the mountain. The balancing fore can help to maintain a degree of stability over time. A member of a Chinese team that surveyed Everest height stated in a report that nature tends to strike a balance. He gave an example of when Dang cited a massive earthquake in 1934 that wiped 150 years of steady height increase due to the tectonic plate’s movement.

 

MEASURING MOUNTAINS

There are different ways to establish the height of any mountain. Though the Chinese team used a different type of GPS along with different other equipment. On the other hand, the Nepalese team did the same procedure with different equipment. The equipment used by the Nepalese team is believed to be more precise and more usable in comparison to the equipment used by the Chinese team. They also used a laser-equipped version of a theodolite. The Nepalese team used a ground base radar to achieve the amount of snow and ice which was situated on the top of Mount Everest.
HAWAII’S UNDERWATER GIANT

The basic thing before measuring the height of Mount Everest is to establish the mean sea level. The main work while measuring Mount Everest is to be done in the bottom area than the top area. From the earth’s core in the middle, the mountain along the equator is farther.

 

 

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Some frequently asked question about Mount Everest’s new height

 

What was the methodology used while measuring the new height of Mount Everest?
During a webinar, the foreign minister of Nepal Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, and the foreign minister of china Yang Yi, announced the new increased height of Mount Everest. They did not have any particular details about the methodology used while measuring the new height of Mount Everest. The secretary and spokesperson for Nepal’s department of the survey, Damodar Dhakal started that we have used the previous method applied in acquiring the height from the Global Navigational Satellite System (GNSS). Both Nepalese and Chinese data showed accuracy.

Why the difference over official height?


There have been lots of arguments about the height of Mount Everest. Earlier the Chinese surveyors had calculated the height of the mountain in 2005. Afterward in an interview with BBC Nepal government stated that they were under pressure from China to accept the new height which was calculated by China. After that Nepal government also told that had decided to go for a fresh measurement to set the actual height once and for all. After that china also became a part of this survey. Since Mount Everest falls on the border of Nepal and china both countries have jointly surveyed to find out the new height of Everest.

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When was the new measurement done?


Many countries have been doing lots of surveys to find out the height of Everest. Since Nepal was hit by the devastating earthquake in April 2015. Before that Nepal survey department had never considered the idea of measuring Mount Everest. But after the earthquake, there arise dispute among different scents on whether the earthquake had affected the height of Mount Everest or not. Then after Nepal made a team to measure the height of Mount Everest. The surveyor also took the training for 2 years to known the techniques to measure Mount Everest. Then after finally in 2018 the team went to measure the height of Mount Everest.

Did china do the survey separately?


China has done altogether 3 surveys to measure the actual height of Mount Everest. However, the first 2 attempts were not accepted by Nepal or any other country. When Nepal was doing the survey Chinese president Xi Jinping visited Nepal after that china also wanted to survey to establish the new height of Mount Everest. Both Nepal and china started doing surveys separately. Nepal had completed its mission in early 2019 but china was just starting the mission. The team of 120 surveyors was processing the data and computing results but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the work was delayed. Then after china and Nepal signed a memorandum of understanding to make the result publicly.

Could there be any disagreement on the method or the equipment used during the process?


There may arise many disagreements on the process or the outcomes. But since this survey is said to be the most accurate and precise result till now, there should not be any disagreement. The national department of the survey has reported that although the survey was done from two different sides the result and the accuracy of the methods appear to be the same. This is an important takeaway for Nepal. The new height of Mount Everest is a movement of national pride and achieving the technological feat.

The senior officer of the surveying department said that Nepal involves for the first time in ascertaining the height of the mountains which link to our identity. He also said that the world and those people who come to Nepal for seeing Mount Everest will be able to gain a higher record by climbing Mt. Everest that is taller than yesterday.

 

 

Tamu Lhosar, Soman, Gyalpo Losar 2020, Celebration in Nepal

Tamu Lhosar

Tamu Lhosar is a festival that is popular among the Gurung community in Nepal and Tibet. The word Tamu” represents to Gurung people. People of Nepal and Tibet celebrate this great joyous festival. Tamu Lhoshar is the occasion of the New Year among this community. This festival generally falls during the month of Poush in the Hindu calendar and during the month of December in the English calendar. Nepal government also gives public holidays during Tamu Lhoshar. During this festival, all Gurung people wear Gurung attire and perform their cultural dance.  

The traditional clothes of Gurung are Bhangra, especially Gurung men wear this dress. Bhangra is a white cloth like a shirt, which tight across the chest. They also wear a Kachhad, like a short sarong or kilt. On the other hand, Gurung women wear a blouse and a long skirt. Younger Gurung girls wear Ghalek and gunyo-cholo. They wear large gold ornament including earing and their traditional style stone necklace. Gurung people cook different types of food during the special occasion of Tamu Lhoshar. The Gurung community is one of the oldest cultures in Nepal. Rodhighar, Chudka, Sorathi, Ghantu, and Dhori are the Gurung tradition that is still prevalence in Nepal. 

The traditional food of Gurung includes Sel roti and Khapse (made of rice bread), Achar (Pickle), Meat, homemade rice Beer (tonbaa), and Wine during Tamu Lhoshar. People also sing their traditional Gurung song “Salaijo and Kauda”. During Tamu Lhoshar people gather around to dance and sing. Tamu Lhoshar is being celebrated in Nepal and Tibet for a long time. Tamu Lhoshar is also an opportunity of showing valor, humor, singing, and dancing skills.

 

 

Tamu Lhosar in Kathmandu

Festival in Nepal

Nepal is known as the land of gardens, flowers, mountains, and more natural diversity. But we also have diversity in religion and tradition. The culture and tradition also depend upon the geographical status where we live in. as people living in the Terai region take Chhath and Gaura Parva as their main festivals. People living in the hilly region celebrate Dashain and Tihar as their main festivals. Likewise, people living in the Himalayan region celebrate Lhoshar as their main festival. Each and every festival have their own importance.  Festival in Nepal, possess both physical and mental happiness.

Thus people of Nepal gather and share their happiness with their close ones. Each festival in Nepal consists of beautiful historical background. Festival is the most exciting part of our lives.  It is also said that there is more festival in Nepal then there are more days on a year, no wonder Nepal is called the land of festivals. Every other day is the day of the festival in every country. The best part of all the festival is they show the history of their respective culture and teach us the importance of life.  Festival adds excitement and enjoyment to our lives. Festival is one of the ways to show one’s happiness and excitement.

During everyone’s busy seclude Tamu Losar festival has now been one of the ways to give us a distraction from our day to day, the exhausting routine of life, and give us some inspiration to remember the important things and moments in life. Among many festivals in the world, Tamu Lhoshar is one of the important festivals which is celebrated in all parts of Nepal and Tibet. Festival in Nepal is also a chance to exchange gifts among family members.  

 

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How is Tamu Lhosar is celebrating?

celebration of Tamu Lhosar

Losar is one of the greatest festivals of the Gurung community. In Nepal, the People of the Himalayan region and the Terai region celebrate Tamu Lhosar. Gurungs community organize various programs on the occasion of Tamu Lhoshar. Earlier Ganjasingh Gurung, who is also the director of the Tamu community, started to highlight the significance of Tamu Lhoshar among his community and all the other community. People gather together and sing different traditional songs and perform their traditional dances during this festival. The celebration of Tamu Lhoshar is for three days, however, the government gives holiday only on the last day, because of its importance. 

Nowadays, people celebrate festivals in a modern way replacing the traditional way of celebration. In the past, people used to drink wine and alcohol for the whole day, but nowadays people enjoy luxurious parties, dance to modern songs. Especially, in the major cities of Nepal like Kathmandu and Pokhara, People organize parties and enjoy this in the cultural process.

Tundikhel, the heart of Kathmandu city, is the major place, where people gather and cherish this festival. In Tundikhel, a major group of people organizes concerts and dancing programs on the special occasion of Tamu Lhosar Festival. People also visit a stupa in different places. Boudhanath stupa and Swyambhunath stupa are the major places where people specially visit during this festival. People wear their traditional clothes and express their culture among all. 

Gurung people comprise of special dancing and singing skill, which is really joyous to watch to the audience. The traditional songs also show the local lifestyle of the people. Tamu Lhoshar is also an occasion where family members meet and share their happiness and joy.  

 Enjoy the party of Losar

People also host different parties and feast on their home on the occasion of Tamu Lhoshar. The main food during this festival is Sel roti, khapse, and meat. People also tend to have homemade wine and Tumba. Now a day’s people also do many social activities on the day.  

People also visit different Buddhist stupas and take blessings from the monks. They celebrate this festival by feasting and also exchanging gifts. People also exchange wishes and goodwill with their near and dear ones. Nowadays people from other communities or cultures also wear traditional clothes of Gurung people to celebrate Tamu Lhoshar. Tamu Lhoshar is celebrated among the ethnic community of entire Asia. The word Lhoshar is made up of two different words Lho means year and Sar means year.

Since Lhoshar lasts for three days the celebration of Tamu Lhoshar begins from the last 2 days of the previous year. In different places, the Tamang community also organize different Sports events, interaction, cultural rallies, and cultural shows. Since nowadays tradition is at the peak of its extension, people conduct a different program to conserve this festival. The scientific reason for celebrating Tamu Lhoshar is that it falls on 22nd December which is known as the longest night and from 23rd December onward the days begin to get longer. So it is also celebrated as the change of time cycle. An interesting thing about Tamu Lhoshar is that people also worship nature on this day.  

 

Visit Buddhist Stupa

People also visit different Buddhist stupas and take blessings from the monks. People celebrate this festival by feasting and also exchanging gifts. They also exchange wishes and goodwill with their near and dear ones. Nowadays people from other communities or cultures also wear traditional clothes of Gurung people to celebrate Tamu Lhoshar. Tamu Lhoshar is celebrated among the ethnic community of entire Asia. The word Lhosar is made up of two different words Lho means year and Sar means year. Since Lhoshar lasts for three days the celebration of Tamu Lhoshar begins from the last 2 days of the previous year.

In different places, the Tamang community also organize different Sports events, interaction, cultural rallies, and cultural shows. Since nowadays tradition is at the peak of its extension, people conduct a different program to conserve this festival. The scientific reason for celebrating Tamu Lhosar is that it falls on 22nd December which is known as the longest night and from 23rd December onward the days begin to get longer. So it is also celebrated as the change of time cycle. An interesting thing about Tamu Lhoshar is that people also worship nature on this day.

Sonam Lhosar

History of Gurung and Tamu Lhosar

Among 59 indigenous nationalities residing in Nepal Gurung are one of them. Mainly Gurung people are found on the foothills of Annapurna in the Himalayan region. Gurung means farmer in the Tibetan language. It is believed that the Gurung people a wandering tribe who came across Tibet and mustang. Later they settled on Tibet and mustang and introduce Buddhism during the 7th century. Eventually, they started celebrating things like ceremonies and practices related to worship, birth, death, and marriage. Later Lhoshar has become one of the main festivals.

The Gurung community has divided their time into 12 years which is also called Lohokor. In these 12 years, they worship anyone animal or a bird a year. Los–garuda, serpent, horse, sheep, monkey, bird, dog, deer, mouse, cow, tiger, and cat are the 12 animals that Gurung people worship on the occasion of Tamu Lhoshar. The traditional music of the Gurung community is Rodhi. Besides these other, famous and traditional dances of Gurung people include Ghatu and Chudka.

People also organize food stalls in different places that serve special Gurung dishes. The people who are the pries on stupas and Gumbas are called Lamas, Klihbri, and Panju. Gurung people have a great contribution to the culture and tradition of Nepal. People celebrate Tamu Lhoshar by going on a picnic and greeting one another. People also organize Ghatu and Chudka dance competitions in different places. Tamu Lhoshar has been celebrating in Nepal for a very long time. As Gurung people celebrate Tamu Lhoshar which is their new year, they do not much follow other calendars.  

Other different types of Lhosar

As Lhoshar is the main festival of Buddhist people. There are three types of Lhosar that celebrating in Nepal. All of the Lhoshar have their own importance and significance. Each type of Lhoshar is celebrated by some specific community.

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Sonam Lhosar

Sonam Lhosar is also a new year of the Buddhism community. This festival is celebrated by the Tamang people of Nepal. About 8% of the total population in Nepal belongs to the Tamang community Sonam Lhoshar is a pretty big festival. Tamang people belong to the ancient tribe who was called Yombo. The word Tamang is made up of two worlds Ta which means Horse and Mang means Rider. The name Tamang is considered to be set as during ancient times mostly Tamang people used to involve in horse-trading. Tamang people are also very rich in culture and tradition. They have their own identity and own culture.

One of the famous things about Tamang is Damphu. Damphu is a drum-like small musical instrument. This instrument is made up of 32 bamboo sticks and a goat’s skin to cover one of the sides. According to the Nepali calendar, Sonam Lhoshar falls during the month of Magh and according to the English calendar, this festival falls in January or February. During this festival, Tamang people clean their houses and shops as per their tradition. People visit Gumbas and the stupa on the occasion of Sonam Lhosar.

Selo is a traditional dance of Tamang people which they perform on Sonam Lhosar. Selo dance is also performed in the most formal programs in Nepal. The traditional style of playing Damphu and dancing Selo is also known as Tamang Selo. Sonam Lhosar is also celebrated to spread positives and destroy negative energy from the nation. People decorate their houses with lights and flags all over.  

Gyalpo Lhosar

Gyalpo Lhoshar is also popular as one of the three Lhoshar and people of the Sherpa community celebrate this festival. Mainly, this festival is popular among the people in the Everest and Annapurna region of Nepal as well as other countries of Asia. People cook delicious food such as khapse, cakes, cookies, candies, bread, and fruits during Gyalpo Lhosar. They drink special soup on those two days which is called Guntung. This soup includes many ingredients such as eating rice, sweet potatoes, wheat, Yak cheese, green peppers, and radishes. Swyambhunath Stupa is a famous and the main stupa to visit during Gyalpo Lhosar.

Since most people in the Everest region celebrate this festival, Gyalpo Lhosar has also been one of the attractions of tourists. Gyalpo Lhosar falls in the month of February right after Sonam Lhosar. People perform a dance ceremony which they call Cham and is performing near Boudhnath Stupa.  

One of the ancient beliefs that Sherpa follow during Gyalpo Lhoshar is keeping their house, mainly the kitchen clean. During the evening of Gyalpo Lhosar people gather together in a stupa or any other place for the traditional greeting. People wish for the joy, happiness, and essence of Losar is still the same for everyone in their family. People celebrate Gyalpo Lhosar by singing or dancing to traditional Sherpa songs, eating, and drinking.  

Tamu Lhosar in 2020

Tamu Lhoshar is the biggest festival of Gurung’s community, People in the Himalayan region celebrates this festival. As this region falls on the cold places of the Himalayan region (Lang tang and foothills of the Annapurna region), people tend to celebrate Tamu Lhoshar by eating warm food and wearing traditional and warm clothes.

The government of Nepal gives a public holiday on the occasion of Tamu Lhosar. In this year 2020, Tamu Lhosar falls on 30th December, Wednesday. People gather in public houses or stupas to sing and dance during Tamu Lhoshar. Also, 2020 is a period of a global pandemic. We must celebrate Tamu Lhosar by being extra careful. People also must follow the guideline set by the government. While celebrating festivals people also must maintain social distancing. 

Happy Tamu Lhosar

 

Shivaratri Festival- 2021 date and celebration in Nepal

Shivaratri Festival


Nepal is a country of diverse cultures and traditions. As Nepal is a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural country, Nepal is the home of many ethnic and religious groups. Because of this, we celebrate many festivals throughout the year. All kinds of religion are respecting each other here and we believe every religion have its own beauty and own ethnicity. Shivaratri festival is one of the famous Hindu festivals in Nepal.

Kirk Patric Once said that “Nepal is a country where there are more temples than houses, more gods and goddesses than people, and more festivals than days in a year”.

Festival is the most exciting part of our lives, no matter what religion we follow we celebrate our festival together regardless of any dispute. Every festival has its own history or background. Although the majority of people are Hindus in Nepal, that does not mean other religions are not respecting or not important to us. We celebrate every festival with some energy and excitement. Among many festivals, Maha Shivaratri is one of the important festivals in Nepal.

Shivaratri is not the only celebration in Nepal but in different parts of Asia including south India. Maha Shivaratri is the festival in which Lord Shiva is worship. Lord Shiva also consider the supreme god of Hindus. On this day people visit different Shiva temples. There are many Shiva temples in different places of Nepal and in the world. In the festival of Maha Shivaratri in Nepal, the Shiva temple around the world has big crowd. Devotees worship Lord Shiva for the wellbeing of their families and the entire world.

Shivaratri festival

Maha Shivaratri in Nepal


Maha Shivaratri is one of the main festivals celebrated inside Nepal. The word Maha Shivaratri is made up of two Sanskrit words in which Maha means great and Ratri falls on the 14th day of the dark half of each lunar month which is believed to be especially sacred to Shiva. It falls during January and February in English month which is Math and Falgun according to the Hindu calendar. Maha Shivaratri is celebrated in Nepal and the western part of India. During the night of Shivaratri, the stars in of northern hemisphere are at the most optimum position which helps to raise the spiritual energy of a person’s spiritual energy. This day is very important for the people as it is believed that the principle of lord Shiva is most active during this day.

Pashupatinath temple of Nepal is the biggest Shiva temple in Nepal. Devotees mostly visit Pashupatinath temple during Shivaratri as it is one of the biggest Shiva temples in the world. People sing songs and chant “OM Namah Shivay” and “Mahamritunjaya” during this day. Sadhus mediate and perform Tandav along with the celebration and worship to Lord Shiva. During the night people around the country light bonfire. Different Shivaratri program is hosted around the streets. Children are often dressed as Shiva and they perform different acts. A holy meal is distributed to everyone during this day. Shivaratri is celebrated as a festival of light over darkness.

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Celebration of Maha Shivaratri in different places


Pashupatinath temple

Pashupatinath temple is the biggest temple in Nepal and the main festival celebrated in this temple is Maha Shivaratri. During this festival hundreds of devotee cones in Pashupatinath temple to worship lord d Shiva and sadhu are in the temple. On this day Pashupatinath temple is decorated with lights everywhere. According to the Pashupatinath area development trust (PADT) on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri, almost 50k people visit Pashupatinath throughout the world.

On this day Pashupatinath area development trust hire many employees for cleaning and taking care of the Pashupatinath area. Nepal scout and many other social committees come together as a helping hand during this festival. They provide water, Prasad, and emergency medical services to the devotee. Nepal scout also makes sure that everyone follows the safety rules and remain in line. Avery year Pahsupati area development trust associating with Nepal scout and make different plans and policies to manage everything during this day. They make plans to manage the crowd and make people easy to worship.

Mostly, tourists love to visit Pashupatinath temple’s vicinity and Sadhu Babas from different places. People also love to click photos of devotees and Sadhu Babas during this day. Sadhu Babas make the visitors happy by doing different types of activates like meditating, posing, and telling the story of Lord Shiva. Sadhu Babas are covered with ashes and tikka all over their body. There are 4 doors on the main temple of Pashupatinath. Since the crowd is very high during this day all 4 doors are opened as per PADT. People are allowed to worship lord Shiva from all four sides. In addition to this, there are many small Shiva linga inside Pashupatinath.

Kailashnath Mahadev temple


Kailashnath
Mahadev temple statue is the tallest statue of Lord of Shiva in the world. It is the second biggest Mahadev temple. The devotee also visits this temple during Shivaratri. About 10 thousand visitors come to visit this temple during Maha Shivaratri is the tallest temple in the world, this temple hold lot of beliefs about lord Shiva. This temple is less crowded than the Pashupatinath temple. During Maha Shivaratri devotee dance and sing. This temple also decorates with light all around.

Bonfire is also lighted in the route of this temple. This temple is situated on the border of Bhaktapur and carves districts. During Shivaratri, there is a different program at this temple. Devotees visit this temple because this temple is located in a very peaceful environment. A resort, spa, yoga center, health club, and meditation center are also opened in the area of this temple.

 

Rituals that are performing during Shivaratri

  1. Shivaratri morning

On the day of Maha, Shivaratri devotees wake up early in the morning and take a sunrise bath they offer water to the sun. Then, they offer prayer to the lord sun, Vishnu, and Shiva. Then after devotees visit Shiva temple to their nearest and give customary bath to Shiva linga. Mainly women come to the Shiva mandir and perform traditional Shiva linga puja and seek blessing from Lord Shiva. Since there will be much crowd on the temple, devotees wait for their turn. While doing puja devotee circumambulate the Shiva linga three or seven times. After that devotee pours milk or water on Shiva linga.

  1. Ritual bath of Shiva linga

According to Shiva Puran devotee will have to offer Shiva linga special bath with milk, yogurt, honey, sandalwood paste, and rose petals. While bathing Shiva linga devotee will have to chant “OM Namah Shivay”. After that devotee will have to take some particular and rare leaves from the forest. Some of the important levees that you will need to have for Shiva puja are Agela and Marmelos which is also commonly known as Bilwa or wood apple. After that devotee decorates Shiva linga with flowers and garlands. Other ingredients needed for Shiva puja are mentioned below:-

Bael leaves – Bael leaves are required for Shiva puja as it is believed that offering Bael leaves is a process of purification of the soul.

Vermilion paste – Vermilion paste is commonly known as Sindoor. As one of the significances of Shivaratri is this is the day of the wedding of Lord Shiva and parfait. So Sindoor is offered to Lord Shiva.

Food items – food items are offered to almost all Hindu gods. So people offer food items are offered to Lord Shiva to ensure that the lord fulfills all desires of the devotee.

Incense and Lamp – during worshipping lord Shiva devotee offer Dhoop and Diya to the lord. Lighting Dhoop and Diya are believed to be conducive to the attainment of knowledge.

  1. Night worship of Lord Shiva

As Shivaratri means the night of Lord Shiva so devotees worship Lord Shiva during the day as well as during the night. Devotees stay all night singing and worshipping Shiva linga. All devotees gather on Shiva Mandir at night to sing and dance. People spend the entire night listening to the story of Lord Shiva. The priest does the main puja during this night with all the rituals and all the ingredients. The devotee will break their fast during the night by eating the Prasad from the mandir.

Maha Shivaratri in Nepal

Why is Shivaratri Celebrating?

There is always a story or significance behind celebrating every festival. According to Shiva purine once there was a big fight between two of the Hindu gods Brahma and Vishnu. They fought over who was superior among them. They both were using power to show their superiority. The situation got intense and other gods get afraid of. They asked lord shiv to intervene. Lord Shiva came and he got a plan to end the fight. Lord Shiva formed a massive column of fire in between Brahma and Vishnu. After that, he asked both of them to find a pinnacle or the end of the fire. Brahma started searching by going upward and Vishnu, on the other hand, started searching for the end on the ground. While searching Brahma can across Ketaki flower flying down slowly.

When Brahma asked Ketaki she replied she was placed at the top of the column as an offering but she was unable to find the end. After that Brahma took the Ketaki flower and went to Shiva. When Shiva heard this he revealed his true form and got very angry. Then after Shiva punished Brahma as he was lying and crushed him that no one will ever worship him. He also banned Ketaki as she falsely testified Brahma. This was the day when Lord Shiva turned himself into the form of linga. In his anger, he also performed Tandav. So Shiva linga is worship on Shiva retry. So Shivaratri is not only a festival but also an inconceivably vast definition universe.

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Some Interesting facts about Shivaratri


1. According to some beliefs, Shivaratri is celebrating because on this day Lord Shiva save the entire world from the poison.  To save the world from poison Lord Shiva drank the poison and stored it in his throat, because of the poison his throat turned blue which is why Shiva is also known as Neelkatha.

2. Another belief about Shiva Ratri is that it was the night when Lord Shiva and parfait got married. Because of this many people tends to get married in Maha Shivaratri. To have a beautiful relation like Shiva and parfait.

3. As Shiva Ratri is one of the main festivals of Hindus, this festival is celebrating during daytime as well as night time. A devotee who takes fast on this day celebrates by doing jagrams on the night. People also light bonfires in different places.

4. According to Hindu Puran there are 12 Shivaratri in a year and Maha Shivaratri is considering to be the most auspicious.

5. Maha Shivaratri is considering as one of the holy days where people can get over their sins.

 

 

Maha Shivaratri festival 2020


Shivaratri is considering one of the main festivals of Hindu people. Shiva Ratri festival falls during the month of Falgun 27 according to the Nepal calendar and according to the English calendar, it was on the 11th of March 2021. We all have been suffering from the global coronavirus pandemic since the start of 2020. We must be safe and take precautionary measures while celebrating the festival. Some of us are still in lockdown. During this pandemic, we must be careful while celebrating the festival. We will have to celebrate Maha Shivaratri indoors during this time of the pandemic. As devotee goes to the temple to worship Shiva linga but due to this pandemic this time we must be safe and celebrate festival from our home.

A devotee can take fast as usual but be careful while going to the temple. As the government has said to wear a mask while going out, devotees will also have to wear masks during Shiva puja or going to the temple. Thus, Shivaratri is one of those festivals that define the belief and importance of the Hindu religion. A devotee can have mental peace and calmness as all the anger, negative energy reduce to low. The devotee will go in deep prayer and hence awakes the healing, intuition, and telepathy.
Happy Shivaratri 2020!!!!

Guru Nanak Jayanti – History, Celebration in Nepal 2020

Guru Nanak Jayanti

Guru Nanak Jayanti is a festival that is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak dev. This festival holds much belief in the Sikh community. This day is also known as Gurupurab. During this day people remember the story and the lesson that Guru Nanak has taught. People visit Gurudwaras and worship guru Nanak dev. Gurudwara is a place where the legend guru Nanak is worshipped. Unlike other religion Sikh people does not worship an idol. Guru Nanak Jayanti taught the people about humanity and the importance of life.

On the special occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti, people eat community lunch which is also called “Langar” which is served near Gurudwaras. The food created on langar is completely vegetarian. Many individual people or organizations pledge to volunteer to distribute food to people during this special occasion. Without a doubt, Guru Nanak Jayanti is one of the widely celebrated festivals. After the death of Guru Nanak, every year people celebrated his birth anniversary.

 

Guru Nanak

Guru Nanak is known as the founder of Sikh. He was born on April 15, 1469, in Bhodi Di Talvandi, near Lahore India. He died in 1539, in Punjab India. Guru Nanak is known for his spiritual knowledge and educating people. Sikhs in the only monotheistic religion that combines Hindu and Muslim religion and this was only possible due to the effort of Guru Nanak. He made a remarkable change through his teaching. Guru Nanak word and composed many hymns. These hymns were later told by Adi Granth by Guru Arjun who was the fifth Sikh Guru. Throughout his life, Guru Nanak has contributed very much to humanity.

According to one of the versions of guru Nanak once guru Nanak decides to travel and experience the hardship of the world. So he decided to travel around the different parts of the world. So he made five trips, one in every four directions of the compass. During this journey, he traveled to the east and south of Sri Lanka. After that, he traveled to the north deep in the Himalayas. He also travels to the west of Baghdad, Mecca, and Medina. During this trip, he also visits Kartarpur where he ended his travel journey and settled.

According to Bhai Bala Janamsakhi, it is believed that Guru Nanak was born on the full moon of the lunar month of Kartik which is why Guru Nanak Jayanti always falls on the day of the full moon. Guru Nanak Jayanti is a festival to celebrate the special significance of the Sikh community and is one of the most awaited festivals of the year.

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Rituals performed on Guru Nanak Jayanti

Guru Nanak Jayanti is one of the most important festivals celebrated by Sikh people. The celebration of Guru Nanak Jayanti starts with reading the Guru Granth Sahib. Guru Granth Sahib is one of the holy books of the Sikh. People begin to read this holy book before 2 years days of Guru Nanak Jayanti, In order to finish the book in Gurupurab. This process is called Akhanda Path which is one of the important traditions of Guru Nanak Jayanti. People visit Gurudwaras early in the morning after having a bath. After that, they chant the sacred hymns. Devotee sings many hymns and offers different prayers to Guru Nanak.

After that people go to a grand feast or Langar. Many people gather together in the langar. The celebration of Guru Nanak Jayanti is continued till night in Gurudwaras. Since, Guru Nanak was born at 1:20 AM and offers their final prayers for the well-being of their friend, family, and everyone around the world.

Guru nanak jayanti in Nepal
Guru Nanak’s life journey

He is known for his determination for spreading the message of God. Guru Nanak is believed to be god’s child. With the modernization, everything was changing. Social problems were increasing day by day. Guru Nanak was deeply saddened to see people suffering like that. Then Guru Nanak decided to travel across different parts of the world to educate people about the meaning of life. On his first journey guru, Nanak traveled to most parts of India and some parts of Pakistan. His first journey began in 1500 and 1507. After that Guru Nanak continued this second journey toward a different part of Sri Lanka.

‘Then for his third journey, he wanted to travel through difficult terrains for which he chooses mountainous countries like Nepal, Sikkim, and Kashmir. For his fourth journey guru, Nanak traveled toward Mecca and different parts of the middle east county of Asia. His last journey was through different regions of Punjab. These were the five journeys of Guru Nanak dev. Guru Nanak belongs to the Hindu community, during the conflict between Hindu and Muslim he chooses to be neutral. He also discovers Sikhs to establish peace around the world. The main principle of Sikhs is to promote and spread peace.


Guru Nanak contribution to humanity

In the early ages there used to be many conflicts between people in the name of religion. Hindu and Muslim were the main religion which was fighting with each other. Seeing that guru Nanak started teaching and making people aware of unity. He believed that there are no Hindus and no Muslims. Guru Nanak made a huge effort to end the fight against hinds and Muslims. Guru Nanak came to the peach and many people started to know and admire him. After that, he began to teach people about how we need to end the existing social problem that he saw from his five different journeys.

Guru Nanak also began to emphasize people in the importance of equality among all. He also raises his voice and against slavery and racial discrimination. He is one of the most religious figures. Guru Nanak made many efforts for the respect of women and to treat them as equal to a man.

 

Teachings

The word guru means teacher in the Sanskrit language. The name Guru Nanak is set by normal people as Guru Nanak spread education and made people understand many things. Guru Nanak is said to the child sent by God himself. Guru acted as a bridge in the conflict between Hindus and Muslims. He spread his knowledge and spiritual education. Guru began to teach people that every human being is capable of attending spiritual perfection which will ultimately lead them to god. He also taught people we do not need to go to the temple or any place for having god’s blessing. He emphasized that God has created May worlds and also people from slavery and much other social evil.

Guru Nanak Jayanti 2020

It is one of the important and awaited festivals for Sikh people. Guru Nanak Jayanti is the day when the founder of Sikhs Guru Nanak dev Ji was born. According to the Hindu lunar calendar, Guru Nanak Jayanti always falls on the day of the full moon day of Kartik. To celebrate the birth anniversary of their idol devotee start their day with an early morning procession which is also called Prabhat Pheri. People chant and sing the hymns of Guru Nanak all day.

At the time of sunset, devotees gather together near Gurudwaras and offer special prayers which are called Rehrasi. Guru Nanak Jayanti is a festival that is widely celebrated around the entire world. This festival is known to be the main festival special in north India including Punjab and Lahore in Pakistan. Sikh people around the world celebrate this festival with huge excitement and energy.


History of Guru Nanak

We all know about the five trips that guru Nanak took in the course of changing the world. After the competition of his journey, he settled on Punjab. He spent his entire life there. It is believed that the wealthy admirer of Guru Nanak built the village in honor. Guru Nanak bought many changes in the world by staying in Punjab. Due to lots of efforts of Guru Nanak, he established the Sikh community. Seeing the revolution that Guru Nanak had bought in human society, he was established as the teacher. He began to teach discipline and the meaning of life to the people. Guru Nanak used to tell a famous story about his rebellion when he was at the age of eleven.

As Guru Nanak was a Hindu according to Hindu tradition adult boys must wear a thread in their body but Guru Nanak refuses to do that. He believed that a person should be distinguished by the individual quality of a person, not by some thread. Guru Nanak used to speak against other evil social problems openly. Later he also solved many religion-related disputes. After that, he sacrifices his entire life to teaching people and spreading knowledge.

Guru Nanak Jayanti
Guru Nanak Jayanti 2021

Guru Nanak Jayanti is one of the main festivals of Sikh people. Many countries provide national holiday on this special occasion. Guru Nanak Jayanti has been celebrated in the world for a very long time. This year 2020 is more special to the people as this year we will celebrate the 255th birth anniversary of the legend Guru Nanak. On this special occasion, people also do many social works and deeds. The outside Gurudwaras, people feed many homeless people. On the auspicious occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti 2021, people organize different programs in various parts of the world.

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Guru Nanak Jayanti during the pandemic of 2020 

Guru Nanak Jayanti is an international festival. People almost around the country celebrate this festival. Every year people gather together during this festival and celebrate it with family and friends. But this year 2020 during the pandemic many of us are in lockdown. The risk of coronavirus is all around the world. The entire world is suffering from this virus. Many people around the world have lost their life due to this disease. On the other hand, we should also celebrate our festival and save our culture.

During this crucial time, we must be careful while celebrating the festival. The government has prohibited public gatherings and celebrating festivals. But during this time we must celebrate the festival cautiously.  Thanks to invention and technology there have been many virtual ways of celebrating festivals. Video conference with the family will keep you close to your near once during this festive season. Also, there are many online stores that provide a safe delivery system.

You can Guru Nanak Jayanti send gifts and food via online stores to your family or friends.  While going to langar we have to be more prepared and safe.  And this year we will pray for the well-being of our family and people around the world. We have to be safe and celebrate Guru Nanak Jayanti differently during this year.  Stay happy and stay safe!!!

Guru Nanak Jayanti wishes

  • “May Guru Nanak be your guidance and support through the course of your life. Happy Gurpurab!”
  • “May lord Guru Nanak inspire you to achieve your goals in life and help maintain peace and tranquility. To and your family, a very Happy Gurpurab.”
  • “May Wahe Guru shower his blessings on you! Happy Guru Nanak Jayanti!”

 

Christmas in Nepal – Celebration 2020

Christmas in Nepal


Festival is the most important and exciting part of our lives. All the religion have their own way of celebrating the festival. Likewise, Hindus celebrate Dashain and Tihar as their main festival, Muslims celebrate eid as their main festival and Christians celebrate as their main festival. Being a secular state all these small and big festivals are celebrated in Nepal with the same excitement and energy. As the majority of the country’s population are Hindus but there has not been any dispute on the name of religion in Nepal. We all respect and celebrate each other’s festivals and also Christmas in Nepal. Nepal was declared a secular state in 2007.

And since then Christmas has been celebrating as one of the national festivals in Nepal. From then all over Nepal Christmas is celebrated by decorating Christmas trees colorfully and giving gifts. All the shops and malls in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Pokhara are decorated with trees, lights, and artificial snowman. The government also organize different social programs on the occasion of this festival. There are also many churches in different places all over the country, where people visit during Christmas. Christmas in Nepal is celebrated in Nepali ways. People celebrated by visiting the church, giving feasts, and exchanging gifts. For a few years, people have also been feeding homeless people on the occasion of Christmas. In Nepal Christmas falls on December 25th. Every year people attend music shows, concerts, and Christmas programs Christmas. Attending and hosting parties are also done during this festival.

How is Christmas celebrate in Nepal?


Christmas is a festival of light and snow. Christmas is celebrated all over Nepal with lots of excitement and energy. Although the number of people who follow this religion is slightly lesser than the people following other religions. Christmas is also considered a national festival in Nepal. Shopping for Christmas begins at the start of December. Thamel is a place that you must visit during Christmas. During the festival of Christmas, the entire Thamel bazaar is decorated with lights and Christmas trees everywhere. There are different party’s concerts and programs in Thamel during this festival. People greet everyone and wish for good health and wellbeing for everyone.

Christmas Nepal

On the occasion of Christmas, our president Bidhya Devi Bhandari and our prime minister KP Sharma Oli express their greeting good health, prosperity, peace, and happiness to all the citizens of a country and to all Christians. Especially children are seen more excited for the Christmas as they will get gifts and Santa clause. Unlike other festivals in Nepal, you can eat non-vegetarian food at Christmas. Mostly roasted chicken, vegetable salad, and other Nepali foods along with turkey, pumpkin pies, and Christmas puddings are made in a feast during this festival. Many restaurants offer discounts during this time of the year.

You will have to visit churches during Christmas as it is decorated in the most beautiful way. Christmas Trees are decorated beautifully with bells, stars, reindeers, gift boxes, and many other decorations and the twinkling stars add more beauty to the decoration. People sing and dance in the church they thank Jesus for giving them life. Normally, Christian people host parties or any kind of feast in their house.

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Merry Christmas in Nepal


Christmas is celebrated globally on the birthday of Jesus Christ. They celebrate this day to remember the sacrifice made by Jesus on earth. Although the exact day on which Jesus Christ was born is unknown till now. However, it is said that he was born around 7 BC, which was during the 4th century. Before this time people used to worship and celebrate this day secretly. Christmas was officially started celebrating on December 25th by the western church later on the eastern country also started celebrating Christmas on the same day.

During the 4th century before the birth of Jesus Christ people used to celebrate light during mid-winter. People used to celebrate that the worst part of the year winter has ended and they could see the sun and feel warm. People used to worship different gods for the summer, Germans used to thank and worship god Oden and Romans would worship Saturn who is also known as the God of agriculture. But after the birth of Jesus Christ people started celebrating Christmas.

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The history behind Christmas Celebration

Years ago prophets had promised Jewish people of the western region that God would send them savior and teacher to teach them about the importance of life. Now after the birth of Jesus people started to believe that Jesus Christ is the savior and teacher that god had sent. Jesus’s mother was a young lady and was engaged and got pregnant. Due to some reason, the engagement could not turn into a marriage. Jesus’ father’s name was Joseph and he was kind of upset that his fiancé was pregnant. Then an angel came to him and told him that the baby would be a holy one and he had to take good care of the baby.

According to the Roman ruler, all the people have to move back to their home of the tax. Joseph took his wife and to the stable and his wife had a baby at the same stable and named the baby Jesus Christ. On the same night, there came two visitors. The first visitor was shepherds in the fields that they would find a newborn king lying in an animals’ feed bin. And the next visitor was a wise man who recently saw a new star in the sky and followed it until he found the stable in which Jesus was born. So this is how Jesus was born. And now Christmas is celebrated to remember these incidents of Jesus Christ. Every year 25th December as the birth of Jesus Christ.

Chrismas start from the king of Rome Constantine

The official celebration of Christmas was started by the king of Rome Constantine. In Nepal celebrated since 2007 after Nepal was declared as a secular state. During the rule of arenas during 1950, BS Nepal Christians went to India as celebrating Christmas was not allowed in Nepal. But after the Rana rule collapsed all the Christian people came back to Nepal. After that many international agencies like the United Mission to Nepal and International Nepal Fellowship were established in Nepal along with these agencies Christianity started to increase in Nepal. After that slow churches were started to build.

Now many national and international organization has been giving relief and donation to homeless and elderly people through the churches. Now a day’s maximum of churches has been serving Nepal as a shelter for elderly and homeless people. They also have been providing free education. Nowadays people have been attracted to Christianity more.

 

Santa clause in Merry Christmas

Santa clause is one of the most exciting things about Christmas. Years ago in Turkey, there was a famous monk named st. Nicholas. He was famous for the piety and kindness he showed to all the people. He belonged to a rich and wealthy family. Then he traveled to the countryside and gave all his wealth to the poor and sick. Once he saved three poor girls who were sold by their fathers to slavery and prostitution.

Then he traveled into many places he saved thousands of children from child labor and gave them a good life. So because of his kind habit, he is known as Santa clause all around the world. So from then, every child waits for the gift from Santa clause during Christmas. Children are fonder of Santa clause. During Christmas, many parents dress up as Santa clause and gave their children gifts.

Christmas Song

Jingle Bells

James Pierpont – 1857

Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh
Over the fields we go, laughing all the way;
Bells on bob-tail ring, making spirits bright
What fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight

Chorus
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!
O what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way!
O what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh

A day or two ago, I thought I’d take a ride
And soon Miss Fanny Bright Was seated by my side;
The horse was lean and lank, misfortune seemed his lot;
He got into a drifted bank and we got upset
(Chorus)

A day or two ago, the story I must tell
I went out on the snow, and on my back, I fell;
A gent was riding by, in a one-horse open sleigh
He laughed as there I sprawling lie but quickly drove away
(Chorus)

Now the ground is white, go it while you’re young
Take the girls tonight, and sing this sleighing song;
Just get a bob-tailed bay, two-forty as his speed
Hitch him to an open sleigh and crack! You’ll take the lead
(Chorus)

 

International Christmas at Kathmandu, Nepal

The Christmas season in Kathmandu is a very fun and exciting time of the year. As Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal, there are many big malls and shops in Kathmandu. You can celebrate your best Christmas in Kathmandu. Thamel is the best place where you can spend your Christmas. All the shops in Thamel are decorated with lights. You can see the Christmas trees decorated with lights and glitters in every shop. There is also an artificial snowman all around the road in Thamel.

As deforestation is not allowed nowadays but for celebrating Christmas there are different artificial trees which are environment friendly. The artificial trees during Christmas can be stored for further use. Most of the people in Kathmandu wear the famous Santa cap and give the Christmas vibe. You can get Christmas special meals like chicken, vegetable salad, and other Nepali foods along with turkey, pumpkin pies, and Christmas puddings in the restaurant of Kathmandu. During this time of the year, many restaurants tend to give discounts to customers especially tourists. There are also many churches in Kathmandu which you can visit. People celebrate Christmas in churches by singing, dancing, and performing the different Jesus Christ’s acts.

People in the church tell a lot of Christmas related story. Santa clause will be giving presents to all the children in the church. There are different concerts and programs held in any part of the country on the occasion of Christmas. Although we Nepali people follow the Hindu and celebrate Hindu New Year we also celebrate English New Year with the same enthusiasm. People most go to clubs and parties for celebrating New Year and Christmas. Kathmandu is the main point where normally tourists tend to spend their Christmas and New Year.

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Christmas 2021

Christmas is an international festival. People almost around the country celebrate Christmas. Every year for Christmas in Nepal. people gather together during this festival and celebrate it with family and friends. But this year 2020 during the pandemic many of us are in lockdown. The risk of coronavirus is all around the world. The entire world is suffering from this virus. Many people around the world have lost their life due to this disease. On the other hand, we should also celebrate our festival and save our culture. During this crucial time, we must be careful while celebrating the festival. The government has prohibited public gatherings and celebrating festivals.

But during this time for Christmas in Nepal, we must celebrate the festival cautiously. Thanks to invention and technology there have been many virtual ways of celebrating festivals. Video conference with the family will keep you close to your near once during this festive season. Also, there are many online stores that provide a safe delivery system. You can send gifts and food via online stores to your family or friends.

Celebrate your Chrismas in Kathmandu

This year Christmas is not going to be the same as the previous year. And this year we will pray for the wellbeing of our family and people around the world. Here are the things which should be considered while celebrating Christmas 2021. We should avoid public gatherings this year. It is not good to go to Christmas or New Year parties. We do not know who among us are infected as anyone can be affected by this deadly virus. We will have to make sure that everyone in our family is wearing masks and is safe. As we all know coronavirus can be very dangerous to old age people and children. We have to make sure that they are safe and they do not catch this virus.

As mention by the government, we should not walk and travel anywhere unless it is absolutely necessary. We should keep our hands sanitize. Hand sanitizer is very important during this time as it kills the virus. We should use sanitizer every time when you go out. There are many people around the world who are not able to eat or feed their families because of this lockdown.

Many people have lost the home and job due to the lockdown as the whole world is suffering from financial. And Festival is all about happiness so we should help needy people in a crucial time. We should eat the food which will help to increase our immunity power. Increasing immunity will help us to fight against this deadly disease. We have to be safe and celebrate Christmas in Nepal differently during this year. Stay happy and stay safe!!!!

 

Chhath Festival – Nepal Chhath Puja, 2021 Date and Its Celebration

Chhath Festival in Nepal

Nepal is a country of festivals and religion. Each year there are lots of festivals to celebrate in Nepal. The Nepali calendar will be all covered by the festivals.  Dashain, Tihar, chat, Holi, Janai Purnima, and Sangrati, etc. are the major festival which is celebrated in Nepal.  Chhath Festival is one of the most important Hindu festivals in which lord Surya (sun) is worshipped.  Chhath puja is commonly known as Chhath Parva, Dala Chhath, Surya Shasthi, and Chaithi. This is celebrated in different parts of the world including Bihar, Uttar Pradesh of India, and the Maithili region of Nepal.  Chhath Parva starts after the end of Tihar in Nepal. According to the Hindu calendar, Chhath Parva falls on the month of Kartik. This festival is mainly celebrated for thanking Suryabhagwan for the life on earth. Unlike other Hindu festivals, Chhath Parva does not involve idolatry.

 

Chhath Festival in Nepal

Chhath Parva is the main festival of Maithili culture because Chhath Parva is mentioned in both Ramayana and Mahabharata. The rituals of Chhath puja is mostly done during the morning, during sunrise because Hindu people believe that the light of the sun during the early morning helps to cure many diseases. Chhath Parva is beneficial for both health and the environment. The main rituals of this festival are observed on the fourth day of the rituals. The rituals mainly include taking a holy bath in the river, fasting, standing and worshiping the sun for a long time, and offering Prasad to mostly married women. In this festival, Married women take fast for prosper and longer life of their family.

It is believed that when you take a dip in the river during Chhath puja all your sin will be flown away by the water. Since Chhath puja falls during the month of November, it is also said the rituals during Chhath puja will kill all the bacteria of your body and prepares your body for the coming winter season.

Chhath festival

 

Significance of Chhath Puja

Interestingly, Surya is the main god that is worshipped during Chhath. People thank lord Surya for the light and for making their lives on the earth possible. Particularly, they worship lord Surya during times of sunrise and sunset. Especially women fast the whole day and eat only after the sunset during Chhath Parva. Devotees also worship goddess Usha and Pratyusha along with lord sun. Usha is the first ray of sun, the sun rays during morning and pratyusha are the last ray of sun in the evening, during the festival.

As the sun is the source of healing so, people having some minor disease also do the rituals of this festival. This festival aware people of the conservation of nature and also teaches the importance of the environment. People who are involved in agriculture also celebrate this festival thanking god for the good harvest in the season just ended and also for the coming season. According to Hindu scriptures offering lord, Surya different Prasad like Thekku, Laddu, Kheer, fruits in bamboo minnows will make the lord happy and heal everyone from their problems. People during this festival eat pure vegetarian food without onion and garlic and the Prashad is made without salt.

Along with the religious importance Chhath puja also have scientific importance. It is said that when you take dips in the water while exposed to the sun our body’s bio-electricity flow is increased which overall improves the functionality of the body.

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Chhath puja 2021

There are different festivals celebrated in Nepal. Dashain, Tihar, and Chhath puja are some of the major festivals of the Hindu religion. We all have been celebrating festivals with our family, friends, and neighbor by sharing our happiness with them. But this year due to the danger of Covid-19 widely known as coronavirus, we will be celebrating the festival differently.  Due to the critics of this virus, we will not be able to celebrate the festival with our family and friend as before. But as festivals are very important parts of our life, we must celebrate the festival taking safety precautions.

We have to celebrate these festivals with the same energy and excitement as last year but following necessary precautions. As the government has prohibited huge public gatherings and outings, this time we will celebrate Chhath puja with less crowd and in some cases virtually. Instead of going out for Chhath puja this time we celebrate this festival from home. There are different virtual ways of celebrating Chhath puja.  Here are different ways to celebrate Chhath puja this year.

 

Celebration Chhath Parva through Video call

We all have been celebrating the festival with our family and friends. As this year due to Covid-19, there will not be a possibility to travel and celebrate this festival. But we surely could talk to them via video call and enjoy the rituals and enjoy with the same energy. As technology has made communication easier, the video call is the best virtual way to celebrate the festival and get connected to our close ones.

Distributing Virtual gifts

Gifts are always an exciting part of festivals.  Without exchanging gifts the festival may feel life boring. However, the pandemic has changed the situation and the best way to exchange gifts would be virtual gifts. There are different online stores like Daraz, Foodmario, Bhojmario, etc which will provide a delivery system with safety precautions. You can buy gifts for your family and friends and the store will deliver it to them.

Chhath festival Nepal

History of Chhath puja

Chhath puja is all about worshipping Lord Surya for a longer, happier, and prosperous life on the earth. Since the origin of this festival is unclear and indefinite, however, there are some ancient beliefs on the history of Chhath puja. Chhath Puja carries interesting History. The puja is mentioned in both the holy book of Hindus Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Chhath puja on Mahabharata

Along with five Pandavs, Kunti also gave birth to another child before birth as she was given magical power. That child was the son of Lord Surya. He used to stand in front of the Ganga River and used to offer his prayer to Lord Surya and started Chhath puja however, it is also said that Draupadi and Pandav performed the same prayer when they got there kingdom Indraprastha back from Kauravs. So from that period Chhath puja is celebrated.

Chhath puja on Ramayana

It is also believed that Lord Ram is also associated with Chhath puja. After Lord Ram, Sita and Laxman return after 14 years of Banbash to Ayodhya. Lord Ram and Sita took a fast for a whole day and eat after sunset in the honor of Lord Surya. So from then, it is said that every year Chhath puja is celebrated in the honor of Lord Surya.

 

Rituals which are involved on Chhath puja

Chhath Parva is started from the start of Kartik month. There are many small rituals throughout the month but the important rituals are performed after about 4 or 5 days of Diwali.

Chhath puja is a four-day ritual that is mainly celebrated in the Mithila region of Nepal and various parts of India. Chhath Puja always falls on the fourth day after Diwali ends. This year puja is celebrated on November 20,

Friday. On this day the major celebration would take place in different parts of the country, People of the Kathmandu valley can see wonderfully decorated Kamalpokhari. There will be a huge crowd of people at this place. And the decoration will look extraordinary. The worshipper would offer” Argha” to the Sun God during sunset.

And distribute Prasad to all the devotees presented at the rituals. However, the situation may be different this time due to Covid-19. The crowd of people would be less as compared to the previous year and also people must follow all the rules and regulations to prevent Pandemic.

Day 1: Naya Khay

The first day of this festival is called Naya Khay. On this day devotee take a dip on the river. Karnali, Koshi, and Ganga are the main rivers to take a dip during this festival. But you can take a dip near your home. After the holy dip devotee takes the water of the river to their home. it is believed that taking that water on your home will keep bad energy away. After that devotee takes fast for the whole day without even drinking water and after sunset, they will have Prashad.

Day 2: Lokhanda or kharna

The second day of Chhath puja is called lokhanda or khana. on this day devotee take bath early in the morning. After the bath, they worship the sun and start their fast. During that day they dance and sing and after the sunset, they have their meal. After that, they worship sunset and the moon in the evening. The devotee will offer kheer, rice, and banana to their family members. After that, they will keep fast for another whole day.

Day 3: Sandhya Arghya

The third day of Chhath puja is called Sandhya Arghya. During this day people will continue their fasting from the last day. They will not even have water during that day. The devotee will spend their entire day doing puja they will make and offer the Prashad to other people. Thekua, coconut banana, and other seasonal fruits are very important for making Prashad. After that, all the devotees will get together on the bank of the river or pond and offer their prayer to the lord’s sun.

Chhath festival

Day 4: Bihaniya or Bhorwa Ghat (Morning Arghya)

This is the last and final day of Chhath puja. On this day devotee wake up early in the morning and take a bath. After that devotees will again gather together on the bank of the river, pond, or any water bodies. They will offer prayers to the lord’s son. After offering the Arghya to the god they will kneel down and at ghast and worship Chathi Maiya. They will pray for the prosperous and healthy life of their family members. They will dance and enjoy themselves throughout the day. Thus by these rituals, Chhath puja will be ended.

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Here are the lesser-known facts about Chhath puja

1)         Chhath puja is one of the few festivals which is mentioned in both Mahabharata and Ramayana.

2)         Unlike other Hindu festival Chhath puja is claimed and supported by scientists. They also clarify the concept of detoxification and revitalization of the body by this festival.

3)         The rituals during this festival allows and supports the absorption of vitamin D in the body.

4)         If you are performing the rituals in Chhath puja then you are not allowed to eat non-vegetarian food. Also while breaking your fast you should not eat salty food.

5)         Chhath puja is not the worship of any idol.

 

Why celebrate Chhath Puja?

Chhath puja is a very beneficial festival for Hindus. Celebrating this festival is eco-friendly and does not cause pollution. Furthermore, the main aim of celebrating this festival is to gain mental purity and heal the soul. This festival focuses on respecting natural resources and maintaining cleanliness. This festival teaches us to thank for all the things that the earth has given us. Here are some of the benefits of celebrating Chhath puja

As this festival focus on worshipping lord Surya, the main rituals are performed during sunrise and sunsets. The radiation of the sun will cure all the harmful bacteria from your body. Due to this radiation, the bloodstream improves the circulation of white blood cells in your body.

Chhath Festival has both physical and mental benefits. As a physical benefit, Chhath Puja will improve the immunity power of Devotees. The safe radiation that comes from the sunlight will help to cure bacterial and fungal infections of the skin. It also helps to increase the blood circulation system and boost the fighting power of blood. Additionally, the solar energy obtained from sunlight will make a balance secretion of hormones and fulfill the energy requirement to the body.

Thus Chhath Puja is important to boost our immune system and make our body fit and fine. Apart from this, Chhath puja also possesses the mental benefit to the people. A devotee can have mental peace and calmness as all the anger, negative energy is reduced. The devotee will go in deep prayer and hence awakes the healing, intuition, and telepathy.

 

 

National Anthem of Nepal – Lyrics and Song

 National Anthem of Nepal

“Sayaun Thunga Phool ka” was officially declared as the National Anthem of Nepal to celebrate the revolution against Monarchy. In 2007, on August 3, a ceremony was in the conference hall of the National Planning Commission, inside Singha Durbar. On that day, the speaker of the interim parliament, Mr. Subash Chandra Nemwang officially declared “Sayaun Thunga Phool kathe national Anthem of Nepal.

The type of musical composition that is officially recognized by a nation’s government and the constitution is known as National Anthem/Song. It is also represented as a patriotic song to represent a particular country. As a matter of fact, most countries have their own National Anthem.

Interestingly, the national anthem is varied from each different country. Not only this, but there is also no hard and vast rule for its composition. The various reasons that cause varieties in tune, the texture of the national anthem are tradition, culture, and many more. We know that the earth is filled with beautiful people, however, the residing place of people varies based on the continent, country, etc. Every person loves their country regardless of their shape, size, structure, etc.

National Song arise many questions such as what is the impact of National Anthems.

What is the real meaning of the song?

Why does any nation have a national anthem of its own?

When is the national anthem used?

Does the national anthem give a negative impression?

Well, this article will help to answers the above questions in detail.

People should respect their ruling government and policy. The utmost prior factor that people should respect is its national anthem. The national anthem does not discriminate against people based on their race, religion, culture, and tradition. Despite, it unites all the people assuring that all people are sons/daughter of its nation.

The prominent importance of the national anthem is, it is the reflection of history, tradition, and struggles. It is also used as a medium to express national identity.

The name given to the national anthem is the state anthem, national song, and national hymn. The national anthem evokes a long history, greatest achievement, important personalities related to the country. This song is a tribute to all the greatest patriotic people, who fought for the country, stood for its development. The National Anthem of Nepal is a sweet combination of sweet texture and clear wording.

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National Song of Nepal

Talking to the description National Song of Nepal, it lies in the third position in the BBC’s list of ‘Rio 2016’. It was also declared as the most amazing national song.

Before “Sayaun Thunga Phool Ka”, “Shreeman Gambhir” Nepali was our national song. This song was penned by Mr. Chakrapani Chalise in 1924. Mr. Bakhat Bahadur Budhapirthi was the composer of this song.

Talking about the style of the national anthem, most of them are marches and hymns style. Singing a national anthem is a way of remembering our glorious day and pride. While singing this song, we have a strong feeling of belonging towards the nation. The national anthem is designated for the whole nation, regardless of religion, and age. These songs are taught us since our childhood period. Every time we sing the national anthem of Nepal, it rejuvenates energy in us, develops a certain emotion of unity among the people of our country.

The texture of the national anthem of the various country is a march-like and hymn-like composition. The composition of lyrics is made in such a way it reflects the struggles of freedom movements, diverse culture, beautiful landscapes, and unique traits of a particular country.

Every national anthem is composed of a beautiful short story dedicating to a particular nation.

There are various interesting facts about the national anthem in the words. Spain has a wordless anthem. Some of the nearby states use a common national anthem. Uganda has the shortest national anthem, in contrast to this Greece has the longest national anthem. Other various interesting facts will be discussed later on.

 

Importance of National Anthem

National anthems are always sung while conducting cultural activities. They are also using in the greatest festivals. Before the beginning and end of such festivals. Besides these, we sing the national anthem during major important day celebrations such as martyr’s day, democracy day, Constitution Day, Labor Day, Buddha Jayanti, etc. They are playing or sing before any special event, seminar, games, etc. The national anthem is the major part while initiating any good deeds. In the very big international events such as sports, meetings, seminars, etc., the national anthem of each participating team is playing to express their respect toward the nation.

Similarly, the national anthem of the winning team is playing during the medal ceremony. In most cases, the anthem of the host nation is playing at the last. Additionally, students are taught the importance of the national anthem. That’s why the national anthem is a vital part of the school’s daily routine in most countries. School students sing national songs before starting their regular classes in the assembly. And they also sing it before going home after completing their school period. In many political meetings.

it is compulsorily playing. Interestingly, it is also playing in Movie Theater before starting the movie. In countries like China and Colombia, there is a trend to play national songs at specific times of the day. The medium to play a national song is by radio and also on television channels. There are various ways of promoting the national song of different countries.

 

Description of National Song of Nepal

“Sayaun Thunga Phool ka Hami……..” is the novel national anthem of Nepal. Great poet Pradeep Kumar Rai has written it. Additionally, music composing by Late Amber Gurung. This new national song consists of two stanzas. Each stanza also comprises 4 lines. Altogether, there are 47 words in the song. The song is beautifully written and also compose flawlessly. Talking about the evolvement of this new song dated back to 2006.

In 2006, the revolutions against the monarchy. This song was made indicating the end of the monarchy system in 2006. In 2007, August 3 this new national anthem was also officially adopted. Before the revolution against the monarchy, there was an old monarchy anthem. About 1272 people participated in the context of writing this song. Among them, Pradeep Kumar Rai won and selected for writing the national song. Therefore, He recognizes by his pet name called Byakul Maila.

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Nepali Lyrics:

सयौंथुँगाफूलकाहामी, एउटैमालानेपाली

सार्वभौमभईफैलिएका, मेची-माहाकाली।

 

प्रकृतिकाकोटी-कोटीसम्पदाकोआंचल

वीरहरूकारगतले, स्वतन्त्ररअटल।

 

ज्ञानभूमि, शान्तिभूमितराई, पहाड, हिमाल

अखण्डयोप्यारोहाम्रोमातृभूमिनेपाल।

 

बहुलजाति, भाषा, धर्म, संस्कृतिछन्विशाल

अग्रगामीराष्ट्रहाम्रो, जयजयनेपाल।

 

 

English Translation:

Hundreds of flowers – Ek saya garland – Nepali

Sovereign, spread out from Mechi to Mahakali.

A playground for millions of Nature’s gifts

By the blood of heroes, independent and immovable.

The Land of knowledge, land of peace, Terai, hills, mountains

The Indivisible – our beloved, motherland Nepal.

The Multi-racial, multi-lingual, multi-religious, and with a large culture

Progressive nation ours, oh great Nepal!

The core meaning of the new national song has represented the whole nation and its people. Besides these, it also includes the proud moment and glorious moment.

Description of the National anthem of Nepal song begins with hundreds of flowers are scattering all over Nepal. Here Flower represents Nepali people of different castes and tribes. They are all compiling as one garland, and gives a beautiful texture, despite their types. Although people are from Mechi to Mahakali, they all share brotherhood and respect the nation. Nepal as a whole nation is a platform for millions of nature’s gifts and creatures. the country is truly prevailing in the case of natural beauty and scenario. It is home to thousands of mountains, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, religious temples, and many more. Nepal is a country of mountains. As it includes dozens of highest mountains, including also Mount Everest as well. Besides, it is also the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha.  Nepal alone comprises 10 World heritage sites.

 

  1. Pashupatinath Temple
  2. Swayambhunath Stupa
  3. Boudhanath Stupa
  4. Kathmandu Durbar Square
  5. Patan Durbar Square
  6. Bhaktapur Durbar Square
  7. Changu Narayan Temple
  8. Lumbini Nepal
  9. Chitwan National park
  10. Sagarmatha National Park

Travel to Nepal

Nepal is a developing country, and sadly it is not economically rich. However, we have lots of natural things to feel proud of. These world heritage sites are using to uplift our tourism industry. The tourism industry is the main source of income in Nepal. Kathmandu is the city of temples. Discovering new places is possible with the beauty of Nepal. Besides, these people of Nepal are friendly and cooperative. I assure you that you will have a great journey in Nepal.

Another great thing to be proud of is, Nepal is an independent country forever. No country has ever ruled Nepal. This is only possible because of our great warriors. Many people have sacrificed their lives to protect our nation and their contribution to Nepal’s independence is commendable. This is why we celebrate Matarys day on Magh 16(January 30), Loktantra day on Baisakh 11(April 24), and Democracy Day on February 19.

The theme of the National anthem of Nepal song also describes Nepal as the land of Knowledge, a Land of peace all over Terai, Hill, and Himalaya. The land is indivisible by any force and power. It is the land of multi-racial people, multi-lingual, multi-religious people. The culture is huge, with many festivals to celebrate. Yes, it is a progressive nation, always developing and protecting its people. This is Great Nepal, oh Great Nepal. Thus, the overall summary of the national anthem describes Nepali sovereignty, unity, cultural and biological diversity, Progress, peace, scenic beauty, and nation pride.

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Some of the interesting facts behind the national Anthems of Different countries in the whole world:

Shortest national anthem= Ugandan anthem

Longest national anthem= Greece anthem

National anthem comprising of oldest word= Japan’s anthem

Wordless National anthem=Spain’s Anthem

The national anthem of South Africa consists of 5 different language

Country sharing same tune in national anthem= Estonia, and Finland

The national anthem of France= incredibly blood-thirsty lyrics

Common Writer of the national anthem of India and Bangladesh=Rabindranath Tagore

A country with no national anthem of its own=Cyprus

The initiation of Ukraine’s anthem is “Ukraine is not yet dead”

The composer of Costa Rica’s national anthem=was put in prison

 

Final Say,

The new national anthem of Nepal is all about unity, courage, and pride, the scenic beauty of Nepal, praising Nepali sovereignty, peace, progress, and many more.

All in all, this has included all the great features of Nepal, its culture, people, independence, revolution, etc. All the words are arranging in a beautiful way so that it gives a clear meaning.

We Nepali are always ready to serve you with our natural scenic beauty. Exploring the incredibly beautiful mountains is a dream for everyone. Thus, visiting Nepal would surely fulfill your dream to experience trekking, hiking,

जय नेपाल! जय देस!!!!!!

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