Friday, January 31, 2014

Festivals in Nepal- Sonam Lhosar

                                                                                
Today (31st of January, 2014) Nepalese folks are relishing the second day of two consecutive public holidays. The occasion on which the holiday is issued is Sonam Lhosar, an important festival of Tamang community of Nepal. This day marks the commencement of the New Year according to the Tibetan calendar.  

People have their own way of celebrating this fiesta. They visit different religious sites like monasteries and stupas to carry out different traditional rituals. New dresses are bought and worn on this special day. Likewise, different dishes are prepared which include meat items and sweet desserts as well. They also clean and adorn their houses with the belief that it welcomes good luck to their family.

Men and women assemble at a common place in their traditional attires and perform their cultural music and dance. A special function is held at Tundikhel in Kathmandu. Nepal One Tours wishes all the Nepalese individuals a very happy Sonam Lhosar. visit ours site

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Martyrs’ Day in Nepal

                                                                           
Nepalese people are celebrating Shahid Diwas (the Martyrs’ day) today. Nepal is observing a public holiday to mark this special occasion. The personnel from government services, public administration, private institutions and every other sector of the country are paying homage to the departed souls of the revered martyrs on this day.  
There is a place called ‘Shahid gate’ where people assemble and offer flowers and garlands to the statuettes of the four renowned martyrs of Nepal namely Dashrath Chand, Dharma Bhakta Mathema, Gangalal Shrestha and Shukraraj Shastri. They were the ones who sacrificed their own lives for the sake of freedom of the nation from the autocratic Rana regime and the instigation of democracy in Nepal. The sovereignty and prosperity of Nepal is largely attributed to the contribution of great people like them.  
Nepal One Tours congratulates all the Nepalese folks on this celebratory date and wishes for the peace and democracy to prevail in the country.  

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Shahid Gate where Martyrs' day is celebrated in Nepal 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Cultural values of flowers in Nepal- Makhamali

                                                              
Makhamali is a flower that holds great cultural significance in Nepal. Its English name is Bachelor Button or Globe Amaranth. The Bhai Tika is the occasion when Nepalese folks make garlands and small bouquets (Guchchha) of this flower. Then these garlands are put around the neck and the guchchha on the ears of their brothers by the Nepali women.  
This flower has a specialty that it doesn’t wilt for a long time even after it has been plucked from the main plant, given that it is kept away from light. This distinctive feature of this blossom portrays a myth in Nepali that just like the longevity of its endurance, the brothers of females who have been offered Makhamali, will have a long life.     
Not only do they bear cultural value, they are also proved to hold medical properties like their seeds are found to contain high fiber and low saturated fats. Its oil is found to be useful for the patients of coronary heart diseases.  

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Makhamali flower
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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Rituals in Nepal-Swasthani Brata katha


                                                                               

Nepalese people have a month long ceremony of story-telling at their homes during the months of January-February. The story is called Shree Swasthani Brata katha which depicts the anecdote of the Hindu Goddess Swasthani. The tale is instigated on the full moon day of January and is continued till the next full moon day.

Some Nepali women even take fast during this one month. They opt for taking only one meal in a day and also visit different holy temples and rivers. The river of Sali is the popular site for pilgrimage all through this period. Hindu women have a deep belief that worshipping the Goddess with all of these offerings will fulfill the wishes and desires that they have in their hearts.       

The story-telling is done mostly on the evenings but it may differ according to the households. Different cuisines are offered along with the prayers to Goddess Swasthani.

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Nepali women celebrating Swasthani Brata Katha
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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Panche Baja

                                                                               
January is a month for many wedding ceremonies in Nepal. As we have mentioned in our previous blogs, the family members and friends of the bridegroom go to bring the bride to his home in a group called ‘Janti’. They sing and dance to the music played by men carrying typical Nepali musical instruments called Panche Baja 
Panche Baja is an assembly of five musical instruments that hold great importance in Nepali culture and tradition. They have their own idiosyncratic names too which are Damaha, Narsiha (trumpet), Jhyaali, Dholak (drum) and Shehnai. The experts play the music of various Nepali folk songs, namely the Dohori songs with the help of these instruments. Anybody who runs into one of the Jantis would surely want to dance to the beat of such melody. 
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So when you are on a tour in Nepal, do try to get some information on Panche Baja.
Nepali folks playing Panche baja
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Amusement Park in Kathmandu

                                                                                 
Not only are children in search of fun but it’s inevitable that we, the adults want that every now and then. The stressful life both at our homes and work demand us of some recreation at least once in a while. The amusement park at Bhrikuti Mandap of Kathmandu, more commonly known as the Fun Park is such a place where you can set yourself free from your daily hassle.
You can enjoy the rides of the Ferris wheel, the Columbus, the park train and the boat. Besides these, there are other attractions that allow your adrenaline rush freely. The Paint ball is one of the ways through which you can catch up with your friends and enjoy like hell. There are the Bingo games through which you might get chances of winning some really good gift hampers. The horse riding is also offered at this place.  
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So when you are in a vacation in Nepal, do visit this place and defy the gravity! Happy travelling J

The Amusement park in Kathmandu
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

People of Nepal

One of the compliments that foreign visitors make about Nepal is people over here are amiable and hospitable. You will be greeted by warm smiles anywhere you go in this peaceful nation. Of course there is diversity with regards to caste, tribe and ethnicity of Nepalese people, but there is always unison in terms of mutual cooperation and understanding.

Sherpa, Gurung and Thakali are the main groups that inhabit the Himalayan region. Sherpas are well-known throughout the world for their excellent aptitudes in mountaineering. Similarly, the Hilly region is mostly populated by Rai, Limbu, Magar and Tamang who are reputed for their bravery as the Gurkha warriors. The Brahmins, Chhetris and Newars are scattered throughout the country. The Newari people are considered to be the indigenous tribe of Kathmandu valley. The Tharu people are the dwellers of the Terai region. Besides them, Yadav, Jha, Maithili, Majhi also reside in this area.  


Based on the tribes and groups, there is variety in language and costumes as well. Each group has their unique way of celebrating different festivals and religious ceremonies. When you are in a vacation in Nepal, you can try to know about some of them. At certain places, you may also get a chance for a home-stay through which you can observe the Nepali way of living.
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People of Nepal in their cultural attires
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Monday, January 20, 2014

Trekking In Nepal

Eleanor Roosevelt has said “A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” You may be wondering why we have quoted this saying in the context of trekking in Nepal. Well, being a country well-known throughout the world for its exotic beauty and peace, it wouldn’t be unfair to use this metaphor if we are describing something about Nepal.

Our country boasts of bounteous natural resources which appeal to the eyes of any beholder. (This applies to a woman’s beauty too, doesn’t it?) And when it comes to giving a free rein to your adrenaline rush, Nepal stands in the forefront too! (It would require a lot of ‘manly’ strength to do that, wouldn’t it?)    That’s why if somebody’s in a need to break away from his stressful life at least for some days, Nepal would be the perfect destination. On the contrary, you might get plenty of opportunities here to let the stress take over you! (You might be bemused again with this paradox!) Don’t worry; the stress that we are talking about is ‘beautiful stress’- the one that brings pleasure to you.

Trekking in Nepal could be one of the apt ways through which you can unleash your ‘bad stress’ and embrace the good one. There are many choices as to where you would go for the trek. The Mount Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, Manaslu and Makalu are some of the popular ones. Based on the target regions, tour and travel companies will provide you with different itineraries and arrangements such as food and accommodation.

Not only that, they will also give you information about the best time of the year to do this activity, what to bring or buy, how to apply for the permits and passes and a lot more. Of course your fitness level is very important to be considered if you desire to go on long treks. Nepal One Tours can be your travel operator in this regard.
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So what are you waiting for? As Otto Von Bismarck says, Put on your spurs and let the wild horse of your life fly with you over the stones and hedges of this beautiful landlocked country!!                


Trekking in Nepal
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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Traditional Nepali Wedding

                                                               
Nepali wedding ceremonies are unique in their own way. If you come to Nepal during the months of December or January/February (regarded as the wedding season), you might run into Nepali folks who are merrily singing and dancing in groups along the streets of Kathmandu. These hordes are called ‘Janti’ in Nepali and they are all on their way to bring the bride to her husband’s home.
Based on the particular ethnicity, tribe or tradition of individuals, the nuptials are also of various types.    Accordingly, the wedding costumes are also designed as per the needs of peculiar culture. Some marital functions are concluded in the single day whereas others may last for few more days. Receptions are held mostly after the completion of the rituals of marriage.    
So if you happen to be in a vacation in Nepal around this time, feel free to take glances at the procedures followed by a newlywed couple at various temples and other areas. Or if you have a plan to get hitched with your beloved one in this beautiful mountainous country, you are heartily invited here!  
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People playing traditional musical instruments at a Nepali wedding ceremony
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Makar Sankranti

                                                                               
Nepal is observing a public holiday today on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti, also known as Maghi. It is a festival which is celebrated to mark the shift of the Sun into the zodiac constellation of Capricorn (called Makar in Nepali). It falls on the very first day of the Nepali month Magh.

It is believed that with the arrival of this fiesta, the short and chilling days of winter gradually turn into longer and warmer days, eventually giving an invitation to spring. It is also reputed as the festival of harvest in Nepal. The Sun is worshipped in the form of God on this day by the Hindu devotees. They take a bath on the sacred rivers which are nearby the places that they live in. The delicacies that are eaten are ghee, Chaakku, Teel ko laddu, tilauri and yam. So do not miss them out if you are on a holiday in Nepal on 15th of January.      
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Nepal One Tours wishes you a very happy Makar Sankranti. 

Dishes for Maghe Sankranti
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Bull Fighting in Nepal

                                                                               
When it comes to bullfighting, Spain is the first name that strikes the mind of any aficionado. Of course there are some other countries too where this sport is practiced. But very few people might have got wind of the fact that Nepal hosts the game of Bullfighting on a special occasion called Maghe Sankranti , the first day of the Nepali month Magh. (15th January this year, i.e. 2014)

A small village called Taruka (80 km away from Kathmandu) which lies in the Nuwakot district organizes this exciting event every year.  Lots of adventure enthusiasts reach there to experience the thrilling beauty of this activity. The only striking difference between bullfighting in Europe and Nepal is that buffaloes are used in place of the bulls.

And you may wonder how long has it been since Nepal has been catering to this form of entertainment of audience. It’s been more than 200 years as told by the local residents. So if you happen to be in a holiday in Nepal on 15th of January, ask your travel operator to take you to observe bullfighting in Nuwakot.Nepal One Tours can help you with this.
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Bull fighting in Nepal
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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Laligurans (Rhododendron) - The National Flower of Nepal

                                           
Laligurans (Rhododendron)
Trekking in Nepal is regarded as one of the admired ‘things-to-do before you die’. Those who have already been to the Himalayan foothills during the months of March to May must have noticed the verdant forests covered in the veils of red. These coverings are of none other than our own national flower Rhododendron, popularly called Laligurans in Nepal. Children in those regions will greet you with bouquets of this flower in their hands and a warm smile in their na├»ve faces.  
The main species that is widespread here is Rhododendron arboreum. It can grow up to a height of about 30 mtr. In addition to the aesthetic value that it holds, Laligurans is also known to contain special therapeutic values. Researches done by different and special groups have claimed that various diseases like liver disorders, jaundice, diabetes, severe headaches and intestinal worms can be treated by the use of this elegant flower. 
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Rhododendron forests in Nepal
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