Friday, July 19, 2019

Sailung


Approximately 132 km northeast of Kathmandu lies Sailung, it is one of the most beautiful place in Nepal but not so popular among tourist. It is situated on the border of dolakha and Ramechhap with an altitude of approximately 3145 meter above sea level. The word Sailung means Sai (hundred) and lung (hills), therefore this is one of the best place with the hundreds of hill locks rolling around.


This is one of the best spot which provides the magnificent view of Himalayan ranges. From the hill top of sailing the mountains like Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, Gaurisankar, langtang etc. can be seen clearly. No matter, it’s a morning sunrise or evening sunset, day or night, this place gives a heavenly view any time and any season. Beside this, there are lot more one can explore in this place. In winter season the hill gets completely cover with snow where as in spring season this place looks magnificent with the blossoming of different colors of rhododendron and the remaining season the greenery of the place gives a heavenly pleasure.


This place is also equally important for the follower of Hindu religion. The temple of Sailungeswore Mahadev is regarded as the guardian deity of this place and Himalayas. Many hindu followers visit this place on the festival of Janai Purnima and Bara Barse Mela (festival celebrated once in twelve years).

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Namo Buddha



Approximately 40 km south east of Kathmandu city lies one of the biggest and important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Kavre district named Namo Buddha. It is considered as one of equally important stupa like of Kathmandu (Swayambhunath Stupa & Boudhanata Stupa). It is regarded as a place where Gautam Buddha was born as a prince in his previous life.

The legend states that Shakyamuni Buddha in his previous life was born as Mahasattva, the third and the youngest son of King Maharatha. One day the three brothers were walking through the jungle, suddenly they encountered a tigress with her five newly born cubs. They found that the tigress was so hungry and weak that she could barely move anywhere and feed their cubs. After seeing this the three princes moved from there sadly, thinking that they cannot do anything. But after a while Mahasattva decided to help her and returned back. Reaching there again he started to cut himself and gave his flesh to tigress. The tigress started eating him and left only the bones which were brought back and buried and made a stupa.
Thousands of year passed after the incident, one day Gautam Buddha came to this place. On reaching there he circumambulated the Stupa three times and announced that he was the Mahasatwo and reincarnated as Gautam Buddha. Then he named the village with Namo Buddha which means Homage or Honor to Buddha.

Once you reach this place and enter through the main gate you can see the stupa where the bones were buried. You can see lot of Buddhist pilgrims worshiping there. Then as you climb a small hill for around 10 minutes you will see the place where Mahasattva feed his body to the hungry tigress. You can also see the carving in the stone of the Mahasattva offering his body to tigress. Once you climb more to the hill top you can also enjoy the beautiful view of village and forests around. And on the east part of the hill lies a beautiful Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery which was established in 1978 by V.V. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. More than 250 monks study and live in this Monastery.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Kirtipur



Approximately 5 km southwest of Kathmandu city lies a small city known as Kirtipur. Kirti means glory and pur means city, hence this city can also be said City of Glory. This city is one of the main center of Newari culture, one of the ancient ethnic group. The ancient culture, tradition has still been preserved till this date.
Kirtipur is also well known for its religious sites. This place has various Hindu temples and Buddhist monastery. Bagh Bhairab one of the most popular temple lies at Kirtipur. It is dedicated to the lord Bhairab in the appearance of angry tiger. Local people worship this temple as the guardian of Kirtipur city. Uma Maheswar temple is another popular temple of Kirtipur. It lies on the hill top of Kirtipur from where the beautiful view of Kathmandu can be seen with the best panoramic view of Mountain ranges.

Chilancho Stupa is the next big attraction of Kirtipur. It is one of the oldest stupa of Kirtipur till this date. According to the inscription found in this Stupa it was built around 7 century in Licchavi Dinasty.
The history of Kirtipur is also very much interesting. Before 18th century Nepal was divided in various kingdoms and Kirtipur was part of Lalitpur. King Prithvi Narayan Shah from Gorkha who unified all the small kingdoms in one single Nepal started his unifying campaign where he also conquered Kirtipur in 1767 AD. But conquering Kirtipur became very hard for Prithvi Narayan Shah. He was able to get victory against Kirtipur only at his third attempt. In this war he lost his lots of brave warriors including Commander Kalu Pandey. Due to this Kirtipur is very well known for their bravery.
Beside this, there are various sites worth exploring like Chovar, Taudaha, Shri Kirti Monastery, Tribhuwan University and many more. This is one of the amaizing place in Kathmandu which no one should miss visiting.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Shrawan Sankranti



The fourth month of Nepali calendar is Shrawan and Sankranti means the movement of the sun from one Rashi (Zodiac) to another and the beginning of next month. The day when the sun starts to move towards south and the first day of the month Shrawan is called Shrawan Sankranti. This month is considered as the holy month for the Hindu of Nepal and also it the month from where many festivals begins.

This month is dedicated to Lord Shiva one of the principal deities of Hinduism. Each Monday devotees gathers in the temple of Lord Shiva to worship and fast till sunset. From the first Monday of Shrawan, people also start fasting for the sixteen Monday for the prosperity, wisdom and good health.
                                                             

According to the legend story it is said that goddess Parvati fasted the whole month of Shrawan and worshiped Lord Shiva to get him as her husband, where she was able to please lord Shiva. So many Hindu woman wears yellow and green bangles, decorating their hands with mehndi and do fasting. Married women celebrates this month for the long life and happiness of their husband whereas unmarried girls do it to get good husband in the future.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Ashar 15 Ropai Jatra (Paddy plantation festival in Nepal)

Nepal is well popular in its richness in diversities. And the diversity does not limit only to nature, climate, vegetation and people but also the festivals that Nepalese celebrate. Sunday 30th June 2019 is a popular festival in Nepal which is called "Ashar Pandra" some calls it "Ropai Jatra" meaning 15th day of the third month of Nepalese original calendar and Rice planting festival. This is the day of happiness especially for farmers in Nepal who belong to the majority of the economic groups in Nepal. Joy begins with the long waited paddy plantation actually happens after all the hard work of seedling, irrigation management and field preparation is done.    

Nepal being agricultural country is currently welcoming monsoon at its doorstep. The rain that monsoon brings throughout the country is proved as a boon as well as curse. Due to lack of good irrigation infrastructure and modern irrigation technologies, most of the Nepalese farmers have to rely upon rainwater for farming. Most of the farmers pray for God for gentle monsoon which will be favorable for them in terms of agricultural perspective.
Nepalese celebrate monsoon as a festival on Ashad 15 as a special day which represents the end of plantation of Paddy (Rice) and pray for its good production. Nepal Government has also declared this day as National Paddy Day to encourage farmers for cultivation of rice. In this day, farmers plant paddy and enjoy with each other’s by playing in muddy water and dancing in ‘Ashare Geet’, traditional folk song which is filled with sorrow and joy of farmers. We can get in touch with nature by playing with mud and get refreshed from the smell of soil.
In last few years not only Nepalese are seen celebrating Ashar 15, but most of the foreigners has been attracted to this festival. Programs of ‘ropain’ i.e planting rice for celebrating this muddy festivals is being conducted nowadays in various areas of Kathmandu Valley like Bungmati, Chapagaun, Thimi Machhegaun and so on. After the completion of plantation, the participants are given Chiura(Beaten rice) with Dahi(curd) and Aaloo ko achar(Potato Picle) which is regarded as special item on Ashad 15.
Let’s join our hands together and celebrate Ashad 15 today with full of fun. Pray for good production and happy harvesting. Get in touch with nature with smell of soil from the muddy field. Happy Ashad 15.
If you are first time visitors in Nepal, you should celebrate paddy plantation. 
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Monday, June 03, 2019

Canyoning at Jalbire, Lamo Jharana


Lamo Jharana/Long waterfall at Jalbire is one of the best destination for adventure sport Canyoning. If you are adventure lover and seeking for adventure then this is a perfect one day adventure tour for you. 3-4 hours of adventure features various activities like rock slides, water fall, cliff jump and many more. Descending through the vertical waterfall of around 40-50 meter height provides you the breath taking adventure experience.

It is approximately 110 km from Kathmandu which takes 3-4 hour drive. After reaching the pickup point in Jalbire Hotel, your guide will provide you your gears like Helmet, wetsuits, life jacket. Then you have to walk around 20-25 minutes from the main Highway to reach Chandi Vanjyang the starting point of Canyoning. On reaching the starting point, the magnificent view of Long waterfall of around 100 meter between the thick forests will definitely excite you more. You will start your adventure after the short briefing from you canyoning guide. The friendly and supportive nature of your guide will add more fun. The adventure begins with excitements, little fear and nervousness which ends with lots of fun, happiness and pride.


You can join our 8 days Nepal adventure tour package organized by Nepal One Tours to enjoy Canyoning at Jalbire.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

What to carry during your Trek in Nepal


Trek, which means walking on the mountain area for several days. It is one of the best way of enjoying the nature. But the best way may get worst if you are not concerned about the equipment’s you need during trek. The smoothness of your trek depends on your knowledge about the equipments you need to carry during the trek.
If you have already booked or planning to book your trekking package in Nepal and wondering to prepare what to bring in Nepal for your trekking, we are happy to offer the essential checklist for your information. You can choose the items as per the list for your convenience. If you cannot get all the equipment from your place with time constraint or with any reason, you don’t need to worry as you can easily buy or rent these equipment’s in Kathmandu or in Pokhara. Be advised that it is always a better idea to keep your luggage light for the trekking. If you are hiring a porter to carry your bags during your trekking in Nepal, take note that normally 1 porter carries up to 25Kgs of luggage and it is for 2 persons.
Below is the checklist of the necessary equipment for the trekking in Nepal:
Rucksack or Duffel bag: Nepal One Tour provides you a complimentary duffel bag for you to keep your belongings during your trek. You need to bring extra bag or suitcase to store your extra stuffs in hotel in Kathmandu or in Pokhara which you do not need to take it in the trek.
4 seasons’ Sleeping bag: Your own sleeping bag is recommended, but One Nepal Treks will also provide you the sleeping bags which needs to be return once you return to Kathmandu from the trek
Day pack: We recommend to carry your own small bag (Approx. 20-22 Liter) to carry your valuables and necessary items during your trek
Down Jacket: Having your own Down Jacket is recommended, but Nepal One Tours will also provide you the down Jacket to use during your trek which needs to be returned once you return to Kathmandu.

HEAD
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Warm woolen or fleece hat
  • Sunglasses UV protection
HANDS
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves / mittens
  • Waterproof outer shell
UPPER BODY
  • Pair of T-shirts
  • Light weight thermal full tops
  • Fleece jacket
  • Wind-Stopper jacket (Optional)
  • Waterproof shell jacket
LOWER BODY
  • Under garments
  • Lightweight trekking long pants
  • Hiking shorts
  • Light weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or woolen pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof shell pants
FEET
  • Thin  inner socks
  • Thick warm woolen hiking socks
  • Hiking boots
  • Extra sneakers and sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in show region
ACCESSORIES
  • First Aid Kit
  • Headlamp with spare batteries and bulb
  • Trekking Poles
  • Small padlock or combination lock
  • Water bottles
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc.)
  • Ear Plug (to avoid someone’s snoring)
  • Large plastic dry bags (to keep Items dry inside your trek bag)
TOILETRIES
  • Tooth paste / Brush
  • Soap (Multipurpose)
  • Nail cutter
  • Saving kit
  • Small mirror
Personal Hygiene:
  • Wet tissue / wipes
  • Toilet papers
  • Hand sanitizer
OTHER EXTRA ITEMS
  • Pencils and notebooks
  • Travel fun games i.e., cards, chess
  • Binoculars
  • Reading books
  • Trail Map/Guide book (Nepal One Tours also provide you the Trekking map of your route)
  • Your Journal and Pen


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Bungamati and Khokana




Bungamati, a small Newari village lies in a Lalitpur district approximately 8km south of Kathmandu which was found in 7th Century. It is believed to be the home town of God Machhindranath, worshipped by both Hindu and Buddhist. Machhindranath is considered as the god of rain and compassion. Most of the local people here works as a farmer and woodcarver.

Near to Bungamati around 15-20 minutes of walk, lies another tiny beautiful village called Khokana. From the ancient time it is known for rich mustard oil production. Rudrayani Temple, De pukhu pond are the main attraction of Khokana. Khokana is the first village to light with electricity in Nepal. The unique thing about khokana is they don’t keep chickens at their home or around like other place in Nepal, they keep duck instead.

Those who wants to explore the Newari culture and tradition, Bungamati and Khokana are the perfect place. One can see the typical ancient life style of Nepal.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Chovar




Approximately 8km south-west of Kathmandu, lies a Historical small village known as Chovar. This place is famous for Chovar gorge, Manjushree cave, Temples and the spot to have a peaceful view of Kathmandu city.

According to the legend story, Kathmandu used to be a huge lake and chovar is the place where the Boddhisaatva Manjushree from Tibet cut off the gorge by his sword and drain the water away and made the Kathmandu valley habitable. The gorge which was cut off was named chovar gorge. The flow of water from the gorge can be seen clearly from the suspension bridge near Manjushree Park.

Another main attraction of Chovar is Manjushree Cave. It is said to be the second largest cave in Nepal with around 1250 meter. Visitors who wants to explore the cave are strictly prohibited to enter inside the cave without certified professional guides. Beside this, Adinath Lokeshwore Temple and Jal Binayak Temple are also the better place to have sightseeing in Chovar. It has also been a favorite spot for picnic and movie shooting.

Friday, February 08, 2019

International Mountain Museum




International Mountain Museum (IMM) located in Pokhara, Nepal was officially started in 2004 is the only Mountain Museum in the world. It was established by Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) with the main objective of recording and providing information about the Mountains of Nepal and the history of Mountaineering for those who are interested on it. Also the museum exhibits the information about the life style and culture of the people living in the Himalayan Region, flora & fauna and the equipment used while climbing mountains and its development from past to present. The 30 minutes of visual show about the mountaineering and trekking in Nepal has drawn more attraction to the visitors in this museum.

Nepal One Travels and Tours highly recommends you to visit International Mountain Museum when you are in Pokhara.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Nagarkot




Situated around 32km northeast from Kathmandu, a beautiful hill station Nagarkot is a Village Development Committee lies in a Bhaktapur District with the population of nearly 4,500. At an altitude of approximately 2000 meter above sea level nagarkot is one of the best place for external as well as internal tourist for best sunrise and sunset view. It is also famous for the magnificent panoramic view of Himalayan range like Ganesh Himal Range, Mahalangur Range, Langtang Range, Rolwaling Range with view of Kathmandu Valley.
Nagarkot is also a perfect destination for those who love hiking. From Nagarkot, hiking to Chisapani/Sundarijal, Dhulikhel, Changunarayan are the popular hiking trial. Also, walking between the lush jungles to the nagarkot view point is the most refreshing one. Beside this, Nagarkot Village Tour, Horse Riding etc. are the extra activities that can be done.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Mahendreswor Temple


Mahendreswor Temple

On the very close to Kot square lies a beautiful pagoda shaped two-storeyed temple called Mahendreswor Temple. The temple is dedicated to lord Shiva and was built in 1562 AD by King Mahendra Malla of malla dynasty. A legend states that King Mahendra Malla use to visit Pashupatinath Temple and pay homage every day before his meal. It is said that, one night he had a dream where Lord Pashupatinath adviced him to build temple near his palace so that people who are not able to go to Pashupatinath can worship there. So, as per the wish King Mahendra Malla built this beautiful temple and named it Mahendreswor Temple by adding his name. Since the temple was built by the advice of Pashupatinath, this temple is also called mini Pashupati.  Everyday many hindu devotee visit this temple to worship.

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Sundari Chowk (Patan Durbar Square)


Sundari Chwok(Beautiful Courtyard)

After reaching Mul Chowk/Mul Courtyard in Patan DurbarSquare, there is another small door on the south part which leads to a most magnificent courtyard named Sundari Chowk/Beautiful Courtyard. The name itself describes the beauty of this courtyard. It is surrounded by three-storeyed building from all side with the best example of an ancient wooden architecture on its doors, windows and tympanums. On the center of this courtyard lies a waterspout known as Tusha Hiti. The stone engraved idols of various deity around the spout are much worth to see. On top of the spout there is a small stone temple believed as an architectural model of famous Krishna Mandir. Also, there is a huge stone in front of waterspout which is said to be the bed of King Siddhi Narsingh Malla where he use to meditate.

Tusha Hiti

Nepal One Tours and Travels is organizing guided sightseeing tours everyday in February and March 2019.


Friday, January 25, 2019

Mahaboudha Temple (Patan)


Mahaboudha Temple

If you are visiting Patan Durbar Square, you must not fail to reach Mahaboudha Temple. This beautiful shikhara styled temple was built by one of the local priest named Abhaya Raj dated 14th Century. It is said that, he built this temple after he went to Bodh Gaya in India and got influenced by the Mahabodhi temple there. Due to the image of Buddha, carved in every single terra-cotta, this temple is also known as “Thousand Buddha Temple”. On the very near to this temple there is another small shrine which is dedicated to Maya Devi, mother of Buddha. This shrine is said to have been built with the remaining bricks of Mahaboudha temple.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Rani Pokhari/Queen's Pond



Rani Pokhari of Kathmandu (A must see place)


 
Rani Pokhari/Queen's Pond also known as Nhiyu pukhu (new pond) in local newari language, is situated in the heart of Kathmandu City just in front of Durbar High School( Nepal’s first school). The construction of this pond is dated back to 17th Century. This pond is one of the magnificent souvenir of an ancient Kathmandu. After the destruction took place in 2015 earthquake, the renovation progress is going on for the damaged parts.

Rani Pokhari was built by King Pratap Malla, one of the most prominent ruler in Nepal. He constructed this beautiful pond to comfort his queen who was shattered with sorrow after the untimely demise of their son Chakravartindra Malla who got crushed by an elephant on the ceremony of his successor to the throne. After the completion of this pond King Pratap Malla collected water from many holy places like Muktinath, Gosaikunda, Badrinath, Kedarnath etc. and spilled it into the pond to purify it. It is also said that after this pond was constructed, Queen used to visit every day in evening which later named Rani Pokhari/Queen’s Pond.

At the center of the pond lies the temple which is devoted to hindu lord Shiva. A huge stone sculpture of an elephant and Pratap Malla sitting on it with his two son has been carved in the south part of the pond. And at the four corners of the pond four temples of Bhairava, Mahalaxmi and Ganesh has been placed. This pond is protected with iron bars from all side and is opened only twice a year during the festival Bhaitika in Tihar and Chhath.


Nepal One Tours and Travels is organizing guided sightseeing tours everyday in January and February 2019.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Chandragiri Hills

People enjoying snow at Chandragiri Hill

Kathmandu is a valley surrounded by hills from every side. There are main four hills which sorrounds Kathmandu; Phulchoki, Shivapuri, Nagarjun and Chandragiri. Chandragiri hill is located at the south west corner of Kathmandu district which belongs in State No. 3 among 7 states of Nepal. 
Chandragiri hill is one of the major tourist attraction center of Nepal which offers great views of Lantang Himalayan ranges, hills surrounding Kathmandu and a magnificent topographical view of almost whole Kathmandu. Chandragiri area is located in an ancient popular route which connects Kathmandu to India in the past when there was no road transportation available in all hilly areas of Nepal. There is another legend about King Prithivi Narayan Shah the founder of the Himalayan country Nepal. King who was in a mission of fortifying his kingdom of Gorkha made his plan to conquer Kathmandu after observing the Kathmandu from Chandragiri hills. Furthermore, there is a Hindu religious history in this area. Lord Shiva carried deceased body of Sati Devi the concert of lord Shiva on his back when sati devi committed suicide after jumping on the fire. When lord Shiva moved around the world without not knowing the body was decaying and body parts felled at different location. In this area the head fell off from the dead body of Satidevi and later at the same spot statue of shiva appeared and people constructed shiva temple. This temple was known as Valaeswor Mahadev on which Vala means forehead. 
Chandragiri hills became a easy access for the visitors after the cable was constructed. It is a 12 minutes ride to reach the summit of Chandragiri hill from its base. Chandragiri hill is considered as one of the highest point of Kathmandu valley with the altitude of 2,100 meters. If you visit Chandragiri hills in a clear day this place offers you a magnificent 180 degree views of Himalayas. The view from Chandragiri is often compared from other hill location like Sarangkot or Nagarkot. Nepal One Tours and travels strictly recommends to visit Chandragiri hills when you are in a tour of Kathmandu.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Swet Bhairav

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Swet means White and Bhairav is one of the most dangerous appearence of Lord Shiva. Therefore Swet Bhairav is also known as White Bhairav. There are altogether 8 Bhairav Temple in Kathmandu. Among them Swet Bhairav temple has also its own importance. The idol of Swet Bhairav is located at Basantapur Kathmandu just below Degu Taleju Temple. Likewise other 7 Bhairav temple, this temple is also said to be established to protect Kathmandu from bad omens and evil spirit. This idol of Swet Bhairav gets reveal only in the festival called Indra Jatra. Beside that it is kept inside the wooden curtain throughout the year. On this festival tradional Nepalese whiskey comes out from the small straw attached on the Bhairav's opened mouth and the local devotees of Kathmadu gather in front of the idol then struggle hard and push eachother to drink that whiskey immediately. Drinking this whiskey is believed to get blessings from Lord Indra for good fortune.
Nepal One Tours and Travels highly recommends you to visit Swet Bhairav Temple when you are in Nepal Tour.