Nepal One Tours and Travels highly recommends to visit Daman for everyone.
Sunday, July 21, 2019
Located at Makwanpur District (Thaha Municipality), lies a small but a beautiful hill station Daman. It has been one of the favorite destination for the local tourist from all over Nepal. It is approximately 80 km on south-west of Kathmandu at the height of 2322 meters above sea level. This place has been one of the best place to view the Mountains, to enjoy weekend holidays or to organize picnic for the people from Kathmandu, Hetauda and the people living around Daman. Every year in winter season snowfall occurs in this area, where the long line of people visiting this place to play and enjoy snow can be seen.
This place offers the wide panoramic view of Himalayan range from east Mount Everest to west Dhaulagiri. From the view point Simbhanjyang (2488m), almost complete Himalayan range can be seen. Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Langtang, Gaurishankar, Dorjelakpa, Choyu and many other Mountain that can be seen from here which provides the heavenly pleasure for anyone. There is also a view tower from where one can enjoy the view from Telescope.
Daman is also equally famous as the religious site. Lots of Hindu and Buddhist devotees visit this place to worship Risheshwor Temple. Hindu worship this deity as an incarnation of Lord Shiva/Mahadev whereas Buddhists believe and worship as a Padmasambhava. Nevertheless the peace and harmony between two different religions can be seen here.
Beside this, near to Daman there lies another beautiful tiny village named Palung. According to local people, the name of this place was originated from the big stone which is still there. In Newari language Pa means big and Lwahaa means stone. So, the name of the place was Pa Lwahaa which later became Palung. It is considered as one of the ancient market of the Makwanpur region with the vast majority of Newari group of people living here. It is also famous for agriculture. Almost 90% of the people living in this area are farmers and remaining are in hotel business, abroad work and other. Every year the farmers produces the huge amount of rice and vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, radish, carrot and many more as per the season.
Hence, Daman has always been one of the preferred location mainly for the Domestic tourist. Also it has a wide possibility of being one of the top destination for the International Tourist in near future. The majestic view, cool climate, pollution free surrounding, ancient history, culture, agriculture and many other features has made this place attractive and unique.
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Friday, July 19, 2019
On the northeast around 132 km from 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
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
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
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.