Nepal is a country with its type of charm and appeal. The demographics of this country are large of a Hindu majority with a large Buddhist minority, and that means the country not only has solid, hardworking, and respectable people, but it also has many attractions and notable holy sites. This country not only has Mt. Everest, but it also has numerous majestic temples and other wonderful sites. Sublime Trails makes your visit to different places easier and simpler in Nepal. Consider these following holy places for your next visit:
The Bouddhanath Stupa
The Bouddhanath Stupa is a paragon of Buddhist belief. Nestled in the outskirts of Kathmandu, this is one of Nepal’s most well known stupas or Buddhist shrines. It is a place of peace and beauty, complete with intricate mandala steps and a white dome. Simply referred to by the Nepalese as “Chorten Chenpo” or “Great Tower”, some say the Bouddhanath Stupa was built on a crucial medieval trade route with many possible converts traveling along the way. Indeed, the 14th Century was an important time for the foundation of Buddhism, as the Buddha had just passed away.
Many of the main Tibetan trinket shops are located around this landmark, and they cater to locals and tourists alike. And when embarking on a visit to the Bouddhanath Stupa, one of the most revered traditions is to circle this major stupa clockwise and spin the holy brass prayer wheels along the way.
The Gosainkunda is a Hindu pilgrimage spot that is located in the Langtang National Park. This sacred location is also word-renowned for those who enjoy trekking, simply because it consists of a lake with an altitude of 4,380 feet. This place is truly something to see because it has gorgeous natural mountain views. In Hindu Mythology, this is the area where the gods Shiva and Gauri took up residence. Thus, this is a venerated part of a Hindu’s required pilgrimage. However, it is usually recommended that a Hindu begin by trekking up the Langtang Valley so that their body chemistry gets accustomed to the high altitude.
Two major pilgrimages happen at this landmark. One occurs during the Gangadashahara Festival and the Janai Purnima Festival. Thousands of individuals make the trek up this sacred spot during these festivals. It is a truly remarkable time of year. Of course, the rest of the time this area is fairly quiet, but it is still good for a spiritual retreat simply because many worshippers prefer quiet and solitude.
Lumbini Archaeological Site
Spend any length of time in Nepal and you quickly find out they are extremely proud of their history and their heritage. This is because it is widely known that Buddha was born in the town of Lumbini and lived from 563 B.C. to roughly 483 B.C. Although he spent most of his early life living in the sumptuous decor of wealthy nobility, he became disillusioned with the lifestyle because he was always concerned with those suffering from disease and old age. Thus, he left his home at 29 and went on a pilgrimage at age 29. After spending some time underneath a tree in Bodhgaya, he realized that the “great middle way” was the path to self-awareness. He then became “Buddha” or “Then Enlightened One.” Naturally, many individuals want to see the archaeological sites where the Buddha spent his early years. Lumbini has buildings that are known as his birthplace. Moreover, the site where the Bodhgaya tree stood is a sacred spot for those who want peace and ultimate nirvana.
Muktinath is a fascinating place for both Hindus and Buddhists. This is because both of them hold it in sacred regard. For Buddhists, this is the place where their great sage Guru Rinpoche came to do his meditation exercises. He was one of the individuals who were instrumental in bringing Buddhism to the Tibet area of Nepal. For Hindus, this area is widely loved and celebrated simply because it is believed that bathing in these waters is a complete guarantee of salvation under passing away. According to Hindu belief, God Brahma keeps the water lit by his eternal flames.
Muktinath is another area within Nepal that is well known for its tourist activities. Visitors come here to see the Gurungs, Magars, Thakalis and the Lopa, all of who are distinct ethnic groups with a distinct way of life that lives around this area. Many visitors also enjoy scouting out the area for Shaligram, the fossilized ammonites that are plentiful in this location.
Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal is one of the most sacred Hindu landmarks in all of the country. Many Hindu believers decide to be cremated on towering platforms just beside the nearby Bagmati River. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and thus hundreds of thousands of devotees per year will visit this site. Interestingly enough, these devotees consider both the temple itself and the Bagmati River to be sacred. An inner sanctuary is a place where only Hindus are allowed, and they are immediately treated to an exquisitely large statue of Nandi the Bull, which is one of the main vehicles for Shiva Hinduism.
Pashupatinath has been designated as a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site. Not only that, but it is also one of the few cultural heritage sites within the world that are living. This area has many different examples of active participation throughout the day, and they even post a daily schedule! The gates usually open at 4 a.m. and the doors close at 7 p.m.
Nepal is the place to go if you want historic and holy sites. Get ready for the experience of a lifetime!