Chomolungma is the highest mountain in the world, which is one of the must-visit places in Nepal. Fans of mountaineering and hiking from all over the world come here. Tourists from the first steps are immersed in centuries-old traditions, admire the beauty of ancient temples and colorful natural landscapes. For its diversity, the Asian republic was even nicknamed the "roof of the world".
Welcome to Nepal
Everyone who arrives in the evening is greeted on the streets of the city by dancing men and women. Colorful outfits of local residents look great against the background of stone streets and ancient temples of the central square. By the way, the stone steps that fold into pyramids, wooden superstructures and carved into the images of the gods have remained since the times of ancient civilizations. Unique architecture and atmosphere!
Harmony in Unity
Historically, Nepal occupies a special position at the foot of the Himalayas. It could be closed to the eyes of foreigners like Bhutan and Tibet, if not for two BUT:
- Everest, beckoning climbers from all over the world,
- Boris Lisanevich Hotel, which was opened in 1954 with the permission of the King of Nepal and became the first holiday destination for foreigners.
Due to the popularity of Chomolungma, most of the country was not spoiled by mass tourism, and the absence of a colonial past allowed the republic to keep intact Buddhism, which has been preached here for more than three thousand years. Many will find it incredible and strange, but the Nepalese do not have a division into religions. This is due to the Buddha himself, who believed that there are many ways of confession, but their goal should be the only true one. In some temples in Nepal, you can meet a Buddhist monk who prays back to back with an Indian sadh. They say completely different prayers to their deities, but strive for a single spiritual goal. It is not surprising that in Nepal in second place is spiritual tourism.
Celebration of sacrifices
Life in Asia begins long before sunrise, so those who like to sleep can miss a lot of amazing things. For example, this is how you can sleep one of the large-scale local holidays: it begins at three o'clock in the morning with the uniform ringing of small bells from all possible temples. This ringing does not subside for three days. Those who have already received the blessing of the priest – this can be guessed by the red dot on the forehead of a person – participate in festive processions. Long processions of elegantly dressed people are led by a man with a goat, sheep or chicken head on a platter. Those who do not have pets can buy them for sacrifice near special trucks.
The process of sacrifice itself begins with the priest, who, together with assistants, makes an incision in the animal's neck with a special knife. At the same time, two men walk around the temple clockwise. Entrails and blood are burned in a fire, accompanying all actions with prayer. A small part of the carcass at the end is given to the priest, most of it is given to the family, in the evening it is burned or smoked and served on the family table.
Someone considers such a celebration wild, but for the locals it is an integral part of life. This is how boys and girls of all ages come to understand that to give is to be happy. We all lose something in life and find something. But everything that is given to us from above in this life, we must accept with a calm heart, without any resentment, malice or hatred.
Following the Buddha
A large number of boys from Tibet, India and other nearby countries come to Nepal to study at the Namo Buddha Monastery. Students have a strict schedule: early rise, two joint prayers, learning the language, Buddhist philosophy, playing musical instruments. The youngest future monks are allowed to fool around a bit in their free time.
From the monastery you can enjoy stunning views and get even closer to some interesting moments from the life of the Buddha. For example, while still the son of the king, on one of his walks, the boy met a tigress and her cubs. They were starving to death. To save them, the Buddha sacrificed himself. For a noble act performed from the heart and with the best intentions, he deserved to be reborn in a better world, because sacrifice is one of the key ways to achieve enlightenment in Buddhism.
After touching the centuries-old spiritual teaching, many come to the realization that they need to be able to sacrifice the secondary for the sake of the most important. For the one who lives by the soul, material changes are insignificant. Therefore, for a Buddhist, the most valuable thing is not to make a physical sacrifice, but to be ready to give up his "I" for the benefit of everyone else.
On the way to the Bodnath Stupa, thanks to the locals, many travelers learn compassion and care for their neighbor. So, local grandmothers with a smile help confused tourists to get to the right place. At the same time, if a stray cow meets on the way, then the grandmother will definitely buy the remains of cabbage leaves from a local merchant and feed the animal.
Among the Himalayan mountains is an amazing resort with a picturesque blue lake. In the middle of the lake there is a temple, which can be reached by boat departing from the hotel with a huge number of tourists. Despite the small wooden cheap rooms, a few cafes and restaurants, there are always a lot of people here. All of them gather here to find peace in their souls, to achieve unity with the outside world, to understand that all religions are one, if you look at their essence, and not their form.