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Nepal

Home to people belonging to diverse ethnic backgrounds. Hinduism is the dominant religion but Buddhism also plays an important role in society as Nepal was the birthplace of Lord Buddha.

Kathmandu Valley, Trekking Guides and Chitwan National Park: see below.

for Links to groups doing meaningful work in Nepal: CLICK HERE
for Lumbini and Buddha’s Path: CLICK HERE

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view from Namo Buddha

Nepal mostly conjures up images of the magnificent Himalayan peaks and a paradise for trekkers. Kathmandu is also known for congested chaotic traffic! But once within the old Durbar Squares and Heritage sites, you find yourself in medieval living museums with ancient architecture protected in no-traffic zones!

Nepalis have been rebuilding their lives following the devastating earthquake in 2015.

The resilience and spirit of the people is astounding and over the years, so many visitors have cherished Nepal in their hearts.

 

Kathmandu Valley and heritage sites:

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Cultural Walks and Treks:

3 Jewels Adventures

Amber Tamang and his team can assist with cultural walks and treks throughout Nepal.

Read more about Amber on:   www.threejewelsadv.com
and follow his blogs on: www.ambertamang.blogspot.co.id


Accomodations in Kathmandu:

Thamel area: filled with guesthouses, restaurants, shops and crazy congestion attracting travelers from all over the world.

A few recommended places away from the Thamel bustle:

Hotel Vajra:
Newari style accommodations not far from Durbar Square and close to Swayambunath Stupa www.hotelvajra.com

 

Dwarikas Hotel: 5-star luxury not far from the airport. If not staying here, very worthwhile to visit for tea or a meal and appreciate the Newari architecture. www.dwarikas.com

 

Patan:

just south of Kathmandu, the heritage town of Patan is a more relaxed base. Visit the Golden Temple and the fabulous Patan Museum which is home to precious art.
There is also a lovely café for lunch: www.patanmuseum.gov.np

The Inn Patan:
restored home converted to a boutique inn located just off the pedestrian area: www.theinnpatan.com

 

Bhaktapur

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Hotel Heritage: a lovely base to explore the sites if Bhaktapur.
www.hotelheritage.com.np/DisplayArticle.aspx?page=Home

 

Boudhanath:

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Known as “Boudha”, the Little Tibet of Nepal, and home to the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal.

Boudha is my favorite home-base to explore monastic life and unwind watching daily life go by around the stupa. Located approx 20 min. drive east of Kathmandu airport, time can become timeless once settled in, taking in the energy and view of the stupa from the many cafes while throngs of locals come to worship and socialize. The area around the stupa is filled with galleries and thangka painting schools with access to monasteries for dharma activities.

 

Accomodations in Boudha:

Rokpa Guesthouse:

a particular favorite, supporting the humanitarian work of: www.rokpa.org

Founded by Akong Tulku Rinpoche and Swiss actress Lea Wyler and her late father. The guesthouse is in converted home with comfortable rooms a run by local staff with the training of Swiss efficiency. Located in a pleasant quiet garden, a short walk from the bustle around the stupa. www.rokpaguesthouse.org

Shechen Monastery Guesthouse:
simple rooms behind the monastery complex in a lovely garden setting with a good restaurant. www.shechenguesthouse.com.np

Shechen Monastery is under the lineage of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dilgo_Khyentse

Learn more about humanitarian work of Karuna Shechen founded by Matthieu Ricard:
www.karuna-shechen.org

 

New and more upscale accomodations:

Siddhi Manakamana Hotel: www.siddhimanakamana.com

 

Dharma World around Boudha:

Ka-Nyigma Monastery, also known as the White Monastery

Just off the stupa- Dharma talks are usually held on Saturdays: www.shedrub.org

Kopan Monastery – a few km up the hill from Boudha:
offering a series of courses and retreats: www.kopanmonastery.com

This is the Mother Temple founded by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche along with the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition.

More info on centers worldwide:  www.fpmt.org

 

Countryside in Kathmandu Valley:
Beyond Bhaktapur, venture east to the countryside through Dhulikel and up to Kavre and Namo Buddha. If you are not able to do a long trek, this area offers beautiful walks along with great views of the Himalaya if the skies are clear.

Namo Buddha Eco Resort:
Close to Trangu Tashi Yangste monastery, simple living with an organic farm: www.namobuddharesort.com


Nagarkot:
closer to Bhaktapur with more upscale accommodations:
Club Himalayahttp://www.clubhimalaya.com/

Trekking and Guides in Nepal:

3 Jewels Adventures

Amber Tamang and his team can assist with trekking throughout Nepal and into Tibet.

Read more about Amber on: www.threejewelsadv.com
and follow his blogs on: www.ambertamang.blogspot.co.id

 

Lawudo Gompa and Retreat:
Check out this special place in Solo Khumbu where Lama Zopa of Kopan grew up:
www.lawudo.com
www.facebook.com/Lawudo-Gompa-Project-477905655558541

Trek to Lawudo to support the monastery.
Organized by Kopan Monastery:

www.lawudo-trek.org

 

 

Chitwan National Park:
Full day bus ride or fly from Kathmandu to Bharatpur in the south of Nepal.

Temple Tiger Green Resort

cnpis located on the edge of Chitwan National Park by the Narayani River. Set off on an elephant-ride safaris and you may be fortunate to spot rhino or a leopard and very lucky if you see a tiger! The staff and naturalists of the resort present talks on the fauna and flora of the park:
www.greenjungleresort.com

 

Namaste!

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