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Sacred Site of Namo Buddha

Khenpo Thrangu Rinpoche, born in Tibet in 1933, is considered to be the ninth incarnation of Thrangu Rinponche. In 1976 he established the Namo Buddha retreat center located about two and a half hours from Kathmandu in Nepal on a piece of land below his own property. Namo Buddha is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Buddhists south of the Himalayas, as well as being one of the holiest Buddhist sites in the world.

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Mata Tritha – Mothers’ Day in Nepal

For many children in the world, Mothers’ Day is a special occasion, an opportunity to thank their mothers for their unconditional love, support and the care that they have received throughout their lives. In Nepal, Mothers’ Day is also a celebrated day that brings families together for lunch, whilst mothers accept tokens of their children’s appreciation and activities take place throughout the day with mothers’ in mind. Mothers’ Day, known as Mata Tritha in Nepal, is a day of love, affection and gratitude.

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View Ancient Manuscripts at Asa Archives

Asa Archives is situated in a private house in Kulumbbhula on the western fringe of the older part of Kathmandu town in Nepal. Visitors are invited to view the collection of rare and ancient manuscripts displayed at Asa Archives, all of which offer insight into the history and traditions of medieval Kathmandu. The archives contain more than 6,000 loose-leaf handwritten books and about 1,000 palm-leaf manuscripts. The oldest manuscript in the collection is believed to date back to 1464 AD.

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Explore the Wonders and Legends of Chobar Gorge

Situated just southeast of Chobar village in Nepal, where the Bagmati River cuts through a section of the Chobar hill, the picturesque Chobar Gorge is spanned by a narrow suspension bridge, which was imported from a manufacturer in Aberdeen in Scotland in 1903. The bridge was transported to Nepal in pieces across the mountains via India and then put together at the Chobar Gorge. This was seen as a huge technical accomplishment at the time and visitors agree that the view of the Chobar Gorge and surroundings from this historic suspension bridge is breath-taking.

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Ghode Jatra – Conquering a Demon

Tundi was a demon that brought terror and destruction to the people of Kathmandu in Nepal many years ago. The villagers finally took a stand against the demon on the great meadows, which are now the Tundikhel Showgrounds. In a great onslaught of strength and determination, the people of Kathmandu overpowered and killed the demon, dancing on his body and trampling his remains with their horses. According to legend, the demon is still buried under the showground, and it is believed that if horses do not trample the ground above the demon every year, his power will be restored and he will once again rise to bring vengeance and suffering to Kathmandu.

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Trekking to the Holy Waters of Gosainkund

Situated at 4,380 meters above sea level, Gosainkund is an area of Nepal which is rich in natural beauty and religious significance. Hindu mythology relates how Lord Shiva dipped in the lake to relieve the agonizing pain he was experiencing as a result of swallowing poison to save the world. The account relates that it was after this event that the lake was named Gosainkund.

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Bisket Festival in Bhaktapur

Festivals are an integral part of life in Nepal, and the numerous festivals held throughout the year are enthusiastically supported by the Nepalese people. Religious festivals are determined by the lunar calendar, while national festivals have fixed dates. There is one festival, however, which is determined by the solar calendar. This is the annual Bisket Festival, which takes place in early April in the ancient Newari town of Bhaktapur – and it is based on a fable.

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Chusya Bahal – An Intriguing Buddhist Shrine

Situated in the Kathmandu Valley near the bustling town of Thamel in Nepal, Chusya Bahal is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of bahal architecture in the area. Two majestic lions carved from stone flank the entrance of Chusya Bahal, while above the entrance the Buddhist deity Prajnaparamita – the goddess of transcendental wisdom - is beautifully portrayed on the torana (carved arched entranceway).

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