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Sadhus – Wandering Holy Men of Nepal

Sadhus are men who practice Hinduism and are considered holy especially because of their intense commitment to the Gods. Sadhus are originally from India but they can be found in Nepal and other countries where Hinduism is a popular religion. Interestingly, Hinduism is the only religion where one can enter only through birth and not by conversion.

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Nepali New Year – Navavarsha

It is time of religious fervor and celebration - the Nepali New Year, known to locals as Navavarsha. Nepal relies upon more than one calendar. As such, residents of Nepal get to enjoy three New Year celebrations, namely New Year on the Gregorian calendar, Tibetan New Year and Navavarsha. The Nepali calendar of Bikram Sambat (or Bikram Era) also runs for twelve months, however, the first month is Baisakh, which corresponds with mid April on the world-recognized Gregorian calendar. As with all New Year celebrations worldwide, Navavarsha is a joyful time for those residing in Nepal and those who are visiting the country.

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Exploring Untouched Dolpo

Dolpo, pronounced “Dolpo-pa” in Nepali, is a region located in the Shey-Phoksumdo National Park, which was established in 1984. The National Park lies in the distinctly remote and isolated corner of mid-west of Nepal. Its area covers more than 3555 square kilometers.

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Indra Jatra – Uniting Nepal Through Ritual and Celebration

Once a year in Nepal both Hindus and Buddhists set aside their religious differences to celebrate the joyous festival of Indra Jatra. Dedicated to the Lord Indra, this festival is one of dancing, feasting and rejoicing.

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The Yaks of Nepal and the Himalayans

Tibetan Yaks are mammals that are native to Tibet and the Himalayan Mountains in Nepal but can adapt to different terrains. Yaks are mainly found in high altitudes because of the thick shaggy coat that they have and their inability to fend off a lot of diseases that are normally found in warmer climates. Yaks can go as high as 20,000 feet but cannot go below 10,000 feet above sea level so their terrain is very specific.

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Tantrism in Nepal

There have been many books written about tantrism and its complexity. The belief in spirits and the effect they are believed to have on humans and their lives. Both black and evil spirits play an important role in tantrism but it is also believed that people, who are affected by these spirits, can be healed. Nepal is a major center for tantrism and has a long and rich history that became part of Nepal as early as the seventh century. Tantrism is still thriving in Nepal, however it is questionable as to how long it will be able to survive into the future.

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Tihar – The Festival of Lights

There is something about the celebrations of Tihar in Nepal which make it truly special. Also known as the ‘Festival of Lights’, all houses in the cities and villages are decorated with dozens of lit oil lamps which gives them a glittering appearance at night. The festival is held in honor of the Goddess Laxmi who is the Hindu goddess of wealth and also the wife of the almighty Vishnu.

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The Dashain Festival

Once a year during the month of Kartik (late September, early October), the people of Nepal get ready to enjoy Dashain, the biggest festival of the year. This is the biggest and longest festival on the Nepali calendar and it is celebrated by virtually every person in Nepal, regardless of their social caste. The entire festival lasts approximately fifteen days and is a riot of color, festivity and religious rites.

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