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Phoksundo lake -Jewel of Dolpa

Phoksundo lake -Jewel of Dolpa In Caravan ( Himalaya), a famous 1999 Oscar-nominated film directed by French filmmaker Eric valley has skillfully captured the beauty of turquoise blue colored Phoksundo lake and Dolpo region.    Recently, a Nepali film “TULKI” team has made an attempt to portray the local culture and tradition spending about 2 months with the local people and released its teaser in Kathmandu a few days ago amidst a function. This is the first film to organise such event after 2 years due to COVID-19 pandemic. The total area of the lake is 4.95 sq. km. Its length is 5.93 km, breadth is 1.80 km and depth of 145 m. The lake is enlisted as a Ramsar site on 23 Sept 2007. The color of water changes as per the sky color. On the bank of the lake lies centuries-old Bon monastery, Rigma Village, and stupas. A 2.5-hour uphill walk to the viewpoint is worth rewarding to have an entire view of the mesmerizing lake.  

Bravo Sherpas

  Bravo Sherpas The rope-fixing team of six Sherpa team led by Sona Sherpa along with Ngima Tashi Sherpa, Tenzing Gyalzen Sherpa, Fura Tshering Sherpa, Pasang Nurbu Sherpa and Tashi Sherpa made bravely to the summit Mt Manaslu (8,163 m) last night. The team, which struggled for hours to trace the route due to deep snow, finally made to the summit after the mountain witnessed fair weather.   Sherpa climbers of the rope-fixing team successfully stood atop Mt Manaslu (8,163 m) last night becoming the first team to climb the mountain in the autumn season.   With over 170 expedition members along with their support staff preparing to scale the world’s eighth highest peak Mt Manaslu (8,163 m) in this Autumn season.          Over 170 expedition members along with their support staff are preparing to scale the world's eighth highest peak in the autumn season. Till date, 17 teams comprising 170 expedition members along with over 200 climbing Sherpas, have obtained climbing permits

Indra Jatra- fantastically celebrated festival

  Indra Jatra- fantastically celebrated festival Indra Jatra, one of the biggest festivals celebrated in Kathmandu valley, has begun with the erection of a lingo (sacred wooden pole) at Hanumandhoka premises in Basantapur Darbar Square on Saturday morning. For the pole-raising ceremony, hundreds of spectators gather at the Darbar Square and on the surrounding temples.    Linga (wooden Pole) is erected at the premise of Basantapur Darbar Square on the first day of Indra Jatra   Kumari, The Living Goddess being carried to the chariot for devotees to worship “Aju Dya (Akash Bhairav) means the divine ancestor, the sky-god responsible for making seasonal rain is worshiped during Indra Jatra The most famous dance, and the most intimidating, is the Lakhe dance which is performed on the last day of Indra Jatra.       The eight-day long Indra Jatra festival falls in September and is one of the most exciting and revered festivals of the Newar community of the Kathmandu Valley. This also ma

Teej- wonderfully celebrated festival

  Teej- wonderfully celebrated festival Teej is a festival magnificently celebrated by women all over Nepal for three days. Decked up in red saris and red tika, bangles, women sing and dance to traditional folk songs for days. It is especially significant for married women, when they get a special invitation to visit their maternal home and feast.   Dancing to the tunes of popular Teej folk songs are seen in the temple premises and around the streets.   Varieties of mouth watering food items are prepared one day before Teej and enjoyed eating during the night before taking 24 hour fasting.   Following a long feast also known as Dar, the women, sit for a 24 hour long fasting, where most do not eat or even drink water. What is fascinating is to watch women of all age group, young and old, dance for hours in the heat, rain, without a drop of water or food for an entire day. The significance of this festival for married women is to worship and pray Lord Shiva for his special blessing

Gaura Festivals

  Gaura Festivals This traditional Hindu festival begins on the day of Krishna Janmastami (birth of Lord Krishna), and lasts for three days. Though the festival is celebrated mainly in the western parts of Nepal, the first day is celebrated as a public holiday across the country.    The festival is observed by worshiping Lord Shiva and especially the goddess Guari (Parvati), the second wife of Shiva. During Gaura, married women make idols of Shiva and Guari from grass. The women put on new clothes and sing traditional songs. The women also fast and many rituals take place at the numerous temples dedicated to Gauri, who is worshiped with Biruda - a mixture of five kinds of grains. The fasting women then return home and bless their husbands with Biruda, to give them long life and health. The deuda dance is a major part of the festivities in which participants hold hands and form a circle as they step to traditional music. Source