The face of tourism is changing. Once seen solely as a reprieve from the mundane day-to-day life, individuals are now taking vacation opportunities to explore destinations aligned with their spiritual journeys. Whether that be a pilgrimage to holy sites or simply to connect with the spiritual side of nature, there’s one destination that should be at the top of every spiritual traveler’s list: Nepal.
Home to multiple religions, the country is ripe to intake those looking intrinsically for deeper connections. The topic was even discussed during the last Himalayan Travel Mart, an international B2B conference for business leaders promoting travel in the Himalayas. While there is an abundance of holy sites in the country, we’ve round up a must-visit list below:
Situated in the Terai lowlands and bordered by India, Lumbini is where Buddha was born in 623 BCE. Today, it is home to numerous monasteries represented by a plethora of countries to showcase how widespread Buddhism is around the world, it has also become a pilgrimage site for devout Buddhists.
This isn’t just a popular trekking destination, Lake Gosaikunda, in all its beauty, is an important Hindu pilgrimage site. According to Hindu mythology, the lake is home to gods Shiva and Gauri – thousands gather the area during the Gangadashahara and Janai Purnima festivals.
The village of Lubra, also known as Ludak, located in the Mustang region of Nepal is home to what is thought to be the last Bon monastery in Nepal. Bon is a pre-Buddhism religion practiced in Tibet during the 7th century. The remote settlement is home to a little over 20 families and rich in history, visitors can even stay with local families via Community Homestay.
Also known lovingly as Monkey Temple by tourists, Swayambhunath overlooks the Kathmandu and is believed to date back to 460 AD. The site is important to both Hindus and Tibetan Buddhists making it a unique center of religious conflation. Visitors should be prepared to walk up steps and share pathways with the resident monkeys.
Situated on the banks of the Bagmati River, Pashupatinath Temple is where devout Nepali Hindus are cremated. It is believed to be a site of worship for Lord Shiva, Lord of all Beings and holy to locals – non-Hindus aren’t allowed to enter the courtyards but respectful visitors can stroll across the river where many Sadhus live.
Community Homestays in Nepal |Mar 30, 2015
Staying in the homes of local people rather than with other travelers can provide a much more authentic cultural experience. Staying in a family home stay can present a chance to experience everyday life in the new place.
Tours |Apr 17, 2015
The third week has been a very a busy one at the office. Peak season makes everyone at the office run around like chickens. Not headless chickens tho cause everyone knows exactly what he is doing making the office smooth like clockwork.
Others |Jun 11, 2020
The worldwide lockdown meant that people like myself who had been working in the tourism sector had no work to do and were forced to stay at home. The lockdown brought an abrupt halt to the daily lives of many people.
Travel Guide |Mar 20, 2017
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Nepal |Dec 18, 2021
One of the most popular trails in Nepal, the trek to Everest Base Camp, is rarely without visitors.
Sustainability |Sep 16, 2019
At Royal Mountain Travel, we don’t just practice sustainable tourism, but sustainable living. As one of our core values, sustainability is woven through every element of our business and we’re proud of the work we’ve done to put our environment and our people first.
Nepal |May 1, 2015
It was a short and restless night because of all the aftershocks and tremors. Sunday we went back to the office, a strong building build to withstand earthquakes. As much damage we had seen on other buildings surprisingly enough not even the flower pots on the rooftop terrace had moved in the office.
Impact Tourism |Apr 25, 2019
“We are happy here” was the first thing they both said when asked why Royal Mountain Travel? Chandraman Tamang and Choisyang Tamang, the father son duo from Bhinkhure, Kavrepalanchowk district have been working with Royal Mountain travel since its establishment in 2005
Nepal |Mar 23, 2014
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Nepal |Oct 7, 2022
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Nepal |Apr 17, 2015
World Heritage Day, also known as the International Day for Monuments and Sites, is celebrated on April 18 every year to raise awareness about the importance of conserving sites of outstanding cultural and natural significance to the common heritage of humanity.