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.
Spiritual |May 17, 2023
If you are in one of the Terai towns during this time, you’ll no doubt see a lot of saffron clad people readying to go on this unique pilgrimage. They usually form groups of family members, friends, or their particular localities. You’ll hear them shouting “Bol Bam” repeatedly.
Trekking |Mar 27, 2015
When Tibet opened up its door for eager tourists in 1984, that verdict relocated Nepal into a demanding transit hub – a Gateway – to the Tibet. Nepal, which was, then, 20 years older in terms of tourism development, acknowledged potential opportunities to keep hotels of Kathmandu busy in business during monsoon season.
Nepal |May 28, 2015
Nepal was struck by a disastrous earthquake of 7.9 magnitude on April 25, 2015, and a series of aftershocks, two of which were of 6.8 and 7.3 magnitudes, respectively. More than 8000 people have lost their lives, thousands more have been injured, and hundreds of thousands of houses have been destroyed.
Nepal |Jun 21, 2023
At the confluence of the Roshi and Punyamati rivers, and believed to be situated on one single rock, is a historical Newar town that is one of the oldest in the Kathmandu valley. Most of the temples, monuments, and satals (community shelters) are made of terra-cotta and beautifully carved wooden columns.
Women Empowerment |Jul 19, 2023
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is a success.” A famous quote from Henry Ford proves positive in affiliation to Royal Mountain Travel. Eleven years ago we ventured to the tourism industry of Nepal with a promise to work hard for a better tomorrow and shall execute any barrier, together as a team, that comes in our way.
Trekking |Jun 23, 2023
Although near to both Kathmandu and Pokhara, the Ganesh Himal Region has remained a well-kept secret to all but Nepal’s most avid trekkers. The unexplored area is concealed between the popular destinations of Langtang National Park and the Mansaslu Conservation Area Project.
Nepal |Jan 5, 2016
This year, Holi, the ’festival of colours’, also known as ‘Fagu Poornima”, falls on March (12th March 2017). Holi, actually, begins a week ahead of the day, at least for many young guys who believe that the Holi season…
Nepal |Jul 5, 2023
The bond between men and horses in the Himalayan region of Nepal and elsewhere in places like Tibet and central Asia is a special one. This relationship is a throwback to the days when the next village or the next country were an enemy and wars were frequent.
Nepal |Aug 28, 2015
On a different day each year, in the month of Bhadra (August – September), thousands of colorfully masked people are seen cheerfully parading on the streets of Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur and Kirtipur.
Nepal |Jun 26, 2023
When on your Nepal tour, you’ll probably be going on a long trek or two into the mountains. However, it would also be a good idea to do a short day tour or two around the Kathmandu valley as well.
Nepal |Jun 26, 2023
I mustn’t forget―lots and lots of glass bangles. Red and green and yellow; golden and silver and metallic coloured―bangles were what were most conspicuously on view at the Teej Festival (actually a fair) held from July 30 to August 2, 2009, at the World Trade Centre in Tripureswar, Kathmandu.