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Nepal is an amazing country. In it, many legends and fairy tales are connected with reality. The greatest religions have intertwined roots here and created many memorable and sacred sites. Many great Buddhist masters, yogis and hermits have long lived in Nepal. If you are interested in feeling the sacredness and power of such places yourself and touching fantastic stories, then we offer you a section dedicated to a journey through secret and obvious places of power.

It is simply impossible to cover them all.

Naar & Phu, the lost valleys

In the Indian epic there are words: whoever saw the Himalayas at least once, he purified his karma. So keep in mind that all trekking and climbing in Nepal is travel to holy places that grant cleansing.

In the south of Nepal in terraces 500 BC. Shakyamuni Buddha was born. Lumbini is not only a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists. Many Buddhist temples from different countries of the world are built here, the place of birth is marked by the column of Ashoka, who installed it here 250 years BC. The huge Bodhi tree is a direct descendant of the one under which Maya Devi gave birth – the mother of Buddha, the pool in which she bathed after giving birth, the remains of the city of Kapilavastu, in which the Buddha was born. A trip to Lumbini is not only a pilgrimage, but also an educational tour that will introduce you to the Buddhist cultures of different peoples. It is very good for practitioners of any practice to stay here for a few days and spend a few days in an atmosphere of silence and awe.

There is a very unusual place in the Annapurna area – Muktinath.
Muktinath – can be translated as – a place where one gets liberation, mukti is a synonym for nirvana. There is a Buddhist temple in this place, which is more than 2000 years old. And all this time, a blue-violet flame burns in the stone niches of the temple – a natural eternal fire emerging from the bowels of the earth to an altitude of almost 4000 m above sea level. Here you can hear the noise of an underground river, formed by 108 springs surrounding the Vishnu temple.

Despite such a height, many Indian pilgrims come to visit these temples every year.
You only need to have a sleeping bag with you, however, there are loggias that have grown to hotels and offer bed linen. A warm jacket will not hurt you either, because Tibetan cold winds love to walk along Kali Gandaki, and the height of Muktinath is 3800 m.

You can visit Muktinath either by trekking around Annapurna, passing through the Thorong La pass, or by flying from Pokhara to Jomsom. Here it is advisable to spend 2 nights of acclimatization in Jomsom and Kagbeni, and then climb to Muktinath on foot or by horse. Most Indian pilgrims come here by jeep, but then it is not worth spending the night in Muktinath, as altitude sickness can seriously affect your health. On the fifth day, with a morning flight, you can return to warm Pokhara. If you have one more day in reserve, then you can take a bus to Tatopani, where there are hot pools with natural healing water, and the next day, after driving to Beni, return to Pokhara.

In the upper Mustang, the Ghar gompa temple is considered by many to be the first Buddhist monastery founded even before Samye. The fact is that Guru Rimoche went to Tibet at the invitation of the Tibetan king through these places in order to preach Buddhism here. He stayed in the Chungsi cave, where now you can see spontaneous, that is, created by nature, many chortens, relics, sculptures of deities of the Buddhist pantheon.

If you walk around Annapurna, then in the Manang region, without reaching the Braga rerevushka, you can climb to a Buddhist monastery, near which there is a cave where Milarepa meditated.

There are interesting places in the well-known area of ​​Solo Khumbu (Everest). For example, in the village of Khumjung there is a cave of Padma Sambhava, the Tengboche monastery was founded according to the prediction of Sagnva Dojrdje, known in particular for the fact that during meditations in these mountains, the yeti brought him food, and when the yeti died, the lama buried him, and gave the scalp to the monastery Pangboche (now, the scalp of the yeti is in Khumjung, possibly the same). In one of his subsequent reincarnations, Father Sangwa Dorje founded the Tengboche monastery. Now its abbot Tengboche Rinpoche Lama is the reincarnation of the founder of the monastery. And above the village of Dingboche, on the side of the mountain, you can see a small hut decorated with Buddhist flags, where the monks of the monastery pray from time to time. Near it you can find a stone with the footprint of a heavenly snow lion, on which the goddess Miyo-Langsangma rides, manifesting herself in the body of Mount Everest.

In the Himalayan mountains there are many caves and other shrines known only to monks. Perhaps one of the most important holy places in Nepal is Lapchi. Snow Mountain Lapchi is located in the eastern part of Nepal, at an altitude of about 4850 m. And is the seat of the energy of the Mandala-Palace of the Great Lord of the Guardians of the Chakrasamvara Order, it is also an exceptionally holy place, which was blessed by such great Masters of meditation as Padmasambhava and Saraha. The awakened Yogin Milarepa (1040-1123) meditated for many years in the snowy Lapchi mountains.

It is extremely difficult to get here – the trail, laid along the steep river bank, is annually washed away by monsoon rains. To get through here you need to have not only good health and coordination, but also strong nerves. In addition, Lapchi is located on the border with Tibet, so special permits and permits are required to visit this area. You can also fly by helicopter, but the height of the foot, where the Geshelink monastery is built, is 4100 m above sea level, so you need to acclimatize first. Milarepa’s cave is located on the side of the mountain. This is an amazing place – the power and sacredness of which is felt here clearly and clearly. There are retreat houses where practice (solitary meditations under the supervision of a teacher) is held for up to 3 years. Perhaps after a while a road will be built here, which was started five years ago, then Lapchi will become accessible to many, and retreats will be moved to more distant places.

To the northeast of Kathmandu, near the city of Charikot, is Mount Kalinchok (3850 m). Kalinchok is a watershed between two large rivers of Nepal: San Kosi and Tampa Kosi. Powerful underground springs feed these rivers. Since ancient times, the place was considered a cult place for local shamans, where they performed their rituals. The altar of the god Shiva was built on the top of the mountain. The mountain offers beautiful views of the Himalayan ridge with the peaks Garishankar, Cho Oyu, Ganesh Himal. This route passes through sparsely populated areas of northeastern Nepal, so the organization of such trekking is possible only with a large number of attendants. A whole caravan of porters will accompany the group. They will carry tents for living, a canteen tent, a kitchen tent, a toilet tent, a supply of food and fuel. The cook and his assistant will provide hot meals in the overnight stays. Trekking in the Kalinchok region is a real Himalayan expedition. The march starts from the town of Charikot (1980m) for the first two days there is an ascent to Mount Kalinchok (3850m), then three days of descent with small ascents lead to the valley of the Tampa Kosi River and along the valley of the river the group will return to the town of Charikot. From Kathmandu to Kathmandu, the route takes only 9 days.

Maratika – the cave of immortality – has been mentioned in records since the 12th century as a sacred place. Here Padma Sambhava and Mandarava – the Indian princess – the wife of Guru Rinpoche – practiced the doctrine of long life and reached the level of vidyadhara, i.e. were able to realize it by letting fiery energies into their bodies. Maratika is located in the Khotang region of Nepal, 185 km southwest of Mount Everest. From Kathmandu you need to fly to Lamidanda, and then a day trip to the cave, where you can meditate. Not only Buddhists, but also Hindus make pilgrimages here, considering the cave to be the abode of Shiva. The cave is located near the village of Khaleshi or Halase, so you need to ask for directions exactly here. There are no hotels or guesthouses nearby, so you need to stock up on a tent or spend the night in a simple teahouse with other pilgrims.

The sacred place Namo Buddha is located near Kathmandu. In the biographies of Buddha Shakyamuni, you will find an episode about one of his past lives. As the son of King Maharatha, he was walking in the forest and saw a hungry tigress and newly born tiger cubs dying of hunger. His compassion was so great that he gave his body to be devoured by the tigress. On the remains of the Mahasattva – that was the name of the prince then – was built a snow-white stupa Takmo Lujin, which means the body given to the tigress.
Nearby is a small shrine at the site where the Buddha donated his body.
Namo Buddha can be reached on foot from Dhulikela. A walk along rice fields, copses and small villages will take about 2 hours, you need to take a guide. You can drive up by car almost to the stupa itself, which is located 30 km north of the capital on the top of a hill.

Parping is one of the main pilgrimage sites in Nepal. Here, inside the mountain there is the Asura (Yanglesho) cave, where Padmasambhava reached the level of mahamudra and subdued the demonic forces that threaten the life of Nepal. As a sign of a high state of realization, he left his palm mark on the rock. Many yogis and monks come here to meditate, knowing the enormous power of the blessings of this place. Nearby is the Vajrayogini temple, built by the Nevars in the 17th century. There is also a Saraswati temple, as the Hindus call it, or tara, which corresponds to Buddhist canons. The image on the rock is self-manifested and from year to year it becomes more and more distinct.
There are also monasteries and a retreat center built by Tulku Urgyen R.

Parping is one of the main pilgrimage sites in Nepal. Here, inside the mountain there is the Asura (Yanglesho) cave, where Padmasambhava reached the level of mahamudra and subdued the demonic forces that threaten the life of Nepal. As a sign of a high state of realization, he left his palm mark on the rock. Many yogis and monks come here to meditate, knowing the enormous power of the blessings of this place. Nearby is the Vajrayogini temple, built by the Nevars in the 17th century. There is also a Saraswati temple, as the Hindus call it, or tara, which corresponds to Buddhist canons. The image on the rock is self-manifested and from year to year it becomes more and more distinct.
There are also monasteries and a retreat center built by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, where practitioners can conduct their training and meditation.
From Kathmandu you can take a taxi or scooter. The road is very picturesque and beautiful, it will take you about an hour.

Also, the main places of pilgrimage are the stupas Boudnath and Swayambunath, and for Hindus – Pashupatinath and for worshipers of Vishnu – Buddanilkantha and Changu Narayan.

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