In the morning, we have an option to hike to Indra Gufa (Cave), which is 2-3 hrs two-way trip from Kaule. Indra Gufa is a famous cave in the region. While trekking back from Indra Gufa we also can visit a small multi-cultured village of Dangshi Marang. The village manifests diverse cultures of Newars, Damais, Kamis and Brahmins. If we plan to skip this morning hike to Indra Gufa, the day’s trek is relatively short. We begin the trek from Kaule along the descending trail to a small marketplace of the region, Ramkot. From Ramkot we tread on the descending jungle trail to Sarke Bhanjyang. Sarke Bhanjyang has couple of abandoned houses. From Sarke Bhanjyang, the trek begins to climb up through the dense jungle over the stony steps all the way to Mohoria. This part of the trek is fascinating. Gradual walk uphill along the forest trail, encounters the natives, witnesses the lifestyle of mid-hill Nepal (people collecting timbers) and sights several species of colorful birds. Almost ninety minutes of uphill walk through the forest brings us to another small mid-hill settlement of Mohoria. We have our lunch at Mohoria. Mohoria is small and organized village in the region. After the lunch at Mohoria, we hike up along the stony steps to a small Monastery. The view from the Monastery includes the panorama of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna Ranges, Lamjung Himal and Gorkha Peak. Then we slide down quickly from the monastery, tread for five minutes along the motor-road and then enter the trails inside the woods via a volleyball court. Now, walking through the forest trails offers us an opportunity to sight many species of colorful birds. We walk through this forest trail for almost forty-five minutes. The final push to Chisapani stretches along the trail on the right that goes vertically up on the stony steps. As we reach the top, we see a small temple in the middle of the jungle. Trekking further on a leveled trail, we arrive to Chisapani. Chisapani is a small Gurung Village, which offers the great views of Himalayas, hills and terraced fields. It is also a culturally rich Gurung Village. Plus, the sunset view from Chisapani is fascinating. The wonderful pattern of the green Hills cuddling to each other and the last hill seen on the horizon changing its color when sun sets is a wow view from Chisapani. We will stay today at Chisapani in the home-stay lodges operated by the locals.
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I was to meet Bhole Nath (Another name for Shiva) again, this time in Kathmandu, Nepal at the Pashupatinath Temple. Here, the temple is crowded with animals like monkeys, goats, sheep, birds and hen. There was a huge sculpture of Nandi made of brass just inside the temple. The sadhus pray for pujas and hawan. I walked around the temple and found a huge pond right in the middle of the temple. The pond is made out of brick walls and inside is green muddy water. At the interior of the pond, there is a huge statue of Shiva covered with serpents which is a majestic sight. I bought some rudraksh beads from there. Each rudraksh were different from others. One of the notable ones among them is called Do Mukhi Rudraksh, the two-faced rudraksh beads. Another one I found peculiar was the Panch Mukhi, the rudraksh with five heads. I sat down with the pujari of the temple and did my father’s shraaddha. I prayed for his soul to rest in peace and asked for his forgiveness. Doing this in one of the holiest places pleased me and I was happy. I could now move ahead in life without a huge burden on my shoulders.
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Best time to visit - October- April
Often called as the "Queen of all Hill Stations", this is one of the most popular in the whole world. This place is wrapped by everything beautiful nature has blessed the Earth with. Darjeeling is located in the lap of the Mountain Kanchenjunga and crowned by the mighty Himalayas, there is tranquility everywhere you see. There is the bright red hue of blooming rhododendrons, the peaceful white of the magnolias and also the silvery white firs all spread over the hills and the stretches of hills covered with the emerald color tea bushes. If you are out during the early mornings, the clouds will cross across your face. This is a perfect place for a tourist, ornithologist, trekker, a photographer and children too. The famous toytrain of Darjeeling is now a Heritage of Bengal. The other nearby attractions are Mirik, Mall, Batasia Loop, Kurseong, Kalimpong and Dooars Valley. A trip to this beautiful place is sure to fetch you a lot of memories to be etched in your heart forever.
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Day 5 was my day of facing my fear. My fear of heights. It had rained very hard the whole of last night so we received a message from the paragliding company that they might have to cancel the flight. Secretly I was very happy about it. I registered but it didn't come through because of the weather. Yes, no one could blame me now for being a wimp but then things panned out differently. We went to the paragliding office at the designated time and they said the weather condition has improved so the flight is on. Damn! My heart drowned. I put up a brave face and hopped on to the car with a few other passengers and the pilots. Once we reached atop the valley (from where we had to take off) we were informed that we will be given enough time to prepare ourselves mentally however my pilot (Patrick from France) decided that we will be the first ones to jump as the wind was strong and the weather could get worse so he didn't want to waste any time and started preparing for the jump. I froze. Patrick started harnessing me and asked me to run as fast as possible when we hit the edge of the valley. I literally froze at the edge but it was too late by then. I was pushed by my pilot and within the next five seconds I was flying with the birds in the middle of that ravishingly green valley. I felt liberated. I felt happy. I was so numb with happiness that I couldn't react. I just surrendered myself to that moment of unbelievable happiness.
285 Kms from Chisapani
Best time to visit - September to December
Gangtok is the capital city of the north Indian state of Sikkim. Built up as a Buddhist journey site in the 1840s, the city got to be capital of an autonomous government after extinction of British principle, however it joined India in 1975. Today, it remains a Tibetan Buddhist focus and a base for climbers sorting out licenses and transport for treks through Sikkim's Himalayan mountain ranges. Settled inside higher crests of the Himalaya and relishing a year-round gentle calm atmosphere, Gangtok is at the center point of Sikkim's tourism industry. The accommodation business is the biggest business in Gangtok as the city is the main base for Sikkim tourism. Summer and spring seasons are the most prominent visitor seasons. Large portions of Gangtok's occupants are utilized specifically and in a roundabout way in the tourism business, with numerous inhabitants owning and working in Hotels. Ecotourism has risen as an essential monetary action in Gangtok which incorporates trekking, mountaineering, stream rafting and other practices.
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My base camp for most part. Interestingly more chaotic that any other part of Bihar I'd been to
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I liked the Patan Durban Square cultural heritage.
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Later, proceed for an excursion to Bhaktapur, home of medieval art and architecture. It is also known as the 'City of Devotees' Bhaktapur is the third largest city in the Kathmandu Valley with a majority population of local Newars and is famous for its pagodas and temples dedicated to Hindu deities.Request A Call Back
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Once the capital of the Magadha Empire which later evolved to become the Mayryan Empire, Rajgir is a valley surrounded by hills. This is a very important seat of Buddhist worship in Nalanda, Bihar. Hinduism and Jainism are also practised by many out here. Rajgir, earlier known as Rajagriha or the King's home is also known to be a winter health retreat. This is because of the number of pools and natural springs here filled with warm water which have therapeutic values and goo for healing many bone and skin diseases too. The Buddha Temple here is also encompassed with a monastery and is a popular place for meditation. The white colour is a symbol of peace and the gold colour used for the spire of the temple is to show eternity and good taste. The Buddha idol inside has some magic in it that you want to keep on looking at it. The typical peaceful atmosphere of a Buddhist Temple is also found here and this is the prime attraction of this town.