We began walking in the lovely jungle trail inside the Annapurna Conservation Area and weather was supporting us by not becoming hot but the chances of rain was also being increased at the same time. Stone paved trail was covered with the fallen petals of Rhododendron making it the beautiful flower carpet and we were gradually gaining the altitude. After crossing few tea houses in Pothana the trail was steep until Deurali. We met different trekking groups on the trail and their typical 'Namaste' with smiling faces felt nice.The cloud covered the nearby hills and it started raining heavily; the temperature fell down too. We covered ourselves with raincoats and continued our journey towards Landruk in downhill path; we continued to get down and down until we reached a flat and motor able road. It was raining - sometimes heavy and sometimes light. During the heavy rain we stopped in the roadside tea shop in Tolkha to have tea and some biscuits. The relatively easy journey began again as the rain subsided.We were walking on the muddy way in light rain; a jeep going to Landruk reached us, which was carrying the day to day stuffs. As the rain was annoying us, we decided to jump on it to reach Landruk little earlier. As we reached the small yet beautiful village, we went to New Peaceful Guest House, asked for the room, kept our bags and went to roam around the village.
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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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I liked the Patan Durban Square cultural heritage.
190 Kms from Dhampus
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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1. AyodhyaTHEN: Ayodhya is where Lord Rama was born and where his 14-year journey in exile began after King Dashratha granted his youngest wife Kekayi her wish and banished Rama to the forest.
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Also known as Gorakhshpur, this is a town on the banks of the beautiful Rapti River. This is in the eastern part of the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is situated on the Nepal Border and is on the eastern side of the state capital of Lucknow. This place is also known for the Gorakhnath Temple or the Gorakhnath Math dedicated to Lord Shiva and thus is a Hindu worship place. The Buddhists also find importance here as Lord Buddha attained Parinirvana here and also breathed his last in Kushinagar which is near Gorakhpur. The great Saint Kabir, the poet is buried in Maghar, near Gorakhpur as well.