Nepal is the home of plethora of natural and cultural wonders. However, the country never got the much attention across the globe other than the mighty mountains. The major reason behind all these might be the presence of 8 mountains above eight thousands meter height out of 14 mountains across the globe including world’s tallest Mt. Everest. For most of the travelers Everest Base Camp Trekking, Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, Kathmandu Valley Tour and Pokhara Tour are the major and popular vacation packages. Minority of people are only well known of the varieties of the activities to do in Nepal other than trekking at those popular trekking routes of Nepal.
Travelers can enjoy the magnificent rural life of Nepal as well as get indulged within the cultural and traditional aspects of people. If you are looking for the different kind of tour which involves the rejuvenation of mind and soul then Yoga and Meditation Tour in Nepal is an ideal choice. Recently me and my father visited Nepal in order to get repose from the daily chores of life. We were so busy and involved in some of the feisty Wall Street works back in New York. We needed to revitalize our tired soul as we were stressed out. One of my friends suggested me to do the short trekking in Nepal and get the quality yoga sessions along with meditation for the wellbeing of soul and body. Therefore, last April both of us did vacation of Nepal. It was indeed the best vacation ever.
Immediately after we landed in Kathmandu was taken to our hotel in Thamel and we discussed our trip itinerary with the representatives of Karma Eco Adventure. We had given our requirements and to our great surprise the team prepared the best itinerary for us. It had monastery visit and meditation, short walking (it was more like a trekking) and amazing city tour of Lake City Pokhara. The arrival evening we had relaxing spa and early in the morning the following day we took the flight to Pokhara. The city indeed is the most vivacious because of the eateries, bars and shops. Moreover the quality time spent on the shores of Phewa Lake mirroring the Mt. Fishtail 6,993m. (Macchhapuchhre in local dialect) as well as Annapurna Mountain was my favorite. We met Mr. Lalking Ghale who was our official licensed Yoga instructor in the evening. He briefed us about the origin of Yoga and its uses. We knew some of the facts of Yoga back in States however the mythic and vedic origin of this ancient exercise techniques caught my imagination.
We did practiced and habituated the various positions of Yoga mainly Hatha Yoga (required us to hold each pose in just few breath), Vinyasa Yoga (dancing like movements), Ashtanga Yoga and Bikram Yoga during another 6 days of walking on the beautiful trail of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. Our Yoga instructor also taught us the ways to purify the soul and forget about all the hassles of life during meditation sessions which happened every evening and morning. We took the route of Ghandruk the first model village of Nepal in order to reach the Ghorepani Poon Hill passing by villages like Tadapani, Banthanti and Deurali. The green lush forests, chirping sound of birds and panoramic view of mountains helped us reinvigorate the creativity and enthusiasm in our life. We found out the true meaning of being close to nature. Remarkably the trip provided us the valuable lesson of living life simply and letting nature do the rest of the work.
The major highlight of the trip was the meditation and yoga at the Poon Hill (3210 m). We reached early in the morning in around 4:30 a.m. at the top of hill. As we waited for the sun to rise and bless upon us we did the splendid meditation and yoga. The cool breeze of the air coming from the enchanted snowcapped mountains and the fresh air of green lush forests really helped us increase our longevity. Once the sun rose the golden rays of sun wrapped the whole landscape and it really felt as if we are in fairyland.
Every day we had Yoga and Meditation sessions along with the regular trekking activities. Once we were back in Pokhara we did one day tour around the valley including the amazing paragliding over Phewa Lake from Sarangkot. Mysterious waterfall the Davis Falls and religious cave of Gupteshwor really contrived together to dazzle us. Thrill and excitement of walking inside the Bat Cave really chilled us and I still feel the goose bumps when I remember the exciting paragliding. In fact it was my first experience of doing the paragliding however my dad had done the paragliding in New Zealand. He told me that the paragliding in Nepal is spectacular than in New Zealand. We also took some time to do meditation in Peace Pagoda before relaxing ourselves at the clamor of Lakeside Pokhara.
After returning from Pokhara we requested the team of Karma Eco Adventure to arrange for the Day tour around the Kathmandu. We went to see the Swyambhunath Temple on the outskirts of Thamel where I felt amazed to see the religious harmony between Hinduism and Buddhism. However, the monkey sometimes bothered us. No wonder the temple is also sarcastically known across the globe as the Monkey Temple. We too visited the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES like Bouddhanath, Patan Durbar Square and Pashupatinath. Overall the trip of Nepal is really the most remarkable journey of my life.
Now sitting on my Sunday armchair I have slight smile on my face. I feel as if my creativity has increased. This is all due to the natural wonders, cultural grandeurs and spiritual significance which we got from the Poon Hill Trek, Pokhara Tour, Kathmandu Tour and Yoga Meditation sessions. I highly recommend any travelers visiting Nepal to do trekking as well as tour and incorporate the Yoga and Meditation sessions in your package.
I would definitely visit Nepal once again. I am planning to trek in the Everest Region. My next dream will soon materialize as I will leave my footprints on the base camp of world’s tallest mountain Mt. Everest (8,848m). Folks!!! Everest Base Camp Trek here I come.