A little trivia, did you know this emoji🇳🇵is the flag of Nepal, the only country in the world that doesn’t have a rectangular national flag. I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t realise this and when I first arrived in Kathmandu I was wondering what flags were hanging out the front of the hotel 🤦🏽♀️ @visitnepalyear2020_official#visitnepal2020#nepalnow#experiencenepal
The Philosophy behind "Philosophy on the road"...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
During the years I was visiting Mysore, each year I would travel to a different region. Each year it would be somewhere different, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Orissa, up to Varanasi, Dharamsala and the Himalayan region. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I clearly remember the one year in went to Hampi. I’d walked up a mountain to the Temple of Hanuman from where you can survey the entire Vijayanagara Kingdom. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Standing on top of that mountain, I realised that because of the physical effort of getting up there, I’m never going to forget who Hanuman is. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I began to think that pilgrimage and walking to sacred places was probably the best way for Westerners to remember and absorb yogic philosophy. For years prior to that I had read about all the different deities, the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita. I could never really sort out the super complicated Hindu pantheon of Gods! But, by doing this sacred walking, I started to remember who they were. And that gave me the idea for a new module on my yoga trainings called “Philosophy on the Road” and for offering spiritual tours such as the "Himalayan Yoga Adventures". ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The next Philosophy on The Road module will be part of the 2020 Nepal 300h Yoga Teacher Training. https://www.eltonyoga.com/nepal-yoga-teacher-training/⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
For more information and to book onto the next Himalayan Yoga Adventure, click the link in my bio or visit: https://www.eltonyoga.com/what-i-offer/ #hya
The colours of Nepal 🌈 You’ll notice these prayer flags strung up around temples, stupas and all over the mountains. Each colour signifies an element: blue is sky, white is air, red is fire, green is water and yellow is the earth. They promote peace, compassion, strength and wisdom and create so much colour wherever they go.
Take a walk around our local markets, have a chat with the friendly locals & while you’re at it grab some fresh organic veggies 🥬 #visitnepal2020
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Nepal is nothing I’ve ever seen before. It’s warm and alive with colour and culture. There are traditions and beliefs that I find touching and beautiful. The kindness of it’s people have been so refreshing. There is so much to do here, I feel as if I’d never be bored. Exploring Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara have allowed us to see so much of what Nepal has to offer - and I already am keen to come back and see more!
This video highlights some of the sights and sounds of Nepal, as well as what we experienced on the trip.
The final stretch up from MBC to ABC which we had named our summit push, was the highlight of the trek. With each few metres ascent, the back face of Machhapuchre keeps getting bigger and you can see the whole of its base to the summit, as seen in this picture. Then on your front, the Annapurna range begins to appear as you reach in a bowl surrounded by mountains.
No photo or video can justify that feeling of being there. A must go for everyone who can.
Beneath the spiral stairway here is Nepal’s longest and most famous caves dedicated to Shiva and other deities. @visitnepalyear2020_official lead us all the way through the cave to the waterfall (Devi’s Falls). Also just noticed @samuelwines on the left there LOL
It was a trip of a life time. Thank You Nepal Tourism! With all the travel I'm fortunate to do with work, Nepal has been a country that blew my expectations clear out of the water. It's a country that I think most of us think only has the Himalayas and Everest. Our campaign with @visitnepalyear2020_official was to showcase everything but trekking and what other regions, climates and activities Nepal offers. I can't wait to show you what we filmed and I hope you get the chance to this stunning corner of the world. Thanks you to all the hotels, restaurants, tour companies and airlines that jumped on board this campaign. Of course thank you to @itsrehanshrestha. The man behind putting the whole concept together. An incredibly charismatic, patient and now good friend who managed to pull this all together. He truely showed us what Nepalese culture and hospitality was all about, and I can say this was evident through out the whole country, but especially engrained into his family. Again! Thank you and I was so fortunate to share this country and experience with others. @visitnepalyear2020official #visitnepal2020#nepalnow#experiencenepal#shaunbirleystyle#stylishtravel
The sun was rising quickly and we were huffing and puffing (well at least I was), trying to run up this mountain and find an area all to ourselves. Away from all the tourists and away from all the electricity poles 🙈 But just look at those snow capped peaks. Seriously can’t get over seeing the Himalayas in real life.
Namasté: The Nepali salutation of respect and reverence which translates to “My soul honours your soul. I honour the love, light, beauty, truth and kindness within you because it is also within me. In sharing these things there is no distance and difference between us. We are the same. We are one.” This Sanskrit word brings about the essence of Nepal, oneness, and an understanding of the true nature of reality.
At the start of my trip in Nepal I had a few days on my own in Kathmandu and really wanted to get out of the city. I ended up booking a day tour through the @klooktravel app and spent the day driving up into the mountains to visit a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. It’s home to over 250 monks and was such a unique experience getting to see where they study and live and the perfect introduction to Nepal. I wasn’t able to film in quite a few areas of the monastery, but you can see a little behind the scenes in my stories.
After enjoying the views over the rice fields so much we just had to go and get lost in them ourselves. / Nachdem wir den Blick über die Reisfelder so genossen haben, mussten wir einfach selbst in ihnen herum toben.
Chitwan valley is one of the most biodiverse regions in Nepal. Characterised by tropical and subtropical forests arpund 70 percent of park vegetative cover is Shorea robusta forest, a moist deciduous vegetation type. The remaining vegetation types include grassland, riverine forest and Shorea robusta with Pinus roxburghii. The later occurs at the top of the Churia range. The riverine forests consist of Acacia catechu, Dalbergia sisoo and Bombax ceiba. The grasslands are mainly located in the floodplains of the rivers and form a diverse and complex community with over 50 different types of grasses including the Saccharum spp. ⠀ 📸 @ShaunBirley ⠀ #VisitNepal2020#omgnepal#omg#ExperienceNepal#Chitwan#ChitwanNationalPark
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In the monastery we could talk to the monks about their schedule and beliefs and had a great view over rice paddies and the surrounding villages. / im Kloster konnten wir mit den Mönchen über ihren Stundenplan und ihren Glauben sprechen und hatten einen tollen Ausblick über die Reisfelder und umliegenden Dörfer.
Spent an afternoon wandering (somewhat lost!) around the colourful, maze-like streets of Thamel.
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Wild Honey Hunting
Being an age-old tradition in Nepal, honey hunting is one of the unique adventurous activities available in the country. Honey hunting can turn out to be a challenging adventure for those who have experience or adequate knowledge of rock climbing and are courageous to try this. Some of the popular honey hunting destinations in Nepal are located in Naya Gaun, Nai Chi, Ludhi, Pasgaon, Bhujung, and Dare.