‘Meditation: the act of giving your attention to only one thing, either as a religious activity or as a way of becoming calm and relaxed’ so with this intention we headed to our destination, Bhikkhu Sadhana Sthal located on the way to Raanibari from Mahadevbesi. Our journey started from Deerwalk premises at around 6 am. We had some light breakfast in Naubise, before heading towards our destination.
On 25th April 2015, Nepal was hit by the devastating earthquake with 7.8 magnitude scale taking the lives of more than 8000 people and affecting millions. Many historical sites and popular tourist destinations were affected. The lives of all Nepalese people changed in a few seconds after this destructive shake.
Despite all, Nepal is slowly recovering from this disaster. Many people all over the world united together and step forward to help Nepal. It has been hard, but the people here, have never lost hope. Now, Nepal is hoping to welcome tourists back to the country.
After having tea at Madhev Besi, we started our hiking by crossing a ‘jholunge pul’. During the hike, we rested a number of times and had beer, apples and oranges. We also discussed on many topics such as Hamro Party, Religion, Meditation, etc. I do remember one sentence Rudra dai stated,“I believe in Meditation which is scientifically proven but not in Sworga as described in every religion”.
Namobuddha is not an unfamiliar place for me because I have been there two times. But the thing that made this hike wonderful and amazing was “hike with friends”. This was my first hike and it was so much fun. I planned many times on joining the hike before, but I never gave my name.
The drive from Kagbeni to Chhusang was the most amazing part of our journey. The scenario just became more and more enthralling as we headed to Chhusang. None of us had expected Upper Mustang to be so beautiful and picturesque. The magnificence of the place mesmerized us. The geological formation of the region was one of a kind in Nepal. All the structures of hills and rocks had unique carving with symmetrical structures.
From Mahadev Besi, we went uphill to Thakre and Saat Ghumti where I inspected the premises of Bhikkhu Sadhana Sthal for post earthquake damages.
Our group was bound to Lyaklung Phedi, a remote village in Dhading, a district adjoining Kathmandu. Our mission was to conduct a field study of the damages brought to the village by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck Nepal on April 25.
We were about to reach our first destination “Bimalnagar” when we saw a part of a hill had fallen down. That was the moment when we found out that an earthquake had just shattered the whole country.We still didn’t have any idea about how big the quake was or what damages it had done.
The Changu Narayan temple is the historic temple found till date in Nepal and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu which is listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site.