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Hiking to Shivapuri

Route Shivapuri Nagarjun >> Nagi Gumba >> Budhanilkantha
Date November 23, 2019
Coordinator Yushan Bhattarai and Prayusha Acharya
Participants Aashish Sapkota, Abhiskar Acharya, Anish Poudel, Aavash Dhakal, Benit Shrestha, Karma Gurung, Biraj Shahi, Nirdesh Pandey, Sandharva Subedi, Srijal Ulak, Shardul Lamichhane, Princy Jaiswal, Riya Jha, Ashraya Banskota, Prayusha Acharya, Sagina Maharjan, Saurav Shrestha, Spandan Bhattari, Rupesh Tamang, Yushan Bhattarai
Report By Princy Jaiswal
Photos By Aashish Sapkota
Creative Support Moon Shrestha

Hiker Princy Jaiswal Princy Jaiswal

On November 23, Saturday, the Hiking Club organized a day hike from Shivapuri National Park to Nagi Gumba. We gathered on the premises of the Deerwalk complex at 8:30 am to begin our second hiking experience. We were very excited about the hike. Our bus departed at 8:45 am with 16 Grade XI students, a teacher and 4 Hiking Club Members of Grade Xll.

After traveling on the bus for around 45 minutes to an hour, we reached Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park at 9:30 pm, the initial point of our hike. Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park is the ninth national park in Nepal and was established in 2002. It is located in the country’s mid-hills on the northern fringe, 32 km away from Kathmandu Valley and named after Shivapuri Peak of 2,732 m (8,963 ft) altitude. It covers an area of 159 km2 in the district of the Nuwakot and Sindhupalchowk adjoining 23 Village Development Committees. In the west, the protected area extends to the Dhading District. The view was very attractive, so we took some pictures and started our journey by walking through the forest. We enjoyed the scenic beauty and moved toward Nagi Gumba.

After walking for 3 hours we reached our destination Nagi Gumba and it was about 12:30 pm. It was a beautiful monastery. We saw a lot of monkeys there. Monkeys seemed to be in love with this monastery very much. We saw the monastery very clean and beautiful. Nagi Gumba is one of the popular monasteries, with spellbinding atmosphere, cool breeze and zen vibes flowing endlessly. This is the only Monastery for nuns, where about 200 Nuns practice Buddhism, and even foreigners often visit here for meditation. This monastery lies at an altitude of 2330m, 13 km away from Kathmandu and above Budhanilkantha Temple. Undoubtedly, Nagi Gumba will serve as the perfect place to re-energize your tired body, mind, and soul. There are benches kept around the wide field. A glimpse of the simple life lived here by the nuns in service of the monastery and its visitors will please your hearts. You will see grown women and little girls wrapped in a red sari, yellow shirt and red shawl living the life of an ‘Aani’, a Buddhist nun. They have warm hospitality, humble words, and a beautiful smile to give you, always and anytime! Since only nuns live here, this place is also known as Ani Gumba. Ani Gumba is not only a monastery, but also a residential school for young nuns. They are being taught the wise words of Lord Buddha, soulful prayers, and all about a simple, yet suffice lifestyle. Not only that, the school equips the nuns with all the knowledge of the world of maths and science as well. We spent quality time in the monastery and took some pictures. Then we moved towards Budhanilkantha. After walking for 2 hours we reached within the premises of the Budhanilkantha temple. On our way back to college, we had our lunch at the Airport Sekuwa Corner near Chakrapath. It was very wonderful hiking and we had a new experience in our lives.