Portraits of Nepal
“Namaste” – is the word that introduce you to a world that will most likely change your life. Nepal is a small Himalayan country in within you find spectacular landscape, mix of cultures, languages, religions and traditions. All that assorted with the inner beauty of the occupants makes Nepal one of the most exquisite, astonishing and fascinating destination in the world.
Nepal is home of the 8 of the world’s 14 tallest mountains, including the highest peak on earth, Mount Everest. Is also home more than 18 ethnic groups, more than 10 languages spoken (besides Nepali that is the official one), more than 6 religions with a population of 32 million inhabitants.
Even thou is world known because of the incredible, breathtaking landscapes, Nepal is all about people; their beauty through their way of being, their way of living, their believes. They are friendly and hospitable making anyone’s journey more comfortable.
My first trip to Nepal was a candid journey full with emotional and spiritual meaning that made my experience unique. Streets of Kathmandu were not new to me, as in chaotic and noisy traffic, full of old cars, motorcycles, trucks, circulating with absolutely no rules, at least not any known by me, because I’ve been before in India. What amazed me in Kathmandu were the architecture of the city with its amazing temples, exquisite monuments, sculptures and the famous Durbar square which is the cultural, religious and urban main point of the city.
However, the temple of Pashupatinath, located on the banks of the Bagmati River was extremely new. The temple and its surroundings introduced me in a new world, a new religion, a new culture. Pashupatinath is one of Lord Shiva’s temples and it’s considered one of the holiest places for Hindu people. I witnessed several funeral, i met and chat with Sadhu priests, known as holy people in Nepal. Was a great experience filled with an immense emotional touch.
After we left Kathmandu and Pashupatinath we went on Langtang trek, on which we discovered remote villages between the mountains where we could stay and chat with the locals learning more about their culture and traditions, about Nepali people, about the mountains and their mystical legends, more about this amazing country and its inhabitants.