Introduction to Namobuddha Trek
Namobuddha Trek is one of the easiest and most enjoyable treks near the Kathmandu Valley. This 2-day trip includes the historical places Namobuddha and Panauti.
Namo Buddha, by this name we can guess Lord Buddha is related to it. Yes, there is an artistic, well-preserved, and beautiful monastery situated on the hill. Namobuddha Trek is a great way to explore the traditional villages and holy sites near the southeast of Kathmandu city.
The monastery is located at an altitude of only 1750 meters above sea level. So you only have to climb 250 meters. Located at the top of the hill, this place offers 360-degree views of the valley below which makes it a popular trip among foreigners.
The area of the monastery is very peaceful where you can feel the positive vibrations flowing around the monastery and you are not allowed to make any noise around it. You can take pictures outside the monastery but it is strictly forbidden inside the monastery.
Namobuddha Trek, the third most important religious site for Buddhists in Nepal, attracts many devotees and tourists. The prayer flags attached to the pole at the highest point along the roof shining in the golden sun of the monastery are unspeakable. You can spend the night in Namo Buddha Gumba or any lodge outside.
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Vist Newar Community During Trek
Panauti is a small beautiful town located in the Kavre district inhabited by the Newar community. Although it is easy to reach Kathmandu in just one hour by local bus, the people here have been able to preserve their tradition and culture in a very sensitive way.
Here you can take a closer look at the traditional way of life of the Newar communities which are mostly occupied by this region. Apart from Newar, some communities of Tamang, Magar, and Arya communities also live in this area.
Cultivation of maize, potato, and soybean is the daily routine of the households in the area. The locals make a special kind of homemade liquor and the Tamang people welcome you with this. The strange thing about this place is that the people living in this city firmly believe that the city stands on a rock so disasters like earthquakes cannot affect the city.
Panauti organizes a fair every 12 years which is very famous by the Panauti Mela. Thousands of devotees from all over the country come here to observe the environment of the fair. Like Namobuddha, Panauti is also another small pilgrimage site.
Along the way of Namobuddha Trek, you will encounter small villages and farm areas where you can see locals working in the fields which provides a deep insight into village life in Nepal. If you want to stay the night, homestays are available with local organic food. Tea shops along the way invite you to relax with a refreshing cup of tea.
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