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By LB THAPA FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM If you are a visitor to Pokhara then you can experience Taya Macha tradition at most because Taya Macha culture is only practiced in Pokhara and not any other places in Nepal. Though the Kathmandu valley is the home of Newari culture and tradition, the tradition of Taya Macha culture was first conceived, practiced and popularized by Newari people of Pokhara. Want to know more about Taya Macha tradition…? Let’s continue reading this areticle… During Taya Macha man get dressed like woman and make fun around. Photo: Thikthak.com Nepal is well known for her rich culture and traditional history that has been practiced since time immemorial. Each community has its distinct culture which is unique and discernible. Nepal’s rich cultural diversity is manifested in various forms. Newari culture perhaps stands out singularly of being the most rich, scintillating and awe-inspiring. The Newar community of…

Devi’s Falls is a popular tourist place. The best way to visit Devi’s Falls is on mountain bikes, which are ubiquitous at Lakeside. If the weather is pleasant then you can also walk up to Devi’s Falls, it is hardly 3km away from Lakeside. So, let’s visit to Devi’s falls…   By LB THAPA FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM Patale Chhango or Devi’s Falls is one of the deepest caves in Asia. This waterfall was first explored in 1970 by the B.K.R.E Himalaya, and later explorations were made in 1980 and 1982 by D.Gebauer (Atlas of the Great Caves of the World). According to the book the Patale Chhango measures 48 metres deep and 1479 metres long. The gushing waters of Fewa Lake travel through roughly 1 kilometer long tunnel to converge with the Phusre Khola (river). Speleologists like D.Gebauer discovered that Patale Chhango created the Gupteswor Cave some 5 to 6 hundred…

The history of Nepali stone sculpturing is rich and famous…Thierry Lauwers, leading stone sculptor of Belgium Thierry Lauwers is a frequent visitor to Nepal. Last time he had been to Nepal in 2013 to participate in International Sculpture Symposium held in Pokhara. The symposium was jointly organized at Komagane Park, by Nepal Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and Pokhara Sub Metropolitan City (PSMPC). That was the first time that any international level symposium was organized in Pokhara. The symposium was attended by senior sculptors of 15 countries including India, Japan and Belgium. Thierry Lauwers is a famous stone sculptor of Belgium. He was born into a family of renowned stone sculptors. His father and grandfather both of them were well-known stone sculptors in Belgium. Lauwers continued his family tradition and took stone sculpture one step further and earned an international recognition. Today Thierry Lauwers has been successful to establish his…

OFF THE BEATEN TREK I strongly suggest the visitors to Pokhara to include this place in their menu of Pokhara sightseeing. You don’t need any guide to visit this place. Take mountain bike from Lakeside and paddle comfortably from Lakeside to Lampatan, about 5km away from Lakeside. You don’t have to pay any entrance fee to visit Livestock Development Farm (LDF). I’m sure your next two hours will spend in full of excitement and curiosity. So, want to know more about this place? Let’s read this article and explore more… By LB THAPA FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM Livestock Development Farm (LDF) at Lampatan, Pokhara is the only leading government undertaking livestock development farm in the western region of Nepal. It has been working in the field of livestock development for the last five decades. The LDF was established by the help of New Zealand government in 1960. Since then the farm has…

By LB THAPA FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM From 1975 to 1990 Lebanon was involved in hostility, bloodshed and war. It cost many innocent lives and the loss of property was beyond imagination. The war was so intense and disastrous that, it took lives of hundreds of thousands of people and many of them maimed for life. By the time warring factions realized that the war would not bring peace; they agreed for talks and eventually peace established. History is witness that wars invariably failed to resolve problems in the world. War has only aggravated the situations from bad to worse. War had reduced Lebanon to rubble. Photo: Lebanon Tourism Ministry Almost all roads in Beirut were damaged by heavy bombarding. Photo: Lebanon Tourism Ministry Dany Haber, a local resident of Beirut, Lebanon, is with his wife and daughter. Photo: LB Thapa I lived in Lebanon for a few years. During my stay…

By LB THAPA FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM Whether you are domestic tourists or foreign visitors to Pokhara, if you want to experience adventure, excitement and pristine nature all at the same time then waste no time. Go to Lakeside, pick up mountain bikes and set out for Antighar. Antighar is a typical Gurung village, where live Gurung people since time immemorial. Though most local villagers of Antighar have already migrated to Pokhara city and some even immigrated abroad, still the village has maintained its tradition and culture intact. In the recent past, Babu Ram Gurung, a local resident of Antighar, who at present lives in London, the UK, funded to make a beautiful video song ‘RAMAILO ANTIGHAR’. This video song is all about the Antighar village. I recommend you to watch this video song before setting out for Antighar. The video song will help you to understand its culture, tradition and some…

By LB THAPA FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM It is believed that Hindu religion is over 12,000-year old. This should be one reason why in the past many countries were under the influence of Hindu religion. The Hindu religion and along Buddhism was spread as far as Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, Mauritius, Japan, China, Korea and Afghanistan. However, the influence of Hindu religion began dying down only after the rise of Muslim kings. The travelers to Bali, Indonesia can feast their eyes on amazing Hindu temples and the statues of Lord Vishnu and Lord Buddha. These temples and statues of Lord Vishnu and Lord Buddha can surprise every onlooker. There are several stone statues of Hindu gods, which are in different shape and sizes. These temples and the statues of Lord Vishnu and Lord Buddha make the underwater world spiritually lively. Most of the underwater stone statues are of Lord Vishnu and Lord…

By LB THAPA FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM Pokhara has always been eulogized for its mesmerizing beauty. Besides its majestic mountains and snow-clad Himalaya, Pokhara also offers a wide range of adventure sports. Power gliding and paragliding have already become much popular among tourists. Early in the morning, colorful powergliders and paragliders soar over the Fewa Lake and Sarangkot. Adventure lovers have one more reason to cheer about as one more thrill will be added to the list of adventure tourism—hot air ballooning! Visitors can now experience wonderful flights high above the Pokhara Valley in hot air balloons that rise above the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Lamjung ranges, leaving its passengers mesmerized. Professor Wolfgang Nairz, the man behind the ballooning concept in Pokhara, is an alpine consultant. “Ballooning is one hundred percent safe and secure because even if the burner goes out of order, the balloons descend slowly,” said Nairz, speaking at a program.…

By LB THAPA FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM Much has been talked and written about women empowerment. With the passage of time, new laws are also enacted to give power to them. The women have also been eulogized for their role in the society. Even Holy Scriptures have praised them with an open heart. In a Hindu society where a woman is regarded as Devi and Shakti, the most cherished symbol of love and creation. A woman is said to have a creative inspiration for the poets and artists. She has therefore been installed on the highest pedestal of reverence in our society. If all this is true then there should not be any wrong with the women of our society. But the reality is not what we see and read…it is rather different and sometimes painful as well. Her dignified status has been confined within the books. It is a pity that…

By LB THAPA FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM Adventure into the gushing water is the extreme form of adventure in the waters of Nepal. It is therefore white water rafting has been much popular among daredevils, who want to test the ultimate limit of their courage. The interesting fact is that now not only foreigners but Nepali youths have also started showing keen interest in white water rafting. The increasing numbers of Nepali and foreigners towards white water rafting has elated the tourism entrepreneurs in general and rafting companies in particular. Nabin Gurung has always been close to white water rafting business ever since he was a small boy. As a small kid in his village he had earned a nick name ‘Fishman’. He had spent all his childhood playing in the river. Nabin was born in Kuringhat, Chitwan, a village entirely located by the side of the Trishuli River. Even at the…

Holi may bring excitement to some, but for many it merely brings panic and horror…especially for young girls and women By LB THAPA FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM Fagu Purnima or Holi is the celebration of colors. The celebration of Holi reminds that how even almighty God’s boon failed to protect Holica, whose intention was laced with malice. This is what the story about Holica. Holica was blessed with a boon that no fire could harm her. In order to kill Prahlad, Holica agreed to take the boy with her into the blazing fire. She was sure the fire would not burn her as the boon had made her immune to fire. Holica sat on the piles of wood and a fire was lit. When the fire was subsided, to everyone’s surprise, Holica was nowhere to be seen. She had already been reduced to ashes, whereas Prahalad survived the ordeal unscathed. So, the…