2016 visit to Nepal, who wants to join? I will always be going at least for a few days, alone the flight from Bhutan to Nepal along the Himalayan chain is each time a breathtaking experience. And yes, I do have many friends and family in Kathmandu as well. And yes, the shopping is great too. And yes, there is always a way to contribute to the people who are in need. If you would like to go you can contact me for more details.
A CALL FROM THE HEART ! Give the estimated 1 Million plus children who are displaced and looking for shelter a chance.
Through my longtime involvement in Nepal many of my friends ask me how to support directly. Thank you for trusting me and supporting those is dire needs.
Time is crucial and help is needed and yes, bamboo is the way to go. As many of you know have been involved in the bamboo world since over 20 years and truly believe in the lumber of the future and how it can help right now in Nepal.
I have known Nripal Adhikari personally since many years and have worked with him in Bhutan, Nepal and India in different bamboo projects.
Nripal Adhikary, founder of ABARI, (adobe and bamboo research institute), and his team are working tirelessly making and delivering canvas-and-bamboo tents to families and areas in remote locations in Gurkha and Lamjung that have limited links to conventional relief routes.
These tents are for setting up temporary shelter and medical camps – all the more important since Monsoon is underway. ABARI needs money to bring materials to build tents. Through the massive scale of this disaster, shelters are going to be the most important part of re-building across one of the world’s most difficult terrains.
It is impressive how Nripal’s team has been responding directly to calls for help and I know they will have long-term presence post-relief, during reconstruction and rehabilitation because of their general commitment to providing ecologically sustainable low-cost housing in Nepal.
You can donate to the amazing relief work of abari.org via
Mega bank Pvt. Ltd Name on Account: abari bamboo and earth initiative Street Address of Bank: kantipath Account No.: 0010010252374 City: Kathmandu ABA or SWIFT No.: MBNLNPKA
May Nepal rebuild with bamboo, earth quake safe, with a sustainable and ecological building approach. Nepal has the bamboo already growing in it’s country. I truly trust
….. and as you all know I am leaving in a bamboo house since many years…. and I am grateful.
Below one more organization I would like you to get to know and consider for a donation.
MOUNTAIN PEOPLE NGO ~ Help Nepal – step by step!
I am also a long time friends with Uttam Phuyl and David Durkan founders and directors of the Mountain People NGO. I know both of them since many years and have seen all the work they have accomplished and are in progress. Mountain People went in to action and established an operation center witch is in full swing! They work on a volunteer basis, with minimum administrative costs, and their present aim is to contribute to the re-building of Nepal. They have long term experience, knowledge,
diverse skills, a wide contact network, and a passion for the country and its people.
In Kathmandu we have established a joint ‘centre’ at Hotel Moonlight, Thamel, with safe storage for medicine, materials and purifying tablets. My friend Uttam is the CEO of this hotel and I know his heart and intentions.
Mountain People www.mountain-people.org
Bank: Mountain People Norway (org. 00914795117)
1. All donations will receive a receipt – from MP-Nepal – a registered NGO/charity.
2. All donations/expenditures will be controlled by an independent accountant.
3. Do send this on to others you feel may wish to contribute to a small organisation – do not be shy!!
If you mention my name, I will personally follow up with any of your contributions.I hope you can help in providing relief in giving from your heart. Yes, step by step Nepal will heal and
Please share the information of earthquake proofed housing with bamboo, the way to go in the future.
Thank you! And you are welcome to contact me anytime.
Last year trip got cancelled, and yet a few of us went anyway. Our journey turned out to be completely different then we all expected and YET totally fulfilling in everyone’s heart.
October 20th to 25th, 2015
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(If you would like to combine the Nepal and Bhutan Journeys, please click here for the Bhutan Itinerary
Tuesday, October 20th Kathmandu
An unforgettable flight from Paro/Bhutan along Mount Everest and other majestic Himalayan mountains to Katmandu/Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). We will be picked up and escorted to the Hotel, where we will get ready for a new cultural experience.
Check in, relax, have some dinner at the hotel.
Wednesday, October 21st, Kathmandu
We will have breakfast together and get to know each other. After that we will enjoy a day of relaxed sightseeing. While browsing around Kathmandu’s Durbar Square we will visit Hanuman Dhoka, the historic palace named after the monkey God, Hanuman.
Hanuman Dhoka is the historic seat of royalty. The Kings of Nepal are crowned inside its courtyard. There is a statue of King Pratap Mall sitting on the stone pillar in the front and the temple of Jagannath, built in the medieval period. Within the walking distance you will find the tall temple of Taleju from 1549 AD, the large stone
statue of Kal Bhairav, the God of destruction, the Big Bell and Big Drum, and Hindu Lord Shiva with his consort Parvati peeping from the window. We will visit the temple of Kumari, the residence of the Living Goddess. Kumari means “the
virgin girl,” who is selected from a devout Buddhist family. The building has profusely carved wooden balconies and window screens.
Next a very interesting temple is Kasthamandap, which is believed to be built from a single tree trunk. The name Kathmandu is derived from this temple.
Evening: we decide together what’s up and we would like to do. Certainly many offerings in this city.
Thursday, October 22nd, Katmandu
After Breakfast we will be visiting Swoyambhunath, which is also known as the Monkey Temple. Swoyambhunath literally means ‘Self-Existent One.’ Swoyambhunath is believed to have been established more than 2,500 years ago. An inscription dated 460 A.D. states that the construction was carried out by King Mandeva. By the thirteenth century Swoyambhunath had developed into an important Buddhist learning site.
The history of Kathmandu Valley is said to have started with the beginning of Swoyambhunath. The largest image of the Sakyamuni Buddha in Nepal is in a monastery next to the Stupa. Behind the hilltop is a temple dedicated to Manjushree of Saraswati – the goddess of learning. Statues and shrines of Buddhist and Hindu deities dot the Stupa complex. Large numbers of Buddhists and Hindus alike visit Swoyambhunath.
Swoyambhunath is perhaps the best place to observe the religious harmony in Nepal. The Stupa is atop a hill, and requires considerable walk. There is also a road that leads almost to the base of the statue. The Dewa Dharma Monastery, noted for a bronze icon of Buddha and traditional Tibetan.
The remainder of the day is free to explore the surrounding area or simply relax at the hotel or get a massage.
Friday, October 23rd, Kathmandu
After breakfast we will be visiting the ancient city of Patan, also known as Lalitpur, which means city of fine arts, which lies 5 km to the south of Kathmandu. The whole complex of Durbar Square consists of different sections of ancient palace like Sundari Chowk (beautiful court yard) where exquisite windows and door carving are seen and the Tushahity (Royal Bath) a master piece of stone carvings and others are Mul Chowk (main court yard), Keshav Narayan Chowk. In front of the palace in the main square there is a statue of King Narendra Malla sitting on the stone pillar. Next to the pillar there is a famous Krishna Mandir temple with 21 pinnacles built all in stone. This is said to be a Shikhara architect from India. Rest you will see several pagoda style temples, like the temple of Bhimsen, and the public bath, dragon headed spout and the water runs 24 hours. There are also many other famous Buddhist temple like Hiranya Verna, Maha Vihar (the Golden temple) and Maha Bouddha with ten thousands Buddha’s images. Most of the people of Patan city are Buddhists. Patan is also very famous in its artwork. There are many fine craftsmen in Patan who produce bronze/brass art work in different images/statues of Hindu/Buddhist Gods and Goddesses, silver jewelries, wood carvings, Most of the handicrafts you see in the local shops of Katmandu valley are produced in Patan.
After the lunch we will be visiting Pasupahtinath, where devotees, pilgrims and wandering saddhus (holy men) gather. The temple of Lord Shiva –with two-tiered golden roof and four silver doors situated five kilometer east of Kathmandu is situated at the bank of Bagmati River. This is being a holy place of pilgrimage attracts tens of thousands of Hindu pilgrims every year in spring. At the bank of Bagmati River one can also observe the cremation-taking place.
The remainder of this evening is free for you to explore the surrounding area or simply relax at the hotel.
Saturday, October 24th, Katmandu
After breakfast we are leaving for Bhouda.
We take time to walk around Boudhanath (Boudha) stupa, the largest in Nepal and one of the largest in the world. Boudha is also the centre of Tibetan culture in Nepal and a wonderfully vibrant, interesting community. This is a very special place and sitting in one of the roof top cofe shops, watching the many pilgrim prostrating and circumblulation the Stupa, is a very moving. We will visit my Tibetan/Muslim healer and get foot massages, acupuncture and pampering and healing time you will like never forget. I saw many miraculous healing, including myself.
The remainder of this evening is free for you to and get ready for you depature the next day. Of course we will have our farewell time together and celebrate.
Sunday, October 25th, Kathmandu – home
If you would like to stay a few days longer with Kutira, you are welcome to let her know. She can arrange your stay in the hotel.
After breakfast, it’s time to check out of the hotel and transfer to the International airport for when ever your International flight is leaving.