October 15, 2012



(from Sanskrit शान्तिः śāntiḥ) means peace, rest, calmness, tranquility, or bliss.

This past weekend I hiked up to Namobuddha, a renowned and scenic monastery situated in the mountains. Along the way we got to experience genuine Nepal; limited English and extremely poor and rural living conditions. The Nepalese countryside is a myriad of slaughtered kites on telephone wires and a collection of abandoned shoes on dusty pathways and roads. Cows roam freely as the air gets cleaner, away from the bustling cityscape.

It's difficult to not feel content once nearing the majestic and opulent monastery that is Namobuddha. The exhaustion and frustration from a day spent in the unforgiving sun, steeped over intense uphills, quickly faded away as the sunset rolled in from the distant hills roundabout the proud edifice. "One of the three holiest Tibetan pilgrimage sites south of the Himalayas", says the Rough Guide, Namobuddha is definitely worth a visit when in Nepal.

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