Sunday 1st November – Last morning in Beautiful Boudhanath & Journey to Namo Buddha in The Himalayas…

It was great to see all the pictures on FB and Instagram of all of those of you who were celebrating Halloween! No such celebrations here but lots of other things to celebrate – being here in Nepal for a few more days to name but one ❤

This morning was our last day in Boudha and I made a point of getting up early enough to take part in the daily ritual of walking (always clockwise) around the stupa (Kora).

 

All ages and abilities take part in Kora each morning (and throughout the day)

From there I went straight to Meditation & Yoga which started 7am (a little later today). The room we practice in overlooks the stupa and the sounds I described in an earlier blog can be clearly heard as we practice enhancing the whole experience.
 

 

Breakfast followed and then we had a couple of hours before we were leaving for Namo Buddha. I’d purposely packed the previous night so that I could enjoy some time soaking in one last experience of the energy in this beautiful place.
I had some small change gathering in my purse and gave it out to some of the less fortunate as I circled the stupa and chatted with a few of the shop owners as I was browsing for a few last minute treasures….just as well I brought an extra holdall!!
As I left the Kora and took one last look at the stupa, I felt so sad to be leaving. Boudhanath has stolen my heart. I will return for sure and look forward to seeing the stupa in all its glory

We left at twelve to have an early lunch at the Shechen Monastery before leaving for the estimated 2 hour drive to Namo Buddha Resort. As any of you who have been to India or Nepal, driving can be a ‘little’ scary at times – best to distract yourself and not watch the roads!

So, it was an interesting journey, to say the least, climbing higher and higher into the mountains but the views were unbelievable! With each twist and turn a new world was revealed! Mountains beyond mountains, steep sided valleys, small settlements perched precariously here and there. Men and women reaping their crops and working in the fields…..but as always, evidence of the utter devastation from the earthquake.

Statue of Lord Shiva named KAILASHNATH MAHADEV who is 143 feet tall and it is located at Kailashpuri, Sanga, Bhaktapur, Nepal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74L0FTiQ86s



At one point the road had obviously been totally covered by landslides. Now cleared, but piled high on the sides of the road, mud, stones, boulders, trees and road now just a muddy track.


At times I wondered if we might have to get out and push but we made it in good time due to the roads being much more quiet than they usually are. One of the reasons is that there aren’t as many tourists due to the ongoing fear of aftershocks from the earthquake. Come back soon everyone!!! There’s also a fuel embargo so petrol is terribly expensive, rationed or unavailable (often sold on the black market), and people aren’t able to afford it. The queues are maybe 2 miles long at the petrol stations – some drivers have been waiting for 3 or 4 days! The queues for calor gas are no better – endless streams of people lined up with their empty gas bottles.

The embargo began on 23 September 2015, As a landlocked nation, Nepal imports all of its fuel from neighbouring countries, with India normally providing over half of its supply. Roughly 300 fuel trucks enter from India on a normal day, but this has dwindled to a sporadic passage of 5–10 fuel trucks daily since the start of the crisis.

The government of Nepal has accused India of imposing the blockade because Nepal has been negotiating ‘deals’ with China. India has denied the allegations, stating the supply shortages have been imposed by Madheshi protesters within Nepal, and that India has no role in it.

…..And so the tragedy brought about by the earthquake continues. It’s so desperately sad 😦 There are still settlements filled with displaced families, acres of open space packed with makeshift tents and shelters….and yet, still we are greeted with smiles by these quiet, gentle people who are so grateful that we have come to visit their country.

I digress…..but I want you to know the whole story, not just the ‘pretty bits’……

After a VERY slow, bumpy uphill drive we eventually pull into the car park at Namo Buddha. This place is heaven! Well I’m so high up that I’m nearly there! I’m looking down on some of the mountains!

This isn’t a hotel per say, but small cottages sprinkled about the hillside. This is mine. What do you think?

A little time to unpack and then our first practice here – meditation with James followed by a restorative yoga practice with Radhika – really beautiful….

Supper followed and now as I close for today, I’m sitting in my bed writing my blog.

More about life in Namo Buddha tomorrow…..

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