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It is dedicated to a manifestation of Shiva called Pashupati Lord of Animals. It attracts thousands of pilgrims each year and has become well known far beyond the Kathmandu Valley. The temple is barred to non-Hindus, but a good view of the temple can be had from the opposite bank of the river. Tradition says it was constructed by Pashupreksha of the Somadeva Dynasty in the 3rd century BC, but the first historical records date from the 13th century. The ascetic Pashupata sect was likely related to its foundation. Pashupati was a tutelary deity of the ancient rulers of the Kathmandu Valley; in AD, Amshuvarman considered himself favored by his touching of the god’s feet. By the later Middle Ages, many imitations of the temple had been built, such as in Bhaktapur , Lalitpur and Benares early 19th century. The original temple was destroyed several times until it was given its present form under King Bhupalendra Malla in According to a legend recorded in local texts, especially the Nepalamahatmya and the Himavatkhanda, the Hindu god Shiva once fled from the other gods in Varanasi to Mrigasthali, the forest on the opposite bank of the Bagmati River from the temple.

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Well, we’ve gone to the community of travelers at minube. From the great ancient capitals to the modern cities of Asia, the Americas, and beyond, here are the 50 cities you must see during your lifetime. Venice, Italy – How could we not include Venice? From its picturesque canals and grandiose basilicas to its colorful homes and cozy wine bars, there’s simply nowhere like it on Earth. Photo by Jesus Lopez Click here for more photos of Venice 2.

Backpacking Matsumoto. The city is famous for it’s old original 16 th century castle Matsumoto, commonly known as Crow Castle. Explore the city, visiting Nakamachi street, it’s lined with old merchant houses, the river is also a nice spot to eat dinner at night.

Share this article Share Many Buddhists in Sri Lanka do eat meat, but most avoid beef because they consider cows sacred. In February, a Tibetan protester in monk’s robes doused himself with gasoline, set himself ablaze and chanted anti-China slogans as he ran down a street in Nepal’s capital. Doctors are pictured helping to treat the monk in hospital His demonstration outside the Buddhist holy site, the Boudhanath stupa, was the latest in a string of self-immolations protesting China’s rule over Tibet.

Witnesses in Nepal said the man entered a cafe in Kathmandu’s Boudhanath district – home to many Tibetan Buddhist temples and monasteries – and asked to use the bathroom. A Tibetan monk burns after he set himself on fire in Kathmandu, Nepal in February. It was the latest in a string of self-immolations protesting China’s rule over Tibet Street protest: The man appeared to be about 21 years old and was taken to hospital After spending some time there, he went onto the street and lit himself on fire.

He ran a few steps, covered in flames and chanting slogans against China, before collapsing in front of the mammoth Boudhanath stupa, one of the holiest Buddhist sites in the world, surrounded by prayer wheels and decorated with colourful streams of prayer flags. Share or comment on this article.

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Lastly, volunteering and ‘voluntourism’. Travel Insurance It goes without saying that you’ll need insurance, but it’s not something you should be sorting at the last minute as policies vary significantly, start coving you immediately for pre-trip problems and you need to spend a little time reading small print and making sure you don’t overpay. There are hundreds of travel insurance companies.

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Hotel Contacts The budget sector is equally robust, with chains like Motel and Jinjiang Inn proliferating throughout the city and country , providing cheap rooms in convenient locations generally including free Wi-Fi. English is widely spoken in the following hotels — although not always understood so well. Compare fares online at CTrip. Vijay Verghese Pudong Airport is located 30 kilometres from downtown Shanghai.

It has two modern terminals and, as of mid , five runways and two new ones due to ease some congestion. Cashing in on the consumer passion of Chinese travellers, the airports have been steadily improving their duty free shopping experience. Airport prices in Shanghai may not be the cheapest but you can find pretty much all the major brands, plus a variety of Chinese cultural souvenirs, from loose-leaf teas to silk nighties and cuddly panda toys.

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This is a majestic landscape of mountains, deep valleys and glaciers, dominated by Mount Everest otherwise known as Sagarmatha in Nepali at 8, m above sea level. But in — a year overshadowed by the April 25th earthquake — it was the first time in over 40 years that there was no successful summiting of Everest.

The earthquake destroyed villages, and triggered landslides and avalanches across the country; the death toll exceeded 8, and thousands more were injured. Until then it is a good moment to visit because trails will be quieter than normal and visitors will receive a very warm reception by supporting the country in its hour of need. Another good-value Himalayas destination is India, which also boasts mighty mountains, an array of traditional festivals and fervent religious rituals.

India has three significant mountainous regions:

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While the snows, partying crowds and winter ice-carving carnivals will not disappoint, Hokkaido Island is also an attractive summer destination. There are spas, hikes, rides, scenic vistas at every turn and a dramatic, scenic coastline. In winter, however, the place really comes into its own. For a true taste of Japan skiing and white powder, Hokkaido ski resorts and hotels offer an attractive range for all wallets. Sapporo Breweries, the oldest beer company in Japan, set up shop here in and runs the Sapporo Beer Museum.

Alas the tours are in Japanese but English audio tapes are available. The block Odori Park, where much of the Sapporo Snow Festival action takes place, runs ramrod straight through the city dividing it into clearly demarcated north and south districts. The historic Clock Tower is another must-see Sapporo sight. It was built in and also houses a small museum now. Handling around 19m passengers annually, it is the largest airport in Hokkaido and the third busiest in Japan.

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It is caused by gaining altitude too rapidly, which doesn’t allow the body enough time to adjust to reduced oxygen and changes in air pressure, and causes hypobaric hypoxia a lack of oxygen reaching the tissues of the body. In severe cases, fluid builds up within the lungs, brain or both. Symptoms of the illness include: Better Health Victoria Dr Gropel described his wife as ‘the perfect person’ while recounting the amazing efforts of the climbing team to get his wife back down the mountain to safety.

Before we packed up our gear and did the meter portage to the put-in below the rapids, we walked down to the bridge for another look. The first image is a view of the river above the bridge.

Print To be eligible to claim a refund, you’ll need a total shopping bill of at least Bt5, so give that credit card some serious exercise. The PP10 form requires your passport number though you may not be asked to actually produce it , and your departure flight number. Once that’s all neatly entered, sign, and off you go. It’s best not to pack your purchases into your check-in luggage. At least not yet. Vijay Verghese Jewellery, watches and gold purchases over Bt10, need to be inspected and other purchases may be checked at the airport.

After immigration head for the VAT refund counter and present your credentials to get some cash in hand for that much-needed snack and coffee. And remember, if it does not have a VAT tag, there will be no guarantee of quality. If you don’t care about this minor quibble, get your hands dirty and jump right in. Bangkok duty-free shopping has been pretty much dominated by the ubiquitous King Power www. Top line designer labels may not end up here as they are already showcased at malls like Gaysorn.

Duty-free shopping at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport is a breeze airside with acres of romp room. In general, duty-free prices for liquor and perfumes have climed at Bangkok’s international airport in the past year or two, well above the currency fluctuation adjustments but the Johnnie Walker duty-free price seems more attractive.

Also look at Jim Thompson for fine silk offerings and linens.

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Blessing Of The Crib In Roscrea Well done to all who attended the blessing of the crib as Christmas officially got going in Roscrea earlier this week Coffee Morning There was a big crowd of supporters who arrived to drink coffee, eat freshly-baked scones and to rummage through the items on the Bric a Brac and book stall. A number of children were clearly enjoying themselves with toys and pieces of costume jewellery from boxes on the floor!

Christmas cards in support of several development agencies also disappeared like snow off the proverbial ditch. Please see the website of Christian Aid Ireland for details of its work www. Roscrea RFC would like to thank Seabridge and in particular Michael for their generous sponsorship of our senior and junior teams over the past number of years.

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It is worth looking, if you have not already, at the example layout to see the guidelines each section of information is based on – or for other travel advice and site home head for travelindependent. What follows are only basic snapshot summaries. If you have decided these are some of the countries you want to visit and need more planning information then you are strongly recommended to complement what you find here with a planning guide. Trust us it will make life much easier.

Plus shopping through the site is a big thank you if you have been helped out ; to see why click here. Hong Kong and Tibet. Arriving at Shanghai’s Pu Dong airport the train link to the city floats on magnets and whisks you along at kph. The Pu Dong skyline viewed across the river from the European architecture of the Bund is equally impressive. You can see why the Chinese are so proud of their recent growth, economic success and wakening. There are similar stories in Beijing and any of the many ‘mega cities’ that dot the country, most of which are almost unknown outside of China.

Neon-lights, ubiquitous cranes, high-rises, traffic and a drive and determination in the Chinese unmatched globally Many historic sites have long been destroyed have not been preserved well; residents can be less than helpful; you easily run into language problems and whatever the difficulties of Asian travel, [away from tourist hubs centres which are now well geared to and supportive of foreign visitors] in China they are magnified fivefold – simply buying a train ticket can be a major achievement.

Coupled with vast distances China can be a let-down if you expect too much. Plan your trip carefully and make tough decisions about your itinerary – you won’t see it all.

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I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you. I loafe and invite my soul, I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass. My tongue, every atom of my blood, form’d from this soil, this air, Born here of parents born here from parents the same, and their parents the same, I, now thirty-seven years old in perfect health begin, Hoping to cease not till death.

Creeds and schools in abeyance, Retiring back a while sufficed at what they are, but never forgotten, I harbor for good or bad, I permit to speak at every hazard, Nature without check with original energy.

Northern Asia. The economic super-powers of Northern Asia are changing fast (China in particular). Cutting-edge modern and rural-tradition sit side-by-side.

The Brahmi inscription on the pillar gives evidence that Ashoka , emperor of the Maurya Empire , visited the place in 3rd-century BCE and identified it as the birth-place of the Buddha. The inscription was translated by Paranavitana: He caused it to be announced that the Buddha Shakyamuni was born here and thereby caused to be created a strong desire among people for that spot. He also caused a stone pillar to be set up so as to indicate that the Blessed One was born here.

He made the village of Lummini free of taxes and made it a partaker of prosperity. Excavation at the Mayadevi Temple in [ edit ] According to Robin Coningham, excavations beneath existing brick structures at the Mayadevi Temple at Lumbini provide evidence for an older timber structure beneath the walls of a brick Buddhist shrine built during the Ashokan era 3rd-century BCE.

The layout of the Ashokan shrine closely follows that of the earlier timber structure, which suggests a continuity of worship at the site. The pre-Mauryan timber structure appears to be an ancient tree shrine. Radiocarbon dating of charcoal from the wooden postholes and optically stimulated luminescence dating of elements in the soil suggests human activity began at Lumbini around BCE. Other scholars state that the excavations revealed nothing that is Buddhist, and they only confirm that the site predates the Buddha.

The holy site of Lumbini is bordered by a large monastic zone in which only monasteries can be built, no shops, hotels or restaurants. It is separated into an eastern and western monastic zone, the eastern having the Theravadin monasteries, the western having Mahayana and Vajrayana monasteries. The holy site of Lumbini has ruins of ancient monasteries, a sacred Bodhi tree , an ancient bathing pond, the Ashokan pillar and the Mayadevi Temple, where the supposed place of birth of Buddha is located.

From early morning to early evening, pilgrims from various countries perform chanting and meditation at the site.

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