Is Hindu tradition best way to prevent and control Corona virus (Covid 19)?

Nepal is under lock-down from 24 March 2020 to 14 April 2020 due to the outbreak of Corona Virus. Relatively Nepal has low numbers of confirmed cases up to today , and we believe is due to the Hinduism tradition we are practicing everyday in our daily life.

The novel Corona virus (Covid-19) is the latest pandemic to hit the world. The virus spreads by way of physical contact as well as transfer of droplets while sneezing, cough or sweat.

British PM Boris Johnson, Prince Charles of Wales, Matthew Hancock (Britain’s health Secretary), Prince Albert of Monaco, Carmen Calvo (Spain’s deputy prime minister) Peter Dutton (Australia’s home affairs minister), Yaakov Litzman (Israel’s health minister), Ali Larijani (Speaker of Iran’s Parliament) , actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, American singer Pink and her family, French actress Olga Kurylenko, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, TV host Andy Cohen, sport personality James Dolan, New York Knicks owner Blaise Matuidi: French football player Daniele Rugani, Italian Football player Mikel Arteta, Coach of Arsenal football club Callum Hudson- Odoi, British footballer Paulo Dybala, Argentine footballer
Marouane Fellaini, Belgium footballer Christian Wood, NBA player Fernando Caviria, Cyclist Marcus Smart have all been tested positive of the virus. Many politician, business personnel, bureaucrats, diplomats and thousands of civilians have lost their lives.

As the world fights the pandemic, it might be a good occasion to reflect on and adopt some ancient Hindu practices for our safety and wellbeing. And hopefully, it will help to prevent upcoming pandemic in future. Following are some of the oldest and scientifically acknowledged social conduct and human behaviors that Hindus adhere to:

1)Namaste

Forget handshakes, time to Namaste: Trump & Prince Charles latest to embrace Indian greeting.

Namaste is a salutation very unique to Hindu culture. It is equivalent to hand shake or hugging in other societies. Namaste has been derived from two Sanskrit words- NAMA meaning ‘bow’ and TE meaning ‘you’, which translates to bowing down to the divinity in other person.

Namaste has become even more appropriate at this period, given how bacteria or virus can transfer by physical contact. Donald Trump- American president, Shinzō Abe – Prime Minister of Japan, Prince Charles, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and many other world leaders have resorted to adopting namaste than handshake as a gesture of greeting.

2) Vegetarianism

Vegetarian diet is preferred by many Hindu communities. Being a vegetarian is not only good for the planet, but also for one’s health and wellbeing. Most viral outbreaks in the past have been linked directly to meat consumption. So vegetarianism significantly reduces the chance of contracting disease, viral infections etc.

3) Turmeric (and other South Asian Spices)

Turmeric or HALDI/BESAR (in Hindi/Nepalese) is one of the most effective antibiotics in existence. Used in India for thousands of years, it is known to boost immunity as it contains powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiseptic qualities. Other foods such as Ginger and Garlic, commonly used in Indian cooking, are also very good immunity boosters.
They all can be can be very effective in preventing or fighting off viruses.

4) Pranayama – Breathing exercise

Pranayam is a breathing technique integral to Yoga and meditation for creating a healthy mind and body. Regular practice of pranayam helps in boosting immunity thereby preventing an individual from acquiring and further transferring any viral or bacterial disease.

5) Cremation

Hindus do not bury dead bodies but rather cremate it. In China, people who have died of Coronavirus are being cremated swiftly, in order to stop spread of the virus.
Cremation is scientific and efficient: it avoids ground contamination and occupying of precious land. Hindu tradition further forbids touching corpses to prevent spread of disease.

6) Isolation period after death

Immediate relatives of the dead stay in isolation for 11 days following the death. They are forbidden to touch any one and partake only vegetarian diet. They must clean their body daily. This practice holds so much truth in this hour of pandemic.

7) Jutho nakhane (Avoid sharing food/drink)

Jutho nakhane is a strange but sensible custom among Hindus. Sharing same piece of meat or any food often involves transfer of saliva from one person to another. Jutho nakhane prohibits sharing of food, or eating from same plate or drinking water from same bottle. This ensures that one’s bacteria or virus is not contracted by others. This social custom can be adopted to contain the transfer of virus.

8) Maintain daily hygiene

It is a Hindu practice to take off shoes and clean one’s hands and legs before entering house. Taking shower and changing clothes before meeting family members and taking food is also mandatory. This goes to show how scientific Hindu system is in cleanliness and sanitation.

9) Avoid cold and staled food

Drinking cold water or any other refreshments and eating stale food is avoided at all costs. Fresh food and warm dishes are considered good for your health.

Global pandemic like the Coronavirus has reminded us the value of our good old Hindu customs. It further proves how far thinking and scientifically right were our ancestors. No matter how advance we are, we should not forget our roots and common sense of living a simple, good and healthy life.

These time tested social conduct will be helpful and effective not just for now but in combating and preventing all future epidemic and pandemic situations. Prevention is better than cure and beneficial in saving more lives.

And guess what? Even the Hindu ritual of sprinkling alcohol in the surrounding vicinity before drinking also serves a purpose of acting as sanitizer.

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Trip to Nepal Tibet and Bhutan

Nepal and Tibet have 1400km of open Himalayan border. Bhutan and Tibet is separated by 470km of closed border. Bhutan is about 600km east of Nepal but these three countries are connected by deep Buddhist faith. Thousands of years of shared cultural, ethnic and lingual history. To uncover these secrets, a Trip to Nepal Tibet and Bhutan or Tours to Nepal Tibet and Bhutan is a must.

Travellers visiting Nepal can easily visit both Tibet and Bhutan. Overland trips from Nepal to Tibet and vice versa are frequent and so is both way flights between Kathmandu international airport and Lhasa. Daily flights also operate between Kathmandu and Paro however direct travel between Bhutan and Tibet does not exist. Which makes Nepal the viable transit point for travels to both Tibet and Bhutan.

Trip to Nepal Tibet and Bhutan attempts to combine. The most important features of each destination: Kathmandu Valley tours in Nepal, visit to Mt. Kailash/Mansarovar, Lhasa and north base camp of Mt. Everest in Tibet, Buddhist cultural tours in Bhutan. You can further optimize both the itinerary and duration of the trip to Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. To suit your interests and budget. We also facilitate your visa and necessary permits including regional travel arrangements by coordinating with our local contacts in Tibet and Bhutan.

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Trip to Nepal in August

August is the start of monsoon season in Nepal so it is not regarded as a perfect tourist season due to rains and cloudy weather. Trip to Nepal in August is therefore not good for adventure activities such as trekking, rafting, climbing etc. Nonetheless August and September mark many festivals in Nepali calendar, which could be of interest for many tourists. Gaijatra, Rishi Panchami (Teej), Krishna Janmashatami, Indrajatra are major Nepali festival you can observe during this month.

Other major attraction of taking a trip to Nepal in August is to undertake Tibet pilgrimage tour. In fact August is the beginning season of Tibet tours from Nepal whether you wish to go to Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar, Lhasa or drive to north side of Mt. Everest. We receive many queries from tourists about possible tours and trips to Nepal in August.

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Hiking in Nepal

Nepal is known world over as a hiking and trekking destination. Nepal is home to world’s nine highest mountains in the world including world’s highest Mt. Everest and third highest Mt. Kanchenjunga. Its unique geographical diversity of Himalayas, hills, valleys, lakes and forests give it a unique edge and competitive advantage over every other country. Hiking in Nepal guarantees you beautiful Himalayan views, typical village lifestyle and culture and pristine nature.

Nepal is paradise for hiking and trekking. Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, Dolpo and Manaslu are few of the most popular hiking and trekking destinations in the world. In fact trekking and hiking comprise almost 30% of the tourism activity in Nepal. When it comes to hiking, you don’t even have to travel all the way to the mountains. There are plenty of of options even from cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara. These hiking opportunities range from a few hours walk to few days, depending upon your choice. And further hiking opportunities for hiking are available in all parts of Nepal.

Some of the best spots for hiking in Nepal are:

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Chitwan National Park Tour package from Pokhara

Once you have experienced adventure in Pokhara, you can visit Chitwan National Park for more relaxing time. Chitwan National Park Tour package from Pokhara has many attractions the chief being the journey itself. Chitwan is a UNESCO world heritage site and is home to endangered one horned rhino, Asian elephant, Bengal tiger and over 600 bird species.

How to travel to Chitwan National Park from Pokhara?

Chitwan is the best destination after Pokhara. It is located at the center of Nepal, accessible from all major cities of Nepal. The journey from Pokhara to Chitwan National park can be done overland or by flight. It is best recommended to take a tourist bus at 7.30 from Pokhara and you will reach Chitwan in 6 hrs easily. While for those who want to avoid longer road journey, you can take 25 minutes direct flight from Pokhara to Chitwan.

Chitwan is an affordable destination for all types of tourists. Both cheap and luxury accommodation facilities are available in Chitwan. Normally tourists can spend 3 to 5 days in Chitwan. Hotel rates per night start from US$10 go up to US$300 while one lunch serving will cost from US$1 to US$50.

The jungle safari experience for tourists is not to be missed when in Chitwan National Park. Your Nepal visit will be incomplete until you visit Chitwan.

Eyes on Nepal is offering following tour packages in Chitwan National Park.

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Chitwan National Park Tour package from Lumbini

Which is the nearest and popular tourist destination from Lumbini? Due to easy road access and affordable services, Chitwan is the one. Chitwan National Park Tour package from Lumbini is designed to offer you a memorable exploration of Chitwan National Park right after completing pilgrimage tour of Lumbini. You can go to Chitwan to enjoy sunbathing, boating, jungle safari and witness live wild animals. Chitwan is a quieter place to relax on a low budget. There are professional natural guides to guide you in all jungle activities, be it bird watching, elephant safari, crocodile breeding center etc.

How to travel to Chitwan National park from Lumbini?

How to travel to Chitwan National park from Lumbini? You can go from Lumbini to Chitwan National Park on private car, tourist bus or local bus depending upon your budget and interests. Local bus usually takes 1 hr from Lumbini to Bhairahawa and then another 30 minutes to reach Butwal. From Butwal you can climb on any local bus to Narayanghat and from there to Sauraha. Travelling in local bus is a challenging experience as you will travel with local people.

Normally tourists can spend 3 to 5 days in Chitwan. Hotel rates per night start from US$10 go up to US$300 while one lunch serving will cost from US$1 to US$50. But the overall experience of wild safari and jungle activities for all tourists is the same.

Chitwan National Park is a god gifted natural treasure. You shouldn’t miss the opportunity to visit this natural wonder of the earth. Your Nepal visit will be incomplete until you visit Chitwan. Other touristic places such as Pokhara, Kathmandu, are well connected with Chitwan by flight and road. 

Eyes on Nepal is offering following tour packages in Chitwan National Park.

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Chitwan National Park Tour Packages

Chitwan National Park Tour Package offer a great way to experience Chitwan National Park, a world heritage site. There are varieties of jungle activities you can get involved in depending on your budget and time. Jungle Safari tour in Nepal is mostly focused in Chitwan National Park which is home to one horned rhinos and Bengal tigers.

Among Chitwan National Park Tour packages, Chitwan National Park elephant tour is a jungle tour conducted on the back of an elephant. Other popular activities include Chitwan National Park jeep tours and Chitwan National park walking tours. Chitwan National Park activities are not limited within the national park as you can also observe Tharu villages, buffer zone area and sunset views from the bank of Rapti River.

Chitwan National Park tourism is magnet for both nature and culture lovers. Chitwan National Park day tours, 4 days 3 nights Chitwan National Park tour, 3 days 2 nights Chitwan National Park tour, 2 days 1 nights Chitwan National Park tour and Chitwan national park jeep tours are our most selling Chitwan National Park tour packages.

Here are the list of famous Chitwan National Park tour packages Eyes On Nepal offering.

  1. Chitwan National Park Tour 3 days 2 nights
  2. Chitwan Day Tour

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Cost of living in Nepal

Cost of living in Nepal depends on where in Nepal you want to stay and what facilities you require, ranging from luxurious living to economy lifestyle.

During the mid-90s, as a student I had to struggle to find even a basic room in Kathmandu or Pokhara. A single room used to double as kitchen and bed room. Within a decade, Kathmandu changed as people began having separate rooms for kitchen and sleeping, which back then cost around 30 to 40 dollars.

Cost of living in Nepal per month

Fast forward to 2019, major cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan has now started offering sleek apartment with facilities of shower, water supply in kitchen and parking

space for bikes and cars. People are now more conscious of how they live and cost of living in Kathmandu has increased. The rent expenses depend directly on the area you choose to live. The outlying areas of Kathmandu charge anywhere between NRs. 10000-20000 (US$100 to 200) and in VIP area that rent could go up to NRS. 40000 (US$400).

For foreigners and tourists, average cost of living in Nepal, particularly in a fully furnished and studio apartments is NRs. 30000 to 200,000 a month depending on area and facility you seek and they provide. In all famous tourist cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan, luxurious and state-of-the-art apartments are coming up everywhere, mostly preferred by foreigners and tourists.

Thamel and Jhamshikhel in Kathmandu are go-to areas for tourists, however for those living for a longer period prefer Narayanthan, Baluwatar, Patan and Bhaktapur.

Cost of living in Nepal vs USA

Cost of living in Nepal per month is way lower than USA. There is perhaps no comparison between USA and Nepal when it comes to facilities. Both accommodation and food are cheaper in Nepal compared to Europe, America and Australia.

But people from developing Asian countries surely feel living in Nepal a bit expensive. If you have any plan to buy electronic item, garments or any other household things, you will need to pay unexpected price since there is no consistency in price.

Cost of living in Nepal compared to India

As regards the cost of living in Nepal compared to India, Nepal is slightly cheaper but other commodities like food and drinks are higher. Compared to India, Nepal is less crowded and the weather is very pleasant.

Average cost of living in Nepal

The monthly rental for apartment range from NPR 10000 for basic accommodation to NPR 100000 for well furnished apartment. For tourists the rate can go up from 30000 up to 300000.

Whether you agree with us or not, we would love to hear from you.

If you are looking for advice on making best choice as per your budget and interest, please feel free to ask me at cidartha@outlook.com.

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Short Treks around Pokhara

Short treks around Pokhara or also know as short treks in Annapurna region begin and end in Pokhara and involve a maximum of three days of walking and reach to a maximum altitude of 3500m.

Annapurna region is famous for being trekkers’ paradise. Pokhara is the gateway to almost all the trekking adventure in the Annapurna region offering you the option for both long treks and short treks around Pokhara.

Trekkers of all ages and physical abilities can choose short hikes from Pokhara.

Hiking from Pokhara to Sarangkot is most probably the shortest and most popular hiking in Pokhara. Similarly Poonhill, Ghandruk, Australian Camp, Panchase, Pothana etc are other renowned short treks around Pokhara.

All short treks in Pokhara are equipped with lodges and guesthouses offering good facilities for accommodation and food.

Below is a list some of the famous routes offered by Eyes on Nepal Tours & Treks, check them out below:

  1. Poon Hill Trek 3 days 2 nights
  2. Mohare Danda Trek
  3. Khopra Danda Trek
  4. Gurung Hill Trek
  5. Ghorepani Poonhill Trek 4 days 3 nights
  6. Dhampus Trek
  7. Australian Camp Trek
  8. Panchase Trek
  9. Ghandruk Trek
  10. Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  11. Mardi Himal Trek 6 days
  12. Mardi Himal Trek 5 days
  13. Mardi Himal Trek 4 days

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Best places to visit in Nepal

Nepal is a country blessed with unique geographical and topographical features. There are many best places to visit in Nepal, depending upon one’s interests and timeframe. What makes them so attractive is something for travellers to discover themselves. From the highest mountains in the world to biodiversity hotspots, from deepest gorges and freshwater lakes to tropical forests of the flat plains and from rich architectural beauty of Kathmandu Valley to the sublime Buddhist monasteries, Nepal is a journey on its own.

You can categorize best places to visit in Nepal both in terms of their popularity and their cultural or natural richness. Trip Advisor has repeatedly called Mount Everest world’s number one travel destination, Pokhara as the most favorite destination of Nepal and Kathmandu Valley as a live cultural museum. But it all depends what you fancy and what your taste is. Art lovers would most probably want to visit Kathmandu Valley as opposed to adventure lovers who dream of being on the base camp of Mt. Everest.

List of best places to visit in Nepal

Kathmandu Valley

Pokhara Valley

Annapurna Conservation Area (Tilicho Lake, Annapurna Base Camp, Poon hill)

Upper Mustang

Sagarmatha Conservation Area (Everest basecamp, Kalapathar, Gokyo Lake)

Panch Pokhari

Lumbini (Birth place of Buddha)

Rara Lake

Gosainkunda

Khaptad National Park

Chitwan National Park

Janakpurdham

Ilam         

This is based on my personal experience.  If there are anything missing, your suggestion is highly appreciated. Please send your suggestion on cidartha@outlook.com

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