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Hiking from Nag Dhunga to Amitabha Monastery

Date: June 9th, 2008
Participants: DhilungK, GauravJ, AbhishekPC, BiswaS, PawanP, PradeepG, IshworM, DijupT, SureshT, AshishS, BabinsS, PragyaR, ManishS, RajK, SushmitaP, ManikM, RaviS and AbhishekS
Hiking Route: Naagdhunga – Dahachowk – Dharmaraj Foundation Monastery– Ramkot – Amitabha Monastery
Total Distance covered: 16 kms (approx)
Duration: 8 hours
Theme: A Walk to Serenity
Report By: Pragya/Manish
Caption: Bishwa/Gaurav
Photos: Dhilung/Pradeep/Ishwar/Bishwa/Dijup/Manik
Creative Support: Dijup/Dhilung/Pallavi/Pragya


Front row:[IshworM, DijupT, BabinsS, ManikM]
Middle row:[PradeepG, ManishS, PragyaR, GauravJ, SushmitaP, AbhishekPC, BishwaS]
Last Row:[SureshT, RajK, DhilungK, PawanP, RaviS, AbhishekS]

Finally, it was our turn. After hearing all the hiking stories from our intern friends, Manish and I couldn’t resist giving our names for the next hiking. Among the team of 17, five of us were giving our first shot at D2 hiking with a lot of excitement and curiosity. Sushmita and I were the only female hikers in the team ready for the unlimited adventure that the hiking sessions were reputed for. We set out at around 7:30 am to our hiking route from Nagdhunga to Sitapaila. The cool and refreshing weather was enhanced by some real good numbers played by DJ Ravi and AbhisekhS on the way.

When we reached our destination, we were literally amazed at the beauty of the place. The view of the hills, forest along with the fresh air recharged our souls. As truly said that Nepal is full of natural beauty, you only need to go out and explore. Climbing through the steep hills was the hardest part of the trip for Dijup and me. Dijup kept saying ‘Bhagwan mujhe uthaale’ when he felt hopeless during accent and I felt the same at times. But with the help and support of the team members we somehow made it to the top. On the way, some of the team members (Manik, Abhishek, and Dijup) chose to donate blood to the leeches though I didn’t get that opportunity. That was the first time I saw the leeches alive.

Gaurav, Dhilung, Pradeep, Suresh, Manik, Bishwa and Ishwor captured some truly incredible shots. Their amazing photography deserves an award. The day was cloudy since morning and it rained at regular intervals all day. Despite the rain, we managed to keep walking. Babins had come with the full preparation along with his raincoat, towels and extra clothes although that was his first hiking in D2.

Not a single moment was boring, thanks to such a wonderful team. We kept cracking jokes and making fun of each other throughout the journey. Abhishek PC’s constant concern throughout the hiking was encouraging. The amazing and spectacular view of mountains, hills, forests and a pleasant stroll through Amitabha Monastery at the end was the perfect reward for all the efforts we made. Seeing the rainbow was magnificent and the sound of wind chimes and the spiritual environment of the Monastery stimulated a feeling of positivity and serenity in all of us, and for a moment made us forget about the tiring feet and hungry stomach.

Finally, after a peaceful and relaxing time in the monastery, we made our way back and headed downhill through an easy walk to Sitapaila drenched in rain. We were then picked up by the office van at around 6:30pm which took us for the final meal of the evening. It was a wonderful end to a brilliant day – the whole team was together for dinner, except Raj who had to part from us at Sitapaila.

Nothing could summarize this hike better than this poem by Bishwa:
a walk to serenity

a walk to serenity
through the plains and hills,
through the shades of the pine trees
away from this feverish place
to a place where we can rest

a walk to serenity
where we discard our beast
where silence tortures us the least
where the sound of the chimes
soothes our mind
where the dark clouds pour rain
instead of just a gloomy day
where the eyes of the enlightened
watches us with respect
for we are at peace
with the nature,
with the world around us
with the creatures, that surround us

a walk to serenity
a moment of peace
a touch of the infinity
a moment of bliss

we walked the road
we kissed the reason
we met the non-existent
beyond the horizon!

Start
02 Start
A Smiling Welcome
03 A Smiling Welcome
Muddy,damp,fresh and fine
04 Muddy,damp,fresh and fine
It looks great from up here
05 It looks great from up here
Three Stooges
06 Three Stooges
Through the small village
07 Through the small village
Rainwave
08 Rainwave
Bud in the rain
09 Bud in the rain
A friendly chat with Ms Subedi
10 A friendly chat with Ms Subedi
The Path To Serenity
11 The Path To Serenity
The Serenity Gang
12 The Serenity Gang
Visited Nepal -98
13 Visited Nepal -98
And That-s the consolation prize
14 And That-s the consolation prize
Innocence
15 Innocence
We Care
16 We Care
Manure for paddy fields
17 Manure for paddy fields
Rookies at Dahachowk Gate
18 Rookies at Dahachowk Gate
The First Stop
19 The First Stop
Bhuddha inside the perspectives
20 Bhuddha inside the perspectives
Dharmaraja foundation at balambu
21 Dharmaraja foundation at balambu
Colorful and peaceful
22 Colorful and peaceful
This monastry is under construction
23 This monastry is under construction
What are they called
24 What are they called
Freshness - Redefined
25 Freshness – Redefined
Lost and lonely
26 Lost and lonely
Cloud calling
27 Cloud calling
Manik - Damn...You told me we would only be snapping pics at Gumbas
28 Manik – Damn…You told me we would only be snapping pics at Gumbas
Open Space at the top
29 Open Space at the top
Love lies bleeding....
30 Love lies bleeding….
The Destination
31 The Destination
The wait
32 The wait
The Descent I
33 The Descent I
The Descent II
34 The Descent II
You SUCK
35 You SUCK
Serpentine path
36 Serpentine path
Pawan - I-m sure we go this way...
37 Pawan – I’m sure we go this way…
Pawan - D-oh
38 Pawan – D’oh
Lunch at farm
39 Lunch at farm
Through the fields
40 Through the fields
Mini Scarecrow
41 Mini Scarecrow
Through the jungle
42 Through the jungle
Wild beauty
43 Wild beauty
Tall and together
44 Tall and together
Ravi takes the hard route
45 Ravi takes the hard route
Over the hills
46 Over the hills
Red Snow
47 Red Snow
Finally, Amitabh monastery welcomes us
48 Finally, Amitabh monastery welcomes us
Walk to Amitava
49 Walk to Amitava
The architecture is magnificient
50 The architecture is magnificient
A nice side view
51 A nice side view
Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche
52 Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche
THE FIRST KYABJE THUKSEY RINPOCHE<br>  (1916-1983)</p>  <p>His Eminence the first Thuksey Rinpoche Ngawang Gyurmed Palsang(1916-1983) was the son of the Tenth Gyalwang Drukpa and the grandson of Drubwant Shakya Shri.Under the guidance of many great masters of his time,Thuksey Rinpoche attained profound realization and became a well-known master of the tantric and the common vehicles.</p>  <p>After coming into exile following the political upheaval in Tibet in 1959, Thuksey Rinpoche worked extremely hard to re-establish the Drukpa Lineage in India. He was instrumental in searching for and enthroning His Holiness the Twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa, and he became one of His Holiness' most important gurus. He even built a second Sangling Monastery for His Holiness in Darjeeling, and established a solid foundation to restore the teachings of the Drukpa Lineage.</p>  <p>Thuksey Rinpoche always had a wish to build a spiritual community near the holy Swayambhunath Stupa, because his own grandfather had sent all his sons to restore the three holy stupas in Kathmandu. In an effort to fulfill his guru's wishes, His Holiness gradually developed the Druk Amitabha Mountain here, just next to the holy Swayambhunath Stupa. And for the same reason, Drubpon Ngawang Tenzin Palsang Yongdu and his group commissioned this statue of the late Thuksey Rinpoche, as a tribute to him and the Drukpa Lineage. This statue was completed and installed on 25th September 2007<br>
53 Script for you
THE FIRST KYABJE THUKSEY RINPOCHE(1916-1983)His Eminence the first Thuksey Rinpoche Ngawang Gyurmed Palsang(1916-1983) was the son of the Tenth Gyalwang Drukpa and the grandson of Drubwant Shakya Shri.Under the guidance of many great masters of his time,Thuksey Rinpoche attained profound realization and became a well-known master of the tantric and the common vehicles.

After coming into exile following the political upheaval in Tibet in 1959, Thuksey Rinpoche worked extremely hard to re-establish the Drukpa Lineage in India. He was instrumental in searching for and enthroning His Holiness the Twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa, and he became one of His Holiness’ most important gurus. He even built a second Sangling Monastery for His Holiness in Darjeeling, and established a solid foundation to restore the teachings of the Drukpa Lineage.

Thuksey Rinpoche always had a wish to build a spiritual community near the holy Swayambhunath Stupa, because his own grandfather had sent all his sons to restore the three holy stupas in Kathmandu. In an effort to fulfill his guru’s wishes, His Holiness gradually developed the Druk Amitabha Mountain here, just next to the holy Swayambhunath Stupa. And for the same reason, Drubpon Ngawang Tenzin Palsang Yongdu and his group commissioned this statue of the late Thuksey Rinpoche, as a tribute to him and the Drukpa Lineage. This statue was completed and installed on 25th September 2007

The buddhists - they work,learn,practice,live
54 The buddhists – they work,learn,practice,live
Perspective
55 Perspective
Kathmandu - looks  so far away
56 Kathmandu – looks so far away
Serenity at last
57 Serenity at last
Resting
58 Resting
The Sky The Limit
59 The Sky The Limit
Two of the 5 Buddhas
60 Two of the 5 Buddhas
Smiles and laughter
61 Smiles and laughter
This is how we meditate(kind of)
62 This is how we meditate(kind of)
Twins
63 Twins
The twins- shot
64 The twins- shot
The hikers at Amitabh Monastery
65 The hikers at Amitabh Monastery
Work hard
66 Work hard
Looking back once again
67 Looking back once again
Photography at its best
68 Photography at its best
Shine On You Crazy Rainbow
69 Shine On You Crazy Rainbow
The Third and final rainfall of the day
70 The Third and final rainfall of the day
The rain stopped us once again
71 The rain stopped us once again
Codi March
72 Codi March
Eating at Eden
73 Eating at Eden