13. Archeological tour of Nepal – Lumbini and Mustang

1. Lumbini is the birth place of Buddha.

Archeologists have recently uncovered evidence of a structure at the birthplace of the Buddha dating to the sixth century B.C which links to the life of the Buddha.

The place is full of archeological importance. There are few different sites that revolve around the life of Buddha.

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A visit to the birth place of Buddha or a full circuit tour of all archeologically important sites in Lumbini.

2. Mustang

“Mustang, a former kingdom in north-central Nepal, is home to one of the world’s great archaeological mysteries. In this dusty, wind-savaged place, hidden within the Himalaya and deeply cleaved by the Kali Gandaki River—in spots, the gorge dwarfs Arizona’s Grand Canyon—there are an extraordinary number of human-built caves.

Some sit by themselves, a single open mouth on a vast corrugated face of weathered rock. Others are in groups, a grand chorus of holes, occasionally stacked eight or nine stories high, an entire vertical neighborhood. Some were dug into cliffsides, others tunneled from above. Many are thousands of years old. The total number of caves in Mustang, conservatively estimated, is 10,000.”

–          National Geographic

In addition to these mysterious caves, the region has ancient monasteries, eluding history of ancient Bonpo religion and holy hindu temple.

Activities in Mustang: Trekking, exploring old monastries and temples, villages, meeting with different ethnic people of the Himalaya and encounter with traditional Tibetan people.

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