Religious and Spiritual tours
Why visit Nepal
Nepal is a spiritual experience as well as a challenging sporting opporyunity.
Modern life has many benefits to offer in terms of material comfort and technology which seemingly make for an easy life. Many are therefore driven to improve their lot, gain promotion, and the respect of those around them. However the stress created by modern life is a killer, and often offsets these benefits.
For many a trip to Nepal is all about the challenge of the magnificent Himalayas. Overcoming the odds can be an excellent form of escapism and give a great sense of achievement. Trekking and climbing represent an escape from the pressures of everyday life. In a largely secular world they are in reality a form of pilgrimage.
Many are drawn to the many other breathtaking sporting opportunities, others by the magnificent architecture. For some it is about the people and culture, ecology and conservation.
There is no doubt that Nepal has much to offer, and of course, thousands of people enjoy all or a combination of these experiences.
Whilst these are all good and laudable motives and effective for many, others may principally seek something different.
Visiting holy places and taking time to reflect, meditate and contemplate can give a sense of peace and serenity,
That is why Apoorva tours offer a wide range of opportunities; it is all about the individual. We want our clients to feel they are better people for the experience. We want our tours to be a spiritual experience for those who seek something different.
Principle religions of Nepal
Until 2008 when King Gyanendra was deposed Nepal was officially a Hindu state. Today Nepal is a democracy. However around 80% of the population are practicing Hindus approximately 9.0% are Buddhist, 4.4% Muslim. Less than 1% claim to have no religion. Therefore Nepal can be regarded as a deeply religious and spiritual nation.
Visitors to Nepal will testify to the deep spiritual awareness that they experience everywhere in this amazingly diverse nation.
Hinduism has a following of 900 million followers worldwide, and it is the world’s oldest religion.
Hindus worship Brahman, a deity who assumes many forms; they believe that a part of Brahman exists in everyone.
Moreover Hindus believe in reincarnation, that the soul is eternal and occupies one body after another. This may be any life form.
This repeated cycle of reincarnation is called Samsara and that this cycle is governed by Karma.
Karma is believed to determine our destiny; hence our actions in this life determine our fortune in the next. Hindus will therefore aim to live their lives well in order to pave the way for a better future life.
The spiritual goal of Hindus is to achieve a state of oneness with Brahma (Moksha). Throughout reincarnation Hindus strive to achieve self-realization.
The Lord Buddha was born in Lumbini in the Rupandehi district of Nepal. Modern-day followers of Buddhism practice a Tibetan form following the exile of many Tibetans in 1950.
There may be as many as 300 million followers worldwide.
The Buddha was born into a royal family, but came to realise that wealth does not guarantee happiness. He therefore set out to seek out the truth.
The principle aim of Buddhism is to find enlightenment through meditation. The Buddhists path claims to lead to a moral life, development of wisdom and understanding, and enabling us to become more aware of our thoughts and actions.
Buddhism acknowledges that life is beset by a variety of suffering, disease and death. However knowledge and expectation of these facts can help in avoiding them and lead to true happiness. It teaches that suffering is caused by greed and an expectation that others will conform to our wishes and beliefs. We should live each day at a time and give up craving. Forget the past realise that and we cannot know the future. This gives more time and energy to help others, and to ultimately achieve Nirvana
There are naturally other religions in Nepal, and each has its own way of addressing the issues that confront us.
The aim of these tours is to help our friends to experience and understand more about ourselves and what motivates others.
It could change your life