“”It is not about the destination , but the journey itself.””
This resonated to me in so many levels. Here’s the story of my
first ever solo trip to Namabuddha. For me the destination was
Namabuddha. All the moments till I got there and back home
is always memorable and vivid in my memories.
Namabuddha is one of the Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal.
It is said to be a sacred place where Buddha allowed the tigress
to kill him to feed her cubs.
We can still find the caves there.
The monasteries were decorated with golden roof , symbols ,
gems and mandalas. What I love the most about Buddhist
monasteries is the ‘ prayer flags ‘ which is believed to flutter
and spread hope , kindness and ge nerosity.
Namabuddha was much more than I expected it to be. Walking
uphill , we can see the sunrise , sunset and even the Himalayas.
Unfortunately , I couldn’t see the mountains due to bad weather.
The place is surrounded with green forest and few inhabi tants.
The place is well maintained , clean and natural.
The most interesting part were strangers I met along the way.
How one can have welcoming and unexpected bond with
I was invited to do meditation with the monks and listen to the
prayers. Although I couldn’t understand a word , I still felt calm
I made friends with a tour guide and Chinese couples who were
kind enough to drop me back home .
We all shared our stories
, laughed at silly jokes and even took photographs.
Often ti mes we hear and worry about how world is not a safe
Surprisingly , it was exactly the opposite today.
I realized that there are more good people and how open and
Walking solo , talking to complete strangers and putting
myself to uncertainty is not something I do . It is totally out
No Matter how anxious or awkward I felt , I kept going . I
realized that one is more capable than he thinks. Fears become
All the fears , doubts , anxiety, laughter and every single
moments from this trip is worth remembering. So , I say again
it wasn’t just about the destination but the journey itself was
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