Way to Mayadevi Temple, Lumbini
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Way to Mayadevi Temple, Lumbini

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On the way to the Mayadevi Temple (Birthplace of Buddha) on April 4th, 2012

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A: Mayadevi Temple

by Michael Davis, 740 meters away

Captured by the Author on April 4th, 2012. (from Wikipedia.org) -- Lumbini is a Buddhist pilgrimage s...

Mayadevi Temple

B: Lumbini Development Trust 2012

by Michael Davis, 820 meters away

Inside the Lumbini Development Trust in Lumbini, Nepal on April 4th, 2012

Lumbini Development Trust 2012

C: kushmi jungle

by Hemant Kumar, 83.9 km away

Dense forest mainly of Shorea robusta, also known as shala tree, It is situated near Gorakhpur Air fo...

kushmi jungle

D: World Peace Pagoda / Shanti Stupa

by Bikash Khadge | www.bikashkhadge.com.np | Bikash Ya Kipa, 104.1 km away

World Peace/Shanti Stupa is located on the Peak of Anandu Mountain in Pumdi Bhumdi VDC, Kaski, Pokhar...

World Peace Pagoda / Shanti Stupa

E: World Peace Stupa, Pokhara

by Justin Imhoff, 104.1 km away

Balanced on a narrow ridge high above Phewa Tal (Lake), the brilliant-white World Peace Pagoda in Pok...

World Peace Stupa, Pokhara

F: First Ray at Dawn, Lake Phewa

by Arroz Marisco, 105.3 km away

On a perfectly clear day, the reflection of the majestic Annapurna Range on Lake Phewa would make for...

First Ray at Dawn, Lake Phewa

G: Trek from Birethani to Ghandruk

by Justin Imhoff, 109.4 km away

First day trekking on the Annapurna trail to Muktinath. Passed many other trekkers and small villages...

Trek from Birethani to Ghandruk

H: Poon Hill Sunrise, Annapurna

by Justin Imhoff, 110.3 km away

At 3200m (10,500ft), Poon Hill lies in the foothills of the Annapurnas in the Himilayas. Whilst it is...

Poon Hill Sunrise, Annapurna

I: Sunrise at Poon Hill

by Arroz Marisco, 110.5 km away

At 3210m, Poon Hill would have qualified for a mountain elsewhere but not in Nepal where mountains ab...

Sunrise at Poon Hill

J: Begnas Lake Himalaja View

by Paul Linden, 112.5 km away

From the Begnas Lake Resort you have a beautiful view of the Begnas lake and the Annapurna massif.

Begnas Lake Himalaja View

This panorama was taken in Nepal

This is an overview of Nepal

Nepal lies between India and China and it contains Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. The Himalayas here are pretty rugged terrain.

The first civilizations here date to 600 BC in the Kathmandu valley, where the capital is now located. According to Buddhist tenets, the Buddha was born here in 563 BC, incarnating as Prince Siddhartha Gautama and leading the world to enlightenment through liberation from suffering. Many small temples and shrines like this one exist for Buddhists to stop and offer prayers.

Early support of Buddhism gradually gave way to Hinduism and today Nepal is the world's only Hindu monarchy. The kingdom of Nepal was united in 1768 by King Prithvi Narayan Shah, who fled the Moghul invasions of India. Soon after that there was a period of conflict with the British East India Company leading to a treaty recognizing the independence of Nepal -- in 1923!

After WWII Nepal was ruled by monarchy but it arrived at the 1990's split by an official ban on political parties. Intense protest by the pro-democracy movement and the Maoist guerrilla Communist movement led to free elections in 1991, only to be followed by violence between the Nepalese government and Maoist guerillas.

Since the turn of the millennium there have been several important steps taken in the peace process, including a new Constitution for Nepal and a cease fire agreement with the rebels. A compromise government was achieved whereby a Maoist was elected prime minister without his taking control of the armed forces of the country.

At the time of this writing it has been one week since the compromise government has collapsed. We offer our hopes that the citizens and government of this beautiful country will come to a peaceful agreement soon.

Text by Steve Smith.

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