Exploring Tengboche Monastery
Tengboche monastery is the most famous and the largest Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu region. It lies on the way to Everest Base Camp. The flight from Kathmandu will first take you to Lukla and then the walk will bring you to Namche Bazaar. Further ahead along the rocky and trekking trail the monastery lies on a small hill. As it is the mountainous region the surrounding offers the exceptional beauty with roaring Dudh Koshi and Imja river flowing nearby and stunning mountain peaks in the background. It lies within the Sagarmatha National Park area which is the UNESCO world heritage site and is also regarded as one of the popular tourist destination.
The monastery was built in 1916 and has been renovated several times to keep it nice shape after it was damaged by earthquake and fire. Great efforts have been made to keep the history of the monastery and its religious and cultural artistic beauty intact. The monastery still looks colourful and beautiful. A large number of monks live in the nunnery nearby the monastery. Various Buddhist cultural and religious practices are carried out throughout the year and large number of national and international tourist visit here to observe the unique practices. Visiting the monastery will benefit the travellers two ways. On the one hand it offers the best chance to observe Buddhist cultural and religious practices from up close and on the other the great Himalayan beauty can be enjoyed at the same time.
The monastery experiences large number of visitors during the famous Mani Rimdu festival. It is the most important festival of Sherpa people. The festival falls during the month of October/November and is observed by huge crowd of locals as well as tourists. A number of religious rites are performed during the festival and is observed for 19 days. You may choose to take part on any day of the festival. Various kinds of songs are sung, mantras chanted and mask dances performed during the festival.
If you are thinking of visiting Everest region, planning the trip during the festival time will be the special bonus. It offers you a nice chance to get closer look of Sherpa culture and tradition. The exceptional beauty of Himalayan region blended with the unique culture of mountain people will give you incomparable gratification that will surely be your life time experience.