Myths and Mountains Announces Extraordinary New Spiritual Journeys for 2014
Find enlightenment and cultural immersion in India, Nepal, and Bhutan
India: The Kalachakra Teachings With The Dalai Lama, Ladakh, and Kashmir
Leh, nestled high in the Himalayas and the capital city of Ladakh, is host this summer to two exceptional and simultaneous happenings - the Kalachakra Teachings and Initiation given by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and the Hemis Festival! This unusual trip presents travelers with two options. Those who wish can spend their entire time in Leh, join with Ladakhis and pilgrims from other parts of the world, receive the teachings and initiation, participate in the pageantry of Hemis, and see a bit of the surrounding area before heading home. Another group can leave Leh early after the festival and preliminary teachings, ride camels in the Nubra Valley, and then drive out across 13,000-foot passes to Kargil and on to Srinagar in Kashmir. Along the way, travelers visit Alchi, the oldest monastery in Ladakh, and Lamayuru, spectacularly located just below the pass to Kalsi, before descending into the lush green Kashmir Valley. Time in Srinagar will be spent staying on a houseboat, wandering the bazaars and narrow streets of the old town, visiting weavers and crafts people and even popping in on India's premier ski resort in Gulmarg! http://mythsandmountains.com/component/trips/explore/MM-IND-Kalachakra/136
Spiritual Journey: Bhutan and the Realm of Colors
Color symbolism is integral to Buddhist philosophy, and inherent in daily Bhutanese life. Each of the elements of earth, water, fire, air and space have a color of their own. Each of us is assigned an element at birth and thus have a dominant color. Colors signify the emotions of anger, greed, jealousy, ignorance and pride and are identified with each of the five Buddha families. This very unique trip through Bhutan is a way to understand the county, its people, and perhaps ourselves through the medium of color. You join monks in designing a mandala and meet with a healer to learn how the 5 basic elements create the body and influence our health. You participate in local rituals to combat spirits that cause illness, communicate with the unknown, and increase your luck force. Along the way, you meet with Bhutan's chief astrologer, hoist colored prayer flags to enhance balance and create happiness, chant and meditate with key teachers, learn about the art of Buddhist debate, and make a pilgrimage to Taktsang or Tiger's Nest in Paro. At the end of your trip, all of these concept and experiences will hopefully come together to help you manage your life and understand this very complex country and its people http://mythsandmountains.com/component/trips/explore/MM-BHU-Realm/134
The Lotus and the Tikka: A Spiritual Journey to Nepal
This unusual journey, led by Buddhist scholar Indra Mainali, is for travelers interested in understanding the living Hindu and Buddhist traditions in the fascinating country of Nepal. Guests have an opportunity to meet key religious scholars, experience Tibetan bowl healing, be blessed by a virgin goddess, celebrate festivals with families, and stop in at a shamanic school, while seeing parts of the Kathmandu Valley and country that few Westerners ever have a chance to see. Guests not only get to wander the valley, visiting unusual sites such as Pharping, Namobuddha, Chovar, Buddhanilkantha, and Panauti, but also travel to Lumbini, birthplace of Buddha, and Janakpur, birthplace of Sita, the wife of Ram in the Ramayana. And there are festivals to celebrate with the local people - Chatth, dedicated to the Sun God, and Deepawali, or the Newari New Year. With this trip visitors have the chance to truly understand Nepal, a country where religion and life are one. http://mythsandmountains.com/component/trips/explore/MM-NEP-Lotus/137
Nepal: Buddhists, Bon Pos and Hindus – People of Lower Mustang
This atypical adventure takes trekkers to small villages and pilgrimage sites in the culturally rich Lower Mustang area of Nepal. As adventurers hike through this rapidly changing area, there is time to talk with local people and learn about their folklore, religion, and day-to-day family activities. The journey begins with a flight from the Kathmandu Valley to Pokhara in the shadow of the Annapurna range. From Pokhara, travelers fly to Jomsom, and trek up the Kali Gandhaki riverbed to Kagbeni, gateway to Upper Mustang, and then on to the pilgrimage town of Muktinath in the shadow of Shorung Yu La. Muktinath is one of the two most important sites for both Hindus and Buddhists in all of Nepal, and a town where jets of methane gas rise from beneath the ground and yogis bathe in holy springs. Crossing the pass above Muktinath, trekkers descend into the isolated Lubrak Valley, home to the only Bon village in Lower Mustang, and continue on to the trading town of Tukche, boasting one of the earliest READ libraries and a delicious distillery. Along the way, in addition to making friends of the local people, travelers can revel in spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Niligiri, Tukche and other sky-touching peaks. http://mythsandmountains.com/component/trips/explore/MM-NEP-Buddhists/137
For more information about Myths and Mountains new 2014 adventures, visit www.mythsandmountains.com .
About Myths and Mountains
Founded in 1988 by veteran adventurer Toni Neubauer, Myths and Mountains fosters intimate cross-cultural experiences. The company’s tours are designed to take travelers to the very heart of the places they are visiting, whether that means trekking the remote passes of Bhutan or learning traditional medicine from the shamans of the Amazon. These efforts have established a solid place for Myths and Mountains in the adventure travel industry; the company was chosen as one of National Geographic Adventure’s Best Adventure Travel Companies in 2009 and won Travel + Leisure’s 2010 Global Vision Award. Their innovative “Untamed Cambodia” tour was selected as a “Tour of a Lifetime” for 2013 by National Geographic Traveler. Dr. Neubauer herself has been chosen as a Top Travel Specialist by Condé Nast Traveler four times. Myths and Mountains is also a member of Trusted Adventures, a consortium of award-winning companies matching active travelers with over 350 unique trips walking, rafting, cycling and trekking in over 85 destinations worldwide.
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