Welcome this New Year under the tranquillity and spirituality of nature with the inaccessible monasteries of the world
To celebrate New Year everyone heading towards some crowed party destination. But if you are nature lover and looking for some peace and tranquillity in nature than Buddhist monasteries could be the best destination to start your new year. Usually, Buddhist monasteries located in remote places far from the hubbub of cities and towns. It takes more than a mild determination to reach them, but some of these are decidedly inaccessible. The idea is to ensure that most dedicated followers reach these holy places, while they also make the monks feel like they were closer to God in a place of peace and solitude. Today, most of these monasteries are tourist attractions and in favor of tourists, several access methods like ropeways and stairs have been added.
MONASTERIES OF METEORA
The Meteora (Greek for 'suspended in the air' or 'in the heavens above') is a group of six monasteries and one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece. The six monasteries, built on natural sandstone rock pillars, are one of the most powerful examples of the architectural transformation of a site into a place of retreat, meditation and prayer. The monasteries are built on the rock pinnacles of deltaic origin, known as Meteor, which rise starkly over 400 m above the Peneas Valley and the small town of Kalambaka on the Thessalian Plain. During the fearsome time of political instability in 14th century, the monasteries were systematically built on top of the inaccessible peaks so that by the end of the 15th century there were 24 of them. They continued to flourish until the 17th century. Today, only four monasteries−Aghios Stephanos, Aghia Trias, Varlaam and Meteoron−still house religious communities. Access to the monasteries was originally and deliberately difficult, requiring either long ladders lashed together or large nets used to haul up both goods and people. This requires quite a leap of faith−the ropes were replaced, so the story goes, only 'when the Lord let them break'. In the 1920s there was an improvement in the arrangements. Steps were cut into the rock, making the complex accessible via a bridge from the nearby plateau. TAUNG KALAT MONASTERY
TAUNG KALAT MONASTERY
The monastery of Taung Kalat is located on the top of a volcanic plug that rises 737 m from the surrounding in central Burma (Myanmar). It is about 50 km southeast of Bagan, and near the extinct volcano Mount Popa. The monastery can be accessed by exactly 777 steps, and those who make it to the top enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding areas, including distant temples of Bagan and the forested Taung Ma-gyi summit. Also, there is a big caldera, 610 m wide and 914 m in depth. Many Macaque monkeys live here, making it a popular tourist site on Taung Kalat.