Quietly tucked in a side valley where few travelers go, this village is a gem.
It also happens to be one of the few remaining Bon villages in Nepal. Bon is
the indigenous religion of Tibet which was originally characterized by nature
worship and shamanistic rituals. However, as Buddhism started to grow, the
original pre-Buddhist beliefs have adopted many Buddhist traditions to the
point that to a layman, a Bonpo monastery might look very similar to a
The easiest way to tell is through the central deities which while similar, is
different from those in Buddhism. Also, the swastika that one finds around the
monasteries is clockwise in the case of Buddhism while it is counterclockwise
in the case of Bon. You can see these swastikas in the little chortens around
the upper monastery in Lubra. You could also tell by the counterclockwise
direction in which devotees circle a Bon monastery.
The view of the mountain peaks behind the ruined fortress, the 800-year-old
Bon monastery, the lively and well-made school and the general serenity of
this village truly create a spectacular ambience.