Miracle two: the opportunity to visit a state that was recently opened to the world

Nepal has been a closed state for a long time, unfamiliar with Western culture. He opened Nepal to the world (and the world to Nepal) in the mid-1950s from Odessa, Boris Lisanevich, a famous dancer, who in 1924 joined Diaglev’s ballet troupe in Paris and toured a lot in Calcutta. In 1936 he created the 300 Club in Calcutta, bringing together the Indian and British elites. The then Nepalese king Tribhuvan, who was temporarily staying in India due to complications in relations with the Rana dynasty of prime ministers, also joined the club. It was the “Club” – and, in particular, Lisanevich and the representatives of Britain – who helped Tribhuvan to regain the throne in 1953. Already in 1954, with the permission of the king, Lisanevich opened the first hotel in Nepal – the Royal Hotel – which soon became the tourist and business center of Kathmandu.

While tourism has been developing in Nepal since the middle of the last century, little-known places remain in it – for example, the previously independent Kingdom of Lo or Upper Mustang (“the forbidden kingdom”). The opportunity to visit this region without the permission of the king and the blessing of the Dalai Lama appeared among tourists only in 1992. Due to the long isolation from external influences, many ancient Tibetan temples and monasteries, Buddhist stupas and crystal-clear lakes have survived in Lo. To this day, Buddhists and ascetic Tibetans live in small houses, religious buildings and even caves in the Kingdom of Lo.