It was day 1 i.e. 21st Jan, 2017, a flight from Air India at IGI Airport, Kolkata at 1.45PM. a flight of 1.30 hours which land u in between Himalayas...the view from the window seat was amazing just a minute before u land in Tribhuvan Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal.
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Our next stop was Boudha Stupa. Such a breath of fresh air after the temple visit. It is so heartbreaking to see that most of the stupa got damaged because of the devastating earthquake. But even with the renovation in progress, the vibe of Stupa was absolutely serene and had a calming effect on all our senses. We took a long photowalk all around the stupa and weather gods were particularly kind to us that evening. This was my most favourite stop at Kathmandu. You can satify your urban side by dropping into a fancy Himalayan Java Coffee here that sells some amazing coffee. Now who would say no to affogato with a view?!
Kathmandu Durbar Square
The last stop of the day was Kathmandu Durbar Square, large parts of which were also lost to earthquake. I still loved walking around here. A large open Durbar area, filled with numerous souvenir stalls surrounded by beautiful roof top cafes and restaurants. What a great juxtaposition of new and old! The indianness in us, oozing out at each stall, haggling away for a few hundred rupees. We wished to go to a few other places but our tired legs gave up.We zeroed in on Black Olives Cafe for dinner, a lovely cafe close to our hotel at Thamel. Good food, Gorkha and Everest beer and great company.. one couldn't ask for more.
It's located on the top of a hill, overlooking the city of Kathmandu. What really interests me is the harmony embedded by this temple. Gods/Goddesses from Hinduism and Buddhism are worshiped at the same place and even some saints are both. Religious separation doesn't exist in this place and people are inspired to achieve universal wisdom. How wonderful!
We decided to start our Kathmandu exploration with the most famous Pashupatinath Temple that my family insisted (read threatened) me to visit. The temple is really unkempt and old and reminded me of childhood visits to North Indian temples where pandits wait to decorate your forehead with vermilion in exchange of some quick moolah.
The Garden of Dreams
The soi-disant "Kaiser" made mini-Versailles with pavillions and environments representing the six traditional Nepali seasons (spring, summer, monsoon season, early autumn, late autumn, and winter). After his time the garden's gazebos, fountains, statues and cupolas fell into disrepair, and were recently (2006) restored by Goetz Hagmuller and the tireless Austrian team of art historians who also organized the Patan Museum.
Or the Bhimesen tower. Prime minister Bhimsen Thapa's second creation.Presently the tower rises above 60 m (9 storied tall) with the 8th floor having a circular balcony from which visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the Kathmandu city. The architecture of the dazzling white beaytu is a crosbeed of Mughal and European styles. Towering like a lighthouse over the labyrinthine old town, this white, minaretlike tower near the post office is a useful landmark.
The Last Resort
Day at Last Resort First we went for Canyon swing where you are tied to a rope around your waist and you jump. Once the rope stops swinging, the guy at the bottom picks you. From here you trek back to the resort. After this I again went for Bungee jumping. This was more difficult for me as now I was tied at my ankles rather than waist and I had to look down and jump. Again here we trek back to the resort after the adrenaline rush. After Lunch, we left for Nepal-Tibet border on bikes. The place was busting with trading activities. There were lot of trucks and packages. People were moving packed stuff here and there. We went on the bridge (Photography is not allowed at the line). Half of it belongs to Nepal and half to China.
Hotel Tashi Dhele
This is a perfect place for a traveler again, reasonable prices, friendly staff, in the middle of Thamel, only basic amenities, hygienic rooms Only issue could be - there are no lifts and your room could be in the 5th, 6th floor. But since you are an adventure enthusiast its ok ;)
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White water rafting in the Trishuli river - top 12 experiences in Nepal listed by Lonely Planet - rightly so, the cold water and the tense rapids make for a thriller experience, although the rapids were not over 3- 3+ (owing to summer). starting point - Charaundi (travel from KTM in the morning) end point - Mugling (from here you can drive down to Pokhara) 15 km rafting (with intermediate swimming breaks between rapids)
The National Museum of Nepal. Opened as a public museum in the year 1938 and was christened The National Museum of Nepal only in year 1967. Previous to that, only foreign scholars and invitees or guests of the Ranas were allowed to have a look of these wonderful collections. The museum has separate galleries dedicated to statues, paintings, murals, coins and weapons. The weapon gallery is cut throat stuff. Among others, it contains various types of Nepalese swords that are called Khukri in the local language. It also contains various types of guns that range from the sultanate era Turkish long barrel to the Royal Enfield built British guns. The coins segment. The oldest coin on display dates back to 12th century. There are separate coins that were issued by the warring families of Shahs and Ranas. There are various statues that have been excavated from the various parts of the kingdom. The ones from the era of the Buddhist dominance are the most impressive.
Patan Durbar Square
I write this review to remember how wonderful Patan Durbar square was. Last month only i have visited this place and now this amazing place was destroyed by earthquake. One of the most amazing heritage site in Nepal was destroyed by earthquake. buildings are amazing, heritage Hindu kingdom. There are a number of historic temples including some extraordinary erotic carvings on one of the temples in a traditional South Asian style. The square also houses the Patan Museum, which is simply amazing. It is easy to walk from here to the nearby Mahabuddha temple. There are fairly regular religious processions and performances in the square as well.
Kathmandu Metropolitan City
On time board our flight from T3, Delhi international airport to Kathmandu . On your arrival at Kathmandu airport, took help an airport representative to get transferred to our respective hotels Summit Residency as booked. After some rest, proceeded for an excursion to Bhaktapur Durbar Square - Perhaps the least changed of all the cities in the Kathmandu Valley, with a distinct medieval feel. Pottery and weaving are still traditional industries here. Architectural wonders abound, including the Palace of Fifty Five Windows, Golden Gate and the magnificent five-storied pagoda-style Nyatapola Temple. Note: Indian Passport or an Election Id is the only valid document for adults (18 yrs & above) to travel to Nepal. For children please carry School /College Id card (with Photograph & Address) & Birth certificate for small children. After, Day 4 at Pokhara, we drove back to Kathmandu. On arrival, checked into the hotel. Rested of the evening is at leisure. The next day, after having a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, we enjoyed a city tour of Kathmandu, visiting temples of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, temple of the living Goddess and stroll through the old Durbar Square. Later in the evening, enjoyed a traditional way of Dining at “Nepali Restaurant” with Nepalese cultural dance. The following day, we left back for Delhi
Kathmandu flight to Lukla and trekking up to Everest base camp and trek back to Lukla
Mount Everest (8848m), king of the all mountains in the world.
Each year in November, around 200 students from around the world travel to Kopan monastery for one month of meditation and insight into the Dharma. Once the home of the astrologer to the king of Nepal, Kopan is a now a thriving monastery of over 300 monks, and a spiritual oasis for hundreds of visitors yearly from around the world. A great place to learn about Tibetan Buddhism, there's classes on Buddhism everyday at 10am besides Saturday. Opening once every week, on the top of the hills(Kathmandu outskirts) this is a great shrine to visit.
Kumari Temple & Vivekanand RockBoth kumari temple and vivekanand rock are situated opposite to each other in kanyakumari. People are generally not allowed to click pictures here but we somehow managed to click a few.It was built in 1970 in honour of Swami Vivekananda who is said to have attained enlightenment on the rock.
Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city: Kathmandu's stone-paved lanes and old markets, like Ason & Indrachowk give true history of one of the oldest states of ancient Nepal. The main highlights of Old Kathmandu city are Kathmandu Durbar Square with Museum, Kumari Ghar, Hanuman Dhoka and many other temples dotted inside the Durbar Square area.