At the end of April, I left Goa with everything I owned in a single 50 Litre backpack and 200$ to my name which I had after saving Christmas and birthday gifts. I set off to Nepal traveling 3000kms in 4 days by land. I ended up couch surfing for the first time in Kathmandu and met some incredible people also met a local in charge of a refugee camp and I spent a week helping out build up the toilets for the refugee camp. It was an incredible experience!
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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?!
Pashupatinath is regarded as one of the most significant and sacred temple of Lord Shiva (Pashupati). Built in the 5th century, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a unique example of the Nepalese style of architecture. The main attraction is an impressive statue of a large bull or Nandi covered in gold.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city with its stone paved lanes visiting old market like Ason & Indra Chowk gives 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 Durbar Square area.
Later, stroll through the old Durbar Square, an excellent example of ancient Newari architecture. This iconic landmark contains a series of palaces, courtyards and temples built between the 12th and 18th centuries by the ancient Malla Kings of Nepal. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy exploring the markets, pubs and casinos. Overnight in Kathmandu (B)
Holding excitement and curiosity within us, we began the ride towards the beautiful city of lakes passing Maitighar - Tripureshwor - Teku then Kalanki. We stopped briefly in Teku to get new and safer helmet, which is definitely an important thing to consider for safe highway ride. Crossing the congested traffic of Kalanki - Nagdhunga road we joined the Prithvi highway, two-lane yet one of the busiest highway in the country. We swirled down the winding road until Naubise, the ride till was enjoyable one as there were comparatively less traffic.
Everest Base Camp Trekking
The trek begins from Kathmandu with a flight to Lukla or the Tenzing-Hillary Airport. Flight to Lukla itself can be no less than an adventure as the airport is enlisted as the most dangerous airport in the world, by virtue of the location, altitude and topography. The real Everest Base Camp Trek commences from Lukla, when you start your trek to Namche and the Base Camp crossing many Sherpa villages and settlement areas on the way. Another feature of the Everest Base Camp Trek is the opportunity to visit Gokyo Valley, the Gokyo-Ri or the peak and the beautiful Gokyo Lake. Gokyo is one of the most beautiful villages in the Khumbhu region of Everest. Also, the popular Cho-La Pass lies along the Everest Base Camp Trek which offers great views of the mountains including the all famous Everest. The total cost for the trip or the tour depends on several factors as per your convenience. The preferred type of accommodation in Kathmandu or Pokhara makes a difference in the totality of the cost (budget to 5 star accommodations). The chosen mode of transport also affects the cost of your package, for example the prices may vary widely from flight compared to private car / van, tourist or local buses. The number of guides and porters too affect the total cost of your trip. For these reasons the same route / tour price may vary considerably. If you want any further information regarding price then you can also visit our official site.
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, Boudhanath Stupa is one of the oldest and largest stupa and a centre of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. It is said to contain the holy relics of the past Buddha, Kashyapa, who is venerated both by Buddhists and Hindus. Overnight in Kathmandu (D)
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.
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.
Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park
After crossing that dusty road, we entered to the Shivapuri National Park through the Army Check Point (luckily we were not stopped for any park formalities), from there the road was paved one for some time. We got out from the city chaos, the air cleared up and beautiful nature was ruling the area. We followed nice uphill road till some unknown point inside the National Park from where we had the awesome view of 'Ganesh Himal Range'. We started descending on the bumpy and winding way up to Chhahare, Nuwakot. We stopped there and had black-eyed peas with black-tea. We still had to travel for at least an hour to meet the Trishuli Highway in Battar that leads to Dhunche through Bidur, district headquarter of Nuwakot.
I packed by bags and left Kathmandu on the 15th of October, full moon day and last day of the festive holiday. Flight time was 13:40 so I went to TIA on time, but due to so called VIP movement, almost all domestic flights were delayed by at least two hours. I had no options than waiting in the airport lounge. Luckily, the delay was less than told, so I completed the boarding and check-in formalities and at around 14:15, I was in the aircraft. We were then told that there will be some more delay due to ATC's permission, which continued for 15-20 mins. The aircraft took off at 14:42 and rounding the urban agglomeration and surrounding green, vegetated slopes it flew towards the east. Watching Green hills, floating clouds and beautiful Himalayan peaks, flight went smoothly. Views of mountains like Dorje Lakpa, Jugal, GauriShankar, Melungtse, Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga from ~11000 feet were just awesome - to some extend, I was happy, my camera was happy. After 40 minutes of scenic flight, landing gear touched the ground. It took around 20 minutes to collect my backpacks and got out of Bhadrapur airport. It was 16:00.
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.
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
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.
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.
We got wake up call from Prachesh at 6:00. That didn't matter most as we were already up. He said to get to our place (Lokanthali) from Pepsicola within 30 minutes. After being fresh, we dressed up and checked for any forgotten stuffs and I went to receive Prachesh in Lokanthali Chwok as he was waiting there. We got back to room at around 6:45. We left Lokanthali at 7:00, I was pillion rider to Sunil's bike and Prachesh was riding alone. The plan for that day was to have bike ride till Dhunche following 'Tokha - Chhahare - Battar' road then start the trek and reach Singh-Gumba (Chandanbari - a place popular for Cheese factory has a very famous monastery) till the evening.
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.
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 ;)