Nepal, a country in south east Asia, is intertwined between culture and the beauty of Mother Nature. The diverse geographical landscape with high mountains and green plains portray the uniqueness of the place. The golden temples reflect the religious sentiments of the locals and their eternal faith on the Almighty.
Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal
Visit to Kathmandu is both exhaustive and intriguing. At the one side you will be spellbound by the artistic marvel of more than 130 historic and religious buildings and on the other side you may have to patiently traverse the jam packed town.
The city has numerous religious sites to visit. The famous Buddhist stupa, Swayambhunath, stands at the top of a hillock and is one of the holy religious temple of the Buddhists. One has to climb an array of stairs before reaching the stupa buts its worth a walk as it opens up a serene view of the Kathmandu valley along with its artistic beauty. Its popularly known as the “Monkey Temple” and you will be encountered by a group of holy monkeys who are residing from generations after another.
One of the most sacred Hindu temples, The Pashupatinath Temple, built in the name of Lord Shiva is worshipped by thousands. The temple stands at the banks of the river Bagmati and is one of the oldest and holy temples of the Hindu community. One must respect the rituals within the temple as locals are very sensitive about the sacred place and the religious beliefs.
There are several UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu, the famous among them being the Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Patan Durbar Square and the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The three Durbars are the reminiscence of the old kingdom of Nepal and consists of palaces, temples, wide courtyards, museums, water fountains along with some excellent wooden works.
Away from the cultural and religious heritage, Kathmandu has another part to its excellence. Thamel, one of the popular night life zones of the city, presents an alternate picture with live music, roadside food shops, shops selling jewellery, handicrafts. Its one of the best place for crazy shopping in Nepal.
The city is flanked with several palaces, gardens, museums and chowks and travellers sometimes opt for moving down the roads in an old rickshaw to reincarnate the ancient royal charm of the city.
As you more towards the edge of the bowl shaped Kathmandu valley, you will come across some of the breath taking views of the Himalayas in a small village called Nagarkot. The sunrise and the sunset create a spectacular atmosphere across the stunning Himalayan ranges.
Pokhara, the Gateway to the Annapurna Hills
Pokhara is one of the finest towns in Nepal with mystic view of the lakes and the panoramic view of the snow clad Annapurna Hills adorning the picturesque landscape.
The Great Phewa lake in Pokhara is a treat to the eyes with its vastness combined with the crystal clear waters in front of the magnificent Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Hills. The reflection of the rays of the setting sun rekindles a sparkling effect in the calm flowing waters. The sweet chirping of the birds add a splendid effect to the captivating view of the lake and as the dusk prevails, a scintillating atmosphere is created instilling serenity and calmness around.
The mystic beauty of Pokhara is endless with the enthralling view of the sunrise and sunset at Sarangkot. Sarangkot, a small village, is famous for the magnificent views of the Annapurna range, Fishtail mountains, Dhaulagiri range and the Manaslu. The rising sun rays mesmerizes the entire landscape with the reddish glow encompassing the blue sky. It’s a photographer’s paradise where one can capture images of the exotic charisma of the place.
Another prominent place to visit in Pokhara is the World Peace Pagoda or the Shanti Stupa. Situated at a height of 1000 m, the glowing white Pagoda was created by the Buddhist monks and is one of the World’s greatest stupas. The brilliance of the place is its freshness which relieves the soul from all the worries and casts a shadow of peace on human heart and mind.
Amazing Gondola ride across the Chandragiri Hills
Chandragiri Hills is the favourite destination of traveller’s worldwide as it offers a multitude platter of the Annapurna Hills, Fishtail mountains, Gaurishankar Himal, Mount Everest. The cable car takes about 10 to 15 minutes to cover the 2.5 km distance to the Hills. The gondola ride is quite thrilling embracing the greenery of Thankot and Chandragiri Hills. A light breeze greets once you reach your destination and refreshes the mind with its soothing touch.
The pristine landscape with its flora and fauna and the majestic mountain peaks creates a hypnotizing effect and tranquilizes the heart.
Nepal is a traveller’s fascination and trekker’s paradise. The moment you encounter with its enchanting beauty, it creates a strong magnetic effect which grabs you more into its core of scenic and natural wonder. It’s a must visit to experience the unique combo of history combined with nature’s ecstasy.