Planning a Visit to Nepal? Here Is What I Did When I Travelled to Nepal
So I am back with a bang.
In my recent blog, I talked about my trip to Turkey. So as you can witness from the title this blog is based on my visit to Nepal, a country with fertile plains, forested hills, and a lot of glorious history. Nepal is home to 8 of the world’s 10 tallest mountains, including Mount Everest, which is the tallest peak on the face of the earth. (agape? I was too so no worries!)Cut the long story short and let’s move on to
Where I Stayed?
So as I have already told you I don’t waste my…ok wait my father’s money on the luxuries but I want to explore as much as I can. This time I chose the Kathmandu Eco Hotel for my 8-day visit to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. It offers quality at an affordable price. (I am not a miser) Anyway, let us quickly have a look at the tourist spots I visited.
Places I visited
This ash white-colored stupa has a spherical shape and is surrounded by colorful flags hanging with it(I don’t know if it has some sort of religious significance). It is a place to gather, for pilgrims from different religions to perform their ritualistic circumnavigation, known as ‘Kora’.According to their belief, anyone who performs this ritual in this stupa, with no evil desires will receive good luck. I guess it is getting boring so let me just jump onto the other spot.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
So this place was very special for me to visit as I have a huge interest in ancient rulers and emperors and this Durbar Square has witnessed the crowning of not one or two but many Nepal rulers who ruled over Nepal a long time back. It is one of the most prominent places to depict Kathmandu’s cultural architecture. Unfortunately, the earthquake of 2005 destructed much of the area but it still holds its importance(sad). Now talking about what I felt; the moment I looked at the square it reminded me of the Kung Fu palace, in the movie/cartoon ‘KUNG FU PANDA’(no doubt, an amazing movie. Right?
PS. I am not sure if that picture is of the square, but that is the best one I could find on Unsplash, and I could not copy-paste pictures from google because of copyright issues…Accept apologies.
I feel like Thamel is much like the Grand Bazar of Turkey. (Don’t mention…I know I have good powers to contrast)I loved Thamel because it contains almost everything be it traditional sculptures, temples, or cozy restaurants; it has everything. Whether you are looking for clothes, food or whatever land your feet in Thamel. The narrow alleys of Thamel, dictating Kathmandu’s traditions is what attracted me and is what attracts other tourists too. My little advice for the ones visiting Kathmandu is that you can compromise on everything but not…Thamel. It’s a must-visit!
Garden of Dreams Kathmandu
Now, speaking of Kathmandu has a lot of places with lush greenery and soothing flowers. But according to my trip’s duration, I had to manage and choose the best places in which I could discover Kathmandu as much as I could. So one of the places I chose was Garden of Dreams Kathmandu. It was Divine! I am so glad to choose this place. This place is also known as ‘Swapna Bgeecha’(trust me it is named so accurately; like how can someone be so accurate to name a place? I WONDER)The garden has a magnificent ring surrounded by antique benches. The ponds, flowers, pots are impressively matching with the infrastructure. These features together force people to visit Heaven on Earth.
Sorry, I wanted to add the picture but it was showing some sort of error so I had to skip it. If you have the time search this on Google and then you can witness the beauty. It is located on the outskirts of Kathmandu. I was surprised to hear the story about the formation of this beautiful lake as it states, that it was formed from the waters of a comparably large lake after a mythical character cut the hill around it to let the water flow. (yeah..interesting). Taudaha Lake is surrounded by densely forested hills and is full of different kinds of fishes. Just to add if you are a birdwatcher visit this lake because of the migratory birds in the area.
Hiking Around Kathmandu
This marks the end of the list. When in Kathmandu hiking is a must-do fun activity. Since I was on a short trip to Kathmandu but still wanted to hike (as it is beautiful)I decided to hike on a short day hiking trail, and the one I chose was Phulchowki Hike; note Phulchowki is the highest hill found in Kathmandu. The reason I chose the Phulchowki hike was because of; absolutely breathtaking views of the Kathmandu valley upon reaching the peak.
Visiting Nepal is one of the most beautiful parts of my life. On a shorter note if you visit Nepal or have visited Nepal do tell me about your experience. Waiting to hear back from you soon.