A 10 day trip to discover Himalayas home

Or how I fell in love with this magical place.

Nepal was my second time traveling in Asia, the first being a trip to Jordan. After 10 stunning days spent here, I might say that I left a piece of my soul in this amazing country. I hope that I can get it back one day.

Day 1: Kathmandu

The first day of our trip, we have spent it in Kathmandu, all being jet-laggy and super tired. Our guide welcomed us with traditional Nepali gifts: flowers, prayer necklace and with an awesome Nepali traditional dinner and drinks.

Between our arrival to the hotel and the dinner, we had some time to squeeze in some city sightseeing and walked around the streets nearby the hotel.

And finally dinner time, which was a blast. It was my first time trying Nepali foods and drinks, and also my first time to experience the traditional folklore of this amazing country.

Day 2: Kathmandu – Nagarkot

After we ate breakfast, we have packed everything and went back on the road to visit the amazing Ancient City of Patan and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Ignoring the craziness and chaos of the traffic, I might say that Kathmandu is a city of contrasts, a melting pot of ancient and new, of commerce and architecture and of young and old. Once our bus stopped, I couldn’t wait to see this new world that was displayed in front of my eyes. Not sure where was my focus more, on the ancient temples or on the people.

As a fun fact, Patan Durbar Square, situated in the heart of the city, consists of enchanting mélange of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples, belonging to the medieval period 15th to 17th century. The former Royal palace complex and its surroundings provide a very good example of ancient Newari architecture. To the west of the complex, there are a dozen of wooden temples of various sizes and styles.

Krishna Mandir, Nepal’s finest piece of stone architecture built by Siddhi Narsingh Malla in 1635 AD. It is a very imaginative architectural masterpiece, a standing example of Newar craftsmanship in stone. It is made out of a single stone and has three floors. The main shrine is on the first floor which contains the images of Lord Krishna with his two consorts. The beautiful carvings depict the scenes and events of the two great Hindu epics- the Ramayan and the Mahabharat.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square, is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the valley as it highlights some of the finest medieval arts of Nepal. The main square of the city contains innumerable temples and other marvelous architectural showpieces: Lion Gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, Bhairavnath Temple, Dattatreya Square Picture Gallery, the Golden Gate, the Batsala Temple, Nyatapola Temple, Potter’s Square and the Bell of Barking Dogs. The centerpiece is the 55 Window Palace built by King Yakshya Malla in the 17th century.

After this sightseeing we had a crazy drive to Nagarkot, where the magnificient Everest and Lantang region can be seen, Annapurna and many other mountains from the Himalayan range.

Day 3: Nagarkot – Chitwan

Oh man, what a night and what an early rise…

After we had a long night with crazy chatting and having tons of fun, where we manage to squeeze in aprox2h of sleep, we woke up at 6 am to experience one of the most amazing sunrises in my life.

After an authentic, delicious Nepali breakfast, we had to packl  again and to continue our 6h journey to the Chitwan National Park.

13.00 hrs. Lunch

15.00 hrs. Briefing on elephant safari & bathing.

16.00 hrs. Elephant safari (Approx. 2 hours)

19.00 hrs. Tharu dance or culture show program

20.00 hrs. Dinner.

(Overnight at Hotel)  Hotel parkland

Day 4: Nagarkot – Chitwan

Day 04: Full day Chitwan excursion

Included: T, A, B, L,D.

Full Day Chitwan Tour Excursion

05.30 hrs: Wake up call

06.00 hrs: Tea / Coffee followed by Nature walk for Bird watching

07.30 hrs: Breakfast

08.30 hrs: Canoe ride along with Elephant breeding center

13.00 hrs: Lunch

15.00 hrs: Visit to National Park visitor center (Information about the Park)

16.00 hrs: Village tour to a near by ethnic Tharu village by ox cart.

19.00 hrs: Slides presentation about the flora & fauna of the National Park

20.00 hrs: Dinner,

(Overnight at Hotel) Hotel Parkland

Day 5: Chitwan – Pokhara

Chitwan-Pokhara

Included: T, A, B.

 

5.30 AM: Bird Watching (or another elephant ride) after early morning tea/coffee.

 

8.00 AM: Breakfast

 

9.00 AM: Luggage down and departure at 9.39 AM to Pokhara by car 4hours drive to Pokhara.

Upon arrival to Pokhara check in at hotel, Then we will visit:

Davi’s fall, Lacally known as patale Chhahgo is an awesome waterfall lying about 2km south-west of Pokhara airport on the highway to Tansen .

Legend has it that in the month of july 1961, a Swiss couple were bathing in the stream Pardi Khola , Just above the fall. A sudden flood from the Fewa Dam swept away Mrs. Davi and mysteriously disappeared down in to an undergroung passage beneath the fall. Since fall has been called Davi’s Fall .

The old Bazaar and Bindyabasini Temple, Pokhra’s traditional bazaar is colorful and so are its ethnically diverse traders. Newar architecture and craftsmanship is expressed in its temple and windows. The past richness is expressed in its art and craftsmanship. Bindyabasani Temple is the center of religious activities in the old bazaar.It os dedicated to Goddess, Bhagawati , another manifestation of Shati. On Tuesdays and Saturdays ,people sacrifice animals and believe that she will help them fulfill their desires and wshes. Legend has it that the stone image of the Goddess was being brough from binda , India to the Kingdom on the north of Annapurna . The carriers rested in Pokhara and when they were about to continue the journey, the image could not be lifted from the ground.

Gupteswor Guffa (Cave ), A sacred cave lies 2km from Pokhara airport on the Sidartha Highway leading South-West from the city. The entrance is right cross Davi’s Fall and the cave is almost 3km long. It has some big hall –size rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all fours this cave holds special value for Hindus since a phallic symbol of lord shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered.

(Overnight at Hotel Lake star)

Day 6: Pokhara – Dhampus

 

Day 06: Pokhara-Dhampus TREK

Included: T, A, B.

Drive from pokhara to Phedi (950m.) by car, which takes one hour. Now you begin your Hike from Phedi to Dhampus(1650m)which takes approximately four hours.

 

Day 7: Dhampus – Sarangkot – Pokhara

Day 07: Dhampus-Sarangkot TREK- Pokhara

Included: T, A, B.

Early in the morning you may watch view of Annapurna Fish tail And Dhaulagiri Mountain and many more peaks with Sunshine (golden view) and then after breakfast Hike from Dhampus to Sarangkot(1720m) via Naudanda.Which takes approximately five hours. Our tour bus will be waiting at Sarangkot then transfer to Pokhara takes 40 Minutes.

Evening visit Phewa Tal, Tal means lake in Nepali. Phewa Tal is the largest lake in the valley , measuring 1.5 by 4km .The lake is the Pokhara Valley.The lake is best situated for boating and Bird watching and especially photographing the scenic mountains. The excellent settings of the lake and the reflactions of the Annapurna Mountains is something , no visitors would like to miss during a boating trip. Annapuran rises directly from the valley floor and seems close enough to touch.

(Overnight Hotel Lake Star)

Day 7: Dhampus – Sarangkot – Pokhara

Day 08:Pokhara-Katmandu

Included: T, A, B.

After breakfast at hotel Drive to Katmandu takes about 6 hours, Arrive in Kathmandu check in at hotel and evening visit Swyambhunath, a 2000 years old Buddhist monument looking out into the four cardinal directions, is situated on a hilltop overlooking the Kathmandu city. It is one of the world’s most glorious Chaityas about 3 km from the city center. Surrounding the hemispherical Stupa are many temples and pagodas and large band of red-faced monkeys, believed to be the descendents of ‘Hanuman’, the Monkey God.

 

Some scientist tested the energy level and they found an intense activity in these stones.

Another part of these legends would be that here it was a spacecraft base and a runaway from the aircrafts, with radio transmitter and signalling.

After a short hike in the forest you can see the remains of some sort of columns or petrified bones looking like trovants.

How to get there: The GPS coordinates for The Old Women of Bozioru are: 45.368636, 26.464641

Entrance fees: None.

Gear-up:

  • I have approaches shoes, but any hiking boot will do perfect, comfy hiking pants and tshirt and a rain/windproof jacket (it is 100% depending on the time of the year when you visit it)
  • BRING WATER, I usually carry camelback or nalgene bottles
  • And as a photographer, I took only my Canon EOS Mk 2 with 16-35 mm USM IS2 f2.8 lenses

The whole day trip map is here: https://goo.gl/maps/Xmpt1o7FUC72

Photo: Diana C.
Text: Diana C.
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