Exciting as it seemed to me while starting my trip to #Nepal I had no idea that I am going to love it to this extent.
I was travelling with my husband and son, eight nights and nine days in this amazing country. My son was much more excited then me and you won’t believe that he has searched on Google and made a list of all the places he wanted to see and had even told his teacher that he was going to see #himalaya in Nepal. Our flight landed in Tribhuvan International Airport at around twelve in the afternoon and by the time we checked into the hotel it was around two in the afternoon. We relaxed a little and then came out in evening around four to explore and plan our next day.We asked the travel desk as well outside cab guys for the day tour and tried bargaining the fare. It turned out that we had to pay around eight thousand of Nepalese currency for the day trip. Then we wanted to explore a little ourselves so we went exploring Thamel a tourist place more like shopping place. There were quite good number of eateries also liked by the tourists. Spending some time there we were back to hotel.
Pashupatinath temple: Relaxed the next morning we started around nine in the morning and headed to beautiful world heritage site of pashupatinath temple. It is a Shiva temple with four faced shivalinga.
Chandragiri Hills: Then We headed to chandragiri hills. After a drive of around one and half hours we reached the point from where we took cable car and reached the point. The view from here is amazing and you can see ganeshi ranges, annapoorna ranges, Everest and macchhapuchhare peaks from there. Climbing up we have a beautiful Shiva temple. Some play area for children is also made there and is nicely maintained. This place is also favourite of local Nepalese people.
swayambhu Stupa/ Monkey temple: After our visit to chandragiri hills we headed to swyambhu stupa. It was around half an hour drive from chandragiri hills and we could see the stupa, buddhist museum and a beautiful glimpse of the sunset was amazing there. This time of the year was quite chilling and by five in the evening there was the need for winter clothing along with extremities protection like gloves. We were back to hotel #radisson where our stay was quite comfortable for the evening.
Next day we took a flight to #Pokhara from the domestic airport. Here one thing I would like to mention that if you plan your trip around this season, do not book the morning flights as there is alot of uncertainty due to fog. It is better to travel in the afternoon around twelve noon or so. As the so goes up the fog generally clears. Reaching Pokhra our stay was at #waterfront_resort. This place has alot of adventure activities like paragliding kayaking etc but we choose to cover the places we wanted to see in and around pokhara.We choose to do sightseeing for three days and they charged us eight and half thousand INR for that. My reason of mentioning the amounts is just to give some rough estimate for my friends who might desire to plan their trip. The sightseeing in pokhara can be divided in parts.
Day 1 : we started with talbarahi temple. This temple is very beautiful and is located in the lake phewa. We took a boat ride to the temple for around 200 INR both ways. It’s beautiful feeling to go there as well as see people kayaking around. It takes around ten minutes to reach there by boat and we were done in an hour back.
Then we progressed to bindiyabasini temple which is a collection of few small temples.
Then was the turn of seti river or seti gandaki. You can see it there or also at the river bank.
From there we went to chamero caves which is a bat cave. You have to go down and as adventurous as it feels, you get the sight of natural inhabitants, that is, the bats.
Then a visit to the cultural museum of pokhara can close the day.
Day 2 : We headed to sarangkot view point 5 am in the morning. This depends upon weather conditions. If its clear sky then you can plan this otherwise you need to wait for the next day. It was freezing cold there but worthy of the efforts. You can watch and capture every moment of sunrise and changing colours of the annapurna ranges as well as macchapucchhre. It’s amazing to see that. Once done with that you have time to see hand knitted woollen products you can buy from there. Back to hotel by eight we finished our breakfast. Then a little later we went for half day shopping and exploring to the city.
Day 3: we started with butterfly museum which has collection of thousands of butterfly and other insects. Also beautiful description of the lifestyle of the mountains. Very nicely maintained and very informative.
Then we progressed to begnas lake. It’s beautiful and picturesque atmosphere is amazing. It was followed by rupa lake.
The day then took us to the beautiful mountain museum which is really very enriching for children to know the various developments and history of mountains and mountaineering.
Then we went to gupteshwar mahadev caves. This place is amazing and when you go down inside the caves you have mahadev temple. Most of the people come back from there but if you choose to go further down you get to see the David fall.
This couldn’t have a better closing of the day then seeing the beautiful shanti stupa of #peace_pagoda. This place gives an amazing view of mountains and the sunset here and is worth spending time. They also have a Japanese buddhist temple here.
Our sightseeing in pokhara completed with this and we headed back to Kathmandu the next day.
The next day we planned our visit to bhaktapur durbar square. This has amazing temples but a lot of restoration going on after the earthquake. There is this beautiful museum there with alot of enriching stuff for kids.
Then the second half of the day could be spent in Patan museum and the area again is full of temples but also some restoration work can be seen.
This summed up pur visit to Nepal.We were back to Mumbai the next day.If you plan for a longer visit, you may also add annapurna base camp visit for two days from pokhara.This is all for now, will be back with another amazing experience.