On our Journey to Nepal we visited different spots in mainly 4 different places Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chandragiri & Nagarkot.
When we arrived in Kathmandu we were struck by the harmonious melding of the ancient and modern. Buildings dating back hundreds of years and well preserved, sandwiched between brand new structures representing the advance towards modernization. It’s really interesting to witness this transition. The places to visit in Nepal fall within a spectacularly diverse spectrum because on the one hand you have the intimidating Himalayas and on the other is the path to spiritual enlightenment.
Our time in Nepal was made special by the wonderful people and incredible views. The country has eight of the ten tallest peaks in the world and some of the most challenging hikes and treks in the world. The beauty of this place is like a tranquilizer that can transform stress to peace.
We spent three nights in Kathmandu prior to our visit to Pohkara, and for us the hotel choice was obvious. As a Hyatt and Starwood loyalist, there was only one hotel we really considered, which was Hyatt Regency Kathmandu. we had heard good things about the hotel. the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is surrounded by a 37 acre estate, within close proximity of the Tribhuwan International Airport.
We had arranged for a hotel car to pick us up at Kathmandu and I’m happy we did, because the airport arrivals area was insane. However, things calmed down the second we drove through the Hyatt’s gate.
As our car pulled up we were greeted by one of the front office associates, who escorted us directly to our room for in-room check-in. I find this is often one of the benefits of ordering a hotel car — when the hotel knows exactly when you’ll arrive, they can better customize your arrival experience.
Traffic is ridiculous in Kathmandu which makes any attempts to go all about the city excruciating and things that made me bristle (traffic and terrible pollution). I suppose that is the way this whole traveling thing works though. There are things you’ll fall in love with and some you won’t.
Adventures in Pokhara
It is a must stop on your visit to Nepal.
We loved Pokhara. It is the perfect escape from the bustle and pollution of Kathmandu. Such an easy chill vibe and the Phewa lake and mountains that surround this little city are nothing short of breath taking. The sky was very cloudy and we were able to experience the awe-inspiring sunrise that this mountain is known for. You can see several Himalayas from this vantage point. Even on a cloudy day the view of the city is spectacular.
Pokhara was just what we needed. The air was cleaner and there were so many cute little restaurants and shops along the lakefront road. Now I see why the hippies love it here. It’s easy to forget about the troubles of the real world and spend your evenings watching the sun set over the lake. Perfect place to relax and soak in the views of snow-capped mountains and the meandering river. For those who find solace in adventure sports, Pokhara is just the right place. Despite being home to a number of fancy hotels, it is simple and as laid-back as it could possibly be. Interestingly, this little escape is also the gateway to some of the finest treks in the world.
There are some places where natural beauty is so potent that experiencing it can bring a person to a higher place. Pokhara is one of those places. The front side faces Phewa Lake and the opposite side backs onto the massive Annapurna range. Despite being 28 km away, these mountains are so high that if you stand on the opposite side of the lake you can actually see their reflection in the water—a photographer’s dream, a mountain gazer’s fantasy, a poet’s inspiration.
Go boating and fishing in the majestic Phewa Tal, a freshwater lake in Pokhara and a major tourist attraction. This is one of the most relaxing features of your Nepal itinerary.
There are over 400 hundred pictures from this trip alone on my camera and it was really hard trying to decide which ones to share. I ended up choosing the ones I thought represented the best qualities of Nepal and the most memorable moments for me. My hope is that you will enjoy these snapshots of my travels and be inspired to embark on your own, not necessarily to Nepal but anywhere your heart desires. Every single second in Nepal is an adventure because you can never be sure as to what lies ahead of you. Given the devastating earthquakes that ravaged the country in 2015, Nepal is also like a phoenix that rises from its ashes. It is a backpackers’ delight and a luxury traveller’s dream.
It’s easy to get caught up in the beauty of Pokhara, and to get comfortable there, which is not a bad option in the least. But for those wanting a deeper natural and cultural immersion they can go trekking in the mountains.
If you don’t have time to get closer to the mountains, don’t worry! Another option awaits you. You don’t have to trek for numerous days to experience.
Take the Everest View Mountain Flight or Heli ride and delve deep into the Himalayas, going as close to Mount Everest as possible. The views are nonpareil and this is an experience of a lifetime that Nepal Tourism definitely takes a lot of pride in. Booking in advance is essential.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek combines some of the most spectacular mountain scenery, providing a fascinating insight into the modern hill life of Nepal. This is a unique trek treats you to unparalleled mountain scenery, surrounded by enormous glaciers giving you an inside experience into the Nepalese life and culture.
The fastest way to reach Annapurna without trekking or long hours to save time and energy is via a helicopter. If you have time constraints or are physically unable to trek for a long time, you can still fulfill your wish to travel in the Annapurna circuit. The helicopter tour definitely adds excitement to your overall Annapurna experience.
Since we did not have much time, we went on a heli tour to ABC.
One of the memorable highlights of our recent visit to Nepal was an 25 mins helicopter trip from Pokhara to the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). ABC, which used to be previously accessible only after an arduous week-long trip from Pokhara, is now barely a 25-minute helicopter ride away. We thoroughly enjoyed the heli-ride as well as the 1 hour sojourn at the ABC, with its 360-degree view of imposing snow-capped mountains all around. Will cherish the experience for a long time to come.
Early in the morning, we were picked up from our hotel and transferred to the airport in Kathmandu (in a private car). Once the departure formalities are completed in the airport, the helicopter leaves Kathmandu for Annapurna Base Camp. The helicopter, flying parallel to the northern Himalayan range and high above the beautiful landscape and ethnic village, lands at the South Annapurna Base Camp, where you will be surrounded by the 3600 view of the Annapurna Sanctuary. The helicopter will stop at the base camp for the maximum of 45-60 mins( depends on the pilot) , allowing you to enjoy your tea/breakfast amidst the beautiful panorama of Annapurna Mountains. Relish the beauty of the mountains and capture some in your camera during the same break. After the break is over, the helicopter will now fly back to the airport in Kathmandu. From the airport, a company representative will drop you off to your hotel in Kathmandu.
The mountains will definitely leave you awestruck and become one of the best experiences for you.
Getting Around in Nepal
Getting around in Nepal isn’t as easy when compared to other countries. The roads are in a perpetually deplorable condition and accidents are common. However, none of that, including the devastating 2015 earthquake has deterred tourists from being drawn towards Nepal Tourism. In places like Kathmandu and Pokhara, taxis can be hailed easily. Inexpensive cycle-rickshaws and tempos are also decent options to proceed with your Nepal itinerary.
Places to visit in Nepal: Kathmandu
The bustling capital lies at the center of all the amazing places to visit in Nepal. Kathmandu is so wonderfully diverse that it is a rather pleasant assault on the senses. The resilience of the city is evident in the fact that it endured one of the worst earthquakes of recent times and has continued to stand tall and strong. It therefore is one of the most significant places to visit in Nepal. The cities of Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata have direct flights to and from Kathmandu but tickets need to be booked a lot in advance in order to save money. Nepal Tourism is a mysterious and a grossly thrilling affair.
One of the best memories was finding ourselves at some random bar and it was Buddha Bar. One of the happening place in Nepal.
Kathmandu is a city stuck in a time warp, it is a city with a mind of its own and an impenetrable one at that. With its medieval temples, ethnic groups, convoluted lanes, noisy bazaars and an overwhelming number of hotels, this place is several things at once.
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.
Chandragiri Hill 2551 m. from sea level, is one and half hour ride from Kathamandu. The panoramic views of Kathmandu Valley & Himalayan ranges from Annapurna to Everest makes any one feel like seeing whole Nepal from this hill.
If you want to be free from the polluted city for a day, then Chandragiri is the perfect destination to be in. It is a new destination for daytrip inside the Valley. High altitude Peaks and breathtaking view of the whole Kathmandu valley covered by green flora makes Chandragiri a perfect landscape. The continuous view of Himalayan ranges from Annapurna to Everest gives the feel of observing the whole Nepal. Your ride to the top of the hill is about 9 minutes on the cable car. You will gaze over the green lush forest, greenery, panoramic views of mountains. A fine dining restaurant at the top of the hill with Continental and Nepali food.
The ride from the bottom station to the hill top gives you picturesque views of the Kathmandu Valley and the gorgeous Makwanpur beyond. The ride is a bit scary for those who have a fear of heights but the lust landscape more than makes up for it. Fresh, crisp air – a warm change from what we are accustomed to in Kathmandu – greets you as you step out the cable car, and you forget that you are so near the Valley. It is the perfect escape for some much-needed refreshment from the humdrum of city life. But the weather is unpredictable, and it is advised to carry an umbrella and a jacket in the monsoons.
Weekdays: 10 AM to 5 PM
Weekends: 8 AM to 6 PM
For those who want to visit the picturesque village of Nagarkot, the wisest thing to do is to take the taxi from Kathmandu to Pokhara . You would have to shell out Rs. 3000 for a private vehicle or you could perhaps take the cheaper but rather uncomfortable public bus. Of all the places to visit in Nepal, Nagarkot is the best for hiking. While there is no dearth of places to visit in Nepal, Nagarkot offers the best mountain panorama in the country. While the village does not really have much as far as sightseeing is concerned, its beauty is nonpareil.
The panoramic view of the Annapurna range from Sarangkot is one of the most easily accessible views of massive mountains (8,000m+) in the world. Sarangkot is billed in the guidebooks as a place to visit for a night and see the sunrise. Though the sunrise is spectacular (if you’re lucky enough to have a clear morning) it’s easy to stay more than a night.
It was hard to leave Nepal after our wonderful a week there. We enjoyed the many mountain treks, the beautiful lakes the ancient cities around Kathmandu. Nepal has something for everyone–Mountains, Jungle, Trekking, Ancient Squares, UNESCO Sites, and more!
The Nepal Tourism Board slogan that once is not enough for Nepal is definitely true!
We are already planning another trip to experience what we missed this time!