Nepal is one place that I’d recommend everyone to add in their bucket lists. I’ve been there once, but I kinda want to go there again. Partly, because the first time, I couldn’t do some stuff that I really wanted to do.
Nepal is an epic country with a little of this, a little of that, and home to a lot of beautiful Buddhist stupas, shrines and temples. And oh, the historical architecture, it made me an architecture freak for crying out loud. Sure, we’ve seen a lot of mountains, rivers and lakes but everything in Nepal has a hidden story, and the beauty of its rivers speaks to those who’d listen. There was a new surprise from mother nature every moment. Also, adrenaline junkies, this is a “I must go there” place for you.
In this blog, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, which still can’t do justice to the genuine beauty of Nepal.
We planned to explore two states in Nepal, first Pokhara and then Kathmandu. We had already booked our taxi to Pokhara. So, on a fine morning, we reached Kathmandu from Delhi by flight and hopped in our taxi from Kathmandu airport to depart for Pokhara.
We took a stop for lunch at a local Dhaba, and I should tell you that I couldn’t get anything down my throat, the food was kinda raw. It had a slimy texture, but that was the only bad experience I had for the whole trip regarding food because we didn’t eat at any Dhabas after that. The roads were too beautiful and too good to be true. The 6-hour long drive didn’t seem that long as I was appreciating the stunning terrains, mitigating rivers and the cloudy & azure sky too much.
We saw some rafts on our way, so we stopped and enquired about the rafting because rafting in Nepal is epic (at least that’s what I’ve heard), but they told us that because of massive tides, we can’t do the rafting (The primary reason that I want to go there back for), so we just enjoyed the views of the fast & massive flowing river.
We planned to go to The famous Manakamana temple which was on our way to Pokhara, and the only way to reach that temple is by ropeway. The experience on the ropeway was totally amazing and nothing like what I’ve ever experienced in India.
The temple was amazingly built and had an intriguing history.
We reached our resort in the late evening in Pokhara. We stayed at Fishtail lodge, and it has to be the best property I’ve ever stayed at. The resort is built on an island in the middle of a lake and to cross the lake and reach the resort you have to get on a bamboo plate, which was tied with a rope to the resort. (It’s completely safe, and you don’t have to do anything, there’d be two people with you from the resort ). This was an experience of a lifetime.
The view we were getting outside our villa was just breathtaking.
The next morning we had breakfast on the patio, and this was our view from our island.
There was a beautiful little temple on a nearby island, so we hopped in a kayak and kayaked all the way to that temple getting a charge out of beautiful river and mountains. The water was so clean and clear that we could see the fishes dancing in the river.
After enjoying a surreal morning, we went out to explore Pokhara. We discovered and learned about three places that day –
- Mahendra Caves
- Devi’s fall
- Phewa lake
The next morning I had plans for paragliding, so I needed to get up at 4am. I was so so so scared yet very excited that I had a tough time dozing off that night. However, I woke up & it was raining cats and dogs. And just like that, I got another reason to go back there. Anyway, even after so many screw-ups, Pokhara has to be the most beautiful and breathtaking destination I’ve ever been to.
We had our flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu the same day, so we went out for quick shopping and ice-cream before catching our flight.
We reached Kathmandu in the evening just in time to go to a casino and enjoy some blackjack with some drinks. Kathmandu has some of the finest casinos with amazing deals of free flows of drinks and snacks.
We stayed at The Crown Plaza in Kathmandu, and I’d totally recommend this place if you want a relaxing stay. My evening went in a blur with all the casino fun( it was my first time at a casino). I had some hot chocolate before bed and then slept like a baby. 😉
The next day I took a dip in the swimming pool of the hotel, and after a hearty breakfast, we went out to explore the capital of Nepal.
This was the day that I began to look all starry eyed at historical artifacts, architecture and their culture. We saw and learned about a lot of places this day-
- Pashupati Nath mandir
- Kathmandu Durbar Square
- Taleju temple
- Taudaha lake
- Hanuman Dhoka
- Jagannath temple
I also went to City Center Mall, which is a must when you’re in Nepal. Other than that you have to try Momo from a local shop or from a roadside stall. I had a piping hot plate of Momo from a stall outside the mall, and my eyeballs literally reached the back of my head with pleasure, they were authentic, and the dips were great.
The trip came to an end as we caught our flight which was delayed by 6 hours by the way(Kathmandu airport is a madhouse really), but I was left with a yearning to go back there as soon as I landed in Delhi (I almost cried). I really wanted to have the experience of rafting, paragliding and trekking in Nepal. So my advice to you people would be not to plan your trip in monsoon. I don’t want you guys to wind up like me. The best time to visit Nepal would be from September to December because the place remains dry and gives pristine views of beautiful glaciers. Make sure to include trekking, paragliding and rafting in your itinerary guys and bring the best out of your trip.