I am heading off by myself to Nepal. This has some advantages and some disadvantages. One of the big pros is that I get to decide where I’m going. I have never been much of a planner, preferring to go wherever the wind takes me, therefore I have not planned my trip at all.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve done my fair share of research and have come up with a few places I want to visit. In the end, if I don’t see any of them, that’s also fine. We’ll see what happens! 🙂
In no particular order, here are my top 5 places to visit:
Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and it is the one place I know I’ll be visiting. I land there on Saturday and have booked my hostel for the first couple of nights. I will be staying in Thamel and plan on visiting Durbar Square, the monkey temple at Swayambhunath and a couple of other spots.
Bhaktapur is the third largest city in Kathmandu valley and was once the capital of Nepal until the second half of the 15th century. It’s listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO so it should be worth a visit. A couple of people I know have recommended I stay a night there as it deserves spending some time. It is supposed to be a nice calm place so it should be a good break from Kathmandu!
Patan is another of the major cities of the Kathmandu Valley and was once also the capital of one of the kingdoms of the area. It’s Durbar square is also a UNESCO World Heritage site so it should be great. It is really close to Kathmandu.
Pokhara is the second largest city of Nepal and is situated about 200 km west of the Kathmandu. Three out of the ten highest mountains in the world (Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu) are situated within 50 kilometers of the city,which makes the Northern view pretty spectacular, if I get lucky with the clouds. I’ve also heard that it is full of tourists and a very westernised city so I’ll see how long I stay. I want to go up into the mountains at dawn to see if I can catch a sunrise over the Himalayas. It is also the base for many paragliding companies so I want to give that a go too!
Chitwan National Park
Elephant safari. Need I say more? 🙂
There are many other places I have on my list to see but if I manage to see all the five I’ve listed here, I think the trip will be worth it. Anyone have any other suggestions?