What I want to see… or not!

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

Kathmandu

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 

Bhaktapur

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

Nepal - Patan  Durbar Square

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.

Phokara

The City of Pokhara

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 scrubbing - 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?

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3 responses to “What I want to see… or not!

  1. I love your attitude to your trip and it is similar to mine. No planning and I do exactly what I feel at the time. I hope you have a wonderful trip to Nepal. Bring plenty of memory cards because this place is incredibly photogenic. I live here year round because I have a Nepalese wife. best wishes to you. Anthony

  2. I am glad you think my selection is good Anthony, it’s very encouraging! I am bringing plenty of memory cards and also a hard disk to back them up so I can format and start again. It will be hard to run out! 🙂

    I am very interested in street/people photography as well. Do you think that would be a problem? Are people generally ok with getting their pictures taken?

    Thanks for all your comments and I hope my blog will do justice to that incredible country!

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