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<strong>Accommodation: Hyatt Regency</strong> Much like an enchanting odyssey depicting time travel, Kathmandu throws a sharp juxtaposition of the old and the new; parts of which co-relate to the medieval aura while some of it stays high on the contemporary. Nevertheless, its the traditional heritage that speaks for Kathmandu in the best tone. And that primarily would be the concern while exploring the energetic Kathmandu City.
Start with exploring the historic cluster at Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that houses regal palaces, courtyards and temples dating back to 12th century. Just a couple of courtyards away is Kumari Chowk, dedicated to the Hindu concept of female spiritual energy – traditionally known as the Devi. The quintessential modern day Kathmandu has its flavors seasoned at the Herbal markets established around the Old Newari Settlement and the Indra Chowk. In the evening, immerse yourself in the spiritual celebrations at Pashupatinath – highly prominent Hindu temple in the whole of the Indian subcontinent. Though the temple restricts the entry of non-Hindus inside its sanctum, one can always look for solace at the many colorful Ghats built around the temple.
Regardless of Nepal being a Hindu dominated Kingdom, it has been under the constant gaze of the Great Buddha since ages. And so, a visit to the largest stupa in Nepal – Boudhanath , is certainly inevitable.
Tropically verdant with a stunning backdrop of the towering Himalayas with tops covered in white! That’s Pokhara, one of the most breathtaking spots in Nepal, sites of which are dotted with serene lakes, pristine waterfalls, mountain villages and sacred spots. Begin with the second largest in the Nepalese territory – Phewa Lake, where a boat ride will escort you to Barahi temple, situated in the middle of the river.
Adding more to the spiritual side of Pokhara is Bindhyabasini Temple which would be the next to explore in the vicinity. This spiritual hub also highlights the Peace Pagoda, a Buddhist Stupa designed to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds within the world and to help unite them in their search for world peace. Little away and high resides the mountain locals of Sarangkot, a hilltop location simply splendid for enjoying sunrise and sunset. Besides, the village also serves as a launching pad for paragliding which will let you soar through the enchanting Annapurna Massif Mountains.
Kathmandu, being the centre of Nepal’s prominent attractions necessitates the need to be explored from inside out. Hence, before bidding farewell to this magnetic country, head for full-fledged city tour. Begin with the Patan Museum, Mul Chowk, the Lion Gate, Golden Gate and the Art Gallery, before you walk in the courtyards of the highly fascinating palace of fifty-five windows. Besides being a frisky creation of the 14th century King Jayayakshya Malla, it vouches for its wooden finishes, carvings of which are no less than masterpieces. Other than that, the numerous art galleries at Kathmandu are suitable to get further insights about the Nepalese culture; perfect visits to be made in the leisure of the evening.