Time has passed since the horrifying earthquake that destroyed Nepal. We had the chance to visit this beautiful country over a year before disaster struck. A few days ago we published our Facebook page and on our Twitter account a picture of a sunrise at the Annapurna mountains, and a friend asked for more. We are good friends… here is a summary of the experience.
We visited two big and very different cities: Kathmandu and Pokhara. In the first one, we enjoyed all the temples possible, in the second one nature is its best feature. But in both of them (and probably all around Nepal) the food and the kindness of the people are enough reason to visit and go back.
The mix of cultures and religions is distinguished since the beginning. A good number of historical and tourist buildings in Kathmandu and around (Bhaktapur or Patan are examples) are temples in use, and in general, a Nepali life is involved in religion (Hinduism and Buddhism).
The busy life, the traffic, and the over population… make Kathmandu a special place for a couple of days where you are surrounded by the adrenaline of a breakneck pace. However, when we got closer to the temples, time seems to stop and chaos seems to have never taken part in the city, except in Durbar Square, a highlighted touristic place, guides, markets, water fountains…
The transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara can be even more histrionic. Public transport and roads are not high quality but “out of sight out of mind”. In this transfer, you could always stop and do some fun activity to break down those seven hours on the road, like rafting from Tirsuli.
Pokhara, although is a metropolis of three million inhabitants, is much more relaxing (especially for tourists). By the lake shore, small shops for the tourist or for leisure activities rise and hotels. The World Peace Pagoda is just outstanding, you can reach it by the lake and a short hike (around an hour long) or by road. Not only the pagoda is beautiful but also the views from up there.
Among the highly recommended activities and one we did, we would suggest watching the sun lighting the Annapurna mountains. You don’t need to get to the peak of Sarangkot, we actually stayed a little bit lower and we watched a priceless sunrise almost by ourselves.
And if you look for adrenaline rush Pokhara is one of the best places to go paragliding, and the setting is hard to beat. Are you up for it?
If you have been, lived or if you have anything to say, please feel free to leave a comment, and if you want to get some more information about Kathmandu you can check it here or if you want to check the photos here