Nepal, Bhaktapur – Royal City
If you have time in Kathmandu a few days before your trip to the mountains, you will probably wonder how to spend it. Head to the neglected royal city of Bhaktapur, twenty kilometers east of Kathmandu. Compared to other royal cities, it is an oasis of peace.
Bhaktapur is known as a city of living heritage and also as a Nepalese cultural gem. It is one of the three royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. The first is Kathmandu itself, the capital of Nepal, then Patan and Bhaktapur.
Compared to the other two royal cities, this is considered pure. Bhaktapur is full of landmarks with carved wooden columns, palaces and temples with elaborate carvings, gilded roofs and open courtyards and winding streets where you can easily get lost. There are several artists and art schools in the streets that you can apply for. The city is dotted with pagodas and religious shrines. Over 200,000 people still live here, although the architecture of the city does not suit modern development and contemporary life. In Bhaktapur you will find Hindu and Buddhist shrines. In practice, most people practice both religions with the same intensity. It is the most powerful Hindu city of the three capital cities in the Kathmandu Valley. Patan is more Buddhist oriented and Kathmandu is a mixture of both. The locals are mostly Newars, who are traditional inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley. Today, they are the sixth largest ethnic group in Nepal.
Durbar Square Is the Main Sight in Bhaktapuru
Durbar Square is the main central square famous for its palace, where the royal family resided before 1769. The palace has carved windows and doors and the National Art Gallery with Buddhist paintings, manuscripts and stone carvings. In front of it, at the entrance to the Temple of Taleju, there is the Golden Gate, which is known for the most beautiful and intricately carved works of art in the city. Worth visiting is also Pottery Square. Although not as visible as the other courtyards, it is the center of the city's pottery industry. The countless pots that are being dried here are worth seeing.
From Bhaktapur you can head to the nearby hill of Nagarkot, which offers beautiful views of the Himalayas in nice weather.
When you visit Bhaktapur, take the opportunity to taste some of the traditional Newar specialties - roasted soybeans, dried rice flakes or Juju dhau, sweet creamy yoghurt made from buffalo milk and stored in traditional clay containers called kataura. It is easy to spend most of the day walking through the streets of Bhaktapur and soaking up the Newar culture.
GPS: 27°40'19.7"N 85°25'41.5"E
Text and photos: Andrea Meluzínová
At the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass in the Mustang district, on the famous route around Annapurna, lies the famous pilgrimage site of Muktinath. Why famous? Muktinath is one of the oldest inhabited areas in the Himalayas, worshiped by both Hindus and Buddhists. Every year, a large number of pilgrims from all over Nepal, India and the rest of the world come here to wash in the sacred baths. Buddhists believe that in Muktinath, the Indian mudr Padmasambhava, better known in the Himalayan regions as Guru Rinpoche, who brought Buddhism to Tibet in the year 747.
In Nepal, I have already visited various regions, completed countless treks and thought that I had already seen most of what this country of the highest mountains has to offer. However, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that I was wrong and there is still something new to discover. My next destination was the western corner of Nepal. This time my paths led to one of Nepal's largest lakes, Lake Rara.
A few kilometers from the dusty Kathmandu you will find the second highest point at an altitude of 2175 m, which is a small village Nagarkot located on the very edge of the capital's valley. Nagarkot offers not only panoramic views of the Himalayas, but also plenty of hiking trails that take you to the Tamang village.
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Across the hills, through the rhododendron forest and along the ridge with views of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas to the Mardi Himal base camp. Do you want to get to know the local beauties of Nepal, but if possible untouched by mass tourism? Are you looking for a short, relatively easy and time-saving trek? If so, then Mardi Himal is the perfect choice for you.
Experience your favorite base camp trek a little differently. Avoid the busy hiking trail to the base camp and head across three five-thousand-meter Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La saddles. The best place in Khumbu awaits you.
Most travelers come to Nepal to experience the Himalayas. Some will spend a few days in Kathmandu, others will join a mountain tour with a trip to the Lake City of Pokhara, nature lovers heading for Chitwan National Park. But wait! What other cities and places to visit? There is so much to do in Nepal. Today we will talk about Bandipura, one of the beautifully preserved settlements of Newara culture.
Divine mountain vistas, villages made of houses of stone as in the Middle Ages, the legendary tour around Annapuren, which annually attracts more than fifty thousand visitors and more and more of them try it every year.
When someone says Chitwan to be in Nepal, most people have rhinoceroses, tigers, elephants, jungles, and a favorite destination for safari riding, but besides its well-known jungle, the National Park has many other activities.
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Who would not want to see the world's highest mountain the faous Mount Everest? The Nepalese call it "Sagarmatha" (The Face of Heaven). The trek to the base camp, from where climbing trips take place on Everest, it is one of the most popular hikes in the Himalayas, even for ordinary tourists.
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"When we meet the tiger, form a group and don't move, if we meet rhinos, throw away backpacks and run, bear ... well, that's a bummer, we're probably unlucky." hitchhiking and wading through the creepers to meet these animals.
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In Nepal, we went through many familiar treks together, such as Everest base camp or around Annnapurna. Are you looking for something new now? Don't you want to go to Nepal, because the treks already seem to be too sophisticated? Then sharpen and focus your attention towards the Tibetan plateau, where you will find the forbidden Kingdom of Mustang, known as the “mini Tibet of Nepal”. This Nepalese part offers a breathtaking landscape and it seems almost unbelievable that something like this exists on earth. You could hold out for hours and days.
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