Nepal – The Himalayas and Buddha
Do you wish to see the base camp at Mount Everest? Or to see for yourself wild tigers? Do you wish to visit a sacred place where the Buddha was allegedly born in 563 BC? Thanks to its rich and varied culture, natural wealth and dozens of trekking routes in the mountains, every traveler will find joy in traveling across Nepal.
Nepal is a country in south Asia. The country is situated between India and Tibet with more than 29 million inhabitants, covering an area of 147,181 km2. In 2008, the monarchy ceased to exist and the federal Democratic Republic formed. The state religion is Hinduism, which employs 80% of the population. The payer is a Nepalese rupee and the official language is Nepail. In the tourist areas and offices you can easily speak in English.
The strongest earthquake in the last eighty years hit Nepal and its neighbors in April 2015, which damaged the dwellings of large numbers of people and national monuments, but it did not hurt its beauty. The Nepalese flag is the only national flag in the world that does not have a rectangular shape. It is made up of completely unusual shapes of two triangles with images of the sun and the moon. The crimson color is a national color, a symbol of the victory and bravery of the Nepalese. The blue border symbolizes harmony and peace. Nepal's National Flower is a rhododendron.
Chaos? Dust? Noise? We talk about Kathmandu - the capital and the largest city of Nepal. An ancient royal city, blending Buddhist and Hindu cultures. An ideal place for shopping, especially trekking equipment, textiles and souvenirs. The main tourist center of Thamel is Thamel, where there are many shops, hostels and restaurants.
Gateway into the Mountains
Eight eight-thousand meters high mountains out of fourteen were formed in Nepal, including the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest 8 848 m. In Nepal any adventures is like at hoem. A country that offers other adrenalin experiences in addition to trekking routes. You can try bungee jumping from a sixty-foot-high suspended bridge over the Trisuli River, see the Himalayan greats from a bird's eye view during a sixty-minute sightseeing flight, or try a parahawking flight. And non-sportsmen will come to their own. For them, there are wooden temples, historic cities, Hindu or Buddhist monasteries where you can try meditation or start doing yoga.
But to see the Himalayas in personalso means losing your comfort. Do not expect hot water here, electricity does not work here, Nepal has very poor infrastructure. The journey in local buses will be an experience you will never forget. Do not hesitate and come to know this beautiful country, you will not regret it. When you are so far off, do not forget to taste Nepali national food of Dal Bhát.
GPS: (Káthmándú) 27°42'55.9"N 85°19'32.9"E
Text and photos: Andrea Meluzínová
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.
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.
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.
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.
Would you like to avoid the crowds heading to Everest Base Camp? Looking for less busy trails in the Khumbu area with stunning views of the world's highest mountains? Then the trek to Gokyo is one of the hidden gems of the Himalayas that will not disappoint 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.
Do you want to relax from the bustle of the capital Kathmandu? Explore local culture and explore the lives of local people? Then the mountain village of Daman in Nepal should definitely not be on your list. Just three hours drive from the capital, southwest of Kathmandu, you will encounter a small picturesque village located in the central part of Nepal in the Mahabharat mountain region at an altitude of 2 322 m.
South Nepal has never reached such attendance and interest as its mountain areas. Today, let's enchant the atmosphere of one of the most important sacred places in the world. At the foot of the Himalayas in southern Nepal, near the Indian border, lies the sacred city of Lumbini, where the Buddha was allegedly born in 563 BC. It is probably the world's most important historical center, so Lumbini was listed in UNESCO in 1997.
A picturesque valley town surrounded by Himalayan greats, a famous adventure and adrenaline center - welcome to Pokhara. The panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks, the Annapurna Mountains and the Machhapuchhre make the area a remarkable place of natural beauty.
Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world. However, it attracts a constant flow of tourists. Are you one of them? If so, your first stop will most likely be Kathmandu, the main and also the largest city of the Nepalese Democratic Republic. Immediately after leaving the airport hall, prepare for a large number of people in a small space, raiding cars, street full of taxi drivers, street vendors, and smog.
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.
The beautiful mountain landscape with the highest mountain in the world, yet also a country that offers visitors the opportunity to approach the wild life. We talk about the Chitwan National Park in Nepal founded in 1973, thus being one of the oldest protected areas in Nepal. Eleven years since its foundation, in 1984, Chitwan was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It covers an area of 932 square kilometers and was the first national park in the country. It offers a variety of flora and fauna. You will find subtropical lowlands, but also a deep jungle.
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.
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.
The journey from Prague to Kathmandu was quite lengthy and tedious. First, we had two long transfers, and secondly we had to undergo in Delhi incredible safety procedures.
On the departure day trek around Manaslu we have with our guide Hari met at the bus station. Hari is 38 years old and nationalities Gurung. Although I read that these people live mainly in the Annapurna area, Hari said that his native village is situated in the Everest.
Entry point to trek around eight-thousand high Manaslu is the village called Agurhat. We arrived here after a strenuous journey by bus was dark and we had some time to look for accommodation. The first place where we asked was already full, but we soon got free room in a small hotel (loggia) and could be accommodated.
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