Cable car ride in Kathmandu

It had been a long time since we went out on a family trip. So, one Saturday, we decided for a trip to Bhaleshwor Mahadev Temple in Chandragiri hill, which is a new tourist destination in the valley to pay worship to god Mahadev, as well as ride cable car.

Even though the weather was not good that day, especially when we were hoping to get a clear view of Kathmandu valley from the hilltop, we still decided to visit the place.

Bhaktapur Area

Time: 2-3 hours

Major attractions:

  1. 55 windows palace
  2. Golden gate
  3. Lion gate
  4. Nyatapola temple
  5. Batsala temple
  6. Statue of Bhupatindra Malla
  7. Bhairavnath temple

Entry fee

Foreign National: $ 15

SAARC National: $ 5

After leaving Kathmandu, the scenery is completely changed with green paddy fields and wide roads of Arniko Highway. Covering the distance of 9.8 km, Bhaktapur is 15-20 mins ride from the main city of Kathmandu. The city of devotees (Bhakta: devotee, pur: city) is aptly named for its well-known temples and shrines. Bhaktapur is one of the oldest cities of Nepal constituting of old city traditions and Newar heritage.

Lharke pass at Manaslu Circuit Trekking

Hiking was my forte and trekking was something I had always longed for. Opportunities came and went, but somehow I had missed every one of them and I was not going to miss this one. Manaslu, a name everyone was familiar with, came knocking on my door and the planning started. Five of us were finalized as the ‘Larke Pass Team’ although I had doubts regarding my health when I found out that we will be reaching an altitude of 5200 meters but I was prepared to take it on. We had found out that an average person takes around 14 days to complete the trekking route, but still planned a 10-day trip (a bit of arrogance perhaps but as we found out later, arrogance is never a good commodity). We had heard that the food and shelter privileges were at its worst as we ascended higher altitudes which meant proper food supplies and sleeping bags were a must and walking with those enormous bags on our back was going to be a challenge in itself. Come to think of it, even standing up straight for the first time required added effort.

Paragliding Pokhara

As claimed by Lonely Planet – “A Mirror to the Himalayas”, POKHARA is the ultimate destination in Nepal that is perfect for the visit any time of the year. With diverse landscape through a sudden rise of altitude from 800-5000 meter in short distance of 25km, Pokhara offers spectacular scenery, with all possible adventure activities. Added by comfortable hotels to stay, exotic cuisines from all corner of the world, topped with a flavor of hospitable Nepalese people, Pokhara serves you an experience of a lifetime.

Bullet ride to Nagarkot

I have been to Nagarkot hundreds of times but every time the town offers a different charm. A small hilltop town 30 km from Kathmandu, Nepal offers the spectacular view of the mountains and of the valley. On 18th August 2016, we decided to take the alternative route to this beautiful town. This route offers the view of the residing villages and is rugged. Since it takes one and half hour ride from Kathmandu to Nagarkot, we started our trip after lunch. We got on our Royal Enfield and took off. The alternate off road ride to Nagarkot is not graveled and is a bit rugged. The road is narrower and passes through many villages around Kathmandu. The trip begins with lush greenery of Sankhu.

View from Khopra

As a part of September trekking, this time we decided to trek along Annapurna Circuit. We planned to start it on 2nd September, Friday. For those who would rather want fewer crowds, it is the best time. Later, such tourist areas get full and sometimes 100% occupied.

 

Day1: Long bus & jeep ride day.

The day was finally there, 2nd September. We decided to meet by 5, and we promised to wake each other up. One of the best thing about my September trek friends is, they always get ready one hour earlier no matter how early we decide to leave. I took a taxi from Pepsicola and left for Sankhamul to pick Topi and Sudip. It was only on the road, I remembered that I forgot stick and my light.

tent-trip-gorkha

The Universe and its endless wonders always fascinated me. I had a wish to watch the Meteor Shower. Perseid meteor shower on August 11 and 12, 2016 was one best chance to view 150-200 Perseids per hour. Also, I had the wish to capture those moments, and show the world how it looked like. On the other hand, I knew that I had very less chance to view that, as it was monsoon in Nepal. Then we decided to hire a tent and stay at the top of the hill somewhere in Gorkha. Khadak dai stays in Gorkha and he took lead in managing all requirements. I had never stayed in the tent, in the jungle but had always wished to experience someday.

When I shared my idea with dai, he was even more excited about the plan. In addition, his photography skill was way beyond mine. So, finally, the plan was scheduled for August 11 and 12. We both knew about the monsoon threat, but tent experience in the middle of “Peace” would be something (at least) we could get back on that day. I was already starting to count for that day.

Travelling has always been fascinating to most of the people. There is never an end for the travel enthusiast. It is one of the best options to experience different people in different parts of the world. Open minded people all over the world, has always been open to travel all around the world that leads them to live more happy life with wider perspective. Most importantly, travelling has been the best option to invest in self where one gets more exposure and apparently a better vision of life.

While meeting people who have travelled for the first time (or at least first time beyond their country) it is interesting how they find out that even people that has less or much lesser than they do have, are living life happily. Meaning, no country and no people could evade from sadness. We have heard numbers of cases, where rich people having a number of health issues; making their life measurable. Travelling, therefore, helps as a natural healer to experience a new culture and enjoy a free life never before.

Trekking is believed to be one of the most satisfying outdoor activities. Not only it guarantees one complete refreshment, but also health benefits of trekking are above all. No matter, how well built you are, how often you meditate, or how often you visit fitness clubs, if you cannot walk, you always are prone to diseases that could show up anytime in your life.

For most of the city people, now weight gain has been a major issue. Trekking has proved to be most effective for such fat ass. While walking, our heart has to pump harder to keep up with the oxygen demand all the time. Meaning, it is also best for people with heart disease, and for those who believes prevention is better than cure. Continuous breathing while walking not only measures your muscles fitness, but also cleanses your lungs.