Early morning. Kathmandu. We had been up all night without sleep. A state when you want everything to turn out easily and quickly, but it turns out for some reason the exact opposite and with difficulties. Okay, so we got the stamps from immigration and drove off!
We go in some old taxi, traditional sounds of music, traffic as in Moscow at rush hour, and all cars on the road in unison with signals play on our nerves. It immediately became clear that it would be fun in Nepal! Accustomed to India, there was nothing we though could surprise us, but no, the chaos on the roads still impressed our imagination.
Most people come to Nepal either for spirituality, or for trekking. We did not belong to either of these categories. The trip turned out to be very spontaneous as we went without any plan.
We walked a lot aimlessly around Kathmandu. Only by walking around can you can feel the vibe of a place, understand it better. Kathmandu for me is a city where everything’s mixed up: people hurrying about their business, narrow streets with old stunningly beautiful houses, dogs, places of monkeys, street vendors, magnificent stupas that look at you from everywhere with their own eyes, beggars and pomogayki (people, who do not just ask for money, but offer help), and, of course, multi-colored flags.
What we really liked in Kathmandu was the Buddhist temple complex Swayambhunath or Monkey Temple. But believe me, you will have to sweat a lot, so that the whole beauty of the ancient temple complex opens before you – to climb up – you need to overcome 365 steps!
In the center of the complex there is a large stupa, near which there are temples facing different directions. I was proud of dozens of Swordsmen running up the steps and doing morning exercises at Stupa with a panorama of the whole city. Respect, guys!
It is also worth seeing the largest stupa in Nepal – Bodnath. The stupa is shrouded in many legends and guesses. According to various estimates, it is said to be between 500 to 2500 years old. We walked around, enjoyed the grandeur of the structure and turned prayer drums to calm our conscience.
One day we rushed to Bhaktapur, and it was totally worth it. If someone tells you that Bhaktapur is a city-museum under the open sky, believe it all! The entrance to the old city is paid, but after walking a little around, we hurried through the “hares” unhindered. You can spend a whole day here, walking with your mouths open with delight, taking thousands of fantastic pictures.
Here you can relax from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu as Bhaktapur is its complete opposite. We lost track of time, walking through the medieval squares and winding streets.
You must have probably heard about Pokhara? So here we are. You have to see such a place with your own eyes. This mountain town, 200 kilometers from Kathmandu, is famous for its place because it leads to the popular hiking route “Annapurna Ring”.
Pokhara is a wonderful place where life goes unhurriedly. You think that you would have stayed here for a month, but in just 2-3 days and “hands itch” as you want to move (exclusively my experience). Therefore, without thinking twice, we rented a bike, and went to the mountains. I write “went to the mountains”, because we did not know exactly where we were going. There was no detailed route, but just somewhere in the mountains.
How wonderful it is when you and your fellow traveler are on the same wavelength. The decision to take the bike was correct, because, only moving along serpentine roads, we discovered all the greatness and beauty of the mountains.
For several days in a row we, like little children, could not sleep at night, because we knew that in the morning we were again waiting for the road, adventures and new fabulous views that Nepal would give us.
The time that we spent in Nepal, I will never forget. And even if we went without training, we saw everything that was supposed to be seen. Is it otherwise? And if you ask: “What is Nepal for me?” I will answer: “This is the country of the heart.”
Last, but not least, Mount Everest! Need I say more or do you need another reason to experience Nepal?