Nepal(Kathmandu) – Country tucked in the Himalayas *|)@y 4

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Dissapointed with the dusty atmosphere in Nagarkot, it was time to do some sightseeing in and around kathmandu. As we were crossing over our budget , we decided to use the local transport, but we were also short on time, alas we had to invoulatarily book a plane ohh by that I meant the taxi. Post negotiation we got the cab in NPR 4000 that included 3 places of interest (mentioned below) and to Thamel (total about 40km of run)

Durbar Square (Bhaktapur)- is the city centre , where, once during the time of The royal family, all major occasions were celebrated. Post the earthquake it is now more of a dry delicate leaf with cracks which need to be taken extreme care of, else it will wether off. But it’s a sight to witness. There is an enterance fee of 500 Nepali rupaiya for SAARC countries, the nationals of exclusive countries have a higher amount to pay.

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Pashupatinath temple- the mystic moment which I can never forget, was the sight I got when I was standing at the enterance of the main temple of Pashupatinath. The huge idol of  “Nandi” the holy bull. And the majestic structure of the temple, even after the earthquake every single brick was intact. That’s the power of “Lord Shiva”.

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The Bodnath (stupa)is located in the heart of the capital.  A religious place for the people following Buddhism. The earthquake  took a troll on the Stupa,  destroying the mantle on the top of the Stupa. Every part to this mantle has a specific  name and has great significance. Around the Stupa is an arrey of tibetan and International restaurants and cafes, along with the luring souvenir shops.

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Tired and hungry we hogged on Nepali thali at a restaurant and headed towards Thamel. Not wanting to spend much time in searching for a new hotel, we went back to the hotel,  where we stayed at the day 1.

Thamel goes over three different phases through out the day.

# Morning till afternoon – I guess everyone is asleep.

# Afternoon till evening – a complete tourist spot for travelers to shop, read books at a nice cafe sipping in coffee and dunking a doughnut.

# Night- every night is a Friday night there. People storming into superstores to grab some beer and munchies. You have fab clubs, very lively crowd and not to forget very strict police.

This area is like a small world inside the city. A perfect place to cut down your depression of an ending trip.

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Finaly wrapping up the Nepal trip by posting the last blog.  Do comment if you liked the series of blog, and feedbacks are always welcome..:)

Nepal(Nagarkot) – Country tucked in the Himalayas *|)@y 3

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Soon started with the day long journey again and our destination was Nagarkot, there isn’t any direct bus, so had to change in Kathmandu again. I found out that the bus had complimentary wifi, I browsed the maps and realized that the ‘Mankamna devi temple’ (which was in our list of attractions ) was on the way. We made up our mind and got down before kathmandu.

It is a wishful temple and very worshipped by the locals. The way to the temple is via cable car. It was a two in one offer, how could we miss it. The fee for the cable ride is INR 350 for Indian nationals, however it is very expensive for non SAARC countries plus you have to wait  in never ending ques to get in the cable car while departure and arrival and also to see the goddess.

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After that we took a 12 seater traveler to reach kathmandu. By then it was already 1830hrs.
We took a local bus to get to the bus stand, and what we got to know was that there are no bus service post 1900hrs.(what era is this 60’s). We had no choice and had to burn a hole in our pockets and hire a cab to nagarkot for NPR 3000. (Fyi – Nagarkot is just 30 km from kathmandu).
It is a small hillstation which was once used by the royal family as a summer retreat. The driver took us to a very nice resort named THE STUPA. After a negotiation, again booked a family room for NPR 3300, which was absolutely worth it for that sort of property.

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We got up early morning in a hope to see the HIMALAYAS , which was our only reason to visit Nagarkot. But the weather disappointed us. It remained dusty throughout our visit to Nepal.
Dissapointed, we continued with our trip….