Nepal has so much to offer. Magnificent landscapes, colourful folk festivals, an exciting culture and muchmore.
There is a lot to see in Kathmandu, the capital. At first you have to get used to the constant bustle of mopeds, street vendors and rickshaws. You will find peace and quiet in the numerous rooftop restaurants, which invite you to a stopover.
The cultural flagship of the city is Durbar Square. On it stands the royal palace, as well as over 50 pagodas and temples. The entrance fee is usually around two euros. The area around the capital also has many highlights. About eight kilometres outside Kathmandu is another centre of Buddhist faith, the Stupa of Boudhanath. Just six kilometres from the gates of the Nepalese capital is the Pashupatinath temple, an important sanctuary of the Hindu faith. The temple is dedicated to the god Shiva and the complex is divided into two parts by the sacred river Bagmati.
Another city worth seeing is Pokhara with about 300,000 inhabitants. Those who prefer a little less hustle and bustle are in perfect hands there. The town is situated directly on Lake Phewa and at the foot of the Annapurna Massif. This makes it the perfect start or end point for trekking tours. Not far from Pokhara is the small village of Sarankot, which should definitely be visited. The village is situated at an altitude of 1600 metres and from there you have a breathtaking view over Lake Phewa and, in good weather, also over the famous 8000m mountains. Mount Everest is not far away.
If you want to experience nature live, you should definitely visit the Chitwan National Park. It is about seven hours from Kathmandu. There you can go on a jungle safari. Our guide Ganesh will be happy to help you with the planning. (ganesh@betterbackpacking. com)
If you want to explore Nepal authentically, one of our trekking tours is the right thing for you! Enjoy the breathtaking view on the Everest tour, where you can catch a wonderful view of the landscape without having to climb.