"Kathmandu (1350m) is the normal gateway to all parts of the Nepal Himalaya. Trekkers should spend a few days exploring the magical parts of the city. It’s a friendly, welcoming place, despite some obvious distractions."
The longer you stay the more of a home away from home it becomes. There is a wide range of excellent hotels and guesthouses to suit all taste and an astonishing array of eateries and restaurants. Despite the obvious modernization, the city and the whole valley still have some enchanting places to discover.
The Kathmandu Valley probably has the greatest concentration of temples, shrines, monasteries, and idols of anywhere across the globe. Kathmandu is the trading crossroads of the Himalaya between India and China, through Tibet. The city is a great melting pot of immigrating peoples. The religious mix of Hinduism, Buddhism, Tantra, Vajrayana, Tibetan Buddhism, Bon and Shamanism are intoxicating.
No visit to Nepal would be complete without a thorough exploration of the Durbar (palace) squares of the three great cities, Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Patan, a city of artisans and quaint, quiet lanes, the Durbar Square here is perhaps the most exotic of the three such squares of the valley. Similarly, Bhaktapur, 11km east of Kathmandu, is the least modernized city of the valley. Its Durbar Square is intriguing, with some impressive restoration after a various earthquake destroyed the once vast complex.
Pokhara is the second largest city in Nepal and known as the gateway to the Annapurna Region, a popular trekking trail in the Himalayas. Lakeside is the main tourist area, where hotels, restaurants, and shops are found. There are not many historic sites in Pokhara, but it does have an old bazaar street and the Pokhara Mountain Museum. High above the placid Phewa Lake is the Peace Pagoda. Tibetan refugee camps are located around the town and to the southeast is the narrow ravine of Devi’s fall. Of course, it’s easy just to eat, sleep, relax and muck about in a boat on the lake after a hard trek. Sarangkot is a spectacular vantage point to watch the sunrise and sunset on the Annapurna ranges and not to forget it is arguably the best paragliding venue on the globe.
Nagarkot, a village on the rim of Kathmandu Valley is located 32 km east of Kathmandu and 14 km from Bhaktapur. Why is Nagarkot so special? Currently, Nagarkot has been the tourist’s favorite destination for relaxation. Away from the hustle and bustle cities, this place gives you enormous peace. This place has plenty to offer for those who are looking to take an easy for a few days and capture some glimpse of mountains. If you have enough time before or after your trekking then consider Nagarkot in your list, it’s a great place to relax and to explore more you can go on a hike nearby.
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