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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

5 Things You MUST Do In Nepal (Part 2)

And the list of 5 things you must  do in Nepal continues...  If you missed the first part, you can catch up here.  

Number 2:  Explore Kathmandu

Exploring Kathmandu, the capital, is a must if you decide to visit Nepal.  When we arrived in Kathmandu, we were amazed by how sprawling it is.  Surrounded by mountains and sitting at an altitude of 1,336m above sea level, Kathmandu is home to many ancient towns and monuments.  The majority of the population are Hindi; Buddhists are a close second.  Consequently, there are approximately 2,000 temples and shrines in the bustling city.

Scott and I had the chance to spend a day exploring Kathmandu with a personal driver/tour guide provided by Good Vibe Adventure.  Here are some highlights of our Kathmandu tour and places for you to check out:

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square, the plaza in front of the old royal palace of Kathmandu Kingdom, is filled with beautiful architecture.  Walking around here made me feel like I was in a movie--it was surreal.  This durbar square is one of three royal palace squares in the Kathmandu Valley and is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  If you'd like to learn more about the history of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Click HERE.


Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple)

Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple)
Swayambhunath Stupa, the Monkey Temple, is an ancient religious complex that sits on a hill in the Kathmandu Valley.  Swayambhunath has a variety of shrines & temples, restaurants, shops, and hostels.  We found a neat art shop where we purchased a couple of beautiful paintings (we should've gotten more).  To reach this destination by foot, you must climb 365 stairs--or you can drive up on the other side (like we did).  Swayambhunath is considered the most sacred site for Buddhist pilgrimages.  Oh, and in case you were wondering--yes, there are monkeys there.  I even included a picture of a monkey at the bottom of this article for all of you monkey fanatics.  If you'd like to learn more about Monkey Temple, click HERE.  

Thamel

Thamel
Thamel is the tourist district of Kathmandu.  You may be wondering why I'd send you to a tourist district.  Well, it's what I consider a "safe" zone.  The streets have tons of shops and vendors that sell everything from food and beverages to mountain and hiking gear.  Anything a tourist may want (including Wi-fi) can be found in Thamel.  Oh, and if you want to eat a good meal in a place that feels miles and miles away from the city while you're in Thamel, I suggest you check out Garden of Dreams--amazing!!  To learn more about what you may find in Thamel, click HERE.  


Coming Soon....Part 3 of 5 Things you MUST Do in Nepal

Monkey from Monkey Temple



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