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If we don't want to trek, is it worth going to Nepal?

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1. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru, 664 posts) 19 Jul '08 09:44

Well the title says it all really!

We are planning the next part of our travels and are planning to go to India and Sri Lanka. As we are in the Indian sub continent, we were wondering if it is worth us going to Nepal.

We don't really fancy doing a trek (we did enough of this in South America, recently in China and we are now - to be honest - a little bit lazy!) so what is there to do in Nepal if we don't go trekking?

Any recommendations would be great!

Donna

2. Posted by Blueskies2 (Budding Member, 20 posts) 20 Jul '08 03:50

hey loubylou,

in my opinion Nepal is awesome whether you trek or not. I fell ill when I was about to climb part of Annapurna and so didn't end up doing any trekking at all but loved nepal! My favourite parts were:
Chitwan - seeing the elephant sanctuary
Pokhara - Without the trek it was still amazing! At night when the fireflies are out by the lake you feel you're in a fairytale
Kathmandu - Madness!
Godawari - CWC orphanage the cutest kids you'll ever meet.
And there is loads more but this is just my opinion. Since the political troubls nepal doesn't seem the same at all but still an unforgettable experience.

Blueskiesx

3. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru, 516 posts) 20 Jul '08 06:55

I am with blueskies on that one. You can chill out in Pokhara, under ice capped mountains on a still lake having a man row you around all day as you eat prepacked pizza and chocolate cake. No lazier can you get while out in the wild.

Nepal is truely an amazing place. You don't have to hike. Kathmandu is about as Ancient a city can look in this day and age. Check out aisaeast website for a non trek description on Nepal.

Enjoy

4. Posted by nepaladv (Inactive, 9 posts) 20 Jul '08 22:14

Hi Donna,
Greetings from Nepal..

It's sounds nice that still you like to travel nepal without trek. Yeah I am mostly agree with two friends up have given you some notes of attractive places around nepal which is absolutely fantastic and unforgettable. But I still would like to add some more amazing and natural places as i am originally from Nepal.

So, I hereby would like to mention some more places which is inside kathmandu city such as:

#Bhaktapur Durbar Squar:

This is a unique city located east of Kathmandu at 1,400m above sea level. With an area of 5sq. kms. this unique city is divided into 24 traditional localities. It was founded by King Ananda Dev in 889 A.D.

Bhaktapur in supposed to have been built in the shape of a conch shell, a scared symbol of Lord Vishnu. The world Bhaktapur means The City of Devotees.

Bhaktapur; at one time an independent city, was ruled by the Malla Kings. They were very religious and gave importance to their artistic heritage which is evident throughout the city. Some of the significant momuments here are:

The Lion Gate: Built by King Bupatindra Malla in 17 th century A.D.

Golden Gate: The main entrance to the famous 55 Window Palace and Royal Taleju. Constructed in 1754 A.D. The statue of King Bupatindra Malla.

55 Window Palace: This architectural structure dominates the entire Bhadgaon Durbar Square. It is worth admiring. Vastala Temple. Pashupati Nath Temple. Nyatapole Temple. Bhairav Nath Temple.

Nagarkot:

Nagarkot, located 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu, an elevation of 2,195 meters, is one of the most scenic spots in Bhaktapur district of Nepal. It is renowned for its spectacular sunrise view of the Himalaya including Mount Everest as well as other snow-topped peaks of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. Nagarkot also offers a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley.

Lumbini:

Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha, the apostle of peace and compassion. It is 21 km. west of Bhairahawa in Rupandehi district in the Mid-Western terai of Nepal southwest of Tansen. There is an all-weather airport at Bhairahawa for those who want to take a direct approach to this revered place from Kathmandu.

Sacred garden: Lumbini is a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists as well as a place of reverence for peacelovers of any religious faith throughout the world. The centre of attraction at Lumbini is the sacred garden with Mayadevi temple depicting the birth of Lord Buddha, the Ashokan pillar pinpointing the place of birth of the Buddha and the Sakyan Tank where Mayadevi, the mother of the Buddha is supposed to have taken a dip before bringing forth the baby. All around this holy site there are remnants of monasteries and chaityas built over the centuries following the Buddha's birth in 623 B.C

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