Vacations in Katmandu, Nepal is the finest way to explore the rich Nepalese culture as well as various adventure sports.
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Kathmandu Travel



Trekking in KathmanduKathmandu the capital city of Nepal is located at a altitude of 1,350 meters above sea level and is consider a conglomeration of two cities: a fabled capital of convivial pilgrims and carved rose-brick temples; and a splenetic sprawl smothered in the pollution of diesel fumes, dirt, monkeys and beggars. The sights are heavily clustered in the old part of town from Kantipath west towards the Vishumati River. Creativity and patience are required to navigate the city's narrow, often unmarked streets, but if you lose your way, simply ask a passerby for directions.




Kathmandu is the arrival point for most of the visitors in Nepal. This small mountain sheltered valley is the historic center and the Capital of Nepal. This is the place where kingdoms rose and fell, palaces and temples are built and rebuilt, art and cultures are refined and protected. Kathmandu city is the largest in Nepal and is surrounded by green hills all over. Scattered around the valley are hundreds of temples and shrines, traditional villages and agriculture scenes of timeless beauty. You can see all these places by taxi, cycle, bus and by foot.

Geography
Surrounded by the green hills, Kathmandu Valley is about 25 km from east to west and 20km from north to south. It lies at the height of 1300m. You can see Kathmandu Valley clearly while you are fly in. This valley is specially known for growing rice corn, wheat and vegetables. However, nowadays this valley is increasingly dependent on imported food and fuels. All the rivers drain towards the center of the valley and join the Bagmati river. Geologist have confirmed ancient myths that claim the valley once lay under water.

Climate
The Kathmandu Valley has the pleasant climate most of the year. Although there are forests, snow is unheard of and the monsoons are nowhere near. Between October and March it can become quite cold at night and the days become short, although its sunny and warm between mid-morning and afternoon. In April things start to heat up and there are often storm in the afternoon.

People
Still today, Newars form the largest single group in the valley as well as in smaller towns and villages. Bahuns, Tamangs and Chettris live on the surrounding hills. People living in Kathmandu Valley are mostly Hindus and Buddhist and they are very much related to each others religion. People living here speak Newari and Nepali mostly.

Adventure Sports in Kathmandu

Trekking

Trekking In Langtang Region
Most accessible from Kathmandu is Langtang. Glaciers spawned by slope of the Dorje Lakpa Langtang Ri and other peaks feed the Lantang river before emptying in a raging torrent into the Bhotekoshi river. Mainly the Tibetan speaking people, thought to have originated across the border from Kerong, an ancient fort, inhabit the valley. Tamang and Sherpa live in Helambu region, an area easily accessible to those who have limited time, and spectacular view in spring when the Rhododendron are in bloom. Gosai Kunda, a sacred pond for the Hindu to visit at least once in the life, also lies in the region. Cultural diversity is another attraction of this area

Trekking in Mustang Region
Mustang is one of the few places in the world that has long-lived a very close-niched life and that region was, until recently, inaccessible to outsiders. This isolation helped the people of Mustang to maintain their lifestyle and heritage that remained almost unchanged for centuries. Hidden behind the majestic Himalayan ranges of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, Mustang is filled with beautiful trekking zones. Special Area Trekking Permits are required by trekeers when they visit this region and a Liaison Officer still accompanies every trek to Mustang.

Kala Patar Trekking
Lying at the end of the main trail in the Everest Region, Kala Patar is the chief destinatin for trekkers flying into Lukla. There's more to this trek than just a visit to the Everest base camp. A breakthrough to Everest is the Gokyo valley with its turquoise blue alpine lake and high vantage points that give sensational views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu - four of the Nepal's as well as world's eight highest peaks. From the Gokyo Valley, the trek crosses over the Cho La Pass, an adventurous approach to the upper Khumbu Valley and Everest Base Camp.
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Camping Sites

Kathmandu
Kathmandu is blessed with marvelous and impressive trekking & camping site, that makes it a heaven for camping. The range of scenery, from sub-tropical jungle to glacier, is as varied as the many ethnic groups and cultural heritage of Nepal. It is not only the mountains that cast their spell. The people, the flora and fauna and the immense landscape combine in a kaleidoscope of sights and sensations that make a camping trip among the Himalayas a unique experience.

Ethnological Tour in Langtang Area
Three main ethnic peoples living in Langtang and Helambu area. They are Tamangs, Yolmus and Bhotias, each thought to have originated from Tibet. The cultures are discernible by language, house style, dress, ornaments, and customs
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Places to visit in Kathmandu

Machchhendrananth Temple
The temple of Sweta Machchhendra Bahal between Indra Chowk and Asan. It is a Pagoda of considerable artistic beauty is also called as "Janmadyo" or "Machchhendra" deity.

Akash Bhairav Temple
A three storey temple in the main market avenue, called Indra Chowk, the image of Akash Bhairav is displayed outside for a week during Indara Jatra, the festival of Indra - the God of Rain.

Hanumandhoka (Durbar Square)
It is the historic seat of royalty. The Durbar Square, with its old temples and places, epitomizes the religiuous and cultural life of the people. It is here that kings of Nepal are crowned and their coronations solemnized.

Interesting things to see here are; Taleju Temple built by king Mahendra malla in 1549 A.D.; Kal Bhairav, the God of Destruction, Nautalle Durbar, Coronation Nasal Chowk, The Gaddi Baithak, the statue of King Pratap Malla, the Big Bell, Big Drum and the Jagannath Temple.

Temple Of Kumari (Kumar Ghar)
The temple or the residence of Living Goddess, "Kumari", is situated in the vicinity of Hanuman Dhoka Palace. The building has profusely carved wooden balconies and window screens. The Kumari - the Living Goddess, acknowledges the greetings from her balcony window. Photography is prohibited.

Kasthamandap
Located near the Temple of Kumari, it is said to have been built by King Laxmi Narsingha Malla in the beginning of the 16th century. It is said to be constructed from the wood of a single tree. The city of Kathmandu derives its name from this temple.

Tundikhel
A huge green field, flanks one entire side of the old city Tundikhel. Some of the important landmarks of Kathmandu valley are located in the periphery of this area. At the south-western end of Tundihkel is a 59.29m tower built by prime minister Bhimsen Thapa in 1832 A.D. known as Dharahara or Bhimsen Stambha. Sundhara - fountains with golden water spouts is situated at the foot of this great tower also belonging to the same period.

Bhadrakali Temple
As the eastern edge of the Tundikhel, near Shahid Gate stands the temple of Goddess Bhadrakali. This temple is also known as Lumarhi temple and is one of the main "Shakta" temples of Kathmandu city.

National Museum
Two and half kilometers west of Kathmandu, the National Museum has splendid collection of weapons, artifacts from ancient, medieval and modern Nepal. Its archaeological and historical displays are worth seeing. The museum is open everyday except Tuesday and government holidays.

Natural History Museum
Situated 3-kms west of Kathmandu City behind the famous Swayambhunath hillock. This museum has a unique collection of butterflies, fish, reptiles, birds, mammals, plants and a variety of fossils collected within the country. Photography inside the museum is prohibited.

Pashupatinath Temple
Situated 5-kms east of Kathmandu, the temple of Lord Shiva-Pashupatinath with two tiered golden roof and silver doors is famous for its superb architecture. Visitors can clearly seen the temple and the activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River.

Chandra Vinayak
The temple of Chandra Vinayak is situated about 200 m. north of Chabahil stupa. This double tiered brass roofed temple houses a tiny image of Lord Ganesh, the Elephant-headed God.


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