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  • Writer's pictureFatma Abdalla

How I ended up in Nepal!!!

Updated: Nov 9, 2020

As usual I went to meet up with my friend ”after work" to have coffee. We met at Dubai Mall and found a nice new place which offers juice in a creative way, so we thought why not try.

We both felt bored so we were discussing what we can do this weekend. Suddenly the same idea clicked in our heads!! Let’s travel. Where? Let’s check travel bloggers on Instagram. So, we chose Nepal and booked tickets on the app. Next day we took the leave from work despite it’s not possible "when there's a will, there's a way", and next thing we found ourselves on plane.

One of the reasons that made us choose Nepal that you can get the visa upon arrival at airport. We found that convenient for us as our trip was not planned ahead of time. The airport was ok, but they have a lot of dogs.

Kathmandu is the first stop for international visitors who come to experience Nepal. The city and its people will welcome you with open arms—but it may also overwhelm you. The city is ranked as one of the most polluted cities in the world, which is why it’s sometimes called Maskmandu.

I like exploring local cultures and dress like local people. The Nepali Masala Chai was Refreshing!! Most needed before proceeding to exploring the city.

Kathmandu is particularly famous for its religious monuments. Various temples, monasteries, and stupas adorn the city’s landscape.

Beautiful Sunset Scene.

Nepal has its own distinct cultural flavor. It would take a long time to visit all of Nepal’s cultural attractions, but many of the country’s top temples and cultural sites are located around Kathmandu, making them very accessible.

To the east of central Kathmandu, Boudhanath Stupa, this is considered to be the holiest Tibetan Buddhist site outside of Tibet.

The surrounding area is a hub of Tibetan life and culture in Nepal and is a must-see destination if you’re visiting Kathmandu.

Inside Boudhanath Stupa temple.

Boudha stupa was listed in world heritage list by UNESCO in 1979 which has provided a more significant value in its presence. Along with Swayambhunath, Boudhanath is also the most popular tourist sites in Kathmandu.

Located on a hill, Swayambhunath Temple offers great views across the city. It’s a particularly holy place for Nepal’s Buddhists.

It’s nicknamed the "monkey temple" and as soon as you arrive, it’ll soon become clear why as you see monkeys crawling up the stone steps to the temple.

watch out for cows too!!

Many areas are, rightly, described as living heritage sites, and festivals are a big part of life for Kathmandu. This nice guy is performing for us.

It never hurts to learn a few local words. “Namaste” is the main greeting, and it’s even better if you also hold your palms together vertically in front of your chest—a gesture of respect.

We missed our flight!!! Nepal’s only international airport, serving Kathmandu, receives more passengers than it can handle. Also, Nepali relaxed attitude towards time is a norm. This laid back attitude is reflected in services such as transportation, with buses and flights not departing—and arriving—on time.

Any how we managed to sort it out and travel back to Dubai the same day. There are few things one must put in to consideration:

Avoid Mansoon from late May to early September, Kathmandu gets huge amounts of rainfall. It's the time we travelled at by the way. I liked it though seeing rain dropping off our terrace and seeing the rainbow. Best time to visit is (October, November) also (April, May).

If you are fit and have extra time go hiking. Nepal holds eight of the world’s 10 tallest Himalayan peaks.

Visit Pukhara the jewel of Himalaya.

This Trip was before the Pandemic and spread of Corona Virus.

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