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Nepal Travel Planning

30 Nov

Nepal Travel Planning is the summary of my two months trip to Nepal during the autumn of 2016 (October and November). The pace of traveling was really slow, in accordance with the buses’ speed from Nepal.

Nepal Travel Planning 2016

Nepal Travel Planning 2016

Nepal Travel Planning – General Planning:

My travel planning for Nepal started somewhere around six months before the trip. I used only the Lonely Planet Guide and randomly read some articles about Nepal on the internet. I said that if by chance I had bumped into an article about Nepal, I’d have read it as a sign from the Universe. If not, I wouldn’t make any efforts in search of them. I’d just let the information come to me. I considered that the guide book offered me enough, very well synthesized information to plan my trip. From the guide book, I could choose the places where I wanted to go during a period of two months – touristic places, UNESCO heritage sites, and off the beaten track places as well.

Nepal Travel Planning – Fixed Plans:

When I left for Nepal, I had only a few fixed plans such as:

– my flight ticket, which I had bought almost 9 months in advance when the Qatar airlines had good discount offers

– the first accommodation in Kathmandu for one week (I could have canceled it for free until two days before my arrival)

– a driver from a travel agency who should have waited for me at the airport, but that didn’t happen because his boss had forgotten about me (great !)

– a spot reserved and half paid for the Introductory Buddhism Course at the Kopan Monastery (this one had fixed dates, so I had to book it in advance)

– two vaccinations: one for typhoid fever and one for diphtheria, poliomyelitis, and tetanus (I had the hepatitis A+B vaccination from the last year trip to Morocco)

Nepal Travel Planning – Intentions, but nothing fixed:

When I left for Nepal, I wanted to do/to go to the following places but I hadn’t fixed dates for them:

– trek the Tamang Heritage Trail (I had only talked with a guide on FB in order to assist me as a porter if we would agree on the price, dates, …)

– cycle through/to some of the Nepalese villages in the Kathmandu Valley

– explore the jungle in the Chitwan National Park

– go to Lumbini and Pokhara

– go for ten days to Tibet: fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa and come overland at the Nepalese border (unfortunately closed for tourists by October 2016, so I had to drop this plan)

Nepal Travel Planning 2016 (orange – bus trip, green – treks)

Nepal Travel Planning 2016 (orange – bus trip, green – treks)

Nepal Travel Planning – Final Result:

The final result of my trip to Nepal, where I stayed for two months, is a series of twelve travel diaries, which you can read at the following links.

Kathmandu and surroundings (8 days):

  • flight from Bucharest (Romania) to Kathmandu (Nepal) via Doha (Qatar)
  • walked throughout Durbar Square and surroundings (route south and north of the main square)
  • relaxed in the Garden of Dreams and walked throughout Thamel
  • rented a bike and cycled to Swayambhunath and Ichangu Narayan Temple (nearby village) 
  • walked to Pashupatinath and Bodhnath heritage sites, in Kathmandu
  • explored Budhanilkantha, near Kathmandu
  • explored Gokarna and walked to Bodhnath, near Kathmandu

Exploring Kathmandu in one week – sites, villages, and local people (part I)

The version in Romanian can be found at O saptamana in Katmandu (partea 1) 

Exploring Kathmandu in one week – sites, villages, and local people (part II)

The version in Romanian can be found at O saptamana in Katmandu (partea a 2-a)

Kopan Monastery – Introductory Buddhism Course (10 days), on the outskirts of Katmandu

Kopan Monastery – Introductory Buddhism Course

The version in Romanian can be found at Curs introductiv de Budism – Manastirea Kopan, Nepal

Tamang Heritage Trail, Langtang National Park (8 days)

Nepal Travel Planning 2016 - Tamang Heritage Trail (6 days)

Nepal Travel Planning 2016 – Tamang Heritage Trail (6 days)

  • 1st day: bus trip Kathmandu – Syaprhu Besi
  • 2nd day: Syaprhu Besi – Bahun Danda Pass – Gotlang Village
  • 3rd day: Gotlang Village – Chilime Village – Cherka Hamlet – Gonggang Village – Tatopani Village
  • 4th day: Tatopani Village – Brimdang Hamlet – Nagthali Ghyang
  • 5th day: relax in Nagthali Ghyang
  • 6th day: Nagthali Ghyang – Thuman Village – Lingling Village – Briddhim Village
  • 7th day: Briddhim Village – Wangal Hamlet – Syaprhu Besi
  • 8th day: bus trip Syaprhu Besi – Kathmandu – Patan

Tamang Heritage Trail, Langtang National Park (part I)

The version in Romanian can be found at Tamang Heritage Trail, Parcul National Langtang, Nepal (partea 1)

Tamang Heritage Trail, Langtang National Park (part II)

The version in Romanian can be found at Tamang Heritage Trail, Parcul National Langtang, Nepal (partea a 2-a)

Patan and Kathmandu Valley (10 days)

  • walked throughout Patan historic town (a suburb of Kathmandu nowadays)
  • explored Chobar Village and walked to Kirtipur Town, near Patan
  • explored Dakshinkali Temple and hiked to Pharping Village
  • explored the Durbar Square of Bhaktapur historic town
  • walked throughout Bhaktapur historic town
  • explored Changu Narayan Temple, near Bhaktapur
  • explored Bashgari – took part in a death ceremony in Kuttal Village
  • explored Panauti – took part in the Light Festival in Dhulikel
  • explored Dhulikel
  • bus trip from Dhulikhel to Patan, via Kathmandu (Radna Park)

Kathmandu Valley – exploring towns, villages, and local families (part I)

The version in Romanian can be found at Sate si orase din jurul katmandu-ului, Nepal (partea 1)

Kathmandu Valley – exploring towns, villages, and local families (part II)

The version in Romanian can be found at Sate si orase din jurul katmandu-ului, Nepal (partea a 2-a)

Chitwan National Park, Sauraha (5 days)

  • direct bus trip from Kathmandu to Sauraha
  • jungle walk through the Chitwan National Park for the entire day
  • elephant bath and elephant safari through the Baghmara forest (buffer zone)
  • rented a bike and cycled among Tharu Villages for half day
  • elephant bath at the Rapti River in the morning

Explore Chitwan Jungle around Sauraha

The version in Romanian can be found at Jungla din Chitwan, Nepal

From Lumbini to Pokhara (7 days)

  • bus trip from Sauraha to Lumbini Bazaar
  • explored Maha Devi Temple – walked throughout the West Monastic Zone (Mahayana Buddhist Schools) and the East Monastic Zone (Theravada Buddhist School)
  • direct bus trip from Lumbini to Tansen; explored Tansen in the afternoon
  • direct bus trip from Tansen to Pokhara Lakeside
  • walked throughout Pokara Lakeside
  • hiked to the World Peace Pagoda and crossed Phewa Lake by boat
  • horse riding up to Sarangkot Mountain

From Lumbini to Pokhara passing through Tansen

The version in Romanian can be found at De la Lumbini la Pokhara, Nepal

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, Annapurna Conservation Area (5 days)

Nepal Travel Planning 2016 - Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek (5 days)

Nepal Travel Planning 2016 – Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek (5 days)

  • 1st day: taxi from Pokhara to Nayapul Village – Birethanti Village – Hile Village -Tikhedhungga Village – Ulleri Village
  • 2nd day: Ulleri Village – Banthanti Village – Nangge Thanti Village – Lower and Upper Ghorepani – Poon Hill lookout
  • 3rd day: Upper Ghorepani Village – Deurali Pass – Ban Thanti Hamlet – Tadapani Village – Baihisi Kharka Hamlet – Ghandruk Village
  • 4th day: Ghandruk Village – Chinu (Jhinudanda) Village and Hot Springs
  • 5th day: Chinu Village –  Siwai Village – Syauli Bajar Village – Chimrong Village – Birethanti Village – Nayapul Village – taxi ride back to Pokhara

The Extended Ghorepani Trek, Annapurna Conservation Area (part I)

The version in Romanian can be found at Ghorepani Trek, Aria de Conservare Annapurna, Nepal (partea 1)

The Extended Ghorepani Trek, Annapurna Conservation Area (part II)

The version in Romanian can be found at Ghorepani Trek, Aria de Conservare Annapurna, Nepal (partea a 2-a)

From Pokhara back to Kathmandu (7 days)

  • relaxing day in Pokhara Lakeside
  • bus trip from Pokhara to Bandipur; explored Bandipur in the afternoon
  • bus trip from Bandipur to Gorkha (3 buses, 5 hours, 30 km!)
  • hiked up to Gorkha Durbar religious complex
  • bus trip from Gorkha to Kathamandu (Jasimkhel neighborhood, the expat neighborhood of Patan)
  • relaxing day in Jasimkhel
  • shopping in Patan – flight from Kathmandu (Nepal) to Bucharest (Romania) via Doha (Qatar)

From Pokhara to Kathmandu

The version in Romanian can be found at De la Pokhara inapoi la Kathmandu

This is the summary of my two months trip to Nepal. Enjoy your reading and let me know your opinion about Nepal. Which is your favorite place in Nepal? Why? Where would you go?

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