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Road to Darjeeling

From Bhaktapur onwards my next major Destination was Darjeeling. But first I went alongside the BP and Manhendra Highway. Such scenic route and not much traffic. A Joyride.



Bhaktapur has the best preserved palace courtyards and old city center in Nepal, and is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It was the largest of the three Newar kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley, and was the capital of Nepal during the great 'Malla Kingdom' until the second half of the 15th century.

It’s the best destination in the Kathmandu valley. Not just for quality of the historic buildings but also for the market, the atmosphere, the beauty and there aren’t really cars in the city centre and only some bikes. So it is welcoming change to the noise Kathmandu.


Kathmandu Thamel

Thames is the old city centre of Kathmandu. there are quite a few religious sites scattered across the centre, but nowadays Thamel is know for one thing: Shopping, trading, merchants. If your wit to buy something or anything in Kathamandu this is the place to start.


Kathmandu Swayambhunath

Swayambhunath Temple complex, also know as the Monkey Temple, is an very ancient religious architecture atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west of the city. The Swayambhunath complex consists of a stupa, a variety of shrines and temples. A very lovely place, together with Boudhanath the most tibetan place . A must visits especially from 3-5 in the afternoon with very good views across the Kathmandu valley.


Kathmandu Boudhanath

The ancient Stupa is one of the largest in the world. As of 1979, Boudhanath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And it is also a very Tibetan Place. Very peaceful, friendly and welcoming and one the most popular destinations in the Kathmandu valley. I love this place. The stupa itself was very heavily damaged and there where cracks within the whole structure. They had to remove even the main dome. but its nearly fully restored to its former glory.


Kathmandu Pashupatinath

On the banks of the river bagmtiy lies the cremation complex. The Pashupatinath Temple complex takes the prime spot. This temple is considered one of the sacred temples of Hindu faith .The temple serves as the seat of the national deity, Lord Pashupatinath.This temple complex is on UNESCO World Heritage Sites's list Since 1979. But there are also other ver important temple such as the Mother Teresa Nursery home, the shiva temple etc.


Kathmandu Durbar Square

The Kathmandu Durbar Square (in front of the old royal palace of the former Kathmandu Kingdom is one of three Durbar (royal palace) Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. However the Earthquake destroyed main of the Temple incl the Hanuman one as well the Roayel place. It is very sad to see, especial if you know how it was before. They ry their best to restore this are to its former glory but it will take time an money.


Lalitpur Patan

Patan Durbar Square is situated at the centre of the city of Lalitpur at the outskirts of Kathmandu in Nepal. It is one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One of its attraction is the ancient royal palace where the Malla Kings of Lalitpur resided andy many other historic buildings and temples such as the Golden Temple and the Krishna Mandir temple. It was also heavily damaged by the earthquake but not as bad as the other places. Still sad to see.


Annapurna Flyby

In Ohara I stayed two night. Sadly the Overlander Campsite is now closing (last season) and only open till December for Cycles and Motorbikes as the locals closed the main entrance road to the site. So I had to stay in a hotel againnnnn. However, the main attraction in Pokhara is the Annapurna Mountain Range with peaks over 8000m. There are many trekking routes to choose from but I went for the Flyby. It is very expensive compared to the prices for example in Germany for similar flight durations (90min), but the views are still worth it (and they probably know this).


Nepal on my way to Pokhara

The Border Crossing was straight forward, but I was surprised that I had to use the Carnet for Nepal. According to the ADAC Overview it is not a requirement. Anyway. The road form the Boarder up to Pokhara was beautiful and compared to India such a relief. Far less traffic, it is cleaner everywhere and the ride was smother as well. And of course also some areas where of stunning beauty.

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