World Travel 2013-2014, Nepal Wrap Up

  • Overall what we did: 12 days split into: 5 days in Kathmandu and 6 days in Pokhara from 27 February 2014 to 9 March 2014.
  • Favourite part of Nepal: Would have to be relaxing in Pokhara. Was pretty sick after South Korea and very fatigued, so it was nice to be able to sit back, relax and get lots of sleep
  • Key tip: Be prepared for the rolling power outages. You can find out the schedule online, and you will need to plan your day around these outages (you may or may not have hot water in your accommodation if the power isn’t on…)
  • Cultural points:
    • Cleanliness: Personally, this one is a bit of a subjective one in Nepal. For me, I think the biggest tip is be prepared to not be as clean as you are back home. The dust is oppressive, rubbish is everywhere and you’ll need to be careful at times to ensure the people spitting on the street don’t inadvertently hit you
  • Highlights: Leaving Kathmandu for Pokhara – what a relief from the noise of Thamel!
  • Best Experience: Walking up to the World Peace Pagoda and enjoying the view of the Himalayas. Very beautiful
  • Mountains, Pokhara, Nepal

    Mountains, Pokhara, Nepal

  • Worst Experience: The dust and noise of Thamel. Not a pleasant experience and would not recommend staying in that area for any length of time
  • Must See Attraction: Anywhere where you can see the Himalayas of course. For us Pokhara was perfect as we had lovely views from the roof of our accommodation of the mountains and also the lake nearby to wander around
  • Most Over-hyped Attraction: Thamel. Listed as a tourist area of Nepal, the roads are terrible, dust is everywhere and the atmosphere isn’t that nice. You can find some good and cheap food in the area though
  • Would I go back? No, highly unlikely. Nepal isn’t a bad place, but I feel that unless I wanted to go trekking, I personally don’t have a real reason to go back. Plus, there’s only so much black dust you want to wash out of your hair, nose, mouth and clothes!

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