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The renovation of UNESCO World Heritage Site listed Boudhanath has been completed. The holy shrine of Buddhist was damaged by the 7.3 moment magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on 25 April last year. The earthquake damaged mainly the upper part of the Stupa and also caused other minor effects. Ever since, the holy shrine was under renovation.
After nearly 18 months of the earthquake, the renovation of the 36 meter tall Boudhanath Stupa has completed. The renovation was completed with the cost of Rs. 230 millions. The Stupa was opened for public with an inauguration ceremony held on 22nd November.
Lonely planet has listed Nepal on the top of the most valuable destinations for travelers. Nepal is bouncing back after the earthquake and fuel crisis and remains as one of the favorites for budget travelers. It offers a wide range of activities for a very reasonable price.
Are you visiting Nepal for an experience? Well, how about staying in the following listed hotels? The hotels don’t just provide you accommodation to stay or meal to eat. They are here to make your stay in Nepal even more memorable with the experience they offer to travelers. These accommodations in Nepal will surely give you something extra to remember through an exceptional traditional experience.
Kathmandu Boutique Hotel
Lying in the heart of Thamel, Kathmandu Boutique hotel is set in the 19th-century ruler’s Rana Palace. The exterior of the palace has been kept untouched while interior changes are made to meet the guest’s luxury and comfort. The hotel offers the life experience of Bygone ERA in Nepalese style.
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Crafted according to the tantric rituals, each thing you see once you enter the hotel’s compound symbolizes something. The 5 story heritage contains 12 lavish rooms; each in different sizes offering different views than other.
Maya Devi Village
Built back around 20 years ago in an authentic Gurung style, Maya Devi Village, the home of Parahawking Project in Nepal is a beautiful guest house and restaurant. It was renovated and restored retaining its traditional style to provide modern facilities and home comforts. The only a couple of kilometers away from the Lakeside, Pokhara , the lodge can be an ideal place to stay for bird lovers.
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Maya Devi Village consists of 5 traditional round stone and thatch huts along with its main house and restaurant. Each hut features two floors with an outdoor veranda, inside living area and attached bathroom on the ground floor while the second floor consists a king size bed offering the magnificent view of the lake. During your stay, you will experience a homely environment in peace and tranquility.
Shangri-La Boutique Hotel
With a unique blend of classical paintings in the center of tourist hub Thamel, Shangri-La Boutique Hotel situates in a calm and peaceful environment with the greenery of its own. More than just an accommodation, Equipped with all modern facility, Shangri-La vows to give its best to provide their guest a traditional Nepalese experience during their stay with hospitality at the best.
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Hotel Nepalaya situates in the center of Thamel offering easy access to some traditional heritage of Kathmandu. The hotel with the balance of functionality in the organization for the excellence in their service aims to exceed their guest’s expectations. Hotel Nepalaya offers service with modern-day guests requirement with the blend of hospitality served from the heart.
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Mystique Highland Resort
Just in the distance of 15km from Pokhara situates Mystique Highland Resort on atop of a hill offering a calm and peaceful environment with nature experience at its best. The hotel is especially ideal for groups and couples. The hotel provides a rooftop restaurant offering the magnificent view of mountains. The night view of the Pokhara valley from the hotel is exceptional. The views from the hotel are beautiful to be it either the valley or the cliffs or the Seti River Climb view. The hotel has its own orthodox organic tea garden from where you can buy your friend a souvenir back home.
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Skydive in Nepal is the annual adventure organized each November and the jump dates for both Everest Skydive and Pokhara Skydive of this year is approaching. Everest Skydive has been scheduled from 4th November to 12th of November. Skydivers participating in Pokhara Skydive will attempt their jumps from 17th November- 20th November.
The elite extreme adventure sports Skydiving is organized annually in Nepal since 2008. However, with an exception, Everest Skydive is being organized twice a year for the first time having already operated once back in May 2016.
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Nepal houses some of the highest peaks around the world; 14 out of highest 20 to be exact. Once you are visiting Nepal, the one thing you’d not want to miss is at least to get a glimpse of these beautiful giant peaks including the magnificent Mt. Fishtail, Ama Dablam, Annapurna and the mighty Everest itself. Here we list out some of the best mountain viewpoints of Nepal offering the best view of these peaks.
Known as the vantage point of Everest, Kalapatthar is most trekker’s favorite spot for the view of Everest. Kalapatthar lies at an elevation of 5545m nearby Everest Base Camp. The viewpoint can be reached by people in good physical condition and without serious climbing skills. Kalapatthar can be reached by walking for 8 days from Lukla.
A bit farther from Everest Base Camp and lesser known and visited than Kalapatthar, Gokyo Ri lies at an elevation of 5483m. The view of Everest is spectacular and some consider it is better than Kalapatthar. Getting to Gokyo Ri is challenged by 8 days tough walking from Lukla but it will also reward with the magnificent views of Gokyo Lakes additional mountains Cho You, Lhotse, and Makalu.
Declared as the best viewpoint by Sir Edmund Hilary, Peekye Peak lies at an elevation of 4065m. The viewpoint can be reached following the classic Everest Base Camp Trek via Jiri. The peak provides a panoramic mountain view including Everest, Dhaulagiri, and Kanchenjunga as well. Reaching to Peekye Peak requires 8 days trek.
Tengboche situating at an elevation of 3864m is yet another famous view point en-route to Everest Base Camp. The place also houses the biggest Buddhist monastery in the region: Tengboche Monastery. The place offers a beautiful view of Mount Ama Dablam. Tengboche can be reached with 4 days trek from Lukla.
If you are visiting Nepal but you are limited with time, Nagarkot is the best option to get the glimpse of majestic mountains of Nepal. A one and half hour drive will take you to Nagarkot from Kathmandu. Here you will get to see the panoramic view of Himalayas on a clear day. The point is also considered ideal for sunrise and sunset view.
Or if you are considering experiencing both the adventure of trek and views of mountains but don’t want it to be hectic and longer, Poonhill trek will be the best thing you can do. Poonhill can be reached by a 3 days trek and is the most popular trek in Nepal. Located at an elevation of 3210m, Poonhill offers the spectacular view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.
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