Four Italians Mr. Cavallero, Ms. Rossi, Mr. Casella and Ms. Brugnettini had planned to celebrate their New Year retreat in Nepal. They arrived to Kathmandu on December 30, 2012. During their 4 days stay in Nepal, apart from welcoming the New Year 2013 at the festive streets of Thamel, they visited to different places around the valley.
The Italian visitors used an opportunity in Nepal visiting all UNESCO Heritage sites (Durbar Squares at Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and Changunarayan) lying within Kathmandu valley. Also, they toured to Budhanilkantha, Kirtipur, Dakshinkali and Nagarkot.
The famous image of Budanilkantha lies 8km north of Kathmandu city. The colossal statue lying in a pool of water is about six meters long which reclines on number of carved serpents as its bed. The statue which has a great importance among the religious people of Nepal is supposed to have installed here during 7th century.
Kirtipur lies 5km southwest to Kathmandu. The city holds the great historical importance of 18th century with its courageous natives. The impressive city with few historical monuments left is now the city of farmers and weavers.
The temple of Dakshinkali lies in a gorge. Dakshin in Nepali refers to “south” and hence the shrine here faces towards the south cardinal point of Kathmandu valley. Every Saturday numerous devotees of this popular goddess visit here.
Nagarkot 2175m, lies 32km east of Kathmandu. The panorama of major peaks of Eastern Nepal Himalayas including Everest, Manaslu, Ganesh etc. are clearly seen from here. The most popular tourist resort around Kathmandu; Nagarkot also offers the amazing sunrise and sunset views.
The Italians waved goodbye to 2012 and welcomed 2013 in Nepal with great rapid vacation. On January 3, 2013 they departed with lots and lots of cultural, historical and religious memories and knowledge from Nepal.