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.
Five Aussies Ross, Gill, Gail, Marlene and Graeme arrived at the Friendship Bridge on October 20, 2012 after the most adventurous highland tour on the roof of the world; Tibet. They boarded the bus to Dhulikhel after the completion of immigration formalities. Dhulikhel lies 32km east to the Nepalese capital Kathmandu. The city is a real small town which is very popular for the majestic mountain views and as a starting point for the short treks. The city is full of temples and culturally rich with major Newari inhabitants. After the lunch in an exotic resort at Dhulikhel, the Aussies headed towards the heritage city Kathmandu.
Durbar Square- Kathmandu during night.
Kathmandu, is the city of temples, monasteries, shrines and deities. The ancient city offers the wide range of cultural and historical heritages of the different eras which played the significant role in the Nepalese history. Narayanhiti Palace, Singha Durbar, Darhara, Ghanta-ghar, Rani Pokhari are the major ancient monuments. However, apart from these historically important monuments the cultural and religious displays of the ancient Nepal could be majorly viewed at Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pahupatinath Temple and the ancient monateries like Swayambhunath and Boudhanath. Besides, the Kathmandu city the valley shares two other historically and culturally important cities Bhaktapur and Patan. These two cities are equally appealing for once in a life time visit. The Aussies made the tour around the Kathmandu city. Due to the lack of time they were unable to visit Patan and Bhaktapur. However, they managed the time to wonder around the typical Thamel. Thamel is in the heart of Kathmandu. The narrow streets with abundant hotels, bars and restaurants, musics, traditional cultural outlets, cosmopolitan environment, cyber cafes, travel agencies and many more; Thamel is the place where every visitor in Nepal makes his presence at least once.
The exodus of the Aussie lineup happened on 23rd October 2012.
After the Overland Tour of Tibet, the group of nine; Eight Australians and a Dutch crossed the Friendship Bridge at Nepal-China border over Bhote Koshi River on September 23, 2012. They chilled out the night stay at Himalayan Horizon on the23rd. The following day on September 24, the group accompanied with the team of Explore Himalaya towards Kathmandu. Kathmandu is the capital of Himalayan nation Nepal. The city itself is a heritage site. A prehistoric city describes the primordial Aryan culture in the region.
Patan Durbar Square.
On September 25, the group was on the sightseeing tour of this ancient city. Pashupatinath, Boudhanath , Chnagunarayan and Swayambhunath are spiritually privileged destinations. The group precisely had great time on viewing these ancient pious temples and Monasteries. The arty and inventive displays of the ancient times at the three grandiose Durbar squares of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur left the lineup with no choice other than appreciating the ancestral abilities in the region.
Aeriel view of Boudhanath.
On September 26, early morning the squad had the mountain flight. The eye-catching views of the green mountains, elevated regal Himalayas, rivers and rivulets, feral passes in the nature and the traditional habitats at places fully took them to the different exciting side existing in Nepal. The team has had much more than their expectation on a very short retreat to Nepal. On September 27, they made their exodus from Nepal towards Paro, Bhutan with very happy hearts.
Aeriel Mountain view.
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