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.
We find it very important that our travelling contributes to the preservation of Nepal’s fragile and beautiful nature. We encourage Kipling Travels and Explore Himalaya to start working with different tea-houses / lodges and hotels on sustainability initiatives- like waste recycling, solar heating etc.