It never crossed in my mind to have a trip to Nepal. Perhaps because it wasn’t exactly the most popular tourist destination for people in Indonesia. I wasn’t even sure who was the initiator of the trip I was invited to join.
In the beginning I did not want to go because it was difficult for me to get leave permission from the office and the tour cost was quite expensive. However, after a few times browsing for information about Nepal, I finally decided I had to visit that country. Of course after obtaining my leave request approved first.
Although I had seen the pictures of some of the more popular Nepal destinations on the Internet, I could not wait to see in person what Nepal looks like. And after having seen the beauty of Nepal, my only regret was that why I had to be doubtful about coming on the trip.
I found Nepal amazing, especially the place called the Australian Camp. It was the best. Australian Camp is a place with a large grass field filled with pretty little flowers, with a stunning view of the great Annapurna mountains. To get there you have to trek for a few hours. The path is sometimes steep but not difficult, my older trip companions could do it with no problem.
During the climbing, we were helped by Sherpa, an ethnic group from the most mountainous region of Nepal, high in the Himalayas. They help us brought our luggages except the camera and water to drink.
Each Sherpa carrying a load about 100kg, and how they brought it was to put a strap/hook in the head and stuff on their back. They are usually looking for money in this way. In climbing mission we have to share the road with Donkey. Donkey is usually used as a means of transporting goods from the ground to the Australian camp.
When I saw the mountains with the snowy peak I was speechless. I just sat there looking at them in amazement. Soon after, I was busy taking pictures and had my pictures taken since of course nobody would want to miss such moment. I never thought I could see such amazing view. You have to come and see it yourself.
Unfortunately, due to the restricted schedule we had, we could not spend too much time there. We only had time to stay for one night. At the Australian Camp you could enjoy sunsets and sunrises. There was a small but lovely church there also.
Besides the Australian Camp there were a few places we visited, such as Boudhanath, Pashupatinadh, Phewa Lake, Sarangkot, Nagarkot, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and at last Thamel Street shopping area.
Boudhanath is a stupa located in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. Boudhanath is one of the largest ancient stupas and in 1979 became a Unesco World Heritage Site. It is also a popular tourist location in Nepal.
Many Nepali come to this place to pray. Boudhanath is surrounded by bells. It is said that if you can go around Boudhanath while touching all the bells, your wish will come true.
Pashupatinadh is Nepal’s most sacred Hindu shrine. It is a place for people to pray as well as a place for cremation. Before being cremated, the deceased is brought to the river next to the shrine and cleansed there. They believe the water of the river is holy because it is connected to the shrine. After being cleansed then the deceased is ready to be cremated.
It is believed that when someone dies, then the body has to be brought here as soon as possible. If he/she lived far away, then the body must be brought to the nearest river.
Phewa Lake is a lake located in the city of Pokhara. People can go on boats surrounding the lake in the late afternoon until sunset. In the lake we can also enjoy the view of the Annapurna mountains. What a peaceful moment.
Sarangkot is located near Pokhara. The best moment in Sarangkot is during sunrise with the Annapurna mountain range as the background. However, you must come there very early as the place will be packed with many people to take pictures.
Nagarkot is a village in Bhaktapur area with hills, valleys and pine trees. From Nagarkot, we can enjoy the views of the Annapurna and Himalaya mountain ranges. It is best experienced during sunrise and sunset.
Unfortunately, we arrived too late to enjoy the sunset and as our luck turned out, the next morning the fog came down so thick that we could not see much during sunrise. I believed if we had more time there were much more to explore such as the traditional houses of the local people, hills and pine forest.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur is an ancient city of Nepal. Here the tourist destinations are temples, temples and more temples. Not surprising since Nepal is a country known for its temples and shrines as the temples there outnumber people. Aside from the temples, photographers should be pleased with the human interest scenes unique to Nepal.
There are also lots of street merchants selling souvenirs with prices approximately the same as in Thamel Street shopping area. If you find something you like for a suitable price, I suggest you get it as you may not find it elsewhere.
Thamel Street is an area serving as the center to purchase souvenirs. Never hesitate to bargain for a lower price because usually the seller will start off with quite a high price for a not so high quality goods. For this part of the trip, I can’t tell you the details of how to go from one place to another because I went with a tour group, so the sequence was already arranged for us.
Overall, I gave 8 out of 10 for our trip to Nepal because I was happy with this trip. Hotels were good except for the lodge in Australian Camp, which was okay because the view was so amazing. The food was nice, even the Chinese food was better than some places in Jakarta. Most of the restaurants we went to also provided free wifi.
You should. You have to have your own Nepal trip. You won’t regret it.
Thank God I have the chance to have this wonderful experience with wonderful friends. I hope I will have more chances to see more of God’s wonderful creations.