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Bhaktapur - A living museum - World Heritage Site

Bhaktapur is an ancient Newar town located in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley. It is the third largest city in the Kathmandu Valley. Also known as ‘the city of devotees’, and ‘the city of culture’, Bhaktapur is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its rich culture and beautiful architecture. A visit to Bhaktapur can feel like travelling back in time as the town has continued to maintain its old vibe. It remains a preserved ancient city and provides a much needed breather from the cities of today.

The town was founded in the 12th century by a Malla King. Bhaktapur personifies the skill and expertise of Newari artists and craftsmen. Everywhere you look, you will see traditional art and brilliant architecture, historical monuments and beautiful craft works. Besides its inimitable architectural brilliance, the town is popular for pottery and weaving industries. Tourists can watch potters create works of art in the Pottery Squares. There are also several shops that sell Indigenous (Newar) handicrafts which include paubha scroll paintings, papier-mâché masks, cotton cloth, woodcarvings, metalwork, jewelry and ceramic products, haku-patasi (black sari), black caps. Bhaktapur is also popular for producing the best youghurt or curd known as Ju-ju Dhau locally. They are still sold in clay bowls.

The Durbar square in Bhaktapur was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1934. Many buildings were destroyed and later restored. Today, Bhaktapur is a popular day-trip destination for tourists visiting Kathmandu. Those who want to stay away from the city choose to stay in Bhaktapur for more days. Although, there are no deluxe hotels at Bhaktapur, tourists can home-stay or stay in standard rooms that are available throughout the town.

Bhaktapur is filled with Hindu and Buddhist religious sites and art. Although the population is primarily Hindu, there are many Buddhist monasteries (Vihars) and shrines.

Places to visit: Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, Dattatreya Square, Pottery Square, Changu Narayan (World Heritage Site), Nagarkot, Surya Vinayak, Kamal Vinayak, Siddha Pokhari, Chonga Ganesh,Divine Miracolus Vision - Largest Shiva lingum, Pachpana Jhyale Durbar (55-windowed palace), Taleju Temple, Lokeswor Mahavihar, Prasannasheel Mahavihar, Chatu Brahma Mahavihar, Jaya Kirti Mahavihar, Sukra-varna Mahavihar, Dipanker Mahavihar.

How to get there: Bhaktapur is approximately 30 minutes away from the capital city. Tourists can either take a bus or taxi from Kathmandu. Direct buses to Bhaktapur can be found in many spots of Kathmandu. However, no vehicles are allowed inside Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

Author: Ashish Rai

Where is Nepal?

Ever been asked "Where is Nepal" during conversations and had no answer to provide?

A landlocked state located in South East Asia, Nepal is bordered to the north by China and to the south, east, and west by India. It lies between 80 degree 12’east longitude and 26 degree 22’ and 30 degree 27’ north latitude. It has an area of 1, 47,181 sq kilometers (56,827 sq miles) and approximately a population of 30 million. Most of the Nepalese are Hindus although there are people who follow Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. The length of the sovereign state is 885 kilometers east-west and its breath varies from 145 to 241 kilometers north-south.

Although small by area size, Nepal has a rich geography. The country is divided into three main geographic regions - The Himalayan region, the Hilly region and the Terai region. The altitude of the Himalayan region ranges between 4877 meters and 8848 meters. This region covers about 15 percent of the total land mass and has eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains, including the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest. The Hilly region is the largest geographic region occupying 68 percent of the total land area. The altitude of this region ranges from 600 meters to 3000 meters. The Terai region covers about 17 percent of the total land mass. The altitude of the region varies from 60 meter above sea level to 600 meter. Most of the crops are produced in this region due to its fertile plains.

From the world’s deepest gorge ‘Kali Gandaki’ to being home to the highest mountain on earth, Nepal’s diversity extends beyond its geographical features. There are over 100 ethnic groups and more than 30 different languages are spoken in Nepal. Possessing some of the most outstanding bio-diversity in the world, ranging from sub-tropical Rain-forests to Alpine deserts, Nepal is a The climate ranges from sub-tropical in the low lands to Arctic in the higher altitudes. Nepal has four main seasons-  Winter, Summer, Monsoon and Autumn.

Author: Ashish Rai

Kathmandu Airport - Tribhuvan International Airport

Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) is an only international airport in Nepal, situated 5.56km east of Kathmandu city. There are two terminals, one domestic and one international. A recent extension to the international terminal has made the distance to the airplanes shorter. At present, about 30 international airlines connect Nepal to various other destinations in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The national carrier is Nepal Airlines. For Visit Nepal 2011 campaign, major renovations took place, including the expansion of the departure and arrival halls, airport runway and facilities. Tribhuvan International thus plays a very vital role since it forms a central hub from which local businesses can expand into the surrounding international arenas. It also provides a business opportunity for both local and international airlines.

Tribhuvan International Airport was previously known as Gauchar Airport, named after an area it was located. Aviation in Nepal began life in 1949 and in 1955 the airport was inaugurated by King Mahendra and renamed Tribhuvan Airport in memory of his father. The airport was again renamed Tribhuvan International Airport in 1964. TIA was officially inaugurated in February 1990 by late His Majesty King Birenda. Since then, 90% of all flights now take place from the new terminal, helping the airport to live up to the title “Gateway of Nepal”.

After you arrive at TIA, the first thing you need to do is go to Immigration hall. There are two counters for tourists. One is for those arriving with valid visa and the other, for tourists who require visa.

Visa Fees and Requirements

  • The fee for a Single Entry Tourist Visa to Nepal for 60 days is US $60 or equivalent foreign currency

  • Additional $50 grants Multiple Entry Visas

  • Tourist visa can be extended for a maximum of 150 days. Visa extension free for 30 days is USD $ 30.

  • To apply for visa, you will also need a valid passport, and two passport size photos.

  • Business Visa fee is US$ 100 for one year with multiple re-entries and US$ 250 for five years with multiple re-entries.

After obtaining a visa, you are required to fill up the disembarkation card in which you are required to give passport details and planned length of stay. Normally, the disembarkation form is provided on the plane connecting to Nepal. If you hadn’t received the form in the aircraft, you can get it at the immigration hall in the airport. Make sure you fill out the form on which it is written "For Foreigners" if you are a foreigner.

After you fill out and submit the entry form, you can finally proceed to the Baggage claim. Since TIA is not a big airport, it is impossible to get lost. Once you’re done with that and come out of the airport, you can grab a taxi and head straight to your hotel.

Author: Ashish Rai

Where is Annapurna?

Annapurna is a 55km long section of the Himalayas in the northern part of central Nepal. It has more than 30 mountain peaks including Mt. Annapurna which is the 10th highest mountain in the world. The height of Mt Annapurna is 8091 meters. It rises east of the Kali Gandaki Gorge which is the world’s deepest gorge. 34 kilometers towards the west is Mt Dhaulagiri which is situated at a height of 8167 meters. Besides these two peaks, there are thirteen over 7000 m peaks and 16 over 6000 m peaks. The Annapurna massif contains six major peaks over 7,200 m. These peaks are the world's most dangerous mountains to climb. 

The entire massif and surrounding area fall within the 7,629 km square Annapurna Conservation Area, the first and largest conservation area in Nepal which was established in 1986 for Nature Conservation. The Annapurna Conservation Area is home to several world-class treks, including the Annapurna Circuit.

The Annapurna Conservation Area is a popular trekking region. There are three major trekking routes in the Annapurna region: the Jomson Trek to Jomson and Muktinath, the Annapurna Sanctuary route to Annapurna base camp; and the Annapurna Circuit, which circles the Annapurna Peak itself and includes the Jomsom route. Mustang, a former kingdom bordering Tibet is also a part of the Annapurna region. Treks to Upper Mustang are also available.

The area is easily accessible; there are lots of guest houses and lodges. Treks here offer incredibly diverse scenery, with both high mountains and lowland villages. The region offers unique cultural experience as the entire area is inhabited. Usually, the town of Pokhara serves as a starting point for these treks.

Annapurna Village Trek
The trek is along the Mt. Annapurna Foothills to the view point on Poon Hill. Trekking routes twist and turn through the impressive mountain scenery and charming villages, home of the Gurungs, dense rhododendron forests brimming with birds and deep sub-tropical valleys. All these are set below the Annapurnas with the majestic peak of Machapuchare (Fish Tail Peak) ruling the skyline.

Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annarpuna Circuit trek routes through variety of landscapes and vegetationm from the tropical landmass to the Tibetan Plateau. The beautiful views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri can also be enjoyed. Thorong-La Pass (5416m) is the highest spot. This trek also provides the tourists opportunity to see different Central Nepalese ethnic groups.

How to reach there?
You can fly or travel by bus to Pokhara via Kathmandu. From Pokhara you can take a bus to the desired place and begin your trek wherever you like.

Things to keep in mind
You need special permit to enter the Annapurna Conservation Area and tourists will be charged daily fees.

Where is Patan?

Patan is one of the three sub-metropolitan cities of Nepal located in the south-western part of Kathmandu valley. It is one of the three former kingdoms of kathmandu valley. Also known known as Mangal and Lalitpur, this city is also one of the largest cities in the country. Patan is situated on the elevated tract of land in Kathmandu valley on the south side of the Bagmati River, which separates it from the City of Kathmandu on the northern side.

Best known for its rich cultural heritage particularly its tradition of arts and crafts, Patan is also called as city of festival and feast. Newars are the original denizens and their rich culture is present in every aspect of the city. Patan is accessorized with ancient art, metallic, stone and wood carved statues. The city that has produced the highest number of renowned artists and finest craftsmen ever recorded in the history of Nepali art, Patan has maintained a culture of craft work even in the face of rapid urbanization.

The city spreads over 16 sq. kilometres and is divided into 22 municipal wards. The city is bounded by East: Imadol VDC and Harisiddhi VDC, West: Kirtipur Municipality and Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC), North: Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC), South: Saibu VDC, Sunakothi VDC and Dhapakhel VDC.

Patan is believed to have been founded in the third century B.C. by the Kirat dynasty and later expanded by Licchavis in the sixth century. It was further expanded by the Mallas during the medieval period.

A city which has more than 1,200 Buddhist monuments of various shapes and sizes and temples, scattered in and around, Patan is indeed artistic. The most important monument of the city is Patan Durbar Square, which has been listed by UNESCO as one of seven Monument Zones that make up the Kathmandu Valley World Heritage Site.

Places to visit: Patan Durbar Square: The residence of the Malla rulers of the Patan state which is now converted into a museum, Hiranya Varna Mahaa Vihar: A buddhist temple known locally as Golden Temple, Mahaboudha Temple: Also known as 1000 Buddha Temple, Bangalamukhi temple: A Hindu temple, Kumbheshwor temple: One of the two five-story pagoda temples of the valley.
Don’t miss: Dining on delicious Newari cuisine. We recommend you try ‘Honacha’, a popular local joint located at Patan Durbar Square

How to reach: Patan is 15 minutes drive from Kathmandu. You can either take a taxi or a bus from there.

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