Nepal is one of the most promising destinations that young travelers like me would love to visit. I read a lot of things regarding this South Asian Country way back on my elementary/ highschool days and by visiting some backpack travel sites. I’ve been asking myself before What does Tibetan/Nepalese look like and their world renowned Heritage sites? What does it feel seeing the highest mountain in the world? How does religions with the likes of Hinduism and Buddhism blend in the valley? Last August 2013, we had the answer.
The famous Stupas and Buddha Eyes, Iconic Symbols in Nepal.
Kathmandu Valley View
Bakthapur Square with Himalayas Backdrop
The Start. Many factors were considered, the distance from my current location, the off days that I have, the pocket money, travel expenses and my travel mates preferences too. Although it is just 4 hours away by plane from UAE, my Singapore based friends need to travel 7-8 hours cause there are no direct flights and they will just use their weekend to have this travel, so initially the Nepal dream was dropped off.
Nepal Travelmates, Rose Anne and Rachel both based in Singapore and My Sister Avy joined me in the trip.
It took us around 2 months to finally decide to go Nepal and setting aside Maldives and Sri Lanka on our vote. (seems like Olympics bidding, yay!) And initial planning was on the road. Naturally Nepal *dance, yay!*
THE CAST. This is also the first time that my sister joined me to a backpack travel. When she finally realize that I will have a short vacation this August, she unhesitantly joined and packed her things for the Naturally Nepal event. So we all checked the Fly Dubai Flights to Kathmandu as they offer the cheapest ride going to Kathmandu against Etihad and Air Arabia. Rose Anne and Rachel, my travel buddies based in Singapore, will fly via Malaysian Airlines with connecting flights to Kuala Lumpur. Yey for the travel sibings and friends! All set!
The Nepal Tourist Visa. For Fellow Filipino Countrymen, we can avail their visa on arrival at Tribhuvan Airport, visa costs around 25 USD for 15 days. Only just fill out the form and bring one passport size ID upon arrival. I just dont know if other borders also offers the visa upon arrival, but just to make sure visit the nearest Nepalese Embassy or visit their website for further reference: http://www.immi.gov.np/
Visa Stamp. Available during Arrival
THE ITINERARY. Lastly, We made sample Itinerary on activities that we will do on that day. Virtually we only have 2 full days and 3 Nights, so decided to maximize the days that we have and dropped of some outdoor activities that they recommend to do. But If you will have more time to spend in Nepal, some of the mountaineering and outdoor activities are highly suggested. 🙂
Busy Street at Patan Durbar Square
At Monkey Temple
The Nepal Activity Itinerary
Day 1: August 23rd
1800 Arrival at Kathmandu Airport
1900 Check in at Kantipur Temple House Lunch
Get Ready for Next Activity
Day 2 : August 24th
0800 Yoga Class
0900 Visit World Heritage Sites
1600 Nagarkot See the Himalayas views
1800 Back to Kathmandu
Explore Kathmandu at Night (Night life)
Day 3 : August 25th
0900 Yoga Class
Patan Durbar Square
Patan Museum cafe
1600 Boudanath Stupa Temple
1800 Back to Kathmandu, Souvenir
2000 Himalayan Spa
Day 4 August 26th
Photo shoot Morning
1200 Check Out – Lunch
1400 Buy Souvenir
1700 Depart Kathmandu