Top Places to visit In Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the gateway to Nepal because Nepal has only one international airport. Those who travel by air Kathmandu would be the first destination. Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal with historic importance. For enthusiasts of history and culture, it would be the prime destination
to explore. From the ancient king who ruled the city, you can find many sculptures of that time.
Monuments of Malla Kings are still safe and being preserved right now. It has been said that looking at Kathmandu Prithvi Narayan Shah created the idea of unified Nepal. If you’re planning to visit Nepal give at least 2 days to explore the city in detail. Sanctuaries, Forts, and Gardens everything you can find in Kathmandu is of historically significant. 

Kathmandu has a lot of Hindu temples which makes this city, city of Temples. The main temple of Hindus’ Pashupatinath is also located in Kathmandu. Thousands of Hindu devotees visit Nepal just to get the blessing from Pashupatinath. While you’re hovering on the surface of Kathmandu maybe you couldn’t explore whole Nepal. But theirs is plenty of important places to visit on.
Kathmandu offers you wide range of Monuments to explore. Some of them are listed UNESCO world heritage site. The magnificent beauty of Kathmandu is its local culture. Here are some places you’d like to visit the Capital.

Kathmandu Durbar Square: 

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Kathmandu Durbar Square

Out of three Durbar square Kathmandu has got one and named as Hanuman Dhoka Durbar square aka Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the time of partition of Kathmandu, three Malla brothers divided it into three parts and ruled separately. Malla Era is the Golden Era of Nepal in terms of Arts. They built eye-catching monuments in their time. Kathmandu’s Durbar Square was built between the twelfth and eighteenth centuries by the Malla kings and, to this day, remains the focal point of the city, also listed on UNESCO world heritage sites.

Pashupatinath Temple:

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Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath Temple is a famous and sacred Temple of Hindus. It is one of the four main Hindu pilgrimages in Asia. Being listed on UNESCO world heritage sites makes it more important. The temple was created in the 5th century by Licchavi King Prachanda Dev after the previous building was consumed by termites. Over time, many more temples have been erected around this two-storied temple.

Swayambhunath Stupa:

Swayambhunath Stupa

Another heritage which is listed on UNESCO world heritage sites Swayambhunath is the worship place for Buddhist. Apart from Buddhist many Hindu devotees visit this temple to get the blessing from Lord Buddha. You can view the entire Kathmandu city from Swayambhu.

Boudhanath Stupa:

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Boudhanath Stupa

Tibetan style stupa of Kathmandu city listed on UNESCO world heritage site. It was built right after the demise of Lord Buddha during the 5th century AD in the reign of King Manadev (464-505)AD and is the world largest Chhyorten.

Thamel:

Thamel is popular with all who visits Nepal. This is the heart of the tourism area. Where you can find good hotels, restaurants, shops. Most of the tourist stay overnight at Thamel. The restaurants are good, hotels are easy to find and you can buy local goods in shops as well.

Garden of Dreams:

The Garden of Dreams, also, the Garden of Six Seasons, is a neo-classical garden in Kaiser Mahal Kathmandu, Nepal, built-in 1920. Designed by Kishore Narshingh, it consists of 6,895 square meters of gardens with three pavilions, an amphitheater, ponds, pergolas, and urns.

Narayanhiti Palace Museum:

The Narayanhiti Palace Museum is a public museum in Kathmandu, Nepal located east of the Kaiser Mahal and next to Thamel. The museum was created in 2008 from the complex of the former Narayanhiti Palace following the 2006 revolution. In the museum, the belongings of shah
kings preserved and opened for the public to observe them.

Annapurna Base Camp vs. Annapurna Circuit Trek, Which one to choose?

Route Introduction

Both Annapurna Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit will take you from the different routes varying the trails. Annapurna Base Camp starts from the beautiful city of Pokhara where Annapurna Circuit starts from the Besisahar.

It is the ring trail of Annapurna. You’ll complete one full circle in this trail, starting from Besisahar ends from Nayapool (Near Pokhara). Annapurna Circuit trek takes you from the high passes like Thorunglapass. Tilicho Lake also appears in the path of Annapurna Circuit. With the view of snow-capped mountain high in the hills, you’ll be thrilled while doing this trek.

Annapurna Base Camp starts from Nayapool during the trail you’ll visit two Basecamp Machhapuchhre and Annapurna Base Camp. This has not circular route like of Annapurna Circuit. Trekker uses the same route while returning from the trek.

Which one to choose?

In an ideal world, you may not have to choose between these two magnificent treks, because no one wants to miss any one of this trekking while in Nepal. But there come the circumstances’ that you have to choose between these. The question is which one to choose, Between the High Passes of Annapurna Region and Base of the Annapurna Mountain. Here are some comparisons to make your choice easy.  

Difficulty-Which is harder?

Both of the trekking is in Annapurna Region but it doesn’t mean that both treks are the same. Both treks have got a unique definition. In terms of difficulty sometimes it depends on trekker. But during Annapurna Circuit you need to pass higher elevation of 5416m at Thorong la pass and it is of 20-25 days long. Physical Durability of the body is highly recommended.
 Annapurna Base Camp trek is moderate trek unlike Annapurna Circuit it is not difficult but of course you need to have strength in your body for any type of trek. In ABC trek the Maximum height is 4,130m of Annapurna Base Camp. Annapurna Base Camp trek is an easy trail to Annapurna Sanctuary whereas Annapurna Circuit is a moderate trek but harder than Annapurna Base Camp.

Which is the cheapest?

Both of the treks are in the same region so the cost wouldn’t be much difference but given the gap of duration could make a high impact on the cost of both treks. Annapurna Base Camp could be completed within 10/11 days but Annapurna Circuit takes almost 20/25 days.
Given the duration of both treks with the same amount of cost on everything we include in cost, Annapurna Base Camp is the cheapest trek. 11 days of ABC trek cost about $975 per person whereas 21 days of Annapurna Circuit trek cost about $1600 per person.

What are the Accommodations like? 

Both of the treks are of Annapurna Region and no difference in Accommodations. In both treks, trekkers use teahouse lodges. Accommodations will not be a problem while trekking.

Which route has best scenery /views?

Mesmerizing views of the Annapurna Mountain Range is the main highlight of both trekking. The closer you go to the mountain the better view you’ll get. Scenery wise both of the treks are excellent with a similar type of view. Given the height, you’ll meet at Annapurna Circuit and addition of Tlicho lake Annapurna Circuit could get best views. But Annapurna Base Camp gives neck to neck competition in terms of views with any of the trekking route of Nepal.

Which one is best?

Both of the treks have got their unique specifications, both are excellent trek. It depends upon the mood, physical strength, altitude sickness and many more factors affecting trekker. So, you need to be wise when you need to choose between these treks. If you missed a trick you may also miss the thrill. So, it’s up to you