Visit Nepal this Christmas and indulge yourself in a trip of a lifetime. 5 places you must consider visiting in Nepal this Christmas are:
Thamel is a tourists’ hub in Nepal. Situated ideally at the center of the capital city, Kathmandu, it is undoubtedly a tourist mecca. The lustrous streets leaves an everlasting impression of a perfect combination of authentic eastern and western cultures. Thamel is a one-stop shop for every available item in Nepal and also falls under one of the most popular places amongst the tourist and celebrities.
The word “Thamel” is derived from newari language of ethnic Kathmandu inhabitants. The small hipster town has transformed dramatically and drastically in terms of lifestyle, ambience and socio-economic culture. Thamel is also populary known as the hippie’s den and it boasts a different lifestyle from rest of Kathmandu. The dingy bars, loud western music, trance parties and posh diners gives you a different vibe.
You can also shop or rent stuffs particular to trekking, hiking and climbing.
Pokhara, 3rd largest city of Nepal, has established itself as the ultimate getaway and is well-known for its exotic locations, cheaper accommodations, recreations and sports, in recent times. Lately, the flourishing adventure sports industry and peaceful hideouts in Pokhara has made it a promising city. From spending a quality time at Lakeside to paragliding from cliffs of Sarangokot to jumping off in a tandem or plunge 70m into the air through a bungy jump, the range of recreational activities in Pokhara are endless. You can even indulge yourself in cycling or exploring the city.
The starting point for Annapurna base camp trek, along with Ghorepani-Poon hill andGhandruk trek, are located in close proximity to Pokhara. Trekkers returning from their 3 weeks long Circuit trek also end their trip at Pokhara. 3 of the 8 highest mountains in Nepal; Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu, are located within the 30 km.
Annapurna Base Camp
Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) is popular among adventure travelers around the world. A second most popular trek destination in Nepal, ABC boasts some of the unique mountain ranges and large number of trekkers every year. You will witness the majestic Annapurna Mountain Range, Machhapuchhre and Huinchuli from the closest ranges possible. Annapurna base camp, along with Annapurna Circuit, receives more than 70,000 trekkers a year. Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Gangapurna and Annapurna South combined forms the great Annapurna Massif.
Situated 4200 meters above sea level, the trial leads you through indigenous and artistically rich villages, uneven terrains and varying weather. Ghandruk, Chhomrung, Machhapuchhre Base Camp and Ghorepani are the must stop destinations during ABC trek.
The first and the most important reason why you should be heading to Gorkha this Christmas is to witness how the place has bounced back after the mighty earthquake. Also, it’s for the fresh relaxation that this place offers with its cool breeze and attractive sunset. If you are a religious person, you can visit the holy temple of Goddess Manakamana in the first cable car service in the country. It is situated 140 kms west of Kathmandu at an altitude of 1135 meters.
Sometimes getting into the wilderness is the best way to rejuvenate yourself. Spend the day in Chitwan National Park, go for the adventurous jungle walk, canyoning and in the evening, just chill out and let loose with your pals. Spending Christmas amongst one-horn rhino sounds like a cool thing to do 🙂