The City of Temples
Kathmandu is the capital and largest city of Nepal. It is situated 1400 metres above sea level and is bordered by four key mountains that include; Phulchoki, Shivapuri, Nagarjun and Chandragiri. The Pahari name Kathmandu hails from Kasthamandap temple, that is located in Durbar Square. In Sanskrit, Kastha is “wood” and Mandapa is “pavilion”, meaning “wood-pavilion” and legend has it that the temple was built from the wood of one single, giant tree. The current building was renovated during the seventeeth century. Nepal has the highest concentration of world heritage sites in the world, the highest mountain in the world and the highest lake in the world.
The flights from Auckland to Kathmandu take over 19 hours and 15 minutes, depending on the airline and transit points chosen. Contact your local Global Travel Network Agent to find the best possible airfares and suggestions to design your ideal holiday.
Nepal is the “Land of the Himalayas” the huge mountain range in Asia separates the plains of the Indian Subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau. It features Mount Everest which is the highest mountain in the world. The summit is higher above sea level than the summit of any other mountain. Ever since Sir Edmund Hillary conquered Mount Everest in 1953 thousands of climbers have attempted to climb to its summit. The climb can be hazardous, even deadly. Numerous deaths have been caused by falls, avalanches, exposure, frostbite, serac collapse (which is a collapse of a block or column of glacial ice) or other health complications related to mountain conditions. A trek to Everest base Camp is an easier option, many tourists opt to trek the mountain paths with gentle gradients and some steep sections to reach base camp. One of the main challenges is the altitude, at Everest Base Camp there is 50% less oxygen compared to sea level. The key is to acclimatise well. The journey is worth it, the scenery is breathtakingly beautiful.
Some important places to visit are;
The bustling streets of Thamel, they offer a fantastic mix of shops and bistros with a comfortable atmosphere, other places to visit are Aston Bazaar, Durbar Square and Pashupatinath Temple. Samakhushi is an interesting urban city within Kathmandu and Sawayambhunath Stupa, an ancient Buddhist architecture located in the Kathmandu Valley. Visitors unable to pronounce this dubbed it “Monkey Temple” due to a group of monkeys that have inhabited the northwest part of the Swayambhunath temple for ages.
The most famous street is Freak Street, which was the place to visit during the early 1960’s to 1970’s. The main attraction was the government operated hashish stores. hippies worldwide made the journey to Freak Street in search of the legal cannabis. In the 1970’s the government began to round up hippies on Freak Street and deport them to India. They also introduced strict regulations for tourists including dress codes and physical appearance guidelines which started to deter visitors. Eventually the hippie movement waned in the late 1970’s. Hippie tourism was superseded by trekking and cultural tourism.
The last claim to fame is the capital, Kathmandu boasts one of the slowest internet speeds in the world, the prime reason is the geography which causes the most limitation due to the huge mountains that surround the city.