To really enjoy the architectural essence of the country, it is necessary to go to Patan and Bhaktapur. In the first, the Durbar Square resisted the movement of land that the Kathmandu. In addition, boasts an infinity of sculptures of great value in the local museum, as this is the oldest city in the valley: was founded in the 3rd century BC as the first capital of the Kingdom of Nepal.
Its urban design was defined during the visit of King Ashoka, promoter of Buddhism in Central and South Asia. To celebrate were built four temples in the four cardinal points of the city and a fifth in the center, in the manner of the mandalas or paintings of meditation.
In the square are several mandir, pagodas of several overlapping floors that represent the seven stages of man to reach enlightenment. However, the most famous is the one that is located in Bhaktapur, the city more relaxed throughout the valley. The so-called “city of the beauties”, it was a place of obligatory passage on the route between China, Tibet and India, and is also famous for its traditional manufacture of ceramics. That is why their streets and squares are tiled with bricks of baked clay. In Bhaktapur, take a secondary road and a glimpse of daily life that is poured on it, discover the corner where is carved wood, works the copper or where the grandparents chat the afternoon sun, composing images of another era.
After leaving Kathmandu and their claims back, eight hours of travel slow driving, dusty, and unlikely to cover the distance of only 200 kilometers that separates the capital of Pokhara, to the west of the country. Years ago, the trip was just as uncomfortable, but faster; the asphalting of the road has not improved the speed, but that there has been an increase in the number of cars and trucks that move up and down without apparent object.
Desperate to mitigate the effects of the route, you can climb to a “tourist bus”, something more expensive and also used by the Nepalese. The advantage is that you have more space and, with luck, the driver will not have a loud music playing throughout the journey. On the banks of the lake Phewa, Pokhara is a good place to stock up on face-to-face a trekking in the region of the Annapurnas, but if you are already comes equipped, you can obviate the stop and Dirigir-se directly to Nayapul, place from which most of the paths to explore the region.
Anyone with a physical form media will be able to tackle a hiking path are proposed, as there is from three days to several weeks. One of the most popular among those who have little time is to Poon Hill.
For the way carry a backpack with spare clothes, a sleeping bag and a little more, because it is spent in tee houses, simple accommodation where food is also served. In this way, it is unnecessary to load with kilos of food. In addition, these discrete establishments have increased and improved their living conditions in recent years, have hot water showers and private bathrooms: Not long ago, to the best that could aspire was to lie down by the head a bucket of water heated in the fireplace.
The way to Tikhedhunga allows the passage of vehicles together with the walkers. Later, the only transportation you will encounter will be the jump ropes of donkeys. From there, a strong drop of 700 meters is going up a lot of stone stairs that lead up to Ulleri. Many of the more complicated steps are paved in the same way, which in principle is an advantage, but it is exhausting. It’s worth the effort, because it is for the first time the profile of the Annapurna and Machapuchare mountains sacred peak. Then alternate the forest, the bamboo forests of conifers, with the milestones achieved with rocks deposited by the walkers or with colorful prayer flags that spread their prayers in the wind. This is the way to reach Ghorepani, from where, in the early hours of the morning, you climb up to Poon Hill, to wait for the sunrise. When the first rays Lick the top of the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and feels a shiver, and not only because of the low temperature first thing in the morning.
Biretanti, Tadapani, Ghandruk… are the names of the places you will travel on the way back, always enjoying the occasional chat with other climbers that get in the way, states for a moment in the emotion of the landscape, the vision of the field work carried out by hand or by the greeting of a child who appears from nowhere to say good-bye, perhaps with the hope that fall fascinated by people who live in Nepal and that, therefore, one day we want to return.