Best Day trips from Kathmandu

Best Day trips from Kathmandu

Best Day trips from Kathmandu

A place with such an incredibly diverse historic culture, Kathmandu is one of the few capital cities that give you a chance to witness the bewitching views of the Newari architecture besides the ancient Hindu and Buddhist religious sites. Taking a step into the premises of this beautiful city is like entering a new world altogether, right into the lap of a city where the ancient traditions rub shoulders with the latest technology! To explain the place in a rather condensed form, you can call Kathmandu to be an exquisite chaos, a place that has taken up the process of transition and is now teaching the world how to do it. One of the most enchanting factors in the whole journey is the region’s beautiful architecture, making the past live right up to the future days with all the golden charm intact. Being both the political as well as the cultural capital of the country, the place works on the principle of "Athiti Devo Bhava", whereby they equate their guests to their gods, making sure that you vacay across the most welcoming places you may have ever come across!

However, for its limited radius, the explorers soon itch to go beyond the peripheries of this blessed land. If you count yourself among one of those inquisitive souls, then pack your bags and tighten your shoes as we take you through some of the best day trips you can plan after setting base at Kathmandu:

1. Panauti

Located at a mere distance of 32 km towards the southern direction of Kathmandu, Panauti is the perfect example to showcase to the world the wonders of the working of rural Nepal. A perfect day trip outside from the busy Nepalese capital, the place is very welcoming and convenient for people coming from beyond the borders, since most locals here are extremely proficient in their command over English. An amazing place for the shutterbugs, Panauti renders you excellent opportunities to witness the beautiful sights in the region without the obstructions of concrete jungles and soaring buildings. One of the best parts about this place is the excellent hospitality, where people will give you an opportunity to live in their homes giving you an excellent chance to witness the civil life. One of the best methods to travel from Kathmandu to Panauti is to take a bus and reach the destination in about 30-40 minutes, making it an extremely viable option to travel. Other options include taking a car or hiring a cab taking you a total time of 1h 15 min on the road.

2. Bhaktapur

Though the past witnessed Bhaktapur as the cultural, political and economic powerhouse in the Newari kingdom, expansion of the capital city has led this town to move 13kms away from the central part of Kathmandu. The place is fabled to have the most number of temples per square kilometre, making it one of the most religious places to visit in the Nepalese region. One of the best tourist attractions here in Bhakatpur is the public squares, with the most famous ones being the Durbar Square, one of the best architectural wonders in the world! Some of the main attractions in the region include Kathmandu Valley, Changy Narayan, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and the beautiful Nyatapola. A place that has temples that can minor even a mountain, Bhaktapur can be a beautifully preserved place if taken care of well. With only a few temples destroyed in the 2015 earthquake, there is still too much to unravel for historians and avid travellers. The best mode of transport for the journey is to take a bus and reach in about 50 minutes of road time. Other options include taking a cab or driving a car, taking about 40 minutes of road time.

3. Chitwan

Home to one of Nepal's most-visited sites, Chitwan resides the much frequented Chitwan National Park. This 932 square kilometres of parkland is replete with abundant marshes, grasslands, forests and a majority of species of flora and fauna that are only resident in the region. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this region is one of the most visited places in the region. A paradise for the bird watchers, Chitwan gives you an opportunity to witness around 544 species of birds along with some distinctly rare wildlife like leopards, sloth bears, wild elephants and the rarest one of them all- The Bengal tiger. A day in the luxury lodges in the region will open up the perspective that won't happen at every second place you visit. Though generally people prefer to take a flight, a day trip can be planned in a car taking you about 4hr 30mins of travel time.

Kathmandu seems to hold the blessings of Buddha in its cultural diversity and demographic unanimity. Despite being under a constant turmoil of political and natural calamities, the place somehow manages to hold onto its integrity. Cheers!

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