Nepal Backpacking Trip’s Destination Overview (part 2)
Last week we’ve shared you some sneak peek for several destinations in Gofarway’s Nepal Backpacking Trip, such as Phewa Lake, Tal Barahi Temple, Davis Falls, and World Peace Pagoda, all in the city of Pokhara. Now let’s continue to the trip’s next destinations!
Chitwan National Park
Established in the 1973, Chitwan National Park is the first national park in Nepal. The park was then granted the status of World Heritage Site in 1984. It protects more than 932 sq km of forests, marshland, and grassland in which so many animal population—including the Nepali endemic ones—live in. This makes Chitwan one of the best national parks to view Asian wildlife.
The park protects more than 700 wildlife species; even the numbers of insect species are not yet fully surveyed! If you’re lucky enough you can get a chance to see the majestic royal Bengal tiger—if you do see them, considered yourself extremely lucky since their appearance are often considered as a once-in-a-lifetime experience! This place is also one of the last refuges for one-horned Asiatic rhinoceros and Bengal tiger populations (and many other endagered species), that’s why UNESCO enlisted Chitwan as one of the World Heritage Site back then.
- Old City of Kathmandu
Many travellers who come to Kathmandu would enlist its old city as one of their destinations. The busy quarter is chock-full with residences, shops, vegetable sellers, and temples, and all of them are so eye-pleasingly colorful. Kathmandu—especially its old city—has so many bahal (or baha), a particular set of buildings which joined at right angles around a central courtyard. Most of the baha were originally Buddhist monasteries, but they have been functioned for residential use ever since.
- Kathmandu Valley
The Kathmandu Valley lies on the crossroads of Asian ancient civilizations, no wonder that this area has at least 130 important monuments including several Hindus and Buddhists pilgrimage sites and 7 UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. This milieu is also the most developed and the most populated place in Nepal. The valley is considered as the economic hub of Nepal, since major offices and headquarters can be found within this area. It also attracts many tourists since Kathmandu Valley held many jatras (street festivals) every year.
Nepal’s capital city, Kathmandu, is located in this valley, along with two other Nepali old royal capitals Bhaktapur and Patan. Durbar Square can be considered as the best building to represent the glory of Nepal’s kingdoms in the past, with its open plazas in front of the palaces, temples, and sculptures of Hindus/Buddhists deities. There are also some public bathing tanks, dancing platforms, water fountains, and so many striking architectural features.
If you’re lucky, in Kathmandu you can also meet the Kumaris, little girls who are chosen as the embodiment of the living goddess Kumari of Kathmandu. They are regarded as the guardian of the nation, and every year people will come to her to receive her blessings—even Nepal’s own president will do that too!
Text : Nadia Maya Ardiani
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