I’m a backpack traveler. Before I start my trip, I would do much organization and plan which besides preparations for the materiality, especially preparation for the culture shock. I defined my every travel as the travel of culture and nature scenery.

Nepal, officially Kingdom of Nepal, her nickname is “Roof of the world” which explains why so many tourist come here to view its beauty, challenge its natural structures, and see a place many believe to be the center of earth. Because of her unique positioning, Tibet to the north and Indio to the south, another nickname was given to Nepal “A Root Between Two Stone”.

Nepal’s capital city Kathmandu is the favorite stop because it’s convenient traffic and its deep-rooted religion culture.

Kathmandu has an airport with direct flights to Lhasa, Hong Kong, Bangkok and many western cities.

Kathmandu possesses several historical monuments old palaces and palace squares, shrines and temples, ageless traditions and legends all make it a living museum that any visitor would cherish its vivid memory in one’s heart forever. Kathmandu almost has got all the Hindu temples that are certainly worth exploring. On the hill near Kathmandu there is the Ape-temple where Tibetan Buddhism is practiced as well as the holist Hindu religion. The Pashupatinath is supposed to be the holiest Hindu temple in the world.

Because of the large amount of tourists came to Kathmandu, its traditional religions social is shaken by the western material world. For the western mindset also the old city having luxurious life, especially the hotels in Thamel, which is the palace gathering all the foreigners came to Kathmandu. Thamel stands for “To home and much enjoy".

Hotel in Kathmandu are very good and cheap, offering 24hours’ warn water, western food and even live band show or dancing. Indian, Chinese, Tibetan, Japanese and even Thai cuisines can be found in Kathmandu, as well as a variety of European and western menus, restaurants are decorated very elegant. Most of them taste excellent but the prices are low by Chinese standards. There are three Casino in Kathmandu which provide a free bus service back you to your hotel, free food and drinks, but Nepalese are prohibited entry, it only open for the Indians and foreigners.

After stayed in Kathmandu for a week, the next destination we planned to go is the second largest city in Nepal: Pokhara, which famous for its beautiful landscape and nature relax. For the less adventures, Pokhara, the lake city of Nepal has no equal as it provides ample opportunities for fishing, swimming, canoeing and boating along with the sightseeing of majestic whole views in its background. You can see the mountain crossing over 8000 meters from such a short distance about 40kilometers in a tropical spot with an altitude of about 900 meters.

We lived in a hotel named “The mountain top” which beside the Fewa Lake and with the snow mountain outside our window! Every morning, we were wakening up by the sunshine from the “Fish Tail Snow Peak”. Everyday we canoeing in the Fewa Lake embraced by snow mountain: Annapurna.

If you have enough money, the luxurious activities in Pokhara can’t be believable. Very few countries in the world can offer as many varieties of adventure tourism packagers as Nepal. Of the 14 peaks above 8000 meters in the world eight are located here. For those who cannot withstand the hardship of mountain climbing, there are mountain flights that fly around the Mount Evest (8848 meters) and provide a close look of the top of the world. The flight needs 200 US dollars!

The famous sport is trekking. It’s the best way to get to interesting and remote mountain villages of Nepal and to enjoy views of famous peaks together with their lifestyle untouched with modern civilization.

Nepal is such a marvelous country that gives me much culture shock by small details. Such like the special festive, local customs, characters of people and their foods.

On a festive day the Nepalese take their ritual bath, worship different gods and goddesses, visit temple, observe fasting and understanding the Hindus and Buddhist.
The people of Nepal are as diverse as its landscape and religions. Generally they are all very polite, accommodating and religions, 90% of Nepalese are Hindu, 8% are Buddhist, 2% are Islamic.

The people have strange habits such as never walk around a Stupa or other religions building at the right side. They are aware of many advantages the foreigners have and are eager to implement some of these things into their life. They like to joke and test you with questions, then run away quickly laughing among their friends.

Although there are many kinds of foreign foods, the Nepalese also has their own Nepali foods, which include beans and rice always with a lot of curry. They like drinking butter tea and the more butter you get in your tea the more they respect or like you. They cook their foods on a wood stone without a chimney, there is only a hole in the roof.

The more wood on the roof of a building the richer the family is. Their status symbol is having a lot of wood on the roof.

In the days of the hippies a lot of young people went to Kathmandu to learn more about the Buddhist religion. But when I came there and met many western travelers, I realized large number of youngsters went here to get narcotics. It’s very easy to get in Nepal and the surrounding countries. In the youngster’s eyes, completely new products that were cannot find in china or western countries. In that way Kathmandu became very popular for the hippies.

Nepal is a land of exiles from the world ever: Tibetan fleeing Chinese prosecution, Kashmiri fleeing war and instability, Indians fleeing urban poverty, and of course, monks and nuns from all over the world, fleeing the soul strain of modern life. This is the mixture of this small mountain country—it has become a home for all those who are homeless or home—renouncing.

Written on 12月 31st, 2004 , 上路心情 Tags: , ,

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