Non-trekking options in Nepal
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Mar 22, 2013 12:15 PM Last Post By: nathalie2
Mar 21, 2013 7:23 PM
Non-trekking options in NepalHello there.
I recently learned that I'm going to have the opportunity to go to Nepal this summer (after venturing around northern India) . . . but here's the thing: I'm not into trekking. I hail from the state that's flatter than a pancake, and my general opinion about trekking (or hiking or whatever) is "if the ground's not flatter than a pancake . . . than I'd rather have a root canal." :(
Yet it seems like every sample itinerary I find for Nepal is heavily focused on trekking. Can anyone give me some ideas for other things to do in Nepal? Or places to visit? I particularly love food, culture, history, and shopping . . .
Thanks in advance!
Mar 21, 2013 8:27 PM
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Mar 22, 2013 3:08 AM
Some more suggestions:
Ichangu Narayan - Hindu temples devoted to Vishnu.
Bajra Yogini - temple important to Biddhists and Hindus, close to Sankhu, an interesting village.
Budhanilkantha - shrine to Vishnu with a large statue.
Balaju - another shrine and statues of Vishnu.
Kirtipur - small hill town overlooking KTM, close-sh to Patan.
Chobar Gorge - where the Bagmati leaves the valley.
Pharping - Buddhist monasteries and Padmasambava/Guru Rinpoche caves.
Thimi - a small town on the way to Bhaktapur, lots of temples and shrines much less visited than B.
Chabahil Stupa - near to Boudhanth, a smaller stupa.
Gokarneswor - temples to Shiva and cremation ghats, a mini Pashupatinath.
Namobuddha - another Buddhist stupa and monasteries.
Nagarkot and Dhulikhel - mountain view points, you would need to be very lucky with the weather to see a decent viw and they are distant at the best if times.
Panauti - well preserved village.
Most, if not all, of these are on the 'Destinations' tab above though a guidebook is useful.
Enjoy the trip.
Mar 22, 2013 3:15 AM
7maybe OP could define a gypsy idea of trekking
I don't know what trekking is and think it is only for very peculiar people
I don't go trekking in Nepal
however I will spend all day walking along trails through forests and mountains looking at plants
perhaps you should work out what you want to do and do it
anything is possible and it doesn't matter what you call it
Mar 22, 2013 12:12 PM
8the above posters have given great information
i can add, that i love nepal, have been there several times, and i'm not a all a trekker (i like mountains, and i like easy walking (on flat terrain) for a couple of hours, but thats it).
kathmandu and the kathmandu valley offer a lot of really wonderful places to explore and visit. plenty of tibetan buddhist and hindu temples and shrines (like bodnath stupa, swayambunath stupa, pashubantinath etc.), old cities with beautiful buildings (bhaktapur, patan, timi etc.), impressive moutain scenery etc. also you can enjoy great food in kathmandu, from tibetan momos & thukpa (noodle soup) , via nepali and indian dishes to almost every cuisine you might fancy, including good bakerys. kathmandu is also great for shopping. no big shopping centres (no shopping centres at all), but plenty of small shops. good for shawls, "trinkets" and souvenirs, cd's and dvd's, clothes, bags, buddha statues, books and much more. its definitely not like shopping in london, paris, new york or bangkok, but just as great in my opinion.
other places in nepal for non trekkers: chitwan national park (for animals), pokhara (for most a starting place to go trekking, but non trekkers will like it there as well - a chilled out place with a lake) and lumbini, the birth place of buddha.
Mar 22, 2013 12:15 PM
9just to add on my "shopping adivce" above - obviously shopping in kathmandu cant be compared to shopping in london, paris or new york. you dont have the same shops there, not the same quality etc. - what i mean is - for me, shopping in kathmandu is just enjoyable as in the other places (but of course totally different).
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