The erstwhile Himalayan kingdom of Nepal has long been a favourite with mountaineers, white water rafting enthusiasts, rock climbers, trekkers and the kind. But Nepal has more in store. This Hindu Kingdom with strong Buddhist traditions is a must see destination for reasons more than one.The picturesque mountain villages on craggy mountain slopes and lush green valleys appeal to the romantic heart. Time seems to have stood still in these tiny villages where people still have traditional farming methods and herding practices. In some of the more remote villages, they still have the barter system of trade.The country changed from a monarchy to a republic recently after a short crisis. Today the young nation is going all out to promote tourism and use the money earned thus to engage in development activities.The temples and monasteries strewn along the winding trails show glimpses of ancient Hindu and Buddhist culture. The natural scenic beauty of Pokhara and Dhulikhel is complemented by views of the most incredible sunrise and sunset. Bhaktapur is a devotee's delight, with its ancient temples built in the medieval style. Mt. Everest, the highest point of the Himalayas is in Nepal and is a major attraction for serious mountaineers and tourists alike. A visit to the Everest base camp is often a must-do on travel itineraries.
Seti River Known for the pristine countryside, the banks of Seti River is a rustic paradise. The river links the Pokhara region with Chitwan National Park. The most lingering experience is an overnight rafting experience. The river is safe for even first time rafters.The time of year will dictate the size of the rapids and speed of the river. Floating down the river gives opportunities to see village life along the banks as well as the abundant variety of birds.
Pokhara A scenic spot, Pokhara is surrounded by the snow-capped Himalayas and offers splendid views of the fishtailed summit of Mt. Machhapuchhre. The magnificent mountain views and lovely lakes makes it a place of singular natural beauty. The nearby glacial Annapurna Range feed the lakes here. It's also the starting point for many spectacular treks and day walks in the area and as it is only at a height of 884 metres, some of these are not too challenging.
Namchhe bazar The ancient market town of Namchhe is the largest and most prosperous in the Khumbu. It has been the historical trading centre where grain from the south was exchanged for salt from Tibet. The Sherpa herdsmen come here for their anual trading. It is the main hub of the local Sherpa community where they come to buy and sell their goods. It also contains a number of bakeries and even a pub.
Nagarkot is a well known hill station famous for its panoramic views of the Himalayas, stretching from Dhaulagiri in the west, all the way past Mt. Everest to Kanchenjunga in the east. Located 30 kilometres east of Kathmandu, at an altitude of 2,175 metres, it offers breathtaking views of sunrise and sunset. It also offers some wonderful walks and treks in the surrounding hills and valleys
Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal is a fascinating place. Temples and squares at every corner greet the visitor so do the welcoming smiles of the Nepalis. Kathmandu shot into international fame during the hippy era of 60s and 70s. But now the government has checked drug trafficking. The city offers a startling array of curio and craft shops selling locally produced goods. Located at an altitude of 1,370 metres, Kathmandu offers great views of the surrounding mountain peaks. Highlights include the courtyards and chambers of the Royal Palace, Durbar Square with its highly-detailed wooden temples and the Red Towers for a view of the city. There are various interesting sights in the outlying area around Kathmandu such as Swayambhunath, a 2,000 year old Buddhist stupa supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a copper-gilded pinnacle and Bhaktapur, an enchanting ancient city with winding alleyways and a stunning palatial complex brimming with architectural gems.
The sub-tropical region of Nepal which borders India and forms part of the Gangetic Plain is called the Terai. Located in the Terai, Bardia National Park and is a mixture of forest and grassland with the Babai River running through the centre of the park. Amongst the 30 species of mammal the park are tiger, rhino, elephant, crocodile and monkey besides 400 species of birds.
The Royal Chitwan National Park located at the foot of the Himalayas is one of the few remaining undisturbed tracts of the Terai region known for its tigers. Till some decades ago, the Terai extended over the foothills of India and Nepal. Known for its rich flora and fauna, it is one of the last refuges of the single-horned Asiatic rhinoceros. Elephant back safari is the popular way to explore the forest, boat safari and trekking too is allowed.
Dhulikhel Known for the stately Newari brick mansions, Dhulikhel is the last town in the Kathamandu Valley. The unique architecture of the Newari mansions with its latticework windows makes it endearing. Dhulikel is also known for its panoramic views of the Himalayas, especially the sunrise. The view from Kali shrine is exceptional. Mountain biking and trekking are best activities here. To the south of Dhulikel lies the revered Tibetan Pilgrim site of Namobuddha and Panauti, a temple town at the confluence of two rivers, with Nepal's oldest surviving temple, built in 1294
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Langkawi is a beautiful island in the northwestern part of Peninsular Malaysia; many people describe the island as one of the most beautiful islands in the world. The island is not (yet) spoiled by tourists, which makes it a perfect holiday destination for travelers. Accommodation is affordable on the island. You can stay in a resort for a mere $30 a night, but also for $3000 for a single night. The island is especially renowned for the many great attractions. Besides that you can shop at some of the shopping malls, you can have splendid dinners at one of the many hawkers, or you can rent a motorcycle (moped) to explore the island (RM40 for 24h). The island is easy accessible from Kuala Lumpur or the neighboring island of Penang.
Genting Highlands otherwise known as Resorts World Genting, is a hill resort in Malaysia developed by Genting Group.The hill resort is at an average elevation of 1,740 metres (5,710 ft) within the Titiwangsa Mountains on the border between the states of Pahang and Selangor of Malaysia. Resorts World Genting is operated by Genting Malaysia Berhad (formerly known as Resorts World Bhd), which also operates Awana chain of resorts & hotels. It is accessible by car from Kuala Lumpur in one hour, or also accessible by a cable car called Genting Skyway, which at its opening was the world's fastest and South East Asia's longest gondola lift.The comprehensive indoor and outdoor theme-park was promoted as the destination for "Fun at The Peak". The entire resort was subsequently billed; "The City of Entertainment".Resorts World Genting is the only legal land-based casino, Casino de Genting, in the country and is owned by Genting Malaysia Berhad, a subsidiary of Genting Group.
Tung Choi Street is a street situated between south of Sai Yeung Choi Street and Fa Yuen Street in Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong. It is one of the most well-known street markets in Hong Kong. Its southern section, popularly known as Ladies' Market or Ladies' Street sells various, low-priced products for women and also other general merchandise. Its northern section not far above Bute Street, has a wide variety of affordable plants, pet supplies and animals especially goldfish since it is also known as "Goldfish Street".
The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Tsz), located Po Fook Hill at Pai Tau Village, Sha Tin in the New Territories is one of Hong Kongâ€™s most famous Buddhist temples and popular tourist attractions. The temple was founded in 1949 by the Reverend Yuet Kai and completed in 1957. The monastery is not residential and is managed by lay-persons. It should not be confused with the Po Fook Hill Ancestral Halls which lie directly below it. The monastery, which occupies over 8 hectares, is made up of two groups of architectural structures at lower and higher levels respectively. There is a pagoda, a hall, two pavilions and a tower in the architectural structure at the lower level. There are four halls in another structure at the higher level. The five halls in the monastery are used to house the statues of Buddhas. The main journey up to the monastery is an attraction itself, as the path is lined on both sides with golden Buddhas, each unique and in different poses.
Wong Tai Sin Temple is a well known shrine and major tourist attraction in Hong Kong. It is dedicated to Wong Tai Sin, or the Great Immortal Wong. The temple is located on the southern side of Lion Rock in the north of Kowloon. The architecture is the traditional Chinese temple style with grand red pillars, a golden roof adorned with blue friezes, yellow latticework, and multi-coloured carvings. Aside from the Daxiong-baodian or Grand Hall, Sansheng Hall and the Good Wish Garden are also worth seeing. The temple grounds also feature three memorial archways. The first one stands outside the temple and is carved with the name of the temple. If you walk past the soothsayers and the fortune-telling stalls, you can see another memorial archway. And if you continue further along the third memorial archway standing before you.
Standing 44-metres tall, the old Clock Tower was erected in 1915 as part of the Kowloonâ€“Canton Railway terminus. The once-bustling station is long gone, but this red brick and granite tower, now preserved as a Declared Monument, survives as an elegant reminder of the Age of Steam. It has also been a memorable landmark for the millions of Chinese immigrants who passed through the terminus to begin new lives not just in Hong Kong, but in other parts of the world via the cityâ€™s harbour.
Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, is a large bronze statue of Buddha Shakyamuni, completed in 1993, and located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong. The statue is sited near Po Lin Monastery and symbolises the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and faith. It is a major centre of Buddhism in Hong Kong, and is also a popular tourist attraction.The statue is named Tian Tan Buddha because its base is a model of the Altar of Heaven or Earthly Mount of Tian Tan, the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. One of the five large Buddha statues in China, it is enthroned on a lotus on top of a three-platform altar. Surrounding it are six smaller bronze statues known as "The Offering of the Six Devas" that are posed offering flowers, incense, lamp, ointment, fruit, and music to the Buddha. These symbolise the Six Perfections of generosity, morality, patience, zeal, meditation, and wisdom, all of which are necessary for enlightenment