Progressing into the year of VisitNepal2020 and being a Nepali one would try to keep away from the negative reviews about the capital city of the country. But it is what it is; “THANKS” to our GOVERNING ADMINISTRATIVE BODIES with a lot of WORDS, less PLANNING and very little WORK on the ground. To solve the problem, first YOU need to recognize and accept that there is one.
“Whether one is dreaming of hiking beneath pure, snow-capped mountains or seeking transcendent spiritual experiences, Kathmandu – most travelers’ gateway to Nepal – is bound to be a shocking disappointment at the outset. The Himalayas, which can be glimpsed from the plane during the descent into the nation’s capital, are blotted from view by the smog and dust that hangs above Kathmandu valley. And it’s hard to square the pursuit of inner peace with the city’s noisy, dirty, crowded streets.”
Certain countries possess an undeniable mystique, holding sway over one’s imagination long before one has the opportunity to visit. For D, Nepal was high on this list, though his fascination had more to do with the country’s landscape than its reputed spirituality (as one travel guide puts it, “Nepal is a one-stop spiritual destination: every activity here revolves around finding yourself, seeking your roots…”). Ever since D got into mountain climbing during his Peace Corps days in Ecuador – and especially after reading a handful of mountaineering books – he had longed to see the Himalayas.
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