I loved Nepal, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it turned out to be my favourite of all the destinations I’m visiting.
I was lucky enough to have a window seat on my flight over and I can honestly say I’ve never seen such a beautiful view on a flight. Our plane circled the airport for about 30mins and I had full view of all the mountain ranges including the tip of Everest in the clear sky. The terrain below was just as pretty, although it looked so hilly I didn’t have a clue how my plane was going to land!
Having come from India I wasn’t expecting too much difference, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. The streets were much cleaner, driving style more relaxed and the people were less harassy.
There seemed to be less poverty and a lot of development happening. Although unlike India the cities don’t seem to me making westernised leaps in their developments. They seem to have a nice balance that is working towards bettering the country as a whole.
Saying that I spent most of my time there in candle light and without electronics. The country had government enforced powercuts, there was a timetable for the cities but they can really happen at anytime.
When speaking to our guides they said that no one in Nepal is ever happy with the government, I think they said that they had over 45 political parties. Which means not one party is ever voted in by majority. Because their government is so fragmented the external relations the country has with others including the oil supplying countries are very poor, hence the fuel/power shortage.
We even encountered a national strike on our first day and had to be police escorted to our destination.
I’m so glad I did my trek as I saw some amazing things but I really wish I’d spent more time exploring the country. I went to pokhara which is beautiful and spent about 5 days in Kathmandu. I saw the sights and even did a cooking class on how to make momos, (yummy dumplings).
The people here are happy and there is a lot to be learnt from their way of life, by the end of my stay I quite enjoyed not relying on my electronics even if I did crave wifi every now and then.