Five Things to do in Nepal
1. Be a part of Sandhya Aarti
Pashupati is one of the must-go-to places in Kathmandu, if you want to learn about Hinduism. Among the main attractions of the temple, the aarti (prayer) is what most people are fascinated by. The aarti starts around 6:00 p.m. on the bank of Bagmati River, and is full of celebration and life. The priests and musicians sing the bhajans (hymns), while devotees sway in harmony. The lights and flames involved in the aarti, along with the smell of incense sticks and the mantras chanted, make the evening soulful and fascinating.
2. Indulge in the Traditional Art of Nepal
Thangka is a very important part of ancient art and Buddhist culture that usually depicts deities and mandalas. This delicate art form is done on cotton or silk, and it dates back to the eleventh century. Since Nepal is famous for artistic thangkas, many people buy some as souvenirs. Moreover, not only can you buy thangkas, you can take thangka classes as well, and learn to make one yourself. Basically, these classes last up to two years, but short courses can also be arranged according to the institutions. Sunapati Thanka Painting School, and Lama Thangka Art Centre, are some of the institutions providing short term/long term classes.
3. Calm amongst Chaos
Bhainsepati lies on the outskirts of Lalitpur. Less pollution, fresh air, green luscious trees, open grounds, and scenic views of Kathmandu Valley make Bhainsepati special. It is a perfect place to escape from the chaos and pollution of Kathmandu (even if it’s for a few hours).
4. Be ready to be Spellbound
Take the mountain flight and get some great views of the magnificent Himalayan peaks. Yes, you read that right, and no, there are no major risks. Even if you cannot trek all the way to the Himalaya, you can still get to see the panoramic view of the mountains. These mountain flights last an hour. They can be a little bit expensive than the normal flights inside Nepal, but the view you get to see will be totally worth it!
5. A Century Old Heritage
The National Museum at Chhauni, Kathmandu, stands tall even after a century. This museum boasts numerous historical elements of Nepal. A visit to this interesting museum will definitely take you back in time. If you want to learn more about Nepali history, this is the place to go to.