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10 unforgettable sights while volunteering in Nepal

Posted by doroteya on 17/12/2013 at 04:49

So you have booked yourvolunteering holiday in Nepal or are thinking about doing so and are nowplanning what to do in your spare time whilst there. Here's my list of the top10 unforgettable sights to see whilst volunteering in Nepal.
1. Sun rise at Sarankot. Getting up at dawn and watching thesunrise from Sarankot over the full Annapurna Mountains giving you a panoramicview is one sight that you will never forget. You can either do the 2 hour hikeup or get a taxi, either way it's worth it to see the sun peak out from overthe mountains.
2. Pashupatinath. The most holy Hindu site in Nepal.Spending an afternoon taking a stroll around the temples and chatting to theSadhu's (holy men) is highly recommended.
3. The Monkey Temple (Swayambuth). As the name suggests, there are plentyof monkeys at this temple in Kathmandu. To get there you have to climb a steepstaircase of over 300 steps, but you will be greeted by incredible views of theKathmandu Valley once you reach the top.
4. Lumbini. Rumour has it that this is the birthplace of Buddha. Close to the Indian border, you can hire out bicycles to visitthe many temples in this area and even sit under Buddha's tree
5. Manakamana Temple. Located above the Trisuli river, thisis a temple that every Nepali is meant to visit once in their lives and manyIndian tourists travel hundreds of miles to get here. Saturdays are the bestday to go up there to see thousands of locals worshiping at the temple, it'salso a great spot to see the famous orange valleys of Gorka.
6. World Peace Pagoda. Situated above the Pokhara lake, theWorld Peace Pagoda is a stunning place to take in the mountain views and spenda few quiet hours in an afternoon. Walk, cycle or drive to the top, it doesn't matter- the view is the same no matter how you got up there.
7. Devi's Falls. Although famous for a tragic reason(the drowning of two tourists), this waterfall is spectacular, especiallyduring the monsoon months. it makes you feel like you've stepped into Lord ofthe Rings as you look down in the big black hole.
8. Bhatkapur Durbar Square. A traditional Newari town famousfor yoghurt, clay and the temples of Durbar Square. You'll want a full day toexplore the winding back streets of this old town where life here has stoodstill for decades. Pick up some souvenirs to take home and don't forget to trythe yoghurt!
9. Chitwan National Park. If animals are more your thing, thispark is full of wild elephants, rhinos, deer, hogs and buffalo. There are manyoptions here, but the highlight is going for a walk through the jungle with aguide spotting the wildlife.
10. Everest.Well you'd be crazyto come to Nepal and not catch a glimpse of Everest! For those with a longtime, treks to Everest Base Camp are becoming more and more popular, but forthose with just a short time you can jump on a Mountain Flight in the morningwhich will take you right up close to this majestic Mountain. A trip to Nepalwouldn't be complete without ticking this off your list!
Volunteering in this beautiful country is a life changing experience.

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