Sunday, November 11, 2018

Life in the Slow Lane-Making the Most of your Time in Nepal

Want to get out of the over polluted metropolitan area of Kathmandu? Then, Changu Narayan could be the right place for you. Being situated on a small hill at about 20 km away from the city centre you‘ll enjoy a nice view over the valley, just outside of the smog zone. But what to do in this tiny village? While the temple looks great and the town folk are charming and friendly, it is easy to get bored in this village unless you came for relaxation. If so, you’ll find the quietness of this village will set the mood quite well. 

Guests often enjoy evenings with a local family celebrating Lord Krisha with local mucical instruments, singing and dancing. With WIFI as a recent upgrade for the village it's easy to keep in touch with family or work remotely. There are trekking trails, lovely sunsets and views and excellent village values for suveniors. Others come to learn traditional thanka painting or mask carving.

The Star View Guest House is sponsoring some activities to help tourists get to know the area better. Soon the village will sponsor a treasure hunt where you can find local landmarks. But for now, you’ll find the new hiking map with 5 trails into the neighboring areas to be excellent warm-up treks and quite enjoyable.

One important reason to spend a few days with such activities is to make sure your health and gear are ready for the remote areas of Nepal. Imagine having to be airlifted back to Kathmandu due to blisters on your feet! Shoes, health issues and such are important to get sorted out before you get up to the high country. As you trek safely while you are near stores and doctors, you may decide you need to pack some yak cheese and nuts, or perhaps you’ll want to buy a walking stick before you leave the Valley. There are few shoe stores or pharmacies outside the Valley, either.

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