Home' A Plus Magazine : June 2013 Contents Where to eat
• Black & White Cafe Organic delights
in scenic setting. Pokhara.
• Café de Patan Traditional Nepali and
Newari cuisine. Patan Durbar Square,
Patan. (01) 553-7599.
Chez Caroline Inviting French
restaurant. Babar Mahal, Kathmandu.
• Chimney An institution at the Yak &
Yeti hotel. Durbar Marg, Kathmandu.
(01) 424-8999 .
Kasthamandap Ta st y momos and
dumplings. Jhochen, Kathmandu.
• Royal Saino Special Momo Popular
budget eating. Durbar Marg,
Kathmandu. (01) 423-0890 .
Where to stay
• Dwarika’s Historic digs near the
airport. Battisputali, Kathmandu.
• Crowne Plaza Kathmandu-Soaltee
Recently opened chain hotel. Soaltee,
Kathmandu. (01) 427-3999 .
• Hyatt Regency Kathmandu. Lu xur y
in landscaped gardens. Boudha,
Kathmandu. (01) 449-1234.
• Karnali Swish lodge near Bardia Na-
tional Park. Narayani. (08) 440-2061.
Swotha Converted mansion with
seven rooms. Swotha, Patan.
What to see
Boudhanath Stupa Striking white-
domed temple. Boudha, Kathmandu.
(01) 425-6909 .
Swayambhunath Stupa Beautiful
views and cheeky monkeys.
• Durbar Square Centuries of bustle
and spectacle. Kathmandu.
• Garden of Dreams Graceful, romantic
1920s oasis. Thamel, Kathmandu.
• International Mountain Museum
Engaging if amateurish collection.
Pokhara. (061) 460-742.
June 2013 53
countered in both the Kathmandu Valley and
the hill regions, while the Newari people are
know n for their fermented preparations.
Kathmandu is full of shopping opportuni-
ties, especially for apparel, jewellery and handi-
crafts. Bhaktapur is known for its pottery while
Patan is famous for its woodcar vers. Clothing
boutiques offering traditional and international
styles can be found in the Dilli Bazar, Kupondole
and Lazimpat areas.
Aficionados of traditional Buddhist visual
art can find Tibetan-influenced thangka silk
devotional paintings and paubha, the Newari
equivalent, as well as statuary and other
Nepal’s second largest city is Pokhara, just
800 metres above sea level and with a pleasant
semi-tropical climate. Most visitors find it an oa-
sis of calm after the frenetic pace of Kathmandu
and it is the gateway to the Annapurna range.
Three mountains – A nnapurna, Dhaulagiri and
Manaslu – all over 8,000 metres high, loom over
Between Kathmandu and Pokhara is Bandi-
pur, once an important trading hub on the route
from India to Tibet. Forgotten by the dawn of
the 20th century, the town has re-emerged as
an important tourist destination, with trekking
companies setting up shop and attracting new
hotels and restaurants.
It is often cheaper and easier to organize
hikes after arrival in Kathmandu. However,
there are more than 500 trek operators in the
city with differing levels of reliability. Interna-
tionally recommended agencies include Climb
High Himalaya (telephone: 470-1398), Swiss
Nepal Family Trekking (421-2911) and Marco
Polo Treks (443-9089).
There are three main trekking trails: the
Langtang trail, easily accessible from Kathman-
du; the Annapurna trail, which loops around
central Nepal; and the Everest trail, which ex-
tends to the north of the country near the Chi-
Trekking in Nepal is constantly being devel-
oped. One recent addition is the Beni-Nangi-
Mahare-Khopra route, which offers accommo-
dation as well as treks designed to minimize the
effect on the fragile local ecosystem.
For v isitors looking for an armchair tour of
the mountains, Buddha Air and Yeti Airlines
offer flights aboard turboprop planes that offer
views of Mount Everest.
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the Kathmandu Valley; Ceramics in Pottery
Square, Bhaktapur; Swayambhunath Stupa;
Momo (traditional Tibetan dumplings) served
with red chutney
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