Feeling On Top of the World in Nepal

Swayambhunath Stupa

Swayambhunath Stupa aka Monkey Temple

They say home is where the heart is. But can your heart or pieces of it be in many places? Because I think I’ve found home in Nepal. For a country so polar opposite of the Philippines, it made me feel a sense of belongingness. I fitted in perfectly like a piece of a missing puzzle. Though they (locals and foreigners) can’t even guess correctly where I’m from.

Anyway, I remember many people were asking me, “Why are you going to Nepal and what’s there to see in Nepal?”. I didn’t know how to answer. All I knew was that there’s this strange pull that’s drawing me to go there. Though, I’ve been interested in Nepal a long time ago, even before seeing its stunning photos on the Internet. It started with a unique pendant from Kathmandu a friend gave me a few years back. Then I became increasingly curious in Buddhism, and so when I learned that Buddha was born in Nepal, my fascination grew even more. Mt. Everest and the Himalayas are another reason. Of course, my love for blades; kukris are from this country, too. Ah, the ancient Buddhist and Hindu temples!

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

I’d say Nepal is not for the faint of heart. It’s an acquired taste but not hard to love if you give it a chance. It is flawed like everything and everyone else is. For me, the dusty roads, chaotic bazaars, crazy traffic jam add a dash of charm to this lovely, lovely country. But more than anything, it’s the Nepali people that truly define and separate them from the rest of the world—with their kindest hospitality, genuine care and cheery personality. The majestic temples, glorious snow-capped mountains, sumptuous Dal Bhats and momos, and fascinating mysticism are just icing on top.

And it’s true what they say; seven days aren’t enough to explore Nepal. I really didn’t want to leave. I was stifling a would’ve been ugly cry on my way to the airport. While I have countless places to see on my bucket list, Nepal is easily a favorite! I promise I’ll stay longer next time around, which means, next year, hopefully! Til then, I’ll be missing you, Nepal. Namaste!

Thank you to the following blogs for giving me ideas when planning my itinerary:

Flip ‘n Travels
Solitary Wanderer
Pinoy On The Road

Thank you to my Nepali friends for taking good care of me:

Hotel Encounter and Black Diamond Expedition – Pramod, Badri, Raj and Jaya
Raniban Retreat – Pranisha, Santa
Shyam Shresta – the best Bhaktapur tour guide and photographer


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