Photographer's Note

‘On the road to Nagarkot’

Time for another colour :)

I can’t tell the exact location where this photo has been taken. But it was somewhere along the road from Bhaktapur to Nagarkot, at the place where the road starts to climb up out of the valley.

Now a little more about the ideal travel time for Nepal.
Many sources of information and travel guides indicate the months of March, April, October and November as the ideal time to visit Nepal.
Then it would not be too cold or it would not rain or very little.
I know there are travelers who visit the country between the beginning of December and the end of February. However, I know that this wintertime is not what I'd like.

The so-called best travel period, however, is based on the experiences of tourists who make trekking in Nepal, such as the Annapurna Circuit, the Everest or the Langtang trekking.
Trekkings are, of course, made at higher altitudes and the experience of these people isn’t necessarily the same as the one of tourists in Kathmandu Valley or Pokhara.

Years ago I spoke a Belgian woman who had visited Nepal in April. Not for a trekking but to visit the cultural and picturesque places in Kathmandu, the surrounding valley and Pokhara.
I remember she told me that she had never seen a snowy peak because of the hazy skies in spring.
I didn't want to make the same mistake and decided to visit the country in November. In terms of climate, that would also tie in better with the countries of Southeast Asia I wanted to visit.
After the rainy season (during European summer until the end of September) the skies would have been ‘cleaned’.

However, I had little more luck.
From lower heights you needed a lot of luck to see a snowy mountain and that was only possible between 6 am and 9 am. This was certainly not the case every day and after 9 o'clock in the morning you could completely forget it.
No idea if the October month is better.

An important advice for someone who wants to visit Nepal and who doesn't want to do a trekking (due to insufficient fitness or other reasons): Talk to several people who have traveled at different times and ask them if they could see the mountains.
The real trekkings (at altitude) are not for everyone.
But even if you are more attracted to the monuments, the culture and the scenes of daily life, you will probably also like to see some snow peaks during your trip to Nepal :)
Traveling through Nepal and not seeing snow peaks is being only half successful, I think.

Also keep in mind that a lot of information on the country is primarily for those who go on a trekking trip.
Some time before my departure I spoke two different people who were in Nepal on a trekking and who absolutely wanted to convince me not to stay too long if I did not go on a trekking.
For them Nepal was trekking and nothing else.
That’s the reason why I had booked my plane ticket from Kathmandu to Bangkok with a date three weeks after arrival in Nepal. According to those two acquaintances, three weeks in Nepal without trekking was unbelievably long.
Now of course I know that you can stay much longer in Nepal. Not all hikers realize that there exist also something others than mountains.
The fact that I had already booked my onward flight from Nepal on a day three weeks after arrival in the country was much regretted afterwards.

Another thing that you realize better.
Large parts of Kathmandu Valley have a dense housing.
There’s also a lot of air pollution from the many motorcycles and cars. Also a reason why the visibility isn't that good.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6424 W: 22 N: 15112] (59773)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2019-11-07
  • Exposure: f/0.1, 1/21 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2020-05-15 9:31
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Points: 56
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