FIRST LIGHT NEPAL
Pokhara is one of the best places to get an up close view of the Himalayan peaks. The Annapurna’s loom over the city and the lake, there are few places in town where you can’t see one or other of the snow-capped peaks jutting up into the clear blue sky.However one of the best has to be watching the sunrise from Sarangkot.
From Sarangkot you can see a panoramic sweep from Dhaulagiri (8167m) in the west to the perfect pyramid of Machhapuchhare (6997m) and the rounded peak of Annapurna II (7937m) in the east.
Arriving at Nagarkot, the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu seemed a million miles away.Set on a ridge at an elevation of 2,195 meters, it is considered one of the most scenic spots in Bhaktapur District.
Nagarkot is surrounded by lush pine forests and has a quaint rural atmosphere, living in a city there is something very special about the smell of pine trees. Strolling through the village and spending time watching the kids trying to fly their home made kites it is not long until you find your body unwinding.
Literature reports that when Punjabi mercenaries were recruited to defend the valley they quickly succumbed to the mountain air proving drunkenly incapable when the Gurkha invaders finally arrived.
Nagarkot offers a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley as well as being renowned for its sunrise view of the Himalaya including Mount Everest as well as other snow-capped peaks of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal.
Waking up at a ridiculously early time in hope of catching the sunrise i should have just looked out of my window (without getting out of bed) instead of dragging myself out of bed.The valley was covered in a thick duvet of fog keeping its jewels well and truly hidden. Hugging cups of coffee in a attempt to keep warm fingers were kept crossed but it was not to be. There are times that we should let nature do the talking however this time with the help of modern technology we were able to capture our own sunrise much to the amusement of the hotel staff and other guests.
We arrived at the rather plush campgrounds during the early evening, prices were much higher than we were accustomed to. With our rather cheap Zimbabwean vodka hidden in our bags we settled down to a relaxing night of drinks before settling down to a night under the desert stars.
Sossusvlei is situated adjacent to the oldest desert in the world, The area is characterized by high sand dunes of vivid pink-to-orange colour. These dunes are among the highest in the world; many of them are above 200 metres.
As with many others we visited this major Namibian tourist attraction at sunrise, they the dunes colours are constantly changing.