Dreamscapes Travel & Lifestyle

Fall/Winter 2013

Dreamscapes Travel & Lifestyle Magazine

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background: Sunrise at Poon Hill may very well become your most glorious morning ever. opposite: Natural light reveals the painted teachings on the wall of one of Nepal's many temples. below: We happened upon a religious festival in Patan. Three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley were home to the palaces of various kingdoms before Nepali unification: Basantapur, Patan and Bhaktapur. All are easily accessible and feature incredible Buddhist temples and impressive carved statues. Being there before the crowds arrive can spark feelings of ancient holiness and an appreciation for strict dedication and discipline. The sleepy, lakeside town of Pokhara bustles with contrasting energies. Some travellers are excited about their upcoming trek into the Annapurna Conservation Area in north central Nepal whereas others bearing satisfied and exhausted Buddha-like smiles have just returned. It's a trekker's haven with stories trickling out of fairtrade caf├ęs. Pokhara is the beginning and the end, a relaxed town where you can stay fit and where lazy days blend into productive weeks. Time becomes purgatorial and it'll have you thinking you reached heaven. THE ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT leave behind excess luggage in your hotel's storage room. It is simple and safe, and lessens the burden of trekking with items you won't need in the mountains. one perk of the Annapurna Circuit is that everything is accessible on the trek. Economies of mountain towns have become Fa l l / Wi n t e r 2 0 1 3 49

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