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4.0 out of 5 stars More than Everest, 10 Sep 2012
This review is from: The Rough Guide to Nepal (Paperback)
In common with author James McConnachie, I lived in Nepal for many months prior to the Maoist uprising, and from my teaching job in Kathmandu I spent every weekend and mid-term break traveling around the country. There's always been a hippy trail mentality attached to travel to Nepal, even years after the standard attire for travelers to this Himalayan kingdom morphed from tie-dye and sandals to gortex and trekking boots. High price hotels, while I'm sure comfortable, just seem ostentatious in the shadow of the spectacular peaks, the serene stuppas and, let's face it, the grinding poverty of the majority of the populace. So when seeking information on a trip to Nepal, it is really the moderate and mid-range hotels, cafes and restaurants which I think should make up the bulk of any guidebook, as well as some solid information on out of the way destinations which would benefit from the tourist dollar. Nepal has been a destination for travelers of all stripe for more then 40 years - it can be argued that it is too overrun, Kathmandu and the popular trekking spots full of rip off merchants and jaded operators selling everything from hash to young girls. And there is no getting away from that, and therefore there is a need for honesty. But there really are some relatively untouched places, and communities which will wrench at your heart but astound with their simplicity. Something which this Rough Guide covers well. Many people make the mistake of arriving into Kathmandu, booking one of two treks (Annapurna circuit or Everest Base Camp) and never thinking to explore anywhere else. If they have time they'll make a trip south to the jungles of Chitwan to ride an elephant and spot rhino, maybe even do a river rafting trip. But the real joy and beauty of Nepal is off the trail, in the villages, getting in among the lesser known trekking trails and visiting the lesser known temples. McConnachie spends plenty of time and detail beyond the Western Hills and Terai and along the borders with India and Tibet, giving honest information where accommodation may not be spectacular but the views and hospitality are, and giving first hand accounts of transport and border difficulties where they exist.
Details about mountain biking trails are welcome - it's become more mainstream and better catered for in recent years and therefore any information is helpful. For trekking there are too many tour operators to mention in one book, and it is still recommended to do further research before committing to anything.
The maps throughout the book are good though not excellent, and the photos touristy rather than professional, but for anyone going to Nepal trying to decide where to go and what to see, this book offers more than the average go-to places while also outlining some of the tried and true favourites.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No guide is definative, bu this was great, 6 Nov 2013
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This was my girlfriend and I's best friend in Nepal. Full of useful information and guidance. Don't rely on it. Spontaneity is the key to a wonderful experience in Nepal. However, this is a very good guide.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A perfect insight into Nepal, 2 Sep 2013
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The book is really amazing and prepares you for what you shall discover in Nepal. However, the pictures are not the best representation of the country.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A solid guide, 19 May 2013
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A good solid guidebook without actually being remarkable. Rather short on detail in places and over selective on restaurants, especially in Kathmandu.
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