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Nepal Information

This is an ideal introduction to the delights of Nepal, with a variety of activities through which to see and experience many aspects of this magnificent country. For history and culture we explore Kathmandu: the narrow streets, temples, stupas and pagodas of the city and the surrounding valley have an almost mediaeval atmosphere. For magnificent mountain views we visit Nagarkot before heading westward to the old capital of Gorkha and on to Pokhara, set in a subtropical valley, where we walk in the hills beneath the mighty Annapurnas. For wildlife we visit Chitwan National Park, home to the Indian rhino and Bengal tiger, from where we explore the park by canoe, on an elephant and by foot.

The energetic can even fit in an optional day rafting on the Trisuli River. This trip is a chance to see some of the most majestic mountains on earth, to experience the sheer charm of Nepal's culture, and to meet a hospitable and cheerful people living beneath the snow-capped Himalay.

Kathmandu

Capital of Nepal, the mystical valley Kathmandu is Nepal's biggest and most cosmopolitan city, a meeting place of a dozen ethnic groups, and the home town of the Newars. Orientation and arrival and Arriving by air.

Everest Flight

For every Nepal visitor, the Himalayan range awes and fascinates. Mt. flight is one of the biggest attractions for the Himalayas. For those who are restricted by time or other constraints mountains flights offer the alternate to climbing and ensure a lasting memory of the highest peaks on earth.

Mt. Everest is more than just the highest mountain the world, it is the reason why you are here, to see it, to take pictures, to climb it can be as close to it as possible. While on board, you will able to see of course the highest peak in the world – Mount Everest, which is 8848 m (29029 ft.) and other eight peaks in Nepal which stands above 8000 meter high among the fourteen all over the world, such as Lhotse (8516 m), Nuptse (7855 m), Amadablam (6812 m), Chamlang (7319 m), Makalu (8463 m), Gauri Shankar (7134 m), Langtang Lirung (7234 m), Annapurna (8,091 m), Manasalu (8,136 m), Ganesh (7,429 m), Kanchenjunga (8,586), etc.

The flight takes off from Kathmandu airport to Everest. A guaranteed window seat for every passenger ands access to the cockpit ensures more than a birds-eye view, almost an angelic spectacle, of Everest and the Himalayan panorama. That's the Everest Experience a memory to cherish for a lifetime.

The mountain flights are operated by the domestic airlines. It is a guaranteed flight, which means operated only when the weather is good and view is satisfactory. At the present, there are two main Airlines companies who offer Mt. flights.

Swayambhunath Stupa

This stupa, having hundreds of voltive shrines and other historical monuments in and around it, was built in 250 B.C. This is the largest stupa in Nepal and it displays typical Buddhist architecture. It is 3 km west of Kathmandu city and is situated on a hillock about 77m above the level of the Kathmandu Valley and hence commands an excellent view of the Valley. This white dome is regarded as a spotless and pure jewel of Nirvana. It has thirteen tiers, representing the elevator to Nirvana, and a pair of painted eyes on all four sides of this stupa, symbolizing the all seeing eyes of the Buddha. This stupa is the oldest of its kind in Nepal and was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument List in 1979.

Kathmandu Durbar Square

It is also known as Hanuman Dhoka Durbar, used to be the residence of the Nepali royal family and administrators. This ancient palace lies in the heart of the city. It consists of huge Royal palace with different temples, inside as well as outside the temple, dating from the 15th to the 18th century. This palace is named after Hanuman, the monkey god, as a stone statue of Hanuman is placed right next to the main entrance protecting the whole palace. Interesting things to see here are: Taleju Temple built by King Mahendra Malla in 1549 AD, the temple of Kal Bhairav, the God of destruction, Nautalle Durbar, Coronation Nasal Chowk, the Gaddi Baithak, the statue of King Pratap Malla, the Big Drum and the Jagannath Temple. It was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument list in 1979. There are also the numismatic museum and Tribhuvan Museum inside the Hanuman Dhoka Palace building. Photography is prohibited inside the museums.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Situated at an altitude of 1,401 m, Bhaktapur covers an area of four square miles. Bhaktapur or "the Cityof Devotees" still retains the medieval charm and visitors to this ancient town are treated with myriad wonders of cultural and artistic achievements. The past glory of the Malla rulers continues to be reflected at the Durbar Square. Pottery and weaving are its traditional industries. The city lies about 14 km east of Kathmandu. The ancient city of Patan, lying 5 km southeast of Kathmandu, is known as the city of fine arts. The city is full of Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments. The diversity of the medieval culture that allowed both Hinduism and Buddhism to flourish has left a rich legacy of impressive sightseeing in this city for today's visitors.

Nagarkot

Nagarkot, located 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu, is one of the most scenic spots in Bhaktapur district and is renowned for its spectacular sunrise view of the Himalaya when the weather is clear. Visitors often travel to Nagarkot from Kathmandu to spend the night so that they can be there for the breathtaking sunrise. Nagarkot has become famous as one of the best spots to view Mount Everest as well as other snow-topped peaks of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. It also offers an excellent view of the Indrawati river valley to the east. With an elevation of 2,195 meters, Nagarkot also offers a panoramic view of the Valley and is described by visitors as a place whose beauty endures year round.

Favourite spots:

Many visitors prefer to visit Nagarkot in the spring when surrounding valleys break out in a rich kaleidoscope of different coloured flowers. The flowers are beautiful against the serene backdrop of the snow-covered mountains. Ever popular among the tourists are the short treks and picnics which Nagarkot offers. Treks from Nagarkot are unique and delightful. For anyone who wants to have an adventure without exerting much efforts, a hike to Nagarkot's surrounding areas would be a good option. One can traverse short distances on trekking trails and come close to nature's wonders such as the outer of verdant forests, flower-covered meadows and unusual rock formations.

What's really great:

Most of the people coming up here for the views simply park themselves on a terrace or prop themselves up in bed at dawn. However, if you want an even better view than the one from your lodge, hike an hour from Nagarkot to the viewing tower that can be seen to the south. From this tower, you can even see Mount Everest, which isn't visible from the lodges at Nagarkot. While the top activity at Nagarkot is sitting back and gazing at the long wall of snow-covered peaks that stretches off into the distance, this is also a great place to get an idea of what trekking is all about. Several long day hikes are possible from Nagarkot, and destinations include Bhaktapur and the temple complexes such as Sankhu, Changu Narayan, and Vajra Jogini. These hikes can be done as part of your return trip to Kathmandu, as round-trip hikes (though with arduous climbs back up to Nagarkot), or as one-way hikes utilizing buses or a taxi for the return trip to Nagarkot.

Bandipur (pronounced 'ban-DI-pur')

is a national treasure. Draped like a silk scarf along a high ridge above Dumre, the town is a living museum of Newari culture. People here seem to live centuries apart from the rest of the country and more than 70% of the buildings are traditional Newari houses, with carved wooden windows and overhanging slate roofs. It's hard to believe that somewhere so delightful has managed to escape the ravages of tourist development.

Pokhara

Pokhara is situated at about 827 meter from sea level, and is located 124 miles (about 200 km) west of Kathmandu and can be reached by plane in 35 minutes or in 5 hours by bus. Pokhara is the next destination after Kathmandu for many adventure and pleasure trips in and around Pokhara. Pokhara is often called the enchanting Himalayan valley with a heart of major actions and adventures.

Surrounded by beautiful snow-caped mountains, with a magnificent lake of crystal-clear pure Himalayan water, all-year round pleasing weather, and friendly Pokhralis will greet you with a smile and leave you with the most unforgettable moments in your life. So pack up your bag, load your camera, and get ready for Pokhara experience, Stretching from east to west, the Annapurna massif includes Annapurna I to IV and Annapurna South. Although the highest among them is Annapurna I (8,091 m), it is Machhapuchhre which dominates all others in this neighborhood. Boastfully levitating in the skyline, the fish-tailed pinnacle is the archetypal snow-capped, needle-pointed mountain. If you want to see the mountains from close up, Everest Air offers a mountain flight from Pokhara that takes you on an aerial sightseeing tour of the western Himalaya.

Phewa Lake

Phewa Lake, the second largest lake in the Country, is the center of all attraction in Pokhara. It is the largest and most enchanting of the three lakes that add to the resplendence of Pokhara. Here, one can sail or row a hired boat across to the water or visit the island temple in its middle. The eastern shore, popularly known as lakeside or Baidam, is the favorite home base for travellers and is where most of the hotels, restaurants and handicraft shops are located.

Barahi Temple

The Barahi temple is the most important monument in Pokhara, Built almost in the center of Phewa Lake, this two-storied pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima, the protectress deity representing the female force Shakti. Devotees can be seen, especially on Saturdays, carrying male animals and fowl across the lake to be sacrificed to the deity.

Devi's Fall

Locally known as the Patale Chhango (Hell's Fall). Devi's Fall (also known as Devin's and David's) is a lovely waterfall lying about two km south-west of the Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway. Legend has it that a trekker (Devin, David..) was washed away by the Pardi Khola and mysteriously dis appeared down into an underground passage beneath the fall.

Mahendra Cave

Another of nature's wonders in Pokhara is the Mahendra Gupha. This large limestone cave is locally known as the House of Bats, an apt name for it. A two-hour walk to the north of Pokhara, it is best to bring your own torch to see the stalactites and stalagmites, as well as the local winged residents.

Seti Gandaki

Another of Pokhara's natural wonders that unfailingly interests visitors is the Seti Gan- daki river. Flowing right through the city, the boisterous river runs completely underground at places. Amazingly, at certain points the river appears hardly two meters wide. But its depth is quite beyond imagination - over 20 meters! Mahendra Pul, a small bridge near the old Mission Hospital, provides a perfect view of the rivers's dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by its powerful flow.

Gorkha

A 25 kilometer road off the main highway connecting Pokhara and Kathmandu brings you to an ancient Gorkha - the untouched and captivating town of Nepal! Some 300 years ago, Nepal was divided into 50 tiny states, and Gorkha was one of them. King Prithivi Narayan Shah, the founder of `Shah Dynasty' which runs Nepal today, unified Nepal into one kingdom. His Gorkha palace resides on top of a hill at an altitude of 3281 feet (about 1000 meter) The King would watch-over his people as far as his eyes could see from the tallest palace in the very center of Nepal! Gorkha is also the home of Gurkhas - the legendary brave warriors who fought with knives against guns.

Tansen

Tansen lies 1343 m above sea level, at the southern slope of Mahabharat range and most popular summer resort in western Nepal on account of its position and climate. It lies on the way from Pokhara to Sunauli and is known as the Siddhartha highway. Tansen city itself is very colorful with its old houses and slopes landscapes. It has the most extensive views of the country’s chief attraction, the Himalaya from Dhaulagiri in the west to Gaurishankar in the northeast. There are different types of people-Magar, Brahmin, Chhetri, Newar, have been living in the city. It is popular for its metal crafts and Dhaka cloth, shawls and caps. Place to visit in Tansen- Shrinagar hill Amarnarayan temple and Tansen Durbar etc.

Lumbini

Lumbini is located in the south-central Terai of Nepal, situated in the foothills of the Himalayas. For millions of Buddhists the world over, it evokes a kind of holy sentiment akin to the significance of Jerusalem to Christians and Mecca to Muslims. Lumbini is the place where Lord Buddha - the apostle of peace, and the Light of Asia - was born in 623 B.C. In historical terms, the region is an exquisite treasure-trove of ancient ruins and antiquities, dating back to the pre-Christian era. The site (Lumbini Grove) was described as a beautiful garden in the Buddha's time and still retains its legendary charm and beauty. Both the Shakyas and Kolias Clans owned the garden and its tranquil environs at the time of Lord Buddha's birth. King Suddhodana, father of Buddha was of the Shakya Dynasty belonging to the Kshatriya or Warrior Caste.

For centuries, Buddhists the world over knew that the general area of Lumbini was where the Lord was born. In the words of those famous Chinese pilgrims of antiquity, Huian Tsang and Faeihan, 'Lumbini -where the Lord was born - is a piece of Heaven on Earth, where one could see the snowy mountains amidst a splendid garden, embedded with stupas and monasteries!' However, the exact location remained uncertain and obscure until 1 December 1886 when a wandering German archaeologist Dr. Alois A. Fuhrer came across a stone pillar and ascertained beyond doubt it was indeed the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Since that day it has become a focal point for hundreds of thousands of pilgrims.

Lumbini is the fourth largest tourist destination in Nepal. Nearly 20,000 tourists visit the area every year (Source: Nepal Tourism Board). Recently, UNESCO has declared it a World Heritage Site. It has great potential to grow as the major tourist destination in years to come.

The significance of Lumbini

Many of the places that were of importance to the Lord Buddha during his life retain a potent significance to Buddhists of today. Unsurprisingly, nowhere has a greater significance than the site of his birth. In the words of Buddha himself: "O-Bhikshus', after my death when people and members of a new generation come and ask you, then tell them that here the Buddha was born, here he attained the full enlightenment, here he turned the wheel of Dharma twelve times, and here finally the Buddha entered into Parinirvana". Hundreds of years have gone by, but the architectural splendours of that era are still standing and serve as a vivid reminder of the origins of Buddhist philosophy and doctrines. As a complement to the temples and shrines, our aim is to create a living environment in which Buddha would have felt at home during his life.

Sirubari

“Paradise is exactly like where you are right now…only much, much better.” This is the feeling a visitor gets after reaching Sirubari Village which is firmly located in Syangja District, Southeast of Pokhara. Standing at an altitude of 1700 meters above the sea level, this untainted Gurung helmet is about 4 hours uphill drive from Pokhara. An adventure buff can also hike this distance for an extensive escapade- the slopes, nature’s creations. Form June to September is the best time to holiday at the distinguishing village, though the rest of the months are also passable.

Besides the spectacular setting, the cultured and the hospitable people (mostly Gurungs) of the village is another attraction of the Sirubari Village.

character of the people generates the feeling of being at home to the visitor at once. The home stay style of accommodation in the village is another opportunity for the guest to get acquainted with their profound culture and simple extistence. The fusion of traditional and modern lifestyle was reflected by the gas geyser (water heater), rolls of toilet paper in the toilet, a well decorated dining table with the elegantly folded paper napkins- a fork and spoon stand, table salt, clean bedrooms etc.

The Sirubari dwellers seemed ever ready to welcome any visitors- be it domestic or international.

Besides rich culture and hospitality, there is a huge prospect of mountain biking and rock climbing in Sirubari. Similarly, Sirubari houses 60 different types of herbs and 15-16 types of wild animals which can be exploited as a study/research center in herbs and wildlife. At present, it was seen that the only activity for a tourist in Sirubari is a hike to the viewpoint in Thumro (popular for Sunrise view), which lies at 2300 m above the sea level and said to be a highest point in the south or Pokhara.

All the retired armies have tried to create Sirubari Village-a piece of heaven on earth, so it is hoped that their effort for years to develop this place as a tourist destination will pay them off in future. Also, the support they have been expecting from all the quarters will be endowed to them. So far, Sirubari has received various awards for being a model tourist village including PATA Gold Award 2001 which was conferred to the village in recognition to their constant effort to preserve their culture and tradition at its purest form.

Chitwan

If you wanted to see birds and animals in Nepal, this is where you would come. For animal lovers, Chitwan national park offers them an opportunity of a life time to see Royal Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinos, various species of birds and butterflies. Your choice of Resorts and lodges are located in the region. Most include elephant safaris, jungle walks, canoeing and cultural activities.

Bardia

This park is the largest and most undisturbed protected area in the Terai bordered by the rivers Karnali and Babai and hemmed in by the Churia mountain range in the north. This park is perhaps the best place for Rhino and Tiger spotting. The thick coverings of sal forest and grassland make Bardia the ideal place for wildlife spotting. In the park you can par take in jungle walks, elephant safaris fishing, jeep safari and boat riding. Accommodation here can be in well appointed lodges or more adventurous set camps.

Koshi tappu

Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve can claim its distinct identity for one good reason – the vast expanse of the Koshi River. Today, with the wild buffalo preserved, the reserve has also won its niche as birdwatcher's paradise in its true sense. The reserve to preserve the habitat of the remaining population of wild buffalo (locally known as Arna in Nepali). The reserve beckons all sorts of bird species. These birds fly all the way from Siberia to migrate during the winter season. The fact that many birds that arrive here are nowhere else seen in Nepal. Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is a homeland of endangered Gharial crocodile, Gangetic dolphin, ducks, herons, storks, egrets, and ibis and among others.