Bordered by Tibet in the North and India in the South, Nepal is a land-locked, sparsely populated country. Though known for their bravery the world over, Nepalese are a very gentle, peace loving and hospitable people. Culturally, lower Nepal is closer to India, while upper Nepal or mountainous part is closer to highland Tibetan culture. Overall, Nepal presents a very interesting mix of culture, natural beauty and amazing wildlife.
It contains 8 of the world’s 10 highest peaks, including the Mount Everest. There are national parks home to varied wildlife, vibrant cities filled with art and culture and simple villages preserving an ancient way of life. Many different ethnic groups co-exist here with their own distinct social identities and cultural patterns.
Some of the important destinations in this country include:
For several hundred years, Kathmandu was one of Nepal’s three rival royal cities, along with Bhaktapur and Patan. Situated in close proximity to each other, today these three almost run together. The highlight of Kathmandu has long been Durbar Square, the largest of the palace squares in the three royal cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Temples and monuments of varying shapes, sizes, styles, and faiths can be found in this capital city.
Chitwan National Park is home to rhinos, royal Bengal tigers, leopards, sloth bears, gaur (buffalo), deer, and many other critters. Freshwater Gangetic dolphins and crocodiles are also occasionally spotted.
Being the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, this is a pilgrimage town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Maya Devi Temple here, dedicated to Buddha’s mother, is believed to be the spot where Buddha was born. It contains an ancient stone relief from the 2nd century AD depicting Buddha’s birth.
Set amongst lakes at the foothills of Annapurna Mountain Range, Pokhara is Nepal’s second largest city. Pokhara is the gateway to the Himalayan and hence very popular among trekkers. Apart from trekking, once can also enjoy other adventure sports such as paragliding, mountain biking, canoeing, and skiing. For those looking for a spiritual experience, there are several temples and Buddhist monasteries.
Taste of Himalayan Kingdom (6 Days)
Experience the beauty, history and culture of Nepal over a course of 6 days in this tour.
Marvel at the artistic genius of the local craftsmen in beautiful stupas and temples. Savour the beauty of stunning Pokhara.
ROUTING: KATHMANDU – POHKARA – KATHMANDU
Namaste Nepal (10 Days)
Experience the rich culture and wildlife of Nepal in this tour. Visit the lovely stupas, palaces, and temples in Kathmandu.
Explore the scenic beauty of Pokhara. Visit the Buddhist pilgrimage site of Lumbini, the birthplace of The Buddha. Enjoy numerous jungle activities in Chitwan National Park.
ROUTING: KATHMANDU – CHITWAN – LUMBINI – POKHARA – KATHMANDU
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