Introduction of the Major Places
Everest region: Everest region is one of the most popular and spectacular destinations for trekkers, mountaineers and other adventure seekers. Definitely, the central attraction of this region is Mt. Everest, the highest mountain on the earth, but this region has more to offer to the visitors. In the field of tourism in Nepal, Sherpa people are internationally well-known ethnic group who are originated from this region. It offers pure traditional Sherpa culture which you rarely see in other regions in Nepal. Similarly, it has one of the most beautiful peaks in the world, called Amadablam which is proudly standing dominating all the other attractions.
The trek begins with a sweeping scenic flight to Lukla (2880m.) following many farm villages on route with beautiful views of snow capped peaks. Depending upon your time limitations, this region permits you to be flexible in designing your itinerary. The itinerary can range from 5/6 days to 15/20 days. The shortest itinerary is to go up to Namche Bazaar or Hotel Everest View and return to Lukla to catch flight back to Kathmandu. The longest itinerary includes some passes and walk on snow for few days.
Kali Gandaki Valley: Our trek follows one of the most ancient trade routes of the Trans Himalaya, passing through many interesting villages, local people, and traders, donkeys and mule trains. The trail also follows through beautiful enchanting forests of rhododendron, oak and pine trees with constant views of the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri mountain range. We start this marvelous trip in Pokhara which is located in the mid western Nepal. Pokhara, is one of the most unique sub-tropical valley's in the Himalaya, and arguably in the world, where one can marvel the beauty of the Himalayan landscape and reflection of the imposing Annapurna Range, including the towering majestic peak of Mt. Machhapuchhre, and it's beautiful lakes.The trail at one time served as a major trade route linking India and Tibet. Yak caravans loaded with salt descended from the Tibetan plateau, while mule trains carrying grain headed up river from Nepal's hills, meeting halfway to barter their precious commodities. The Thak Khola region you enter after Tatopani was the centre of this vital and ancient tradition of trade. It is also the homeland of one of Nepal's most successful ethnic groups, the Thakalis. Thakali tribes are wide spread from Pokhara up to the Mustang region, which used their strategic position on the trade route to great advantage. As you enter the cobbled streets of Marpha, you have entered another world, a reminiscent of the Tibetan Plateau. From Jomsom the trail stretches on the Kali Gandaki Valley, and up towards Kagbeni, and Muktinath; a Tibetan-like village with the ruins of fortresses set in the upper reaches of the Kali Gandaki river Valley. Headquarters of the Mustang district, Jomsom is an important government centre. In the heart of this scenic, magical valley lies Muktinath, one of the most sacred of pilgrimage places in all of Nepal. Here, the natural elements are displayed in miraculous form; flickering blue flames of natural methane gas burn on water, stone and earth in an offering said to have been first lighted by Brahma, the Hindu creator. The country changes dramatically in the days walk from Dana onwards, with fabulous views of Nilgiri Himal, the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. The culture and the people changes as you reach from higher to lower elevation. Prayer flags and stone chortens (prayer walls) marks the entrance to Tibetan influenced Buddhist villages and clustered around monasteries several centuries old. As the trek enters Tatopani onwards we will be walking on the deepest gorge in the world between the two towering massifs of Dhaulagiri 8,172m and Annapurna 8,091m with only 35 km apart, turning the plunge to the Kali Gandaki at Tatopani from their high top peaks into a staggering 6,660m gorge. Slowly, this marvelous trek comes to an end near Pokhara with glamorous scenery all the way a short interesting drive brings you at Pokhara and then to Kathmandu.
Chitwan National Park: Chitwan National Park is the best preserved conservation area in Asia and the most visited National Park by tourists in Nepal which is enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Established in 1973 AD, the park covers an area of 932 sq.km which includes hilly areas of the Shiwalik Range covered by deciduous trees. The park is bounded by Rapti and Narayani rivers and the altitude ranges from 110 to 850 meters. Chitwan National Park used to be called "Royal Chitwan National Park" because it was a big game place for Royal Family of Nepal. But, after the People's Revolution in 2006 AD, the initial word of the name (Royal) has been deleted. The park is the home for the endangered species like single-horned rhinoceros, Royal Bengal tiger. Other animals found in the park are rhesus monkey, leopard, sloth bear, wild boar, grey langur monkey, wild dog, small wild cats, marsh crocodile, the four species of deer and other animals. Similarly, it is also the home to 450 species of birds.
The Park offers interesting sites and activities, like Elephant safari, Jeep safari, canoeing etc. Elephant safari provides you great opportunity to have closer view of single-horned rhinoceros and you may get to see the Royal Bengal Tiger. A jeep safari through the jungle provides more game spotting opportunities than might be expected otherwise because it goes deeper into the jungle, usually beyond the beaten track. A thrilling tour in a four wheel drive into the heart of the park will enable you to view some of the rarest species of animals and birds.
Early in the morning at 5 o'clock your guide will pick you up from the hotel and take you to visit Boudhanath at dawn. Boudhanath is the biggest stupa in Nepal which is believed to be built by a widow woman with 4 sons in Lichchhabi Era. You will fully enjoy the roof top breakfast at Boudhanath. After then you will visit Pashupatinath, the biggest temple of Hindus in the world, located approx. 3 km south of Boudhanath. Please, note that only Hindus are allowed to enter into the main temple. After spending couple of hours in Pashupatinath, you will be transferred to Garden of Dream to have lunch. It is one of the most beautiful garden restaurants in Kathmandu. After having lunch, you will be picked up by your vehicle and dropped to Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you will visit the ancient palace, the temple of Kumari also known as Taleju, hailed as the living goddess of Nepal, Hanuman Dhoka, and Kasthamandav Temple with a guide knowledgeable about Nepalese history, architecture, and religion. After then you will visit Swoyambhunath located approx. 3 km west of Kathmandu Durbar Square, which is also called "Monkey Temple". Swoyambhunath is situated 77 meters above the level of Kathmandu Valley. It is the oldest stupa in Nepal which is believed to be more than 2000 years old. After spending few hours at Swoyambhunath, you will be transferred to Garden of Dream to have lunch.In the evening, you will be dropped at your Hotel. Overnight in Hotel
Post-Earthquake Kathmandu Valley and brief Introduction
Situated at an elevation of 1336 meters, Kathmandu is the Capital city and the largest city of Nepal. Kathmandu Valley covers an area of 218 sq. miles that comprises of three cities namely, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan. All of these cities have equal historical significance. Kathmandu has now been growing up as one of the best tourist destinations in the world because of its diverse historical, cultural and social importance as well as its ancient architecture. There are seven historical sites in Kathmandu valley which are listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Kathmandu valley has been badly affected by the mega earthquake of 7.8 magnitudes that hit Nepal on 25 April 2015. All the tourist destinations and historical sites in the valley have been either completely or partially damaged. The nine storied historical Bhimsen Tower (Dharhara) situated at the center of the capital completely collapsed.
Kathmandu Durbar Square which is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 has also been affected by the earthquake. Some monuments and sites are completely and some are partially destroyed. It was temporarily closed for the tourists after the earthquake. But, the government of Nepal reopened the durbar square for the visitors from 15 June 2015 after conducting proper investigation by the technicians and government authorities. There are signs kept to alert the visitors from entering in the danger zones. While visiting the durbar square you have to be careful about those alert signs and symbols. You are not allowed to enter into the temples and the museums.
Boudhanath is another famous tourist site in Kathmandu. It is situated 8 km north-east of Kathmandu. It is the biggest stupa in Nepal. Every day thousands of Buddhist devotees visit Boudhanath. The earthquake has partially cracked its top part. Considering its future complications the local authority has destroyed the top part and started to rebuild again. It is open for tourists. The hotels and restaurants around Boudhanath are also safe and open. You can still enjoy the roof top lunch as usual. The only difference is that you will see the Boudhalnath without its head.
Swoyambhunath is another important Buddhist site in Kathmandu which is also called "Monkey Temple". It is the oldest stupa in Kathmandu which is believed to be built more than 2000 years ago. The earthquake has severely damaged several monuments though the main stupa remained unaffected. It is open for tourists and there are alert signs which make you cautious about the danger zones. You should be aware of those alert signs while visiting Swoyambhunath.
Pashupatinath is regarded as the biggest temple of Hindus in the world which is located on the bank of Bagmati River. Only Hindus are allowed to enter into the main temple but you can still visit around the temples even if you are not Hindu. The earthquake has partially damaged some monuments at Pashupatinath. It is open for tourists. Since you are not allowed to enter into the main temple it is safe to visit. You can observe the Hindu rituals of cremation.
After having breakfast, you will drive to visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is one of the three Durbar Squares of Kathmandu Valley. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the Kingdom of Malla Rulers and popular for its highly erotic ancient architecture design. You will have lunch break in a beautiful roof top restaurant in Bhaktapur Durbar Square Premises. In the evening, at 6:00 pm you will go for farewell dinner with the official representative.Overnight in Hotel
Post-Earthquake Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur Durbar Square has been badly affected by the mega earthquake of 7.8 magnitudes that hit Nepal on 25 April 2015. The earthquake has damaged 116 heritages in Bhaktapur Durbar Square, out of them 67 were completely damaged and others were partially damaged. Following the earthquake the durbar square remained temporarily closed for the visitors. But, after the proper investigation by the technicians and government authorities, the Nepalese government reopened the durbar square from 15 June 2015 for all the visitors. Some buildings and monuments are destroyed but the significance and historical importance of this place still remains the same. Now, you can visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square. There are boards and warning signs which alert you about danger zones. When visiting Bhaktapur Durbar Square you have to be careful about those signs. You are not allowed to enter into Danger Zone Areas. Otherwise, you can enjoy the historical Bhaktapur Durbar Square.