Blessed with enchanting landscapes and mystic Himalayas, this beautiful country , Nepal has lot to offer for all visitors. With different geographical features, one can go through inner core of the nature through means of different activities and trek is one of them, the most adventurous and full enjoyement activity. The altitude of trek varies between 1,00 0 to 4,000 meters while some parts reach over 5,000 meters. During trek one can also have opportunity to experience Nepal’s rich cultural diversity.
The most popular trekking routes in Nepal are Everest, Annapurna, Langtang. Now Kanchenjungha in the east and Dolpo in northwest Nepal are also gaining popularity as trekking destination.
All trekkers are required to obtain the TIMS card before commencing the trek. To trek in protected areas one must obtain the entry permit by paying entry fees.
According to the physical features of the trekking destinations, it is divided in to two types; tea house and camping trek. Teas house trekking is littler cheaper where clients will have meals at lodge with accommodation. In camping trek everything is well managed and fully organized with support team of guides, proters, cooks. Here accommodation will be in tented camp. Camping trek is little more expensive compare to lodge trek and one can choose as per their budget.
Jungle safari is one of the most amazing activities in jungle. The tropical jungles of Terai region of Nepal preserve some of best wildlife habitats of the region. It is very interesting experience taking part of different activities organized by resorts. Some of the wildlife attractions include one-horned rhinoceros, the elusive Royal Bengal Tier, now Leopard, musk deer, crocodles etc. Jungle safari can be enjoyed with elephant back safari, jeep drive, canoe ride, nature walk etc. The southern lowlands also called Terai is covered with dense tropical jungles and is home to thousands of birds and animals including the most exotic and endangered species. In Nepal most popular destination for Jungle Safari are Royal Chitwan Natonal Park and Bardiya National Park.
The tropical jungles of Nepal’s Terai preserve some of the best wildlife habitats of South Asia. Some of the wildlife attractions of Nepal’s jungles include the rare one-horned rhinoceros, the elusive Royal Bengal tiger, snow leopard, red panda and musk deer. Jungle safaris can be enjoyed on elephant back or in jeeps at Chitwan National Park, Bardia National Park, Parsa Wildlife Reserve and Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve, all located in the Terai. The national parks provide a wide range of tourist facilities in and around the areas.
At the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, Nepal is blessed with an amazing diversity of rivers.
Nepal boasts some of the best whitewaters in the world, thanks to its mountainous steep terrain. The magnificent vistas of traditional houses en-route, terraced paddy fields, deep gorges, flat plains etc have made rafting more worthwhile. While exploring the rivers, you can either go paddle rafting as a team or go kayaking and canoeing alone.
Depending upon ferocity the rapid grade varies from one to six. The rafting trip will be from half day (3 hours) to one or two days or about a week or two. The best time to plan rafting trip is from October through Mid-December and March through early May.
The Trishuli River (grade 3+) is the most popular river for rafting. It is close to Kathmandu (2.5 hrs drive) and takes you down all the way to Chitwan Naitonal Park. Other popular rivers include the Kali Gandaki (4 - 4+) near Pokhara, Bhote Koshi (4 - 5), Marshyangdi (4 - 5+), Karnali ( 4- 5) and the Sun Koshi (4 - 5), which runs 270 km and requires 8-10 days.
Everest Experience is a close-encounter mountain flight – seeing tour. It offers luxurious option of a Himalayan Experience. After all a trip to Nepal would be incomplete without truly understanding what really makes it better. The offer of this flight is simply wow and cannot compares with other. This flight from Kathmandu takes one close to the highest peaks, including Mt. Everest. During this flight you will also see other peaks such as Gosaithan, Dorje Lakpa, Phurbi Chaychu, Choba Bhamare, Gaurishanker, Melungtse, Chugimago, Number, Cho-Oyu, Pumori, Nuptse, Everest etc. It is offered by several airlines from Kathmandu. It takes off and lands at Kathmandu Domestic airport. It does not land anywhere.
The only cable car in Nepal takes you on a pilgrimage tour, up to the abode of the wish-fulfilling Goddess Manakamana, located at Kuringtar, bank of Trishuli river. It is in between Kathmandu to Pokhara or Kathmandu to Chitwan. The duration of cable car ride from bottom station to Manakamana Temple is 10-15 minutes.
Paragliding is a relatively new adventure sport in Nepal, and is the simplest, safest and least expensive way of discovering the joys of flying alone to experience the aerial views of the magnificent Himalayas. It is operated from Sarangkot,Pokhara (1,592 m above lakeside in Pokhara valley) which is one of the top 5 commercial tendom paragliding location in the world. From here, one can take in stunning views of three of the world’s Eight Thousanders, namely, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu.
Tendom Pagaglidng; means you will be seated in separate seat in front of pilot from where you can enjoy your surroundings, take pictures.
Fly on your own; if you are experienced paraglider and want to fly on your own you can get permit from civil aviation office in Pokhara. With necessary charges wti valid passport copy, visa copy, photo, proof of your insurance and paragliding licence you will get permit in an hour or so.
Ultralight aircraft is operated from Pokhara and ensures spectacular undisturbed panoramic views of lakes, mighty Hinalayan range, villages and picturesque landscapes. This is an ideal way to see life from a new perspective. It provides an opportunity of having a heavenly tase of verging beauty of Nature within and exceptionally short span of time with it’s micro plane services. The flight operates throughout the year except during the monsoon (June to August). It safely carries the passengers and each aircraft there are only two seats; one for pilot and one for passenger. It operates from sunrise till 11 am and from 3 pm till sunset. It is quiet and peaceful experience without fear, floating comfortably in the clouds. It is unique experience and one can take 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 60 minutes and 90 minutes flight.
The best way to see Nepal, it has been said to walk. However, nowadays, mountain bikining is a serious alternative. The tours are specially designed to take you deep into the culture and lifestyle of the local people and show you the best trails in the Himalayas. Nepal’s diverse terrain makes it one of the best for mountain biking. Bike through the country and discover villages and small towns in the midst of rural serenity. Time permitting; one can explore the country on a mountain bike. Bikes can be hired in Kathmandu and Pokhara where you will also find good route information as well as organized tours. Biking in Nepal is gaining popularity among the adventure enthusiasts from all over the world. The reason behind is that Nepal is mountainous country with diverse landscape and breathtaking beauty.
Best Time to Bike in Nepal.
Winter (Nov-Jan) – One of the best time in low altitudes. Sky is clear during this period.
Spring (Feb-Apr) – Another best period in any altitude as the weather remain beautiful and temperature is moderate.
Summer (May-July) – Good time to ride in high altitude where there is no rain. To enjoy rain and mud one has to go to lower altitude.
Fall (Aug-Oct) – This period is normally good to take ride in high altitudes.
Though many people do not consider Nepal golfing nationa it is slowly gaining popularity. The climate is also suitable for golfing. Not only that the scenic and rugged settings of this Himalayan country offers a spectacular back drop to your golfing game. Nepal offers some of the finest golf courses in South Asia. They are: Gokarna Forest Golf Club and Nepal Golf Club in Kathmandu, Himalayan Golf Club and Fulbari Resort Golf Course in Pokhara, Yeti Golf Course and Nirvana Country Club in Dharan. The best time for a play is during the dry season between October and March. Golf clubs in Kathmandu and Pokhara offer excellent courses with magnificent views of the Himalayas. Some of the golf clubs also offer other luxurious facilities like spa and Ayurveda treatments.
The ultimate thrill of a bungee jump can now be experienced in Nepal. Nepal’s first Bungee jump site is situated 160 m over the wild Bhote Koshi, 12 km from the Nepal-Tibet border and approx. 4 hours drive from Kathmandu. It was designed by one of New Zealand’s leading bungee consultants and is operated by some of the most experienced jump masters in the business. The bungee bridge specially designed for bungee jump with a 4x – safety factor and has a loading factor of 4.5 tons according to Swiss measurements. The jump takes place a 166 m wide spectacular scenery with dense forests covering the top of the cliff.
Canyoning is an amazing full body and mind experience that enables you to explore some of last forbidden places in the Himalayas. It is basically a sport where you travel down canyons and waterfalls using a varietyed by one of techniques such as walking, scrambling, climbing, abseiling and swimming. It is one sport that will get you completely off the beaten track, but it does require quite a good level of fitness.
Nepal is paradise for birdwatcher. Bird watching on Nepal has continued to lure bird lovers from all over the world. It has become one of most sought after destinations for birders. Nepal is blessed with a vast array of exceptionally rich bird life with total of over 850 species or about 10 percent of world’s total species.. From lowland jungle of the Terai to high altitude of Himalaya there is always something to watch. Migratory birds are also seen in winter. The spiny babbler is unique and only found in Nepal as it has not yet seen outside country. In Chitwan national park more than 450 species of birds have been spotted while Koshi Tappu wetlands have been designated Asia’s finest bird watching site. The Mai valley and Tamur in east Nepal, Lumbini in central Nepal and Dang and Ghodagodhi lake in the west area also good locations to sight exotic birds. As bird watching is becoming immensely popular, specialized bird-watching tours are offered in different national parks and wildlife reserves or in different places.
Like hunting Fishing in Nepal is little advertised and little known. However it is gaining popularity in Nepal as a water sport as for anglers Nepal’s lakes and rivers are as good a fishing ground as any. There are approximately 118 varieties of freshwater fish are found in the Himalayan rivers ranging from the much sought after Mahseer to the mountain stream trout varieties. The best season for fishing is before and after monsoon i.e. from February through April and October through November. It may not suite to those who do not have patience or get tired while waiting to catch it.
Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, located in the western part of Nepal is the only area where licensed hunting is allowed. The reserves cover an area of 1325 sq. km and begin at 3000 meters to 7000 meters. It is the prime habitat of the blue sheep, ghoral serow, Himalayan Tahr, black bear, pheasant and partridge. Endangered species such as cheer pheasant, wolf red panda, musk deer and danphe. Hunting is allowed only after obtaining a license from the Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) in Kathmandu and is restricted to certain times in a year. The best period for hunting is from February to April and August to October.
Nepal has several ancient pilgrimage sites and pilgrimage tours are very popular in Nepal. Nepal is one of the main spiritual destinations where you will find numerous temples, monasteries, stupa with various gods and goddesses. Each temple is attached to a legend or belief that glorifies the miraculous power of its deity. The Kathmandu valley is the home to the famous Hindu temple Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath stupa, Boudhanath and several other famous temples. There are many other famous temples located in and around Kathmandu valley.
Some well know pilgrimage sites are; Janakpur, Barah Chhetra, Manakamana, Muktinath, Gosainkunda, Halesi Mahadev, Pathibhara, Swargadwari and Khaptad located different part of Nepal.
Rock climbing is a challenging sport for outdoor lovers and becoming one of the hottest sports to do for visitor and locals due to the awesome natural rock faces in majestic settings. In Kathmandu, Nagarjun Forest and Shivapuri National park are the areas for rock climbing. Hence a trip to these places can be combined with hiking, bird watching, nature tours and other activities. Outside Kathmandu Rock climbing can also be done near Pokhara, Khumbu Region etc.In Pokhara, an artificial climbing wall named after French alpinist Maurice Herzog, the first mountaineer ever to summit an 8,000 m peak – Annapurna I – in 1950, is open at the Mountaineering Museum. It is 23 m tall.
Nepal is one of the best destination MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Conference and Exhibition) activities amongst world;s business community not only in Asia but also in other countries. Conference halls and tops hotels provide excellent meeting facilities with great location, well trained manpower, comprehensive high-tech facilities at par with international standards. There are numerous standard conference facilities have been built into the luxury hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara and also hotels in other parts. Kathmandu’s connectivity to several cities of Asia and Europe by direct flight makes the mesmerizing capital, with its many attractions, an ideal MICE destination. This gateway to the Himalayan nation offers superb options for work and recreation to go together. Delegates from around the world can enjoy in Nepal a Himalayan holiday even while at work.
Yoga: Yoga class will develop not only your body healthy but also mind and thought. It is a pathways to a true, happy and healthy living. It also helps one achieve balanced, harmonious and integrated development of all aspects of one’s personality. There are many yoga centers in Kathmandu and other tourist cities in Nepal when you can practice with trained Yoga teacher.
Meditation:Meditation rejuvenates one’s energy level and zeal, so one can feel enlightened – far from the metaphysical world. A meditation course will help you explore in-depth and find a new human within you. There are specialized centers in Kathmandu and other parts of the country that offer meditation courses.
Spa: Nepal is also becoming a popular destination for spas. Spa is associated with water treatment and is believed to be curative. Regular spa treatment is said to promote good health and prevent diseases. It also aids in relaxation and rejuvenation. This is achieved by the fusion of traditional healing practices and modern holistic healthcare in generating the self-healing powers of an individual.
Faith Healing: Nepal is a land full of legends, myths, magic and mystery. Faith healing in Nepal dates back to pre-historic times and is still widely practiced even in the capital city, Kathmandu. ‘
The Jhankris, or shamans, who, with the garlands of tiny bells around their necks tremble and chant at the beat of a drum or metal plate, which they play during the invocation and possession of spirits. This performance can sometime also goes for whole night. Often their ritual also involves the sacrifice of either a rooster or a black goat, depending upon the nature of the complication.
Astrology: Astrology also has its origin in the Vedas, the major source of virtually everything for Hundus written thousands of years ago. In Nepal, the moment a baby is born, the first thing they do is note down the exact time of birth and give it to astrologer who according to the position of the different planets in the solar system at that precise moment, prepares a Cheena (horoscope). Astrologers are also consulted to set the date and auspicious hours for important occasions like weddings and important festivals. A good astrologer can tell quite accurately what fate has in store for the person. Astrology plays important role in Nepali’s life as Cheena is consulted for rituals during the rites of passages ceremony.
Butterfly Watching: Nepal is paradise for butterflies watching and study as amongh all 15 families of butterfly Nepal is home to 11. Butterflies in Nepal can be found from lowland Terai to highland up to 5,500 meters. There are 651 species of butterflies in Nepal that constitute the 3.73% in the world. Hence Nepal is the best place for butterfly enthusiasts for fund and to learn. Phulchowki, Shivapur and Nagarjuna in Kathmandu are best places to explore butterflies. Chitwan National Park, Bardia and Koshi Tappu Shey Phoksundo National park, Everest, Rara National Park etc are other destination outside Kathmandu for butterfly watching.
Fossil Hunting: the collection of Fossil in the Himalayan region is very different than other part of the world. The fossilized stones (Shaligrams) are sacred amongst Nepalese people and embody Lord Vishnu, according to Hindu Scriptures. Fossils are found around Annapurna (Mustang) region upto Damodar Kunda, Kaligandaki river.
“Shop till you drop” should be your motto as Kathmandu is paradise for shopping for tourists. The popular things amongst tourists are hand knotted carpets, thanka paintings, wood carvings, pashmina shawls, embroidery, ceramics and pottery, rice paper, statue and decorative metallic house warer, woolen knitwear, calendars and lamp shades, tea and spices etc. Since antiques cannot be carried away. One has to have all antiques examined by the Department of Archeology and obtain certificate before leaving Nepal. International brands such as Gucci, Christian Dior, Nike, Addidas, Givenchy and many more are also found in Nepal.
Kathmandu offers dining experiences that range from the exotica of five-star menus to the roadside café experience. Whether you are looking for traditional Nepalese festival dishes or sea food imported from other countries, whether you opt for Italian or Russian delacies there is restaurant for all kind of food. The best part is that a variety of international cuisines are offered within walking distance or short drive by world-class restaurants with reasonable prices. Indian, Chinese, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Mexican, Continental, you name it. You’ll find them all here.
Visitors can also enjoy the authentic taste of indigenous cuisines in the ethnic ambience of Nepali restaurants.