Nepal is an enchanting kingdom, nestled in the Himalayas between China and India. For a small territory, the country boasts an uncommonly diverse terrain, including eight of the world's top 10 highest mountains. Nepali folklore is often illustrated in dance and music and the people are open to sharing their traditions. Although tourism is steadily increasing, Nepal's remote location has kept the culture widely unaffected from outside influences.
Nepal's climate is influenced by maritime and continental factors and has four distinct seasons. Spring lasts from March to May and is warm with rain showers, and temperatures around 22°C. Summer, from June to August, is the monsoon season when the hills turn lush and green.
The national currency of Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR)
Nepal is 5 hours + 45 minutes ahead of GMT. The country does not apply to Daylight Savings Time.
Nepal was the world's last constitutionally declared Hindu state. However, after the movement for democracy in early 2006, the Nepali Parliament amended the constitution to make Nepal a secular state. Many people follow both Hinduism and Buddhism, and some of the mountain communities practice Shamanism. The most common religion currently practiced in Nepal is Hinduism:
Best Time To Visit:- Nepal. Nepal's climate is influenced by maritime and continental factors and has four distinct seasons. Spring lasts from March to May and is warm with rain showers and temperatures around 22°C. Summer, from June to August, is the monsoon season when the hills turn lush and green.
The Fall months of September to November is one of the best time to visit Nepal, for people who wish to visit Kathmandu, and for those who want to trek.
Spring in Kathmandu can be dry and dusty. But, in the mountains, flowers have started to bloom, so it is a beautiful time to go trekking.
How to Reach Nepal
There are 2 options to reach Nepal. By Flight and by Train.
Nepal-based Buddha Air operates three direct flights a week from Kolkata to Kathmandu: on Mondays, Air India also operates a direct flight from Kolkata daily.
Also, we can go by train from Howrah by Mithila Express. The station is Raxual. The border area is Birganj. There is another option we can cross the border and can take a flight from Simara to Kathmandu which takes approximately 15 to 20 min.
Delhi to Kathmandu
If you want to fly (and get some incredible Himalayan views), Delhi to Kathmandu is the least expensive, least time-consuming route by air to Nepal (under two hours). Otherwise, the best option is to take a train to Gorakhpur and then a bus. Taking the bus all the way has become slightly more appealing since the Delhi Transport Corporation launched a direct service to Kathmandu. However, it's still a long 25-hour haul!
Via the Panitanki Border Crossing Not Advisable
The Panitanki border crossing, to Kakarbhitta in far eastern Nepal, is accessible from Siliguri in West Bengal. It's most utilized by people traveling from Darjeeling, Kolkata, Sikkim, and the rest of northeast India. Buses, taxis, and shared jeeps run to the border from Siliguri, Kalimpong, and Gangtok in Sikkim. Siliguri to Panitanki (for those going from Darjeeling) takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Though the border crossing is open 24 hours, the Indian and Nepali immigration offices close are only open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. so foreigners should ensure that they arrive within this timeframe. There are regular buses to Kathmandu (14 to 16 hours) and Pokhara (15 hours) from Kakarbhitta. It's worth stopping at Chitwan National Park on the way to break the journey. Get off the bus at Sauraha (nine hours from Kakarbhitta), which is the closest town and travel hub to the park.
Other Border Crossings:-
Two other border crossing points (from Jamunaha in Uttar Pradesh to Nepalganj in western Nepal, and Gauriphanta in Uttar Pradesh to Dhangadhi in far western Nepal) are open to tourists. However, they're difficult to reach and rarely used. Non-official border crossings at Janakpur, Biratnagar, and Ilam rarely allow foreign tourists.
Place of Interest in NEPAL:-
KATHMANDU: - Kathmandu, the capital and largest city in Nepal, is like no other city in the world. The decaying buildings in the heart of the city are a stark contrast to the lively atmosphere that permeates the streets. The smell of incense wafts from stores while street sellers push their goods, and people go about their daily lives, all against a backdrop of historic temples and carved statues. For several hundred years, Kathmandu was one of three rival royal cities, along with Bhaktapur and Patan. Situated in close proximity to each other, today these three almost run together.
Bhaktapur: Bhaktapur, the third of the "Royal Cities," lies on the old trade route to Tibet, just outside of Kathmandu. For Bhaktapur, the trade route was both an arterial link and a major source of wealth. Its relative remoteness at the time allowed the city to develop independently and in ways that distinguish it from the other two cities. In contrast to Patan and Kathmandu, the population of Bhaktapur is primarily Hindu. The best place from which to begin a tour of the city is Durbar Square, where in addition to the royal palace, several temples are also situated. The whole area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many of the buildings in Durbar Square in Bhaktapur were damaged in the 2015 earthquake, the main temples are close to being repaired fully, but progress on much of the surrounding area has not proceeded as swiftly.
Boudhanath Stupa (Bodhnath): The Boudhanath Stupa, just outside Kathmandu, is one of the largest stupas of its kind in the world and dates to sometime around the 6th century, possibly even earlier. Like Bhaktapur, it lies on the old trade route to Tibet and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The stupa itself is a symbol of enlightenment but at Boudhanath, the symbolism is particularly clear. Each different shape represents one of the five elements, earth, water, fire, air, and sphere, which are also the attributes of the five Buddhas. Brought together in the form of the stupa, their unity reflects in abstract fashion the structure of the universe itself. The stupa sustained minor damage during the 2015 earthquake and is now fully repaired.
Pokhra: Set at the base of the foothills and surrounded by some of the highest mountains in the world - Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Annapurna I - Pokhara is one of Nepal's most scenic cities. For trekkers, Pokhara is the gateway to the Himalayas and the starting point for treks to Jomsom and the Annapurna region. It's also a wonderful spot to relax for a bit, either before or after a hiking trip. By population, it is the second-largest city in Nepal after Kathmandu but still does not feel like a big city. As you travel from Kathmandu, 200 kilometers to the east, you'll notice the much cleaner air and pleasant climate almost immediately. Lake Phewa, with its cluster of lakeside hotels, restaurants, and shops, is ideal for those looking for a little relaxation.
Trekking in the Annapurna Region: The Annapurna Region is one of the most popular trekking regions in Nepal, with options that range from a few days to a few weeks. Three main routes in the Annapurna Region intersect and combine in places, and you can opt to do a portion of a variation on the routes. The routes are well marked and easy to follow. The Annapurna Circuit around Annapurna Mountain takes about 21 days to complete and is incredibly popular with people who have enough time. This route is sometimes called the "Apple Pie Circuit," in reference to the fact that most of the teahouses along the route serve their own version of fried apple pie. A popular hiking destination in this region often offered in hiking packages in combination with the Annapurna Circuit, is the trek to Poon Hill (3,210 meters) near Ghorepani. Most hikers try to be on Poon Hill early to see the sunrise and a stunning view of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Machapuchare, and Singa Chuli.
The Annapurna Sanctuary: The nestles between the peaks of Annapurna and takes five days to reach. Muktinath is on the way to Annapurna but has since become a destination in its own right. The Muktinath route runs in the Kali Gandaki Valley on the east flank of Annapurna and takes seven days. North of Muktinath is Mustang, a small region that was only opened up to tourists in 1992. This area has its own fascinating culture.
In many regards, the Annapurna Region, north of Pokhara, is an ideal walking area. The dramatic contrasts of the Nepalese countryside are especially visible, from the subtropical vegetation of the Pokhara Valley to the dry rain shadow area, with features of the Tibetan plateau. The people and cultures are also very different: facial characteristics, food, houses, lifestyles, customs, and religion.
The Annapurna region was declared a protected area in 1986. Most importantly, it has a good infrastructure to support the many trekkers that come through this area. The paths are well maintained, and food and lodging are plentiful
Chitwan National Park: Chitwan National Park is the place to come to experience a different side of Nepal. This is a wonderful place for wildlife viewing and it has a safari-type atmosphere. At an altitude of only 100 meters in some areas, much lower than Kathmandu at 1,400 meters, Chitwan has a tropical monsoon climate, quite different than what you'd expect to find in Nepal. Travelers come here to see wildlife. The park is home to rhinos, Bengal tigers, leopards, sloth bears, gaur (buffalo), deer, and many other critters. Freshwater dolphins (Gangetic) and crocodiles inhabit the rivers and streams but are rarely seen. More than 500 species of birds make Chitwan a paradise for ornithologists. Tours from the lodges take you out into the park, either on foot, or more often, on elephants for close-up views of the animals. Chitwan lies southwest of Kathmandu close to the Indian frontier and is included in the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage sites.
The best time to visit Chitwan is from October to February. Average temperatures hover around 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit), with high humidity, although the mornings can be quite cool. June to September is the monsoon season, with frequent and heavy rain.
Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple): Set on a hilltop to the west of Kathmandu, Swayambhunath is the second most important shrine in the Kathmandu Valley after Boudhanath. Due to the resident monkeys that inhabit parts of the temple, it is more affectionately known as the Monkey Temple. The Swayambhu Stupa, painted with the eyes of the omnipresent God, forms the centerpiece of the temple complex. It was originally a prehistoric cult site, but the temple complex dates to the 5th century. Swayambhu plays a major part in the lives of the Vajrayana Buddhists of northern Nepal and Tibet, but especially of the Newari Buddhists of the Kathmandu Valley. The 2015 earthquake caused some damage to the Swayambhunath temple complex; however, repairs are now complete, and the temple is back to its original condition.
Lumbini: Lumbini is famous for being the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, the historic Buddha, known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Situated off the main tourist track, almost 250 kilometers from Kathmandu, Lumbini is a worthwhile detour on the route from Pokhara to the Chitwan National Park. In this pilgrimage town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there is a feeling of tranquility. Most of the visitors are Buddhist pilgrims from around the world, retracing Buddha's footsteps through the stations of his life. The Maya Devi Temple, 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.
Nagarkot: - At an elevation of 2,195 meters, it is considered one of the most scenic spots in Bhaktapur District. It is known for a sunrise view of the Himalayas including Mount Everest as well as other peaks of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. Nagarkot also offers a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley. Nagarkot gives you one of the widest panoramas of the Himalayan ranges - you can spot 8 out of the 13 Himalayan ranges from the comfort of your hotel. The mighty Annapurna, Manaslu, Langtang, Jugal, Everest, Numbur, Ganesh Himal, and the Rolwaling ranges can be seen from Nagarkot on a clear day! An erstwhile summer retreat of Nepali, Indian and British royalty, this village rose to fame after tourists thronged the area in recent years. The idyllic village sits serenely in the midst of nature - the only sounds you can hear are the birds chirping and the breeze whistling through the pines.
Festivals and Holidays
It often jokes that Nepal has more festivals than days in a year. Dasain, celebrated nationwide in October, is the most important of all Nepalese festivals. Tihar, the festival of lights, occurs in November. Other nationally celebrated festivals and holidays include
The Buddhist festivals include
The festival dates are determined by the lunar calendar, and the exact dates differ every year.
Most of the shops and Tibetan refugee camps are closed on Saturdays and all museums remain closed on Tuesdays and government holidays.
Nepal Tour Itinerary (5Night / 6Days) - Ex KATHMANDU
Day 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU
Meeting at the airport upon arrival by Travotic Personnel for welcome with Khada (Tradition of Nepal). After arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel.
Day 02: KATHMANDU CITY TOUR
This morning after breakfast you will be taken for a visit to the Hindu culture in Nepal by covering below four places.
Day 03: KATHMANDU - POKHARA
Drive to Pokhara. Pokhara is 210 km from Kathmandu and is a 7 hours drive approx. From Pokhara town (2,352 feet) in good weather, there are splendid views right from the hotel. On the way, you have the option of doing the river rafting or visit the Manakamna Temple “Goddess of Fulfilling Wishes” where you are taken by a cable ride of 10 mins. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: POKHARA LOCAT TOUR
This morning you will go for an excursion trip to Sarangkot. Sarangkot is the most popular tourist destination from where the tourists can enjoy the great view of the Pokhara Valley and the magnificent view of the Himalayas. Sarangkot is only 13 km from Lake Side, Pokhara. It is the highest viewpoint for sunrise at an altitude of 1592mtsh. Back to the and after breakfast and relaxation.
You will be taking to visit below places
Day 05: POKHARA TO NAGARKOT
After breakfast, you will take a visit to sunset Nagarkot. Nagarkot is situated 35 kilometers, 1.5 hrs drive east of Kathmandu at an altitude of 2,175 meters. The panoramic view of the major peaks including Mt. Everest can be seen from here. This place is also famous for viewing sunrise and sunset. On the way to Nagarkot, you will go sightseeing in Bhaktapur. Perhaps the least changed of all the cities in the Kathmandu Valley, with a distinctly medieval feel. Pottery and weaving are still traditional industries here. Architectural wonders abound, including the Palace of Fifty Five Windows, Golden Gate, and the magnificent five-storied pagoda-style Nyatapola Temple.
Shiva statue (143 feet) complex at Sanga, located 20-km east of Kathmandu, is spread in 400,000 sq feet area and houses a 16 deluxe room resort, spa, yoga, health club, and meditation center. It has a children’s park, physiotherapy, steam and sauna bath facilities. The statue, which is made of cement, concrete, and iron is coated with zinc and copper. It depicts Lord Shiva carrying a Trishul in his hand while a snake is resting on his shoulder. Overnight hotel in Nagarkot hotel.
Day 06: NAGARKOT - KATHMANDU AIRPORT
Nagarkot has a reputation as the top spot for enjoying Himalayan views from the comfort of your hotel balcony. At an elevation of 2,195 meters, it is considered one of the most scenic spots in Bhaktapur District. It is known for a sunrise view of the Himalayas including Mount Everest as well as other peaks of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. Nagarkot also offers a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley. After Breakfast Drive straight to the international airport which is 1.5 hours drive approx from Nagarkot to board the flight for onward journey.
Nepal Tour Itinerary (5Night / 6Days) - Ex RAXUAL
Day 01: ARRIVE RAXUAL - TRANSFER TO KATHMANDU
Meeting at Raxual Station upon arrival by Travotic Representative for the welcome. Transfer to Kathmandu. approx 140 km / 5hrs Driving.
Day 02: KATHMANDU
1) Pashupatinath. This is the place where holy saddhus pray. The Pashupatinath Temple is a famous, sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Pashupatinath and is located on the banks of the Bagmati River 5 kilometers north-east of Kathmandu Valley in the eastern city of Kathmandu the capital of Nepal. This temple is considered one of the sacred temples of the Hindu faith. The temple serves as the seat of the national deity, Lord Pashupatinath. This temple complex is on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list Since 1979. This "extensive Hindu temple precinct" is a "sprawling collection of temples, ashrams, images, and inscriptions raised over the centuries along the banks of the sacred Bagmati river". We then continue to the holiest shrine for the Buddhist culture in Nepal,
2)Bouddhanath, with its large stupa, this is the place where all devout Buddhists come for a pilgrimage. After completion of these two spots.
3) Budhanilkantha statue of the Hindu god Vishnu, located approximately 10 kilometers from the center of Kathmandu at the base of the Shivapuri Hill, is the largest and most beautiful stone carving in all of Nepal. It is also the most enigmatic. Carved from a single block of black basalt stone of unknown origin, the Budhanilkantha statue is 5 meters in length and it lies in a reclining position inside a recessed tank of water (representing the cosmic sea) that is 13 meters in length. Called the Sleeping Vishnu, or Jalakshayan Narayan, the statue depicts the deity reclining on the twisting coils of the cosmic serpent Shesha (Shesha is the eternal, multi-headed king of the serpent deities known as Nagas, and also is the servant of Vishnu). Vishnu’s legs are crossed and the eleven heads of Shesha cradle his head. Vishnu’s four hands hold objects that are symbols of his divine qualities: a chakra or disc (representing the mind), a conch-shell (the four elements), a lotus flower (the moving universe), and the club (primeval knowledge).
4) Swayambhunath the golden spire of the 5th-century Swayambhu stupa is adorned with a colorful fluttering of prayer flags; it crowns a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley and offers fantastic views over the city of Kathmandu. Swayambhunath is one of the most recognizable symbols in Nepal and the painted eyes of Buddha watch all who ascend the worn stone steps.
Day 03: KATHMANDU - POKHARA
Drive to Pokhara. Pokhara is 210 km from Kathmandu and is a 7 hours drive approx. From Pokhara town (2,352 feet) in good weather, there are splendid views right from the hotel.
On the way, you have the option of doing the river rafting or visit the Manakamna Temple “ Goddess of Fulfilling Wishes” where you are taken by a cable ride of 10 mins. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: POKHARA
You will be taking a visit to the below places
1)Bindebasini Temple. This is one of the oldest temples in Pokhara was a part of the Kaski Kingdom, the main deity of the temple, Goddess Durga, was brought from India. Apart from the peace and tranquility that can be felt in this region, the premises of the temple offers a good view of the Himalayas on a clear day. The temple is in the area of the bazaar, hence, a journey of the old bazaar can be combined with a visit to the temple.
2) Devi’s fall, also known as Patale Chango is an awesome waterfall lying 2 km southwest of Pokhara. During the summer and rainy season, the waterfall takes its real form, with gushing water splashing and making its way through the rocks. Just opposite of Devi’s fall, on the other side of the road.
3)Gupteshwor Cave. This cave is popular for the different natural forms made from limestone deposits. Photography is strictly prohibited inside the cave. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05: POKHARA TO NAGARKOT
After breakfast, you will take a visit to sunset Nagarkot. Nagarkot is situated 35 kilometers, 1.5 hrs drive east of Kathmandu at an altitude of 2,175 meters. The panoramic view of the major peaks including Mt. Everest can be seen from here. This place is also famous for viewing sunrise and sunset. On the way to Nagarkot, you will go sightseeing for
Bhaktapur. Perhaps the least changed of all the cities in the Kathmandu Valley, with a distinctly medieval feel. Pottery and weaving are still traditional industries here. Architectural wonders abound, including the Palace of Fifty Five Windows, Golden Gate, and the magnificent five-storied pagoda-style Nyatapola Temple.
Day 06: NAGARKOT TO RAXUAL STATION – approx 160 KM / 6hrs Driving
Nagarkot has a reputation as the top spot for enjoying Himalayan views from the comfort of your hotel balcony. At an elevation of 2,195 meters, it is considered one of the most scenic spots in Bhaktapur District. It is known for a sunrise view of the Himalayas including Mount Everest as well as other peaks of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. Nagarkot also offers a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley. After Breakfast drives straight to the Raxual Station which is 6 hours drive approx from Nagarkot to board Train for onward journey.
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10 Most Amazing Facts of Nepal
Here are some of the major world records of Nepal:
a) Mount Everest is the world's highest peak with 8,848m above sea level.
b) Tilicho Lake is the world’s highest lake at the height of 4,800m above sea level.
c) Shey-Phoksundo Lake is the deepest Lake in the whole world with 145m depth.
d) The deepest gorge in the whole world “Kali Gandaki Gorge” which is 5,571m lower than Annapurna I.
e) Arun Valley is the highest valley on the Earth.
f) Hotel Everest View is the highest hotel in the whole world.
9. Nepal Has Over 80 Ethnic Groups And 123 Languages.
10. Nepal is known as Harmony Country.
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