The 22nd Edition of Guangzhou International Travel Fair (GITF) 2014 completed after 3 days’ interactions and business dealings amongst buyers and sellers which had started from 27 February to 1 March 2014 at China Import & Export Fair Complex, Guangzhou, China. “The GITF 2014, a significant platform of communication and cooperation in tourism industry.” says the organizer Hannover Milano Fairs China Ltd. In fact, the GITF is an influential Asia-Pacific Region’s travel fair over the last few years.
750 exhibitors from China and abroad showcased their varieties of tourism products and services, in the 22,000 square meter exhibition area. 40 countries and the regions attended the fair, which is 62% more than last year in the case of overseas participation.
The GITF has been important to Nepal, firstly, the Chinese visitors can directly board on a flight from Guangzhou to Kathmandu. Alternatively, they also can take flight from Hong Kong, which is merely 2 hours train travel from Guangzhou. Secondly, China is spear-heading with 98 million outbound figures in 2013 globally and US$ 120 billion spending, China Tourism Academy predicted. China stood in second place after India in 2012 with the arrival figure of 85,739 to Nepal and the figure is expected to surge up to 1 million in 2013.
The buyers were interested in natural sight-seeing, trekking and the general public inquired on issues of connectivity, travel documents and visa processing. Diamond Jubilee Celebration of the first ascent on Mt. Everest and Lumbini circuit were informed as the products and activities. Nepal also featured its mixed package of nature, culture and adventure segments during the fair under the umbrella of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) along with six private tourism companies. NTB was represented by Mr. Dhruba Rai, Sr. Manager and Mr. Samir Bajracharya, Asst. Manager – In charge. The private participants were; Buddha Air, Himalayan Rejoice Tours & Adventure, Nepal Dream Travel Services, S&T Holidays Pvt. Ltd., My Nepal Adventure Tours & Travels and Scenic Mountain Travels & Tours.
source: NTB, 07 Mar 2014
Buddhist sites in Odisha are set for a facelift. In a bid to improve Buddhist tourism, the Ministry of Tourism has identified integrated tourism circuits including that in Odisha.
Dhauli, Ratnagiri, Lalitgiri, Udaygiri, Langudi and Khandagiri are in the Buddhist heritage circuit that the Ministry plans to develop in association with the Tourism Department, Government of Odisha. The circuit has been identified for tourists from places like China, Japan, Korea, Thailand and South Asian countries.
So far, Buddhist sites in Odisha had been in the shadow of the popular Puri-Konark Hindu pilgrimage tourism. Though Odisha has a lot to offer as far as Buddhist heritage is concerned, the number of tourist inflow to the sites has been low over the years. Historians and Buddhist experts are of the opinion that the State’s Buddhist potential does not figure on national and international tourism maps.
Although Dhauli, Ratnagiri, Lalitgiri, Udaygiri, Langudi and Khandagiri are well connected by road, they severely lack in infrastructure. The Ministry along with the Tourism Department aims at setting up tourism amenities, hotel facilities and infrastructure.
Sources in the Ministry said while road connectivity will be improved, hotel and lodging will be set up in these areas under a long term plan. Though a budget is yet to be worked upon, the Ministry plans to set up committees with members from the State Tourism Department to look into the work.
In fact, shelters and quality eating joints are scarce at majority of these sites. While some years back, a private group came up with a multi-cuisine restaurant at Ratnagiri, where travellers can also rest at night, the model has not been replicated elsewhere.
Amiya Pattnaik, former vice-chancellor of Utkal University of Culture, said the State is home to 20 Buddhist sites which are ‘very important’. “Ratnagiri can be compared with Nalanda and can even compete with Bodh Gaya. Ancient Buddhist documents indicate that Buddha Kesha (hair relics) were brought to the State by two rich traders, Tapassu and Ballika. Later, the Buddha’s teeth were also believed to have been brought to the State,” he said.
There are over 324 Buddhist sites in Odisha, out of which 108 sites have remains of Buddhist stupas, chaityas or monastic complexes. Even as thousands of tourists from East Asia, Southeast Asia and Nepal visit Bodh Gaya in Bihar every year, a limited number of them come to Odisha.
According to reports of the Tourism Department, of 65,522 foreign tourists who visited Odisha in 2012-13 financial year, only a handful came to the Diamond Triangle comprising Ratnagiri, Udayagiri and Lalitagiri, having the largest concentration of Buddhist remains.
source: The New Indian Express, 07 Mar 2014
Plunge into the world of magical treks and wonderful cultural diversities in the Himalayas. We have brought 10 magical treks that help you encompass almost all the magical attractions of the Himalayas. Join our different trips that run round the year into the different Himalayan regions of South Asia.
1. Langtang Valley
Langtang Valley is the nearest Himalayan Region from Kathmandu valley, few hours’ drive from Kathmandu will take the travelers to the beautiful Langtang region. Despite being very close to Kathmandu, the Langtang Region is as wild as any Tibetan highlands with idyllic rural landscapes. The people living in the highlands of the Langtang region are certainly Nepalese but being the descendant of the Tibetan origin, they look like the Tibetans. Hence, Langtang region is one of the most popular trekking regions for those wishing a short trek from Kathmandu into the Himalayas influenced by Tibetan lifestyle. Moreover, accompanying with the varieties of rhododendron, bamboo forests, majestic waterfalls and snow-capped Himalayas make this magical trek one of the most diverse treks nearby Kathmandu.
2. Annapurna Sunrise and Everest View
The Annapurna Sunrise and Everest View Trek offers an opportunity to trek in the two of the most popular trekking regions in the world – the Annapurna and Everest. The magical trek features a wide range of spectacular scenery combined with unique cultural encounters. From mesmerizing views from one of the most beautiful viewpoints on earth, the Poon Hill of Annapurna to one of the world’s highest monasteries in Tengboche of Everest region. The trek combines a magnificent galore of both the natural and cultural panorama that Nepal offers. Moreover, it will be an opportunity to capitalize an awesome beauty of Mt. Everest (8,848m) and other eight thousanders in Nepal.
3. Everest High Passes
Everest High Passes Trek takes the trekkers to the Everest Base Camp, Kalapatthar, Gokyo Valley and its tranquil Lakes, Gokyo Ri for amazing views of the landscape. Specifically, this magical trek introduces trekkers to the remote and untouched Nangpa La Valley, the Sherpa village of Marlung and the monastery village of Thame. Moreover, trekkers tread on world famous routes while crossing three high passes Kongma La (5,535m), Cho La (5420m) and Renjo La (5,340m) of the Everest region.
4. Upper Dolpo and She Gompa
Dolpo is one of the most beautiful treks in the remote areas of Nepal, very rarely visited by outsiders. This magical trek begins encountering interesting places, people, villages, valleys and serene forest of pines, oaks and rhododendron of the Dolpo region. During this magical trek, a trekker passes through many gigantic mountain ranges till to reach the Phoksundo lake in the “Phoksundo National Park”. The Dolpo region sustains an abundance of wildlife, including Musk Deer, Himalayan Blue Sheep and the legendary elusive Snow Leopard. The hardy highlanders of Dolpo are traders, exchanging barley for Tibetan rock salt and they take their yaks onto the Tibetan plateau during the summer for grazing. Hence, it will be the trekking in the wonderful land of remote Himalayas.
5. Upper Mustang
The Upper Mustang trek offers an opportunity to trek into the remote Trans-Himalayan mountain area with Tibetan cultural influence. The Trans-Himalayan Mustang Region is also known as the Last Forbidden Kingdom, since the region was restricted to outsiders until the Nepal Government announced the opening of the restricted areas in 1991. The Upper Mustang trek starts from Jomsom to Kagbeni and follow the banks of Kaligandaki River upstream to get to Lo-Mangthang, the capital of the upper Mustang. The magical trek helps to explore the thousand years of the old monasteries, caves, local tribes and scenic beauties of the different landscapes. Thereafter, it will provide the chance of watching the panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks.
6. Everest Kangshung Face
This magical trek lets the travelers to cross several high passes, surrounded by the high Himalayan peaks and glaciers. Of Everest’s three faces, the east (Kangshung) is one of the most beautiful yet least visited regions in the world. Trekking on this route will get the trekkers close to the mighty Everest and Tibet’s historic cities like Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Rongbuk and Zhangmu. It will also be the chance to witness the several landmarks Tibet like Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, Tibet Museum and Barkhor Bazaar, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple, and Rongbuk Monastery. Apart from watching the north face of Everest, the trek also reaches the Base Camp of Everest in Tibet side.
7. Chulu Far East Climbing with Tilicho
The Chulu Far East peak (6,059m) first climbed in 1955 lies to the north of the main Annapurna Himal. This magical peak climbing adventure passing through the tranquil landscapes, lush vegetations, and traditional cultural heritages dominated by the Gurung people in the Annapurna region brings the climbers to the apex of Chulu Far East peak. The top of the peak rewards the unrivaled views of Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Manaslu, Pisang Peak, and Chulu West Peak. Together with peak climbing, the trek also encompasses world’s highest Tilicho Lake (4,949m) which holds an especial position among the Hindu followers.
8. Mera Peak Climbing
Mera Peak (6,461m) is an exciting, scenically stunning mountain becoming popular among trekkers and climbers as it is the highest trekking peak in the Khumbu (Everest) Valley. Situated on the edge of the famous Khumbu Region and dominated by Mt. Everest, climbing Mera peak is an opportunity for all the adventure seekers who are physically fit. Lifting the eyes from Mera and keep on lifting them until, above the clouds, the mighty frieze of the world’s 8000 meter Mountains- Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu and many other peaks is an unforgettable experience. The magical peak climbing adventure initially walks through the virgin forest of the Hinku Valley in its course to the summit of the peak.
9. Manaslu and Annapurna
This magical trek offers a unique opportunity to experience a reasonably untouched region of Nepal while Annapurna region is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world. The Manaslu and Annapurna trip links the trek around Manaslu with the Annapurna region trails and further explores the Jomsom area. During this magical trip, travelers cross the Larkya La Pass (5,135m), the highest point on the Manaslu Circuit and Thorang La Pass (5,416m), the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit and visit the beautiful Tilicho Lake (4,949m), one of the highest lakes in the world. The wonderful trek to the most takes up the mountains where the trekkers will have the grandest views of some of the highest mountains in the world.
10. Druk Path Trek
The Druk Path Trek enhances a traveler to experience the rich Bhutanese culture. The magical trek visits quite a number of Bhutanese landmarks scattered throughout its townships like Rinpung Dzong, Jele Dzong, King’s Memorial Chhorten, Punakha Dzong and others while also getting acquainted with the country’s amazing landscape and rich culture. Bhutanese landscape is characterized by rugged terrain and steep mountain valleys from subtropical plains in the south, through a temperate zone to the Sub-alpine Himalayas exceeding 7,000 meters. It will be a marvelous journey into the depths of Bhutan’s cultural landmarks.
An alternative trekking trail for the Beni-Darbang section of Round Dhaulagiri trekking route has been identified.
The new trail was explored as the existing Beni-Singa-Tatopani-Babiyachaur-Darbang trail became of new use due to construction of motor roads.
The new trail starts from Beni and progresses through Pachhai, Dholthan, Jagannath, Purnagaun and Darbang.
Local Development Officer of Myagdi Bishnu Prasad Sharma said the new trail was identified with the funding of District Development Committee, Myagdi. He said the survey team has proposed for a budget of Rs 10 million to develop necessary infrastructures along the new trail.
The new trail can be completed in two days. It meets the Round Dhaulagiri Trekking Route at Bim Village Development COmmittee (VDC).
The new trail passes through important historical and religious sites like Dholthan and Jangannath, and viewpoints like Todke.
The DDC Myagdi took the initiative to explore new trail after trekkers started moving to other trekking areas in the country due to movement of vehicles as well as pollution on the existing Beni-Darbang section.
Meanwhile, the DDC Myagdi has set aside Rs 500,000 to develop infrastructures on Todke-Malika section of the new trail.
source: TAAN, 06 Mar 2014
The Chitwan National Park has received an international award in recognition to its efforts for rhino conservation. The park had taken special measures to protect the one-horned rhino from poaching for the last few years.
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has highly appreciated the measures adopted by the Park Administration to control rhino poaching, the Park Administration informed the journalists in Chitwan Thursday.
Yolanda Kakabadse, International President of the WWF, herself arrived in Chitwan and presented the award, said Tikaram Paudel, Spokesperson and Assistant Conservation Officer of the Park.
Similarly, the NA personnel, who are working in wildlife conservation in the Bardiya National Park, the Buffer Zone Management Committee of the Chitwan National Park, and National Trust for Nature Conservation were also awarded for succeeding to mark the year as a zero poaching period, said, Bishnu Thapaliya, Assistant Conservation Officer of the Park. The Investigation bureau of Nepal Police was also honored with the award.
The Chitwan National Park had marked 2011, too, as the zero poaching year, however, in the later two years, two rhinos were poached.
The Park released a data showing no rhinos were killed in the last 365 days beginning from February 16, 2013, though 10 of them died due to natural causes.
The Chitwan National Park is a special tourism destination to the domestic and foreign visitors because of the rhinos, tigers, wild elephants and crocodiles along with other animals and birds.
The Chitwan National Park alone has a total of 503 one-horned rhinos which is an endangered wild animal species in the world.
source: nepalnews.com, 06 Mar 2014
The Lumbini International Media and Peace Conference organized by the Asia Journalists Association (AJA) begins in Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha on Friday.
The three-day conference has been organized with the objective of promoting and publicizing Buddha´s birth place Lumbini in the global arena.
Senior journalists from the different countries of Asia are taking part in the conference.
On the occasion, current situation of press in Asia and strategy of promoting Lumbini will be discussed and Lumbini Declaration will be issued, organizers said.
Minister of Information and Communications Dr Minendra Rijal is scheduled to inaugurate the conference this afternoon.
The conference is expected to help to promote and publicize the historical, cultural and religious aspects of Lumbini in the global arena, said Bishnu Nishthuri, Chair of the Association´s, Nepal chapter.
The conference aims to cover Lumbini in international media, urging the recognized international organizations to conduct their seminars and conferences in Nepal and basically establishing the Lumbini as a birth place of Lord Buddha, organizers said.
source: republica, 07 Mar 2014
Tibet Railway, the world’s highest railway, will reach the residence of the Panchen Lama at Xigaze in Tibet, state-run Xinhua news agency said, emphasising on its political significance.
The Headquarters of China-backed 11th Panchen Lama Gyaincain Norbu is based at Xigaze, also known as Shigatse, located close to the Sikkim border.
The 24-year-old Lama stays in Beijing as he holds a top position in China Buddhist Association.
The seat of Panchan Lama was regarded the second most revered in Tibet after the Dalai Lama. China gives a high-profile projection to Panchan Lama among the Tibetans.
The young Lama was nominated to national advisory body, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.
The Lhasa-Xigaze Railway which has an overall length of 253 km will be ready by October this year, Xinhua said.
The trains will run at a maximum speed of 120 km per hour, representing a run time of about two hours from the regional capital Lhasa to the region’s second city.
All subgrade earthworks, bridges, culverts, tunnels and over 93 % of the track have been completed.
Currently it takes five hours by road to reach Shigatse from Lhasa.
Both cities are sacred for Tibetan Buddhists with important religious centers such as the Potala Palace, Tashihunpo Monastery and Jokhang Monastery.
“Besides saving time, the railway will be much more safe.
The current road is frequently troubled by seasonal natural disasters,” said a construction foreman in the railway.
Local residents and tourists will have a smooth trip by rail, unimpeded by landslides in summer and ice in the winter, the worker told Xinhua.
The plateau railway is a particularly problematic construction with difficulties including an oxygen-poor environment, a delicate ecosystem, wildlife migrations and many complex environmental issues.
The 1,956 km long Qinghai-Tibet Railway began service in July 2006 and has positively impacted on Tibet’s tourism, hospitality and manufacturing sectors.
China has built extensive network of transport infrastructure in Tibet raising concern in India as it provided strategic advantage to Beijing to move its troops to the borders fast.
Besides well laid highways and rail networks, China built five ‘airports’ in the Himalayan region so far. The development prompted India to initiate road development along the over 4000 km disputed border area.
source: Hindustan Times, 06 Mar 2014
An alternative route has been identified on the Beni-Darbang road section along the Round Dhaulagiri trekking route.
Preparation is on to bring into operation a new trekking route after the old one (from headquarters Beni to Darbang via Singa Tatopani, Babiyahcaur) was displaced with the construction of road.
The survey of the trekking route from Beni to Bim via Pachhai of Pulchaur VDC, Jagannath, Todke and Darbang has recently completed, said Local Development Officer of Myagdi, Bishnu Prasad Sharma.
source: gorkhapatraonline, 05 Mar 2014
In a move to further promote tourism, Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) office is all set to provide free Wi-Fi to foreign tourists visiting Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square area, Basantapur.
If everything goes as planned, KMC will start proving free internet access to tourists visiting the historically and archeologically significant palace area from the upcoming week, according to Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Area Conservation Program Office (HDACPO) under KMC.
“Tourists visiting the heritage site can now instantly upload their photos to social networking sites and share them with the world. We are offering free internet to tourists visiting the heritage area from next week,” said Hari Kumar Shrestha, chief of HDACPO. It is probably the first time in the country that free internet is being installed for foreign tourists visiting an archeological site.
The Durbar Square has been included in UNESCO´s World Heritage Sites list.
In order to provide free Wi-Fi, KMC has installed six Wireless routers at different points within the heritage site, in collaboration with Nepal Telecom.
According to Shrestha, Wireless routers have been set up at Damkal House, Kasthamandap, Bhimisen Dabali, Mapal and Makha. As many as 100 tourists can use the internet service at a given time.
“The internet service to be provided to tourists is really fast. They can enjoy the internet facility while moving about Durbar Square,” said the KMC official.
The free Internet is being installed at the heritage site with the internal resources of KMC. “We have allocated Rs. 160,000 for the project. We will pay Rs. 60,000 monthly to Nepal Telecom for using the Wi-Fi facility,” he informed.
KMC will provide a Wi-Fi password to tourists along with their entrance tickets at all the entry points to the palace area. There are five entrance points — at Jhochhen (Freak Street), Makhan, Juddha Salik, Pyafal and Maru, and the authorities charge Rs. 150 per head for tourists from SAARC countries and Rs. 750 for those from other countries.
Mukunda Raj Acharya, a cultural expert, believes that the free internet for tourists will help popularize the UNESCO world heritage site.
“Tourist guides do not always provide correct information about different monuments inside the heritage area. Now, tourists can immediately check the internet for additional information and verify any facts,” he said.
Shrestha of HDACPO said KMC has decided to provide free internet for tourists so they can take advantage of the multimedia electronic guide which is to become available in the coming months.
Over 200,000 foreign tourists visit the heritage site annually, according to KMC.
source: republica, 06 Mar 2014
Encouraged by swelling investment prospects, hoteliers here have been diversifying their investment portfolio to other part of the country like Chitwan, Lumbini and Mustang more aggressively.
Sauraha, Chitwan-the heart of Nepal’s wildlife safari tourism-has become one of the potential areas of investment for hoteliers of Pokhara.
The Hotel Landmark Pokhara is constructing a luxury property the Hotel Landmark Forest Park resort at Baghmara in Chitwan with an outlay of Rs 200 million. The resort is spread over an area of 20 ropanis.
“Our move to diversify investment in Chitwan is due to growing business prospects there,” said CN Pandey, chief executive of the Hotel Landmark.
“Growing demand in the hospitality sector due to improved tourism activities has encouraged us to diversify our portfolios to other areas,” Pandey said, adding that plans are also afoot to develop another property in Lumbini.
A three-star property Hotel Barahi has constructed a luxury resort-Barahi Jungle Lodge-in Meghauli, Chitwan with an investment of Rs 260 million.
“We have been engaged in the hospitality sector for many years, and now we are expanding our brand in major tourist cities,” said Biplav Poudel, proprietor of the Barahi Hotel. “We see many opportunities outside Pokhara too.” Poudel said that they were also planning to construct another hotel in Lumbini in the near future.
Likewise, another entrepreneur Suman Shrestha is constructing the Hotel Pride and Spa in Jomsom, Mustang. Shrestha said that he was investing Rs 100 million in the project.
According to travel trade entrepreneurs, more than 30 hotels are in the pipeline in Pokhara. Tourism entrepreneurs in Pokhara started expanding their infrastructure after the announcement of Nepal Tourism Year in 2011.
“Among all the tourism products, expansion of the hotel industry has thrived in Pokhara,” said tourism entrepreneur Govinda Raj Pahari. “More than a dozen hotels of Pokhara are expanding their brands outside Pokhara as hoteliers want to cash in on the opportunities elsewhere too.” Moreover, the lake city is also attracting a large number of investors. As of now, Pokhara has around 600 small and big hotels and lodges.
The city boasts several tourism products including nine lakes including Phewa and Begnas, Barahi Temple in the middle of Phewa Lake, World Peace Stupa, Matepani Monastery, Bhadrakali and Bindyabashini temples, Patale stream, Sarangkot, Mahendra Cave and a regional museum. The International Mountain Museum and Kahun Tower are other tourist attractions.
source: ekantipur, 06 Mar 2014
Climbers scaling Mount Everest will have to bring back eight kilograms of garbage under new rules designed to clean up the world’s highest peak, a Nepalese official said on Monday.
The rule, one of several new measures for mountaineering in the Himalayan nation, will apply to climbers ascending beyond Everest’s base camp from April onwards, said tourism ministry official Madhusudan Burlakoti.
“The government has decided in order to clean up Mount Everest, each member of an expedition must bring back at least eight kilos of garbage, apart from their own trash,” he said.
Mr Burlakoti said authorities would take legal action against climbers who failed to comply with the new rule, although it was unclear whether this would involve a fine or other penalty.
Decades of mountaineering have taken a toll on the peak, which is strewn with rubbish from past expeditions, including oxygen cylinders, human waste and even climbers’ bodies, which do not decompose in the extreme cold.
Expeditions will have to submit their trash to an office to be set up next month at base camp. It will also offer medical aid and resolve conflicts, after a brawl between European climbers and local guides last year.
Although expeditions currently have to fork out a US$4,000 deposit (S$5,068), refunded once they show they have brought back everything they took to the mountain, enforcement has been a problem.
“Our earlier efforts have not been very effective. This time, if climbers don’t bring back garbage, we will take legal action and penalise them,” Mr Burlakoti said.
Last month Nepal slashed fees for individual climbers to Everest and other Himalayan peaks to attract more mountaineers, sparking concerns of increased traffic and more trash on the mountains.
In an overhaul of security on the mountain, the new office at base camp will station soldiers and police so climbers can approach officers with any problems, officials said last month.
Environmental and climbing groups have long sought to focus attention on the waste problem while clean-up projects have also been organised.
Discarded oxygen and cooking gas cylinders, ropes, tents, glasses, beer cans, plastic and even the remains of a helicopter made up 75 artworks commissioned for a Kathmandu exhibition in 2012, highlighting the environmental impact of alpine tourism.
Everest is a key revenue-earner for the impoverished country, with hundreds scaling the mountain every year during the peak climbing season in April and May.
source: news.asiaone, 05 Mar 2014
Located 32km north-east of Kathmandu valley, Nagarkot (2,175m) is a fantastic destination for a family holiday trip maker in Nepal. Once you reach at Nagarkot with your family, the famous holiday destination welcomes with magical views of sunrise and sunset over the Himalayas. Apart from immersing into the beauty of the countryside, the trip also lets you enjoy the spectacular vistas of Mount Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, Sishapangma, Gauri Shanker and more very closely. Likewise, your family can also go for short hiking at nearest popular areas of Nagarkot.
Kathmandu valley is another superb destination for family holiday makers in Nepal. Kathmandu, the city of temples, is rich in traditional cultural heritages and historical palaces. Out of ten UNESCO World Heritage sites in Nepal, seven cultural heritage sites are in Kathmandu Valley. Besides, the city of temples boasts on preserving the centuries old Newari culture. Thus, strolling around the cultural heritage sites in the valley proves to be a fascinating trip to the family holiday planners in Nepal.
It is a mountainous place suitable for those family holiday makers who are in search of a spiritual destination as well as high Himalayan vistas at a time in Nepal. The family trip makers, reaching at the site of Muktinath temple (3,8000m) in the yard of the Annapurna Himalayan range at first enjoy the taste of mountain trekking, then witness the pagoda style temple at such altitude and finally capture the unrivaled views of the Annapurna Himalaya range.
Located 200km west of Kathmandu valley, Pokhara is one of the most popular destinations for holiday makers in Nepal. Pokhara (823m) which is also best recognized as “City of Lakes” remains always packed with international visitors. During Pokhara trip, family holiday makers can roam around the cultural and natural landmarks of this beautiful valley. This geographically wonderful valley in the proximity of Annapurna Himalaya greets the holiday makers with the warm hospitality of local people. Beyond this, it will be the trip for capturing the mesmerizing views of the Annapurna Himalayan range.
Chitwan is another marvelous destination for holiday making in Nepal. In addition to the tremendous wealth of nature, Chitwan welcomes the domestic as well as international holiday makers with world class hospitality in the fantastic hotels. Chitwan National park, one of the richest and most well known wildlife reserves in Asia, is the central attraction of Chitwan where holiday makers involve different sorts of activities. The park also enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage site is the home of more than 43 species of mammals, 450 out of a total estimated 750 specifies of birds in Nepal, many varieties of butterflies and 45 species of amphibians and reptiles. The national park offers a unique ecosystem encompassing hills, oxbow lakes, flood plains, tall grasslands and thick jungles. Apart from exploring natural flora and fauna, a family traveler in Chitwan can engage on canoe rides, jungle walks and encounter with endangered the one horned Rhino and Royal Bengal Tigers as well.
Lumbini, the pilgrimage site situated 300kms from Kathmandu, is the birth place of Lord Buddha. The family holiday makers in Nepal can reach in Lumbini by various means. There are many flights to get Lumbini from Kathmandu Airport. Visitors can also travel by land; it takes 6 to 7 hours from Kathmandu. The major attraction at the Lumbini remains the Sacred Garden, the Mayadevi Temple, Ashoka Pillar, sacred pond, China Temple etc. The sacred Garden houses all the treasures of the historic area.
Besides adventure and cultural tours, a traveler can even think for going for bird watching tour in the Himalayas. There are various popular sites for bird watchers in Nepal and among them Phulchoki primarily draws the attention. Get your binoculars with your family members and look forward to a rewarding experience. The joy of bird watching yields into an experience of paradise in Nepal.