February 2, 2014
Prepare to travel with us in the thriving destinations to celebrate your weekend getaways. Our perfect weekend getaways in the company of spectacular mountain vistas passing through the quaint mountain trails help you explore cultural diversity prevailed at the foothills of Himalayas. By being part of perfect weekend getaways explore the culturally rich traditional villages, witness the temples and ancient pagodas, and enjoy the terraced mountain fields. Our perfect getaways step into the world of nature, culture, and mountains at a time.
Royal Trek follows a shrub like path along the foothills of Annapurna. The top getaway allows you the chance to capture traditional lifestyles of the tribes whose ancient religious practices and traditions have remained unchanged for thousands of years in the Annapurna region. This trip begins in the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara and passes through beautiful Gurung hamlets. During the trek, you are able to enjoy stunning views of the eloquently built hillside terraces, and magnificent views of Annapurna and Langtang Himalayan ranges.
December 11, 2013
Have you been to Everest Base Camp or planning ahead to go at Annapurna Sanctuary? Or still thinking to go beyond these beaten trails of Nepal Himalayas? Calm down the volcanic desires that are erupting into your heart to capture the breathless travel experience. Nepal has still to offer beyond Himalayan trails. We take you to the numerous hill stations in Nepal that are capable of imprint lasting traveler experience. The hill stations found throughout Nepal are really beautiful and capable of imparting the true travel experience in the Himalayas.
- Nagarkot, located 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu, is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Nepal. While enjoying the spirit of Kathmandu Tour, you can cover this top hill station near Kathmandu. The scenic site is popular for its breathtaking sunrise view of the Himalayas. Nagarkot has become famous as one of the best spots to view Mt. Everest as well as other snow-capped peaks of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. It also offers an excellent view of the Indrawati River Valley to the east. With an elevation of 2,195 meters, Nagarkot also caters a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley. Along with number of spectacular views, the hill station is also best for short treks.
- Bandipur, midway on the Prithivi Highway between Kathmandu and Pokhara, is a picturesque Newari town that still retains much of its centuries-old appeal. The scenic hill station offers an exciting mix of history, architecture, incredible views, awesome caves and unspoiled landscapes. Located at an altitude of 1,030 m, it has been described as a natural view tower, providing a spectacular panorama of the entire Annapurna Range plus the peaks of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Langtang to the Marsyangdi valley. Apart from these, a short visit to this hill station also provides you a chance to intermingle with Newari culture that reflects the refined civilization of the Kathmandu Valley. Bandipur is also a great place for adventure sports like paragliding, caving, rock climbing, and hiking.
- Gorkha (1000m), another must go in hill station in Nepal, is well recognized for great historical significance, and panoramic view of snow-capped mountains. The historical Gorkha Durbar Palace is situated on the top of the fortified hill above the township. Above Gorkha Palace you can see the spectacular views of Manaslu and Himalchuli. Along with these, the hill station is also popular for the temple of Goddess Gorakhkali, the statue of Gorakhnath Baba, Gorakhnath Cave, and Manakamana Temple around its vicinity. Visiting Gorkha means you are automatically roaming in the Manaslu Region of Nepal. Beyond Gorkha if you like to cover more areas of the region you can go for a long day’s trek to Besishahar, which is the popular junction for starting Annapurna and Manang treks.
- Ilam, one of the top hill stations in Nepal to go in 2014, is full of pristine landscapes of slopes tea gardens, mountain streams, dense natural forests, holy sites and cultural diversity. At first, the naturally rich hill station is popular for botanical research. It is because different species of medicinal plants, rare animals, insects as well as numerous migratory birds are found in the area. For the religious visitors, the hill station rewards with Mai Pokhari – a religious spot which is considered as the sacred abode of Goddess Bhagawati. Kanyam on the way to Ilam Bazaar is a lovely paradise for sightseers. Including beautiful views the tea estate, Kanyam makes you helpless to capture the picturesque views from Mt. Kanchenjunga. If you really want to explore the beautiful hill station, then make a Tea Garden Tour of Ilam.
- Dharan, the finest gateway to Makalu Base Camp Trek, is a popular hill station in the eastern part of Nepal. Along with holding more than 25 important pilgrimage sites and temples in its surrounding, the hill station also gives a tremendous passage to tourist attractions of the eastern hills of Nepal: Dhankutta, Taplejung, Kumbhakarna Himal, Kanchenjunga, Makalu-Varun National Park, Arun Valley, Tinjure-Milke, Hyatrung Fall, and Sabha Pokhari. Other interesting attraction of Dharan is the Charles Tower which is located at Bhedetar – 9km north of Dharan. From the top of Charles Tower you can see a panoramic view of the fort, hills, waterfalls, forests, and high Himalayan range. Beyond Bhedetar, you can travel to Dhankuta, Raja Rani Hill, Hile Bazaar, and Basantapur. Basantapur, another hill top station 90km away from Dharan, is the starting point for Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trek.
- Daman, located at 80km south-west of Kathmandu on Tribhuvan Highway, is well known for the breathtaking views of large section of the Himalayan range stretching from Mt. Everest in the East to Mt. Dhaulagiri in the West. The hill station in addition to the mountain views also gives an opportunity to interact with the local people. If you are really interested to capture grandest vistas for the top of the hill station then it is better to go with Nepal Sunrise Tour.
- Phulchowki (2,762m), the highest among the hills surrounding the Kathmandu Valley, is 20km southeast of Kathmandu. The hilltop station is mostly visited by those travelers who really want to capture the grand view of entire Kathmandu Valley and enjoy the majestic sights of Himalayas. Adding to this, Daman looks very much pretty once it erupts with dazzling blooms of rhododendron and orchids during spring.
- Dhulikhel (1550m), a scenic hill station around 30km east of Kathmandu, is an ideal location for spectacular snow-capped peaks. Along with the panoramic view of the Himalayan range, the scenic spot also is visited for perfect sunrise and sunset views. Basically the international visitors who are making Extended Kathmandu Valley Tour can explore Dhulikhel – a small town with Newari Heritage. Besides, the hill station is also suitable for short treks around the several ancient temples located in the area namely at Namobuddha and Panauti.
- Kakani, a spectacular hill station to go in 2014, is another fantastic site for viewing the mountain scenery. Only two hours north-west of Kathmandu, one can see the mountain landscape of central Nepal, a vast collection of majestic peaks stretching from Ganesh Himal to the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Rhododendrons growing wild on the mountain slopes begin to bloom in late winter and stay in bloom for several months, giving the village even more charm. This spot is popular for short drive, picnic and distance spectacular views of Himalayas.
- Godavri, a top hill station 14 kilometer to the south of Kathmandu, is a small village below Phulchowki where the Royal Botanical Gardens, and Department of Medicinal Plants are located. But this is not all that makes Godavari a paradise on earth. The setting is unquestionably majestic. Besides enchanting mountain views, Godavari offers a distinct taste of ancient Newari and hill tribe culture. The surroundings area of Godavri fulfills the desire of peaceful living.
December 8, 2013
Nepal has been voted as travellers’ first choice in Asia for upcoming destinations and third choice globally.
TRAVEL website TripAdvisor on December 3, 2013 disclosed the winners of its 2013 Travellers’ Choice Awards for Destinations on the Rise. Trip Advisor, an international travel site, revealed the top ten winners of its Travelers Choice 2013. The list is based on reviews and votes of travelers. The destinations on rise category rates the places that have seen the biggest increase in positive reviews from travelers on the site over the past year. Kathmandu is mystical and magical place, a trove of ancient structures that are enveloped in folklore, Trip Advisor describes the city. The site claims to have over 260 million unique visitors monthly and operates in 34 countries, including China.
Kathmandu is the only destination to make it to the list from south Asia. Other destinations from Asia include Isreal, Japan and Vietnam. Kathmandu has also been named the best backpack destination by Australian travelers in the site.
Highlighting 54 spots globally based on the consolidated reviews and opinions of TripAdvisor travellers, topping the list for Asia is Kathmandu in Nepal, and for the world, Havana in Cuba.
The top 10 Asian destinations are:
- Kathmandu, Nepal
- Sapporo, Japan
- Hanoi, Vietnam
- Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Hua Hin, Thailand
- Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
- Sanur, Indonesia
- Macau, China
- Jaipur, India
- Busan, South Korea
The top 10 destinations in the world, which includes three Asian desitnations, are:
- Havana, Cuba
- La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
- Kathmandu, Nepal
- Jerusalem, Israel
- Crusco, Peru
- Ambergris Caye, Belize
- Sapporo, Japan
- Hanoi, Vietnam
- Corralejo, Spain
- Fortaleza, Brazil
source : Nepal Tourism Board, 06 DEC 2013
December 3, 2013
Make each moment of your travel experience memorable. Either you are joining for a group tour or private journey or adventure tour or tailor-made holiday it must come with great travel experience. Whether you are meeting with local community in remote mountain range or engaged in discovering flora and fauna of Himalayas or want to capture breathless beauty of snow capped world’s top peaks every moment makes sense in your life. In overall, to gain optimum travel experience you better have to go for perfect stays that guarantee the ultimate joy of travelling in the Himalayas. Hence, if you are thinking for tremendous travel experience in the forthcoming year then select our top 6 perfect stays for 2014 which are depicted here.
- Nepal Village Home Stay Tour, one of the perfect stays in Nepal for 2014, gives you an opportunity to be part of the ethnic village of Nepal. This itinerary has been devised for those visiting Nepal seeking for a combination of cultural and natural exposure especially by staying with the village family. The tour gives you a real taste of Nepalese way of village life. The trip starts with a day’s home-stay in the Kapan village of Kathmandu Valley. After covering the landmarks of Kathmandu valley, you move towards at the picturesque town of Tansen in the lap of Srinagar Hills. The next few days will be spent in discovering the ethnic mountain village of Sirubari. The trip encompasses some of the most spectaculars natural and cultural destinations of Nepal and you will enjoy the company of dozens of waterfalls and mountains, flora and fauna, and rural villages sprawled over the mountains representing a variety of ethnic groups and cultures.
- Tsum Valley Trek, the top stay trip of Nepal for 2014, helps you to discover the secret Tibetan Buddhist lying at the edge of one of the most secluded Himalayan valleys of Manaslu region. Manaslu region is still less exposed in comparison to other touristy areas, with relatively virgin and less beaten paths. Very few travelers have made it to this high and mysterious valley, which used to be an important trade link with Tibet. Furthermore, the trek to Tsum Valley takes you into the majestic surroundings of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges. While on the trek, you pass through the alpine forests, glacial rivers, and enjoy the warm hospitality of ethnic people and also visit the ancient Gombas of the region such as: Rachen Gompa,Mu Gompa, Dephyudonma Gompa. The people of Tsum Valley or the Tsumbas belong to Tibetan origin with their own ancient form of dialect, art, culture and religion.
- Eco-Community Cultural Trek, one of the perfect stays in the Himalayas for 2014, lets you experience the beautiful mountain vistas and the rich cultural heritage of the Annapurna region in western Nepal. The Eco-Community Cultural Trek trail takes you to the heart of the farming community while having one of the world’s highest mountains as the back drop. This trip will also get you acquainted with the beautiful Rhododendron forests, sacred Hindu temples, lakes with stunning views of the Annapurna. Also, this is a community based trip where you will be staying in community managed lodges or hotels. The eco-community trek basically highlights your interaction with the locals people of Annapurna region.
- Langtang Valley Trek, one of the top highlights of 2014 perfect stay in Nepal Himalayas, takes you to the famous Langtang valley and the Ganja La Pass (5122m/16,800 ft). The Langtang region, famous for Gosaikunda lakes, is as wild as any Tibetan highlands. Besides, the company of green rhododendron and bamboo forests, majestic waterfalls, and snow-capped Himalayas make the trek one of most diverse treks near Kathmandu. The people living the highlands of the Langtang region are certainly the Nepalese, being the descendant of the Tibetan origin, they still look like Tibetans. Furthermore, during the trek you also make an interesting excursion to Tserko Ri (5,000m/16,404ft) which offers tremendous views of the Langtang Himalaya range. While trekking in the region you also come across Helambu region, delightful villages, and some beautiful rice terraces.
- Tamang Heritage Trek, a perfect stay for traveling like a local, passes through Syabrubesi, Gatlang, Tatopani, Thuman, Briddim and ultimately reaches to Langtang village. In addition to catering exciting trekking experiences in the Himalayas, the heritage trek without doubt offer a test of mountain adventure and Himalayan culture of Tamang community at a time. The Langtang region is as wild as any Tibetan highlands with idyllic rural landscape and the rich cultural heritage of ethnic Nepalese Tamang people. Langtang is also the region of ancient Tibetan monasteries, rhododendron and bamboo forests, majestic waterfalls, snow-capped Himalayas, and many sacred lakes. Despite being just a few hours’ drive from Kathmandu, the trek along the off the beaten track of the rural and rugged mountains dotted with chortens, stupas and prayer flags make every trekker marvel why the country is called a “walker’s paradise”.
- Nepal Holiday Tour, one of the great and perfect stays in Nepal, covers most of Nepal’s natural and cultural grandeur with some fun filled activities such as mountain flight, jungle tour, boat riding, etc. The trip starts with a visit to four of Kathmandu’s Heritage Sites before embarking on a mountain flight. After making a superb mountain flight over the whole Himalayan Range including the Mt. Everest, you make a visit to the two medieval cities famous for their arts and architectures – Patan and Bhaktapur. Furthermore, driving deep into the mountains of Daman you enjoy a typical mountain experience. Driving further deep, you spend a day at Bandipur and continue your journey to the fantastic Lake City of Pokhara. After Pokhara, you visit to Lumbini – the birthplace of Buddha, stopping by a picturesque town of Tansen on the way. While returning from Lumbini, you stop at Chitwan Jungle and discover Chitwan National Park – UNESCO World Heritage Site.
November 27, 2013
Ilam, the Queen of Hills, is a beautiful hilly district in eastern part of Nepal. Situated 600 km east from Kathmandu, the land of rising sun in Nepal is best known for its tea gardens all over the world. llam is also home to different species of bird and animals, including the endangered Red Panda. Basically, if you are a tea garden enthusiast in Nepal make a Tea Garden Tour and capture beauty of people of different cultures and nature living together peacefully on the foothills of Mount Kanchanjunga. Ilam’s top 10 striking facts for tourists are shown here.
- Ilam has always been synonymous with tea as it is covered in lush green tea bushes. It also produces excellent cheese and has great views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. It is close to the famous Indian hill station “Darjeeling” and shares a common topography of rolling hills and misty weather with its neighbor.
- Ilam is an area rich in its own unique blend of cultures, the people in Ilam live in harmony and welcome visitors. A wide range of ethnic groups call Ilam home, including Lepchas – tribes which are viewed as proper natives of Ilam – Rais, Limbus, Gurungs and Sherpas. As in the rest of Nepal, the majority of religious celebrations in the region of Ilam are Hindu festivals.
- llam is one of the richest districts in Nepal in terms of its bio-cultural diversity, natural landscape and flourishing professionalism in agricultural especially in cash crops sector. Ilam is the most famous District of Nepal for the production of tea. It is widely famous for 6 major cash crops all – initiating from the same vowel sound in Nepali, so it is also known as the district of ‘6’ as Potato, Cardamom, Ginger, Red Round Chilly, Milk and broom grass.
- The scenic Himalaya and views of the sunrise over the snow peaks are the top visitors’ attractions in Ilam. Ilam’s more than a dozen hilltops have been gaining popularity as tourist destinations.
- Apart from beautiful tea gardens, Antu Danda is another attraction in the district. Antu Danda, also known as shree Antu, is a great place to view sunrise. Antu Danda situated at an altitude of 1,677m, is one of the virgin destinations for holiday makers in Ilam. Apart from the sunrise and sunset, Antu Hill gives an opportunity for spectators to have a look at a number of Himalayan peaks and places situated in Nepal and India. It offers unique views of Everest and Kanchenjunga as well. Situated at a distance of 3 hrs drive from Ilam Bazaar, this spectacular spot offers sloped tea gardens, mountain streams, dense forests and unique ethnic culture. The Nageshwori Temple and Gufapatal are other attractions for tourists in the periphery of Antu Danda.
- One of the main attractions of Ilam is the Mai Pokhari Lake which is believed to be the dwelling place of goddesses. Mai Pokhari (2,121m) is a pristine little lake surrounded by dense forest a fir, juniper, birch, pine and a variety of flora and fauna. The lake is a religious and historical spot with a 9-cornered lake as the main attraction. The lake is considered the sacred abode of Goddess Bhagawati. Different species of medicinal plants, herds and orchids, mostly for research and experimental purpose, are cultivated in the area. Rare animals like the musk deer, leopard, porcupine, jackal as well as numerous migratory birds and rare insects are also found in the area. People from different parts of Nepal visit Mai Pokhari for annual festivals on Kartik Ekadasi which falls in October or November. This spot is about one and half hour drive from Ilam Bazaar.
- On the way to Ilam Bazaar, there comes two hot spots for tourist and they are Kanyam and Fikkal. Kanyam has large tea estates that have made Ilam famous for more than a hundred years. These tea gardens are popular among tourists for picnicking, sightseeing, and photography. Likewise, Fikkal is a business center in eastern Ilam and on the Mechi Highway leading to Ilam. It is also the junction from where one can go to the eastern border city Pashupatinagar adjacent to Darjeeling of India.
- Chhintapu, the second snow land of Ilam 3400 m above the sea level, offers the scenic forests of rhododendron, herbal plants and various species of birds. You can find about 11 types of Rhododendron in this area. Yarcha gumba and rare animals like red panda and musk deer is also can be seen in this area. Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world, and most parts of Ilam can be seen from here. The peak cab can be reached by trekking for 4 hours from Illam Bazaar.
- Shankatapur, a snow land 3636 m above sea level on the international India-Nepal border line, provides the majestic view of Himalayas. Rare wildlife like Red panda, Musk deer and wild bird Danphe can be seen in the forests of this area. Likewise, Sandakpur lies at the northern edge of Ilam District, and is Illam’s highest point at 3636 meters. The peak provides a fantastic view of the eastern Himalayas from Bhutan to Everest. But the main view of Kanchanjunga makes you breathless.
- Maipokhari, another landmark of Ilam, is situated at the top of Maipokhari and Sulubung. The pond is 188 sq. hec. in area with a radius of 750m and it has nine corners. This pond, situated in the middle of forest with rhododendron and magnolia campbelli (chhap) is important from the point of view of natural scenery, religious importance and pilgrimage to goddess.
Ilam, overall, has been developing as a model of rural tourism mainly due to the active participation of locals for the promotion of the sector. Therefore, Ilam is really a worthy place to visit once in a lifetime.
November 18, 2013
Nepal Tourism Board and Himalayan Rescue Association under the banner of Tourism Crisis Cell with the coordination of Nepal Tourist Vehicle Association and Tourist Police has arranged shuttle bus service for the national and international air passengers from airport to various hotels and vice versa on Polling day of Election of Constituent Assembly on November 19, 2013. Passengers can contact directly to the concerned Tourist Police or to vehicle provider. Bus will start running from early in the morning. If you need micro bus for your group, you can contact the service provider, it will provide you the micro bus with police escort. The shuttle bus will operate in five different routes as follows.
Airport -NAC -Newroad -Hotel Annapurna -Hotel Yak & Yeti-Thamel Chowk -Lainchour Chowk- Hotel Shanker Hotel- Ambassador -Airport
Airport –Gausala-Shifal- Bhagawatibahal-Durbar Marg- Hotel Radisson -Hotel Shangrila -Narayan Gopal Chowk -Maharajganj Chowk -Hyatt Regency -Chabahil Chowk -Hotel Dwarika- Airport
Airport- Tinkune Chowk -Hotel Everest- Maitighar Chowk- Hotel Himalaya – St. Xavier’s School-Hotel Soaltee- Hotel Grand – Airport
source: Nepal Tourism Board, 18 NOV 2013
November 17, 2013
Thamel, around 7 km drive from the Tribhuvan International Airport, is heart of Nepal’s tourism industry. Thamel has been the centre of the tourist industry in Kathmandu for over four decades starting from the hippie movement when many artists came to Nepal and spent weeks in Thamel. It is the place where tourist get everything they want. It is a colorful and beautiful mixture of craft shops, boutique cafes, trekking gear, and rainbow prayer flags. So if you are coming Nepal to cover Kathmandu Tour or other adventures in the Himalayas, it will be a fantastic idea to know amazing facts about Thamel, a site always bustling with hordes of tourists. The 10 facts about amazing Thamel are listed here.
- Thamel has recently emerged as the most popular tourist area of Kathmandu. It is amazing to see how this area has become the centre for budget travelers in recent years. Thamel is 15 to 20 minutes walk from the center of Kathmandu. Ason bazar, Durbar Square, and Swayambhunath are a mere 10 to 30 minutes walk from Thamel.
- Thamel has developed itself as an epicenter of entertainment and glamour blending local and global experiences of human wonders. From its origin, it was established with the theme to satisfy the needs of tourists in every desired way. In-fact it gratifies all sort of entertainment from visual to physical to mental.
- Thmale has transcended itself to a new hub of glitter and glamour where it wakes-up in the night showcasing a new exhilaration and excitement in satisfying the zeal of visitors. When the ‘Sun sets down in Kathmandu, Thamel and its lifestyle rises up. It is a happening place in Nepal; the only place in Nepal where night life exists.
- Thamel also acts as the pre-base camp for mountaineers. It boasts a wide range of mountaineering gear shops, trekking agencies, foreign money exchange booths, pubs, clubs and nightlife along with the numerous travel lodges and guest houses.
- Visiting Thamel helps you get out of your frustrations and monotony. Besides, it is the best place in town to have fun. Young generations today seek freedom, music, food and entertainment. So there is no doubt that Thamel provides even domestic travelers with all what it takes to define luxury.
- Most low-budget travelers consider it a tourist haven. It has hundreds of restaurants, cafes and coffee shops serving Nepali-Western dishes in a single location. Visitors can nearly find anything they want in Thamel – German styled wannabe bakeries to WiFi-enabled cafes. There are dozens of tourist restaurants clustered in the Thamel serving everything from Italian, Israeli, French to Tibetan. Indian and Nepali dishes are always the best tasting with best priced. The visitors can find of course “Nepali Dhal Bhat Tarkari”, or lentils and vegetables served with rice.
- Tourists have to protect their eyes from the gleam of metallic artifacts and “khukris” in the display cabinets in Thamel. Together with these, it is almost impossible to shut out the rhythmic religious music played in stores at every corner of Thamel.
- Being a main tourist hub of Kathmandu, Thamel boasts amenities such as Banks/ATM, Money Exchange, Internet, Clinics, Guides, Cargo, Laundry, Photo studio, Tattoo, Travels and Tours agency, Tailoring, and Rental.
- Thamel has a vibrant ethnic culture practiced by its core population of the Newar community.
- It is the image of Thamel that tourists carry in their mind for their remaining life as it is their first destination in Nepal.
November 17, 2013
The Trekking Agent Association of Nepal (TAAN) has said it would operate buses for foreign tourists considering the transportation halt on the Election Day, November 19.
Three buses would be operated from the big hotels to the Airport and vice versa throughout the day, by coordinating with Nepal Tourism Board and taking permission from the Election Commission and Chief District Officers.
The first bus will take a route from Airport to New Road, Annapurna Hotel, Yak and Yeti, Thamel, and Hotel Ambassador and finally return the Airport through the same route. Similarly, the second one will go to Gaushala, Darbar Marg, Hotel Radisson, Maharajgunj and Hyatt Regency from Airport then return the same place via same route.
Likewise, the third bus will go to the Everest Hotel, Maitighar, Himalaya Hotel, Jawalakhel, and Soltee Hotel from Airport.
source: nepalnews.com, 16 NOV 2013