Shivapuri Trek is an outstanding choice for those who are looking for a short hike within limited time. Within Shivapuri Trek hikers can penetrate into popular Shivapuri wildlife reserve, Sundarijal-Shivapuri National Park. Shivapuri situated at an altitude of 2563m north of Kathmandu is second highest hill around Kathmandu valley. Further, Baghdwar, source of holy river Bagmati is also located near Shivapuri.
Shivapuri Trek begins at Budhanilkantha from where visitors able to view the central and eastern mountain ranges, the sunrise and sunset. The end of the hike offers one of two options either at Nagarkot or at Dhulikhel. The viewpoint at Nagarkot offers memorable experience of the magic of mountain vista.
A special category of tourism has recently appeared in Nepal– rural or village tourism. Village Tourism offers tourists the possibility to acquaint with the most precious wealth of Nepal. Unlike the usual tourism centered on major trekking routes and mountains village tourism introduces visitors to explore hospitality of rural areas of Nepal.
Nepal is the mostly preferred destination for international tourists either it is for vista of Himalayan peaks or for experiences of cultural diversity. Further, Nepal, very popular among the professional travelers attracts tourists by both: ancient history, unbelievably wonderful scenery and white water rafting.
India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. (Mark Twain)Tour in Intoxicating Incredible India, the cradle of civilization unveils a vast symphony of diverse people, varied landscapes, art, cultures, cuisines, and belief systems that enrich one’s inner world and thrill the outer senses. India is incredible not only in view of its ethnic, linguistic, demographic, climatic and geographic diversity, above all, India is incredible when visitors examine India from different historical, and cultural angles.
India is home to ancient Indus Valley Civilization where the Vedic tradition flourished in its historic imprints. The major four eastern religious and cultural traditions Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism originated in Indian sub continent. Further, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Islam arrived in India in the first millennium which also enhanced to shape India’s cultural diversity.
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India is the world’s largest, oldest, continuous civilization
India practices the world’s largest living democracy
Sanskrit Grammar constitutes one of India’s greatest contributions to Western Philology
India invented the Number System
The World’s first university was established in Takshashila in 700BC. The University of Nalanda built in the 4th century BC was one of the greatest achievements of ancient civilization of India in the field of education.
Sanskrit originated in India which is the mother of all the European languages
Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to humans. Charaka, the father of medicine consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago.
The value of “pi” was first calculated by Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem. He discovered this in the 6th century long before the European mathematicians.
Algebra, trigonometry and calculus came from India. The largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used were 106 whereas Hindus used numbers as big as 10**53(10 to the power of 53) with specific names as early as 5000 BCE during the Vedic period.
Chess is the product of Indian mind.
When many cultures were only nomadic forest dwellers over 5000 years ago, Indians established Harappan culture in Sindhu Valley which is known as Indus Valley Civilization
Islam is India’s and the world’s second largest religion
Jews and Christians have lived continuously in India since 200 B.C.E and 52 A.D respectively.
The Vishnu Temple in the city of Tirupathi built in the 10th century, is the world’s largest religious pilgrimage site, larger than either Rome or Mecca, with an average of 30,000 visitors every day.
Columbus started his voyage from Spain to find a sea route for India but landed in America thinking that he is in India, treasure of Silk and Spices.
India is known for its spirituality and high level of intellectual discussions in Vedas, Gita, Vedanta, Buddhist scriptures and in the writings of Sufis, Jains, Sikh saints and scholars.
The rich tradition of Ayurveda and Yoga is the focus the world today
Politically, India is world’s largest democracy. India is the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi, who practiced Non-violence as an instrument for social change. Mahatna Gandhi is the source of inspiration to the great leaders of the world including Barack Obama.
In fact, visitors can enjoy the open plains of the Rajasthani desert, the calm waters of the Keralan backwaters and the dizzying heights of the Himalaya’s by contrast to the sights, sounds, hustle and bustle of the cities in India. Further, visitors will be left breathless by some of India’s world heritage monuments and be overwhelmed by India’s monument to love, the Taj Mahal.
Overall Incredible India has an amazing variety in terms of cultures, traditions, clothes, people, religion, languages, vegetation, population, landforms, soil colors, cuisine, music, and dances. And, yet there’s unity in so much diversity. Whether it is encounter with the magic taste of Indian spices or spiritual mystic Vedic remnant of ancient traditions or wonders of Taj Mahal or magic of classical music visitors intoxicate the magic of incredible India.
Himalayan beauty along with cultural, architectural and geographic diversities is the epitome of major tourist attractions in Nepal. The major attractions of Nepal take the visitor to the shrine of Buddhism to the views of Himalayan glaciers.
Further, very few countries in the world offer as many varieties of adventure tourism as Nepal. Of the 14 peaks above 8000 meters in the world eight are located in Nepal. It is the promised land of Mt. Everest (8848 m) the highest peak in the world including other 1310 mountain peaks. Likewise, for those visitors who can not endure the rigorousness of mountain climbing there are mountain flights which fly around the Mount Everest and provide a close look of the top of the world. Nagarkot and Daman, the suburb of Kathmandu, from where one can have distant view of Mt. Everest and beautiful Himalayan ranges as well.
Another major source of tourist attraction in Nepal is trekking. Trekking arrestingly offers the best way to get into interesting and remote mountain villages of Nepal and to enjoy views of the famous peaks together with their lifestyle untouched by modern civilizational degradation. Furthermore, The River rafting (White Water Adventure) represents other major attractions of Nepal. Within distance of 100 miles, one can see the topographical variations with the rivers rising from the higher points near Nepal’s Tibetan border and then dropping dramatically to lower levels the plains bordering India.
Besides these attractions, Kathmandu Valley itself possesses several historical monuments, old palaces, shrines and temples, ageless traditions and legends to be observed and appears to be a living museum. The temple of Lord Pashupatinath, the holiest Hindu temple in the world is in Kathmandu. The temple attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world and it is also UNESCO listed world heritage site. Not only these, the valley also stores magnificent Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar squares keeping Basantapur durbar square at its centre.
For adventure lovers Pokhara (the lake city of Nepal) provides plenty of opportunities for fishing, swimming, canoeing and boating along with the sightseeing of panoramic views of Annapurna range. For trekking passionates’, Nepal is a paradise when a trekker makes their first step into Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit and numbers of other trekking destination throughout mountain range of the country.
For the nature and wildlife lovers, Nepal preserves hidden treasures within its different national parks, and conservation centers. For instance, Chitwan National Park, a world heritage site comprises unique ecosystem of international significance and hosts number of wild lives.
To recapitulate, whether it is for the views of Himalayan ranges or for the world heritage sites or for the adventure destinations, Nepal is uniquely metaphor of mostly revisited attractive place in the world.
Nepal is hospitable to the international visitors almost throughout the year. Due to Nepal’s diverse topography and altitude; visitors can experience different climates within the small territory of the world. Even though visitor can come any season in Nepal and have access any parts of the country, Autumn and Spring seasons are the best and remarkable time to visit in Nepal.
Climate of Nepal ranges from the tropical to the arctic. The low-land Terai region has a hot and humid climate that can rise above 45 Degree Celsius during summer and rest to minimum temperate level at the winter season. The mid-land hilly regions are pleasant almost all the year round. The northern mountain region, around an altitude above 3,300m has an alpine climate with considerably lower temperature in winter. Basically, Nepal has four climatic seasons.
The temperature in Spring season is gently warm in low lands of Terai while moderate in higher altitudes with ample of prospects to have Himalayan magnificent views. It is also the time for flowers to blossom and fragrance. This season appears to be blessed in nature.
Glaciers in the kingdom of Himalaya offer experiences of unmolested nature located at the untouched sites of human footprint. The kingdom of Himalayan region abounds number of pristine, and solitude glaciers.
Nepal possesses 3,252 glaciers and 2,323 lakes above 3,500 m above sea level. The Koshi River basin comprises 779 glaciers, the Gandaki River basin consists of 1,025 glaciers, the Karnali River basin consists of 1,361 glaciers, and the Mahakali River comprises 87 glaciers. Further, several glaciers in the Hidden Valley of Dhauligiri, Langtang, Khumbu and Kanchenjunga have been explored.
In fact, Nepal’s largest glacier lies in the Mahalangur and the Kumbhakarna ranges. Khumbu is the biggest glacier and Langtang the longest. Kanchenjunga, Yalung, Nupchu and Lamtang are some other glaciers belonging to the eastern Himalayas. Tukche and Hidden valley glaciers belong to the central Himalayas.
Ambulapcha Glacier is a Himalayan glacier located in the Solukhumbu district of Nepal. It adjoins Imja Glacier to its south and with Lhotse Shar Glacier it forms the Ambulapcha Tsho glacial lake.
Imja Glacier is also located in the Himalayan region of Solukhumbu district of Nepal. It has origin on the western face of Kali Himal (7,057) and goes round the southern slopes of Imja Tse (Island Peak at south-east of Mt. Everest). Imja Glacier forms the eastern extent of Imja Tsho, which in turn drains through the Dingboche valley, Imja Khola, Dudh Koshi and finally Indian Ocean.
Khumbu Glacier is located in the Khumbu region of Nepal between Mt. Everest and the Lhotse–Nuptse ridge. It is a large debris-covered glacier in the Khumbu region. With height of 4,900 m to 7,600 m, it is the highest glacier in the world. The Khumbu Glacier is followed for the final part of the trail to the Everest Base Camp. The glacier has a large icefall, the Khumbu Icefall.
Nangpai Gosum Glacier is a glacier located 25 km west northwest of Mt. Everest. The ice-core drilling site is situated at 5,700 m above mean sea level.
Lhotse Shar is also part of Himalayan glacier lies in the Solukhumbu district of Nepal. This glacier adjoins Imja Glacier to the northeast and with Anbulapcha Glacier it forms the other huge glaciers in the region.
Ngozumpa glacier lies below the sixth highest mountain of the world and maintains distinct existence in the world being the longest glacier in the Himalayas. It has slow movement because it carries heavy amount of body of ice. Ngozumpa Glacier deliberately forms the Ngozumpa Spillway Lake and threatens to the Sherpa villages.
Yala Glacier is the most studied glacier in the Langtang region in terms of glacier fluctuations.
Rika Samba Glacier at Dhaulagiri region is the most studied glacier in the Hidden Valley of Kali Gandaki basin.
In short, most of the world famous Himalayan glaciers are attractively making their excursion around the higher altitude of Himalayan resigns of Nepal appearing to be strangely undisturbed and untouched.