September 29, 2013
Sauraha lies in the Chitwan District of Nepal and is situated close to the Rapti River and the Chitwan National Park. It is located 160 kilometers (kms) by road from Kathmandu, 155 kms from Pokhara, and 160 kms from the Indian border at Sunauli.
The Tharu village of Badrahani located near Sauraha is like a living museum where you can see mud and clay houses with thatched roofs. With time, there has been development of lots of hotels, resorts, restaurants and cafes to provide easy accommodations for tourists. So there is both upper-scale jungle lodge accommodation for tourists as well as modest ones.
Sauraha is famous for its jungle safaris which allow you to be close to nature. You might really like the laidback atmosphere and stay longer than you had originally planned. The small village has a few restaurants and local-style eateries as well. There is hardly any traffic here and the ambience is tranquil. You will want to spend at least one day in the national park, and a couple more days to walk and bike around. So you should give yourself at least a minimum of three days.
In addition to good road access, Sauraha has good air connections through Bharatpur Airport with regular daily air services from Pokhara and Kathmandu. The airport lies just 15 kilometers to the west of Sauraha. If you take the flight to Bharatpur, it can cost around Rs 3,300 for one way. From there you can take a jeep or bus which takes about one hour to reach Sauraha. If you want to travel by bus, there are tourist buses available which usually takes off from Jamal at around 6 am. The tourist buses are a bit expensive but are very comfortable. There are actually other kinds of buses available too from Kathmandu that can reach you to your destination. There are cheaper Birgunj-bound buses which will drop you at Tadi Bazaar which is about four kilometers north of Bharatpur where you can easily get local buses, taxis, rickshaws, tanga/pony carts which will take you to Sauraha.
Sauraha is an ideal place for a vacation at any time of the year. With a large variety of activities and attractions, the trip will appeal to travelers of all ages with diverse tastes and preferences. The best part about Sauraha is that there are a lot of outdoor activities that you can enjoy. You can watch the sunrise and sunset over the national park and go for jungle safaris on foot or in a jeep and you can be close to nature and witness the natural beauty.
Elephant rides are very famous in Chitwan and if it’s your first time, then you’ll be really excited to spot various animals like rhinoceros and deer on your way. Another fun thing to do is watch the elephants being given a bath which you can try yourself as well. You can also take the canoe trip on the river.
Another activity that you may enjoy is bird watching in and around the jungle, especially at Das Hajar Tal (20,000 lakes), a wetland area which is approximately 10 kilometers northwest from Sauraha.
You can also hire a bike and wander around in the nearby Tharu villages and observe their lifestyle. You shouldn’t also miss the Tharu dance and cultural shows.
Since there’s going to be a lot of outdoor activities to indulge in, the most important thing you shouldn’t miss are your comfortable shoes. You should carry light clothes with you but also carry a windcheater just in case there are slight breezes in the evening. Don’t forget your summer hats, sunscreen lotion and umbrellas as well.
The weather at Sauraha is hotter than in Kathmandu. So be prepared to face the scorching sun. There can also be occasional showers but the temperature is comparatively warmer.
source: republica, 27 Sept 2013
September 17, 2013
Barahi Jungle Lodge, a new venture of Hotel Barahi, Pokhara, which started operation earlier this month, is getting good response from visitors.
The Meghauli-based jungle lodge was established with an Rs 250 million targeting foreign tourists.
“We have already served two groups of tourists,” Biplav Paudel, executive director of the lodge said, adding, “We have already received bookings for October.”
The owners are promoting the lodge as an international standard luxury hotel in the vicinity of Chitwan National Park. They´ve planted different species of plants in the lodge premises to give customers the feeling of staying inside the jungle.
Naresh Kshetri, camp manager of the lodge, said they have planted 4,500 plants mainly of fruits and herbs.
The lodge has two suites and 35 rooms. The room charge ranges from US$ 300 to $900. It has floated a package of Rs 15,000 for Nepalis.
According to Paudel, the hotel has incorporated the concept of ´Green Hotel´ by utilizing recycled woods. It aims to serve organic fruits, vegetables and milk produced at the farm in the lodge premises to the visitors. Furthermore, it has banned the use of plastic bags to save environment.
source: republica, 16 Sept 2013
July 17, 2013
Nepal even being a tiny state in the Himalaya region is an incredible location for a naturalist who desires to explore the best collection of flora and fauna on the planet. It is not surprising fact that even in a small area of less than 100,000 sq. miles, Nepal not just have the height of 70 m to 8,848 m; but a wide variety of wild floras and faunas that is rare to find anywhere in the world.
Either you are making a wildlife tour of Nepal or want to enjoy Nepal village home stay trek or thinking for a walk in the national parks or conservation areas of Nepal, you definitely encounter the diverse colors of Nepal’s flora and fauna.
Your experience of flora and fauna in Nepal reaches apex as you pass through the deep forest of Nepal encountering from exotic Lophophorus to the elusive Royal Bengali Tiger, from the endangered One-Horned Rhino to exotic Snow leopard and the largest collection of birds.
Besides, in Nepal’s geographical extremes, one may find different types of plants. It ranges from the treeless steppes of the Trans-Himalayan region, the birch, silver fir, larch and hemlock of the higher valleys to the oak, pine and rhododendron of the intermediate altitudes and the big Sal and Sissau forests in Terai.
From the lowest altitude to 1000 meter which is generally referred as Tropical region in Nepal includes the Terai and the large valleys found between successive hill ranges. The major tree species of this area are Sal, Semal, Asna and many more. This tropical region is the richest area of Nepal for wildlife such as buffaloes, leopards, four species of deer, tigers and some other animals like rhinoceros, swamp deer and hot deer. The major birds that are found in this region are the peacock, jungle fowl and black partridge.
Likewise, from the altitude of 1100 meters to 2400 meters, a traveler travels through Subtropical region of Nepal. The trees one can find in this region are various species of oak and rhododendron. Orchids clothe the stems of trees and gigantic climbers smother their heads. This region is generally poor in wildlife. The widely distributed animals in this zone are wild boar, barking deer, Srow, Ghoral and bears. Different varieties of birds are also found in this region.
The Temperate region, from the elevation of 2500 meters to 4000 meters, is favorable location for oaks, pines, conifers, rhododendron, bamboo and maples. Above all, coniferous forest dominates this region. The wildlife of this region includes the Himalayan bear, serow, ghoral, barking deer and wild-boar. The red panda is among the more interesting of the mammals found in this zone. You will have a glimpse of Nepal’s national bird – Danfe in this region as well.
Beyond 4000 meters, you walk through Sub alpine and Alpine section of Nepal. This region is almost all the time covered with ice. In the lower section of this region, a traveler can find rhododendron, juniper scrub and other woody vegetation. The mammalian faun is unlikely to include any species other than thar, musk deer, snow leopard and occasionally blue sheep. In Dolpa and Humla region, there is lower probability of encountering with wild Yak and great Tibetan sheep. Yaks are the only livestock, which sustain life at such higher altitude.
Whether you are traveling to Chitwan National Park or making a tour of Bardia National Park or trekking around Dolpa or Everest region, you explore nature’s rich diversity which is incomparable elsewhere in the world. The more your traverse through lower altitudes of Nepal the abundance of the flora and fauna increase progressively. With the existing incredible diversity of flora and fauna, Nepal is a paradise destination for wildlife, animals and bird lovers.
February 8, 2013
Chitwan is an inner Terai valley nestled between the Mahabharat and Siwalik Ranges and is famous for housing Chitwan National Park (CNP) which was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984. The park is rich in varieties of flora and fauna and also holds an important place in preserving the wild lives that are rapidly getting extinct from this planet. It is therefore, a safe haven to endangered animals such as the one horn rhinoceros and the last remaining Bengal tigers.
Jungle safari on an elephant’s back is by far the foremost popular attraction in Chitwan for locals and tourists alike. On a typical safari you are almost sure to spot rhinoceros, water buffalo, egrets, woodpecker, and deer in their natural habitat. The Park is also home to leopards, sloth bears, wild bison, gangetic dolphin, 500 birds, butterflies, as well as the near extinct Gharial crocodiles. Apart from the Jungle Safari you can also take a nature walk, a canoe trip or go bird watching. While in Chitwan, you may even take a bath with the elephants. It’ll often do some showing off and entertain you to the fullest.
So, if you are a nature enthusiast who likes to confront wilderness, Himalayan Glacier is happy to organize trips for you that best fits your interest. It’s ‘Kathmandu, Chitwan & Pokhara Tour- 9 days’ and ‘Wildlife, Lakes & Mountain Tour- 10 days’ is ideal for anyone who loves the backwoods that Nepal so proudly boasts.
Kathmandu Sightseeing , Annapurna Circuit Trek , Chitwan National Park, Pokhara and the Everest Flight
December 24, 2010
Regarding feedback for HGT, your Himalayan Glacier staff and you, Naba, bring together a special mix of being helpful, very knowledgeable and friendly! Your staff is very concerned about meeting your clients needs for a successful travel experience. My feedback is very positive. You offered services that were extremely helpful and you made sure that our trekking group was safe throughout the journey. For example, you contacted Prem our guide by phone regularly to see how everyone was doing. Trekking, as you know, is often challenging and difficult so we needed excellent guides who knew the trek and how to keep the trekkers spirits up while maintaining good health while we go over Thorong-La pass. HGT provided well trained staff to make sure we were safe at all times.
You helped me plan the trek and other side trips such as Chitwan National Park, Pohkara and the Everest Flight. All successful adventures. The cultural dinner you provided and the opportunity to meet different people in the HGT team was important and fun. The culture shock of visiting a new country was minimized. I learned quickly that I could trust your staff and the information you provided me while in Nepal.
An overview of the many good points about HGT services:
1. Being met at the airport and providing other ground transportation as needed
2. Meeting HGT staff and having questions answered when I first arrived in Nepal and throughout my visit
3. Bookings in good hotels that were safe and friendly was excellent
4. Providing highly trained trekking guides, Prem and Bairas
5. Experiencing cultural events through HGT
6. Knowing there were people at HGT I could call if I had a problem
7. Meeting the needs while maintaining safety of your HGT clients in my group was a priority
8. Providing equipment such as sleeping bags and down jackets, I loved the packing list you provided before leaving the USA
9. Trekking the Annapurna Circuit was a dream come true for me as well as seeing Mt Everest
My overall experience was excellent. Thank you and your staff for all you did to make my trip to Nepal an adventure I will always treasure. Stay in touch. I am already thinking about the Everest Base Camp, Bhutan and Tibet travel. Next time I will bring friends!
Take care! Again, many thanks! Wishing you all a Happy, Successful New Year in 2011!
23 Dec 2010
November 23, 2010
Firstly to Indira as it was her clear and willing responses that had so much influence on our decision to use your company. A number of companies looked good on the internet and reviews and some were slightly cheaper but her communications gave you the edge. I particularly came to even more appreciate her English language skills and interpretive skills as she and I were clarifying matters for my insurance.
Then there was Giri our guide who was so helpful during our trek and guided the girls to a successful completion. I was completely comfortable leaving them to his care which I would not have been with a lot of people. I did not get to have much to do with the assistant guide and porter but the girls got to know them better over their journey and had a good report for them.
I also appreciated the other guides and driver staff you provided all of whom were of a high standard in their various roles. The guy going to Chitwan did not have a easy job. Our decision to go by car was a good one and the willingness you showed to change our arrangements was appreciated. The guide for my mountain trip was excellent and Diamond always extremely helpful. We were very happy with our arrangements at Chitwan and I got the impression you had arranged top class service for us.
Lastly my appreciation to yourself.
As no doubt you would understand one is a little unsure when arriving in a country like Nepal if all that is anticipated will in fact happen.Even having arranged a airport pick uo for arrival in Hawaii we were delivered to the wrong hotel and I had to tell the driver it was wrong just as he was about to drive off. Well in your case we need not have worried. You provided everything spot on. We particularly appreciated the briefing with you & Giri to ensure we all were on the same page. Your help in my evacuation and care and alternative arrangements was above what I could expect. It is obvious from all this that you personally set a very high standard for the company and the staff respond accordingly. Once again I cannot thank you all enough.