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Hill Stations: The ultimate glory of Kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu valley besides being proud with number of temples, Gompas, and historic palaces also boasts with majestic hill stations. As far as the tremendous cultural diversity and attractive medieval architectures found in the valley is nowhere to compare. But to the most exploring the hill stations around the valley leaves you unrivaled travel experience. Travelers to the surrounding hill stations of the valley remain stun the moment they capture terrific panorama of Himalayan peaks. Here are list few hill stations that adds the glory of Kathmandu valley.

Nagarkot
Nagarkot

 

  • Phulchowki (2,762 meters), the one of the greatest charms of Kathmandu valley, is the highest among the hills surrounding the Kathmandu Valley. Phulchowki means “hill of flowers” that especially erupts during spring time. When this hilltop station erupts with dazzling blooms of rhododendron and orchids, visitors thrill with nature. Furthermore, Phulchowki is also popular for majestic views of Himalayas, and grand sight of the entire Kathmandu Valley.
  • Nagarkot, located 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu, is one of the most beautiful spots in Bhaktapur district. 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.
  • Dhulikhel is a scenic hill station situated 30 kilometers east of Kathmandu on the Kathmandu Kodari Highway. From Dhulikhel one has a panoramic view of the Himalayan range. From the main town a short journey brings you at Namobuddha which holds a stupa and Buddhist Monastery. ┬áPanauti, a village noted for its numerous temples with magnificent woodcarving, is a short distance from Dhulikhel. Those visitors who are after short excursion but mesmerizing, Dhulikhel will be the best place for them.
  • Kakani 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 hill station is popular for short drive, picnic and distance spectacular views of Himalayas.
  • Godavri, 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 the 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.
  • Chovar, an eye-catching hill station located at the outskirt of Kathmandu on the way to Dashinkalli, is popular for scenic views of surrounding hills. The captivating hill station is not only popular among international travelers; it is too lovely place for local residents in the valley. Chovar arrests those in the valley who seek one day excursion from the busy schedule of daily life. The Chobhar Gorge is another greater attraction. Alongside is the Jal Vinayak Temple – an important pilgrimage site for the valley residents. The legends of human settlement in the valley are attached with this hill station.
  • Shivapuri, an exciting one day trek, passes through the Budhanikanatha temple. An uphill climb from Budhanikanatha towards the Shivapuri hill is engaging. Various flowers like orchid and pitula are abundant on the trail. Travelers may be able to spot deers and monkeys in the conservation area as well. Different kinds of bird species are plentiful for bird lovers. The comprehensive views of Northeast side of Kathmandu as well as majestic Himalayas in the north are the notable attractions of this hill station.

Hill Stations to go in 2014

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
Nagarkot

 

  • 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, MakaluVarun 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.

Nepal Tourism focuses on West India

The Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Nepal Association of Tour & Travel Agents (NATTA) Regional Association, Pokhara are jointly organizing NATTA Promotional Tour- 2013 in the prominent Indian cities of Mumbai and Goa on 2nd and 5th August 2013 respectively with the aim of increasing awareness and educating the West Indian travellers on Nepal’s tourism products and offerings. The Promotional Program will feature B2B Interaction between Nepalese and Indian Travel Trade delegates, Press Meet and Destination Presentation of Nepal.

The Nepalese travel trade delegation in the Road Show comprises of a contingent of about 35 hoteliers and tour operators from the city of Pokhara to woo the West Indian travellers to visit Pokhara in the upcoming tourist holiday season.

After successful tourism promotional campaign of Nepal Tourism Year 2011 and Visit Lumbini Year 2012, The Year 2013 has been marked with Mt. Everest Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. The special programs took place from 26- 29 May 2013. On the occasion, there was the gathering of renowned Everest Summiteers, opening up new peaks for summit, felicitation to all 8000 meter peaks summiteers, Everest Marathon in Solukhumbu, award ceremonies, familiarization trips of high level national and international dignitaries to Everest Region, symposiums on Climate Change in Everest Region, Cleaning Campaigns in the Everest Region etc.

Nepal has always been popular with Indians as a recreational, shopping and pilgrimage destination. Nepal is a prominent destination amongst Hindus across the world. Earlier known as the only Hindu Kingdom of the world, Nepal is thronged with thousands of Shiva-devotees especially during Mahashivaratri to pay homage to Pashupatinath.

For many, Nepal symbolizes as an ultimate adventure destination that is rarely found anywhere else in the world. And, for others, Nepal appears to be a Shangrila- the Lost Horizon that has been far from reality clustered with deities and demons awaiting for offerings. However, Nepal, in fact, is a country with a diverse arrays of tourism products- a rare combination of mystic, mystery, mountain and merriment.

Pilgrimage, Leisure, MICE & Soft Adventure Activities are the primary segments Nepal is focusing on in Indian market currently.

No visa requirement, good air connectivity with almost flights 76 flights per week to India, easy access by road, year round pleasant weather, favorable exchange rate for Indian currency are some of the major factors that contribute to Nepal’s popularity as a favorite holiday destination amongst Indians.

NTB plans to promote destinations including Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Lumbini, Manakamana and Muktinath; Hill Stations including Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, Daman, Bandipur, Tansen currently for Indian market. Soft adventure activities such as white-water rafting, biking, fishing, rock climbing, paragliding, ultra light aircraft and bungee jumping will be endorsed.

For the arduous and keen adventure seekers / trekkers, the Great Himalayan Trail across east / west mountainous belt of Nepal has been introduced. New home stay facilities around Kathmandu valley and outside Kathmandu valley with ethnic flavour will also be promoted.

The campaign will also include exclusive and luxury tourism products in terms of Casinos, Golf, Dining, Nightlife, Shopping of Indigenous Handicrafts, Woodworks, Pashmina, Carpets, Clothing, Souvenirs, Jewelery and Electronics. Weekend Breaks, Spiritual Weekends, Family Weekends & Adventure Weekends will be focussed on as well.

NTB’s marketing strategy will focus on B2B and B2C promotion programmes in the both metro and satellite cities in India & Asia.

According to Mrs. Nandini Lahe-Thapa, Sr. Director, Tourism Marketing & Promotion, Nepal Tourism Board, “India is the most significant market for the Nepalese tourism industry with approximately 1/3rd total market share. The Indian market is important for both in terms of value and volume.” In 2012, Nepal received 164,680 tourists from India by air which is 13.3% increase as compared to 2011.

source: India PRwire, 01 Aug 2013