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Kathesimbhu Stupa

The 17thcentury rendition of the renowned Swayambhunath temple, Kathesimbhu Stupa is one of the most popular Tibetan pilgrimage sites in Kathmandu. Located between Thamel and Durbar Square, the stupa was built using the left over materials from Swayambhunath temple complex. It is set in a hidden courtyard, surrounded by smaller stupas, engravings and statutes. Although well maintained and intact, this UNESCO World Heritage Site witnessed minor damages in the 2015 earthquake.



Highlights
:In the northwestern corner of the courtyard there’s a beautiful pagoda dedicated to Hariti, the goddess of smallpox whereas the northeast corner is adorned with the Drubgon Jangchup Choeling Monastery.

Location
:Kathmandu, Nepal.

Timings
:The complex is opened for public access the entire day throughout the week.

Price
:There is no admission charges for entry into the stupa complex.
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National Museum of Nepal

If you are a hard core history buff, this place is for you, where you will find many age old things reminding you of how once olden Nepal was. It is a very old museum and has some historic collection of arts, culture and paintings too. However one would also witness Buddhist gallery which has all the important information pertaining to Buddhism. The complete past of Nepal is neatly wrapped in this beautiful museum.



Highlights
: You would also find some wooden antiques along with bronze and copper. And you can also spot some amazing sculpture too.

Price
: Rs 150

Location
: Chhauni Road, Kathmandu.

Best time to visit
: Somewhere in October during evenings are the best time to visit.
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Kopan Monastery

Kopan Monastery is predominantly covered with Bodhi trees. Once upon a time this place was considered to be the residing place of astrologer for the king of Nepal. The view across this monastery is simply magical. It has accommodated some 360 monks, lamas, teachers and workers.

This monastery is the place where everybody residing here has devoted their time to study the teaching of Buddha Shakyamuni. Everybody is on the look around to follow the teachings of the founder Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Riponche.



Highlights
: Learn about the monastic tradition and how they live and what all did they practiced. Meditation, teaching and community services are some of the prominent features of this place.

Location
: Kopan, Kathmandu.

Best time to visit
: June.

Price
: US$25
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the Casino Royale

Take some time off! Feel free and enjoy your stay at Kathmandu by visiting Casino Royale. The place is a gaming and casino center that has over twenty games and thirty gaming machine. The property includes two restaurants as well, along with a hotel that supports over 110 rooms.

The place has several poker games that you can sit and enjoy, including baccarat, blackjack and flush, paplu and roulette. The place includes restaurant, coffee house and a bar as well where you can sit and take off your mind. This is a visit that will help you de-stress and rejuvenate, taking away the stresses of your life. At the same time, you can even book a hotel room and choose among the suites to stay comfortably.


 Location:The Casino is located in Kathmandu.

Cost
:USD 50-1000.

Best Time
:All around the year.

Difficulty Level
:Easy.
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Royal Botanical Gardens

Kathmandu can get quite crowded during the holidays. But if you want someplace peaceful and quiet, then there’s a perfect spot for you. It is the Royal Botanical Gardens. The place is quaint and great for walking and picnic. However, you might want to avoid it on Fridays and Saturdays, as schoolkids often visit the place then. While the place was slightly damaged during the earthquake, repairs are going on and the place will be back to its glory.


Highlights
:One of the main highlights of this place is the visitor center, where you can experience an enormous variety of Nepal’s flora. The place includes cactus house, orchid house and a tropical house as well. In the middle of the center is the coronation pond, with a pillar.

Location
: Godavari, Kathmandu.
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Thamel

A haven for tourists visiting Kathmandu, Thamel is a popular destination. The place has several hotels, shops and restaurants that are particularly designed to cater to discerning range of customers. The commercial location is an easy walk from central Kathmandu and there are a number of activities that you can enjoy at this place.



Highlights
:The streets are quite fascinating at Thamel. But be cautious of sellers who might want to rip you off. Otherwise, the place is good for buying anything from Tibetan Singing Bowls to Glass Pipes. Just remember to bargain a little as the prices can come down to 2/3rdof the quoted prices. Here, you can also enjoy shopping incense sticks, Kukri swords, outdoor outfits and books. Over a hundred different eateries are located at this market. So, eat whatever cuisine you wish to try.

Location
: Thamel, Kathmandu.

Timings
: From morning till night.

Price
:Entry is free.
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Tamang Heritage Trail !

Experience exciting, new trekking route between Langtang and Ganesh Himal with the Tamang Heritage Trail. The trail is one of the most welcoming trail is warmest and easiest trails in the country. Perfect for introductory trekking and beginners’, this trek takes you through Nepal and Tibetan borderlands, with gentle circuit treks.



Highlights
:The trek will take you through terraced fields and some of the most picturesque villages in the countries. For tranquility lovers, the trek has several peaceful valleys where you can enjoy the serenity. This is where the discerning trekkers go. On the route, you will also enjoy panoramic mountain views and hot springs at Tatopani.

Location
:Kathmandu.

Things to keep in mind
:The trek is a world expedition trek and you don’t really need to carry a number of things. However, don’t forget to carry a sleeping bag, fleece jacket, wind-protective clothing, sunscreen, backpack and a first-aid box.
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Durbar Square Kathmandu

Romance in the world of Kathmandu and explore the culture or history of Kathmandu by visiting the Durbar Square. Located in front of the former Kathmandu Palace Kingdom, the Durbar Square is a UENSO World Heritage Site and is originally known for vivid showcases of artists and craftsmen.

The palace here is stunningly decorated and the overall areas reflect the beauty of Nepalese culture. The palaces and the square itself have gone through reconstruction on several occasions.



Highlights
: The place includes museum and other parts of the palace here are opened for visitors. The place is home to Kumari Chok as well- it is one of the most curious attractions of Nepal. Here, a gilded cage contains Kumari, a girl who was chosen to be the human reincarnation of Hindu Goddess, Durga.

Location
: Durbar Square, Kathmandu.

Timings
: From early morning to night.

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What You Should Know More About Nepal

  • Travel Advice

    • Avoid carrying too much cash in your pockets.

    • Never flash your jewelry or valuables in a crowded place.

    • Avoid leaving any valuables in your hotel room.

    • Do not take a room or a resort in any secluded place.

    • If possible stay in a hotel that offers a room safe. Place all your valuables and jewelry in the room safe.

    • When you wish to trek in Nepal, you must carry with you all the essentials that you may need in the trek.  

    • Carry with you a first aid box with medicines that may be needed during the trip.

    • True that people in Nepal are humble and lovely, but never roam around alone post the sunset.

    • Girls must walk around in groups if going in a place or trail that is secluded.

    • Nepal lies at an elevation as a result it is cooler than the planes so carry with you warm layers of clothing.  

    • Do not photograph in the sacred or religious places. If you want to click a picture in the religious site, seek permission regarding the same from the person in charge.

    • Learn some of the common words of Nepali. This will help you in communicating with the local people.  

    • Always greet the locals with a smile.

    • Keep a copy of license or an ID proof with you always.

    • Avoid the touts.

    • When eating at street stalls, check for the quality.

    • Be alert whenever you are at a new destination.

    • Dress appropriately and maintain the decorum of the place.

    • Nudity is not an option in Nepal.

    • You can shoot a film or a video without any legal permission.

    • Never get involved in any form of fights or verbal spats with the tourists.

    • Keep a medicine to relieve you from motion sickness.

    • Never indulge in any form of drugs.

  • Drinking Laws

    The legal age for drinking in Nepal is 25. Moreover, any person below the age of 21 cannot even sell alcohol here.


  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Pashupati Nath Temple

    Pashupati Nath Temple is one of oldest, most popular and the sacred temples in Nepal. Located on the fringes of the Kathmandu city, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Majestic river Bagmati flows close to this sacred temple. Ardent Hindu followers come here to seek blessings from the divine deity. The key attractions here include the lingams, Golden Spire of the temple, Panch Deval Complex and the silver sheeted doors.

    Boudhanath

    Situated about 7 km north east of the Kathmandu, Boudhanath is an extremely popular pilgrimage center of Nepal. Both the locals as well as the pilgrims of Tibet flock in large numbers and practice meditation here. This magnificent stupa attracts the visitors from around the world. Key attractions of Boudhanath are thupkas, the prayer wheel, 29 Tibetan Gompas and the delightful momos.

    Nagarkot

    Nagarkot lies close to the Kathmandu Valley and is one of the most popular tourist attraction of Nepal. It puts forth the mesmerizing views of the Himalayas.  You must visit this place to enjoy the breathtaking sunrise and the sunset of this place. The key attractions of the Nagarkot include activities such as mountain biking, trekking and enjoying the stunning views of the Himalayas.

    Pokhra valley

    Lying amidst the Annapurna Himalayan Range is the Pokhra valley. Amongst all the popular tourist attractions of Nepal, the Pokhara Valley fascinates a number of travelers who are who admire the marvels of the nature. The key attractions of the Pokhra Valley include the Valley of Orchids, Verdant forests, waterfalls, Massif Glaciers, blue skies and underground caves. Besides the views of three mountains - Mt Annapurna, Mt Manslu and Mt Dhaulagiri are simply breathtaking.

    Mahendra Gufa

    Mahendra Gufa is situated north of the Pokhra Valley. It is a beautiful tourist attraction that has a cavernous and dark cave known peculiarly for its stalagmites and stalactites. Key attractions here is the idol of Lord Shiva and the dark cave with the deposits of limestone.  

    Lumbini

    The birth place of Lord Buddha, Lumbini is a popular sightseeing destination in Nepal. Peaceful ambience here is simply ideal for meditation. Some notable attractions here include the Bodhi Tree, Ashokan Pillar, the Japan Peace Stupa, Lumbini International Research Institute, Buddhist temples and the Lumbini Museum.  

    Swayambhu Temple

    Swayambhu Temple is a prominent shrine in Nepal. Nestled on the conical hill, it is also called as the Monkey Temple. The temple has several legends that add to its popularity. You’ll have to cross 365 steps to reach the temple. Do check out the huge Tibetan prayer wheel, magnificent golden shire and painted Buddha statues here.

    Thamel Area

    Planning to shop for clothes, jewelries, accessories and souvenirs in Nepal? Head to the Thamel area that gives you a true experience of street shopping in Nepal. Some items to buy from here include embroidered jacket, Newari style design, accessories, pashmina, souvenirs, silk and jewelry.

    Bhaktapur

    This is one of the best attraction in Nepal. You can shop for handicraft products and terracotta here. Shopping for souvenirs and clothes can be ideal here. The key attractions here include the colorful masks, Terracotta products and the lotus and pretty handicrafts.  


  • What will you like there?

    The Annapurna Region

    Nepal and Annapurna region are almost synonymous to each other. It is known to have the best trekking trails of the world. You also visit the lake city of Pokhara and few shorter treks. This region accounts for the windiest, wettest and the driest place in Nepal.   

    The High Peaks

    Seven of the highest peaks of the world are found in Nepal. Together these peaks reach over to a height of 20,000 feet. You’ll not be on the top of the world but you’ll definitely feel like being there.

    The Bird Watching

    Nepal houses more than 856 known species which is just 10% of the total bird population found here. It is indeed a paradise for bird watchers. Be assured to see as many birds possible during your stay.

    The Multitude Of Adventures

    Nepal is the best site for adventure seekers. Some of the adventure activities and things to do in Nepal include trekking, paragliding, ultralights, mountaineering, bungee jumping, rafting, wildlife safaris, hot air balloons and others.  

    World Heritage Sites

    Nepal houses a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. All these are so beautiful that you must add them to your places to see list right away. Do check out the varied range of inns, monasteries, temples, and more to partake in this breathtaking Old World Culture.

    Value For Money

    Nepal is extremely budget friendly. This is particularly true when you compare the hiking trails of the Nepal to others like Inca or the Kilimanjaro Trail. Given the food pricing here, you can live off with just $10 per day. A decent and clean stay can be availed at about $18.5.

    The Lakes

    The different lakes of the Nepal are not just known across the globe for their phenomenal beauty but also have immense spiritual importance. You can find more than 200 lakes in Nepal that have a glacier origin. Who’ll ever need the sea when you have all these lakes?

    The Elevation Change

    Nepal is the only country in world where you’ll see the elevation change from 60 meters to more than 8000 meters above the sea level. It is quite an experience and provides for a great sightseeing view.

    Diverse Cultures

    There are more than 35 different ethnic groups that call Nepal their home. This means that Nepal is a land of different food items, languages, religions and musical influences. Nepal indeed is a great place to leave you comfort zone and experience different cultures. Moreover, Nepal is the only country in the world, where people worship the living Goddess Kumari.

    Nepalese Food

    Most of the Nepali dishes are inspired from other South Asian countries like India and China. Usually, the food is tasty and healthy with a lot of veggies and meat. Other common ingredients that are used in the Nepali food are garlic, cumin, lentils, cumin, yogurt and tomatoes. Enjoy a hearty meal overlooking the scenic views here.

    The Serenity

    For several hundreds of years, Nepal has been regarded as a sacred country. The very tranquility of the country will have a supreme impact on anyone who wishes to experience it. People, buildings, monuments and the land in itself is a symbol of serenity here. Nepal indeed is your ideal tourist attraction.


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  • When is the best time to visit Nepal?

    While each season in Nepal unfolds a new side of the country, it’s best to plan your trip after the monsoon season here dissipates. Clear skies and beautiful views are a regular phenomenon in Nepal when the rains are off the chart. There are a few dry months during the summer season, but you can still catch a glimpse of the majestic Himalayas in all their glory.

     

    • March to May

     

    Marking the beginning of spring in Nepal, the temperature during these months is relatively pleasant. With a temperature ranging between 16 to 22 degree Celsius, tourists are seen making the most of the delightful hiking weather in Nepal. However, since this weather is the ideal time to travel to Nepal, you may have to book your tickets in advance.

     

    • June to August

     

    Warm days with high humidity, monsoon is not generally preferred by tourists who wish to capture the country’s sublime beauty on camera. During this time, Nepal sees some of its warmest months — ranging anywhere from 23 to 25 degree Celsius. But if you’re planning to dismiss the off season because of rainfall, you’d be missing out on scenic mornings and greenery that dawn right after a shower.

     

    • September to November

     

    Gone are the dark monsoon skies, because during these months, tourists can enjoy clear skies, fresh air and breathtaking views of the valleys. With almost no humidity and heat, this season is ideal for trekkers and hikers who wish to take a shot at mountaineering. The temperature starts dropping around the beginning of November (as low as 9 to 15 degrees), so bundle up if you’re packing your bags during these months.

     

    • December to February

     

    Beginning from late December, the temperature in Nepal is pleasant during the day, but may get nippy around the nighttime. Be prepared to experience Nepal at its coldest during January — with temperature ranging from 4 to 18 degrees. Although, since these months witness less visitors, you may have a chance on bagging quieter sightseeing opportunities around the city.

  • How to reach Nepal?

    The landlocked country is equipped with a multitude land routes from India as well as an international airport located in Kathmandu. Here, a few ways you can plan your trip to Nepal:

     

    By air

     

    Nepal’s Tribhuvan International Airport located in the east of Kathmandu is the ideal way to reach if you’re travelling from Europe, Australia or America. However, keep in mind that the journey will often involve a layover in the Middle East or Asia. If you’re travelling from Delhi, a flight from Delhi to Kathmandu will take you through some scenic views of the mountains on your way.

     

    By train

     

    Several trains will take you to Nepal if you’re boarding from Delhi. The journey commences from Gorakhpur and you can reach the border in three hours. The train journey is often economical and time saving if you’re looking for a budget trip.

     

    By bus

     

    While a bus journey to Nepal seems inviting, it is often a long and tiresome haul. The recently launched service from Delhi commences at 10 am from the Ambedkar Stadium Bus Terminal, and passes through Agra and Kanpur to reach the Sunauli Border in Uttar Pradesh. The journey, although comfortable, will take you as many as 30 hours to reach the border. You may require to carry your important documents and may be barred from carrying restricted articles such as matchboxes, fluids and explosives on board the bus.

  • Do I need a visa for Nepal? How does one get a Nepal visa?

    Travelling to Nepal will require you to apply for a visa, unless you’re an Indian National. While there are options to avail visa on arrival, you can also apply for a tourist visa in advance. You can apply at Nepal’s foreign consulates from abroad in advance, or simply find visa application forms in the arrivals’ hall on the airport. The airport is also equipped with several electronic registration machines that scan your passport, take a photo and print out a completed form that you may submit to the immigration. However, it is important to keep your passport and photographs ready incase of a technical difficulty. Applying online will have your visa delivered within 15 days. Here’s where you can apply online: http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa

  • What is the currency of Nepal and where can I get my money exchanged?

    The currency used in Nepal is Nepalese Rupee. You can get your money exchanged from the airport and hotel — however, it is advisable to change cash in the ATM instead. You will find quite a few in cities such as Pokhara, Kathmandu and other major cities. Keep in mind that as you go further into rural Nepal, you will find scarce places and ATMs to get your money changed. Keep cash at hand all times in case of an emergency.

  • What are the things to do in Nepal?

    Being located between the Himalayas and the lush forest has its own set of advantages. After being isolated from the rest of the world for the longest time, Nepal has emerged as a top-notch tourist destination for travellers across the globe. Whether it’s the daunting peaks that allure you or the ancient, slow-paced lifestyle of the Nepalese, there’s lots to see and learn while you’re staying here. Here are a few activities you can indulge in while you’re exploring the charming landlocked country:

     

    • Set off on a trek down the best trekking routes in Nepal
    • Experience a breathtaking, panoramic view of the Himalayas from a mountain flight tour
    • Spot colourful migratory birds and wildlife at the Chitwan National Park
    • Go camping and indulge in adventure sports at Pokhara
    • Experience the rush of mountain biking in Kathmandu Valley
    • Visit the holy Pashupatinath Temple on the banks of Bagmati River
    • Get on board kayaks and river rafts on the banks of Bhote Koshi River

  • What is the local food of Nepal? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    Dal Bhat Tarkari is a food that is widely consumed across Nepal. The delicacy consists of rice, lentils and spices. You may even find delicious lentil soups and curries across the country. Because of its close proximity with India and China, you will also find traces of Indian and Tibetan elements in its cuisine. Don’t be surprised to come across a plateful of Tibetan-style dumplings served with Indian spices. Head over to Kathmandu to try authentic Nepalese cuisine along with lip-smacking street food.

  • What is the best public transport to commute around Nepal?

    Getting around Nepal may not seem so difficult since it is well-connected by various modes of public transport. If you’re planning a day’s exclusion around the city, here are a few ways you can make your way through Nepal:

     

    • By tempo

     

    Larger sized rickshaws (also referred to as tempos) are preferable for those wanting to travel between and within cities. You can hire one from anywhere and ask the driver to drop you off at the preferred destination.

     

    • Cycle rickshaws or auto

     

    You may spot cycle rickshaws in the old towns of Kathmandu and Terai. Not only are they eco-friendly, but they also offer you an experience like no other. Prices are negotiable and economic.

     

    • Taxi

     

    Hire a metered taxi if you’re residing in a larger town. Ideal for long as well as short distance journeys, you can spot a metered taxi by its black (short distance) and red (long distance) license plates. You may find the driver refusing to use a meter on a shorter distance — feel free to haggle away or look for another taxi in such a situation!

  • Do I need to have any vaccinations before the trip to Nepal?

    While health risks vary from person to person, it is always better to prep yourself before setting off on a trip. Consult your general physician about the following shots before you head out:

     

    • Cholera - which is spread through contaminated food and water is more common after a flood situation in Nepal. While it is uncommon to contract cholera if you choose to maintain proper hygiene, it is best to get a precautionary shot before your trip.
    • Diphtheria - can be contracted via respiratory droplets or if you spend long hours mingling with those affected.
    • Japanese Encephalitis - is often observed in Asia and is spread through the bite of a carrier mosquito. This type of mosquito breeds in rice paddies and is found around rural areas in the continent.

  • What is the local language in Nepal and which are the most commonly used greetings?

    Nepali, or the Nepalese language is the most commonly spoken language in Nepal. While it sounds a lot like Hindi, the language originated from the hilly areas of the Himalayas by the ancient mountain-dwellers. You may come across locals who understand Hindi as well, but keep in mind it is not their first language.

     

    • Namaste - Hello
    • Dhanyabad -Thank you
    • Subha Prabhat/Ratri - Good morning/night
    • Yesko mol kati ho? - What is the price of this?
    • Yaha bata tadha parchha? - Is it far from here?

  • Which are the best shopping places in Nepal and what are they famous for?

    Nepal is famous for handy knick-knacks and creative souvenirs that are available almost at any Tibetan market. You’re allowed to freely haggle and negotiate you price. While you may stumble upon plenty commercial shops and malls in Kathmandu, you can bag on quirky artefacts in villages and rural areas. Here are a few places to mark on your list:

     

    • Souvenirs, handicrafts, paintings — Thamel
    • Local Tibetan markets — Ason, Bhotahity
    • Branded items and luxury goods — Durbar Marg

  • What are some extreme adventures one can try in Nepal and where?

    Nepal is rich with a verdant landscape and thriving biodiversity. While it is also a peace lover’s paradise, it is the ideal place to get your blood pumping and adrenaline rushing to some thrilling adventure sports. Courtesy its rugged topography and staggering slopes, Nepal is a favourite of many-a-mountaineers and hikers. Here are a few sports you can try out during your stay:

     

    • White water rafting — Trishuli River
    • Jungle safari — Chitwan National Park & Bardia National Park
    • Bungee jumping — Bhote Koshi
    • Mountain biking — Pokhara
    • Canyoning — Thamel
    • Zip flyer — Sarangkot
    • Heli Skiing

  • What are the most popular treks to go for in Nepal?

    Soon after the monsoons dissipates, Nepal is open to some of the most scenic treks routes in the world. There are numerous treks best suited for those who are skilled and even if you’re still starting out. Here are a few picturesque treks you shouldn’t miss out on:

     

    • Everest base camp trek — 12 days
    • Annapurna Base Camp trek — 16 days
    • Ghorepani Poon Hill trek — 5 days
    • Gokyo Ri trek — 12 days

  • What romantic experiences can one have on their honeymoon?

    Surrounded by a mystifying forest and glorious peaks, Nepal is a perfect place to spark some romance. Newly-weds can rejuvenate amidst the tranquil climatic conditions that prevail here. If you’re planning your post-wedding vacation in Nepal, make sure you add a few of these on your list:

     

    • Romantic boating with a backdrop of the Annapurna range in Pokhara
    • Enjoy the glamorous nightlife and casinos in Kathmandu
    • Spend some peaceful moments in the wilderness at Bandipur
    • Wake up to a beautiful view of Mt. Everest in Nagarkot
    • Embark on a wildlife safer in Bardia

  • Where to rent a bike in Nepal?

    Renting a bike is a great way to get around Nepal if you’re in for an adventurous time. If you’re planning to make day trips around Bhaktapur, Patan or Nagarkot, having a bike at hand is always helpful. You may rent a bike from Kathmandu with a small fee of Rs. 600 to Rs. 2,500 per day. There are plenty of gas stations around Kathmandu and the main highway routes in Nepal.

  • What are the best pilgrimage sites in Nepal?

    Apart from being a well-known tourist destination, Nepal also draws crowd from around the world as a renowned pilgrimage site. The country’s spiritual significance attracts devotees of various ethnicities, who come vying for a glimpse of ancient temples and monasteries. Several Hindu as well as Buddhist temples are a part of the culture in Nepal, here are a few famous sacred places where you can head to:

     

    • Pashupatinath Temple: Considered as a sacred pilgrimage site for Hindus, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is well known for its pagoda-style architecture.

     

    • Boudhanath Stupa: Located on the outskirts of Kathmandu, the Boudhanath Stupa is deemed as the holiest Buddhist temple outside of Tibet.

     

    • Lumbini: The birthplace of Lord Buddha, Lumbini, attracts several Buddhist as well as Hindu devotees every year.

     

    • Muktinath: A significant pilgrimage site for Hindus, the temple of Muktinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. However, the. Temple also includes a Tibetan gompa in its premises as well.

  • What are the best casinos to visit in Nepal?

    Nepal’s nightlife includes several action-packed casinos which are open 24-hours every day. Kathmandu is home to some exciting casinos that welcome tourists who are down for a game of blackjack after a long day of excursion around the city. The casinos also serve a variety of global cuisine on the menu along with piquant drinks on the house. Here are a few you can hit as the sun goes down in Kathmandu:

     

    • Casino Shangrila
    • Casino Everest
    • Casino Royale
    • Casino Nepal

  • I have never visited Nepal. What city should I start from?

    Nepal is a country of sights and surprises. However, it is easy to confuse yourself if you’re a first time tourist in Asia.

     

    • If you’re not an experienced trekker, it is advisable to start with easier, or moderate paced treks instead of simply jumping aboard a treacherous one.

     

    • Begin by sightseeing at Kathmandu and a few places around it. You may even indulge in leisurely sports that include Buddha Air Mountain flight or visit holy sites around the city.

     

    • Spend a day within Chitwan National Park or take a short trek to nearby villages.

  • What are the Unesco World Heritage Sites in Nepal?

    The UNESCO has appointed 4 famous world heritage sites in Nepal:

     

    • Kathmandu Valley
    • Chitwan National Park
    • Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha
    • Sagarmatha National Park

  • How far is Mt. Everest from Kathmandu?

    Planning a visit to Mt. Everest does not require you to bundle up and put on your goggles. You can even admire the beauty of the great peak from Kathmandu itself. Mt. Everest is approximately 278 kilometres away from Pokhara. Apart from trekking the route, you can take a mountain-flight from Kathmandu for a panoramic view of the dramatic mountains.

  • What are the best routes to go mountain biking in Kathmandu Valley?

    The Kathmandu Valley is home to some adventurous routes for those who wish to try a hand at mountain biking. The beautiful, rustic trail include an awe-inspiring backdrop of the Himalayas within the thick foliage of forests. Whether you’re signing up for a gruelling, all-day adventure or a leisurely exploration ride, Kathmandu has lots in store around its valley for you to pedal away at:

     

    • Upper mustang and Annapurna circuit — for experienced, fit riders.
    • Shivapuri National Park — moderate to easy.
    • Pokhara — for moderate to difficult riders.

  • What are the best places in Nepal to do Pranamaya Yoga?

    Those looking for some time to rejuvenate can find several yoga retreats in Nepal that will avail some time to recharge, right in the lap of the Himalayas. Tourists can relax their body and mind, taking in the mesmerising scenery while indulging in traditional Nepalese yoga. There are Pranamaya yoga studios in Patan, Thamel and Pokhara that offer a conducive space for the practice.

  • What are the most popular tea gardens to visit in Nepal?

    Nepal is well-known for tea rearing, which takes places approximately 7,500 meters above sea level. The climatic conditions and the mountainous topography help produce premium tea in several flavours throughout the year. Don’t forget to check out some of these sprawling tea gardens during your visit:

     

    • Jun Chiyabari Tea Garden, Dhankuta
    • Everest Tea Garden, Bhotechaur
    • Ilam Tea Garden, Ilam

  • What are the famous wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in Nepal?

    Blessed with vibrant wildlife and expansive forests, Nepal boasts of as many as 100 different species of mammals and 750 variants of birds within its sanctuaries. The dense jungles of Nepal are a great source of tourism for the country and they annually attract visitors from around the world.

     

    • Chitwan National Park: The oldest and the most famous sanctuary in Nepal, this national park is best recognised for the endangered one-horned rhinoceros and royal Bengal tiger.

     

    • Parsa Wildlife Reserve: This popular wildllife reserve allures visitors to its dense Sal forests and several animals including wild elephant, giant hornbill and many more.

     

    • Sagarmatha National Park: Tourists often flock to Sagarmatha for a glimpse of the world’s tallest peak, Mt. Everest. However, this national park is home to 118 species of birds and is recognised by UNESCO as the ideal place to trek in Nepal.
    • Makalu-Barun National Park: Located on the Nepal-Tibet border, this expansive national park is a natural habitat of animals such as barking deer, red panda and the marmot.

  • Here are the best tips Thrillophilia has to offer for your trip to Nepal:

    Here are a few handy tips to keep in mind if you’re travelling to Nepal for the very first time:

    • If you’re planning of trekking, make sure you trek with a group instead of going off by yourself.
    • Keep a bandana handy if you’re allergic to dust and pollution, since the city is prone to be crowded and traffic-clogged at most times.
    • Keep a watch out for regular ‘strikes’ or ‘bandhs’ that can throw your travel plans off track.
    • Insist for a metered taxi in areas you’re not too familiar with.

Traveller Tales from Nepal

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Anushree

03 May 2017

Having trekked in the Sahayadris for over 4-5 years now and after doing two himalayan treks in the previous season, I wanted to do a more challenging trek. So finally I decided to climb the base camp of the highest mountain in the world. The majestic mountain range had been in my bucket list for many years. Now seemed to be the right time, and so I set off in search of the "Everest". I always thought how difficult could it be to climb mountains, after all, it just takes putting one step ahead of the other. I was wrong, it indeed turned out to be more difficult than I imagined. This is due to the rarefied air in the atmosphere, that makes breathing difficult. Even a nominal gradient while ascending seems to be a task. But thankfully I wasn't hit by any symptoms of AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ) which makes the mountaineer's job tremendously difficult at high altitudes. On the trek, it was the promise of some awesome photos, that helped me carry through many steep climbs. But, the sheer beauty of the barren mountains with clear blue sky in the backdrop and the ferocious Dudh Koshi River inspired me not to give up but to keep climbing. During the climb of Kala Patthar, I learnt the importance of balance and concentration, even when you are exhausted beyond limit. On the Kala Patthar summit day, I set out at 4 in the morning, climbing through the mountain with a 50-70 degree gradient; sub zero temperatures, chilly winds and freezing weather. It was total dark and the only thing I could see through my head torch was the next step. From this moment till 6 am in the morning, I only thought about the awesome feeling of summiting and achieving my goal. As the air was thin, I concentrated on breathing properly and adequately and took synchronized baby steps. And, finally at 6:30 am I reached the Summit (5643m)! The view of the sunrise on Everest was just spectacular and the feeling of having summited, exhilarating!! The Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar expedition made me realize that to achieve a goal, it is important to believe in your own efforts and strength (Both Physical and Mental).But more than that, we should be grateful towards the ecosystem around and factors beyond our control which play an equally important role in our journey to achieve anything.

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Rameshwar Bharadwaj

20 October 2014

A good trek at a very reasonable price is what I need to say about this trek first of all. I had a comfortable and good stay at the base camp. The camping was a great fun and I enjoyed to the core. Heard that this was the most challenging trek of Nepal and so I decided to try this out. This was obviously challenging but I could make it out till the end. it was just out of the world experience

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Sucheta Namboothiri

23 September 2015

The mountains were brilliant and nice, the clear sky after the summer monsoon had dusted away the dust and we hence got a chance to have a clear view of the whole peak and the adjacent places. The days we spent at the camp base was cooler even though it could have been more long.

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Purushottam Malik

10 May 2015

Everest Base Camp Trekking In Nepal is one of the best camp trekking that I have ever taken. Everest has been in my wish list of places to trek for so long. When it did finally happen, I was getting sceptical. However, thanks to the organizers for making this whole process a smooth one for me. I am so glad and happy to have actually taken this trek. Also, visiting Nepal was a splendid experience. Viewing Everest from Nepal is the best part of this trip. I just wish I can do this again soon.

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Chinmayananda Desai

14 May 2015

Hill trekking is fun. What’s more fun is doing it in Nepal. This was my first visit to Nepal, and trekking there was simply spell-binding. I had a really great time and it was completely awesome trekking those peak spots. There was no drawback at all. It was simply splendid.

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Dakshayani Dhawan

25 January 2015

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking In Nepal is one of the best and wonderful treks that I have ever been to. It was interesting and awesome. Trekking is one of my favourite hobbies, but of late, I haven’t been trekking so much, so I took this vacation to do trekking and I absolutely loved it. It had been the best trek ever. I would definitely recommend this.

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Deenabandhu Devar

25 June 2015

The great Everest Base trek camp is the most spectacular camping that I ever know of. What I liked personally about this trek was the courtesy and reception of the inhabitants at this place. Even though the trek was steep and sharp we had ample route to trek and enjoy. We even had time to take marvellous pictures at each and every step of the trek. I should say that I went on this trek at the right time. it was a life changing experience for me!!

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Devika Mehrotra

08 December 2016

Are you planning to head for a trek to the Everest Base camp? Well hear my story of my experience to this wonderful heaven on Earth, I am basically from Rajasthan, and am a great lover of trek, I never leave any trekking place in the World untouched, there are many I have taken up and there are still vast to explore, as I was trekking to each and every place that I had shortlisted from my bucket list, the Everest base camp took its turn last month, I was very eagerly waiting for this trek ever since I had heard from the Indian friends about a trekking destination like this in Nepal. The Everest memory is going to be in memories forever; base camp at the world’s highest mountain is not everyone’s cup of tea. It needs endurance, agility, talent and stability to survive the whole way through, which is what I have learnt from the trek. When the temperature in Rajasthan was touching around 40 degree, I decided to trek to the Everest to take a break from the climate and the city. I read about the reviews before hand and planned everything, initially I thought of going alone, but at the last moment some old school friends of mine joined up, so it was a team of ten heading to the highest peak of the world. Our journey began at Rajasthan, and within few hours we reached Kathmandu, from where we were supposed to be picked up by our guides, we moved on from here to a nearby hotel, as we wanted to fresh up and make ourselves active before the actual trek began, so our first day was a complete rest at the hotel, the next day we went down to explore the Kathmandu valleys and monkey temple, and then by evening we were boarded flight to Lukla, and here finally our trekking activity started, caught a glimpse of this statue on way – Late Pasang Lhamu Sherpa ( the first Nepali women to reach the world top), and then from here we reached to Phakding, here we halted for some time, took a short nap for a couple of hours, and on our guides call we started to trek towards gateway of Everest, Namche Bazaar. Uphill and downhill trek over here was simply amazing, then we had to stop at Jorsale for some legal paper work, which was taken care of well by our guide, crossing the alpine vegetation and suspension bridge we landed at Namche Bazaar, after halting here overnight we started our acclimatizing walk towards the Everest view hotel from where we caught view of various peaks, Kusum Kangaroo, Thamsekru, Amadablam and the gigantic Mt. Everest. Then we trekked to Tengboche, Dingboche, Nagarjuna hill and then towards Lobuche. From Lobuche the final lap of trek to Everest base camp began, after trekking for around three hours I finally made it up to the Everest Base camp. That feel being on top of this Everest was like being on top of the world. Yay! I was waiting for this moment since then to share it with my friends, relatives and other trekking enthusiasts.

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Buddhana Naik

07 December 2016

It is not always about travelling to some great place, but it is all about the experience that we get from out tour. This is what I felt after I am now done with my Everest base camp trek, I heard from my colleagues that this trek is a very challenging one, but then I and my school friends decided to give it a try. Even though I have a good trekking experience, my friend was not too much in to it, still we both were eager to take up and make it possible. The Everest is the most sought after destination for trekking enthusiasts, and we were lucky that we got an opportunity to trek to this wonderful mountain peak region. Now talking out about the trek, I and my friend just backpacked some clothing, good quality trekking shoe and started off to this wonderful destination, I had already arranged for the trekking schedule and the itinerary was briefed to us well in advance, the whole trekking journey of 14 days is still in front of my eyes, I am yet to recover from that trance state. We started our journey at Chennai and reached Kathmandu, and then from here we were flown to Lukla to trek to Phadking, the whole way we enjoyed the panoramic view and the beauty of the hills, from Lukla our trekking journey began gradually, with many ups and downs we never faced any problem anywhere, the Guides were not only co-operative but they were entertaining too, they gave us break every now and then, the short suspension that we came across was a great view at Kusum- Kangru. As we trailed through on this base camp trek we came across many villages and rivers. The villagers were very friendly; in fact we were surprised to see that some of the villagers were able to speak good English, they are very eager to help strangers and particularly trekkers, so there wasn’t any fear of getting lost at all, the pathway which we had to go through was full of ridges and trails, initially I was a bit afraid that we may get lost, but as I had said before the villagers are too friendly and they will helped us out with the ways, once or twice we were little behind our fellow trekkers, luckily with the help of the villagers we managed to get back to our team. As we had trekked only last week, the weather was rather clear and we were able to see clearly the snow capped mountains and the flowing rivers. As we were trekking high, we felt it little hard to trek, over here we had to take a small break and energize our body by filling it with local food and drinks that was available almost at every junction. Some of the other trekkers who hadn’t hired guides faced little problem, luckily we escaped such a situation. Overall, I had a very delightful experience and am longing to trek again during this winter.

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