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Butwal Unplugged: Exploring Nature, Parks, and Famous Sites

Nepal is a country with a rich cultural heritage and a long history. When you visit Nepal, you are likely to see many of the country’s famous temples. As a foreigner, there are a lot of options to learn about Hinduism and temples in Nepal and places like Pokhara, Ilam, Chitwan, or Butwal. You could also engage in thrilling trekking adventures or tours while visiting these temples. Nonetheless, you may need a more comprehensive description of the best temples in Nepal to assist you in your trek. 

Located in the Western Development Region, Lumbini Zone, Rupandehi District, Butwal is a sub-metropolitan city in Nepal, an urban center for an agglomeration that is rapidly growing. It is the administrative capital of the Lumbini Zone. The growth and development of Butwal make the city a wonderful destination for foreign explorers. Located on the Tilottama River, 161 kilometers south of Pokhara and 265 kilometers west of Kathmandu, the city is nestled in the valley of the Tinau River. The city is named after Batauli Bazaar, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the town on the west bank of the Tinau River.

The town of Butwal is located at the crossroads of two major highways running through Nepal, the Mahendra Highway and the Siddhartha Highway. It is connected to Kathmandu by road and air (via the Siddhrthanagar airport). Nepal’s fastest-growing cities are those that excel in the areas of education, roads, marketing, health and safety, communications, trade, and banking.  

History of Butwal

Butwal was a loose town in the Lumbini region that served as a trading post bridging the Indian plains with the hilly areas of Lumbini. As a result, Butwal represented a historical link between Nepal and India. However, Butwal became a point of contention during the 1814-16 Gurkha War. During the British East India Company’s rule of Awadh and the Shah Dynasty’s invasion of Terai, the British captured Awadh from its hereditary rulers.

Back then, Butwal was merely a settlement on the bank of the Tilottama River (also known as Tinau) when King Tribhuvan fled to India during the revolution against the Rana dynasty in 1950. With the completion of the Siddhartha Highway in 1968 connecting Sunauli to Pokhara via Butwal, as well as the Mahendra Highway running through all of Nepal’s Terai in 1970, Butwal is one of Nepal’s most urbanized areas.

While you visit Nepal, visiting this city full of culture and beautiful location is a must. Butwal has several places worth visiting. They are:

Devdaha

Devdaha, Lord Gautam Buddha’s mother’s home, located 13 kilometers east of Butwal, is Nepal’s most historically significant and attractive sacred site. It offers a place of spectacular natural beauty with a clean environment.

Jitgadhi

Jitgadhi consists of the gorgeous Narayan temples, which were established during the Angol-Nepal War (1864 B.S.). Furthermore, Hanuman temples, Shivalayas of Hanumagngadhi, Jalabinayak Mahadev temples, Siddababa temples, Nuwakot, and others are popular Butwal tourist attractions.

Manimukunda Sen Park

Manimukunda Sen Park is remarkable from both a natural and archaeological viewpoint as the winter home of the Palpali Sen clan exists. It is here that one can admire the magnificent palace and royal residence of Manimukunda Sen, an ancient Palpali king with six huge chambers, administrative functions, and picturesque grandeur of Butwal, Siddharthanagar, and other neighboring villages of Rupandehi district.

In 1991, the archaeological department of His Majesty’s Government initiated a program to manage the park. However, Butwal municipality formed the Manimukunda Sen Park Conservation Council to implement the park’s development program and make it a tourist attraction.

Butwal Hill Park

Historically, this area is meaningful to the Gurung people because Gurung ancestors are buried here. The hill provides views on both sides of the city and divides the city into two sections.

Aap Khola

When there is a drought, people flock to this river to swim and collect water. From here, you can even see the holy Manakamana Temple.

Murgiya Jharbaira

In this area, there are secondary schools, rice and oil mills, temples, and a great deal of natural beauty. In the town’s center is a temple dedicated to Goddess Durga as well as a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva (Parmeshower Bolbam Dham), which is known to have received blessings from Lord Shiva Shankar.

Sainamaina

The Sainamaina outdoor museum has a fascinating history, archaeological site, and eco-tourism perspective. It is located in the Samgrama site, which was one of the Shakya Raj’s Grama villages in Butwal. Awadh’s kingdom was at the mercy of the British when Begum Hazrat Mahal of Awadh brought her warriors and porters to this area in response to the disruption caused by the British. So it became known as Saina Maina. It is an amazing site full of old ruins and antiquities, such as statues of dancing saints, ruins of a castle, and a well.

The weather in Sainamaina is moderate and warm most of the year. It can range from 20 degrees Celsius to 27 degrees Celsius during summer. The temperature can drop to an average of 12 degrees in winter.

Siddha Baba Temple

On the hills surrounding Butwal Municipality, there is a temple named Siddha Baba Temple. Devotees believe that if they bring pigeons to the temple, he will grant their wishes. Huge crowds of worshippers flock to this temple on Saturdays. Thus, there are several microbus services available on Saturday.

Global Peace Park

Global Peace Park in Butwal is a relatively new place that is also described as a symbol of peace. It attracts many international celebrities, tourists, and models due to its inherent beauty and perfection. While visiting Butwal, Global Peace Park is a must.

Banbatika Forest Resort

In addition to its attractive and gorgeous animals, Banbatika Forest Resort has lots of decorative elements as well. This is a nice place to have a picnic and celebrate many different occasions. Banbatika is a wonderful tourist destination with an assortment of wildlife, including anacondas, white mice, ostriches, deer, leopards, and rabbits, among others.

Muktidham, Nayagoan

Located on the city’s outskirts, the recently built Muktidham temple at Nayagoan is reminiscent of Muktinath’s Vintage Temple in Mustang.

Nearby Places of Interest in Butwal

In addition to the Industrial Region, there is the Charange district, known for its natural beauty, just a few meters from the Butwal gate (the gate through which Butwal City begins). Furthermore, some other places that will impress you while in Butwal are mentioned below.

  • Butwal’s traffic chowk, which is better known as the center of the city.
  • Golpark is a residential area located beneath the shade of the mountains.
  • Amar Path is an area where you can shop for food, clothes, furnishings, etc.
  • Located at the intersection of Siddartha Highway and Mahendra Highway, Rajmarga Chauraha means Rajmarga Crossroads.
  • Devinagar, which is a Residential area featuring an ANFA football stadium.
  • Deepnagar is also a residential area that lies at the foot of the Siwalik range.

How do you get to Butwal?

There are around 100 buses that travel from Butwal to Kathmandu, as well as buses that travel to Pokhara, Dang, and other important cities. The most common mode of transportation is buses. Until 2003, most of the fleet was made up of old, large buses, but operators have introduced newer, smaller buses since then. People are transported to hilly areas by older Jeeps.

Within the city, Short-distance urban transportation is provided by Rickshaws. Throughout the city, motorcycles are a common mode of transportation. The number of registered motorcycles in 2008 increased dramatically from 1,200 in 1999. Thus, transportation is easily accessible in Butwal.

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

Finally, when you decide to visit the gorgeous city, hope you have a great time. Furthermore, you can count on hospitality as well as the beauty of the city to impress you as you explore Butwal. We here at Pokhara Info can arrange for a tour of Butwal city if you are interested.

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Classic Stopovers: Beautiful Sites Across Nepal

Historically, Nepal has been heavily shaped by two of its neighbors, India and China, due to its geographical location. This region has attracted many settlers over the centuries, resulting in a strong diversity of cultures. Nepal is today an increasingly popular destination for tourists, mountaineers, and spiritual seekers. Have a wonderful time if you decide to travel to Nepal as well.

Here at Pokhara Info, we work towards making the best out of your travel to Nepal. Our classic tour of Nepal combines the tours of three of the most popular cities in Nepal: Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan, in addition to a few nearby attractions.

During the tour, you’d:

  • Get to know the historical cities within Kathmandu Valley
  • Visit Nagarkot, a village on the hilltop that offers stunning views of the Himalayas
  • Experience a wildlife safari in Chitwan National Park in Nepal
  • Discover Buddha’s birthplace, Lumbini
  • Explore the gorgeous city and the lakes of Pokhara

Getting to Kathmandu

With the exception of India, you require a Nepalese visa in order to get to Nepal. However, it’s fairly easy to get a visa when you arrive in Kathmandu or from a Nepalese Embassy in your country. As you fly into Kathmandu, you’ll see stunning views of the city, the Himalayas, and terraced fields below.

We’ll have a representative greet you as you exit customs and help you navigate Kathmandu’s narrow, winding streets on your way to Nagarkot, in the hills northeast of Kathmandu, one hour away. If you decide to hike the 2-3 hours to Nagarkot instead of driving, your luggage will be waiting at the hotel in the village. After a long flight, a moderate hike through villages and farm fields allows you to stretch your legs with beautiful views of the surrounding valleys.

From Nagarkot to Bhaktapur

Having a good breakfast at the start of the day will fuel you for the trip to Bhaktapur, which is about an hour or so from Nagarkot. After witnessing the gorgeous sunrise from Nagarkot, you can either drive to Bhaktapur within an hour or hike there (4 hours).

During the hike, visitors pass through Changu Narayan, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Kathmandu Valley. The temple in Changu Narayan is one of the least visited among such sites in the valley, making it a special place to visit. Located in Nepal, this ancient temple is believed to date back to the 13th century.

The medieval Newari city of Bhaktapur was severely damaged by the 2015 earthquake, but many of its magnificent buildings are still standing, including the tallest temple in Kathmandu Valley and the five-story Nyatapola Temple. Many of the town’s squares are used to dry pottery, which is a product of the fine Newari crafts.

From Bhaktapur to Patan

After exploring Bhaktapur’s temples and courtyards, you’ll travel to Patan, about an hour away. If you’re looking for souvenirs, Patan is the best place in the Kathmandu Valley for you to do so. Similar to Bhaktapur, the town is full of traditional Newari craftspeople, so there are shops that sell Buddhist thangkas, metal statues, jewelry of all kinds, and copper and brass cookware.

While Patan doesn’t have as many hotels as central Kathmandu, the number is growing at a rapid pace, but that’s to the discerning traveler’s advantage. Several local heritage buildings have been converted into beautiful boutique guesthouses.

Getting to Chitwan

As you wake up the next morning, you will depart for the famous Terai region of Nepal, Chitwan National Park, where the terrain and culture are totally different from Kathmandu and the Himalayas.

‘Terai’ refers to the huge plains in Nepal’s south, which are the northernmost extension of the great Gangetic plains of India. These plains have been won and lost in decades of conflict and are a mixture of Indian and Nepali characteristics in terms of people and traditions. As soon as you arrive at the airport in Chitwan, a representative from your lodge will pick you up, and you will be at the lodge in time for lunch unless you choose an afternoon flight. Furthermore, a briefing on the activities is available to you for the afternoon and the next day.

Exploring Chitwan

You may participate in a number of activities available in Chitwan, or you may choose to relax and explore on your own. With a full day of jungle safari activities, you can spend time with Nepal’s majestic elephants and search for wildlife in the dense jungles or go on a boat safari on the river to see wildlife and birdlife along the banks of the river.

There are a variety of animals in Chitwan, including the greater one-horned rhinoceros, spotted deer, hog deer, sambar deer, and barking deer, as well as a large variety of birds. In addition, there is always the possibility of seeing a leopard, sloth bear, or Royal Bengal tiger. Tiger sightings have become more frequent in recent years, despite the rarity of spotting a tiger these days.

Excursion to Lumbini

You leave Chitwan after breakfast and drive about 3-4 hours to Lumbini. Lumbini is a Buddhist pilgrimage site near the Indian border in Nepal’s Kapilavastu district, where Queen Mayadevi is said to have given birth to Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha.

Lumbini is one of four pilgrimage sites that sprouted up in places pivotal to the life of the Buddha, the other three being Bodhgaya, Sarnath, and Kushinagar. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. In Lumbini, you will find ancient ruins of ancient monasteries, a sacred Bodhi tree, a bathing pond, a sacred Asokan pillar, and the Mayadevi temple, which is the exact site of Buddha’s birth.

The site is a popular place for pilgrims from around the world to meditate and chant in the mornings and evenings. Aside from the Crane Sanctuary, Lumbini also boasts the Eurasian Wigeon Migration and the Booted Eagle Migration. Binoculars are a must for catching a glimpse of the birds such as eagles, harriers, and grebes.

Getting to Pokhara

You will have time to enjoy the sunrise and explore Lumbini before being taken to Bhairawa airport for your flight to Pokhara. When you arrive in Pokhara, you will be taken to the hotel by private car.

You have the rest of the day to relax or enjoy a variety of activities in Pokhara. You might want to check out the cafes and restaurants, go shopping, or even try something more adventurous, like paragliding and mountain biking. On the next day, you can choose to indulge in numerous activities available in Pokhara, such as boating, lake seeing, picnics, or trekkings. Floating on the blue waters of Lake Phewa with views of the Himalayas is an unforgettable experience that you will not forget. You should also explore Mahendra Caves and Chamero Gufa; otherwise, you might miss out on some ecological wonders. 

The entirety of the tour can last from seven days to twelve days. However, if you really love any of the locations mentioned above, you can spend a few more days there according to your wish.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.

Finally, we will transfer you to Pokhara’s domestic airport after breakfast for your flight back home to Kathmandu. Furthermore, if you are flying back home from Kathmandu today, please schedule your flight to depart no earlier than 11 am to ensure you’ll have enough time to catch your flight.

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“Experience Nepal” Tour for Foreigners

With the Nepal Experience Tour provided by Pokhara Info, travelers can get a glimpse of Nepal enjoyably and memorably.

Nestled among the peaks of the high Himalayas with plenty of natural beauty and colorful history, Nepal offers a fascinating experience. It leads you through historical monuments, architecture, and a stunning view of the Himalayas. Another reason to take this tour is the chance to explore verdant forests teeming with wildlife.

During the tour, we will visit most of Nepal’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage sites. Lumbini is a Buddhist pilgrimage site, and Boudhanath is a Hindu pilgrimage site too.

In addition to Pashupatinath and other temples, Chitwan National Park showcases a different side of Nepal. It is known for its wildlife and flora. Pokhara is still to be explored, as there are many things to do in Pokhara. Sarangkot offers the best views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna massif.

During the tour, you will be able to discover Kathmandu’s diverse mix of cultures and Buddhist and Hindu shrines. You will also visit Patan and Bhaktapur, two medieval towns in Nepal’s Himalayan range, and pass through tropical and subtropical forests.

Furthermore, Relax in this laid-back town on the shores of Phewa Lake. Travel through hidden villages and towns of Palpa to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha. Take in the sunrise or sunset at Nargakot – a hill station near Kathmandu.

Itinerary for the Tour

The second day would be a perfect day to visit Pashupatinath (a Hindu shrine where cremations are held on the river bank), followed by Boudhanath (where Tibetan pilgrims come to meditate with their prayer wheels). They are two of the biggest religious sites within Kathmandu as well as Nepal at large.

Kathmandu's ancient royal capital (known as Basantapur Durbar Square) and Swayambhunath (also known as Monkey Temple) are both Buddhist temples (which are quite popular in Kathmandu). We can make a great trip there and, in the late afternoon, visiting the town of Kirtipur would be ideal, which dates from the 9th century.

In the early morning, visit the Buddhist Posse at Patan, the ancient capital and city of golden roofs. You'll surely find the golden temple quite fascinating. In the afternoon, we visit the traditional village of Newar, surrounded by paddies, and Khokana, which is famous for its mustard oil, and observe the farmers working hard during the farming season.

 Approximately 5 hours of drive from Kathmandu, by private car, we can reach Chitwan and, consequently, Chitwan National Park, home to the most famous wildlife and flora in Asia. Additionally, you can visit the ethnic group of Tharu to discover their everyday lives and culture.

On this day, you will wake up for an Elephant Safari to explore the jungle, where many animals can be seen, such as a one-horned rhinoceros, two kinds of monkeys, deer, crocodiles, and if you are lucky, you may see a tiger. After lunch, we set off on a traditional canoe trip on the Rapti River in search of crocodiles and waterfowl. Afterward, in the evening, witness a performance of Tharu cultural dance.

We will wake up at 5 am to observe birds (with a guide). After breakfast, we will drive to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, one of the four most important Buddhist sites on earth. Our next stop is Maya Devi's temple, Asoka's column, the sacred pool Maya Devi bathed for her son, and the monasteries.

A five-hour drive to Tansen, in the Palpa district, will give you the opportunity to explore the city and the old palace dating back to the 17th century. Palpa was once the ancient capital of the kingdom of the Magar people.

The trip to Pokhara takes you along the banks of the Narayani River through the magnificent scenery of Nepal's hills. Pokhara is the second largest city in Nepal and features an excellent view of the Annapurna Range.

Ascend about 1590m to Sarankot in the early morning for a spectacular view of the sunrise, and the Himalayas in the distance, including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Machhapuchare (Fishtail Mountain). After a visit to the International Mountain Museum and a boat ride on Phewa Lake, take the afternoon trip to David's fall before visiting the Tibetan refugee camp.

We will begin the day by driving to Bimalnagar, the largest cave in Asia, and discover a Newar authentic village before climbing Bandipur, an old city from the 19th century, to the top of a hill. There, visit the city's temples and take a panoramic view of the Himalayas.

Afterward, depart for Gorkha by car. There you will discover the ancient palace of Gorkha, which was built around three hundred years ago on a hilltop by the Shah Dynasty. There, view the stunning mountains from the cave of Guru Gorkhanath, a mausoleum built by King Ram Shah. The temple of Kali, built by King Ram Shah, is situated behind the palace.

Afterward, we drive to Kathmandu, a stunning sight that becomes even more spectacular as we gaze at the Himalayan peaks. Later, we visit Basantapur Durbar Square, the ancient royal capital of Kathmandu.

Start your day with a morning visit to the temple Dakshin Kali "the goddess of blood," one of the most important sites for animal sacrifices, where thousands of Nepali people sacrifice animals every Tuesday and Saturday. After that, we will drive to Pharping, one of the places where Padmasambhava's "Guru Rimpoche" was made to meditate in the caves. Guru Rimpoche was the founder of Tibetan Buddhism during the 6th century. In the afternoon, we drive through peasant villages of the valley and lush forests until we reach Nagarkot, with splendid views of the Himalayas.

Our early morning starts with a beautiful sunrise view of the surrounding mountains, forests, and woods. After sunrise, we drive back to Kathmandu. We also visit Bhaktapur en route. The old town of Bhaktapur is divided into 24 traditional localities. In addition to its name, 'city of devotees,' it has greatly influenced religion, culture, and Tantrism in Nepal. A visit to the stunning Bhaktapur durbar square is a highlight of the day for its unique structure and rich cultural heritage. We will spend the night in Kathmandu and finally conclude our tour.  

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.

Furthermore, When you are ready to start your Nepal trekking adventure, it is time to begin thinking about what to pack. If you are ready to book but aren’t sure when is the best time to trek or what to stay in, Pokhara Info has got you covered. You can figure out these queries through our site. We can also be found on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites. Hope you have a good time in Nepal and thank you for visiting

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Sacred Sites Voyage: Exploring Kathmandu and Lumbini

As a cultural and artistic destination that is in close proximity to the Himalayas, Kathmandu has attracted tourists since the 1960s. The city’s intoxicating mixture of art and culture makes it an obvious choice. In the heart of Kathmandu’s old city, you can stroll through Old Town’s narrow, winding streets accompanied by your guide as you try steamed momos and see handicrafts while admiring Durbar Square’s distinctive architecture.

The Kathmandu and Lumbini Tours consolidate a five-day journey covering the iconic sights of Kathmandu and the sacred sites of Lumbini. A journey through Nepal’s major cultural sites provides travelers with the chance to observe the outstanding arts adorning the monuments, ultimately taking them to the serene ambiance of Lumbini. Overall, this is a tour that lets travelers immerse themselves in some of Nepal’s most beautiful landmarks.

About

As part of the Kathmandu and Lumbini Tours, you will visit the historical and cultural sites of Kathmandu. This includes the Pashupatinath temple, considered a sacred site for Hindu devotees. In addition to visiting Boudhanath stupa and Swayambhunath stupa, the tour includes touring Boudhanath stupa and Swayambhu stupa. For Buddhists, Boudhanath is holy, while Swayambhu is both holy and divine.

In addition to visiting religious shrines, the tour also includes a visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square. The square is studded with small temples and huge palaces, including a living goddess, Kumari. Following a fascinating tour of the world’s heritage sites in Kathmandu, we continue to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha, which is a sacred shrine for Hindus, Buddhists, and Jain pilgrims.

In addition to its religious significance, Lumbini boasts a number of beautiful monasteries and gumbas built by various Buddhist nations around the world. This holistic location is peaceful and tranquil, despite its constant bustle of pilgrims. During this short tour, you’ll witness a Maya Devi temple, a garden, an Ashoka pillar, and several beautiful monasteries. Overall, this tour provides the opportunity for you to experience and admire the fabulous historical creations of Nepal.

Best Time for the Kathmandu and Lumbini Tour

All year round is the best time for Kathmandu and Lumbini tours. Anyone can visit at any time of the year to enjoy the beauty accumulated at the historical sites in Nepal. This tour can, therefore, be undertaken throughout the year. The summer/monsoon season may be a challenge due to hot climatic conditions. However, this isn’t unbearable. In addition, visits to Kathmandu and Lumbini can be made in any season.

Highlights of the Tour

  • The tour is led by an English-speaking, experienced, knowledgeable, and professional guide.
  • Throughout the tour, all accommodations are luxurious
  • See the differences in weather and terrain between Kathmandu and Chitwan during the scenic flight to Bhairahawa
  • Discover the wonders of Kathmandu’s architecture and the fine details adorning its historical landmarks.
  • The birthplace of Lord Buddha, who lived as an ascetic for 29 years, is where you can learn more about his life
  • Discover several monasteries and temples, as well as beautiful gardens at the Maya Devi temple.

Alternative Tours

 Pokhara Info offers several other short tours for travelers interested in quick gateways. We offer a five-day Kathmandu and Pokhara tour, which includes sightseeing in both the charming Lakeside city of Pokhara and the historical monuments of Kathmandu. We also offer a four-day Discover Kathmandu and Nagarkot tour, which includes a visit to the outskirts of Kathmandu. We can also tailor-make your trip. Share your ideas with our specialists, and they will help you customize your itinerary according to your schedule, budget, interest, and activities.

Itinerary for the Kathmandu and Lumbini Tour

Our tour today covers the following sites listed by UNESCO:

Pashupatinath temple: It is one of the most important Hindu temples in the world, and the temple honors Lord Shiva. It is surrounded by dozens of temples, with each corner filled with Sadhus, the most prominent followers of Lord Shiva. Additionally, this is the place where Hindu rituals and customs are performed for cremating departed loved ones.

Boudhanath Stupa: Next, we would like to visit the Boudhanath stupa, which is the largest dome-shaped stupa in the world. The stupa has a unique Mandala design, which is equally impressive and unique. Buddhist pilgrims and visitors hunting for a place to unwind are constantly reverberating through the area, as are several gompas in the area.

Kathmandu Durbar Square: The next stop is Kathmandu Durbar Square. The palace is enormous and surrounded by wonderful temples. Travelers can visit temples and museums for a comprehensive understanding of the heritage sites. It is also home to several monuments, shires, and stupas illustrating centuries-old histories, as well as the living goddess Kumari; the palace is one of the finest examples of Nepalese architecture and Nepalese art.

Swayambhunath Stupa: We will end our tour at the Swayambhunath stupa, an ancient religious structure that overlooks Kathmandu from a hilltop. Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims share a common ground at stupas, so both places of pilgrimage honor both faiths through their temples and stupas.

As part of the itinerary, we will also visit Patan Durbar Square if we have some time left. Both Patan and Kathmandu possess ancient temples and buildings from the 15th century. Additionally, the pillars, windows, doors, and stone sculptures on the buildings are carved from wood and stone.

After a tiring day of touring, we spend the night at a 5-star hotel in Kathmandu.

On this day, we will fly to Bhairahawa to see the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha. The flight will last about 30 to 45 minutes, and it will be scenic as well. Once we've arrived in Bhairahawa, we'll check into the hotel and rest for a bit, and then we'll continue with the tour. We will also visit other monuments and temples honoring Buddha after visiting the Maya Devi temple, where Buddha was born.

There are many temples, monasteries, and museums within the holy site, including the Lumbini International Research Institute, so we will visit them as well. Besides temples and monasteries, we will also see the world peace pagoda and the Ashoka pillar. After a long day of sightseeing, we spent the night at a 5-star hotel in Lumbini.

 

Upon returning to Kathmandu, spend the remainder of the day as you wish, whether it is shopping or just wandering the city's streets. "Farewell" dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant will be served in the evening. Consequently, the tour comes to a cheerful end.

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.

Finally, When you are ready to start adventures in Nepal, it is time to begin thinking about what to pack. If you are ready to book but aren’t sure when is the best time to trek or what to stay in, Pokhara Info has got you covered. You can figure out these queries through our site. We can also be found on Facebook and Instagram, and other social media sites. Hope you have a good time in Nepal, and thank you for visiting!

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Trip to the gorgeous city of Ilam

Imagine yourself relaxing in a quiet corner of your home, reclining on your chair, and looking out at this wonderful scene. Stunning views surround a hilly region covered in sloping tea plantations. The hilly district of Ilam, which lies in Nepal’s eastern development zone, is known for its tea gardens. The place’s natural beauty and biodiversity draw thousands of tourists every year. Therefore, if you’re from abroad, the luscious green hills of Ilam will surely take your mind off any stressful instances in your life.

Ilam, one of Nepal’s popular hill stations, is geographically located on the country’s eastern side. It occupies an area of 1,703 square kilometers. It is internationally bound by Darjeeling, India, to the east, Dhankuta, India, to the west,, and Panchthar, India, to the north. The altitude of Ilam ranges from 140 m to 3,636 m.

The city of Ilam is one of the most popular attractions for tourists who travel to eastern Nepal. Located between the Himalayan ranges, it offers a variety of places for tourists to enjoy in the summer months. Imagine walking until you reach a dense forest filled with beautiful trees and other attractive flora. As you walk through the forest, listen to the sound of a rushing river crashing against rocks. While you envision all of this, inhale the fragrance of a warm cup of tea. In order for the best experience in Ilam, the following are the ten best places to visit in Ilam for out-of-towners.

Ilam Tea Garden

Historically, Ilam is an entire garden with tea roots dating back to Jung Bahadur Rana’s tenure as Nepal’s Prime Minister. The Chinese Government provided tea saplings to Rana, and that’s how tea came to Ilam. Ilam Tea factory was established in 1868 and was active until 2010. Currently, Ilam has tea estates that are located between 4,000 and 5,000 feet above sea level.

Kanyam and Phikkal Bazaar

Kanyam in Ilam is accessible to inbound and outbound visitors alike for photo opportunities, sightseeing, and picnics. Fikkal and Kanyam in Ilam were planted with tea shrubs over 140 years ago. The weekly Fikkal haat is a place where local farmers and vendors can sell their wares every Thursday. It is one of Ilam’s commercial hubs and the first stop for visitors from Darjeeling, India.

Antu Danda

Antu Danda is a beautiful hilly region within the town that provides a perfect vantage point for viewing sunrise and sunset as well as the Himalayan Mountains. It provides the perfect viewing point for panoramic views of the Terai flatlands, tea gardens, thick forests of pine, and terraced hills of cash crops. On a bright, lovely, sunny day, the hill also provides views of Indian hill cities. These cities include Mirirk, Kurseong, and Darjeeling town.

Mai Pokhari

Ilam has more to offer than just tea estates and plantations. The quiet hill town is home to the pristine Mai Pokhari Lake, surrounded by thick juniper, pine, fir, and birch forests. In addition to the flora, the forest contains rare birds and insects, including herbs, orchids, rhododendrons, and jackals. Furthermore, you can see some unusual animal species if you are fortunate enough.  These include red pandas, musk deer (Kasturi), porcupines, leopards, and more. It is the best time to visit the lake between October and November when the lake is the site of an annual fair in honor of Goddess Bhagwati, whose abode is the lake.

Ilam Bazaar is 18 km away from Mai Pokhari, which can be reached in 30 minutes with a private taxi.

Sandakpur

Sandakpur lies along the Nepal-India border at an elevation of 3,665 meters. In India, it is located in the Darjeeling region in West Bengal. A private cab can take tourists from Ilam to Maimajhuwa Khorsanitar. We will ultimately arrive at Sandakphu after a 5-hour trek.

Our visit to Sandakpur allows us to enjoy breathtaking views of the world’s highest mountains. These are Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Kangchenjunga (8,586 m), Mt. Makalu (8,485 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), and Mt. Kumbakarna (7,710 m). Additionally, it is well known for bird watching, and the region is home to the endangered Nepalese bird, the Danfe (Himalayan Monal), as well as endangered species like the musk deer and red pandas.

The Pathbhara Devi Temple

Goddess Pathibhara’s temple in Ilam is the most visited holy place in that part of the country. It is considered a sister temple to Taplejung’s original Pathibhara Devi temple, and those who are unable to travel to the original temple at 3,794 m can visit this one just above Sunmai. The site is located just above the highway to Ilam-Mechi, just above Hanspokhari.

Siddhi Thumka

At a height of 1,693 meters above sea level, Siddhi Thumka is located roughly 18 kilometers from Ilam’s Ajambare Danda. There are spectacular sunrises and sunsets at the spot, as well as views of the mountain peaks of Everest and Kangchenjunga and the Mahabharat and Churia ranges.

Among the other famous Siddhi Thumka destinations, one must also visit the Khnadrung Cave, Singhadevisthan, Fulbari, Namthala, Pankhelung falls, Ratopani, and Falgunanda Manghim Temple. A significant draw for agricultural tourism is the rice paddy fields is visible. So is orange cultivation on the southeastern side of Siddhi Thumpka.

Mai Beni

Located near the confluence of two rivers, Mai Khola and Jogma Khola, Mai Beni is home to a Shiva temple, which receives thousands of visitors on the occasion of Maghe Sankranti in January. Visitors can reach Mai Beni from the Ilam bazaar, which is located about 3 km away.

Gajurmukhi Devisthan

In eastern Nepal, Gajur Mukhi is a revered Hindu shrine located at an altitude of 500 meters alongside the Deumai River. It is the most prominent Hindu pilgrimage site in the region. There is a belief that pilgrims who visit this holy place will be rewarded with a boy, while the voiceless will be given a voice. Gajur Mukhi Devisthan is located approximately 40 kilometers from Ilam Bazaar. Every year, on Kartik Purnima (November), a large fair is held at the Devisthan.

Choyatar and Hangetham Forests

Hangetham is the destination for forest protection campaigners as well as nature lovers alike. Built on the northeastern edge of Ilam, Hangetham stands 2,170 meters above sea level in the Jamuna VDC. Ilam’s spectacular vistas, as well as changing weather patterns and thick fog, are notable for the area.

There are many animals in the forests of Hangetham and Choyatar, including red pandas, leopards, thars, chair bags, black bears, thakthakes, and rajpankhis. Among the many species of birds that inhabit the forest are munal, hawks, kandevaccur, rhododendrons, chaps, sunakharis, bante, katushs, and others. During your stay in Hangetham, you can also visit nearby Buddhist temples as well as Naya Bazaar and Thumke.

Todke Jharna

Todke Falls is the second-longest waterfall in Nepal, with an 85-meter height. It is situated about 40 meters west of Mai Khola or Mai Beni and sits at 1,600 meters above sea level. The area is popular with visitors who come here to capture pictures of the waterfall that looks as if it has fallen from the heavens. Another waterfall in the area is Dhappar Todke, which is located in the Mai Majhuwa Dhappar district.

For interested travelers, the full tour of Ilam, including the attractions mentioned above, can be arranged along with accommodations and a vehicle to travel to and from these locations here at Pokhara Info.

Note

The itinerary mentioned above is the general plan arranged by Pokhara Info. The above itinerary is only a guideline; it might change due to the availability of lodging and campsites, fluctuating weather conditions, unforeseen political, trail, and environmental, or any other factors beyond our control. After consulting with the group, your trek leader will decide the best way to reach a final decision if this occurs.

If the itinerary is unsuitable for you, please let us know, and we will customize it. We will be able to make changes to the itinerary if clients want to do so.

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Jungle Journeys: A Wildlife Safari in Bardia National Park, Nepal

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you’ve never walked in the wilderness with lush greenery and the chances of seeing wildlife right in front of your eyes or around you? If so, Let us take you on a Bardia National Park Tour for an adventure in the jungle.

This is a thrilling safari experience in the wild, where you can ride or walk through the jungles and experience wild animals up close. Travelers who wish to visit Bardia National Park in Nepal can take a day trip known as the Bardia Jungle Safari. You will be able to track tigers, and elephants, see the nature walk, see birds, have a full day of wild sightseeing, go on a Jeep safari, see dolphins, and go camping and hiking during the day tour. However, our managed Tour of the Bardia National Park will surely pique your interest in spending a thrilling vacation with nature.

About Bardia National Park

The Bardia National Park is located in Nepal’s southwest and is located in the Bardia district, which is only accessible by road. In order to reach Bardia via air, you must fly into Nepalgunj, which is one of the largest cities in Nepal and one of the most popular tourist destinations, and then take the road up to the National Park.

Bardia

Bardia National Park

A large national park in the southern Terai region of Nepal, Bardia National Park is one of the best places to see the Royal Bengal tiger. This Park has largely remained undeveloped and undisturbed for a long time. There are a total of 968 square kilometers (374 square miles) of land in the Park, with an average elevation of 415 meters (1,362 ft).

Trip Overview

Visiting Bardia National Park is a memorable experience for nature and wildlife enthusiasts. We will begin our trip by flying to Nepalgunj. When we reach the National Park after driving for two hours from Nepalgunj, our staff will welcome us to our resort and provide information about the trip. Lunch will be served there, and then we will visit Tharu village and the crocodile breeding center.

On the following day, we will enter the dense forest of Bardia National Park, where we will see many species of animals. Among these species are Gharials, Marsh muggers, crocodiles, one-horned rhinos, monkeys, pythons, wild elephants, black buck, wild boar, spotted deer, hog deer, and swamp deer.

The next day, we will visit the Karnali River to watch birds. The Park contains about 400 types of birds, including Bengal Floricans and Sarus Cranes, which are endangered. In addition, we will have an elephant safari through Bardia national park on our last day, and we will have a refreshing lunch before heading back to Kathmandu. We guarantee that you will be able to see the true beauty of Bardia on this Tour. Our goal is for every visitor to remember an unforgettable experience, and we strive to keep it going every time to maintain our quality services.

Itinerary for the Tour

On the second day of the Tour, our journey to see Royal Bengal tigers and one-horned rhinoceros begins with a hearty breakfast followed by a trek into the deep forest with our guide and porter. In Bardia National Park, you will find Gharials, Marsh muggers, crocodiles, monkeys, pythons, and wild elephants. Other animals include blackbucks, wild boars, spotted deer, hog deer, swamp deer, and, I believe, many other species.

There are towers inside the jungle where we can silently wait for the wild animals to cross our path by watching for their footprints, scats, scratches, and droppings. We can keep track of these wild animals by looking for their footprints, droppings, and their scratches on trees. The second day of our Bardia national park tour will be successful; after, we will eat lunch and walk deeper into the jungle in order to spot animals. We will return to our hotel in the evening and enjoy our dinner with colorful Tharu cultural dances.

The National Park is located approximately 30 kilometers from the Karnali River, so today, we will drive there. It is a day dedicated to watching beautiful, colorful birds of various species that visit waterholes to drink or that live in trees near the water. We will row a boat and go on a canoe ride to see even more birds.

If we are lucky, we will see tigers, rhinos quenching their thirst in the river, and even dolphins swimming in the river. There will also be animals such as gharials and muggers in the river. We can enjoy the view of the flowing Karnali river during the day.

 

On the last day of our journey, we will go on an elephant safari, which will be a very different experience than walking through the dense forest. We will be able to enjoy wildlife from a safer height while also being close enough to see the animals closely.

We will ride elephants so as not to disturb or scare the wild animals. After the safari, we will rest for lunch and continue to the Nepalgunj airport. We will fly from there to Kathmandu.

 

Accommodations and food during the Tour

Two nights in Kathmandu are required before and after the trip, as you would want to rest before and after your trip to Bardia National Park. This is not part of the package. Pokhara Info has been maintaining good relationships with service providers in the National Park. There is a wide range of hotels to suit all budgets. Accommodation is essentially twin-sharing – beds with mattresses, blankets, and pillows.

We maintain a well-managed meal package in ordnance with the lodges we stay at. This meal package includes three meal items: four breakfasts, four lunches, and three dinners. You can select fresh, hygienic, tasty, and healthy meals from the lodge’s menu. Traditional local food is combined with Asian and western flavors. Meals in Kathmandu are not included in the packages, but there is a variety of Nepalese and international cuisine at your disposal for your pleasure.

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful cycling experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.

Suitable Time to Visit the Park

The weather is one of the most important things to consider when planning a trip. Bardia National Park is open throughout the year. However, the best time to visit is between February and June, when the dry season ends and the hot season begins. There are more chances to see tigers and rhinos near water holes during this time, as it is foggy in the winter. From November to January, animals hide in dense forests.

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Ghale Gaun Homestays: Cultural Experiences in the Heart of the Nature

Adventure seekers and hikers may find Nepal to be a treasure trove of lush green forests, beautiful rivers, and breathtaking mountain circuits. This beautiful nation of hills and mountains makes for an excellent paradise for travelers, adventurers, and explorers looking for great trekking or sightseeing experiences.

Therefore, a large fraction of the thousands of people are faced with choosing which trekking destination to explore in Nepal every year. Although it sounds strange, choosing your favorite Trek may be easier done in your home country than in the bustling trekking and tourist areas in Nepal, where dozens of trekking agencies are bound to give you different opinions about which Trek is the perfect one for you. And, if you were in such a problem, we’ve got your back. 

Would you like to explore beautiful places, experience the homestay, and take the less traveled route? At the foot of Lamjung Himal (6932m) in north-central Nepal, Ghale Gaun Homestay Trek offers the best trekking experiences. It is one of the best trekking areas in Nepal.

About Ghale Gaun

Visitors who want a taste of Nepal’s culture can stay at Homestays Ghale Gaun Village. Located near the foot of the Lamjung Himal in north-central Nepal, Ghale Gaun is a pretty village dominated by Gurung communities. There is a very famous trekking route and a very scenic beautiful village called Ghale Gaun, where around two hundred local houses are situated.

There is a museum that shares the history and tradition of the people and the Village. From the British Army or currently in the British Army, many former Gurkha soldiers are known as Ghale Gaun members.

This Trek is not only about discovering the local lives of Nepalese people but also provides breathtaking views of mountains like Annapurna I, Himalchuli, Mahhapuchhare, Annapurna IV, Annapurna II, Buddha Himal, and more. Villagers greeted the tourists with warm greetings, wearing their traditional costumes.

Attractions

The main attractions of the Ghale Gaun Village Homestay Tour include local food, handicrafts, the Gurung Museum, Gurung Culture, and scenic mountain views.

As part of the ‘Ghale Village Homestay’ program, tourists are given an opportunity to live in villages such as Nandighar, Pasagaun, and Ghalegaun and get a glimpse of village life in Nepal. As well as observing and participating in their day-to-day activities, we visited another village near Ghale Gaun, Ghanpokhara, which is staying at home.

‘You will walk an hour to reach Ghale Gaun. Tourists have historically trekked to the Annapurna region. However, the stormy season streets around Ghalegaun are not ideal. Tourists are, however, encouraged to explore contemporary provincial life every season.

Ghalegaun Trek Itinerary

We here at Pokhara Info strive to make your Nepal experience the best possible. We have a great package for the GhaleGaun trekking trip as well. The Trek lasts for six to eight days depending upon your wish. However, our general itinerary is illustrated below.

There are many monuments in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, showing the excellence of Nepalese art and culture from ancient times. These monuments include the famous Durbar, the Pashupatinath temple, and the Swayambhunath stupa.

The number of locations to see in Kathmandu is so great that you will not be able to see them all in one day. However, we'll make sure that you don't miss the most popular attractions.

We will be going by bus to Pokhara early in the morning after breakfast. It will take approximately 5-6 hours to reach Pokhara, which is a beautiful city on a lake. While you are traveling by road, you can enjoy seeing Mt. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and more.

A visitor may also enjoy the seven other lakes of the region, including Begnas, as they arrive in the afternoon. In comparison to the easy underlying Trek, Nangidhar and Pakhrikot now have an extreme climb. You will see beautiful Gurung communities at an altitude of around 1900 meters. You will also see Serga's charming culture.

After breakfast the next day, the hike starts with a few hours of walking and travels through wildernesses, waterfalls, bird chirpings, and after a slide for 2 hours for lunch at a point marked Garden.

We constantly try to get to Pasagaun town as soon as lunch is over. It differs enormously from Nangidhar or Pakhrikot. Moreover, even the nutrition is better here, and the beds are also more comfortable.

In the morning, you will descend approximately three hours to Bhujung and ascend another two hours. You can stop for snacks, lunch, or even spend the night there if you like. Ghalegaun Ghanpokhara is about 2 hours after Bhujung. The city has minimal infrastructure and a dense population, making it very interesting from the bottom up. Located around 2,016 to 2,050 meters above sea level, this charming city of Gurung is magnificent.

Not to mention, the picturesque mountains can be appreciated from here, especially in the morning when the sky is clear. While in the Village, after dinner, you can enjoy a cultural performance by the local dancing group, which includes mountain dance, music, and songs, which make your visit memorable. Be sure to take in all the charm of the Village and the performances as well.

The downhill portion of the hike takes about four hours to complete. Lunch is consumed at Khudi after the downhill portion of the hike. If you're fortunate enough, you'll also be able to see untouched nature in this area, which is a birdwatcher's paradise.

The path leads through delightful timberland, which can also be a paradise for birdwatchers. Then, as we conclude the trip, we return back to Kathmandu, unless you decide to explore the beautiful city of Pokhara. While you are here, you will enjoy the cultural show of Nepal in Kathmandu in the evening, relax in your hotel, and explore nearby places. You can also wander around Thamel at night, which is an ideal place for evening strolling.

After completing the Trek, rest as you cherish the beautiful moments you encountered during the Trek while on your trip back home. It certainly deserves its reputation for its rich culture, amazing views, and the hospitality of the locals that can make a trek to the Ghalegaun an unforgettable experience.

Note

The itinerary mentioned above is the general plan arranged by Pokhara Info. The above itinerary is only a guideline; it might change due to the availability of lodging and campsites, fluctuating weather conditions, unforeseen political, trail, and environmental, or any other factors beyond our control. After consulting with the group, your trek leader will decide the best way to reach a final decision if this occurs.

If the itinerary is unsuitable for you, please let us know, and we will customize it. We will be able to make changes to the itinerary if clients want to do so.

Finally, When you are ready to start adventures in Nepal, it is time to begin thinking about what to pack. If you are ready to book but aren’t sure when is the best time to trek or what to stay in, Pokhara Info has got you covered. You can figure out these queries through our site. We can also be found on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites. I hope you have a good time in Nepal and thank you for visiting!

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Visiting Patan: Cultural Hub with Unique Options

The one thing most people think of doing in Patan, Nepal, is visiting every temple in the famous Durbar Square. Yes, there are some fantastic temples there, but there is much more to do here. The city of Patan is to the southeast of Kathmandu and can be reached by either a $4 taxi ride or a bus. We have visited Patan countless times and explored and experienced much more in this quaint little city.

If you have a few days remaining to spare, I recommend spending some time there. There are so many things to do and see, from art studios to archery classes. Here are some of my favorite things that’ll make you love this city as much as we do.

Furthermore, after a trekking trip in the Himalayas or while preparing for such a trip, you can enjoy your time in Nepal while strolling through the street of Patan and visiting the locations mentioned below.

Patan Durbar Square

Despite the fact that Durbar square is one of the main attractions of Patan, it surely deserves its fame. In addition to being one of the three Durbar Squares in Nepal, Patan Durbar Square is best known for its Newari architecture that dates back to 1637 and features intricate wood carvings and brickwork. You could easily pass many hours looking at them.

An important temple and a former king’s residence are located in the area, undergoing extensive construction after the earthquake of 2015. Although some buildings have scaffolding, you can also observe the rebuilding effort, which will feel fascinating.

The Golden Temple

In the twelfth century, the Golden Temple was built in praise of its golden color, hence its name. However, it’s also a monastery, so you’ll see lots of monks coming and going from here. Throughout Kathmandu, I’ve seen Hanuman depicted in many places, including within the temple’s courtyard and around its prayer wheels. In Hindu culture, Hanuman is the monkey god, so you can enjoy seeing monkey statues throughout the city.

Patan Museum

If you present your Durbar Square entry ticket, you do not need to pay to enter the Patan Museum. It is a fascinating and interesting place to explore, and you might as well adore the little garden behind the museum. You’ll enjoy the serene atmosphere, and a cute little cafe is also there. It’s a nice change of pace from the city’s sweltering heat, dust, motorbikes, and noise.

Seeing Hands Clinic

Seeing Hands is a social enterprise that helps blind people in Nepal become masseuses. I visited the location in Jawalakhel without an appointment and walked in. The sports massage I chose was amazing. My masseuse found and massaged every single sore muscle until I forgot it even existed.

Even though the massage was a real challenge, I could tell the masseuse knew what she was doing, and by the time I stood up, a lot of the pain in my shoulders and back had disappeared. You, too, will appreciate this detour you can choose while in Patan.

Strolling Around

When wandering around Kathmandu, it’s easy to stumble upon areas that are littered with garbage and devoid of beauty, but in Patan, it’s almost impossible to stumble upon a bad place. You can discover small beautiful squares with small places of worship in these little streets just off the main road.

You’ll love getting off the main road and going down tiny alleyways barely wide enough for a motorbike. You can get lost in these streets for hours on end without ever getting bored. Some lead you to little parks; others only lead you to turn after turn until you stay on the main road.

The Local Project Nepal

The emphasis at The Local Project Nepal is shopping from local companies with a conscience. I entered the store intending to take a few photos but bought three items. The items available there are reasonably priced considering the high quality.

House of Palates

In the next building to the Local Project Nepal, you will find the House of Palettes. A little art studio is open daily from 12 pm to 7 pm. The best thing about House of Palettes is that you can buy any size canvas (starting at 800 rupees) and use the space free of charge.

The studio is attached to Evoke restro (a restaurant and bar), so you can indulge in snacks and drinks while you work on your masterpiece. You can come back multiple times to finish your work without a time limit.

The Pimbahal Pokhari

There’s a pond off the beaten track called Pimbahal, and the temple behind it, Chandeswari temple, dates back to 1663. It’s a great place to relax and watch ducks swimming in the pond. You can also watch people at the temple as locals come and go.

If you visit in the morning, before it gets too hot outside, you’ll be able to sit and relax while you observe the daily life of Patan. I recommend you try the different flavored chips available in a shop near Pokhara.

Jawalakhel Handicraft Center

You can watch the rugs being woven by hand at Jawalakhel Handicraft Center. The center is attached to the Tibetan Refugee camp. The collection includes Tibetan rugs you can purchase if you wish.

Besides a community building with small handmade knickknacks, there is also a section with yak wool shawls and beautiful scarves. I bought a small jewelry box from the community building for 200 rupees, roughly $2. As the money goes to refugees, it’s a good place to buy souvenirs, and even small donations make a difference.

Mangal Bazaar

There is a street on the southeast corner of Patan Durbar Square, which sells a variety of local goods. You will find everything from metal dining sets to spices and traditional clothing. It’s a vibrant, beautiful street that’s bustling with people as locals buy everything they need for their homes.

Besides having these really interesting items, it is also a great place to find interesting items like Buddha statues, genie lamps, and bright fabrics. And the prices aren’t as high as the tourist shopping areas.

Labim Mall

You might wonder why to visit a mall. They’re available everywhere. Visiting a mall in another country may seem strange to you, but if you’ve traveled the world for so long, sometimes it’s nice to feel at home again. Additionally, it’s less intimidating than looking for something in Kathmandu or Patan’s narrow streets.

Perhaps you need a haircut from someone who speaks fluent English to avoid a bang disaster. Sometimes you need an ordinary pair of sneakers or a T-shirt that won’t lose its shape after a couple of washings. There’s always a time when a mall comes in handy.

Gallery Mcube

A cute little art gallery in a residential neighborhood near Patan Dhoka (the entrance to Patan), Gallery Mcube showcases local artists from Nepal. On arrival at the exhibition, most of the art on display was modern art, which provided a nice change from the typical street art one usually finds in tourist areas.

Artwork is available for sale, so if you want something unique and a bit less traditional to take home, this would be an ideal place.

Finally, the trip to Patan can be an extraordinary experience because of the stunning scenery, stellar views, thrilling Journey, and the warm hospitality of the locals. We hope you enjoy and take in every moment that you spend there.

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Visiting Bandipur: Underrated Gem in Nepal

Experiencing Nepal is a wonderful experience. It might be tiring, yet enjoyable to experience the real Nepal. There can be many things we might not know about the gorgeous nation before actually visiting Nepal. Taking bumpy roads over gravel or dirt, riding on motorbikes to avoid crowds in Kathmandu’s temples, and climbing high altitudes in the Himalayas are all part of the real thrilling experience.

If you are looking for a peaceful retreat with traditional culture and a serene, pleasant day filled with rural walks, wildlife, and spectacular mountain vistas, Bandipur is a great choice. It is no wonder that we consider it one of the most beautiful destinations in Nepal.

About Bandipur

If you haven’t heard of this place, you will be surprised to learn it represents one of the most underrated cities in Nepal. It is a tiny town that is reached by climbing a particular road on the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway.

Take time to relax, enjoy a cup of tea, and learn why Bandipur is one of Nepal’s top tourist destinations. It’s a visitor’s dream; it’s the perfect place to relax after trekking in Nepal, and it’s almost like it was built just for visitors! After becoming a trading post in the 1700s, it became a commercial hub for Tibetans and British Indians traders, a position it held until the Pokhara-Kathmandu route bypassed it one hundred years later. To tourists’ benefit, it has steadily become a center of Newari culture as well as a retreat from the city.

Bandipur is a perfect place to take a break since it is easily accessible from Pokhara and is one of the best places to visit in the Kathmandu Valley. Stopping here to escape those bumpy roads is a great way to break up long journeys.

Do not be fooled by the distance. Although it may appear short on the map, the road conditions and traffic will make travel time longer. The distance between Kathmandu and Bandipur is approximately 140 kilometers (it should take 5 to 7 hours), 73 kilometers to Pokhara (3-4 hours by bus), and 2.5 to 3.5 hours from Chitwan to Bandipur.

Draw of Bandipur

Bandipur is known as Nepal’s warm heart. It’s because of the wonderful hospitality as well as the relaxing location of the hilltop. Furthermore, there are several reasons why you should visit Bandipur during your trip to Nepal.

  • It is peaceful to see Buddhist and Hindu temples coexist. With no crowds, you can easily explore many temples.
  • Those who miss out on Kathmandu’s greenery, mountains, and pure air should plan a trip to Bandipur to refresh their lungs and spirits.
  • In addition to the wooden balconies and magnificent Bougainvillea trees characteristic of traditional Newari architecture, there are also a lot of cafés, restaurants, and places to stay.
  • You won’t have to haggle or wheel and deal with shopkeepers here, so you can roam around at your convenience during your free time without any pressure from them. The prices aren’t exaggerated here. You can eat, stay, and drink here for much less than in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
  • It is prohibited to drive on the main streets, including motorcycles. Thus, you can stroll down stunning cobblestone streets while admiring the traditional wooden and brick houses that are characteristic of the Newari culture.

Enjoying Bandipur

Bandipur has plenty to offer. While in Bandipur, initially, you can relax and appreciate the relief from Nepal’s hustle and bustle. The second category includes the following enjoyable activities:

Wander around the Temples: 

Numerous Hindu temples are located throughout the town of Bandipur, such as Bindebasini temple, at the north end of the Main Street or market. You can even find these temples on your own, even if you’re a first-time visitor. The temple is said to be dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga. Furthermore, you’ll appreciate the temple and the old wooden entrance that are decorated with intricate stone carvings.

Explore Siddha Guffa: 

You will need a guide to accompany you through the cave, which is 437 meters deep and 50 meters high and is one of Nepal’s largest caves. Start hiking halfway down Bandipur village hill for the Siddha Cave. The tour guide, who charges a modest fee, carries a lantern and guides you down ladders and along rope swings into the cave. The cave is decorated with stalactite formations, and whistling bats are often heard above the gloomy walls.

You can observe native prayer places and meditate at the swimming pool in the rainy season. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a headlight. However, this is not a trip for people with weak hearts.

Getting to Thani Mai Temple:

The stairway that leads to the hill above the town has a well-marked path and handrails. It is a beautiful walk when the sun rises in the morning or when it sets late in the afternoon. At the summit, there is a tiny Hindu temple of Thani Mai that is an excellent place for enjoying the views, although it isn’t a major attraction as others.

As you hike over the mountain range to Gurungche Hill, you will have a full 360-degree view of the entire area. The journey takes about 30 minutes, but it is a gradual, slightly strenuous climb yet mentally fulfilling.

Visit the Boudha Sadan Shakyamuni Monastery:

Also known as Bandipur Monastery, you can have some of the best times visiting the monks and Buddhist people in the monastery. Walking up the stairs past the main square would take you near the monastery; however, traveling up to the monastery is equally relaxing and enjoyable.

As we walked around during our visit to Bandipur, a monk living there invited us in for tea and informed us of plans for the monastery’s temple extension, and as a result, we ended up spending almost the whole day there. While meditating on the temple steps, he left us to gaze out at the snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas beyond the horizon. The visit turned out to be a peaceful and spiritually fulfilling experience.

Hiking and Shopping at Bandipur Bazaar:

While hiking around the countryside in Bandipur, you’ll come across interesting houses and temples in any direction. Additionally, T-shirts, Newari presents, and refreshments are for sale. Since there is no haggling, you can roam as much as you want.

Enjoy Local Delicacy:

Bandipur has many tasty and fresh local places to eat. There are no fast food franchises here; instead, there are small eateries run by local families that are delightful.

Nepal’s most famous dish is Momos, and there is no shortage of them in this town. As you walk around, you’ll find a variety of fried and steamed dumplings. The most frequent and common dishes here are chicken, buffs, and vegetables. However, they are rarely offered by default and are typically requested ahead of time. Dhal Bhat is a tasty and filling traditional Nepali dish that includes rice, beans, lentil soup, pickles, and generally unlimited refills. 

While there, you can visit local restaurants such as Loving Spoon or Hill’s Heaven. Located a few blocks north of Bandipur village resort, Loving Spoon is a charming little eatery designed by its owner. The traditional Dhal, Bhat, as well as momos here, are delicious.

Finally, the trip to Bandipipur can be an extraordinary experience because of the stunning scenery, stellar views, thrilling Journey, and the warm hospitality of the locals. We hope you enjoy and take in every moment that you spend there.

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Trip to the Sikles Village

Nepal offers heavenly experiences without visiting heaven, making it a top destination for tourists, adventurers, and nature lovers alike. Additionally, the district of Kaski in Nepal, along with its Pokhara valley and the nearby hills and villages, offers some amazing places to explore. Furthermore, would you like to experience an exciting journey on a short and easy trek in the Himalayas? Then the Sikles village might be the one for you.

As you trek through the Sikles trek area, you’ll see rhododendron forests, beautiful mountain ranges, and diverse landscapes. Sikles trek is one of the more interesting trekking destinations in the Annapurna area and quite unpopular compared to similar destinations. On the Trek, you will probably get to see Annapurna and Lamjung Himal up close after crossing 2,000 meters. You will also learn about the culture, tradition, lifestyle, and handicraft production of Huwu village and Khapuche Lake.

About the Region

Located in the Kaski district, Sikles village is a well-conserved village that lies on a hill at the height of 3,000 meters. It is one of the region’s earliest and largest ‘Gurung’ settlements. Furthermore, the villagers of Sikles village are mainly of Gurung ethnicity and consider themselves to be Nepal’s second-largest Gurung village. Sikles is famous primarily in the Kaski district in Nepal. People visit Sikles for the warm and welcoming Gurung community, the beautiful trekking trail, and the greenery along the way.

During the Dashain and Tihar festival, the local youth are not allowed to play Nepali drums, perform folk songs, or dance until the festival is over. If not, it is believed that the god will get angry, avalanches will thunder down from the mountainsides, and something terrible will happen to the village.

And the Trek to this beautiful place takes you to the largest Gurung village in the Annapurna region of Nepal, which is located above Madi Khola at an altitude of 1,981 meters. It is also one of the biggest Gurung villages in Nepal, along with Bhujung and Ghale gaun.

Necessary Permits and Accommodations

A permit is not mandatory for the Trek to Sikles village in northern Kaski. Still, the Trekkers Information Management System or TIMS card can be very useful on similar treks in Nepal.

Compared to other trekking destinations, the Trek to Sikles is relatively short. So, even on an exciting adventure like this, you will not be away from your own bed for too long. You will stay in small homestays and tea houses while on the Trek.

Favorable Time for the Trek

Despite the lack of altitude in the Sikles Trek, trekking is possible throughout the year. However, trekkers prefer to visit the village during the Spring and Autumn seasons. Sikles Trek is best enjoyed during the spring and autumn seasons. The spring season begins in March and lasts until May, whereas the autumn season begins in September and ends in November. There isn’t a lot of heat or cold during these months. Instead, the days are sunny and hot, and the nights are chilly. The skies are also clear, so you can see the best scenery.

The Sikles trek is least popular during the off-season from December to February. Similarly, visitors prefer to avoid the monsoon season as well.

Distance From Pokhara

The distance between Pokhara and Sikles by road is 36.7 km, which takes approximately two and a half hours to drive. The straight-line distance between the two locations is 17 km. You can only reach Sikles by road, and it takes two to five hours to get there.

Preparing for the Sikles Village Trek

As described earlier, the Trek to Sikles Village is quite short compared to other trekking routes in Nepal. Moreover, it reaches a height of 2000m, which may not seem like much to experienced travelers, but it is quite a change for first-time trekkers.

Additionally, explorers taking part in the Trek often walk for several hours daily. Thus, people with lung diseases should either avoid such activities or take precautions before taking part in them since high altitudes can be difficult to adapt to. Furthermore, these high altitudes may cause people to experience altitude sickness.

We recommend bringing the items listed below with you on your Trek for mild to cold weather at high altitudes. We brought these items with us on our first Trek to Sikles Village.

  • Warm clothes, including jackets, sweaters, and thermal wears
  • Water bottles and thermos
  • Backpack
  • Portable fire stoves
  • Well-fitting gloves, socks, and shoes or boots
  • Trekking sticks
  • First aid kit
  • Moisturizers and lip guard
  • Energy bars

However, do not worry if you forget the items mentioned above. They provide great assistance during the Trek, but they’re not mandatory. And, if you decide to take them along with you at the last moment, trek shops with these items are available at the starting point of the Trek, though they are likely to cost more than usual there.

Itinerary and the Trek itself

The Sikles village trek can be done in two to six days, depending on how fast you and your group hike. The distance to the Sikles Village from Pokhara is below 20 KM. However, getting there can take some time due to the difficult road conditions. Now, if you are not from Nepal, you must apply for a Nepali visa and travel to Kathmandu. After traveling to Kathmandu, you can then travel to Pokhara via a tourist bus or flight. From there, we can begin our trip.

The second day of the Trek requires you to hike for 6 to 7 hours altogether. You will make your way today from Kalikasthan to Lama Khet. First, you will start the journey with a slight climb on the trail. Then, we will pass through a small village home with mixed ethnic people until we reach Mardi Khola.

Next, we follow the path along the riverbanks as you cross Bhaise and Nawaldanda. After traversing these two small villages, you reach Lama Khet. Lama Khet is a gorgeous village surrounded by green hills where you'll stay for the night.

The fourth day is set for you to reach Sikles from Lama Khet. Today's hike will take you to the major attraction of this trip. You walk through flat terrain along the river bank as you leave the village.

You then reach Khilan Gaon and do a gentle climb. After passing through Parju Village, we can reach Sikles. You can rest overnight in one of the friendly lodges or homestays available here.

Today marks the fourth day of the Trek. We now head towards Neuli Kharka. This is a couple of hours away. First, we walk through forests filled with oak and rhododendron trees.

Furthermore, we reach Neuli Kharka or forest camp after passing through flatlands. This would be the place where we take rest for the night.

As you begin your walk, you find yourself in a beautiful forest of Rhododendrons. After crossing one high pass, you would descend to the town of Ghale Gaon. This is the second to the last day of the Trek, and you'll probably hike for five hours on this penultimate day.

This is the last day of the Trek. Today you drive towards Pokhara from Ghale Gaon right after making your way down the trails to Hyamgya. From Pokhara, we hope you have a pleasant trip back home, and remember to cherish your memories.

 

Note

The itinerary mentioned above is the general plan arranged by Pokhara Info. The above itinerary is only a guideline; it might change due to availability of lodging and campsites, fluctuating weather conditions, unforeseen political, trail, and environmental, or any other factors beyond our control. After consulting with the group, your trek leader will decide the best way to reach a final decision if this occurs.

If the itinerary is unsuitable for you, please let us know, and we will customize it. We will be able to make changes to the itinerary if clients want to do so.

Finally, every place has its own culture, non-verbal norms and values, government policies, and other factors that make traveling to a new place potentially nerve-wracking, no matter how many times you’ve done it. But remember to enjoy the Trek to the beautiful village of Sikles despite the difficulties you might face.