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The Monkey Temple in Nepal

Let us take you to visit one of the most historical and sacred sites in Katmandu, the Swayambhunath stupa or the Monkey Temple. Resting on a hillock three kilometers west of Katmandu, Swayambhunath Stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist Stupas. It is set to have evolved spontaneously when the valley was created out of a primordial lake more than 2000 years ago.

Visitors, for whom the name was a tongue twister, have called it Monkey Temple. Since the 1970s. The Stupa has stood as a hallmark of faith and harmony for centuries, with Hindu temples and Deis incorporated into this Buddhist site. The glory of Kathmandu Valley is set to have started from this point. The Stupa is the oldest of its kind in Nepal and has numerous shrines and monies on its premises.

Exceedingly steep stone steps leading up to the shrine are quite challenging. However, there is also a motor road going up on most of the top from where it’s just a short. Many Buddhists and Hindus like Visit Swayambhunath Stupa throughout the year. Swayambhu literally means self-existent. 

This icon of Nepal is an ancient religious structure on Hilltop in Katmandu Valley. Historical records were found engraved. Showed that it was already an important shrine for the pilgrims in the fifth century 80. It’s now one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrim sites and a must-see for tourists.

It was built by King Mandi, and by the 13th century, it had become an important center of Buddhism. Legends have it that Swen was born out of many flowers blooming in the middle. That once spread across the Katmandu Valley from this lake. The Lotus grew, and it radiated a dazzling light. People came from all over the land to see this light, which they believed bestowed them with enlightenment.

The largest image of Saam Buda in Nepal sits on a high pedestrian on the Western boundary of swam. Besides the ring, Behind the hilltop is a temple dedicated to Mandu or the goddess of learning statues and shrines of Buddhist, hunh, and Hindu fill the complex. The base of the hill is almost entirely surrounded by prayer.

Devotes can be seen speculating the stupa at all times. There are car rings of the punch Budha. Punch Budha is Budha in a meta sense of Zen. The shrine is the best place to observe religious harmony in Nepal. The sacred pilgrimage site is also home to hundreds of monkeys, considered all to be Tibet. Buddhists and Hindus, and so the name evolved as Monkey Temple. So Ibu overlooks most parts of the valley, giving visitors a panoramic view of the city.

From the hilltop, visitors can see a scenic view of the Kaman Valley, along with playful monkeys swinging from the trees and prayer flags hanging around the colorful temple. There are many monkeys and stray dogs here, and they can potentially be dangerous. Don’t carry any food items with you; keep small children close to you as the monkeys are frightening and aggressive.

A visit to this sacred historical site is a wildlife excursion and spiritual space wrapped together. This spiritual space is an extraordinary experience that immerses your senses in nature. The air is the symphonic fragrance of sweet incense and butter lamps, the exquisite, intricate cow. Head on. Every space on a mystical ous atmosphere is further heightened by local devotes and pilgrims who make a ritual circumnavigation of the stupa, reciting mantras, making offerings, and spinning the prayer wheels set into its base, making wishes for the benefit of all beings religiously every morning and evening, representing Buddha’s mind to the visitor.

It’s said to be the same as meeting Buddha in person, a place offering peace, freedom and joy to the whole world and ultimately helping us to obtain perfect enlightenment.

What do you guys think about the Stupa, and what do you like the most about this beautiful place? If you want to visit Swayambhunath, we have got you covered.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

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. If you have the opportunity to go to Nepal, you now know which places to see first. Enjoy your experience, and have a safe journey.

 

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Kathmandu and Pokhara Tour

World travelers have been drawn to Kathmandu since the 60s. The city’s intoxicating combination of cultural and artistic heritage and the city’s proximity to the Himalayas make this an obvious choice. Durbar Square, located in the heart of Kathmandu’s old city, stands out for its distinctive architecture and convivial atmosphere. There, you get to enjoy steamed momos and browse handicrafts as you wander through Old Town’s narrow, winding streets with your guide. Then, there’s Pokhara, one of the most beautiful cities in Nepal.

About

The Luxury Tour of Kathmandu and Pokhara takes you through all the major highlights of the two cities- Kathmandu’s capital and Pokhara’s tourist hub. Nepal’s largest city, Kathmandu, is the country’s center of culture, art, and economy. Some of the old monuments and buildings in the city date back to a period of Nepal’s medieval history. Many are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The city is dotted with temples and shrines dedicated to several deities and gods and is home to sites of religious and historical significance. By touring the city, you gain a deeper understanding of Nepal’s history, and it’s also a great way to experience its prominent arts and architecture that is displayed brilliantly on many old buildings and complexes. The luxury tour of Kathmandu and Pokhara captures the ancient spirit of the country perfectly. As a result, you will be able to admire Nepali craftsmanship, woodcarving, stone masonry, and sculptures made of metal, along with the country’s natural landscapes and beautiful terrains, among many others.

Overview

Explore Kathmandu’s Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Swayambhunath Temple, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, starting with a visit to the holy temple. You can marvel at the period-specific features and attributes of the country. This is evidenced by the number of statues and memorials that remain from the medieval era. This was when the city was a single kingdom with a reigning monarch of the Mallas and Shahs. In addition, you should also visit Patan Durbar Square, which lies within the city of Patan. It was once a separate kingdom before the building of Kathmandu. Patan Durbar Square is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In the next stage of the tour, you will be taken to the attractive lake-side city of Pokhara, where natural highlights such as the impressive Phewa Lake, the Bindabasini Temple, the Davis Fall, and the Seti River Gorge will be explored.

Pokhara, Nepal’s adventure hub, is one of the most beautiful cities in the country. Clear days offer spectacular views of the Annapurna Mountains up in the Himalayas. The tour offers a great opportunity to discover Nepali authenticity in just five days, where the most important sights of both cities are explored and seen for a memorable cultural experience. The package offers the best cultural insight and an opportunity to see prominent places in the cities in a short period of time. It demonstrates the country’s unique cultural and historical characteristics in the most fascinating and comfortable manner. This luxury tour combines two amazing commercial and natural hotspots and offers luxury accommodations in the best hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

The Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon arrival at the airport, a representative from Pokhara Info’s team will greet and welcome you so that they can help you get to the hotel and explain the remainder of the programs to you. Due to the fact that you are not scheduled to do anything until the evening, you can just relax and check into your hotel for the night. You stay overnight at a 5-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Day tour in Kathmandu valley

We will start the tour of Kathmandu at approximately 8:00 am. One of our representatives will talk about the tour and share some basic information before the tour begins. On tour, participants will be driven to different sites throughout the city through a private vehicle. They will visit Kathmandu’s World Heritage Sites, such as the Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Pashupatinath Stupa, the Swayambhunath Temple, and the Bouddhanath Stupa. 

Also on the itinerary will be a visit to Patan Durbar Square. Patan and Kathmandu are Durbar Squares containing various temples and buildings built during Nepal’s medieval period. Also featured are wood carvings, stone sculptures, and masonry on the pillars, windows, and doors of the buildings. Additionally, both have courtyards and old palaces built by the Malla and Shah Kings. One of the most revered sacred sites for the Hindu people of Nepal is the Pashupatinath Temple, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. This temple lies right beside the holy Bagmati River, and Hindu cremation ceremonies are sometimes held here.

Atop a hill, the Swayambhunath Stupa is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also referred to as “the Monkey Temple” due to the large population of monkeys located there. Lastly, the Bouddhanath Stupa is an ancient religious site associated with the Buddhist religion. These various locations and sites provide insight into the country’s religious and historical aspects through the world’s largest Buddhist Mandala. Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world visit this place.  

Day 3: Pokhara Tour and Sightseeing Tour

Your day begins in Kathmandu with an early morning flight to Pokhara, a lake-side city located about 30 minutes away. After arriving in Pokhara, you will be taken to your hotel for check-in. On this day, we’ll be going on a sightseeing tour of the city starting at 11:00. We will visit several prominent spots in the city, including Bindabasini temple, Davis fall, Gupteshwar cave, Seti River Gorge, and sailing on the pristine Phewa Lake and visiting the Taal Barahi temple. An ancient temple is dedicated to the Goddess Bhagwati in the city’s religious old bazaar.

Located on the southern flank of the Pokhara valley, Davis fall is one of the most famous waterfalls in Nepal. It is also called “the Patale Chango .”The water falls through the gorges and leaps along the portals, collapsing and collapsing in many places while doing so. Gupteshwor Cave has located 1 km from the airport in Pokhara. Across from Davis falls is the entrance to the cave, which is almost 3 kilometers long with some large rooms and passages. Crawling on all fours is sometimes required to explore the cave. 

The Seti Gorge, formed by the Seti-Gandaki River, is among Pokhara’s most spectacular natural wonders. Afterward, you can take a boat ride on the tranquil Phewa Lake, which is the second-largest lake in Nepal. The most important place of worship in Pokhara is the Barahi Island Temple in the middle of Phewa Lake. This two-story pagoda is dedicated to Shakti, the female principal. You can also see Mount Machhapuchhre and Mount Annapurna in their tranquil waters. The pine forests on its southern slopes also look quite captivating.

Day 4: Return Back to Kathmandu

Your departure today from Pokhara will take you to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon and in the evening, you can stroll along the streets of Kathmandu for some last-minute shopping. Afterward, enjoy and remember the time you had in Nepal.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

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.

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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The Classic Nepal Tour

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.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

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, 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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Museum in Kathmandu

World travelers have been drawn to Kathmandu since the 60s. The city’s intoxicating combination of cultural heritage and artistic heritage, as well as the city’s proximity to the Himalayas, make this an obvious choice of exploration for travelers all over the world. Durbar Square, located in the heart of Kathmandu’s old city, stands out for its distinctive architecture and convivial atmosphere. There, you get to enjoy steamed momos and browse handicrafts as you wander through Old Town’s narrow, winding streets with your guide.

There are seven places in this valley that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Hanuman Dhoka for Kathmandu, Patan Durbar Square for Patan, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square for Bhaktapur; and two Buddhist stupas of Swayambhunath and Boudhanath. Despite this, the valley of Kathmandu contains rich culture and history. For foreigners, visiting one of the amazing museums in Kathmandu can be a great way to learn about Kathmandu and the whole of Nepal itself.

Visiting museums might sound like a bit of a boring activity to some. Yet, I’ve found all the museums mentioned below to have interesting stories of their own. If you, too, wish to know about these museums before visiting them personally, we’ve got you covered.

Narayanhiti Palace Museum

Before the 2006 revolution, the palace was home to the royal family of Nepal. In 2006, a revolution overthrew the monarchy, leaving Narayanhiti Palace Museum to become a museum. In contrast to all the other palaces museums, this one looks very modern. It was built in the 1960s and looks like it was taken straight out of a TV show.

The throne room looks like it was designed by an admirer of Gaudi, the famous Spanish architect. The wood panels, marble tile floors, and the smell of mothballs waft off of the old tiger skins atop the floor. The palace seems a little out of place for a royal one, which makes it that much more fun to explore.

In addition to being an interesting and somewhat creepy place to visit, the palace was the site of the royal massacre. If you are unfamiliar with Nepalese history, it is an interesting tale. Despite several versions, the most popular seems to be a strange love story. Prince Dipendra was madly in love with a woman whose mother disapproved of them.

When he got extremely drunk and high during a monthly reunion dinner, he was asked to leave. He later returned with several machine guns and shot members of the royal family, killing ten of them and wounding a few others. The monarchy was believed to have fallen as a result of his decision to take his own life. However, there are several controversies surrounding the story.

The Taragoan Museum

One of the more unique places to explore in Kathmandu is the Taragoan Museum, which is about a 10-minute walk from Boudhanath Temple (mentioned below). Despite its remoteness, few people seem to know it even exists, which is part of what makes it so interesting. Despite its small size, its architecture is worth checking out by itself. The museum was previously a bungalow-style hotel built in the 70s, and I find it to be the most charming building I’ve seen in all of Kathmandu. Old photos from the ’80s and ’90s are also on display, along with architectural drawings of famous buildings throughout Nepal. The best part is that it’s free!

National Museum of Nepal

During the off-season in Kathmandu, you’ll realize that there are a lot of days when rain appears to wreck your plans. For this reason, we wanted to take advantage of some of Kathmandu’s indoor activities during the monsoon season. About a 20-minute taxi ride and a $3-$5 taxi ride from Thamel will bring you to the museum.

There are three main buildings of the National Museum, each with its own distinct exhibit. The first building has wood carvings, stone carvings, metal work, and paintings on display. The second focuses on the rise and spread of Buddhism in Nepal and how it is practiced differently throughout the country. We enjoyed getting to see how Buddhism evolved throughout the country. My curiosity has always been about how Buddha became a god when he himself did not believe in gods. The last building was somewhat random, with some natural history and dolls that depicted various costumes from all over the world.

Nepalese Army Museum

If you’re already in the area, the Nepalese Army Museum is adjacent to the National Museum of Nepal, making it a convenient stop. The museum is dense with information, so prepare to read a lot. One of my favorite parts was a section with large paintings depicting different wars and battles in Nepal’s history, each with a few sentences below describing what was gained and what was lost.

 There was also a map showing Nepal’s development as it gained land. In the museum, there is a section dedicated to military leaders and kings. The pictures of each important figure are accompanied by a caption explaining their story. A section is also dedicated to military clothing, weapons, and awards. The sections with less writing could have been translated more into English. Nonetheless, it was a fun way to learn a little more about Nepal’s past and how it came to be.

Natural History Museum

In the west hillock of Kathmandu valley, Swayambhu stupa, a world heritage site, is the setting for Nepal’s Natural History Museum. Swayambhu hillock is famous for its cultural, religious, and historical relevance. This is not only to Kathmandu valley but also to Nepal itself. The museum collects and preserves natural specimens from different parts of Nepal, including floral, faunal, and geological specimens.

The museum has a permanent exhibition gallery for the acquisition of specimens that is open to the public from dawn to dusk. Special exhibitions are also organized on special occasions such as education day, earth day, Sripanchami, Buddhajayanti, and so on. The specimens in the museum were collected by scientists visiting different parts of Nepal after conducting research and studying nature thoroughly.

 In addition to creating a general interest in the conservation of natural heritages, the museum strives to raise general awareness against pollution of the environment and conserve natural resources. They plan to establish collaborations with business communities, as well as other educational, scientific, and environmental institutions and groups nationally and internationally. In addition, they are attempting to raise public awareness about conservation, preservation, and sustainable use of natural resources.

Aviation Museum Nepal

Aviation Museum Nepal is a beautiful place to take your kids or to learn about planes and helicopters. Unless you have lived in Kathmandu for a while, you might not have known about this museum. It costs 500 rupees ($5) to enter and can be seen for 30 minutes to an hour. It was built in a crashed plane at the Kathmandu Airport. A pilot moved it and turned it into a museum a while later. The plane was disassembled, moved to the new location, and reassembled over the course of four months.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

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.

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Kathmandu and Lumbini Tours

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.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

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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Religious Hub in Kathmandu

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. 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 and in Kathmandu to assist you in your trek. The temples are renowned for their heritage and tradition. Pokhara Info provides you with a list of some of Nepal’s most famous and glorious temples.

There are a lot of statuesque temples in Nepal, full of insights and richness. Nepal’s unique temple characteristics include Newari pagodas and Shikhara temples. Buddhism is also reflected in Buddhist Gompas, with exclusive arts and crafts built by craftsmen who are part of the ancient Nepali culture and tradition. To make your navigation of the best temples of the Hindu and Buddhist religions in Nepal easier, we have provided detailed descriptions of the temples. You can read about temples outside Kathmandu Valley from Pokhara Info. Below are some temples within the valley that would be great learning and touring destinations for foreign explorers:

Pashupatinath Temple

According to Hindu tradition, Pashupatinath was founded in the 5th century as a Hindu shrine. The Shiva lingam was discovered at the site, which has great significance for the Hindu community. After the Malla dynasty in Nepal rebuilt the temple, the Pashupatinath became the main shrine for millions of Lord Shiva devotees.

Across the Bagmati River lies this pagoda-style temple, which boasts hundreds of Shiva lingams within the temple’s complex. Within the main temple is a Shiva lingam. You can also see a statue of Nandi; the bull Lord Shiva used to ride on the opposite side of the temple. The cremations of Hindu people take place along the Bagmati riverbank within Pashupati. The temple is mainly worshipped during festivals like Mahashivaratri, which attracts Hindu devotees from all over the world, Teej, a traditional festival of Nepalese women, and various Ekadashis and other auspicious occasions. Among the unique features of this famous temple are the Aratis and festivals.

Getting to the Pashupatinath temple is easy. You can take a taxi directly from Tribhuwan International Airport or catch a bus from Basantapur. The cost of entering this famous Hindu temple in Nepal is about NPR 1000 for tourists. Non-Hindus, however, are generally not allowed into the main temple itself. Additionally, visiting one of the best temples in Nepal may be easier if you have a tourist guide with you. Visitors can enter the heritage site from the back of the premise.

Changu Narayan Temple (The Oldest Temple In Nepal)

Built during the Lichhavi Dynasty in 1702, Change Narayan is the oldest temple in Nepal. It is a double-roofed temple that is decorated with ten incarnations of Narayan and guarded by four stone lions. Among the main attractions of this region is a statue of Vishnu seated on a Garuda, which belongs to an ancient period. The temple’s real gem and the sculpture of Narsingha are also worth seeing in the Changu Narayan area.

The Changu Narayan temple is located about halfway between Kathmandu and Bhaktapur. From Bhaktapur, a bus can take you to the temple, and from Bhaktapur, a taxi costs about Rs. 800 just for the city of Kathmandu. From Bhaktapur, you can take a taxi for around Rs.350 to Changu Narayan, which is a world heritage site. You can take pictures around the temple and get your photos taken inside. The trip can cost between NPR100 and 400.

Buddhanilkantha 

At the base of the Shivapuri Hill lies a statue of Hindu Lord Vishnu, which is the largest and most significant stone carving of Lord Vishnu in Nepal. It is 10km away from the center of Kathmandu. Lord Vishnu is carved into the black basalt stone, which is 5 meters long and is positioned inside the tank of water, which is 13 meters long.

 There are eleven naga heads on the top of the head of the statue of Vishnu. If you’re planning on visiting Buddhanilkantha, a beautiful premise in itself, then the Hindu temple is worth visiting. From Ratnapark or Basantapur, you can take a bus or a taxi to Narayanthan to reach the temple. This can take about 40-45 minutes.

Guheswori Shaktipith

Hindu pilgrims visit the Guheswori Shaktipith, which is around 1 km away from Pashupatinath. This temple represents the power of Hindu gods and goddesses. Devotees recognize it as a sacred temple.

Sati Devi’s story of how her body parts fell at Guheswori after her death makes the temple important for Hindus. Additionally, the temple was built under the command of the former king Pratap Malla in the 17th century. This is a famous Hindu temple in Kathmandu.

This temple can be reached directly from the Pashupatinath area through the north of the temple. Although it is not known whether the Shaktipith is generally open to tourists, there is a front door through which you can enter the temple.

Patan Krishna Mandir

Patan Krishna Mandira temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha, found in the Patan Durbar Square area in Kathmandu, is one of the major attractions in the valley due to its rich history and magnificent architecture. The temple was built in 1637 by King Siddhi Narasigh Malla as the result of a dream where the Hindu gods stood exactly where the temple stands today.

A visit to Kathmandu’s Durbar Square and the Krishna Mandir, the birthplace of Lord Krishna, is special during Krishna Janmasthami, the most important festival in Nepal. This famous temple celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna with a great crowd.

If you travel from Ratnapark, Koteshwor, or Lagankhel, you will be able to quickly reach Patan Durbar Square by bus or taxi. The entry fee is NPR 1000 for tourists, and it includes access to the temple. There, Tourist guides are also available on an hourly basis, which typically runs from NPR 1000 to NPR 2000 per hour.

Doleshwar Mahadev Temple

There is a temple called Doleshwar Mahadev temple in the district of Bhaktapur, located 20 km from Kathmandu. It can be reached after an approximately 45-minute drive from the center of the city. Furthermore, many Shiva devotees in Nepal visit this temple to pray for the fulfillment of their wishes, and it is believed that visiting the temple will wash away all your sins and bless you for a successful life. It takes about 30 minutes to drive from Kathmandu to Doleshwar Mahadev Temple, located in the Bhaktapur district in Nepal.

The temples in Nepal are some of the most fascinating and well-known in the world and have captured the attention of tourists everywhere. These cultural landmarks need to be preserved with proper plans and policies. Furthermore, tourism prospects in Nepal have been rapidly expanding in the last few decades, so it makes sense that these historically significant temples in Nepal need to be protected and promoted.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

You can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or return home after enjoying the thrilling and joyful experience. 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, if you are planning to visit Nepal anytime soon, you should take note of the many ancient sites and the numerous temples that are located in Nepal. As we mentioned earlier, you will just have to see them for yourself to acknowledge these temples.

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Spending a Day in Kathmandu Valley

World travelers have been drawn to Kathmandu since the 60s. The city’s intoxicating combination of cultural and artistic heritage and the city’s proximity to the Himalayas make this an obvious choice. Durbar Square, located in the heart of Kathmandu’s old city, stands out for its distinctive architecture and convivial atmosphere. There, you get to enjoy steamed momos and browse handicrafts as you wander through Old Town’s narrow, winding streets with your guide.

However, despite the cultural attractions of Kathmandu, there are countless hiking activities and other ones you can indulge in to pass a day in Kathmandu. For your ease, we’ve mentioned a few of them down below:

Jamacho Gompa Hike

One of Kathmandu’s more difficult hiking routes is the Jamacho Gompa Hike. In general, it takes between 4 and 6 hours to reach the viewpoint and stupa, depending on your speed and resting time. Hikers looking for a great workout or training for a trek will enjoy this hike since it is almost entirely uphill. From the city center, a 20-minute cab ride will take you to the hike.

Visiting the Changu Narayan Temple

Changu Narayan Temple is one of the oldest known temples in Nepal. It was built in 464 AD, but no one knows exactly when it was built. It is located on a hill overlooking the valley and is surrounded by a small village, which makes for a picturesque hike. A great way to spend an afternoon outside the city center is to visit one of the villages’ many small museums or restaurants.

Tarabhire Hike

Over the weekends, locals in Kathmandu enjoy the Tarebhir Hike, a short and easy walk that follows a paved road and dirt road to a high vantage point that offers views of the Kathmandu Valley. There are locations to eat at the top, so I recommend going around lunchtime so you can sit and enjoy the view longer. It takes about an hour to get to the peak and about an hour to get back down. It begins and ends in Budhanilkantha, on the northeastern side of Kathmandu. So, enjoy your time during the Tarebhire Hike.

Visiting Chandragiri

In my mind, the Chandragiri Cable Car initially sounded like a tourist trap. However, I’ve been proven wrong, and the Chandragiri Cable Car is not a tourist trap. It’s insanely beautiful, and the view from the top is one of the best ones you will find of the Himalayas from far away. For oblivious travelers, a cable car can be really mind-blowing. The ride up was a little scary for me because I’m so afraid of heights, but the ride was actually very smooth. If you don’t want to ride the cable car, you can hike up and see the sights. At the top, you can find food stalls and a high-end restaurant.

Nagi Gompa Monastery Hike

It takes approximately 1 – 1.5 hours to reach Nagi Gompa Monastery from Shivapuri National Park on the northern side of Kathmandu and 45 minutes to return. While the path follows a dirt road, shortcuts through the woods bypass the road. It can be a great day’s trip with friends or family.

Visiting Dhulikhel

There are two sections to Dhulikhel, one modern and full of hotels and the other more traditional. Dhulikhel is about a 2-hour drive from Kathmandu, depending on traffic. It’s also worth checking out the old town, which boasts narrow alleyways and ancient temples, as well as a fantastic view if you don’t mind climbing 1,000 steps.

Pharping

There are over a hundred Buddhist monasteries in Pharping, which is one of the lesser-known places near Kathmandu. Guru Rinpoche is believed to have founded Tibetan Buddhism at Pharping, and it makes a great day trip from the city. Pharping is famous for its day hike up to Champa Devi, about a four-hour hike if you take your time. You can also visit the famous caves where Guru Rinpoche meditated.

Visiting Kritipur

There’s an interesting city just a half-hour drive outside of Kathmandu called Kirtipur. While most tourists visit Patan and Bhaktapur, few visitors even know Kirtipur exists. Yet, the city has a fascinating history. Kirtipur has a strategic location, which made it an important place in past wars. Today, it is a charming little city full of little alleys set on a hill. You can find plenty of temples and try traditional Newari food at some wonderful local restaurants.

Ranibari Community Forest

The Rinibari Community Forest lies near Lazimpat Road in the center of Kathmandu. It is one of the few remaining natural forests in the city, and a meandering trail goes through the center of the forest. A visit costs 10 rupees per person (less than $0.10 USD). It is a great place to relax, picnic, or read a book. It is also famous for its bird watching, with more than 100 types of birds to see.

Going to Panauti

Approximately 2-3 hours drive from Kathmandu, Panauti is a quaint ancient city that few tourists visit. The cool thing about Panauti is that in the old town, you can see how cities like Kathmandu used to be 15-20 years ago. Animals walk down the streets, a few cars are cruising around, temples are built around every corner, and locals play cards in the afternoons while chilis dry in the sun. It is a fantastic place to witness life unfold.

Strolling through Bhaktapur and Patan

Located in the heart of Nepal, Bhaktapur is a destination that has recently gained much popularity. It is often referred to as a “living museum” as well as the “cultural capital of Nepal.” The town of Bhaktapur is one of my favorite places in Nepal and is only 45 minutes away from Kathmandu, making it an ideal day trip. You can explore the many temples, squares, and museums to learn about the Malla Dynasty, which emphasizes craftsmanship.

A city with both Buddhist and Hindu influences, Patan was one of the three kingdoms in Kathmandu Valley, along with Bhaktapur and Kathmandu. In today’s Patan, you will find a lot of ex-pats who live there, so the city is a good place for western comforts. Some of the best restaurants in Patan are found here as well as museums and ancient temples within the popular Patan Durbar Square.

Shivapuri National Park

Shivapuri National Park is the ultimate green area in Kathmandu. You can hike, visit temples, eat at restaurants, and stay at a hotel during your stay. Since the park is higher than the valley, it is cooler on hot days since it is higher in altitude than the valley. There are several ways to enjoy the views of the city, from walking along the almost no-traffic road to hiking into the center of the park to observe wildlife.

Godawari Botanical Garden

When the gardens bloom in the spring, it’s best to visit the Godawari Botanical Garden, which is just an hour and a half from Kathmandu. It makes a wonderful outing to escape the bustle of the city because it is so quiet and serene. A local favorite since 1962, the garden is a popular weekend destination for family picnics and romantic dates. It is not something I would recommend for those who will only be visiting Nepal briefly, but it is a great experience for those who plan to stay in Kathmandu for an extended period.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

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.

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Traditional and Heritage Tour of Kathmandu Valley

The cultural heritage of Nepal is rich and diverse. This multifaceted heritage encompasses the diversity of Nepal’s ethnic, tribal, and social groups. In Nepal, the expression of cultural diversity is expressed through music, dance, art, craft, folklore, literature, philosophy, festivals, and celebrations, as well as foods and drinks.

Many Nepalese are patient and calm and are not overly dramatic people. Their tolerance has made it possible for many different faiths and ethnicities to coexist harmoniously. Much of Nepal’s culture centers on tradition and religion.

The traditional and historical tour of the Kathmandu valley allows the travelers to take a multi-day tour through the ancient trails and villages of Kathmandu Valley, passing through small farming villages, lush green forests, and old temples, and learn about the traditional lifestyle and heritage of the locals. Additionally, you will be able to enjoy views of the Himalayas and stay in authentic local inns and farm stays each night.

Welcome to Kathmandu

With the exception of India, you require a Nepalese visa in order to get to Nepal. However, getting a visa is easy 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. Once you have cleared customs, a representative will meet you at the airport and guide you through Kathmandu’s narrow, winding streets so you can check into your hotel.

Strolling through Patan

Depending on your arrival time the next afternoon, you’ll walk through some of Patan’s most hidden alleys and courtyards. We will walk through the ancient courtyards of the city of Newar, where artisans live, and you’ll get to learn about the design and heritage of this historical city and gain a unique insight into their lives.

You can visit the many noteworthy temples in Patan Durbar Square, such as the Krishna Mandir, the Bhimsen Temple, the Vishwanath Temple, and Taleju Bhawani Temple, as well as the palace itself with its three main courtyards, Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk, and Keshav Narayan Chowk. Furthermore, to the north of the main Patan Durbar Square lies the Rat Temple or Golden Temple.

It will also be possible for you to meet and learn about the highly skilled metalwork artisans who create the stunning brass statues on display and to discuss the ancient art of thangka painting with the artists or making pottery. 

Significant Area in Kathmandu

After breakfast at your hotel the next day, you’ll meet with an English-speaking guide for a full-day tour of Kathmandu Valley, stopping at three of the most sacred cultural and historical sites of Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, and Patan Durbar Square. This tour allows you to see quite a bit of Kathmandu but doesn’t overload you with too many sites. There is plenty of time to spend at each temple (your private tour will last just for you), although most people tend to spend only an hour or two at each of these sites.

After lunch at a recommended local restaurant, return to your Kathmandu hotel in the late afternoon to meet your trekking guide and discuss tomorrow’s adventure.

Heading towards Panauti

On the next day, after visiting the aforementioned temples, we head towards Panauti. After breakfast, you’ll walk ten minutes down the valley to Asapuri to see a small temple before continuing on to Panauti on a jeep road. Finally, you’ll begin the climb up a walking trail which ascends out of the valley.

Upon finishing the climb, you will begin skirting the hills on mostly contouring trails with spectacular views. Afterward, you will descend the hill to Panauti village, where you can spend the afternoon exploring the village.

As the capital of the autonomous kingdom of Banepa in the 13th century, Panauti has retained its historical authenticity and heritage. It remains one of the area’s most important historic villages. Typical of the tradition of the Newar people, the town is built of pink bricks and carved wood, and the village has a peaceful atmosphere – only in September is the rural tranquility disturbed by the ‘Carriage Festival.’

The old part of the town lies at the union of two small rivers, with an important cluster of temples at the confluence. This spot is an ancient PowerPoint, with an invisible third stream also running parallel. An annual festival is held here every twelve years (in January), during which the third stream is believed to appear. During this time, cremations are held here, and a festival is held there. You can stay at a charming old village house in Panauti that has been beautifully restored — a perfect place to spend a night when visiting the ancient town.

Visit NamoBuddha

The next day, you will hike from Panauti through fields, orchards, and villages to Namobuddha. Upon arriving at Namobuddha, you will visit the stupa, where you can learn about Tamang Buddhist heritage and how it compares to Tibetan Buddhism. Siddhartha Gautama’s selfless act of offering his body to a hungry tigress is the inspiration for this stupa, which is believed to have aided him on his path to enlightenment and, ultimately, Buddhahood. Then climb to the top of the hill and visit the newly built Tibetan Buddhist monastery perched on the hilltop above the stupa to learn about the significance of this place and its place in local Tamang culture.

In just a few minutes, you’ll be at your mountain retreat, which offers great views of the Himalayas as well as an intriguing architectural style that makes it a wonderful place to relax and experience the feeling of being in the Himalayas. Arrive around mid-afternoon and simply relax or check out the sunset from a nearby lookout point.

Sightseeing in Bhaktapur

It is possible to enjoy gorgeous mountain views during breakfast before saying goodbye to Namobuddha and starting the final walk to Dhulikhel. This is a great way to end your hike as you walk through villages.

The tour starts at Dhulikhel with a look around the old town before you get in the car and drive back to Kathmandu. Along the way, you will stop in Bhaktapur to look at the old city, people, the durbar square, and temples and grab lunch. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is where the Bhaktapur royal family once lived.

Khwopa is also known as the ancient city of Newa, and it is a complex containing four different squares. Taumadhi Square, Durbar Square, Pottery Square, and Dattatreya Square make up the collection. Bhaktapur is home to the Bhaktapur royal palaces as well as several temples and other ancient structures dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.

In the square, there are many displays of traditional Newari architecture. All the buildings are works of art in themselves; visitors will surely enjoy exploring them. It was severely affected by the 1934 and 2015 earthquakes in Nepal. We will drive back to Kathmandu from Bhaktapur and check in to your hotel.

Concluding the Tour

Whether you visit other popular cities of Nepal, such as Pokhara, Chitwan, or Ilam after the Kathmandu tour or head back to your home country, it is time to bode farewell to Kathmandu. You can spend the last few minutes of your trip in Kathmandu with breakfast at a café, a city stroll, and/or souvenir shopping. A representative will meet you at your hotel and take you to the airport. Please be at the airport two hours before departure.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful heritage tour, 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.

 

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The Nagarkot Dhulikhel Cycling Tour in Nepal

It’s no wonder Nepal is a top traveling destination for tourists, adventurers, and nature lovers alike. The incredible beauty of Nepal provides travelers with heavenly experiences without having to visit heaven itself. However, suppose you’re planning to travel to Nepal soon or are originally from the country. In that case, you may be surprised to know all the places you can go to experience the best out-of-doors experiences in the South-Asian region. Furthermore, activities such as paragliding, ultralight flight, cycling tour, and sightseeing add to the country’s beauty.  

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If you want to enjoy Nepal’s hills and mountains, one of the best things to do is to organize a cycling trip with friends or family. Nagarkot Dhulikhel Cycling Tour is a trip into the countryside of Nepal’s city-periphery. It showcases the beauty of Nepal’s rural areas, which are embellished with natural beauty.

During your Tour to Dhulikhel, when you navigate the lush tracks stretching across the city circumference and venture into the mostly-pastoral routes, you will be charmed by the tranquility of village life and the lush surroundings. As a consequence, it is difficult to feel rejuvenated while surrounded by the noise and traffic of the city. But a cycling trip into the tame wilderness outside the city is the ideal way to refresh and relax. Discover the famous destinations of Nepal that can be reached quite easily from the capital. Experience the natural beauty of the woodlands and mountainous terrains outside the city. Refresh your senses amid the fresh air of Nepal’s hilly regions.

Overview

Nagarkot, one of Nepal’s most popular hiking destinations near Kathmandu, is a major highlight of the Nagarkot Dhulikhel Cycling Tour. Nagarkot has become one of Nepal’s most popular hiking destinations as a former royal retreat for the country’s royal family. While riding through the tracks at Nagarkot, you will have the opportunity to see the Himalayas off in the distance. It is an absolutely beautiful destination, blessed with an undisturbed natural landscape and a Himalayan tapestry as its natural art. Moreover, the view from Nagarkot’s view tower is known for its breathtaking views of sunrise and sunset amidst the mountain peaks. Besides the natural beauty, you’ll be riding along the captivating shadows of the Himalayas.

Similarly, Dhulikhel is another feature of the Tour. By bike, you will witness an absolutely stunning Himalayan panorama as you ride to the edge of Dhulikhel hill. As you pedal your way along the verdant landscape, you will catch glimpses of prominent mountain peaks, including the Langtang Lirung, the Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shankar, and Melungtse. Cycling along the temple-lined streets of Dhulikhel’s village will also give you a taste of Dhulikhel’s Newari ambiance. Thus, the Nagarkot Dhulikhel Cycling Tour blends together the natural beauty of the hill enclaves of Nepal and the cultural and religious treasures that this country has to offer. In addition, it’s a wonderful way to enjoy the view of the distant mountains from a very intimate setting.

Nagarkot Dhulikhel Cycling Tour Itinerary

Pokhara Info organizes several events for cycling along the Dhulikhel-Nagarkot area that is thrilling and interesting. 

As Pokhara Info’s main objective is to provide the highest level of safety and enjoyment for its clients, we take the matter of safety while cycling very seriously. However, it will surely be a fun experience and full of exploration around the countryside of that part of Nepal, cycling for 2 to 4 days at Dhulikhel.

As we travel from Nagarkot to Namobuddha, you will have the opportunity to cycle through stunning natural scenery and quaint villages. It is a great adventure that allows you to get a sense of the country's rural atmosphere and ethnic culture. The trail from Nagarkot cuts through remote villages with a small number of ups and downs. Tropical vegetation and hilly woodlands adorn the pathway, offering an enjoyable journey. The trail also offers views of the Himalayas.

Our route will also take us through Nala, Banepa, and Dhulikhel. We will have lunch in Dhulikhel and then proceed towards Namobuddha, an important Buddhist pilgrimage site. It is known for its legend about a spoiled prince who sacrificed himself to a tiger and her cubs, who hailed him as the New Buddha and adorned the site with his name. From Dhulikhel, the trail ascends uphill through lush forests. We will spend the night at a hotel in Dhulikhel.

 

Our journey takes us on mostly flat, paved roads to Balthali. This is a traditional village boasting ancient sculptures, buildings, and innumerable temples. The verdant farms and lush green environments that decorate our journey provide a pleasant experience. Furthermore, Balthali is situated behind the forests of Panauti, a fact that lends it a sense of ethereal natural beauty and makes it a popular, naturally, and culturally opulent destination that one can easily reach from Kathmandu.

Upon arriving in the village, you will find that it is a charming farmstead surrounded by green rice terraces, green hills, and faint shadows of the Himalayan peaks to the north. We will have lunch here and then head back before riding to Khopasi. After that, we will travel by private vehicle to Kathmandu. 

 

When you choose the Pokhara info cycling package for the Dhulikhel Nagarkot cycling tour, the package includes:

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

    • International Airfare.
    • Your travel insurance.
    • Sightseeing entrance fees
    • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
    • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
    • Tips for Guide and Porters

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.

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 where 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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Tour of the Beautiful Godawari Botanical Garden

Godawari Botanical Garden is a great place for a day trip with nature in Kathmandu. Despite being close to the heavily populated city of Kathmandu. It is often overlooked when we think of places to visit in Kathmandu, even though it is so close to the town.

The drive to the garden from Kathmandu only takes an hour and a half, making it an excellent day trip; however, there are resorts in the area, making it a convenient weekend or overnight trip.

Even in the winter, Nepal’s botanical garden was a peaceful and relaxing escape from the city! After seeing Nepal’s central zoo, my expectations for Nepal’s botanical garden weren’t too high. However, the garden was much better than what I expected.

Overview

The Himalayan landlocked country of Nepal is home to the world’s highest mountains. It also boasts the world’s oldest cities and beautiful forested plains where the regal tigers and the armor-plated greater one-horned rhinoceros roam freely.

Despite being a popular attraction for many people, the botanical gardens are somewhat out of the way for people visiting Nepal on a short trip. Though there are mesmerizing trekking destinations throughout Nepal, the botanical garden can be a good break despite its small scale.

Furthermore, there’s nothing like a walk through a park to get a breath of fresh air without having to drive for hours or walk for long periods of time. 

The facility is well known for a wide variety of activities, including plant conservation, education, research, displays, and recreation. There are 82 hectares with varying topography, of which 40 hectares have been converted into various garden units. Schima-Castanospsis and Alnus dominate the area’s natural evergreen forest.

Getting to the Botanical Garden

As of 2022, a large section of the road is under construction due to widening, so the ride is bumpy. Getting to Godawari is best by private vehicle or hired car. It may be uncomfortable to take a bus, especially since local buses don’t always have shock absorbers to manage the road work.

In addition, it’s extremely dusty, so I wouldn’t recommend taking the buses with their windows open. Also, I wouldn’t recommend taking a motorbike.

Godawari is about 1.5 hours away from Kathmandu’s central business district, though it will be much quicker once the road is widened and black-topped. I’m told this should be completed in a year, which normally means a year and a half in Nepal.

Best time to visit the Garden

Godawari Botanical Garden is open all year round, but it’s best to visit in the spring since it’s a botanical garden. In spring, most plants will be in full bloom, making the visit much more worthwhile. You will also have wonderful weather since it won’t be too cold like during winter or too wet like during summer. In Nepal, spring is from late February to early April.

The Godawari Botanical Garden is usually open from 9 am to 5 pm, except during special events. Unless there’s a special occasion, the garden remains open throughout the week and on weekends. Additionally, the entry price varies depending on whether you are from Nepal, South Asia, or any other country.

However, the entry price depends on your age and nation. This can range from 20 rupees (around 20 cents) to 500 rupees (about $5). Parking costs between Rs 25 and Rs 100, so the entry is not too expensive considering the experience you’ll have.

About the Botanical Garden

The Godawari Botanical Garden (officially known as the National Botanical Garden) is the only botanical garden in Kathmandu. It was established by King Mahendra in 1962 AD. The garden’s design was developed by two British botanists, G.A.C Herklots and Tony Schilling.

Also, working with the Royal Botanical Gardens in the UK, Tony Schillings brought back plants from all over the Himalayas for them to be planted and studied there.

Over 200 acres of the garden are dedicated to cultural, educational, and research purposes. The gardens are not just beautiful to see.

They also have educational centers where local students come to learn about the indigenous plants of Nepal. The Godawari River runs through the garden, giving it its name.

The southern part of Lalitpur is most famous for its Botanical Garden, where you can see numerous types of plants and trees and various birds. It is also a popular hiking destination because of its many wildlife species and large space area.

To Enjoy:

You can see various birds flying around in the botanical garden, and the plants and trees are also beautiful. Among the thematic gardens are arboretums, biodiversity education gardens, conservation and education gardens, coronation ponds, ethnobotanical gardens, etc.

In addition, they have fern gardens, lilies gardens, physic gardens, rock gardens, taxonomic gardens, rose gardens, sand gardens, terrace gardens, tropical gardens, Japanese-style gardens, and VVIP plantation gardens. A total of 1026 plant species can be found in this botanical garden, including angiosperms, gymnosperms, ferns, and others.

Approximately 70 thousand students are among the 400 thousand visitors this botanical garden attracts yearly. As mentioned earlier, students come here on their educational tours. Plant scientists come here to observe living plants. Families and people come here for peace and relaxation to spend their holidays.

Naturalists come here to observe birds and enjoy the greenery, and all kinds of shooting crews come here to shoot videos and films.

Traveling Tips for Visiting the Godawari Botanical Garden

  • As the garden is quite large, walking around and enjoying it takes at least three hours. Be sure to take in all the different experiences available during the trip.
  • It is common for people to enjoy a picnic in the garden or eat a light snack there. I recommend bringing your lunch instead of eating at nearby food stands. However, you can get your lunch from a local restaurant as well.
  • In the summer, I recommend bringing a book and a sitting blanket to read outside on the grass with a view of the garden. You can enjoy a whole day in the sun by finding a nice place to sit.
  • Most Nepalese have only one day off each week, which is Saturday. The place is popular with locals on weekends, so pick a weekday to avoid crowds.

Finally, the botanical garden of Godawari is a great outlet for locals and foreigners looking to unwind from the stressful and busy life in Kathmandu. If you know what to do in Nepal as a foreigner, arranging this trip by yourself would also be ideal; if not, Pokhara Info is here for you.

You can plan for a hike within the confines of the garden or set up a mini picnic tour with your friends and family. Whatever you decide to do, I hope you have an amazing day and enjoy the garden as much as we.