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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

I wasn’t sure what I would find inside the palace, but I was very impressed. 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 I have visited, this one looks very modern. It was built in the 1960s and looks like it was taken straight out of a TV show.

I have never come across anything like this before. 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, I 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. I 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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The Gorgeous Nation of Nepal

Nepal is a beautiful country with welcoming people in which deities coexist with mortals, and monasteries, magnificent temples, and historical monuments can be found everywhere you turn. The Himalayan nation of Nepal has some of the best of everything for travelers, including breathtaking views from its highest mountains, an infectious culture, friendly locals, delicious cuisine, myriad adventures, and awe-inspiring wildlife.

There are more than eight of the fourteen highest mountains in the world here, along with the Terai plains of Jhapa, so you can be forgiven for keeping your camera close to your hand. If you’d like to appreciate the Himalayas fully, we recommend traveling to Dhulikhel, one of Nepal’s most popular destinations, to view these giant mountains. Pokhara, another popular destination, puts Nepal’s natural beauty into perspective. The Phewa, Begnas, and Rupa Lakes, set against the backdrop of the snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna Range, make it the jewel of the Himalayas.

The adventure tourism industry in Nepal is one of Nepal’s biggest attractions. It is a favorite spot for those who enjoy nature and adrenaline. Among the many activities available in this gorgeous landlocked nation, treks, mountaineering, and game viewing are long-time favorites. Still, tourists can now do more adventurous activities such as rafting, biking, fishing, hot air ballooning, and even bungee jumping.

These reasons may convince you that you need to visit Nepal at least once in your lifetime:

To experience the diversity of culture

More than 60 ethnic groups and 124 languages are spoken in Nepal, each with a unique language, religion, festivals, and art. The Newar tribe is an example of how diverse the Kathmandu Valley is. Newari and Nepal Bhasa are the native languages of Nepal, and they celebrate festivals such as Swati throughout the year. Visiting Nepal is a good way to experience the country’s diverse cultures and history.

To discover the incredible heritage sites:

Nepal has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a wonderful country full of natural and cultural treasures. The Kathmandu Valley alone includes seven of the ten UNESCO cultural world heritage sites. The country also has three other UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Chitwan National Park, Sagarmatha National Park, and Lumbini, where Buddha was born. In addition, the Kathmandu valley, Nepal’s spiritual heart, has numerous ancient medieval temples, Buddhist monasteries, and stupas. A visit to Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha, can be enlightening and delightful.

To Befriend the Hospitable Nepalese People:

The Nepalese are very friendly and welcoming to visitors, considering guests as gods. They will do anything they can to make you feel comfortable and never fail to offer tea and assistance when you need it. Many people who have been to Nepal will tell you how friendly the Nepali people can be. Similarly, It’s not surprising that it’s a saying that if you come for the mountains, you’ll return for the people.

Trekkers & adventurers find this place ideal:

The topography of Nepal may look small on the map, just slightly larger than Arkansas, but it includes the world’s highest mountain (Mt. Everest), the deepest gorge (Kali Gandaki Gorge), and several other fascinating features. Therefore, it is not surprising that this tiny country in Asia can be a haven for adventure lovers. 

It is a great spot for hikers and explorers to explore. Nepal is a great destination for those who enjoy adventure and trekking. Thousands of people visit Nepal each year in search of adventure. 

Despite being a Himalayan country, Nepal offers various hiking and adventure opportunities.

In addition to trekking, there are many other adrenaline-pumping sports you can try while in Nepal, including mountain biking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, snow skiing, bungee jumping, sky diving, hot air ballooning, and paragliding.

Enjoying Nepali Delicacies:

Because of Nepal’s geographical and cultural diversity, its cuisine has also become very diverse. Though heavily influenced by neighboring countries such as India and China, Nepali cuisine still possesses its own unique characteristics. You simply can’t leave Nepal without trying some of its delicacies. Dal Bhat is a dish served with rice and curried vegetables. It is the national dish of Nepal, which you will find served at almost every restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

Momo, or Nepalese dumplings, are a popular snack available on every corner and should be tried more than once. They are typically served with a tomato-based sauce and can be filled with many vegetables and meats. Chatamari, deeds, aloo tama, etc., are other well-known Nepali foods.

Amazing wildlife awaits you:

As the Amazon of Asia, Nepal is a great destination for wildlife enthusiasts. A trip to the lowlands of Nepal gives you a chance to see wild animals in their natural habitats. There are 544 species of birds in Chitwan National Park, Nepal’s most popular national park, including royal Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinos, crocodiles, leopards, sloth bears, wild elephants, deer, and monkeys.

Bardia National Park, another pristine park, offers excellent wildlife-watching opportunities along with Chitwan. Wild animals are common in the highlands, mountain ranges, and the mountains of the upper hilly regions, such as snow leopards, red pandas, blue sheep, and yaks.

Enjoy the Peaceful Environment:

Nepal is far from prosperous, but it is a perfect place for those seeking a sense of peace and serenity. The country provides a charming, laidback atmosphere that provides all the comforts of a prosperous nation. The tranquillity of the countryside can be mesmerizing, but even a stroll around Thamel in Kathmandu is soothing. Furthermore, Pokhara, a lake city in Nepal, is also a great place to unwind, where you can enjoy the pristine air, gaze at the serene lake, or marvel at the stunning snow-capped mountains.

Visiting the Stunning Lakes and the high mountains:

Countless lakes can be found in Nepal. Nepal is blessed with a diversity of nature that ranges from the highest lake in the world (Tilicho, 4,950 meters above sea level) to the deepest lake at the highest elevation (Shey Phoksundo, 145 meters deep at 3,600 meters above sea level). Not to mention they are as gorgeous as they can get. Including boating and paddling, these lakes in Nepal offer a wide range of water sports that tourists can enjoy. There are about 200 lakes in Nepal, many of which are glacier-fed lakes higher than 4,000 meters above sea level.

In addition, Nepal is a mountaineering enthusiast’s dream. Nepal has over a hundred mountains in limited geography and is known as the “Land of Mountains .”Even though the country is landlocked and has a small geographical area, eight of the fourteen highest mountains in the world are located here. And with that comes the thrill and adrenaline rush of mountaineering and trekking.

Great experience for an affordable price:

Nepal is rated as one of the best value destinations by Lonely Planet, offering affordable hotels and restaurants. Most restaurants are reasonable in price, and the country has a lot of good food options. Thus it is a great opportunity for budget traveling.

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.

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 covered you. 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!