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Must See Places for First-time Visitors in Nepal

After visiting Nepal, everyone leaves with a smile and is eager to return from the moment you arrive. Exploring its towns and cities is a fantastic adventure. It has a captivating spiritual vibe and a place where you can become a true explorer. Nepal’s outdoor activities and delicious food will unavoidably Fascinate you.

Here are the 10 best places to visit in Nepal, but before we get started, I hope you like heights.

Pokhara

The tourist capital of Nepal is the second largest city in this Himalayan country. After Kathmandu, the town’s highlight is its Lakeside, a boating paradise flanked by charming shops, dreamy cafes, restaurants, and pubs that make up this post-guard-perfect town. This city is a beautiful contrast to the bustling lakeside. Pokhara, which is home to many beautiful historical temples, has Fewa Lake or Phewa taal, a spectacular lake that borders Lakeside.

Fewa Taal flawlessly reflects the mountains that border it, making it a breathtaking photo opportunity. For adventure enthusiasts, Pokhara is a popular starting point for many treks in the Anna Hna range, as well as many paragliding and river rafting opportunities. 

Kathmandu 

Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal, and we assure you this city’s downtown is different from everything you know. The first thing that’ll surprise you is the diversity of colors and aromas.

A unique mix that will quickly make you feel immersed in a different culture. And with a lot of mysticism, it’s a very dynamic city. With exotic shops in the capital of this country, you will find a large number of temples. We recommend visiting the Swayambu Suppa, known as the Monkey Temple, and visiting Durbar Square.

Here you can view traditional, intact and striking architecture. Kathmandu is a city that houses the most undamaged and prominent traditional architecture in the country. Finally, we recommend you visit Tamo, the place made for tourists and people. It’s the place you need to go when you want to enjoy the nightlife in Nepal.

Nagarkot

If you’re looking for peace, relaxation, and breathtaking views of the Himalayas, then you should take the time to visit Nagarkot during your stay in Nepal.

Nagarkot gives you one of the widest panoramas of the Himalayan ranges. Here you can spot eight out of the 13 Himalayan ranges from the comfort of your hotel. A worthwhile summer retreat of Nepali Indian and British royalty. This village rose to fame after tourists flocked to the area in recent years.

The idyllic village sits serenely in the midst of nature. The only sounds you can hear are the birds chirping and the breeze whistling through the pines. 

Sagarmatha National Park

Sagarmatha National Park is a wildlife reserve that is well known to people for its location, which is dominated by Mount Everest in the Himalayas of eastern Nepal.

Tourists have been flocking to the area over the years because of the stunning scenery and the adventurous trails for trekking and hiking. It’s also a preservation site for rare species of animals and birds like the red Panda and the snow leopard. The wildlife sanctuary stretches over 1,100 square kilometers. It is recognized as an imminent bird sanctuary by BirdLife International, making it a highly important tourist attraction for people who enjoy mountaineering and bird watching.

Bhaktapur

This is one of the most beautiful places in Nepal, and it preserves some medieval buildings in exceptional conditions. Actually, the best preserved in terms of architecture, even topping Patan. You can discover a variety of temples, fares, and markets. At one time, it was the ancient capital of the country and a significant factor in the country’s economy. 

Nowadays, its streets have become the cultural center of Nepal, and you only have to see the many artists living within the city of ancient beauty to confirm it. As we said before, Bhaktapur has many temples. The most striking is the huge Nyatopola, with its five floors. It’s the most important religious building since ancient times. 

Baudha Stupa

Baudha is located on the outskirts of Katmandu. Here you can find an enormous manifestation of Tibetan culture. That’s why it houses the largest stupa in Nepal. It’s so significant that hundreds of pilgrims travel to it every day to walk around it in a Buddhist ritual.

But the true spiritual magic of this temple is that Buddhist worshipers also pilgrim to it every day to perform their walking ritual. This is where all the people go for peace of mind

Lumbini

Lumbini is the town where Buddha was born, and we all know that Buddha is one of the most recognized spiritual figures in the world. Being in Nepal and not visiting the place where Buddha was born means missing the true essence of Nepal’s culture and diversity. 

Here you can see the Maya Devi Temple, where the birth of Buddha is commemorated, and feel the energy of its sacred pond and tree. There is also the palace where Buddha lived and other places related to the life of Buddha. But Lumbini is not only a place with a great spiritual history. It’s also a special place for nature and adventure lovers.

Chitwan National Park 

In this stunning place within the heart of the jungle, you can see elephants and wild nature as one of the most significant parks in Asia. It’s proudly located in Southcentral Nepal. It’s famous for its jungle. Yes, but it also has forest areas and grassland planes.

The Bengal tiger prowls within its jungles. And if you’re lucky enough, you may get to see one, just not up so close. You could enjoy a safari to see the animals sail in a canoe and take a ride on an elephant or oxen. Several endangered species and a wide variety of vegetation are protected in the park.

Janakpur 

Janakpur, also known as the city of ponds, with more than 70 ponds that dot its very landscape. Here you can learn more about the ancient and revered Hindu God Ram. And its significance today, the Ram Temple is the main attraction in Janakpur. The pleasant weather and the grand and colorful festivities throughout the year.

The stunning architecture of the temples and the friendly locals make gen poor a favorite spot for tourists and pilgrims alike. 

Patan 

One of the most intriguing places to visit in Nepal is Patan, which also goes by the name of Lalitpur. It’s a divine place to witness serenity and spirituality, brimming with stunning temples and picturesque landscapes.

Patan Durbar square is the most famous place here, which houses beautifully carved temples, statues, and palaces. Within the premises of Durbar Square, one can visit Paton Museum to get an insight into the glorifying. Of Patan, you are now ready to embark on your journey to one of the world’s most enigmatic and impressive countries.

What do you guys think about the list, and what do you like the most about this beautiful valley? If you want to visit Pokhara, 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 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. 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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Ten of the Best Places for First-time Pokhara Visitors

Call it a city of lakes, a holiday paradise or the ultimate tourist destination; Pokhara has all the charms you could ever ask for. Renowned for its magnificent landscapes, Pokhara is the most favored tourist destination in Nepal. It is also Nepal’s second-largest city in terms of its population. 

Pokhara is the base city for many majestic trekking trails welcoming the likes of trekkers, backpackers and holidaymakers. One of the best places to rejuvenate your body, this metropolitan city is blessed with varied serene lakes, mountains, museums and the best spots for adventure sports that are sure to add enthralling experiences to your lifelong memories.

Let us dive into the list of top ten places to visit in Pokhara.

Fewa Lake 

 Fewa Lake is the second largest lake in Nepal and has a beauty that it’s truly overwhelming. The lake encompasses a total area of 4.43 square kilometers. Treating your eyes to the surreal reflections of alluring Mount Machhapuchre on a fine day in a paddling boat while on your way to Tal Bahi temple is a typically touristy thing you can do in Fewa Lake.

This freshwater Lake is one of the places in Pokhara that has visitors crowding the premise even during the week. 

Tal Barahi

Tal Barahi is another spiritual retreat for Hindu pilgrims, which remains at the center of Fewa Lake. You gotta take a boat ride to reach this place of land in the middle of the lake.

The boats are always available; it would take just 10 to 20 minutes to get to the temple from the Bank of Lake. Tal Barahi is a small pagoda-style temple which is dedicated to Hindu goddesses and is popular because of its ideal location and the great religious value that it carries. This temple attracts many Hindu disciples who come to worship the goddess. 

Davis Falls

Davis Falls might not sound new to many, including both the locals and international visitors, but how well do you know the history behind its famous name? Reportedly, a woman named Davi went swimming here on the 31st of July, 1961 but drowned due to the overflow of water. 

To pay respect to his daughter, Davi’s father wished the name the place after her, hence the name. This canyon cascades down at the south side of Fewa well Lake. And the water passes through a cave called Gupteshwor Cave. After exiting the tunnel, it is called Patale Chango in Nepali and has scenery that can be used as stunning backdrops for photos and videos.

Gupteshwor Cave

 Gupteshwor Cave is an ancient temple whose history dates back hundreds of years. It’s probably one of the longest caves in South Asia, which is located close to Davis Falls on the other side of the world peace pagoda. The passes through this cave are usually damp and dark. Those small light bulbs are facilitated to make them come in handy for tourists.

As you descend deeper, you can find several statues and shrines inside, the largest of which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. 

Mahindra Cave 

Amongst numerous caves in Pokhara, Mahindra cave is a popular site located close to the Seti River. It was named after the late King Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah.

A statue of Lord Shiva can also be seen inside the cave limestones in its natural and rare form of rock structures containing stalagmites. It attracts thousands of tourists every year. Artificial lights lighten the walls of this cave, giving it a shimmery and glittery outlook, which the sight Sears love to admire. A visit to Mahindra Cave is more of an adventure as you move further and deeper down the cave. 

Pokhara Santi Stupa 

Pokhara Santi Stupa is a pogoda-style Buddhist monument nestled in the top of the heel of Pumdikot. It adds yet another beauty to Pokhara and its marvels. The Suppa facilitates the site of the never-ending Himalayan range adoring the spectacular cityscape below while the blue Fewa lake sits perfectly.  You could hike or cycle along the trails or travel by any other means to reach the spiritual retreat. 

 

Sanangkot

 Sanangkot, situated on Sanangkot hill, is a village of the same name, which is a game place you should not miss out on. When in Sanangkot, you could catch a riveting glimpse of the mountain sweep, including the Machhapuchre and Manaslu. Hiking to Sanangkot is one of the ways you can drown in the heavenly views of sunsets and sunrises. Moreover, the place is also a very popular spot for paragliding. 

Bindabasi Temple

Bindabasi Temple is also known as the guardian deity of Pokhara. The Temple is a white pagoda temple that is situated near the old bazaar of the Pokhara. Goddess Durga, in the form of Parvati, is worshiped in the temple, hence holding a significant religious value. Lying 3000 feet up the sea level, the Bindabasi temple is overcrowded during the day of a major festival of Dashain when several people offer animal sacrifices to the goddess.

With a pleasant scent of loop and panoramic views, a visit to this temple can be accompanied by a stroll around the old bazaar. 

Begnas Lake

Begnas  Lake covers about 3.28 square kilometers of area. The Begnas Lake, or Begnas taal stands in the third position of the largest lakes in Nepal. It with lush Greens forest surrounding this lake and offering you the most tranquil and serene environment.

It is located on the southeastern side of the main city and is tentatively crowded. If you prefer to enjoy boating with a site of snowcap peaks, stand by the taal overlooking the gorgeous forest below with a sip of your preferred drinks. Then the visit to Begnas lake might just be perfect for you. 

Mountain Museum.

The mountaineering museum has a history of its own in Nepal. And this is best showcased in the International Mountain Museum of Pokhara. Mysteries and important figures relating to not only the mountains of Nepal but also Japan, Slovakia, and other countries have been illustrated in this museum.

Additionally, you can find the rarest of Flora and Fauna collected from different parts of Himalayan reasons that are well preserved here. Models of several peaks, including Mountain Everest, mountain gear, and everything and anything associated with mountains are exclusively found. So, that’s the end of our list of the top 10 places to visit in Pokhara.

What do you guys think about the list, and what do you like the most about this beautiful valley? If you want to visit Pokhara, 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 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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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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“Experience Nepal” Tour for Foreigners

With Nepal Experience Tour provided by Pokhara Info, travelers can get a glimpse of Nepal in an enjoyable and memorable way.

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

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

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

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

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

Itinerary for the Tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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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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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Bhaktapur: A Cultural destination

If life feels dull and boring, and you’re sick of your nine-to-five jobs, it might be time for you to take a break. Traveling to different countries can provide a fresh perspective on life and allow an individual to learn about different cultures and people. Furthermore, an amazing hub for such a vacation can be the beautiful country of Nepal. 

However, if you already know about Nepal, and are planning a trip to the gorgeous landlocked nation, let me suggest a great way to spend your time there. Perhaps you’re planning to visit Nepal so you can see the Himalayas. The mighty snow-capped Himalayas are certainly a reason to visit Nepal. But, you’ll find there’s a lot more to this fascinating country.

Nepal is a place of ancient cities, spirituality that is palpable, and one of the world’s most kind-hearted people. Many people can’t get enough of Nepal. The Kathmandu Valley is one of the most stunning regions in the country. It’s filled with amazing towns, temples, and culture. One of my favorite spots is Bhaktapur, a small town less than an hour from Kathmandu.

About Bhaktapur

The city is the most well-preserved of the three medieval Newari cities of the valley. The other two are Kathmandu and Patan. Despite the 2015 earthquake, Bhaktapur remains largely intact. Cars are not frequent in the historical city center, making a walk along its stone cobbled streets a pleasure indeed. The town is like a living museum, with temples on every corner, shops selling crafts and arts everywhere you look, and people with equally interesting people with countless amusing stories to tell.

On your trip to Nepal, you really must visit this place if you are interested in Nepali culture and heritage. In order to let you know a bit more about Bhaktapur, let me catch you up on the importance and history of this lovely city.

Heritage

UNESCO has listed Bhaktapur as a World Heritage Site, and as you walk through the city, you’ll see dozens of examples of traditional Newari architecture that made the city deserve the listing. Throughout the city are breathtaking buildings boasting intricate patterns and red brick façades.

The Nyatapola Temple in Bhaktapur is undeniably one of the most impressive architectural structures in the city. The temple’s five-tiered roof invites you to climb up steps and peer over beautiful views of Taumadhi Square and surrounding hills.

A must-see in Bhaktapur is Durbar Square, still as stunning as ever despite the earthquake damage. Many of the main temples have been repaired and restored as a result of the quake. However, you can still visit sites such as the Golden Gate of Bhaktapur, a wonderfully detailed entranceway that leads to the courtyard of the palace. Bhaktapur’s historical center, the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, is a museum of medieval art and architecture. It’s filled with sculptures, woodcarvings, and colossal pagodas dedicated to different gods and goddesses.

Originally built by King Jitamitra Malla in 1696, the Bhaktapur Durbar that can be seen today was reconstructed by King Bhupatindra Malla around the end of the 17th or beginning of the 18th century.

Additionally, you can stroll around the beautiful Siddha Pokhari Pond, enjoying the local snacks or ice cream. Whatever you decide to do, it’s sure that you’ll have a multitude of options to enjoy your time.

Local Cuisine

A differentiating factor between Nepali food and other South-East Asian cuisines is its distinct cultural influences from different ethnic groups, and Newari cuisine is, without a doubt, its richest and tastiest cuisine.

Bhaktapur is the perfect place to try some of Nepal’s most traditional and tasty food. Here, the Newari culture is celebrated, as is the cuisine, and you’ll find a variety of homely meals that are somewhat hard to find elsewhere in the country.

In Bhaktapur, steer clear of rooftop restaurants selling continental food, and seek out the local food in small alleyways. The real deals are hidden away from the tourist traps.

Other Food

As one example, Samay Baji is an authentic Newari dish made up of several small bites that have been passed down through generations. The local yogurt, the Juju Dhau, also known as King Curd, is a must-try in Bhaktapur. Served in clay pots in small shops around the city, this thick and creamy yogurt is made from buffalo milk and has a smooth, creamy texture. Many shops and stalls sell Juju Dhau in Bhaktapur since it is a local product. As mentioned earlier, you can stroll around the town squares or Siddha Pokhari enjoying a clay pot full of Juju Dhau.

Chhyang, also known as Thon, is an alcoholic beverage in Nepal. It is also known as ‘white rice ale.’ It is much stronger than Aida, which is a Nepali wine. Chhyang is usually ordered with spicy snacks in Nepal and is popular in Bhaktapur.

Bhaktapur is also famous for its ‘Bara,’ a Newari pancake made from black lentils and spices. On top of that, you can add eggs, spinach, minced meat (usually chicken or buff), and more. Bara is often served with chana dhal.

A Newari delicacy called yomari is very popular in Bhaktapur. It consists of steamed rice dough filled with brown sugar, ghee, and sesame seeds (chaku). You can also get it with condensed milk. The Newari celebrate a festival called ‘Yomari Punhi’ that marks the end of the rice harvest in December by eating this delicacy.

Art and Culture

The city has various unique arts and crafts that complement the beautiful city. Take a stroll down Potters’ Square to get a glimpse of the creation of pottery made using local clay. There are heaps of pots and bowls, yogurt cups, and souvenirs to be seen, all crafted, fired, and painted around this square, and the locals will be more than glad to have you observe and learn about their art.

Late afternoon is my favorite time to come here – when the sun dips below the horizon, and the potters begin to collect their creations after baking all day. Aside from the National Art Gallery, Bhaktapur also hosts a collection of traditional artifacts and paintings from Nepal’s past.

Traditions

If you wake up in Bhaktapur early enough, you can see why it’s called the ‘City of Devotion.’ Women wearing red dresses and men wearing topis carry offerings to the small temples dotted around the city.

One of my favorite places to observe local religious devotion is Bhairavnath Temple. It is a magnificent Hindu temple built in red bricks with an ornate golden door. Similar scenes can be seen throughout the city, including around the temple’s entrance, where locals buy marigolds from market stalls and leave them there. Taking in these sights is a great way to start the day.

Though there is a lot to see in Bhaktapur, I prefer exploring and soaking in the unique atmosphere. While Kathmandu feels overcrowded and chaotic, Bhaktapur is much quieter and more relaxed. Take your time and discover the city. Pokhara.Info’s touring 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 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, Bhaktapur is the perfect place to unwind after a long trek or to gain a sense of the local culture before heading into the Himalayas. Spend a couple of days to enjoy the timeless energy of the place and get to know the people.

 

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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.