Mystical Himalayas

By Shereen Shabnam

Nepal is a country that offers a lifetime experience for everyone from around the globe. My adventure in Nepal began with my honeymoon in Kathmandu and Pokhara as a holiday in Nepal offers romance and adventure from the spectacular Himalayas to exotic wildlife safari, exhilarating white water rafting, mystifying variety of flora and fauna, charismatic arts and cultures and some of the best walking trails on earth. 

A Himalayan Kingdom, precisely known as the “Land of Mount Everest” and the “Land of Living Goddess-Kumari”, Nepal is dignified by the heroism of its brave warrior ancestors-the “Gorkhas”. As there are so many things one can do in Nepal, it is best to have a guide. Recently our friends have found Himalayan Holidays Nepal to have some of the best itineraries that can be tailored to your holiday needs.

Most visitors like to start their Nepal journey as soon as they arrive in Kathmandu. It is best to stay a night there and arrange a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City with a visit to the Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu Durbar Square) – an ancient durbar (palace) with its numerous old palaces, temples and pagodas, the Temple of Living Goddess “Kumari”, and the Kasthamandap Temple, which is believed to be constructed from the wood of a single tree from which Kathmandu derives its name.

In addition also a must visit is the Boudhanath Stupa – an ancient colossal stupa and the center of Tibetan Buddhism in the world and the Pashupatinath Temple – the Temple of Lord Shiva situated on the bank of the holy Bagmati River.

If you want good views, head to Swayambhunath Stupa, which is situated atop a hill from where you can get a bird’s, eye view of Kathmandu Valley. If you love water sports, get a dose of white water rafting in the Trishuli River. Or enjoy a unique Cable Car ride to the famous Manakamana Temple situated on the Top of Hill “Goddess of wish fulfilling” before heading to Pokhara.

Pokhara was my favourite place when I visited Nepal, especially the mornings having breakfast by the lake, listening to classical Nepali music. Getting to Pokhara is near 4 hours scenic drive passing through the beautiful agricultural Countryside. Pokhara is nestled in a tranquil valley (827m) on the laps of the mighty Annapurna Himalaya Range and is also known as vacationer’s paradise.

Unwind with sunset boat rides at Phewa Lake and get ready for hiking adventures to points like the World Peace Stupa (1,100 meters), which is a recently built stupa on the perfect forested hilltop of Andu Danda. The walking trail is utterly steep but well defined surrounded with lush green bushes and trees on both sides.

With Himalayan Holidays, you can explore exquisite surrounding scenery, row to the Barahi Temple, which is situated on a small island of Phewa Lake from where visitors can witness the magnificent views of Mt. Fish Tail including the Annapurna Range or enjoy the colorful Lake Side Bazaar.

More adventurous visitors can opt for the Everest Base Camp Trek, which takes one to the foothills of the mightiest of the mountains in the world. En route, climbers traverse through rhododendron and pine forests, rivers, Sherpa villages and Buddhist Monasteries from temperate to snow line regions.

If you intend to drive to the Chitwan (The Royal Chitwan National Park), which is 186 kilometers from Kathmandu and is connected by the Prithwi Highway, start the journey early. Upon arrival you are met by naturalists and representatives from the jungle lodge followed by the tour briefing on what activities appeal to you.

Guests can opt for an elephant ride or a jungle walk to view the wildlife in their early repose. See the animals as you silently brush through dewy tall elephant grass (18-20 ft. tall), a habitat for rhinos, tigers and other wild animals.

It is difficult to leave Nepal and you can either drive back to Kathmandu or board a 25 minutes flight. It certainly helps to have a guide from the Himalayan Holidays Nepal, which has a reputation as one of the ‘better established Adventure Travel and Tour outfitters in Nepal’.

The organisation also has a CSR initiative called Mission Himalaya which focuses in providing free Education, free Healthcare and Poverty relief aid to the needy people from the remote and under-developed regions of Nepal.

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