Kathmandu valleyKathmandu valley: Kathmandu is a capital city of Republic of Nepal is in beautiful valley.
The Kathmandu valley (1450 M) is famous for scenic beauty, beautiful countryside, ethnic settlements, and pilgrimages of holiest shrines for Hindus
and Buddhists. There are seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu valley (400 sq. km.) itself. Kathmandu valley
has three regal cities called Kathmandu, Lalitpur (Patan), and Bhaktapur.
Places of interest in Kathmandu:Pashupatinath,
Balaju Water garden, Narayanhity Durbar Museum, Casino, etc. Places of Interest in Patan:
(Krishna Temple, Kumari chowk, etc.), Hiranyavarna Mahabihar, Kumbheswore Temple,
Asoka Stupas, Godawari Botanical Garden, Tibetan Refugee Camp, etc. Places of Interest in Bhaktapur:
Golden Gate, Nyatpole Temple, Dattatreya Temple, Bhairavnath temple, Taumadi tol, etc.
Kailashnath Mahadev Statue is the world's tallest Lord Shiva statue is another attraction which is placed in Sanga border with Kavrepalanchok. Countryside of Kathmandu valley: The countryside in the valley are cultural and heritage sites. Sankhu, Sundarijal,
Gokarna forest, Kirtipur, Bungmati village, Chapagaon and Bajra Barahi temple, Thimi, Chobhar, Dakhinakli Temple, Lele, etc. are famous destinations which are easily
accessed by car.
Pokhara Valley: Pokhara valley (827 M) is 200 Km west of Kathmandu valley. Pokhara is
the most popular destinations in Nepal after Kathmandu. Pokhara is not a historical or heritage site but it is a land of natural beauty with
lakes and mountains. The valley is famous for lakes, snow capped mountains, beauty, and splendid panoramic scenes. Fewa, Rupa, and Begnash are
beautiful lakes in Pokhara. The peaks of MT. Fish Tail and MT. Annapurna and Lake Fewa are the land mark of Pokhara. These splendid mountain
peaks are very gorgeous. The reflection of MT. Machhapuchhre and MT. Annapurna on lake Fewa is very panoramic. On a clear day you can
almost reach out and touch them. You will have a very few words to describe the view of MT. Machhapuchhre on a clear full moon day. Pokhara
is start and end point of most of the trekking in Annapurna and Dhoulagiri regions. There are also plenty of sites around Pokhara valley where
a short trekking or a day hiking is enjoyed. Places of Interest: Sheti Gorge, Davi's Fall, Mahendra Cave, Vindyavashini Temple, Barahi Temple, Fewa lake,
Peace Stupa, Begnas Lake, Mountain Museum, Sarangkot, Kaundanda, Naudanda, etc. Lake Fewa: Lake Fewa is the largest lake in Pokhara valley. You can enjoy water sports like swimming,
boating, fishing, etc. in the lake. Temple Barahi, another land mark of Pokhara, is a famous temple in the tiny island of the lake Fewa.
Eastern bank of the lake, which is popularly known as Lakeside, is the main tourist residence area in Pokhara. it starts from
the dam on Fewa lake (south) to the base of Sarangkot (north). Hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops, banks, etc. are conveniently located
in and around Lakeside. Adventure in Pokhara: Paragliding, Ultra flight, Zip flyer, white water river rafting, hiking, etc. Access: Pokhara is linked by Prithvi Highway, Shiddarth Highways, and other minor roads. It is also air
linked with Kathmandu, and Jomsom. You can make journey to Pokhara more adventurous by white water river rafting in Trishuli river.
Trishuli river is a river of rafting grade 2+ flows along Prithvi Highways to Pokhara. Moreover Pokhara is a gateway to Mustang including
pilgrimage to Muktinath, Kagbeni, etc.
Mt. Everest national park and Namchebazar
Everest National Park and Namchebazar: Sagarmatha National Park is highest surface on Earth
and has Highest peak popularly known as Mt. Everest (8,848 m). Namchebazar is the Sherpa settlement at the base of Mt. Everest. It is a focal point
of the trekking in Mt. Everest region. Namchebazar is best accessed by air up to Lukla and then by 2 days trekking. The most popular trekking in
Everest region are around Gokyo, Kalapattar, and Everest Base Camp. For the trekking detail you can visit Trekking in the Mt. Everest region. Permit and fee: TEAM: $10.00 per person; Sagarmatha national park fee: Rs. 3390.00 per person; Indian national: TEAM: Rs 300.00 per person
and Sagarmatha national park fee: Rs. 1500.00 Access: Fly to Lukla and two days trek to Namchebazar. or drive to Salleri and then trek to Namchebazar. The roads are better now and is all
weather road. But still it is a 10 Hr. bumpy bus drive.
Annapurna National Park and Mustang
Annapurna National Park and Mustang: Annapurna National Park is in most scenic and
panoramic range of Nepalese Himalayas. The National Park boundary starts from Rim of Pokhara valley to border with Tibet in the north.
The tourism in and around Annapurna National Park is most successful Eco-Tourism in the world. For the trekking detail you can visit Trekking
in the Annapurna region. Or you can take a bus or 4WD trip in a fair weather road along Kaligandaki river. Mustang: The trail of Kaligandaki river take us to deepest Gorge in the world and then to a valley known as Mustang. Mustang has an
airfield at Jomsom. A tour from Pokhara to Mustang is a journey of remarkable Trans-Himalayan tour.
Muktinath pilgrimageMuktinath: Muktinath temple is one of the holiest pilgrim destination for Vaishnav Hindu. It is one of the
106th sacred Muktichhetra (assured of salvation) of 108 sacred place of Vaishnavs. This region is called Muktichhetra where Lord Vishnu got
himself free from the curse of Sati. The Muktichhetra is also a Shaligram region. The Shaligrams are found along the Kaligandaki river. You can
visit to the largest Shaligram in this region. There is also a Jwaladevi, a divine flame, which is continuously burning since thousands of year
in Muktinath Temple complex. The Muktinath temple is a pagoda shaped temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple site is at an altitude of
3800 m. The Muktinath Temple complex has 108 holy water spouts set on a wall for bath. The recent developments in the transport system to
Muktinath region has made the pilgrimage possible for thousands of devout Vaishnavs who do not fancy trekking. Intrestingly Muktinath is also a
pilgrimage for Buddhists. Access:Muktinath Temple is best accessed by air up to Jomsom and then Jeep drive to Muktinath Temple. The road between Beni and Muktinath is
under construction. In a fair weather from Pokhara a bumpy ride to Muktinath in a bus or a jeep can be considered. Permit and fee: TEAM: $10.00 per person; ACAP: Rs 2000.00 person (Indian nationals: TEAM: Rs 300.00 per person; ACAP: Rs. 300.00 person)
Upper Mustang: The upper reach of the Kaligandaki valley is known as Upper Mustang, which is also known as "Forbidden land". Upper
Mustang, being on other side of the Annapurna Himalaya, has a stark Tibetan landscape with cliff hanging monasteries, which contrasts with lush rice field and Hindu shrines
at southern side of Annapurna.
Damodarkunda pilgrimageDamodarkunda: is a glacier lake at the slope of Damodar Himal in Mustang. Damodarkund is one of the most important pilgrimage to Lord
Vishnu. The pilgrimage is parallel to Kailas pilgrimage for Lord Shiva. The Damodar lake is located three days walk north east of the main Mustang trekking route and very
close to the border with Tibet. Damodar Kunda is the source of River Kaligandaki. The site is in the region of Shaligram and hence it is also called Shalgrams. Other names
of River Gandaki are Kaligandaki, Saptagandaki, and Narayani. Access: Jeep drive to Lomanathang from Jomsom and then three days trek to Damodarkunda Permit and fee: TEAM: $10.00 per person; ACAP: Rs 2000.00 person (Indian nationals: TEAM: Rs 300.00 per person; ACAP: Rs. 300.00 person)
Upper Mustang permit (additional): $ 500.00 per person for the first ten days and for more than 10 days $ 50.00 per person per day is
Gorakha: A mid-hill town lies between Kathmandu and Pokhara. The legend of Gurkhas begins here.
Situated on a hill overlooking the snowy peaks of the Himalaya is the beautiful Gorakha Durbar. The Gorakha Durbar is a fort with palace and temple
complex. It was from this very palace that King Prithvi Narayan Shah began his campaign to unify the present Kingdom of Nepal. Gorakha is also a
starting point of Trekking in Manaslu region Places of interest: Gorakha Durbar, Gorakhnath Temple, Gorakhkali Temple, etc. Access: Gorakha is best accessed by car and bus.
Manakamana templeMankamana: is on the top of hill in Gorakha district. It is a scenic and pilgrim site. The Mankamana Temple is a famous temple where you
wish to fulfill your wishes. Mankamana Temple is best accessed by cable car from Kuringhat at Highway between Kathmandu and Pokhara or by half day trekking. Access: Kuringhat is best accessed by car. Thus the trip to Mankamana Temple can be made a part of the tour to Gorakha or Pokhara.
One can do 3 hours white water rafting in Trishuli river with put out point on Kuringhat and can enjoy cable car ride to Mankamana temple.
Bandipur: is a semi-urban town in the Nepalese Himalayas. It is a medieval town lying on the
stretch of the mountain and situated halfway between Kathmandu, the capital city and Pokhara. Bandipur is a modern day town with its old antique
cultural atmosphere still intact. Bandipur is situated at 1030 m above sea level, and overlooks the Marsyangdi River Valley. Its substantial buildings,
with their neoclassical facades and shuttered windows, bespeak past glories. The town was once a prosperous trading
center, it was settled in the early
nineteenth century by Newars from Bhaktapur, who took advantage of its malaria free location to develop it into an important stop along the India-Tibet
trade route. With them they brought their rich cultural heritage and architecture and which, still today, defines the look and feel of the modern day Bandipur. Places of Interest: Bazaar, Tudikhel, Shiddha Cave (largest in the Himalayas), etc. Access: Half an hour drive from the Prithvi highway between Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Lumbini: Lord Buddha was born in Nepal at Lumbini. He was born as a prince called Siddhartha Gautam. Shiddarth Gautam led the world on the path to enlightenment and
became Lord Buddha two thousand five hundred years ago. Lord Buddha's birth site was then made a beautiful garden. The beautiful Garden in the Buddha's time still
exists in the present day Lumbini Garden with its legendary charm and beauty.
Places of interest: Maya Devi Temple (birth site), Asoka Pillar, Archeological excavation sites, various Buddhist temples and
monasteries from Buddhist countries from all over worlds. Tilaurakot was the capital city in the Lord Buddha era. The archeological excavation around Tilaurakot is another
Access: Lumbini is about 20 minute drive from Shiddarthnagar (Bhairawa), a town in mid western Nepal. Shiddarthnagar is best accessed by car,
Local bus, and Air (Kathmandu). Shiddarthnagar is just 6 Km from Sunauli a Nepal/India border if you are travelling Nepal from India. Sunauli is the important
Immigration post between India and Nepal.
DolakhaDolakha: is a small medieval town in the east of Kathmandu and Mt. Gaurishankar is the
background Himalaya. Dolakha used to be an important town in the trading route to Lhasa, Tibet. The Bhimeshwar temple is located in Dolakha Bazar. The main
statue featured in the temple is god Bhimsen. The statue is known to sweat and it is considered to be a bad omen for the people if it sweats on the left side.
These days it is a starting point of various off beaten trekking destinations including Rolwalling. Places of Interest: Bhimsen temple, Dolakha bazaar, holy Mt. Gaurishankar darshan, temples in the vicinity including Kalinchwok Temple, Kali
Temple, and Tripurasundari Temple. Access: 4-5 hour drive from Kathmandu.
JanakpurJanakpur: Nepal has a narrow belt of Gangetic plain in south along border with India.
The plain is best known in Nepal as Terai. Janakpur is in mid-Terai and is famous Hindu pilgrimage site. Janakpur is a birthplace of Janaki Sita.
Janaki Sita was married to Lord Ram of the Epic Ramayana. Janakpur region is also known as Mithila. The folk art from the region is famously
known as Mithila art. Places of Interest: are Janaki Temple, Bibaha Mandap, and numerous beautiful ponds, Mithila Art center. Access: Jankapur is connected with Kathmandu by air and by road via Dhulikhel or via Mahendra highway.