destination nepal

Introduction

Draped along the greatest heights of the Himalaya, Nepal is a land of sublime scenery, time-worn temples, and some of the best walking trails on earth. It's a poor country, but it is rich in scenic splendour and cultural treasures. Nepal has long exerted a pull on the Western imagination.
It's the kind of country that lingers in your dreams long after you leave it. This is why so many travellers are drawn back to Nepal, armed the second time round with a greater appreciation of its natural and cultural complexity, a stout pair of walking boots and a desire for sculpted calf muscles.
Whether you get your adrenaline kicks from some of the world's premier white-water rafting, kayaking and mountain biking, or from the sight of a tiger or rhino through the dawn mist from atop an elephant in Chitwan National Park, Nepal is destined to make a big impression on you. Many visitors, drawn to Nepal by the promise of adventure, leave equally bewitched by the friendliness of the Nepali people and their amazingly rich and diverse culture.

Environment

Nepal sits uneasily on the shoulder of the southern Himalaya, wedged between China to the north and India to the south. In length and breadth it's just another small country, but in height it's a world-beater. Not only does it have the world's tallest mountains, including the cloud-hugging Everest and Annapurna, it also has the youngest - and they're still growing. Apart from its four mountain ranges - Chure Hills, Mahabharat Range, Himalaya and the Tibetan Marginals - Nepal also has vast plains in the south, fertile valleys in the midlands and high-altitude deserts in the north. The heavily cultivated belt between the Mahabharat Range and the Himalaya supports the bulk of the country's population.
There are over 6500 species of trees, shrubs and wildflowers in Nepal. The height of floral glory is in March and April, when rhododendrons, the national flower, burst into colour.
Nepal also boasts an astounding diversity of animal life, with 800 bird species and exotic mammals such as the royal Bengal tiger and snow leopard, as well as rhinoceros, elephant, bear, deer, monkey and jackal. Unfortunately, due to habitat degeneration and poaching, opportunities for seeing wildlife are usually restricted to national parks, reserves and western Nepal, where the human population is sparse.
Nepal has a typically monsoonal two-season year: the dry season (October to May) and the wet season (June to September). The monsoon affects the whole country, often flooding the southern plains, before tailing off as it moves away to the north and west. Temperatures vary but are generally hottest in the summer months of May and June and coldest during December and January.

Fact for Travellers

Visas: All foreigners (except Indian nationals) require visas, which can be obtained in advance or on arrival. It costs $ 25 for 15 days multiple entry visa,$ 40 for 30 days multiple entry visa and $ 100 for 90 days multiple entry visa. Visas permit travel around the Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara and Chitwan National Park in the Terai. Trekking permits and TIMS are required for starting your treking; which can be arranged by us.

Health risks: altitude sickness, heat exhaustion, sunburn or hypothermia.
Acute mountain sickness (AMS), hepatitis, malaria, meningococcal
meningitis, typhoid.
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +5.45
Dialling Code: 977
Electricity: 230V ,50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric

Attraction in Kathmandu Valley

Visas: All foreigners (except Indian nationals) require visas, which can be obtained in advance or on arrival. Single-entry tourist visas costing 30.00 are issued for up to 60 days and can be extended for a maximum of three months (for an extra 50.00). Double and multiple-entry visas are also available. Visas permit travel around the Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara and Chitwan National Park in the Terai. Trekking permits are required if you intend striking out from the main areas; they can be obtained from immigration offices in Kathmandu and Pokhara. National park and conservation fees have risen substantially: it now costs 2000.00 to enter the Annapurna Conservation area.

Health risks: altitude sickness heat exhaustion, sunburn or hypothermia.
Acute mountain sickness (AMS), hepatitis, malaria, meningococcal
meningitis, typhoid.
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +5.45
Dialling Code: 977
Electricity: 230V ,50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric

Kathmanu Valley

Places to see inside the Kathmandu Valley are like nowhere else in the world, where one can find unique harmonious integration of culture, art and tradition that exists in this historic valley. Consisting of three major cities of Nepal, Kathmandu Valley which is also home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

KANTIPUR CITYKathmandu
Kathmandu, known as Kantipur in the old times, is the capital of Nepal. This city is a concentration of temples near the Durbar (palace) Square, and is the residence of Kumari the world's only living goddess who acknowledges the greetings of her devotees from the balcony of her temple residence. Kasthmandap, a large wooden structure in the centre of the Durbar Square, is said to be the inspiration behind the name Kathmandu. Hanuman Dhoka, named after a monkey god, is the ancient palace of the Nepalese Royalty.

PATAN CITYKathmandu
Patan is also known as Lalitpur. It is six kilometres southeast of Kathmandu city, across the southern bank of the Bagmati river. The city is full of Buddhist monuments, Hindu temples and the ancient palace. Noted for its craftsmen and metal workers, it is also called the city of artists.




BHADGAUN CITYKathmandu
Also known as Bhaktapur, Bhadgaun is the home of medieval art and architecture. It lies 14 kilometres east of Kathmandu city. The main square of Bhaktapur houses innumerable temples and other architectural showpieces-the lion gate, the 55-window palace, the Batsala temple and the Nyatapola temple, to name a few.




KIRTIPURKathmandu
It is a small town, eight Kilometers southwest of Kathmandu, on the top of a hill. Tribhuvan University is located at the foot of the hill. Visitors to this historic town can get glimpses of old shrines and temples, old houses, the people typically dressed in old traditional costumes and people working on ancient looms.




PASHUPATINATHKathmandu
Situated five kilometres east of Kathmandu, on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, Pashupatinath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Its two tiered golden roof and silver doors are famous for their superb architecture. Visitors can clearly seen the temple and the activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of the Bagmati river. One of the most holy temples in the entire Hindu world.




BOUDHANATHKathmandu
Boudha, one of the world's largest stupas, is generally acknowledge to be the most important Tibetan Buddhist monument outside Tibet. Tibetans simply call it Chorten Chempo or great stupa. It has become the Mecca of Tibetan exiles in Nepal.





SWOYAMBHUNATHKathmandu
Said to be over 2000 years old, the Swoyambhunath stupa is one of the world's most glorious Buddhist Chaityas. Painted on the four sides of the spire bases are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Three kilometres west of Kathmandu city, it is situated on a hillock about 77 "meters high above the level of the Kathmandu valley.





CHANGUNARAYANKathmandu
Changunarayan temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is Kathmandu on a hilltop that provides beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. Said to have been built in 323 A.D., it is the oldest temple in the valley. It is richly decorated with sculptures and carvings, and is considered to be one of the most beautiful temples in Kathmandu.





GODAVARIKathmandu
Situated at the foothills of Phulchowki, the tallest hill surrounding the Kathmandu valley, Godavari is home to the Royal Botanical Garden-the only one of its kind in Nepal. The garden is open daily including Saturdays and holidays. The road from Patan city runs to Godavari to the southeast, passing through the small old towns of Harisiddhi, Thaiba and Badegaun.




DAKSHINKALIKathmandu
Literally meaning the Kali of the south, this temple is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess of power. It is situated 20 kilometers southwest of Kathmandu and is famed for its natural surroundings. Pilgrims mostly visit the temple on Tuesdays and Saturdays to offer their prayers and animal sacrifices to the Goddess.




NAGARKOTKathmandu
Nagarkot lies 32 kilometres east of Kathmandu at an altitude of 2175 metres above sea level. This popular resort town is famous for the spectacularly wide panorama of the major Himalayan peaks of Nepal. It is also famous for the exotic sunrise and sunset that can be seen from here.





DHULIKHELKathmandu
Dhulikhel is situated 30 kilometres east from Kathmandu at an altitude 1667 meters above sea level, on the Kodari Highway, on the way to Tibet. Besides the beautiful sunsets visitors to this ancient town can also get a panoramic view of the Himalayan range from Karyolung in the east to Himchuli in the west.




SHIVAPURIKathmandu
Situated 28 kilometres north east of Kathmandu at an altitude 1800-2000 meters Shivapuri is known for the spectacular views it provides and its scenic grandeur and pleasant climate. It is also an integral part of a short and easy trekking route around the Kathmandu Valley.

Nepal's Attraction




DAMANKathmandu
Daman provides breathtaking views of the Himalayas-from Dhaulagiri in the far west to Everest in the east. It is situated 50 kilometers southwest from Kathmandu at an altitude of about 2400 meters.






POKHARAKathmandu
Pokhara, 200 kilometers from Kathmandu, is a rare combination or the long array of snow-clad peaks, crystal clear lakes, turbulent rivers with deep gorges and picturesque villages inhabited by simple and friendly ethnic people. This area is the starting point for treks in the Annapurna and Dhauligiri areas.




LUMBINIKathmandu
Lumbini, the birth place of lord Buddha-the apostle of peace and non violence, is situated 306 kilometres southwest of Kathmandu. The Lumbini garden complex has a stone pillar commemorating the visit of Emperor Ashoka around 250 BC.




ROYAL CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK (RAPTI VALLEY)Kathmandu
Royal Chitwan National Park is a large area of low, heavily forested hills bordering India in the a heaven for wildlife, the lordly tiger, lumbering one horned rhino, leopard, varieties of deer, wild bear and some 400 species of birds. In December each year, visitors to Chitwan may view a game of elephant polo. The park is situated 162 kilometers south of Kathmandu.





NAMCHEBAZARKathmandu
The name of Namche Bazaar is generally associated with that of Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest), the highest peak in the world. It is the entrance to the Everest region, situated on the lap of Khumbu Himal range. Namche Bazar is about 241 Northeast of Kathmandu, a distance that is generally within 15 days of moderately strenuous trekking. It is also the home of the legendary Sherpas. One can fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and Syangboche in the Everest region and trek to the Everest Base Camp.

Money

US Dollars Cash or Traveler's Checks can be exchanged in hotels and Banks. The current exchange rate is Rupees 86.66= US$1.00.

Activities

Templed out? Sick of stupas? Try trekking instead. The best trekking season is between September and early December, although March and April are also popular. We provide guides and porters to help arrange your trek along with necessary supplies and hotel arrangements on trekking routes as well as in Nepal, India and Bhutan.

Trekking permits are issued by the Kathmandu and Pokhara immigration offices and are required to be shown at police checkpoints along your route which will be taken care of by us. Permits are available on the day of application if you start the process early, and require two passport photos. National Park and Conservation Area entry fees may be applicable, depending on your route.

Popular treks from Kathmandu include the Everest Base Camp, and the Helambu and Langtang treks. From Pokhara, the most popular are the Annapurna Circuit and the Jomsom trek. Less-travelled alternatives require more planning, but include the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek, the Dolpo region, Mustang and Rara Lake.

Remember to minimise your impact on the environment by avoiding use of non-biodegradable items, disposing of your garbage responsibly, staying at lodges that use kerosene instead of firewood, and by not using toilet paper.

Rafting and kayaking are incredibly popular, especially on the Trisuli River near Kathmandu and the Sun Kosi in Dolalghat. More remote challenges include the Karnali (a two-day trek from Surkhet) and the Tamur (a three-day trek from Dobhan in eastern Nepal). Other activities include mountain biking in the Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara and near the Tibetan border; and safariing in the Terai. A range of language, spiritual, medicinal and yoga courses can be taken in Kathmandu and at various temples and monasteries.