Mrs. Hanne and Mrs. Ingrid during the offbeat trek in Nepal
Few trekkers prefer trekking on the offbeat trail over popular trekking regions. Nepal being a mountainous country has ample number of such treks, which could be started from any road-accessed small mid-hill town. Mrs. Hanne Soegaard and Mrs. Ingrid Andersson from Denmark recently had a Round Trip of Nepal, which included such offbeat trek.
The elderly guests through our exclusive country partner Kipling Travel had Arkul to Bimalnagar trek in Gorkha. The trail of this least frequented trek in Manaslu Region is a week-long trek, which runs between Nepal’s two most popular trekking trails- Annapurna and Langtang. A very few trekkers tread this spectacular trail every year. Arkul to Bimalnagar Trek, which is one the best trekking trails to observe traditional rural life of Nepal, also caters the picturesque views of unspoiled nature- including the vast biodiversity of floral and faunal species. The traditional way of living life dominates the influence of modernity in the villages of different ethnical tribes as the trek goes further. Apart from unique cultural practices, the trek also caters the stunning views of Himalayan peaks like Annapurna, Manaslu, Himal Chuli, Peak 29 and Boudha among others. The best thing about the trek is that it kicks off at Gorkha, the home to 18th century palace of nation unifier, King Prithvi Narayan Shah.
Few glimpses of offbeat trek- Arkul to Bimalnagar
After the Arkul to Bimalnagar Trek, the Danish visitors drove to Pokhara. A scenic city Pokhara is Nepal’s most popular tourist town. Trekkers and Climbers to Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Regions are most likely to be seen in Lakeside, the famous tourist hub in Pokhara. Plenty of tourists for cultural sightseeing tours and adventurous activities also visit Pokhara. Mrs. Hanne and Mrs. Ingrid visited Sarangkot early morning to see the exceptional sunrise view that adorns the widespread Himalayan Ranges. Sarangkot is also the hub for flying adventures in Pokhara that includes exceptional paragliding and electrifying zip-flying. However, Hanne and Ingrid had no such plans. Instead they visited the SOS School in Pokhara, where they made some contribution for the education of orphans.
Their tour of Nepal then extended to the lowland Terai Region of Nepal. A long road trip from Pokhara brought them to Tulsipur. Tulsipur and its vicinity is the home to Tharus- ethnical tribe of Nepal’s Terai. At Tulsipur they visited Madhariya Village. In the village they enjoyed the local hospitality and the traditional cultural show performed by tharu people. They also made some contribution for the community in Madhariya before they headed towards Lumbini. After the thorough exploration of Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautama Buddha, Mrs. Hanne and Mrs. Ingrid drove on the Mahendra Highway to Chitwan, where they spent next five days enjoying several wild life activities.
Tharu girls performing their traditional dance at Madariya Village
Chitwan National Park, the first protected area of Nepal has the huge forested area, equally large grasslands and significant space of wetlands, which are the ideal homes to many species of animals. Including Royal Bengal Tiger, One horned Rhino and Gangetic Dolphin Chitwan National Park is the home to 43 species of mammals. More than 600 species of birds have been spotted at Chitwan National Park. Critically endangered birds species like Bengal Florican, Spotted Eagle and Lesser Adjutant also have been sighted in the park at different times. For the tourist and wildlife lovers, Chitwan National Park has plenty of activities. Elephant Safari into the jungle, Jeep drive deeper into the woods, canoeing in Rapti River, Forest walk, visit to elephant and crocodile breeding centers, bird-watching tours, elephant bathing and exploration of tharu villages in the vicinity are the popular activities at Chitwan National Park.
After all the activities Mrs. Hanne and Mrs. Ingrid drove back to Kathmandu to end their holiday of the lifetime in Nepal.
Activities at Chitwan National Park
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