Towering ice-topped mountains sparkle with the colorful prayer flags, while the fanatical streets of Kathmandu are a ceaseless delirium of honking motorbikes, additionally the historical and religiously important 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites scattered in different corners of Kathmandu: Nepal is thoroughly a vibrant slice of Asia.
If there is a trekkers’ paradise, then beyond doubt Nepal is the first pick. Trials to the base of Himalayas in Nepal offer top-notch trekking terrain – from verdant Annapurna to eminent Everest – sprinkled with rural mountain hamlets, and hundreds of rolling trails that have been trodden upon for centuries.
But divinely and naturally blessed Nepal is indeed not only for mountaineers who set off to clamber the higher elevation; from the lime-green grasslands of Chitwan National Park rustling with the dark grey flash of One-horned rhino, to the eclectic cafés and unconventional vibe of Lake-side Pokhara, Nepal is truly an interesting and convivial destination for all.
As a part of company CSR, six Explore Himalayans toured and trekked around few prominent destinations of Nepal which included Chitwan, Pokhara and Poonhill Trek. The FAM trip involved more fun and of course little bit of work. Field work obviously was focused on visiting our service partners so that we could improve the level of our services offered to the clients. Fun part definitely boosted our work efficiency while on work table . Have a look at a photo essay which highlights the prime attractions of the trip.
Day 1: Drive to Chitwan and transfer to Tigerland Safari Resort
166 km South East of Kathmandu lies the first Wildlife Park of Nepal, Chitwan National Park
One of the biggest Ethnical tribes of Terai Lowlands of Nepal, Tharus have unique history and culture. The tharu stick dance at the resort is an insightful opportunity to peep into rich Tharu culture and history.
Day 2: Bird watching tour at the bank of Rapti River, Elephant wildlife Safari at Chitwan National Park and transfer to Hotel Water Front in Pokhara
Boating or Canoeing in Rapti River inside the Park is wonderful chance to spot different species of birds. Chitwan National Park is the home to 543 species of birds including 160 species of migratory birds.
The total area of 932 sq. km, Chitwan National park offers one of the best Wildlife Safaris in the world on the back of giant Asian Elephant. The Park comprises diverse species of floras in the form of wide grasslands and dense deciduous moist forest.
Birds like peacock and Braminhy Duck are easy spotting in the park whereas endangered bird species like Gould’s sunburn and Slaty-breasted Rail among others can also be spotted here which depends on traveler’s luck.
Chitwan National Park is the home to 43 species of mammals which includes one-horned rhino and Royal Bengal Tiger. Varieties of species of reptiles, insects and amphibians also share the wild habitat.
After the safari and lunch with wonderful hospitality at Tigerland Safari Resort, we drive 146km North West of Chitwan and arrive to TripAdvisors’ ranked hotel of Pokhara, Water Front Resort.
Day 3: Drive to Nayapool in a private vehicle, drive to Kimche in a public vehicle and then trek to Tadapani
Initial view of stunning Mt. Fishtail from Pokhara. The view changes as we climb higher.
One and half hour drive to Naya Pool from Pokhara followed by 1 hour drive brings us to our trek starting point Kimche. The massif of Mt. Fishtail at the backdrop.
Two hours long steep uphill climb on the stone staircases from Kimche brings us to wonderful Gurung hamlet, Ghandruk. The first glimpse of rural lifestyle at Ghandruk.
Almost 4 and half hours of ascending climb followed by the final part of the pleasant walk along the rhododendron and bamboo woods takes us to the major stopover point in the region Tadapani.Places to stop for tea and snacks between Ghandruk and Tadapani- Sitkyu and Bhaisi Kharka
Day 4: Trek to Ghorepani via Deurali
The morning view from Tadapani- From right to left- Fishtail, Gangapurna, Hinchuli and Annapurna South
Three hours of walk on the slippery, icy and rolling trial via Banthati brought us to Deurali 3105m. The view of Gurung Hill from Deurali. Gurung Hill is almost 150m steep uphill climb from Deurali.
One hour up and down from Deurali to Gurung Hill rewards with striking view of Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Peak and Dhampus Peak
One hour walk from Deurali and just before the final descend to Ghorepani the mountains open up even more. The view from the ridge of a hill between Deurali and Ghorepani. Ghorepani is just 45 minutes walk from this point.
Day 4: Early Morning Trek to Poonhill for the sunrise view, trek back to Ghorepani, and trek to Hille via, Nangethati, Banthati, Ulleri and Thirkedunga. Drive to Nayapool and drive back to Lakeside Retreat in Pokhara.
Colorful Nature- Dark Hills, silvern Himalayas, aureate sky and nigrescent cloud during the emerging new sun somewhere in the horizon- a striking view from Poonhill
Color changes in a flash at Poonhill. Wide Himalayan range sprawls right before the eyes.
The section of hills swarming to the wide Range of Dhaulagiri Himalayan Range, yet another contrast view from Poonhill- Anyone would call this place a paradise
Dhaulagiri witnesses the expression of love! Where else in the world people can find such a romantic place?
Day 6: Boating at Fewa Lake in Pokhara
A sacred Hindu shrine, Taal Barahi Temple in the middle of Fewa Lake
Tranquil Fewa Lake, colorful boats and sacred small island- A place to enjoy serenity in Pokhara
The best encounter to Natural, Cultural and Wildlife features of Nepal, Best of Nepal is an ideal tour to have insightful exploration of diverse sides of the nation. Kathmandu valley- Trip Advisor’s Travelers Choice first ranked Rising Destination to Travel in Asia and third in the world under same category, comprises the capital of the country, Kathmandu and the equally significant flanking cities Bhaktapur and Patan. Kathmandu valley houses seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites and several other heritages scattered throughout the city. Also known as City of Temples and City of Deities, the shrines, courtyards and palaces in Kathmandu are chock-full with artistic stone, wooden and metallic arcade of ancient and medieval Nepal.
Besides, Kathmandu is always on festive mood, celebrating more than hundred festivals in one calendar year. The natives of the valley, Newars, their traditional attires, music and cuisines are the must watch cultural aspects in the cosmopolitan city, Kathmandu.
Patan Durbar Square
Two hundred kilometers west of Kathmandu, a famous tourist town also a trek starting point for Annapurna Region, Pokhara is located. The captivating magnificence in nature with the spectacular Himalayan panoramas of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges perfectly mixed with the exceptional Fishtail is a hypnotizing view from Pokhara which is beyond compare.
Myriads of enticing beauties in nature like dazzling Lakes, puzzling caves, legendary falls, deep gorges and hill stations overlooking the town with the exceptionally beautiful Himalayan views are the specialties of Pokhara. Pokhara is probably the most beautiful place on planet Earth, as per our thousands guests who have visited the place.
A view of Fewa Lake in Pokhara from a hill top
One hundred and fifty six kilometers southwest to Kathmandu the first national park for wildlife conservation in Nepal, Chitwan National Park lies. The park, quoted as the park offering the best Wildlife Safari in Asia by an Argentine rider also a Guinness World Record holder Mr. Emilio Scotto is the extreme wild preserving several endangered wild species. It is the best suited natural playground for species like Royal Bengal Tiger, One-horned Rhino, Gangetic Dolphin and Ghariyal Crocodile and many other mammals, Aves, reptiles and insects. Wildlife safari on the back of giant Asian elephant is an amazingly fun at Chitwan National Park.
Lush sub-tropical forests of tall sal trees and wide grasslands where, the hope of bumping into rare species all of a sudden out from the bush is gripping adventure at Chitwan during the Elephant Safari or Game Drives. Additionally, the traditional tharu dance performed by the ethnical Tharu tribe with the long bamboo sticks, in the neighboring tharu settlements could be a great fun amidst the bonfire.
A sunset at Chitwan National Park
In brief, Best of Nepal allows you to experience the best of diverse Nepal where you get closer to nation’s cultural, natural and wildlife treasures.
Browns at TIA- Ready for the flight of lifetime with the staffs of Explore Himalaya and Fishtail Air
Cultural Tour in Kathmandu, Wildlife Safari in Chitwan National Park and Helicopter Tour to Langtang Valley- what could a visitor in Nepal want during a weeklong vacation? Marjorie Brown and Sam Brown from UK experienced the different charms of Nepal this autumn. Kathmandu, a city a temples and city of carnivals houses seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is also a home to Newari ethnics. Festive Kathmandu most of the time celebrates. Chitwan National Park, a dense jungle in the Upper Teria region of Nepal conserves the endangered species like Bengal Tiger, One-horned Rhino and ghariyal crocodile offers the most fascinating Elephant Safari in Asia. Avoiding the roads and flying to Langtang Valley is probably the shortest route to get to the base of the Himalayas.
After the completion of the trip the visitors had to say so many things about their trip and service of Explore Himalaya.
Being in very close contact with the elephants during wildlife safari in Chitwan was the best moment of my trip
Staff, a credit to Explore Himalaya offered outstanding service. Tour guide Indira had vast knowledge of Nepal and Sabin exactly knew the tourist requirements and he was very much sensitive as well. Accommodation throughout the tour was excellent.
There are no words to fully describe the attention to detail you offer. You are first class. It was the trip of a lifetime. Thank you very much.
Brunch time at Kyanjin
The helicopter tour to Kynajin Gompa was incredibly excellent. The stay in Chitwan Tiger Top Safari was also a memorable moment of the trip.
The staff of the company which kept us informed was excellent. Guide, Indira was very informative and knowledgeable.
The customer service of Explore Himalaya is outstanding. Additional cost, the company put in place to make sure we enjoyed our trip fully was impressive. We are very happy to spend our holiday in Nepal with Explore Himalaya.
Mr. Pedersen Karsten and Ms. Overgaard Lane from Denmark through our exclusive country partner Kipling Travel were with us this spring from March 7, 2013 to April 9, 2013 for their long awaited trek to the most popular trekking destination of Nepal- Around Annapurna Trek.
Admired by the trekking aficionados from Denmark, this route enclosed whole Annapurna massif and gave them a life time chance to witness the sights of Annapurna’s from different positions. Besides the magnetic settings of the mountains, the diverse landscapes from low alpine woodlands to bone-dry deserts akin to Tibetan ones, the wealthy cultures and traditions, historic monasteries and genuine villages enticed the Danish trekkers to the region. The trek kicked off from Besisahar (760m) and then entered the entryway to restricted area Narphu valley- Manang, and then gradually soared up towards the world’s biggest pass, Thorang La (5416m) and then finally plummeted down to the holy temple of Muktinath. Then the trial slided down the valley of apple orchard- Jomsom. The trek completed the whole circuit via Ghorepani to Tatopani, which presented the myriad natural hot springs and then to celebrated viewpoint of Poon Hill finally ending at naturally blessed city Pokhara.
Post Around Annapurna Trek, the Danish visitors also had the experiences of wildlife safari at Chitwan National Park, cultural encounter at Kathmandu, Bungmati and Khokana and the hiked to mid-hills of Samari before departing back home on April 9, 2013.
Mr. Kartik and Mairead Rawal were on the Best of Nepal honeymoon tour with Explore Himalaya this spring. After the completion of the tour the couple gave the feedback regarding their entire tour and the services provided by the service suppliers. Here it goes their feedback on their Best of Nepal Tour.
Meeting and handling was great. Gobinda was excellent. Mr. Gobinda is a very good agent. His support was very much vital for our trip. He made our first meet special and handled it so well.
Our Tour Guide Bhuwan Bhandari was above average. He was very much knowledgeable about the area. We would be more pleased if he was bit more energetic and proactive. However, it is understandable.
At Kathmandu Hotel Dwarika was brilliant. It had great rooms, good food and outstanding facilities. It was bit expensive but worth it. It was perfect for a honeymoon trip. Tiger Tops at Chitwan was also excellent. It provided absolutely brilliant service. Hotel Shangri-La at Pokhara was equally good but we felt like the rooms were little bit outdated. Redecoration will make them perfect. Bandipur is an exotic place but to serve the guest, especially the guests on their honeymoon tour, few better hotels or resorts are necessary. Despite of wonderful location the services at the hotels were limited.
The transportation was very good. Itinerary was great but I wished I had skipped Bandipur. The place is great but obviously needs the additional infrastructures and amenities to entertain the tourists.
Overall, we enjoyed the trip very much. I would love to thank Mr. Gobinda who was so important for us throughout the trip. One last thing,I would recommend to use the face mask to avoid dust during the tour of Kathmandu.