Mr. Christiansen Bjarne Ms. Kristen Gram, Mr. Ole Gram, Ms. Anne Larsen and Mr. Hanne Soegaard from Denmark, recently were our clients through our exclusive country partner Kipling Travel. Here we have a photo essay on their vacation to Nepal, including a beautiful testimonial by Ms. Anne Larsen at the end of it.
Sarangkot, a hilltop above Pokhara ideal for the sunrise view
Tharu cultural dance at Mathariya VDC in Dang
Tharu girls in typical Tharu attire at Dang
Canoeing at Rapti River- aquatic and bird life at its best
Visitors on a wildlife safari at Chitwan
Fierce predator, Crocodile at Chitwan National Park
Elusive leopard at Chitwan National Park
Time to go back home
Ms. Anne Larsen rated our service with 5 stars and said few beautiful lines.
Every place in Nepal has beautiful landscapes and the people here are friendly and smiley. The best part of our trip was visit to Mathariya Village in Dang and the sunrise view from Sarangkot in Pokhara.
The service of Explore Himalaya was very good.
We recommend travelers around the world to “GO TO NEPAL”.
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
Music, a sole universal language plays an integral role in anyone’s life. Goodwill Ambassador of Nepal Tourism Year 2011, Sur Sudha performed for the first time at Pokhara.Madhushala Restro and Lounge Bar situated in Lakeside, Pokhara was enthralled to listen a soothing music by Sur Sudha, which propagated a complete message of peace and harmony.
“Tourists enjoyed the show, listening to typical Nepali music at its best and the fellow Nepalese appreciated the real essence of Nepali music”, Siroj Koirala the owner of Madhushala said.
Poet Tirtha Shrestha, who attended the live show said, “Traditional music blended with the Nepali culture very well fits into tourism.” Sustainable tourism can be achieved only if nature and culture are connected”, Shrestha added.
Prem Rana Autari, flutist of the band was overjoyed to perform at Pokhara. Ear pleasing melodies of Yaman Raag, Malashree dhun, simsime panima and resham firiri were played by Surendra Shrestha, Rajeev Shrestha, Bikash Sunar and flutist Autari to entice the audience at the bar. Besides, the Eastern music played with instruments like Tabala, sitar and flute among others, the introduction of guitar to these instruments created wonderful fusion music during the live show.
The musical atmosphere turned out to be an international show as the few foreign musicians played Mexican and African tunes, influenced by Sur Sudha ’s performance.
Sur Sudha, one among the few Nepali bands to have performed hundreds of live shows in European and American Cities targets to promote Nepalese Tourism through music.
Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), led the team of Nepalese Travel delegates while participating in the Travel and Tourism Fair (TTF) held in Bangalore, India.
During India’s largest Travel Show TTF, nine Travel Companies of Nepal accompanied NTB. The Travel Trade Fair was held from January 3 to 5. According to NTB visitors at TTF, made inquiries about Nepal´s prime touristic highlights as well as the pilgrimage destinations like Pasupatinath, Muktinath and Manakamana among others.
The statement of NTB says “Visitors also inquired about pilgrimage tour to Kailash Mansarovar via Nepal. The soft adventure holidays like trekking and rafting, leisure tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan, and entertainment segments are also found popular among young travelers of India”, NTB statement adds.