Explore Himalayans with the school kids at Nuwakot
Six of us, Explore Himalayans set off for 7 days FAM trip to Chitwan, Bandipur, Nuwakot, Samari and Selle. We started our trip from Chitwan, where we spent 3 days exploring the jungle and its vicinity at Chitwan National Park. The activities involved elephant ride, Tharu village tour, Tharu cultural dance, elephant ride, canoeing, jungle walk, Elephant breeding centre visit and bird watching. After our awesome exploration, we retraced back via Bishajari Taal, an enlisted Ramsar site. We also made a short visit to BP Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital Hospice and Palliative Care Unit. We continued our journey to the hilltop settlement of Bandipur. The stone paved town centre and the surrounding alleys were more than enough to savor the evening delights of Bandipur. Next morning, the downhill hike led us to Nepal’s biggest cave Siddha Gufa. The dark cave, which was full of strange images, effortful surfaces and hanging bats added extra thrill to the whole trip. The next stopover was Nuwakot village. Seven storied palace, Shree Bhairavi temple, local school and the home stay offered historical and cultural insights to us. The next 3 hours was a bit strenuous as we headed for Samari Ghar through the dusty main trail after the busy day. Samari Ghar, a neo traditional property at the farm terrace in Samari, is the most heart- warming stopover for the whole trip. 2 nights’ stay allowed us the best opportunity to explore the neighboring Tamang settlements Kallabari and Pokhari at their best. Some of the off- beat experiences we had there were chicken hunting, ghost hunting (?), milking buffalo, camp fire cum barbecue with locally brewed liquor etc. On the 6th day, we headed for Selle, the last stopover. Selle is best known for the mesmerizing 360 degree view of the Himalayas, villages and distant valleys. All those fun filled experiences concluded on 7th day after we were picked up at Torke. Here we have a photo easy on the tour.
As usual view of hills and rivers in the Nepalese highways
Shelter to domestic birds in the tharu village flanking, Chitwan National Park
Everybody admires the nature- Sunset view from the bank of Rapti River at Chitwan National Park
Witnessing a reptilian giant Crocodile, sitting safe atop a mammalian giant Elephant- A thrilling experience during the wildlife Safari at Chitwan National Park
A closer view of the world’s oldest predator- The wetlands within the park offers an ideal ecosystem for these beautiful monsters
Chitwan National Park is the home to endangered species like Royal Bengal Tiger, Gangetic Dolphin, One-horned Rhino and of course Ghariyal Crocodile
A regal posture of Antelope Deer seen during the wildlife Safari at Chitwan National Park
Elephant breeding Center at the end of the jungle, where young elephants are tamed for wildlife safaris
Corporate Social Responsibility- Integral part of Explore Himalaya. Explore Himalayans visiting the Palliative Care Unit of BP Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital
Bandipur- A hamlet over the clouds was once an important stopover in the Indo-Tibet Trade route. Popular for the mid-hill views and culture of Newar and Magar tribes, Bandipur lies at easy access from three major towns of Nepal Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan.
A wonderful view of altitude ascending from green hills to the Himalayan giants from Bandipur. A small stone paved town offers tremendously striking views of wide Himalayas including Manaslu Range on a bright sunny day
A glimpse of devotion- Hindus visit to worship the stone deity inside the largest cave of Nepal- Siddha Cave which lies in the vicinity of Bandipur
A hill of terraced fields usually seen during the trek in the Nepalese mid-hills- the place is even more beautiful to watch during the summers and springs- After all, green represents nature
Wheels have not been invented in the mountains of Nepal- Oxen harnessed to the plough are used to sow seeds in the fields till the date here
Vicinity of Nuwakot Durbar Square- Nuwakot in the medieval age was ruled by a powerful king before it was conquered by King Prithivi Narayan Shah.
A beautiful Samari Ghar at Samari- The traditional house is one of the best home-stay accommodations of rural Nepal. Almost every object used in the house is 100% Eco-friendly.
Sometimes on rolling trials up and down and other times on a straight path- But the best part is nature always walks with you, during the hiking or trekking in Nepal.
A typical Magar hamlet in the region. Mid-hill trek to Nuwakot offers historical outlook whereas, the cultural exploration in the region is of high significance as unique tribal groups of Nepal provide you the best hospitality during the home-stays and school visits
Selle in Nuwakot is a hilltop, ideal for camping accommodation. The place offers the striking views of Himalayan Ranges including the mighty Manaslu Himal. Setting the camps, and enjoying the camp fires at Selle is undoubtedly a thrilling fun attached to this trip
Sunrise view, and that to exceedingly mesmerizing with your head on pillow- Definitely the day goes well. A sunrise view from the camps in Selle.
Six Danish visitors through our exclusive country partner Kipling Travelhad the most wonderful vacation this spring. Beginning the trip on April 2, 2013 the enthusiastic visitors had the most popular trek of the country-Poonhill Trek, explored the natural bounties at Pokhara, came across with the rural lifestyle and culture during the mid-hills trip to Samari and also covered the cultural galleries of Kathmandu. They departed back home on April 18, 2013. However, Mr. Niels C. Hoegsberg- a member of the group described his experience and it goes this way.
“Meeting and handling was good, safe and very much informative.”
“We had wonderful guide as well as the porters were not less friendly and positive. Meals in the city were great but during the trek they were basic however, it is understandable and still our guide was very helpful to avail us with the choices of food.”
“We found Nepalese to be friendly people during the services at all stations. Hotels we stayed in were very fine and transportation was not bad either. Since, we were with the experience company the itinerary was perfect.”
“We enjoyed the tour. Keep up the good work. Focus on sustainability, tell tourists to respect the nature so that the paradise within Nepal remains forever. Thank you so much you made the Poonhill trek extra-ordinary.
Mr. Peter Theill, Ms. Pia Ostergaard Theill Mr. Greet Jerry Rasmussen and Ms. Anna Marie Sylvest- four Danish guests through our exclusive country partner Kipling Travel gave us the privilege to pick them up from the hotel reception on March 30, 2013. Then the tour of Nepalese mid-hills of these four visitors kicked off.
The first day of the tour brought them to Nuwakot and they had the hiking session in the vicinity. Second day onwards, their base became Samari from where they accomplished the day hikes to Kalobari and Samari Pokhari. The latter part of the hike was even greater as they reached the fantabulous Hilltop- Sele. Making the base at Sele the Danish visitors had the wonderful day hike to Katunje village.
The final day of their trip with us was a short trek to Torke from where they were transferred to Dhadhing Besi and then to Kathmandu.
Eight team members from our partner agency Kipling Travel, Denmark led by the Founder/Director Lars Gundersen, came on a familiarization trip to Nepal last week. They visited Langtang – took a heli tour to Kyangjin Gompa and trekked to Syabrubesi via Lama Hotel. From Syabrubesi the group was driven to the Tamang village of Samari. After spending a day exploring Samari, the next and final stop was the historic hill-top village of Nuwakot. After an insightful jaunt to Nuwakot’s Saat Taale Durbar and the surrounding temples, the group returned to Kathmandu.
Tucked away just a few kilometres away from the bustling capital, Kathmandu are small villages filled with traditional houses, farms and fields. Surrounded by greenary and wonderful views of mountains, these villages offer respite from the hustle and bustle of city life and a wonderful insight into Nepalese village life and culture . The natural surroundings and peaceful ambience makes these places perfect to relax and unwind.
En route Samari via Trishuli Bazaar
Homestay at Samari, a Tamang Village
En route Sele
Camping site – Sele
Langtang National park permit check point
(Pics: Samir Shrestha)
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