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About Nepal Holiday - Planning to travel to Nepal for your holidays? Don’t worry about all the nitty-gritty because Thomas Cook India has everything planned for you. Your Nepal Trip will be a breeze thanks to the many Nepal Holiday Packages that you can get on the Thomas Cook India website. What’s more, there’s something for every budget and every plan. Whether you plan to go on a Nepal Tour for just 4 nights 5 days or even as long as a 14 days 15 nights trip, there’s a Nepal Tour Package that’s just perfect for you. Even when it comes to budget, you can find something that’s within your scope – from as low as INR 23, 199 to as high as INR 2, 29, 999 you can see all the available options which would be perfect for your Nepal Holiday.
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Nepal is the land of the Everest and there’s a heightened sense of anticipation here. Located in South Asia, and set in the Himalayas, Nepal is a landlocked country but thanks to the many mountains here, there’s also a sense of freedom in the air. Shaped like a trapezoid, Nepal is rich in terms of biodiversity, natural geological wonders and a varied and diverse culture that seeps into every aspect of life. The many temples in Nepal have made it a popular site for various religious tourists throughout the years but in recent times, a huge number of adventure enthusiasts also come here for activities like white water rafting, trekking etc.
When it comes to culture, Nepal holds plenty of appeal because of its many cities and temples that are bordered by mountain ranges which can be seen across the country. Apart from the usual suspects such as Kathmandu and Pokhara, some of the places that should be included in a Nepal tour itinerary are Lo Manthang which is known for its rich Buddhist culture or the Sagarmatha National Park which has been a UNESCO site for more than 4 decades now. Even if you’re not a Buddhist, there’s a certain sense of historic awe that’s attached to Lumbini which is said to be the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Nepal is filled with various such treasures, places that you must visit and experience for yourself. With such historic architecture and beautiful natural wonders, it’s no wonder that Nepal is such a popular destination for travellers.
Best Time to Visit Nepal
The best time to visit Nepal is from October to December. However, do remember that the best time to visit usually varies depending on what you plan to do in Nepal. For instance, if you want to go trekking, then late September to late November is your best bet and is in fact considered the peak tourism time as well. This is because the weather is dry, and the views are clear and there are several important festivals that are celebrated during this time. However, do remember that winters can get quite cold especially as the days inch towards late December and early January. Another good time to visit Nepal is from March to April which are the spring months. The temperature is moderate, and the skies are clear and flowers bloom everywhere in riotous delight.
Summer months are from May to September and May is often considered to be the hottest month of the year. There’s also rainfall from June onwards which makes humidity quite the challenge. Nevertheless, many people consider this to be the off season as there are fewer tourists and flights and accommodation are relatively cheaper. But if you are coming to Nepal during the monsoon months, do remember that there are always chances of landslides.
How to Reach Nepal
Nepal can be reached by air and by road. The easiest and most convenient way to reach Nepal is by flight. In the capital Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport serves international flights from several different destinations. There are direct flights from various cities in India such as Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata and Varanasi as well as numerous connecting flights as well. The main operators are Nepal Airlines but others such as Air China, Etihad, Thai Air, Silk Air also have flights to Kathmandu.
Since Nepal is landlocked, it’s also possible to reach Nepal by road. There are buses from Varanasi, Patna, Darjeeling, Delhi and Lucknow as well. Many people also choose to travel to Nepal by hiring cabs. The border patrol has a toll fee and you need to get a transport permit so make sure you get those.
Places to See in Nepal
Nepal is a beautiful country and has much to offer its visitors by way of monuments, adventure activities and splendid natural beauty. From temples to national parks and intricate architecture, and of course the sights of the vast mountain ranges and lakes, Nepal is filled with such heart-warming delights that will have you making resolutions to come once again. Here are some of the places to see in Nepal.
The capital of Nepal, Kathmandu, is a cultural centre and is renowned for its numerous cultural heritage sites. Kathmandu is a valley and Nepal’s only metropolitan city. It’s also the most accessible city in Nepal, with people coming here directly from various other cities and countries. The city has several famous temples such as Boudanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Swayambhunath Temple to name a few. Apart from such famed shrines, the Kathmandu Durbar Square is also an excellent site to visit. Other places you must make time for while in Kathmandu are Hanuman Dhoka, Kumari Bahal and Narayanhiti Palace.
Pokhara is a beautiful city and is often referred to as the Tourist Capital of Nepal. This is because it is the base for various treks while adventure enthusiasts can go quite wild with the number of things to do here. If you visit Pokhara, chances are you will most certainly visit Lakeside where people come for boating, but also linger around in the shops, cafés and restaurants marvelling at the picture postcard view. Old Pokhara is also quite charming with its temples and historical sites. The Tibetan mini market is an excellent place to do a bit of shopping as well.
It’s not possible to be in Nepal and not think about the Himalayas and especially Mount Everest. For spectacular views, come to Nagarkot where you can take in some stunning sights. Of the 13 Himalayan ranges, you will be able to look at 8 of them, right from your hotel room, so count yourself lucky if you’ve managed to come to this little town. If the day is clear, some of the ranges you can see are Annapurna, Langtang, Jugal, Everest, Manaslu, Numbur, Ganesh Himal and the Rolwaling. The town is more of a village, presenting a kind of rural charm that you may not have witnessed before. Combined with the stunning sights of the mountains in the distance, Nagarkot is indeed quite heavenly.
Not too far from Kathmandu is the medieval city of Bhaktapur which is famed for the three squares that have temples and other religious structures. Entry to the city is not free and the money collected goes into the maintenance of the temples. Often known as the ‘city of culture’, an earthquake in 2015 destroyed huge parts of the city including some of the historically significant temples. However, in the past few years, the city has tried its best to limp back to normalcy. Nevertheless, it is also one of the spots in Nepal that affords excellent views of the Himalayas.
Lumbini is an ancient and beautiful town that is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since it is the birthplace of Lord Buddha, it has great historical value and people come from all over the world to experience this site of holiness. The most important site here is the Mayadevi Temple which is where Buddha is said to have been born. Lumbini Garden also has the Bodhi Tree which is a place of serenity and peace. Lumbini isn’t just for those with a spiritual bent of mind, however. Those who enjoy trekking can go for the Lumbini Circuit Trek which takes them around various historical and archaeological sites around the area.
Sagarmatha National Park
For some amazing views of Mount Everest, the Sagarmatha National Park is an excellent spot to visit. This is a popular tourist spot because of the awe-inspiring scenery and the various trekking and hiking trails that can be found here. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and looks out over other peaks too. The wildlife sanctuary is home to numerous rare birds and animals, especially ones you wouldn’t see in most other places such as red pandas and snow leopards. Reaching the park itself is quite the adventure as you can opt to fly to the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla from Kathmandu, and from there, it’s a two-day trek to Sagarmatha.
Food in Nepal
Borrowing heavily from surrounding countries such as India, China and Tibet, Nepalese cuisine emerges as a delicious confluence of flavours which is homely, healthy and unforgettable. You can expect to eat dishes such as soups, curries, salads in Nepal. Here are some of the most well-known tasty dishes that you should certainly try during your Nepal vacation.
Often considered a staple food in Nepali households, dal bhat consists of rice with dal and vegetable or meat curry. The Nepalese love this meal because it’s complete, wholesome and delicious, yet simple and easy to make.
Momos are already a popular street food in India and this tasty and tangy snack is something you should certainly try while in Nepal. Stuffed with minced lamb, chicken or vegetables, momos are served with an appetising sauce that makes it more lip-smacking.
Sel Roti is a popular Nepalese snack that is made during festivals. This round doughnut shaped bread is made with rice flour and it is deep fried so that it is crunchy outside and soft inside. Typically, a sweet snack, it’s usually eaten with yoghurt.
Things to Do in Nepal
Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or in love with nature and mountains or even someone who finds spiritual beauty in nature and medieval architecture, Nepal is the perfect place for you. There’s simple and delightful beauty everywhere and for those with an adventurous bone, the activities here are endless. From white water rafting to skydiving and parasailing, there’s much to do here. For the more sedate tourist, there’s shopping and sightseeing and of course, the brilliant visuals of Mount Everest in the distance. Here are some of the interesting things to in Nepal.
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
The capital of Nepal, Kathmandu has much to offer in terms of sightseeing potential. There are numerous temples to see here, as well as monuments and monasteries which are beautiful and have an otherworldly air about them. Most people opt for a full-day or at least half-day excursion in Kathmandu to see everything and it’s worth spending the time. Some of the famous temples and monuments that you must see here are Pashupatinath Temple, Dakshin Kali Temple, Boudhanath, Kopan Monastery and Durbar Square. If you also visit the Thamel Area, you’ll be able to get gifts and souvenirs to take back home. Thamel Area is also known for its casinos and vibrant nightlife.
Paragliding in Pokhara
If you love adventure activities, in Nepal look no further than Pokhara. From hair-raising action such as paragliding to mountain biking along precarious trails, you can do it all here in Pokhara. What’s more, you can go on biking trails by lakes such as the Phewa Lake, Rupa Lake and Begnas Lake. Other adventure activities such as ziplining and hiking are also quite popular here. Pokhara is also the base from where various treks are undertaken.
Go on a wildlife safari in Chitwan National Park
The Chitwan National Park is huge and a treat for nature enthusiasts and animal lovers. A wildlife safari can be quite exciting and there are several animals and reptiles to see and admire here. Tigers, crocodiles, monkeys, deer, egrets, kingfisher are some of the animals and birds that you can get to see here. The entry fee for SAARC country residents is INR 1000 and the park are open from 8am till 6pm. Another option is to go to the Bardia National Park for treks and safaris and you can spot tigers and one-horned rhinos here.
Trekking on the Annapurna Circuit
Many people come to Nepal for the trekking and they’re never disappointed by the amazing options here, especially on the famed Annapurna Circuit. The trek can go up to as long as 230km and it crosses two different river valleys. Thanks to the beautiful and picturesque scenes that you can enjoy on the way, trekking on the Annapurna Circuit is one of the best experiences that you can ever have. This trek is not for the faint-hearted but for those who have some experience in trekking and are not afraid of taking on something as big as the Annapurna massif.
Gaze at Mt. Everest
You can’t come to Nepal and not take in the glorious sight of Mt. Everest and gaze at it in complete awe. The best place to do this would be at the glittering green Gokyo Lake in the Dudh Koshi Valley. It looks out over the massive mountain and you will find yourself enthralled at being in its mere presence. The lake itself is gorgeous and serene and it feels quite ethereal in a way.
River Rafting in Seti River
Who doesn’t like the rush of the river as it collides against your raft making it bob dangerously? If you love adventure sports, then don’t miss the river rafting in Seti River. People also come to Bhote Koshi, Trishuli, Sun Koshi, and Marshyangdi rivers for kayaking and canoeing as well. Nepal is often considered to be the primary destination for white water rafting and thanks to the stunning backdrops and scenery, it makes for an unforgettable experience.
Boating in Phewa Lake
The Phewa Lake is both natural and manmade and the water levels are kept in check by a dam. But the lake itself, located in Pokhara Valley is one of the most visited places in Nepal and people often come here for the serene boating experience. If you happen to visit Pokhara for the adventure sports, do make it a point to come here as well and enjoy a quiet moment as you contemplate about life while gently cruising down the lake on a boat.
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