Trying to plan Nepal travel that fits within your tight Two weeks holiday ?
You may think that few days trip is enough to roam and explore around the tiny country called Nepal. But, I assure you that this tiny country, Nepal, is overflowing with diverse natural beauties, cultural and architecture heritages and historical richness that even forever don’t seem to be enough to discover every treasure of the country. Once you reach the country and witness the majestic beauty, you will be astonished and desperate to fit in all the beautiful aspects of the country within the limited time of your trip. Don’t be disheartened if you are not sure what to include and what not to include in your holiday in Nepal.
We have prepared a trip package for your Nepal travel, which includes the bests of Nepal travel destinations and activities. We have included a variety of activities for your 15-16 days long stay in this majestic land. From serene peaceful stay at the villages to the extreme adventures in the mountains, a wild souvenir shopping in the cities to the spiritual retreat in the birthplace of the Buddha, this package offers the bests of Nepal.
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Day 1-2 of Nepal Travel: Arrival and sight seeing
This will be your first day in the country. The first few days of Nepal travel can be spent in the cities rich in art and culture. If you have an early arrival you will have an entire day to travel around the capital city with its rich history and still prevalent and dominating religious and cultural sites. The main attractions of the city are the World heritage sites as follows:
Pashupatinath temple: Once you reach the temple precinct, you enter one of the holiest sites for the Hindus where the main attraction is the temple of Lord Shiva, the god of destruction. Thousands of people visit the temple every year where you can see a number of small temples and shrines of many other gods and goddesses.
Boudhanath and Swoyambhunath Stupa: Boudhanath (the largest stupa in the country) and Swoyambhunath (the oldest stupa) are listed as the world heritage sites and are the main attractions with their peaceful environment and Buddhist cultures, shrines, praying wheels and impressive structures.
Durbar Square: Kathmandu Durbar square is a historically important site where you can see the various temples, palaces and other structures built during the Malla period, Rana regime and by the Shah kings. You will see the architecturally precious sites like Hanuman Dhoka, Taleju Temple and other various monuments. Among many other things, the one aspect of the square that might interest you the most could be the Living goddess, Kumari. Kumari Devi is a prepubescent child selected after a rigorous process who is believed to be the reincarnation of Goddess Taleju Bhawani (until she gets injured causing loss of blood or menstruates) who lives in the Kumari Ghar. Kumari is worshipped by Nepali Hindu and Buddhist devotees as a reincarnation of Lord Durga and is worshipped publicly in most festivals of the Newar community.
If you finish up the Kathmandu monuments in time, you can travel further to Changu Narayan temple, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square. In Changu Narayan you can experience the Hindu temples with traditional Newari settlements and old inscriptions that date back to 5th century A.D. The whitewashed stupas with the eternal Buddha eyes give a peaceful vibe whereas the traditional tiered Hindu temples with terracotta tiles and brass ornaments with intricate carvings in the doors and windows symbolize the artistic and religious culture of the people.
In the evening catch a bus or a flight to the beautiful city of Pokhara to get ready for some adventure in the mountains.
Day 3-7 Trekking in Nepal
After enjoying the art and architecture of the country, it’s time to savor the natural beauty of the country while trekking in Nepal. Trekking is one of the most famous and highly admired part of travelling in Nepal. Nepal is arguably the best country in the world for trekking, and you don’t want to miss this while you are here. Ghorepani Poonhill trek is relatively easy but yet to one of the most exclusive vantage points of the country- Poon Hill.
The Poon hill trek is a 5 day long easy trek near Pokhara city. Considered to be one of the best treks of the Annapurna region, this trek allows you to view the Annapurna Mountain range and Dhaulagiri from up close without having to worry about the risk of Acute mountain Sickness (AMS). You will trek through rough trails to nice roads travelling through various ethnic settlements to live the Nepali traditional lifestyle even just for a few days. You get to interact with the local people comprising mostly of Magars, Thakuris and Gurungs with their unique lifestyles and Buddhist cultures. You will be spell bound by the mesmerizing mountain vistas of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Mt. Fishtail and Himchuli throughout the trail. Another hypnotizing part of the trek will be the sunrise views early in the morning in the snow capped majestic mountains. A relatively easier hike at an average altitude, it will be an easy yet intoxicating trip that will make you feel like heaven every single moment.
On the first day you drive to Nayapool and then trek to Tikhedhunga for an overnight stay. On the way, you can see waterfalls, bamboo forests, natural ponds and trail routes used by yak and mule caravans beside the pastures.
The second day you start on early and cross several streams through suspension bridges and climb cultivated fields and rhododendron forests, finally ascending to Ghorepani where you stay the night.
The third day you take a short detour to the Poon hill early in the morning. After an hour’s ascent to the summit of the hill, you will be blessed with the views of the Himalayas and the sunrise slowly dawning up on the mountains is a sight you will cherish all your life. The panoramic views of the mountain ranges will reenergize you for the rest of the trip as you hike to Tadapani after descending to Ghorepani again.
The fourth day of the trek you start your trek from Tadapani to Ghandrung. Ghandrung is one of the famous Gurung settlements of the country, famous for the brave Gurkhas being recruited to British and Indian armies. From there you hike to Syauli bazaar passing through villages and terraced fields.
The last day of the trek you walk from Syauli Bazaar to Naya Bazaar and then drive back to Pokhara.
After the hike you might have the evening off when you can enjoy the lakeside area around Phewa Lake. The tourist attractions like the pubs, restaurants and lodges host different music and cultural programs which can be a relaxing treat after the trek.
Day 8 of Nepal Travel- Paragliding
After so many days in the varied terrains of Nepal, it is now time to spread your wings and fly. Literally! How you ask? Pokhara is famous for a lot of adventurous things but the one that tops the list is – Paragliding.
After a short drive to Sarangkot, a beautiful vantage point in Pokhara, you can start your paragliding experience. First the glide takes off, you will hover above Sarangkot for a while and then fly over the Pokhara valley performing aerobatics and then finally descending to Phewa Tal. It is a hair raising, blood pumping and breath taking experience that will leave you craving for more and shaking at the same time. You are flying so high above from the ground, looking down below at the turquoise lakes, valleys and villages, monasteries and rivers with the majestic mountains in the backdrop. Even just the memory will be enough to give you chills and crave for more. With stable thermals, convenient take off and landing destinations, safe equipment and friendly pilots, paragliding in Pokhara is one of the best paragliding experiences in the world. For greater experience of paragliding, it is a great idea to do Para hawking.
Day 9- Relaxing day in Pokhara
The next day, after all the adventure and adrenalin rushes, you can enjoy a nice relaxing day sightseeing around Pokhara. Pokhara is also known as the city of lakes for it has many beautiful lakes including Phewa Lake, Begnas Lake, Rupa, Maidi etc. Apart from that there are various natural caves with temples or shrines where you can experience the actual cave climbing experiences. Mahindra Gufa (cave) and Bat Cave are the most famous sites for their authentic structures and experiences and with waterfalls, streams and ponds inside them.
Pokhara is also home to a beautiful World Peace Pagoda which is balanced on a narrow ridge high above Phewa Taal and has a shrine of Gautam Buddha in a posture he assumed when he was born. The stupa, apart from being a great sight in itself, is a vantage point for Annapurna and Mt. Fishtail. If you are a religious person, you will certainly enjoy the holy and peaceful ambience of the temples like Bindabasini, Taal Barahi Temple, Sitaladevi temple, Kumari temple, Bhadrakali temple and many more. After all the places and events, if you want to enjoy Pokhara you have to try boating around the Phewa lake and once your legs give up, chill around the lakeside area and the various shops, restaurants and other tourist attractions.
Day 10 -12: A royal safari – into the wild
From Pokhara you can choose to travel to a completely different place, climate and atmosphere – Chitwan. It is most famous for Chitwan National Park, the first national park of Nepal and also a world heritage site. Here you can encounter some of the rarest and unique wild animals while you enjoy the jungle safari on the mighty elephants. You can also enjoy bird watching as the park is house to many rare species like the parakeets, eagles, geese, flycatchers, kingfishers and many more. The one horned rhinoceros, Bengal tiger, leopards, sloth bears, badgers, hyenas and many other mammals that require protection can be seen here if you are lucky. The national park is exclusively popular for the wide variety of flora and fauna that you can enjoy from close range in their natural state. The safari gives you an authentic, natural experience. To add icing to the cake, you can also entertain yourself with the traditional Tharu dance of the indigenous inhabitants of this region. The trip is a truly natural and cultural experience where you get a chance to live the authentic Nepali life in Terai region.
Day 13: Trip to Lumbini
You are welcome to the birthplace of Buddha, Lumbini, which still conserves the palace where Lord Buddha was raised and still has the footprints of Lord Buddha and other evidences of his childhood here. With the remains as a central feature, the area is being developed as a Buddhist pilgrimage center. The premise includes important archaeological monuments like the inscription pillar of King Asoka, the remains of Maya Devi temple, remains of monasteries, stupas and shrines etc that are of high importance to the Buddhist religion. A number of beautiful monasteries, stupas and shrines are being built in the area which adds more beauty and peaceful ambience to the already serene holy place.
Day 14-15 The adventurer’s haven
Once you have experience the spirituality in the Lumbini, you will be ready to experience the thrill and breathtaking adventures that the Nepali hills and rivers have to offer.
On the 14 th day you will take a 3 hrs drive from Kathmandu to the Last Resort where a number of options are available to feed the hunger for adventure in you. The best option would be take a leap of faith literally and opt for the Bungee jump.
Bungee jump in Nepal is like no other. You jump from the bridge (the 3rd highest natural jump in the world) to the Bhotekoshi gorge (160m deep) to experience the 100m free (the longest in the world). Not only will you be checking off an item from your bucket list but will also have experienced some of the extreme adventure conditions in the world. The jump to the raging river below is one of the most exhilarating experiences you can have so close to the city and with much less effort.
But don’t blame us if your adventurous side craves for more because we still have other exciting , heart pumping activity lined up for you the very next day. Once you are done with the bungee, you can relax around the resort which also provides excellent services of massages and spas with saunas. For the nature lovers, the resort is placed in a lush forested hill with terraced fields. A hike up around the hills could provide a serene experience with beautiful views of the surrounding areas and a peaceful time off just for you or with your loved ones.
The next day, early in the morning, you will be able to do rafting in the Bhote Koshi River which runs down from the snowcapped Tibetan mountains creating the best rapids. It is an ideal short yet exciting whitewater trip with relentless and big rapids that gets steeper arousing class IV and V rapids and then slowly mellows out into continuous streams with class III rapids. The rafting trip is the best way to see the natural beauty of Nepal as you can see the beautiful mountains like Langtang, Dorje Lakpa and others, beautiful valleys, lush forests and canyons and waterfalls. Dropping from one of the highest mountains of Tibet, the river is raging with mystifying power to create an unforgettable adventure that could be the ride of a lifetime for you.
Day 16- Shopping Spree
On the last day of your Nepal travel, you can take a small tour around the tourist areas in Kathmandu. You can allocate a few hours for souvenir shopping and buy the wide variety of handicrafts, Pashmina shawls, paintings, jewellery, Nepali garments, carpets and many other products that reflect the Nepali culture and lifestyle. People take hours going through the beautiful handmade crafts from shrines, masks, sculptures to other decorative items, beaded and metallic jewellery and pashmina shawls , mufflers and many more. The traditional Khukuri, Ankhijhyal (traditional Nepali windows), Nepali flags, singing bowls, little statues of gods and animals are a hit among the tourists. You can also enjoy the nightlife of Thamel with Live music and a truly relaxing ambience on your final day of the trip.
Nepal is a small country but with its diverse culture, population, terrain, flora and fauna, it is as vast and extreme as any other place in the world or even more. In this specially constructed schedule, you will witness all topographies of Nepal, mix and mingle with a number of different ethnic groups, their traditions and lifestyles and collect experiences from flying to rafting. You will cover almost all elements and aspects of an exciting Nepali life and have a truly amazing, unforgettable cultural, historical and natural experience.
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