Emerald Buddha stupas, tranquil pagoda temples, ornate grand palaces
and royal mansions, Kathmandu is a city of endless sight-seeing
pportunities. The beauty of its natural landscape and traditional
architecture, skillfully built temples and shrines are a testimony
to its rich heritage. Around the capital, stretch a fertile agricultural
landscape and a variety of excursion getaways.
- On the banks of the Bagmati River, is Pashupatinath, the country's
pre-eminent Hindu temple and one of the most significant Shiva temples
on the subcontinent. As the Bagmati is a holy river, Pashupatinath
is very popular with tourists; the ghats (river steps) immediately
in front of the temple are reserved for the cremation of royalty.
- This lake city is renowned for its setting rather than it's historical
or cultural endowments. Its location by the lake and proximity
to the mountains make it an ideal place for recovery, trek, go walking
or curl up with a book. There's a batch of Tibetan settlements,
a hilltop monastery, magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna,
Machhapuchchhre, and the pretty Devi Falls nearby. Day walks can
be taken to Sarangkot (1592m), the limestone caves at Mahendra Gufa
or Rupa and Begnas Tals lakes. Another option is the three to four-day
Annapurna Skyline Trek.
- This magnificent park, was once the hunting ground for British
and Nepalese aristocrats. Today, the animals - elephant, rhinoceros,
tiger, leopard and deer - are protected, not shot. Probably the
greatest thrill here is to scout for wildlife on the back of an
elephant. If that's too uncomfortable, one can do the same thing
in a jeep or canoe or go jungle walking with experienced guides.
- Mount Everest on the right -- along with several other famous
peaks. This park features extremely high mountains, deep gorges,
and amazing bird and animal life. A World Heritage Site.
- The huge stupa
of Bodhnath, which is the largest in the country and among the largest
in the world. It's also the centre for Nepal's considerable population
of Tibetans. Late afternoon is a good time to visit. This is when
prayer services are held and the locals turn out to walk around
the stupa (if you want to join in, do walk in a clockwise direction).
Surrounding Bodhnath are a number of monasteries, but be discreet
and respectful if you intend visiting them.
is a rewarding trekking holiday. During a trek, the Himalaya disappears
behind Nepal's continual hills, but dominates the northern skyline
at each pass. Annapurna, Manaslu, Langtang, Gauri Shankar and Everest
will become familiar names. Your conception of the Himalaya alters
as you turn from peaks famed only for their height to gaze on far
more picturesque summits that you may never have heard of - Kantega,
Ama Dablam, Machhapuchhare and Kumbhakarna. Everest, Annapurna,
Central, Western and Eastern regions offer exciting trekking opportunities.
Department of Immigration located at Tridevi Marg, Thamel issues trekking
permit for the tourists who intend to trek any part of the country.
Trekking permit fee for different trekking areas are fixed as follows.
NOTE : Trekking
to Dolpa,Kanchenjunga,Makalu and Mustang can be undertaken through
registered trekking agencies only.
to US$ 5 per person per week for the Langtang and Rara first
four weeks and US$ 10 per week thereafter.
to US$ 10 per person per week for the
first four weeks and US$ 20 per week thereafter.
75 per person per week.
& upper Dolpa
700 per person for the first ten days and
US$ 70 per person per day thereafter.
in a national park area an entrance fee of Rs. 650.00 is to be paid
separately. Likewise, an entrance fee of Rs. 650.00 is also collected
from every trekker going into the Annapurna Conservation Area. There
are several government registered trekking agencies in Nepal to
conduct such trekking programmes.
: The accomodation facilities in Nepal ranges from the international
standard star hotels to budget hotels and lodges. To have an assured
quality service it is advisable to use the facilities and services
of government registered hotels, lodges, travel agencies the licensed
tour guides only and engage an authorized guide or porter only through
a registered travel/trekking agency.