Nepal Adventure Tour: The unique heritage and culture of a Himalayan nation

Published on : Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Nepal reopens to tourists2Incredible Indian Tours, subcontinent specialists since 2000, are offering their Incredible Nepal, a non-trekking cultural immersion tour from October 9th to 24th, 2016.

Beginning in Bhaktapur, one of the erstwhile capitals of the Kathmandu Valley, travelers will discover that this charming town retains a medieval atmosphere. Time here is filled with UNESCO sights, magical ambience and the essence of Newari culture.

Breathtaking Himalayan views and sights and sounds of rural Nepal surround the central Himalayan region. Nuwakot is an ancient fortified town on a once important trading route. A manor house and cottages form a farmyard stay that affords a glimpse of a fascinating and colorful history. Awaken to Himalayan views before a day in and around Nuwakot exploring the village and traditional way of life.

Enroute south, spend the morning whitewater rafting the Trisuli River. The Trisuli has its origins in Tibet and over time gorges have formed that gradually eased out to a more meandering style, through valleys of terraced farms and small hamlets.

Chitwan National Park lies at the foot of the Himalayas on the plain known as The Terai. The National Park is 932 square kilometers of virgin forest, grasslands and lake lands on Nepal’s border with India. This is the habitat of the Bengal Tiger (only sometimes seen), the rare Asian Rhino, Sloth Bear, various species of Deer, Mugger and Gharial crocodiles, a myriad of birds and other wildlife.

Two forays into the park provide opportunities to study the rhino at very close quarters while a canoe river trip offers the chance to spot crocodiles and birdlife up close. Following this is a visit to an elephant breeding centre. A cultural performance and bullock-cart ride to a local tribal village are other highlights of Chitwan.

Although Bandipur is the definitive mountain town, there is in fact nowhere else quite like it. An eagle’s nest location, lazy walks through village lanes, simple architecture and utterly stunning Himalayan skylines create a truly magical scene.

Pokhara is famous for its picturesque lakeside location and its close proximity to the Annapurna mountain range. Although touristy, Pokhara is still small, charming and very laid back. At just under 900m altitude, the weather in Pokhara is balmy and just right for sitting relaxing in a lakeside café or taking a rowboat out on the lake.

Even more remote than Tibet, and for many years closed to outsiders, Mustang has only in recent times been opened up to foreigners. An early morning mountain flight over the Himalayas brings you to Jomsom. A jeep trip follows through the spectacular Kali Gandaki Gorge to Kagbeni, gateway to Mustang. Wandering in Kagbeni offers a fascinating labyrinth of laneways, interspersed with prayer wheels and lined by crumbling, mud-walled houses. This is an ancient place, yet alive with locals and livestock.

 

An optional trek is on offer directly back to Jomsom (4 hours) or for the fitter, keener travelers, Lupra (7 hours) makes an interesting side-trip; few trekkers make it here but the village, with its adobe houses and traditionally clad inhabitants is worth a visit.

The labyrinthine backstreets and alleys of Kathmandu lead from one bazaar or square to another, and to the many sided and colorful Durbar Square. Experience the extraordinary ‘Great Stupa’ at Boudhnath, and explore more of the sights of Kathmandu including Pashupatinath – the most revered place for Hindu’s in all Nepal, and Sayambhunath, known as the Monkey Temple.

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