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Nepal Holiday Package
For many, stepping off a plane into Nepal is a pupil-dilating experience, a riot of sights, sounds and aromas that can quickly lead to a beautiful sensory overload. Whether you are barrelling through the traffic-jammed alleyways of the old town or marveling at the medieval temples of Durbar Square or getting on to a trekking spree hand-in-hand with your better half, albeit your spouse, your holiday would definitely leave you both with everlasting memories to linger on for a long time on this Nepal Holiday Package! Nepal, officially called the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a landlocked country located in South Asia!
Tourists have the option of discovering or strolling around, getting introduced to Kathmandu, the bewitching capital, like a denizen on an evening rickshaw ride. Start in the colorful tourist hub of Thamel and pass buzzing bazaars and market squares as you head to Durbar Square, where you would spend time exploring by foot. Sit back, relax and be enchanted as you take in views of the sunset, silhouetted temples and Kathmandu’s lively nightlife, elaborated further onwards.
Sit back, relax and feel the essence as your driver expertly navigates through the backstreets and narrow lanes. Your guide will tell you about the places to see, and you would be impressed by the myriad sights, sounds and smells of this energetic place as you pass bustling local markets and shops selling everything from pastries to pashminas. Your rickshaw seat provides the perfect platform to do a bit of window-shopping along the way!
Your excitement would build up as the neighbourhood of Thamel is Kathmandu's primary "traveller's ghetto", packed with guest houses, restaurants, shops, and bookstores, catering to tourists. Another area of growing popularity is Thamel, a name for Jhamsikhel coined to rhyme with Thamel. Jhochhen Tol, also known as Freak Street, is Kathmandu's original traveller's haunt, made popular by the nomads. It remains a popular alternative to Thamel. Asan is a bazaar and ceremonial square on the old trade route to Tibet, and provides a fine example of a traditional neighborhood.
It would be a pleasure to visit the Durbar Square which literally means a "place of palaces" which is located in the old city and has heritage buildings representing four kingdoms (Kantipur, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kirtipur). The next interesting spot would be `Hanuman Dhoka’ a complex of structures with the Royal Palace of the Malla kings and of the Shah dynasty. The Hanumandhoka Palace, a lavish medieval palace complex in the Durbar, contains three separate museums of historic importance.
The Tribhuvan Museum contains artifacts related to the King Tribhuvan. It has a variety of pieces including his personal belongings, letters and papers, memorabilia related to events he was involved in and a rare collection of photos and paintings of Royal family members. The Mahendra Museum is dedicated to king Mahendra of Nepal and includes his personal belongings such as decorations, stamps, coins and personal notes and manuscripts, but it also has structural reconstructions of his cabinet room and office chamber.
The enclosed compound of the Narayanhity Palace Museum is in the north-central part of Kathmandu in the form of a contemporary pagoda. The Taragaon museum is an excellent place to visit and understand the modern history of the Kathmandu Valley that seeks to document the research and cultural heritage conservation with the use of local material - brick - along with modern architectural design elements as today a visitor can see the various Galleries, visit the Café and curated shops, explore the two courtyards, all within a short walk from the Boudhnath stupa, which itself can be seen from the Museum tower.
Kumari Ghar is a palace in the center of the Kathmandu city, next to the Durbar square where a Royal Kumari selected from several Kumaris resides. Kumari, or Kumari Devi, is the tradition of worshipping young teen girls as manifestations of the divine female energy or devi in South Asian countries. Kasthamandap is a three-storeyed temple enshrining an image of Gorakhnath in a pagoda style. It was originally built as a rest house for travellers.
The Boudhanath, also written Bouddhanath, Bodhnath,Baudhanath or the Khāsa Chaitya is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal, popular amongst all tourists. And the stupa's massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal turning Boudhanath into a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its outstanding construction, engraved mantras and gompas.
It would be interesting to visit the Pashupatinath Temple, another famous oldest Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva Pashupati, located on the banks of the Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu on the Nepal Tour Package!
This temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site wherein Shivaratri or the night of Lord Shiva, is the most important festival that takes place here, attracting thousands of devotees and sadhus Believers in Pashupatinath (mainly Hindus) are allowed to enter the temple premises, but non-Hindu visitors are allowed to view the temple only from the across the Bagmati River The temple is built in the pagoda style of architecture, with cubic constructions, carved wooden rafters (tundal) on which they rest, and two-level roofs made of copper and gold, captivating the viewers with its architectural wonder!
Swayambhunath is a Buddhist stupa atop a hillock at the northwestern part of the city. This is among the olddest religious sites in Nepal, revered by Buddhists and Hindus, a phenomenal cubic structure and pentangonal torans with statues engraved on them and holding a gajur at the top of the tiers. The National Museum is located in the western part of Kathmandu, near the Swayambhunath stupa in an historical building. It is the most important museum in the country, housing an extensive collection of weapons, art and antiquities of historic and cultural importance, leather cannons, and medieval and modern works in wood, bronze, stone and paintings. The Natural History Museum is located in the Southern foothills of Swayambhunath hill and have a sizeable collection of different species of animals, butterflies and plants. The museum is noted for its display of species, from prehistoric shells to stuffed animals.Stone carvings, called Chaityas, can be seen in street corners and courtyards around the Kathmandu valley, which is described as "an enormous treasure house of art and sculptures", which are made of wood, stone, metal, and terracotta and found in profusion in temples, shrines, stupas, gompas, chaityasm and palaces. Kathmandu contains many notable art galleries housing artwork of both national and international repute with extensive halls regularly used for exhibitions.
The Nepal Tour Package could get you into a popular activity of taking an early morning scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu towards the spine of the Himalayas for close-up views of the tallest Mt. Everest and other peaks from a distance of just 5 nautical miles, such as Nuptse, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga .All major airlines offer the hour-long flights and each passenger on the six- to 30-seat turbo props is guaranteed a window seat.
Another flight could take the tourists to Pokhara for a weekend, towards some stunning scenery as this charismatic city has several beautiful lakes and offers breathtaking views of Himalayan peaks - creating the ambience that has made it such a popular place to rest and enjoy the beauty of nature. Nestled in a tranquil valley, it is a place of lushcious environs surrounded by the serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the fish-tailed summit of Machhapuchhre. Pay a visit to the striking temple of Brindabasim which stands proudly over Pokhara and is of great importance to the Hindus, having been defined as a site of much religious fervor. Later, why not relax in a café, hire a boat and float around the lake or shop for Nepali and Tibetan souvenirs in endless stalls and shops.
It would be fascinating to take a short journey to the Royal Chitwan National Park surrounded by alluvial forestland and savannas and declared as a World Heritage Site, home to innumerable species of flora and fauna. There are camps set up here for tourists to enable them to sight tigers, rhinoceros, leopards, sloth bears, gaurs, wild boars, sambar, gould’s sunbird, parakeet, pea fowl, jungle fowl. There are several lodges inside the national park offering full board and accommodation in combination with elephant and jeep safaris, rafting tours and guided jungle walks.
For shopping, there are centres and shops for homeware and furnishings with exquisite carpets from The Nepali origin and plenty of shops supporting the craft of cooperatives and handicapped women, Such as handmade paper products, photo albums, paper lamps, batik and woollens. There is a showhouse with treasures of dhaka weavings, ceramics, block prints, pashminas, woodcrafts, jewellery, Knitwear, statues, masks, wood carvings, curios and souvenirs, made of brass and copper with gold Polish or gold plated. The outbuildings surrounding the old Rana complex have been redeveloped to house a warren of chic clothes shops, designer galleries, handicrafts shops, including some restaurants and cafes. Sleeping bags, knitwear and carpets are found in abundance at negotiable prices, a variety of Indian and Internationally branded gear and other innumerable items to motivate the buyer!
A large number of restaurants in Kathmandu have since opened, catering Nepali cuisine, Tibetan cuisine, Chinese cuisine, and Indian cuisine, in particular. Many other restaurants have opened to accommodate locals, expatriates, and tourists. The growth of tourism in Kathmandu has led to culinary creativity and the development of hybrid foods to accommodate for tourists such as American chop suey which is a sweet-and-sour sauce with crispy noodles with fried egg, commonly added on top and other westernized adaptations of traditional cuisine. Continental cuisine can be found in selected places. International chain restaurants are rare, but some outlets of Pizza Hut and KFC have recently opened. The legally pronounced casinos are there for an exploration and an after-dinner snacks such as momos, sandwiches, burger along with some beverages or perhaps, even an ice-cream!
Kathmandu has a larger proportion of tea and coffee drinkers. Ailaa and thwon (alcohol made from rice) are the alcoholic beverages of Kathmandu, found in all the alcohol serving eateries. Chhyaang, tongba (fermented millet or barley) and rakshi are alcohols from other parts of Nepal which are found in Kathmandu. The staple food of most of Kathmanduites is dal bhat consisting of rice and lentil soup, generally served with vegetable curries, achar and sometimes Chutney.
The Kathmandu Valley is in the Warm Temperate Zone where the climate is fairly temperate, atypical for the region. The city generally has a climate with warm days followed by cool nights and mornings. Unpredictable weather is expected during the winter when temperatures can drop drastically, especially in the month of January.
Return back from your Nepal Tour Package feeling rejuvenated and calm, and ready to face the grind of life again in the hope of getting back for another sojourn to this heavenly destination!