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  • Michele Immelman

WE TRAVEL AGAIN

Grand news! Nepal announces immigration is now reinstating visas on arrival for all vaccinated visitors with no quarantine.


We are excited for the resurgence of travel prospects and we kick-off by making our first itinerary for 2022 public.


Yaks, Yetis and Sherpas - Small Group Tour of Nepal


Boudhha Stupa
Boudhha Stupa, Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal offers you adventure, untamed nature, a myriad of wildlife, culture, religion, and much more. For the culture seekers and history buffs, the Kathmandu Valley, home to the country’s capital city, at the junction of Asia's ancient civilizations, is host to seven World Heritage Sites, temples, shrines, and monuments over two thousand years old.


Our itinerary takes us from Kathmandu to Pokhara. We will do some trekking in rural hills around Pokhara. A visit to Chitwan and then return to Kathmandu.


Highlights of the itinerary


 


Kathmandu - 02 days


First day will be for arrival formalities, checking-in and taking a day to settle down at leisure.


On the second morning, an early morning mountain flight can be taken at own cost for the keen early risers

Second day in Kathmandu you visit local NGO SABAH Nepal – a social- business organization which works towards strengthening the livelihoods of poor and marginalized women home-based workers (HBWs). Since its establishment, it has been zeroing in on its mission of empowering the rural and urban poor women working in the informal sector through economic self-sufficiency.




The afternoon of the second day you will get to visit Patan Durbar Square


This square has been acclaimed as one of the finest urban streetscapes in the world.

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it echoes a slower time, with old men in traditional caps playing cards on wood and brick plinths.

The 17th-century Royal Palace stands on Patan Durbar Square. Its three courtyards, Sundari Chowk, Mul Chowk, and Mani Keshav Narayan Chowk, were once home to Malla Dynasty kings.

Scattered around it are temples. Some like the pagoda-style Golden Temple, the shikhara-style Krishna temple with 21 gold pinnacles, and the Kumbheshwar Temple with its five-tier roof, date from the 12th century.





Kathmandu to Pokhara on day 03


You take a scenic road trip from Kathmandu to Pokhara. En-route you will stop for a rafting adventure session.

After rafting you'll de-board and proceed for lunch at the Riverside Spring Resort (Kurintar).

Pokhara - Bhumdi day 04 - the start of our 4 day walking trail


Take a scenic drive towards Khare Khola. The drive is along the Tansen/Bhairahawa Highway and takes only about 30 to 45 minutes depending on the traffic. Upon arrival at the spot, ascend uphill for about an hour to reach the first rural community of Kalabang. From here, you will begin descending down towards Bhumdi. Upon reaching Bhumdi village (1,520m), you will be able to witness the grandeur of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Machapuchare (Mt. Fishtail), Mt. Himchuli



Bhumdi - Panchase Bhanjyang day 05


Start hiking early in the morning. During clear weather, you get the chance to view the great Himalayan panorama on our trails. You will climb uphill and pass through thickets. Continuing your ascending walk through the forest and then on to Bhanjyang, a small settlement at the foot of Panchase, you conclude this day’s hike. Panchase Bhanjyang which is a wonderful settlement located at the foot of Panchase Hill is famous for bird watching and its views of Pokhara Valley and Phewa Lake.



Panchase Bhanjyang - Bhadaure day 06


Your trek guide will wake you up early in the morning to explore the Panchase Danda. You have to climb 500 meters from your campsite to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Himalayas including Lake Phewa in the foreground. Approximately 1 1/2hours Trek to the last point. Return to the campsite for breakfast and proceed on with your trek.

The trail descends for a while and follows the ridge to Bhadaure where lunch will be prepared and served.



Bhadaure - Pokhara day 07


This day's walk descends gently, following a jeep trail much of the way, and will pass through several villages. At Naudanda, the trekking trail joins the road, and you will be picked up here and driven back to Pokhara.



Pokhara - Bandipur day 08





Bandipur is a small but beautiful town in Nepal that has retained its 18th-century architecture and is equivalent to a living Newari museum.

Time seems to have stood still here, although it has taken a lot of effort to preserve this magic while developing the town as a destination. Derelict buildings have been reborn as cafes and lodges, and temples and civic buildings have been pulled back from the edge of ruin.











Bandipur and Chitwan day 09 and 10


Full day jungle activities. Canoeing, Jeep Safari, Village walk, and much more.

Chitwan
On one of the evenings visit the local Tharu community to see their ethnic local crafts, weaving, etc.- get a sense of what their world and lives are like through interactions with the locals.

Bhaktapur (Kathmandu) day 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15


5 days and 4 nights you will explore the sights of Kathmandu.

You'll enjoy an evening tour of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square and participate in local activities, for example- learn how to make a Thangka painting. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in Bhaktapur.


Visit of Boudhanath Stupa. Boudhanath Kathmandu's thriving Buddhist enclave and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Built in the 5th century AD, this colossal and ancient Stupa is one of the biggest in the world and has all the seeing eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions, keeping the eternal watch over the people and their doings. This spherical Stupa is held in great veneration both by the Lamas of Nepal and Tibet.



Boudhanath Stupa, Boudhanath, Kathmandu
Boudhanath Stupa, Boudhanath, Kathmandu

Explore The Pashupatinath Temple which is a famous and sacred Hindu temple complex that is located on the banks of the Bagmati River, approximately 5 kilometers north-east of Kathmandu in the eastern part of Kathmandu Valley, next to International airport. The temple serves as the seat of Nepal’s national deity, Lord Pashupatinath. This temple complex was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites' list in 1979.


Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square. Also referred to as Hanuman Dhoka Square, a name derived from Monkey King Hanuman whose statue is installed at the entrance of the Palace. The square is located in front of the old royal palace of the former Kathmandu Kingdom and is one of three Durbar (royal palace) Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Visit its many ancient temples among which the most unusual is the Temple of Kumari or the ‘The Living Goddess’ where a little girl lives in her temple residence showering blessings to her many followers. Visit the Hanuman Dhoka the ancient Royal Palace complex which comprises a series of 14 courtyards of which Nasal Chowk is still used for Royal ceremonies including coronations.


After an extensive tour of Nepal you will head back to the airport for your departure.



 

I trust this blog gives you enough information for you to make a decision to travel in Nepal and not to miss out on the opportunity to tour in a small group to experience the wonders that Nepal has to offer.

Join the group and be enchanted by this fascinating land at the junction of Asia's ancient civilizations with its seven World Heritage Sites, its temples, shrines and monuments that are over two thousand years old.



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More reading material about Curious Journeys travels in Nepal:

https://www.curiousjourneys.co.za/post/mountains-monks-and-monasteries

https://www.curiousjourneys.co.za/post/nepal-travels-with-curious-journeys