Shivapuri: Serenity with adventures

I stepped on a bark the sound travelled to my right,
I looked around, stairs in front of me, the forest stretches with my sight
To the left, there is a huge rock, which I climb to see the pearly mountains’ might
I hear the sounds of birds chirping, and beetles and insects buzzing,
Its a hot summer day yet it is remarkable among the trees, hitting on my face is the breeze
The ground, the water, the air, everything so calming
And when I realise I am in Shivapuri, I rush for the top and I am seeking the light ||

Entrance of Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park via Budhanilakantha road.

It’s Shivapuri, the mystical beauty of a close wilderness to Kathmandu. Flora and fauna to your eyes and ears that will hit you with so many emotions. Every step you take on this trail is worth it. The whole experience is breathtaking and even more wonderful with people you know.

It is a protected area with a stunning altitude range of 1350m to 2732m above sea level.

We started our hike from Budhanilakantha mandir and reached the Shivapuri gate. It is a national reserve so tickets were required and a thorough checking was done. Speakers, lighters and alcohol are prohibited so we hadn’t brought any.
Upon entering, we were asked by some volunteers of the “Clean Shivapuri Campaign” if we were interested in collecting some garbages. We agreed to it and took the materials they provided; sacks and gloves. The forest started, it was a motorable way at the beginning so it was easy to walk through. There was a diversion en route where one road led us to Bishnudwar(a waterfall within ~2 hours of walk) and the other road led us towards Bagdwar and Shivapuri peaks.

Diversion en route Shivapuri Peak.

Bishnudwar is incredibly beautiful but, since we had planned to go to the peak, we took the one towards there. We knew it would be a long hike but also knew that every drop of sweat would be worth the effort. And to the top, we climbed, encountering different species of trees, small waterfalls, birds and insects, incredible sceneries, long grasslands, and many more. There were naturally made passageways, shrines, ruins and much more exciting places. On the way, we stopped at only two locations. One of the stops was in a grassland hit by the warm sun on a winter day and the other was in a shrine in Bagdwar. It had small temples and a small statue of Lord Shiva.

Bagdwar's Shrine
The Shrine in Bagdwar.

The hilltop was about a half an hour’s climb from Bagdwar and upon reaching the top we saw one of the finest views of the Langtang range and other eastern mountains of Nepal. It was a spectacular sight.

Mountain ranges
Mountain ranges are seen from Shivapuri Peak.
Hill ranges
The hill ranges are seen on the way to the top.
Mountain ranges.
Langtang mountain ranges.

The sensation when I fell on my back after the long hike to drown in the incredible beauty of the place was unexplainable.

Clear sky.
The clear sky was seen when I was resting on the floor.

So many people around, and yet I found myself at peace amidst the dreamy breezes and the beautiful sight in front of me. Mountains across my eyesight, snowcapped and cloudy around, such bliss, I wished to glance at it forever. Dripping sweats and gasping along the trail through uncountable steps, calming grasslands, and hilltop climbs were all worth it. The vibe was immaculate, the crowd was pleasant, and the atmosphere was serene.
We enjoyed some dry snacks viewing the milky mountaintops, below the warmth of the sun on a cold winter day. We explored the surrounding areas and found places which looked like a memorial.

The location is around the hilltop.

On our way back, we collected some garbage in the sacks provided at the gate. Most of what we collected was at the peak. Seems like people are really lazy to take back the remains of what they brought in. I hope the ones who littered the place change their ways.
Back to the hike down and we were descending very fast. We collected as much garbage as we could and brought it down. It was about 4 p.m. when we reached the gate exit. We got a few gifts for collecting the garbage; two metal water bottles and some badges.

A badge and a metal water bottle were provided to us after the garbage collection.

The golden-coloured Kathmandu evening during the sunset was really beautiful to look at on our way down.

Smoggy Kathmandu evening.
Golden-coloured smoggy evening at Kathmandu.

Exiting the gate and back to the smoggy evening of Kathmandu, our day hike was complete. Such a wonderful experience it was to reach the summit of this mighty beauty. The day was spent well. Highly recommended.

More snaps of the hike:

 

View of Kathmandu seen from the route.

 

Sundarijal: Dreamy breezes and gushing falls

Nepal is a land of natural wonders, from the towering peaks of the Himalayas to the lush forests and rolling hills that cover the landscape. And nestled in the heart of this beautiful country lies Sundarijal, a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Located just a short drive from the bustling city of Kathmandu, Sundarijal is a small town home to some of Nepal’s most breathtaking natural scenery. From the cascading waterfalls to the lush forests and sparkling rivers, there is something for everyone in this beautiful town.

Watching trees and birds while you relax on big mighty rocks beside the sound of flowing water is an experience to look forward to. Sundarijal lies in the Shivapuri-Nagarjun National Park which is a haven for nature lovers, with its dense forests, winding trails, and stunning waterfalls. 

Relaxing on a stone beside a collection of river rocks.

One of the most popular activities in the park is hiking, and several trails wind through the forest and up to the mountaintops. The trails range in difficulty from easy to challenging and offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Through the trail, you can reach Bagdwar(another wonderful place with a beautiful waterfall and a serene atmosphere), Dhap Dam, Mulkharka and many more.

An easily accessible and more popular attraction on the perimeter is the Sundarijal Waterfall. The waterfall is located within a short hike from the town and is a popular spot for picnics and relaxation. Though swimming is prohibited due to the large number of death cases in the past, just the view of it is enough to both, excite and calm your heart. It is even more beautiful during the peak rainy seasons with lush forests, chilly atmosphere and gushing water flow, although lookout for leeches. The Sundari Jal dam is also in a comfortably accessible location, offering calming river sounds and a cool breeze hitting your face while walking slowly towards your desired destination. 

A small waterfall in Sundarijal.
A picture taken using the help of binoculars to capture a small waterfall seen from the premises of Sundarijal.

But Sundarijal is not just about the waterfalls and natural attractions. The town is also home to a lot of cultural and historical spots, such as the ancient temples and shrines that dot the landscape. These temples and shrines offer a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Nepal and are a must-visit for anyone interested in history and culture. You will find many temples along the trail such as the Sundari Mai Temple, Sundari Mahadev Temple and more. Along the trail, you will come across several small shrines and locations of worship. This reflects the cultural beauty and diversity of Nepal.

Ladybug on a rock.
A small Ladybug walking through the rocks.
View of a nearby town from Sundarijal.
View of a nearby town from Sundarijal.
A town from binocular lenses.
Nearby town from Sundarijal through binocular lenses.

Additionally, the place has a museum about one of the most famous personalities of Nepal, Bishweshor Prasad Koirala(B.P Koirala). The site is called B.P Koirala Shangralaya which is known for Koirala’s works and history. He was the first elected prime minister of Nepal and a profound author with a very intellectual presentation of philosophical and realistic writings. 

In addition to its natural and cultural attractions, Sundarijal is also home to several restaurants and cafes that offer delicious local cuisine. So, be sure to try them before you leave. 

If you are planning a trip to Nepal, be sure to add Sundarijal to your itinerary. With its stunning natural scenery, rich cultural heritage, and endless opportunities for adventure, this dreamy spot is sure to leave a lasting impression on you. So come and discover the magic of Sundarijal today!

 

Taudaha lake

Taudaha Lake, located in Kathmandu Valley, is a serene haven that offers peace and natural beauty. It’s just an hour’s drive away from anywhere in the valley, providing a much-needed escape from the busy city life. This ancient lake holds historical significance and is known for its breathtaking landscapes and diverse wildlife. Join us on a journey to explore the wonders of Taudaha, where time seems to slow down and the soul finds solace.

According to local legends, Taudaha Lake gets its name from the Newari words ‘Ta‘, meaning snake, and ‘Daha‘, meaning lake. It is believed to be a remnant of the vast lake that once covered the area where Kathmandu city now stands. The mythology tells a story of a Bodhisattva(a person who has reached the highest level of enlightenment in Buddhism but delays it to help Earth) named Manjushree, who cut a hill in the southern part of the valley, allowing the water to drain off and create land for people to inhabit. As the lake dried up, the Nagas, or serpents, were left without a home. To appease Naga King Karkotak, the locals built an underwater palace filled with precious stones and riches. The Serpent King was pleased and ruled his serpent subjects in their underwater kingdom. Even today, locals refrain from swimming or fishing in the lake to maintain the tranquillity of the serpent king’s water abode.

Another story about the lake involves a Bhoto, a traditional Nepali garment. Legend has it that the wife of the Naga King was suffering from eye pain, and a Jyapu from Lalitpur came to her aid and cured her. In gratitude, the Naga King gifted the Bhoto, which was said to be made from a precious jewel called Naagmadi. One day, while the Jyapu was working in the field, someone stole the Bhoto and escaped. A fierce battle ensued between the Jyapu and the thief. Witnessing their struggle, Rato Machhindranath, a deity, intervened and ordered them to return with proof. Until then, the jewel-encrusted Bhoto remains with Rato Machhindranath. The Bhoto is shown in the Rato Machhindranath Procession every year, continuing this tradition.

Taudaha Lake is a paradise for nature lovers and photographers. Its rich biodiversity attracts a wide variety of bird species, including the bold black kite, black drongo, cattle egret, Oriental magpie robin, common myna, jungle crow, rose-ringed parakeet, white-throated kingfisher, and red-vented bulbul. During the summer, barn swallows and Indian cuckoos visit, while winter brings migratory birds such as the great cormorant, ruddy shelduck, northern shoveler, mallard duck, Gadwall, Eurasian coot, northern pintail, and common teal.

The lake is also home to various fish species, including the common carp, silver carp, grass carp, bighead carp, and colourful carp. Unfortunately, these non-native species have disrupted the ecosystem and are out-competing native fish like catfishes and snakeheads.

In addition to birds and fish, the area surrounding Taudaha Lake is inhabited by mammals such as the golden jackal, Indian grey mongoose, and several rodents. Reptile enthusiasts can spot the checkered keelback and oriental garden lizards nearby.

Taudaha Lake is one of the last remaining clean water bodies in the Kathmandu Valley, making it a crucial stopover for numerous migratory bird species. During the winter, the lake becomes a haven for hundreds of water birds. The diverse avian visitors come from different parts of the world, including India, Arab countries, Tibet, China, Russia, Siberia, and the Northern Himalayas. This makes Taudaha Lake a paradise for birdwatchers and photographers alike.

The beauty of Taudaha Lake lies not only in its natural surroundings but also in its fascinating legends and stories. Whether it’s the mythical connection to the Nagas and the underwater palace, or the tale of the stolen Bhoto and the annual process is a sense of wonder and mystique that adds to the allure of this serene lake. 

For those seeking respite from bustling city life, Taudaha offers a peaceful retreat where one can immerse oneself in nature’s tranquillity. The lush landscapes, shimmering waters, and diverse wildlife create a captivating environment that rejuvenates the soul.

Whether you are a nature enthusiast, a bird lover, or someone seeking a quiet escape, Taudaha Lake is a destination that promises to enchant and inspire. Take a step back in time, connect with the rich cultural heritage, and discover the hidden treasures of ancient Taudaha.

 

A view from a stop en route to Taudaha Lake.
Beautiful view on a cloudy evening at Taudaha Lake.
Sunny afternoon from a stop on the way to Taudaha Lake.

 

Explore Nepal

Chitwan:

Watching elephants bathe while sipping small portions of a summer drink and enjoying the river bank in a hot subtropical climate would be an excellent way to spend a vacation in a very wildlife-rich district of Nepal. Located in the southern belt of Nepal, lies a–half-hilly, half-plain(Terai) district, that can offer you a perfect holiday destination for your summer. The activities you can do here are endless. From sunbathing to wildlife safari, this destination is heavenly for any visitor. There are adventures, places to explore and river banks to relax. All in this beautiful place of Nepal: Chitwan.
Elevation: 415m
Distance from the capital(Kathmandu): 150km

Ulleri:

Located at an elevation of 2070 metres in the Kaski district of Nepal between Tikhedhunga and Mauja in the Annapurna region, lies a small beautiful village known as Ulleri. On your way up, you may feel exhausted, difficult or even want to give up but don’t, the 900-metre elevation from Nayapul to Ulleri in a single day will give you an unexplainable sense of accomplishment and a picturesque view of the mountains—furthermore, a wonderful touch with the Nepali traditional culture. You may want to savour the views slowly and comfortably if it’s on your way down. It is a popular stop for trekkers in the region, so you may want to rest your bags there, rest assured, you won’t regret it.
Elevation: 415m
Distance from the capital(Kathmandu)

Ghorepani:

The base stops for your visit to poon hill, this place itself is a beauty of its own. With cheap stops and an extensive amount of wonderful homestays and hotels, this place will fill your heart with similar types of people who enjoy treks and hikes like you. The place has stunningly beautiful views, an authentic cultural experience and an opportunity to explore the wonderful base of the Annapurna region. The place is divided into 2 parts: lower Ghorepani and Upper Ghorepani, which have a 10-15 minute uphill walk difference. Poon Hill; a popular destination for many local and international tourists is at an elevation difference of about ~335m which takes about an hour and a half to 2 hours of uphill walk. This place has views of the pearly mountains during the day which even shine in the dark and diamond-like clusters of stars and galaxies at night. The place is located at about ~2874m and is accessible at a 1-2 day trek from Nayapul or Ghandruk whichever route you prefer.
Elevation: 2,874m (9,429 ft)
Distance from the capital(Kathmandu):

Tikhedhunga:

Tikhedhunga is a small village in Nepal’s foothills of the Himalayas. It is situated in the Lamjung district and is known for its picturesque scenery and peaceful atmosphere. The village is located on the Marsyangdi River banks and is surrounded by lush green forests and snow-capped mountains. Many of the villagers also work as guides or porters for trekkers who come to the region to explore the surrounding mountains. The economy is held by tourism and agriculture.
Elevation: 1480m
Distance from the capital(Kathmandu): 


Hiking path- Tikhedhunga

Ghandruk:

This wonderful village is situated at an altitude of 1940m and is known for its stunning views of the Annapurna range and the Dhaulagiri mountain. The place is also famous for the Gurung people’s cultural and traditional lifestyle. Ghandruk is a major starting point for many treks in the region such as the Annapurna Sanctuary trek, and the Annapurna Circuit trek. The people of the village will make your trip extremely special by sharing their traditions in one of the best ways possible. The place is also easily accessible via bus if you don’t prefer hikes, treks or walks. 

The village is home to several traditional stone houses and temples that the residents revere. Visitors can also explore the local market, which sells a variety of handicrafts and souvenirs made by the villagers.

The people of Ghandruk are known for their warm and welcoming nature. They are proud of their heritage and culture and are always eager to share it with visitors. The village is also home to many community-based organisations that work to promote sustainable tourism and improve the lives of the villagers.

Elevation: 2012m
Distance from the capital(Kathmandu: 260km

Nayapul:

This place is one of the most popular starting points of–again–one of the most popular trekking routes of Nepal, the Annapurna circuit. Situated at an elevation of just 1070m, this place is the place where you will be possibly performing your acclimatization en route to the thriving western-Nepal Himalayas or as you may know it, the Annapurna range. This place has multiple hotels for your accommodation and lies beside a highway that extends from east-west in the hilly region of Nepal known as the mid-hill highway. The area thrives with visitors in the autumn or which also happens to be the festive season of Nepal so you can enjoy your holiday destination even more.
Elevation: 1070m
Distance from the capital(Kathmandu): 240km

Dhulikhel:

If Kathmandu is a theory then Dhulikhel is the ideal and refined form of it. It is a great destination considering a lot of aspects. Great hotels? Checked, Great scenery? checked, Easy reach? checked, Affordability? checked, Wonderful weather? Checked, Activities and places to visit. Checked, and so on… Dhulikhel is a city in a neighbouring district of Kathmandu Valley, known as Kavrepalanchowk. The district has a wonderful view of the Himalayan ranges such as the Langtang, Ganesh, Gaurishankar and more. Furthermore, there are many shrines and cultural heritage sites like Kalidevi, Gita Mandir, Bhagawati and Gokuleshwor

Elevation: 415m
Distance from the capital(Kathmandu)

 

Maya Devi Temple:

Maya Devi Temple is a Buddhist pilgrimage site in Lumbini, Nepal. It is the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, widely known as Buddha. The temple is named after Siddhartha Gautama’s mother, Queen Maya Devi, who gave birth to him while standing under a Sal tree. The temple houses the remains of the ancient Mayadevi Temple, and excavations have revealed several layers of structures dating back to the 3rd century BCE. The temple is an important site for Buddhists, and visitors come from all over the world to pay their respects and offer prayers. The area where the temple is situated is huge and incorporates lots of pilgrimage sites. There are multiple buildings made by pilgrims from different countries including Thailand, Myanmar, Singapore and more. It’s a beautiful place which will make your Lumbini visit worthwhile.

Elevation: 415m
Distance from the capital(Kathmandu)

Pokhara:

If you seek perfection, this city will provide you with one. From wonderful weather to beautiful outskirts and nearby locations to lakes to the lushest forests to easy reach to trekking spots, and almost everything that fits your perfection, this city provides you with it. Pokhara is a retreat like no other, regretted by none because of its undeniable beauty. Waking up to the view of majestic Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges and visiting several attractions all day followed by a beautiful evening stroll by the lakeside will surely be a wonderful day in your vacation.
The city lies in the western region of Nepal, ~200km from Kathmandu. The city is known for its beautiful Phewa Lake, World Peace Pagoda, Davis Falls, and International Mountain Museum. The city has a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, making it a great place to unwind and enjoy the natural surroundings.

Elevation: 415m
Distance from the capital(Kathmandu)

Ilam:

Here stretch the hilly ranges covered in tea leaves until the land meets the sky. A beauty of its own with beautiful people and a rich cultural heritage. You can find a wonderful blend of pure cultural touch while being very close to nature in the district of Ilam.
Located in the eastern region of Nepal, the district provides you with great opportunities to explore the Limbu, Rai, and Magar cultures, lush tea gardens of Nepal accompanied by views of stunning mountain ranges, regional festivities, and many more. The area’s rich heritage is known for its traditional dance, music, and festivals, such as Sakela, which is celebrated by the Rai community. Ilam is a perfect destination for those seeking to experience Nepal’s natural beauty with cultural touch.

Elevation: 415m
Distance from the capital(Kathmandu)

Janakpur:

Drown yourself in the fascinating colours of one of the holiest places of the Hindu religion. Known as the birthplace of Goddess Sita, this city is an important place of pilgrimage for Hindus. Moreover, it has great historical significance. The city has several temples dedicated to Sita, including the famous Janaki Temple, which is one of the largest temples in Nepal. The temple is made in a beautiful blend of Mughal and Hindu architecture adorned with intricate carvings and colourful paintings.

Janakpur is also known for its handicrafts, mainly its colourful Madhesi pottery and the unique Janakpuri sarees, which are popular among women in Nepal and India. The city is also home to several museums and cultural centres that showcase the rich history and heritage of the region. Apart from the Janaki Temple, The Ram Mandir, Dhanushadham, and Ganga Sagar are popular religious sites in the city.

Elevation: 415m
Distance from the capital(Kathmandu)

Mustang:

A place so magical you will fall for it no matter where you look. A beauty you can never get enough of, a wonderland of enchantments with surprises after every glance, Mustang, a district in the Northern belt of Nepal is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. It is a cold desert with mountains on its southern side which block the rain for most of the year.
The people of Mustang, their culture and traditions are heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. The region is also famous for its production of high-quality wool and cashmere, which is used to make traditional clothing and handicrafts. In addition to that, there are a lot of apple orchards with one of the most delicious ones in the whole world. Mustang has a lot to offer including the deepest gorges, stunning mountain views, cold deserts and the warmest people. It is heavenly. There are several attractions including Lo Manthang which is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, the capital of Mustang, and it is a walled city that was once the centre of the Kingdom of Lo, and Muktinath which is one of the most sacred places for Hindus. There are multiple opportunities with several types of activities like Trekking, cycling, cave hunting and much more than you can imagine. This place ranges your visit from.

AN EVALUATION OF RESPONSIBLE TOURISM

INTRODUCTION:

A successfully designed educational trip not only broadens the perimeter of the knowledge of the scholar and understanding of a subject but also adds realism to the topic of the study. The proposed educational tour is specifically designed for undergraduate Tourism students for an opportunity to explore, understand and evaluate the real scenario of tourism operation. The scholar will be enjoying in the same way as regular leisure tourists by consuming varieties of tourism products and services being offered whereas on top of that the scholars will be encouraged to observe and evaluate tourism practices on the basis of the notion of “Responsible Tourism”. 

The purpose seventeen-day pre-determined tailor package is based on an “All Nepal Theme” where we will be visiting each and everyone must-see attraction of the country Nepal. The trip is designed in such a way that scholars will have numerous chances to witness the operation and practices of many different types of tourism such as urban tourism, adventure tourism, rural tourism, wildlife tourism, religious tourism, ecotourism, and cultural and heritage tourism. The itinerary also includes the visit to an emerging tourist destinations, saturated destinations, home tourist/ international tourist-dominated destinations, and short breaks attractions as well as long break destinations. As a whole the motive of the trip is to make scholars understand the difference between the theoretical knowledge which has been fed through the medium of books in the closed classroom and their realistic achievement in the real world.         

RESPONSIBLE TOURISM:

The term responsible tourism in the context of this trip is the collective practices of tourism operation from tourism product and services suppliers which focus on delivering a consistent level of quality of products and services without compromising the ability of future generations to use them. We are aiming for scholars to focus on these specific practices of businesses and evaluate how they may affect the present and the future of the tourism opportunities of the destination:

  • Minimize negative economic, socio-cultural, and environmental impacts, 
  • Generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well-being of host communities.
  • Positive contribution to the conservation of local attractions, environment, culture, and heritage.
  • Provide more enjoyable experiences for tourists through meaningful connections with local people. 

DESTINATION:  NEPAL and WHY?

  • The country where tourism accounts for nearly 8% of the total GDP
  • The country of Mt Everest and the birthplace of lord Buddha and home to 10 UNESCO heritage sites
  • One of the last places on earth to spot Asiatic Rhinoceros and the royal Bengal tiger.
  • Among the very few destinations in the world that consist of a diverse mixture of touristic activities within one country. 
  • Lonely Planet listed Nepal as the top travel destination to visit for 2017 
  • A land of discovery and unique experiences with rich ancient cultures set against the most dramatic scenery in the world. 

Visiting Nepal in 2020 is also one of the rare learning opportunities for scholars as the government is promoting tourism with the slogan of “ visit Nepal 2020 “ nationally and internationally.  A considerable amount of money and workforce is being invested for marketing and promotional purposes which includes the advertisement on London buses as well. Scholars will have a good chance to evaluate how much marketing techniques and events can add value to promote the destination and tourism to another level or if not managed properly how abortive such effort could be.

 

AIM AND OBJECTIVES:

The sole aim of the trip is to offer scholar traveling opportunities with plenty of learning opportunities throughout the trip in order to educate our scholars in a practical and interesting manner. The trip also aims to illustrate insight into tourism operations and practices in the real world and offer an opportunity for scholars to evaluate them on the basis of the notion of responsible tourism. The evaluation can be performed by being self-observant and in numerous cases information and data will be provided by tourism businesses and local tourism authorities.

As a whole, the trip aims scholars who are future tourism professionals/entrepreneurs of the industry to understand the importance of responsible practices to achieve sustainable growth. They must have a clear understanding of how such practices can create negative economic, socio-cultural, and environmental issues and how they can affect the overall tourism opportunities of the region for the present and future generations. It is also an opportunity for scholars to identify factors preventing different tourism suppliers to achieve desired outcomes in the real operational world such as resource limitation, poor knowledge/ management, carelessness, cost saving, etc. 


OBJECTIVES

  • To observe, understand and evaluate responsible practices of tourism suppliers for the given destination in all aspects, mainly Environmental, Socio-cultural, and Environmental.
  • Understand and analyze the advantage of tourism for the given region such as economic opportunities, infrastructural and lifestyle development, environmental conservation, and cross-cultural and destination promotion.
  • Understand and identify the disadvantage of tourism in the given destination such as imbalance funding, seasonal fluctuation, tourism dependence, cultural clashes, and environmental degradation.
  • To identify the leakage and linkages phenomenon driven by the tourism practices in the local economy based on the information provided by businesses 
  • To make scholars understand the advantages and disadvantages brought by current practices in the context of sustainability of tourism in the given region and make a suggestion for a responsible model.

 

Learn Nepali to please Nepalese

Nepali is the official language, spoken and understood by a majority of the population. However, multiple ethnic groups have their own mother tongues. English is spoken by many in tourist areas, government, and business offices, and by the younger generation. Nepali is derived from “Khas bhasha” and is considered to be a member of the Indo-European language. It is written in Devanagari script. Nepali was the language of the house of Gorkhas in the late 18th century and became the official, national language. Here are some words and phrases in the Nepali language that can be useful on your journey.

 

Hello – Namaste (said with palms pressed together and it means; “I salute the God in you”)

English Nepali
Thank You Dhanyavād
Yes Ho
No Hoina
Food Khana
Rice and lentils Daal Bhat
Tasty Mitho
It’s tasty Mitho Chha
Tea Chiya
Fruit Phalphul
Meat Masu
Bread Roti
Milk Dudh
Water Pani
Pani Khane pani
Clean Safa
Dirty Phohor
Father Buwa
Mother Ama
Elder sister Didi
Younger sister Bahini
Elder brother Dai
Younger brother Bhai
Friend Sati
What is your name? Tapaiko nam ke ho?
Work Kam
Flower Phul
Medicine Ausaudhi
River Khola
Mountain Himal
Lake Tall
Cold Chiso
Hot Tato
Good Ramro
Beautiful Ramro
Long Lamo
Short Choto
Inside Bhitra
Outside Bahira
Where? Kaha?
Which? Kun?
Now Ahile
Morning Bihana
Night Rati
What time is it? Kati bajyo?
Slow Bistarai
Fast Chhito
Enough Pugiyo
Where is the toilet? Toilet kahan chha?
Where can I stay? Kahan Basne?
Please sit down Basnos
Where are you coming from? Kahan bata aayeko?
Which country are you from? Kun desh bata aayeko?
I am travelling alone Ma ekklai janchhu
Allright Hunchha
Expensive Mahango
Altogether, how much is it? Jamma kati bhayo?
I like Nepal Malai Nepal man parcha
I like you Malai timi man parcha
May I please take a photo of you? Tapaiko photo khichau
I am sick Ma birami chhu
Where is there a hospital? Hospital kaha chha?
Sunday Aaitabar
Monday Sombar
Tuesday Mangalbar
Wednesday Budhabar
Thursday Bihibar
Friday Sukrabar
Saturday Sanibar

Hiking Paradise.

Nepal is a country that offers you multitudes of possibilities in many different areas of travel. One such is Hiking. Walking for hours and hours to reach a particular destination is just…hmmm…how do I explain it…it’s more than just worth it.

Nepal is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. With its diverse landscapes and breathtaking views, it’s no wonder that hiking is one of the most popular activities for travellers in Nepal. It is also one of the most rewarding activities you can do in Nepal whether you are someone from another country or Nepal. Just find yourself in some beautiful scenery enjoying the natural pleasure of hiking through the mountains which you have well-deserved with hours and hours of rigorous walking. The feeling while you navigate through the misty woods of lush green forests of the hills of Nepal, is just incomprehensible on any scale of things.

Hiking is one of the best ways to escape the hustle and bustle of the city streets. To be able to take a break from the busyness and immerse yourself in the natural pleasure is one of the best activities to do at the weekends too.

There are many options for where you can go hiking in Nepal be it for short distances or long ones. Popular short hiking routes are especially located in Kathmandu and the long ones are mainly towards the west. Most of the hiking routes are located in the hilly region of Nepal thus, in the central belt that extends from the western border to the eastern one.

We, as a travel agency aim for you to get an unforgettable experience and a lifelong memory that you can cherish forever and share with your loved ones. 

The flora in the hilly region of Nepal is covered with subtropical forests in the lower altitudes and coniferous trees intermixed with temperate grasslands in the relatively higher altitudes. The valleys are very fertile however, they are low in production quantity due to high population density. The hilly region of Nepal covers about 68% of the total area and the Himalayan region which is in the northern part extending from the western border to the eastern one covers about 15% of the area. All of the hiking routes which we will be presenting to you are from these regions. The Himalayan region has coniferous vegetation and is a very infertile area. The fauna found in the hilly and Himalayan region is comprised of animals like tigers, bears, snow leopards, red pandas, Himalayan tahr, musk deer, wild boars etc. Lophophorous(Danphe), also the national bird of Nepal, is found in the hilly region. 

Most common hiking spots in Nepal: 

Shivapuri: Located in the northern hills of Kathmandu lies a beautiful national park with a great variety of animals and birds and a fantastic location with the best views of Kathmandu. The place also has good accommodation facilities. Shivapuri is incredibly loved by people from Nepal or outside Nepal. The waterfalls and the lush forest amidst the soulful bird chirpings would just set your mood up for a long walk. The place might require fees for access to some places so better not to go without anything. The routes are also around army conservation areas so you might spot some army personnel.
Highest elevation: 2732 metres (~8963.25)
Accommodation: A variety of hotels and restaurants 

Champadevi: Not so far in the southeast direction from Kathmandu city lies a hiking trail with a perfect blend of a peaceful retreat as well as a nature lover’s walk. The trails are well managed and have the perfect atmosphere that can make you enchanted within itself. The maximum elevation is 2278 metres(~7473.7 feet) thus you elevate about 880 metres(2887.1) more than Kathmandu’s average elevation. You will encounter some caves, colourful trees, a beautiful view of Kathmandu Valley and many more. Even though the place has lush green trees, it has no water resources since it is believed that the god of heaven, Indra who is also associated with water in Hindu mythology cursed the place with no water resources because he lost his dog due to the sound of streams and other water bodies.
Highest elevation: 2278 metres (~7473.7 feet)
Accommodation: Not readily available 

Phulchowki: The highest of the hills of Kathmandu Valley that has mysterious jungle routes and a place “full of flowers” which is even projected in its name, Phulchowki (meaning: full of flowers) consists of a hiking trail loved by many. It has been described as feeling like it’s out of a fantasy tale—full of flowers and dense forests, it’s difficult to find a path that goes all the way to the top. If you’re looking for an escape from the city, this is the place to go! The route up the hill is long and tiring, but it’s well worth it when you see what lies at its peak: a panoramic view of Kathmandu and the beautiful mountains. Your day will be extremely worth it and you will be missing out if you don’t visit this place.
Highest elevation: 2,762 metres(~9061.68 feet)
Accommodation: Available nearby

Suryachaur: Located in the historically rich district of Nuwakot with an elevation of 2100 metres(~6990 feet) lies a motorable location with an enjoyable hike route leading us to a place that has the best views of the Langtang mountain range and even Mount Everest!!! The route is extremely enjoyable with waterfalls and nature’s perfect touch. The top of the hill is also a route to another enjoyable destination known as Kakani. You get to surround yourself with an oasis of dense forests, and unexplored locations nearby. You also get to see a flawless and highly lovable view of the Trishuli River and Likhu Valley. This place is ideal for mountain biking, motorcycle ride, weekend retreat, family visit, nature retreats, night sky stargazing, camping, and almost anything you can think of. You can also pay a visit to the famous Jhor waterfall en route to Suryachaur. This hill station is one of the best places to visit in Kathmandu and you shouldn’t miss it.
Highest elevation: 1970 metres (~6460 feet)
Accommodation: Not readily available 

Chandragiri: With technological advancements, convenience increases however, you can’t take away the enjoyment of difficulty and the thrill of certain things. For example, auto gears might be convenient but you can’t disagree that manual gear shifts are fun to ride. Likewise, Chandragiri as of now is accessible by cable car but the hiking routes are still just as enjoyable as it was before. King Prithvi Narayan Shah (the first and the unifying king of Nepal)  scouted Kathmandu Valley from Chandragiri Hill before attacking Kathmandu Valley. With one of the highest altitudes among the hills in Kathmandu Valley, it’s no surprise that the scenery is going to be perfect. On a clear day, you can see mountain ranges like the Langtang range, Gaurishankar, Ganesh, Manaslu and many more. The walk is long and might even cover your leg day on your vacation but it is very worth it and you should try it.
Highest elevation: 2551 metres (8369.4 feet)
Accommodation: Available 

Nagarjun: A relatively underrated hiking route, this place offers you multiple unexplored places. From many sanctuaries in a single place to an almost empty view tower, this place is unknown to many people as a hiking route however, is probably one of the best you can get. This place is a collection of hills located 7 km west of the city of Kathmandu. The highest point contains a monastery named Jamacho Gumba which is a beautiful location overlooking Kathmandu Valley. The Jamacho Gumba hike starts from Shivapuri national park’s gates and goes all the way to the Nagarjuna hilltop. The forest is extremely dense and you might encounter some exotic birds and animals. Another nearby location in the Nagarjun area is accessible through a different location. One such is the white gumba which starts from Shwayambhu and is in a completely different location from the starting point of the Jamacho Gumba hike. There are many small locations around the Nagarjun Hills area which are also perfect for simple morning and evening walks.
Highest elevation: 2095 metres (~6870 feet)
Accommodation: Not available 

Ghyampe Danda and Pilot Baba ashram: Located on the southwestern side of the Bhaktapur district lies a motorable location among the green trees which is also a great location to be on foot. It is perfect for light-hike since the elevation is less however the view from there, especially of the mountains is indeed immaculate. Moreover, the grasslands and small water bodies are just perfect for a peaceful visit. Beautiful farms of Bhaktapur, the deep calm of the rushing chaotic city, and greenery all around will be under your site from this place. This place is ideal for those who are searching for a short chilled-out weekend. Even with a relatively less elevation, you will be able to surround yourself with an unexplainable view of Kathmandu Valley. 
Highest elevation: 2000 metres (~6560 feet)
Accommodation: Available

NEPAL AFTER COVID – A SPIRITUAL HEALING

Nepal is a beautiful country located in South Asia with diverse landscapes, rich culture and friendly people. From the world’s highest mountain peak Mt. Everest to the deepest gorge Kali Gandaki Gorge, Nepal has it all! It offers plenty of opportunities for travelers to explore its majestic mountains, lush jungles, and vibrant cities. From trekking in the Himalayas to exploring ancient temples and monuments, Nepal has something for everyone.

Whether you are looking for adventure or relaxation, Nepal has something for everyone. You can go on a jungle safari in Chitwan National Park or take a spiritual journey to Lumbinithe birthplace of Lord Buddha. There are also many cultural sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square that will give you an insight into Nepalese history and culture. It is the kingdom for the people who are passionate about mountaineering. 

According to recent data, the past three months have seen a drastic rise in foreign tourists entering the country. On average, around 49,000 foreign tourists per month entered Nepal in the 11 months of 2022. According to Maniraj Lamichhane, Director of Nepal Tourism Board, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) estimated that 2023 would see a revival in tourist arrivals somewhere between 60 to 63 percent of the world compared to 2019. Many famous travel websites have made an argument that Nepal is one of the best destinations to gain self-healing. When the world was fighting against COVID, the prince of Bahrain, Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, came to climb Mount Everest in March 2021. 

It’s only after COVID, Nepal welcomed many well-known Personalities from across the globe. From the man behind the famous Discovery TV show “Man Vs Wild”, Bear Grylls to the famous film actor Jet Li has visited Nepal. Bear Grylls skydive from the Everest Region, which creates an international buzz in Adventure Tourism Market. One of the top directors of Bollywood, Sooraj Barjatya came along with his team for the film Unchai, which includes Boman Irani, Anupam Kher, and Parineeti Chopra. These actors were actively involved in social media to promote the beauty of Nepal. Finalists of BBC Master Chef also came to Nepal and promoted Nepali food. In the recent few months, more than 20 famous Youtubers also came to Nepal, they posted and promote the beauty of different places across Nepal. 

WHY TO TRAVEL NEPAL?

Nepal is home to some of the most stunning natural landscapes in the world, including the Himalayas, which contain 8 of the world’s 10 highest peaks. A paradise for adventure seekers, with a wide range of outdoor activities available including trekking, climbing, rafting, and paragliding, it is a land with ancient culture and history, with a rich and diverse heritage that is reflected in its art, architecture, and religious traditions. Nepal is home to many unique architectural styles, including traditional Newari architecture in the Kathmandu Valley and Tibetan-influenced architecture in the Himalayan regions. 

Nepal, the name itself is known for “Never Ending Peace and Love” and it is believed that Nepal is one of the best destinations to find inner peace. Nepal is home to many important religious sites for Hindus and Buddhists, making it a popular destination for spiritual pilgrimages. It is a great destination for travelers interested in wellness, with a range of options available including yoga retreats, meditation centers, and natural hot springs. 

Nepalese people are known for their warm and welcoming nature, and travelers to Nepal are often struck by the friendliness and hospitality of the local people. Staying with a local Nepali family in a homestay is a great way to immerse yourself in the culture and learn more about daily life in Nepal. Nepali cuisine is a unique blend of Indian and Tibetan flavors and is known for its delicious and hearty dishes such as Dal Bhat and MOMO. It is a relatively affordable destination, especially compared to other countries in the region, making it a great value for travelers on a budget. 

Nepal is a great destination for travelers who are interested in volunteering and giving back to the local community. There are many organizations that offer opportunities to work on projects ranging from education and healthcare to environmental conservation. Nepal is still relatively undiscovered by tourists compared to other countries in the region, making it a great destination for travelers looking to get off the beaten path and experience something truly unique. 

 

The world was shut down for almost 2 years due to the pandemic. Everyone was forced to get locked inside the four walls, being bored and depressed. Nepal has a lot to offer for everyone, one should definitely visit Nepal for “Once in a Lifetime Experience”