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Cultural Tours

Nepal is a rich country for cultural heritage. The culture of Nepal is a unique combination of tradition and novelty. The traditions are followed as they were and new customs are created to keep pace with the changing times. Culture in Nepal is an assemblage of music, architecture, religion and literature. The two predominant religions, Hinduism and Buddhism, are ever present with the variety of gods and goddess, numerous temples, stupas and monasteries, and depict the deep faith of the people.

Nepal is cloaked in myths and legends, and as well as being home to the highest mountains on earth and spectacular scenery, the country has an extremely rich cultural heritage. Historical Kathmandu Durbar Square, 3rd centuries Swayambhunath Stupa, biggest Hindu temple - Pasupatinath where the maximum cremation is conducted. The largest stupa in the world - Boudhanath, temple of reclining god - Budhanilkantha, city of fine carvings, temples and shrines in - Patan Durbar Square, city of devotees and Palaces Bhaktapur Durbar Square, 5th centuries Changunarayan Temple, Nagarkot (charming sunrise and sunset spot as well as the great Himalayan scenery), Lumbini - birthplace of Lord Buddha, travelling around Pokhara; city of full of natural beauty as well as dozens of temples and monastery and Manakamana (wish fulfilling goddess) etc. has made Nepal a mysterious and an interesting and best place for a cultural tour.

Mountaineering

The 800km stretch of the Nepalese Himalayas is the greatest in the world with eight peaks that rise above 8,000m including the highest in the world, Mt. Everest. Ever since the country opened its peaks to climbers in 1949, the Nepal Himalaya has become a great theatre of mountaineering activity and the drama of success and failure have provided impetus to thousands of men and women to meet the ultimate challenge. The Nepalese Himalayas has been an attraction to many people, be they saints, philosophers, researchers or adventurers.

Trekking

The best way to experience Nepal's unbeatable combination of natural beauty and cultural riches is to observe them, along the beaten trails or the virgin tracks. Along with forests of rhododendron, isolated hamlets, and small mountain villages, birds, animals, temples, monasteries and breathtaking landscapes, you will also encounter friendly people of different cultures - offering a fascinating glimpse of traditional rural life. Trekking is possible any time of the year depending on where you are going. The popular seasons are spring and autumn. During the monsoon season, you can trek in the rain shadow areas north of the Himalaya like Mustang, Upper Manang and Dolpo. These places are out of reach of the rain clouds because of the high mountains and are unaffected by the monsoon. The best part about trekking in this season is that the routes are less crowded and if you happen to be a keen botanist, you will revel in lush vegetation as the meadows will be in blossom in full swing. To ensure quality service and safety, it is advisable to make the trekking programs through a government recognized trekking agency.

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is another way to see the villages in the rural parts of Nepal. You can ride through rice fields, bike to the terai towns or test you mountain biking skills by traveling to Mount Meera with your bike. The mountain biking possibilities are endless in Nepal. There are many mountains and mud tracks that have created a paradise for the action biker.

Rock Climbing

For all those cliff hangers, Kathmandu offers a roster of stone walls that will make for an experience of a lifetime. Now of late, Rock climbing has become a popular sport in Kathmandu which offers some really terrific places for rock climbing. Nagarjun, Balaju, Shivapuri and Budhanilkantha are some of the places where you can try this sport.

Bungy Jumping

The sport has finally found a natural home in the highest mountain range in the world. The ultimate thrill of bungee jump can now be experienced in Nepal at perhaps the best site in the world. Nepal's only bungee jumping site is situated 160 meter above the wild Bhote Koshi River, and located close to Nepal - Tibet border, a three-hour bus ride from Kathmandu. A jump can be arranged on arrival in Kathmandu. The jump, at 160 m, was designed by one of New Zealand's leading bungee consultants, and is operated by some of the most experienced jumpmasters in the business.

Bird Watching

Nepal is as paradise for bird lovers with over 848 species (almost 8% of the world total) of birds. And among them almost 500 hundred species are found in the Kathmandu Valley alone. The most popular bird watching spots in Kathmandu are Phulchoki, Godavari, Nagarjun, Bagmati River, Taudaha and many more.

Ultra Light Aircrafts

Ultra light aircraft was introduced in Nepal in 1966, and the operator has been offering sight-seeing tour in the Pokhara valley. The choice for Pokhara for ultra light aircraft is appropriate chiefly because of the proximity of mountains and scenic lakes. For those who wish they could fly like birds, this flight is a must. Leave your woes behind on earth, soar to height, bathe in clouds, reach out the mountains and kiss the azure sky. It might be lonely at the top, but the spectacular view from high up there certainly makes up for everything.

Paragliding

Paragliding in this Himalayan country can be a truly wonderful and fulfilling experience for the adventure seekers. You can experience unparallel scenic grandeur as you share air space with Himalayan Griffin vulture, eagles, kites, while floating over villages, monasteries temple, lakes and jungles, with a fantastic view of the majestic Himalaya.

Rafting/Kayaking/Canyoning

Rafting is one of the best ways to explore the typical cross section of natural as well as ethno-cultural heritage of the country. There are numerous rivers in Nepal which offer excellent rafting or canoeing experience. You can glide on calm jade waters with magnificent scenery all about or rush through roaring white rapids, guided by expert river-men employed by government authorized agencies. One can opt for a day off river running or more. The Trishuli River (Grade 3+) is one of the most popular of Nepal’s raftable rivers. The Kali Gandaki (5 - 5+) winds through remote canyons and deep gorges for five days of intense rapids. The Bhote Koshi (4 - 5) IS 26km of continuous white water and the raging Marshyangdi is four days of uninterrupted white water. The Karnali River (4 - 5) provides some of the most challenging rapids in the world. The Sun Kosi (4 - 5), 270km, requiring 8 - 10 days to complete, is a big and challenging river. Adventures are provided with world-class services by rafting agents. Agencies here provide life jackets, camping gear and the standard rafting paraphernalia needed by world-class rafters. An extremely popular sport in Europe, canyoning is now available in Nepal. Canyoning gives you the freedom to explore some of the most ruggedly beautiful, yet forbidden places in the world.

Meditation, Yoga and Ayurveda

Nepal provides the solitude and environment for meditation which is unparalleled in this part of the world. Nepal has much to offer to those interested in meditation, yoga and Ayurveda. There are guided and residential courses for meditation and yoga and the effects are far-reaching and cumulative.

Mountain Flight

The mountain 'fly-bys' are simply breathtaking. Mountain fly-bys have become a popular tourist attraction in Nepal.

Mountain flight appeals to all categories of travelers. For those who are restricted by time or other consideration from going trekking, these flights offer a panoramic view of the Himalaya in just one hour. Even those visitors who like rigors of trek still don't miss the opportunity to "conquer" the mountain in one fell swoop.

Wildlife Safari

While the Himalaya make up Nepal's northern region, the southern low land known as terai is covered with dense tropical jungles teeming with diverse wildlife and exotic birds. Here you will find some of the most exciting safari destination in the world. You will be going into the deep jungle on elephant back or four-wheel drive vehicle to view wild animals in their natural habitat. Other thrills are canoe rides on the Jungle Rivers, nature walks, bird watching excursions, and village tours.

Among the 14 national parks and wild life reserves in the kingdom, The Chitwan National Park (932 Sq km) is the most popular safari destination. More than 43 species of animals are found in Chitwan. The endangered one horned rhino, royal Bengal tiger, gharial crocodile, four horned antelope, stripped hyena and the Gangetic dolphin are the main attractions here. The best part is that it is close to Kathmandu and easily accessible (only 165 km overland), and Bharatpur airport adjoining the park is mere 25 minutes flight away. Many adventurers also choose to go down by raft. However jungle safari is an experience that is remembered for a long time.

MICE

MICE tourism is the new buzzword in international tourism market and relates to various forms of tourism business concerned with groups of business individuals rather than individual business travelers. MICE stand for: meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions.

Nepal is the best destination for MICE activities in Asia. Nepal offers everything one could possibly look for to hold a successful world-class event- great location, excellent infrastructure, comprehensive high-tech facilities, trained manpower. Logistically speaking, Nepal has best chain hotels like Soaltee Hotel, Radisson, Hyatt which are well equipped with conference and meeting halls. Specially designed with world-class convention facilities, the hall comes with state-of-art audiovisual presentation equipment, simultaneous interpretation capabilities, motorized screens and theatrical lighting. International airlines like Thai Airways, Qatar Airway, Gulf Air, Jet Air, Jetlite, Silk Air, Ethiad Air, Air Arabia, Pakistan International Airlines, Druk Air, Biman Bangladesh, GMG Bangladesh, Indian Airlines, Korean Airlines, Air China, China Southern Airlines make regular flight to Kathmandu connecting it with major cities of the world. Throughout the year, the climate remains moderate in Kathmandu unlike many capital cities of South Asia. After hectic business schedule, the nightlife in Kathmandu is what people always want to enjoy- upbeat music, exciting dance, choicest booze, tasty food, dazzling casino. For pre and post conference tour, Nepal is a perfect destination because everything that one must see and feel in Nepal is close to its capital Kathmandu. Whether it is a jungle safari that Hollywood actress Goldie Hawn or Supermodel Kate Moss enjoyed or the hiking Prince Charles or Pop star Mick Jagger or Former US President Jimmy Carter did, everyplace is an hour flight from Kathmandu. The Kathmandu Valley is the UNESCO World Heritage Site having seven monuments within a radius of 20kms. A meeting or convention at the World Heritage Site holds a great importance because Nepal is one of the few countries where two national parks are enlisted as World Heritage Site.

Apart from organizing various programs pertaining to MICE activities, it also provides comprehensive information on facilities and services; suggests ideas for various programs such as activities for spouses and pre/post event options; co-ordinates with the organizer and other government agencies to ensure the successful planning and staging of meetings and events; set up and facilitating arrangements with industry members; provides promotional materials and information for the Corporate Meeting; provides advice on venues and local market conditions; supplies visitor guides, brochures, maps, posters and videos.
  • Electricity

    Normally, domestic consumption of electricity in Nepal comes to 220 Volts/50 cycles. Climatic conditions in Nepal may bring in fluctuation in electric supply leading to load shedding. However most Nepal hotels have UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) or a backup generator to deal with this electric crisis. It is advisable to carry voltage converters and plug adapters with you while travelling in Nepal for using electric goods. Voltage converters and plug adapters are easily accessible at shopping malls in the cities of Nepal.
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  • Drinking Water

    Drinking water from taps can be risky. Hotels and lodges usually furnish safe water in a thermos flask in guest rooms. Bottled mineral water is available in every hotel and shops. If you are travelling in rural areas, carry iodine tablets with you. Drinking water containing iodine tablet will give you absolute protection from viruses, bacteria and parasites. At a reasonable price, you can also purchase iodine crystals from the local shops.
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  • Currency

    Nepali currency is termed as Rupee. Rupees come in the form of bank paper note with Rs.1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 inscribed on the notes. Nepali coins also come in 25 paisa, 50 paisa, 1 rupee, 5 rupee and 10 rupee coins. You can have your money exchanged at banks and hotels. Prior to any transaction, it is advisable to inquire about the commission and charges that will be deducted for the money exchange at Nepal currency exchange rate. Banks are usually open from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm Sundays through Thursdays and from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm on Fridays. Saturdays are holidays. Credit Cards: all major cards are accepted for tourist services. There is usually a 5% mark-up on top of the price.
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  • Communication

    Communication system has improved impressively after the advent of modern technology in Nepal. Since the past few decades, Nepal Government has been providing reliable postal services. Many private courier service companies have opened up to provide high quality services. Cell phones in today's time have made communication very easy in Nepal. While trekking in the remote parts of the Himalayas, you can have access to telephone facility but sometimes bad weather may disturb telephone connections. In most of the cities you can easily get internet access but in the trekking trails this service is available only in limited places.
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  • Language

    Nepali is an official language of Nepal, with over 30 other languages spoken as mother tongues in different parts of the country, and as well there are many regional dialects. English is spoken. Many in the travel and tourism industry speak German, Spanish, Japanese, French and Italian.
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  • Clothing

    From April to the end of October, it is warm in Kathmandu. In Nepal clothing for travelling purpose should be comfortable and light. You can also wear longer shorts provided that it is weather- friendly. In the months of November to the end of March, days are usually warm and evenings are cool. Put on your summer clothes during the day time but in the evening and night it is advisable to carry a light jacket. Winter season starts from December to February. One must be equipped with sufficient winter wears to stay protected from the cold.
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  • Weather

    Climate factors are very important in deciding on a visit to Nepal and because of its varying topography Nepal encounter climatic extremes depending upon the altitude of the place. However, in general Nepal has four climatic seasons:

    Autumn (September-November)), the start of the dry season, is in many ways the best time of the year in Nepal. As the monsoon ends the country-side is green and lush and Nepal is at its most beautiful. Rice is harvested and there are some more important and colorful festivals to enjoy. At this time of the year the air is sparkling clean, visibility is unexcelled and the Himalayan views are as near perfect as you can ask. Furthermore the weather is still balmy, neither too hot nor too cold. For obvious reasons, this is also the peak tourist season.
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  • Actvities

    Cultural Tours

    Nepal is a rich country for cultural heritage. The culture of Nepal is a unique combination of tradition and novelty. The traditions are followed as they were and new customs are created to keep pace with the changing times. Culture in Nepal is an assemblage of music, architecture, religion and literature. The two predominant religions, Hinduism and Buddhism, are ever present with the variety of gods and goddess, numerous temples, stupas and monasteries, and depict the deep faith of the people.

    Nepal is cloaked in myths and legends, and as well as being home to the highest mountains on earth and spectacular scenery, the country has an extremely rich cultural heritage. Historical Kathmandu Durbar Square, 3rd centuries Swoyambhunath Stupa, biggest Hindu temple - Pasupatinath where the maximum cremation is conducted. The largest stupa in the world - Boudhanath, temple of reclining god - Budhanilkantha, city of fine carvings, temples and shrines in - Patan Durbar Square, city of devotees and Palaces Bhaktapur Durbar Square, 5th centuries Changunarayan Temple, Nagarkot (charming sunrise and sunset spot as well as the great Himalayan scenery), Lumbini - birthplace of Lord Buddha, travelling around Pokhara; city of full of natural beauty as well as dozens of temples and monastery and Manakamana (wish fulfilling goddess) etc. has made Nepal a mysterious and an interesting and best place for a cultural tour.

    Mountaineering
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  • Festivals

    Seto Machindranath Snan, January. Seto (white) Machendranath enjoys a week long festivals in which he is bathed, oiled perfumed and painted. The goddess Kumari visits him at his elaborate temple near Asan tole. If he is pleased by the music, offering and attention of his devotee, the people of the valley can look forward to satisfactory rainfall in the planting season.

    Swasthani, January – February, The three eyes of Goddess Swasthani watches over us. By worshipping Swasthani, Parbati attained
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  • Entry to Nepal

    By Air:

    To fly directly to Nepal, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. The TIA has direct air links with Hong Kong, Lhasa, Dhaka, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Banglore, Shanghai, Dubai, Bangkok, Karachi, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Varanasi & Paro etc. Apart from Nepal Airlines, various other airlines such as Thai Airways, Qatar Airways, Ethiad Airline, Oman Air, Fly Dubai, Air Asia, Pakistan International Airlines, Indian Airlines, Druk Air, Air China, Biman Bangladesh carry most of the travelers to Kathmandu.

    By Land:

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  • Visa & Immigration

    All visitors except Indian nationals must hold a passport and valid visa. Visa can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad. Visa is also issued at the entry points. It can be extended at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu. Children under 10 years need not pay any visa fee. People willing to get entry Visa at the airport or any of the land entry points are required to fill a visa form with passport size photograph.

    Beside Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Tourist entry visa can also be obtained from the following entry points of Nepal:

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  • Flora & Fauna

    Nepal is a land of geographical extremes, ranging from near sea-level elevations in the southern Terai to the world's highest mountain. The country contains variety of ecosystem; treeless sub-alpine pastures and dense forests of the high valley, oak and rhododendron woods of the middle hills, and tall sal forest of the south. Along the southern border of Nepal are preserved much of the low land jungles and grassland that once covered this part of the sub continent. Here one can see the birds and mammals found nowhere else. Although animals habitat has been somewhat depleted as a result of agriculture, deforestation and other causes, through Nepal's extensive and effective park and reserve system, the country still has more varied flora and fauna than any other area in Asia.
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  • Art & Culture

    The culture of Nepal is rich and unique. The cultural heritage of Nepal has evolved over the centuries. This multi-dimensional heritage encompasses the diversities of Nepal's ethnic, tribal, and social groups, and it manifests in music and dance; art and craft; folklore and folktales; languages and literature; philosophy and religion; festivals and celebration; foods and drinks.

    Bronze and Metal

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  • Geography

    Nepal has a long roughly rectangular shape with an extension of around 885 km east - west and 145 - 241 km north - south. Altitude ranges from near sea level to 8848 m above it. The contrasting topography of Nepal can be divided into three different geographic regions based on the altitude.
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  • Religion

    Since Nepal was declared federal democratic republic nation, the people of Nepal living in various society got right to establish their own religion belief so thereafter Nepal is known as multi religious to the entire world. Due to its huge diversified land division people living in the various regions in different ethnic groups they follow their own way of religious practice, lifestyle, language, culture and tradition with ever peace of harmony in society. About 80% of the total populations follow Hindu religion, about 10% are Buddhist, 4% are Muslims and rest of other religions.
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  • People

    Nepal has a population of about thirty million, made up of an assortment of races and tribes living in different regions, wearing different costumes and speaking different languages and dialects. They live under diverse environmental condition, from the low plains at the borders of India, northward through the middle hills and valleys up to the flanks of great Himalayan range where there are settlements at altitudes of up to 4,800 meters.
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  • History

    With the passing of every new century, Nepal witnessed many rulers and dynasties play contributing roles in molding Nepal to present day's Modern Nepal. Kiratis ruled Nepal from 9th century B.C. to 1st century A.D. Later Lichchavis took over Kiratis from 3rd to 13th century and then were followed by Thakuris belonging to Malla dynasty. Then Shah Dynasty held the reign. King Prithvi Narayan Shah is solely responsible for today's modern day Nepal for he is the one who united different kingdoms into one single nation in 1769. In 1846, the Kot massacre led by Jung Bahadur Rana back seated the power of monarchy and made the Rana regime more powerful.
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