Nepal - Nepal is one of the finest Himalayan countries for tourism, religious or adventure destination. Tourism is the main source of livelihood in Nepal. It is the largest source of foreign exchange and revenue. Having eight of the ten highest mountains in the world, it is the hotspot for mountaineers, adventure seekers and rock climbers. It contains the highest elevations in the world including 8,848 metres i.e. 29,029 feet height Mount Everest (Sagarmāthā in Nepali) on the border with China. Seven other of the world's "eight-thousanders" are in Nepal or on its border with China: Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Kangchenjunga, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu. Kathmandu, Lukla, Mustang, Gorkha, Jomsom, Nagarkot, Muktinath, Pokhara, Lumbini, Sarangkot, Chitwan are some of the major tourist destination of the country. Dramatic rise in elevation in Nepal result in a variety of biomes from tropical savannas along the Indian border to subtropical and coniferous forests in the Hill Region. Nepal remains isolated from the world's major land, air and sea transport routes except India and China but within the country aviation is in a decent state with 47 airports, 11 of them with paved runways. The world heritage site Lumbini, birthplace of Gautama Buddha, is located in the south of the West region of Nepal. Muktinath in North and Pashupatinath at Kathmandu are few of the most sought after destinations. In the town of Kathmandu itself Pashupatinath, Boudanath, Darbar Square, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Syambhunath, Nagrakot are places worth visiting any time of the year. Since Kathmandu's sister cities of Lalitpur or Patan and Bhaktapur are integral to Kathmandu tourism industry, UNESCO's World Heritage Site lists all three cities' monuments and attractions together under the one heading as Kathmandu Valley - UNESCO World Heritage Site. One very close destination is Dhulikhel situated at an altitude of 1600 meters and 32 Kilometres from Kathmandu is known for the view of the Himalayan range along with the view of Mount Everest. Everest Base Camp kala patter trekking is one the famous trekking route in Khumbu Himalaya region. Kala patter mean black rock which is located at 5545 meters high, very closed and the front side of the Mount Everest. This mountain nation has an irresistible allure for travellers to either trek or for leisure holidays - Visit to Himalaya with Destination Green for your satisfaction. Today trekkers are drawn to some of the world’s best trails to Everest, the Annapurna and beyond. In terms of bio - diversity its unique geographical position and altitude variation makes it a hotspot. The elevation of the country ranges from 60 meters in the south to the highest point on earth i.e. Mount Everest at 8848 meters in the north. The stretch is within a distance of 150 kilometres resulting into climatic conditions from sub - tropical to arctic. Nepal’s national parks, where nature offers exotic bird species, rhinos, tigers, elephants, etc are also tourist destinations. Whether you cross the country by motorbike or tourist bus, Nepal offers array of attractions and landscapes. Major tourist activities in Nepal includes Mountain biking, bungee jumping, rock climbing and mountain climbing, trekking, hiking, bird watching, flights, paragliding and hot air ballooning over the mountains of Himalaya. In Nepal one can also explore the waterways by raft, kayak or canoe and jungle safaris in the Terai (foothills) region. There are two main way to get into Nepal from Darjeeling and Siliguri. Border crossing is easy and hassle free. One can get all formalities done within an hour’s time. Indians need only ID cards. Our travel desk at can arrange travel to Bhutan and Nepal also i.e. Nepal and Bhutan have direct flight and it flies along the Himalayan range. Voter ID card / Driving License / Similar Cards is required for Indians to visit Bhutan or Nepal. For other nationalities proper documents along with passport and visa is required. Nepal is a dream destinations and hotspot of mountaineering and trekking, containing some of the highest and most challenging mountains in the world, including Mount Everest.Nepal has been divided into elevation zones, south to north. They are Outer Terai - Level plains, a cultural and linguistic extension of northern India. Dhangadhi, Nepalgunj, Bhairawa, Butwal, Birgunj, Janakpur and Biratnagar - are transportation hubs and border towns more than travel destinations. Siwalik Range or Churia Hills - the outermost and lowest range of foothills, about 600 meters i.e. 2,000 feet high. Extends across the country east to west but with significant gaps and many subranges. Forests are wild and the sparse population of primitive hunters and gatherers is unique. Inner Terai - large valleys between the Siwaliks and higher foothills to the north. The Dang and Deukhuri valleys in the Mid West are the largest, offering opportunities to experience Tharu art and culture. Forests broken by indefinite fields, lazy rivers, fascinating aboriginal peoples. Mahabharat Range - a prominent foothill range continuous across the country from east to west except for narrow transecting canyons, with elevations ascending up to 3,000 meters i.e. 10,000 feet. Steep southern slopes are a no-man's land between lowland and hills Middle Hills - Valleys north of the Mahabharat Range and hills up to about 2,000 meters i.e. 6,500 feet. are mainly inhabited by Hindus. Trekking through the hills is unremittingly scenic with streams and terraced fields, picturesque villages, a variety of ethnic groups with distinctive costumes, and views of the high Himalayas from high points. Valleys - Kathmandu and to the west Pokhara occupy large valleys in the hills. The Kathmandu Valley is one such major destination. Valleys offer excellent opportunities to experience Nepal without strenuous trekking. Narrower valleys along streams and rivers are important rice-growing centres in the hills. Lekhs - Snow occasionally falls and lasts days or weeks in the winter above 3,000meters i.e. 10,000 feet, but melts away in summer below about 5,500meters i.e. 18,000 feet. Treeline is about 4,000 meters i.e. 13,000 feet. This zone is used for summer pasturage but not year-round habitation. Trans-Himalaya - Peaks in this region north of the highest Himalayas in central and western Nepal are lower and gentler, mostly around 6,000 meters i.e.20,000 feet. Valleys below 5,000 meters i.e. 17,000 feet are inhabited by people who are essentially Tibetan. River basins - They are also important geographic divisions. The Mahabharat Range is a major hydrologic barrier in Nepal and other parts of the Himalaya. South-flowing rivers converge in candelabra shapes to break through this range in a few narrow gorges.UNESCO identified World Heritage Sites as places that belong to all the peoples of the world, Nepal has four such properties inscribed on the World Heritage lists. Listed are two Cultural and two Natural Sites. They are Kathmandu Valley (Cultural)which includes Pashupati nath temple, BoudhaNath, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Changu Narayan., Lumbini (Cultural), Chitwan Natioanl Park (Natural), Sagarmatha National Park (Everest / Natural)
In Nepal some of the places of interests includes Dolpa, Kapan Monastery, Bardiy, Namche Bazaar, Tehrathum - Sankhuwasabha, Tengboche, Syambhunath, Annapurna, Taplejung, Boudhanath, Janakpur, Boudha, Nuwakot, Langtang, Upper Mustang, Khaptad, Ila, Jomsom, Muktinath, Khunde&Khumjung, Budhanilkantha, Sagarmatha National Park, Kirtipur, Bandipur, Guhyeshwari Temple, DoleshwarMahadev& Mount Everest Base Camp, etc. Trekking, Sky Diving, Bungee Jumping, Mountaineering, Rafting & Kayaking, Canoeing, Mountain Biking, Paragliding, Bird Watching, Mountain Flights, Butterfly Watching are some of the attractions in this region. Spirituality & Pilgrimage includes PashupatinathBagmatiArati, Full Moon Concerts at Kirateshwar, Yoga, Meditation, Ayurveda, Faith Healing, Astrology, and Pashupatinath Tour. Shopping of Traditional Crafts, Village Tours, Cultural Tours and food & Culinary are some of the pastimes of tourists.
Nepal has over 180 species of mammals found in various parts of the country. There are approximately 27 Important Bird Areas in the country and over 900 bird species known to exist in Nepal of which 30 species are globally threatened. In the Terai jungles are exotic animals like the Asiatic elephant, the one-horned rhinoceros, the Royal Bengal tiger among others. Wildlife of Nepal is officially classified into two main categories: common and protected. The common category lists such species as common leopard, spotted deer, Himalayan tahr, blue sheep and others. These species are commonly seen in the wild. The protected species include 26 mammals, nine birds and three reptiles. These rare animals are confined to their prime habitats. The country has more than 850 recorded species of birds. Amazingly, half of these birds can be seen in and around the Kathmandu valley alone. The most popular endemic plant which is also the national flower of Nepal is rhododendron (Arboreum) which in Nepali language is called Guras.
Government of Nepal has established a network of twenty protected areas since 1973, consisting of ten national parks, three wildlife reserves, six conservation areas and one hunting reserve. The Shuklaphanta and Parsa Wildlife Reserves were upgraded to National Parks. National parks of Nepal are Chitwan National Park, Bardiya National Park, Sagarmatha National Park, Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, Langtang National Park, Rara National Park, Khaptad National Park, Shuklaphanta National Park, Sauraha, Banke National Park, Parsa National Park, KoshiTappu Wildlife Reserve. Wildlife tourism is also a major source of tourism in Nepal. There are some animal species which are unique to the country, such as the spiny babbler. The country is also host to a large number of rhododendron species. Wildlife reserve is Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve. Conservation areas are as follows Annapurna Conservation Area, Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, Manaslu Conservation Area, Blackbuck Conservation Area, Api Nampa Conservation Area, Gaurishankar Conservation Area. The only Hunting Reserve is Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve. Ramsar sites declared are as follows they are Bishazari Tal, Ghodaghodi Tal, Gokyo Lake Complex, Gosaikunda, Jagdishpur Reservoir, KosiTappu Wildlife Reserve, Mai Pokhari, Phoksundo Lake, Rara Lake and Lake Cluster of Pokhara Valley
Connectivity in Nepal is Either Airways or Roadways. International Airport, Kathmandu, Kakarvitta (Eastern border), Birgunj (South East border), Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Mid-South Border), Nepalgunj (South West border), Dhangadi (Far West border), Mahendra Nagar (Far west border) and Kodari in the Nepal Tibet border. Its base is Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Nepal has the following domestic airlines namely Nepal Buddha Air, Kathmandu, Cosmic Air, Gorkha Airlines, Royal Nepal Airlines, Shangri - La Air, Skyline Airways, Yeti Airlines and a host of International carriers.Roadways are the only other alternatives. Roads are good and have developed in the last few years. Kathmandu is connected with India through roads. Buses ply regularly from all the border entry points to Kathmandu. Interior parts of the country are also linked by buses from Kathmandu. The points of entry and exit for tourists are Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal), Birgunj, Parsa (Central Nepal), Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border), Belahia, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal), Jamunaha, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal), Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal), GaddaChauki, Bhimdattanagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal). Visas are free for all tourists who come from a SAARC country.
Places of Interest
- Sagarmatha National Park
- Chitwan National Park
- Annapurna Base Camp
- Rapti Valley (Chitwan)
- Everest Base Camp
Airports in Nepal
International: Kathmandu (KTM)
Domestic Scheduled: Bajura (BJU) Bhadrapur (BDP) Bharatpur (BHR) Bhojpur (BHP) Biratnagar (BIR) Birendranagar (SKH) Chandannath (JUM) Dhangadhi (DHI) Dolpa (DOP) Janakpur (JKR) Jomsom (JMO) Kantong Bazar Lamidanda (LDN) Lukla (LUA) Manthali (RHP) Meghauli (MEY) Mugu Nepalgunj (KEP) Phaplu (PPL) Pokhara (PKR) Rukumkot (RUK) Rumjatar (RUM) Siddharthanagar (BWA) Simara (SIF) Simikot (IMK) Tulsipur (DNP) Tumlingtar (TMI)
Unscheduled: Baglung (BGL) Baitadi (BIT) Bajhang (BJH) Bhim Datta (XMG) Darchula (DAP) Dipayal (SIH) Kamal Bazar Kangel Danda (VNKL) Khanidanda (KDN) Langtang (LTG) Manang (NGX) Rajbiraj (RJB) Rolpa (RPA) Sanphebagar (FEB) Syangboche (SYH) Taplejung (TPJ) Tikapur (TPU)
Kathmandu: Kathmandu can be an interesting, intoxicating, amazing and exhausting place. It is a living museum; it is an opportunity to travel back in time and to relive in the history. Kathmandu is named after Kasthamandap temple, which stood in Durbar Square. In Sanskrit, Kāṣṭha means "wood" and Maṇḍap means "covered shelter". Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. It is the largest Himalayan state in Asia & also the largest metropolis in Nepal. The Kathmandu Valley, includes the towns of Lalitpur, Kirtipur, Madhyapur Thimi and Bhaktapur. The city is situated at an elevation of approximately 1,400 metres / 4,600 feet in a bowl-shaped Valley. Kathmandu is in the north-western part of the Kathmandu Valley to the north of the Bagmati River and covers an area of 50.7 square kilometers. The city is bounded by several other municipalities of the Kathmandu valley: south of the Bagmati by Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City (Patan), with which it forms one urban area surrounded by a ring road, to the southwest by Kirtipur Municipality and to the east by Madyapur Thimi Municipality. To the north the urban area extends into several Village Development Committees. However, the urban agglomeration extends well beyond the neighboring municipalities, e.g. to Bhaktapur, and nearly covers the entire Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu is dissected by eight rivers, the main river of the valley, the Bagmati and its tributaries, of which the Bishnumati, Dhobi Khola, Manohara Khola, Hanumant Khola, and Tukucha Khola are predominant. The mountains from where these rivers originate are in the elevation range of 1,500 - 3,000 metres i.e. 4,900–9,800 feet, and have passes which provide access to and from Kathmandu and its valley. Kathmandu has been the centre of Nepal's history, art, culture and economy. It has a multiethnic population within a Hindu and Buddhist majority. Religious and cultural festivities form a major part of the lives of people residing in Kathmandu. Tourism is an important part of the economy as the city is the gateway to the Nepalese Himalayas. There are also seven casinos in the city. It was ranked third among the top ten upcoming travel destinations in the world by TripAdvisor in 2013. Historic areas of Kathmandu were devastated by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 25 April 2015. Tourism is the country's most important industry. High level of tourism is attributed to the natural grandeur of the Himalayas and the rich cultural heritage of the country. Kathmandu boasts several luxuries such as the Hyatt Regency, Dwarika's, theYak & Yeti, The Everest Hotel, Hotel Radisson, Hotel De L'Annapurna, The Malla Hotel, Shangri-La Hotel and The Shanker Hotel. There are several four-star hotels such as Hotel Vaishali, Hotel Narayani, The Blue Star and Grand Hotel. The Garden Hotel, Hotel Ambassador, and Aloha Inn are among the three-star hotels in Kathmandu. Hotels like Hyatt Regency, De L'Annapurna, and Hotel Yak & Yeti are among the five-star hotels providing casinos as well. The neighbourhood of Thamel is Kathmandu's primary "traveller's ghetto", packed with guest houses, restaurants, shops, and bookstores, catering to tourists. Another neighbourhood of growing popularity is Jhamel, a name for Jhamsikhel coined to rhyme with Thamel. Durbar Square is a "place of palaces" - VisitHimalaya with us - There are three preserved Durbar Squares in Kathmandu valley and one unpreserved in Kirtipur. The Durbar Square of Kathmandu is in the old city and has heritage buildings representing four kingdoms (Kantipur, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kirtipur); the earliest is the Licchavi dynasty.
Communications: Airways - Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), is the largest and only international airport in Nepal, located 5.5 kilometers east of the popular tourist neighborhood of Thamel. The airport is well connected and it is usually possible to reach Kathmandu with only one change of flight, in most cases using the same airline. Domestic flights are available to & from Bhadrapur, Bhairawa, Bharatpur (Nepal), Biratnagar, Dhangarhi, Janakpur, Nepalganj, Pokhara, Simara, and Tumling Tar. Primary domestic airlines are air viva, Yeti, Nepal Airlines, and Buddha Air. Roadways - Balaju Bus Terminus (North) or the Kalanki Bus Terminus (South) are the two major terminus, buses arriving from the border with India, Pokhara, and Chitwan terminate here.There is frequent and cheap bus service between Kathmandu and nearly all parts of Nepal. However, due to poor roads and frequent delays the buses are some of the slowest and least comfortable. Hiring vehicle is the best options for tourists.
Nepal tour package, Kathmandu, Pokhra, Chitwan, Nagrakot, Sarangkot