Hello Everyone, My name is Margaret from Austria. I am sharing my remarkable journey to Nepal. March month of 2019 has become one of my momentous events. I had plan of 5 days tour in Nepal with my husband. I am 50 years old and wanted to have the leisure time with my husband.
We contacted Mr. Pasang from Karma Eco Adventure. His team of travel planners prepared an amazing tour itinerary for us.
Following was our itinerary:
Day One: Reached Kathmandu; Pashupatinath & Bouddhanath Tour; Cultural Dinner
We reached Kathmandu Airport around 9 a.m. in the morning. Mr. Pasang from Karma Eco Adventure received us and transferred us to Hotel Padma in Bouddha. Immediately we were taken to Kunga Tibetan restaurant Boudha for the lunch. It was so refreshing for us.
We visited Pashupatinath Temple. This is the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE and the most sacred religious site of Hindus. We had wonderful time in Pashupati. However, we were unable to enter the main building as we are not Hindu.
This area had many statues and idols of numerous Hindu gods and goddesses. The cremation technique of Hindu followers was unique and new to us. We had loads of spiritual awakening.
In evening we went to Boudhanath Stupa. In just about 3 kilometers distance two different religious sites are located. It showed the great religious harmony among Nepalese people. Boudhanath is of Buddhism and Pashupatinath is of Hinduism.
The evening prayers in Bouddha were amazing. I highly recommend you all to visit Bouddha in evening. We had privilege of living in Boudha area and I personally visited twice after dinner as well. The dinner was well organized by Karma Eco Adventure. We were in Nepal Thakali Bhanchha Ghar (typical Nepali cultural restaurant). We had delicious food as well as cultural performance as well.
Overnight at Hotel Padma was also pleasing. All the staffs were so nice and offered great hospitality. Mr. Pasang dropped us at hotel after dinner. We had amazing time in the Bouddha area.
Day Two: Drive to Chitwan; Elephant Ride Jungle Safari; Tharu Cultural Program
Early in the morning after breakfast Mr. Pasang joined us at hotel. We were given a private car for the transportation. Once we left Kathmandu the mesmerizing landscape and highway really captivated us.
In 5 hours we reached Chitwan. We took lunch on the way and checked in at Hotel in Sauraha. Pasang had arranged for the Elephant Jungle Safari already. We got on the back of elephant and took the jungle safari. Unfortunately we couldn’t see the Royal Bengal Tiger but saw One Horned Rhinoceros, wild buffalo, crocodiles, deer, monkey etc. Elephant bathing was amazing. We swam in the river with the huge elephant. It was definitely amazing.
I felt young again. In evening we were taken to Tharu Community Village for the culture program. This ethnic community of people is original people of Terai region of Nepal. The country has three geographical region flatland, hills and mountains. Pasang told me that Nepal ranges from 60 m altitude place to 8, 848 m. It was amazing indeed. Even we were in hilly region 4 hours ago and reached flatland region.
Day Three: Drive to Pokhara; Davis Falls, Mahendra Cave, Bat Cave, Phewa Lake Boating & Peace Pagoda
Early in the morning we headed to Pokhara. We knew that Pokhara is the most popular touristic destination of Nepal. This is why both of us were so excited. In about 3 hours we reached Pokhara. We checked in at hotel Himalayan.
The sightseeing around Pokhara is still fresh and enticing. We went to places like Davis Falls, Mahendra Cave, Bat Cave and Peace Pagoda. At first we went for the boating in Phewa Lake. It was so thrilling. The sight of the mountains on the lake was mesmerizing. Mt. Annapurna and its surrounding mountains dazzled us.
After boating we went to Bat Cave and Mahendra Cave. In comparison Bat Cave is my favorite. Mahendra Cave was small but Bat Cave was thrilling. Pitch dark inside and full of bats were the features of Bat Cave. The entrance was huge but exit was so adventurous. My husband couldn’t complete it but luckily Pasang pushed me and I managed to come out of small hole of the cave. It was really thrilling. The myth was that those who can come out of small hole will have their sin washed.
We went to Davis Falls which was so surprising. The Seti River flows and disappears. It is the mysterious gorge of Seti River. We then headed to Peace Pagoda. The sight of the Pokhara Valley and the mountains in the panoramic view were amazing.
The evening time in Peace Pagoda was definitely memorable. The lights of the Pokhara City and the White Mountains on the evening setting sun were sight to behold.
Day Four: Australian Camp & Dhampus Village Tour
Early in the morning we headed to Australian Camp. We took the car ride to Kande and walked for 1 hour to reach Australian Camp. The place was so peaceful. The panoramic view of mountains and cascading hills seen was joy to behold. We had our lunch in Australian Camp and hiked downhill to Dhampus Village.
The village is of Gurung Community. We observed the cultural program in the evening and danced in Nepalese Folk songs.
Day Five: Hiking to Sarangkot 4 hours
For us we started early in the morning but it took 4 hours. Normally for other people it takes 3 hours to reach Sarangkot. This hilltop place is place to be. It is the place for the great mountain vista and Pokhara valley vista.
Sunrise from Sarangkot
Early in the morning we went to Sarangkot Tower. The sun rising from the top of the mountains and lighting the area was marvelous. It was definitely my best moment. Nepal truly hypnotized me. We then headed back to Pokhara.
We Extended our Stay in Nepal!!!
Pasang, my husband and Me discussed about extending our stay in Nepal. Pasang presented us the amazing ideas. He motivated us to reach Everest Base Camp. My husband doubted our credentials physically. However, we were supported and ensured by Pasang. We made our mind and decided to do 14 Days Everest Base Camp Trekking.
We are very healthy. We take regular exercise as well. Even if we are retired we are always active. Therefore, we hired guide for Everest Base Camp Trekking from Karma Eco Adventure.
In my next blog I will share the wonderful moments of our Everest Base Camp Trekking. We will lay out the detailed information on Everest Base Camp Trek Cost and Difficulty. It is definitely for old age people as well.
My visit of Nepal really helped me a lot. I am planning to visit Nepal again.
Nepal is the paradise for trekkers and hikers. The presence of unlimited mountains, hills and valleys have made it the most enticing place. People who love to walk will find all the reason to walk on these trails of Nepal.
The country is blessed by Mother Nature. There are plethoras of walking routes. One can have trails of their choice. Long trekking detours and short hiking trails; all is available in Nepal. There are numerous ways that you can quench your hunger of walking.
Karma Eco Adventure has wide range of diversified trekking trails for trekkers to trek. Plan with the travel planners of Karma Eco Adventure and trek on these routes of Nepal splendidly. Their planners will do utmost best to knit the hiking or trekking package for the walking lovers.
We would like to recommend this trekking and tour agency for any kinds of holiday activities in Nepal.
See you soon in my next blog which I will again post in Karma Eco Adventure page. Thank You Pasang for the wonderful trip of Nepal.