Title: Ten Very Good Reasons To Go To Nepal Author: allsoppj
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Ten Very Good Reasons To Go To Nepal
The Nepalese people are lovely, warm, hospitable people and their
special relationship with UK citizens is very apparent
The scenery is truly spectacular: 8 of the highest mountains in the
world, hidden valleys and gorges, clear sparkling rivers, tropical
Home to some of the worlds most elusive and beautiful creatures:
over 400 rhino and 200 tigers in Chitwan National Park. Explore the
park by elephant, canoe and on foot.
Great motorcycling roads including seldom used back roads and
tracks - as good as it gets!
Good quality hotels with all mod cons and creature comforts - no
need to slum it in Nepal.
A variety of food is available. Don’t like spicy food, no problem.
Good quality continental food is available - steaks, pizza, Italian,
Mexican, French. You can eat curry every day but you don’t have to.
An adventure wonderland to rival New Zealand. Grade 4+ rafting
rivers, the best treking in the world, the best para-gliding in the
world, highest bungy jump in South Asia, best canyoning in the
Brilliant weather; not too hot, not too cold. Clear skies, sunshine,
average Oct/Nov temperature of 23 degrees. Perfect T-shirt weather.
A plethora of temples and beautiful buildings. Culture in abundance.
Last but not least - beer is plentiful. No dry areas. Plenty of live
music and entertainment in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Brilliant fun.
For many, Nepal is paradise on earth – one of the last Shangri-La's. A land
full of contrasts; from the highest mountains in the world to the steamy
jungles of the Indian plains, monasteries and temples, tigers and
rhinoceros, Sherpas and Gurkhas, magic and mystery. A surprise awaits
round every corner and there is no better way of experiencing this
wonderful country than on a Royal Enfield Bullet.
The trip would be planned to take place at the end of October, beginning of
November – this is the ideal time to visit Nepal with warm daytime
temperatures, clear skies and great weather for motorcycling. You will get
to explore the temples and squares of the Kathmandu valley; ride an
elephant and canoe through Chitwan National Park, hoping to see a
Rhinoceros or even the elusive Bengal Tiger; visit the birthplace of Buddha
at Lumbini; go white water rafting at the superb ‘Borderlands Resort' or
Pokhara; journey into the famous Annapurna mountain range; travel the
'friendship highway' to the border of Tibet.
Day 1 – London to Kathmandu
The majority of flights fly via Delhi to Kathmandu. The flight takes
approximately 14hrs including transfer at Delhi. There is no need for a visa
– you can get a Nepal visa on entry at the airport. From the airport you will
be transferred to your 5 star hotel, a former 100 year palace with beautiful
garden pool and recently refurbished rooms. Located only a few minutes
walk from the fun Thamel area of Kathmandu, this will be our base for two
Day 2 – Kathmandu
Up early for a full day to explore Kathmandu. Take a walk through the
labyrinthine back streets and alleys of the old town eventually ending up at
the architectural wonder of Durbar Square. If you get tired there are plenty
of restaurants to enjoy a meal and cool beer. In the afternoon, you can visit
the Unesco World Heritage site of Swayambhunath - the ‘Monkey Temple’.
It is the place to watch the sun set over Kathmandu.
Day 3 – Kathmandu to Chitwan . Approx. 150K
Today, its on the bikes as we make our way out of chaotic Kathmandu. It is
good to be on the road. We will be taking the twisty Tribhuvan Highway this time of year the road will not be blocked by the landslides which affect
it during the monsoon season and with clear skies the scenery is
breathtaking. We will stop for lunch at Damon, which at 7700ft has what
many consider to be the most spectacular view of the Himalaya in the
whole of Nepal with unimpeded views of the entire range from Dhaulagiri to
Mt Everest. In the afternoon we will be heading to Chitwan National Park
and a two night stay at the Riverside Resort.
Day 4 – Exploring Chitwan National Park
This is not a rest day - there is so much to see in Chitwan. It is home to
approximately 410 Rhinos (there are only approx 2500 in the world);
approximately 210 Royal Bengal Tigers; Gharials (strange looking
crocodiles) and Sloth Bears (the most feared animal in Chitwan - honest).
Up early for a canoe ride along the Rapti river. An excellent opportunity for
Bird Watching and for seeing the 2 rare species of crocodiles; the Marsh
Mugger and the fish eating Gharial. Then its a thrilling Jungle walk before
lunch. In the afternoon, it is the Elephant Safari - the best way of seeing
Chitwan and an excellent opportunity to see four different kinds of deer,
rhino, wild bore, monkey, leopard, sloth bear, and the Royal Bengal Tiger
(if you are very lucky). Then a cultural evening of dance, food and beer.
Day 5 – Chitwan National Park to Lumbini Approx. 136K
Back on the bikes for a ride through part of Chitwan and then onto the
Mahendra Highway and through the lowlands of ‘The Terai’ region of
Nepal. We will be staying at Lumbini - it was here in the year 563BC that
Siddhartha Gautama, better know as the Buddha, was born. The spiritual
heart of Lumbini is Maya Devi Temple which marks the exact spot where
the Buddha was given birth to under a Bodhi Tree. It is a truly fascinating
and spiritual place. (Rickshaw tour of different monasteries and Maya Devi
Day 6 – Lumbini – Pokhara Approx. 212K
An exciting days riding awaits along the dramatic Siddhartha Highway.
This road is regarded as one of the finest and most scenic motorcycle
journeys in Nepal - a real cracker. We will lunch at Tansen which is a
beautiful and very friendly medieval town. In the afternoon we will continue
along the scenic road to Pokhara. (Lunch at Tansen’s Nanglo West
Restaurant. Check into either Mt. Kailash Resort or Hotel Landmark).
Pokhara is a great place - laid back, perfect setting and a fantastic
Day 7 – Exploring Pokhara
There are two distinct sides to Pokhara and both are worth exploring.
Firstly, there is Lakeside, located around the stunning Lake Phewa Tal.
This is the perfect place to recharge the batteries, drink beer in lively bars,
eat huge steaks and generally chill out. Then there is Old Pokhara, where
you will see the real Nepal.
So the day is yours, take a boat around the lake, visit the Gurkha Museum
(the Gurkha recruitment centre is on the outskirts of Pokhara), walk to the
World Peace Pagoda. For the more adventurous you can have a days white
water rafting, go up in a Microlight or go Paragliding or even Parahawking.
The latter was invented by British falconer Scott Mason and is 100% unique
Day 8 – Pokhara – Baglung - Sarangkot - Naudanda - Begnas Tal – Pokhara
This is an true adventure day on bikes. Up early we will be taking you deep
into the mountain ranges which surround Pokhara. Riding on little used
motorcycle tracks we will take you through remote villages where you be
able to see some of the tallest mountains in the world (Dhaulagiri at
26,794ft and Annurpuna I at 26,545ft). This is true Himalaya. WE will also
spend some very rewarding time in the village of Baglung. The journey
from Pokhara to Baglung is on quality paved road which carries a low
traffic load. The road climbs hills and switchback drops take it down to
follow alongside a bolder strewn, meandering river, and if travelled shortly
after the monsoons the road is lined with some breathtaking waterfalls.
Within the town, Baglung hosts the Khalika Kanya Mandir, a temple which
annually attracts many national and Indian pilgrims. Most profound is the
unobstructed view of the Dhaulagiri mountain, the eighth tallest in the
world.A day you will always remember. When we get back to Pokhara we
will be exhausted and dirty but exhilarated. In the evening yet another top
meal and some cold beers at the lakeside. I can think of no better way to
top the day off.
Day 9 – Pokhara - Bhaktapur
Today we head to Bhaktapur (Unesco Heritage site) and also the oldest
city in the whole of Kathmandu Valley. Amazing temple and historical
palace complex. There is a beautiful Boutique hotel called Heritage hotel
which will be our base.
Day 10 – Bhaktapur
This is a day for exploring You can spend all day walking around and
exploring Bhaktapur’s ancient town and temple complexes, museums,
pottery square, etc. Cameras won’t stop clicking. Explore Bhaktapur’s
ancient palace complex, temples, pottery square, etc. (Bhaktapur Entrance
fee $15 per head)