5 Things to do in Pokhara
Kathmandu is the primary destination for all the tourists visiting Nepal. On the other hand, Pokhara is Nepal’s number 1 tourist hub of Nepal from where trekkers begin and end trek to Annapurna. Pokhara is the wonderful place to recharge your hunger and interests. In addition to this, there are amazing things to do in Pokhara but I have listed 5 things to do in Pokhara.
Pokhara is gateway to Annapurna trek having splendid view of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna and more Himalayan peaks. Not only Trekkers, this place is equally very popular for families and honeymoon Couples. One can experience the adventure activities such as boating, short hiking; Biking, paragliding, pony rides and evening walk to lake side in Pokhara. 5 things to do in Pokhara are:
Boating in Phewa Lake
Phewa Lake is located near lakeside which is one of the popular sightseeing sports of Pokhara. It is second laregest Lake of Nepal. Boating in Phewa Lake gives an opportunity to experience densely forest (Rani Ban), amazing view of Machhapuchre, explore Tal Barahi Temple in the middle of Lake. Annapurna Himalayas are reflected on its mirror surface. Paragliding in the blue sky and World Peace Stupa is also main focal point of boating in Phewa Lake.
World Peace Stupa
World Peace Stupa is equally important sightseeing sports of Pokhara. It takes 30 minute drive from Lakeside by Private car/taxi. One can even walk 1:30 hours to Stupa after boating in Phewa Lake. Visitors visit this place to enjoy the panoramic view of Annapurna, Phewa Lake and Pokhara city. Reflecting images of Himalayas in Phewa Lake is one of the best scenic objects.
During the period of Second World War, there were many people died in Japan. Japanese started to build many stupa around the world to establish peace. As Buddha was born in Nepal, They came to Nepal and built this stupa for peace. Without a doubt this is Shanti Stupa for peace and wishdom. World Peace Stupa was buit by Nipponzan-Myohoji monk from Japan.
Paragliding is one of the popular adventure sports in Pokhara. It is a lifetime opportunity to fly like mountain bird. Moreover, Sarangkot is the flying spot of Paragliding. One can have incredible view of Annapurna range, Green hills, Phewa Lake, Pokhara city from Paragliding.
For adventure lover, Paragliding in Pokhara can be a fulfilling occurrence which makes your trip unforgettable.
Sarangkot is popular place for sunrise and viewing panoramic view of Annapurna range with an altitude of 1600 meter. Early morning people drive to Sarangkot. You can capture sunrise in their camera and also white Himalayan peaks. Besides this, One can even hike to Sarangkot from Pokhara experiencing typical village life of mountain. The popular Himalayan peaks such as Machhapuchhe, Annapuran I, II, III, IV, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, can be seen from here.
Street walk to Lakeside
Above all street walk to Lakeside gives you the refreshment after you will be tired from Sightseeing. Evening walk is awesome having beautiful picture of Hotel, Restaurant, Bar, Shops, massage and local shops near lake. As per interest, people can have different choices in walking to Lakeside.
Hidden Fact about Upper Dolpo Trekking
Located in the far northwestern region of Nepal, Upper Dolpo lies within the Dolpa district of Nepal. Despite being located far farm Kathmandu, Upper Dolpo comes as a blessing for tourists who prefer isolated trips. As such, the journey to Upper Dolpo begins at Juphal. An airplane flight from Nepalgunj takes you to the trail head for the trips to Upper Dolpo. Thereon, travelers head north to reach Phoksundo Lake and further north to reach the heart of Upper Dolpo. There are some hidden facts about Upper Dolpo trekking that you should know about. Such as:
Upper Dolpo: Land of Mystery
The wild west of Nepal- Upper Dolpo is the gem that is ripe for explorations to all adventure fanatics. Upper Dolpo is one of the least visited sites in Nepal; thus, opens the door to visitors who can unravel tons of facts and mysteries. Be the ancient monasteries oozing of glorious history or the barren virgin landscapes, Upper Dolpo offers endless
possibilities to travel. The Tibetan heritage, Bon Po history, and the authentic lifestyle are a few other attractions of Upper Dolpo and its facts about Upper Dolpo trekking.
Serenity and Peace for Mind and Soul
Phoksundo Lake, located within the Shey Phoksundo National Park, is the most famous attraction of Upper Dolpo. With an elevation of 3612m and depth of 145m, it is the deepest lake in Nepal. Its intense blue coloration and the scenic surrounding around the banks are what make the lake area so magical. The lake is only one face of the card
nature plays in Upper Dolpo. The other face shows off irresistible experiences of the valley, wildlife, vegetation, and mountains within the Shey Phoksundo National Park. Wildlife like Blue Sheep, Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Himalayan Thar, and Himalayan Black Bear are abundant in the cedar and birch forests of the national park.
Similarly, Upper Dolpo houses some of the most exotic scenery and majestic viewpoints to relish those beauties. Unlike the snow-laden Himalayas, the barren lands of Dolpo come as a different treat to the eyes of the travelers. Treks and trips in Upper Dolpo help you to traverse and admire these sights as well. Passes over 5000 meters like Kang La and Jeng La guarantee scenes of the majestic landscapes of Upper Dolpo and Himalayas looming in the distant horizon.
Glorious History, Culture, and Lifestyle of Upper Dolpo
History books and historians state the ties of Upper Dolpo with ancient Tibet and the esteemed Silk Route. As such, the region bears a strong resemblance in terms of culture and geography with Tibet itself. The history between date back centuries. Upper Dolpo offers the perfect harmony between the Buddhists and the Bon Po religions. Shey Gompa, an ancient Buddhist monastery, is the biggest monastery in the region. The monastery and its location on the foothill of the Crystal Mountain have gathered worldwide accolades.
Nemjung Monastery, Sandul Gompa, and Yangtze Gompa are few other illustrious religious hubs in Upper Dolpo. As for the inhabitants of the region; they are adherent followers of Tibet Buddhism and Bon Po. Their lifestyle and traditions are derived from these religions as well. Some of the festivals celebrated there are Lhosar, Shey Festival, Yungney, and so on. Similarly, the people here still live a traditional life. The use of rocks and mud for making houses, animals, and porters for carriage of goods and transportation are prevalent here.
Upper Dolpo is the perfect place to experience raw natural and cultural glory. As a matter of fact, Upper Dolpo is a great option to travel throughout the year and welcomes travelers around the world to explore the forgotten paradise of Nepal. Have a trip of a lifetime in this magical land and witness mystery, scenery, and peace all at once.
Holi| The Color Festival in Nepal
Holi is one of the popular Hindu festivals of Nepal celebrated in the month of Feb/March on full Moon day. Holi the festival of colors is celebrated with full of different colors, water, Music and dance. Mostly, Hindu people celebrate in Nepal, India. People put color in face each other as token of love, harmony and friendship.
Holi the festival of colors is one of the most enjoyable festival in Nepal and India. The color gives the positive vibration of brotherhood, peace, joy and wisdom. It is government holiday too where all Hindu people participate to celebrate it.
People started to celebrate this festival after the death of HOLIKA. Prahlad, who is the son of demon king was an devotee of Lord Vishnu. He disobeyed the orders of his evil father not to offer prayeers to God Vishnu. To teach his son a lesson, he thought the assistance of his sister, Holika to kill Prahlad. Holika sit on a bonfire with prahalad but the fire burnt only for Holika and pralahad remained unaffected.
Nowadays in Kathmandu, young people walk in the street pasting different color in the face. They also produce music and dance in public places by making color each other and say “Happy Holi”. In southern part of Nepal, people celebrate holi the next day having same ritual.
Holi the festival of colors is also welcoming of spring and summer. It is also the time to get blessing of God for coming harvests and fertility of the land. Happy holi to all!!
Maha Shivaratri| Most Popular Hindu Festival in Nepal
Maha Shivaratri is one of most popular Hindu festival of Nepal. Hindu people celebrates it in the month of Feb/March where God Shiva is regarded as supreme Hindu god of creation as well as destruction. Maha Shivaratri is birth-night of Lord Shiva.
Nepal has large number of Hindu people who strongly believe to god and goddess. There are 80% Hindu people in Nepal who visit Pashupatinath Temple during Maha Shivaratri festival. During this festival, Hindu people visit Pashupatinath temple which lies in eastern part of Kathmandu. Pashupatinath temple is a temple of God Shiva, who is sitting in the form of Pashupati (Lord of Animals.) On the Occasion of this festival, thousand of Hindu people worship to Shiva’s sexual part called SHIVA LINGA. Holy Men (Sadhus) who have long hair and beard smoke hashish and walk naked near the temple and bless to the people to have creation. People light the sacred fires, and speak mantra “OM NAMA SHIVBHYA”.
It is said that God Shiva protected world from the dangerous poisons, therefore people started to celebrate this festival by thanking Shiva for protecting world. During this festival, Hindu people have whole day fasting who worship to Shiva Linga by chanting mantras, offering Beal Leaf and pouring water and milk on the Linga.
Who is God Shiva?
There are three powerful Gods in Hinduism. They are Brahma (God of Creator), Bishnu (God of Operator) and Shiva (God of destroyer). God Shiva lives in Himalaya region at Mount Kailash with wearing sanke and deer skin by smoking hashish. Shiva plays his musical instrument called DAMARU and Trishul. Shiva wearn Rudraksha on his neck having long hair and ox is his vehicle. Parvati is the wife of Shiva having two sons; Ganesh and Kumar.
Why go Everest Base Camp Trek
With eight of the world’s ten highest peaks, Nepal is loaded with spectacular mountains vistas. The Everest base camp trek is justifiably famous, not only for its proximity to the world’s highest mountain but also for its friendly Sherpa people, picturesque villages, great variety of cultures and traditions, colorful festivals and monasteries. The Sagarmatha National Park is rich with flora and fauna, but the existence of the yeti remains a mystery. Amongst the many peaks that surround the trekkers are Everest, Cho-Oyu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Kangtega and Tawoche.
You can trek to Everest Base Camp and see where it all began back in 1953, or you may prefer something a little more remote such as the trek to the Gokyo Valley. Gokyo boasts magnificent views of all the major peaks and is nestled on one of 5 beautiful glacial lakes next to an enormous glacier.
- See the highest peak in the world.
- Magnificent panoramas of mountains.
- Sherpa culture and hospitality
- Lush forests of birch and pine.
- Many trekking peaks to climb.
- Connecting treks to remote areas.
About Base Camp
The route to Everest Base Camp is probably the most famous mountain trek in the world. Every spring and autumn the trail fills with awestruck walkers who wind their way through friendly Sherpa villages. Porters and yaks ferrying equipment seem minute compared to the towering heights of Ama Dablam, Kangtega and Tawoche. Base Camp sits astride glacial moraine beneath the unforgiving Khumbu Icefall, and above it all the mighty Everest.
Sherpa culture, phenomenal mountain views, fantastic Tibetan monasteries, musk deer and Himalayan pheasant, the trek of a lifetime are the main reason of heading to Everest Base Camp Trek.
Welcome to Himalayan nation of Nepal. Nepal is a country popular as the world over for its ageless traditions, living legends, colorful festivals, magnificent majestic Himalayan ranges, exciting cultural heritage and diverse flour and fauna. Without a doubt, Adventure is an important part of everyone’s life. Nothing can compare to coming home at the end of a good holiday and sharing wonderful adventurous stories. Having an adventures in Nepal is something you will remember for the rest of your life because it is not only the real beauty in this land; there is also chance of real excitement. Adventure Mountain Club heartly welcomes you to this land of Buddha where our countryside will unfold bewitchingly beautiful views and our people will charm you with warmth and generosity.
Nepal is also the country of natural beauties and cultural diversities. The Himalayan Kingdom, Birth place of Lord Buddha, The Mt. Everest, Land of Living Goddess Kumari, Brave and warrior ancestors (Gurkhas). Moreover it is the Birth place of Sita, Hinduism, Buddhism, Tarai, Hilly region and it’s climate are the main attraction of Nepal. Nepal has a lot of natural resources and it is second richest country in water in the world. The top of the world (Everest 8,848m) lies in Himalayan regions of Nepal. Nepal has also another feature of Ethnicity. There are more than 106 local dialects. Nepal is the land of temple and architecture. Foreigners visit Nepal to see natural beauties and cultural diversities.
Home to eight of the world’s ten highest mountains, the kingdom of Nepal draws an estimated 400,000 visitors annually. Landlocked between India and Tibet, Adventures in Nepal contains some of the world’s most diverse and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes ranging from the impressive peaks of the Himalayan chain in the north, high-altitude plains and remote mountain passes, sub-tropical forests and national parks, terraced farmland hills and rice paddies, to the fertile plains of the Tarai in the country’s south. The rivers that bisect the ranges contain alpine waters that swell with the summer monsoon rains. Some of Nepal’s most famous rivers offer the best white-water rafting and kayaking experiences in the world.
Much of the land outside the Kathmandu valley are untouched by people. Beyond Nepal’s capital are a series of remote mountain villages throughout the Himalayas. These villages uses traditional farming practices of buffalo-drawn ploughs, hand harvesting and threshing of grains, and corn ground by water mills.
A land of eternal fascination, ancient history, cultural richness and diversity as well as pristine countryside, visitors are captivated not only by its impressive peaks, lush terrain and superb scenery, but also by its holiness and spiritual significance. For many centuries, the Himalayas became popular as the hiding place for ancient sages to meditate. And many famous texts on religion, philosophy, medicine, yoga, literature and mathematics were written there.
For the Nepalese, Nepal is not only the ‘Abode of Snow’, but also the abode of the Gods and Goddesses they worship. Traditional beliefs and rituals are an important part of Nepalese life. Tourists wanting to experience Nepal’s spiritual culture can enjoy the many colorful festivals throughout the year.
To Kalidasa, Nepal is “a northern yardstick to measure the earth”. Lord Vishnu claims that together with Brahma and Shiva, he resides in the earth as the Himalayan Mountains. To most of us, it is also place of unquestionable beauty where one visit is rarely enough.
We look forward to sharing our Nepal with you!