Things to Do in Nepal
From the heights of the Himalayas, rivers surge down the foothills and across the plains creating some of the most scenic, exciting and challenging rafting experiences in the world. There are rivers presenting a wide range of difficulties and a selection of rafting companies offer different types of trips, from gentle drifts ideal for families, grade 2-3 rapids for first timers, or world-class raging white water for the ultimate adrenalin rush. Nepal is a paradise for walkers and trekkers, with glorious mountain landscapes, remote ruins and villages. Trekking season is September to May. Check beforehand if a permit is required, and be aware some treks must be undertaken with an agency.
Durbar Square is a historic cultural heritage of Kathmandu. It is about 15 minutes walk stretch
"Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred places in the Hindu religion.Its astonishing architectural beauty, stands as a symbol of faith, religion,, culture and tradition. Regarded as the most sacred temple of Hindu Lord Shiva in the world, Pashupatinath Temple's existence dates back to 400 A.D. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga or phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to pay homage to this temple, that is also known as 'The Temple of Living Beings'.
"Tea-House Trekking" is the easiest way to trek as it doesn't require support. Tea Houses have now developed into full-scale tourist lodges with hot showers, pizza, pasta and beer. The day's hikes are between lodge-filled settlements or villages: there's no need for tents, food, water, or beer-- all those things, plus luxuries such as apple-pie, can be purchased along the way. Physical requirements go from very soft to strenuous.
Trekking Peaks require a qualified "climbing guide", permits and deposits to cover camp waste disposal
*Island Peak Trek - The Island Peak trek in the Khumbu region takes in some of the most spectacular scenery in the
Rafting trips for various durations and all levels of experience leave from Kathmandu and Pokhara. For detailed itineraries visit the Nepal Association of Rafting Agents [web link]. The main rivers are:
* Bhote Koshi
* Kali Gandaki
* Sun Koshi
Nepal's geography and climate makes for some of the best motorcycling roads in the world. The traffic is a little chaotic, but not aggressive, and the speeds are low. Be aware that you need an international driving licence in Nepal, even do you might never be stopped by the police as a tourist on a bike.
Royal Chitwan National Park offers elephant rides, jungle canoeing, nature walks, and birding, as well as more adventurous tiger and rhino-viewing.
Nepal has number of adventure sports to enjoy. Elephant polo is one of the rare, adventures and only of its kind in Nepal. The World Elephant Polo Association (WEPA) organizes an annual Elephant polo tournament in the airfield of Meghauli Chitwan, south west of Kathmandu and north of the Indian border.
Bhaktapur is the third largest city in the Kathmandu valley. The city was once the capital of Nepal during the great Malla Kingdom from the 12th to the 15th century.
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