‘In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.’–Alice Walker

At around 41.5 km of driving distance from Kathmandu, Markhu Kulekhani is one of the most beautiful towns untouched by a mass of people, totally away from the hustle and bustle. It is located in the Makwanpur  District. The place is surrounded by the Kulekhani Dam/Lake, lush green forest, waterfalls, and a beautiful sheep farm at the top of the small town. Apart from that, this place is perfect for hikers, nature enthusiasts, and those who wish to relish the tranquility of nature.

Kulekhani dam
Beautiful view of Kulekhani Dam, the landmark of Markhu

Have you been to Markhu? If yes, I bet you wish to visit here again; especially with your family or friends or even solo. This place has everything to offer. If you are a nature person and wish to do some hiking, you can do a 45-minute hike to Mohini Jharana to see the BEAUTIFUL waterfall. It’s magical. This is where three hours felt like 20 minutes to me.

Likewise, if you prefer to do an activity like boating then you can do that as well. You can hike to the Oldest Sheep Farm(Bhedafarm) for a stunning and picturesque view. You can also stroll around the town, interact with the local people, try the delicious local foods, and many more. 

And if you haven’t been there yet then worry not. I will provide detailed information from transportation to the accommodation and the things to do. And for that, you must keep reading Markhu Kulekhani’s Blog/Hike to Mohini Jharana/Bhedafarm until the end. 


It was just after the end of the semester examinations that we made our trip to Markhu with two other friends. We wanted to get away from the city, spend some time in nature, and do some hiking. And guess what it turned out to be one of the best plans!

The three of us got on the bus from Balkhu Kathmandu at around 7:45 am and headed towards Markhu. And I highly recommend choosing a window seat(left side) for a pleasant and beautiful view along the way. 

PS. The public bus normally leaves between 7:30 am and 7:45 am from Balkhu. You can also hire a Jeep.

On the way to Markhu

On the way to Markhu before Pharping

While on the way to Markhu before reaching Pharping, I got to see this small and beautiful monastery nestled in between the forest. The environment here looked calm and peaceful. As I was admiring the view, the second picture caught my attention. 

As the bus headed forward passing through Pharping, we witnessed how the town began to stir with activity. Along the narrow streets, I caught glimpses of locals starting their day – children in school uniforms, and shopkeepers arranging their wares. 

From the bus window, you witness the timeless rituals of daily life unfolding – people offering prayers at the local temple, farmers tending to their fields, and the vibrant market coming to life.

Markhu Kulekhani

Markhu Kulekhani

Glimpses of Markhu Kulekhani

After almost three and a half hours of driving from Balkhu, we finally reached Markhu Kulekhani at around 11:20 am. We had made our reservation at Hotel Indrasarovar a day before leaving for Markhu. So we checked into the hotel (I loved the view of the Kulekhani dam/lake from the room). We rested for about an hour and freshened up.

Then we made our plans for the day, first had some snacks and then went for a little sightseeing/tour. We were recommended to go up to the Bhedafarm, about a 30-minute hike from the hotel where we stayed.Markhu Kulekhani 

On our way to a small waterfall, we encountered this beautiful spot where we stayed for about an hour and chatted. The air felt so fresh and welcoming. The view looked so amazing.

Lying on our back in a green grassy meadow, with our eyes closed and bright sunlight overhead, the light breeze, warm and comforting carrying the sweet smell of wildflowers. At this moment it felt like the entire world looked so peaceful. 

We then went to see the waterfall. It was not that huge but we loved it anyway.

Markhu Kulekhani

Makhu KulekhaniSweet love story between me and nature!!

Nature never fails to amaze me whether it is a tiny wildflower or the mosses, the insects, or the sounds of the chirping of the birds in between a dense forest.

The wonders of setting suns and evening stars, the blossoming of the trees, the strange transformation of the moth. Nature has always taught me to be grateful for every little thing, big things, and everything in between and cherish them all. 

We had a quality time here being in touch with nature. We further hiked up to the Bhedafarm.  It was about 30 minutes straight up from the hotel we stayed. And as we moved forward, the view got better and better.

Karkhu Kulekhani
    In frame: Markhu Kulekhani (Down there, the town looks Beautiful!!)

From this elevated position, you can gaze down upon the charming town nestled in the rolling hills, surrounded by lush greenery. The remarkable suspension bridge gracefully spans the gap between Markhu and its counterpart across the Kulekhani dam. 

The seamless blend of the town, Kulekhani Dam, and the bridge offers a panoramic view for travelers.

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The trees look a lot more like a teenage green full of life

We passed through these dense pine trees and it’s like stepping into a magical realm where nature’s beauty unfolds with every step. 

We finally reached one of the awaited destinations of Markhu. And here you go the first glimpse of Bhedafarm. It is one of the oldest Sheep farming projects in Nepal.

Currently, more than the farm, the place is popular for its beautiful landscape of the sheep grazing land. It has become popular among domestic travelers. 

Markhu Kulekhani

This place was more than what I expected and it is quite huge and has open space. You can see the sheep grazing peacefully. The fresh air from the surrounding environment and you are just there awestruck. I chose to be at that moment and cherish every zeptosecond of it.

The light breeze air, the pleasant smell from the trees, and the grass; all felt so fresh and beautiful.  I realized how happier my heart felt just being there. 

We just sat there looking and wondering about everything around us; the sky above and the clouds floating gracefully. It was such an overwhelming experience. 

Statue of Lord Buddha facing towards East in a Bhumisparsha mudra

On our way back to the hotel, we took the main road and encountered this stunning statue of Lord Buddha facing towards the East in a Bhumisparsha Mudra. The word ‘Bhumi’ means Earth and ‘Sparsha’ means Touch and is translated as ‘Touching the Earth’ commonly known as the Earth witness mudra.

In this mudra, the right hand is placed upon the right knee, extended to touch the ground/earth while the left hand rests palm up on the lap in the dhyana mudra of meditation.

This mudra symbolizes the union of method and wisdom, samsara and nirvana, and also the realization of the ultimate truth. The mudra recalls how the historical Shakyamuni overcame the obstructions of Mara while meditating on truth.

The next day we planned to hike to Mohini Jharana.

Markhu Kulekhani

Markhu Kulekhani

It’s been a few years that the sun has not caught me in bed. And I overheard somewhere that it is in the early morning the unseen is seen and I couldn’t agree more with that. The early morning was colder and it was pretty foggy outside. Still, the scenery looked amazing. 

I could hear the roosters crowing, the birds chirping, and the faint sound of a waterfall somewhere from afar. It’s a privilege to be alive, to breathe, to be in contact with nature, and to be able to be in that moment. And I vow to cherish each moment. 

We had a very refreshing morning tea and breakfast at one of the local tea shops. Then we were ready for the hike to Mohini Jharana which was about 45 minutes of walking distance from Indrasarovar; the place we stayed.

Markhu Kulekhani

Markhu Kulekhani

We got three tickets for the boat to get to the next side of the Dam or across the dam. There’s a suspension bridge as well instead of riding on a wooden boat. However, we wanted to go via boat and it felt like a mini version of Pokhara.

Markhu Kulekhani
That’s how the lake and the tiny Island look; calm, still, and composed

This is where we got off the boat and started our further hike. The trail is much wider and well managed passing through the Kulekhani Dam and a dense forest.

As I stood at the dam’s edge, the vast reservoir stretched before me, and the island; a miniature oasis in the middle of the lake/dam appeared calm, still, and composed untouched by the ripples of the water. The tiny island, a symbol of resilience, added a touch of calmness to the tranquil landscape of Kulekhani Dam. 

It felt like a moment frozen in time where the world paused to appreciate the delicate balance between engineering skill and the undisturbed beauty of the natural world. 

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Staying closer to nature

As I ventured along the trail, the lush canopy of the trees created a natural tunnel, and walking beneath the towering trees made me feel a profound connection with nature.

The air filled with the earthy scent and sunlight filtered through the leaves left me captivated.

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The stunning view of Kulekhani Dam/Lake

After climbing a few staircases as I looked back, I was thrilled to see such a breathtaking panoramic view- the expansive Kulekhani Dam shining in the distance. It felt like nature’s masterpiece where the serenity of the forest seamlessly met the vastness of the reservoir.

It’s a man-made dam that stores (around 69,200acre ft.)of water. And the entire view from the top of the dam looks surreal!!

I couldn’t help but pause, taking in the beauty of the Markhu trail as it gracefully fused through the trees offering a harmonious blend of natural wonders. 

Soon we started hearing the soothing melody of the waterfall and it grew louder, drawing us closer to the picturesque scene. 

Markhu Kulekhani

Markhu Kilekhani

Nestled within the serene beauty of Markhu, Mohini Jharana is a hidden Gem that magnetizes the heart with its gentle charm. Seeing the waterfall, I felt as if it was nature’s dance, flowing down gracefully amidst the lush greenery.

The sight was mesmerizing and I couldn’t resist dipping my toes into the cool, crystal-clear water. It’s a perfect spot to pause, feel the cool mist on your face, marvel at the simple yet mesmerizing beauty, and connect with the soothing sound of nature. 

The refreshing mist from the waterfall created a peaceful atmosphere making it a must-visit for those seeking a serene escape. This place is like stepping into a storybook where the magic of nature unfolds in every droplet that falls, leaving a lasting impression of peace and wonder. 

I tried balancing the stones and realized one thing that I would like to share; As stones find their balance, so do we.

After spending quality time in nature it was time to return. We didn’t want to leave but had to catch the bus for Balkhu Kathmandu at 2:45 pm. The rain began to ponder and luckily we had packed our raincoats. We were a little hungry and at the same time shivering so we decided to have soup noodles. And the noodles never tasted as good in my entire life as they did then. We had a very Delicious snack and then we returned. Because of the rain, the trails got a bit slippery and we carefully made it back to the hotel. Soon, the bus arrived and we left for our way back home. 

So people if you want to have a memorable experience in nature within a short duration then Markhu is the best place. 

You can also look for other tour options on our website.

Tip: Try to plan during midweek if you don’t prefer to encounter other mass numbers of travelers.


It was exactly 6 am when my travel partner Upashana and I took the bus to Bhaktapur from Chabahil for a day in Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Curious to know why we head out that early? Well, you need to keep reading the blog till the last, and I’ll try to keep it shorter and more enjoyable.

A walk through the alleys

Every little corner has something in store for you!!

Before starting with my story let me quickly ask you a question: Have you ever been to Bhaktapur? If yes how many times have you been there and what was the most fascinating thing about Bhaktapur? 

Alright back to my story. It was early in the morning and as the bus took the route to Bhaktapur I was enjoying the window view. The city was slowly rising as we got closer to our destination.

We got off the bus at Suryabinayak Chowk/station and walked towards our destination for the day. Right after 5 minutes of walking, we arrived at the entrance to Durbar Square, the southern gate of Bhaktapur.

Durbar Square map

We had a quick look at the map and planned for the places to visit among which Pottery Square was on the top bucket list. As soon as we reached the Durbar Square area the entire feeling was totally beyond words; the authentic smell of the city and the past structures of the buildings displayed the city as if it had stopped aging. 
Likewise, we stood in front of the massive 5-story Nytapola (which means a five-storied building) Temple with awestruck eyes thinking how tiny we were in front of the temple.

majestic Nyatapola temple

We took a short walk within the Taumadhi area where lies the giant Nyatpola and the Bhairavanath temple. We were chatting about how the city is so perfectly preserved in its form and at the same time, the city is so clean and well-managed.
As we were appreciating the city our eyes went to the JUJU DHAU which is the Trademark of Bhaktapur for real. I mean FOR REAL!!
Juju dhau/the king of curd
JUJU DHAU, ”the king of Yogurt”: rich taste and thick consistency.
We bought two small clay/earthen pots of Juju Dhau and the next thing was to decide on a spot from where we could enjoy the majestic view of the entire Taumadhi area accompanied by the super DELICIOUS Juju Dhau so we climbed up the stairs to Nyatapola.
Observing the Taumadhi square, those ancient structured buildings, the appealing souvenir shops, the hills surrounding the valley along with the sweet and rich taste of juju Dhau is absolutely lovely.
We took our time to look at the temple itself. known as ‘Tudal’ the fierce-looking side struts of the temple are a must-see. One couldn’t help but wonder how skilled the wood carvers must have been. 
Every piece of wood has been carved with so much care and precision that it is worth all the appreciation. The giant stone statues of animals alongside the stairs are majestic as well. FYI, these structures date back to the 15th century. Amazing, isn’t it? 
traditional cafe harati
After observing the jaw-dropping view from the Nyatapola temple, the next thing that we came across was this cute little Cafe Harati in a traditional form.
I don’t know if it’s only my Hufflepuff heart that gets a little happier/excited about, seeing these little things. Well, I still am obsessed with this place while I am writing and going through the images.
We further headed towards the Western Gate of Bhaktapur Durbar Square to observe the National Art Museum, The 55 Window Palace, The statue of King Bhupatindra Malla in the middle of Durbar Square, and many more…!!
alleys and in betweens
Alleys and In-Betweens
It was such a pleasant experience to explore every corner and alley of this beautiful city. From the authentic local smell to the beautiful art and paintings showcased at every shop, the city simply amazes me every single time with its intricate beauty. It is so welcoming that your heart will be so whole. Full of beautiful memories. 

Ps. A walk through the narrow alleys and temples is the perfect way to explore and discover every little corner of Bhaktapur.

pretty wooden crafts
The city mirrors the richness of Newari Art, Culture, Architecture, and overall history.
After observing the square our next destination was the National Art Museum. Located in the middle of Durbar Square, it is a sanctuary to all art and history buffs.
From stone inscriptions dating back a century to the powerful  (well some scary too) paintings of Bhairava, the museum has kept the Nepalese history and Nepalese peoples’ penchant for art and architecture to be observed and admired by all. 
A national art museum
A Living Museum of Newari Art, culture and Architecture
The oldest statue we saw there dates back to the 11th century. The paintings majorly reflect the usual mix of Hinduism and Buddhism which can be seen in general Nepalese culture and society as well.
Some rare wood carving pieces were kept to be observed as well among which wooden book covers, wooden safes, and Tudal were the most fascinating.
P.S. Do not forget to take a peek from the small windows of the museum, it’s an absolute delight.
shiva linga
As we entered the museum, our eyes went to the Shiva Linga dated back to the 14th century A.D. Likewise, the 17th Century image of Vishnu seated in Padmasana with four arms carrying his usual attributes as a conch, a wheel, a mace, and a lotus – bud. These were so majestic.
Image of Vishnu seated in Padmasana
The museum is home to manuscripts and paintings of the Malla and the Lichhavi era and is the only gallery treasuring the sculptures.
window view from the museum
The next thing that drew our attention was the windows and the view from there. It was spectacularly beautiful. Similarly, the mini window!! For a moment I just wondered how on earth these little things look so majestic.
mini window at the museum
The Sun rays passing through the little window and spreading the light inside the museum still bring me a different kind of happiness.
I guess you people already are excited to visit the place. Well, hold on. We still have a lot to share. It ain’t ending here. Before that, I have another mind-blowing thing to share that we came to know about.
painting inside the museum
The first painting is how it looks when you see it from its front side. The same painting, if you see it from its side view you could see Buddha.
the same paintaing when seen from the side
It’s a total Masterpiece!! So next time whenever you visit the place don’t miss these things.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square from the Western gate
After exploring the museum we headed further toward the Golden Gate which leads to a Palace best known for its fifty – five magnificently carved windows.
Likewise, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla in the middle of Durbar Square faces toward the Taleju Temple which portrays its respect towards the Taleju Temple.
The Chyasalin Mandap
The majestic Chyasalin Mandap
The Chyasalin Mandap which most people tend to confuse as a Temple but is not a temple is another most spectacularly beautiful structure of the Malla era to admire. It’s a wooden pavilion.
Built-in the 17th century, the interesting story behind building the structure between the 55 Window Palace and the Bhaktapur Pashupatinath Temple was to avert the powerful energy coming from the temple directly to the Palace.
FYI the Mandap was destroyed during the 1934 earthquake and was later rebuilt in the 1990s. It was built using metal frames so that it could survive further earthquakes.

Pottery Square

Pottery square
After exploring Durbar Square our next plan was to go to Pottery Square. We were pretty excited about it as it was on our bucket list.
We went to the Pottery Training Center and trust me it’s pretty awesome to try making the pots with your own hands in a traditional method.
pottery making
Making the clay pots was my first experience though I have been to Bhaktapur several times. The feeling of earth on your hands is simply soul-cleansing and gives a sense of peace like nothing else.
in touch with mud
making a pot
Isn’t it ironic to mold the mud into a magnificent craft/vessel in a matter of minutes? Well, it is. So next time you visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, do not forget to visit Pottery Square. You will be charged a certain fee if you make the pots. I would highly recommend trying it.
It was almost five in the evening and after trying the pots we were pretty hungry. We decided to try some local Newari cuisine.
traditional newari food Yomari
It’s super Delicious!!!
We went to one of the local restaurants.  Undoubtedly, our eyes went straight to the Yomari on the Menu. It is a traditional Newari food. The external covering is rice flour with the filings of Chaku inside. It tastes so Delicious!!
Traditional newari choila
Moreover, the Chicken Choila was Heavenly. The combination of different spices in the chicken along with its crunchiness on the outside. Likewise, softness and tenderness on the inside were a ten on ten.
Finally, we end our exploration day with a Kulfi. After the spices, treating ourselves with a kulfi was more like a cherry on top.
 We can conclude that Bhaktapur is not only famous for its ancient structures, history, art, painting, architecture, and street souvenirs. But is also remarkable for its legitimate Newari cuisine.
Okay getting back to the first question I asked at the beginning of this blog. To be honest, there’s not a particular reason. We wanted to experience how the city looks as the sun’s first ray falls on it early in the morning. Overall, it was one of the most beautiful days.
If you are interested in doing a short trek between Kathmandu and Pokhara then you can check out The Kathmandu Pokhara Trek Package.

A Home Away From Home. Turn every single day into an unforgettable memory!

A French Novelist Marcel Proust once said; ‘The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.”

Where solitude is the new liberty. Once in a while, you just need a break from everyday life. Away from home. In a peaceful place. To figure everything out and for that, exploring every corner of Nepal is the best option and it is on the bucket list of every active traveler out there!

With the ongoing trend, the Homestay program is gaining popularity worldwide. It is considered to be one of the perfect ways to accommodate during traveling. It facilitates the travelers to experience the local culture, tradition, and lifestyles firsthand.Homestay In Nepal

A walk in nature walks the soul back home

Homestays in Nepal are generally based in small villages where people’s everyday life is simple yet beautiful and straightforward. Likewise, the peaceful community is untouched by any fabrication and endorsing farming as their primary occupation.

The program is specially developed with the prime aim of involving locals’ participation in tourism along with enhancing their income. It connects travelers with the local people and the host family or community treats every individual trekker as part of their family member.

The program turned out to be an excellent way for the homestay guests to get a closer insight into Nepal and experience the traditional local life.

Why Choose To Stay In a Homestay?

First of all, imagine waking up early in the morning to the rooster crowing, the sound of chirping of birds, and the soothing sound of the waterfall, somewhere different from your usual environment. Isn’t it magical?  Well, it is!

Sipping a cup of tea while the cool fresh air hits right on your face and the wind blows through your hair is the most beautiful feeling you’ll ever experience. Nevertheless, the heartwarming hospitality from the local people and the host family, however, remains on top which will conquer your heart for sure.

Some of the Famous Off the beaten track Homestays

Even though the homestays are quite far off the beaten path, however, they are in the most eye-captivating places. From Bardia( known for the wildlife) in the far west to Ilam(famous for the tea) in the far east, the homestay facility is now extending throughout Nepal. In addition, here are some of the famous homestays in Nepal.

  • Bandipur Homestayhomestay in Bandipur

Escape the vibrant city of Kathmandu and have a glimpse of rural Nepal

Lying midway between Kathmandu and Pokhara and at an elevation of (1,030m), the Bandipur Homestay tour takes you to the small seductive hilltop village. It is one of the most beautiful villages in Nepal and is extremely famous for the Homestay tour which is rich in Newari culture. The place holds the most exotic hiking routes untouched by modernization.

The place is exceptionally famous for the picturesque landscape curled up in the foothills of the Himalayas. The jaw-dropping panoramic view of the entire Annapurna ranges, Manaslu, Langtang, and Dhaulagiri is truly mesmerizing.

Further, as one of the new emerging destinations in the form of community-based tourism, Bandipur offers a variety of attractions to visitors.

Things to do in Bandipur

  • Paragliding
  • Cycling
  • Walking Tours
  • Hiking
  • Local cultural Tour

Major attractions /Places to Visit  in Bandipur

  • Bindhabasini Temple
  • Narayan Temple
  • Mahalaxmi Temple
  • Chandithan
  • Khadga Devi Temple
  • Pharpani Mahadev
  • Padma Library
  • Silk Farm

Bandipur is a live museum of Newari culture and the sophisticated civilization of Kathmandu Valley where the streets are lined with traditional sequence houses. The place is famous for its exotic culture, songs, dances, typical local cuisine, and of course the festivals.

Likewise, with the fresh air, neat and clean streets, sideway cafes, along the perfect pedestrian area, Bandipur is an ultimate European feel. The town is popular amongst Western and European backpackers.

Moreover, you can also enjoy bird watching along with extraordinary wildlife and vegetation. Spending time with the local people is truly a vibe!

  • Ilam Community Homestaycommunity homestay in Ilam

A mellow rural homestay surrounded by tea field

Located in Shree Antu Danda in the Ilam district of Eastern Nepal, the Ilam community homestay is one of the untouched destinations for tourists. Staying in a homestay surely is an excellent way to experience the most authentic side of Nepal. Similarly, Shree Antu is best known for its excellent place to observe the sunrise.

As Ilam is famous for tea production, seducing natural scenery the alluring landscapes, I can assure you you’ll fall in love with the place. The small hill town homestay offers a quick walk in the garden, a short hike along the easy slope into nearby woods, and a blissful picnic spot.

Wanna know more about the other popular attractions close to the homestay? 

Well, Sumendu Lake and Shree Antu Lake are the most beautiful places you should never miss to visit during your stay in Ilam.Antu_pokhari_ilam

Spectacular of Antu Pokhari Ilam

The spectacular view of Ilam with the plains of the Terai on one side and the green tea field on another is truly admirable! An evening walk around the park nearby and tea gardens are highly recommended.

Moreover, you’ll be pleased to see the friendly nature of the local people. Likewise, you’ll also enjoy varieties of Nepalese cuisine which are a blend of incredible flavors. Within a very short duration, you will create a beautiful bond with the local people.

So people are you ready to turn your every single trip into a memorable one? Enjoy your homestay trip involving within the community staying under the same roof and sharing the same dining table.

  • Ghale Gaun Homestayghale-gaun-homestay

Typical village on the lap of the Annapurna region

Ghale Gaun is another most beautiful Gurung village. It is situated in Southern Nepal (6,932m) at the base of the Lamjung district. The homestay tour is specially designed for those who wish to experience the exotic culture of the Gurung community and explore the typical village life.

Have you ever wished to stay somewhere in an unfamiliar place where the language, culture, and traditions of the people are different from yours? I am sure you have.

Ghale Gaun Homestay certainly, offers you an extremely close view of the culture, tradition, and everyday lifestyles of the locality in the Annapurna area. The blend of the unique culture, rivers, waterfalls, green forest, and the magnificent views of snowcapped mountains together make it the most beautiful homestay tour in Nepal.

Major Attractions of Ghale Gaun

  • Taste of Local foods
  • Gurung museum
  • Panoramic views of the mountains like Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung Himal and Himchuli
  • Traditional handicraft
  • Cultural dances like Serka, Jhyaure, Dohori, Ghantu dance, Ghyabring, etc.

In short, you will meet several interesting people, get the chance to share stories and knowledge and see through the eyes of the locals.

  • Bardia Community Homestayhomestay in Nepal

Explore the untouched part of West Nepal.

Located in the Far West of Nepal, Bardia Community Homestay is home to the Tharu community. The homestay tour offers an opportunity to explore the rare and unspoiled wildlife and vegetation of Nepal. Staying under the traditional house, made from mud and wood, and interacting with the locals will leave you with a feeling of rural adventure.

Have you ever wished to stay in a treehouse? Well, then it’s the right time to turn your dream into a reality as you can also stay in a treehouse.

Bardia is an excellent place for travelers with a keen interest in exploring traditional culture, nature, and wildlife. Although the accommodation facilities are pretty basic, however, it meets the guests’ needs.

The following are some of the major attractions in Bardia;

  • Bardia National Park
  • Karnali Bridge
  • Animal Breeding center
  • Khairpur Blackbuck Conservation Area
  • Crocodile Breeding Center and Tharu Museum

Best Time to Visit Bardia

Based upon most of the travelers’ comfort touring between October and February is the best month as the weather tends to get cool and warmer.

Furthermore, enjoy your homestay tour by walking around the village premises with a perfect jungle view and feeling the ambiance of nature.

Meanwhile, you do not have to worry about the accommodation facilities in any homestay.

Travel isn’t about where you go, but how you see the world!

There’s a quote ”Travel far enough, you meet Yourself. ”

With the historic city, adrenaline activities, rich cultures, local foods, and excellent landscape along with the surreal Phewa Lake at the center, Pokhara is an eternal magnet for visitors.

Situated in the Annapurna region it’s the second-largest city in Nepal after Kathmandu. And it surely is one of the most beautiful cities with some spectacular mountain views. mountains in the background stealing the limelight

 Mountains in the background stealing the limelight!

Pokhara features on the bucket list of travelers from across the world. More than one million tourists visit Pokhara each year (Including Nepalese citizens as well). The city is extremely tourist-friendly and of course the most popular tourist destination. It certainly has a lot to offer and is the ideal destination for tourists belonging to all age groups.

Want the real, most honest, straight-to-the-point guide on Pokhara?

Planning for the perfect trip to Pokhara? Go through The Ultimate Pokhara Travel Blog written for active travelers like yourself!

How to go from Kathmandu to Pokhara?

At a distance of 146 km from Kathmandu, it takes a maximum of 25 minutes to reach Pokhara via a flight. Likewise, tourist buses, take around 7 hrs with a driving distance of (200km). However, we would highly recommend taking a flight as it is easier and the bus ride seems to take quite a long time as well.

After a short flight to Pokhara, you can check into the hotel and rest for a couple of hours. Regarding hotels, there are a number of them available depending upon your choice (five-star hotel to a normal). 

Places to Visit in Pokhara

Many places in Pokhara certainly are worth exploring. You will be so overwhelmed with the picturesque beauty and the blissful atmosphere. Here are some of the places you must not miss visit while in Pokhara.

  • Phewa LakePhewa Lake the signature landmark of Pokhara

Phewa Lake: The signature landmark of Pokhara

Spending some time around the periphery of Phewa Lake in the evening is one of total bliss. Phewa Lake surely is the signature landmark of Pokhara. And it is one of the best ways to witness and explore the colorful city as the sunset is to go down to the lakeshore.

You can find several bars around the lakeside where you can listen to live music you can grab some drinks and enjoy the chilly night. I bet you will find such a vibe nowhere. All you can do is just live in the moment.

World Peace Pagoda/Shanti Stupa

shanti stupa

The sparkling White Peace Pagoda

Situated at an altitude of 1000m, The World Peace Pagoda also termed Shanti Stupa lying in the Southwest of Pokhara is such a beautiful place accompanied by peaceful surroundings. The active hikers can choose to hike up to the Stupa from Phewa Lake.

Likewise, if you rather prefer to skip the hike then you can drive up to the base of Stupa and climb a 10-minute staircase.

The place is highly suitable for meditation. You can witness several people doing meditation in a blissful environment. Moreover, you can witness a breathtaking view of the Pokhara valley on one side from the top of Stupa.

Sarangkot Sunrise View

Sunrise view from Sarangkot

Magnificent Sunrise view!

Sarankot, located on the outskirts of Pokhara, far from the city hustle and bustle, and at an altitude of 1592m is well-known for its excellent sunrise and sunset view.

Likewise, the jaw-dropping panoramic view of Mt.Annapurna Massif, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri range, and Manaslu are worth exploring. You can either take 40 minutes of drive or hike up to Sarangkot.

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Enjoy the magnificent view from Sarangkot

The best possible way to witness the early sunrise view is by spending a night at Sarangkot and the next day you can wake earlier and enjoy the magnificent sunrise view.

Don’t you think the view is so surreal? Well only seeing the pictures and hearing about the places won’t make any difference. You have to break your busy life schedule take yourself out and create some pleasing moments. 

Meanwhile, you do not have to worry about hotels in Sarangkot. There are several excellent hotels and you can enjoy very warm hospitality from the local people too.

     Davis Fall

Pokhara Davis fall

A mysterious waterfall

Also known as Patale Chango and a 30-minute drive from the center (lakeside) of Pokhara, Davis Falls is a waterfall heading underground. It is believed that one of the trekkers named David was washed away and mysteriously vanished.

Mahendra Cave

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Inside view of Mahendra cave

Mahendra Cave/Mahendra Gufa is a large limestone cave that is locally known as the House of Bats. It is one of nature’s wonders in Pokhara which is the house of many stalagmites and stalactites as well.

International Mountain Museum

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Inside the International Mountain Museum

We all know Nepal is the home of the highest peak in the world along with eight other peaks above the height of eight thousand meters. The museum showcases the preserved history of the mountains and mountaineering together with all its values and mysteries.

Moreover, you can see record, and document the lifestyle, tradition, and culture of the Sherpa community along with the past and present development in Mountaineering activities in general.

Things to Do in Pokhara

Pokhara is generally packed with adventurous activities. Pokhara, being a thrill-seeker dream destination surely has a lot to offer and so it is famous for its adventurous sports. You can do Paragliding, Mountain biking, Hiking, Bunjee jumpingJeep flyer, and Helicopter flight to Base Camp to see the outstanding Himalayan view.


the ultimate pokhara travel blogFeel the adrenaline rush!

Can you just imagine seeing the mighty Annapurnas while you glide over rivers, lakes, and mountains in the sky? Well, there’s nothing that can flutter the excitement of being up in the sky and flying like a free bird and observing the terrific scene of pristine lakes and snow-capped mountains.

Flying high above and enjoying marvelous views of the Himalayan peaks from the viewpoint is gonna be a lifetime experience that you will never forget!


Phewa Lake

Explore the tranquil lake

Boating in Fewa Lake is another refreshing recreational activity in Pokhara and a major attraction too. On a bright day, the crystal clear reflection of Annapurna massif on the lake’s mirror surfaces is magical indeed! 

While boating you will see a small island in the middle of the lake which is the home of Tal Barahi Temple. You can drop by there for a few minutes and visit the temple.

Regarding the entrance ticket, you will be charged Rs 500 per hour with a boatman. And lifejackets are mandatory at Rs 10. Wooden boats are available at different boat stations.

    Bungee Jump

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Isn’t it Ironic when your heart skips a few beats, you feel the most alive?

Bungee Jump is another most popular and thrilling adventurous activity in Pokhara. It is also known as the highest water touch Bungee worldwide. Located in Hemja close to the Zip Flyer, it takes 20 minutes to drive from Lakeside.

Moreover, enjoy the eye-captivating view of the Himalayas; the glorious views of the Annapurna range, massive green hills, and a serpentine river right from the bungee spot that will take your breath away.

Are you wondering about the price? No worries. Here’s what you are looking for:

  • For Nepali citizens: Rs 4200
  • Indian citizen: Rs8200
  • Foreigners: $82

PS: Videos and photographs extra cost: Rs 1500 /for all.

Also, you must book your trip in advance so without registration tickets, service is not available at Bungee spot.

Jeep Flying

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From Sarangkot all the way down to Hemja.

Pokhara exhibits another steepest, fastest, and longest Zipline. With a 1.8km long cable and running at a speed of 140km per hr, the zip flyer is another most appealing adventurous sport in Pokhara.

It starts from Sarangkot (1625m) and ends all the way down at Hemja (960m). The spectacular view of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, lakes, and the city is truly eye-satisfying.

Are you an adventurer? Are you willing to accept the challenges? Yes. Yes, You Do! For instance, take a deep breath and leap faith. And just go for it.

Helicopter Flight to Annapurna Base Camp

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The Heli tour adventure never goes out of style!

Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter flight is one of the finest and quickest alternatives to explore the Annapurna Region precisely in a very short duration. After 30 minutes of a dramatic flight from Pokhara to Annapurna Base Camp, you will be given 15-30 minutes to explore the mighty Annapurnas.

Dhaulagiri and ABC are the major highlights of the Heli ride package. It is the best option for those with very limited time but still want to explore the trans-Himalayas within a tour duration of 1 – 1.5 hours.

The tour is possible in two ways;

Charter Basis Private Heli Tour  

You can fly either single or with your group on your schedule. The flight can also be operated anytime in the day under favorable weather conditions. It costs around $1800.

Group joining Heli tour

Likewise, in a group joining the Heli tour, 5 different people will be sharing the cost and flying to ABC in a single flight. And it costs $275 per person.

After spending some time and witnessing the 360-degree Himalayan view you will then be flying back to Pokhara.

So guys what are you waiting for? It’s time to step out and do some adventurous activities for lifelong memories. The time is all yours!

You can check the Kathmandu Pokhara Tour to know the detailed itinerary, cost, including exclude, and so on.

Nepal Tourism Board launched ‘Visit Nepal 2020’with a slogan of “Lifetime Experiences” with a vision of promoting tourism in the country. The government of Nepal is aiming to attract two million tourists by the year 2020 AD.

The campaign also targets excellent economic growth and making Nepal known as a pleasant and safe country to travel.

About Visit Nepal 2020 Campaign

‘Visit Nepal 2020’ is a National Tourism Campaign with the attempt to invite and assist tourists in Nepal. The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) had actually broadcasted this campaign 2015 to be held in the year 2018. But due to slowed construction of infrastructure (roads, airports) and renovation of the heritage sites, it was postponed until 2020.

Vist Nepal 2020 logo

Visit Nepal 2020 Logo

Tourism in Nepal took a real knock after the devastating earthquake (7.8 Richter scale) on April 25, 2015. The country faced an awful situation with the collapsing of multi-storeyed buildings in the capital along with landslides and avalanches in the Himalayas. Approximately 9,000 people died and more than 22,000 suffered injuries.

It, however, didn’t stop here. The quake frequently followed hundreds of aftershocks affecting about a third of the national populations. As a result, hundreds of thousands of people faced extreme poverty.

After the massive earthquake hit, rumors spread around the world that the country isn’t safe enough to travel which, however, couldn’t be further from the truth. The Nepal Tourism Board has verified every route and the damages sustained by the trail. Currently, all the hiking route is announced safe to travel.

With the campaign of Visit Nepal 2020, Nepal is back on the map as the top five among the top ten countries to visit in the world and the number one valued destinations on the planet.

The main strategy of this campaign is mostly on bouncing back stronger after the massive Earthquake. For this, the Government has divided a budget for renovation and reconstruction so that tourists will feel much safer.

Plans For Visit Nepal 2020

The government targets over 2 million tourists in Visit Nepal Year 2020 together with developing a friendly and pleasing environment. Moreover, the country is providing the best cultural, religious, adventurous, leisure, and a stage of Lifetime Experiences.

With the initiation of this resourceful campaign, the country will advance more in the tourism sector providing job opportunities to over one million people all around the country.

For this campaign, the government has planned to develop new tourism products that will be divided into five clusters which are;

  1. Culture People and Heritage
  2. Cities and Leisures
  3. Outdoor and Adventures
  4. Religion and Pilgrimage
  5. Nature and Wildlife

To advance all these sectors, one major hub for tourism will be selected in every district where accommodations like home-stays, community-based products will be improved. The tourism services and products will be expanded and extended. Moreover, the image of Nepal will be publicized in the international tourism market.

With the expansion of flexibility and accessibility in terms of air and land transportation, the possibilities to explore undiscovered areas will be opened up more.

Why Should You Visit Nepal?visit nepal 2020 heading to Lukla

In frame: David Burwen and Susan Burwen (Heading off to Lukla)

No doubt Nepal stands first in every travelers and nature enthusiasts bucket list. The country itself is best known for its excellent nature and geographical variation. It definitely holds something for everyone no matter what your interests are.

The high mountains in Nepal are perfectly balanced by the lows. The Himalayas provide a wide range of trekking to terrific peak climbing activities. Likewise, the Hills comprises of excellent tour and sightseeing destinations.

With all these, Nepal eventually is considered to be a paradise for trekking to many thrilling adventurous activities and a perfect place for a holiday tour.

Best Treks and Peak climbing for Visit Nepal 2020

Nepal is packed with places that would take your breathe away. Of the top 10 highest peaks in the world, Nepal is home to 8 of them. The Mountains are absolutely alluring and mesmerizing.

No matter whether you are a novice or pro, there are so many incredible trails in Nepal, you are sure to find a trek to suit your needs.

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From the top of Everest Base Camp 5,364m

Visit Nepal Year 2020 tends to boost the undiscovered hiking trails too. Likewise, the Nepal Government is also lighting up on the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek   Ganesh Himal Trek, and Manaslu Circuit Trek, to make these trails a dream trip destination for the future.

Following are some of the most recommended treks for Visit Nepal 2020:

Lobuche Peak Climbing(visit nepal 2020)

Lobuche Peak Climbing (Rope climbing)

Peak climbing has been one of the most rewarding adventures in Nepal, especially in the Khumbu region. It rewards the keen climbers with absolutely an unforgettable lifelong memory. So people, aren’t you excited to attempt all these adventurous activities?

Recommended Peak Climbing for Visit Nepal 2020:

Best Tours For Visit Nepal 2020

Nepal is not only famous for the trekking and Mountaineering but also the best destinations for tours. Everest Sherpa Adventure is actively involved in promoting this campaign in different ways.

Under the campaign, Visit Nepal 2020, we are bringing out different packages with different travel routes and costs which will level up the Tourism vista in the eye of travelers. 

Jungle sufari in Chitwan National Park

Elephant ride in Chitwan National Park(Forest safari)

Jungle safari in Nepal takes you to the extreme wilderness. It involves an elephant ride and other different activities authentic in the spot.

We would highly recommend the Kathmandu Pokhara Tour and Kathmandu Chitwan Pokhara Tour in case you are in a very limited time and still want to create some lifetime memories.

Explore The Culture, and Tradition  

As a matter of fact, Nepal is a multi-lingual, multi-ethnic multi-cultural and a multi-religious country. In spite of all these diversifications, there is still Unity In Diversity among the people in the country. Moreover, Nepal is a high point for diverse cultures.

Group of Gurung people celebrating Tamu Lhosar

A community of Gurung people celebrating Tamu Lhosar(festival)

Every society holds its distinct religion, art, and customs. Moreover, you can find such harmony nowhere in the world.

If you ever plan to visit Nepal, you will not only explore but will also be amazed to interact with Nepalese people. Welcoming the guest with a smiling face will surely conquer your heart.

In a cultural attire

In frame: Susan Burwen looking absolutely Gorgeous in Sherpa cultural attire!

We truly believe in the Verse ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ which means ‘The guest is equivalent to God’. Moreover, you will be truly overwhelmed by the very warm hospitality offered by the people. 

So guys hurry up and grab the chance to witness the unique culture and tradition of Nepal.

Famous  UNESCO World Heritage Sites 

Likewise, sightseeing in Kathmandu to some of the famous UNESCO World Heritage site is another unmissable thing to explore.

Kathmandu, a multicultural metropolitan city is a history filled city. It is extremely famous for numerous cultural heritages, temples, monuments, stupas, and different arts.

pashupatinath temple

Pashupatinath Temple: A place for cremation

Note:- The first impression of Kathmandu city is dust, pollution, and traffic. The saying ”don’t judge a book by its cover” actually applies to Kathmandu city.

The city comprises of following UNESCO World heritage sites;

  1. Kathmandu Durbar Square
  2. Pashupatinath Temple
  3. Swayambhunath Stupa
  4. Boudhanath Stupa
  5. Patan Durbar Square
  6. Bhaktapur Durbar Square
  7. Changu Narayan Temple

Adventurous Activities For Visit Nepal 2020

Nepal is also popular for the most thrilling and exciting adventures around the globe. Pokhara is the center for adventurous activities.

In addition, Visit Nepal 2020 campaign is bringing more adventurous programs. Moreover, you can definitely do Paragliding, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Bungee Jumping, Zip Flyer, and Helicopter flight to Base Camp to see the outstanding Himalayan view.

  • Bungee Jumping

Bungee Jumping

Feel the exhilaration fall (Bungee Jumping)

Experience the first tower bungee jump in Pokhara and feel the joy of the heart-piercing jump. Likewise, Enjoy the eye captivating view of the Himalayas; the glorious views of Annapurna range, massive green hills, and a serpentine river right from the bungee spot that will absolutely take your breath away.

  • Boating in Phewa LakePhewa_Lake_Boating

Experience the Heaven on Earth

Likewise, Boating in Phewa Lake is probably one of the major attractions in Pokhara. In short, spending the evening time around the periphery of mild Begnas lake is truly beyond the imagination.

  • River Rafting Bhote-Koshi River Rafting

 Bhote Koshi River Rafting

Further, River Rafting is another most adventurous activity in Nepal and the most effective way to experience the spectacular scenery of nature. It offers a unique Himalayan view, beautiful landscape, and thrilling  Himalayan river of Nepal.

Moreover, Nepal is also well known for some of the fast-flowing white water rafting like; Trishuli River, Kali Gandaki River, Bhote Koshi River, and Marshyangdi River.

Offers for Visit Nepal 2020

On the occasion of the “Visit Nepal 2020” campaign, Everest Sherpa Adventure has conducted various special offers and deductions.

We have managed to give up to 100% discount for every package. And to get a discount you have to team up with friends, family, and colleagues. We are providing a 100% Cost of 1 pax discount to a group of 10 people. Besides this, we are also providing a 60% cost of 1 pax to a group of 6 people.

To sum up, there are far far, far better things out there than any we leave behind. Therefore, all you have to do is just decide. Stop dreaming. And start packing.

Traveling to an unfamiliar nation is however not as easy,  either it is privately or with experienced groups. So, if you have any type of confusion regarding the trips in Nepal, then you can feel free to contact us.

So, book your trip with Everest Sherpa  Adventure and take your adventure experience to the next level and help in making “Visit Nepal 2020” a successful campaign.

Nepal is generally packed with places that would take your breath away. And no doubt ‘Nepal is a trekkers wonderland‘.It is absolutely feasible to trek / visit Nepal throughout the year with broadly four main temperate seasons offering a uniquely wonderful experience. However, considering the best time to visit,  Spring and Autumn are the Best Trekking Seasons In Nepal.

During this season there is a pleasant climatic condition neither so hot nor so cold and the visibility of the mountain is crystal clear. Likewise, after winter, the sun gets warmer in springtime, and trekkers can again enjoy comfortable climatic conditions. Similarly, many different types of flowers blossom leading to the best time to climb up peaks for the expedition as well.

With this, the wide variety of flora and fauna along with spectacular views and the colorful landscape is truly magical indeed!

Nepal In Spring Season

Spring season, starting from March and lasts till May, also known as the Pre-Monsoon is the most pleasant time to travel to Nepal. This season is considered the second-best trekking season.

During this time the high passes are basically snow-free along with clear mountain views. The temperature is moderately warm in low lands while mild in higher altitudes. 

Forest covered by blossoming rhododendron giving the landscape a radiant and vibrant texture.

The travelers can witness a wide variety of flowers blooming such as Rhododendron (a national flower), magnolia, and other wildflowers in various parts of the country together creating a spectacular environment. The entire trail is absolutely going to be surreal during the spring season.

Temperature During Spring Season

The spring season is ideal for the trekkers who are after warmer temperatures. Early spring is likely to be a bit chilly, with warm temperatures in the lower elevation regions (800-2000m), and suitable for trekking in regions such as lower Annapurna.

Likewise, as winter fades away and springs advances in, the temperatures in regions with elevations over 4,000m are quite pleasant, making way for sunny, clear, and warm trekking conditions.

                 Average Daily Temperature                                       Average Nightly Temperature

March:              24°C                                                                                                               8°C

April:                 28° C                                                                                                              12°C

May:                  29°C                                                                                                                15°C

Twinning with the background

The flowers adding more beauty to the background and producing a pleasing fragrance. 

Benefits of Trekking In Spring Season

  • The weather tends to be warm and cool and the temperature ranges from 12-29 degrees Celcius.
  • Pleasant warm climatic conditions during the day and slightly colder morning and nights.
  • Explore the lush green forest and enjoy the blossom of variety if rhododendron flowers along the trail.
  • Excellent views of the mountains due to clear and dry weather conditions. Likewise, the beautiful landscape and villages are magnificent during the spring season.
  • Higher chance to explore the remote corners of Trans-Himalayas.massive annapurna circuit                                  Stunning view of  Annapurna circuit (8,091m) 
Most Recommended Treks During Spring Season 

During the month of March and April trek to Annapurna and Dhaulagiri out to be the most ideal one as the trail will be filled with the blossoming of rhododendron.

Likewise, trek to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pathar for warm weather and sublime trekking conditions.

Nepal in spring season

Suspension bridge crossing Dudh Koshi River

Nepal In Autumn Season

As a matter of fact, trekking in Nepal can be done throughout the year. However, trekking at certain seasons provides more enjoyment and clarity than others.

The autumn is the most recommended trekking season in Nepal lasting from (Sept- Nov) which is also regarded as the Post Monsoon. It is considered to be the best trekking season in Nepal. It offers outstanding weather along with terrific mountain views.Scenic view in autumn season

A beautiful bright autumn day with crystal clear blue sky. 

The autumn season exhibits vivid colors of happiness throughout the trails. The leaves of the plants turn into shades of yellowish, violet, and tarnish.

Why is  Autumn considered the best Trekking season in Nepal?

Excellent view of Namche in Autumn

Terrific view of Namche Bazar.

Autumn is the peak season for trekking in Nepal. It is considered as the best tourist season in Nepal with the summer gone by and the winter to set in. With the highly pleasant weather so are the mountain views. 

So people what are waiting for? Aren’t you super excited to enjoy the grand adventure to Nepal? It’s time to book your flight in advance in order to not miss the chance.

Temperature in Autumn Season

The bright glare of the Sun makes the days amusing, with temperatures ranging from 22° C during the day and falling to around 9° C at night at an elevation of( 1,000 to 3,500)meters.

                          Average Daily Temperature                                       Average Nightly Temperature

September                  27°C                                                                                                      17°C

October                       25°C                                                                                                      14°C

November                   22°C                                                                                                        9°C

The autumn season is the most preferred season because of the favorable weather conditions. September marks the end of monsoon in Nepal. In the initial days of September, occurs light showers but by mid-September, the monsoon clouds drain and disappears, clearing up the skies. The mountains appear clear and are the most beautiful to look at clear skies.

Furthermore, during the autumn season the greatest festival of Hindus ie. Dashain and Tihar take place in Nepal. The trekkers get the chance to be a part and enjoy the festival throughout the entire journey. The visitors will be truly overwhelmed by the warm hospitality offered by the local people.

Trust me you gonna feel like a home in spite of being away from home.

A Day In Kathmandu Everything That You Need to See and Do.

The capital of Nepal, Kathmandu is a thriving multicultural metropolitan city. Exploring the entire valley in 24 hrs is merely an impossible thing to do. However, if you wish to make the Most Of a Day in Kathmandu even in your tight schedule before heading off for the trekHere are a few places you must not miss to visit.

A full day sightseeing in Kathmandu must include a visit to a few famous World Heritage Sites. Likewise, a walk through the busy local markets to a beautiful view of the entire city from the roof and a pure local food together will make your day a memorable one.

1. Thamel

A Day In Kathmandu

Explore your Morning around the Periphery of Thamel ( a vehicle-free area)

After having a beautiful sound sleep, start your day with a good breakfast around Thamel assuming your hotel around.

Thamel is the Main Attraction of Tourists and the major hub of tourist activities so it absolutely is the perfect place to start your exploration!

2. Kathmandu Durbar SquareA Day In Kathmandu

Statue of Kal Bhairav: the largest stone idol in the center of Durbar Square

Secondly, right after Thamel, we recommend your further step to Kathmandu Durbar Square. Situated in the heart of Kathmandu city in Basantapur, Kathmandu Durbar (Square/Palace) never fails to impress the visitors with its intricate wooden carvings along with the rich ancient history.

Kathmandu  Durbar Square area is actually made up of three loosely linked squares;

  • Basantapur Durbar Square to the south
  • The main Durbar Square to the west.
  • Similarly, the second part of Durbar Square to the running northeast containing the entrance to the Hanuman Dhoka Palace and an assortment of temples. 

Highlights of Kathmandu Durbar Square:

  • Taleju Templethe tallest building in Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Kal Bhairab-the largest stone idol in the center of Durbar Square
  • Statue of King Pratap Malla-facing the palace in the square
  •  Jagannath temple- oldest temple in Kathmandu
  •  Kasthamandap- the city Kathmandu derived its name from Kasthamandap
  • Kumari Ghar- a small palace where the Living Goddess (Kumari)is kept.Kumari(Living Goddess)Kumari (Living Goddess)spreading smiles during the festival of Indra Jatra in Nepal.

Kumari is regarded as the only last Living Goddess of Nepal worshipped by Hindus and Buddhists. Kumaris are the young prepubescent girls who receive the power of the Goddess of Kali and symbolizes the power of protection.

Moreover, Kumari is believed to be the human manifestation of  Goddess Taleju until she menstruates, after which it is believed that the goddess leaves her body. 

3. Boudhanath StupaA Day In Kathmandu

 Boudhanath Stupa: A holy place of Enlightenment in Kathmandu

After exploring  Kathmandu Durbar Square the next destination would definitely be the Boudhanath Stupa. It is the largest Stupa in Nepal that symbolizes the Peace and spreads a unique vibe.

I  assure you will absolutely get lost in this quiet and peaceful environment. All you will hear is a peaceful Buddhist prayer song(Avalokiteshvara mantra) while roaming around the stupa which certainly is so relaxing and mind refreshing. Boudhanath Stupa (two big eyes)

The Wisdom Eyes of Lord Buddha(The Light of Asia)

In the stupa, there are huge pairs of eyes staring out from the four sides of the main tower. These are the “Eyes of the Buddha” staring out in all four directions the wisdom eyes. The Buddhas’ eyes in the stupa symbolize the all-observing capability of Lord Buddha.

Likewise, between the wisdom eyes, there is a carving symbol(Nose) and it looks like a question mark. It symbolizes unity and enlightenment.Boudhanath stupa view from the roof top

The stunning view from the rooftop, a cup of coffee, and perfect weather!

Are There Any Places like Restaurants or Cafes around Boudhanath Stupa?

Of course, there are. In fact, there are a number of cafes at Boudha where you can go and chill for some time.

So, after doing a few koras (walk around) the Boudhanath stupa go at any rooftop cafes and enjoy the stunning view along with a cup of coffee or any drinks. Certainly, this is one of the best things I love to do at Boudhanath Stupa.

The prayer flags tied to the stupa flickering in the wind, the flock of pigeons flying around Boudhanath Stupa, and the peaceful surrounding are truly mind-blowing! A flock of pigeons flying over Boudhanath Stupa

A flock of Pigeons flying over The Stupa

These are the most beautiful things you can definitely witness at Boudhanath Stupa. Moreover, pigeons symbolize Love and sacrifice. Similarly, offering butter lamps are the most powerful offering.

 Just like a light eliminates darkness, offering light eliminates the darkness of ignorance to achieve Buddha’s clear wisdom.

lighting a lamp in Boudhanath Stupa

Lighting the lamps eliminates darkness in a faithful sense

Besides all these, you can also light the butter lamps in the name of the people who are passed away. Traditionally, it is believed that lamps are offered as a dedication to the passed away people in order to guide them by wisdom light.

4. Swoyambhunath StupaSwoyambhunath Stupa

‘All-Seeing Eyes’ of Lord Buddha, keeping an immortal watch on the valley.

The next is to the Swoyambhunath Stupa also known as the Monkey Temple is another most important Buddhist shrines. It is known as the Monkey Temple because it is the home of spiritual monkeys.

The complete architecture of the stupa is deeply significant: the white dome signifies the earth, the 13-tiered, tower-like structure at the top represents the 13 stages to enlightenment. Similarly, the nose-like twist below the eyes signifies unity, and a third eye signifies the ”all-seeing vision of the Buddha”.

365 steps of staircases in Swoyambhunath Stupa

There are 365-step staircases to the top of the hill at Swoyambhunath. 

You can see an outstanding panoramic view of the Kathmandu valley, from the top of the hill. Moreover, sitting on top of the hill while the cool fresh air hits right on your face is such an overwhelming experience.

These are worth watching after a long up climb of 365 steps staircases. Each and everything you witness will leave you absolutely speechless.monkeys dive into water at Swoyambhunath stupa

The peculiar activities of the monkeys at Swoyambhunath Stupa 

Likewise, the monkeys swinging from trees and prayer flags hanging around the colorful temple as well. Jumping from high and dive into the water with a splash is such a peculiar.

Consequently, this is one more thing that you will surely enjoy the most while sightseeing around Swoyambhunath Stupa.

5. Things to Do In ThamelBusy local markets at Ason

A busy local market in Ason Thamel

  • Explore The Busy Local Market, Ason, Thamel

After finished sightseeing the beautiful view of Swoyambhunath Stupa you can return back to Thamel passing through the amazing busy local markets of Ason Thamel.

Meanwhile, it’s pretty crowded, however,  you can witness the simple yet beautiful lifestyle of people within the crowd.

  • Enjoy The Street Food

You can try some best street foods in Thamel as well. It’s fresh delicious and extremely cheap. Trust me you definitely gonna love it. 

6. Evening View Of Kathmandu
Night view-a-day-in-kathmandu

A beautiful evening view of Kathmandu 

Finally, you can witness a spectacular evening view of Kathmandu city. Moreover, the city during the Tihar Festival (festival of lights)  will look utterly gorgeous as the entire city will be decorated with lights. 

Above all, you can spend a day in Kathmandu exploring these beautiful places and turn the single day into a memorable one.

Note:- The first impressions of Kathmandu city are traffic, dust, and pollution. The saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” actually applies to Kathmandu city.


Wanna get away from the day to day hustle and bustle? Well, here are the Top 5 Off the Beaten Path Treks In Nepal. Let’s just head to the places where you can truly find yourself and can get connected with nature.

The recommended Off The Beaten Path Treks will definitely take the nature enthusiast to the most remote and beautiful villages of Himalayas. And these are the most interesting line-up for every keen trekker out there!

A quiet place to explore.Big treks. Small footprint where the scenery’s every bit is as breathtaking. You are just a few miles away from all these dream trip destinations. So guys hurry up! Which one are you longing  to schedule first for the upcoming trip?

1. Tamang Heritage Trail

Max.altitude: (3,165m)
Duration: 11 Days
Best season: Jan-May & Sept-Dec
Ideal for: every active traveler 

A beautiful village captured during Tamang Heritage TrekA perfect place for Homestay

Where words fail pictures speak. Of the most phenomenal Top 5  Off The Beaten Path Treks In Nepal. The Tamang Heritage Trail will take you to the heart of pristine village lying between the two mighty peaks, Langtang (3,500 m) and Ganesh Himal (7,429 m). It is the most ideal trek for those who truly want to observe the isolated mountain villages of Nepal where people are surviving by growing their own food.

Though easy trek yet full of exotic experiences,  passing through the lush green valleys and hillsides close to the Langtang Valley. The entire journey is followed by the warm hospitality of the Tamang community and the trek especially grants you the taste of Homestay tour in Nepal. The Himalayan panoramas and village scenes are sensational.

Is Tamang Heritage Trail a Lonely Planet?

Being a newly discovered, the Tamang Heritage Trail received considerably fewer tourists. However, it turned out to be one of the perfect tours to experience the remote lifestyles and culture of the people from the Himalayas. These trails, however, will unlock a hidden treasure of rich wilderness and introduce us to primitive tribes chillingly isolated from the beach.

2. Upper Mustang Trek

Best Time: March to early November
Duration: 17 Days
Max.elevation: 3,820m(Lo Manthang)
Difficulty: Moderate

Upper Mustang top 5 off the beaten path treks

Enjoy the rare chance of trekking to the magical land beyond the Himalayas!

Wanna escape the everyday rush city life? In that case, The Upper Mustang Trek is also one of the best options for the top 5  Off  The Beaten Path Trek In Nepal without any hassle and exhilaration. So don’t miss the chance to witness the perfect blend of nature, landscape, rich cultural heritage, a great history, ancient Buddhist monastery, and Caves. The locality’s solitude from the outside world has granted to a highly preserved Tibetan culture and clean nature.

How Difficult is the Upper Mustang Trek?

People mostly seem to be quiet curious to know how challenging the Upper Mustang Trek is? What I personally feel is the trek is absolutely feasible if you are physically fit and enthusiastic about exploring the trans-Himalayan terrain. However, if we talk about how difficult the Upper Mustang Trek is then it is of moderate level. That is to say neither too difficult nor too easy.

Permits and Fees for Upper Mustang Trek

  • The Upper Mustang Restricted Area permit to all foreigners is the US $500 per person for the first 10 days and the US $50 per person per day after that.
  • Permit fee of ACAP entry:  (Approx. the US $30) 3,000 NPR
  • Permit fee ACAP entry  for SAARC nationals: 200 NPR

3.Gokyo Lakes & Renjo La

Duration: 17 days (13 days trekking)
Grading:  moderate to challenging 
Ideal for: active travelers who want to try a distinct trail to the popular Everest Base Camp trek
Best season: February to mid-May & End of September to December

Excellent view of 'Gokyo Lakes & Renjo La'Seducing glimpse of Gokyo Lake

The Gokyo Lake and Renjo La are precisely one of the most classic treks for those who want to escape the busier trails in the Everest region but still attain excellent views of Everest. Meanwhile, standing right next to the glaciers and pristine lake feels as if  Heaven is on earth. The trail is headed towards the heart of Khumbu valley through Namche Bazaar. The best thing about Gokyo Lake and Renjo La pass is it is a less crowded route as compared to the Everest Base Camp Trek.

Furthermore, the ultimate Trek to Gokyo lake crossing the Renjo La pass probably is the easiest of three passes of the Everest region. The fearless travel to Gokyo is truly going to be one of the best lifelong memory.

What Does the Gokyo Lake & Renjo La Pass Offer?

The trek offers countless magnificent views. It grants the moment to enjoy a peaceful and silent atmosphere. I am sure it must be on your bucket list to witness and enjoy all these beautiful moments. The truth is nature has so freaking much to offer. So what are you people waiting for? The time is all yours. And only hearing about the places won’t make any difference. You have to break your busy life schedule and take yourself out and make some pleasing moments. Make sure every second of your life counts.

Likewise, the perfectly matched with a spectacular view of the magnificent peaks Everest, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Lhotse are magical indeed! Moreover, the seducing glimpses of the Gokyo lake; the highest freshwater lake, and Ngozumpa glacier are breathtaking.

4.Manaslu Circuit Trek(Best Hikes in September)

Duration: 18 days
Max.elevation: (5,160m)Larky La Pass
Trip difficulty: Strenuous
Best season:  Late September to Mid December and March to Mid MayManaslu Circuit Trek 'Impressive Mountain View'

A complete breathtaking scene

No doubt Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the most challenging and adventurous treks among the top 5 Off  The Beaten Path Treks in Nepal. The entire trek holds a unique natural and cultural heritage. It offers countless ultimate trekking routes like the Manaslu circuit, Nubri, and Tsum valley which is the hidden treasure of Manaslu. Moreover, you’ll also get the best mountain views of  Mt. Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Annapurna III, Mt. Machhapuchchhre,  Ganesh Himal, and Gangapurna.

Likewise, the trek to Manaslu Circuit can also be one of the best hikes in September.

Interesting Facts About Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Witness the lifestyle of local people untouched by modernization.
  • The word Manaslu refers to the ‘Mountains of Spirit’ that came from the Sanskrit word Manasa which means intellectual or soul.
  • Beautiful sunsets over Manaslu.
  • Continuing the Trek to Tsum Valley.
5.Rara Lake

Location: Mugu district
Max.altitude: 2,990 m (9,810 ft) above sea level
Best season: March-May and Sept- NovBoating in Rara Lake

Heaven on Earth

Compared to most of the places I have been to, the Rara Lake trek is my favorite. Arriving at Rara however isn’t easy, yet the struggle pays off once you are there. The Lake is entirely surrounded by beautiful clean water and is absolutely in a very quiet place. You won’t hear any noise apart from rustling waters, birds singing, and breeze.

What kind of trek preparations do I need for the Trek?

Well, you have to prepare yourself to a basic level of accommodation as the trek leads you to the remote area. Moreover, among the Top 5 ”Off The Beaten Path” Treks, it is unmissable heaven on earth.

Intriguing  features of Rara Lake

  • The water is crystal clear so the lake gives a mirror lake
  • The lake is unaffected and unaltered by human civilization.
  • Rara lake contains spiritual energy so the lake ultimately is perfect for meditation.
  • It is the biggest lake of Nepal surrounded by green hills.
  • The Rara lake exhibits three different colors in a day, therefore, the background of the lake keeps on changing.

Mani Rimdu Festival
  Occurring this November in the heart of mountains. Hurry up for the majestic Mani Rimdu Festival.

Mani Rimdu Festival with Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most interesting tour packages. Especially for the visitors willing to conceive the most captivating culture of the Himalayas as well as do the Everest Base Camp Trek.

 The blend of the Himalayas and the beauty of the Sherpa culture collide beautifully in this journey. Together it is one of the most popular trekking in the Everest Region.

Mani Rimdu Festival with EBC Trek                 Mask dance performed by the monks of Tengboche Monastery

Mani Rimdu Festival 2020 Dates

The Festival is a three-day affair during October’s full moon. As mentioned, one of the biggest highlights of the trek is the Festival itself. It is carried out in the high elevation of the Tangboche monastery in the Everest regionThe festival occurs in the mid – October and mid-November. However, the Mani Rimdu Festival  2020  dates are fixed from 31st October to 3rd November. The date is fixed according to the Tibetan Lunar calendar. Every year, a Buddhist dance drama is performed at Tangboche Monastery.

Why do Buddhist monks make Sand Mandalas?

Mani Rimdu Festival With EBC Trek

                   Painting of Mandala

Mandala is one of the richest visual objects in Tibetan Buddhism. It is a significant picture of the universe. The mandala represents a fictional palace that is seen during meditation.

The Buddhist monks make sand mandalas as it’s the main purpose is to help transform typical minds into enlightened ones and to lift with healing

In the beginning, a beautiful sophisticated  Mandala or religious diagram is drawn in fine colored sand. It takes four days to complete the Mandala then it is covered and used as a focus for the next ten days meditation. Throughout the dances, symbolic demons are quelled, eliminated, or tarnished.

Mani Rimdu Festival                    Group of monks performing a special dance ‘Cham’

The symbolism is explained on many levels. The inner “demons” of hatred, greed, and ignorance overcome through meditation on compassion and wisdom. At the end of the ceremonies, the monks perform the sacred mask dances known as “Cham”.Mani Rimdu Festival with EBC Trek

                   Lamas performing fire puja

There are sixteen dances with some comic pause that relish the crowds. These dances are a recreation of the establishment of Buddhism in the Himalayas by the legendary Padma Sambhava, known as Guru Rimpoche.

The dances convey Buddhist teachings on many levels from the simplest truth to the most profound realization. In short, it is a very colorful and ideal festival to merge with a trekking expedition in the Everest region.

The three-day celebrations of Mani Rimdu follow the ten-day non-stop prayer sessions. Addressed to the patron deities – seeking “blessing for the good of all mankind”. The advocates of all are Guru Rinpoche.

The creator of Vajrayana Buddhism in Tibet and the  Masked Lamas of Khumbu region perform various religious rituals amidst dancing and singing.

Mani Rimdu Festival With EBC Trek

Magnificent sunset view from Kala Pathar

Moreover, the fuse of the Mani Rimdu festival and Everest Base Camp Trek is a particular trek. The trekkers can enjoy and absorb more from the festival and on the other hand visit Base Camp of Mount Everest.

Well, it is a dream trip of a lifetime for most people in the world. And I assure you that the trek rewards you with an ideal cultural presentation of the local people and great Himalayan pleasant views.

Is it a Better Choice To Do The Everest Base Camp Trek after Mani Rimdu Festival?
Mani Rimdu Festival with EBC Trek

 In frame: Mt. Lhotse (8,526m)in front, Mt. Lola (2,788m)in the middle and Mt.Everest (8,848m) at the back

Well, it absolutely is one of the best choices to do the Everest Base Camp Trek after witnessing the festival. Moreover, the month of November is perfect for the trek. November is generally the  Autumn season, and so it offers suitable weather conditions and ideal temperatures for trekking. Likewise, you can also enjoy wide views of the mountains. The view of the Everest massif, especially from Kalapatthar is entirely gorgeous!

What do the Visitors get to Observe Beside the  Festival?

This combined trek offers the trekkers an opportunity to experience the lushness of landscape. That is to say the beauty of the Himalayas, diversity of flora, and fauna.

Besides the festival, the visitors can do a  14 days Everest Base Camp trek as well. And on the other hand, the traditional Sherpa community offers very warm hospitality. After seeing the magnificent feast, we further head towards The Base Camp. So, grab the chance to capture the most spectacular culture and tradition of the Himalayas.Along with the breathtaking scenic beauty and the striking panorama of the Everest Region!!

Mani Rimdu Festival with Everest Base Camp Trek  The Sense of Glory after reaching Kalapathar Summit Above  Everest Base Camp!

With Everest Sherpa Adventure Team, you are guaranteed with a warm hostage and time of your life with no trouble or difficulty! From the best available lodging and good transportation services to good food and guide services, your journey is going to be remarkable. So, all you have to do is enjoy your time in the mountains while we take care of everything else.

Therefore, come join us in this grand adventure that you must not miss! Because it is a fascinating journey that is filled with wonderful rewards and aspects. Similarly, you can also try our 14-days Everest Base Camp Trek as well. Most importantly, we guarantee 3S  for the clients; Safety, Security, and Satisfaction. So, what about booking your trip with us now?