Pokhara: A Vacationers Paradise
A landlocked country Nepal is in Southern Asia, between the Tibet autonomous region of China and India. It contains 8 of the world’s 10 highest peaks, including Mount Everest – the world’s tallest –bordered with Tibet, and Lumbini, the birth place of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. A monarchy for hundreds of years, Nepal was declared a republic in June 2008.
A very diverse geography, rising from less than 100 meters (328 ft) elevation in the tropical Terai, the northern rim of the Gangetic Plain, beyond the perpetual snow line to some 90 peaks over 7,000 meters (22,966 ft) including Earth’s highest Mount Everest or Sagarmatha at 8,848m (29,029 ft).
Prithvi Narayan must have been a charismatic figure, for he recruited, equipped and trained a formidable army and persuaded his subjects to underwrite all this from his ascension until his death in 1775. Through conquest and treaty, he consolidated several Chaubisi kingdoms. As his domain expanded, Khaskura became known as Gorkhali, i.e. the language of the Gorkha kingdom. Then he moved east into the next river basin, the Bagmati which drains the Kathmandu Valley that held three smallurban kingdoms.Like the Rapti, the Bagmati rises somewhat south of the Himalaya. Unlike the Rapti basin, this valley had once held a large lake and the remaining alluvial soil was exceptionally fertile. Between the agricultural abundance, local crafts, and extensive trade with Tibet, the cities were prosperous. Prithvi Narayan encircled the valley, cutting off trade and restricting ordinary activities, even farming and getting water. With a combination of stealth, brutality and intimidation he prevailed and deposed the local kings in 1769, making Kathmandu his new capital. This was the high point of PrithviNarayan’s career; however he continued consolidating the Kathmandu Valley with the Chaubisi and Baisi federations to the west until his death in 1775. Gorkhali was re-dubbed Nepali as ‘Nepal’ came to mean not only the urbanized Kathmandu Valley, but all lands ruled by the Shahs.
Nepal is also one of the richest countries in the world in terms of bio-diversity due to its unique geographical position and variation in altitude. The elevation of the country ranges from 60 meters above sea level to the highest point on earth, Mt. Everest at 8,848 meters, all within a distance of 150 kilometers resulting in climatic conditions from sub-tropical to Arctic.
Nepal is occupying only 0.1 % of the earth and is home to:
- 2 % of all the flowering plants in the world.
- 8 % of the world’s population of birds (more than 848 species).
- 4 % of mammals on earth.
- 11 of the world’s 15 families of butterflies (more than 500 species).
- 600 indigenous plant families.
- 8 of the 14 highest (8000 m) peaks of the world
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NEPAL AT A GLANCE:
Official Name: Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
Area: 147, 181 square kilometers.
Geography: Situated between China to the north and India to the south, east & west. Highthest point Mt. Everest (8848 m) and the lowest Kechana (60 m above sea level)
Capital: Kathmandu – surrounded by four hills – Fulchowki, Chandragiri, Shivapuri and Nagarjun. Kathmandu valley has three major cities Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan. Situated at the altitude of 4,500 feet above sea level, Kathmandu is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Before the unification
of Nepal in the 18th century, the three cities were independent states ruled by the Malla Kings.
Population: 23 million (according to the census of 2001)
Language: Nepali is the national language. However English is spoken by many.
People/Religion: Nepal has more than 105 ethnic groups with diverse culture, traditions and lifestyle. Nepali people can be divided into two distinct groups: Indo- Burman and Mongoloid. Nepal is a secular state with majority of people following Hinduism. However, people practicing Buddhism, Christianity and Islam among others live in a good harmony.
Politics: Multi-party Democracy.
Administrative Division: Though Nepal is a federal republic, federal states are yet to be carved. Nepal is divided into five development regions, 14 Zones and 75Districts.
Climate: Nepal has four seasons, namely; (1) winter – December to February (2) Spring – March to May, (3) summer – June to August & (4) Autumn September to November. Nepal can be visited the whole year around.
What to wear: Light weight clothing is recommended for May through October, Warm garments are required in October through till March. An umbrella or a raincoat is a must for the rainy season. (June /July)
Voltage: Standard voltage only 220 volts.
- All domestic airport transfer to and from airport / hotel / airport in a private deluxe a/c vehicle accompanied by the representative / guide.
- Airfare for the sector Kathmandu / Pokhara / Kathmandu of US $ 266.00 per person (Subject to change without prior notice).
- 02Nights’ accommodation at Fishtail Lodge or similar in Pokhara on Bed and Breakfast Basis inclusive of all the government taxes. (Currently 24.3 %)
- Sightseeing tour of Pokhara as per the itinerary in a private deluxe a/c vehicle accompanied by an experienced and knowledgeable English speaking guide.
- Boating in Fewa Lake as per the itinerary accompanied by the guide.
- Entrance fee for the sightseeing tour of Pokhara as per the itinerary.
- International Airfares.
- Nepal Visa fees (If applicable).
- Any other arrangements in Kathmandu except pre and post Pokhara tour domestic airport transfers.
- Meals (Lunch& Dinner) while the guest stay at hotel in Pokhara.
- Items of a personal nature such as bar bills telephone calls, laundry, extra mileage and any extra costs incurred due to natural calamities, flight delays etc.
- Personal insurance, evacuation and medical expenses.
- Insurance for or against accidents, loss of life, theft etc.
- Costs incurred due to cancellation of flights, altitude sickness or unforeseen circumstances (riots, natural calamities etc) and situations beyond the control of Sacred Summits (P) Ltd.
- Tips for the staff on tour.
Any item not mentioned in the above ‘cost includes’
Fly Kathmandu to Pokhara and Half Day Sightseeing Tour of Pokhara
After breakfast, met by the representative at the hotel lobby and drive to domestic airport for the onward flight to Pokhara. (Approx. 25 minutes flight).
Visit Mountain Museum
Pokhara stands at 827 meters above sea level and is an ideal vacationer’s paradise. With its crystal clear lakes, magnificent views of the Annapurna Mountain Range and its bustling but quaint lake side bazaar, it is a major tourist attraction. From here most of the treks starts for the western region and is a haven for people who wants to relax in this serene mountain beauty. The Annapurna mountain range is impressive by any standard and looming ahead to take the center stage is Machapucchre or “Fish Tail Mountain”, which gets its name from the shape of its summit and flanking it from either side are the great mountains of the range including Annapurna I (8091 m), the first 8000 m peak to be scaled in 1950. The range continues to meet the Lamjung Himal in the east while to its west looms the massive dome of Dhaulagiri (8161 m).
Upon arrival at Pokhara, check in to the hotel. Guest will be welcomed with the welcome drink and the room will be assigned.
PM: Board the waiting vehicle and drive to the International Mountain Museum (IMM) for the sightseeing tour or Drive to Peace Pagoda and Hike to the Lake and do the Boating in the Fewa Lake.
While in Pokhara make it a point to visit the International Mountain Museum (IMM) that records, documents, exhibits and chronicles the past and the present development of mountains and mountaineering activities in the world. Built by Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), much support was received from various mountaineering clubs and associations as well as individual donors from around the world. The museum primarily provides information and exhibits everything related to Man, Mountain and Mountain activities from around the world.
IMM situated in Pokhara was opened on February 5, 2004. The museum contains three main exhibitions halls – Hall of Great Himalayas, Hall of Fame and Hall of World Mountains. It also contains models of famous peaks, mannequins of famous mountaineers, culture and lifestyle of mountain people, flora and fauna including geoloy. The museum has been built with the theme of man, mountains and mountaineering. The museum also has model Nepali houses constructed in its premises.
After visiting the IMM board the waiting vehicle and drive to hotel.
Overnight at Hotel
Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Pokhara City
After breakfast met by the guide at the hotel lobby and board the waiting vehicle and proceed for the sightseeing tour of Pokhara city. We will be visiting, Davis falls,Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave and Peace Pagoda.
Firstly we will drive to the Davis Falls.
DavisFalls; this falls has been made to be an outstanding attraction in many brochures and guidebooks but you are likely to be disappointed unless you plan your visit during the rainy season. The water of Pardi Khola, which drains Lake Phewa, fall underground and disappears at David Falls.
There is an interesting legend associated with this falls (which is probably true). During the late fifties, A Swiss couples were visiting Pokhara on their honeymoon trip and happened to take bath in the waters of the falls. The gates of the dam were opened unexpectedly and the woman was washed away and drowned. It was after the drowned woman that the locals named this fall.
After visiting Davis Falls we cross the road and proceed for the sightseeing tour of Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave
Gupteshwor Mahadev cave is probably the longest and attractivecave in south Asia which is located at the pristine location of northwestern part of Pokhara. The cave is located on 28°14’8” northern latitude and 83°57’13.4” eastern longitudes. This cave is 772 meter above the sea level. From the entrance of the cave within approximately 40 meters, there is an idol in which amazing and natural pictures of Lord Shiva, Goddess Parbati, Naag, Lord Ganesha and mouse can be found.
Ancestors called this place as desolate Khatri Tara. At that time water steam used to come out from this place and some courageous youngsters used to go inside and catch fishes. In 1970, 1980 and 1982 a British Expedition Organization named British course Research Cave Expedition expatiated this cave and published about it in The Atlas Great Cave of the World. This cave was formally established in 1994-01-01 which is a religious and touristic destination
After the sightseeing tour of Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave board the waiting vehicle and drive towards Peace Pagoda. The vehicle makes a stop 20 below the Peace Pagoda and from here it is an easy 15 minutes walk up to the stupa.
Located at the top of the hill it is a magnificent place to go with fantastic views of the whole Pokhara valley, the Phewa Lake and the Himalayan ranges along the way. On top of the hill there is a white Pagoda. At the four corners of the Pagoda there are statues of Lord Buddha in different postures.
There are a few restaurants which serve reasonably good food and lunch can be taken here amidst serene settings.
Later hike downhill to the boating area (1 to 1 ½ hour) through a small well defined trail passing through local villages. At the valley floor, board the canoe/boat for a 30 minute ride to the Island temple of Tal Barahi.
Tal Barahi Temple is one of the most important religious monuments in Pokhara, Tal Barahi is situated almost in the middle of Phewa Lake. The Barahi Devi is considered as the protector Deity representing the female force. This temple has lured innumerable visitors and pilgrimages since its inception. This temple has earned so much name and fame that, it has become a centre of attraction for not only Hindus but also for people belonging to different religion and culture.
After visiting temple board the waiting boat and ride to Lake Side Or return tp the Hotel.
Rest of the day is free.
Overnight at the Hotel
Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu
After leisurely breakfast met by the guide at the hotel lobby and board the waiting vehicle and drive to airport for the onward flight to Kathmandu. (Approx. 25 minutes flight)
Upon arrival at Kathmandu domestic airport met by the representative and transfer to your the hotel.