Some Facts about Gosaikunda Trek

Know some Facts before setting off the Gosaikunda Trek

A traveler should know and be aware of the some Facts about Gosaikunda Trek before setting up for the trip. Nepal offers varied destinations to enjoy the trekking. Gosainkunda trekking is among the most liked trekking destinations.

Gosaikunda Trekking

Gosainkunda trekking is a short, easy, and scenic trek starting from Kathmandu to Gosaikunda. It takes six to seven days to complete the trek. One can either start the trek from Dhunche and complete at Sundarijal or vice versa. To start from Sundarijal, an hour of drive from Kathmandu takes you to the trailhead.

How about Gosaikunda Trek difficulty?

The Gosaikunda (4380mtrs) is the ultimate destination of the Gosainkunda Lake trek. The trail falls under the moderate level trek. However, its level of difficulty depends on various external factors. The traveling season affects the hiking program to Gosaikunda trek. Besides that the mode of transportation, your route and itinerary also affect the trekking. The trek is suitable for beginners. A good number of aged pilgrims and religious tourists visit the destination. Trekking the trail does not require any kinds of mountaineering and technical skills.  Local licensed guides help traveler to reach the destination with much ease. Following the standard walking time with a gradual altitude gain is highly recommended for the best experience. You can customize your itinerary for acclimatization.

What are the major highlights of Gosaikunda trek?

The major highlight of the trek is the 108 lakes, the religious site for both Hindus and Buddhists. Besides that the trail offers a breathtaking view of Himalayan ranges in another side. The Himalayan panorama includes. Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang mountain range, and border mountains. You can see a beautiful sunset from the edge of Gosaikunda. The Pilgrimage to Gosainkunda is an amazing experience in regards to the wonderful hiking. The Cheese factory at Chandanbari produces a tasty Yak cheese. It is the best souvenir to take home.

Some Facts about Gosaikunda Trek
Chandan Bari (Sing Gumba) – Gosaikunda Trek

What are the meal options during Gosaikunda Trek?

Whenever we travel to new places, the first thing that comes into our mind is food. It is the main concern in any type of travel. While traveling the new places, especially in remote areas, we have a limited choice for meal options. However, you can enjoy a  delightful cuisine of typical Nepali food, continental food, Italian food, Chinese food, and different international cuisine in the Gosainkunda Area. You can take advice from your guide to choose the food during your trip.

Always consider the place, altitude, and your physical state while selecting the meal. We highly recommend not to order much food and waste it. It takes hard labor to take the foods up in the high altitude. A package trip includes your three meals a day. You will have your dinner and breakfast at the lodge where you stay overnight. You will have your breakfast at the route side local tea shops/restaurants.

Can we easily get the drinking water while trekking?

A trekker can purchase the bottled water during the trek. The better option is to carry a reusable water bottle with you. Buying a water bottle every time you drink will be a big burden to the environment. You can get bottled water and mineral water at an additional cost. You can get hot water at the tea shops. Alternatively, take the tap water and use a water purifier to make it drinkable.

Do we get proper accommodations while trekking to Gosaikunda Lake?

Similar to other popular trekking destinations of Nepal, Gosaikunda Lake trail has got local teahouse lodges for accommodation. They have basic facilities with common toilets/bathrooms. hence, the Gosaikunda trek is also called lodge trek. A tea house lodge is a combined form of lodge and restaurant. They prepare breakfast and dinner for the trekkers staying with them. They charge a minimum for the lodging. The rooms have very little furniture. Generally, they have twin sharing beds in each room. They provide the bed with a mattress, pillow, and blanket. You can carry your sleeping bags to ensure extra warmth during the night.   The teahouse generally has warm and relatively bigger dining halls. The dining halls are heated by the Bukhara stove. Some teahouse are equipped with solar electricity. So, most of the tea houses have electricity for camera and mobile charging, these days.

Does it require special training to trek Gosaikunda Lake trail?

You do not require any special climbing or mountaineering skill to trek the Gosaikunda Lake trail. It is a moderate trek. To enjoy your comfortable walk, you can practice jogging and walking exercises to keep muscles fit. It helps you to stretch your body for a couple of days of high altitude hiking.

Do it require any special Health condition to go for Gosaikunda trek?

You will be walking 5-7 hours each day to complete the trip. It requires good health, average physical fitness, passion, confidence, determination, and a positive attitude. If you have hiking experience or exercising habits, it gives you more confidence. It gives a better trekking experience. The person with pre-existing joint problems, lung, heart, and other diseases should consult the doctor before going the trek.

How about Gosaikunda Weather and Temperature?

The weather around the surrounding of Gosaikunda keeps on changing due to its Alpine nature. It is generally humid and misty during the afternoon with frequent rain during the late spring. The winter is dry, sunny with clear skies. You should better check the weather forecast before proceeding with the trek. Also it is highly recommended to check for the smart packing.

What is the Best Time to Trek to Gosaikunda

Since the trek to Gosaikunda is highly affected by the weather condition, get the necessary update. Generally, the Autumn (Sept-Nov) and spring (March-May) are the best seasons for trekking the Gosaikunda. The pre-monsoon and monsoon may affect the trek during Jun – August. Trek during the winter to avoid much traffic in the route but might have to cold weather but clear skies. Monsoon trek is best for photography. It is good for botanical keens to see the colorful flowers of alpine pastures.

Can I combine Gosainkunda with Langtang Valley trek?

Adding more days in the existing itinerary of Gosaikunda trek lets you visit Langtang Valley. You can add 5 extra days to complete the Langtang Valley trek. Start from Syabrubensi and follow the trail to the valley through Lama hotel. The beautiful Langtang Valley and Kyanging village are the major settlement on the way. Traceback the same route up to Pahiro and ascend to the Thulo Syabru. The trail from Thulo Syabru links with Dhunche to Gosaikunda Lake trail nearby the Chandanbari.

Chitwan Facts

Chitwan Facts – Know before confirming your Jungle Safari in Nepal

Chitwan Jungle Safari is a popular activity in the Chitwan National park of southern Nepal. It falls within the tropical forest of lower plains bordering with India. There are several queries as Chitwan Facts in the list. The general queries try to address the common question of travelers to know before visiting the park. Most of the travelers visiting Nepal choose the Chitwan as an extended tour with other Nepal Trips. Generally, it is a part of the Nepal Cultural tour and Nepal Heritage tour. Besides that it is a relaxing destination after long or short trek in Nepal Himalayas.

How long does it take to get to Chitwan National Park?

The easiest way to reach Chitwan National Park is by tourist bus/AC bus from Kathmandu with a drive of approximately 6-7 hours. Buses leave the Nayabazar, near Thamel in Kathmandu at around 7 am. From Pokhara, tourist buses will take 7 hours and depart from the tourist bus stand at 6.30 am.

How far is Chitwan from Pokhara?

The approximate distance between Pokhara and Chitwan is 147 km and can be reached in a 5 to 6-hour drive. You can either join the Chitwan Jungle Safari after or before your trekking trip in Annapurna Region. It will be a good decision to relax with wildlife Safari either with a short trek like Ghorepani Poon Hill or a long trek like Annapurna Circuit hiking.

Is there any discount for a Child?

You will have a child discount offer. The child below four years are freely allowed to enter whereas below 10, need to pay 70% of the Adult Price. The child above 10 years has to pay the full fee.

How long will it take the bus from Kathmandu to Chitwan? Is it the same time from Chitwan to Pokhara?

The exact time for a drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan is just 5 hours but due to highway traffic it will take approximately 6-7 hours. In normal condition, the Tourist Bus from Pokhara will take you to Chitwan in around 5-6 hours.

Is there an internet facility with free WI-FI in the Lodge?

Most of the lodges/resort/hotel we use, have internet facility with FREE Wi-Fi.

Is it safe to travel by Road?

Traveling by road in Nepal is safe, especially by tourist coach is completely safe. However, we suggest that you take a Private Vehicle for a more reliable and convenient journey.

Do you provide a pick-up from Bus Station?

We do have a pickup service for the traveler traveling by bus. One of a representative from Oriental Journeys comes to pick-up at Sauraha Bus Station for FREE. The same way, we have dropped off the facility up to the Bus station at Sauraha.

How far are the Chitwan and Sauraha?

Chitwan National Park is located in the Chitwan district. Sauraha is a small village and tourist hub near the national Park where most of the hotels/resorts are located. The Bus from Pokhara and Kathmandu drop travelers in the Sauraha bus stand.

Chitwan Facts: Activities

Can everyone enjoy Elephant Bath?

Especially, the travelers visiting Chitwan National Park during the months of Summer can see and enjoy Elephant Bath. However, during monsoon and winter, you can not participate due to cold water and a high level of water in the river.

Are all safari activities carried inside the National Park?

The activities other than the Elephant back Safari, are carried inside the Chitwan National Park. Elephant Back Safari is done in Community Forest near Sauraha.

Is it possible to enjoy the Jeep Safari throughout the year?

The best way of enjoying the wildlife of Chitwan National Park is through Jeep Safari. The Jeep Safaris in Chitwan National Park are conducted from the 1st week of October till the end of June. However, Jeep Safari in Bishajari Taal (20,000 Lake) is possible throughout a year.

What about Chitwan Facts regarding accommodation? What standards of hotels can I expect during Wildlife Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park?

Depending upon your budget, the different standards of Hotels and resorts are available in Sauraha area of Chitwan National Park. However, Oriental Journeys provides its travelers with a Tourist standard accommodation. The accommodations have A/C and will provide you all the meals in a packaged trip.

What are the foods that I can expect during Chitwan Jungle Safari?

Normally, the lodge provides meals in a buffet with a variety. If there are minimum guests they have to serve then you can choose from the menu also. The menu has always a choice of American, Mexican, Chinese, Indian, Nepali food.

Chitwan Facts: Facilities

What is the best season to go for Chitwan Jungle Safari?

People visit Chitwan throughout the year. However, February to Mid June and September to December are the best time to go for Chitwan Jungle Safari. Compared to Kathmandu and Pokhara, Chitwan lies at a lower altitude with a warm temperature during the wintertime.

Is it hot in Chitwan? What temperature can we expect in Chitwan National Park?

Since the national park lies at a lower elevation, it is a bit warmer than Kathmandu and Pokhara. But, the region is colder during the winter months (December – February). It is generally misty with much humid air.

What about the electricity? Can I charge my phone, iPod, digital camera, or batteries?

The lodges in Sauraha and Chitwan area are equipped with electricity facilities. You can easily get them recharged. We advise to bring a charger and adapter with. You can easily buy one in local shops to fit your gadgets.

Can I buy a Local Sim card? How about the telephone Calls?

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you can get Nepali Sim card or you can easily get from shops near your hotel at Thamel and Sauraha, Chitwan. Two telecommunication companies distributing sim cards for tourists are Nepal Telecom and NCell. You need to present a copy of your passport and a passport size photo to get a shim card. You can use a volume-based internet with a sim card and make calls. It will charge normal call charges. Additionally, you can use telephones from your hotel you will be staying in.

How much money should I carry as an additional?

Regarding Chitwan Wildlife Jungle Safari trip three accommodation and meals in a day are included during your stay in Chitwan. However, you may need extra money for your expenses and the drinks depending upon your drinking and spending habits. Generally, USD 10 to 15 will be sufficient for a day.

How will we get the drinking water during Chitwan Jungle Safari? Is it safe to drink tap water? Shall I have to bring water purifying tablets/filter?

The tap water is not recommended to drink freely. The bus on the way to Chitwan and Kathmandu will serve you with a bottle of sealed drinking water. The hotel will serve you with bottled water per day per person. Additionally, you can buy a bottle of water  You can buy a bottle of water with a cost of NPR 30 per bottle.

What about the extra night stay in Chitwan? Can I add an extra day to the packaged trip on your website?

Yes, you can stay an extra day by paying additional costs on top of the package cost. The extra cost should cover the salary for guides, accommodation, and food. Besides the set activities, we can add extra activities of the additional day.

Why to trek Langtang Valley

Why to trek Langtang Valley?

To receive clear information Why to trek Langtang Valley, you should check some facts about the trekking destination. Langtang, “The Valley of Glacier” is a standout amongst the most well-known natural heavens of Nepal. The valley is among the top third best trekking terminus of Nepal.

Engulfed within the Langtang National Park territory, it is the home to different extraordinary fledglings and untamed life. The region preserves valuable wildlife like Red Panda and musk dears, among the Panthers, Jackals, mountain Thar, Himalayan dark beer, and numerous animals including sub-alpine and alpine vegetation.

The sacred lake of Gosaikunda is the jewel of the region which attracts tens of thousands of pilgrimage each year. Alongside the spectacular mountain views of Mt. Ganesh Himal, Dorji Lakpa, Langshisha Ri, Gangchhenpo, Yala peak, and Naya Kanga dominated by Langtang Ri persuade every trekker. Due to its diverse attractions many tourist fly the valley from Kathmandu with a Langtang Helicopter tour.

Reasons to choose the trail

Experience the Off the beaten path trek

Despite its popularity and diverse attractions, the Langtang region receives less than twenty thousand trekkers a year. As a result, it preserves its vegetation and organic nature is the original state. There is more to offer the visitor is its organic form. Trekkers enjoy the local hospitality in a less crowded zone of Langtang National Park and within a peaceful journey. Trekker who loves to walk on a natural trail experiencing the rural lifestyle, diverse culture, and a wide variety of flora and fauna.

Budget Destination

Compared to other destinations, Langtang Valley is in easy access from the capital city of Kathmandu.  Travelers can enjoy the wonderful hiking in the Langtang region in a cheaper budget than the Everest and Annapurna region. One can access the trailhead easily by a car or bus within 6-7 hours of a comfortable drive.

Highly affected by the Mega Earthquake of 2020

The region was highly affected during the mega earthquake in 2015. It has completed the restoration but still need more tourist to grow the business. It will help them to revive completely. So, visiting the region helps them to heal. The entire Langtang village buried under the deposit from Avalance just at the time of mega-earthquake. It killed around 310 people including the big number of tourists.

Langtang Village

Low-Risk Factors

Trekking on the higher altitude Himalayan region consists of severe risk and possesses high threats to one’s life. The trail of the trekking to the higher altitude region has the slippery trail and narrow paths due to which a trekker may endure several unseen and unexpected hindrances. Trekking in the Langtang Region is relatively much safer despite being less adventurous and with a lower elevation hike than Annapurna and Everest Region. The trail path of this trekking is wide and is much safer than higher altitude trekking because there is no risk of getting hit by a falling rock along the path and also the path is dry. Moreover, there is no chance of getting AMS (Acuate Mountain Sickness), as most of the trekking path passes around the tree line area and the destination itself is in low altitude.

Culturally rich

The trekking trail to the Langtang Valley crosses various local villages en route. The villages give us the chance to experience the rural life of Nepalese people. You will be overpowered with social execution of Tamang, Sherpa, and Hyolmo indigenous neighborhood, their warm neighborliness, special lifestyles, customs, customary houses thatched, and stone roof. The ethnic and typical village of Langtang valley offers a differing social and cultural flavor with various ceremonies and conventions based on Buddhism. The culture these people practice is ancient and has been transferred from generation to generation and is still intact despite the influence of the modern phenomenon of globalization. The incredible Himalayan landscape, magnificent sceneries,  rich greenery are the essence of the trek. Besides that the local custom, tradition, and culture, as well as the living style of the people living in this region, are things to experience here.

Alluring Views of Mountains

As the Valle is the least popular trekking destination region, it still has more to offer than generally expected. The Langtang Region is one of the most wonderful valleys. The valley is rich in impressive and magnificent snowcap mountain vistas. Significant fascination of Langtang Trekking is the surrounding Himalayan perspective of snow-topped mountains, such as Langtang Lirung, Tibet Himalayas, Gang Chhenpo, Naya Kanga, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Dorje Lakpa as well as Gaurisankar Himal.

Gosaikunda Lake and Kyanjin Gompa

The religious significance of the Gosaikunda lake in the southern part and Kyanjin Gompa in the eastern end have made the region as pilgrimage valley. Gosainkunda also known as a solidified lake, is a holy pilgrimage site for the Hindus and has a beautiful sight to behold. The Gosaikunda area is a cluster of several lakes in which holy Gosainkunda – the third one amongst them, has more significance. This lake is situated at a height of 4,380m from the sea level. The other attraction of Langtang valley is Kyanjin Gompa- a monastery of Buddhists, who is supposed to be 400 years old. Kyanjin Gompa is one of the most important spiritual sites in the Langtang region. These sites are worth exploring.

Warm Accommodation

The entire route of Langtang valley has basic teahouse lodges for trekker’s accommodation. They have warm rooms with twin sharing warm beds. Some of the have attached bathrooms.

Hospitable people

Similar to other trekking destinations the locals run the lodges and shops in the region. The people are hospitals and let feel you a warm and safe environment.

Phikuri Trek

Phikuri Trek – a new easy trekking destination

Phikuri Trek in Nuwakot, near Kathmandu-capital, has come as a new trekking destination. The trail is the best destination to enjoy the view of mountains like Langtang, Gosaikunda, Manaslu, Annapurna, and Ganesh Himal including the bordering mountain with Tibet.

This trail has come as a combined package of history, nature, and culture. The trail passes through the several ethnic settlements. It will also let you experience the tastes of the traditional farming system, the isolated mountainous view, and the rural life. The trailhead is easy to access from Kathmandu and the Phikuri hill itself is just 90 km away from Kathmandu in the northwest direction. Trekkers can combine the trail with Ruby Valley trek leading to Ganesh Himal area and with other popular trekking trails of Langtang valley like Tamang Heritage Trail and Langtang  Valley and Gosaikunda Trek.

Phikuri trek

Phikuri Peak Trekking trail is one of the newest trekking trails in Nepal. The trekking trail is named after the picturesque Phikuri peak (3800). Visitors can observe the breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayas including Ganesh Himal, Mt. Langtang, and Mt. Dorje Lakpa from the top of Phikuri peak. Tamang and Gurung communities are the main inhabitant of the region. The community successfully preserves the rich local culture. Visitors can observe typical Nepali village life. Enroute visiting the medieval Nuwakot Durbar and sheep farm are essential attractions.

The accommodation includes both the homestay and camping experience. Furthermore, the trekkers will also have the opportunity for Trishuli rafting and zipline ride. The Phikuri trek itineraries are customizable from 5 days to 7 days. The shorter 5 days trek and the longer 7 days versions of Phikuri Peak Trekking trail depending upon the available time and interest of the visitors.

Major Places to Visit around Kathmnadu Valley

Major places to visit around Kathmandu Valley

There are several Major Places to Visit around Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu being the capital city of Nepal, preserves many ancient and heritage sites. Out of hundreds fo monument sites, 7 sites are listed under the UNESCO World Heritage site. Besides the main cultural heritage sites of the valley, there is much to see inside the city. Some monuments lie inside the core areas of the city, whereas others remain in the outskirts of the valley.

  1. Bhaktapur Durbar Square
  2. Boudhanath Stupa (Khasti Chaitya)
  3. Budhanilkantha / Sleeping Buddha
  4. Chandragiri Hill
  5. Champa Devi Hill
  6. Chandeshwari
  7. Changunarayan

The historical landmark of Nepal, Changu Narayan Temple lies just 4 kilometers north to Bhaktapur. Situated at the top of a small hillock, the temple is one of the oldest monuments inside Kathmandu Valley. The main temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The place is sacred and witnesses the rich craftsmanship of the valley people of different times. Changu Narayan Temple is among the four Vishnu temples guarding the four different directions of the valley. Established around 325 AD, the premises preserve the first written history of Nepal carved in the stone pillar that holds Garuda. The monument is a standout amongst the country’s most wonderful and truly imperative structures.

The temple has undergone its reconstruction at different times in its history. In 1702 AD it was reconstructed after it caught fire. The main temple is a two-storied sanctuary witnessing the numerous carvings of the ten incarnations of Vishnu. Similarly, the multi-armed Tantric goddesses and unique Tri-Bikram Bamana Avatar idols are the actual jewels of Changu Narayan.  The premises is a live museum for the stone, wood, and metal carvings of the Lichhavi time frame. The artifacts decorate the courtyard surrounding the main temple. The temple is famous for its extraordinary carvings. It is among the 7 monuments referred to by UNESCO World Heritage inside the cultural heritage site of Kathmandu Valley. Every day a good number of domestic tourists, Hindu pilgrimage, and foreign visitors see the temple.

  1. Chapagaon
  2. Chovar Gorge
  3. Dakshinkali Temple
  4. Dhulikhel
  5. Godavari Botanical Garden
  6. Kakani Hill Station
  7. Kathmandu Durbar Square
  8. Kritipur
  9. Kopan Monastery
  10. Kathe Swoyambhu
  11. Nagarkot Hill Station /View Point
  12. Nagarjun Hill
  13. Namo Buddha
  14. Panauti
  15. Pashupatinath Temple
  16. Phulchowki Hill
  17. Patan Durbar Square
  18. Sankhu
  19. Shivapuri National Park
  20. Swayambhunath Stupa
  21. Thimi – Medieval Newari Town
  22. Tika Bhairav
  23. The Four Ganesh Temples
  24. Four Ashokan Stupa of Pata

a. Changu Narayan Temple

 

Major Festivals of Nepal

Major Festivals of Nepal

A culturally rich and ethnically diverse country Nepal celebrates hundreds of different festivals. Kathmandu is not only the political center of the nation but also the cultural pivot. 123 different ethnic groups living to follow unique traditions and culture celebrating their major festivals in a fun-filled mood. Almost every day of the year, there falls a festival in some parts of the country. Unique decorations, fashions, and rituals make each festival interesting. Worshipping the different deities for wellbeing, power, or wish fulfillment is the uniqueness of each festival.

Besides that, the personal celebrations and ceremonies like marriage, Upanayana, Name giving ceremonies and death rituals follow specific rituals and traditional practices. Except for the death rituals, other celebrations include music, dance, and songs. Every festival in Nepal is filled with fun, joy, and cultural events. Here are some of the major festivals of Nepal

1. Indra Jatra

The eight-day long Indra Jatra festival falls in September and is one of the most exciting and revered festivals of the Newar community of the Kathmandu Valley. This also marks the beginning of a month-long festival season of autumn. It begins with the erection of a wooden pole made of pine at Basantapur Square in front of the old Hanuman Dhoka Palace.

For the pole-raising ceremony, hundreds of spectators gather at the Palace Square and on the surrounding temples. The chariot of Kumari, the Living Goddess, is taken out in a procession through the main streets of Kathmandu.

A perfect example of religious harmony

Masked dancers are known as Lakhay take to the streets almost every evening accompanied by loud drums. The festival commemorates the time when Indra came down from heaven in human form to look for a herb.

Each night of Indra Jatra the shrines and ancient palace buildings around Kathmandu Durbar Square are aglow with oil wicks. Each night on the platform in front of the temple of the Living Goddess, there is an enactment depicting the ten earthly incarnations of Lord Vishnu. The large image of Akash Bhairab’s head is put on display out in the open directly facing his temple at Indra Chowk.

In the afternoon of the day before the full moon, ecstatic mobs gather near Hanuman Dhoka Palace for the long-awaited Living Goddess’ chariot procession to catch a glimpse of the revered little Newar girl who has been deified as Kumari representing Goddess Taleju.

The chariot of the Kumari followed by two other smaller chariots carrying a representative of Ganesh and Bhairav is taken to different parts of the old Kathmandu through the narrow alleys where people gather to watch and pay homage. The festival of Indra Jatra ends with the lowering of the (lingam) pole bearing Indra’s flag amidst religious ceremonies.

2. Dashain

Dashain festival is the most widely celebrated best Hindu festival in Nepal. The celebrations last up to 15 days. Dashain festival is the time of family, friends, and relatives reunion, exchange of blessings, and enjoy the holiday.

People worship nine avatars of goddess Durga. From a first day Ghatasthapana to 7th day Phool Pati, 8th-day Mahaastami, 9th-day Nawami, 10th day Vijaya Dashami and 15th day Purnima Dashain will be celebrated. Among which 10th day Vijaya Dashami is considered as the main day to celebrate. Those who are busier they also took a holiday for this at least one day to celebrate Dashain.

A biggest social festival

Nepalese Hindu people around the world will celebrate the Dashain festival no matter where they are. During Dashain, men and women visit their relatives, and elder’s to seek tika, Jamara, and blessings. During Dashain, there will be a public holiday in Nepal. School, colleges will remain closed for 15 days for full festivals to enjoy.

Children and also younger peoples buy new clothes, eat delicious foods especially meat during Dashain in Nepal. Kite flying is also one of the main events of this festival.

Most of the foreigners visit Nepal in the Autumn season of Nepal for trekking in the Himalayas. Autumn is considered as the favorable and best time to visit Nepal its also because of being the months of most celebrated festivals of Nepal such as Dashain and Tihar.

3. Tihar

Tihar Festival of Colors and Lights
Tihar Festival of Colors and Lights

Tihar festival is known as the shining festival of Nepal, the festival of lights and color in Nepal. Many candles and lanterns are lit inside and in front of houses. Tihar Festival is the second biggest festival in Nepal after Dashain. After around a month of the Dashain Tihar festival will be celebrated.

Tihar festival in Nepal is a beautiful celebration of five days. People worship Goddess Lakshmi with joy and enthusiasm. They also worship cows, crows, and dogs and decorate houses and temples with Diyas, electric lights, colorful paper crafts, etc. Kids come to visit neighbors in small groups and sing Tihar songs also called “Dheusire” for blessings, and enjoy with friends.

Laxmi Puja, Gai Tihar, Kukur Tihar, Kag Tihar, Bhai Tika are the days of the Tihar festival in Nepal. Among which Bhai Tika is the main day to celebrate. Brothers and sisters accept tika and blessing from each other.

During the Tihar festival, tika is not the same as in Dashain. The seven different colors Tika will use in Tihar. And sisters give some food, clothes to brothers and brothers also do the same or give money, clothes, some other valuable gifts etc. Brothers and sisters honor each other, and the sisters pray to Yama (the god of death), for their brother’s long life, and progress in life. Read more…

3. Teej

Teej is the festival celebrated by Hindu women in August or September. Both married and unmarried women celebrate this festival by worshipping Lord Shiva. This festival is celebrated for three days through prayer, songs, and dance.
Women are dressed in red saree, red tika on their heads, and various ornaments. In Teej, women sit for 24-hour prolonged fasting, without any food, and even without drink water to ask for special blessings by Lord Shiva. Unmarried girls do fasting to get a good husband in their life, and married women pray for the husband’s long life, success, and prosperity is on fasting during the Teej festival.

4. Maghe Sankranti

Maghi Parva

Maghe Sankranti is a festival celebrated in January. It is also known as Makar Sankranti. It is celebrated in Nepal as the beginning of the Nepali month Magh. People take a holy bath on this festival and is celebrated in all over Nepal. There are specially designated food fruits for these festivals include sweet potato, sweets, Boil Potato, Yam with Ghee and Solid Molasses, etc.
The Tharu community of plains celebrates the first day of the month -Magh i.e. Maghe Sankranti as Maghi Festival which also marks the new year for Tharu and the day is also famous as Maghi larva.

5. Gai Jatra

Gai Jatra is a festival of cows. It is widely celebrated in Kathmandu valley by the local Newar community and also celebrated in the hilly region of Nepal by a Newar community. This is one of the unique festivals celebrated in Nepal. It is dedicated to diminishing the sadness from the death of family members. In this festival, kids get dressed as cows and take part in cultural events.
Newari Peoples show their cultural dances, sings, and do fun on the streets of Kathmandu Valley. However, there are other Jatras especially celebrated by the Newar community which includes Indra Jatra, Bhaktapur Bisket Jatra, etc. Each Jatra has its unique way of celebration.

6. Lhosar

Lhosar means new year. When Tharu celebrates Magi as a new year, Sherpa celebrates Lhosar as their new year. Lhosar is one of the most popular festivals celebrated in Nepal on different days. The new year festival is celebrated by dance, song and by exchanging gifts. During this period, the major Buddhist monasteries and stupas like Swayambhunath, Boudhanath are decorated with prayer flags. Devotees pray together to cook exceptional food and People consume changkol, a local Tibetan drink.

Buddhist religion follower communities like Tamang, Sherpa, Gurung, Thakali will mostly celebrate the Loshar festival in Nepal. The three major popular Losar are Sonam Losar, Tamu Losar & Gyalpo Losar and it has been celebrated at different times.

7. Janai Purnima

Janai Purnima is a festival of love and purity. People celebrate this festival in the Nepali month of Shrawan. On this occasion, people share gifts and greetings among brothers and sisters. Like other festivals, people eat unique dishes during the day. Kwati (sprouted beans) is one of the main dishes prepared during the festival.

The main attractions of this festival is that sisters tie the sacred thread to their brothers and pray for good health in the lower plains of the country to mark the festival. But in Nepal, people tie a sacred thread on their hand from their elders especially from their family priest. And young male guys will tie a holy ribbon on their body and the man (matured after doing bratabandha) wear Janai, the sacred thread during the day for the purity

8. Buddha Jayanti

Buddha Jayanti is a Buddhist national festival of Nepal. There will be no public holiday for all, but Buddhist religion people will get a leave on this day. On the full moon day which is in May, Buddhists will celebrate Buddha Jayanti in Nepal.
It is believed that Buddha was born in Nepal on this day hence Buddhists from all over the world visit Nepal to celebrate this festival. Buddhist temples like Swyambhunath, Boudhanath, and other temples all over Nepal are decorated with butter lamps on this day.

9. Holi – Fagu Purnima

Holi is the festival of colors which is celebrated every year in Nepal. This festival is celebrated for two days — especially one day in the hilly region of Nepal and another next day in the Terai region of Nepal.

To make you more clear, a famous city like Kathmandu will celebrate Holi on the first day, and another renowned city of Nepal- Chitwan will celebrate this festival on the next day.
Holi celebration in Basantapur

People prepare for this festival by decorating their faces in different colors and they play with other peoples by water guns and exchanging colors on their faces. People gather together infamous places will sing Hindi, English, Nepali song with DJ, and dance along with colors.

10. Mahashivaratri

Getting heated from the burning firewood during the festival of Shivaratri
Getting heat from the burning firewood during the festival of Shivaratri

Mahashivaratri is one of the major celebrated Hindu festivals of Nepal. This festival is celebrated by worshipping Lord Shiva. All the monks gather at various Shiva temples and worship. Temples are decorated with lamps and people fast on this day.
Idols are washed with Holy water. All the devotees of Nepal and India will visit the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu. Devotees chant ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ all night. And there will be a huge crowd and celebration on this day.

11. Chhat Parva

This festival is celebrated all over Nepal in March or April for four days. People take a ritual bath in the river. Devotees fast on the first day of the festival and worship sun and offer prayers. They lit lamps and sing. People gather in the evening to perform cultural activities. Mainly this festival is celebrated by the people of Kathmandu valley, lower plains of Terai region including other hilly regions of Nepal. Read more…

12. Tiji
Mustang Tiji Festival

Tiji is a unique celebration among the major festivals of Nepal. The festival is celebrated for almost three days in Lo-Manthang of Upper Mustang.  This festival usually takes place in May. It’s a purification festival that takes place at the beginning of every harvest year. People perform ritual dances during this festival. Tiji is celebrated for world Peace.
Tiji festival will be celebrated in Lo Manthang, Upper Mustang. Trekkers plan a trip to Upper Mustang trek during this festival time to witness the beauty of Tibetan people of Nepal their cultural activities and rituals.

13. Shree Krishna Janmashtami

Krishna Janmashtami is usually celebrated in August. People worship Lord Krishna as it is believed that he was born on this day. Krishna Janmashtami includes traditional singing and dancing. Many devotees fast and worship Lord Krishna. Temples are lit with lamps as devotees offer flowers and food to Lord Krishna.

14. Chaite Dashain

Chaite Dashain or small Dashain is a famous religious festival. It falls in the last month, Chitra of the Nepali lunar calendar. Devotees fast on this day and visit temples to devote gods. They also worship goddess Durga. At Chaite Dashain, people will eat delicious foods and enjoy with their family, friends, and relatives, and also seniors offer tika to the juniors with all blessings.

Rara Trek – Things to try

Rara trek – Things to try

A beautiful and fantastic journey of Rara Trek offers several things to try.  Hiking the pristine trail to Rara is a lifetime experience in itself. The real taste of Rara does not complete without trying some distinct requisites of the area. We recommend the visitor to some things to try while you are in the Rara region.

1. Go on a boating escapade

The only boat here is an inflatable raft, so you would possibly need to line up for a ride. It’ll be well worth the wait because the colors beneath you’ll be unlike anything – from surreal reminder turquoise along the shore to dark blue within the middle. Clouds and trees get reflected on the crystal clear waters, making a leisurely boat ride a savory experience.

2. Trek to Murma top

A challenging 4-hour hike north of the lake brings us to the hilltop of Murma village. It’s not difficult to ascertain why at 3,600m this is often a favorite viewpoint to ascertain Rara from. contribute a sunrise and a sunset at distant horizons, and erratic clouds swimming at eye-level, and you get an otherworldly feel to what’s already an awe-inspiring vista. the sole facility here may be a telecom tower, so pitch a tent if you propose to spend the night at Murma Top.

3. Try Rhododendron extracts

Locally harvested and processed, rhododendron concentrate has a quite interesting taste and goes well with many snacks Danphe Hotel offers. They serve delicious snacks and even local spirits to concoct, a well-liked mix includes Sprite and native moonshine.

4. Hike around the lake

It’s a classic one. Take enough food and hydration for a full-day hike around the lake on mostly flat trails. Some stretches go far through jungles also as a grazing pasture where you’ll expect to encounter water buffaloes, well-fed horses and motionless cows, or maybe elusive red pandas if it’s your lucky day.

5. Relax and unwind

Kick back on the shores and relax after an extended trek. Watch the water ripple silently with the breeze and listen to the waves crash on the shores with stronger gusts. Watch gulls dive into the water and remain submerged for several seconds before resurfacing with predatory exploits between its bill. Heads up: The wooden machans by the lake are rather worn down and may sway albeit gently with any movement.

Alternative Routes to Rara Lake

Via Jumla

Travelers strapped with time have an expensive option which will get them to Rara and back range in just over every week. Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj then onwards to Jumla, whence two days of driving and trekking will get you to Rara. (You also can prefer to trek the whole way, which might require three additional days and involve climbing a few of passes over 3,000m in altitude.) While you don’t need to be ripped for this trek, do confirm to urge some exercise in weeks leading up to the trek. A day’s exploration later, we head to Talcha Airport within the morning, a mere two-hour trek, and fly back to Nepalgunj.

Itinerary
Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Day 2: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla
Day 3: Drive from Jumla to Jhyari
Day 4: Trek from Jhyari to Rara
Day 5: Explore Rara and hike up to Murma Top
Day 6: Trek from Murma Top to Rara
Day 7: Trek from Rara to Talcha, and fly to Nepalgunj
Day 8: Fly from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu

Via Talcha

This short Rara trekkig itinerary requires little fitness as you’ll be flying straight to Talcha from Nepalgunj, followed by a few hours trek to Rara. After having explored the world for each day or two, we walk back to Talcha and catch a plane to Nepalgunj. Short and sweet (and quite lazy, frankly speaking)!

Itinerary
Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Day 2: Fly from Nepalgunj to Talcha and hike to Rara
Day 3: Explore Rara
Day 4: Hike from Rara to Talcha and fly to Nepalgunj
Day 5: Fly from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu

Langtang Village

Langtang Village

Langtang is a beautiful village of Langtang Valley. It is one of the old villages of the valley. It falls under Gosaikunda Rural Municipality. The village is an important settlement of Langtang National Park. The village just before the Kyajin Gompa, last camp of Langtang Valley trek. The valley its name after the name of the village.

Medical Facilities:

Before the Mega Earthquake of 2015, there was a clinic at Langtang village. It basically, served the local villagers including the trekkers.

2015 Nepal earthquake

Langtang Village after earthquake
The collapsed Langtang village after the mega earthquake of April 2015

A massive landslide resulting from an Avalance of Mega earthquake on 25 April 2015 destroyed the entire village. Only one structure was remaining with partial damage. And every buried under the landslide brought by the avalanche. The government took the initiative to rescue and evacuated the entire valley. The village suffered an estimated 310 deaths. The number includes 176 Langtang residents, 80 foreign tourists, and 10 army personnel. More than 100 bodies are still missing and could never be recovered.

After Earthquake, Nepal Government including tourism stakeholders like Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and other INGO worked in the valley for trail restoration and rebuilding. Bridges have been constructed on the trail to Langtang Valley and everything is revived now.

Accommodation / Lodges in Langtang  Village

All the hotels have been reconstructed in Langtang village. The local lodges are relocated just behind the old village. Village has build many new Teahouses now and in operation. The teahouses in the new village are basic but comfortable.

We can name some of the lodges of Lantang village Peaceful Guest House, Hotel Red Panda, Himalayan Guest House, Sunrise Guest House, Eco Guest House, Tashi Delek Guest House, Tibetan Guest House, Lucky Guest House, Shangri La Hotel, Everest Guest House, Hotel Moonlight, Buddha Guest House, Village View Hotel, etc.

How to reach Langtang Village?

A day drive from Kathmandu takes you to Syabrubensi, the trailhead of Langtang Valley trek. It is a 10-12 hour walk from Syabrubensi to reach the village. The trekkers, generally take a night halt before Langtang. So, it is a two camp distance from Syabrubensi.

Best Souvenir to take home

Best Souvenir to take home from Kathmandu, Nepal

As a memory, there are many best souvenir to take home from Kathmandu after your trip here. Nepal maintains its distinct position in handicraft production since the last several centuries. The unique and renowned architecture, arts and crafts contributes to establishing a unique image of the country. The woodcrafts, Metalworks, clothing materials, tea, sculpture, paper made materials, dolls, trekking gear, jewelry, etc. are the things of interest for tourists. While traveling to Nepal, the best souvenir to take home may be anything of your interest. Here, I present a glimpse of those unique materials for the traveler’s preference.

1. Pashmina

Pashmina

Pashmina, the warm shawls which is also known as Kashmiri, is made from the inner hair of a mountain goat called Chyangra or Capra Hircus. The luxurious Khasmiri Pashmina shawls are popular among the tourist since the beginning. You can find varieties of items made from Pashmina that will cost according to the quality, volume used and the product itself. Including Thamel, the products are available in different tourist sites of Kathmandu valley and Pokhara. You need to be aware of the duplicate products as copy products are also widely sold in the market.

2.Trekking Gears

Nepal produces almost all kinds of trekking and expedition gears inside the country. Besides that, the authorized shops of genuine international brands are also available in the markets of Kathmandu and Pokhara. The local trekking gears are available in better quality at a cheaper price. Most of the travelers prefer to buy the locally made trekking gears. One needs an experienced eye to distinguish the quality of the products.

3. Stone and Beads Jewelry

Best Souvenir to take home - Beads

Stone and Beads Jewelries are the best souvenir to take home from Nepal. The products like Bracelets, ear-ring, necklace, ring, and many other items made by the bead and stones are popular among the tourists. Rudraksha is the most famous among all. The shops in Thamel, Bouddha, Patan, Kathmandu Dubar Square, and Pashupatinath and Lakeside of Pokhara sell the products.

4. Handicrafts as the best Souvenir to take home

Nepali is the country where handicrafts are popular from the very ancient time. Traditionally made goods with hands, look so beautiful, and are used for decorating the houses too. Bhaktapur. Durbar Square, Thamel, Patan, are some places for getting the best handmade items.

5. Tea and spices

Darjeeling tea is one of the most famous tea brands in the world. The eastern Nepal bordering Darjeeling and Sikkim produces a high volume of best quality teas. The teas grown in Ilam and the surrounding of eastern Nepal are often sold under the Darjeeling tea brand. Those tea products are available in different shops of Kathmandu. Including pure tea, other brands of teas mixed with spices or made of pure spices are more popular among the tourists visiting Nepal.

The organic tea and spices are much loved. If you are fond of Tea, then it is a great place to find your choice of tea as there are lots of varieties. Spices like cardamom, pepper, chilly, cumin, and so forth are the famous spices that people buy. Nepalese Masala tea is very popular among the visitor coming to Nepal.

6. Puppet dolls

Best Souvenir to take home - Puppets

Puppets of Nepal are unique since they are presented with the masks of different gods and deities. Puppets of lord Ganesh, Bhairab, Kumari are more popular among others. The poppet dolls are available in the Bhaktapur, Kathmandu and Patan Durbar Squares. They are locally made and

7. Masks

Best Souvenir to take home - Masks

The carved face mask made of wood is another unique craft available to buy a souvenir. The cultural and religious festivals and different chariot procession inside Kathmandu valley use the mask during sacred dances. The attractive copies of the masks are sold among the tourist.  The masks represent the faces of different Hindu deities like Ganesh, Bhairab, Bhimsen and Durga and Devi.

8. Singing bowls as the best Souvenir to take home

Best Souvenir to take home - Singing Bowls

The Tibetan oral tradition claims the existence of singing bowls dates back to the time of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni (560 – 480 B.C.). The tradition was brought from India to Tibet, along with the teachings of the Buddha, by the great tantric master Padmasambhava in the 8th century A.D.

Singing bowls produce sounds that invoke a deep state of relaxation which naturally assists one in entering into meditation, the ultimate goal being enlightenment. They are a quintessential aid to meditation and can be found on private Buddhist altars, and in temples, monasteries and meditation halls throughout the world.

Uses of Singing bowls

In addition to their traditional usage for meditation, singing bowls are used for deep relaxation, stress reduction, holistic healing, Reiki, chakra balancing, and World music. Many people find that the rich blend of harmonic overtones that the bells produce have a direct effect upon their chakras.

Playing the bells usually causes an immediate centering effect. The tones set up a “frequency following response” that creates a balancing left/right brain synchronization. Meditating on the subtle sounds of the singing bowl tunes one into the universal sound within and without.

The singing bowls shops are available in touristic sites of the Kathmandu valley.

9. Nepali Fabric – Dhaka

Dhaka is a traditional hand make fabric. It is a unique product of Nepal’s small cottage fabric industries.  Its history back from the 19th Century and gaining popularity in all cultures and around the world. Generations have transferred the art of making Dhaka fabric to another. The fabric is used to make Topi (hat) and Scarf, Cholo, Shawl, Coat and also the bridegroom’s attire. The modern fashion uses the fabric as fashionable wear as they showcase it in different national and international fashion shows. The Dhaka fabric store is available in the old market of Ason and Bhedasingh.

10. Finally “Namaste!” / “Namaskar!”

Namaste is a sacred gesture. You use your two palms touching each other and place just in front of your heart to greet the people and forms of gods. Even, Nepali culture suggests doing Namaste whenever or wherever you see even a dead body. Nepali with Hindu culture consider a dead body as a form of “Lord Shiva”. The Namaste Greetings, I honor, respect, recognize and bow to the light in you and me. It is a traditional practice to greet or say goodby. This is a common practice in Hindu Culture. Many yoga practices, meditations, and prayers use the Namaste pose in the form of Yoga pose. It holds a secret wisdom.

After the spread of Coronavirus, many other countries are starting to use it for greeting.

Benefits of Namaste
  • The right pose of Namaste includes a simple bowing of your head, a symbol to surrender the universal energy, god. Accepting the presence of God on the people you meet.
  • The Namaste posture is Yogasana believes that while doing Namaste, the tension in the human mind reduces and make you feel comfortable.
  • While doing Namaste, the mind can concentrate. As a result of this, the body can focus on things better.
  • The posture of Namaste is suitable to get relief from tension. While doing this, the person will have a feeling of happiness on the face. So, with the smile on his face, it helps to strengthen the relationship between individuals.
  • While doing Namaste, you keep your hands in a fixed position, let the wrists and fingers flexible to move, and it is good to hand yoga.

Yoga believes that when the mind and senses bow to the Heart Chakra, body and soul achieves a union. The key, however, is to go deep into the Heart Chakra where the soul glows its life-giving presence, bringing breath and heartbeat to your body.

Therefore, in Hindu culture, the Namaste posture is the suitable one as it can reduce the chances of harm. As it avoids the physical contact to reduce virus that can spread from shaking hands with each other. Nepali culture includes Namaste and every individual practice it.

Take home ‘Namaste’ as the best souvenir from Nepal.