nepal - the mountain kingdom
Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan
Enfolded within the spiraling heights of the majestic Himalayas, the mountain kingdom of Nepal is a land of awe-inspiring scenery, ancient temples and picturesque walking trails rich in scenic splendor and cultural heritage. Apart from the city of Kathmandu and the ancient capital towns of Patan and Bhaktapur, Pokhara captures one''s interest with its perfect natural setting of lakes and mountains making it an ideal destination for adventure.
Kathmandu has a maze of narrow streets, wooden temples and beautifully decorated palaces, gentle sound of jangling cymbals, colourful markets with a rich blend of colours, aromas and traditional lifestyles that make Kathmandu one of the world's most fascinating cities. It houses many Hindu and Buddhist temples such as the Swayambhunath - popularly known as the 'monkey temple', the Pashupatinath where Lord Shiva is worshipped, the temple of the Living Goddess and of course the ever bustling Durbar Square.
Alongside the 3 km long Phewa lake and at the foothills of the mighty Annapurna and the formidable virgin peak of Fishtail mountain is the peaceful town of Pokhara. Situated on the bank of Seti River, it commands one of the most spectacular views of mountains in the main range of the Himalayas. It's unique charm is derived from its all year round climate and its stunning close views of magnificent Machhapurchare or "Fish Tail Mountain" and the mighty Annapurnas. From Pokhara one can visit David's or Devi's Fall where a stream flowing out of the lake suddenly surges down the rocks into a deep gorge. Adjacent to the falls is the Gupteshwar Gumpha that has a Shivlinga.
Asia's richest and most spectacular wildlife sanctuary - the Royal Chitwan National Park is situated 75 air miles southwest of Kathmandu. In this panoramic jungle setting one can discover a lost world of towering trees and twisted vines, of pre-historic rhino, lumbering elephants, crocodile, python, deer; brilliantly coloured birds and if you are lucky the Royal Bengal Tiger. One can enjoy activities such as wild life viewingfrom elephant back, nature walks, jungle treks, bird watching, boat trips, etc.