Things to Do in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Among the 10th tallest Himalaya in the world 7 in Nepal. Nepal is the landlocked country between two giant neighbor china(65 times bigger than Nepal) and India(22 times bigger than Nepal). Nepal is the birthplace of Lord Buddha Gautama in Lumbini, The country lies between lowland terai around 300m altitude to the world highest Mountain in the world 8848m altitude so can find the climate can match any destination of the earth like Sahara desert to Antarctica. So Nepal is the traveler's choice destination in south Asia.
Before thinking top traveling in Nepal they like to know what kinds of things to do in Nepal. I will help with the answer to the travels below.
Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal so there has only one international airport in Nepal so trekkers or tourists must land here at the beginning. so here is the list of what kinds of things can do in Nepal
Things to do in Kathmandu:
Everest Mountain flight.
Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour.
Everest View Trek, Everest Base Camp Trek, Everest High Passes trek, With Everest region Mountain climbing( Island Peak Climbing, Mera peak Climbing, Lobuche peak Climbing and Many more including Mt. Everest Climbing)
Kathmandu World heritage sire day tour Like Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhnath Stupa sightseeing, Monkey Temple sightseeing, Pashupatinath Temple Sightseeing.
Nagarkot Sunrise Tour.
Langtang Region Trekking( langtang valley Trek, Helambu trek, Gosaikinda Trek).
Hiking around Kathmandu( Namobuddha, Chandragiri, Champadevi, Kakani, Nagarjuna, and Many More ).
Trisuli River rafting, paragliding in Kathmandu
Things to Do in Pokhara
Annapurna base camp Trekking.
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek.
Ghandruk Dhampus low ACAPtrekking.
Pokhara valley sightseeing. ( Bindabasini Temple, Barahi Temple, Davis waterfall, Gupteswoe Mahadev Cave, Seti River George).
Museum( International Mountain Museum, Pokhara Regional Museum, Butterfly Museum, British Gorkha Museum).
Tibetan refugee camp visit.
Boating in Fewa lake/ Rafting in Seti River.
Paragliding in Pokhara.
Hiking in Pokhara( Sarangkot Hiking, Australian camp Hiking, Dhampus Hiking, World peace pagoda Hiking.
Other activities in Nepal
Honey Hunting, Adventure trekking like Upper Mustang, Makalu, Dhaulagiri, Kanchanjunga, Dolpo ETC.
Chitwan Jungle safari.
Bardia Jungle safari.
Manaslu Trekking, Tsum Valley Trekking, Other Numerous trekking and tour from different Destination.
Bhotekoshi River rafting.
Nepal is the travelers' best choice travel destination because Everest base camp south situated in Nepal. Many hiker's dream list is Everest Base Camp trek in a lifetime. Because Everest Base camp is World's highest mountain Everest(8848m) base Camp so travelers like to go there and explore the glacier longest Khumbu, Khumbu Icefall, and Dudhkoshi river Starting points as well.
Everest Base camp trek brings hikers at an altitude of 5545m(Kalapatthar) to see the stunning sunrise or sunset view of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu mountain which are 3 8000m mountain in the world among 14 mountain. This trek is physically challenging. Moderate fitness trekkers can do this trek. So it's the first best thing to do In Nepal.
Best Time to Everest Base Camp: Spring(March to May) and Autumn(September to November)
Cost per person US$ 1410
Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration of the trekking: 14 days
Another delightful journey for trekking lovers in Nepal is Annapurna Base camp. It's the nearest base camp of Nepal from The lake city Pokhara. Trekkers who have a short holiday duration to the long holiday duration can do this trekking.
This trek can be undertaken from 5 to 12 days depends on the trekking starting point and trekking ending points with the transportation type like flight, private car, or bus in the city to city link. It's the 10th highest mountain in the world. Dhaulagiri8167m and Annapurna 1(8091m) with the holy mountain Fishtail(6997) m are the highlights of Himalaya in this trek.
Two base camp visit in one trek like Annapurna base camp(4130m) and Machhapuchhre base camp(3700m). The best landscape of terraced fields, Rivers, Numerous waterfalls, Natural Hot springs, Numerous flora and fauna, The enchanting hospitality of Nepali guides and porters make millions of trekkers make this trek in their buckle list for future travelers and the undead memory for past travelers.
Best time to trek Annapurna Base Camp: pre Monsoon and Post Monsson(spring and autumn ) march to May, September to November)
Difficulty Level: Moderate Trekking
Cost per person: US$ 750 for an organized trek with a guide and porter.
Traveling in Nepal should not be complete without seeing Mount Everest- the highest mountain in the world. There are different ways to explore Everest and one of them is mountain flight.
The travelers who do not have enough time to trekking and travelers who have budget trip but like to see Everest they can choose Everest scenic flight from Kathmandu airport is the best way to see Everest and surrounding mountains in an hour. its just 1-hour flight and start from Kathmandu Tribhuvan international airport and end in the airport.
Nonmountainers it is the best way to see Everest in comparison to choosing Everest to base camp helicopter expensive flight. Well exhilarated and thrilled flight make the travelers see mt Everest next time by foot.
Highlights: panoramic enchanting Himalayan peak vistas including Mt. Everest, Number, Lhotse, Makalu, and 100s of Cho- Oyu and other mountains.
Best time to book a flight: September to May any time except June July and August. ,
Cost per person US$ 150 for a Window seat.
Nepal is the country of Hinduism and there are lots of temples dedicated to Hindu God and Goddess. One of them is Pashupatinath Temple- The biggest Shiva temple in Nepal. Millions of visitors visit this temple every year from Nepal and India.
This temple situated at the bank of the Bagmati river what river starting point is Bagdwar is a holy place too and its believed that this temple made in the 4th century and tourists can explore the Hindu arc and architecture there. Inside this temple, only Hindu people can go Tourists can explore from outside only.
The main shrine of the temple is Shiva Lingam and the golden Bull outside in front of the gate which is dedicated to lord shiva's vehicle. Pashupati Nepal is popular for Hindu and Buddhist people's creation. Its also a UNESCO World Heritage site of Nepal. Tourists can explore how cremation ceremonies happen in Nepal by their open eyes from starting to end until the dead body burns fully. An earthquake in 2015 AD this temple not affected a lot.
Entry cost per person: US$ 10 for Foreigner.
Trip type Guided Trip
Full-day cost of the trip includes guide and driver with permits in 4 places Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Temple, Swayanmbhunath temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square: US$ 110 .per person.
Explore Kathmandu on Swayambhunath Stupa is one of the best sightseeing things to do in Kathmandu.
A very beautiful Swoyambhunath temple is situated in the Ananda hills at the center of Kathmandu and believed is a self-existent temple. To learn Hindu and Buddhist iconography is the best place- also in the early morning and evening lots of devotees circle this stupa with mantras "OM Mani Padme Hum".
Monkey temp[-le also famous for Sunset and Sunrise visits and one of the best viewpoints to see Kathmandu in clear weather. Some hikers who love hiking can get off Bhagwan pau(the foot of God) and from there can hike 365 stony difficult steps to go there. A lot of monkeys can explore in this tour so beware in your hand do not show food and not tease them.
keep a distance otherwise they can be attacked. In the 2015 earthquake, a large number of temples' surroundings are damage but in the main shrine of the temples, nothing happens still in good condition.
Cost for entry: US$ 4 per person
Trip Type: Sightseeing tour with a guide.
Eat a Local Food or join a food tour in Kathmandu or Pokhara
A quotation for the trekking in Nepal Dal Bhat Power-24 Hour!! Pizza Power no Power!!. Travelling Nepal is incomplete without taste local food in Nepal. Nepali traditional food is Dal Bhat Set. There is Numerous food available in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
One best food is MOMO. There are several varieties of MOMO In Kathmandu. Chicken, Buffalo, Pork, Muttom, Paneer or Tofu, Vegetable Momo ETC. It's a Dumplings inside different kind of goods called different named momo. Steam momo, Fried Momo, Fried and chilly momo, Half fry and half steam Kathy Momo and Momo and soup together called Soup momo can find in Kathmandu restaurants. It's one of the best things to do in Kathmandu or Pokhara Nepal.
Some food influenced by Indians like Samosa, Panipuri, and Chatpat. Whereas Chatpat and panipuri popular for street food but Samosa is popular in restaurants. Some places Choila, Sukuti, and Sekuma of different kinds of meat available. so you can take a food tour with us to taste different kinds of foods.
For the greatest meal, you can try the Dal Bhat Set meal. This meal included Lentils soup, Pickles, papad, Chicken or Mutton Curry, Green vegetables, lentil soup, vegetable curry, Rice, Salad(like cucumber, radish, and Carrot).
For this food, we will bring you a welcome or farewell dinner with your guide in Nepal if you book a tour or trek with us. After the meal, they give some sweet Dahi(yogurt) as a dessert. Many restaurants provide a local wine by millet or rice freely in this dinner. The main interesting thing about this food is a buffet all over Nepal in one food cost pay.
Kathmandu Durbar Square:
In three city Kathmandu Bhaktapur and Lalitpur, there are 3 Durbar Square(Royal Palace). @015 earthquake most affected durbar square in Kathmandu. It's just 15 minutes walk from your hotel in the tourist place Thamel.
This square is the consists of Numerous temples, Kumari(living goddess) Royal Palace, Museum, Some historical courtyard so UNESCO world heritage sites.
The main attraction of this Square is pagoda style temples, Woodcarvings, Enchanting erotic carvings from the 15th the 17th century where Malla and shah dynasty rules in Nepal.
Interesting and most popular sites inside Durbar Square.
just 1 single huge stone architecture of Lord shiva terrible form at the time of war between god and evil power bring from Nagarjuna by man and putting in between Kathmandu durbar square center can see local people praying religious practice during all the day is 1st attractive part of this Square.
Called the home of kumari made in the form of Harmaya style of Nepali architecture to have a building outside but inside another courtyard where kumari stay. Kumari is the symbol of Devi and this courtyard is a fine example of wooden architecture in Nepal.
In Hinduism kumari is the spiritual energy of a female virgin deity. there are many legends about Kumari our guide teaches you about that. If you lucky you can see kumari but only one day in Indrajatra festival allows you to take a photo.
Hanuman Dhokka and Nautale Durbar:
Its made by Shah King Prithvi Narayan Shah. In the 2015 earthquake, it is damaged. so now under construction. In front of Gate can see the scl[pture of Hanuman so its name Hanumandhoka Durbar square. Inside has Museum, Ponds, Many courtyards, and the royal palace with old architecture goods.
Jagannath Temple and The Degutale:
the oldest temple in this courtyard is Jagannath temple and the private temple of the Royal family is Degutale or Taleju temple is other main attractions of this temple. A guide from Mission Himalaya Treks Gives you a brief history of this courtyard.
One of the best things in Nepal is exploring the beauty of Patan. Patan also called the city of beauty or Lalitpur in Nepali. For metal architecture, it's a famous city and one of the sister cities of Nepal.
Before 1768 AD it's one kingdom of Nepal but after Prithivi Narayan Shah united the nations in 1 country then it's just a durbar square now and the royal palace converted to Museum. Patan Museum is one of the beautiful museums of Nepal.
Exploring metal architecture history and some stone and wood architecture is one of the best things to do in Nepal. Near the Museum you can explore the Golden temple about Buddhism and Patan Buddha too. So travelers when they travel to Nepal one time we recommend you to go there.
Tour type: Sightseeing around Kathmandu.
Included: Tourist guide, private vehicle, and Entrance
Total cost for the tour US$ 110 Per person For a full day.
Chitwan Jungle Safari:
One of the best things to do in Nepal is exploring the Jungle in Chitwan. Ride an elephant and exploring wild animals in the jungle is one of the best tours of Chitwan. Another main opportunity is jeep jungle safari in the morning or evening to the jungle if you are unable to see the animals.
Chitwan is famous for its one-horned rhino, Bengal tiger, Leopard, and deer. Other animals like sloth bears, wild boars also can see in this tour. Tourists who love to explore wildlife and the jungle spend at least 2 nights 3 days in the Chitwan safari package with us.
Elephant safari is unique transportation than you try before. Except this you can visit, Gariyal crocodile breeding center, Elephant breeding center and enjoy with one wood canoe riding in Rapti or Narayani river to explore crocodile.
Evening cultural Tharu dance teaches you the unique culture of Nepali countryside people. Elephant bathing also one of the major activities in Chitwan near the Tharu village in locals.
Best time to Visit: All year except June July August monsoon Summer periods.
Cost per person: US$ 150 for 2 night 3 days package.
Tour type: Sightseeing with a guide and private vehicle with all entrance fees.
Food included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.