Next day, we started for Ilam. This was supposed to be 373 km. Once the mountain road started, it was suddenly unexpectedly very cold. We must have ridden just few kilometers in the mountains and we found clouds and fog so much so that we could not see what lay even 10 meter ahead of us. As this was not safe so we stopped and stayed at a hotel named Bishal.
After climbing to the Thami Monastery, we retraced our steps before turning uphill toward the lovely village of Khumjung, where Sir Edmund Hillary established a school in 1961.
The well preserved ancient Newar town, known for its artistic excellence, splendid courtyard and palaces, pottery and weaving industries and rich customs and culture, is a ‘living heritage’ in itself. The literal translation of ‘Bhaktapur’ i.e. “place of devotees” is well justified by its magnificent temples, artwork, festivals and religious celebrations. It was enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. The place is like an open air museum, best for aimless wandering and exploration. The ‘culture gem’ of Nepal, Bhaktapur is extremely picturesque and inspiring. So simply put on your best walking shoes and get ready to have a good peek into the famous Newar culture and tradition.
I liked the Patan Durban Square cultural heritage.
Kailash nath mahadev
It has world's highest statue of lord Shiva which is 144 Ft tall.
I have my Uncle living in Bharatpur. So staying and food was not an issue. Its a beautiful citiy. Few attraction of this city are Narayani river,There was a cultural event on the bank of it and I kinda enjoyed it, though couldn't understand most of it. Apart from this There is Chitwan National Park , A good place to visit for a wild life lover.
A quick getaway from Kathmandu. Beautiful rolling hills and paddy fields, away from the city noises.
To go Ilam, we landed up going back to Dulikhel. There took a right turn and started for Bardibas. The road was very nice. The mountains on one side and the river on the other side. The road was amazingly smooth. After having ridden for a while there was a part where the road was being constructed and here we came across the first long stretch of treacherous road. Our plan was to reach to Bardibas. Here we stayed in hotel Gautam*. The dinner was not very good here. *http://www.panoramio.com/photo/22123436
Next we rode to Sarangkot from Mahendra caves. This definitely is not a place to be missed if you are traveling to Pokhara. At an altitude of 1600 meter, this village gives a striking view of Himalayan range and the lakes at the same time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarankot The roads were nice until a point where due to construction we landed up riding in a patch full of mud and stones.I am sure once this construction is over, up till the summit, you will have smooth roads to enjoy. Pokhara is a place for para gliding. At a cost of 4500 Nepali rupees a decent para gliding can be done.
The trip starts from City of Siliguri, Situated at Northern part of east Indian of West Bengal.Participants from various destinations meets here at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station or Bagdogra airport or at Tenzing Norgay Bus terminus.From Siliguri the team on a hired cab will reach at a Place call Maneybhanjan,the entry point of Singalila National Park from the southern part.
On Day 5 you’ll reach 4000m and the terrain will change as you reach Dingbouche. It’ll be much colder during the day and you’ll need your down jacket from this point.
2. Langtang Valley TrekWhile you trek in the Langtang Valley, which is home to the tribes of Newars and Tamang, the Langtang Lirung peak will cast its shadow on you. Not very far away from Kathmandu, Langtang will still give you the peace and quiet that you won't even find in Kathmandu. Trekkers can easily traverse the high altitude passes and explore the beauty of the Langtang National Park. The Great Himalaya Trails has quite a wide variety of trekking options in and around Langtang, which are suitable for all kinds of trekkers.
At Sun Moon Lake, we stayed at what is widely considered the best leisure hotel in Taiwan – and rightly so. The Lalu was designed in 2002 by Australian architect Kerry Hill, who has won numerous design awards. With all rooms overlooking the lake and the longest swimming pool in Taiwan (an infinity pool with waters that seem to spill straight into the lake), The Lalu certainly has the wow factor.
Fuel up your bikes n spare tanks here, the only town to have a petrol pump on this route till you reach Upshi
In the morning, we have an option to hike to Indra Gufa (Cave), which is 2-3 hrs two-way trip from Kaule. Indra Gufa is a famous cave in the region. While trekking back from Indra Gufa we also can visit a small multi-cultured village of Dangshi Marang. The village manifests diverse cultures of Newars, Damais, Kamis and Brahmins. If we plan to skip this morning hike to Indra Gufa, the day’s trek is relatively short. We begin the trek from Kaule along the descending trail to a small marketplace of the region, Ramkot. From Ramkot we tread on the descending jungle trail to Sarke Bhanjyang. Sarke Bhanjyang has couple of abandoned houses. From Sarke Bhanjyang, the trek begins to climb up through the dense jungle over the stony steps all the way to Mohoria. This part of the trek is fascinating. Gradual walk uphill along the forest trail, encounters the natives, witnesses the lifestyle of mid-hill Nepal (people collecting timbers) and sights several species of colorful birds. Almost ninety minutes of uphill walk through the forest brings us to another small mid-hill settlement of Mohoria. We have our lunch at Mohoria. Mohoria is small and organized village in the region. After the lunch at Mohoria, we hike up along the stony steps to a small Monastery. The view from the Monastery includes the panorama of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna Ranges, Lamjung Himal and Gorkha Peak. Then we slide down quickly from the monastery, tread for five minutes along the motor-road and then enter the trails inside the woods via a volleyball court. Now, walking through the forest trails offers us an opportunity to sight many species of colorful birds. We walk through this forest trail for almost forty-five minutes. The final push to Chisapani stretches along the trail on the right that goes vertically up on the stony steps. As we reach the top, we see a small temple in the middle of the jungle. Trekking further on a leveled trail, we arrive to Chisapani. Chisapani is a small Gurung Village, which offers the great views of Himalayas, hills and terraced fields. It is also a culturally rich Gurung Village. Plus, the sunset view from Chisapani is fascinating. The wonderful pattern of the green Hills cuddling to each other and the last hill seen on the horizon changing its color when sun sets is a wow view from Chisapani. We will stay today at Chisapani in the home-stay lodges operated by the locals.
The place in Nepal where you will find the most friendliest people of the country! Do not lose an option of chatting with them. They can tell you some real spots where you can find wildlife roaming in its natural habitat.
This was our stop on the 2nd day of the trek. Commands one of the best views of the annapurna, dhaulagiri and the manaslu ranges; it's also the base from where you start climbing Poon Hill next morning.
This place is my village. living and food was obviously free again :) Its a normal hilly village . A lots of woods , less people , calmness in the air , not a tourist spot though, but a traveler can visit and people are nice enough to help a stranger. its around 4 hours of trek from Gyadi so Worth a try for a wanderer.
oxygen will go down and you will start the battle for life
Second day of the Royal Trek, begins with the gentle downhill climb through the forest to Okhle. The downhill climb from Okhle continues through the similar trails all the way to Saurya Bhanjyang. Saurya Bhanjyang is a small mid-hill town with motor access. At Saurya we chase the trail on the left and once again hike along the trails through the forest to Betyani. Maximum of one hour walk to Betyani traverses along the gradual up and down trail. From Betyani another sixty to ninety minutes gentle walk through the forest trail takes us to Lipyani. Both Betyani and Lipyani are exceptional Gurung Villages, where we get observe the rich Gurung culture. In addition, the view of the Himalayan Range from Lipyani is exceptionally beautiful. We have our lunch at Lipyani and the resume the trek. From Lipyani, the trek begins to slide up gradually along the trail on the top of hill. This part of the trek caters the views of the Himalayas to the north. Almost two hours of gradual walk along the ridgeline brings us to Syaklungkot 1425m. This is the highest point of the Royal Trek. Syaklungkot caters the great panorama of Himalayan peaks to the north. The entire section of Annapurna and Manaslu Ranges with unique Fishtail are great views from Syaklungkot. The view from Syaklungkot also includes the deep valley of Madi River, lush vegetation and lakes. From Syaklungkot, the Royal Trek slides down gradually to Kaule 1225m. At Kaule we will stay in a local home-stay operated by enthusiastic local person.
Trek to Dhampus
Gokul is a place where lord Krishna spent his childhood and many stories are associated with this small village adjacent to bank of river Yamuna. You can visit the temple which was home of Lord Krishna during his childhood days. Many other tales and stories are also associated with the place and you can enjoy boating here. Scenic view is good here and you should also see sunset at this place.
border of nepal and china
Lord Vishnu (Narayan) Jalasayana(Sleeping on water), lying on Ananta SesaNaga, in the cosmic ocean. The Deity is over 1,000 years old. Lord Vishnu is about 5m (17 ft) long and is lying in a 13m (43 ft) long tank, as if floating, with His legs crossed. His four hands hold the four symbols of Vishnu: the chakra (disc), club, and conch-shell and lotus flower.
3. Helambu Valley TrekExperience the local culture and hospitality of the Hyolmo Tribe, and gaze at the glistening peaks of the world in the horizon while in Helambu. This trek is perfect for those who cannot too many days off and need a shorter, more practical route to trek. The Helambu trek is dotted with rhododendron trees and greenery, while at some patches you will see clear grounds of the countryside.