8 day Nepali affair 9/12 Lonely Planet experiences

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6th Apr 2014

View from the Mountain Flight

Photo of 8 day Nepali affair 9/12 Lonely Planet experiences by Harita Vinnakota

Fewa Tal, Pokhara views

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Devi's Falls (from Gupteswar Caves)

Photo of 8 day Nepali affair 9/12 Lonely Planet experiences by Harita Vinnakota

Sauraha district, lovely river side sunset

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Indian Chat on the streets of Gorkha district

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Dal Bhaat Tarkari, vegetarian staples

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Female Shama in Chitwan National park

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a lovely sunset by the river side in Chitwan

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Trishuli river (white water river rafting)

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Swayambhunath temple (Buddha eyes)

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Famous masks at Swayambhu

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7 day trip to Nepal - Adventure, Heritage, Pubs & Nature

Some quick things about Nepal (specifically from an Indian traveler's perspective)

1) Indian currency can be used at 80% of the places including shopping outlets by the roadside

2) 500- 1000 Re notes are not allowed, only 100 and denominations less than that

3) Food takes incredibly long to come to your table, average time after placing an order is around 25-30 mins, and if you order in two rounds you will end up watching the ceiling for a long time to go

4) Road travel is the best means of transport however be aware that the average speed on highways is about 25- 30 kmph, it may be much longer in case of traffic jam (mostly due to an accident)

5) In Apr, its cold in the mornings and nights but afternoons are very warm

6) Alcohol (& especially beer) is avaialble everywhere in Nepal, it would be a stupid idea to buy anything at the Duty free shop ;)

7) All cafe's, however small have free wifi, get in - ask for Wi-Fi password and chill out 

Hotel Classic is a small hotel, where we stayed overnight
Mountain flight - beautiful view of the Mt Everest and surrounding Himalayan range. It was totally worth the money. Mountain flight is one of the top 12 experiences in Nepal listed by Lonely Planet.
Photo of Buddha Air Pvt. Ltd, Pulchowk Rd, Lalitpur, Central Region, Nepal by Harita Vinnakota
White water rafting in the Trishuli river - top 12 experiences in Nepal listed by Lonely Planet - rightly so, the cold water and the tense rapids make for a thriller experience, although the rapids were not over 3- 3+ (owing to summer). starting point - Charaundi (travel from KTM in the morning) end point - Mugling (from here you can drive down to Pokhara) 15 km rafting (with intermediate swimming breaks between rapids)
Terrace has a brilliant view, perfect place for travelers, prices are very reasonable, about 600 NPR for a double bedroom, Mr Narayan is a wonderful host. Its not a luxury hotel but has all the basic amenities which a traveler needs.
There are like a gazillion awesome pubs and eat outs in Pokhara, you can spend like an entire week exploring the cafe's, pubs, lakes, shops in Pokhara. Be prepared to shell out some cash only on food.
Paragliding - jumping off a cliff at Pokhara
One of the most popular pubs at Pokhara with live music. Many pubs have live music, but this place is one of the more famous and "happening" ones
brilliant Indian food. being Indian is very hard - go 3 days, your Indian food craving begins, this place has amazing Indian food. I had the best Dal Makhani, veg Biryani here - highly recommended reasonably priced
Another place that serves brilliant food - All cuisines. Veg Thukpa here is a must try
Photo of Davis Falls, Shital Path, Pokhara, Western Region, Nepal by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of Tal Barahi Temple, Phewa Lake, Pokhara, Western Region, Nepal by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of Manakamana Cable Car, Manakamana, Western Region, Nepal by Harita Vinnakota
Lovely resort by the river side, brilliant host - Niraj will help you chart out your itinerary for the stay, set you up with an amazing guide and take care of everything at no extra cost. Its a feel-good place even on your wallet. Offers - jungle safari, jungle trek, canoeing on Rapti river
The river/jungle around it has a lot to offer, if you are a jungle person that is. Gharial sightings by the river side during canoeing, lovely sunset by the river side, One horned rhino (famous in this area), and over 45 species of birders Great cormorant Little cormorant Darter Grey heron Purple heron Little egret Asian open bill Woolly necked stork Lesser adjutant Black headed ibis Whistling duck/ teal Crested serpent eagle Jungle fowl Shama Moorhen Bronze winged Jacana Grey headed lapwing Red wattled lapwing Green sandpiper Spotted dove Jungle mynah Common mynah Hill Mynah House sparrow Coucal Stork billed kingfisher Pied kingfisher White throat kingfisher Chestnut headed bee eater Indian roller Flame back Sand Martin Wire tailed swallow Red vented bulbul Red whiskered bulbul Asian paradise flycatcher Oriental White eye Long tailed shrike Black drongo Bronze drongo
This is a perfect place for a traveler again, reasonable prices, friendly staff, in the middle of Thamel, only basic amenities, hygienic rooms Only issue could be - there are no lifts and your room could be in the 5th, 6th floor. But since you are an adventure enthusiast its ok ;)
Thamel is the most happening area in Kathmandu, buzzling with activity, colour, music and food. - If you go Nepal, you dont go Thamel, you go Nepal again please You can easily spend 3-4 hours just walking around Thamel and exploring the hand made bags, embroidered T shirts, Gorkha Khukuris, masks, singing bowls etc. Evening it turns into a pub paradise with live music and party people all over the place.
Its a Buddhist temple, but you see a big chunk of shopping stalls around the temple. Fridge magnets, posters, scarfs, masks and what not.
Photo of Swayambhunath, Kathmandu, Central Region, Nepal by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of Swayambhunath, Kathmandu, Central Region, Nepal by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of Durbar Square, Bhaktapur, Central Region, Nepal by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of Durbar Square, Bhaktapur, Central Region, Nepal by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of Tea House Inn, Nagarkot Road, Nagarkot, Central Region, Nepal by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of Tea House Inn, Nagarkot Road, Nagarkot, Central Region, Nepal by Harita Vinnakota
Brilliant rock live music - awesome pubby way to end a wonderful Nepal vacation
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