Do a temple tour of Dhulikhel on footDhulikhel is a beautifully located village in Nepal as it provides a panoramic view of over 20 peaks, including Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), Mt. Ganesh Himal (7,429 m), Mt. Langtang (7,234 m), Mt. Phuribichyachu (6,637 m), Mt. Gaurishanker (7,134 m) and Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m). Along with being blessed with the best view of the high Himalayas, Dhulikhel is also home to a number of ancient Hindu temples. Once you reach the place, move towards the Old Town, which narrowly escaped the 2015 earthquake, and explore its religious history on foot.Know before you go: Buses from Kathmandu leave for Dhulikhel every morning, and it will take 6-8 hours to reach. Out of the best Newari temples that you can visit, put these on the top of your list: Kali Temple, Shiva Temple, Bhagwati Shiva Temple, Gita Temple and Hari Siddhi Temple.Explore the offbeat Helambu Valley on a week-long trekThe high mountains of Nepal are home to several tribes whose culture and way of life have stood the test of time. The Yolmo Tribe, indigenous to East Himalayan region, reside in the Helambu Valley and the best way to find your way to them is to trek! This trek is practical, not too challenging and can be completed in under a week. The beautiful trail is dotted with rhododendron trees and covers the best views of the valley, which includes a peak into the neighbouring valley, which will be Tibet!Know before you go: The trek is of an easy grade, but it is always preferred if the trekkers are physically fit and active. The trail starts from Sundarijal near Kathmandu and many trekking companies in the city organise it for affordable prices. The best time to take go on this week-long trek is from September to December.
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309 Kms from Dhulikhel
Best time to visit - October- April
Often called as the "Queen of all Hill Stations", this is one of the most popular in the whole world. This place is wrapped by everything beautiful nature has blessed the Earth with. Darjeeling is located in the lap of the Mountain Kanchenjunga and crowned by the mighty Himalayas, there is tranquility everywhere you see. There is the bright red hue of blooming rhododendrons, the peaceful white of the magnolias and also the silvery white firs all spread over the hills and the stretches of hills covered with the emerald color tea bushes. If you are out during the early mornings, the clouds will cross across your face. This is a perfect place for a tourist, ornithologist, trekker, a photographer and children too. The famous toytrain of Darjeeling is now a Heritage of Bengal. The other nearby attractions are Mirik, Mall, Batasia Loop, Kurseong, Kalimpong and Dooars Valley. A trip to this beautiful place is sure to fetch you a lot of memories to be etched in your heart forever.
190 Kms from Dhulikhel
The following morning we headed back to Pokhara taking the same route. Morning showers turned the route slushy making the descent more challenging than initially thought. Moving ahead, the riders literally stopped and kissed the road as we hit leveled tarmac after 3 days. It had been quite a spell.
227 Kms from Dhulikhel
My base camp for most part. Interestingly more chaotic that any other part of Bihar I'd been to
290 Kms from Dhulikhel
Best time to visit - N/A
Once the capital of the Magadha Empire which later evolved to become the Mayryan Empire, Rajgir is a valley surrounded by hills. This is a very important seat of Buddhist worship in Nalanda, Bihar. Hinduism and Jainism are also practised by many out here. Rajgir, earlier known as Rajagriha or the King's home is also known to be a winter health retreat. This is because of the number of pools and natural springs here filled with warm water which have therapeutic values and goo for healing many bone and skin diseases too. The Buddha Temple here is also encompassed with a monastery and is a popular place for meditation. The white colour is a symbol of peace and the gold colour used for the spire of the temple is to show eternity and good taste. The Buddha idol inside has some magic in it that you want to keep on looking at it. The typical peaceful atmosphere of a Buddhist Temple is also found here and this is the prime attraction of this town.
315 Kms from Dhulikhel
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,December
Kurseong, located about 30 km from Darjeeling, is for travellers who are looking to get away from the chaos of typical hill stations. With tea gardens as the region's landscape, Kurseong is as charming as it is lively and a perfect weekend destination if you are in West Bengal. There are a number of spots here that promise you an overwhelming view of the enveloping mountains – the most significant being the clear views of the mighty Kanchenjunga. Like any other hill station, Kurseong has its share of lovely touristy spots including Dow Hill, Eagle Craig and various tea estates including Makaibari Tea Estate (which is said to be the oldest tea estate in the region). If you are looking to explore the town completely, it's best to get in touch with some locals and discover hidden gems including trekking sites and birdwatching spots.
261 Kms from Dhulikhel
Best time to visit - N/A
Also known as Gorakhshpur, this is a town on the banks of the beautiful Rapti River. This is in the eastern part of the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is situated on the Nepal Border and is on the eastern side of the state capital of Lucknow. This place is also known for the Gorakhnath Temple or the Gorakhnath Math dedicated to Lord Shiva and thus is a Hindu worship place. The Buddhists also find importance here as Lord Buddha attained Parinirvana here and also breathed his last in Kushinagar which is near Gorakhpur. The great Saint Kabir, the poet is buried in Maghar, near Gorakhpur as well.