Cooking With A Local Family
Nepali cuisine is surprisingly diverse for a small country, with main influences from Tibetan/Chinese and Indian culinary methods and cooking styles based on ethnicity and on soil and climate. The main styles are the popular Mid-hills cooking, the ancient Newari from Kathmandu valley, Thakali-from the High Himalayas and the Madhesi cooking from the plains-all with their splendid dishes and variations. The main standard fare is the Dal-Bhat-Tarkari. (Rice-lentil-soup- vegetable/meat curry all served with condiments of extremely spicy chutney or pickle which can be fresh or fermented.The cooking classes all feature many popular dishes like the Momo, and various other traditional dishes. There are various styles of classes from homestays which offers real taste of local cuisines with home tips, tricks and secret ingredients used, whilst there are professional cooking classes organized at different hotels demonstrating their own way of cooking Nepali dishes. One of the delights of cooking classes and eating with family would be learning the secrets from experienced hands. Try all of these wonderful dishes, desserts and beverages; and don’t miss out the chance to learn recipes of these authentic Nepali cuisines.
Bungee Jumping, Zip Flying & Rafting Adventures
Less than 3 hours outside Kathmandu, the ultimate thrill of a bungee jump can now be experienced in Nepal at one of the best sites that this sport can boast of anywhere in the world. This jump site is on a 166m wide steel suspension bridge over the Bhoti Koshi River near the Nepal/Tiber border. This 160 m jump is s designed by one of New Zealand's leading bungee consultants, and is operated by some of the most experienced jump masters in the business. Similarly Nepal’s first tower bungy jump with a 70 m drop also can be taken in the beautiful Pokhara valley.With an incline of 56 degree, total length of 1.8 km and a vertical drop of 600 meters, The Zip flying in Pokhara valley is the tallest, the longest and the steepest zipline in the whole world. Located in one of the most beautiful places on the planet, no zip line ever made comes even close to this.Blessed with Himalayan fed rivers, Nepal has an amazing diversity of white waters of various grades of rafting and offers the best white water experience in the world. Whether you are beginner or an expert paddler the trips are from convenient half day excursions to full on two weeks of river expeditions, the possibilities are endless. Rivers like Trishuli near Kathmandu or the Seti in Pokhara offer a perfect river for family trips while for the ones who like something more challenging, the grade 5 rapids of Bhotekoshi churning down from Tibet and the Raging River of Marsyangdi described one of the best whitewater runs in the world should satisfy your appetite. All this excitement among the scenery of the Himalayas as a backdrop is breathtaking!
Everest Mountain Flight
The mountain flight experience is a must to experience the Himalayas, the highest mountain range in the world. The hour long flight operates from Kathmandu and is a brilliant opportunity to see the majestic peaks so close without having to trek to the region.The flight is a guaranteed flight, only operating when the weather is good and view is satisfactory. The service is run on modern Beechcraft 1900D, the safest plane operating in the domestic sector and takes you to a height of around 25,000 feet where you can enjoy a seemingly endless chain of snow-capped peaks as you fly above the clouds, over glaciers and lakes, rivers and gorges from your private individual window. The clear, non-tinted window offers a great opportunity to experience and photograph the aerial view of the Kathmandu valley and the landscapes of Nepal. And Of course the highlight being the journey across the world’s highest peaks, Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga – 3rd highest, Lhoste, Makalu, Cho Oyu, to name just a few including the Tibetan plateau.
Garden Of Dreams
The Garden of Dreams in Kathmandu was built by Field Marshal Kaiser Sumsher Rana and designed and constructed by Kishore Narsingh in the 1920's. It was built as a private garden and known as the Garden of the Six Seasons. As a historic garden in Kathmandu it was like no other. Inside the walls were pavilions, fountains, ponds, elaborate garden furniture along with European neo classical inspired features including verandas, pergolas and birdhouses. Each of the six pavilions inside the garden are dedicated to one of Nepal's six seasons. The Garden now has a small museum, library, several cafes and is a perfect place to relax from the chaotic Kathmandu streets.
Lumbini – Birthplace Of Lord Buddha
Lumbini is the place where Lord Buddha was born and this pilgrimage site has been the center of attraction for all Buddhist devotees around the world. This historic land also symbolizes world peace and must visit place for all those who want to research about origin of Buddha and Buddhism. While visiting Mayadevi Temple you would be delighted to find the exact spot where Siddhartha Gautama or Lord Buddha was born. Nearby in the scared garden, you will witness Ashok Pillar and prayer flags flattering from top of the bodhi tree.In recent years lots of renovation and development works have been carried out by the government, international communities and locals. Various monasteries, stupas, museums and temples have been built. Similarly, visit to tilaurakot would be worthwhile where various artifacts have been recently discovered. Therefore if you are planning to embark in for tours in Nepal then allocate couple of days to visit Lumbini and immerse in its peaceful atmosphere.
Dinner With An Everest Summiteer
Mount Everest also known locally as Sagarmatha or Chomolungma, is the highest summit in the world and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ever since the first attempts to scale the mountain in the early 1920s, Mount Everest has inspired and attracted people from all over the world. It is a holy mountain in Nepal and is called "Chomolongma" meaning "Goddess of the Winds" by the Sherpas who reside in its lap, and "Sagarmatha" by Nepalese People meaning "Head of the Ocean". You can see that Everest is more than just the tallest mountain in the world; it means a whole lot more to many people other than those who attempt to climb it!
What better way to finish your trip by having a farewell dinner with a Everest summiteer who who will be happy to talk about his amazing experiennces and share many a stories while answering any questions that you may have.
A Day With Farmers In Bhaktapur
Bhaktapur is small 12th Century medieval town located nearby Kathmandu known for its local cultural highlights, festivals, heritage site, temples and the lifestyle of local inhabitants most of whom are involved in agriculture sector. Bhaktapur mainly depends on tourism and agriculture sector for its revenues. A typical experience day involves meeting the farmer and the family in their traditional homes as they prepare for their day out. The day out involves learning about farming, their lifestyle, information on various traditional agriculture methods and food. One may also help the farmer with growing/harvesting various produce on the day and eat with the farmers. This is combined with exclusive sightseeing opportunity at world heritage site at Bhaktapur Durbar Square and nearby attractions.
Walking In The Kathmandu Valley
Kathmandu valley surrounded by green hills and traditional rural villages is a treasure-trove of ancient monuments and Hindu-Buddhist temples and many world heritage sights. There are numerous walking/hiking trails based around Kathmandu. Places like Nagarkot, Shivapuri, Chisapani, Kakani, Champadevi, Phulchoki, Namobuddha, Dakshinkali, Pharping, Nakkhu and Bhaktapur sightseeing gives you a chance to view the panoramic mountain views along with cultural insights in a short period of time. These hikes range from a few days to a few hours and are for every age group and for all seasons without having to go to the trekking areas. Kathmandu hikes, combined with sightseeing tours of heritages sites and a scenic flight to see Mt Everest could make a fantastic short trip in Nepal.
A Day In Bandipur Village
Bandipur Village is a picturesque town nestled in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal, a land as famous for its natural beauty as for the hospitality of its people. Bandipur village is at the middle of two major tourist destinations Kathmandu and Pokhara. Situated on a hilltop above the highway town of Dumre, Bandipur captivates the visitor with its cultural appeal and pristine scenery. Bandipur Village Newar town has maintained its age-old flavour, and presents sightseers with a heady mix of history, architecture, incredible views, awesome caves and unspoiled landscapes. Bandipur village has been described as a natural view tower; indeed, one can enjoy a spectacular panorama of the entire Annapurna Range plus the peaks of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Langtang from here. Apart from the stunning views of the Himalaya and the Marsyangdi Valley, a visit to the town is an opportunity to get a close look at Newar cultural life.
Cycling Tours In Nepal
Nepal has now achieved worldwide recognition as one of the best mountain biking destinations that caters to all levels of riders. Nepal being a mountainous country with diverse landscapes and breathtaking natural beauty offers numerous dirt roads and the trails that lead to scenic places inside and outside the valley which has made Nepal a favorite among mountain Bikers. There are impressive sites in the cities, including that of the capital, Kathmandu, and the nearby hilltop towns of Dhulikhel and Nagarkot. In Kathmandu valley alone there are five World Heritage sites. Along with Kathmandu Valley there are many other popular destinations for mountain biking includes Pokhara valley-gateway to the Himalayas, and even the Everest region. Cycling tours in Nepal will give you immense satisfaction with its unique culture as it showcases stunning panoramas of the Himalayas, explores jungles and National Parks with many kilometers of rambling single tracks through rice fields and local villages.
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