Nepal Cultural Tour and Nepal Sightseeing Tour when combined, gives a great outcome of Nepal exploring Trail. Such a small landlocked country situated between the great nations: China and India, is well known worldwide as the land of Mount Everest and Lord Buddha. Inhabited by 30 million Nepalese, Nepal is a plot of mixed colored people around the world. Consequently, this nation was declared as “Dharma Nirapechya Rastra” in BS. 2063 which means people following any religion can stay here as a formal citizen as long as they want well for nation. This proves that Nepal has a good range of cultural diversity within its small area and the people live in harmony irrespective of their religion, caste and culture. So, if you want to make a cultural tour in Nepal exploring its natural beauty on the trail, this package will suit you the best.
Following is a list of locations in Nepal that showcase the most appreciated cultural activities and the trail that you will follow are the most satisfying ones to cherish the real beauty of this South Asian nation.
This is the capital city of Nepal and also popular as the city of temples. Wherever you go and whichever narrow alleys you head upto, you will most probably come across a temple that is worshipped everyday! This city also consists of seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites out of ten.
The Bouddhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa are the major temples for the Buddhists. Both of the temples have a similar structure consisting of a white dome at the base roofed by a golden cubical structure in which eyes of Lord Buddha are painted. Both the temples have number of shrines and gompas. Whereas, Swayambhunath Temple lies on a hill of Kathmandu valley with 365 steps to be climbed, offers a panoramic view of the city. Mostly, people who follow Buddhism from Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet can be encountered in these places.
The Pashupatinath Temple:
It is one of the holiest temples for people who follow Hinduism. Hundreds of extensive collection of temples, ashrams, images and inscriptions raised over the centuries lie here. In this area, a good number of pagoda styled temples along with beautiful architecture can be observed. The dead bodies of people being burned following a series of hindu ritual, people bathing at the bank of the holy Bagmati River, the priests and pilgrims offering prayer to Lord Shiva and the night AArati ceremony by the main three priests of the temple are the most exciting and inspiring cultural activities at this area.
The Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square are the name of three palaces that were once resided by ranges of rulers of Nepal. Different dynasty ruling the places have left different marks to be remembered among their people for centuries. This results in the unique buildings and monuments built by such kings and rulers with the finest arts and architecture that have been attracting its visitors for years. Such palaces now have been converted into protected areas with museums in which all of their belonging found are displayed to world. For detailed info Patan Durbar Square And Kathmandu Durbar Square
Changu Narayan Temple is situated at the top of the hill surrounded by a forest of Champak tree. On the main way to temple courtyard, a human settlement can be observed. People from Newar community live in and around Changu Narayan area. With the development of tourism in this place, many medium and small sized hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops, etc. have been managed. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this temple also tells a story of ancient Nepal with beautiful architecture carved on the wooden temple.
Moreover, Kathmandu valley is majorly inhabited by local Newari people. They have a long list of festivals and fairs coming over at least once in 2 months. There are different jatras and festivals that occur on the road. And the Nepal travellers enjoy such events very much. To cover the all the mentioned palces above, Kathmandu Nepal Tour would be best choice for you.
Within 150km distance from Kathmandu, there lie Chitwan, one of the most beautiful cities of Nepal. Chitwan is equally famous for cultural diversity and sightseeing purposes. Chitwan National Park is located in the mid terai of Nepal and is a home to a range of animals and birds including tigers, elephants, rhinoceros, crocodiles and various birds. Also considered as the first national park of Nepal, you can go for elephant safari or take a bath with an elephant or wait to catch a glimpse of rare animals or enjoy elephant bathing farms or boat or do everything as mentioned. Choice is yours. There are some luxurious hotels and bars that might be cheerful to the visitors. When it comes to cultural diversity, Chitwan is mostly resided by Tharu people.
At the evening, as a relaxing program, the Tharu people perform their cultural dance wearing beautiful dresses and ornaments. Moreover, having the local delicious meals with local people is a good way to interact and understand their culture.
Within 6 hours of drive from Kathmandu covering 305 km of distance, anyone can approach Lumbini. Lumbini is a birthplace of Light of Asia and is a holiest place for Buddhist pilgrims from around the world. The beautiful monasteries built by various nations so far and the peaceful gompas are a treat to watch. In Lumbini, mostly Buddhism followers can be encountered as it is such a sacred place for Buddhists. Many beautiful statues of Lord Buddha along with lively prayers of monks can be heard around such monasteries. The beautiful sights of architecture, cheerful monks, religious pilgrims, sacred monasteries and of course the relaxing, peaceful environment are an incredible experience in Nepal.
Traditional Mustang (the Lo Kingdom) is 53 km north–south at its longest, 60 km east–west at its widest and ranges from a low point of 2,750 m above sea level on the Kali Gandaki River just north of Kagbeni to 6,700 m at Khamjung Himal, a peak in southeast Mustang. This area is isolated from outer world and surrounded by hills in all directions. The arid weather here, the cultures, traditions, languages; customs resemble a part of Tibet. People here follow Buddhism and there are a number of ancient monasteries along with stupas and shrines. The antique architectures and cultures seem to be blessed by God himself. This remote area, untouched by outer world, undisturbed by outer chaos and so pure in itself is a true paradise for sightseeing and defining the true spirit of Nepal. For more about Upper Mustang
Situated between the Tibetan Plateau and the Dhaulagiri ranges, Upper Dolpo is the most remote, the least exposed and the less explored region of Nepal. . Due to its difficult topography, Dolpo has stayed isolated for ages. Its isolation and difficult topography with high passes has caused no any tourist facilities. But the rugged trails, untouched and unspoiled beauty of nature along with their ancient culture make it worth of all the hardships to be there once in life. Stepping into this region is like stepping into a new world with Tibetan like culture of people and awe-inspiring natural sceneries. Moreover, their antique cultures, friendly and smiley locals, the gorgeous blue water of Dolpo lake, century old Bon and Buddhist monasteries, highland villages and contrasting landscape are the best parts of adventure at Upper Dolpo region.
Pokhara is the most popular tourist destination in Nepal. The notorious Prithvi Highway, which winds through 206km of classic Middle Hills countryside, should be more than just a painful bus ride. The journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara is great in itself as you can stop at Bandipur, Manakamana Temple and Gorkha Durbar before you finally stop at Pokhara. All these places are too famous either historically or religiously. When Pokhara is reached, know that, you have reached one of the finest cities of Nepal.
The beautiful caves, gorgeous lakesides, David Falls, awe-inspiring sunrise and sunset at Sarangkot, mind blowing views of various mountains, good nightlife, variety of food, adventures such as: Bunjee Jump, Zip flyer, paragliding, and much more, everything awaits here! Moreover, talking about the cultural activities, the Bindyabasini Temple, Guptewor Mahadev Temple, World Peace Pagoda, Tal Barahi Temple, Old Pokhara Bazzar, British Gurkha Museum are the aspects that reveal cultural heritage of Pokhara.
Janakpur, also known as Janakpurdham is the largest submetropolitan city of Nepal. Situated at around 253 km south east of Kathmandu, the major attraction of this location is the Janaki Mandir. One of the most attracting and mind blowing historical architecture of Maithili dynasty. It is an example of Hindu-Koiri. Nepali architecture which is also considered as the most important model of Koiri architecture in Nepal. Fully built in bright white and constructed in an area of 4,860 sq. feet in a mixed style of Mlugha and Koiri domes, the temple is 50 meters high. Also popular as Ram Janaki Temple and Nau Lakha Temple, Lord Ram, Sita and Laxman are worshipped here.
It is said that, the marriage ceremony of Lord Ram and Sita had occurred here. Hence, this area is an important part of Ramayan. Also, the Maithili culture, their architecture, food they provide and environment attract visitors from around the world.
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