Nepal silently booms as a prime attraction for travelers in the region. A south Asian landlocked country tucked at the base of the Himalayas, Nepal lies between two Asian giants, China and India. The nation, geographically and culturally diverse is well known for the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, and Lumbini, birth place of Buddha.
The nation also offers a bevy of religious, spiritual and cultural experiences. Nepal tops many travelers lists of must visit place on earth. Popular travel guides have ranked Nepal very highly on their lists of must visit travel destinations around the world.
Trip Advisor’s Traveler’s Choice 2013 ranks Kathmandu eighteenth under Top Travel Destinations in Asia and second in South Asia after New Delhi. Lonely Planet ranks Nepal fifteenth in the list of Must visit Travel Destination in Asia whereas for meeting other travelers lonely planet’s Travelers Choice ranked Nepal third.
Traveler’s Choice of lonely planet rated Nepal sixteenth top travel destination of the world and in the list of adventurous destinations of the site Nepal was in the third position. Similarly, USA Today ranks Everest top seven in the list of Top Tourist Destinations in Asia whereas CNN Unseen Asia ranks Garden of Dreams of Thamel fifth in its list of Most attractive overlooked sites in Asia.
Similarly, on the trekking side lonely planet and Exodus UK rank Everest Base Camp Trek 4th and 3rd respectively in their lists of most wonderful treks in the world. One of the most popular trekking trials in the world Annapurna Circuit is ranked first and third respectively by Travel Channel and BootsnAll in their lists of Best Treks in the World.
An amazing Luxury tour, promising the best of Nepalese culture & adventure
Insightful tours to UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu, thrilling helicopter rides to Annapurna Base Camp, exotic Pokhara and to the wilderness of Chitwan National Park; this trip promises a wonderful blend of culture and high adventure that Nepal has to offer.
Your trip begins with a sightseeing tour to Kathmandu’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites- Pashupatinath, Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath and the medieval palace of the Malla dynasty at Kathmandu Durbar Square.Your address at Kathmandu will be the serene and tranquil Gokarna Forest Resort, once the hunting grounds of Nepalese royalty.Your next destination is Pokhara, one of the most famous tourist destinations in Nepal. From Pokhara you take an exciting helicopter ride to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m), all the while enjoying a panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks.
More thrill and adventure await you as you are flown to Chitwan National Park, one of Asia’s most famous national parks. Chitwan National Park is home to the endangered one-horned rhino and Royal bengal tiger.
Jungle activities include elephant safari and jeep safari , canoeing and a walk in the wilderness accompanied by a trained guide. By the end of your trip, you will have experienced the best that Nepal has to offer!
Trip Details – Kathmandu, Pokhara & Chitwan Luxury Tour
Amidst the chaos of Kathmandu, the Garden of Dreams (located just two minutes walk from Thamel Chowk), opens up into a haven of peace and tranquility. A dream project of Field Marshal Kaiser SJB Rana, the neo-classical garden was built in the 1920s. Kaiser Shamsher erected six impressive freestanding pavilions, each dedicated to one of the six seasons of Nepal. These pavilions provide the Garden’s architectural framework and complement the arrangements of flowers, shrubs, and trees. Unfortunately, of the original four acres and six pavilions (named after the six Nepali seasons), only 1.2 acres and three pavilions remain.
After Kaiser Shamsher’s demise in 1964, the garden and its pavilions suffered neglect and ruin. It was not until 1998, when Nepal celebrated the visit Nepal year, that the garden’s structural disfigurement caught the sight of some of the national and international environmentalists, and heritage conservations. The Austrian Development Aid and the Ministry of Education, HMG Nepal joined hands to restore the garden to its former glory. The restoration work was carried on by the team who restored the Patan Palace Museum. The work went on for over six-years and cost the project about 1 million USD. In October 2006 the Garden of Dreams was opened for visitors.
Built along the lines of an Edwardian garden, the design of the garden has much in common with formal European gardens: paved perimeter paths, interposed by pavilions, trellises, and various planting areas, surround a sunken flower garden with a large pond at its center. It has an exquisite ensemble of fountains, pergolas, balustrades, urns, and statues.
The Garden of Dreams now serves as a prime site for cultural events and exhibitions as well as offers a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of the capital city. The entrance fee for Nepalese and tourist is NPR 80 and NPR160 respectively. There is also a provision for different types of memberships and group visitors.
[Photo Credits: Sabeen Raj Shrestha]