Interview with Guinness World Record Holder, Mr. Emilio Scotto

Argentine national, Emilio Scotto is a sheer adventurer, enthusiastic photojournalist and a noteworthy travel writer. He has been holding the Guinness World Records since 2009 for his achievement of 10 years Motorcycle ride-which is the longest journey in a motorbike taking him to 279 nations covering 735000 kilometers. His ride around the world was his beautiful Black Princess- 1980 Honda Gold Wing GL1100 . Scotto was in Nepal in the beginning of the Monsoon of 2013 with other fifteen associate riders. Explore Himalaya was overwhelmed to have an opportunity to be a part of Mr. Scotto and his team’s Nepal Tour. These Argentine travelers took a short rest from riding  and traveled on a private vehicle to the three most delightful cities of Nepal- Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan. After the completion of the trip Explore Himalaya had a small interview with Mr. Emilio Scotto. Mr. Scotto married in India. To live his dream of a traveler he and his wife sacrificed with not having a child. Actually, we are humbled to have an opportunity to host a person like Mr. Emilio Scotto who has acquired such heights. Personally, I pride on myself for having interviewed this traveling icon.

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An interview view with the well known traveler- Emilio Scotto

Here we have Mr. Scotto’s comments on the behalf of his entire team regarding the tour to Nepal.

EH: How was your trip to Nepal?

When I was kid, the names of Nepalese cities were in my dreams. So, I came to Nepal in 1990, and now I am here again after 23 years, I won’t be surprise to see enormous changes in Nepal. Whatsoever, Nepal is as beautiful as it was then in 1990. Actually, last time in 1990 I came on a bike. I returned to Nepal again because I am in love with Nepal. All my friends traveling with me liked Nepal. They loved Pokhara and they wished to stay a few more days there. They also wished for a day more at Chitwan.

EH: So, far in the cultural aspect, Kathmandu valley holds seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Which one do you appreciate the most?

See it’s pretty hard to pick one from the choices, as all of them are equally amazing. However, we visited Boudhanth before we traveled to Pokhara and Chitwan and once we have returned back to Kathmandu, my fellow members wanted to spend some more time at Boudhanath. They were amazed to see such an serene place which is so sacred and tranquil.

EH: How was your experience in Pokhara?

Pokhara is very nice place. Boating in Fewa Lake was exceedingly pleasurable, Davis Fall (pause for a while), it is just out of the world. The caves were not that interesting as my team had expected. The hotels were very nice and services provided by the hotels were great. My team wished to stay a few more days in Pokhara, so they could explore more in this enchanting city. We were lucky enough to see the panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges including the unique Fishtail  on the last day at Pokhara and  even that, just for a while. The view was awesome.

EH: Did you enjoy the wildlife experience in Chitwan National Park?

Chitwan National Park is a beautiful place for the wildlife adventure. Everyone in my team loved the place. It is probably the best destination for the Wildlife Safari in entire Asia. We had great fun during the Safari. As we began the journey from Pokhara to Chitwan it was raining. Upon arriving at Chitwan the rain stopped. So, we began our Safari. As the Safari was on the verge to an end, we experienced the heaviest rainfall riding on the back of an elephant for the last ten minutes. It was probably the best experience for all of us at Chitwan National Park. We loved photographing in the rain. However, the next time I would go for a two person ride on an elephant instead of four as we Argentines are little bigger in size (laughs). It was total fun at Chitwan and we expected to spend more time there.

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Emilio Scotto with the Explore Himalaya family

EH: Since the day you arrived to Nepal the heavy rainfall has created an adverse scene in properly exploring Nepal, Were you affected by the rain?

Yes. Though we didn’t have problems in exploring the cities but we also had  planned for the Helicopter ride to the Himalayas and I must admit rain did spoil it. As we didn’t want to risk the significant amounts chargeable for the helicopter ride and get nothing. Or, else everything was perfect.

EH: How would you describe Nepal in one word?

I am sorry, but I may not be the right guy to describe Nepal in a word. Nepal is synonymous to so many beautiful sides of nature and culture.

EH: Can we be hopeful that some day we will entertain more visitors to Nepal from Argentina who are especially recommended by you?

Yes, next year I am planning for the two groups. First in April, adding the Himalayas view tour to this tour we had this year. Next one, I am planning a Motorbike Tour in Nepal during the month of June.

EH: How were the services of our staffs during the entire tour?

All of them were very good. You know Argentines are not easy to handle (laughs). However, every guide was patience, informative and desperate in explaining. Guide in Chitwan was very good; similarly the guide in Pokhara was equally great. The guide in Kathmandu spoke Spanish so it was easy for me and all others to know better about Kathmandu. Even the bus driver was extremely good and had good explaining quality.

EH: Finally, is there anything you do not like during the tour?

Yes, overcrowded traffics in Kathmandu (laughs).

EH: Okay, Mr. Scotto it was nice talking to you and we wish for the exciting safe Motorbike journey in China.

Thank you so much.

 

 

 

 

The best Cultural, natural and wildlife encounters in Nepal

 

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Display of artistic Aakhi Jhyal (Windows as eyes) at Kathmandu Durbar Square  

This tour leading to Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and Lumbini is the ideal family holiday. The tour is especially designed with the perspective to impeccably allow the visitors to travel around the cultural and natural diversities of Nepal. The tour covers six leading cities of Nepal as well as the road adventure in the mountainous highways. The tour is an absolute pleasure trip exploring the urban and sub-urban Hilly and Terai regions of Nepal. The tour  takes you the places in Nepal where the visitors can explore the cultural best of this amusingly diverse nation. Kathmandu valley consists three cities (Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan).

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Bright sunny day at ancient courtyard- Bhaktapur Durbar Square

The artistic stone, wooden and metallic galleries of primeval Nepal in the culturally and spiritually significant monuments and the shrines of Kathmandu Valley prides on the festive culture of Newaris, seven UNESCO Heritage sites and thousands of other less known Heritage sites scattered all around the valley.

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Backstreet of ancient temples- Patan Durbar Square

The glamorous beauties in nature with the awe-inspiring Himalayan views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges including the most unique mountain Fishtail is the glory of mesmerizingly striking city Pokhara. Pokhara is the city where every appealing beauty in the nature dwells. Crystal clear Lakes, mysterious caves, mythological falls, deep gorges and hilltops overlooking the city with the great Himalayan views are the major attraction of Pokhara. Chitwan is the city where wildlife safari is an extra-ordinary fun.

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An amazing beauty on the Planet Earth- Pokhara

Dense vegetation and the expectations of encountering the several endangered species suddenly out from the bush is thrilling adventure at Chitwan. Also, the unique cultural dance of Tharu tribal amidst the bonfire is yet again a worthwhile cultural come across at Chitwan. Lumbini, the holiest site of entire Terai is an UNESCO Heritage Site which is a birth place of Great Lord Buddha who inspired the global philosophy of peace. The most important of four magnets for Buddhist pilgrimage, Lumbini is full of meditating monasteries throughout the entire sacred surroundings.

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Somebody is here- Animals in wild facing camera at Chitwan National Park

The en-route activities on the snaky highway includes rafting and canoeing. On the highway from Kathmandu to Chitwan a fast flowing Himalayan River, Trishuli is popular for white water rafting. Visitors have an opportunity to cover the part of distance from Kathmandu to Chitwan via Trishuli experiencing the stimulating white water raft. The rafting is just 3 hours long yet full of River adventures. Trishuli also allows an opportunity of canoeing.

As well as at Pokhara the visitors are privileged with the popular Paragliding session from the most popular hill-top of Pokhara, Sarrangkot. Or, the visitors are also offered with the luxurious heli ride to the most exotic Himalayan destinations which includes the mighty Everest and the popular Annapurna.

LumbiniGautam Budhha was born in Nepal- Preserved area at Buddha’s birthplace- Lumbini

Holiday destinations around Nepal.

 

Ms. Ulla Mein Sparre and Ms. Anna Lodberg Sparre from Denmark arrived to Kathmandu on 13 February 2012.The visitors through our exclusive country partner Kipling Travel had planned 10 days long vacation in Nepal with Explore Himalaya. Their flawlessly designed pleasure holiday covered Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and Nagarkot.

The encounter with the culturally affluent sites of Kathmandu kicked off their trip. Boisterous streets of Kathmandu blended with ancient and medieval cultural and historical architectures of the region make Kathmandu one of the delightful cities of the world.  Penetrating the bustling streets of the city, Sparres settled for couple of nights at Nagarkot. Nagarkot is a hill top very easily accessible from Kathmandu. The picturesque view of the Himalayas glittering like gold during sunsets and sunrises is a moment worthwhile captivating at Nagarkot. The short hikes to its vicinity into the dense woods along the graveled trial are an outstanding experience.

Winding through the black pitched serpent- Prithivi Highway to Pokhara was another highlight of Sparre’s trip. Upon reaching Pokhara, they were transferred to exotic Base camp Resort. Next day was full of fun as they witnessed the most beautiful valley on the earth. Pokhara is a small valley with jam-packed beauties in the nature. Verdant lakes, mystical gorges, rushing falls, narrow- opening caves and most importantly the charming views of Himalayas including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Mt. Fishtail have always made Pokhara a very special destination to numerous visitors.

Finally, the tour was now on the finishing stage, but one more luring destination popular for wildlife lovers was still on the list. Chitwan National Park is one of the most amazing parks for wildlife lovers and adventurers. A safari through the bushes of the dense woods on a back of a giant Asian elephant is unique experience. More than that, the expectation of wild animals from these bushes is always thrilling. The encounter with the culture of Tharu tribal completes the Chitwan trip. Our Danish visitors had the greatest time before they made their final departure back home on 22 February, 2012.

 

Selected few must visit places in Nepal.

 

A Thai  family started their excursion on the arrival day. During the trip, they visited prime highlighting sites at Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Pokhara.

The tour began with exploration around Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The Durbar square at Bhaktapur is full of historical monuments. 55-windowed palace, lion gate, golden gate, Chyaslin Mandap, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla and Dattatreya Square are examples of medieval arty creations. The drive to Nagarkot followed the sightseeing tour at Bhaktapur.

Early morning startling sunrise view with glittering mountains from Nagarkot provided the Thais with boundless joys. In their next destination Pokhara, a session of  boating on Phewa Lake welcomed them . The early morning excursion to Sarangkot; a hilltop overlooking Pokhara is popular for eye-catching Himalayan views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges including very unique Fishtail during the sunrise and sunsets. The excursion to mysterious, Davis Fall, Seti Gorge and Mahendra Cave exposed the different side of Nepal to our visitors.

They took the flight back to Kathmandu. At Kathmandu, they visited the glorious Kathmandu Durbar Square, Hindu holiest pilgrimage in Nepal, Pashupatinath and the sacred Buddisht shrine at Boudhanath.

Witnessing few of the glorious attraction sites for tourism in Nepal, on 19th Thai visitors made the exodus with the most memorable days of retreat in Nepal.

Best of Nepal; Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan.

 

Manish Khemka, Prakash Sharaf and their families started touring the Best of Nepal from May 11, 2012. The best of Nepal covers the cultural tour in Kathmandu valley, wildlife safari at Chitwan and sightseeing tour of Pokhara. They explored these destinations in a week time and departed Nepal on May 20.

On the arrival day at Nepal, the family was escorted to Chitwan 126km south west from Kathmandu. The first city of best of Nepal, Chitwan prides on Chitwan National Park. The park is the home of several endangered species. Penetrating the dense woods sitting on the top of elephant to observe these very rare species like one-horned rhino, Bengal tiger etc. is an absolute adventure.

Best of Nepal tour took the Indian family to another exotic city in Nepal; Pokhara. Pokhara, is the city of lakes, caves and glorious Himalayan views. Pokhara offers every modern amenity, yet it is closely surrounded by nature on every sides. Oaring the wooden oars at crystal clear Phewa Lake on a traditional wooden boat with the mesmerizing Himalayan views on the background and the lake itself is an extreme privilege offered by nature.

Finally, the last destination of the best of Nepal tour is Kathmandu valley. The heritage valley is full of heritage sites. The Durbar squares at Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Changunarayan are the culturally, historically and religiously rich with primordial arty displays.

After, the exploration to all these sites the Indian family took a free day on their own. They wondered around Thamel, Asan and shopping sites in the valley. They were pleased with the hospitality we provided them.

A group tour in Nepal.

 

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Changunarayan.

A big group of 19 Danish visitors just made the tour of best in Nepal from 13 to 23 October. On their 11 days vacation to Nepal, they spent the time travelling around the best destinations in Nepal. They visited the heritage sites of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur which included, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Durbar squares of the cities. They experienced the rural activities just 10 kilometers away from the city at Khokana and Bungmati.

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Religious artistic display at Boudhanath.

They headed towards Nuwakot for the sightseeing tour on 17. On the way to Pokhara they settled at Bandipur for a night. On 19 October, they were on a hike to Raniban Retreat just over Fewa Lake in Pokhara.

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Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

Next day after touring around the Muluksar Village, they trekked down to upper end of Fewa Lake for lunch. Then, they had the game drive to Chitwan in their comfy vehicle. At Chitwan they spent their time in Wildlife Safari and with the cultural visit to nearby Tharu Village.

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Village just above Fewa Lake.

On October 22, they headed back to Kathmandu. After the free day in Kathmandu, the group was escorted back to airport late evening on 23 October.

One-horned Rhino at Chitwan.
One-horned Rhino at Chitwan.

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A fixed abode of nature itself: Pokhara.

 

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Rural life nearby Pokhara.

Mr. Nigel Worboys and Mrs. Caroline Worboys had the wish to tour the beautiful naturally blessed city, Pokhara in the Western Nepal. Explore Himalaya had the best arrangement for the couple. The very next day the couple arrived to Nepal; they had the flight to Pokhara on November 27.

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Fast flowing Seti River penetrates Pokhara.

At Pokhara, Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge was ready to provide the best hospitality for the couple. Tiger Mountain is at half an hour drive from Pokhara . It is the best lodge to experience the ideal rural environment with the striking view of the city beneath it and obviously the wide range of glittering Himalaya’s right in front of it.

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Water rushes towards mysterious Davis-fall.

Next day the couple was on a walk in the nearby village with the English speaking guide. They used the opportunity so well to get closer to the rural Nepalese culture. On November 29, they had the sightseeing tour around the lakes, gorges, hilltops and caves of Pokhara.

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Entrance to Mahendra Cave.

Their tour around Pokhara needed one more day for the free self excursion on November 30. After the short but very memorable vacation in Pokhara the couple flew back to Kathmandu on December 1. On second they were on the plane to fly back home.

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Fewa Lake, Pokhara.

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An American Family’s visit to Kathmandu and Pokhara

Frank Mayes, along with his family, explored the scenic and cultural hotspots of Kathmandu and Pokhara recently. The Mayes family (from USA )had actually planned to visit Everest Base Camp in Tibet but had to scrap their plans due to permit issues. As an alternative tour, the Mayes family enjoyed a cultural and scenic extravaganza to Nepal’s tourist hotspots Kathmandu and Pokhara. Before their departure, EH met up with Frank Mayes . Here’s his feedback:

EH: How was your tour?

Frank Mayes: Overall we had a very good and enjoyable time. We liked the people we met and the guide.

EH: How was the service of our staffs and guide in Kathmandu and Pokhara?

FM: The service of the guides was very good and we enjoyed their company. We felt very safe and secure with the company.

EH: Any special moment you would like to share?

FM: I personally enjoyed the music and dinner that we had. All of us enjoyed our visit to the Monkey Temple (Swoyambhunath). Visiting there is lot of fun and we learnt a lot about the origin of the Kathmandu Valley from that trip. The Hindu temple of Pashupatinath was also quite interesting.