Off beaten experience in the Nepalese mid-hills- Fun includes hunting and milking buffalo

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Explore Himalayans with the school kids at Nuwakot

Six of us, Explore Himalayans set off for 7 days FAM trip to Chitwan, Bandipur, Nuwakot, Samari and Selle. We started our trip from Chitwan, where we spent 3 days exploring the jungle and its vicinity at Chitwan National Park. The activities involved elephant ride, Tharu village tour, Tharu cultural dance, elephant ride, canoeing, jungle walk, Elephant breeding centre visit and bird watching. After our awesome exploration, we retraced back via Bishajari Taal, an enlisted Ramsar site. We also made a short visit to BP Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital Hospice and Palliative Care Unit. We continued our journey to the hilltop settlement of Bandipur. The stone paved town centre and the surrounding alleys were more than enough to savor the evening delights of Bandipur. Next morning, the downhill hike led us to Nepal’s biggest cave Siddha Gufa. The dark cave, which was full of strange images, effortful surfaces and hanging bats added extra thrill to the whole trip. The next stopover was Nuwakot village. Seven storied palace, Shree Bhairavi temple, local school and the home stay offered historical and cultural insights to us. The next 3 hours was a bit strenuous as we headed for Samari Ghar through the dusty main trail after the busy day. Samari Ghar, a neo traditional property at the farm terrace in Samari, is the most heart- warming stopover for the whole trip. 2 nights’ stay allowed us the best opportunity to explore the neighboring Tamang settlements Kallabari and Pokhari at their best. Some of the off- beat experiences we had there were chicken hunting, ghost hunting (?), milking buffalo, camp fire cum barbecue with locally brewed liquor etc. On the 6th day, we headed for Selle, the last stopover. Selle is best known for the mesmerizing 360 degree view of the Himalayas, villages and distant valleys. All those fun filled experiences concluded on 7th day after we were picked up at Torke. Here we have a photo easy on the tour.

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As usual view of hills and rivers in the Nepalese highways

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Shelter to domestic birds in the tharu village flanking, Chitwan National Park

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Everybody admires the nature- Sunset view from the bank of Rapti River at Chitwan National Park

THARU-DANCE

Tharu cultural dance at Chitwan Adventure Resort Sauraha (one of our service providers in Chitwan)

SAFARI

Witnessing a reptilian giant Crocodile, sitting safe atop a mammalian giant Elephant- A thrilling experience during the wildlife Safari at Chitwan National Park

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A closer view of the world’s oldest predator- The wetlands within the park offers an ideal ecosystem for these beautiful monsters

GHARIYAL

Chitwan National Park is the home to endangered species like Royal Bengal Tiger, Gangetic Dolphin, One-horned Rhino and of course Ghariyal Crocodile

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A regal posture of Antelope Deer seen during the wildlife Safari at Chitwan National Park

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Elephant breeding Center at the end of the jungle, where young elephants are tamed for wildlife safaris

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Corporate Social Responsibility- Integral part of Explore Himalaya. Explore Himalayans visiting the Palliative Care Unit of BP  Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital

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Bandipur- A hamlet over the clouds was once an important stopover in the Indo-Tibet Trade route. Popular for the mid-hill views and culture of Newar and Magar tribes, Bandipur lies at easy access from three major towns of Nepal Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan.

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A wonderful view of altitude ascending from green hills to the Himalayan giants from Bandipur. A small stone paved town offers tremendously striking views of wide Himalayas including Manaslu Range on a bright sunny day

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A glimpse of devotion- Hindus visit to worship the stone deity inside the largest cave of Nepal- Siddha Cave which lies in the vicinity of Bandipur

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A hill of terraced fields usually seen during the trek in the Nepalese mid-hills- the place is even more beautiful to watch during the summers and springs- After all, green represents nature

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Wheels have not been invented in the mountains of Nepal- Oxen harnessed to the plough are used to sow seeds in the fields till the date here

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Vicinity of Nuwakot Durbar Square- Nuwakot in the medieval age was ruled by a powerful king before it was conquered by King Prithivi Narayan Shah.

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A beautiful Samari Ghar at Samari- The traditional house is one of the best home-stay accommodations of rural Nepal. Almost every object used in the house is 100% Eco-friendly.

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Sometimes on rolling trials up and down and other times on a straight path- But the best part is nature always walks with you, during the hiking or trekking in Nepal.

KALABARI

A typical Magar hamlet in the region. Mid-hill trek to Nuwakot offers historical outlook whereas, the cultural exploration in the region is of high significance as unique tribal groups of Nepal provide you the best hospitality during the home-stays and school visits

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Selle in Nuwakot is a hilltop, ideal for camping accommodation. The place offers the striking views of Himalayan Ranges including the mighty Manaslu Himal. Setting the camps, and enjoying the camp fires at Selle is undoubtedly a thrilling fun attached to this trip

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Sunrise view, and that to exceedingly mesmerizing with your head on pillow- Definitely the day goes well. A sunrise view from the camps in Selle.

Poonhill trek made extra-ordianary by Explore Himalaya.

 

Six Danish visitors through our exclusive country partner Kipling Travel had the most wonderful vacation this spring. Beginning the trip on April 2, 2013 the enthusiastic visitors had the most popular trek of the country-Poonhill Trek, explored the natural bounties at Pokhara, came across with the rural lifestyle and culture during the mid-hills trip to Samari and also covered the cultural galleries of Kathmandu. They departed back home on April 18, 2013. However, Mr. Niels C. Hoegsberg- a member of the group described his experience and it goes this way.

“Meeting and handling was good, safe and very much informative.”

“We had wonderful guide as well as  the porters were not less friendly and positive. Meals in the city were great but during the trek they were basic however, it is understandable and still our guide was very helpful to avail us with the choices of food.”

“We found Nepalese to be friendly people during the services at all stations. Hotels we stayed in were very fine and transportation was not bad either. Since, we were with the experience company the itinerary was perfect.”

“We enjoyed the tour. Keep up the good work. Focus on sustainability, tell tourists to respect the nature so that the paradise within Nepal remains forever. Thank you so much you made the Poonhill trek extra-ordinary.

Hikes to the Nepalese mid-hills

 

Mr. Peter Theill, Ms. Pia Ostergaard Theill Mr. Greet Jerry Rasmussen and Ms. Anna Marie Sylvest- four Danish guests through our exclusive country partner Kipling Travel gave us the privilege to pick them up from the hotel reception on March 30, 2013. Then the tour of Nepalese mid-hills of these four visitors kicked off.

The first day of the tour brought them to Nuwakot and they had the hiking session in the vicinity. Second day onwards, their base became Samari from where they accomplished the day hikes to Kalobari and Samari Pokhari. The latter part of the hike was even greater as they reached the fantabulous Hilltop- Sele. Making the base at Sele the Danish visitors had the wonderful day hike to Katunje village.

The final day of their trip with us was a short trek to Torke from where they were transferred to Dhadhing Besi and then to Kathmandu.

Kipling, Denmark’s FAM Trip to Langtang & Samari

Eight team members from our partner agency  Kipling Travel, Denmark led by the Founder/Director Lars Gundersen, came on a  familiarization trip to Nepal last week. They visited Langtang – took a heli tour to  Kyangjin Gompa and trekked to Syabrubesi via Lama Hotel. From Syabrubesi the group was driven to the Tamang village of Samari. After spending a day exploring Samari, the next and final stop was the historic hill-top village of Nuwakot. After an insightful jaunt to Nuwakot’s Saat Taale Durbar and the surrounding temples, the group returned to Kathmandu

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(Pic; Explore Himalaya)

Visit the Nepali Countryside

Tucked away just a few kilometres away from the bustling capital, Kathmandu are small villages filled with traditional houses, farms and fields. Surrounded by greenary and wonderful views of mountains, these villages offer respite from the hustle and bustle of city life and a wonderful  insight into  Nepalese village life and culture . The natural surroundings and peaceful ambience makes these  places perfect  to relax and unwind. 

 

way to Samari Village from Trisuli Bazaar

En route Samari via Trishuli Bazaar

A home in Samari Village - approx. 16 km west from Trisuli Bazaar

Homestay at Samari, a Tamang Village

On the way to Sele Village from Samari

En route Sele

Camping site in Sele

Camping site – Sele

Boghteni Village

Boghteni village

Syabrubesi  another popular trekking point in the Langtang region

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Dunche (2,030 m) -

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National Park permit check point

Langtang National park permit check point

(Pics: Samir Shrestha)

To visit  Nuwakot & Samari Villages send an email at sales@explorehimalaya.com.

Trip to Nuwakot, Samari & Sele

On January, Explore Himalaya organized a trip for Lund & Helle from Denmark. They travelled to the rural villages of Nuwakot, Samari & Sele. These little known villages on the central region of Nepal have much more to offer to travellers. The historical and legendary palaces of Nuwakot, the unforgettable experience of the typical Nepalese lifestyle from the villages located on the high hills and still untouched by tourist and the incredible Mountain scenery makes these places perfect to relax.

 

Boghteni Village

Visit our Nuwakot, Samari & Sele homestays

Danish Adventure Travel Reality Show Filmed in Nepal

Nepal with its lofty peaks, raging rivers, lush jungles and diverse cultures is one of the most frequented adventure travel destinations in the world.  The country offers an amazing experience not only for tourists, but for filming groups as well. Nepal’s uncomplicated & straightforward  filming rules  has made it a chosen destination for many international   film and television production companies. In recent months we have seen Nepal featured on popular adventure travel reality shows on TV like 'Perfect Couple’ on Channel [V] & on Fox History & Traveller channel.
A Danish filming crew from Eyeworks, a TV production company  from Denmark were in Nepal recently to shoot for an adventure reality show with five Danish participants (all girls). They shot in Kathmandu, Samari, and Lantang Region. The logistic for the filming crew was handled by Explore Himalaya.

Jens Balling

Jens Balling

Jens Balling, a member of the filming crew shared his experiences with us after returning to Kathmandu.
Here’s what he had to say:
“We came here in Nepal to do a TV production for Eyeworks in Denmark. We are doing eight episodes about five Danish girls and their experiences in Nepal. We have been travelling in Nepal learning about the culture and lifestyle of the people which is quite different from that of the Danish.
We visited Kathmandu and went to Children’s Home just outside Kathmandu. Then we were in Samari. We trekked up to the Langtang Valley. In the beginning the weather was really bad, but it improved later on. The shooting ended with the girls’ summit of Tsergo Ri which will be the final episode.

 The reaction of the local people towards us has been very positive. Sometimes we met with a few challenges, but it’s always like that when two different cultures meet.  On the whole it was a good experience and all the people we met were really helpful and positive.
I am really, really pleased with the services provided by Explore Himalaya. We could not have done it without the help of people like Suman, Samir and all the people who helped us. It was a good experience and definitely we would like to come again.”

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Jens Balling shares his experiences

Danish TV Crew

Danish Filming Crew

(Pics: Explore Himalaya)

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Danish Geographers Visit Nepal

A trip to Nepal not only promises fun & good time, but it can be educative as well. The high mountain environment, the rich spiritual history and co-existence of diverse ethnic communities make Nepal an interesting destination for scholars as well as researchers interested in Himalayan environment and culture.
Explore Himalaya recently organized a tour to Kathmandu, Samari & Chitwan for one such group from Denmark. It was a large group of 25, comprising of elderly geographers, mostly teachers. On 23rd October, 2011 EH met up with the group and talked   to two group members  – Mogens Engelund ( Group leader) and Lise Rosenberg (Geography Teacher) about their experiences.

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Mogens Engelund & Lise Rosenberg sharing their experiences

EH– How was your trip to Nepal?
Lise– It was very nice. I visited  Nepal 11 years ago. The people here are very nice. Samari was very nice, Chitwan was nice too & Kathmandu is a fantastic city. Some of my friends said that they might go to Kathmandu on their own. They feel safe here.
EH – What do you have to say about the places you visited during trip?
Lise– Samari for me was the best. I had been to Chitwan on my previous visit to Nepal, so the experience was nothing new. In Samari I saw how village people lived. We met people and visited schools. Most of the group members are teachers. In Samari we experienced traditional Nepalese lifestyle which we can share with our students and others when we returned home. Some of the group members’ trips have been sponsored by their schools and especially for them the trip to Samari proved to be helpful.
Mogens– In Samari, I would suggest Lars (Director, Kipling Travels) to introduce more eco treks so that visitors could get more opportunities to explore the area.
EH – What  changes did you find in the country as compared to your previous visit?
Mogens- Just the other day I was walking around and found that now the situation has improved a lot more. It is wonderful seeing peace being restored. Nepal is a lot peaceful and safer now than in the previous years.
EH – What do you have to say about Explore Himalaya’s service?
Mogens– It was of very high standard!

EH – What would you say to those people planning a similar trip?
Lise – GO TO NEPAL. IT IS A VERY NICE PLACE!!

Danish Geogarphers Group

Group of Danish Geographers (wearing ‘khada’ (traditional scarves))

Pics: Explore Himalaya