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Tourism in Nepal

Amazing Nepal

map of nepal

map of nepal


Nepal is one of the smallest countries of the world. Nepal covers only 0.3 % of the total land area of Asia and 0.03% of the total land area of the world. It is the landlocked country that lies in the lap of two giant nations; India in the East, West & South and China in the North. This country is on the developing phase. Though being a small country in the world Nepal is full of natural beauty, unique features and cultural diversity. Rhododendron is the national flower and cow is regarded as the national animal. Similarly, Lophophorus (Himalayan Monal) is the national bird of Nepal. Previously, Dhaka Topi and Daura Suruwal for men used to be the national dress of Nepal. But, nowadays cultural dresses of all the ethnic groups are considered as the national dress of Nepal. Nepal used to be the only kingdom in the world. But, after dethroning King Gyanendra Nepal has become the secular state.

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In this small country there are about 125 ethnic groups and all of them are leaving respecting each other. Similarly, there is religious tolerance in Nepal. Even a single drop of blood has not been shed in Nepal for the sake of religion. Nepal is culturally rich country. In Nepal, majority of people follow Hinduism. According to the 2011 census report of Nepal, 84.2% of the Nepalese follow Hinduism, 9.0% people follow Buddhism, 4.4% people follow Muslim, 3.0% people follow Kirat, 1.42% follow Christianity, and 0.9% follow other religions like Jainism, Vaisnavism etc.

Similarly, if we talk about land features of Nepal, Nepal is the only country having extreme topographic variation ranging from 70 meter to 8848 meter from the sea level. Nepal has the world's highest peak Mt. Everest at an altitude of 8,848 meter from sea level. Similarly, Nepal has been distributed into three ecological regions; Himalayan, Hilly and Terai. Himalayan region covers 20% of total land area, Hilly region covers 63% of the total land area, and 17% of the total land area is covered by Terai. Terai region is known as the granary of Nepal. According to census report of 2011, 73.9% of people are fully depended on agriculture. Though, 73.9% percent Nepalese are fully dependent on agriculture only 28.7% of Nepal's land area is arable. Nepal has more than 6000 rivers and tributaries. Nepal is the second largest country in terms of water resource.

Nepal is dependent on other countries mostly due its landlocked features. Nepal is a country which has been exporting raw materials and importing finished goods. Hence, Nepal is bearing trade deficit since long time. Nepal is very rich country in terms of resources. But, the resources have not been used in its full extent. Research have shown that Nepal has the potentiality to produce 83,000 Megawatt electricity from the fast flowing rivers but unfortunately due to lack of huge investment in these sector Nepal has been able to produce only 1% of its total potential capacity. To be a developed country in the world, firstly Nepal must not depend on other countries in terms of hydropower.

As Nepal is the country full of natural attractions, Nepal can be the suitable tourism destination for the nature lover tourists. In Nepal, the tourists can go for a bush walk, jungle safari, elephant ride, hunting, white water rafting, honey hunting, bird watching, etc. Similarly, Nepal is also the suitable tourism destination for adventure lover tourists as well as culture lovers. Nepal is very in culture and traditions. Within this small area Nepal is a settlement of more than 120 ethnic groups. Some of the ethnic groups are on the verge of extinction; Kusunda is one of them. Raute, Chepang, etc are the other ethnic groups that are in the context of losing their identity. In Nepal still there are ethnic groups that are living in the primitive ages. Nepali people have been protecting their culture for commercial purpose too. Protecting the culture has been an income source for Tharu community people. They have been earning handsome amount for showing their cultural dances and serving their local cuisine for the tourists. Most of the tourists visiting Chitwan often don't miss watching Tharu cultural shows and eating Tharu cuisine.

Nepal is the country having great historical importance. Nepal is the country of "Gurkhas". Nepal is the only independent country in the world. Though Gurkha soldiers lacked modern arms and ammunitions, they protected Nepal's territory from British colonization by showing their bravery and courage. Nepali people feel proud to talk about their history. Gurkhas

Gurkhas

Three of the world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley; Kathmandu durbar square, Bhaktapur durbar square and Patan durbar square highlight the historical significance of Nepal. These durbars were built by the Malla Kings. History lover tourists can visit these areas to know about the Nepalese history. In Nepal tourists can learn about the history related with Lichchhivi, Malla and Shah Dynasty. They can also watch the historical monuments, inscriptions, etc.
Statue of Buddha, Dhulikhel

Statue of Buddha, Dhulikhel


Nepal is also the important tourist destination for the religious tourists. Nepal is the birth place of Gautam Buddha. Gautam Buddha was born in Nepal in 6th century BC in Lumbini. Similarly, there is a belief among the Hindus that various gods and deities lived in Nepal. It is also the birthplace of Sita (wife of Lord Ram). Pashupatinath is one of the most popular Hindu temples all over the world. Around 1 million people visit Pashupatinath on the day of Shivaratri (believed to be the day Lord Shiva was born). Mostly the pilgrims coming to Nepal are Hindus and Buddhists. India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, China, Thailand, and many other Asian tourists visit Nepal for pilgrimage purpose. The only Living Goddess of the world Kumari is found in Nepal. Muktinath is the temple that is worshipped by both Hindu and Buddhists.

Nepal is also unique for vegetation. Nepal is the habitat for various endangered wild species of birds and animals.

Some famous religious temples and stupas in Nepal are:

1. Pashupatinath

2. Muktinath

3. Manakamana

4. Swayambhunath

5. Bauddhanath

6. Baraha Chhetra

7. Lumbini

8. Changunarayan

9. Budhanlkantha

10. Dakshinkali

11. Pathibhara Devi

12. Palanchok Bhagwati

13. Dolakha Bhimsen, etc.

Some famous places to visit in Nepal are:

1. Khaptad National Park

2. Sagarmatha National Park

3. Chitwan National Park

4. Annapurna Conservation Area

5. Kathmandu Durbar Square

6. Bhaktapur Durbar Square

7. Patan Durbar Square

8. Kumari Temple

9. Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve

10. Pokhara

11. Nagarkot

12. Dhulikhel

13. Rara National park

14. Shey Phoksundo National Park

15. Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve

16. Upper & Lower Dolpo

17. Upper & Lower Mustang

18. Bardia National Park, etc.

Some famous trekking routes are:

1. Annapurna region

2. Everest Base Camp

3. Upper Dolpo and Lower Dolpo

4. The Great Himalayan Trial

5. Upper Mustang & Lower Mustang

6. Langtang region

7. Rara Lake Trek, etc.

Some major mountain peaks in Nepal are:

1. Mt. Everest

2. Mt. Lhotse

3. Mt Cho oyu

4. Mt. Kanchenjunga

5. Mt. Makalu

6. Mt. Manaslu

7. Mt. Dhaulagiri

8. Mt. Annapurna, etc.

Unique features of Nepal:

1. Nepal is the country where Lord Buddha was born.

2. Nepal is the Land of Himalayas. More than one third Himalayan ranges of the world lies in Nepal.

3. Nepal is the home of world's highest peak Mt. Everest.

4. Nepal is the country with unique flag. Flag off Nepal is non-rectangular in shape.

5. Nepal is the only country where one horned rhino is found.

6. Spiny Babbler is the bird found only in Nepal.

7. Nepal is the only country with the Living Goddess "Kumari"

8. Nepal is the only country that has 7 World heritage sites within the distance of 15 km

9. Kaligandaki gorge is the world's deepest gorge (1200 meters)

10. Tilicho Lake in Nepal is the lake located at the highest altitude (4800 meters)

11. Everest View Hotel in Nepal is the hotel situated at highest altitude. (3962 meters)

12. Arun Valley is the valley located at an highest altitude.

13. Nepal is the only country with the extreme altitude variations ranging from 70 meters to the world's highest 8848 meters.

14. Though 81.3 % of the people in Nepal are Hindu, Nepal is a secular state.

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Things to remember before you travel

Do's and dont's in nepal

Nepal is a wonderful place to travel. Nepal has been gifted by the Mother nature with various natural attractions. There are many natural attractions in Nepal. Every country have their do's and don'ts. Nepal also has some do's and don'ts that should be strictly followed by the travelers travelling to Nepal. Some of them are listed bellow:
1. In Nepal when you are entering stupas, temples and monastries you should open your shoes.
2. One should never touch anything with your feet. Because this behavior is this is considered an offence among Nepalese.
3. Never give the money, chocolates or anything to the kids because this may spoil the habits of the kids. So you would better give it to their parents , schools or if you desperately wish to.
4. taking photographs of some of the temples and monuments are strictly prohibited so you must ask your guide or the local person near you before you take the photographs.
5. You shouldn't move around using offensive dresses. When you are in public better wear the dress that are accepted by the community.
6. You shouldn't use offensive language in public that hurts community sentiments. You should be polite.
7. Never leave your baggage and cameras here and there. No one will be responsible in the case of lost. So you better take care of your things by yourself.
8. You should never carry important and valuable objects with you. You should better keep your important materials and documents at hotel. Don't carry these important documents in your hand carry. It is safe to keep these documents at your hotel rather than carrying with you.
9. Ask your guide or locals before you enter any Hindu temples because in most of the Hindu temples in Nepal non Hindu are strictly prohibited to enter. As well as leather materials are strictly prohibited inside the temples.
10. Some beggars may trouble you just ignore them.
11. You should not offer food from your plate to others, nor eat from a common pot, and avoid drinking the water or any other liquid items from a shared drinking vessel by using your lips to the vessel.
12. You can never export or carry the items that is more than 100 years old and if found you may be charged according to the law.
13. Smuggling of drugs and and possession are strictly prohibited if found guilty you may be arrested and charged according to the criminal law.
14. Wooden materials and antiques should be cleared of custom before taking it away from Nepal.
15. You better use the word "Namaste" to greet the people rather than giving a hug. Hugging with the opposite sex at the public might be rather offensive. Namaste is said to the people by joining two hands.
16. Cow is regarded as the holy god. So it is not sacrificed. You may not get the meat of beef except in some hotels, restaurants and shopping centers.
17. When you use your hand for any activity let it be the right one.
18. Kissing in public is not accepted. It hurts the sentiments of the general public.
19. In Sherpa community and and some other highland ethnic groups family hearth (fire place) is regarded as sacred, so don’t throw rubbish or scraps into it.
20. You should always follow the instructions provided by the guide.

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Adventure Tourism in Nepal

Adventure is the activity performed to gain thrill and excitement. Adventure brings excitement and risk along with it. Along with excitement and fun it may lead to serious injuries and sometimes to death. In the news we hear that many people die while performing various adventure related activities. They risk their lives to have fun as well as to set and break various records. The real excitement lies in adventure rather than travelling. Most of the adventure activities are performed by using necessary precautions. Safety tools and gears are used in order to ensure safety.

Mountaineering

Mountaineering

1. Mountaineering
Mountaineering in the Himalayan ranges of Nepal has always been the best choice of adventure activity for the mountain lovers. Nepal has 8 of the world's top fourteen mountain peaks which are above eight thousand meters. And how can any expedition lover miss the experience of mountaineering in the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, which lies in Nepal. Similarly, in Nepal the mountaineers can also climb other mountains above eight thousand meters. The other mountains above eight thousand meters are Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Manaslu. Not only the peaks above 8000 meters, but also many more peaks above 6000 and 7000 meters are also available for expeditions. Various researches have shown that Nepal has more than 1900 peaks above 5500 meters. The best months for mountaineering in the mountains of Nepal are during the months of March, April and May. The major accidents or fatality in the mountains are caused mainly due lack of oxygen, altitude sickness, avalanche and falling into the Crevasse.

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trekking-everest

2. Trekking
Trekking in Nepal is very much popular because of the extreme altitude situations. The altitude in Nepal varies from the altitude of 70 m to the world's highest 8848 m. There are various hills and terrains providing the best view of snowcapped mountains. The extreme variation in landscape provides the habitat for various species of flora and fauna. Therefore, during the trek the trekkers can see various species of flora and fauna. Various species of flowers make the scene more beautiful for the trekkers. The trekkers sometime move along thick forests, whereas sometimes the forests are very thin. Somewhere the trees are very big and tall and somewhere the trees are thin and small. Somewhere trees are coniferous and somewhere they are evergreen in nature the trekking trails, sometimes move along the level of rivers, streams, etc. whereas sometimes along the high altitude pass. The trekking routes of Nepal are of various categories easy, moderate and hard. The various famous trekking trails in Nepal are the trek to Upper Mustang (the trek to the village beyond the mountains), Everest Base Camp (the trek providing the best view of Mt. Everest as well as other peaks above eight thousand meters), Round Annapurna / Annapurna Circuit Trek (the best voted trek with longer trekking days), Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, etc. Similarly there are also some other famous trekking routes in Nepal such as Upper Dolpo Trek, Ghandruk - Ghorepani - Poonhill Trek, Ghale Gaun Trek, Rara Lake Trek, Gokyo Lake Trek, Tilicho Lake Trek, etc. Spring season and autumn season are the best seasons to trek in Nepal. Trekking in Nepal also gives the chance to explore new destinations and also to learn the culture, lifestyles of various ethnic groups as well as to be socialized with the locals on the trekking routes.

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3. Rafting
Rafting in Nepal is another famous adventure activity. It is known as white water rafting in Nepal. There are more than 6000 rivers in Nepal. Among them, some are fast-flowing rivers with high current and rafting in these rivers provide really amazing experience. There are various rivers such as Trishuli, Marsyangdi, Karnali, Bhote Koshi, Seti, etc., which are famous for white water rafting in Nepal. These rivers are classified in various categories as per the speed/current or the flow of the rivers. Rafting in these fast-flowing rivers is a day long and can also last for more than 10 days as per the wish of the tourists. Arun river, Sun Koshi, Kali Gandaki, Tamor, Budi Gandaki, etc. are some other rivers famous for rafting.

Paragliding

Paragliding

4. Paragliding
Paragliding in Nepal has also been the popular adventure activity for the tourists travelling to Pokhara. Sarangkot in Pokhara is a famous spot for Paragliding providing the spectacular view of World Peace Stupa, Fewa Lake and snowcapped mountains like Machhapuchre, Annapurna and others. But, after the successful operation of Paragliding in the hill of Sarangkot it is also being operated in the hills of Fulchoki and others. In Pokhara, the paragliding starts from the hill of Sarangkot and finally ends at Fewa Lake.

honey hunting

honey hunting

5. Honey hunting
Honey hunting is also regarded as one of the oldest and most traditional type of adventure activity. It is the activity of collecting the honey of the wild honey bees. Honey hunting activity is the activity which has been carried down from generations to generations by the locals of Lamjung district, Annapurna region, Dhading district, Jharlang near Ganesh Himal, Arun valley in the Makalu Barun National Park. They perform this adventure activity without taking proper precautions and without using necessary safety tools. There are various places in Nepal that are suitable for Honey hunting. Mostly honey hunting is the adventure activity done on the steep cliff, having the nests of wild honey bees. The cliff may be more than 200 300 meters high from ground level. The honey is collected from the rocky cliff by using a bamboo ladder. Thaku vir in Lamjung district of Nepal is famous place for honey hunting. Similarly, Annapurna region, Dhading district, Jharlang near Ganesh Himal, Arun valley in the Makalu Barun National Park are other trekking areas that are popular in Nepal for honey hunting.

rock-climbing

rock-climbing

6. Rock Climbing
Rock climbing is a sport/adventure activity in which the person climbs the rock cliff with necessary precautions and safety measures. It is being popular as a sports activity and also a fun activity. In Kathmandu valley, there are two spots for rock climbing. One of the rock climbing spot lies in Nagarjun and the other in Hattiban.

Except these adventure activities, Nepal has also offered other various adventure activities like Kayaking, Canyoning, Bungee jumping, Mountain flights, etc. These wide range of adventure activities have played a role to attract a pool of adventure lover tourists.

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Trekking in Nepal

Rara Lake Trek

Rara lake

Rara lake

We (the students of travel and tourism) planned for a trip. Since the tour was long and was costly only few students registered their name. I along with my 15 college friends planned for a trek to Rara Lake & Khaptad National Park. We set out for the trek on 10th November. We had only planned to go there but were not going through any trekking agency nor we had hired any guide for the trip. We wanted to make it full adventurous and wanted to explore by our own. We had planned to complete the whole journey without itinerary and had decided to stay overnight where it would get dark. I have presented some description and our experience about the trek:

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Day 01 Depart from Kathmandu
We began our journey from Kathmandu. We went to the Gongabu bus station there we hired a local bus. Then, we departed from Kathmandu at 5 pm in a night bus. It was a awesome feeling that we were heading to the place quoted as the "Nymph of Heaven". We all were pretty excited about it. It took us three hour to reach Kurintar. Then, we had our dinner at Kurintar. After dinner we were busy talking about our excitement and after some time everyone felt sleepy and had a sound sleepy. I don't want to remember my experience on the bus. After dinner everyone were dreaming but I couldn't sleep cause I am not habitual to travelling on the night bus. The whole night I was staring at others and feeling greedy how all could they sleep on the seat of the bus. I was really missing my bed. At that time, the bus driver and I was the only person to be awake on the bus.

Day 02 Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Surkhet - Rakam Karnali
As we know, Highways of Nepal lack enough toilet facility. One had to wait almost two to three hours to reach the place with the toilet. At 4 am the driver stopped the bus for few minutes and the conductor cried out saying anyone interested to go toilet can go for few minutes. After having a short visit to nearby toilet at Dang bus station we had an early morning tea. After having a cup of black tea we again got on a bus. After 3 hours, at 7:15 am we reached a place named Chhapargaudi in Nepalgunj. Again we stopped there to have our breakfast. We all had egg, tea and biscuits. We then rode on our bus. Though we had hired a bus to Surkhet after few hours’ drive from Chhaprgaudi, we were transferred to the next bus with our luggage. The bus was of low quality than that we hired but we had no other option than getting on the bus driver prescribed us. After 4 hours drive we reached Surkhet at 11 am and had lunch there. We then had a long drive to Rakam Karnali. I guess it was around 7 pm when we reached there and stayed at hotel there after having some good dinner. After travelling on the bus for more than 12 hours we all were tired so had a sound sleep.

Day 03 Rakam Karnali - Nagma
After early morning breakfast we again had to make a drive. We then drove for 6 hours on a graveled road until we reach to the place named Manma. It was almost 2pm when we reached there so we were very hungry and were dying to have the lunch. And we had our lunch but it was so embarrassing that the lunch was the worst lunch I ever had. We were limited budget traveler and were hungry too so we had to eat that lunch. After taking rest for about 30 minutes we headed towards the next stop where we could stay overnight. After few hours’ drive after lunch we reached a place named Nagma. It was a really cold place. After we had our good dinner, immediately went to our bed.

Day 04 Nagma - Goti Chiula
In the morning it was so cold outside that we didn’t wanted to come out of the quilt. We then had a cup of herbal tea. The temperature at this place was below freezing point I guess below O°. We then hired a jeep from Nagma. Then, we drove on Jeep for more than 2 hours. The road was very rough that vehicles on the road needed to be repaired and maintained time and again. Our jeep also needed some maintenance and it took almost 2 hrs to get maintained. After 2 hours we again got on the jeep. During our jeep drive we had to get off from the jeep time and again on the risky and tough roads. After an hour drive our jeep got struck in the muddy road and we had to stop there for 2:30 hrs. We had to get on the mud to take our jeep out of it. Finally another jeep driver pulled out our jeep from the mud. Again only after half an hour of drive from that muddy place our jeep stopped working. The driver said it can’t be repaired on the middle of the road. He said that we must stay overnight there but we were running out of time. So we decided to move on and book any other available vehicle on the road. After such a long time we were very hungry but there were no villages or guest houses near the place where our jeep stopped working. We waited for the vehicle to come that would give us a lift. But as we were 16 in numbers small vehicle was not enough for us and big vehicles came after waiting for an hour. As it was very remote place of the country very few vehicles moved on that road. After an hour wait we got the Truck that gave us lift up to the place named Goti Chiula. It was the first experience travelling on the truck. We were travelling on the cargo truck that was carrying iron materials so it made us uncomfortable to sit but we had no other option. It had already turned dark and stars were shining on the sky. We had great view of twinkling stars above us. The road was very rough and dangerous too. Had the driver imbalanced the truck on those rough roads the truck would have fallen 150-200 m down. It was nearly 8 pm when we reached Goti Chiula. We paid Rs. 1500 for the truck. We enjoyed a barbeque of Potato and chicken at the guest house there and had our dinner. After such a tough day of drive on the dangerous road we were very tired. It is one of the unforgettable days of my life. After having dinner we had a sound sleep.

Day 05 Goti Chiula - Murma via Chuchemara Danda
On this day after an early morning tea, we started our trekking at 6 am in the morning. Wife of the owner of the guest house showed us the short cut way to Rara Lake and told us we would reach Rara Lake by 12 pm. We trekked on the trial the owner’s wife told us. We all were excited that we would reach Rara Lake for lunch on this day. The owner gave us the phone number of the Hotel at Rara Lake. The trek was very tough. We had to go through 2/3 steep hills. Chuchemara Danda at an altitude of meter was the toughest hill that we climbed. It took about 2 hours to climb this hill. The locals expected we would reach Rara Lake at 12 pm but it was already 6 pm when we reached the top of Chuchamare Danda 3785m and from the top of this hill we had an awesome view of Rara Lake and the Himalayan ranges on the north. From the top of this hill we also had an awesome view of the setting sun. After 12 hours of walk we all were tired. But after we saw Rara Lake we all forgot our tiredness and regained our energy. We were still pretty far from Rara Lake. There were very few villages on the way and very few water sources on the trial so we all were feeling dehydrated and exhausted when we reached Chuchamare Danda. We had entered Rara National park and it was getting darker and darker but we had just 2/3 torch lights with us. So it was getting difficult for us all to move ahead. But we had to. There was risk of wild animals of inside the national park. The torch lights were getting deem and the trails were not clearly visible so most of us were getting terrified and had the feeling that we are lost inside the jungle cause the jungle was leading us to the much denser forest. Then we decided to call the hotel owner in Rara (the hotel owner in Goti Chiula had provided the number of the owner of hotel in Rara). The network signals were very weak and it was very hard to understand the voice. We were not sure the hotel owner understood us so we called to the customer care center and requested the number of Rara National Park’s head office. Finally the call connected properly and we request them to send army personnel for our rescue and we gave them the information about the location where we were. Finally, about few hours wait at the jungle the army men and the hotel owners arrived to the place where we were lost. Finally everyone breathed the sigh of relief when we saw the army personnel and the villagers arrived. They rescued us from the forest in the middle of the night. It took us about half an hour to reach the nearby village from the place where we thought we were lost. Then the army personnel returned to the head office after handing us to the villagers. Then we had late night dinner on the nearby village at 11 pm in the evening and stayed there.

at hotel in rara

at hotel in rara

Day 06 At Rara
We woke up in the morning then had the breakfast. The village was very small and early in the morning all the villagers had came outside the house we all stayed and they started questioning us and were interested to know how we were lost. We described them each and every detail of our trek and finally after talking to the villagers we came to know that we had lost our way and taken the longer way instead of taking the shorter one. Then, they told us that we were staying in the village just few minutes away from the most awaited destination (Rara Lake). After the lunch in the village, we said goodbye to the villagers. We were feeling very happy to see the kind and friendly villagers who came to rescue us in the middle of the night. We were thankful to the friendly villagers. When we were about to leave we asked the owner of the house where we stayed (the owner was the chief of that village), how much was the cost for the rooms, lunch, dinner and breakfast? He replied “You are our guest and guests are like god. How I can take money with the god?” This made us much more emotional. The man also requested us to make a visit to his house again. Then after emotional goodbye we moved towards our destination. It took us 20 minutes from the village to reach Rara Lake. When we reached Rara Lake everyone’s mouth remained opened. Every one of us was excited to see the spectacular view of Rara Lake. The feeling after reaching Rara Lake was inexpressible. We all were pretty excited and enjoyed our whole day there. We moved around the lake and snapped some photos. The temperature in the evening was pretty cold so we all had some alcoholic party. It was the best night of our life. We all were drunk. We danced, sang the whole night. Some of our friends were unconscious after the party and had started vomiting. At that night none of us slept for a single minute. We enjoyed, enjoyed and enjoyed the whole night.

Day 07 Rara - Maubheri
Early in the morning, at around 7:30 am some of our friends went for boating and some of us were packing the bags because now we were heading to Khaptad National Park. After everyone packed their luggage we had so breakfast and headed to Khaptad National Park. Around 12 pm, we stopped for the lunch near the bridge separating two districts Mugu and Bajura. After our lunch we were about to face the toughest part of our trek. It was about 20-30 minutes way, but the way was adventurous and with full of thrill in it. It was a way through the hill, locally named as Range Vir. The hill was so slippery that we crawled like a baby on that way. Had we slipped from that hill we would have gone down to Karnali River about 200 meters down. After crossing this risky place we all walked for few hours and when the clock struck 5 pm we reached a village and everybody was tired so we made a plan to stay at that village. By the time we reached that village everybody gave up the trek to Khaptad and we planned to return Kathmandu. We then had our lunch. One of my friends requested the hotel owner to make the curry of Pumpkin and meat. Though it sounded surprising to me when I heard the new type of curry he ordered. When I tasted it I loved the taste. After the dinner we decided to stay 2 days at Bardia National Park that would come in our way to Kathmandu. Then we went to bed early because everyone was tired.

Day 08 Maubheri - Kolti
On this day after having tea we continued our trek. The trail was pretty easy this day we just had to go downhill along the river. At around 10:30 we had our lunch in the place named Ratapani. And then we moved ahead. This was also pretty long day of trek we reached a place named Kolti at the evening. At about 8 pm we reached this place, which had the facility of hotel. We made an overnight stay there after having a spicy dinner.

Day 09 Kolti - Pandusain
After having breakfast we continued our trek. Today we headed to Pandusain. We walked for 6 hours on a sunny day to reach the village named Pandusain. The village from where we could get a vehicle that would take us to Martadi, the nearest jeep station. After walking on a easy surface along some villages like Samal gaon and Pilsera we reached Pandusain, religiously important place for Hindu. There is a belief among the locals of this village that Pandusain is a place where 5 Pandavs stayed during their 12 years exile from the kingdom. This village has been stated in ‘Mahavarat’ the Hindu epic. We had our lunch here. After lunch we were ready for a drive to Martadi . But mother of bad luck sprang upon us, we had to stay overnight in Pandusain because a tractor struck on the muddy road which blocked the only way to Martadi. We then waited till the late afternoon praying the road to be cleared up. But no one could pull the tractor out until the evening so we thought better not to travel on such a risky road at the night. So we had to stay at Pandusain unwillingly. One cute little dog followed me for 6 hours from Kolti to Pandusain. I fed the dog well and kept it in the same hotel we stayed.

Day 10 & 11 Pandusain - Martadi - Bardia
This morning we took a ride on a tractor to Martadi, district headquarters of Bajura. The road was all dusty. We were all covered by the dust and were sleeping on the tractor until we reach Martadi. It took us 4 hours to reach Martadi. We had our lunch there at a restaurant and then headed to a bus station taking a drive on a jeep. We reached the bus station at 5 pm. luckily, this time we got a bus on the station. It was the only bus left that would head to our next destination Bardia National Park. We then hired a bus and left the station at 6 pm heading Bardia. We had our dinner on the way. Everyone slept on bus the whole night. Luckily this time I too had great sleep after the dinner. We were all driven to Nepalgunj by that bus from there we headed to the bus station to take a new bus to Bardia but yet another bad luck came on our way the bus staff of the very route were on strike. Luckily we got a bus that helped us to take to Bardia. We reached Bardia national park gate around 2 pm and our friends’ uncle, the staff of Bardia National Park, drove us to Thakur Dwara. It was already 3 pm when we reached the resort. So we had noodles as the lunch. Then after lunch we went to Elephant Breeding center which was nearby the resort. After returning from the breeding center we had our dinner. After dinner we listened to a lecture given by the resort owner about the Royal Bengal Tiger. Then decided the next day we all would go for a jungle walk in Bardia National park. Then we slept at the resort after few hours talk.

Day 12 Bardia
On this day we woke up early had some breakfast then we all got ready for the jungle walk. We all roamed around Bardia national park for nearly 4 hours (from 8’o clock in the morning to 12’o clock in the afternoon. We were hoping to see the Royal Bengal Tiger but unfortunately this time too we were unlucky. Though we walked in the national park for 3-4 hrs we were unable to see the tiger. But we saw rhino and many bird species. We then returned back to resort and had lunch at 1 pm and we were free for the day so after lunch we went to the nearby Tharu village seeking to get a chance to have the taste of Tharu local dish. We all mainly wanted to have the taste of Ghongi (local name for snail) and the pickle of mouse. But unfortunately we couldn’t. So being disappointed we returned to the resort. We had some wine and beer then had some dinner. After dinner we went for a sleep.

Day 13 Bardia - Kathmandu
It was the last day of our trip and we were heading Kathmandu. We all woke up early in the morning. The bus was ready near our resort. Then at 5 am in the morning we departed from the resort. We had our lunch on Doti at 11 am. Then again got into the bus had some light food at Malekhu and finally arrived Kathmandu at 8 pm.

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