You don’t have to travel deep into Chitwan National Park in the Terai Lowlands of Nepal to come face-to-face with the once elusive one-horned rhino. Thanks to major conservation efforts, the population has grown from a mere 40 to over 600 living in the park today, making it an easier feat to spot one of these incredible
“Sustainable travel is up to all of us – travelers and industry providers alike – to integrate into every journey.” said Hostelling International USA’s Director of Communications and PR Netanya Trimboli in New York on Nov 17 at the ‘Global Summit’ for the sustainable tourism.
Hotel Vajra is touted as a budget hotel and suitable for those on the lookout for cheap accommodation, but that’s only a small part of it. It’s a heritage hotel that has few equals in Kathmandu.
Among all the hotels in Kathmandu, it is truly a heritage hotel, and so recognized by none other than the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), which, in 1980, awarded it the PATA Heritage Award.
There are two versions of this trek, the short one lasting six days, and the longer one lasting 10 days. Here’s how the 6-day trek works. You start off from Pokhara driving down to Galeswar via Beni. From here, you begin trekking and reach Bas Kharka (1525 m) in some three hours.
We learned how to make momos (a Nepali dumpling), visited the village, and bonded with our guide and friend Ashok and his family who warmly welcomed us! We started off our day by having a Daal Bhaat feast: unlimited amounts of rice, potatoes, chicken, fried spinach, lentil soup, chapatti, and ginger tea.
At the confluence of the Roshi and Punyamati rivers, and believed to be situated on one single rock, is a historical Newar town that is one of the oldest in the Kathmandu valley. Most of the temples, monuments, and satals (community shelters) are made of terra-cotta and beautifully carved wooden columns.
Trekking is a great way to keep fit and see more of the natural beauty of the world around us, and Nepal is a great country to go trekking in. It can even be said that Nepal is perhaps the best country in the world to do so, having as it does some of the most challenging, interesting, and varied trekking routes found anywhere around the globe.
This is a ten-episode series consisting of short videos that will explore topics related to sustainable tourism in Nepal.
At Royal Mountain Travel, we don’t just practice sustainable tourism, but sustainable living. As one of our core values, sustainability is woven through every element of our business and we’re proud of the work we’ve done to put our environment and our people first.
The end of 2013 saw the celebration of the restoration of the Tusha Hiti (the royal bath) in Sundari Chowk of the royal palace in Patan Durbar Square, a world heritage monument zone.
Nepal is one of the best destinations in the world for those on the lookout for getting the most out of their budgets. A visit to Nepal is not only a culturally rewarding experience but also one that will not strain your pockets unduly; it being one of the world's acknowledged cheap travel destinations.