One hour drive from Siliguri is Nepal’s bordering town Kakarvitta. Nepal like Bhutan is a landlocked Himalayan country in South Asia. Nepal is bordered by the People's Republic of China to the north and India to the south, east and west. This is the only Hindu state in the world and 80% of its people follow Hinduism. A small country like Nepal, landscape is quite diverse, ranging from the Terai in the southern part to the lofty Himalayas in the north. In a very small width the elevation of Nepal increases from the plain terrain to the tallest Himalayas leading to great vegetation and to cold desert. This country is known for the eight of the world's ten highest mountains including Mount Everest. Nepal as a whole has quite a few UNESCO sites spread over the length of the country. Captivating with an incomparable diversity of temples and historical sites makes Nepal as an international tourist destination. Ultimate destination for leisure, adventure, historical, trekking, religious, pilgrimage, etc, holidays. Lush meadows, green woodland, historical temples, monuments, Pilgrimage center and high altitude lakes along with other beautiful options attracts tourist from all over the world. Spectacular views of the Himalaya are one options available from many of the destinations of Nepal and each one of them are beautiful in their own way. Few of the peaks which can be viewed from close proximity are Mount Everest, Mount Kanchendzonga and their range. Nepal is known for tourism. The options of tourism are trekking, mountain flight, paragliding, rock climbing, birding, angling, hiking, camping, mountain biking, wildlife parks, jungle safaris, Rafting, Kayaking, canoeing and for its temple / Cultural / Religious/ Buddhist tour program.
Kathmandu - Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is one of the world's oldest cities and is worth visiting. Well connected with roads and airways is always teeming with tourist all year round and bit lower in Monsoon. Attractions for travelers are great. History, Adventure, Activities or just leisure is few of the main options. The City is old and new mixed in a typical style. Old part of the city with narrow medieval streets and lovely little shrines, centers on the Durbar Square along with modern times building are all so beautifully arranged. Guest can come across distinctive pagoda-roofed temples, stone sculptures, old monasteries and historic monuments. Kathmandu and the other places of Nepal seem to be developed for world tourism. The local people are ready to help tourist, government developing tourist infrastructure, hotels and the transport suits all types of travelers.
Most Popular Places in Nepal
Biratnagar : Biratnagar is a sub-metropolitan city in southeast Nepal. It is the third largest city ,after Kathmandu with total area of 58.48 sq. km and population is about 205,000. In Nepali "birat" means huge and "nagar" means city. In the past, the region had a king whose name was Birat and the ruins of whose palace can be seen. The name "Biratnagar" for the city comes from the name of King Birat. Biratnagar is situated within one of the most ethnically diverse regions of Nepal, and the rural hinterland is home to a diverse cross section of Tarai communities.Geographical location of Biratnagar is 26°28'60"N 87°16'60"E.
The Culture of Biratnagar is the blend of Indian and Nepalese cultures. A lot of festivals are the same but only the manner in which they are celebrated differs among Nepalese and Indians living in Biratnagar. Biratnagar is equally famous for its high-spirited festival celebration. In Nepal's biggest festival, large number of people including young persons visit the Kali Mandir, a temple that lies in the heart of the town. Some of the popular festivals are listed below.
Krishna Janma Asthami or the birthday of Lord Krishna is celebrated actively and together by both Nepalese and Indian communities. People tend to open small stalls everywhere where they keep a statue of lord krishna. Anyone visiting the stall gets little bit of prashad(some fruits). Also there is a culture of Jagram(staying awake all night) on Janma Asthami night. On the day there is also a tradition of Rath Yatra(Chariot pulling). Its basically like a parade, where a chariot is pulled by people and basically whole of Biratnagar turns up to witness the event. The next day is a bit gloomy as all the statues of Lord Krishna are taken to the River nearby called Singya and given away to the river. The process is called "Murti Selaune".
Dashain is celebrated mainly by the Nepalese communities. Generally there are ceremonies in the Kali Temple on the main street. The event lasts for 15 days.
In Tihar festival of lights the residents line their homes with diyo (an earthen oil lamp), candles and decorative electrical lamps during the two days of celebration and there is decoration in main road which includes use of Banana tree and Bamboo in all shops. Crackers are band in Nepal.
Birgunj : Birgunj is a sub-metropolitan city and border town in Parsa District in the Narayani Zone of southern Nepal. It lies 183 km south of the capital Kathmandu, attached to north of the border of the Indian state of Bihar.
Janakpur : Janakpur is the capital of the ancient state of Mithila and the Janaki Temple, located in the center of the city, is well known in the Hindu Kingdom (Nepal). Sita (Janaki) the wife of the legendary hero Ram was born in Janakpur. Throughout the year, many pilgrims come to pay their respects to Ram and Sita who are the main religious attractions in Janakpur. The city is thronged by worshippers and visitors, especially during the festival of Bibah Panchami. This annual festival is celebrated on the occasion of Ram and Sita's marriage and their wedding ceremony is enacted throughout the week. During this period, the city is enlivened by the wedding festivities.
Ram and Sita are the two central characters of the great Hindu epic Ramayan. In the story, Ram strings a bow that originally belonged to Lord Shiva the destroyer and in the process, the bow breaks into three pieces. One piece flies up to heaven another falls down into the depths of the underworld, presently there is a huge pond called Dhanush Sagar above the spot. The third piece flies to present day Dhanushadham, about 40 kilometers from Janakpur. There, visitors will see huge rocks shaped liked a bow. Thus, after Ram's successful attempt to string the bow, Janaki's father, King Janak gives his daughter's hand in marriage to the brave prince of Ayodhya.
Janakpur is manageable on foot and the lack of car makes it an absolute pleasure to walk Cycle rickshaws are plentiful and cheap, good for visiting the semi-rural suburbs of Janakpur, with their village feel and many water tanks.
Pokhara : Pokhara is a city on Phewa Lake, in central Nepal. It’s known as a gateway to the Annapurna Circuit, a popular trail in the Himalayas. Tal Barahi Temple, a 2-story pagoda, sits on an island in the lake. On the eastern shore, the Lakeside district has yoga centers and restaurants. In the city’s south, the International Mountain Museum has exhibits on the history of mountaineering and the people of the Himalayas.
Nepalgunj : The Western border town of Nepal, Nepalgunj is famous for the exciting treks to the Dopolo plateau and Jumla region. Known as the industrial and transport hub of the country, Nepalgunj has various attractions: Gharbaritole, Ganeshpur and Sadar Line to name a few. The border crossing, 6 km south of Nepalganj, is one of a limited number of places where non-Indian foreigners are allowed to cross the border with India.
Mahendranagar : Bhimdatta, formerly known as Mahendranagar, is a city and municipality in far western Nepal, 5 kilometres from the border of India and the Mahakali River. It is the headquarters of the district of Kanchanpur in Mahakali Zone.
Pashupatinath : The Pashupatinath Temple is a famous, sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Pashupatinath and is located on the banks of the Bagmati River 5 kilometres north-east of Kathmandu Valley in the eastern part of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.
Gorkha : Gorkha District, a part of Province No. 4, is one of the seventy-five districts of Nepal and connected historically with the creation of the modern Nepal and the name of the legendary Gurkha soldiers
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