Destinations|| Places Nepal's premiere travel portal. Most extensive information related to tourism in Nepal. http://www.traveldesknepal.com/destinations/ Mon, 10 Jun 2013 19:58:51 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Lumbini - Where Buddha Was Born http://www.traveldesknepal.com/landmarks/lumbini-where-buddha-was-born http://www.traveldesknepal.com/landmarks/lumbini-where-buddha-was-born The birthplace of Gautam Buddha, founder of Buddhism, Lumbini in Sanskrit means ‘lovely’. Staying true to its meaning, this holy site is pleasant, peaceful and picturesque. This pilgrimage site is located 25 kilometres east of Kapilvastu in Rupandehi district of Terai region. The closest airport to Lumbini is at Siddharthanagar. If you choose to take a bus from Kathmandu, it takes about 10 hours to reach Lumbini.

Lumbini is one of the four holy sites of Buddhism and hence, has a number of temples surrounding the site. The Mayadevi temple is one of the most important sites. This is the very temple where according to Buddhist scholars, the precise place of birth of Buddha is located. The Holy Pond where Buddha’s mother Mayadevi apparently took the ritual dip prior to Buddha’s birth is also located here. Ashoka Pillar, which Emperor Ashoka built during his visit to Lumbini can also be spotted. Although, this pillar is nothing much to look at, it is considered as an important piece by Buddhists. Also, ruins of ancient monasteries and a sacred Bodhi tree which heavily pregnant Maya devi clung to while giving birth is found in this holy site.

In 1997, Lumbini was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and specifically nominated for the international World Heritage program. At present, the holy site of Lumbini is surrounded by a large monastic zone, where only monasteries are built. No commercial ventures are allowed inside this zone.

The Monastic Zone is divided into East and West Monastic Zone. The West Monastic Zone is for monasteries from the Mahayana school. In this zone, you can see Tibetan-styled gombas (monasteries). Dhrubgyud Choling Gompa is one such monastery. The East Monastic Zone is for monasteries from the Theravada school. It can be a bumpy ride to the East Zone with the tracks being rougher. The Royal Thai monastery which is built from white marble is beautiful inside and out.

During the early morning and evening, Lumbini is serene with pilgrims from various countries performing chanting and meditation at the site. The World Peace Pagoda which was built by Japanese Buddhists is an amazing work of art. The statue of Buddha depicts his birth position.

Lumbini is a religious place and most people who come here understand its significance. For those seeking meditation, the Panditarama International Vipassana Meditation Centre is the perfect place. Serious practitioners of meditation can study at the centre for minimal fees.

Lumbini Development Zone was formed in 1978 and since then it has been involved in many development project of the zone. Off late, a number of traditional villages around Lumbini have been developed as tourist spots. This has been mainly done to alleviate poverty in the zone. Village tours are operated by lodges and hotels around the Lumbini Development Zone.

Many Buddhists visit this site. This holy site is filled with monasteries constructed by Buddhist nations from around the world. Just a visit to these monasteries is sure to leave a person speechless. These monasteries are spread out over the zone so it may take more than a day to visit all of them.

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info@traveldesknepal.com (Administrator) Landmarks Sat, 22 Oct 2011 03:39:52 +0000
Chitwan http://www.traveldesknepal.com/chitwan/chitwan http://www.traveldesknepal.com/chitwan/chitwan Chitwan definitely is one of the must-see places when in Nepal. It lies in the western part of Narayani Zone and is one of the country’s seventy five districts. The district headquarter of Chitwan is Narayangarh which is a commercial centre for the Terai belt. The beauty of Chitwan remains untouched and it is one of those places in the Terai region which has remained unfazed by the country’s political situation.

It takes 6 hours to reach Chitwan by road from the capital city, Kathmandu. By air, one can fly to Bharatpur airport and then head to Chitwan. The flight lasts about 35 minutes. Bharatpur is the seventh largest city of the country and also a commercial and educational centre.
The name Chitwan is comprised of two Sanskrit words ‘Chit’ which means heart and ‘Wan’ which means forest. Hence, Chitwan translates to the Heart of Forest or Jungle and it indeed is a place which boasts of rich flora and fauna. The district is the highest producer of mustard in the country. As one strolls around this naturally blissful place, one will get to see beautiful rice, maize and corn fields. Chitwan is also famous for floriculture, mushroom cultivation and bee keeping. Because of the good quality soil found in abundance, different types of vegetables are grown in the region from cauliflower to radish to potato. The view of different vegetable fields heightens Chitwan’s beauty.

For those of you who enjoy wildlife, Chitwan doesn’t disappoint. Home to Nepal’s first national park, the Royal Chitwan National Park, Chitwan especially attracts wild-life lovers and those seeking to experience a unique, new culture. At the national park, one will get to see different species of animals and enjoy Safari ride throughout the jungle. A particularly exciting activity that a visitor can participate in is bathing with elephants. This enjoyable activity allows one to get closer to wildlife.Most who have done this activity describes it as “an experience of a lifetime.”
A night at the park can be interesting for those who love experiencing new culture. The resort inside the park organizes ethnic dances which are local to the region. Also, visitors are treated to scrumptious meals and local hospitality.

Another place to visit in Chitwan is the Parsa Wildlife Reserve which is adjacent to the Royal Chitwan National Park. The reserve boasts of a diverse range of species which higher than any that can be found in the Indian subcontinent. Rare species of the reserve include Bengal Tiger, Gharial, and Asian Rhinoceros. Besides, these species, one will also see Leopards, Mugger crocodiles, Indian rock python and several species of deer.

A place that has lots to offer in terms of scenic beauty and wildlife, Chitwan is definitely a place to visit. The locals here are warm and friendly and welcome guests with open arms. The local culture is vivid as there are lots of ethnicities residing in Chitwan.

Whether you want to observe wildlife at a closer glance or enjoy local culture, Chitwan is the place to be.

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info@traveldesknepal.com (Administrator) Chitwan Sat, 22 Oct 2011 03:26:46 +0000
Beautiful Pokhara http://www.traveldesknepal.com/pokhara-portuguese/beautiful-pokhara http://www.traveldesknepal.com/pokhara-portuguese/beautiful-pokhara Pokhara é a terceira maior cidade do Nepal, mas é a segunda no que se refere à atracção de visitantes. Está situada na imponente cadeia montanhosa de Annapurna a cerca de 900 metros acima do nível do mar. Esta cidade encantada tem atraído os aventureiros e turistas de todo o mundo devido à sua atmosfera descontraída e magnífica beleza natural. Com vários bonitos lagos e o espectacular pano de fundo dos Himalaias, é um dos locais mais belos na Terra. O turismo é a coluna vertebral económica e tem ajudado esta cidade a prosperar. A cidade é também a base perfeita e o ponto de partida para os trekkers (caminhantes) que pretendem explorar o circuito mundialmente famoso de Annapurna. No entanto, para os menos activos, o viajante que gosta da Natureza, o local pode oferecer o cenário ideal para uma muito necessária e relaxante fuga.

Na superfície, Pokhara pode parecer como qualquer outra cidade pituresca invadida pela modernidade devido ao afluxo de turistas, mas na verdade é muito mais. Representa uma mistura interessante do antigo com o moderno. Ao mesmo tempo, os visitantes podem ver os tropeiros que ainda seguem a antiga rota de comércio situada na margem externa da cidade e depois, noutra altura, podem ver distritos movimentados e vibrantes como Pardi e Baidam que têm modernos hotéis, bares e restaurantes que acolhem estranhos a esta estranha terra. Pardi e Baidan, também conhecidas por Lakeside e Damside, tornou-se num destino popular porque é situado mesmo nas margens do cénico Lago Fewa. Este lago é imenso e reflecte, com uma placidez indeformada e quase perfeita, os picos dos Himalaias cobertos de neve. Andar de barco e pescar pode ser feito no lago, mas para o desportista menos ávido, uma bebida, um amigo ou um livro num dos cafés que tem como vista o esplêndido corpo de água, é uma alternativa satisfatória .

Com as muitas atracções naturais no local, Pokhara fornece abundantes oportunidades de diversão desde a aventura de espeleologia, rafting no rio, safaris na selva até o parapente e micro voos – o destemido nunca ficará aborrecido. Basta saber para onde quer ir e o agente de viagens pode tratar de tudo para si. Para aqueles que imaginavam umas férias mais calmas, não se devem preocupar. Fora os óptimos exteriores, a cidade tem um património rico e colorido. Os turistas podem-se ocupar de muitas actividades culturais através de visitas aos numerosos templos e museus na cidade. Também podem ver as paisagens e explorar ainda mais nas outras vilas Tibetanas. Em Pokhara há muitos caminhos para caminhar, muitos lagos para ver, mais montes para subir, muitas vistas para ver e depois ainda há os desfiladeiros tão profundos que quererá saber o que existe por debaixo. Mas às vezes os recursos são limitados, especialmente o tempo. Por isso, para aqueles que não têm tempo ou energia para fazer tudo, mas que gostariam ainda de ver toda a cidade, uma visita definida e obrigatória é o panorama de Sarangkot que possiu a vista panorâmica de Pokhara mais surpreendente e uma paisagem tipo postal.

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info@traveldesknepal.com (Administrator) Pokhara/Portuguese Sat, 11 Jun 2011 12:24:25 +0000
Pokhara - A laid back lake city http://www.traveldesknepal.com/landmarks/pokhara-a-laid-back-city http://www.traveldesknepal.com/landmarks/pokhara-a-laid-back-city Pokhara is Nepal’s third largest city, but comes second when it comes to attracting visitors. It is perched high on the imposing Annapurna mountain range at nearly 900 meters above sea level. This enchanting city has been attracting adventure-seekers and holidaymakers from all over the world because of its laid-back atmosphere and magnificent natural beauty. With several beautiful lakes and the spectacular back drop of the Himalayas, it is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Tourism is the economic backbone and it has helped this city thrive. The city also the perfect base and starting point for trekkers wanting to explore the world-famous Annapurna Circuit. Yet for the less active, nature-loving traveler, the place can offer the ideal setting for that much needed relaxing getaway.

At the surface, Pokhara might look like just any other picturesque city overrun by modernity because of the influx of tourists, but in actuality it is so much more. It presents an interesting blend of old and new. At one time, visitors might see mule trains still following the ancient trade routes found in the outer fringes of the town and then, at another time, they will see the bustling and vibrant districts like Pardi and Baidam, which are lined with modern hotels, bar and restaurants welcoming strangers to this strange land. Pardi and Baidam, also known as Lakeside and Damside, has become a popular destination because it lies right on the shores of the scenic Fewa Lake. This lake is immense and it reflects, in almost perfect undisturbed placidness, the snow-capped mountain peaks of the Himalayas. Boating and fishing can be done in the lake but for the less avid sportsman, a drink, a buddy or a book in one of the cafes that overlooks the splendid body of water is a satisfying alternative.

With the many natural attractions in the locale, Pokhara provides plenty of recreation opportunities from adventure-caving, river rafting and jungle safaris to paragliding and micro flights -- the daring will never be bored. Just know where to go and a travel agent can arrange it for you. Those who imagined a more leisurely pace vacation should not worry. Apart from the great outdoors, the city has a rich and colourful heritage. Tourists can engage in a number of cultural pursuits by visiting the numerous temples and museums in the city. They can also sightsee and explore further into other Tibetan villages.In Pokhara, there are a lot of paths to walk, many lakes to see, more hills to climb, plenty of views to take in and then, there are gorges so deep you will want to know what’s below. But sometimes resources are limited, especially time. So for those who do not have time or the energy to do everything, but would still want to see the entire city, a definite must-visit is the Sarangkot viewpoint which has the most amazing panoramic view of Pokhara and its postcard-like countryside.

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info@traveldesknepal.com (Administrator) Landmarks Fri, 06 Aug 2010 11:25:07 +0000