Sirubari village is one of the most popular destination to enjoy local lifestyle culture of Nepal. The beautiful, grandeur of the village and the enjoying the company with warmhearted people is very exhilarating. It lies in the southwest part of Nepal and easily accessible by motorable roads.
The village is a totally unspoiled Gurung settlement set in the hills at 1700 meters above sea level. It is a short drive and walk from Pokhara 9 3hrs) the major tourist center for the Annapurna region. You can also reach from Kathmandu which is approxamitely 8 hours drive and Lumbini , the birth place of Gautaum Buddha (5 hours Drive). The trail to the village is steep but well made and most people manage to reach the village after a three-hour walk.
The hills above Sirubari village offer panoramic views of Mt. Annapurna massif including Macchapuchare, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Lamjung and Hiunchuli. The climate is ideal at any time during the September to June season with warm days and cool nights.
In the past touring in Nepal has meant either trekking along the trails or staying in specially built resorts. Getting to know the locals and their culture has been difficult. In Sirubari, one can experience a stay in an unspoiled village living as a family member. You will be welcomed into the community and invited to stay in the home of one of the village families. Each night there will be entertainment provided by the community. One evening this will be in the form of traditional Gurung and Nepali dancing and singing.
The accommodation is simple but comfortable with clean room with good beds as well as clean toilet facilities (squat toilets). The food is delicious and you will be eating your meals as one of the family. During your stay, you will be able to feel what it is like to live the life of a Nepali villager. Walk with your family while they go about their daily chores, tending animals, tilling the fields, or simply sitting in the sun talking to the neighbors. Feel free to wander, safely, by yourself and look at all of the developments that the community have supported and funded. And, at the end of the stay, you will be overwhelmed by the farewell that your new family will give you. Even if you never come this way again, the village and its people will remain in your heart forever.
In Kathmandu we spend next two days on a guided tour of Swambhunath, Patan, Pasupath and Boudhanath. In Patan we take you to visit Patan Durbar Square, Hiranya Varna Mahavira, and Mahaboudha, which are very close to the old palace, believed to have been built in 299 AD. There are many famous and beautifully carved windows, doors and balconies. Mahaboudha is made of Terracotta bricks and pagoda style structure of Mahavira dedicated to Lord Buddha. It is built in 13th century. Swayambhunath is 2000 years old Buddhist stupa (Chaitya), known as monkey temple. Boudhanath is one of the most popular Buddhist pilgrimage center. The legend has it that Goddess Manjushri found a shrine here after she drained the water from the lake. The stupa represents the mind of the Buddha. It is believed to have been constructed in the fifth century by King Mandeva. Pasupatinath is the holiest Hindu shrine in the world dedicated to Hindu god ‘Shiva.’ The temple is located on the bank of Bagmati-river. Every year on the day of Shivaratri, (Night dedicated to Shiva) in February, Hindu sadhus (pious men) and pilgrims from all over the world comes to pay respect to Pasupatinath.
After Kathmandu travel to Chitwan National Park. You will drive there to see and enjoy ecology and wild life activities in natural setting. You will spend two full day watching wild lives on elephant back, in the Jungle walk, or when you ride the dug out canoe. You will be also taken on a jeep ride deep inside the jungle. In the evening the camp staff show you local Tharu cultural programme.
We travel onward to Pokhara and to a mountain village at Chandrakot. The overnight camp at Chandrakot gives you opportunity to see close up view of Machhapuchare and Annapurna Himalaya range. Next day drive back to Pokhara. Spend your leisure time in the Phewa Lake taking a boat or just walk around the lake. At the end of the tour fly back to Kathmandu; stay overnight in Kathmandu before flying back home.
Pokhara is your first stop before you head to the mountain. It is a small city situated by a lake. From Pokhara travel up the winding road to the mountain that has crispy cool air. After a short drive you walk to Chandrakot; you are in the middle of the mountain villages. You could see himalayan peaks real close. It is simply great to see the wonderful view of the mountain and the snow caped Himalayan range. The walking trail to these villages and camp are wide and easy for your legs – age is not a barrier. If you enjoy walking it is simply nice. The trek staffs in the camp welcome you and make you comfortable. Even if this is your first time in tent, you will enjoy it thoroughly. If kids are around they love to enjoy camping, especially when it is just below the lofty peak. The magnetic attraction of the mountain is enigmatic. In the evening you will have bar-b-que dinner with wine and 3 course camping meals. Sit around the camp fire and exchange your story of the past days. Next morning you are wakened up to see the mountain range that put on different colour than what you saw the previous evening. After hearty breakfast return back to the road head for a jeep ride back to Pokhara and fly back to Kathmandu.
If the flight to Kathmandu is late take the opportunity to enjoy the peaceful environment of the lake in the boat in Phewa Lake where you could see the shadow of Fish Tail peak. Fish Tail known in Nepali as Machhapuchere is a beautiful peak as impressive as the famous Matterhorn in Switzerland. Beside this beautiful peak there are other huge mountain peaks on the Annapurna range.
Optional Tour to the city of Bhaktapur provides fine example of the preservation of heritage site. This city has many beautiful temples and well preserved architectures. There are many monuments and temples like Lion Gates (1696AD), Golden Gate, The Palace of Fifty Five windows (1427AD), Picture gallery that has ancient Hindu and Tantric painting, and Nyatapola temple (1702 AD), Bhairab Nath and Dattatraya Temple (1427 AD) - dedicated to Shiva in his fearsome mood, and the intricately carved Peacock window built in a monastery (1458 AD). All these monuments are famous for artistic quality.
This tour includes three full days in the city center of Kathmandu valley that provides insight into the rich cultural heritage of Nepal that includes Nepalese culture, life style and art and architecture dates back to centuries. Beside the regular sightseeing tours of temples and Gods the tours allow you to understand and feel more about the culture of Nepal. It is indeed true this is the very reason why the valley is in the heritage list of UNESCO. Many people find Kathmandu valley as an open museum. Beside the regular places we take you to Kritipur, Bungamati and Khokana. These places where culture is very much traditional are less frequently visited by tourists.
Pokhara is next popular tourist destination after Kathmandu. The serene lakes and the close up view of the majestic Himalayan peaks are simply wonderful. The Pokhara valley lies in the Nepal Midland. In the south is Mahabharat-Lekh and to the north is high Himalayan range. It covers an area about 125 square kilometers. It lies equidistant (170 km) between the Tibet to the north and India in the south. Pokhara derived its name from the word "pokhari" meaning lake and is dominated by Machapuchere Himal (6997m) - the "Fishtail" shaped peak and the giant Annapurna Range. We stay overnight in Pokhara before the trek.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu we take you to see cultural heritages of Kathmandu valley listed by UNESCO in its World heritage list. Durbar squares of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, Stupas of Swambhunath and Boudhanath, and the Hindu temple of Pasupatinath and Changu Narayan are all located within Kathmandu valley in the city centers except Changu Narayan. You will find Kathmandu an open museum. Most of the buildings are made of wood engraved with meticulous design with metal doors and roofs. These monuments are center to many festivals that happens here throughout the year. It is best to visit during festival time. After the tour of Kathmandu you would be thrilled to find rich culture, life style and art and architecture that date back to centuries still thriving. After going through many temples, images of Gods, and architecture that are part of the heritage we take you to Nagarkot (2195 m) to see sunrise view over the Himalayan range including Mt. Everest. We enjoy the mountain and its cool, fresh air. Nagarkot is situated on north eastern rim high above the valley. Our next destination is Pokhara. It is famous for its serene lakes and close up view of the Annapurna and Machhapuchare himal. We spend two nights in and around Pokhara taking easy walk on the ridge near Phewa lakes and boat ride from the foot of Sarankot to your hotel. You get to see mountain villages, meet villagers and get close up view of Machapuchare peak and whole range of Annapurna Himal. We fly back to Kathmandu, stay overnight before flying home.
Mountain flight is an exclusively one of the best tours that you can experience . It is an instant tour to the high valley in the Himalayas and the quickest means to reach remote and little known hinterland of the high mountain over 7000 meter. In less than an hour you are at the heart of mighty Himalayas and feel close to Mt. Everest .The close of view of Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8501m) and Pumori (7165m) are everlasting memory. The close up view of the mountains is simply mesmerizing.
The Fleet consists of Beechcraft 1900D of 18 seater , ATR 42-320 of 47 seater, and ATR 72-500 of 70 seater. If you are here in Nepal i think you dont want to miss the mountain flight to have the best panoramic view of the Himalayas and see these magnificent mountain to the fullest.
Fly across the panoramic himalayan ranges that are covered with snow. As you take off from Kathmandu Langtang Lirung (7245m) looms before you. The chopper turns east towards Gaurishanker and Everest. As you travel you will be watching unrestricted view of Gosaithan (8046m), Chhoba Bhamare (5496m), Gaurishanker (7134m), Melungtse (7161m), Chugimago (6259m) and then prominent peaks like Numbur (6957m) and Cho Oyu (8201m) appear as you approach Syangboche airstrip. The flight may land at Lukla (2800m) airstrip before heading to Syngboche. The fight journey continue through Dudh Koshi valley that leads to the beautiful alpine lake at Gokyo (4750m). The helicopter hover round Tawache peak (6542m) and follow Imja valley to Everest Base camp (5364m). The photogenic peak of Amadablam (6814) and Thamserku (6618m) in the east looms very close. You may stop Thyangboche monastery or at Syangboche for a brake. The close of view of Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8501m) and Pumori (7165m) are everlasting memory. Return to an airstrip at Syangboche for breakfast. The close up view of Amadablam is simply mesmerizing.
Aircraft- Ecureuil AS350 and Bell 206 III Long Ranger are used for the flight. The interior of the helicopters are well furnished and sound proof. It can carry maximum 5 persons plus pilots depending upon the altitude it has to go. These aircraft can reach a maximum of 4800-meter (16000-ft.). Though the flight is expensive but within a short time you are very closed to the mountain and the people who lives there.
Since you will be flying high little above 5000-meter elevation the helicopter will not be able to carry more than 2 person at one time. For more than 2 persons a logistics arrangement has to be made. The places you visit also depend upon the logistics of the flight. Our representative will meet you the day before your flight and will brief you about the trip. The weather plays a crucial factor for the flight to take place. For any cancellation 10% service change will be deducted.
Arrive Kathmandu. Your flight approaches Kathmandu in the back drop of panoramic view of the Himalayan range that appear like a jeweled crown on the majestic head. The view of the mountain range is simply amazing. The white snow capped mountain with blue sky in the horizon can captivate anyone. After arrival and some rest we take you to a walking tour of Asan and Hanuman Dhoka known as Kathmandu Durbarsquare. Next day you will be taken on a guided tour of Swambhunath, Patan, Pasupath and Boudhanath.
Beside the regular sightseeing tours of temples and Gods the tour allows you to understand and feel more about the culture of Nepal. You will be amazed to find many aspects of human still alive here which are fast disappearing in other part of the world. It is indeed true this is the very reason why the valley is in the heritage list of UNESCO. The sightseeing tour is not all temples, monasteries, God and Goddess. It I about the people and their cultural which is going through fast changing process.
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