Delightfully wedged between the vast jungle plains of India and the majestic towering Himalayas, it is no surprise that Nepal is renowned worldwide for its scenic beauty. Many travel here to conquer the famous mountains but beyond its reputation as an adventurer’s playground, Nepal is a deeply spiritual land with a laid-back ambience and a fascinating culture. Buddhist and Hindu influences can be felt throughout the Kingdom and observed in its many ornate temples and monasteries. Newari culture is best-felt in the rural communities on the road that connects the country’s two largest cities – Kathmandu to Pokhara.
Hiking opportunities are quite obviously plentiful but the trails around the Pokhara Valley are some of the most accessible for all abilities and beautifully connect the mountainous hamlets in the shadows of the Himalayas. For wildlife lovers, there is no greater place than Chitwan to observe the endangered one-horned rhinoceros and tigers and there is no where else on the planet that has more World-Heritage listed sites than the Kathmandu Valley.