The recorded history surrounding the hill started in 300 BC when last Shruthakevali Bhadrabahu and Chandragupta Maurya visited the place in order to attain religious peace.The small hill derives its name of Chandra from the fact that Chandragupta was the first of the rishis who lived and performed penance there.
Kalbappu was the early name of the hill and it dominates the history of the town of Shravanabelagola between 3rd century BC and 12th century AD. The Jain traditions link the Maurya Empire Emperor Chandragupta and his teacher Bhadrabahu with this place. Of the total number of 106 memorials found at Shravanabelagola, 92 are located on the Small Hill. Of these, about 47 memorials of monks, 9 of nuns, and 5 of householders belong to the 7th and 8th century. This points out at the popularity of the custom, and of its extensive prevalence on the Small Hill.
How to Get Around Kathmandu?
The easiest way to get around short distances is by hiring a bicycle rickshaw. You can also hire a taxi or rent a bike. Make sure to negotiate fares at the beginning of your journey.
When to go to Kathmandu?
The best time to go to Kathmandu is October through November as the sun shines the most often. During the summer your plans are likely to get rained out–it’s monsoon season. The second best time to visit is February through May, when winter is over but the rain has not yet begun.
What to Eat in Kathmandu?
Many say Kathmandu has the most varied cuisine available in Asia. While you’re in Nepal, be sure to sample some local fare. We recommend you try daal (lentil soup), with bhat (rice), or a vegetable curry. Another staple is a Momo, which is a Tibetan style dumpling that uses Nepali spices.
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Annapurna Encounter offers one of the most unique journey trekking in the wild west of Nepal and Tibet to Simikot & Mt.Kailash, Tibet. Starting with a scenic sweeping flight to sub-tropical of Nepalgunj in south west Nepal and to alpine area of Simikot the major town of Humla district near Tibet frontier, and then trekking through beautiful country over high high passes passing many interesting villages steeped with old culture, religion and traditions and then over to Tibet at Takalakot town, where the trade markstakes place between Nepal, Tibet, India and as far to Kashmir and Pakaistan from ancient times till present time.
After a nice wonderful trekking from Nepal into Tibet a jeep drive to pictursque and holy Lake Manasarovar and to the base of Mt. Kailash, where the holy walk /kora and parikrama the circuit starts for 3 days around stunning Mt. Kailash which stands at 6,714m / 22,028ft and ending at Darchen town the start and end of the holy walk and then driving back to Kathmandu through windswept territory passing several town and nomads camps and villages with awesome scenery of mountains range that straddles the border Tibet and Nepal and back into river gorge with beautiful forested area of tall rhododendron and pines trees heading to border town of Zhangmu and concluding this scenic fabulous journey in Kathmandu with Annapurna Encounter excellent services.
Higest Point :5,630m /18,525ft at Dromo-la ( Mt.Kailash)
Trip Grade :Moderate to adventurous
Season :April to late October
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,300 m and transfer to hotel. Day 02: Fly to Nepalgunj and transfer to respective hotels. Day 03: Fly to Simikot 2,910m & trek to Dharapuri 2,600 m -03 hrs. Day 04: Trek to Sally Khola 2,690 m -05 hrs. Day 05: Trek to Muchu 2,920 m -05 hrs. Day 06: Trek to Torea 3,380m – 04 hrs. Day 07: Trek to Sip-Sip 3,800 m via Muchu – 05 hours. Day 08: Trek to Hilsa 3,720m via Nara Lagna – 06 hours. Day 09: Cross the border a short walk and drive to Taklakot 3,770m. Day 10: Drive to Lake Manasarover 4,510 m – 03 hours drive. Day 11: Rest day at Manasarover Lake for acclimatization. Day 12: Drive to Tarboche via Darchen walk to Dirapuk 5,010 m – 06 hrs. Day 13: Trek to Zutul-Puk 4,790 m – 06 hours. Day 14: Trek near Darchen and drive to near Myam-la. Day 15: Drive to Saga 3,560 m – 06 hrs journey. Day 16: Drive to Nylam 3,540 m – 06 hrs. Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu via Zhangmu & Kodari – 06 hrs journey. Day 18: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour. Day 19: Transfer to airport for international departure.
Our extension trip near or within Kathmandu and beyond:
Para Gliding – Bungy Jumping – Cannoning – Rafting at Upper Sun-kosi (Bhote-kosi) Trisuli River-Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park or tours in Kathmandu-Bhaktapur & Patan ( Lalitpur)
Annapurna Encounter organizes and runs various tours and trips from leisure, moderate to adventurous journey in the world highest country Tibet, a vast land which is under Republic of China Governments and declared as Tibet Autominous Region the land so large extending towards to mainland China and towards South West near Afghanistan, Pakistan and India frontier bordered with great Himalayan mountains barrier and towards South extends to Nepal northern Himalaya and further South East of Tibet touches Bhutan, Sikkim, Arunchal Pardesh in North East India and as far to Mynmar.
Our holidays in Tibet is centered on the central part of Tibet at Lhasa and surrounding cities of Gyantse and Shigatse all of these cities are historical and offers great impressive tales with great scenery of high snow peaks, great emerald and picturesque lakes with traditional local farm villages and great field with summer pasture grazing Yaks and other domesticated animals.
Our trip offers as far towards holy Mt. Kailash and sacred Manasarover lake in the far south west of Tibet, most of the trip in central Tibet involves long drive and scenic flight to Lhasa.
Our major destination holidays in Tibet for your interest:
01: Cultural & Historical Tours of Lhasa with 03 nights & 04 days in Tibet and
06 nights & 07 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
02: Scenic & Cultural Tours of Tibet’s 3 cities with 06 nights & 07 days In Tibet
and 09 nights & 10 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
03: Overland Adventure to Tibet 07 nights & 08 days & 10 nights & 11 days
(Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
04: Tibet Overland Journey & Everest Base Camp 08 nights & 09 days in Tibet
and 11 nights & 12 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
05: Overland to Holy Mt. Kailash 11 nights & 12 days in Tibet and 14 nights &
15 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
06: Simikot & Mt.Kailash, Tibet. 08 – 09 days in Tibet and Total Trip 18 – 19 days Kathmandu to Kathmandu.
Although a small in size with a country of fascinating change in every ways, with its dramatic landscapes, valleys, rivers and jungles to world’s highest mountain. Nepal provides abundant bird life habitats with its rich green jungle of mid hills, alpine to tropical dense forest with its variations range of elevation from the low of 65 meters to 8,848 meters the top of Mt. Everest certainly offers an impressive natural background and home for many species of wild and bird life, join in our various destination for bird watch tour starting from the valley of Kathmandu and its nearest high hills with scenic mountain views, or drive to Chitwan and Kosi Tappu including Pokhara mid hills all these areas provides interesting Bird Watching Tour.
Nepal, a major habitation and migratory place for many species of birds as 08 % of the world’s population of birds (more than 857 species);
Nepal habitats domestic and migratory birds as the country has varied levels of temperature from the low land of Terai the mid hill and to the high alpine range where varieties of birds exists from small finch-partridge- jungle fowls-water birds to large Himalayan brown eagle and hawks including the National bird of Nepal “Lophorous” colorful Danfe also called Impeyan Pheasant.
Here are the special areas for bird watch tour in and around Kathmandu valley and beyond:
Phulchowki adjoin hills within Kathmandu Valley and the highest hill top of Kathmandu valley also, famous for mountain views and flora and fauna with Redheaded Trogan, a very rare bird sighted there in April 2002 (it was last seen n Nepal 44 years ago). Phulchowki is 2760 meters and 18kms southeast of Kathmandu and is reached via Godawari and the Botanical Gardens. Walking can start from behind the gardens, with a combination of trails and roads. The hillside is covered with forest featuring outstanding flora as well as diverse birds. About 90 species have been recorded in this area including the endemic spring babbler, as well as the Curia, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Rufous Bellied Pied Woodpeckers and the Black-throated Parrot bill, to name a few.
Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve, & Nagarjun:
Another beautiful spot for Bird Watching Tour is Shivapuri Watershed Reserve, 12kms north of Kathmandu valley and from the city.
Nagarjun located North West; Shivapuri hill top can be reached two ways either from Sundarijal or from Budhanilkantha.
This Reserve with various species birds are Laughing Thrush, Crested Serpent Eagle, Little Pied Fly Catchers, Ruby-Throats and Babblers, Pheasants, Magpies and Sunbird.
Pokhara, the two well known lakes Phewa Tal and Begnas Tal and the surrounding areas are highly recommended. Of particular interest are the areas with minimum disturbances, away from human inhabitation the forests around the south shore of Phewa lake. Look out in the fields and pools especially in the winter for Egrets, Herons, Pipits, and Buntings etc. other birds are occurring are Gulls, Terns, Ducks, and Falcons etc.
Begnas Tal is 15Km away from Pokhara and it easily reached by taxi or bicycle. Accommodations are available here too. Terraced hills and light forests surround the lake. One should spend time on the slopes and wet fields. Birds sighted here are Ducks, pheasant-tailed jacana; Hoppie Grey bellied Tesias, common pintail snipe, bulbuls etc. Pokhara lakeside is basically a tourist town, which caters to all the needs f visitors. From cheap lodges to very expensive star hotels are available in and around Pokhara. Lakeside is full of restaurants of all kinds. Pokhara can be reached by air or by road. Bird watching is best in October and April.
Koshi Barage and Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve:
The eastern Terai to the Far East of Nepal, the Koshi is great for waterfowl and waders, with about 26 varieties of ducks alone. Here the method of viewing is by boat, gliding through the waters in the stillness of the early morning and evenings. Over 450 species have been sighted hare, including Black Ibis, Honey Kites, Ospreys, Black Headed Orioles, Peregrine Falcon, Partridges, and Storks.
Chitwan National Park:
Chitwan the lowlands of Nepal, known as the Terai the flat land of Nepal. Chitwan National Park is the best-known site in Nepal for bird watching. Bird watching need to be done from the safely of a chair, the back of an elephant or in a jeep (by far the last choice), and if you wish to walk, accompanied by a guide or a naturalist, or preferably an ornithologist. The area consists of Sal Forest, Riverine forest, and grasslands, with three rivers forming the boundaries of the park. Some 500 species have been recorded in Chitwan and some of them are Blue Indian Roller, Stork-billed Kingfishers, Bengal Florican, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Bee-eaters, and Cormorants.
Nepal is the home of mountains and realizing its importance Annapurna encounter organizes offers mountain flight for all categories of travelers. For those who are restricted by time and challenged physically can take the panoramic views of mountains, Nepal’s diverse beauty and unique geographical landscapes easily just in an hour. The awe inspiring majestic mountains journey transcends one to an entirely different world. This package is the quickest way to get a close look at spontaneous snowy mountains .It will be an hour’s flight to get the worth of spectacular Mountain View Annapurna Encounter is committed to provide a unique experience in Nepal .
The history of the temples at Kurjey is associated with Sindhu Raja and Guru Rimpoche. Sindhu Raja invited Guru Rimpoche from Nepal to Bhutan to subdue some evil spirits that had been plaguing the land. Upon invitation, Guru Rimpoche visited Bumthang and meditated in a cave that resembled a pile of Dorjis (stylized thunderbolt used for Buddhist rituals). After subduing the evil spirits and demons, imprints of the Guru’s body remained in the rock face. Thereafter, the name came to be known as Kurjey meaning – “Imprint of the body”. The Lhakhang is now a blessed site of great historical significance.
There are three main temples at Kurjey. The oldest temple was constructed on the site where Guru Rimpoche meditated by Minjur Tenpa the first Trongsa Penlop (Governor of Trongsa) in 1652.
The second temple was founded by Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck in 1900 while serving as the 13th Trongsa Penlop. This temple is the most sacred as it was built in the place where Guru Rimpoche left his body imprint.
The third temple was built in the 1990s. It was sponsored by the Queen Mother Ashi Kezang Choden Wangchuck. It houses the images of Guru Rimpoche, King Thrisong Detsen and Pandit Santarakshita.
In front of the temples are Chortens dedicated to the first three kings of Bhutan.
The Kurjey festival is an important occasion not only for the local people of Bumthang but for all Bhutanese. The festival brings together tourists and Bhutanese from all over as it presents the perfect occasion to not only receive blessings by witnessing age-old mask dances but also to enjoy this unique culture whilst basking in the natural beauty of Bhutan’s spiritual heartland.
Kathmandu valley has been the central pivot of Buddhism for long. Buddhist pilgrimage tour with Annapurna encounter takes you to elephantine embowed shaped stupas which highlight the Buddhist circuit tour, a day long. One can scrutinize lots of interesting facts about the every stupas included in the tour. Also known as the ‘Lhasa Monastery’ or ‘Khasti Monastery’ it is believed that the last remains of Sage Kashyap was cremated in Boudhanath. Boudha was considered as the trade route between Nepal and Tibet in the past. The pleasant Walk between Boudhanath and Gokarna leads you to Kapan Monastery founded by Lama Thubten Yeshe who died in 1984, leading to the worldwide search of his reincarnation after his death.
The tour allows you to experience traditional Tibetan Buddhism at self-emerged Buddhist shrine also known as Swayambhunath since no concrete historical evidences regarding who built this monastery are found. You can also overlook the spectacular scenario of Kathmandu Valley from Swayambhunath.
Tucked away in the Himalayas of Nepal, amidst the most scenic area there lies a Buddhist Monastery named Neydo Tashi Choeling in Pharping, just 22km away from the heart of Kathmandu. It is said that it is the mundane place to relax and unwind all the hustle and bustle of life and an easy get away for a short break.
7:00 AM- Journey Starts from Thamel
8:00 AM- Pilgrimage tour of Boudhanath, and Kapan Monastery
Kathmandu is the living gallery of Nepalese arts, culture and ancient heritage. Single day tour at Annapurna Encounter Pvt. Ltd covers at least five heritage sites of all the three sister cities of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur comprising all durbar squares .Here you can not only explore the unforeseen blend of Hindu and Buddhist tribal traditions but also the delve into tremendous architecture and antiquity behind the monuments of Kathmandu valley – a must and most touring destination.