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Pokhara(200 km west of Kathmandu) is an enchanting city nestled in a tranquil valley known as a gateway to the world of adventure. Its magnificent natural ambience, which allows enjoying lakeside tranquillity and breathtaking views of magnificent Machhapuchre (Fish Tail) peak of 6993m, has transformed Pokhara into a Paradise of Earth. Col. Jimmy Roberts, a veteran paratrooper, and more famously known as the father of international recreational trekking and adventure vacationing in the Himalayas writes, "No other mountain view in the world is equal to Machhapuchhre, with Annapurna Mountain hanging there in the sky above the green Pokhara plain." At the altitude of 937metres, this stunning valley of abundance is an amazing home of many scenic and azure lakes in the foregrounds of green hills and majestic snowy mountains. The Headquarters of mid-western Nepal, Pokhara leads the way to the Chitwan National Park, Bhairahawa and Lumbini in the south and southwest while the northern routes lead to the highest points in the Himalaya and the Tibetan Plateau via Kagbeni, Marpha, Mukti Nath, Jomsom, Manang, Mustang, Thorung-La, the Annapurna Circuit of trekking, the Annapurna Sanctuary and the Kali-Gandaki Gorge, the deepest in the world.
The Tropical jungles of Nepal's Terai preserve some of the best wildlife habitat in the world. Jungle Safaris are offered at Chitwan National Park, Parsa Wildlife Reserve, Bardiya National Park, and Shukla Phanta Wildlife Reserve, are all situated in the tropical land. Among these Chitwan National Park is the oldest one and is enlisted in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1984. Situated 120 kilometres southwest of Kathmandu, the main attraction of Chitwan National Park is the famous and rare one horn rhinoceros. This is one of the Nepal's largest forest regions with a wide range of wildlife- several species of deer sloth bear, leopard, wild boar, fresh water dolphin, crocodile, more than 350 species of birds and the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. Visitors to Chitwan may view game of elephant back excursions nature walks, trips, and jungle treks. World famous elephant polo is played in Chitwan.
Nepal is a rare destination in the world where you can climb the highest mountains in the world, trek in the scenic countryside with the icy pinnacles always-on horizon or enjoy jungle safari in tropical forests. The best way to experience Nepal's unbeatable combination of natural beauty and cultural riches is to walk through them. One can walk along the beaten trails or virgin tracks. Either way, you are in for an experience of a lifetime. Along with forests of rhododendron, isolated hamlets and small mountain villages, birds, animals, temples, monasteries and breathtaking landscapes, you will also encounter friendly people of different cultures offering fascinating glimpses of traditional rural life.
Rafting: Besides above-mentioned experiences one can also enjoy Rafting and other water adventures to explore the typical cross section of natural as well as ethno-cultural heritages of Nepal. There are numerous rivers in Nepal, which offer excellent rafting experience. You can also glide on calm jade waters with magnificent scenery all around you or rush through roaring white rapids. All these are done in the care of river experts employed by the Govt. authorized agencies. White water rafting offers the same rewards as trekking, but with less physical effort.
Bird Watching: Bird Watching is another attraction for bird lovers. Nepal is a paradise for bird lovers with over 848 species – almost 8% of the world total of birds. Among them, almost 500 species are found in Kathmandu Valley alone. The most bird watching spots in Kathmandu are Phulchoki, Godavari, Nagarjun, Bagmati River and Taudaha.
Jungle Safari :– National Parks, located specially in the Terai region in Nepal attract visitors from all over the world. A visit to these parks involves game stalking by a variety of means – on foot, dugout canoe, jeep and elephant ride. Rhinos, wild boars, sambar deers, spotted deers, sloth bears and four-horned antelope are usually seen here.
Mountain Flight: This is one of the highlights for the visitors coming to Nepal. Mountain flights offer the closest possible aerial views of Mt. Everest, Kanchanjunga, Cho-Oyu, Pumori, Nuptse and the Tibetan Plateau. Mountain flights have become a popular tourist activity in Nepal. For those who are restricted by time or other considerations from going trekking, these flights offer a panoramic view of the Himalaya in just one hour.
Cable Car: Cable car has become extremely popular with the locals and tourists alike. The 10 minute cable car ride from Cheres area of Dhading District takes the visitors to the temple of Goddess Manakamana – an active shrine of pilgrimage on a hill, which lies 125 km to the west of Kathmandu.
Ultra-Light: Ultra-light aircraft take off from Pokhara offers spectacular views of the lakes, mountains and typical Nepali villages. This is an ideal way to see life from a new perspective. The choice of the Pokhara valley for Ultra-light aircraft is appropriate chiefly because of the proximity of the mountains, and the scenic lakes. For those who wished they could fly like birds when growing up, this flight is a must.
Paragliding: Paragliding in Nepal gives an opportunity for aerial view of the Himalayas. Pokhara offers paragliding from Sarangkot to see the Mahabharat range. You can experience unparalleled scenic grandeur as you share airspace with Himalayan griffin vultures, eagles, and kites, while floating over villages, monasteries, temples, lakes and jungles, with a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayas.
Bungy Jumping: The ultimate thrill of bungy jump can be experienced at one of the best sites in the world. Nepal's bungy jumping site is situated at 160 metres over the wild river Bhote Koshi. Located close to the Border of Nepal and the Tibet Autonomous Region of People's Republic of China, the site itself gives the beauty of nature. It is three hours bus drive from Kathmandu. It is a real adventure for those who believe in adventure.
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