Ever heard of a 3-leaf clover? It is said to symbolize, faith, hope, and love. For anyone who wishes to see what a living manifestation of this would look like, a trip to Nepal is a must. The three beautiful clover leaves of Nepal , Kathmandu , Chitwan and Pokhara possess a timeless magic of their own while providing a generous dose of faith through a myriad of cultural and religious centers, of hope through beautifully planned nature and city tours and of love through a variety of close – knit community and entertainment programs organized by Himalayan Circuit. Well, at least that is what I have heard. I have never been here. Yet here I am writing about it.
When I sat down to write this blog post, my primary concern was writing content that would promote the company. However, as I began researching on what the various tours and travels comprised, my focus shifted to authenticity. Would it be right to write about something I had not experienced firsthand? Would it be right to make it seem as if I knew everything I spoke about? I mean I am just as eager to write about it as you are to visit. Therefore, I decided I would be honest about it. Rather than narrate it like an experience, I would share it like a desire. Instead of talking about it like a well-rehearsed poem, I would describe it as one describes a book, they begin reading for the first time – new, unknown but exciting. I thought I would begin with Chitwan.
I love scenic locations and a trip to Chitwan fits the bill for this reason precisely. Snow-capped mountains, acres of greenery and beautiful wildlife all make for a pretty amazing retreat if one desires a break from the hustle and bustle of cement jungles. The Bardia Wildlife Safari Tour is said to be one of the main highlights of this luxury tour to Chitwan. Hosting the one horned rhinoceros and the famous Bengal Tiger, this park sounds like it was on a page torn from a wildlife conservation booklet. Which is a good thing by the way! For anyone who is an avid photographer, Accessible Nepal has a special wildlife photography tour to cater to your needs. On the other end, it also has plenty of lush grasslands and shimmering streams for those of us who would prefer to let our eyes do the work instead. Take a pic either way when you journey to Nagarkot or Sarangkot, for your view of the sunrise and the Himalayan range from these places is supposed to be breathtaking.
Next! Kathmandu! It is the name most synonymous with Nepal for me as in whenever I hear the word Nepal, I think of Kathmandu. I do not know why. I really like the name though. Sometimes, I say it randomly just because I like how it sounds. Kathmandu. Kaathmandu. K-A-T-H-M-A-N-D-U. Being the capital, it has a multitude of acclaimed tourist spots. Several spiritual and religious pagodas in places like Pasupatinath and Swayambhunath adorn the center. Wee bit of history I learnt; Kathmandu Valley was previously divided into three independent kingdoms, Kathmandu, the place whose name we all know and love, Bhaktapur a UNESCO heritage site having sculpted terracotta structures and Patan , the City of Beauty, home of the Royal Palace and Royal Baths. As I said wee and bitty. Finally, who can forget one of the most striking and unforgettable examples of topography, that of the Himalayan Range itself. Of course, that leads us to Mount Everest or as its fondly known-Sagarmatha or Mother of the Sea by Nepalese. To view it up close would be a dream in itself. Himalayan Circuit has a flight tailored to suit this very indulgence of ours and more. It almost sounds like it’s the closest one can be to heaven.
And at last Pokhara which is said to be an adrenaline junkie’s haven. I am not a fan of adventure, but I love serene locations. Sounds paradoxical for this particular place but it is true. Paragliding in Pokhara has become a popular part of the city tour as you can literally get a bird’s eye view of the majestic landscape dotted with the Annapurna range, monasteries, lakes, jungles, and villages. And for me, who would rather by a fly on a wall than a bird in the sky, the wildlife tour also makes provisions for us to just sit back and relax near panoramic mountains and tranquil waters like the Phewa Lake. Most of these luxury tours also take up to half a day which is great for people like me wishing to spend equal times sightseeing and relaxing in the hotel rooms.
I would be lying if I said these tours do not sound picture perfect because they do. I feel like taking a trip but for now writing about it will have to do. I could try to sum up all of this in a few words but that will not do this justice. Instead I will say that these tours would definitely be a highlight in my travelogue. I would go in, knowing just a summary of the truth but would come away equipped with a beautiful memory and a story to last a while.
By Alaine Fernandes