10 Best Small Excursions and Day Trips in Nepal

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10 Best Small Excursions and Day Trips in Nepal
6 January, 2020 0 Comments

"10 Best Small Excursions and Day Trips in Nepal

Traveling is something that not only rejuvenates one but also enlightens with the practices and culture around the world. It widens the scope of our knowledge and understanding. Many believe traveling costs too much. However, that is not the case; you can go without breaking your pocket.

Choose to go for short day tours to Nepal to enjoy the beauty of nature and to get some insights on the cultural lifestyle of people living here. As you walk along with the lavish scenery, you will be blessed with the awesomeness of nature.

For those who have limited time, day tours around Kathmandu, Pokhara, Lumbini, Nagarkot, Chitwan, Bhaktapur will be the ideal way to spend time. You can explore art, culture, and cuisine and adventurous activities offered by a particular city. We have selected some short and sweet way to enjoy your excursions in Nepal.

1. Bhaktapur

Source: Wikipedia

In the past, Kathmandu valley was ruled over by Bhaktapur, which was a cultural, political, and economic powerhouse in the Newari Kingdom. Bhaktapur has most temples per square kilometer in all of Nepal and the best place to shop for beautiful handmade art and souvenirs.

The place is filled with beautiful monuments, palaces, and temples with exquisite carvings, open courtyards. Bhaktapur is considered to be the only city among three royal cities where tradition and modernization walk-in sustainability.

The city has such a cultural significance that the whole city is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is a must-see site and is located roughly 13km from the center of Kathmandu.

2. Mountain Biking around Kathmandu

Source: Himalayan Single Treks

Kathmandu might not offer a bike-friendly area to its visitors, but there is no lack of mountain bike tours around Kathmandu. There are lots of places around Kathmandu that is suited for mountain bike riding.

One of these is biking to Shivapuri National Park. The road from Budhanilkantha entrance is rarely used, and the stimulating patches in between make the ride much more exciting.

Similarly, there are options like Godavari, Bungamati, and Chapagaun roads that provide smooth riding while enjoying the unrivaled natural beauty. There are also places like Dakshinkali road which has beautiful cultural attractions all around

3. Kathmandu Sight-seeing Tours

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You will have lots of options when you want to go for sight-seeing tours in Kathmandu. Kathmandu is an ideal place for almost any kind of tourist, Kathmandu is full of cultural heritages, pleasurable natural beauty, hiking and trails, and much more.

The area is brimming with temples and shrines and seems to be a living history museum. You can choose what to explore and what to leave out, given your interests and time constraints.

The must-see cultural attraction in Kathmandu valley is Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, Swoyambhunath Stupa, and the Temple of Kumari.  Similarly, for nature lovers, Godavari, Phulchoki, Lakurebhanjyang, Shivapuri, Kakani are some of the options.

4. Patan

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The second largest town in the valley, Patan, is divided from Kathmandu by the Bagmati River. The impressiveness of Patan lies in its history, which ages back to the year 250 BC when stupas were stumped to the corners of the ancient town.

The place has an almost similar type of architecture to Bhaktapur and Kathmandu. The main attraction of Patan includes the Golden Temple and the Kumbeshwar Temple.

Likewise, the place where more than 200 copper and gilt statues of Hindu and Buddhist deities are kept – Patan Museum should also be visited. The courtyard featuring a red-brick façade, wood carvings, a golden door, and a golden window and the 12th century seated Buddha are the main highlights of the museum.

5. Nagarkot Hiking

Source: The Himalaya Trekking

Nagarkot is the shortest hike from Kathmandu to see Mount Everest. Even though Nagarkot hiking is easy, it does not fail to excite. This will be perfect for those who want to do less challenging hikes but still wants to enjoy the beauty of nature.

Nagarkot offers you the panorama view of the Himalayas, ranging from the Dhaulagiri in the west to Mount Everest in the east, as well as the magnificent Kanchenjunga. To get a much better view of Everest, do not forget to bring some binoculars. 

Furthermore, Nagarkot hiking can be done all year round, and the view of sunrise and sunset makes this destination one of the most loved amongst tourists visiting Nepal.

6. Bungee Jump at Bhote Koshi River

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Only after a 3-hour ride from Kathmandu, you will get to The Last Resort, the place where one of the world’s highest (160m) bungee jumping site is located. You can only reach the resort through its private bridge, where luxurious safari tents are set in lavish gardens for a peaceful stay in a glamorous setting.

Imagine a bridge over a 160-meter tropical gorge with the Bhote Kosi, one of the world's wildest rivers raging below, what more can a nature-loving adventure junky ask for. 

The jump is designed by one of New Zealand’s leading bungee consultants. It is operated by some of the most experienced jump masters in the business who almost guarantees your safety.

7. Hiking Shivapuri National Park

Source: TripAdvisor

Located on the northernmost side of Kathmandu valley, Shivapuri National Park is the ninth national park in Nepal, which elevates up to 2732 meters and covers the area of 61 sq. Mile. 

The hike offers you one of the most magnificent views of Kathmandu and some marvelous mountains. The protection of valleys' primary water source is the main function of this park. However, it is also home to 318 species of birds along with several rare orchids and wild animals.

The hiking route of the park is not only famous for tourists but also locals. It also offers you an excellent place for cycling, bird watching, and picnic. However, Shivapuri National Park has recently banned people for an overnight stay in the Park.

8. Chandragiri Hill

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One of the most loved day-trip destinations in Nepal, Chandragiri Hill, is located in the south-west of the capital city. At an altitude of 2547 meters, you will get to see an unhindered 180-degree view of the splendid Himalayas from the view tower.

For those with kids, Chandragiri Hill provides a playground, which is made to amuse your kids with exhilarating recreational equipment like climbing ropes, swings, slides, seesaws, and a jungle gym.

The cable car ride to the top of the Hill takes less than 10 minutes, but you will feel much closer to nature with green woods all around, enchanting view of mountains, and lots more.

9. Rafting in Trishuli

Source: Advance Adventures Nepal

With only 3 hours of drive from Kathmandu, you will get to one of the most beautiful and wild rivers of Nepal- Trishuli. The Trishuli can be rafted for one to three days. 

Trishuli River is amongst the most popular rafting river of Nepal with its impressive gorges, exciting rapids, some more manageable sections, and easily accessible from Kathmandu and Pokhara.

During monsoon, the river offers you quite challenging ride with powerful rapids and whirlpools. There will be trained guards at the helm to navigate the rafting group safely, so you don’t have to worry about your safety. 

10. Rock Climbing Around Hattiban

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Only 26km far from Kathmandu City, Hattiban offers one of the best free Rock Climbing sites in Nepal. The climb includes 5.9 – 5.12-grade routes.

Even though the rock climbing trip is available all year round (except monsoon), we recommend you to go during autumn or spring as the area is sweltering during summer as there is little shade at the rock climbing site.

For those who plan to spend the night in this beautiful place, there are lots of resorts around, and you can also camp outside of the resort around the jungle and enjoy nature in peace.

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