Hidden gems in KTM valley and around Pokhara?
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Nov 1, 2012 5:33 AM Last Post By: man_from_Oz
Oct 19, 2012 7:27 AM
Hidden gems in KTM valley and around Pokhara?Hi,
I will be spending 3 weeks in Nepal in February/March and am looking for recommendations on what to do.
For now I was thinking dividing the time between KTM and Pokhara.
Any hidden gems/cultural experiences in the KTM valley we cant miss? Good hikes?
ANy recommendations for the Pokhara area? We are thinking about Poon Hill. What else is not to miss in the area?
Should we stop in Lumbini?
Should we go to Chitwan NP considerimg we are doing Serengeti in Tanzania a month earlier?
Does it make more sense to go straight to Pokhara from the Indian border (Sunauli)? Or KTM?
Are there any festivals in the last week of feb or teh first 2 weeks in March?
Oct 19, 2012 9:33 AM
Oct 19, 2012 11:31 AM
2Personally I thought Lumbini was not worth going to, but I've heard others rave about it (not sure why!)
Oct 19, 2012 4:37 PM
3Lots of excellent info already posted
I don’t know about hidden gems, but the following sites shouldn’t be missed
Lots to see and do in and around Kathmandu
1) Buddha Air Mountain Flight
3) Visit Kopan Monastery
6) Full day in Bhaktapur – Overnight recommended
7) Durbar Square Kathmandu and Patan
8) Day trip to Nagarkot and overnight – With luck spectacular sunrise
On the way south
Take the cable-car to Manakamana Temple
2) Micro-Light flight
3) Devi Falls and Gupteshwor Mahadev cave
4) Walk to the Peace Pagoda and then return to lakeside by boat over Fewa Tal
5) Visit The Tibetan Refugee camp
6) Sunrise at Sarangkot
Details and photos of all the above on the Things to do “Tips” section on the link below in my tag-line
Good Luck and Happy Safe Travels
Oct 20, 2012 3:16 AM
4Depending on time of crossing from India go to Lumbini and on to Chitwan or Pokhara.
Otherwise easy to stay in Lumbini and better than at the border.
Lumbini is the birthplace of Buddha if that helps you decide whether to go or not.
No comparison between Chitwan and Serengeti so if you are that close stay a couple of days as you might need the relaxation after India.
Take the time between Pokhara and Kathmandu to go to Gorkha and Bandipur and do some walking.
Order of travel will depend on your onward travel - if you fly out of Kathmandu then you would want to end up there and not backtrack
Oct 20, 2012 7:50 AM
Nov 1, 2012 5:33 AM
6Lumre is halfway between Pokhora and Machapuchare. No one goes to this place and it has all you want. One traditional village and just one person who can speak English. He can take you hiking as far as you want and as he knows the villages, he will find accommodation each night.
But one problem. Lumre is not on a major route and requires a bumpy jeep ride from Pokhara. I mountain biked there but I know there re lots of jeeps as a number passed me en route. Best of wishes for for finding where they start from! If you can make it you will see what i mean!
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