WHY TRAVEL TO NEPAL?

Most people must wonder, “Why Nepal?”, “What is special about this country?”, “Why should we choose to spend our vacation in Nepal when we can travel to Europe or Africa?”

The answer is simple. It’s cheap! It’s scenic. And as Nepalese people claim, once is never really enough! The country is packed with scenic beauty, exciting and adventurous activities, cultural and spiritual activities, that we can never really capture it all in one visit.

What’s the best time to visit Nepal? we might wonder. Well there never really is a wrong time! All around the year, Nepal could give you interesting activities to get into, like bungee jumping, paragliding, white water rafting, trekking, hiking, you name it! If adventure lives in your heart, Nepal is packed with activities to make your adventurous heart sing!

However, autumn is a season that brings out the festive side of the people in Nepal. Autumn being harvest time, and Nepal being an agriculture based country, this is the time for joy and for gratitude towards Mother Earth for her generosity. Thus, a number of festivals fall in this time in Nepal as well as two of the greatest festivals of the country, Dashain, the festival to celebrate victory of good over evil. People enjoy a long holiday and travel to their home towns or villages to celebrate the festival, to be with their family members and to seek blessings from their elders. Dashain is closely followed by Tihar, the festival of lights. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm. 

This is also the best time to view the country on foot. With the skies clear and the weather in the pleasant 20’s, trekking, hiking and bus tours are activities that are sought after. 

Autumn (September-November) is the best time to travel to Nepal. With the pleasant weather, the festivals and the feeling of renewal that you could find in the country, the joy of the people will infuse into you as well. 

What do you need to join our tours? An enthusiasm for photography, a camera you are comfortable working with, and a little bit of an adventurous heart! Be advised, our tours are not rigorously physical, but we will visit some places that are best viewed on foot. 

For more travel advice to Nepal, we will have a special session to guide you. Or if you require information right away, we will be happy to answer your queries. Just write to us at info@himalayantours.com.au

 

 

Nepal is a nation speeding to keep up with the 21st century while trying to keep its deep rooted traditions alive. With such a combination, it is a wonderful mix of traditional values, intermixed with modern technology. Dashain is celebrated with much pomp throughout the kingdom. Celebrated for 10 days, each day of the festival signifies a joyous celebration of victory of good over evil.

Dashain is the equivalent to Christmas to the Nepalese people. It is the festival when people who have travelled far and wide to study or to work return to their homes to receive blessings from their elders, may it be a different city or a different country altogether. Homes that were quiet for the whole year become the hubs for celebration, not only of tradition, but for this union of once a year, or once in a few years for some. The last day of the is called Bijaya Dashami when elders of the household put tika of vermilion and grains of rice on the foreheads of the younger ones, give them blessings along with money. 

The past few years have seen a new trend in the Nepalese community. For those young ones who have not managed to go home for Dashain, the loved ones hardly need to go without the blessings of their elders. And with technology at their sides, they make good use of it. People talk to loved ones far and wide through means of various online communications, put tikas and gain blessings. 

Dashain is a favorite experience for tourists to.  Local youth groups hold Dashain Tika Ceremonies at popular tourist places like Basantapur for foreign and national tourists with great feasts held in the traditional Nepalese manner.

Himalayan Photography Tours is holding this tour to incorporate and enjoy this festival as well as the Tihar, the festival of lights. Tour starts on October 8th. Reserve your place today! Join us for the experience of a lifetime!

Join us for the Himalayan Photography Tours information night 19th of June at Parallax Photography in St.Kilda East. 

We will be having a look through the photographs from the April 2017 trip and discussing the itinerary of the October trip.

Nepali food and refreshments provided. 

The evening will kick off around 7pm.

We have made a Meetup group so the best way to RSVP is through this link. http://meetu.ps/e/CTJ2Y/BjBj6/f

 

New itinerary released for October 2017 Photography tour

 

14 Days Trip in Nepal October 2017

14 Days Trip in Nepal – October the 8th 2017

Highlights of the trip include visiting:

This tour will appeal to all photographers both beginning in the craft and the more accomplished. It is conducted in an inclusive non-competitive manner.

We will accommodate our clients in 4-5 star hotels whilst in Nepal. Package price is based on shared accomodation, Single room accomodation is is slightly more expensive.

We believe in and practice ecotourism. Every aspect of our tour is sympathetic to the Nepalese people and their cultural traditions.

The price for the trip is $4950.00 See the bottom of this page for more details.


  • 13 NIGHTS 14 DAYS Trip Planner

Day 01:

Our tour will be welcomed with garlands as per tradition at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu followed by transfer to the hotel .

Day 02:

Day 2 will begin with breakfast at the hotel.

AM: Half-day tour of Kathmandu city and Swoyambhunath Stupa.

For the second day, the tour will take clients to visit the 17th Century Durbar complex and Hanuman Dhoka, temple of Kumari, the living goddess, Narayan Mandir, Shiva Paravati temple, great Bell and Drum, Seto Bhairav, Kal Bhairav and Taleju Temple. Later proceed to Swoyambhunath one of the oldest Buddhist Stupas overlooking the entire Kathmandu valley, which is also known as the Monkey Temple.

PM: Continue sightseeing of Patan City Durbar Square.

The second half of the day will take clients to visit Patan, the old Newar city to see the historic Durbar Square, the Golden Gate, the sky piercing temple of Taleju and the statue of Yogendra Malla, Krishna Mandir, Sati Temple, Hiranya Varna Mahabihar (the golden temple), Mahabouddha with views of old carved wooden windows through the streets, curios shop and Bazaars. Later on, clients can visit the Tibetan handicraft center and see Tibetan Refugees settlement and their Handicraft work-in progress such as knitting, weaving, making woolen carpets, etc.

After the day is done, clients will be taken back to the hotel. They can choose a quiet evening at the hotel with dinner and drinks or venture out for some fun. Thamel is the hub for night life in Kathmandu and the hotel is situated in the heart of it all.

Day 03:

Clients will be driven to Chitwan (158 km, 05-06 hrs drive approx) after breakfast. Chitwan is one of the few remaining undisturbed vestiges of the ‘Terai’ region, which formerly extended over the foothills of India and Nepal. It has a particularly rich flora and fauna. One of the last populations of single-horned Asiatic rhinoceros reside in the natural reserves of Chitwan, which is also one of the last refuges of the Bengal tiger.

Day 04:

A full day of jungle activities will be the highlight of this day including Elephant Safari, Nature walk, canoe ride, etc. Jungle activities may vary according to the season and the policy of the Jungle resort.

Day 05:

The fifth day will take clients to the birthplace of Buddha, Lumbini. Clients can have breakfast at hotel and the drive to Lumbini (85 km, 4-5 hrs drive). Clients will be taken to Buddha Maya

LUMBINI: Lord Buddha was born in 623 BC in the sacred area of Lumbini located in the Terai plains of southern Nepal, testified by the inscription on the pillar erected by the Mauryan Emperor Asoka in 249 BC. Lumbini is one of the holiest places of one of the world’s great religions, and its remains contain important evidence about the nature of Buddhist pilgrimage centre from as early as the 3rd century BC.

The complex of structures within the archaeological conservation area includes the Shakya Tank; the remains within the Maya Devi Temple consisting of brick structures in a cross-wall system dating from the 3rd century BC to the present century and the sandstone Ashoka pillar with its Pali inscription in Brahmiscript. Additionally there are the excavated remains of Buddhist viharas (monasteries) of the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD and the remains of Buddhist stupas (memorial shrines) from the 3rd century BC to the 15th century AD. The site is now being developed as a Buddhist pilgrimage centre, where the archaeological remains associated with the birth of the Lord Buddha form a central feature.

Clients will be taken to visit the birthplace of Buddha, the Mayadevi temple, the Ashoka Pillar and relax after getting back to the hotel.

Day 06:

After Breakfast clients will be driven to Pokhara (168 km, 5-6 hrs drive) where they will be taken to the Hotel.

Pokhara:The rare combinations of snow clad peaks and snow fed lakes and rivers has helped to make the valley of Pokhara a sought after destination for national and foreign tourists, that is also one of the most picturesque natural attractions in the kingdom. A must for all visitors to Pokhara valley is the Phewa Lake.

PM: 01 hour boating on Phewa Lake.

Day 07:

After breakfast, clients will be driven to Kade, about an hour’s drive followed by a trek to Australian camp (2 hrs walk approx). The camp is located around 1500 above sea level from here clients can have excellent panoramic views of mount fish tail and south Annapurna from a very close distance. Lunch will be on the way.

Dinner & Overnight at Australian camp at local Lodge on AP plan.

Day 08:

Breakfast will be provided at the Lodge followed by a trek to Dhampus from Australian Camp (1-1.5 hrs walk approx). Clients will be picked up Dhampus & driven back to Pokhara where they can indulge in a sightseeing tour of Pokhara City including Gupteshwor cave, Davis falls, Tibetan refuse camp, Peace Stupa, etc.

 

Day 09:

The early morning will be for a drive to Sarangkot to view the sunrise over the Himalayas. Clients will be taken back to the hotel for breakfast from where the tour will proceed to Bandipur ( 85km 2.5 hrs drive).

Bandipur bazaar is situated on a ridge above the highway town of Dumre, and presents sightseers with a heady mix of history, architecture, incredible views, awesome caves and unspoiled landscapes. Located at an altitude of 1,030 m, Bandipur has been described as a natural view tower, providing a spectacular panorama of the entire Annapurna Range plus the peaks of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Langtang to the Marsyangdi valley which is below 500 m. Apart from the stunning views of the Himalaya and the Marsyangdi Valley, a visit to the town is an opportunity to get a close look at Newar cultural life that reflects the refined civilization of the Kathmandu Valley.Bandipur is also a great place for adventure sports like paragliding, caving, rock climbing, rafting and hiking.

Day 10:

Clients will be driven to Kathmandu after breakfast (150 km, 4-5 hrs) where they will be able to take rest at the Hotel or take the day to roam around the city by themselves.

Day 11:

Clients can enjoy breakfast at the hotel after which, the tour will drive to Bhaktapur, a city steeped in culture. Bhaktapur was originally called Bhadgaon, and was a Newar city founded in the 9th century.The Palace Square at Bhaktapur is a peaceful and lovingly preserved piece of history.

Clients will be taken to visit the ancient gateway, Durbar Square the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, famous five storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style, Batsala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Duttatraya temple, Pujari Math and Palace of 55 windows.

After Bhaktapur, clients will be taken to Nagarkot, a peaceful hill-station in the outskirts of Bhaktapur.

Nagarkot: Among all the places for mountain viewing in the Kathmandu Valley, Nagarkot is usually considered to be the best. On a clear day, one could view the Dhaulagiri range in the west to Kanchenjunga range in the east, even Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha). You can also see Manaslu (8,463m), Ganesh Himal (7,111m), and Langtang (7,246m). Many people go up to Nagarkot in the afternoon, stay in a hotel in Nagarkot, and then get up at dawn to see the Himalaya Mountains during the sunrise.
Nagarkot is 32 kilometres east of Kathmandu, on the northeast edge of the Valley at an elevation of 2,175m. It is best to view the mountains in the early morning because it is more likely to be clear.

Clients can go on excursions to visit local village & nearby area.

Day 12:

The next morning will also begin with an early morning view of the mountains, followed by breakfast and then drive back to Kathmandu. Clients will be taken to the temple of Pashupatinath, a Hindu pilgrimage site followed by a trip to Boudhanath, a Buddhist pilgrimage site.

Non-Hindus are not allowed to go inside the temple proper, however, the temple is surrounded by many smaller temples and shrines as well as the Bagmati River which would offer many interesting pictures and glimpses of life that are a photographer’s treasures.

Later clients will be taken to visit Bouddhanath, the 2500 years old Buddhist stupa in the Valley built in 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their activities, legend says.  Clients will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the Stupa spinning the prayer wheels. This shrine, as well as other Buddhist holy places, bring a feeling of peacefulness and spirituality. It may be a wonderful take-away for clients.

Clients can spend the night at Hotel.

Day 13:

The day will be free for clients to explore by themselves or to rest after so much traveling.

We would try to make your evening a memorable one with farewell dinner at a local restaurant with live cultural show.

Day 14:

Clients will be free till the time for departure

 

Details of Itinerary

The above rates include

ACCOMMODATION:v  On twin room sharing basis as mentioned above.
1MEALS:13 breakfasts, 02 lunches, 06 dinners as mentioned in the itinerary.
2TRANSPORT:Using air conditioned vehicle for arrival and departure transfers, sightseeing, and excursions as per the itinerary.

Meeting and assistance on arrival/departure by our representative.

3GUIDE:English speaking local guide during the whole tour.
4ENTRANCE FEES / PERMITS:All applicable entrance fees at the monuments: 

One hour boat tour at Phewa Lake.

5One Nepali set menu dinner with live cultural show at local restaurant on last night.
6GOVERNMENT TAXES

 

The above rates do not include

  1.   Visa fee to Nepal: US$ 25 per person for 15 days Multiple entry visa. Subject to change.
  2.   Meals: Lunch & dinner not mentioned in the itinerary.
  3.   Any beverages including Mineral water.
  4.   Insurance with coverage of emergency & medical evacuation.
  5.   Personal expenses like telephone bills, laundry charges, table drinks, camera/video-camera fee at monuments etc.
  6.   Sleeping bag during the trek.
  7.  Any other items not mentioned above.

 

We are busy learning from our first successful trip in April this year and now gearing up for October the 14th this year.

This will be an amazing trip, don’t put it off until the “right time” Join us In October! Information nights will be held in the studio in St.kilda East Melbourne over the next few months, so register your interest with us by filling out our contact form http://himalayantours.com.au/contact-us/

 

 

 

Bisket Jatra is celebrated exclusively in the Bhaktapur city of the Kathmandu Valley for the duration of a week, starting from the end of the month of Chaitra (first half of April) and ending in the first week of Baisakh (Mid-April) of the Nepalese calendar.

 

The city of Bhaktapur proper celebrates Bisket Jatra with a lot of pomp and flair. Processions of chariots of various devi-devata (gods and goddesses) are pulled from various points of origin within the city to the city square, also called the Durbar square. The procession is grand and a much anticipated festivity for the city, and as a matter of fact, for the whole of Kathmandu and beyond.

 

Bisket Jatra is also celebrated in a small town of Thimi, a town with its roots in pottery and agriculture. The festival is observed a little differently in the town of Thimi. There are processions of chariots of various gods and goddesses, as in most festivals of the Valley. However, the people of Thimi carry the chariots on their shoulders and make joyous processions of over 20 deities across the small town.

 

There are two distinctly remarkable activities of the festival held at Thimi. One is the throwing of the vermilion powder, locally called Sindoor, which turns the whole town orange. The people in the procession spread Sindoor all over the town, put it on each other and even passers-by who are lucky enough to be met with such procession. The second distinctive activity is the tongue-piercing at Bode town of Thimi. One designated person is required to pierce his tongue during the festival and he heads a procession of his own where he travels different parts of the town with his tongue pierced and carrying a stand of torches on his shoulders.

 

The festival is a must see for newcomers to Nepal. With traditions and culture kept alive for generations, these festivals are ones rarely appreciated as heritages of Nepalese society.

 

Our first trip is scheduled to depart on the 10th of April 2017!!

Time to give Bali a miss this year and come on a real adventure. Time to do what you want to do in your life so stop putting it off and register your interest with us. For a limited time we offer the 14 day trip for $AUD 3490.00 inclusive of international airfares from Melbourne Australia. Ask us pricing for making your own way to Kathmandu or quoting airfares from a different departure city.

Information nights will be held in Melbourne at Parallax Photography studio in St.Kilda East. To receive information about these nights please register your interest by filling out the contact form or like us on Facebook and you will receive updates about forthcoming trips.

For anyone in other States of Australia or abroad you can join in the session via Skype (David’s Skype address is david_mcarthur) to be part of the session.

Parallax Photography’s at 3 Kurrajong Avenue St.Kilda East.

 

 

Nepal has long been considered a haven for photographers; beginning its majestic Himalayan ranges, ranging from the highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest; to its Terai plains, home to its many national reserves set up to protect hundreds of endangered plants, animals and birds. Besides this, Nepal has a rich cultural history with scores of different cultures intermingling and many different religions co-existing in harmony for hundreds of years. For decades, this tiny country has been the destination for photographers from different countries who have sought to capture the bountiful natural beauty and the treasure trove of its cultural diversity.

Stricken by the earthquakes of April and May, 2015, Nepal has struggled to recover its economy. However, the resilience of her people is so that they welcome you with open arms and a friendly demeanor and leave your feelings resonating in the warmth of their hospitality.

Arun Chitrakar  and David McArthur are organising this trip for a maximum 12 people package tour of a total of 14 days to visit some of Nepalese historic, cultural and tourist destinations and photographic attractions that will be a wonderful experience for both first time and repeat visitors to Nepal.

The itinerary for the 14 days’ trip will include visits to famous and historic site in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur inside the historic Kathmandu valley and visit cities like Chitwan, home of Nepal’s largest natural reserves; Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha; Pokhara, a wonderful and exciting tourist destination; Pun Hill, a small village situated on the way to the base camp of Mt. Annapurna and return to Kathmandu for a flight back to Australia the next day.The experience will include some of Nepal’s best sites for photography enthusiasts and professionals.

The schedule is prepared so that the visitors could experience Nepal in the best possible manner and bring back wonderful photographs and most of all, an experience that they cannot forget.