The Himalayan Dream Vacation – Nepal, Bhutan & India
The Himalayas is one of nature’s most beautiful and grandest creations. The Himalayan range extends 2,400 kilometres (or 1,500 miles) and it grows taller by the year, by almost an inch (2.5 cm). If you’re planning for a memorable holiday, live the Himalayan dream explore Nepal, India and Bhutan. Remember to team up with a reliable and experienced tour agency like 10,000 Miles to get you there without any hassle!
Eight of the top fourteen highest summits in the world and some of the most beautiful landscapes are in one of the most beautiful countries in the world – Nepal. There are many outdoor activities to do in Nepal. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, bungee jumping, mountain biking and paragliding with the Himalayas backdrop should top your bucket list. You can also try river-rafting and trekking, a popular activity in Nepal.
You’ll be surprised – trekking in Nepal does not require high levels of fitness and is relatively safe. Because of its popularity, the trek paths are well-marked and hundreds of locals pass through them daily. You can enjoy trekking at your own comfort level – depending on your interest and fitness you can choose an easy one-day leisure trek or a longer expedition spanning several days. UNESCO World Heritage Sites Seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites reside in the Kathmandu Valley. The Swayambhunath complex is one of them. The 2,500 year old monument is a holy site also known as the Monkey Temple as there are monkeys living in parts of the temple. Visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, an ancient Newar town in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley. Along with two other Durbar Squares – the Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square – they make up the three Newar kingdoms situated there before unification of Nepal, when the areas consisted of independent small kingdoms. These squares are known for their spectacular architecture and crafts specific to the Newar artists and their centuries-old traditions. “For parents with kids, Nagarkot and Sarangkot are perfect to explore – they have incredible views of the mountains. There is transportation right up to the lodges where amazing sunrise and sunset can be admired and trekking is minimal. You get the best of both worlds and be in the company of the mountains and your kids,” Swee suggests. At Chitwan National Park, another World Heritage Site and one of the best wildlife-viewing national parks in Asia, you can enjoy canoeing in the Rapti River or the elephant safari excursion that brings you close to the wildlife. If you’d like the full safari experience, stay overnight in the park live among the animals. You can also choose to stay with the Tharus, the original inhabitants of Chitwan and immerse yourself in their unique culture, language and customs which are different from that of the Nepalese hill people.
Beautiful Bhutan – more than happy people
We know Bhutanese are the happiest people, according to the Gross National Happiness index. The dramatic landscapes of the snow-capped peaks and scenic rivers sit largely undisturbed in this jewel of nature. A great place to explore the culture of the kingdom is Thimpu, Bhutan’s capital. Janice from 10,000 Miles travels to Thimpu frequently. “The handicraft markets are excellent places for you to understand and appreciate its cultural uniqueness. The dzongs, monasteries and museums are an integral part of Bhutanese’s life. You can see for yourself the rich tradition of its people is still in practice today.” To the northeast of Thimpu is Punakha. Walk through the rice terraced fields, or even opt for a farm stay. A farm house stay will give you a first-hand experience on the daily life of Bhutanese family – a rare opportunity to interact and experience the warmth of locals. Visit the Palace of Great Happiness that Punakha Dzong is known for, the ancient capital of Bhutan that lie at the intersection of Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. These are sights you’ll never see in Singapore, and sights you’ll always want to remember. If you’re feeling a little adventurous, Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) is one of the iconic landmarks in Bhutan. A sacred Buddhist temple complex by the cliff, you can ride a horse from the foothill till ¾ of the hike. The last part of the journey consists of 700 – 800 flight of stairs to an immaculate view that will etch itself in your memory forever.
Incredible India – states you’ll love
Located in the Himalayan mountains, the state of Sikkim has been blessed by snow-capped mountains, lush green valleys, pristine lakes and intricately built monasteries. The world’s third highest mountain peak – Kangchenjunga – is located on its border. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India that offers beautiful mountains, an incredible cultural experience and iconoclastic landmarks. You can stay in Darjeeling, a beautiful town located in West Bengal of India. Surrounded by lush tea plantations and lovely Victorian-style architecture, it is now a popular summer and fall resort for the natives of Kolkata and even tourists. The Golden Triangle of Rajasthan is a must-visit circuit while you’re in India. It covers Delhi, Agra and Jaipur and hosts many of India’s great cultural gems: Old Delhi City, Taj Mahal, Amber Fort and various bustling bazaars that have existed for ages. Swee from 10,000 Miles, Singapore’s boutique travel planner, suggests tourists to visit the Pushkar Fair – an annual five-day camel and livestock fair. “Pushkar Fair is definitely a huge attraction – with crowds and camels congregating, you will be caught in a riot of colours, competitions and activities,” she explains. Having been to the fair many times, each trip brings a different experience for her. “It is truly one-of-a-kind and you will thoroughly enjoy being here with your friends and families.”
Important to plan ahead
When you’re there, you’ll be at a lost on what to do – there are many city tours and every tour touts the best views and experiences. “My advice is to research and plan your itinerary with an experience tour team. We will know what works best with different interest groups and can recommend you the best options to go for,” Swee offers. Janice highlights the weather in The Himalayas during November or December. “It is approaching winter and the temperatures can drop to as low as 0 degrees, and it’s even lower in the mountains. Having body heat packs is especially useful – you can get them in Singapore before your trip.” The Himalayan range is a majestic attraction your family will love to visit and experience together. You’ll love the breathtaking views these Himalayas countries have to offer – remember to enjoy the journey as you get to your destinations. —– For more information on tours to The Himalayas with families or friends, visit www.10000-miles.com. 10,000 Miles owns all rights to the images within this sponsored content. ——