Nepal is squished between India and the towering peaks of the Himalayas. It is a country full of history, culture, trekking, game drives, temples and much more. From the small parts we’ve seen of this incredible country the more it makes us want to go back explore. We entered Nepal by land, a border crossing between India and Nepal. Immediately as we crossed over we could see the difference between the two countries. The country is green, lush and the people are so different as well.
We got to experience the serenity of Chitwan National Park, as we stayed in a cute little resort in the middle of, what felt like, no where (Sapana Village). The resort is surrounded by local villages, crops, rivers and a local elephant who sleeps out the back of the rooms. The hotel was simple yet elegant with delicious food and drinks to accompany the atmosphere.
When in Chitwan a game drive is a must. If you’re lucky you will spot tigers, rhinos, elephants or deer. The area is also a bird watchers paradise with hundreds of species all in the one place.
From here, travel down to Pokhara, a great little town set up around a lake. Along the way make sure you keep an eye out – overlanding Nepal is never dull!
One highlight in this little town, is waking up early and heading to Sarangkot, a short drive from Pokhara, where you can watch the sunrise over the Annapurna range. As the sunlight hits the peaks of the mountains and lights and colours change all around it is a spectacular sight. We also recommend hiring a boat on the lake in Pokhara and having a little paddle. It is cheap and fun way to spend the afternoon.
Continuing down through Kathmandu Valley we made it to the capital. Kathmandu is full of travellers, winding streets, shops selling trekking gear and so much more. To get away from the hectic little streets head into the Garden of Dreams. A place like no other. Behind the walls of a busy main road we found tranquility and a perfect place to relax for the afternoon. Bring a book, grab a pillow (provided inside), lie down and let the afternoon sun take you away.
We only got to experience a few of the amazing activities you can do in Nepal – next we will challenge ourselves, train hard and attempt Everest Base Camp!