10 low-budget holiday destinations during Dashain, Tihar vacations

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

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“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

Are you planning to visit some new places and spend quality time with your family this Dashain and Tihar vacations at a low budget? Then here are some destinations you won’t regret visiting:

Nagarkot

Nagarkot located a few kilometers away from the capital city is mostly popular for its altitude (2075 meters) and proximity to mountain ranges. Mt Everest, Mt Dhaulagiri, Mt Kanchenjunga, Mt Manaslu, Mt Ganesh, Mt Langtang, Mt Gaurishankar, Mt Choyo, Mt Loste and Mt Makalu can be witnessed from Nagarkot, a heaven for mountain lovers.There are plenty of hotels, some luxury, and small guest houses. Few days at 2000m can be a great experience to celebrate your vacations with loved ones.

Dhulikhel

Planning to escape from the busy streets of Kathmandu and have some adventure? Then Dhulikhel, a hill station some 30 km away from Kathmandu can be your next destination this Dashain and Tihar vacations.

Besides, one can spot more than 20 different mountain peaks from this tourism hub. Likewise, Dhulikhel is a combination of a variety of communities such as the Newars, Brahmins, Chhetris, Tamangs and Dalits in Nepal. The historic town houses beautiful old houses and temples too.

Adventurers can explore thrilling rafting on the Sunkoshi and the Bhotekoshi rivers. Hotels and resorts have been established in the city which range from budget class to luxury that won't let you down.

Sundarijal-Chisapani

If you are looking for a short trek or hike around Kathmandu Valley, then you won’t regret visiting Sundarijal-Chisapani trekking route. Slight up-hill trek in Shivapuri National Park area enjoying the view of Mt Langtang, Mt Ganesh and Mt Gaurishankar can be completed in a day. You can also extend your trek to Nagarkot from Chisapani if you want; that can be done in around 5-6 hrs. You won’t find any difficulties finding home stays, lodges and hotels for fooding and lodging at a reasonable price.

Kakani 

Kakani just 23 km to the north-west of Kathmandu, right next to the Shivapuri National Park is a small village that has a lot in its favor and is definitely worth a visit. One can explore Tamnag and Gurung culture and the taste, mostly popular for strawberries and trout fish. Imagine enjoying the taste of strawberries, trout fish and local alcohol in the lap of Langtang and other mountain ranges of Helambu. 

Daman-Chitlang

If you love camping and barbeques then Daman of Chitlang in Makwanpur district is probably the best place for you. It is an easily accessible and time saving destination. It also offers perfect mountain views with affordable and cozy home stays, resorts and lodges. Boating in Kulekhani can also be a perfect way to enjoy your stay.

Pokhara

Pokhara, one of the most visited and famous tourist hubs of Nepal, is no doubt a best destination for this Dashain and Tihar vacations. Pokhara is a full day’s bus ride from Kathmandu on Himalayan roads. Boating in Fewa and Begnas Lake, stunning mountain views that tower above Pokhara, adventurous activities such as paragliding and white-water rafting are the key attractions of Pokhara. Pokhara is also famous for its nightlife, restaurant, clubs, bars and trekking shops. Besides, you won’t regret visiting the Pokhara peace stupa for a great view of the lake, town, and mountains early in the morning.

Visitors can easily browse a wide range of hotels, lodges, resorts, home stays ranging from budget class to luxury class.

Sauraha

Sauraha, a popular holiday destination in Chitwan particularly famous for jungle activities like Elephant Ride, jungle safaris and Tharu villages along with western style hotels and resorts, restaurants, Internet cafes, and gift shops. It is also very popular for spotting one-horned rhinoceros, Bengal tiger, bears, leopards, crocodiles and monkeys amongst others, and hundreds of species of birds and butterflies. It is located 160 kms by road from Kathmandu. The good news is October and November are the best time to visit this place.

Lumbini

Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha. Stupas, temples and statues built to mark the birthplace of Buddha are the key attractions of this place.Besides the sacred Bodhi tree, and the pool adds to the beauty and religious significance of Lumbini. Likewise, Thai, Tibetan, Sri Lankan, and Myanmar temples, monasteries and pagodas along with the World Peace Pago draws thousands of visitors during this period of the year.

Janakpur

Strolingl through the historic Mithila city to experience the terai culture of southern Nepal and visit the grand Ram Janaki Temple in the center of the city is the best thing to do in Janakpur located in Dhanusha district. 

The Janaki Temple is the main attraction of the city and draws large crowds of visitors.

Janakpur has been mentioned in the Ramayana as the birthplace of Sita, Ram’s consort. As Ram is believed to be the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Sita is believed to be the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi.

Besides, diverse ethnic groups live in the district of Dhanusha such as the Yadavs, Teli, Brahmins, Kyastha, Tharu, Musahar, Rajput, and Chhetris and the region is considered the center of Mithila art and culture.

Janakpur is approximately 390 km and a 10-hour drive from Kathmandu.

Janakpur city has luxury hotels to budget accommodation and many types of restaurants that cater to visitors. Dharamshalas (accommodation for pilgrims) are also available. The delicious food here has a touch of Indian taste, which is suitable for the large number of Indian visitors. Varieties of sweets and vegetarian specialties are the norm. Other tourist facilities are also available in this city.

 

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