The Kathmandu Valley is the administrative, socio-political, commercial, transportation and cultural hub of Nepal. Situated at an altitude of 1,336 meters above sea level, it is surrounded by hills of 2,400 meters high. The Valley is about 25 km east-west and the breadth is 20 km north-south. The Kathmandu Valley has a population of 2.5 million people, representing about 10% of the total population of Nepal. Its principle city of Kathmandu is the gateway to Nepal where Tribhuvan International Airport is located. Kathmandu and its sister cities of Patan and Bhaktapur are integral to Nepali cultural heritage, tourism and economy.
Pokhara is considered one of nature's wonders. The serenity of Phewa Lake with its crystal clear waters and the magnificence of the fish-tailed summit of Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,977m) rising behind it, creates an ambience of peace and magic. From an altitude of 827 meters above sea level, Pokhara offers a unique point of view on Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre and five other peaks of the Annapurna Mountain Range. Clear lakes, turbulent rivers with deep gorges and picturesque villages inhabited by friendly ethnic groups add to the beauty of Pokhara. It is located 200km west of Kathmandu and from there it takes six hours by bus.
The main attraction of Chitwan is the Royal Chitwan National Park. This is one of Nepal's largest jungle regions with a wide range of wildlife such as the rare one-horned Rhinoceros, several species of deer, sloth bear, leopard, wild boar, fresh water dolphins, crocodiles, 350 species of birds and the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. Visitors to Chitwan can enjoy elephant riding, jungle safaris, river rafting and Tharu dancing. Chitwan in the Terai region is situated 160km southwest of Kathmandu and it takes four hours by bus from there.
Nepal is a country of amazing extremes. It is the steepest country in the world. Nepal goes from the height of Mt. Everest to the tiger prowling the jungles below. Between are valleys rich in 2,500 years of culture where Hinduism and Buddhism met and created glories of spiritualism. Some monuments have been classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites such as Durbar Square, Swayambhunath and Pashupatinath Temples. These areas and others are for the eye to behold and the soul to be experienced.
Within these majestic valleys flow the glacier fed rivers that are swift, wide and exciting. Nepal offers unique pleasures for every volunteer, tourist, trekker, wildlife enthusiast, mountaineer, rafter, art and culture connoisseur, archeologist, sociologist, poet, scientist, environmentalist and for those in search of a personal Shangri-La.
Nepal is the right destination. For all it combines the aesthetics, spiritual concentration and insight along with the mood and spirit of adventure. So discover the world of mountains, rivers, jungles, and the rich culture while you are gladly contributing to the sustainable development of Nepal.
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