At the foot of the huge peaks of the Himalayas is Pokhara and it is from here that we begin our journey through Nepal. At one time, this high valley contained seven fresh water lakes named Pokhari and they gave this holiday paradise its present day name. In the past, Pokhara was an important trading link between India and Tibet but the trading of salt and wool came to an end after Tibet closed its doors to the outside world. Its population is extremely tolerant and both the Buddhist and Hindu faiths coexist side by side.
A safari by elephant is a real adventure as the mahuts skillfully lead the ambling giants through the bush. Traveling through the jungle on the back of an elephant offers good protection from rhinoceroses and other predators.
Kathmandu is a melting pot of both race and religion, a metropolis in the heart of the Kingdom of Nepal. In the centre of the city is the ancient palace of Hanuman Dhoka. More than 700,000 people live in the metropolis of Earthís most ancient kingdom. It was only a few decades ago that ancient Nepal opened up its borders. Until then, due to the command of the ruling Gurkha Dynasty, the ĎHome of the Divineí was totally isolated.
Patan is Nepalís second largest city and has retained much of its original character due to its 300 monasteries and temples. It is also one of the oldest settlements in Kathmandu Valley and during the 15th century, was the capital of one of three kingdoms. Two huge lions guard the entrance of the former royal palace that originated from a monastery complex.
Bhaktapur is the third ancient regal city of the 30 kilometer long Kathmandu Valley that has always been a prosperous trading route between China, Tibet and India.
Our journey through this fairytale land ends at the foot of the mighty Himalayas amidst a wonderful world in which the gods are still very much alive!