How to Plan a Nepal Honeymoon Tour
Planning a honeymoon in Nepal? For adventurous honeymooners, there is no better place in the world to spend your honeymoon than Nepal. With spectacular mountain vistas, stunning treks, canoeing and white water rafting, paragliding, and wildlife safaris, there is a plethora of things to do on your honeymoon. And if you are into climbing, Nepal is one of the top destinations in the world for mountain climbing.
With the idea of spending a honeymoon on some beach in the tropics doing nothing but sunbathing and swimming being considered passé these days, more and more honeymoon couples are opting for a more adventurous honeymoon. Nepal is a land of paradise, with high, snow-capped peaks reaching towards the sky, stunning green landscapes stretching out for miles, and natural waterfalls, gorges, hills, and rare animals that make for an amazing honeymoon destination.
Planning The Nepal Honeymoon Tour
The first thing to do is work out what you want and where to go to get it. Nepal has a wide variety of activities, but they are not all in the same place. Trekking to Everest is in the north near the Tibet border, while the chance to see the rare Bengal tiger is in the south, on the Indian border.
Work out your itinerary, if you are planning on organizing it yourself, or get in touch with a tour operator who can advise you on where you can go to see and do the things you are planning. Once you have your itinerary decided, booking the trip is the next obvious step. Most of the cultural heritage of Nepal can be found in the Kathmandu Valley, the heart of Nepalese culture and history. With stunning sights such as Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Temple, other amazing sites are just a short ride away, such as Patan, Boudhanath, and Pashupatinath.
Further afield, you can find the amazing sights of the Chitwan National Park, the home of many rare and protected species of animals and birds, such as the one-horned rhino and the beautiful Bengal tiger. Set in the southern jungles of Nepal, on the border with India, it is a haven for wild elephants, and if your dream is to ride on an elephant, you can do it there.
Nepal is also a favored place for adrenaline junkies, with all kinds of adventurous activities, from Paragliding and white water rafting to wall climbing activities, archery ranges, and bungee jumping.
You will also need a visa for Nepal, which can be arranged before you leave home or once you arrive in Nepal. Visas can be obtained from the Embassy of the Kingdom of Nepal, if there is one in your home country, or from the immigration desk on arrival at the airport. Getting the visa is simple, and only requires your passport with six month’s validity, a completed application form (which will be given to you on the plane), and two passport-sized photos.
Best Times to Have a Nepal Honeymoon Tour
With its hugely variegated climate, there is no time when you cannot visit Nepal, and what you can do there depends on the season. So planning your honeymoon in Nepal also requires knowing what things are available when. The climate in Nepal varies from the high mountain climate of the Himalayas to the lowland sub-tropical climate of the Terai region. Nepal is a four-season country that is centered around the summer monsoon season. Spring is from March to May, and is the second most popular season for tourists, as it is one of the prime trekking seasons in Nepal. Skies are clear, and the high mountain snow has melted, leaving a bright, dry land that is perfect for hiking and climbing. In the lowland regions, it is a great time for wildlife safaris, and the weather is not yet too hot.
Autumn in Nepal
The summer season runs from June to August, when the monsoon rains come. The rains are more predominant in the lowland Terai, while in the mountains there are areas that see almost no rain at all. The land turns green and lush with new vegetation, and while it is not a great time to trek in some areas, in the area around the Kathmandu Valley the land comes to life, and it is a great time to explore this exotic city. Autumn comes from September to November, and the skies clear once more, making treks in the Himalayas more popular. The lush vegetation is still in full bloom, and it makes for some great jungle safaris and other adventurous activities such as paragliding and canoeing. Winter is the coldest season, but is not too cold in the lowlands and foothills for a great honeymoon. It is also the low season for tourism, so sightseeing is a less crowded activity.
Top Honeymoon Destinations in Nepal
If you are looking for a romantic destination for your honeymoon, you cannot go far wrong with the Kathmandu Valley. If your honeymoon time is limited, then Kathmandu is the ideal place to see the best of Nepalese culture, and even just a week is enough to make your honeymoon memorable. Cultural highlights such as the Kathmandu Durbar Square, with its ancient royal palaces, or the stunning stupas at Swayambhunath and Boudhanath make for a beautiful experience. Alternatively, you can book yourself a couple of mopeds and explore the Kathmandu streets and surrounding area without the hassle of traffic, allowing you to go where you want. You can also take a scenic flight to view Mount Everest without the need to spend two weeks trekking. The flights give you a stunning aerial panorama of the Himalayas in their serene setting.
One great alternative to the busy Nepalese capital is Pokhara, the second largest city in Nepal. With lots of romantic spots for honeymoon couples, as well as being a scenic and relaxing place, Pokhara is just a short 30-minute flight from Kathmandu. You can enjoy some relaxing yet delightful leisure activities while you are in Pokhara, such as paddle boating on the Fewa Lake, or something more adventurous like paragliding at Sarangkot Hill. The stunning mountain peak of Machapuchare stands tall in the background of the lake, and from Sarangkot Hill you can see the peaks of the Annapurna ranges. For the active adventurers, you can take some of the shorter hikes around Pokhara, which take you to Poon Hill and Khopra Danda, or the day-hikes such as the Panchase trek. If you want to do some sightseeing around Pokhara, then tere are many places to see, such as the Museum of Local History and Culture, or the Gorkha Memorial Museum. Alternatively, the city has lakeside yoga and spa centers, and you can get some pampering before exploring the spectacular restaurants that line the lake’s shores.
Chitwan National Park
Set in the south of Nepal on the border with India is the Chitwan National Park, Nepal’s first nature preserve, and home to a huge number of rare and endangered species. One of the premier places to visit in Nepal, the park is home to the one-horned rhino, sloth bears, leopards, and the amazing Bengal tiger. Wild elephants roam the park, traveling in herds across the grasslands that are their natural home. Listed as one of the best national parks in Asia, it is a great place to travel on an adventure safari to see the local wildlife, including more than 500 species of indigenous birds, or trek through the jungle areas looking for elephants, leopards and tigers. You can even spend a day with the more domesticated elephants, experiencing them in their natural habitat and interacting with these majestic animals as they work and play, and end the day giving them a scrub down in the river. The park was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, and has a variety of landscapes within its borders, from Himalayan foothills to the sub-tropical jungles and expansive grasslands of the Terai region.
Chitwan National Park
Lumbini is a unique place to the west of Kathmandu, and is one of the holiest sites in the country. In around 563 BC, it was the birthplace of one of the most revered figures in Asia, Siddhartha Gautama, who was later known as the Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. You can visit the actual location of the Buddha’s birthplace, which is now a unique temple dedicated to the mother of Buddha, the Maya Devi Temple. Built more than two thousand years ago, the temple is ripe with history of Buddhism and Gautama himself.
Maya Devi Temple
Lying in the foothills of the Himalayas, Lumbini consists of a huge garden with a grove of pipal trees, and while the area is mainly Hindu, there are dozens of Buddhist shrines dotted around the area. The Maya Devi Temple is actually a large white building that was built to cover and protect the identified site of the Buddha’s birth, on which several temples and stupas have been built over the centuries, including the ancient stupa erected by the Nepalese Emperor, Ashoka, in 249 BC. A beautiful and serene place to visit, it is one of the most holy sites in the world, and the site exudes tranquility.