How to Tour Nepal In 5 Days
NEPAL is a country so close to nature that has numerous heavenly scenic views to awestruck anyone who passes by. Nepal is a country for religious visits (numerous Hindu temples and Buddhists worship places), spiritual, mountaineering, enjoying nature’s serenity, explore local markets. A perfect place for family travel.
Nepal has preserved it’s natural beauty and has developed so much inspite of the geographical challenges. Some if it’s historic monuments even have recognition as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
While travelling with family, few family travel tips are to be religiously followed, especially when travelling with kids, and at all times.
Keep extra pair of under-garments with outer clothes that can be repeated, as chances of washing and clothes drying might be a challenge, depending on weather and your travel plan.
Keep all the essential travel accessories handy yet minimal amount, as daily use stuff is easily available.
Check Weather Conditions
Do give weather forecast of Nepal and your travelling places a view before packing and planning the travel route. Will help you in being prepared for rain or cold weather conditions.
The best way to enjoy such marvelous natural beauty is to opt for Road Trip. The bonus is we can stop the car anywhere and click amazing Instagram-worthy pictures. Plus numerous tea-breaks and body-stretching nature call breaks.
Plan your travel itinerary according to comfort and interests of all the members travelling along.
Choose a comfortable vehicle and preferably book through any travel agency, so that the driver knows the routes, entry procedure and the tourist worthy places to visit.
Start from nearby Indian cities. We started our Nepal journey from Gorakhpur via a local travel agency.
Draw a Roadmap
For us, main aim was to visit the most sacred and divine temples in Nepal.
But we didn’t want to miss the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal and covered almost 8 of them.
Day 1: Our first priority was Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. So we headed straight towards Kathmandu. We Started early morning and reached Kathmandu by late evening.
With kids and elders, a few more breaks were needed on the way. And the roads in Kathmandu were under construction that time. So by the time, we reached Pashupatinath temple, the darshans were closed.
Best is to book a hotel (we booked ours via Make My Trip), near the temple location. So we saved the time and started very early next morning. Benefit – didn’t get long queues in the mandir Parisar.
Day 2: Then visited temples (there are many, choose before-hand the ones you want to spend more time at) in Kathmandu starting early next morning and finishing by end of the day.
First was our main aim – Pashupatinath Temple, followed by Sitaji mandir, Budhanilkanth temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Durbar Square.
Day 3: Next day early morning started for Mankamana Devi temple and reached Pokhara by night.
Recommend to reach Manahamana Devi as early as possible, as there are possibilities of long queues for cable car both ways plus huge waiting line for darshan.
Do watch the video of our first cable-car ride at Mankamana Devi Temple:
Day 4: Roamed around Pokhara, got lucky to view Himalayas, did shopping and retired back to hotel by night. We didn’t visit all the tourist spots mentioned because of time constraint and limitation with child.
We did visit some caves, but avoided going to Lakes, falls and for boating as we had our little kid and the weather was not very much favorable.
HIMALAYAS seen from Pokhara
Day 5: Started little late, as were all tired and had a long journey in the day. Drove to Lumbini, the birth place of Gautam Buddha, and left Nepal by late afternoon as we had to cross the Nepal border and enter India by late evening.
Keep Track of Time
Its important to strictly stick to timeline and follow the plan to cover the most of the place within time frame.
Nepal markets closes by 7 or 8 pm on most of the days.
Check with the driver or local people about must-see spots and time duration at any location and decide accordingly.
DO KEEP THE TIME OF CROSSING THE NEPAL BORDER IN MIND
You won’t want to stuck at border for the night especially with family and kids.
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Traveling with Kids
Recommend to carry a small foldable stroller if traveling with young kids, walking a lot and that too barefoot at few places wears them out making them cranky.
Keep them hydrated and fed through out so that their energy levels are maintained and they get to enjoy your family trip.
DON’T forget to carry snacks & fruits & drinks for kids!
Better for everyone to take naps in car as and when possible, so avoid excess fatigue and stress.
Lot of Walking
Though my son had fun throughout, the only thing that tired him out was a lot of walking and long queues for Darshan at some places like MankamnaDevi Temple.
Short Food Breaks
Smart way to make most use of trip is to avoid long tea and food breaks which are mostly time-killers. Carry snacks and pack something whenever you take breaks.
We are mostly on road-side restaurants or food junctions on the way. Such places are not crowded so cutting down waiting time.
Do use this opportunity to try local food like momos, chowmein, soups etc.
Holidays are incomplete without shopping. Agree?
Do Research and read before visiting any place that is on mandatory tourist list, so that you know your places and don’t have to waste much time discovering & figuring out. Sight-seeing and shopping go hand in hand.
Nepal has amazing Music/singing bowls and we actually bought a couple of them from different places. I collected few gorgeous jewellery pieces and bags too. A photo-sensitive rotating Pashupatinath statue was our best pick and we collected few of these to gift family members.
The Buddha statues are a must buy and so are few keychains and magnets.
We did most of our shopping from Swayambhunath Temple area and markets in Pokhara. Plus few picks from here and there.
Woolens and woolen caps in Nepal are of very good quality and we bought few ponchos for sisters and a penguin cap for my boy.
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