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Apr14

Chitwan National Par

The name Chitwan is a composite of the Sanskrit words ?????, transliterated "citta" meaning heart and ??, transliterated "vana" meaning jungle or forest. Thus, the meaning of Chitwan is Heart of the Jungle.Chitwan was a dense forest ruled by the Tharu God/King Chitrasen Baba. He used to worship in the deep forest and ruled over his state. People believe him as the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Still today, Tharu people worship his idol duringHariBodhini Ekadashi in Chitrasari (Headquarters of Chitrasen Baba), way to Sauraha. Since the forest locally called ban (??) was ruled by Lord Chitrasen, it was called Chitra Ban, later transliterated to Chitwan.

  • Chitwan National Park
  • Beeshazar
  • Narayani River

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Apr14

Pokhara

Pokhara’s bewitching beauty has been the subject of many travel writers. Its pristine air, spectacular backdrop of snowy peaks, serene lakes and surrounding greenery make it ‘the jewel in the Himalaya’, a place of remarkable natural beauty. With the magnificent Annapurna range forming the backdrop and the serenity of three major lakes – Phewa, Rupa and Begnas – Pokhara is the ultimate destination for relaxation. Pokhara Valley, gateway to the Annapurna region where many a trekker finds his Shangri-la, sits high on the list of ‘must visit’ places in Nepal.Pokhara once lay on the important trade route between India and Tibet. To this day, mule trains set up camps on the city outskirts, bringing goods from remote Himalayan regions including Mustang. Gurungs and Magars, who have earned world-wide fame as fierce Gurkha warriors, are predominant here. Thakalis, indigenous of the Thak Khola region of Mustang, are known for their entrepreneurship and run tea houses along the trek routes in the Annapurna region.

Places

  • Phewa Lake
  • Barahi Temple
  • David's Fall
  • Mahendra Gupha
  • Saragkot
  • Sevi River

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