Generally, while making itinerary of any package, all the itinerary makers say monsoon season is not the best season or they say this is desperately the off- season. Sightseeing, even trekking, during Nepal’s rainy season isn’t as bad as one might think. They can do trek in the rain shadow region like Mustang. It is true that it is slippery to do trekking only in some region. There may be some disturbances on the way or the trail may be blocked sometimes. But there are many other things to do in Monsoon? Is June/ July really only muddy? No, it is not. We find many travelers very much curious to know about how the rice is being planted? Mostly the travelers from developed countries have not seen how the rice is planted or how the rice is harvested. The kids answer the rice comes from the rice mill or from the supermarket if anyone would ask where the rice comes from.
Nepal is the agricultural country where you could witness any activities done manually in the field. It could be your wonderful holiday time with Nepalese in the mud, plough the field, sing a song etc. You can experience monsoon in Nepal in different way. Rivers swell with forbid water clouds rumble ceaselessly and the trees’ foliage drips and glistens in lightning’s flashes. Monsoon’s appeal is the greatest in the villages where the unobtrusive farmer is busy with plough. The rain brings them hope; all are out in the fields, tilling, sowing and transplanting the new paddy crop.
To celebrate the onset of real plantation the government also celebrates a special function called Asar 15, the day falls on June 29 when a variety of joyous programs right in the muddy field take place; men, women, children and foreigners excitedly plunge into the muddy water. Local musician appear with the Nepali Panche Baja, a musical instruments, the farmers rejoice and dance to the local melodies. It is a fruity season too. You can taste the fresh tropical fruits in Nepal.
Nepalese farmers observe rice planting in ceremonial atmosphere following the chariot festival of the rain God, held in Patan. So, monsoon package here invites you in Nepal in Monsoon season to get involved in the rice planting, enjoying the mud, and celebrating with joy. So, when monsoon starts in Nepal. peoples eyes light with laughter, their lips tingle with song. The cool breeze and the mild drizzle bring joy to the farmers. After the first rains, the thirsty rains suddenly covers with a carpet of verdure. The greenery brings relief to the eyes not only of people, bird flit in the branches and butterflies beat their wings on the flowers, and children frolic in the ponds.
The monsoon blows in from the bay of Bengalbeginning in early June and continues till late September. The rain comes hardest in July and August. What happens when the clouds part and the sun pees out through a thin spray of falling rain? A rainbow appears in the sky. The Himalayan meadows at 4000 to 4500 m are incredibly beautiful when carpets of flowersstretch over their grassy foothill slopes.
Therefore, the tour in the monsoon in Nepal is really wonderful. Still, it can be mysterious to the first timer. Travel to Nepal in Monsoon, know the reality of farmers, get your active participation and rejoice with them.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to the Hotel
Day 02:Sightseeing in the historical monuments in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel
Day 03:Visit to Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square. Overnight at Hotel
Day 04:Drive from Kathmandu to Gorkha, 5 hrs by bus. Overnight at Hotel
Day 05:Explore Gorkha Bazaar: Gorkha Museum, Palace, Gorakhnath cave
Day 06:walk from Gorkha Bazaar through villages and take part in the rice planting with local folks
Day 07:Visit the famous temple Manakamana; get down by cable car and Kathmandu by car
Day 08:Transfer to the Tribhuvan International Airport
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to the HotelUpon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative from Himkala Adventure greets you heartily and transfers you to the hotel at Thamel. Thamel is the tourist hub which you could explore of your own in your leisure after you get rid of jet lag. As it is the monsoon time, if it is not rainy and cloudy, the view around the hill can be overwhelming with the playful cloud. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 02Sightseeing in the historical monuments in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel After breakfast, we begin our sightseeing from Syoyambhu Stupa, people affectionately call it monkey temple. We find around 460 monkeys of rhesus macaque species in the conical shaped hills. We can go to the top either from the southern gate over the 365 steps or the easy fewer steps. After visiting stupa, Harati temple, monasteries and circumambulating them spinning the prayer wheels, we get down to Kathmandu Durbar Square. It is the place where we can see many Hindu temples,the living goddess, Kumari house, palace and many courtyards. It is 6 km from there to visit Boudhanath Stupa, another world heritage site. Ultimately, we visit Pashupatinath, the Shiva Temple and return back to hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 03Visit to Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square. Overnight at Hotel After breakfast, we visit Bhaktapur which is 12 km far from Thamel. It is one of the world Heritage Sites. Bhaktapur was the capital city till 15th century. Malla Kings had contributed a lot for the Durbar Square, its craftsmanship, courtyards and other architectural works. It has mainly four squares and we begin our tour from Chamhasimha where we will see the Wakupati Narayan Temple, Pujari Math, Dattatraya Temple then proceed to Nyatapola Temple. After this, Pottery Square is not so far. Finally, we complete the sightseeing of Durbar Square and depart from Bhaktopur to Patan Durbar Square. Patan is famous for artistic metal work, pauva and thanka painting. The Square is dominated by the magnificently designed Krishna temple, three chowks like Mul Chowk, Keshav Narayan Chowk and Sundari Chowk. Other temples around have decorated the whole scenario. After the walk of 10 15 minutes, we reach to Banglamukhi temple to the north from the Durbar Square. We visit the Golden Temple and drive back to hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 04Drive from Kathmandu to Gorkha, 5 hrs by bus. Overnight at Hotel After breakfast, we drive from Kathmandu to Gorkha. It is 134 km west through hills, country side, terraced farmlands. We follow the bank of Trishuli River, the popular rafting river for mild rafts, streams and reach to Gorkha. Gorkha is a historical town, the origin of Shah Dynasty and the gateway for the Manaslu Trekking and many other village tours. In the time of monsoon, the flowing rivers and stream produces wonderful sound, the playful clouds seem kissing the horizon and the local folks are found in wonderful lyrical song singing and planting rice. Overnight at Gorkha
Day 05Explore Gorkha Bazaar: Gorkha Museum, Palace, Gorakhnath cave Gorkha is a hill town. Hiking lovers can enjoy a lot. We visit Gorkha Museum and hike to Gorakhkali temple. There we can see Gorakhnath cave, Kali Temple. It is the superb view point for the scintillating mountain views and nearest hills. We descend from the way of Ram Shah Chautari and arrive at the hotel. If anyone would like to go by bus to the top, there is a pitched road through the village near to the Temple. Overnight at Gorkha
Day 06walk from Gorkha Bazaar through villages and take part in the rice planting with local folks Today, after breakfast, we walk from Gorkha Bazaar to the eastern side for the village tour and enjoy watching the rice planting in the terraces. It is about 3 hours walk through well graveled road and take rest in the home stay at Namjung V.D.C. Overnight at Namjung
Day 07Visit the famous temple Manakamana; get down by cable car and Kathmandu by car After breakfast, we walk to the famous wish fulfilling temple to Manakamana. We walk over the ridge of the hills and if it is not cloudy day, the scene is really great. After about 2 and half an hour walk, we reach the temple, explore around and come down to the Prithivi Highway by Cable Car.After this, we drive back to Kathmandu by private vehicle. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 08Transfer to the Tribhuvan International Airport This is the end of the Monsoon season tour of this year. We depart you to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled flight. If you have enough time before your flight, we can help you visit the local market for buying typical Nepali spices, and other souvenirs. Finally, we wish you for the safe flight to your next destination. We say bye and depart you on the gate of the Tribhuvan International Airport. Namaste!!!