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Marco from Bergamo asked

In Nepal for Desain (end Sept. 2014): unmissable places

We are heading to Nepal for our honeymoon on a self-organised tour. Our stay falls during the Desain festival. I am looking for recommendations about unmissable places and where to be in those days. We were thinking of doing a round trip Kathmandu - Bandipur - Pokhara - Lumbini - Kathmandu, but are open to suggestions!

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Jiten from Nepal

As far as i know, it's very easy & comfort ride from Kathmandu/Bhaktapur to Dumre. I think map itself will take you towards your destination.
My personal suggestion for you is that, take a bike on hire and visit those intended places so, that you get to know the beauty of valley,nature & people locally. All the very best for your next ride.


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Tony from Seattle

I would spend as little time as possible in Kathmandu-- it's crowded and dusty (though you'll  be on the tail end of the rainy season, so the dust might be less bad).  We found Bhaktapur a lot more charming (it's plenty close to Kathmandu).  It has a big pedestrian-only district and has more temples-per-square kilometer than Kathmandu.  We manage to hit it during a festival as well (The "Cow Festival") and it was pretty magical.

You can do some rafting between Kathmandu and Pokhara, Nepal, which is a fun diversion.  Have you considered trekking? 

When you hit Pokhara, be sure to wander to the Pokhara Beach Club - you can spend hours there-- it's right next to the lake.  The owners are charming ex-pats who are enthusiastic paragliders (little known fact: Pokhara is one of the top destinations in the world for paragliding!).

We wrote up a few posts about our 3+ weeks in Nepal here:
 http://www.50millionsteps.com/category/nepal/

Might be worth a read!


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Marco
cheers Tony! Yes I've been reading your other answers, Bhaktapur seems a good suggestion indeed. Will definitely have a look
 

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Marco
Tony, what kind of transport would you recommend for getting from Bhaktapur or Kathmandu to Dumre/Bandipur, which is on the way to Pokhara?
 
 
 

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Jiten from Nepal

Hi Marco,
First of all a very warm welcome to our country. Well i would like to mention a few things, during our festive season "Dashain" m afraid but it's a fact, that most of the people are on a leave as it's a very big festival for we Nepalese.

It's almost a 15 days holiday for govt. sectors & 7 days for private sectors. Availability of  transportation services are also fewer or lesser. And i think due to less manpower & other services, it gonna be lil.. expensive then normal season. It would be better if you could visit before or after Dashain(a hindu religious festival of Tika).

You took a very good choice for a round trip from Kathmandu - Bandipur - Pokhara - Lumbini, The Birthplace Of The Buddha - Kathmandu Valley .
I hope it would be an enlightening & adventrious trip for a lifetime ever.

Rest you can take or visit holiday nepal sites and get relevant information regarding round trip. All the very best for your round trip journey across Nepal.


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Marco
hi Jiten! thank you very much for the suggestions. Do you know what the exact days for holidays in the private sector will be in 2014?
 

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Jiten
hey! Marco good to hear from you. Well exact dates for "Dashain Holiday" are from 1st-7th of October 2014. Would be honored to answer your queries as much as known to me.
 

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Marco
Hi Jiten, do you have any tips/pointers for getting to Dumre from KTM/Bhaktapur?
 
 
 

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Chh from Kathmandu

Marco- check out this link below . It has a good summary of all the 'should not be missed' places in Nepal. If you can not make all these places, at least try Annapurna Circuit Trek because the sky is clear and the mountains are beautiful during September. Ghandruk village and Poon Hill are mesmerizing.

http://www.grgrankings.com/#!15-places-to-see-before-you-die-in-nepal/c6le


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