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Tea Tourism

Blessed with favourable climatic conditions and diverse topography, tourist places in Nepal are visually charming and picturesque. Nepal is the kingdom that offers Himalayan views, golden temples, charming hill villages and jungle wildlife watching to offer one of the world's great travel destinations. It also offers the most iconic and accessible hiking, with rugged trails to Everest, the Annapurnas and beyond. Tourists can admire the peaks over a sunset gin and tonic from a Himalayan viewpoint, strolling through the historical city squares of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, and joining Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims on a spiritual stroll around centuries-old temples, stupas and monasteries. The small country of Nepal is the cultural powerhouse of the Himalayas. It is also a great place to learn about Tibetan Buddhism and to make the best momos (Dumplings). Visiting the trekking shops, bakeries and pizzerias of Thamel and Pokhara makes one feel like a land of backpacker Disneyland. There is two UNESCO world heritage sites i.e. cultural world heritage sites and another is a natural world heritage. UNESCO cultural world heritage sites have eight sites respectively Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Changunarayan and Lumbini. Seven Cultural World Heritage Sites are situated within 20 kilometres of the radius of Kathmandu except for Lumbini. Another UNESCO natural world heritage site including two sites respectively Sagarmatha National Park (Mount Everest National Park) and Chitwan National Park.

With eight of the ten highest mountains in the world, it is a hot spot destination for mountaineers, rock climbers and tourists seeking adventure. Along with other attractions, there are few places of importance like Lumbini, Swambhunath, Changunarayan, Budhanilkantha, Manakamana, Baudhanath, Pashupatinath, Shree Muktinath Temple. Hence  Hindu and Buddhist travellers/tourists are more in number. Another attraction is the heritage of Nepal and its cool weather are also a strong reason to visit. Roadways and Airways connect well with most tourist destinations. Changunarayan Temple is the least-visited of all of Kathmandu Valley’s heritage sites. Budhanilkantha is a unique place with a large stone Vishnu statue is depicted lying in a pool of water surrounded by serpents.

Some of the Hindu pilgrimage sites include the temple complex in Swargadwari located in the Pyuthan district, Lake Gosainkunda near Dhunche, the temples at Devghat, Manakamana temple in the Gorkha District, and Pathibhara near Phungling, Mahamrityunjaya Shivasan Nepal in Palpa District where the biggest metallic idol of Lord Shiva is located. Festivals of Nepal are many, the major ones are given are Dashain or Bijaya Dashami is the 15-day-long festival with holidays. Krishna Puja i.e. Sunti is held in late autumn as part of the Tihar Festival. Kija Puja or Bhai Tika is celebrated as part of the Tihar Festival, men visit the house of their sister's, where the sister put a tika or mark on his forehead and a garland around his neck. Sisters pray for the long and prosperous life of their brothers. Losar or Lochhar is celebrated by Tamang, Gurung, Sherpa and other Himalayan communities of Nepal. Sonam Lhosar is celebrated by the Tamangs, Gyalpo Lhosar by the Sherpas and Tamu Lhosar is celebrated by the Gurungs. Krishna Janmashtami, Kartik Purnima, Basant or Sripanchami, Chhechu, Ganesh Chauthi, Maghe Sankranti, Holi, Kirat Festival, Biska Jatra, Bajra Jogini Jatra, Indra Jatra, Siti Jatra, Gatha Mu Ga or Ghanta Karn, Bala Chaturdasi or Satbyu, Nag Panchami are some of the other festivals celebrated. The church is a ceremony of the Tamang communities that takes place to the northwest of the Kathmandu Valley over the course of ten days. It contains sportive team or plays and is eleven team or plays performed and three exorcisms

The majority of the tourists/travellers spend a couple of days in Kathmandu visiting sacred and historic attractions and then proceeds to Pokhara, Chitwan, Lumbini, etc. Some of the places to visit outside Kathmandu are Chitwan National Park for wildlife viewing, and the lakeside town of Pokhara, a popular area for adventure. Most Trekkers visit the Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang regions. Nepal has a biodiversity hotspot and no longer has any natural habitats remaining; instead, the country has established several national parks and reserves in order to provide protection for the diverse flora and fauna found within it. Many of the national parks such as Chitwan are protected by the army. Monks crossing the dusty road in their saffron robe while the fragrant smoke of incense and turmeric swirl in the air around & tourists will be exposed to a plethora of cultures, beliefs, environments. Such a visually inspiring environment can be incredibly exciting for photographers of all levels. Hence before you click, be mindful and respectful of the local culture, Dress Codes in Religious Centers, Be Respectful, Protect your Equipment & be careful how to approach the subjects. Special attractions at Kathmandu are the three Durbar square i.e. Kathmandu Durbar Square, with its eclectic mix of architectural styles, Patan Durbar Square, with its fine museum, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square, an open-air museum of traditional crafts.

Tea Tourism - Tea serving is taken as a major component of expressing their respect and hospitality to the guests. At present, there are nearly 100 large tea gardens. Tourism in Nepal has contributed to a new and unique phase in the history of Tea Tourism. Tea is grown in around 36 districts of Nepal these days. Ilam leads the race and is on the top for producing tea leaves with distinctive aroma and taste. Ilam has a rich history and tradition of tea plantations. Nepal Tourism wants to share this “way of life” with the world. They want to redefine tourism to be a more immersive experience through tea which covers not just the history and importance of it but also go deep in the arts and science of making the finest cup while setting a prime example for social change. The tea tourism packages are designed to help tourists not just introduce to a new country and its heritage but involve them to get into the tea making process. Kanchanjangha Tea Estate and Research Center is the First Organic Certified Tea Garden in Nepal established in 1984 and has its own historical heritage. Limbu culture and tradition in the surrounding villages is something you will never get to experience anywhere else. The tea industry yields double benefits for the country. Besides supporting the national economy through revenue generation and creating more jobs, this sector is boosting tourism also. Being a multidimensional industry, tourism contributes to the holistic development of the country. Tea tourism offers an opportunity to know about the agricultural and production process of tea in relation to the lifestyle of tea farmers. Corporates, university students and academicians can benefit from such programmes. Some of the places popular for Tourism in or Near Tea estate are  Kanyam Tea Garden at Ilam, Gorkha Tea Estate at Suryodaya Municipality, Ranitar Tea Garden and Kanchenjunga Tea Estate at Panchthar, North Nepal Tea Estate at Panchthar, Chilimkot Tea Garden at Danabari, Ilam, Soktim Tea Garden at Chisapani at Ilam, Tokla Tea Garden and Barne Tea Garden at Jhapa, Guranse Tea Estate and Kuwapani Tea Plantation in Dhankuta.

Special East Nepal Package: A four-night package to East Nepal is as follows: Day - 01 - Fly / Drive to Bhadrapur – Drive to Panchthar (05 Hours) Over Night at Tea Garden Lodge or, local Home Stay - Day - 02 - Tea Plucking, Uphill Drive around Tea Garden (01 hours), Hike (01 hours) - Day - 03 - Tea Rolling, Visit our School, Tea Firing & Roasting - Day - 04 - Tea Tasting in the morning & Tour to near-by Villages & Day - 05 - Fly back to Kathmandu Or Drive To Siliguri

Want to stay at a typical plush colonial planters’ bungalow and participate in Tea Tasting and Tea Manufacturing. Stay in rooms with a view of the mountains Or want to head to a retreat by the river, Try the Options of Tea Estate and stay in some heritage style Tea Bungalow. The region is known for black Tea or CTC & Green Tea. Guests can stay and enjoy the tea manufacturing i.e. processing of tea along with the wildlife which surrounds the region. Flora and fauna are other options along with historical sites along with wildlife. Other than Tea Tourism one can also learn to cook the local dishes or birding and angling or just go for a short trek. Some of our guests have stayed for 15 - 20 days and extended it for a couple of days just to participate in their local festival celebration or to teach in a local school. Some of the guests return to the same place again and again. Sophistication is mixed with warmth and hospitality. There are various tribes in this region and it is also an activity to visit the local villages to know about their way of living. 

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