Nagarjun Day Hike
The Nagarjun day hike is the only thing you will need for a or two day-off in the Kathmandu valley, to get rid of the traffic, noise and urban feeling of the Valley. Nagajun is a part of the famous Raniban which also lies in the Shivapuri National Park. The Raniban is also termed as “Queens’s Forest”(where Rani refers to queen and ban means forest in local Nepali language). Our destination is located just north to the Thamel.
You will get yourself in the middle of nowhere once you get inside there. The noise and traffic of the city is majestically replaced by sweet chirpings of birds and you can feel the coldness of the wind blowing through your ears. The forest is noted for its possibility of rock climbing, which is admired by adventurous travelers.
You will pass through a cave with a large golden statue of Lord Buddha. You will get astounded by the awesomeness of the statue for you would have never seen an existence like that. Then, we will take a steep trail up the hill to the top where there is a Buddhist Monastery where you can hang out for a bit but not much. You will also get a lookout tower which provides splendid awesome views of the valley. Or you can also spot the snowcapped peaks to the north if you reach there at the very time. But, instead, you can also reach there by a shorter rather easier trail to reduce fatigue.
The place is said to be the summer residence of the then royal family. You will experience much more if you travel through these beauties. The contents and components of the hike are better when experienced rather than read.
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Though we always Endeavour in making your experience in Nepal the best one, there must be efforts from your side as well to make that possible. Even though we will be informing about all these a multiple times before and during the trek, it might still be better to have a general overview of certain things on your trek to Nepal. Some of the useful suggestions we could give to you for your travel to Nepal with us are:
A) This really should not be necessary to mention here. But, just for the formality, please DON'T mishandle the natural resources in any manner in any time, either on your destination or the way. Those natural resources are what help that particular place to maintain its inherent beauty and to attract generous souls like you in the first place. You wouldn't want to rob the place of its natural beauty now, would you?
B) And, another important aspect we need to consider before taking any actions, especially when we are in some places with indigenous culture and traditions, are the direct and indirect implications of our activities to the culture of that particular place and by and large, the people. We need to carefully analyse and decide whether what we are doing can really be justified if we look at the greater impact of it in the culture of that place. We all, as a tourist to that particular place and the people, have an inherent responsibility to acknowledge and respect the culture and traditions, no matter how odd or eccentric we might perceive it to be.
C) Though there will always be a professional trekking guide mastered in the art of first aid and basic medicines when you travel with us, we still suggest you to take precautionary and pre-emptive measures to maintain proper physical and mental health, which includes but not limited to, activities like maintaining proper sanitation, consulting with the guide about any health problems prior to the start of the trek if there is any, having pure drinking water and taking in the zeal and adventure of the trek to an extent that your body can take in.
D) Another factor to give a serious consideration on is your obedience to what your guide says to you is best for the trek. We all need to follow whatever the guide explains us to, because we are not only unaware about most of the things that the guide is, but also ignorant of the greater impacts of our activities to the community. You are free and actually encouraged to question your guide on the reasoning’s of a particular decision if time and situation permits, but generally it would not be a problem since we all are rational individuals, except for children who ought to be taken care of and supervised.
E) Though we would not necessarily term it as a 'civil responsibility' but it certainly does fall under a 'moral responsibility' to help the local community foster via recommending your friends and acquaintances to travel as well. Because after you acknowledge the natural and cultural beauty of a particular place, you don't only owe it to your friends to let them know but also, to the local community itself to help them survive and grow as a society.
Other than these, it will always be extremely fun and enticing to travel in this holy country and we promise you to make it the best experience that you possibly can ever have.