Discover Buddhism’s Birthplace and Its Gorgeous Terrain and Culture
Beyond the sacred Buddhist sites of Boudhanath, Haleshi, Lumbini, and Parping, Nepal has several amazing places to visit. There is something that will interest every adventurer, from the tiny mountaintop village of Daman to the world famous Annapurna, the ancient city of Bhaktapur where motor vehicles are banished, or even the political and cultural capital of Kathmandu. Exploring these places by motorcycle, along with the beautiful and rugged terrain is absolutely unbeatable!
With the diverse ethnic groups residing within Nepal, the culture and cuisine are quite varied, including more than 123 spoken languages! Folklore is an integral part of all Nepali culture and is evident in the country’s music, dance, art, craft, and more. Nepal does have a national dish – daal bhaat tarkaari. These spiced lentils are served with an assortment of vegetables over rice and are found nearly everywhere throughout the country. Meat is an occasional luxury, but you are unlikely to find beef anywhere due to the cow’s sacred status in Hinduism. Tea is also abundant, and several different varieties are served, depending on the particular region.
The varied geography brings a range of climates, but there are essentially four main seasons. Winter, the coldest portion of the year, lasts from January through March; the weather then dries out and warms up from April to June; July through September brings the heavy monsoon rains; and finally, October through December and clear and cool. Based on those general seasons, Planet Ride Nepal motorcycle tours occur from March through November.
There isn’t much critical information that you need to be aware of regarding Nepal. Use common sense and watch out for pickpockets. Also, drinking water is typically unsafe, so stick to bottled, boiled, or filtered water to avoid health problems. Do be aware that you will need a visa to enter the country! Attaining one is not difficult though, as they are available on arrival at several designated entry points. Most likely, that will be Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Once in the country, be extra careful when traveling, as mass transit is statistically much less safe than Europe or North America.
What Planet Ride offers for road trip adventures in Nepal
Motorbike travel is a magnificent way to see this awesome country, and Planet Ride features a variety of Nepal motorcycle tours! You’ll explore the country’s varied geography aboard a true classic – the Royal Enfield. Nearly ubiquitous in this part of the world, these bikes only add to the thrill of an adventure tour! The 500cc engine will provide plenty of power as you motor through hills, valleys, mountains, jungle, and fertile fields. Our tours include an expert local guide that will provide all the assistance you need along your route. The dates are also flexible – you can join a group with predetermined dates, or grab your riding buddies and choose the dates that best fit your schedule.
An example of one our Nepal adventure tours is an 11-day trek from Kathmandu through all manner of landscapes, culminating in a visit to Chitwan National Park. This piece of unspoiled natural beauty, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site, is home to the Bengal tiger, one-horned Indian Rhinoceros, elephants, leopards, and other amazing creatures. After arriving in Kathmandu, you’ll have some time to adjust and relax prior to setting out. The first leg of this Nepal Royal Enfield trek winds through rice paddies and tiered fields of the Nepalese countryside before beginning the descent to Chitwan. This lush expanse of land, overlooked by the massive Himalayan mountains, offers a deep connection with nature. Once in the park, you’ll trade your bikes for elephants, as we take a safari through the park! After our glorious day in the park, we’ll head to the remote village of Tansen, far from any tourists. Eventually, you’ll make your way to a place where Nepal adventure activities abound – the famous city of Pokhara. Here, Lake Phewa offers breathtaking views, and the city is popular with tourists for its adventure sports, dining, music scene, and nice hotels. The next leg of the trek is an all-day journey to Nuwakot, the ancient capital of Nepal. Here, you’ll experience architecture that dates back hundreds of years and even get to spend the night in a traditional local house! Finally, our Nepal Royal Enfield trip takes us back to Kathmandu for a day of exploration amidst the temples, monasteries, and museums.