Is Nepal a good option for senior travellers? I want to gift a holiday package to my parents for their 50th Anniversary. Although they can walk moderately, climbing is a little challenge for them. Can they visit places like Pashupatinath temple? What do you recommend for us in Kathmandu and Pokhara, and a little bit of adventure? We want their stay in luxury hotels.
—Sumit Negi, Mumbai
Kathmandu and Pokhara provide many opportunities for cultural sightseeing, shopping and adventure. You can do the city tour of UNESCO Heritage Sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupati, Boudha and Swoyambhu in Kathmandu Valley. Popular hill stations nearby Kathmandu like Nagarkot and Dhulikhel offer you the finest views of refreshing hills and panoramic mountains. There are hotels like Country Villa, Mystic Mountain, Club Himalaya etc. in Nagarkot and Dhulikhel Mountain Resort, Dwarika’s, Dhulikhel Lodge Resort etc. in Dhulikhel for a comfortable stay. Kathmandu also offers many hiking opportunities.
Pokhara is also an ideal place for sightseeing and adventure activities. You can enjoy mountain views, walk around Phewa Lake, hike up to Peace Stupa, and explore Mahendra and Gupteshwor Cave, Bindabasini Temple, Davis Fall, and the Seti gorge River. And why not to try some adventure activities like hiking, paragliding, zip flying, and bungy jumping in Pokhara as well. The places like Thamel in Kathmandu and Lakeside in Pokhara will feed your shopping craving perfectly.
June – August is the monsoon season in Nepal. Generally, the weather is hot, and it rains almost every day. The city tour is possible if there is no rain. But hiking around Kathmandu and Pokhara is not possible as the trails are muddy and clouds usually obscure the mountains during this time. I recommend you avoid these months and visit Nepal from Sep until end November and Spring, from the beginning of March until the mid- of May.