Is Nepal a good option for senior travelers? 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.
—Amit Rai, Delhi
Yes, Nepal is an ideal destination for senior travelers. There are many wonderful sightseeing places for senior travelers, including UNESCO Heritage Sites in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Pashupatinath Temple is conveniently located and easily accessible. The vehicle reaches the main entrance, and from there it is an easy walk to the main pavilion.
I further recommend them to visit other places like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Boudha and Swoyambhu in Kathmandu Valley. In Pokhara, they can enjoy the mountain’s breathtaking views and visit Phewa Lake, Peace Stupa, Mahendra Cave, Gupteshwor Cave, Bindabasini Temple, Davis Fall, and the gorge of the Seti River.
For their adrenaline hunt in this trip, I am happy to suggest them boating for soft adventure, sunrise viewing from Sarangkot, and zip flying (subject to the level of fitness) in Pokhara.
For a luxury stay, there is a wide selection of star-rated hotels like Kathmandu Marriott, Aloft, Hyatt Regency, Yak and Yeti, Soaltee Crowne Plaza, Dwarika, Gokarna Forest Resort etc. in Kathmandu, and Temple Tree, Fish Tail Lodge, Raniban Retreat, Tiger Mountain Lodge, Shangri La Village Resort etc. in Pokhara.
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