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Explore the Barandabhar Corridor Forest

Located in the Chitwan District of Nepal, the Barandabhar Corridor Forest is a long, narrow strip of land, covering and an area of 87.9 square kilometers, and dividing the district into east and west. The forest is well watered by the rivers Rapti, Budhi Rapti and Khageri and includes the Bees Hazari lake, a large natural wetland essential to the biodiversity of the area. This wetland, which is the second largest of its kind in Nepal, was recently declared a Ramsar Wetland Site of International Importance.

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Hiking Phulchoki Hill

Visitors to the vibrant city of Kathmandu can enjoy a refreshing encounter with tranquility in the forest of Phulchoki hill which is home to more than 90 recorded bird species, including Nepal's only known endemic species, the Spiny Babbler (Turdoides nipalensis), as well as masses of colorful butterflies. Depending on the time of year, a variety of rhododendron species add splashes of color in shades ranging from pure white through to deep red, and patches of bamboo provide greenery all year around. At the summit, views of the valley and mountains are spectacular and the shrine to the Goddess Phulchoki, surrounded by streams of fluttering prayer flags, adds an authentic touch of culture to the natural beauty of the area.

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Take a Guided Walk Through Thamel

With its network of narrow streets and cobbled alleyways, the Thamel district of Kathmandu is a fascinating place to explore on foot – and what better way to explore Nepal's capital city than with someone who lives there. As part of their community-based social programs, the non-for-profit organization, Welcome To My Yard (WTMY), offers 'Walk With Me' tours of Durbar Square and Thamel where visitors have the opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of these colorful attractions, and learn interesting facts about Nepal's history and culture, from the perspective of a local, while at the same time contributing financially toward skills training programs for young people with limited opportunities, many of whom have lived on the streets for years.

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Visit the Kapilvastu Museum near Lumbini

Museums offer travelers the opportunity to learn more about the history, traditions and culture of the area they are visiting, and in the Lumbini region of Nepal, the Kapilvastu Museum has a wealth of such information to share. Situated around 26km from the town of Lumbini – renowned for being the birthplace of Lord Buddha – one of the highlights of the Kapilvastu Museum is its extensive collection of artifacts from the Tilaurakot archeological site. This complex of buildings, established by the father of Lord Buddha, Shakya King Suddhodana, was where Lord Buddha spent his formative years before he set out on his quest for enlightenment. Excavated by a team of Nepali and Japanese archeologists, Tilaurakot is a major attraction in the area, particularly with pilgrims visiting Lumbini.

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Supporting Local Communities Through Ecotourism

With its spectacular mountains and remote villages where time seems to stand still, Nepal is the perfect destination for ecotourism. Defined by the International Ecotourism Society as: "Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people", ecotourism offers visitors the opportunity of learning about the ancient history and culture of Nepal directly from local villagers, while at the same time contributing to the economy of areas that have few, if any, other opportunities for development.

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Trekking to Rara Lake

Located at an altitude of more than 2,990 meters above sea level in the Mugu District in Western Nepal's Karnali Zone, Rara Lake is the country's largest lake, measuring five kilometers in length by 3 kilometers wide, with a maximum depth of 167 meters. Also known as Mahendra Daha, after the late King Mahendra of Nepal, Rara Lake features on the Great Himalaya Trail and is a challenging destination for experienced trekkers. As the region is very remote, trekkers need to be self-sufficient and it is recommended that visitors wanting to explore the untouched beauty of the area make use of the services of an experienced guide.

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Discover the Adventure of Trail Running in Nepal

Running is a popular sport around the world, with keen runners traveling to distant locations to compete in races. For trail running enthusiasts, Nepal has some spectacular and challenging terrain to explore and a number of trail running events take place each year, including the Himal Race, Manaslu Mountain Marathon, Mustang Trail Race, Annapurna Mandala Trail Race, Annapurna Ultra Marathon, Everest Trail Race and Everest Sky Race – the latter two likely being the most well-known internationally.

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Discover Bhaktapur’s Top Attractions

Located in the eastern corner of Nepal's spectacular Kathmandu Valley, the Newari town of Bhaktapur is a veritable treasure trove of culture and history, having been the capital of the county until the late 15th century under the Malla Dynasty. In recognition of its historical and cultural significance, Bhaktapur is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and is well worth visiting when exploring this picturesque region of Nepal.

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