Bangkok, Thailand, February 29, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- SpiceRoads Cycle Tours has launched a 11-day tour in Nepal that avoids strenuous cycling up hills by heading south of the mountains to the Terai lowlands and riding to Chitwan National Park, the sacred birthplace of the Lord Buddha at Lumbini, the Newari city of Tansen and the lakes of Pokhara.
The Wonders of Southern Nepal tour is for cyclists seeking a leisurely ride through rural Nepal while exploring the natural wonders of Chitwan and the religious heritage of Buddhism and Hinduism. The tour starts in Kathmandu and heads out of the valley and down to the tropical lowlands where the fertile rice fields are still attended to using traditional farming methods.
The tour spends a day at Chitwan National Park looking for the endangered one-horned Indian rhino on elephant back. The park is teeming with wildlife and birds and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. The riding continues on the periphery of the park to the sacred birthplace of the Lord Buddha at Lumbini, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
The tour next heads to the Tansen, a hill station that has retained its Newari architectural style. The last stop is Pokhara, also known as the “city of seven lakes.” Here cyclists will enjoy both a hike and a bike ride with the stunning white peaks of the Annapurna range as a backdrop. The tour returns to Kathmandu by plane.
On this tour cyclists will see remote temples, medieval towns, quaint hillside villages and protected wildlife and all are framed by a breathtakingly beautiful backdrop of the snow-capped peaks of the highest mountains in the world.
The Wonders of Southern Nepal tour covers 310 km by bicycle in seven cycling days. The daily distances are not strenuous and there are many downhills. Upcoming 2012 departure dates are 20 October, 10 November and 22 December. The price is $1,995 with an additional $150 for bike rental. Included is accommodation, most meals, drinks and snacks while riding.