ACTIVITIES WITHIN GOKARNA
Aside from relaxing and absorbing the energy of Gokarna's centuries old forest, playing golf or indulging yourself within Harmony Spa, other activities within or close to the Resort are:
Bird Watching, Forest walks, Horse Riding, Mountain Biking and secluded picnics within the forest.
Holy places of worship within Gokarna Forest include the Sirdhi Sai Baba Mandir next to the Hunter’s Lodge. A Bandevi Temple is located deep in the forest above the 6th fairway. This shrine is dedicated to the goddess of the forests and is considered the holiest.
To the left of the 11th green is Dhungana’s Kuldevta, above the 4th tee is Poudail Kuldevta, Mahat Kuldevta (between the 3rd and 4th tees), and Nag Isthan (between the car park and the practice range).
Just outside the 7th tee is a Kanti Bhairav Temple, and nearby is the old Newari Gokarna Village and the Gokarneshwor Mahadev Temple, the second oldest temple in Kathmandu Valley.ACTIVITIES IN KATHMANDU VALLEY & NEPAL
The Everest Mountain flight is one not to be missed. The experience of this one hour mountain flight viewing the tallest mountains of this earth leaves one completely awestruck.
7 Casinos within Kathmandu & plenty of Nightlife and Bars.
Restaurants including many specialty ones such as Nepalese, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Thai, etc.
Dedicated shopping areas with more than any visitor would dream of taking back.
Other activities include: Micro Light Gliding, Para Gliding, Ultra Light Aircraft flights Mountain Biking, Trekking & Hiking, Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Pony Trekking River Rafting, Kayaking, Canyoning, and Bungee Jumping, Cable Car to a heritage sight, Lake Resorts, Boating & Fishing, Waterfalls, and Jungle Safaris.
There are 7 UNESCO monument zones within the Kathmandu Valley World Heritage Site, numerous Heritage and Cultural tours, Museums and Art Galleries.
Kathmandu Durbar Square with the house of the Living Goddess, the ferocious Kal Bhairab, the red monkey God, hundreds of carvings and the Kastamandap rest house in the center of the Square which is said to have been built with the wood of a single tree and from where Kathmandu valley got its name.
Swayambhu or Monkey Temple, perched on a hill, is a wonderful place to observe the religious harmony in Nepal.
Pashupatinath, the holiest Hindu pilgrimage destination in Nepal, where legend has it that at one time Lord Shiva ran away from his glittering palace on Mt. Kailash and came to live in Slesmantak Forest in Kathmandu valley in the form of Pashupati – Lord of the Animals.
Changunarayan, the most ancient surviving temple in Kathmandu valley, with a fifth century stone inscription that tells of the victorious King Mandev, and a sixth-century stone statue that shows the cosmic form of Vishnu.
Bouddhanath, amongst the largest stupas in South Asia, is an also know as “Little Tibet” having become the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Its white mound looms thirty-six meters overhead and is surrounded by many monasteries and places teaching Buddhism.
Patan Durbar Square, full of ancient palaces, temples and shrines noted for their exquisite carvings, wall paintings, and ancient statues. Holding a commanding position in the palace complex of Patan is the Krishna Mandir, built in 1637 AD. It is the only temple in Nepal having 21 spires and is built completely of stone.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Bhaktapur, meaning “the city of devotees” in Sanskrit, was founded in 889 AD by King Anand Dev. The main courtyard holds the palace of 55 windows which was built in 1700 AD. The innumerable temples and other architectural showpieces within the inhabited living museum city leave all who visit charmed and fascinated.
These World Heritage zones are just a small part of the countless opportunities Kathmandu provides to share in the culture and history of Nepal.
Half day sightseeing may be any one of the following according to the daily schedule:
Pashupatinath (Hindu Temple) & Bouddhanath (Buddhist Stupa)
Kathmandu City & Swayambhunath Stupa
Patan City and Patan museum
Bhaktapur Old City or Changu Narayan Temple.