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Golf in Nepal
Spring / Autumn
Although most of the people do not consider Nepal as a golfing nation, there are, as a matter of fact, more than three golf courses in the country. The balmy climate of the country not only makes playing golf an enjoyable experience but the scenic and rugged settings of the country also provide a spectacular backdrop for your game. For those who do not know, Nepal also organizes series of championship on its golf courses every year. The golf courses in Nepal vary from nine to eighteen holes and one can enjoy golf here whenever they want.
According to historians, some Rana ministers brought along golf clubs and accessories when they returned home from Scotland nearly a century ago. They started playing golf in Gaucharan (or pastureland for cow) where the Tribhuvan International Airport is currently located. The golf course had to be shortened as the pastureland was developed into an international airport. The golf course, now owned by Royal Nepal Golf Club (RNGC), was developed into an international standard 9-hole course in 1986. Nepal has seven golf courses, including a private golf course on the Chaudhary Industrial Village premises in Nawalparasi district, which making golfing in Nepal a memorable experience. There are three golf courses in Kathmandu – RNGC Course, Gokarna Forest Golf Resort and Tribhuvan Army Officers’ Golf Course, two in Pokhara – Yeti’s Golf Course in Fulbari Resort & Spa and Himalayan Golf Course, and one in Dharan – Nirvana Country Club. However, only six of them are open for the general public excluding Tribhuvan Army Officers’ Golf course. Lying close to the heart of Kathmandu City, Gokarna Forest Golf Course is one of the finest in South Asia. Set against the backdrop of the snow-capped Himalayas, the course is sprawled over 470 acres of land in the finely preserved Gokarna Forest.
Golfing accessories are easily available in Kathmandu. Similarly, golf courses in Nepal have golfing equipment of high quality.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Your journey will start from the Kathmandu Valley. When you arrive at the Kathmandu Airport, our representative Wongchhu Peak Promotion (WPP) will welcome you and he/she will drop you at the hotel so that you can relax and take rest in the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley:
After morning breakfast Wongchhu Peak Promotion will introduce you with your tour guide and he will pick you from respective hotel for an interesting tour of Swayambhunath Stupa located on a hill top, with fabulous views of Kathmandu city, green hills that surrounds the valley and of high snow capped mountains.
Swayambhunath one of the oldest historical sites listed in world heritage of more than 2,5000 years old Buddhist religious complex with huge dome shape stupa with four mystical eyes of Buddha overlooking four directions North, South, East and West. After an impressive tour visiting the monastery and small chapels this place surrounded with green forest with many monkeys around and this place is also known as “Monkey Temple”.
Next nice tour leads towards east of Kathmandu city at Pashupatinath Temple area, tourist or non Hindu are not allowed inside the main temple, however one can overlook the temple from the bank of Bagmati river the holy and famous Shiva temple with golden pagoda tier roofs and four silver doors surrounded with lovely forest with many monkeys around. This place is flooded in the mid February on Shiva Ratri (birth anniversary of lord Shiva). Nearby on the opposite bank of the river funeral and cremation takes places for all Hindu religion.
Then after drive towards north east reaching at Bouddhanath Stupa also called as “Little Tibet” due to strong Tibetan influence in culture, traditions and Buddhist religion, Bouddhanath a huge dome with tow tier where one can walk up near the top with nice views of surrounding Bouddhanath area with shop, stores, restaurants and monasteries.
After a fascinating and lovely historical and cultural tour return back to respective hotels. Then take rest for a while and in evening you will meet with your trekking guide and representative from Wongchhu Peak Promotion (WPP) office for short briefing before your trip because you should know all the essential factors and places before going to the trek.
Day 3: Gokarna Forest Golf Resort:
The only international standard 18 holes golf course in Nepal built to the standards of the golf courses in United States, the course at the Gokarna Forest Golf Resort lay just 10 miles away from the capital city of Kathmandu. Designed by David Kidd under the direction of Turf Grass manager James Leidd in conjunction with the Gleneagles Golf Department Committee, this par 72 – 6,715 yard course is one of the finest and most spectacular golf courses that will make your golfing experience memorable. The cynical monkeys and the spotted deer running about watching your progress and the majestic view of the snowcapped peaks of the Langtang range makes your golf game all the over exciting.At evening you will have a farwell dinner with WPP team.