Ilam district is bordered by Panchthar in the north, Jhapa in the south, West Bengal (India) in the east and Morang and Dhankuta districts in the west. It lies to the south of the Mahabharat range and west of the Shinghalila range. Ilam town is a quiet little hill town and places to visit are the viewing tower and Mai Pokhari known for diverse fishes. Local visitors go to Kanyam Tea Estate for horse riding, hikes and picnics.
Situated in the far east of Nepal, 90km from the border at Kakarbhitta, Ilam (‘ee-lam’) is reached via the Mechi, one of the Terai's great mountain roads, with plenty of switchbacks, vertiginous drops and valley views. It is also in excellent condition. Upon entering the mountain village you'll notice its charming wooden buildings, their balconies thrust out over the bustling street in the Terai.
A brisk walk in a tea garden, picnic in the peaceful setting and sightseeing stops, short hikes along gentle hills, or explore the nearby woods enjoy all this and more in the greenery of Ilam.
An excellent getaway from city of life, Ilam, famous for its tea and is a district largely covered in tea bushes boasting a hill town with pristine landscapes of sloping tea gardens, mountain streams, dense natural forests, holy sites and a unique culture. Using Ilam Bazaar as a base you can take excursions for a day or more. There are many hotels in the town and a few resorts a short distance away in the tea gardens.
While the subtropical climate of Ilam ensures good weather throughout the year, except during the monsoon when heavy rains in most of Nepal, the best time to visit is between October -December or from February - April.
Elevations in Ilam district range between 140 m to 3,636 m above sea level. Ilam is sometimes called Charkhol (area of four rivers) because of the four main rivers - the Jogmai, Puwamai, Mai, and Deaumai in the district.
Ilam reflects rich social and cultural heritages of people living in harmony. Major ethnic groups living in Ilam include Brahmins and Chettris, Magars, Gurungs, Rais, Limbus, and Sherpas. Most parts of Ilam are hilly regions with farmers as main inhabitants along with some businessmen, officials and government employees.
Day 1: Kathmandu to Ilam and Antu Danda (45-minute flight) Stop At: Ilam Tea Garden, Ilam, Mechi Zone, Eastern Region A guide will pick you up from your Kathmandu hotel at 9am and transfer you to Bhadrapur airport for a 45-minute flight. Upon arrival, you will be driven1.5 hours to Ilam. After checking in at your hotel, you will begin your tour to Antu Danda. At an altitude of 5,500 feet (1677 meters), Antu Danda is peacefully located on the foothills of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest peak. As the best scenic viewpoint for sunrise and sunset, Mt. Everest is visible from here on a clear day.Antu Pokhari and lush-green tea gardens are other attractions of Shree Antu Danda. Tourist enjoy moving around the natural pond lying close to Samalbung VDC. There is a facility of boating in the pond for the tourists. Tourists get attracted to the pond as it is surrounded by beautiful tea gardens from all sides. Tourist can also take the tour of tea factory. Tourists lose the track of time while boating in a healthy and cold environment and having snaps by playing hide and seek in the tea gardens. The dense forest is also an abode to boars, hares, spiny, babblers, Kalij - pheasants, jackals, deer, dove, sim dogs, porcupines, eagles and owls.With a driveable road from Ilam to Chhipitar, trekking along the green hills take 3 hours. Overnight stay at hotel Duration: 1 day No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Mai Pokhari Stop At: Ilam Tea Garden, Ilam, Mechi Zone, Eastern Region After breakfast, you will drive 3 hours to Mai Pokhari. At an altitude of almost 8,000 feet (2,438 meters), Mai Pokhari houses a magnificent lake and nine ponds - some even large enough for boats. An important pilgrimage site, the lake is of emerald color and sprinkled with water lilies and swarmed with goldfish. Located about 8 miles (13 kilometers) north of Ilam Bazar, there are nearby villages for viewing, including Chureghanti, Dharpani and Hasbire Bhanjyangon. Duration: 4 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight at Hotel.
Day 3: Illam to Kathmandu Stop At: Ilam Tea Garden, Ilam, Mechi Zone, Eastern Region After breakfast, check out of hotel and drive to Bhadrapur airport for a return flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, transfer back to your hotel, concluding your tour. Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Breakfast No accommodation included on this day.
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