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  Arriving in Nepal, Birgunj.
by Saagar
 
 

Favorite thing: Travelling on a budget I would surf the net to get an idea of my options, and realistically mapping my days and places I'd like to visit. Then I would again prioritize upon arrival in Kathmandu when I know the pricing of the chosen activities. Some costs are more or less fixed, like bungee jump, paragliding, mountain flight, flights etc, but all the rest come in fairly cheap varieties. I would drop the paragliding, bungee jumping, mountain flight and domestic air travel as this is nothing unique to Nepal. To travel on the cheap, you go by public bus. To trek on the cheap, you go tea shop trekking, avoiding package solutions and expedition-like treks, and buy your food from lodges and tea stalls en route at a cost you can tolerate. You can do major treks quite cheaply this way, although if you require a couple of beers at the day's end and western fare, it will eat severely into your budget. Elephant safari on the cheap is done out of Sauraha in Chitwan Nat'l Park, but the safari is done in the buffer zone, with pick-ups from local guest houses etc. In this way you pay for the ride/activity, and skimp on the accommodation standard. You still get to see rhinos, deer etc. An all-inclusive lodge which includes trips into the core of the national park are much more costly, but offer improved chances of wildlife sightings.
I have done these things on the cheap as well as on expense account, and both ways work well. You just have to work harder on the spot for gaining the same experience on the cheap. But it will be just as rewarding.
I would have focussed on the trekking part - that's the unique thing about Nepal, plus maybe the Chitwan Nat'l Park, and limited hopping around the country too much. The rest you can probably do cheaper and safer elsewhere.

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