Nepal, a landlocked country between India and China, is every adventure seeker’s paradise. Officially the highest country on earth, Nepal is often referred to as ‘the roof of the world’. There is no dearth of scenic beauty in Nepal. From soaring, snow-capped mountains that disappear in the clouds to medieval cities and town, jungles, rivers, wildlife, spiritual places, and the friendliest people in the world, Nepal has something for everyone. Nestled in the majestic Himalayan Mountains and breath-taking Indian jungles, in Nepal things like yetis, mountain peaks, yaks, and hidden monasteries are common.
One of the best things about Nepal, which also attracts people from all over the world, is trekking. The soaring Himalayan Mountains are the best destinations for hiking and mountaineering in the world. Along with this, the steamy plains have some of Asia’s best wildlife to watch. Mount Everest is undoubtedly the center of attraction and tourists from across the globe visit here to trek or climb the highest peak, which is recognized widely as 8,848m tall.
Besides this, the country is blessed with natural beauty, huge cultural heritage and several historical attractions which offer a rich mix of ancient and modern lifestyle. Right from the minute you step a foot on Nepali soil, you will get a feel of the deep-rooted spiritual values here. Nepal is also the birthplace of Gautama Buddha, which makes it an important pilgrimage for millions of Buddhists. Lumbini is a temple complex where Buddha once lived. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is visited by many people from different parts of the world. Hinduism is equally strong in the country with many Hindu temples visited by several people. It is almost difficult to pick one thing that makes Nepal truly amazing! One has to experience it to understand the magic of this country! We have listed down top experiences in Nepal to plan your next trip:
We have listed down top experiences in Nepal to plan your next trip:
It is very important to choose the right time to visit Nepal. There are mainly four seasons. It is quiet during the low season which is during monsoon, however; it gets difficult to find an accommodation during the high season as tourists, especially trekkers, from all over the world visit Nepal to trek Everest and Annapurna. April to May is an ideal time for those who are interested in summiting Everest.
Post-monsoon is the best time to visit Nepal as the weather is clearer and the mountains are most visible during this time. Tourists can make the most of their trip around this time wherever they chose to visit in Nepal. After this period, the spring season which is from February to April is also good to visit this beautiful country.
These Durbar Squares were the capital of three Newar kingdoms and are now declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Each Durbar Square is uniquely built with idols, statues, temples, fountains, and open courts.
Boudhanath Stupa is located 8kms to the east of downtown Kathmandu. The 36-meter-high stupa of Boudhanath is one of the must-visit places to experience the spiritual side of Nepal.
This popular and sacred Hindu temple complex has existed since 400 A.D. The main temple is a masterpiece of Hindu architecture. Only Hindu devotees are allowed to enter the inner sanctum, which has the Shiva lingam.
Also known as the Monkey Temple of Nepal, Swayambhunath is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, perched atop a hill west of Kathmandu city. It is believed that the great-grandfather of King Manadeva ordered its construction in the 5th century. You will get a breath-taking panoramic view of Kathmandu city.
Another must visit place in Nepal is Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha. The Lord Buddha was born in the famous gardens of Lumbini in 623 B. C. and it is a Buddhist pilgrimage. The area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and consists of stupas and monasteries.
Nepal has a strong connection with the Buddhist and Hindu traditions. This has made it a perfect destination for yoga and meditation retreats. At the Nepal Vipassana Center, which is located in Kathmandu, you can attend a free meditation course. There is also a 10-day free residential Vipassana meditation course at the center. Besides, there are many other meditation retreats across the country to select from.
Before it was turned into a National Park in 1973, Chitwan National Park was a royal hunting reserve. In 1911, George V and his son hunted down 18 rhinoceros in Chitwan Jungle. As per the 2011 census, there are 501 rhinos and 125 tigers at this national park, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At Chitwan National Park, you can watch crocodiles in the Rapti River, go boating in the Narayani River, take a jungle safari, visit the elephant breeding center or watch a Tharu cultural show. Some of the wild animals to watch here are one-horned rhinos, Asian elephant, Royal Bengal Tigers, gharial, and sloth bear. Birdwatchers can find 544 different species of bird and 67 species of butterflies in the park.
This is the best place to spot the Royal Bengal Tigers and is visited by several tourists every year. Besides the tigers, the national park is home to 250 species of birds, rhinos, wild elephants, black bucks, and swamp deer. You can enjoy a jungle safari in Bardia National Park and if you are fortunate, you may spot a herd of wild elephants here.
Although Nepali cuisine is quite similar to Indian and Tibetan cuisines, it has its own unique dishes. The distinctive lentil soups, lean non-creamy curries, and popular Tibetan-style dumplings called momos are a must try. Here are some of the famous foods to try on your trip to Nepal.
There are many guesthouses, hotels, homestays, teahouses as well as hostels in Nepal to stay during your time in Nepal. However, given to the increase in the number of tourists each year, it is advisable to book your accommodations well in advance so that you do not miss out.
Mostly, one can get a visa on arrival as per the duration of his/her stay in Nepal. Along with the visa fee, you will need a valid passport and a passport-sized photograph. Also, ensure to have valid currency to pay for the fee as they do not accept credit cards. Citizens of certain selected countries are required to apply for a visa beforehand so make sure that you check all requirements while planning a trip.
Nepal is very safe to travel in groups as well as on your own, however; there can be certain unforeseen natural disasters. Both male and female guides are available to help travellers get the best trekking experience in Nepal. You must register with your local embassy and have a photocopy of all important documents. Travel Insurance is also necessary that also includes adventurous activities such as trekking.