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Why Visit Nepal
With breathtaking views of some of the highest mountains on earth, infectious culture, welcoming people, delicious delicacies, myriad adventures, awe-inspiring wildlife, this landlocked Himalayan nation has some of the best of everything for all sorts of travelers.
The Natural Beauty
Not many people think of Nepal as a place abundant with wildlife, but oh, how wrong they’d be. Nepal has a large, diverse population of bird species, and if that’s not hardcore enough, head to Chitwan or Bardia National Park for a safari, tracking down crocodiles, rhinos, deers and the elusive Bengal Tiger. It’s also one of the few countries which is the habitat of clouded leopards (like leopards with bigger spots, but much more elusive), living high in the mountains, thought until recently to be extinct in Nepal.
There are over 200 lakes in Nepal with a glacier origin – blame those high-altitude mountains we keep on going on about – which often gives them a stunning, vividly blue colour. The lakes in Nepal range from the instantly gratifying, being close to cities and some which take a couple of days to get to (so you really know you’ve earned the view). Head for the Gokyo Lakes (the world’s highest freshwater lake system) and Tilicho Lake, which is conveniently on the Annapurna Circuit trek.
With many different backgrounds and ethnicities, Nepal’s food is inevitably not to be missed. While the cuisine is influenced heavily by its neighbors, China and India, Nepal makes it their own and it’s generally more healthy than other countries in South East Asia. The dishes Dhal bat (lentil or chicken curry, boiled rice with vegetables, pickles and roti bread) and momo (Nepal’s version of dumplings) are must-tries.
The capital of Nepal, Kathmandu is a cultural hub and somewhere you must visit to get the most out of the country. It’s a chaos of sounds, smells and action and will introduce you to a unique side of Nepal. Visit Durbar Square, dating back to the third century, where the city’s kings were crowned and legitimized, surrounded by courtyards and temples. In 2015, a devastating earthquake hugely affected Kathmandu, but the spirit of the city lives on and tourists continuing to travel here is vital to its survival.
You’d be hard pressed to find a place with quite as many UNESCO World Heritage Sites as Nepal – in Kathmandu Valley alone, there are seven sites (which count together as one World Heritage Listing, but that’s by the by), with additional ones in Chitwan National Park and Lumbini. So if you’ve got a plan to visit as many UNESCO World Heritage Sites as you can, a visit to Nepal will give you a big jump in the right direction.
With Buddhist influence, plenty of lakes and stunning views, it’s no wonder that the Nepalese are regarded as happy people and Nepal itself has been considered a sacred place for many years. This is where to go if you want to get away from it all: it’s spiritual and perfectly allows for some quiet contemplation whether you’re trekking, temple-hopping or gazing over a still, glass-like lake. Believe it or not, even the adrenaline-pumping adventures will offer some serenity – how could it not when Nepal has this much unrivalled beauty?
· Trekking in Nepal
· Panoramic Flight Over the Himalayas
· Visit to Chitwan National Park
· Hike the Annapurna Circuit
· Yoga Retreats
Top Favorite Destinations:
Rhe Boudhanath Stupa
The largest stupa (a Buddhist shrine with a dome shape) in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet, the Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu is a sacred place. Each part of the building represents stages to the path of enlightenment, with the eyes painted on each side of the gilded tower showing the all-knowing nature of the Buddha as well as the elements of earth, water, fire, air and ether (the fifth represented by another Buddha enshrined in the centre). There’s more symbolisation surrounding this impressive structure that we could go on about forever, but we figure the best way to appreciate it is to head to Nepal yourself and learn more about this fascinating place.
The quaint village of Bandipur
Located within a national park engulfed in green hilltops, Bandipur is a charming little village that isn’t too well known to tourists (but it’s getting there, so start hustling!). The village was once an important stop on the India-Tibet trade route, until it was bypassed by the Prithvi Highway in the 60s. The preserved, cultural village gives the feel of stepping back in time, and there are plenty of lush trails to spend your days leisurely exploring.
Pokhara is Nepal’s number 1 adventure and leisure destination, a gateway to treks in the Annapurna region with plenty of entertainment for individual travellers and their families.
In Pokhara you can experience the excitement of adventure: boating, hiking, pony rides, paragliding, bungee, zipline or simply relaxing at one of the several lakes in the valley.
Pokhara will overwhelm you with its natural beauty and great photo ops. Walk along the shores of the Fewa Lake, enjoy the greenery surrounding you and gaze at the spectacular panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks of the Annapurna Massif. Brightly painted wooden boats add vibrant colors to the greenery, while paragliders float down slowly from above. Flying over the lake is probably going to be one of the highlights of your travel experience in Nepal.