Places To Visit In Nepal
Out of the hundreds of countries and thousands of vacation spots, thousands of people still choose to travel to Nepal every year. While some countries boast their excellent services or over-the-top attractions, Nepal is endowed with many natural treasures that lure people from all over the world. From its cultural diversity to varied terrain, Nepal is a mixture of all its diversities. Here are some of the top reasons why you should visit these places and choose Nepal for your next vacation.
There is no better introduction than calling Nepal the home of Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. The northern belt of the country comprises of the Himalayas, mountain ranges and peaks, which include 8 out of the 14 highest peaks in the world. It is a dream come true for any adventure seeker to reach the summit of these majestic peaks. For others, there are numerous treks that pass through beautiful trails with marvelous sceneries and splendid vantage points with breath-taking views of the Himalayas.
The numerous treks like Everest Base Camp trek, Annapurna Circuit trek, Langtang trek are the top contenders in the bucket lists of all adventure junkies. The panorama treks and short treks are perfect for families who want an easy and relaxing vacation. Skydiving from Everest provides thrills of a lifetime. Everest helicopter tour and mountain flights are even more luxurious ways to witness and explore the Himalayas from a bird-eye view.
World Heritage Sites
Nepal has a rich history of different dynasties ruling different parts of the country over the centuries. Each dynasty had different religion, culture and architectural style which are preserved in the many monuments that have been built and protected in the country over time. There are 7 UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley alone. Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swoyambhunath Stupa, Changunarayan, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square are all places of great historic and religious importance to Hindus and Buddhists all around the world. Similarly, Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha with its shrines and temples and World Peace Pagoda in Pokhara are other world heritage sites that have worldwide popularity and significance.
The diverse terrain of the country has made a wide variety of adventure sports possible to cater to the needs of the adventure seekers. First of all, the Himalayas in the north are world famous for their challenging treks and summit expeditions. Skydiving, base camp treks, peak climbing are famous adventures around the region.
The hills in the middle are beautiful landscapes that are famous for paragliding, rafting, bungee jumping, canyon-swings and many other hilly adventures. One can go on short hikes or take extreme sports like paragliding and zip line from Sarangkot, Pokhara. The raging rivers like Bhotekoshi and Trishuli are famous for white water rafting with the waves twisting and turning over the stones and curves. Bungee jumping with the longest free fall into the deepest gorge in the world is another highlight of the hills.
Finally, the plains of Terai are famous for their still waters and kayak rides in rivers with crocodiles. The jungle safaris in Chitwan provides a close-up view of the wild animals like one-horned rhinoceros and Bengal tigers. These naturally gifted and enriching experiences are different kind of adventures that rarely happen in the buzzing cities.
The varied terrain with the different climatic zones has led to an even diverse wildlife in Nepal. Terai region is called the jungle of Nepal due to the dense forests and the vast species of animals that inhabit here. Exotic animals like the Bengal tiger, one horned rhinoceros, wild buffalo, crocodiles, Gharials, and many others can be witnessed in the jungle safaris. Other animals include leopards, four-horned antelopes, elephants, pythons, crocodiles, lizards, Florican, Hornbill, Black stork and many other migratory birds.
The hilly region with its moderate climate and forests are famous for bird-watching trips. There are more than 867 species of birds in Nepal with various kinds of Pheasants (including the national bird, Lophophorus) found in the hilly areas. The mountain region famous for treks is home to some of the exotic animals like Snow leopard, Red panda, Himalayan blue sheep and Himalayan goat called Yak.
Nepal is also home to many wild vegetation and medicinal herbs. Terai region is called the food basket of Nepal and is famous for Sal, hardwood, bamboo and other cash crops. The hills and mountains are covered with pine, oak and rhododendron forests. These wonders that can be explored in different trips are of great interest for researchers, botanists and other nature lovers.
One thing that stands out in every nook and corner of the country and enthralls all local and foreign tourists is the vibrant culture of Nepal. Belonging to people of all religions, races, castes and creeds there is one or the other festival being celebrated every week in some part of the country.
With majority of Hindus that are divided into many ethnic groups, the people believe in a large number of gods and goddesses and have many different beliefs. The cultures of the same caste also vary in different localities. The festivals are loud, colorful, scrumptious social affairs where every single member of the community gets involved. The Jatras, processions, elaborate worships are a sight to remember and the dishes are a unique blend of herbs and spices that linger in your memory for a long time. Most of the festivals in Kathmandu valley are celebrated by the Newar community.
The people with their traditional costumes, languages and customs create a beautiful picture of harmony. Unique dances, events and activities are a matter of great interest for people who are unaware and new to the traditional cultures. The spicy, homemade cuisines, local wines, whiskies and desserts are a great welcome to food lovers’ appetites.
While Dashain, Tihar, and Chhath are some famous Hindu festivals, Lhosar and other Buddhist festivals are also celebrated around Bouddha and Swoyambhunath Stupa with equal fervor. Christmas and other western festivals have also gained popularity in recent years.
Nepal is a blend of nature, culture and adventure wherever you go. Whether you are crossing the high passes of the mountains or narrow lanes of Kathmandu valley, you are welcomed with warm smiles, culture and a sense of mystery and majesty. Within the small area of the country, one can experience all of the above wonders in a matter of few days or even hours. So if you need a tranquil getaway or a heart-thumping adventure, make sure to visit Nepal and have a trip of a lifetime!