Why travel Nepal? Two-word answer: For Everything. There is a famous saying among the travellers that Nepal is really a piece of heaven on earth. Why do you think it is said so? Nepal is a small country with its various attractions like deep valleys, lakes, caves, lush jungles, exotic wildlife, multicultural lavishness, world’s deepest gorge, world’s highest lake, beautifully decorated snow-capped mountains including world’s highest peak on earth Mt. Everest (8848 m), multidimensional cultural heritages and cuisines, different dialects, Birthplace of Lord Buddha, various festivals, surprising rituals and many more.

FOR THE BEAUTY

Beautiful Pond Gosaikunda in Nepal
Gosaikunda Tal in Nepal. Pic Credit: Manice Khatiwada

Due to its geographical position and great attitudinal variation, Nepal is known for her bio-diversity.Nepal occupying only 0.01% of the earth is home to 2% of all flowering plants in the world / 8% of the world’s population of birds ( more than 848 species) / 4% of mammals on earth / 11 of world’s 15 families of butterfly ( more than 500 species) / 600 indigenous plant families / 319 species of exotic Orchids etc… In Nepal there are 09 National Parks ( 02 of them Sagarmatha and Chitwan National Parks are listed under World Heritage Sites of UNESCO), 03 Wildlife Reserves, 01 Hunting Reserve and 03 Conservation Areas. The country has managed to preserve more endangered species of flora and fauna then any other area in Asia.

TRAVEL NEPAL FOR THE CULTURE

Swoyambhunath, Kathmandu.
Bokeh’d Swoyambhunath. Pic Credit: Rohit

Nepal being multicultural and multilingual it consists of 125 ethnic groups and over 123 languages are spoken by people in Nepal. Its artistic beauty is worthy to explain as the inspiration for these arts and crafts come from the cultural background. Also, you don’t wanna miss exploring the famous historical places that have been enlisted in the World Heritage Sites. Nepal is the museum of human races where different threads of human life seem to belong in one fabric. It is not just the mesmerizing natural beauty that allures you but also the warm and friendly hospitality of the Nepalese people that makes you want to stay longer. This all makes travelling to Nepal enthralling on many levels.

FOR ALL THE ADVENTURE

A guy performing a Bungee Jump
Bungee Jumping. Pic Credit: BungeeNepal

Nepal still evades travellers’ bucket lists, and we for one can’t understand why: the views are stunning (you have jungle, lakes, and mountains), the people are friendly, it’s home to once-in-a-lifetime treks and it’s safe and affordable. To the travellers seeking for an adventurous trip and exciting fun activities, Nepal has a lot to offer. Some of the wide varieties of activities the travellers can get engaged while in Nepal are recommended below:

  1. Travel Nepal for Trekking
  2. Sightseeing
  3. Mountaineering
  4. Mountain Biking
  5. Bungee Jumping
  6. Paragliding and Parahawking
  7.  Travel Nepal for Everest High Skydiving
  8. Hot Air Ballooning
  9. Zip Flying
  10. Jungle Safari
  11. Rafting and Kayaking
  12. Ultralight Aircraft and Mountain Flight
  13. Shopping
  14. Bird Watching
  15. Yoga and Meditation
  16. Volunteering
  17. Homestays
  18. Historical Site Visits
  19. Casinos
  20. Cultural activities

2018 the best time to Travel Nepal!

The major earthquakes in Nepal in April and May 2015 did a lot of damage to Nepal’s people, landscape, cultural heritage and economy. But as the years passed by most of the areas affected by the earthquake have recovered quickly. The towns, cities, local houses and amenities, as well as tourism infrastructure, was rebuilt quickly. Two years on, Nepal continues to recover, but it remains as fantastic a destination as ever. Nepal has a lot to offer for its tourists in 2018. Most travellers come to Nepal for the mountain hiking and trekking, and the good news is that the majority of trails (both well-known and lesser-visited) were unaffected. Although the earthquake was felt in the Annapurna Himalayas, it was estimated that only 1% of trails in the region were damaged, and only 3% of lodges which has bounced back quickly so you wouldn’t wanna miss the breathtaking view of the lofty mountains. Nepal is one of the best places in the world for river rafting. Numerous fine rivers offer excellent opportunities for rafting, canoeing and kayaking. There are various fascinating rivers like Sunkoshi, Bhotekoshi, Trishuli, Marsyangdi, Karnali, Seti and many more where these activities are highly recommended. The Bhote Koshi, one of Nepal’s wildest rivers, rages below the steel suspension bridge which is a 160 meters deep gorge was specially designed for bungee jumping that provides a thrilling experience for adrenaline junkies.

A group of People Boating
A group of People Boating

You could also enjoy the stunning views of Phewa Tal and the Himalayan peaks while paragliding and parahawking from Sarangkot in Pokhara. You can also enjoy the stunning views of the southern part of Kathmandu valley by paragliding in Kathmandu. Nepal has the world’s longest Zip Flyer in Pokhara. It not only provides thrill but shows the captivating beauty of our country. Zip-flyer has been constructed to link Sarankot and Hemja VDC. Nepal is also a heaven for bird watchers with countless varieties of birds in the Chitwan National Park and Bardia National Park. Chitwan National Park is famous for its Elephant Breeding Centre, Gharial Breeding Center and don’t forget to enjoy the elephant bathing in the Rapti River. Mountain biking is also a means of enjoying your stay here in Nepal. There are many routes in and around Kathmandu, Pokhara and other destinations as well. Nepal provides a challenging and pleasant scenic ride from the tropical plains of Terai, mid-hills, mountainous terrain and its lush valleys to the arctic climate of the high alpine region. Mountain bikes are available for rent by the day or longer in many of the bicycle rental outlets in Nepal and around the city. Skydiving is also one of the most adventurous activities offered for professional divers from Pokhara and as well from Mt. Everest. Yes, Nepal has the highest skydiving from Mt. Everest.

Tandem skydiving starts at 29,500 feet and features the best ever view of Mount Everest. Your jump is taken care of by some of the most experienced skydivers out there so you can enjoy the ride and get the most from this spectacular skydive. Besides being known for its natural beauty and wildlife,Nepal is a house of Gods where culture has frozen in the time and space. The only country where you will find millions of God, Nepal has the only Living Goddess in the planet “Kumari”.Nepal is one of the biggest destinations for religious tourists throughout the year. Travellers come all the way just to worship Pashupatinath, Budhanilkantha and stupas like Swayambhunath and Boudhanath, just to relive the ancient traditions. Buddhists mainly visit the stupas and Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha.

Nepal’s food is another reason to visit at least once. Nepalese cuisine comprises a variety of cuisines based upon ethnicity, soil and climate relating to Nepal’s cultural diversity and geography.the dish that has become the identification of Nepal is Dal, Bhaat, Tarkari (lentils, rice, curry). Once you visit Nepal trying out these excellent Thakali cuisines and Newari cuisine is a must. Despite the massive earthquake in Nepal in 2015, people here have lots to provide for its travellers. Coming to Nepal and carefully spending your money on sustainable, locally run initiatives is one of the best ways to ensure that Nepal and ordinary Nepali people stay financially afloat.  If you are interested in helping people and doing volunteer works, then, this is the perfect time to visit Nepal, Nepalese people need you. You can teach in schools, help farmers, help to rebuild and if you have no idea from where to start, you can join organizations which are doing volunteering works. Overall, it is a great opportunity to travel with a good cause.

So TRAVEL NEPAL in 2018 all you can! 

THE STATS

Nepal being one of the most famous tourist destinations in Asia attracts lots of travellers every year. The year 2016 seems remarkable improvement in tourist arrivals. Tourist arrivals increased by 40 per cent compared to 2015. Out of total tourist arrivals, excluding Indian citizens arrived through land transportations; five countries occupy more than 50 per cent. The proportion of tourists from these countries are; India (16%), China (14%), Sri Lanka (8%), USA (7%), and United Kingdom (6%). The higher number of arrival is observed in October following the general trend but sharply declined in June contradicting to the past. By sex male (53%) and by age category 31-45 (30%) are following pas trend of higher share. According to the recent statistical review by Nepal Tourism Board (2016), a total number of 7,53,002 tourists arrival have been recorded. Tourism has declined in Nepal since April 2015, by about 30%. But it is steadily improving again, as word spreads that there is still much to see and do here. Nepal is the best travel destination for people of all ages, people of all types and people of different interests because Nepal has everything to offer be it religious tour to adventurous hikes and treks. It is often said that travellers come to Nepal for the mountains, but they return for the people. It is the warm hospitality and friendly behaviour of the Nepalese people that makes you wanna stay longer and visit again and again and even a month-long holiday spent here feels just like a day and one cannot simply get enough of this small Heaven on Earth. Because of all these reasons  Nepal regularly comes in the top 10 places to visit before you die. So if you ever get an opportunity to travel to Nepal, you are gonna see some beautiful things, you are gonna see some amazing things and once you return back to your home you will have a whole different appreciation for your life. Getting Ready for your Trip to Nepal, see what you must know before you visit Nepal.

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