Edmund Hilary once said, “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” Considered as the ultimate “Himalayan Utopia” by trekkers and mountaineers worldwide, the mysterious land of Nepal offers some of the greatest trekking and mountaineering expeditions. Seven of the world’s highest peaks are situated within Nepal. All of the peaks reach over 20,000 ft. You may not actually be on top of the world, but it will sure feel like you are. Nepal is nirvana for mountain lovers.
Nepali culture & festivals
Set against the backdrop of the Himalayas, Nepal is home to multiple culture, ethnicity, language, customs and traditions that are century old. Nepal’s vibrant and spectacular festivities and fascinating celebrations are bound to leave you in high spirits.
World Heritage Sites
Nepal is equally rich when it comes to historical architecture, art and culture having densest concentration of World Heritage Sites. Kathmandu valley, comprising of the then mini kingdoms Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur, alone has 7 World Heritage Cultural sites within a radius of 15 kilometers. For those who seek to experience spiritual enlightenment, the antique temples, enchanting Buddhist monasteries, stupas, monuments and shrines will definitely take you closer to the world beyond.
Believed to be the Amazon of Asia, Nepal is endowed with rich biodiversity and diverse landscape. The steamy jungles in Terai plains are home to tigers, elephants, monkeys, rhinos, bears, deer, crocodiles, leopards, river dolphins and a staggering 867 species of birds. Whereas snow leopard, red panda, Himalayan-tahr (mountain goat), blue sheep, yaks are the wild inhabitants that are found in the high altitude in Himalayas.
Nepal is equally rich when it comes to indulging you in various adventure sports. From Bungee, Swing, Kayaking, Canyoning, Rock-climbing, Mountain-biking, Rafting, Paragliding, Hot-Air Ballooning, Nepal has myriad of activities that will get your adrenaline pumping.
Pokhara: The Lake City
Nepal’s second biggest tourist town may lack the historical depth of Kathmandu, but it more than makes up for this with a seductively laid-back vibe and one of the country’s most spectacular locations. Its pristine air, spectacular backdrop of snowy peaks, serene lakes and surrounding greenery make it ‘the jewel in the Himalaya’, a place of remarkable natural beauty. The beauty of the valley is enhanced by its lakes — Phewa, Begnas,and Rupa, which have their source in the glacial region of the Annapurnas.
Kathmandu, the nerve-center of Nepal, flaunts rich history and vibrant culture in every possible nook and cranny establishing it as a city of assortments and contradictions. This largest metropolis carries great significance for its intriguing historic-cultural heritage, century old temples, unique architecture, fascinating history and warm people. The capital city is also known as the living cultural museum of the world. Kathmandu valley, comprises of the then mini kingdoms – Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur and was ranked third among the top 10 travel destinations on the rise in the world by ‘TripAdvisor’ and ranked first in Asia in 2013.
Annapurna Circuit Trek
Renowned as one of the most spectacular trekking routes in the world, Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you around the Annapurna massif allowing you to immerse within the diverse Nepalese landscape and culture. The classic trek follows ancient paths used as trade routes between Nepal and Tibet while taking you to the world’s tenth highest mountain.
Nepalese cuisine possess the most delicious and unique style of taste that will leave you craving for more. Recipes from Nepalese gastronomy can be relatively simple and the flavors subtle, but the results are far from bland due to extensive use of spices and rich flavors such as ginger, garlic, coriander, pepper, cumin, chilies, cilantro, mustard oil, ghee and more.
It is often said that while you first come to Nepal for the mountains, you return here for the people. Nepali people are best known for their hospitability and grace and are quick to smile in the most trying circumstances.
Savor some of the famous dishes and the rich flavors while in Nepal: