Why Nepal is an ultimate travel destination?
Magnificent mountains, rich ancient heritage, marvelous palaces, fluttering prayer flags and awesome people. Nepal locked between China, India and Tibet is rich cultural, diverse land mass with snow capped Himalayas, grasslands, sub tropical forests. It has scenic landscapes and stunning architectural marvels, colorful and exotic cities. There is lot for solo and group travelers Nepal has to offer from wildlife to hiking in the Himalayas and extreme river rafting. Moreover, it is one of the economical travel destinations with less than $15 a day for a solo traveler. The country offers a wide range of accommodation options from basic rooms to luxury hotels.
Adventure- Nepal is the most favored destination for mountain adventurers with more than 10 highest peaks in the world. The most magnificent and tallest mountains like the Everest and Annapurna makes this region the trekkers paradise. There’s a lot to let your adrenaline sore with adventures like rafting the Nepali river and kayaking, bungee jumping through the deep Himalayan gorges. Trekking, paragliding and mountain biking against the beautiful backdrop of some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes.
Heritage and Culture- Nepal’s history dates back to more than 2500 years, and remains unknown. Nepal also boasts for some of the most ethnic, sacred cities Kathmandu, Pokhara, Patan and Bhaktapur. The Kathmandu valley is world famous for its seven heritage sites or architectural monuments, marvelous palaces and artistic buildings. The seven sites include Durbar Squares of Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu), Patan and Bhaktapur, the Buddhist stupas of Swayambhu and Bauddhanath and the Hindu temples of Pashupati and Changu Narayan. The other national sites include Lumbini as the birth place of Buddha, Chitawan National Park, Sagarmatha National Park known as “the top of the world.”
Wildlife- Nepal also has a lot for a wildlife lover, with dense and lush green The Royal Chitwan National Park covering 932 square km, with more than 700 species of wildlife. The Narayani-Rapti river system with tributaries and lakes has 113 recorded species of fish and mugger crocodiles. The park is home to more than 68 species of mammals from tigers, elephants and over 600 rhinos, highest population of around 200 sloth bears. The jungle is also an habitat for foxes, linsangs, honey badgers, wild dogs, jackals, jungle cats, leopard cats and gaurs. Furthermore, the adjacent Parsa Wildlife Reserve has some 112 animals and elephant bulls enter Valmiki forest to search cows for mating. There are also good Bardia National Park and the Sukla Phanta Wildlife Reserve.
Must see: Garden of Dreams, Pokhara, Chitwan Natonal Park, Shrines, Marvel at Bodhnath, Kathmandu Valley Heritage sites.
Best time to visit: September to November.
Airport: Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM)
Must eat: Dal bhat, Momos, Chatamari, Dhindo, Juju Dhau.
Transportation: Buses and cabs.
Acomodation- Budget rooms to luxurious hotels.
Climate: Spring March to May with rain showers and temp avg 22o C, Summer is between June to August gets warmer and can get 30o C and more heat waves. Autumn from September to November is peak for adventure because of clear skies and cool climate. Winter is between December to February gets very cold.
Currency: Nepalese rupee.
Visa: Visa on arrival for most countries, for $25 to $100, check your visa requirements here http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/.