Nepal is a landlocked country located in the Himalayas and sharing its borders with India in the east (state of Sikkim), south (states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh) and west (state of Uttarakhand). In the north Nepal is bordered by the autonomous region of Tibet, People’s Republic of China. That unique geographical location gave Nepal its rich cultural heritage and three main elevation zones. Regarded as the highest country on Earth, Nepal is commonly referred to as the “roof of the world. Nepal is a multi-ethnic and multilingual country with vast stretches of grasslands, meadows and tropical rain-forest. The Himalayas can get to sub-zero temperatures, but the sun blaze can bring some warmth during the day, even in the mountains. Nepal’s climate varies with its topography and altitude which ranges from the tropical to the arctic. The white snow-capped Himalayan mountains vanishes into the clouds like stairways to heaven.
The country contains the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest. The mountain attracts a large number of tourists and climbers, for hiking or just admiring the world’s tallest peak located in the Mahalangur section of the Himalayas, often disappearing in the clouds at 8,848m (29,029ft). Even though Nepal is home to 8 of the 10 highest mountains on earth, this charming country is much more than just mountains.
Nepalese people are one of friendliest and accommodating people in the world and don’t be surprised if you got invited into local’s home for tea. Sitting “above” the world, Nepal is just one step away from heaven. The mix of dumbfounding landscapes, stunning architectures, and colorful cities makes this outlandish locale a great destination for tourists and trekkers.
Religion & Temples
Nepal boasts a large number of temples and is home to the birthplace of Gautama Buddha (Maya Devi Temple), the UNESCO world heritage site located in Lumbini visited every year by millions of Buddhists. Nepal hosts famous Buddhist temples such as Kathmandu’s Kopan Monastery, Budhanilkantha, Swayambhunath Stupa(known as the Monkey Temple founded about 2,000 years ago). Holy places are not just limited to the Buddhist faith; Hinduism is also have deep root in the country’s make up as well with many Hindu temples across the country such as the magnificent Pashupatinath Temple situated 5km from Kathmandu, Gorkha’s 17th century Manakamana Temple renowned for its quintessential Nepalese architecture; some in Kathmandu have been severely damaged by the 2015 earthquakes.
Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal; the beautiful, bustling city stands at a cultural crossroads between China and India, whose influences is notable on the city’s architecture’s and cuisine. Despite some damage from the 2015 earthquake, the spectacularly restored Garden of dreams or Swapna Bagaicha remains one of the most beautiful enclaves in Kathmandu and also the city’s ancient royal palace, Hanuman Dhoka, built within 4th – 8th century during the Licchavi period is an example of the architectural excellence of the Nepalese people.
Nepal is a mountainous country with best trekking routes and abundant water hence the ideal place for white water rafting and kayaking. The hippie destination of the 60’s is now natural destination where the natural environment can be best experienced, not only in the Himalayas but at Chitwan National Park in the southern part of the country which houses 68 species of mammals, about 130 species of fish, 50 species reptiles and amphibians and about 560 species of birds which makes it one of the best place for bird watching in the world. The Park is renowned for its protection of the endangered Bengali tiger, One horned rhino and the Gharial crocodile. Hunting is allowed in Dhorpaxtan Reserve.
Pokhara is the favorite adventure and leisure city in Nepal and the gateway to the Annapurna Circuit. The town is characterized by spectacular scenery, adventure activities, awesome accommodation and food choices galore which makes international Mountain Museum Pokhara, Peace Temple Gurkha Memorial Museum, Annapurna Butterfly Museum a must visit for travelers. One of the most popular town in the country is Thamel, the commercial neighborhood in Kathmandu inject western life with numerous bars and clubs for a better nightlife into the capital city.
Mustang, formerly Kingdom of Lo, is one of the seventy-five districts of Nepal and has been part of the country since the 18th century. Its traditional Tibetan culture has survived in Himalayan isolation. To trek in Upper Mustang is a rare privilege. Here you will experience the way of life of true mountain people. You will be amazed to find a medieval kingdom with a lifestyle, preserved culture and heritage from centuries of isolation. In Lower Mustang you will find the amazing Marsyangdi River, one of the world’s deepest gorge. Seasoned rafters from around the globe consider the Marsyangdi one of the best rafting river in the world.
Explore mother nature at its peak while you wander through the Himalayas. Welcome to Nepal.