Nepal is little known country when it comes to popular travel destination but the country is very interesting and could very well be your next travel destination if you’re the kind who loves adventures.
Nepal is located between China and India both of which are very large countries in terms of geographical area as well as power and development. Nepal in other hand is a very small country and very little developed, but thats what makes it interesting. Nepal is mostly known for its famous Himalayas, its rich cultural heritage and Trekking destinations among the tourists. In a country that is about 150000 square KM, there are more than 8 mountains that are higher than 8000 meters and the country also has places like Kanchan Kalan which are only 70 meters from the sea level.
The country itself is roughly divided in three parts. The lowest one is called Terai which is all plain spread right from the east to the west of the country. Then there are mountain region which again is spread from East to West just like Terai region, and in the very north of the country is the Himalayans that borders the country with China.
Entering Nepal is very easy. People from almost any country can get a Visa on arrival. Most of the people enter Nepal either via air using the only international airport in the country, or from Indian border. If you’re traveling only in Nepal then it’s of course easier to come via air, or if you’re traveling for quite some time and if you are going through India then it’s a delight entering Nepal by land.
The capital of Nepal, Kathmandu is the biggest city by population. Some people might get frustrated at first glance of the city as its very crowded but as many of the people say if you want to see real Nepal if you have to go out of Kathmandu. The reason Kathmandu has a big population is because the other area of country is not well developed and all the facilities, including jobs, are based on Kathmandu. Then again its not like Kathmandu has nothing to see. Kathmandu is known all over the city by the name “City of Temples.” Kathmandu has a lot of centuries old temples and ancient palaces. There are three small cities in Kathmandu itself which used to be different countries in ancient time, and the reminiscent of that is still visible in the form of the old palaces and temples. Some of the most famous of them include Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath Stupa, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square etc.
Pokhara is another most popular destination among the tourists. Pokhara is famous for its lakes, paragliding as well has views of the Himalayan range from there. Pokhara is about 200 kilometers from Kathmandu. You might want to travel in bus if you want to see the geographical beauty of the country. Many of the trekking destinations in Nepal start from Pokhara including Annapurna and Jomsom.
Chitwan is another famous destination for tourists. They go there mostly for Jungle safari and elephant ride. Bathing with elephant has become latest favorite of the tourists in Chitwan.
Trekking in nepal is one of the best thing you can do in Nepal. There are as many as 20 very well known trekking destinations in Nepal most of them going towards the himalayas like Annapurna and Everest. There are trekking routes for all kind of people. For people who have very little time to for them who have as many as 3 months. Everest trekking and Annapurna trekking has been featured in the list of top ten trekking destinations by likes of Lonelyplanet and National Geographic.
Nepal’s rivers are very popular for rafting. Companies provide rafting packages for as many as 20 days. And they are fairly cheap. One day rafting costs you somewhere around 50USD. Nepal also has one of the highest natural bungee jumping facility.
Hopefully this post gave you more information on the great adventures awaiting you in Nepal. If you have any other suggestions leave them in the comments.