It was rightly said by a great traveler “You can take my body out of Nepal but you can never take my heart from Nepal”. Located in beautiful South Asia and sandwiched between China and India, Nepal is one of the most incredible and fascinating places to visit on our planet.
Ten great reasons to visit Nepal:
1 It is a safe destination
Nepal is considered one of the safest destinations in South Asia. Nepalese people are known for their hospitality and friendly nature.
2 It has amazing World Heritage Sites
Seven of them are in the Kathmandu area alone! Here below just a few names:
Pashupatinath, the most important Hindu Temple in Nepal, set on the banks of the sacred river Bagmati. It is not only a religious destination, but a mix of art, culture, peace and devotion. Hundreds of rituals are performed every day in its premises which are considered an open, living museum. In the age of mythology, Lord Shiva and his consort lived here by this tributary of the holy Ganges.
Patan- Once one of the independent kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley, Patan is also the oldest existing Buddhist city in the Valley. Despite a close proximity to the capital Kathmandu, its ‘preserved’ ancestral culture distinguishes Patan as a unique place to experience. Patan is also known as Lalitpur, “City of Beauty”, and its unique Durbar Square is surrounded on all four sides by awe-inspiring temples and shrines.
Bhaktapur Bhaktapur is probably the most visited of the three historic cities of the Valley . It is a medieval town locked in centuries-old beliefs and traditions. The city is famous for its glorious architecture, sky-high temples, like the awesome Nyatapola Temple, Nepal’s tallest ancient structure, fine clay pottery and royal courtyards where devotees, still today celebrate their pre-historic festivals.
3 It is a wildlife rich country
Not many people think of Nepal as a wildlife-rich place, but how wrong they are! Just head to Chitwan or Bardia National park for a safari!
Chitwan National Park It is the oldest national park in Nepal and is situated in the subtropical inner Terai lowlands of south-central Nepal. The park was established in 1973 and was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1984. It has a particularly rich flora and fauna. Wildlife includes wild elephants, Bengal tigers, the endangered single-horned Asiatic rhinoceros, leopards, deer, wild boars, etc….and there are over 450 species of birds in the park.
Bardiya National Park Bardiya National Park, the largest untouched wilderness is one of the most famous destinations to experience real wilderness adventure in the Terai region of western Nepal. It is one of the largest protected areas that has covered 968km2 (374sq mi) area of Terai. Around 70 percent of the area is filled with the beautiful Sal trees and rest of the 30 percent is with whispering grassland, savannah, and riverine forest. This beautiful National park is boarder with the stunning Geruwa and Karnali Rivers which is spectacular to explore. Bardiya National Park is a home place to the rare and endangered Royal Bengal Tiger and One-Horned Rhinoceros. In this National Park, more than 30 different mammals and 250 bird’s species have been recorded. This amazing and exciting journey will provide you an opportunity to encounter various endangers wildlife including, Tiger, Rhinoceros, Elephant, and five species of deer. Apart from this National Park, you can also visit Karnali River and witness and enjoy Gigantic Dolphin and two Crocodile species.
4 It is the birth place of Lord Buddha
Feel peace and tranquility visiting the monasteries and temples of Lumbini.
Lumbini is the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha in 540 BC, and one of the most important and sacred pilgrimage sites in the world. In 1978 Lumbini Development Zone was created and nowadays it is possible to visit over 25 Buddhist monasteries built by different countries, study Buddhism and meditate. Mayadevi Temple is the most sacred place in the Lumbini Gardens where the archaeologists have identified the exact spot where Lord Buddha was born
5 It has amazing lakes
In Nepal there are more than 200 stunning lakes, among them:
Gosaikunda Lake Gosaikunda Lake is an important religious site; Hindu mythology recognizes it as the abode of the gods Shiva and Gauri. Its sacred water is considered particularly important during the the Janai Purnima sacred festival, during which thousands of pilgrims from Nepal and India visit the area. According to legend, Lake Gosaikunda was formed after Shiva, tired and ill, planted his sacred trident in the rock, generating three streams. It is located at an altitude of 4360 meters and is considered the pearl of Langtang National Park. It is also said that the water of the lake is carried by a medium directly to the tank at the Kumbheshwar Temple in Patan in the Kathmandu Valley
Pokhara Nepal’s number 1 adventure and leisure destination, Pokhara is one of the most famous paradises for hikers who love trekking. It rises right at the foot of the mountains and is the second largest city in Nepal. The town is located in the Gandaki area, which is lush and green, rich in hills, valleys and lakes (even large ones) that develop along the valley bottom. Precisely these lakes have given Pokhara the friendly name of the City of 7 Lakes, a property thanks to which the area is full of itineraries, hiking trails and ideas for cultural visits.
6 It contains amazing hiking trails
Just a couple of examples:
Gandruk Trek is the perfect tour for those who want to have a contact with the Nepalese mountains entering the area of Annapurna and a taste of the culture, history, traditions, temples and shrines of the country. It is a relatively easy trek and one of the most popular and scenic trek that can be done from the city of Pokhara. The highest point is only 2000 meters, so there is no worry about altitude sickness. You will walk on stone steps up and downhill, enjoying beautiful villages, spectacular views of the mountains of Annapurna and Macchapucchare and the wonderful Gurung culture.
Poon Hill Trek is the right combination of spectacular mountain scenery and culture, temples, shrines, traditions and history of the country. The trek to Poon Hill consists of a trail at relatively low altitudes (never exceeding 3210 m) which allows you to enjoy unforgettable views over the fascinating Annapurna. The goal of this trek is to watch the sunrise on the Annapurna from Poon Hill, a “hill” of 3210 m near the village of Ghorepani, an experience that will stay in your memory for ever. For the rest, the trail winds through forests of rhododendrons, which is the national flower of Nepal, along mule tracks used regularly by the locals. The entire trek is dotted with places for a stop where you can taste a glass of hot tea or a plate of rice or potatoes.
7 It has breathtaking, amazing sunset and sunrise views
And you don’t have to go very far, even a few kilometers from the capital Kathmandu you can enjoy them!!
Nagarkot The village of Nagarkot is the ideal place to have a breathtaking view of the peaks of the Himalayas. Nagarkot, about thirty kilometers from Kathmandu, situated at 2,175 meters above sea level, offers great mountain scenery and the most impressive views of sunrise and sunset.
8 It offers delicious food
Dhal bat (lentils’ soup, boiled rice, vegetables or chicken curry) and momos (the Nepalese version of dumplings) are must tries
9 It has old living museum villages
Bandipur – Situated between Kathmandu and Pokhara, Bandipur is a Newar town with its age-old flavor still intact. Well preserved, the village offers the travelers culture, mountain views, and hiking. Bandipur has maintained its age-old cultural attributes – temples, shrines, sacred caves, innumerable festivals, and its wonderful Newari architecture
10 It is the country of festivals
DASAIN – It is the biggest and most widely celebrated national Hindu festival in Nepal. It celebrates the victory of Durga over evil represented by the God Buffalo Mahisasura. Of the full two weeks of celebrations the 8th, 9th and 10th are the most eventful and auspicious days. On the 9th day thousands of devotees visit important Durga temples to worship her and on the 10th day people visit seniors to get tika (blessing).
TIHAR – This is the festival of lights in the bright blue days of autumn. This 5 day festival begins with the worship of crows that are regarded as the messengers of Lord Yama (God of Death). The second day of Tihar is observed by worshipping dogs as the guards of the house. On the third day, Laxmi, the goddess of wealth is worshipped and on the 5tth day – Bhai Tika – sisters worship their brothers.
And now 3 reasons why you should travel in Nepal with Time in Nepal Tours
1 We love Nepal and we truly love our work. More than a job, ours is a passion. We adore sharing the beauty, the culture and the authenticity of our country with clients.
2 The knowledge, skill and experience of Manish combined with the refined Italian taste for details of Fabrizia, will make your trip to Nepal a unique lifetime experience.
3 We customize the tour according to your needs, desires and interests. Make you satisfied is our greatest satisfaction!