Nepal Tourism invites visitors from all over the world, mainly to visit and climb the Himalayas. Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia located mainly in the Himalayas but also includes parts of the Indo-Gangetic Plain. It borders China in the north and India in the south, east, and west while Bangladesh is located within only 27 km of its southeastern tip and Bhutan is separated from it by the Indian state of Sikkim.
Satellite view of Nepal in the Himalayas
Important Facts on Nepal
Kathmandu the Capital of Nepal
Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal and its largest city, is like no other city in the world. The decaying buildings in the heart of the city are a contrast to the lively atmosphere that permeates the streets. The smell of incense wafts from the stores while street sellers push their wares, and people go about their daily lives, all against a backdrop of historic temples and carved statues.
Trekking in Nepal
Nepal is the land of trekkers. As I mentioned at the beginning of this article people mainly arrive here to climb the different treks of the Himalayas.
The 4 days Poonhill trek is one of the better short treks in Nepal; the Everest Base Camp trek is a great trek if having 12 days available; while the Everest Base Camp – 3 Passes trek or the Manaslu trek are some of the best adventure treks in Nepal.
No matter how long your vacation is, there is a trek waiting for you when you leave Kathmandu.
Located on the old trade route to Tibet near Kathmandu, this is one of the three royal cities. As opposed to Patan and Kathmandu, the population of Bhaktapur is primarily Hindu. The best place from which to begin a tour of the city is Durbar Square, where in addition to the royal palace, several temples are also located. The whole area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This is one of the largest stupas of its kind in the world, and dates to sometime around the 6th century.
Like Bhaktapur, it lies on the old trade route to Tibet and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The stupa itself is a symbol of enlightenment but at Boudhanath the symbolism is particularly clear. Each different shape represents one of the five elements, earth, water, fire, air, and sphere, which are also the attributes of the five Buddhas.
Located 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu and surrounded by some of the highest mountains in the world, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Annapurna, it is for many the right place to start your trekking. But before you start, enjoy this city and its scenery.
It is the second town in population after the capital, and still has the feeling of a small town.
Trekking in the Annapurna Region for Nepal Tourism
This # 1 of all trekking areas of Nepal offers options from a couple of days to several weeks. That is why it is so popular among young and not so young people.
The Annapurna Circuit around Annapurna Mountain takes about 21 days to complete and is incredibly popular with people who have enough time. This route is sometimes called the "Apple Pie Circuit," in reference to the fact that most of the teahouses along the route serve their own version of fried apple pie. The Annapurna Sanctuary nestles between the peaks of Annapurna and takes five days to reach.
Chitwan National Park
This where to go in Nepal if you are not planning to do some trekking. Enjoying the wildlife viewing and the safari-type atmosphere. This area has a tropical monsoon climate, usually quite different than what most people expect to find in Nepal.
The park is home to leopards, sloth bears, rhinos, Bengal tigers, gaur deer, and many others. Freshwater dolphins and crocodiles inhabit the rivers and streams but are rarely seen.
Set on a hilltop to the west of Kathmandu, this is the second most important shrine in the Kathmandu Valley after Boudhanath. Due to the resident monkeys that inhabit parts of the temple, it is more affectionately known as the Monkey Temple.
It was originally a prehistoric cult site, but the temple complex dates to the 5th century.
Lumbini is famous for being the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, the historic Buddha, known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Situated far from the main tourist track, almost 250 kilometers from Kathmandu, Lumbini is a like a detour on the route from Pokhara to the Chitwan National Park. In this pilgrimage town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there is a feeling of tranquility.
Mount Everest Helicopter Tour for Nepal Tourism
If a panoramic flight around the Himalayas doesn’t sound exciting, a helicopter tour across Mount Everest certainly will. This tour lets you get up close and personal with some of the most traditional Himalayan cultures and admire majestic peaks such as Mt Cho Oyu, Mt Ama Dablam and Mt Pumori at the same time.
The base camp of Kala Patthar is famous for its 360-degree panoramic views of fascinating mountains from ground level.
Flag of Nepal Description
The national flag of Nepal is the world's only non-quadrilateral national flag. The flag is a simplified combination of two single pennons, known as a double pennon. Its crimson red is the color of the rhododendron, Nepal's national flower, while the blue border is the color of peace.
images for nepal tourism
boudanath stupa by yallu007
pokhara by bishworaj podel
annanpurna by wolfgang beyer
chitwan by bharatad hikabmb
swayomhurak by bernard gagnon
lumbin by photo parma
all courtesy of wikimedia commons
Map of Nepal and its neighboring countries