Nepal Tourism is mainly built on visitors to the Himalayan Mountains. Nepal is a small landlocked country in Central Asia. It has a population of about 27 million, bordering China on the north and India on all other sides. It is home to Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. The official language is Nepali.
Durbar Square in Kathmandu the Capital of Nepal
The Capital of Nepal is also its largest city. It is a lively city like no other one. For several hundred years it was one of the three rival Royal cities along with Bhaktapur and Patan. They are close to each other and today they are run together.
Durbar Square the highlight of Kathmandu, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Temples and monuments of varying shapes, sizes, styles, and faiths can be found here.
This is where all adventures to Nepal begin and where all flights from overseas arrive.
Annapurna on the way to the Himalayan Mountains
This is a paradise for trekkers coming from all over the world. There are many organized trekking options ranging from a few days to a few weeks. Visitors can opt for any option and even do part of them.
This region shows dramatic contrasts of the Nepalese countryside from the subtropical vegetation of the Pokhara Valley to the dry shadow areas of the Tibetan Plateau.
The region has a good infrastructure to support the massive amount of trekkers that come through this area. The paths are well maintained, and food and lodging are guaranteed.
One of the Royal Cities lies on the old trade route to Tibet, just outside of Kathmandu. The population here is primarily Hindu. It has many temples and shrines and the main attraction is a site called City of Devotees. Less crowded than the capital, this city is ideal for long walks through medieval squares and pedestrian only streets.
Not to miss the city’s Durbar Square, or “noble court,” features a site known as the 55-Window Palace, a 15th-century structure that is now home to the National Art Gallery.
This is one of the largest stupas of its kind in the world, and dates to sometime around the 6th century, possibly even earlier. It lies also on the old trade route to Tibet.
The Stupa is a symbol of enlightenment but very particular, because each different shape represents one of the five elements, earth, water, fire, air, and sphere, which are also the attributes of the five Buddha. Brought together, their unity reflects in abstract fashion the structure of the universe itself.
Located 200 km west of Kathmandu, is at the base of the foothills surrounded by the highest mountains of the world. For many trekkers, this is the starting point due to its amazingly beautiful scenery even if they are not planning to start a hike.
It is the second largest city in Nepal, but has a feeling of a small town, with much cleaner air and pleasant climate. It features lakeside hotels, restaurants and shops.
Chitwan National Park the perfect place for wildlife lovers
Chitwan National Park
This is the ideal place for wildlife viewing and the real atmosphere of a safari. It is much lower than Kathmandu and enjoy a tropical monsoon climate.
Tours from the lodges take visitors into the park, either on foot, or on elephants. The park is home to rhinos, Bengal tigers, leopards, sloth bears, gaur deer, and many other creatures. Freshwater dolphins and crocodiles inhabit the rivers and streams but are rarely seen. More than 500 species of birds make Chitwan a paradise for ornithologists.
Its location is south near the Indian border and the best time to visit is from October to February.
Home to Langtang National Park, this is an incredible area for hiking through high passes and amazing views of monasteries and mountain scenery.
There are villages offering guesthouses and food along the route. It is about 7 hours from Kathmandu by jeep. The peak of the area is Langtang Lirung and is visible from the capital. Trekking lengths vary from a few days to a couple of weeks.
This is the Monkey Temple, set on a hilltop to the west of Kathmandu. It is the second most important shrine in the Kathmandu Valley. The Swayambhu Stupa, painted with the eyes of the omnipresent god, forms the centerpiece of the temple complex.
This temple complex dates to the 5th century and plays an important role in the lives of the Vajrayana Buddhists of Northern Nepal and Tibet, but especially of the Newari Buddhists of the Kathmandu Valley.
The claim to fame of this site is being the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, the historic Buddha, known as Buddha Shakyamuni.
It is located off the tourist track, about 250 km from Kathmandu. It is a pilgrimage town and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Most of the visitors are Buddhist Pilgrims from all over the world. The Maya Devi Temple, dedicated to Buddha's mother, is believed to be the spot where Buddha was born.
Everest the tallest mountains on Earth
The summit of this, the tallest place on Earth is 8,848 meters. The first known ascent to the peak was in 1953 by Edmund Hillary from New Zealand.
Since then many more have climbed to the top, but many more just go to the Everest Base Camp to simply get a glimpse of the peak high above.
Many trekking companies offer a guided hike, either with Nepalese companies or western-based companies. It's also possible to hire a private guide or porter and do it yourself, however all trekkers are technically required to have a guide. The main hiking seasons are in the spring and fall, from March to May and September to December.
Map of Nepal and its neighbors China and India
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