Nepal: Overview

Looking for a place rich in culture and immense cultural legacy? Sure Nepal is the best place to visit. It is considered to be the heaven of all the tourism places. It has unique and astounding sites and sceneries and is very popular among the tourists. Visiting Nepal does not only provide you with the natural beauty but you also find the beauty of lifestyle of the people living in Nepal.
The assorted landscape, cultural values and traditions of Nepal captures the interest of many tourists. Nepal also happens to have 8 of the world’s top 14 peaks of the world which also includes Mt. Everest the highest peak of the world. Himalayas covered with snow and with different altitude peaks range in temperature. And the 25.8 million people project different cultures, languages and customs.
Nepal is home for more than 600 aboriginal plants, 319 exotic orchids, 11 out of the 15 world’s most exquisite Butterflies, 848 species of the birds which makes up the 8% of the total population of birds, 2% flowering plants in the world and 4% of mammals of the earth. This population of nature makes Nepal one of the most beautiful and exquisite place on earth to visit at any time of the year.

Nepal is one of the most adventurous places on the face of the earth. One can find many adventurous activities around the corner such as Balloon, bungee jumping, canyon, ice climbing, rock climbing, trekking on famous peaks, flying over the mountains on a chopper or ultralight. Himalayas hold immense adventurous activities in itself, providing adventure seeking tourist no reason to get bored in Nepal.

Nepal is not just for the adventurous tourists, many people visit Nepal on their honeymoon to enjoy the peaceful environment and one of the most beautiful scenic beauty on this planet.

There is not enough time for one person to enjoy all the things to do in Nepal. For instance Ballooning is one of the greatest experiences one can have. A grand balloon with a 20 person gondola hovers over the valley of Kathmandu giving the whole view of this beautiful valley. Meanwhile a little adrenaline rush is not bad for health; bungee jumping takes care of this need. There are numerous bridges in Nepal connecting different mountains, making perfect locations for bungee jumpers to have their breath taking experience.

Canyoning adds in the basket of the great adventures. This activity involves abseiling, sliding, jumping, and climbing down the canyon walls along the striking waterfalls to the deep pools below. This allows the tourist to explore freely each nook and corner of the mountainous place. And it allows them to discover amazing barred places in Nepal. Along with the Canyoning, Nepal also offers 8 of the 10 highest peaks of the world for mountaineering peak and ice climbing. Himalayas are eminent for ice climbing, and there are thousands of visitors who just visit Nepal for the sake of mountaineering. It is a powerful experience and is also a risky one, which makes it a must visit for the tourists.

Isn’t it enough? Rock climbing might suffice your need for adventure. Himalayas are very tempting for the people in search of adventure and looking for memories of lifetime. Tourists can climb the mountains of Himalayas for their pleasure and desire. Most of the trekking outfitters provide the tactical gear for mountaineering and this might be enough for the people new to this sport but who wants to climb and trek according to their own needs must bring their own tactical gear for climbing these mountains.

Nepal also has the breathtaking wildlife reserves in the plains. Which brings the tourists to put another thing on their to do list and that is jungle safaris. Most famous jungle safaris are by riding on the back of an elephant. Chitwan National Park provides a tourist with this facility. Ride of an elephant through the dense marshland jungles with a variety of wildlife and animals. There are rare reptiles, birds, and mammals in these forests. Monkeys, rhinos, deer, and a huge number of different birds and mammals thrive in these forests. Royal Bengal tiger, Leopards and sloth bears can also be expected during a safari.

For the people who do not have enough time to go trekking on these mountains of Nepal can have a panoramic view of the whole area and can admire the beauty by mountain flights. These mountain flights offers a view of the highest peaks of Nepal which are else wise difficult to explore.

There are different ways for the mountain flight such as airplane, helicopter or ultralight flying.

If flying by plane, the plane flies from Kathmandu and the route of this plane gives an eye level view of snowcapped peaks of Himalayas and then these planes bring you back to the airport in an hour. Then there is helicopter which ensures an exciting tour of these mountains. A helicopter can go where no plane can go, in any corner of any mountain range. Helicopters also land on the mountains to let the tourist get off the helicopter and experience the natural beauty. These helicopters can be hired easily to take tourists to the place of their choice. Through helicopter ride it’s not only about the views.

But nothing can defeat the experience of man flying on his own. Feeling the wind on your face while have a full view of the beautiful and exotic Himalayas, nothing gets in the way of your sight and you can see clearly the miracles of nature. Ultralight flying is an amazing experience and cannot be forgotten easily.

Pokhara is considered a gem of Nepal’s unlimited resources. Anyone who has visited Nepal has Pokhara in his book of favorite cities. The lake at the side of this town offers wide variety of activities for the tourists. These activities include paragliding cliff to hiring pedals and fishing gear to spend a relaxing day and catch fish in the lake. Hiring a bike riding it in the surrounding mountains is also very attractive to relax and admire the natural beauty.

Nepal is full of exotic places to visit, the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu, is an intricately outlandish. There are many Hindu temples and Buddhist stupas in and around the city of Kathmandu, these are some must visit places in Nepal to know about history and the present simultaneously. Visitors make day trips in semi-rural Kathmandu valley along with the primitive cities of Patan and Bhaktapur. Staying at the mountain viewpoints overnight is also very popular such as Nagarkot in central hills. Tourists can also explore the Nepal’s wealth of temples, town and forested hilltops or can go exploring the rest of Nepal through road towards the Tibet border or southward Tribuhwan Rajpath towards India. Visiting the resort town in the western hills is also incredible. This resort is set beside a lake between the snowcapped peaks of high ranging mountains. Notable town in western hills of Nepal is Gorkha which has an extraordinary fortress named Manakamana and the wish fulfilling temple, and bandipur which has one of the oldest bazaars (market) of history.
Chitwan National Park with its endangered Asian one horned rhinos is also a prevalent place to visit in Nepal. Along with Chitwan there is Bardia National Park and some other wildlife life reserves for adventurous visit of the tourists.  Buddha’s birthplace, is also very popular among the tourists in western Terai Lumbini. Many Buddhist pilgrims also visit this place all over the year from all over the world.

Eye candy Rhododendron forests also catch the tourists’ eyes. These soothing green forests provide tourists a stop to praise the beauty of nature. Where lush Rhododendron forests end, starts Himalayas’ high peaks and glaciers. These breathtakingly picturesque views leave tourists wondering if heaven would be any different.
Nepal is most renowned, however, for trekking – hiking from village to village, through massive hills and lush rhododendron forests and up to the peaks and glaciers of the high Himalayas. The thrillingly beautiful and culturally rich Annapurna and Everest regions are the most oriented to trekkers, but other, once-remote areas are opening up, notably Mustang and Manaslu. Rafting down Nepal’s rivers and mountain biking, meanwhile, offer not only adventure but also a different perspective on the countryside and wildlife

Tourists tour in the daytime while they hang out in the evening in Nepal. Most of the hangouts are followed by a dinner as early as possible and then at night everyone is back to the place they are staying in. If said in simple words there is no night life in Nepal, many of the places to hangout close latest by 11 p.m. including all the tourist areas even Thamel. There are few disco bars in some cities of Nepal such as Kathmandu, Pokhara and Dharan. But these places do not attract many tourist mostly local teens fill up these places. This is because Nepali people spend their nights and evenings with their families at home.
Thamel has some night life and is sometimes called nightlife hub of the city. But tourists are mostly advised to stay inside and avoid visiting these places. These places also charge high prices and these places are filled with pick pockets. Nightlife is also difficult because the streets of Nepal are not well lit and there is a huge risk of getting lost on the way back.

Thamel has some night life and is sometimes called nightlife hub of the city. But tourists are mostly advised to stay inside and avoid visiting these places. These places also charge high prices and these places are filled with pick pockets. Nightlife is also difficult because the streets of Nepal are not well lit and there is a huge risk of getting lost on the way back.

Lodging sector forms one of the major constituents of tourism business Worldwide. Tourism in Nepal initially started with the camping lodging. The proper development of accommodation abilities in Nepal started with the formation of ‘Royal Hotel’ by a Russian national, Mr Boris Lissanevitch, in February 1955 (Satyal, 2004). As of 2009, a total of 736 hotels of several standards and groups have been recorded at TID/MoTCA consisting of 14,272 tourist rooms and 28,485 tourist beds. The accommodation services in Kathmandu, individually, include 422 hotels, 8,813 visitor rooms and 17,646 tourist beds, or 61.94% of the entire ability (NTS/MOTCA, 2009). Nevertheless, it has been extensively recognized that the real volume of accommodation services in Nepal is greater than that of official records kept at TID/MoTCA. A total of 2,604 tourist accommodation originalities, including all lodges, TSH, resorts, star hotels, homestays and community lodges, were registered in the particular 15 chief tourist locations and five minor visitor regions of Nepal. These enterprises compromise a total of 35,789 tourist rooms and 69,040 tourist beds a day for the tourists in the particular visitor places.

Nepali culture stands alone and is very interesting in it. Culture in Nepal has developed over the different periods of time and so contains vast and diverse ethnic, tribal, and social groups and it exhibits in music and dance, arts and craft, folklore and folktales, language and literature, philosophy and religion, festivals and celebrations, foods and drinks. The diversified culture in Nepal is mostly inspired by Indian, Mongolian and Tibetan cultures and ethnic values.
People of Nepal have many festivals in a year some of them are long while some are for short span of time. These festivals last from one to numerous days. One of the most important and the longest festival of Nepal is Dashain. Dashain falls in late September to mid of October almost exactly when the monsoon season ends. Dashain is festival which is celebrated in the name of victory over demons. There are many other festivals as well celebrated by many tribes and many ethnic groups such as Mohani celebrated by Mohani and there are others named as Tihar, Swanti and Chath, these are also important festivals of Nepal. New years of lunar calendar is also celebrated by the people of Nepal.
A census was carried out in Nepal in 2011 which presented those 123 languages which are spoken all over Nepal. Etymological culture has developed through 3 main language groups such as Indo Aryan, Tibeto Burman and indigenous. This makes Nepal a versatile land in regard of languages.

Nepali culture stands alone and is very interesting in it. Culture in Nepal has developed over the different periods of time and so contains vast and diverse ethnic, tribal, and social groups and it exhibits in music and dance, arts and craft, folklore and folktales, language and literature, philosophy and religion, festivals and celebrations, foods and drinks. The diversified culture in Nepal is mostly inspired by Indian, Mongolian and Tibetan cultures and ethnic values.
People of Nepal have many festivals in a year some of them are long while some are for short span of time. These festivals last from one to numerous days. One of the most important and the longest festival of Nepal is Dashain. Dashain falls in late September to mid of October almost exactly when the monsoon season ends. Dashain is festival which is celebrated in the name of victory over demons. There are many other festivals as well celebrated by many tribes and many ethnic groups such as Mohani celebrated by Mohani and there are others named as Tihar, Swanti and Chath, these are also important festivals of Nepal. New years of lunar calendar is also celebrated by the people of Nepal.
A census was carried out in Nepal in 2011 which presented those 123 languages which are spoken all over Nepal. Etymological culture has developed through 3 main language groups such as Indo Aryan, Tibeto Burman and indigenous. This makes Nepal a versatile land in regard of languages.

The constitution of Nepal, which came into effect on September 20, 2015, has divided Nepal into Seven Federal Provinces.

View the updated New Nepal Map here.

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