One of the most naturally beautiful countries in the world, Nepal has long been a favourite spot for tourists. Set amongst the iconic Himalayan Mountains and steeped in culture, it is a country like no other and is unique in its environmental diversity.
If you are looking for a holiday full of variety, you would struggle to find a more suitable destination than Nepal. Home to Everest, the highest mountain on earth, you do not need to visit the western tourist hotspots to experience what the country has to offer. The pilgrimage site Lumbini, for example, is the historical birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism; whilst the isolated hilltop settlement of Bandipur gives a modern-day insight into the ancient Newari community.
By contrast, the vibrant capital Kathmandu is a bustling modern city, which still retains the magical spirit and unique architectural landscape which made it famous. As varied and unpredictable as the rest of the country, Kathmandu is by far the most developed part of Nepal. Here, you can stock up on traditional exotic produce, explore the amazing architecture of Durbar Square, or immerse yourself in culture at one of the many museums and art galleries. Contrary to what many believe, Kathmandu is not just a once great city that has been spoilt by aggressive tourism and traffic pollution. Whilst it is true that the centre is a hub of noise and crowds, you do not have to go far to escape the throng and find countless examples of the city’s rich heritage which has thankfully stood the test of time.
Nepal would also be a wise choice if you are interested in a trekking experience. The country is remarkable for how visitors can experience snow-topped mountains, sprawling forests and wild, humid jungles all within the same trip. Or, if you like the idea of exploring Nepal by water, there are also plenty of options available to you. Whether you are more attracted by the prospect of boating down Pokhara’s tranquil Phewa Lake, or braving the rapids of the Seti River, this land of diversity again serves up something for everyone.
Despite the challenges it faces – Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world and has long faced political instability – this most exciting of places continues to provide visitors with fantastic adventures and unforgettable experiences.
If this article has whetted your appetite, why not head to one of the specialist adventure travel companies who can offer you’re the holiday of a lifetime to Nepal.