Nepal, known as Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a landlocked Himalayan nation in South Asia. Having a total population of 26.4 million, it has a total area of 1,47,516 square kilometres. This area is 0.03% of the total area of the earth and 0.3% of the continent of Asia. Nepal is geographically divided into three parts: the Himalayan region, the hills, and the Terai. These areas are spread across the country in an east-west direction. Tibet, an autonomous region of China, lies to the north of Nepal and India to the south, east and west.
The unification of Nepal was started in 1824 B.S by King Prithvi Narayan Shah of Gorkha after a long and prosperous history of continuously splitting and uniting under the rule of kings and princes. After the promulgation of the Constitution of Nepal on September 19, 2008, Nepal has been administratively divided into seven provinces and Nepal has been established as a secular federal parliamentary republic.
Why should you Travel to Nepal?
Nepal is a country full of natural resources and cultural beauty. Stunning views of world’s highest peaks, pristine and pure culture, ethic cultural diversity, welcoming locals, rich historical monuments and stories, varied wildlife, vibrant flora and fauna, ethnic dishes, adventurous activities etc. have made Nepal one of the top destinations for the holiday trip. Many people out there are not aware about the never-ending charm of Nepal. You must be wondering Why should I visit Nepal, right? Well, there are millions of reasons behind the visiting Nepal at least once in your lifetime, and some of them are as follows:
- Experience diverse culture
As Nepal is a multilingual, multicultural, and multi religious country, its culture is full of diversity. Each caste has its own unique way of life, dress, manners, food, language, and folk culture. Although there are many Hindus here, there are also Muslims, Buddhists, Christians, and other religions. Nepalese celebrate Dashain, Tihar, Chhath, Lhosar, Maghi, Holi, Teej and many other festivals. There are more than 100 languages of more than 100 ethnic groups. Thus, visiting Nepal will, undoubtedly, give you the huge pleasure and idea about Nepalese distinct culture.
- Exploration of the world heritage sites
Nepal’s various heritages (cultural and natural) are listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. From the exploration of the temple from the Medieval period in Kathmandu Durbar Square to visiting the several Buddhist monasteries in Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Lumbini, birthplace of Gautam buddha, to getting the glimpse of endangered animals in Chitwan National Park and Sagarmatha National Park, trip to Nepal will fill your heart with love and patience. Besides these, Pashupatinath temple and Changunarayan temple will make you aware about the Nepalese faiths and beliefs.
- Mountain Climbing and Scenery
Nepal has eight of the 14 highest mountain ranges in the world, including the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest (8,848). So, Nepal is paradise for those who want to enjoy the mountain expeditions. Because of the safe trekking trail and experienced travel company, Nepal is always preferred by trekkers when it comes to climbing peaks or to get the stunning views of peaks.
- Interaction with kind and warm people
Nepalese believe that guests are like gods – Atithi Devo Bhava. They are always known for their popular hospitality, helping nature, and homely behaviour. The way they warm you with their big smile and ‘Namaste’ will surely make you fall in love with them.
- Varied Nepalese delicacies
The common Nepalese food is lentils, rice, vegetables and mostly pickles. In the Himalayan region, wheat, maize, millet, potato, etc. are eaten, while in the Terai, wheat bread is very popular. Consumption of Kodo’s alcoholic substances Tongba, Chyang, Rakshi etc. is more in the Himalayan region. Also, dumplings (Momo), chatamari, dhidhoo, ghundruk etc. are some other popular Nepalese dishes.
- Hub for adventurous activities
Nepal is very famous for trekking, rafting, mountain climbing, cycling, biking etc. Nepal is also taken as synonym for trekking as it is home to popular treks like Everest Base Camp trek, Annapurna base Camp trek, Langtang valley trek, Mustang trek etc. Besides these, you can also challenge yourself by trying paragliding, bungee jumping, rock-climbing, white water rafting, skydiving, mountain biking, snow skiing etc.
- Varied wildlife
Those travellers who love to enjoy nature walk into the lush green forest of Nepal, will surely find this nation a paradise. Forests in Nepal are home to the unique and endangered wildlife such as in Chitwan and Bardia National Parks, you can get the glimpse of one-horned rhinos, Royal Bengal Tigers, crocodiles and 54 species of birds.
Likewise, one can spot the Himalayan Thar, blood pheasant, red panda, musk deer etc. in Sagarmatha National Park.
- Beautiful rivers and lakes
Besides the Himalayas, Nepal is also home to the biggest and longest lakes and rivers. Shey-Phoksundo, Rara Lake, Tilicho Lake etc. are some most visited turquoise lakes in Nepal. Likewise, holy lakes like Goaisakunda and Panch Pokhari are also aesthetically pleasing. Talking about rivers, the Mechi river, Koshi river, Bagmati, Vishnumati, Narayani river, Gandaki river, Rapti river, Karnali river, and Mahakali river always offer calm and peace to its visitors.
- Birthplace of Lord Buddha
Nepal, Lumbini is the place where the legendary Buddha was born in 623 BC. Located about 300 km southwest of Kathmandu, Lumbini’s major heritages include the Mayadevi Temple, the Ashoka Pillar, and the Shakya Pushkarini Lake. Various allied nations have built Buddhist stupas here. By visiting this place, you can find the inner peace and dedication of devotees towards Gautam buddha.
Put Nepal into your bucket list to explore the serene and stunning places, which will cleanse your soul and mind. You will get different perspectives towards the world once you plan your trip to Nepal. So, if you want to enjoy nature walk and roam around the mountains, waterfalls, lakes, local villages etc. then Nepal is the ultimate destination as it will captivate you with the natural and cultural beauty.