Nepal Travel Guide

2022-07-31 | Published By: Bold Himalaya

If you're considering a holiday in Nepal, this comprehensive Nepal Travel Guide is the perfect resource to plan your trip just the way you envision it. Our blogs contain all the essential travel information, catering to both new and seasoned travelers, from budget to luxury options. You'll find everything you need to make your Nepal adventure truly unforgettable.


Nepal, a captivating country nestled between India and China, boasts a unique allure stemming from its cultural diversity and varied geographical features—the Himalayan, Hilly, and Terai regions. Within the same country, you can immerse yourself in the lifestyles, cultures, traditions, and customs of people from these distinctive regions.


Nepal offers a plethora of breathtaking vistas, including eight of the world's fourteen eight-thousand-meter mountains, lush forests, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, valleys, cities, towns, and diverse wildlife spanning from the Himalayas to the Terai.


It is a paradise for adventurous souls seeking unforgettable experiences in nature's lap. The country caters to all types of travelers—solo, female, family, budget, or group—with a safe and welcoming environment. Savor the delectable local cuisine, witness the captivating cultures across different locales, and be touched by the warm hospitality of the Nepali people towards their guests. Nepal truly offers a remarkable and memorable experience for every traveler.


Every year thousands of tourists visit Nepal for sightseeing and touring as well as to do some adventurous trips such as trekking, cycling, canyoning, Bungee jumping, Zip lining, Hiking, Jungle safari, etc. All people who are black or white can travel to Nepal in peace and harmony as Nepal has no color or religious discrimination. You also can do luxury trips like helicopter mountain flights with staying the luxury hotels.


By observing the natural scenery, the culture of Nepal and you will get a different type of experience in Nepal than in any other country. In conclusion, with breathtaking views of some of the highest mountains on Earth infectious culture, welcoming people, delicious delicacies, myriad adventures, and awe-inspiring wildlife, this landlocked Himalayan nation has some of the best of everything for all sorts of travelers. Here is the best one-week itinerary of Nepal. 



Popular Activities to do in Nepal (Things to do in Nepal)

Activities or things to do in Nepal are so many due to beautiful villages, museums, palaces, monasteries, temples, etc. that contribute to offering ample activities. Visitors who love visiting temples will be eager to visit renowned temples of Kathmandu Valley as well as other beautiful ones outside the valley such as Manakamana Temple, Janaki Temple, Muktinath Temple, and so on.


Wildlife lovers would surely go on a Jungle Safari and enjoy spotting the famous Royal Bengal Tiger along with other animals at Bardiya National Park. Being located between the mountain range of the Himalayas, the list of activities to do in Nepal includes several trekking options for adventurous tourists.


Other than trekking, visitors also go camping, paragliding, rafting, Bungee jumping, Zip-lining, and Canyoning. There are several places where tourists can enjoy a cable car ride while watching the breathtaking view of the surrounding mountain ranges. 




Trekking

Trekking is the most popular adventurous trip in Nepal as it lies in the lap of the Great Himalayas with an altogether of 866 named mountains and 8 gigantic peaks taller than 8,000 meters. It is the most exciting and adventurous trip to get closest to different mountains by passing through different landscapes, high hills, lush forests, valleys, villages, rivers, waterfalls, and lakes.


These activities can be done in many regions such as the Everest region, Annapurna region, Langtang region, Kanchenjunga region, Manaslu region, Dhaulagiri region, and Dolpo region. The best time to do trekking activities in the Himalayas of Nepal is normally Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, and November).


During this time, the weather is clear and the mountain views can be seen clearly. However, trekking in Upper Dolpo and Upper Mustang can be done during the monsoon season also there are several packages for trekking activities such as Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Everest Gokyo Ri Trek, Everest Three Passes Trek, Manaslu Base Camp Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek, Upper, and Lower Dolpo Trek, and Upper Mustang Trek which are considered as long route trek in Nepal.


The most popular short and easy trekking packages are the Pikey Peak Trek, Rolwaling Trek, Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, Langtang valley trek, Sikles village trek, and the Royal Trek. It will cost around US$ 2000 to 5000 for short trekking and US$ 6000 to US$ 12000 for long-day trekking. 



Wildlife Safari

The rich biodiversity of Nepal has opened avenues for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. Ride on an elephant’s back or roam the dense jungles in a jeep – it is completely your choice. The southern lowlands of the country, widely known as Terai, are home to some of the most exotic species in the world. About 16% of the country’s area is under natural reserves, national parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.


You have plenty of land to explore the natural wilderness of the country. You can do your jungle safari at Chitwan National Park and Bardiya National Park as they have opened safaris to the jungle to experience the wilderness as well as to observe the different wildlife activities.


The endangered species to spot in these national parks are crocodiles, one-horned rhinos, and elephants. And in case you are lucky you might get a chance to spot the Royal Bengal Tiger in these national parks during your jungle safari time. The best time to do a jungle safari in Nepal is every season as the greenery will always remain the same throughout the year.


The packages include 22 Royal Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinos, and elephants along with several species of animals and birds as well as bird watching, Ox cart drive, elephant breeding, and cultural dance by natives at Bardiya National Park. Whereas, one-horned rhinos, deer, monkeys, and several species of birds, as well as the  Elephant Breeding Centre and Bird education society, are the major highlights of Chitwan National Park. It will cost around Rs. 1500 at Bardiya National Park and Rs. 1700 at Chitwan national park.



Rafting in Nepal 

Rafting is the most popular exhilarating adventure water sport in Nepal that attracts thousand of thrill seekers. with numerous rivers coming from glaciers and passing through the pristine landscape. Nepal offers a wide range of rafting adventure beginners to thrillseekers. 


Nepal's varied topography offers a range of rapids, catering to both novice and seasoned rafters. Rafting trips in the country can span from short outings of a few hours to multi-day expeditions, depending on the selected river and the level of challenge desired.


Nepal boasts renowned rivers for rafting, such as the Trishuli River, Seti River, Bhote Koshi River, Kali Gandaki River, and Sun Koshi River, to name a few. Each of these rivers provides a distinct adventure, presenting its set of challenges and offering breathtaking scenery along the way.



Boating

Boating in Nepal is an experience in itself, it lets you calm your senses and lets you bath in the charismatic beauty of Mother Nature. You can also take a look at some of the most breathtaking glaciated rivers which are absolute show-stealers for young travelers.


Winters are the most preferred time of the year to visit or do boating activities, however, you can do it at any time of the year. You can have the best boating experiences at Phewa Lake in Nepal and followed by Begnas and Rupa Lake of Pokhara. It will cost around Rs. 150 to Rs. 250 per hour of boating.



Bungee Jumping

Bungee jumping is a thrilling adventure activity that involves jumping from a high platform while attached to a long elastic cord. It is a popular extreme sport that requires proper safety precautions and training. Participants should be in good physical condition and not have any health issues that could be aggravated by the activity.


It is important to follow all instructions provided by the trained professionals and equipment guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Bungee jumping can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that provides an adrenaline rush and the feeling of flying through the air.

If you are looking for extreme adventure then Bungee Jumping is surely going to excite you. If you are in Nepal then you shouldn’t miss the chance of trying the thrilling experience of Bungee Jumping.


It can give you real goosebumps at the start but once you are done it makes you feel triumphant. The best time to do Bungee jumping in Nepal is November through February. The package includes experiences of the natural valleys around it for a longer duration. It will cost around Rs. 5750.




White River

Rafting is one of the best ways to enjoy the thrill and indulge in a river rafting experience. Not only do you get to enjoy the fun of river rafting but also the beauty of nature that will be your companion during the experience.


The rivers in Nepal are surrounded by extremely scenic landscapes. White river rafting is something no thrill seeker should miss out on while in Nepal. The best time to do white river rafting in Nepal is in November and March. It will cost about Rs. 3500 for rafting in Nepal.




Paragliding

If you want to fly like a free bird you must try paragliding which will let you witness the most beautiful landscape from above. You can fly up in the air and experience the beautiful view from above will not let you regret it a bit.


You will have a feeling that you are floating with the wind. Pokhara is however the best place for paragliding in Nepal. The seasons that start in September and end in early June are considered the best time to do paragliding in Pokhara of Nepal. A standard flight of 30 minutes will cost you around Rs. 7715.



Canyoning

Canyoning is a water sport that you must not miss in Nepal. The high altitude and the unique topography of the place mean a canyoning experience you would never have had in your entire life. The rivers in Nepal are the cradle for the most thrilling and exciting adventures, and canyoning is one of them. As you climb over the Karat rocks, you will be delighted to see the prepossessing scenery in the background.


More importantly, the amazing waterfalls cascading into the shallow pools here are what make canyoning more alluring. The best places to go for Canyoning in Nepal are the water park at the Jalbire Canyon, Bhotekoshi Valley which is about 100 kilometers from Kathmandu, Kakani – about 35 kilometers from Kathmandu, and Sisneri – about 30 kilometers from Kathmandu.


However, the stretch between Kathmandu and Pokhara on the way to Chitwan is the best place for Canyoneering. It will cost around Rs. 6250 per person for canyoneering.



Tea Gardens Visit

Tourists who are enthusiasts or love the view that tea gardens offer must include a visit to tea gardens in the Ilam district in their list of things to do in Nepal. They can enjoy their visit to the tea gardens by having a cup of tea while admiring the view of the tea garden with a background of hills, fog, fist, and a serene atmosphere. Watching the process of tea leaf picking and knowing about the process make it interesting. It is located in the Ilam district of province no. 1.


Zip lining

What could be a more thrilling and exciting experience for anybody? You can experience the world’s longest zip line which is the steepest and the fastest adventure experience. You can simply sit back and soak yourself in the breathtaking views of nature. The blood-pumping ride will leave you completely thrilled in the end. And the picturesque view will leave your jaw dropped.


The best zip line is the one that operates from Pokhara at an elevation of 1592 meters. Winters are the most favorable time for trying this adventure sport. It will cost around Rs. 5,750 for zip lining per person.



Ultra Light Flight

Experience the joy of leaving the ground and floating with the wind. You can enjoy the serenity of being up above the lush green trees. You can be truly amazed by the picturesque beauty which comes along with the sensation of flying. It is an amazing thing to view the whole world beneath you. The Ultra light sport allows you to see the verging beauty of nature.


Annapurna adventurous camp range around the fishtail peak of Pokhara is one of the best places where you can get the heavenly experience of ultra-light sport. Early Autumn to early spring is the best time. This exhilarating sport will leave you completely thrilled. It will cost around Rs. 7,750 per person to do the ultralight flight.



Best time to travel Nepal

The best time to visit Nepal depends on what you plan to do while in the country. All the seasons are best for traveling in Nepal as each season has its charms and each offers something different to travelers exploring this wonderful Himalayan country.

The most popular time to visit Nepal for hikers, climbers, and mountaineers is the Autumn season (September, October, and November) and the Spring season (March, April, and May). At this time, clear skies and pleasant temperatures create the ideal conditions for adventures in the mountains.

Summer or Monsoon season (June, July, and August) and Winter season (December, January, and February) may be difficult because heavy rainfall occurs and the trails will be difficult for the adventurous trip however trekking or touring to Upper Dolpo, Mustang region can be possible since they receive very less rainfall and winter season are cold and the temperature reaches nearly 6 degree Celsius in the Himalayan region.

However, Touring or Travelling to Nepal is possible in any season. In winter, cold temperatures are balanced by brilliant sunshine and clear blue skies. This season in Nepal is perfect for taking photos that capture the country’s stunning natural beauty. In spring, it is a great time to discover nature as well as to explore centers of Hindu, and Buddhist culture and architecture temples,  and monasteries in Nepal, and climb or hike in higher altitude destinations. You will be rewarded with the blooming country’s national flower Rhododendron in most of the forests of Nepal.

In summer, rains bring a refreshing break from the heat as Nepal’s climate is hot and humid. But although Nepal is generally wet, the mornings are often clear and the countryside is bursting with color – vivid green forests and rice terraces, and bright wildflowers. In winter, it is generally dry and the skies are clear. You will also have the chance to enjoy some biggest festivals such as Dashain and Tihar, important Hindu festivals.

Therefore, as every season has its charm and fabulous features, all the seasons are the perfect time for traveling to Nepal for touring as well as an adventurous trip.


Entry Point for Nepal Travel

Travelers who want to travel to Nepal can enter by flight or airline after getting a visa from Nepal but there is another option to enter Nepal through land but only from either China or India.


As Nepal has an open border with India, citizens of India can enter Nepal easily without a visa or passport. There are five open border crossings for tourists. The Sunauli to Bhairawa, Raxaul to Birgunj, Siliguri to Kakarbhitta, and the last one Banbassa, Mahendranagar.


There is an entry point from China through Rasuwa (Kerung) by land but no visas will be granted to foreigners to travel through land borders. There are direct flights from Bangkok to Kathmandu with Thai Airways and the flag carrier Nepal Airlines.


Other travelers can get to Kathmandu via Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Emirates, or Fly Dubai. Nepal’s Tribhuvan Airport is located just outside the ring road in Kathmandu. It was the only international Airport for some years that lets to enter foreign travelers in Nepal and gives tourists visas upon arrival.  Gautam Buddha International Airport and Pokhara International Airport provide services for foreign travelers to enter Nepal



Nepal Travel FAQs

Where is Nepal located?

Nepal is located between two huge countries India and China in South Asia. It has great altitude change of any location on Earth. The lowlands are at sea level and the mountains of the Himalayas are the tallest in the world.


How much money do I need for Nepal Travel?

You should plan to spend money around per day on your vacation in Nepal, which is based on the expenses of other visitors. Normally, US$ 7.36 (NPRs. 940 on meals, US$ 9.28 (NPRs. 1,185) on local transportation, and US$ 20 (NPRs. 2,550) for accommodation in a 3-star category hotel per person is the average expense in Nepal.


Therefore, a vacation to Nepal for one week usually costs around US$ 218.85 (NPRs. 27,900). The cost can be varied according to your interest in how are you gonna spend your vacation and for how many days you will stay. You can plan your vacation with US$ 27.45 (NPRs. 3500) per day for a tour in Nepal and US$ US$ 100 (NPRs. 12,750) per day for trekking in Nepal. 



When should I go to Nepal?

Nepal is the perfect place for an adventurous trip and to make memorable moments for your lifetime. Various famous places contain historical and religious significance which can be the best place to go on a tour with family or friends. When you are bored with life and want a thrilling experience or you want to make your vacation trip mesmerizing then you can go to Nepal.


What are the best things to see in Nepal?

There are various options to observe or see in Nepal from the lowland of Terai to the highest mountain regions of the world. Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Temple, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Pokhara, Chitwan National Park, Nagarkot, Patan, Chandragiri hills, Kopan Monastery, Sarangkot, Garden of Dreams, Lumbini, Ghorepani Poonhill, Janakpur, Bardiya National Park and mountain views such as Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Machhapuchchhre, Manaslu, Lhotse, Makalu, Annapurna, Cho Oyu, and Dhaulagiri.


What activities are popular in Nepal?

Nepal provides different types of popular activities from sightseeing in Nepal cities to thrilling experiences with views of mountains and natural beauties. Some activities that are popular in Nepal are Bungee Jumping, Canyoning, Paragliding, Trekking, Mountain biking, River rafting, and Ziplining.


How safe is travel in Nepal?

Nepal is undoubtedly safe for travelers. Traveling to Nepal has not many threats or risks when compared to traveling to any other country oh the world. Nepalese people will provide you with great hospitality and they warmly welcome tourists as their esteemed guests irrespective of their work, culture, worship, or nationality. Therefore, Nepal is very safe for tourists and Nepali people treat the tourist like a god as they believe in the mantra Atithi Deba Bhaba.


How long does it take for travelling to Nepal?

The duration of traveling in Nepal depends on how you want to spend your holiday. As we know, there are several options for sightseeing or adventurous sport to do in Nepal. This can take 7 to 10 days on average for Nepal travel. If you want to make your vacation trip in Nepal by covering most of the important places in Nepal then it will take around 7 days. If you are planning for a trek then it might take a duration of 7 to 19 days depending on your trekking trail which ranges from easy to difficult ones.


What money is used in Nepal?

The money used in Nepal is Nepali Rupees. One Nepali rupee is divided into 100 paise. It is commonly referred to using the symbols Rs. In Nepal, Rs. 120 is equal to US$1.


What are the most popular places to visit in Nepal?

The most popular places to visit in Nepal are Kathmandu valley, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Changunarayan Temple, Swayambhunath Temple, Kopan monastery, Chandragiri Hills, Godawari, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nagarkot, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Lalitpur Pokhara, Dhampush, Sarangkot, Hemja, Chitwan National Park, Janakpur, Bhedetar, Ghandruk village, Bardiya National Park, Sagarmatha National Park, Rara National Park, Langtang valley, Arun valley, Ghale Gaun, Bujhung Gaun, and Sikles village.


What is the best time of the year to visit Nepal?

The best time to visit Nepal is between October and December when the skies are blue and the views are spectacular. The weather remains dry until about April, with temperatures varying between the regions. More importantly, you will get a chance to enjoy Nepal’s two biggest festivals Dashain and Tihar if you visit Nepal between October and December.


How many high mountains lie in Nepal?

Nepal is a country in the Himalayas and there are many high mountains in Nepal. Nepal contains 866 named high mountains and the highest mountains in Nepal are Mt. Everest (8,848.86m), Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), Mt. Makalu (8,485m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188m), Mt. Dhaulagiri(8,167m), Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), and Mt. Annapurna (8,091m). Altogether, Out of the 14 highest mountains above 8,000 meters, eight lie in Nepal.


What are the most popular trekking routes in Nepal?

The most popular trekking routes in Nepal are

Everest Base Camp trek

Everest Gokyo Ri trek

Everest Three Passes trek

Annapurna Base Camp trek

Everest View trek

Annapurna circuit trek

Mardi Himal Trek

Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek

Langtang valley trek

Manaslu Circuit trek

Dhaulagiri Base Camp trek

Ghorepani Tatopani Muktinath trek

Upper Mustang trek

Upper Dolpo trek

Lower Dolpo trek  


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What is Nepal famous for?

Nepal is famous for Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world, and Lord Buddha, who was the pioneer of the Buddhist religion. Besides, among 14 eight thousand meters across mountains in the world, eight are located in this naturally beautiful country. Nepal has been the focus of outstanding achievements in the world of peak climbing expeditions with the identification of more than one thousand peaks above 6,000 meters.


Trekking through the Everest region offers astonishing mountain views, an opportunity to take a glimpse into the life of the world heritage sites, discover a variety of floras and faunas, and an opportunity to explore the highest Buddhist monasteries in the world. Overall, Nepal is famous for its hospitality and the local people believe in the Atithi Deba Bhaba (Guest are god).  


Is the visa required to travel to Nepal?

People from every foreign country except the residents of India will require a visa to travel to Nepal. Nepal’s tourist visa is required for all travelers except travelers from India whose seeking to travel to Nepal for a great vacation trip.



What is the visa process to travel to Nepal?

For the visa process to travel to Nepal either apply for a visa at the  Nepalese embassy in your country or consulate before traveling or purchase a tourist visa upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Please follow the following steps for Tourist Visa on Arrival at the airport if you haven’t acquired a visa before boarding the plane.


Step 1: Fill in ‘Arrival Card’ Fill in ‘Online tourist visa form’. If you fill it in from the website, you will get a submission Receipt with a barcode, please print it out and bring it along for acquiring a  visa. It works for 15 days and becomes invalid then after. If so, you will have to fill it up again. Step 2: Make payment at the bank according to your visa requirement (15/30/90 days) Get the receipt. 

Check out for detail http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa


How much does a Nepal visa cost?

The fee for a Nepal Tourist visa changes depending on the number of days it is issued for: Nepal Tourist Visa fee for up to 15 days costs US$ 30. Nepal tourist Visa fee for up to 30 days costs US$ 50. The Nepal Tourist Visa fee for up to 90 days costs US$ 125.


When is the best time to travel to Nepal?

The peak seasons for trekking are the spring (Mar to May) and the fall (Sep to Nov) when you'll have clear skies and superb mountain views. Keep in mind, that this is also when the trails are most crowded (although there are ways to avoid the crowds).


The winter (Dec to Feb) and summer (Jun to Aug) months are also great times to travel—although the weather can be unpredictable, these months offer a unique experience and fewer crowds. For Chitwan (Nepal's southern jungle region), winter is the best time to travel when the temperatures are pleasant and the foliage less dense to allow for better wildlife sightings.


What are the beautiful places to visit in Nepal?

There are various options to observe or see in Nepal from the lowland of Terai to the highest mountain regions of the world. Some popular places are  Kathmandu Valley (Including Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan), Pokhara, Chitwan National Park, Nagarkot, Chandragiri Hills,  Sarangkot, Lumbini, Annapurna Conservation Area, Manaslu Conservation Area, Janakpur, Dolpa, Bardiya National Park, Sagarmatha National Park(Everest Region), and Rara National Park. Langtang National Park, Kanchenjunga Conservation area. 


What is the international flight in Nepal?

In Nepal, flights come from different regions of the world. Here are the lists of international Airlines in Nepal: ·

Nepal Airlines

Himalaya Airlines

Buddha Airlines

Druk Air-Royal

Bhutan Airlines

Vistara Airline

Spice Jet Indigo

Air India

Biman Bangladesh

Bhutan airlines (Tashi Air)

US – Bangla Airlines

Regent Airways

From South East Asian Country ·  Singapore Air, Thai Airways · Thai Smile · Malaysia Airlines · Thai Lion Air · Malindo Air, Silk Air · Bartik Air Malaysia · Sri Lankan Airlines

China/South Korea Country: Air China Korean Air China Eastern Airlines · China Southern Airlines · Tibet Air · Sichuan Airlines

FromGulf Countries · Air Arabia,  Emirates Airlines  Etihad Airways · Fly Dubai · Oman air · Qatar Airways · Salam Air · Jazeera Airways  

From Europe: Turkish Airlines



What are the popular activities in Nepal?

There are several popular activities in Nepal as the country is full of adventurous trips. Some most popular activities in Nepal are Trekking, Mountaineering, Peak climbing, Sightseeing tour, Canyoning, Paragliding, Bungee Jumping, Jungle Safari, Helicopter tour, Mountain flights, Ultra light flight, Ziplining, and White water river rafting.


What kinds of hotels are available in Nepal?

There are several kinds of hotels available in Nepal ranging from local to 5 Star Category Hotel. In city areas, you will get the facilities of all kinds of hotels. You will accommodate in the hotel as your wish. Several luxurious and comfortable hotels, as well as bars and resorts, are available in Nepal. But in remote areas only local hotels or lodges are available.


What is the weather/climate in Nepal?

The climate in Nepal varies from sub-tropical in the lowlands to a cold high-altitude climate in the mountains. The country experiences 5 different seasons: Summer, Monsoon, Winter, Autumn, and Spring. During the winter, the Himalayas block the cold air, causing it to be quite warm south of the Himalayas. However, in the Himalayas, the winter season has cold to extremely cold temperatures and snowfall.


Spring and Autumn are considered the best time to travel to Nepal as the monsoon will have just ended and clear skies with optimal temperatures prevail. During the monsoon, some parts of the country cannot be reached due to flooding and landslides. The mountain paths are generally slippery during the rainy season and often people have to wade through rivers and rice fields.


Which currency is acceptable in Nepal?

The currency of Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR). If you are visiting Nepal, you can bring cash or a bank card with you and exchange or withdraw US dollars or Nepalese rupees fATMsines in Nepal. Scottish and Northern Ireland bank notes are not acceptable in Nepal.


What should I pack for Nepal?

Pack clothes that are light with fast-drying fabric and good breathability. Wear comfortable shoes – preferably ones that you have already worn. Bring a hat and sunglasses to protect you from the sun. Don’t forget the small things like gloves, sun cream, a microfiber towel, and a camera to capture your memory of Nepal.  


Are credit cards accepted in Nepal?

All major credit cards are accepted in Nepal. These include VISA, Mastercard, Cirrus, and American Express. Be aware that not all of these cards will work in some of the ATMs. There are small signs in a few ATMs that say what will work.


Is there a problem with altitude sickness in Nepal?

In Nepal, normally there is no problem with altitude sickness below the elevation of 3,500 meters. While you are moving upward direction higher than the altitude of 3,500 meters, then there is a chance that you will get altitude sickness. But don’t worry, if you move slowly by acclimatizing for longer days then there is very less chance that you will suffer from altitude sickness.


What are the unique culture and traditions of Nepal?

Nepalese celebrate many Hindu and Buddhist philosophical cultures and traditions. The culture of Nepal is expressed through music and dance; art and craft; folklore; languages and literature; philosophy and religion; festivals and celebration; foods and drinks. Among 125 different cultures and traditions, Name Giving ceremony, Rice feeding Ceremony, Bratabandha, Bel Bibaha, and Bahra Ceremony are the most unique cultures and traditions of Nepal.


Is there an ATM facility in Nepal?

ATM facilities are available throughout Nepal. In city areas, there are regular working machines that accept international cards as well. But in remote areas or higher altitudes of Nepal, there may not be the facilities of ATMs.


What are the famous foods to try in Nepal?

There are many types of food dishes in Nepal that you must try while you are in Nepal. The food that you should try in Nepal is Momos, Thukpa, Sel roti, Gundruk, Yomari, Tongba, Samya Bhaji, Wo – Newari Pancakes, Choila, Dal Bhat, Gorkhali Lamb, and Dido with curry.


What is the popular trekking area of Nepal?

As Nepal is a mountainous country, there are various popular trekking areas in Nepal. The most popular trekking area of Nepal is the Everest region with the Everest Base Camp trek, Everest Gokyo Lake Trek, and Everest Three Pass trek, Annapurna region with Annapurna Base Camp trek and Annapurna Circuit trek, Kanchenjunga region with Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek and Upper drier regions like Upper Dolpo and Upper Mustang trek. The most popular short trek in Nepal is Ghorepani Poonhill and Tilicho Lake Trek.


What can I buy in Nepal?

You can buy different items in Nepal. If you are just about to start your journey in Nepal then you can buy umbrellas, jackets, tracks and suits, pants, or trekking items like trekking sticks, thick woolen jackets, gear, gloves, hats, etc if you are about to do the trek. Some popular items to buy as souvenirs from Nepal include Pashmina Shawl, Kukri, singing bowls, Rice Paper products, Thangka Paintings, glass pipes, incense sticks, and Nepalese Jewelry as well as some Nepali clothes while you are returning to your home country from Nepal.


Does Nepali speak English?

Many Nepalese speak English as a second or foreign language, with English use being most prevalent among city dwellers residing in Kathmandu Valley. People in remote areas are also being educated these days and they are also quite familiar with the English language. Although Nepali is a native language, the majority of Nepali people speak English as a second or primary language.


What types of electrical plugs are used in Nepal?

In Nepal, There are three electricity plug types, types C, D, and M. Plug type C is the plug type that has two round pins, plug type D is the plug that has three round pins in a triangular pattern and type M has three round pins.


What is the common Nepalese word?

Some common Nepalese words are Namaste, Kripaya, Dhanyabaad, Swagatam, Mitho Chha, Ho, Hoina, Ramro, and Sathi.


Nepal visa Information for foreign Travellers

The visa policy of Nepal is relatively liberal, allowing citizens of almost all nations to obtain a tourist visa on arrival. According to the law of Nepal’ citizens of all countries except India require a visa to enter Nepal. In January 2014, Nepal introduced an online visa application system.


Visas also can be obtained from the embassy of Nepal in your country. Applicants on a Multiple Entry Tourist Visa can travel to Nepal multiple times or stay in Nepal for up to 15 days, 30 days, or 90 days from the date of entry. Therefore, it is not necessary to apply for a new visa as long as the visa is valid for entry. The fee for a Nepal Tourist visa changes depending on the number of days it is issued:


  • Nepal Tourist Visa fee for up to 15 days costs NRs. 3,835 (US$ 30)

  • Nepal tourist Visa fee for up to 30 days costs NRs. 6,385 (US$ 50)

  • Nepal Tourist Visa fee for up to 90 days costs NRs. 15,965 (US$ 125)


Tourist visa extension is done for a minimum of 15 days with US$ 45 and US$ 3 per day for additional days. In the case of a delay of fewer than 150 days, an additional US$ 5 per day is a late fine.


Packing list for Nepal Travel

The packing list may differ depending on which places you go to or what activities you will do while in Nepal. If you are planning to do an adventurous trip such as trekking you will require warm, thick, and woolen clothes and gear and boots but if you are planning to do touring activities then a normal packing list will be enough.


Some Common Packing lists for traveling in Nepal are Clothes that include T-shirts, shirts, pants, tracks, suits, hoodies, normal socks, and shoes for normal touring same clothes plus thick woolen jackets, gear, and boots will be required for trekking.


Likewise, other items are a Rain Jacket or Umbrella, water bottle, Day backpack, Hand sanitizer, Flashlight, Pocket knife, First aid suppliers and medicines, Camera, Sunglasses, Sunscreen cream, Insect repellent, passport photocopy, and 4 copies of passport size photo.


Reasons to travel to Nepal

Simply Nepal is a gorgeous and wonderful country, anywhere else in this country. Travelers say once is not enough Nepal for to travel. Your trip to Nepal will be a fabulous, mind-blowing, and a great experience for a lifetime for the following reasons:


  • Suitable for all age groups

There is no physical barrier for any age group of travelers to travel in Nepal. People of any age group can succeed in their trip to Nepal in a peaceful environment. People of early age and old age also can travel to Nepal and can have fun as well as can do the adventurous trip as all the trips are safe for all age groups. Only trekking in Nepal can be quite difficult for the old age group in terms of fitness and health. Otherwise, touring and other adventure trips like paragliding, hiking, zip lining, white water rafting, and jungle safari are perfect for people of all age groups.


  • Budget Traveler to Luxury traveler

The trips or tours in Nepal can be done with any budget for luxury travelers. If you want to spend less and have a very comfortable and adventurous trip as well as if you have lots of money and want to have a very comfortable and luxurious trip, Nepal is suitable. Budget travelers can travel for less than $50 per day  And of course, there are more options for a luxurious trip as well. You can have very comfortable accommodation at the 5-Star Hotel in Nepal, also you’ll be getting one of the best rooms. Besides this, you can also do a helicopter tour around Nepal and a mountain flight to cover most of Nepal in a short time.


  • Private, Group, or Family tours 

Nepal is the most safest and peaceful country in the world. That’s why Nepal is unquestionably becoming a more family-friendly location and a great destination for adventure groups and private trips to Nepal. With a combination of thrilling adventures as well as natural and cultural beauty – Nepal is the best place to make lifetime memories with your family and friends. Travel across the diverse landscapes, valleys, and villages, and adventures trip by building a friendly relationship with locals – you can also make your private trips memorable.


  • An ideal destination for trekkers and adventurers

This is a great spot for hikers and explorers. Nepal is the ideal destination for those who enjoy trekking and adventure. Thousands of visitors come to Nepal every year in search of adventure. Nepal has a lot of hiking and adventure opportunities even though it is a Himalayan country. Nepal has a wide variety of hiking trails and itineraries to enjoy. Apart from trekking, you may also attempt mountain biking, rock climbing, white water rafting, snow skiing, bungee jumping, sky diving, paragliding, zip lining, and canyoning.


  • Get a feeling of Peace

Nepal is far from prosperous, but it is a fantastic spot for anyone seeking peace and tranquility. Even though there are no criminal cases for tourists, locals are friendly and there is a myth guests are a god. Traveling to Nepal is a fantastic spot for serenity in itself. It has a charming, relaxed atmosphere with all the comforts of a sophisticated country. There is nothing like the serenity of the countryside, yet even a leisurely ramble around Thamel in Kathmandu may provide a moment of respite. Also, the lake city of Pokhara, where you can breathe fresh air and gaze at the peaceful lake, is a great spot to relax and unwind.


  • A paradise destination for mountain Junkers

Mountaineering enthusiasts would find Nepal to be a wonderland. Nepal is known as the ‘Land of High Himalayas’ because it has over a hundred snow-capped mountains in a geographical area. Despite being landlocked and having a small geographical territory, the country is home to eight of the fourteen highest mountains over 8,000 meters. Nepal is also the home of the World’s highest Peak Mt. Everest (8,848.86m) followed by the highest mountains like Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Annapurna.


  • To Savor Nepali cuisines and meet friendly people

According to the Nepali proverb “Mouth is the gateway to the soul” you may expect the greatest meals to delight your taste. Nepali dish is undoubtedly delicious since it draws on a variety of ethnic and cultural influences. Daal, Bhat, and vegetables are common Nepali cuisines, while Mom is undoubtedly one of the country’s most popular foods. Besides this, People in Nepal are extremely friendly and welcoming. They believe that the guests are gods and will do everything they can to make you feel at home. They will never fail to provide you with tea and assistance when you need it.


  • Explore 10 amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Nepal is a country with both natural and cultural treasures. UNESCO has designated the historic sites in Nepal as World Heritage Sites. Kathmandu Valley alone includes seven cultural World Heritage Sites among ten sites. There are three more UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal, in addition to Kathmandu. Chitwan National Park, Sagarmatha National Park, and Lumbini – the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha are among them.


Shopping in Nepal

A shopping expedition is a must inclusion in the list of things to do in Nepal and the Thamel, Lakeside, and Sauraha are the popular destination for indulging in this activity.


Popular items to buy as souvenirs from Nepal include Pashmina Shawl, Kukri, Singing bowls, Rice Paper products, Nepali paper Hamp cloth and bags, Thangka Paintings, glass pipes, incense sticks, and Nepalese Jewelry and handmade kinds of stuff as well as some Nepali clothes that you can try in your home country. you can request a discount while buying


Some useful Nepalese words

Some useful Nepali greeting words are given below:

Nepali Greeting Words

English Translation

Namaste

Hello, Greetings, I bless the divine in you

Namaskar

The more respectful version of Namaste

Hajur

All purpose term meaning

Ys? Pardon, Excuse me

Tapailai Kasto Chha?

How are you?

Malai Thik chha

I am fine

Khana Khanu vayo?

Have you eaten?

Dhanyabaad

Thankyou

Tapaiko naam Ke ho?

What is your name? 

Maaf Garnuhos

Excuse me/ Pardon me/ Sorry

Maile Bujhina

I don’t understandable male

Maile Bujhe

I understand

Feri Vetamla

I hope we meet again

Aama/Buwa

Mother/Father, but also a friendly term for women/men roughly in your parent's generation did

Didi/Bahini

Older/younger sister, but also a friendly term used to refer to other women roughly in your generation 

Dai/Bhai

Older/younger brother, same as your generation

Nanu/Babu

Young girl/boy child

Tapai

You

Shubha Bihanai

Good Morning

Shubha Yatra Hos

Have a safe journey

 


Weather/climate of Nepal

Nepal is broadly temperate, with four main seasons centered around the summer/monsoon from June to August. The build-up to the monsoon is stiflingly hot with afternoon clouds and rain showers.


The subsequent monsoon brings relief with a drop in temperatures and the heavy rains bring the countryside into bloom. While winter is mostly clear and stable, it can also be much cold in trekking areas.


Spring sees warm weather, while the months of autumn are clean, dry, and fresh after the recent rains.

The temperature in Kathmandu drops by around 5 degrees Celsius in winter (January, February, and March), and in summer (June, July, and August) rises to around 29 degrees Celsius.


Likewise, the average annual temperature at Pokhara is 24 Degrees Celsius, and Chitwan and Lumbini are 27 Degrees Celsius. The average temperature annually at some famous trekking sites like Everest Base Camp is 12 Degrees Celsius in the daytime and -5 Degree Celsius at night time and Annapurna Base Camp is 12.33 degrees Celsius at day time and -5.42 degrees Celsius at night time.


What airline to go to Nepal? From where

Owing to the tourist footfall, Nepal has a total of 43 airports. However, out of these, only two International airports – Tribhuvan and Gautam Buddha International Airport receive flights from foreign countries too. Soon Pokhara International Airport will also be opened and will start to receive foreigners directly in Pokhara.


Tribhuvan International Airport is the first international airport in Nepal that is situated in the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. It is only 5 km from the city center of the valley. The airport is the main gateway where people from all over the world come to explore the rich culture and the natural beauty of Nepal. Kathmandu welcomes tourists with open arms and offers the best of Nepal’s art, culture, economy, and history. 30 airlines land at the airport and fly to Asia and the Middle East. Airlines 


Airlines

Destinations

Air Arabia

Abu Dhabi, Sharjah

Air Asia

Kuala Lumpur

Air China

Chengdu – Shuangliu, Kunming

Air India

Delhi, Kolkata

Batik Air Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

Bhutan Airlines

Delhi, Paro

Biman Bangladesh Airlines

Dhaka

Buddha Air

Bhadrapur, Bharatpur, Biratnagar, Dhangadhi, Janakpur, Jitpursimara, Nepalgunj, Pokhara, Rajbiraj, Siddharthanagr, Surkhet, Varanasi, Tumlingtar

Cathay Pacific

Hongkong

China Eastern Airlines

Kunming

China Southern Airlines

Guangzhou

Fly Dubai

Dubai International

Guna Airlines

Bhadrapur, Bharatpur, Biratnagar, Birendranagar, Janakpur, Jitpurismara, Nepalgunj, Pokhara, Siddharthanagar, Tumlingtar

Himalaya Airlines

Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Daxing, Chittagong, Dammam, Dhaka, Doha, Dubai International, Kuala Lumpur, Kunming, Kuwait city, Riyadh

Indigo

Delhi, Mumbai

Jazeera Airways

Kuwait City

Korean Air

Seoul - Incheon

Malaysia Airlines

Kuala Lumpur International

 

 

 

Nepal Airlines

Bangalore, Bangkok, Suvarnabhumi, Bhojpur, Delhi, Doha, Dubai International, HongKong, Ilam, Khotehang, Kuala Lumpur, Lukla, Mumbai, Nepalgunj, Phaplu, Riyadh, Rukum, Taplejung, Tokyo, Narita, Tulsipur

Oman Air

Muscat

Qatar Airways

Doha

Salam Air

Muscat

Saurya Airlines

Bhadrapur, Biratnagar, Dhangadhi, Nepalgunj, Siddharthanagar

 

Shree Airlines

Bhadrapur, Biratnagar, Dhangadhi, Janakpur, Jitpursimara, Nepalgunj, Pokhara, Rabiraj, Siddharthanagar

Sichuan Airlines

Chengdu – Shuangliu, Lhasa-

Singapore Airlines

Singapore

Sita Air

Lukla, Nepalgunj, Pokhara, Bhadrapur, Phaplu, Ramechhap, Taplejung, Tumlingtar

Spice Jet

Delhi, Mumbai

Sri Lankan Airlines

Colombo - Bandaranaike

Summit Air

Lukla, Nepalgunj, Phaplu, Taplejung, Tumlingtar

 

Tara Air

Bhojpur, Ilam, Khanidanda, Lamidanda, Lukla, Nepalgunj, Phaplu, Ramechhap, Taplejung

Thai Smile Air

Bangkok – Suvarnabhumi Thai

i Lion Air

Bangkok – Don Mueang

Tibet Airlines

Chengdu – Shuangliu, Lhasa

Turkish Airlines

Istanbul

Vistara

Delhi

 

Yeti Airlines

Bhadrapur, Bharatpur, Biratnagar, Janakpur, Jitpursimara, Lukla, Nepalgunj, Pokhara, Siddharthanagar, Tumlingtar

 

 

Gautam Buddha International Airport

The Government of Nepal has opened the country’s second international airport, called Gautam Buddha International Airport. It is also known as Bhairahawa Airport which is located at Siddharthanagar only 2 km from Bhairahawa in the Rupandehi district of Nepal.


Airlines

Destinations

Buddha Air

Bharatpur, Kathmandu, Pokhara

Guna Airlines

Kathmandu, Pokhara

Jazeera Airways

Kuwait City

Saurya Airways

Kathmandu

Shree Airlines

Kathmandu

Yeti Airlines

Kathmandu, Pokhara


Where to visit in Nepal (famous tour destination for travelers)

There are several places to visit in Nepal, as all the places of Nepal consist of their natural beauty as well as cultural and historical background. Most travelers spend some more time in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Lumbini, and mountain areas. Visit sacred and historic attractions and then head out to other parts of the country. S

one of the best places to visit outside Kathmandu are Pokhara, Lumbini, Janakpur, Chitwan, and Bardiya National Park for wildlife viewing. Trekkers will find a variety of options across Nepal, with the most important areas being Sagarmatha National Park in the Everest region, Annapurna Conservation Area of the Annapurna region, Manaslu Conservation Area in the Manaslu region, Shey Phoksundo National Park in Dolpo region, Langtang National Park in Langtang region and Kanchenjunga Conservation Area in Kanchenjunga region.


1. Kathmandu

Kathmandu, the capital and largest city of Nepal, is full of ascent temples. It is also known as the city of temples as you can see many temples within short areas. The highlight of Kathmandu Valley is Patan Durbar Square, the largest palace in the city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Temples and monuments of varying shapes, sizes, styles, and faiths can be found here. Some of the famous temples and monuments listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites of this city are Pashupatinath Temple – a holy place for Hindus, Bouddhanath, and Swoyambhumath Stupa – a holy place for Buddhist people. You can also observe the Ranipokhari, Ghantaghar, Dharahara, and the delightful night experience of Thamel Bazaar.


Some reasons to visit Kathmandu are given below:


Explore the tourist neighborhood of Thamel

Thamel Bazar is an amazing place to have a comfortable rest in comfortable hotels by enjoying the delightful night view. In Thamel, you can find lots of tourists hanging around as it is the major place in Kathmandu to attract tourists. You can get the vibes of your own country by seeing or meeting those foreigners as well as the night scene of Thamel Bazar.


Swayambhunath – the monkey temple

Swayambhunath is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a famous pilgrimage site for Buddhists. You will be rewarded with panoramic views of the valley, peaceful prayer flags, and the mythical ancient stupa. You will observe the 100s of monkeys roaming around the temples.

Kathmandu Durbar Square – Kathmandu

Kathmandu Durbar Square is the largest palace square in Nepal and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the epicenter of Kathmandu’s cultural and tourist attractions. Durbar Square, with its old temples, palaces, and street vendors, is an awesome place to bustle with life and cultures.

Kumari Ghar Temple

Nepal is the only country with having living goddess also known as Kumari. The Kumari is a young girl believed to be the incarnation of the Hindu Goddess Durga. You can do a private visit to the Kumari Ghar Temple to see if the Kumari living goddess would make an appearance.  


The Garden of Dreams

The Garden of Dreams is a peaceful oasis, located in the heart of Kathmandu. It is filled with neo-classical pavilions, well-manicured gardens, and expansive lawns and is a lovely place to spend a few hours escaping the madness of the city. The pristinely manicured lawns are filled with local wildlife and flowers and it feels like you are in a dream when you visit the Garden of Dreams.

Boudhanath Stupa

Boudhanath is the largest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet. It’s the center of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu and you can see and more importantly, feel the Buddhist symbolism all around. It is the perfect place to sit with a cup of local tea or coffee and watch old ladies with prayer beads spin prayer wheels, Buddhist monk chants, and just soak in the culture.

Patan Durbar Square

Patan durbar square is the must-visit one of the three durbar squares of Kathmandu. It is a historical place full of monuments, temples full of arts and sculptures, and museums where you can experience the ancient culture and lifestyle of Kathmandu Valley



Pashupatinath Temple

One of the holiest Hindu shrines in Nepal, the Pashupatinath temple is stretched across both the banks of the beautiful and sacred Bagmati River on the eastern fringes of the capital city of Kathmandu. The UNESCO enlisted World Heritage Site, Pashupatinath attracts thousands of devotees who want to offer their prayers and seek blessings from Lord Shiva. It is a place where you can feel happiness and sorrow at the same time.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur Durbar Square is also one of the three durbar squares of Kathmandu located eastern side of Kathmandu Valley. It is UNESCO's old heritage site that Nepal has the full expression of historical temples, palaces, and monuments. 

Kathmandu is a gateway for hundreds of Himalaya Trekking Expeditions like Everest, Manaslu, Kanchenjunga, Langtang, Annapurna, and Many more 




2. Pokhara

Pokhara is the second largest city in Nepal after Kathmandu but doesn’t feel like a big city. Pokhara is very beautiful and the environment is much cleaner than any other city in Nepal. You will be setting at the base of the foothills and surrounded by some of the highest mountains in the world – Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Annapurna I.

Pokhara is one of Nepal’s most scenic cities with beautiful lakes like Begnas and Phewa Lake including the views of Machhapuchchhre Himal. Pokhara is the gateway to the Himalayas and the starting point for treks to Jomsom and the Annapurna region. It’s also a wonderful spot to relax for a bit, either before or after a hiking trip. You can also visit the Mahendra Cave, Davies Falls, and Lake Phewa with its cluster of lakeside hotels, restaurants, and shops is ideal for those looking for a little relaxation.

Some Places and Reasons to Visit Pokhara


Chilling by the lakes

The major attraction of Pokhara is the lakes. There are seven lakes in the Pokhara and Fewa is the largest of all. Mostly, people would love to spend their time at Fewa Lake as the view of the lake from the lakeside is just amazing. The lake is surrounded by green forests and mountains. You can also observe the reflection of Machhapuchchhre Himal at Fewa Lake in day time if the weather is clear. You are highly recommended to observe the sunrise view from the lakeside. Besides Fewa Lake, visit Begnas Lake, and Rupa Lake and observe the manifest beauty they offer.

Devi’s Fall

Devi’s Fall is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Pokhara. It is also known as Patale Chango in Nepali. It is a huge waterfall that looks spectacular mainly in the rainy season. During rainfall, the waterfall becomes dense and the beauty of the waterfall is mesmerizing.

Gateway to Annapurna Region

Pokhara is regarded as the gateway to the Annapurna region since the trek in the Annapurna region starts from Pokhara. Most trekkers spend some time at Pokhara for relaxation. The travelers get to explore the culture and lifestyle of people living in Pokhara.


Mahendra Cave

Mahendra Cave also known as Gupteshwor Gufa is one of the key attractions among travelers. It is a large cave with the statue of Lord Shiva. Pilgrims of lord Shiva visit the cave to worship the idol of Lord Shiva. The cave is 125 meters long and lies in the middle of the forest. Visit this cave for a thrilling experience and you will also observe the waterfall inside Mahendra Cave.


Sarangkot

Sarangkot is a wonderful place situated at a slightly higher altitude than Pokhara City. It is a popular tourist destination where travelers stay overnight to catch the morning glimpse of sunrise. This place is also known for paragliding. There, you can also do the thrilling activity of paragliding from Sarangkot.


World Peace Pagoda 

Shanti Stupa, also known as World Peace Pagoda, is one of the major attractions of Pokhara. It is a Buddhist monument built in Pagoda style and it symbolizes peace. You can observe Himalayan flowers, flora, and fauna, and an amazing view of the Himalayas. The place also provides a spectacular view of the Annapurna range, Fewa Lake, and a clear view of Pokhara city.


Nightlife

The nightlife of Pokhara is one of the most interesting aspects of Pokhara. Explore the nightlife of Pokhara as the city never sleeps. Observe the night market where you find stuff at half the price. There will be food stalls and souvenir shops. The restaurants and the clubs are open till dawn. 

Pokhara is also the gateway to Annapurna Region Trekking which has more than 15 trekking routes

 


3. Lumbini

Lumbini is famous for being the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, the historic Buddha, known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Situated off the main tourist track, almost 250 kilometers from Kathmandu, Lumbini is a worthwhile 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. Most of the visitors are Buddhist pilgrims from around the world, retracing Buddha's footsteps through the stations of his life. The Maya Devi Temple, dedicated to Buddha's mother, is believed to be the spot where Buddha was born.

It contains an ancient stone relief from the 2nd century AD depicting Buddha's birth. You can observe the monasteries built by different countries like Thailand, Myanmar, Germany, Japan, Korea, and China. It is the holiest place for people who belong to the Buddhist religion. This is the most peaceful place in Nepal and you can also do meditation with Buddhist monks.

Some reasons to visit Lumbini are:


Maya Devi Temple

Maya Devi temple is an old Buddhist temple also considered the birthplace of Gautam Buddha. The temple has a mark where lord Gautam Buddha was born and is also taken as the main temple of Lumbini. The holy temple is peaceful and is filled with several prayer flags arranged between the trees, just outside the Mayadevi temple. This place would surely provide you with the best feeling to stop around on your journey.


Maya Devi Pond

Mayadevi Pond is a holy pond, Lord Buddha’s mother – Mayadevi used this pond for first bathing after Siddhartha Gautam Buddha was born. The pond is located inside the Lumbini Garden, in front of the Mayadevi temple.

The square-shaped pond has footsteps down toward the water level from every site so people can get to the water level easily. The steps are filled with oil lamps that illuminate the pond after sunset to worship the holy pond. Therefore, the Mayadevi Pond carries both historical and religious importance.


Bodhi Tree

The Bodhi tree is an old Peepal tree, which is covered by colorful prayer flags. The tree lies on the bank of the holy Maya Devi pond, in the Maya Devi temple premises. The tree is considered very important in Buddhism because the Lord Buddha achieved understanding liberation from anger and delusion and self-indulgence through the Bodhi tree of Bodhi Gaya.

The journey of Buddha’s life is connected with this tree after he abdicated his throne, he became disciplined, achieved enlightenment, and was taught about his understanding till his last breath.


Ashoka Pillar

The Ashoka pillar is located inside the peaceful complex of the Mayadevi temple. The great pillar was erected by the great Indian emperor Ashoka in the third century. The pillar carries both historic and religious significance as the pillar was erected after Emperor Ashoka visited the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha.


World Peace Pagoda

The white-colored, pagoda-style monument World Peace pagoda is one of the prominent tourist destinations, located outside the main compound of Lumbini. The monument has a golden Buddha statue, constructed by Japanese Buddhists. You can explore and visit the World Peace pagoda, the symbol of peace which inspires you to walk the path of peace and to live in unity, which is very important in today’s world.


Lumbini Monastic site

The Lumbini Monastic site is a large area filled with various monasteries and temples which are constructed to provide insights into the Gautam Buddha’s life and help in understanding Buddhism, its value, evolution, and its methods. You can explore the Buddhist tradition, culture, and history in this monastic site.
You can also observe the monasteries built by different nations of the world. China Temple (Zhong Hua Chinese Buddhist Monastery), Royal Thai Buddhist Monastery, Dharma Swami Maharaja Buddha Vihar, Sri Lankan Monastery, Cambodian Monastery, Myanmar Golden Temple, Korean Temple (Dae Sung Shakya), Manang Samaj Stupa, Vietnam Phat Quoc Tu Temple, Great Grigung Lotus Stupa and Thrangu Vajra Vidya monastery are some famous monasteries in this site.


Lumbini Museum

The Lumbini Museum lies inside the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lumbini, in a religious garden area. The Lumbini Museum was constructed in the 1970s and is now remade by Kris Yao, a famous architect from Taiwan, and his team.

The Lumbini museum consists of around 1200 artifacts along with metal sculptures, religious manuscripts, coins from Khurasan and Maurya Dynasty, Terra Cottas, and straps from all around the world representing the Lumbini.


4. Janakpur

Janakpur City is located in the Terai region of Nepal and is the administrative headquarter of the Dhanusa district. Janakpur city is believed to be the birthplace of Goddess Sita and the place of her marriage with Lord Ram. It is also known as the city of Ponds boasts of more than seventy ponds that mark its verdant landscape.

The Ram Janaki Temple is the main attraction in Janakpur. Janakpurdham is also one of the reserved sites on the holy Parikrama (route taken by devout Hindus) along with Ayodhya, Kashi, and Brij in India. The pleasant weather, the grand and colorful festivals throughout the year, the stunning architecture of the temples, and the friendly locals make Janakpur a favorite spot for tourists and pilgrims alike.


Some reasons to visit Janakpur are


Janaki Mandir (The main attraction of Janakpur)

Janaki Mandir is the key attraction of Janakpur, was built in 1898 AD by Queen Brisabhanu Kunwar of Tikamgargh. It reflects a fine blend of Indo-Islamic architecture. The dome of the temple is designed in the fashion of a palace in Rajasthan. The doors are ornately decorated with silver and it is said that the statue of Sita, the presiding deity of the temple, was found in the Sarya River near Ayodhya.

Ram Sita Bibaha Mandir

It is another important place of interest in Janakpur. Almost next door to the Janaki Mandir, this rather bizarre temple marks the spot where Rama and Sita were married. This is a pagoda built in the traditional Nepalese form. Apart from these, you will also find the statues of the brothers of Rama. The pagoda was built to commemorate the wedding of Rama and Sita.


Visit Ram Mandir

Ram Mandir is another must-visit temple and is the oldest temple in Janakpur. It was built by the Gorkhali general Amar Singh Thapa. It is pagoda style and located to the southeast of the Janaki Mandir.


Traditional villages 

During roaming around the temples of Janakpur, do not forget to make a short excursion into the village life of Janakpur. While strolling around the villages of Janakpur you can see traditional villages. The traditional villages are the showcase of Mithila art and culture. Many of the villages are built in the traditional Mithila style, with mud walls decorated with colorful paintings of people and animals.


Explore Dhanush Sagar, Ganga Sagar and Parshuram Kunda

Janakpurdham is believed to have 115 ancient ponds that carry historical and mythological significance. Among the ponds, Dhanush Sagar, Ganga Sagar, and Parshuram Kunda are held extremely sacred. Dhanush Sagar and Ganga Sagar are situated near the Ram Mandir and here, people perform religious ablutions during the early morning hours.

These ponds are extremely and religious ceremonies are conducted here during the festivals. Likewise, Parshuram Kunda is said to be the pond where Maharishi Parshuram bathed to quell his anger after his confrontation with Ram over the breaking of the sacred bow of Shiva. The ponds are picturesque, with lotus flowers floating on them and lush trees on their southern banks.


Jaleshwar Mandir

Jaleshwar Mandir is situated south of Janakpur near the Indian border. It is famous for the Shiva temple which is also known as Jaleshwar Mahadev. The Shiva lingam here is situated about 20 feet below the surface of the temple and is reached by a narrow stairway. Most of the time it lies immersed in water, hence the name Jaleshwar was accounted for. The name ‘Jaleshwar’ means the Lord of the Water. There are two large ponds on either side of the temple which are sacred and famous places for tourist observations.

Chitwan National Park, Bardi National Park, and Parsa Wildlife Reserve are the best places for jungle safari in Nepal which offers endogenous wild animals such as Royal Bengal Tiger, horn rhino, and many more

 

and Nepal has more than eight mountain regions that offer hundreds of trekking routes and climbing mountains such as the Everest Region, Annapurna Region, Manaslu Region, Kanchenjunga Region, Langtang Region, Dolpo Region, and many more.


Food and Accommodation in Nepal for Travellers

Food

Nepal is known for its different varieties of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food, which might be unique. When you visit Nepal, you can easily get popular dishes from different countries of the world in different restaurants. 


Nepal's major cities offer Halal foods too.

Trying different Nepali foods is one of the must things to do in Nepal.  Different places in Nepal are famous for different foods. The most well-known food of Nepal is Mo Mo which is available everywhere around Nepal. Other famous Nepali foods that should be tried are Bara, Sel Roti, Gundruk, Dal Bhat, Yomari, Thukpa, Kheer, Chatamari, Chow Mein, Samaya Baji, Dhindo, Juju Dhau, and Chatpate.



Accommodation for Travellers in Nepal


In Nepal, Travelers can stay budget hotels to five-star hotel accommodations. Boutique Hotels, Resorts, and Villas built in the traditional style of different places are available in major touristic places. Most cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nepaljung, Lumbini, and Chitwan, have five-star hotels.


20 five-star Hotels in Nepal

  1. The Soaltee Kathmandu, Kathmandu

  2. Kathmandu Marriott Hotel, Kathmandu

  3. Hyatt Place, Kathmandu

  4. Shangri-La Hotel, Kathmandu

  5. Hyatt Regency, Kathmandu

  6. Hotel Annapurna, Kathmandu

  7. The Hotel Everest International, Kathmandu

  8. The Fulbari Resort, Pokhara

  9. Radisson Hotel, Kathmandu

  10. Hyatt Regency, Kathmandu

  11. Hotel Yak & Yeti, Kathmandu

  12. The Malla Hotel, Kathmandu

  13. Hotel Aloft, Kathmandu

  14. Hotel Pokhara Grande, Pokhara

  15. Meghauli Safari. Chitwan 

  16. Tiger Palace Resort, Lumbini, Bhairahawa

  17. Hotel Central Plaza, Kohalpur, Banke

  18. Soaltee Westend Premier, Nepalgunj, Banke

  19. Mechi Crown Plaza, Dhulabari, Jhapa

  20. Hotel the Kingsbury, Birtamode, Jhapa