This Himalayan country is widely known for its snowy landscape, exotic culture, and ancient tradition. A paradise for adventure lovers, a religious hub and a major centre for Buddhism, Nepal mesmerises everyone with its charming and spectacular appearance. The residence of the world's tallest peak, Mt Everest, Nepal also houses mountains such as Annapurna, Manaslu, and Kanchenjunga making it one of the most preferred trekking trails in the world.
History of Nepal
During the 18th Century, Nepal clashed head to head with the British troops of the East India Company during the Anglo-Nepali War. Despite facing an advanced military troop armed with modern weaponry, the fierce Gurkha soldiers of Nepal crushed the British troops and earned a lot of fame and respect from the East India Company for their military ferocity & valor. The war ended with the signing of the Sugauli Treaty. Presently, it is the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. Nepal is the hometown of Siddhartha who was born in Lumbini.
Nepal serves an array of lip-smacking dishes, influenced by the neighbouring countries India, China, and Tibet, the food found here are not just delicious but are also the blend of flavours. Momos is one of the most popular dishes in Nepal, followed by Wo (pancake), Sel Roti. Yomari (it is a sweet dish made of rice dough and stuffed with a paste made of coconut, sesame seeds and molasses), Gundruk (fermented pickle), Gorkhali Lamb, Juju Dhau (curd), Chatamari (kind of pizza), Thukpa, Tongba (Tibetan Beer) are amongst the few must-try food items.
Handicrafts are the perfect items for shopping as they depict the culture of the place. In Nepal, the highly recommended handicrafts are textile products such as Dhaka products, Pashmina products, Felt products. Other items are silver jewellery, handmade paper products, wood crafts, Thangka painting, Singing Bowls, Khukuri (The Gurkha knife), Glass Beads, Hemp products.
Places to Visit
The capital of Nepal, Kathmandu is visited by all kinds of travellers. Mighty Himalaya as its backdrop, the warmth of this serene valley, blissful natural beauty is a few of the factors which have been luring tourists from all around the world. From spiritual awakening to an array of adventure activities, Kathmandu is the best destination for holidaying.
Pokhra is a starting point for many trekking trails and expeditions in the Annapurna range which makes it popular amongst adventure enthusiasts. Located at an altitude of 900. Pokhra is an adventure as well as a leisure destination. The Lakeside is the major highlight along with the overwhelming beauty that surrounds the town. Being the second-largest city in Nepal, Pokhra is also home to many historical temples making it a picture-perfect town.
The birthplace of Lord Buddha, the striking town of Lumbini is located closer to the Indian border and is one of the major pilgrimage sites for devotees who follow Buddhism. The entire town is decorated up with prayer flags and the place has overabundance of ancient monasteries and stupas. Travellers and devotees from all around the world come here to study Buddhist scriptures, meditate, or learn more about Buddhism. Being a UNESCO heritage site, the monasteries here has a distinctive architecture design with amazing facades and paintings.
Located in the southern part of Nepal, Chitwan is famous for Chitwan National Park spread over an area of 952.63 sq km. if you have a thrust to experience the exotic wildlife and the explore at its best, this national park offers an opportunity to come across a variety of mammals, reptiles and birds, and some well preserved endangered species such as the Greater one-horned rhinoceros and the Royal Bengal tiger. In 1984, the national park declared as a UNESCO Heritage Site and since then the national park has been a hub for wildlife enthusiasts and nature and bird lovers.
147,516 square km
Between October and December is the best time
Mild warm clothing is required during summers and warm clothing during winters.
Nepali, Hindi, English
Nearest Railway Station
Raxaul and Gorakhpur
Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu