There are two types of travelers: one who has visited Nepal and one who hasn’t. Nepal is among the top travel destinations in the world. Every year thousands of travelers visit Nepal to admire its beauty. Nepal is the ultimate destination for mountain lovers, bird watchers, and adventurers. Not convinced?- Here are 13 reasons for you to visit Nepal if you haven’t.
Land of the Himalayas
Nepal is home to 8 of 14 eight-thousanders and more than 70 peaks above 5000m. Mount Everest (World’s highest), Kanchenjunga (3rd highest), Lhotse (4th highest), Makalu (5th highest), Cho Oyu (6th highest), Dhaulagiri I (7th highest), Manaslu (8th highest), and Annapurna I (10th highest) are the world’s most popular mountains perched in the Himalayas of Nepal. Nepal is also known as the land of the Himalayas, where some of the highest mountains in the world dominate the horizon. Nowhere else can you embrace the grandeur of mountains like in Nepal.
Everest-World’s Highest Mountain
Everest, the name speaks it all. The highest mountain in the world, Everest, is the pride and glory of Nepal. It is one of the prominent reasons to visit Nepal. Trekkers, mountaineers, and mountain admirers in thousands travel to Nepal to marvel at Everest’s beauty. Trek to the base camp of Everest is one of the most popular treks in the world. Lonely Planet recently published an article- The 10 best treks in the world and pretty obviously, Everest Base Camp Trek is among them.
World’s Highest Irish Pub Namche Bazaar
Walk for two days after landing at the most dangerous airport in the world, Lukla Airport, and you will reach Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar at 3,440 meters is home to the world’s highest Irish Pub, where you can enjoy Jameson Whiskey and even yak steak. “If you’re drinking to forget, please pay in advance” is a sign that welcomes you once you step inside the Pub. If you love a good Irish bar, this bar is a must-visit. Or if you want to embark on a journey to the base camp of Everest and bag some bragging rights, you must visit Nepal.
10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Nepal boasts 10 UNESCO World Heritage sites- 8 cultural sites and two natural sites (Sagarmatha National Park and Chitwan National Park). Seven sites in Kathmandu valley are counted as 1, Lumbini as one, resulting in 4 UNESCO heritage sites in total. Sagarmatha National Park, established in 1976, is the first site to be added to the list of World Heritage Sites in Nepal. Thousands of travelers fly to Nepal to explore these heritage sites.
And if you haven’t, you are missing something as a traveler.
Lumbini-Birthplace Of Lord Buddha
Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, is a prominent drawcard of Nepal. Siddhartha Gautam, the historical Buddha, was born in Lumbini in 563 BCE. Lumbini is a sacred site for Buddhist pilgrims and a UNESCO World Heritage site in Nepal. It houses older temples, including Mayadevi Temple, the main temple, Buddhist monasteries, a museum, and the Panditarama Vipassana Center. Pilgrims from around the world visit Lumbini to immerse themselves in the blissful atmosphere, to pay reverence to Lord Buddha, and to study Buddhism.
Momo and Dal Bhat
Momo and Dal Bhat. These two meals are the firm favorite of many travelers who visit Nepal. Momo is the steamed dumpling filled with minced meat or vegetables and served with spicy soups. Everywhere in Kathmandu valley, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, and even at higher altitudes, you can order momo in three varieties: Veg momo, buff momo, and chicken momo. Dal Bhat is the staple food of Nepal. ‘Dal’ means lentil soup, and ‘Bhat’ means cooked rice. From the street of Kathmandu to the guest houses at a higher altitude, you can enjoy Dal Bhat. In fact, Dal Bhat is the fuel for trekkers, mountaineers, and even people in the city area.
Home to more than 850 species of birds, Nepal is a paradise for bird watchers. Be it in Kathmandu or the Himalayan landscape (Sagarmatha National Park), Nepal is a hot spot for bird watching. Surprisingly Nepal has 10% of the world’s population of birds. Wildlife reserves, conservation areas, national parks, and the outskirts of Kathmandu calls bird-watchers and ornithologists alike. You can contact tour operators for Bird watching tours.
As soon as you step off the plane into Kathmandu, one word pops up in your head-chaotic. Kathmandu is chaotic, but admittedly, it is also charismatic and captivating. Kathmandu, the “city of temples,” blends culture and modernity. Kathmandu valley alone boasts 7 of 10 UNESCO world heritage sites, making it one of the cities with the densest concentration of UNESCO world heritage sites. From momo to mountains, everything in Kathmandu lures travelers from around the world. Whether you marvel at the grandeur of UNESCO world heritage sites or hike on the outskirt of Kathmandu, there is something magical about Kathmandu.
For those of us, who hesitate to trek for days in the rugged trail but still want to embrace the sight of majestic mountains, including Everest, the mountain flight is for you. From Kathmandu, you can hop on a plane and fly above the cloud to enjoy the mountains’ views. The flight usually lasts for 30 minutes to 50 minutes and bestows an opportunity to admire a glimpse of some of the highest mountains in the world.
Bungee Jumping at Kushma
Nepal now entertains the world’s second-highest bungee jumping in Kushma. Adventure junkies now can head to Pokhara to experience a heart-pounding adventure. Kushma lies about 60km away from Pokhara and hosts bungee jumping at 228m, making it the world’s second-highest bungee jumping and Asia’s highest. Apart from bungee jumping, Kushma also offers the world’s highest swing. This bungee spot is draped by natural grandeur, where one can admire the stunning mountain view as well.
Kumari, the living goddess
Among the countless interesting facts about Nepal, Kumari, the living goddess, is one. Kumari, meaning ‘Virgin,’ is the living goddess worshipped by Nepali people. Kumari is believed to be the manifestation of Devi. Kumari is a young prepubescent Newari girl selected by the Newari council until her first menstruation period, as the goddess leaves the body after menstruation. You can visit Kumari in Patan or Kumari Ghar in Kathmandu Durbar Square. Don’t hire a travel agency or guide for a visit; instead, do independently.
Ghandruk one of 13 Asia’s most picturesque towns
CNN travel listed Ghandruk as one of 13 Asia’s most picturesque towns. Ghandruk is a beautiful mountain village 32 km away from Pokhara. This Gurung village commands dramatic views of mountains like Annapurna, Fishtail, Gangapurna, and Huinchuli. It is the second biggest village in the Annapurna region and the gateway to the famous Poon Hill trek. It houses an old Gurung museum that preserves the antique culture and lifestyle of the Gurung community.
Hunting at Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve
Last but not least, hunting Blue Sheep at Dhorpatan hunting reserve calls for hunters from around the world to Nepal. Established in 1987, the Dhorpatan hunting reserve is the only hunting reserve in Nepal. It is home to 18 mammal species and 137 bird species. Hunters from Nepal and foreign countries pay a hefty amount to hunt Blue Sheep and Himalayan Thar. If you want to do something unique in Nepal, then hunting at the Dhorpatan Hunting reserve is a must-do for you.