What is Nepal known for?
The magnificent and beautiful country of Nepal is known for its mountains containing eight of the highest peaks in the world including the mighty Mount Everest and majestic Kanchenjunga. The country is nestled between the two domineering landmasses of India and China boasting a fascinating rich culture, scenic landscapes, some of the world`s best trekking and kind friendly locals. One of the world`s greatest travel destinations donning some of the finest Hindu and Buddhist temples found in the old town of Kathmandu. The sacred land features a fascinating blend of Indian Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism with breathtaking Buddhist architecture found in Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha. The Kopan Monastery is a fabulous place to learn about Tibetan Buddhism through meditation and relaxing retreats.
Explore the great outdoors in Nepal covered in some of the most incredible mountainous scenery in the world. Trekking is a major draw here with the mighty Mount Everest where trekkers can stay in cozy lodges and take in the magnificent surrounding scenery. The Annapurna Circuit is the most popular trek in Nepal through varied landscapes dotted with Hindu temples, authentic Tibetan villages and sparkling glacial views, the route stretches for 3.5 miles. The subtropical land is filled with wonderful wildlife including Bengal Tigers, rhinos, and crocodiles. The Chitwan National Park is a fantastic place to spot an array of animals as well as Bardia National Park onboard a safari track.
There is no shortage of exhilarating outdoor activities to absorb in Nepal from climbing massive peaks, trekking through verdant forests, mountain biking, zip-lining, and even Asia`s highest bungee jump. Rafting can be enjoyed on the raging Bhote Kosi, canyoning down through cascading waterfalls and glistening pools, and paragliding over Pokhara with views of Phewa Tal.
The country features some luxurious accommodations many nestled in the verdant jungle with lodges, traditional mansions, and world-class retreats complete with delicious organic food and soothing spa treatments. Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge is known for its breathtaking views of the Himalayas, an eco-friendly destination with a luxurious pool.
What are the best places to visit in Nepal?
Kathmandu is the largest city and capital of Nepal surrounded by a tier of gorgeous verdant mountains. Once the main trading route between Tibet and India, a historic, spiritual, enticing and vibrant city. Pokhara is nestled in the middle of Pokhara Valley on the banks of the Seti River, the country's center for adventure and the perfect launching pad for hikers and trekkers. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the summit of Machhapuchhre (22,890 ft) rising behind it create an ambience of peace and magic. The city is surrounded by lush forests, gushing rivers, emerald lakes, and the world famous views of the Himalayas.
When is the best time to visit Nepal?
The best time of year to visit Nepal is during the spring and autumn months when the weather is moderate and stable boasting clear skies and comfortable temperatures. However, Nepal is also great during the winter months for skiing and hiking the majestic mountains. January and February are the coldest months with temperatures dropping at night, this time of year tends to be quieter which is rewarding in many ways with beautiful vistas and a serene atmosphere. Springtime brings beautiful blooming rhododendrons, warmer temperatures making outdoor activities enjoyable, there are also several festivals this time of year including the Nepalese New Year in April. May brings the heat and humidity to Nepal and the monsoon season arrives in June with cloudy skies and rain. The `rain shadow` of the Himalayas seen in Upper Mustang or Nar Phu makes for magical trekking during this time of year. Fall is another popular season for trekking with stable weather and moderate temperatures usually donning clear skies. This is also peak season with more fun festivals like Dashain held in October and Tihar in November.
How many days should I spend in Nepal?
We recommend 7-10 days based on what you want to see and do. We offer flexible vacation packages so you can select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities. We suggest a minimum of 3 nights in larger cities.
What is the best way to get around Nepal?
By Car and Driver:
Hiring and car and the private driver is a comfortable and convenient way to travel around Nepal. These drivers are often very friendly and act a knowledgeable guide sharing valuable information regarding sights and attractions. A private car and driver can be hired for the day or multiple days.
By Bus: Buses are the most popular form of transportation in Nepal with comfortable tourist class buses that are air-conditioned, comfortable, and reliable. Most of the cities and towns in Nepal are accessible by bus with regular stops. Two tourist bus options are express `high end` tourist buses and the common `tourist` bus. The high-end ones are only available for trips from Kathmandu and Pokhara, with trips to Chitwan offered in peak season. Regular tourist buses are older most times with no air conditioning offering intercity transport for visitors and locals and cost half the price of high-end buses.
By Plane:Flying is one of the fastest and most popular choices for traveling around Nepal. Flight schedules depend on the weather causing delays and redirections at the last minute due to poor visibility. There is a great network of domestic flights offered over the varied landscapes of Nepal making flying a scenic journey.
What is the currency of Nepal?
The units of currency in Nepal are the Nepalese Rupee (NPR or Rs). US dollars are not accepted. Please be sure to have the correct currency on hand or be prepared to exchange your dollars for pounds upon arrival. Currency exchanged desks can be found at the airport and in many locations throughout the city.
Do people speak English in Nepal?
The official language spoken in Nepal is Nepali. English is spoken and understood by most individuals in the service industry. We suggest you get a good English-Nepal Guidebook and familiarize yourself with common phrases such as hello, goodbye, please, thank you, and numbers 1-10.