NEPAL - LAND OF PEACE AND TRANQUILITY
Nepal is a landlocked Central Himalayan country located in South Asia. Nepal historically was one of the least urbanized countries in the world, but urbanization is accelerating, especially in its capital, Katmandu. It is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It is richly blessed with incredible nature and truly deserves to be called a piece of heaven on Earth. It homes beautiful lakes, rivers, caves, valleys, mountains & hills and is a home of the mighty and magnificent Mt. Everest, it is full of history and historical remains. It is also a perfect destination for the religious ones as there are a plenty of monasteries and temples that will give you a sense of rejuvenation and peace. It also happens to be the birthplace of the Lord Buddha, so this just adds up to it being one of the must visit places. Besides this, Nepal has so much more to offer. It serves the adventure seekers with the prefect taste of thrill with its breathtaking Annapurna circuit and the Himalayan Mountains. It doesn’t let the excitement wander off as it engulfs you in its interesting diverse culture and cuisine. It also serves as an amazing shopping hub for those who never get enough of slippers, bags, accessories and little stuffs.
Nepali culture represents a fusion of Indo-Aryan and Tibeto-Mongolian influences. The culture has many symbols from Hindu and Buddhist sources including the ancient Hindu swastika and Shiva's trident. Migration into cities has led to over-crowding which in turn has given birth to the problem of pollution. Most of Nepal is inhibited by the Nepalese. Eighty-six percent of Nepalese are Hindus, 8 percent are Buddhists, 4 percent are Muslims, and just over 1 percent is Christians. There is a strong animistic and shamanic tradition. Belief in ghosts, spirits, and witchcraft is widespread, especially in rural areas. There are over thirty-six ethnic groups and over fifty languages. Rural architecture is generally very simple, reflecting the building styles of different caste and ethnic groups, the houses have one or two stories and are made up of mud brick with a thatched roof. Rice is their staple meal usually served with dal, a lentil dish, and tarkari, a cooked vegetable. They normally eat with their hands seated on the floor but eating with spoon seated in dining room on a chair is also practiced. So, considering its heritage, beauty and culture, it deserves to be in your must visit once in a lifetime list.
JEWELS OF NEPAL
Pokhar is located at the base of the foothills. It is 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu and is surrounded by some of the highest mountains in the world - Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Annapurna. Pokhara is the gateway to the Himalayas. But visitors will enjoy Pokhara and the beautiful scenery even if they are not planning on heading off on a hike. The air and pleasant climate is noticeable almost immediately.
The Annapurna Region is one of the most popular trekking regions in Nepal. The Annapurna Circuit around Annapurna Mountain takes about 21 days to complete. This route is sometimes called the "Apple Pie Circuit," as most of the teahouses along the route serve their own version of fried apple pie.
Chitwan National Park
This is the place for wildlife viewing and has a safari-type atmosphere. It is situated at an altitude of only 100 meters in some areas, much lower than Kathmandu at 1400 meters. The guide takes visitors out into the park, either on foot, or on elephants for close-up views of the animals. The park is home to rhinos, Bengal tigers, leopards, sloth bears, gaur (buffalo) deer, and many other critters. Freshwater dolphins and crocodiles inhabit the rivers. This is included in the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage sites as well.
The Langtang Region, home to Langtang National Park, is an incredible area for hiking, it has some high passes, extensive views, old monasteries, and beautiful mountain scenery with rhododendron forests that bloom during the spring hiking season. It is less developed than some of the other popular trekking areas in Nepal. On a clear day, the peak of Langtang Lirung (7,245 meters), is visible from Kathmandu. Trekking lengths and duration range from a few days to a couple of weeks depending on the routing. Some trekkers combine Helambu and Langtang for a longer trek.
Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
Swayambhunath is the second most important shrine in the Kathmandu Valley after Boudhanath, set on a hilltop to the west of Kathmandu. Due to the resident monkeys that inhabit parts of the temple, it is more popularly known as the Monkey Temple.
The summit of Mount Everest, the highest mountain on earth, reaches 8,848 meters (29,028 feet) high. Trekking in the Mount Everest area became popular following the legendary Edmund Hillary and the Sherpa Tensing Norgay. The Everest Region is generally not regarded as the most scenic region for trekking, but the allure of Everest draws climbers in large numbers. The main hiking seasons are in the spring and fall, from March to May and September to December.
Pashupati Nath Temple
This temple is one of the oldest, most renowned and sacred temples in Nepal, located on the fringes of Kathmandu. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It’s Golden Spire, silver sheeted doors, Panch Deval Complex, and the lingams are the highlights of the temple. Ardent Hindu followers visit this tourist place in Nepal to gain the blessings of the divine deity and because it is believed that your wished will be fulfilled here if you go there and offer you prayers with a pure clean heart.
Boudhanath is a prominent pilgrimage center, located 7 km northeast of Kathmandu. It is one of the most popular tourist places in Nepal. Local as well as Tibetan pilgrimages visit this spiritual place for meditation. It’s a magnificent Stupa, with 29 Tibetan Gompas and the prayer wheel.