Nepal is a tiny country famous for its beautiful Himalayas and trekking trails. Identified as the country that is home to Mount Everest and 8 of the world’s tallest mountains, it has epic views and natural surroundings that are undeniably breathtaking. Not only natural beauty and Himalayas there are much more to Nepal. Beautiful Nepal is a land of friendly and engaging people with diverse cultures, it is the land where deities mingle with mortals, and magnificent temples, monasteries, and historical monuments can be found at almost every turn. The diverse nature of Nepal always has a unique way of refreshment and entertainment for each individual according to what they prefer. From the astounding landscape, the world’s highest Himalayas, to a wide range of cultures, warm and friendly people, delicacies, adventure sports, wildlife, Nepal has everything. And, if you’re still debating whether to visit Nepal, we say you definitely should. So, here are the 10 reasons why you should visit Nepal before you die.
It is a trekking paradise
Nepal is known as the “Kingdom of Himalaya”. There are 8 highest mountains out of 10 remains in the world, including Mt Everest (8,848m) roof of the World. Nepal is considered a trekking paradise with numerous trekking routes, where every traveler can do easy and short trips to multi-week extreme adventure trips in the Himalayan wilderness region. There are several popular trekking routes in Nepal, among them Everest Base Camp trekking, Annapurna Base Camp trekking, Upper Mustang Restricted Area trip, and Langtang valley are most visited. Recently, Manaslu Restricted Area Trekking has been most famous for a tea house and homestay trip. You may choose any of these trekking routes and explore the Himalayan scenery like never before.
It has diverse cultural significance
This is a country full of dissimilar cultures, traditions, languages, and beliefs among more than 124 ethnic groups. The fast and festival are running every day the entire year. Nepal is a live museum of culture and tradition. You have a testimonial of the living Goddess “Kumari '' at Kathmandu Durbar square. Nepal possesses a diversified topographical and cultural mix. The ethnic groups are residing in various parts of the country from Tarai low land to mountains and Himalaya highland. Here is a wonderful opportunity to get insight into their culture, history, and lifestyle which would certainly be a new learning experience for everyone.
It has awesome world heritage sites
Nepal’s architecture is incredible and includes seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu area alone. Decorated streets, sacred temples, pagodas, palaces, monasteries, mosques, ancient cities, medieval complexes the list is endless. Nepal has world heritage sites like Sagarmatha National Park, Kathmandu valley: the capital city of Nepal also known as City of Temples, Chitwan National Park, and Lumbini: the birthplace of Lord Gautama Buddha. These heritage sites are beautiful in their values, and they portray a unique era and authenticity of the country. As they say, Kathmandu Valley is called the city of temples as there are several temples of different gods and goddesses. The architectural value of those temples, the buildings are immense as those were built years ago and so, one gets a glimpse of Nepal’s history and cultural essence.
It offers amazing food with different influences
Nepal’s cultural and geographic diversity offers a wide variety of dishes from different ethnic groups. Nepal’s cuisine tends to be simple (but delicious), although it is seasoned with spices and seeds such as garlic, ginger, cumin, turmeric, black pepper, chilies, onions, and sometimes yak butter. In Kathmandu and Pokhara, you can find international food. In small towns, you’ll have more chances to find dal bhaat, the national dish. Dal is a soup made of lentils and spices and is served with cooked cereals, bhaat, rice, and curry. It can be accompanied by an extremely spicy sauce, which can be made with fresh ingredients or with fermented brine. Another famous food is momo also known as dumplings in many countries which is found in almost all the restaurants you pass by. The foods are also different in the different ethnic groups of people. For instance, there is a wide range of food such as Katamari, Yomari, choela, aloo tama, and many more in the Newar community. Each ethnic group has its distinct food and taste. You will always have wide options to choose food from.
The kind and friendly people
Nepalese people are undoubtedly the kindhearted and warmest ones you will ever meet. In Nepal, we say “Atithi Devo bhava” meaning, guests are always considered gods. If you are a guest or are just visiting someone’s house, the people of that house will make sure to ask you if you’ve eaten or if you want to eat something. Basic manners and hospitality are still striving in Nepal. You will be served a warm cup of tea and some snacks right away when you visit anyone’s home. This is the tradition we follow to welcome the guests. You will feel welcomed and loved by the Nepalese people everywhere you go.
Witness nearly extinct wildlife
Nepal is also popular for the different animals and birds that are very rare. There is a wide range of wildlife you can witness as you make your way through the first national park of Nepal, Chitwan National Park. Wild animals that can be spotted are Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinoceros, sloth bears, Bengal foxes, and several other wildlife. The other UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sagarmatha National Park is located in the eastern region dominated most parts by Mount Everest. In addition to the spectacular views of Everest, you can spot Himalayan monal, blood pheasant, red panda, musk deer, and others. You can either take a jeep safari or an elephant safari, you can enjoy the wildlife as you please.
The perfect destination for adventure lovers
Nepal is the best destination for adventure activities. Paragliding, white water rafting, zip-flying, bungee jumping, skydiving, ultra-light flight, and other adventurous activities define the true meaning of adventure, thrill, and adrenaline. During a 45 minutes mountain flight you can see the scenery of the mountain range including Mt Everest almost touch by your hand. This is the best place for every adventure traveler to luxury wealthy people. Many activities such as; Peak Climbing, Expedition, Rock climbing, Paragliding, Bungee Jump, Jeep flier, Skydiving, Canyoning, Tours, Trekking, Hiking, World Heritage Site Tour, Religious, National park tour, White Water Rafting, Cultural and Historic places sightseeing many more can do in Nepal.
It is full of spirituality and mysticism
Nepal is a country full of spiritual people who search for inner peace. People in Nepal believe deeply in spirituality. As Nepal is the birthplace of Lord Buddha, we do preach his teachings. This country’s Buddhism is followed by most of the population after Hinduism. Similarly, Hindu people also preach most of Gautam Buddha’s teachings. Religion itself teaches people to be spiritually open and find peace. From the temples to monasteries and stupas you can find spiritual teachings everywhere.
It is affordable
Everything in Nepal is pretty affordable as USD 1 is equal to NPR 117.44 approx. So, for USD 1.5 you can buy a plate of momo for lunch. As you see this country is super affordable, and you can buy tons of stuff for a few dollars, you will never be bound to explore the country just because of less money. Nepal is a small, developing country, so your contribution to tourism will be of greater help for the nation’s development.
It’s safe to visit
Nepal is a very safe destination. Like in any country, you’ll have to use common sense, but that’s all. Even big cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara are by no means dangerous. Some sellers might try to rip you off with the prices, but even that is quite unlikely. Out of the city, you’ll find quiet villages that preserve their rural way of life, surrounded by valleys and mountains. It is very unlikely that you will have any program.