Nepal is in the process of attracting tourists from worldwide. With Visit Nepal 2020, numbers of travelers have visited Nepal but still the bewildering fact is that this country is evaded from most people’s to-go list. Many travelers are unaware about this country’s ability to woo with its beauty. Not only is Nepal significantly rich in natural glory, the cultural, historical, ethnic and architectural essence is as strong. The diverse nature of Nepal presents a unique activity for each individual. The astounding landscape, world’s highest Himalayas, wide range of cultures, warm and friendly people, delicacies, adventure sports, wildlife, and many more. If you’re still debating whether or not to visit Nepal we say you definitely should with these 20 reasons to visit Nepal in 2020.
#1 The diverse cultural significance
Nepal is a beautiful garden of over 100 ethnicities. Each ethnicity has their unique traditions, beliefs, festivities, language and arts. Let’s talk about the Newar ethnic group who are also known as the first inhabitants of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. Newar people also known as Newari speak their own Newari language or Nepal Bhasa and celebrate their festivals such as Siti Nakha, Yomari Punhe and others. Newar people can be found scattered around Nepal but if you go to Bhaktapur and Patan you can see the major influence of the Newar architecture and traditions.
#2 the immaculate world heritage sites
UNESCO world heritage sites are profoundly the landmark of cultural, historical and architectural importance. Nepal is home to world heritage sites namely 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 significant in their own values and portray a unique era and authenticity of the country. For say, Kathmandu Valley is called the city of temples. There are numbers of temples of different gods and goddess. The architectural value is immense as there are numbers of temples created years ago as well as newer ones. You get a glimpse of Nepal’s history and cultural essence.
#3 the warmest of people
Nepali people are undoubtedly the kind hearted and warmest of people you will ever meet. Surely, every country thinks that they’re people are the best. And surely yes! However in Nepal guests are considered as God. If you are a guest or are just visiting someone’s house, the people of the house will make sure to ask you if you’ve eaten or do you want to eat something. You will be served a warm of cup of tea and some snacks right away. This is the Nepalese tradition to welcome the guests. Everywhere you go you will feel welcomed and loved by the Nepalese.
#4 Varieties of Nepalese deliciousness
The country’s diverse ethnicity leads to the unique variety of cuisine. Being sandwiched between India and China, Nepal’s delicacies are influenced by these countries but still garnishing a different relish. The main food that represents Nepal is Dal and Bhaat which is rice with lentil soup, curry and pickle. Another famous delicacy is momo also known as dumplings in many countries which is found in almost all of the restaurants you pass by. The food also depends on the ethnicity. For instance, in the Newar community, there are wide range of food such as chatamari, yomari, choela, aloo tama and so on. Each ethnicity has their own distinct food and taste. You have wide options to choose from.
#5 The adventure sports
Nepal is home to eight tallest mountains of the world. With a great deal of Himalayan beauty and the flourishing biodiversity, this country presents a wide range of adventurous activities. You can trek to the highest mountain of the world, Mt Everest and to the world’s deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki gorge. If you’re a trekking fanatic, Nepal will leave you breathless with its wide range of mountains. Other activities which you could enjoy are Paragliding in Pokhara, 500ft bungee jump in Bhote Koshi River, rafting, zip-lining, hiking, canyoning, rock climbing, and jungle safari. Whatever your interests are, Nepal has got you covered for your next adventure.
#6 You will see amazing wildlife
Nepal is also known as the Amazon of Asia. There is a wide range of wildlife you can get a glimpse of as you make your way through the first national park of Nepal, Chitwan National Park. There are Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinoceros, sloth bears, Bengal foxes and several other wildlife. Another UNESCO world heritage site, Sagarmatha National Park is situated in the eastern region dominated most parts by Mount Everest. Along with the spectacular views of Everest, you will also see 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.
#7 Spectacular mountain views everywhere you go
With over 8 of the world’s highest mountains Nepal is widely known for the beautiful Himalayas. The best part is in a beautiful weather day, you can get peeks of mountains right from your Kathmandu accommodation. Or just a few kilometers from Kathmandu, you can visit Nagarkot: the hill station to watch the Himalayas glistening in the first sunlight of the day. Or, if you prefer to experience the glorious mountains yourself, trekking is the way to go. The best seasons for trekking is spring and autumn.
Nepal is pretty affordable in terms of foreign currency. For instance, USD 1 amounts to NPR 113.72. To sum it up, with USD 1 you can buy a plate of momo for your lunch. So, you see this country is affordable and presents a large area of usefulness with a small amount of money. Nepal is a developing country so your contribution to tourism will be of greater help for the nation’s development.
#9 Respectful of religious diversity
I cannot emphasis more in the statement that Nepal is a flower garden of religions. There are a wide range of religions living together. Nepal’s main supposed religion is Hindu and somewhat Buddhist. However, with time the religion has been widely spread with Muslims and Christians joining in this beautiful parade. Now, all Nepalese are respectful of each other’s religion. Because of the wide range of religions being followed, the Government of Nepal allows public holidays on Hindu festivities of course, but also on Christmas, Eid, Buddha Jayanti, and many more. We’re just very open and respect the different religions.
#10 Country of festivities
With a large number of ethnic groups come a large number of festivities which is amazing. The main festival of Hindus is Dashain which is celebrated in October. Nepal holds a large number of religions so a large number of festivities are celebrated. The government of Nepal announces public holidays in different festivals such as Dashain, Tihar, Teej, Eid, Buddha Jayanti, and so on. As the capital city of Nepal Kathmandu is majorly inhabited by Newars, there are several festivals representing the ethnicity like Bisket Jatra, Indra Jatra, Gai Jatra, and others.
#11 Festival of colors
Holi, the festival of colors is one of the biggest festivals of Nepal. Holi is celebrated as the spring arrives and the winter comes to an end. This is a festival to play with colors and laugh and love. Starting from the full moon day in the month of Falgun (early March). The whole country celebrates Holi as the government announces public holiday throughout. People celebrate Holi walking in the neighborhood playing with colors, throwing water balloons at each other and drinking and eating. It is a really fun and happening festival which adds color to the life of people.
#12 Learn about the historical significance
Nepal’s history dates back to 2500 years ago when the Kirat people arrived in Nepal and started their habitation. Since them, the history of Nepal has moved further. This can be viewed in the form of architectures, the palaces, museums, durbar squares and temples. Each palace and museums portray different dynasty and rulers.
#13 Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek is the most famous trekking destination. People from around the globe come to Nepal solely to conquer the EBC so no wonder this is on our list of 20 reasons to visit Nepal. Mount Everest the highest mountain of the world, is a beautiful pinnacle. Starting from an adventurous flight to Lukla, your trek to the EBC begins. This trek indulges you in the authentic lifestyle of the Sherpa along with the other ethnic villages. You explore historical areas like Namche Bazar, Kala Patthar, Nagarjun, Tengboche, Tengboche monastery, Gompas, and chortens. You get spectacular views of the Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse and surrounding ranges. This trek is a lifetime experience.
#14 Annapurna Base Camp Trek
The next trekking destination on our list of 20 reasons to visit Nepal is the beautiful Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Mt. Annapurna the tenth highest mountain in the world is astounding. Annapurna Base Camp Trek is an amazing adventure that presents the natural and cultural essence of the region. Annapurna region is not just known for the spectacular Himalayas also for the in personal experience of the ethnic village life of the locals in the mountains. This trek presents you with the blooming biodiversity and the ecosystem of the region. The beautiful Annapurna ranges, the lakes, streams, and the villages are a lifetime experience.
Worlds eight of the ten highest mountains is situated in Nepal. They are Mt Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Annapurna. With the majority of the highest Himalayas, Nepal is best for climbing. If you’re an avid climber then you should consider Nepal. With the glorious pinnacles, landscapes, and sceneries Nepal is bound to be at the top. Climbing is an up and coming adventure activity and with such glorious mountains waiting to be conquered, Nepal’s mountaineering field deserves much recognition.
#16 Ethnic villages and settlements
Nepal is a developing country. In Nepal, around 20% of people live in urban areas. The rural areas are still untouched of modernization and have preserved its authenticity. So, is you’re interested in learning about the rural lifestyle of the locals and want to experience life away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, then Nepal is the one for you. You will see culturally rich villages and experience traditional life. You can spend a few nights in the village and embrace the life away from the modernization and closer to nature.
Nepal is a spiritual destination where people believe in searching for inner peace. People in Nepal believe deeply in spirituality. Mainly, Nepal is the birthplace of Lord Buddha and preach his teachings. This country is where one of the most followed religions Buddhism came into existence. Similarly, Hinduism also preaches most of Buddhism teachings. The religions itself teach people to be spiritually open and to find peace within self. From the temples to monasteries and stupas you can find spiritual teachings.
#18 Land of Rhinoceros and Tigers
Nepal is abundantly rich n wildlife which ranges from animals, birds and plants. The first national park in Nepal, Chitwan National Park is one of the popular tourist destinations. You can take a tour of the national parks of Nepal via jeep safari. Animals like crocodiles, rhinos, deer, tigers, pandas, leopards can be found in the national park of Nepal.
#19 Pristine lakes and rivers
In Nepal, there are over 200 lakes and rivers. The pristine blue lakes and rivers present an aesthetically pleasing view. The most popular one being Gokyo Lakes in the Khumbu region. They say the views of the Everest from Gokyo is one of the best you can ever find. Moreover, the lakes of Nepal are holy and of religious importance. For instance, Gosainkunda Lake (4380m) in the Langtang region is a holy lake which people visit during the festival of Janai Purnima. Some of the beautiful lakes are Tilicho Lake, Phewa Lake, Rara Lake and Shey Phosksundo.
#20 Scenic flights traveling around the country
Nepal is a landlocked country so everywhere you go you see hills and mountains. Whether you’re flying to Pokhara or flying to Lukla, you’re bound to enjoy the picturesque scenery right from the window. Divided into three regions Terai, hilly and mountain anywhere you go your bound to enjoy the different aspects of the region. The scenic views and the picturesque landscape right through the window of your airplane.
Nepal is truly a country of magnificence. The mountains, the lakes, the culture, and the festivals are each significant in their every way. If you’re looking for destinations for your holiday to be adventurous or find spirituality, Nepal has got you covered.