Roof of The World - Nepal

Nepal is a landlocked country in Southern Asia, between the Tibet autonomous region of China and India. It contains 8 of the world's 10 highest peaks, including Mount Everest - the world's tallest - on the border with Tibet, and Lumbini, the birth place of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.

Visitors to Nepal generally associate the nation with snow-capped mountain peaks. While there are over 90 peaks which lie above 7000m (22,966 ft), approximately one-third of the country is low-lying and subtropical. The nation's altitude rises from less than 100 metres (328 ft) elevation in the tropical Terai (the northern rim of the Gangetic Plain) to Sagarm?th? (Mount Everest) - the world's highest mountain at 8,848m (29,029 ft).

Tourism is the largest industry in Nepal and its largest source of foreign exchange and revenue. Possessing eight of the ten highest mountains in the world, Nepal is a hotspot destination for mountaineers, rock climbers and people seeking adventure. The Hindu and Buddhist heritage of Nepal and its cool weather are also strong attractions.According to Nepal's Ministry of Tourism, major tourist activities include wilderness and adventure activities such as mountain biking, bungee jumping, rock climbing and mountain climbing, trekking, hiking,[9] bird watching, flights, paragliding and hot air ballooning over the mountains of Himalaya, exploring the waterways by raft, kayak or canoe and jungle safaris especially in the Terai region

Best Time To Visit Nepal : -Between October and December is the best time to visit Nepal as the skies are generally clear and the views spectacular. The weather remains dry until about April. January and February can be very cold, especially at night, but will reward you with incredible panoramas and quieter trekking trails as there are fewer visitors. Late spring is a beautiful time to travel as the rhododendrons burst into bloom. From May, heat and humidity levels build until the monsoon rains arrive in June and the clouds obscure the glorious mountain views. Nepal celebrates festivals all year, so there is often a festival or pilgrimage taking place - ask your specialist for more details as the dates often change from year to year.

Local Cuisine of Nepal : - Dal-bhat-tarkari is eaten throughout Nepal. Dal is a soup made of lentils and spices, served over boiled grain, bhat - usually rice but sometimes another and vegetable curry, tarkari. Condiments are usually small amounts of extremely spicy pickle which can be fresh or fermented. The variety of these is staggering, said to number in the thousands. Other accompaniments may be sliced lemon (nibuwa) or lime (kagati) with fresh green chilli (hariyo khursani). Dhindo is a traditional food of Nepal.Much of the cuisine is variation on Asian themes. Other foods have hybrid Tibetan, Indian and Thai origins. Momo - Tibetan style dumplings with Nepalese spices - are one of the most popular foods in Nepal. They were originally filled with buffalo meat but now also with goat or chicken, as well as vegetarian preparations. Special foods such as sel roti, finni roti and patre are eaten during festivals such as Tihar. Chow mein is a Nepali favorite in modern times based on Chinese - style stir fried noodles. It is one of the most beloved everyday staple lunch in Nepalese household today.

Places to Stay in Nepal !

Here are my select set of hotels with great views of the snow peaks. Visit the links and read detailed reviews to know about all aspects of the hotel including service and amenities before you decide on one. Remember, only a great view isn't just enough to make a hotel a great one.

Place Of Visit-Sightseeing

Pokhara : -Sitting beside the scenic Lake Phewa, Pokhara is the perfect leisure destination in Nepal. No, don't consider the place to be boring with nothing to do other than enjoying the view of the lake and the surroundings or spending leisure hours in the luxe hotel you booked. Pokhara is popular as the 'Gateway to Annapurna Circuit,' and it offers incredible opportunity for paragliding like no destination can, and yet it maintains its poise and tranquility to serve as one travel places in Nepal that you cannot ever forget. The River Seti that flanks Pokhara also give the adventure lovers the chance to enjoy thrilling white water river rafting. There are also a number of treks for which this beautiful destination in Nepal is the base. So, the bottomline is Pokhara is a must visit and it would be a crime to miss out on this one of its kind place.

Kathmandu : - It goes without saying that every capital city in the world is touristy and has plenty to engage visitors. And the same goes for Kathmandu as well, this capital of Nepal offers a glimpse of the country's different aspects making travellers even more greedy for exploration. Kathmandu and its nearby destination, Thamel are considered ideal base for adventure/trekkers and those wanting to enjoy the view of the famous Mount Everest. Kathmandu is also the best place to buy all your trekking and mountain climbing gears. Apart from it, the city is ideal for pilgrimage tour, it is here the Hindu's most revered temple, Pashupati Nath is situated. It also houses exquisite and sacred Buddhist shrines like that of Boudhanath and Swayambhunath. Kathmandu is also the best place for trying the Nepali cuisine, witnessing the traditional craft, practicing and learning yoga and meditation. It is from here, the flying tour to Mount Everest are conducted.

Nagarkot : -Want the best views of the Himalayan Range from Nepal. Nagarkot is the place for you. Surreal and strategic, this hill station of Nepal promises breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains not only from the viewpoints but from the windows of your hotel room as well. Situated at a short distance from Bhaktapur and on the suburb of Kathmandu Valley, Nagarkot is a picturesque destination that allows you savour every mood of the Himalayas. The place is famed for its stunning sunrise and sunsets as well. In fact it can also pass as a honeymoon destination in Nepal with such dreamlike settings and views on offer.

Bhaktapur :-Bhaktapur boasts rich architecture and imposing Hindu temple, though many suffered demolition due to the tragic earthquake of 2015. One can still find enough temples and edifices to mesmerize with their exquisite architecture and art. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is one of the best places to see the excellent architecture and carvings of the temple. Apart from temple hopping, a traveller would like the shopping experience here. Bhaktapur is known for souvenirs, pottery, puppets, masks and cultural handicrafts, which leave visitors spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping in Nepal.

Sagarmatha National Park :-Probably one of the main revenue earners for Nepal tourism, Sagarmatha National Park is as close as you can get to Mount Everest if not attempting a climb. Spread in an area of 1148 sq km, Sagarmatha is home to the world's highest peak, Mount Everest (8848 m) and the other high peaks like Lhotse, Cho Oyu,Thamserku, Nuptse, Amadablam and Pumori. Sagarmatha is ideal destination for trekking in Nepal and offer stunning views of Everest and the Himalayan Range. It is also home to unique flora and fauna and especially to the rare Snow Leopard species. It is the diversity in this national park that makes it one of the best places to visit in Nepal.

Lalitpur :-One of the three royal cities of Nepal, Patan or Lalitpur or Yala is something to feast your eyes on. Patan is a famous tourist place in the country and is primarily known for its rich architecture, fantastic wood carvings and an air of spirituality. It is believed before the disastrous earthquake of 2015, Patan housed more than 1200 monuments, each unique in its own way. However, there still are enough tourist attractions to relish. Most people prefer a day-trip here from Kathmandu, since it is close proximity to the capital, it would be nice to stay two or more days to enjoy the beauty of its courtyards and squares at leisurely pace.

Chitwan National Park :-This national park is said to be the best place for wildlife tour in Nepal. Spread in an area of 934 sq km, Chitwan is recognized as World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and that kind of says it all. The park is home to a wide and rich variety of flora and fauna and is believed to be a safe shelter for unique animals like one-horned rhinoceros. Chitwan also houses 544 species of birds and it would demand your two days to explore this national park. For luxury travellers who by the way are also interested in wildlife tours, there a number of high end resorts situated right at the edge of the park. Along with pampering you with all the state-of-the-art services, these hotels and resorts arrange excellent wildlife safaris for their guests. For backpackers on the hand, Sauraha is the place to find accommodation, this small village is replete with budget-friendly hotels that are ideal for anyone on shoestring budget and want to explore Chitwan National Park.

How to reach Nepal

by Air: - Nepal's Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu is the main entry point for those arriving by air. Nepal Airlines are the main flight operators. Other airlines that serve the Airports here are Air Arabia, Air Asia X, Air China, Etihad Airlines, Fly Dubai, jet Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Oman Airlines, Qatar Airways, Silk Air and Thai Air. Flights are available from India, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Dubai and Kuala Lampur.

by Rail: -Cargo and passenger trains operate between Sirsiya in southern Nepal, and the Indian town of Raxaul. However, only Indians are allowed to cross border by rail.

by Road :-It is a common practice to go to Nepal be a hired car or cab from India. Crossing the border requires you to pay a toll of NPR 120 and a transport permit of NPR 50. Make sure to collect the receipts for these, since they can be asked for at any checkpoint along the way.

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