Nepal, wedged between China in the north and India in the south, east and west, is a country of 23 million people. Though small in geographical size, Nepal has an astonishing diversity of sightseeing attractions in nature and culture. From the tallest mountain peak in the world to the thickest jungle in South Asia, Nepal has never ceased to amaze all those who have seen or heard about it.
Nepal is a secular country with the predominant confluence of two great religions, Hinduism and Buddhism. It is the land of Lord Buddha, symbol of world peace, who was born about 2550 years ago at Lumbini. With more than 103 ethnic groups and 93 spoken languages, Nepal is characterized as naturally pure and tranquil and culturally unique and diverse.
The Kathmandu valley represents a mosaic of Nepal's rich cultural past and abounds in breathtaking architectural subtlety with 7 cultural World Heritage Sites within a radius of 20 kilometers. As Kathmandu valley is a representational model of Pagoda, Stupa, cultural or architectural excellence, Pokhara a scenic town is a getaway into the lap of nature with close mountain views, lakeside experience and tranquil nature. Chitwan another tourism hotspot is totally a jungle experience in the forest teeming with tropical wildlife.
While trekking, mountaineering and game watching have long been popular, an entire range of other possibilities have been explored in the recent years – trekking, mountaineering, sightseeing, cultural tour, jungle safari, pilgrimage tour, rafting, biking, fishing, rock climbing, paragliding, ultralight aircraft, hot air ballooning, mountain flight, boating, pony treks, jet scooter, boating, bungy jumping, casinos and nightlife. The list is endless.
The Nepal Himalaya is crowned by 8 of the world's 14 highest mountains including the jewel in the crown, Mt. Everest, standing tall at 8,848 m, the highest point on earth. That's not all. More than 1300 of peaks are scattered across the length and breadth of the country.
Festivals also offer visitors a valuable opportunity not only for having fun but gaining insight into various aspects of Nepalese culture. Wherever or whenever you arrive in Nepal, you can be pretty sure of being at the right time for one or more special events.
To conserve this natural heritage, the government has set aside an area of over 16,500 sq. km spread over 8 national parks and four wildlife reserves. Two of these, the Everest National Park (1148 sq. km) and the Chitwan National Park (932 sq. km), are listed as UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites.
Eating is a special affair in Nepal. The Nepali cuisine is unique in taste, aroma, cooking style and presentation. Some are spicy and piquant while others are tangy and well-seasoned, the list is endless. There is food for every occasion and festival. Kathmandu offers an incredible selection of dining joints that serve authentic Nepali food complete with ethnic ambience and cultural shows.
Most importantly, the smiling people are ready for the hospitality par excellence. Come as a tourist, return back as a friend.