NEPAL -AN OVERVIEW
Nepal lies wedged between the high walls of the Himalayas and the lush plains and steamy jungles of the Indian Sub-Continent. A land of Sherpas, yetis, yaks, mantras, monasteries and snow clad heights; Nepal has always lured travelers with its ethereal magnificence and myriad range of natural bounties.
Capital: Kathmandu Area Total: 147,181 km2 Language: Nepali (official), along with 30 major dialects, Hindi and English Population: 27,676,547 (July 2006 EST.)Currency: Nepalese rupee (NPR)
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It welcomes you with its picturesque mountain gorges, snow peaked Himalayas, glimpses of Hindu gods and goddesses and more. Get ready to trek to the highest point on Earth or share a kind smile with a Buddhist monk. With thriving metropolises, wildlife reserves, nature treks, untouched wilderness and lure of casino winnings, Royal Nepal truly beckons-and in more ways than one.
This definitive guide helps you tread through the tucked away Himalayan Kingdom-in the best ways possible.
Standing tall at an elevation of 8848 meters , Mt. Everest-- the highest peak in the world, awes tourists with its magnificent grace and powers. The geographically diverse terrains of Nepal are flush with valleys, lush plains, rivers, gorges and lakes-which makes it a place worth visiting.
MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE AND FUN
Nepal had opened up its boundaries to outsiders in the 1950s. Ever since, this tiny and quaint mountain nation has charmed mountaineers, travelers and nature lovers with its irresistible mystical allure. Legions of trekkers come here to experience the magic of Nepal's accessible and iconic hiking, rugged trails leading to Mt. Everest and the captivating beauty of Mt. Annapurna. Nepal is truly "Nirvana" for mountain lovers.
Mountaineering in Nepal is more organized than in any other part of the world and offers secure trails, hot meals, local guides and porters, cozy lodges, incredible mountain scenery and much more.
Adventure seekers looking for the adrenalin rush love to raft down its swift flowing rivers , bungee jump into bottomless Himalayan gorges or go canyoning, kayaking, paragliding, hiking, trekking mountain climbing and mountain biking-all in the backdrop of some of the most wonderful scenic bounties of Nepal.
TEMPLES & TIGERS
If you prefer to experience the offerings of Nepal at a more relaxed and gentle pace, then think of its temples and tigers. You can admire the nation's mind blowing peaks from viewpoints on hilltop temples or while strolling through temple-lined city squares of Patan, Kathmandu and Bhaktapur. With plenty of Buddhist monasteries and stupas dominating the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal quenches your thirst for a spiritual tour as well.
You can move further south to experience Nepal's wild and wooly national parks and reserves. Whether it is about scanning the treetops and skies for the most exotic bird species or watching out for tigers and rhinos from atop lumbering Indian elephants-you are spoiled for choice in Nepal.
A haven for wild life enthusiasts, bird watchers and tourists crazy about seeing the natural habitats of flourishing animal kingdom; this part of the country is best explored on bikes or in well equipped tourist buses-- that promise the best memories and experiences of Nepal.
THINGS TO DO IN NEPAL
Very few countries in the world are as well setup for independent travel and exploratory trips as Nepal. Wander through the bakeries, pizzerias and trekking shops of Pokhara and Thamel or lighten your wallet in the sprawling shopping arenas of Kathmandu.
You can visit these centers after indulging in the delights of Nagarkot, Chitwan Forests, Lumbini, and Janakpur or after savoring the bounties of Everest, Annapurna and Langtang regions. While in Lumbini, you must not miss a visit to the birthplace of Gautam Buddha-the founder of the Buddhist sect.
Nepal is also a favored location for backpackers--with a plethora of smartly packaged tours and potential adventures which glimmer on the horizons of this beautiful country.
While summers are pleasant and winters severe in the north, the southern precincts of the country boast of warmer summers and milder winters. The Terai regions may experience a maximum temperature of 37° C in summers and winter temperatures ranging between 7°C to 23°C. The summers are temperate at higher elevations with winter temperatures plummeting under sub zero.
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Enjoy majestic mountains, mesmerizing nature, thrilling adventure and vibrant cultures on a luxury tailor made holiday to Nepal
Nepal, a Himalayan gem, lies under the shadow of Mount Everest, and shines with soul-stirring scenery, spectacular landscapes and a myriad of architectural and spiritual wonders. Brimming with pristine natural beauty and wonderful climate all through the year, Nepal has something for every type of tourist. Nature lovers like to visit the Chitwan National Park and Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sites), and tourists who enjoy cities and culture make a visit to Kathmandu. Those seeking religious and spiritual enrichment head to Lumbini, Lord Buddha’s birthplace, along with Pashupatinath Temple, Guhyeshwari Temple and Dakshinkali Temple.
Whether you love culture, trekking and hiking, sightseeing, paragliding, mountaineering or wild life, a holiday in Nepal is sure to make you fall in love with this lovely country.
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BEST OF NEPAL TOUR
THE BUDDHIST TOUR
TREKKING TOUR OF NEPAL
VALLEY HILLS AND THE LAKE TOUR
EXPLORE KATHMANDU VALLEY
The Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu is Nepal's only international airport.
There are just eight entry points into Nepal by land open to foreigners, from which six are from India and two from Tibet. Via Tibet - You can cross the border into Nepal from Tibet via Kodari.
NOTE: unpredictable weather during monsoons, at times forces delays flights and travellers are advised to include a buffer day in their itinerary.
VISAS & PASSPORTS
Valid passports and an entry visa are essential. A tourist may stay in Nepal upto 150 days in a visa year (Jan-Dec). Visa is issued on arrival at the airport.
You are permitted to carry one bottle of spirits and two bottles or 12 cans of beer free of duty, also includes personal items such as binoculars, cameras, film stock, record player, tape recorder, transistor, and radio. It is illegal to export antiques; objects like metal statue, sacred images, paintings, and manuscripts.
The climate of Nepal varies from warm summers with mild winters in the low-lying southern region, to alpine conditions with very severe winters in the mountains. Between December and February temperatures drop well below freezing in the mountains. The best time to travel to Nepal for trekking is in early spring or late autumn, when the weather is dry and temperatures mild. The monsoon season on the coast occurs between June and September. Best time to travel to Nepal is October to November, and February to April.
In the mountain areas, warm woollen clothing are necessary while at lower altitude cotton clothing is ideal.
Nepal uses 220V, 50HZ Electricity.
Currency is spelled as Nepalese Rupees or Rupee (Rs) or in short NRS. 100 Paisa equals 1 Rs. Nepali Notes are 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, and 1 rupees, and coins are rarely used.
All International credit cards (Master Card, Visa Card etc) are also accepted in all leading hotels, shopping centres, bars and restaurants in Nepal.
Fair telephone and telegraph service; fair radiotelephone communication service and mobile-cellular telephone network.
Nepali is the official language of the state, spoken and understood by almost all the people of Nepal. English is spoken by many in government and business offices.
To protect against unforeseen accidents and mishaps, we advise you to have Travel insurance policy from your country. It should adequately cover helicopter evacuation and medical assistance.
CULTURE & CUSTOMS
According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, the total population of Nepal was 26,42,799 in 2007. The population comprises people of more than 100 multiple ethnic groups who speak about 93 different languages and dialects which are further divided into different castes. The distinction in caste still plays a significant part in a Nepali' life when it comes to marriage. Some of them main customs to be followed in Nepal are: Take off your shoes before entering a temple or one's home Ask for permission before entering a Hindu temple Taking photographs inside most of the temples is considered illegal Ask for permission before taking photographs of objects, and including Nepali people. Nepali people are friendly by nature. Have a genuine interest in them. Talk to them. Be friendly as you travel.
The two major religions practiced in Nepal are Hinduism and Buddhism with a majority of the people being Hindus. The two have co-existed through the ages and many Hindu idols are found within Buddhist shrines. The other religions practiced in Nepal are: Islam, Christianity, Jainism, Sikhism and Bon.
WHAT IS NEPAL KNOWN FOR? -
Nepal is known for Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, spectacular natural beauty that can be seen in its land especially hilly regions, known as the birth place of Lord Buddha, and the Hindu Goddess Lord Sita. Also known as the home of Gurkha Warriors. It is also known as a country with abundant Natural Water Sources.
TRAVELLING TO NEPAL?
Exercise caution when travelling to Maoist affected areas, mainly the remote parts of Nepal which includes Gorkha, Palpa, Nawalparasi, Syangja, Banke, Dang, Surkhet, Kalikot, Rukum, Jajarkot, Rolpa, and Salyan.
DO I NEED TO OBTAIN PERMIT BEFORE TREKKING IN NEPAL?
Trekking permit is only required to trek in the restricted areas. Before trekking, you should register with your country's Embassy or Consulate located in Nepal.
HEALTH REQUIREMENTS TO VISIT NEPAL?
Nepal does not require any specific immunization for visitors. It is however best to have vaccine before coming to Nepal. Your doctor can advice you on the type of vaccine to be taken to travel to third world countries like Nepal.BACK