Nepal, a small country located between India and China, offers an incredible variety of experiences and things to do. Nepal's three-dimensional landscape is unique in its diversity. It features mountains, hills, and valleys as well as flatlands.
A trip to Nepal is a unique experience because you can have a full immersion in the vast array of climates, cultures, ecologies, and environments within a very short time. Nepal is a country that has a long history of harmonious coexistence and interaction between Buddhist and Hindu traditions. It serves as a beacon for spiritual awakening and transformation.
While Nepal has seen many political and social upheavals over the past few decades and is currently undergoing rapid modernization, its core values are still informed by the wisdom and richness of Hindu-Buddhist tradition with its local flavors. Despite all the modern materialistic aspirations that have wrought changes, Nepal still retains the mythical aura that made it the ideal destination for the Hippie Trail in the 1960s and 1970s.
It is no surprise that Nepal remains a top choice among must-visit destinations around the globe. This shows that Nepal has much to offer visitors who want to travel beyond commercialized tourism to make their journeys meaningful and rewarding.
You can't escape yourself, no matter where you are. Is it true always? It is a common euphuism that underestimates the importance and value of traveling to faraway places. A seasoned traveler knows this instinctively. Traveling to find and reinvent yourself is the most powerful thing. You will never be able to leave your comfort zone and stay the same. It matters where you go to escape yourself or to embark on a journey to self-discovery and a better view of life. Nepal is a great place to start this journey because of its beautiful nature and the ambiance of spiritualism.
You can feel the Kathmandu vibe when you arrive in Kathmandu for your first leg. The city's history dates back thousands of years and is smothered in legends, folktales, and mythologies. The stupa of Swayambhu, also known as the Monkey Temple today, is formed from the lotus flowers in the great lake that once covered the valley. Manjushri, a Buddhist saint uses his sword to drain it for human settlement. The valley is home to a unique civilization that flourishes under the rule of kings from many dynasties. Its history is rich with myths. The valley's spiritual and cultural life is enhanced by the intertwining of Buddhist and Hindu beliefs and practices. The valley of temples is home to many shrines of worship and stories associated with their origin. Seven of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites are located in the valley, including Pashupatinath, Changu Narayan, and Boudhanath temples, Swayambhunath and Boudhanath stupas, as well as the Durbar Squares of Kathmandu and Patan.
Kathmandu is still true to its original self, despite the rush for modernization. In Kathmandu's local language, the carnivals are called 'Jatra'. They reconnect people with cultural heritages, revive the sense of community, and preserve ancient wisdom. The Carnival of Cows reminds us year after year that life is fleeting and we should not grieve the loss of a loved one. This grim reality is dealt with humor. Kumari, a living goddess, is a symbol of divinity personified in human form. She also celebrates the divine presence within humans.
A visitor can witness the uniqueness and richness of that Newar culture in the valley by taking a stroll through the streets of Kathmandu, Lalitpur (Patan), or Bhaktapur. One feels transported to another world when one visits a temple in the morning. The smells of butter and incent sticks, bells, and prayer chants, as well as the offerings of flowers, give the visitor the feeling of being in a foreign land. Pagoda architecture is believed to have originated in Kathmandu but has since spread to East Asia including Japan, Korea, China, and Japan. The temples are decorated with intricate sculptures, while the traditional houses with elaborately decorated windows and doors show the achievements of the civilization in art and architecture. To truly appreciate them, one must try Newa cuisine.
Families are brought together by the many celebrations and feasts that take place throughout the year. This strengthens the idea of shared responsibility and brings them closer. They remind us that we are all part of a larger society and divine nature. A unique experience in the Valley can allow visitors to see life differently, gain an awareness of human diversity, and adjust their lives accordingly.
You can explore the rest of Nepal once you've left Kathmandu. It all depends on your passion. There are plenty of things to do, no matter what your interests, whether you're an adventurer, nature lover or scholar, or spiritual pilgrim.
You can see the Himalayas from the sky by trekking or flying a short distance to the north. This is the roof of the world, and also the land of the yeti or the evil snowman. Eighteen of the more than 1300 Nepalese mountain peaks are above 8000m. These peaks include Manaslu's Ama Dablam and Kangchenjunga's Dhaulagiri and Fishtail.
The Himalayas are a great place to explore and see the world because of their extreme topography and breathtaking views. The mountain enclaves are home to many traditional human settlements that preserve their original forms. The Everest base camp trek or meditation in a monastery are all deeply satisfying experiences. It is easy to see why the Sherpas live amongst each other and how they treat others (even strangers) with kindness and affection.
The Himalayan Mountains are said to be a test of endurance and strength, but also have a profoundly humbling effect on visitors. To be truly amazed at the beauty and fragility of nature, it is necessary to face them head-on. You will never be the same after visiting the Himalayas.
The green hills that cover a large portion of the country lie below the Himalayan range. The roaring rivers of the high mountains are formed when the glaciers descend to the hills. These rivers have cut their way into the Himalayas since the formation of the Himalayas. They form dramatic gorges, waterfalls, lakes, and fertile valleys. This hilly area, which is dominated by lush vegetation and stepped paddy fields surrounding human habitations has one of the most diverse biodiversity in all of the world.
Protected areas in the hills and wildlife reserves provide sanctuary for rare birds, reptiles, and other animals that are not found elsewhere in Nepal. Community forest initiatives are a shining example of local countermeasures that can be used to reverse habitat loss and deforestation. The hills of Nepal are home to many ethnic communities from a culturally diverse society. They offer a rare example of peaceful coexistence and a place where they can call home. You have rare opportunities to see the beauty of nature, regardless of whether you choose to trek on well-known routes such as the Annapurna Circuit Trek or Upper Dolpo Trek, Poon Hill Trek, and so forth.
Unspoiled nature is a great place to feel rejuvenated, both in your body and your soul. A traveler has the opportunity to experience the lifestyle of locals, and to see the world that they live in. It is a joy to meet the smiling faces of people who work in the fields or tend their cattle in remote areas. This allows visitors to reexamine their worldviews and gain new perspectives.
The contrast between the highlands and the southern lowland of Nepal, also known as Terai, is striking. When they reach the plains, the river systems from the hills create powerful rivers. This narrow strip, known as the breadbasket, is fertile and hot. It also receives lots of rain during the monsoon season. The Terai region is covered by semi-tropical and tropical vegetation and has an incredible diversity of animal and plant species.
National parks, wildlife reserves, and wetlands offer the chance to see a variety of animals and birds. These include the exotic sightings of the Bengal Tiger, one-horned rhinoceros, Asian elephant, gharial Crocodile, river Dolphin, and many others that are native to the Indo-Gangetic Plain. The jungle safari takes you deep into the forest and grassland, giving you the feeling that you are transported back to prehistoric times when humans had to be aware of all animals and survive. The cacophony and reverberation of birdcalls through the wilderness is what makes this expedition so memorable. Visitors may leave their jungle expedition regretting that they couldn't stay longer.
Terai also houses more than half the Nepalese population, making it equally interesting from a cultural standpoint. Terai, which has an open border with India, shares the same flavor and influence as the Himalayan region. This region is a melting pot of countries and celebrates a lively, colorful way of living. The multi-cultural nature of Nepalese society is displayed through the jovial festivals Holi (festivals of colors) or Diwali (festivals of lights).
Janaki Temple in Janakpur is the birthplace of Sita, the Hindu goddess of fertility, and a historical center within the ancient Mithila Kingdom. Lumbini, home to Buddha's birthplace, remains an important site of pilgrimage for Buddhists. Millions of tourists from all over the globe visit these sites every year to pay homage to their sacred lands and witness the revival of their religions. Visitors, regardless of religious or spiritual beliefs, are able to see the riches of human civilization as well as their efforts to achieve higher levels through their spiritual quests.