Some of you must have thought of Nepal as a small country whose only prized possession is Mount Everest. Yes, Everest being the highest peak is one of the best things to see in Nepal, but have you ever wondered what makes Nepal one of the top travel destinations, other than Everest? That's not to say we don't love trekking in the Himalayan mountain ranges, whether it's up to the Everest base camp trek or around the Annapurna circuit. Besides the devastating earthquake in 2015, Nepal still maintains the beauty it once had. Not only the glaciers but its traditional cities outshine in front of the travelers who are obscure from its authenticity. It is a perfect place to breathe natural air and avoid the hustle-bustle of the city lives. And to eliminate the contradiction, here are some eye-opening points which will make you reconsider your decision to visit Nepal. WHERE’S NEPAL?
A mountaineer's dream, Nepal is a landlocked country in Southern Asia, bordering both India and China. It's a country known for its diverse culture, natural beauty, and the majestic Himalayas. We know the citizens of Nepal as Nepalese, and most of them speak the country's official language- Nepali. Known for its diversity, you'll also hear people speaking other languages such as- Bhojpuri, Tharu, Urdu, Nepal Bhasa, Maithili, Bajjika, Magar, Doteli, Sunwar, and Tamang. Most of the Nepalese predominantly follow the Hindu religion, and their national cuisine is Dhindo and Gundruk.
Nepal's geography and climate have a complex nature, which doesn't bind its visitors to spring and autumn, but also let them enjoy the charms of winter and summer. Winter gives you crystal clear skies, and it's perfect for treks in the lower Himalayan foothills. Summer in Nepal is the monsoon season, which is hot and humid and gives cloudy skies and rain while trekking. In June, you can celebrate the Yarthung Horse festival in Manang. Being the peak season to visit Nepal, spring, and autumn offer perfectly stable weather where you can enjoy a lot of outdoor activities along with festivities. You can enjoy your trip to Nepal with the Holi celebration in March, Nepalese New Year in April, the Dashain festival in October, and Tihar in November.
For all the thrill-seekers, skydiving is another adventurous activity that you can pursue. Although the Everest skydiving is very expensive, like $25,000 steep, it will drop you from a helicopter at 23,000 feet. And then drop you at the world's highest drop zones- Amadablam Basecamp at 15000 feet. But keeping the expensiveness in mind, there is some reasonable alternative in Pokhara. It costs $1100 for a tandem jump and $750 for a solo jump, slightly expensive but worth every penny. Skydiving in Pokhara will allow jumping above the clouds and witnessing the serene lakes and other beauties of the city.