NEPAL – the land of Living Goddess
Nepal is a unique country overlooked by the vast Himalayan stretch that settles gradually settles down into marshy alluvial floodplains. It transitions from the peak-dotted elevations of 8,000 ft the flush terai plains of alluvium that dip as low as 194 ft. Nepal only recently transitioned from monarchy, during the year 2008. Spread across just 143,000 square kilometers, the country houses 8 of the world’s tallest peaks already, including the Everest. It has the densest concentration of World Heritages compared to any other place in the world & is a Hinduism dominated nation.
What does it offer?
Fueled mainly through hydroelectricity, Nepal is decorated with rich river basins, perennial glacial mouths, undulating stretches of mountains and historical relics that are the glorious remnants of its rich history. The country shelters a real Goddess in flesh & blood, who is believed to be the incarnation of Durga. Worshipped by the masses nation-wide, she is charioted through the pavements during festivals with great pomp and show. Nepal is also home to Gautama Buddha, who was born in Lumbini as prince of the local kingdom. Read more about Nepal
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Places you cannot miss
Nepal is the land of extremes, undoubtedly. So there is no arguing in visiting the infamous Mount Everest with adequate arrangements. Don't miss out on getting a glimpse at the ethereal lake Tilicho which is the highest lake on Earth. Kaligandaki holds the world’s deepest gorges. Arun Valley is reputed to be the highest valley on Earth & Chitwan holds the tallest grasslands! Kathmandu & Pokhara hold rafting & kayaking expeditions for both beginners and professionals. You can ride a bike through the Scar Road Mountain Trail from Kathmandu or hop for a jungle safari in Chitwan National Park. The park also arranges elephant rides, jungle canoeing, tiger viewing, bird watching, and more. Don’t forget to check out the Manjhi fishing experience on Sun Kosi.
More places to explore –
- Boudhanath Stupa
- Swayambhunath Temple
- Poon Hill
- Annapoorna Mountain range
- Peace Gallery
- Garden of Dreams
- Mul Chowk
- Patan Museum
- Asan Tole
- Fewa Lake
- Bhaktapur Durbar Square
The traditional Nepali meal is steamed rice with a thick lentil soup, served with a side dish of assorted vegetables. Other popular snacks include steamed dumplings stuffed with minced meat and vegetables. Chiura is a local snack which is crushed or flaked rice. It can be eaten in its plain, unflavored form with sweetened curd. Or it can be toasted with nuts and seasoned with salt & chili alongside a seaming cup of tea. Pakoras are easily available, and so are samosas with spiced potato filling. Try the Tibetan fried bread served with raw honey and variety of cured meat. Potato pancakes greased with yak butter is a delicacy too.
Nepal is the only existing Hindu nation with a population of roughly 81% Hindus.
They are the Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas & Shudras. They are the members of the Vedic caste system. Newars, Sikhs, Bengalis & Marwaris reside too, but in minority. Nepal has a totality of 125 groups of castes that have been coexisting peacefully since times immemorial.
Best time to visit
The best season to visit Nepal is the Autumn season that punctuates the months of October and November. There’s a crisp nip in the air and the cloudless skies provide breathtaking views of the looming mountains that overlook this hustling suburb. This season is ideal for trekking with safe, dry trails & streams with moderate flows are ideal for kayaking & rafting as well.
The Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu is the only operational airport in the entire country that connects Nepal to the world via air.
By road, Nepal can be entered through the Indian states of West Bengal via Kakkarbhitta, through Bihar via Biratnagar, through Uttar Pradesh via Sunauli, Nepalgunj, Dhanagadi & Mahendranagar.
Nepal is accessible through train from Jaynagar, Bihar and halts at Janakpur Dham in Nepal.