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Nepal, Something for Everyone

  • A chaitya adorned with colorful prayer flags on the way to Tengboche on the Everest Base Camp trail.

  • An early morning ride on a dug out canoe in Sauraha’s serene river gives a fantastic start to the day.

  • The Mustang Trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal, and it takes you to remote arid regions such as Tsarang where stands this former fort, now in ruins.

  • A colorfully decorated chorten is an added allure to the exotic landscape of Mustang.

  • The Mustang Trek goes through Tatopani, where trekkers rejuvenate themselves with a dip in the hot springs there.

  • Namche Bazar, one of the highest settlements in the world, is a bustling town on the way to Everest.

  • A bull fight is the main attraction of the Maghe Sankranti festival in Taruka village of Nuwakot.

  • The Fusre stream flows serenly through Pokhara, offering great bathing facility to locals.

  • Besides rugged mountain terrain, Upper Mustang offers a taste of Tibet like no other region in Nepal, and many heritage monuments such as this ancient monastery.

Undoubtedly a paradise for all trekkers and adventurers, Nepal should make it to your 2016 bucket list.

While Nepal is world-renowned for its wide array of challenging mountain peaks, there is certainly more to it than just thrilling escapades for mountaineering enthusiasts. It’s a verdant nation with abundant natural beauty, although some areas, such as the overcrowded urban settlements, do taint the overall picture a bit. 

While the hardened and arduous trek to Everest base camp, and the more daring attempt the peak, it’s the relatively peaceful and serene sites that are often overlooked. Take Panch Pokhari (‘Five Lakes’), for example, which lies at the base of Jugal Himal, and is considered to be sacred. It’s a marvelous and beautiful spectacle, where five crystal clear lakes are closely positioned, resembling a dogs paw from above. We can’t forget similarly beautiful lakes like Rara and Gosainkunda, either. Quiet walks, national parks, and especially biking are equally popular among tourists, but it’s seldom well publicized. It should definitely be a must-do for many.

There’s also Nepal’s dazzling culture to indulge in. Throughout the trek or journey or adventure you embark on, you’ll always meet respectful nice people who take the time to say a “Namaste”, wave to you randomly on the streets, and offer you shelter and food. People are also quite religious and spiritual. Buddhism is deeply rooted in this country, as Lord Buddha was a Nepali, and various architecturally beautiful Buddhist shrines provide sufficient testament to Nepal’s rich culture.

Although the April earthquake that Nepal withstood was nothing short of devastating, it still wasn’t able to destroy much of our allure, which holds an exotic appeal for tourists. There are still many places to explore and see, as Nepal has a lot more to offer than it appears on the surface. From cultural diversity to various types of landscapes to scenic natural beauty, Nepal definitely has a little of something for everyone.