Normally associated with snow-capped mountains and trekking, the land-locked country of Nepal is a paradise for all outdoor and adventure lovers. But it is not only about outdoor adventure ….the fascinating little nation is home to a vibrant capital city, lush national parks, roaring rivers and an ancient culture combining elements of Hinduism and Buddhism. The country is well set up for independent travelers and backpackers and remains one of the most fascinating destinations to travel in.
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Some facts about Nepal
- Nepal contains 8 of the world’s 10 highest peaks, including Mount Everest.
- Nepal’s official currency is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR).
- The majority of the population is Hindu although the country is officially secular.
- Nepal’s is the only national flag which is non-rectangular, featuring two triangular shapes on top of one another, symbolizing the Himalayas.
- The Kathmandu Valley holds seven world heritage sites within a radius of fifteen kilometers including Kathmandu Durbar square, Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar square.
- Nepal is one of the few places on earth where you can see both the Bengal tiger and the one-horned rhinoceros.
- Sherpas are ethnic to the eastern mountainous part of Nepal and many of them are employed as porters on trekking expeditions as they do not suffer the effect of altitude to the same extent as other people.
- Nepal is the birthplace for the Lord Buddha.
- Nepal is home to the world’s only living Goddess.
Best time to travel to Nepal
October to December is the best time of year to travel in Nepal. This is the dry season, with clear skies and great visibility of spectacular mountain peaks. In the winter months of January and February it can get very chilly. The spring months of March and April are warmer, making this the second-best time of year to visit especially since the rhododendrons are in bloom. From May onwards, heat and humidity build up until the arrival of the summer monsoon in June, which typically lasts until September. This is the worst time of year to travel because the mountain peak views are rare, and roads may be blocked by landslides.
Time in Nepal
Language in Nepal
The official language of Nepal is Nepali. English is widely spoken.
The visa situation in Nepal
Visa requirements and conditions are subject to frequent changes. Always check the latest requirements with your Nepali embassy or consulate to determine which type of visa (if any at all) is the most suitable
Visa-free entry: granted to nationals of India.
Visa on arrival: granted to most nationalities for 15 days, 30 days or 90 days at a fee, but can only be granted for a maximum of 150 days in each 12-month period.
Traveling in Nepal
Local buses and minivans are the best option for travelling in between towns. Alternatively, flights may be used for a more comfortable journey!
Food in Nepal
Nepal’s momos (dumplings) are legendary and the best option for a cheap, filling and delicious snack. Dal Bhat is the traditional meal consisting of lentil soup, rice and side dishes such as curries, pickles and curd. It is very popular among trekkers because it is filling, nutritious and not too heavy. Regional cuisine depends on the grains and vegetables available in the area.
Light and comfortable clothing is usually fine in the lowlands, but remember always carry a suitable rain jacket on your travel. Unexpected downpours are frequent! Wear long clothing during jungle treks and use mosquito repellent containing DEET.
Appropriate trekking wear is essential if you are planning on going on any of the mountains treks or climbs.
Four types of sockets (Types C, D and M) are used in Nepal but a universal adaptor will allow you to use the socket to charge your electronic devices when abroad.
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