After the devastating earthquake of April 2015, Nepal is recuperating and rising like never before. Even the malicious earthquake could not tarnish the intact beauty of Nepal. The enthusiasm and adventure in Nepal have been multiplied by many folds as a result of Nepalese determination to make the country even better than before. The reconstruction of heritage sites is ongoing at the fastest pace possible, a silver lining of the thriving process of Nepal. In addition to this, Nepal is striding for political stability since the adoption of a new constitution.
The charm of cultural heritages, natural heritages, mighty mountains, landscapes, scenery, art and architecture, trekking trail, traditions has not dwindled at all. Here are 7 things to do specifically in Nepal which are refreshed with novelty coupled with the exuberance of local people.
1. Exploring the lush of Kathmandu valley
Legend has it that Kathmandu was built in 723 A.D. The valley is the epitome of cumulation of over thousand years’ mind-boggling architecture, history, and more than hundred ethnic cultures. The beautiful palaces and temples built by Malla rulers during medieval period with intricate wood carvings in doors; pillar and woods are certainly very fascinating. Out of 10 heritage sites enlisted in UNESCO, the valley sports seven of them. Not only this, it is also regarded as a city of temples since there are more temples than houses. The beauty of the valley is further enhanced by the rich culture of aboriginals celebrating the glory of century-old exclusive festivals. Given the time constrain, it will be very difficult to choose the sites to visit for any tourist. So why miss this place? 🙂
2. Trekking the Himalayas
Trekking in Nepal is one of the unmatched experiences in Nepal as it is blessed with pristine landscapes, rugged mountain trekking trails and culturally rich villages along with the view of spectacular lofty mountains. The underfoot trekking here is undeniably a wholesome experience as it demands physical and mental strength.
The major trekking trails here in Nepal are Everest Base Camp trek Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Langtang Region Trek, Manaslu Region Trek, Mustang Region Trek, Kanchenjunga Trek and many more which are equally challenging and will definitely push one’s limit of strength. Trekkers need not fear of being lonely throughout the trek because they continuously encounter local villagers and fellow trekkers passing by.
3. Hiking in hills
Hiking is one of the best ways to explore the welcoming beauty of diverse cultural aspect and true sights of Nepal within few days, especially in hilly regions. Since there is a provision of homestay, one can have an ample opportunity to amalgamate with amiable Nepalese people. In addition to this, the regularly spaced tea houses offer good opportunities to rest and recuperate to regain energy on the way while hiking. Especially, the hills surrounding Kathmandu valley offer the best places for hiking.
Mountaineering started gaining popularity all over the world when Sir Ed. Hillary and Tenzing Norgay scaled the peak of the world Mt. Everest in May 1953. With eight of the ten highest peaks in the world, Nepal lures thousands of mountaineers to scale its peaks. Nepal has been open to around 175 peaks out of 326 peaks for this challenging and persevering sport. Moreover, veteran Mountain and trekking guides of Nepal facilitate in the expeditions of the mountaineers.
5. White Water Rafting
Nepal is also the second richest country in water resources. Rivers originating from the majestic Himalayas fed by monsoon rain and melting snows on their way to the plains offer world’s most jaw-dropping rapids to raft along. Based on the difficulty level, the rivers of Nepal are classified from class one to six (class one being the easiest and six being the hardest); one can choose the river to raft as per their convenience.
6. Wildlife tours
With 0.1 percent of the global land area, 23% of Nepal’s landmass area falls under protected areas conserving exotic floras and faunas. Especially, the southern plains of Nepal are well suited for jungle safaris, since the protected areas are easily accessible. As one can spot the endangered animals while passing through the core regions of the forests riding either domesticated elephants or jeeps, it definitely is a treat for one seeking for a closer view of natural wildlife habitat.
7. Enjoy the traditional cuisines
With rich traditions and culture, Nepal also has delicious traditional cuisines to offer. The epicurean can enjoy rice, lentils, pickles, different varieties of meat, sel roti (made of rice flour), bara (made of lentil flour), yomari (made of rice flour stuffed with molasses), homemade wine and beer, momos (especial dumplings), King curd of Bhaktapur, Newar’s feast with 84 items and many more which are palatable as well as rich in nutrient values.
Nepal is primitively embellished with majestic mountains, clean and warm water bodies, green forests, diverse culture, ancient art and architecture and cordial people living in harmony. The potential adventure stored here is found nowhere else in the world making it worth a visit.