HIMALAYAN BLESSINGS NEPAL
Nepal is a true Himalayan kingdom, sharing Everest, the worlds highest mountain and seven more above 8,000m peaks. Wedged between the high Himalayas on the north and dense jungles and plains on the south, Nepal is a land of snow peaks and Sherpas, yaks and yetis, monks and sadhus, monasteries and temples, vibrant cities filled with art and culture and simple villages preserving an ancient way of life. It’s is a place where travellers come to experience spirituality and the thrill of adventure sports.
Nepal, with its high mountains is one of the top trekking destinations in the world with the trails around the Everest and Annapurna being the most popular. Other travellers are drawn here by the adrenaline rush of rafting down a roaring river or bungee jumping into a Himalayan gorge. Trekking, kayaking, paragliding and mountain biking all offer a rush against the backdrop of some of the world’s most dramatic landscapes. For the less thrill inclined travellers there is the beauty of quaint mountain villages, the heritage sites of Bhaktapur, Patan and Durbar Square ( Kathmandu ), spiritual stroll around the centuries-old stupas and temples that lie scattered across the Kathmandu Valley and visits to the national parks in the south spotting elephants, tigers, rhinos and a variety of bird species.
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Landlocked Nepal shares borders with China on the north and India on the other three sides and is home to a wide range of landscapes and habitats. Possessing the world’s highest mountain, much of Nepal’s land is dominated by hills and mountain ranges. Much of the rest of the country is known as the Terai region located in the south along the border with India and is characterised by forests, plains, marshes and scrub. While Kathmandu is a busy city with a population of upwardly mobile residents, most of Nepal’s people are rural-dwellers, with more than 80% of Nepalese people living in small towns or villages.
1. Walk the medieval alleys and check out wood carvings and old traditional houses at Bhaktapur.
2. Go on a trek. Nepal is full of treks and you can choose depending on your duration and fitness.
3. Visit Patan square for its collection of beautiful temples and monuments.
4. If you can’t climb Everest, you can always go for the Everest Base Camp trek.
5. Explore blissful Pokhara and the beautiful Phewa Lake set in spectacular settings.
6. Ride an elephant and look out for wild animals at Chitwan National Park.
7. Jump of the bridge and let the adrenaline peak as you hit the water. Bungee jumping at the Last Resort.
8. Experience the centre of Buddhism by visiting the Buddha’s birthplace of Lumbini.
9. Experience the excitement of white-water Rafting at Trishuli or Kali Gandaki Rivers.
10. Take a scenic flight over the Himalayas, a perfect way to experience the mountains.
LADAKH & KASHMIR