1. Mountain Ranges
If you’re someone who loves the view of mountains or someone who loves to climb them, then Nepal should be on the top of your bucket-list. Out of the top 10 mountain ranges in the world lying above 8000 metre, 8 lies in Nepal. This includes the World’s tallest Mountain – Mount Everest. What’s more beautiful about Nepal is you don’t really have to be near the mountain ranges to enjoy the view. You can see the mountain ranges even from Terai.
2. World Heritage Sites
Nepal is known as the home to world heritages. There were 10 World heritage sites in Nepal before the massive earthquake hit Nepal on April 24. Only 7 managed to survive the earthquake but nevertheless 7 is still plenty. Pashupatinath, the holiest hindu pilgrimage destination, is one of the heritages sites that lies here.
3. Geographical Diversity
If you google “Geographical Diversity” then Nepal will be on the top of the list. Nepal is smaller than most of the American states but it’s diversity in geography is really impressive. It is the only country in the world that ranges from as low as 59 metre to the 8,848 metres.
The topography of this Himalayan Kingdom makes it the first choice for adventure tours. If you’re someone who looks for adventures beyond the normal boundaries then Nepal is your destination. River Rafting, Paragliding, Trekking, Mountain Climbing, Kayaking, Boating, Bungee Jumping, Mountain Flight, you name it are all available in Nepal. You can also find the world’s most extreme Zipline here in Pokhara, Nepal.
Nepal’s rich biodiversity is a reflection of its unique geographical position. Wildlife tourism is also a major source of tourism in the country. There are some animal species which are unique to Nepal, such as the spiny babbler. Nepal is also host to a large number of rhododendron species. If you’re a wildlife photographer then you don’t want to miss visiting Nepal.
Nepal is a very affordable travel destination. This is particularly true if you compare Nepal’s hiking trails to others such as Kilimanjaro or the Inca Trail. With the food pricing, you could live off of about $10 a day. And you can find a decent, clean hotel room for about $18.50.
7. Nepalese Food
Although Nepalese dishes do result from heavy South Asian influences like China and India, the food is usually healthier with more lean meats and veggies. Other common ingredients include lentils, tomatoes, cumin, potatoes, yogurt, and garlic. And you can eat overlooking views like this!
8. Diverse Cultures
Over 35 different ethnic groups call Nepal home. This means there are multiple religions, languages, musical influence, and foods. Nepal is a wonderful place to immerse yourself into different cultures and leave your comfort zone. And Nepal is the only place in the world where people worship the living goddess, Kumari.
9. Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha
Gautama Buddha on whose teaching Buddhism was founded was born in Nepal. Lumbini is one of the holiest places of one of the world’s great religions, and its remains contain important evidence about the nature of Buddhist pilgrimage centres from as early as the 3rd century BC.
10 The Lakes
The various lakes of Nepal are known not only for their outstanding beauty but also for their spiritual importance. There are over 200 lakes in Nepal with glacier origin. Tilicho lake, the lake situated at the highest altitude also lies here. Who needs the sea when you have all these lakes?