Warm, sunny weather, light breezes that keep the kites flying swiftly in the sky, women in red saris buzzing around the markets and temples, the smell of delicacies from every house and you know it’s the holiday season in Nepal.
September – October is the holiday season for Nepali people, but Nepal is the best holiday destination all year round for everyone.
While in Nepal, you get to do many things. You do not have to confine yourself to trekking or hiking. Rather the country offers different recreational activities for your holiday.
Your holidays will be an amazing experience in Nepal because of :
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Whenever someone says Nepal, the first thing that strikes their mind is mountains. And why shouldn’t it, Nepal is, after all, home to the highest peak in the world – Mount Everest (Sagarmatha in Nepali ).
No doubt, you will be captivated by the image of mountains shining in the golden sunrises and sunsets welcoming you to the majestic Himalayan territory. Nepal isn’t home to just the highest peak in the world, but also to 8 of the 14 highest peaks in the world.
The peaks and mountain ranges adorn the Himalayan region of the country, including Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Annapurna and many others that provide a list of activities to make your holiday in Nepal a memorable one.
Nepal is best known for its beautiful landscape, stunning mountains, and thrilling trekking trails. It is among the best destinations for trekking.
With the diverse terrain, unique culture and spectacular mountain scenery, Nepal offers the best trekking adventure in the world.
The walk on the foothill of the Himalayas offers an astonishing experience and the ultimate opportunity for intrepid explorers who are in a pursuit of adventure in the Himalayas.
The diverse terrain of the country makes the best trekking routes for both novices and experienced trekkers.
Mountain climbing or expedition is one of the most thrilling activities with the constant fear and excitement of being in one of the dangerous peaks.
It is the perfect way to test your physical limits and treat your mind to peace and tranquility from this life-changing experience.
The Mountains of Nepal offer the best studio setup for photography. They are perfect in themselves that you will get the best photographs.
Also, mountains are home to a number of rare flora and fauna. Photography enthusiasts can find the mountains to be a rich source of subjects for beautiful nature photography with animals, birds, flowers and even butterflies.
And, the splendid night skies with the view of the galaxies will leave you dumbfounded with photographs to cherish all your life.
Skydiving option available in this region include a walk for a while where you get to take in the beautiful nature and take photographs before the big moment.
The actual event is a fall from 11000-13000 feet from a helicopter with the mountains at the back and the valley below.
In this adventure, you will get a bird-like experience. Witness the Pokhara valley from the sky, what a bliss!
Nepal is considered to be one of the most perfect adventure spots for mountain bikers, with its diverse geography and difficult terrain.
There are various bike trails in various cities that provide you the opportunity to ride along the highest peaks and through valleys exploring trails that have never been trodden on before.
Cycling, an encounter with the locals and by passers, resting for a while in the meadows…What an amazing time you will spend!
For those who like to enjoy the splendid mountains without having to sweat a bit or take in the spectacular view from above, the mountain flights are the perfect option.
Such a safe and quick way to experience the majestic mountains is made even easier by the everyday flights from the capital that take you on a flight that is worth every penny.
While these are the major attractions in the mountainous region, let’s not forget that Nepal also has other geographic areas that make the country as diverse as any place can be.
The hilly areas of Nepal with moderate climate throughout the year also provide a list of activities to entertain the adrenaline junkies and quiet, nature lovers alike.
With this scenic flights to mount everest, you get to explore the diverse topography, nature, and the mountain escapes in a short period of time.
Known as one of the most exciting adventure sports all over the world, rafting is another sport in the rivers of this region with strong current and dangerous rapids and curves.
While some rivers provide a safe and fun experience for beginners of all ages, some rivers are the most dangerous, endurance and paddling skill testing routes.
The rafting trips aren’t just about the physical activity. They provide a beautiful view of the surrounding scenic beauty and an opportunity to enjoy the nature in the riverside beaches, in camps under the starry skies.
Rafting opportunities are available in different fast-flowing rivers like Bhote Koshi, Trishuli, Seti, Karnali, and so on.
Another favorite among the pumped up adventurers is bungee jumping and canyon swing.
The bungee jumping of Nepal is one of the most exciting experiences. The 160 m high fall with a raging river below has its own Nepali feel and will be an experience you will never forget.
Another such sport is canyon swing where you make a swing as if from the canyon with a 100 m free-fall and 240m arch at a speed of 240 km/h.
Cities rich in art and architectures
The Durbar Square area is the remnant of the Malla/Rana dynasty, which includes a number of temples and palaces with the woodwork, metalwork, and other artistry of the then ruling dynasties.
The main attractions of the capital city include Boudhanath and Swoyambhunath Stupa, the World heritage sites that are also one of the most important sites for Buddhists all over the world.
Then, there is the Pashupatinath which is the Mecca for all Hindus.
After you immerse yourself in the cultural and religious sections of the city, Thamel is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the nightlife with both traditional Nepali and western music.
There are many other fun things to do in Nepal such as yoga, meditation, short hiking etc.
In Bhaktapur, you get a chance to immerse in the ancient culture and history perfectly blended together.
The main attractions are Durbar Square which consists of the 55 window temple, Krishna Mandir and many others that are the perfect examples of the culture and artistry of Malla and Rana regimes.
Apart from the one day tours, you can also treat yourself to treks and retreats to natural settings in the Nagarkot, Nuwakot, Phulchowki, and Dhulikhel areas which are hill stations right next to the busy city life.
The main attraction of this city is the Golden temple, Taleju Bhawani temple, and the Durbar Square.
The city is a popular platform to witness the lively culture of Newars and their exquisite architecture.
Also known as the city of lakes, it is famous for the mountains on the background, numerous lakes, and caves where you can enjoy trekking, boating, skydiving, cave exploring and many other fun activities.
There are several fun things to do in Pokhara. With a very moderate climate and peaceful environment, Pokhara is one of the best destinations for holidaying in Nepal.
Nepal is synonymous with all things rare and extinct. And, as new and peculiar as the country sounds, the flora and fauna are equally worth a visit.
The national parks are home to different kinds of deer, buck, bulls to the majestic Bengal Tiger and Gharials, crocodiles and the last breed of Asiatic buffalo.
The best conversations of these parks are the one-horned rhinoceros, wild bison, sloth bear, Tiger, Leopard, etc and more than 400 species of birds.
And, the north in the Himalayan region is more focused towards the animals.
The wide varieties of trees like oaks, pines, and maples house a variety of birds, including the pheasant (national bird of Nepal).
The most famous of these national parks are Rara National Park, Langtang National Park, Shey-Phoksundo National Park, and Royal Chitwan National Park.
Chitwan National Park Tour is your one chance to experience the wildlife at a close range where you get to witness animals grazing, hunting in their natural setting within a few feet’s distances.
Land of Festivals
Don’t be surprised if every single day in Nepal happened to be a festival day. Nepalese are very happy people.
With multiple ethnic groups and communities and each of them holding their own unique culture and days of celebration, Nepal celebrates each festival in harmony.
These festivals are celebrated during the month of October and are the festivals of most of the population and hence induce a national holiday.
Dashain is the celebration of the victory of good over evil and is celebrated for 15 days with delicious cuisine and large-scale worshiping of the Goddess Durga.
Elders put tika on the forehead of younger ones and give them blessings. People enjoy with their families by playing cards and tasting delicacies.
Tihar is the festival of lights where the entire country is draped in decorations, electric lights, and oil lamps like a bride on her wedding day.
It celebrates Goddess Laxmi – goddess of wealth, crows, cows, bulls, and dogs for their roles in our lives. And the last day is the celebration of the bond between brothers and sisters, also called Bhaitika.
It is the festival of colors where people splash each other with colors and water balloons to symbolize and enhance the fun and harmony among the people.
It is also marked by eating sweets and a traditional alcoholic beverage called “bhaang”.
This is a major celebration in the hilly region and the Terai region of Nepal.
Chhath is celebrated in the Terai Region of Nepal. The Sun, considered the god of energy and of the life-force, is worshiped during the Chhath festival to promote well-being, prosperity, and progress.
The Chhath Puja is performed in order to thank the nature, the sun for sustaining life on earth and water for being the lifeline of every living creature.
The word Lhosar means New Year or the beginning of a new era. The Lhosar is celebrated in the Tibetan Buddhist community in Nepal.
There are three types of Lhosar in Nepal, Sonam Lhosar, Gyalpo Loshar, and Tamu Loshar.
All the three Lhosar falls on the different days and celebrated by different communities.
Ghodejatra, Gaijatra, Indrajatra
These are several one-day festivals celebrated throughout the year especially by the Newar community to mark different occasions.
Gaijatra acknowledges the deaths throughout the year in an attempt to empathize the families who have lost their loved ones.
Indrajatra, on the other hand, is celebrated to welcome the rainy season that is very important for the country.
Ghodejatra is celebrated with a grand show from the skilled horsemen in the Tudikhel. The festival is celebrated to guard off evil spirits causing illness.
Since Nepal is a country where people of all religions and ethnicity live in harmony with each other, the country is an accumulation of almost all festivals of the world like Teej, Bisket Jatra, Buddha Jayanti, Lhosar, Id, Christmas, etc.
What sets apart holidays in Nepal from other vacation spots?
The exchange rate of Nepali currency is about Rs 100 for $ 1. So, a lot of services and facilities can be enjoyed at lower costs.
There are options from cheap to expensive world-class hotels, restaurants, and other facilities to meet your budget.
Nepal can be one of the most affordable holiday spots with no compromises where you get premium services at reasonable costs.
Friendly people, Friendly Hosts
Nepali people are still living very traditional lifestyles in their artistic wooden houses following the ancestral occupations like pottery, handicrafts, agriculture, animal husbandry, etc.
Nepali people are the ultimate examples of simple living (and with their culturally colorful lives), high thinking as well. So, you meet smiling faces, amicable, and transparent souls with big hearts.
As a result, you find yourself holidaying with strangers that feel like family who greet you with a Namaste and eagerness to make you feel at home.
Diverse Terrain and more diverse Culture
Nepal is topographically divided into three regions: Mountain region, Hilly region, and the Terai region.
The weather, altitude, climate, and other topographical features result in flora and fauna that are found in all climates from tropical to arctic.
But this diversity isn’t just found in nature, but also in the lifestyles of the people.
Every region has its own costumes, traditions, occupations, and lifestyles.
The aspect of life that is most affected is the cuisine – according to the environment and the lifestyle of the inhabitants.
The local dishes that you must try in Nepal are Mo Mo, Chwela, and Chatamari, Chiya (typical Nepali tea), Dal Bhat Tarkari (authentic Nepali meal), Gundruk, etc.
Safety and security
With a diverse population that lives with respect and tolerance for every individual’s identity and life choices, you will find the Nepali societal environment to be the most peaceful and harmonious.
With strict laws, tourist police patrols, and friendly people, you will have a safe, easy, and fun stay. Secured, you will find yourself blending into the Nepali colors, cuisine, and customs.
Nepal offers a diverse range of activities to satisfy various holiday tastes. From, the adventure enthusiast to the one looking for the spiritual freedom, Nepal satisfies all to the fullest with its diversity.
Holiday in Nepal is a divine experience with the most amazing mountain views, diverse terrain, rich flora and fauna, and exposure to the harmoniously existing diverse culture.
Holiday in Nepal is sure to serve you with amazing experiences giving you wonderful memories for a lifetime.