On 25th April 2015, a powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.9 hit the central region of Nepal in the Gorkha district just north of the main highway between Kathmandu and Pokhara. The earthquake brought a number of severe aftershocks that were felt as far away as India, Bangladesh, and Tibet.
As a result, more than 8000 people lost their lives and thousands more injured. Not to mention the wholesale destruction of buildings throughout the whole of the country. It also debased some of the nation’s historic monuments including centuries-old palaces and temples listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest and in the famous trekking regions of Manaslu and Langtang. Langtang village itself bore the brunt of the catastrophe, with the entire village completely buried by the avalanche that descended from the slopes of Langtang mountain thousands of feet above.
However, while the earthquake shook the land of Nepal, it could not shake the courage, strength, and spirit of its people. What you see now is not death and despair but a fiercely resilient population who are happy after regrouping and rebuilding the nation in the wake of this massive catastrophe.
The Kathmandu Valley is alive with the heritages brought back into life. Heritage sites like Swayambhu, the three Durbar Squares, and many other ancient settlements and monuments are reconstructed while some are still in the process of rebuilding. With the passage of time, people have brought changes to their lives and accept their reality smilingly to face the future.
“Our greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”– Vince Lombardi
Like the saying, we, Nepalese have restored our old, beautiful Nepal full of cultural, historical, and natural diversity. And, the country welcomes millions of tourists to showcase the happy life and nature after the tragedy. Roads and air transport links remain intact across the country; the majority of hotels and restaurants are perfectly in operation.
The regions of Manaslu and Langtang faced the most destruction. But, with time the trekking trails in these regions are re-built along with the tea houses en route. Locals have built the houses using earthquake-resistant technologies. So, trekking to these trails is totally safe as awe-inspiring as before.
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October and November are Nepal’s peak season for tourism and are, of course, the best time of year to come and visit. You can visit Nepal in other seasons as well. With the variation in a season, the major attractions of the various touristic regions also vary.
The majestic Himalayan Mountains and lush countryside await and happily welcome the more intrepid visitors. And they have a safer and well-built teahouse along the route with least chances of accidents. So, you need not fear to come and visit Nepal.
Pokhara is very safe and captivates with its magnificent mountain views and serene lakes. Chitwan and Bardia also escaped widespread damage, and thus showcase their abundance of natural life. The birthplace of the Buddha, Lumbini, did not incur much damage and is thankfully all set to welcome visitors back to its sacred soil.
So, what are you waiting for? Come and visit the magnificent and bustling country of Nepal. She has multiple adventures and recreational activities- physical, natural, and spiritual on her offer.
Walk the beautiful trails in the shadow of the most alluring mountains. And consider this: how good you will feel knowing that you are the one to show the rest of the world that Nepal is once again a safe place to visit and explore; that there is nothing to fear.
And, gain everything by witnessing how people have set a new identity, a new architecture, a new legacy on top of the still living and breathing vestiges of the old identity, the old architecture, and the old legacy.
Nepal has optimistically embarked upon the most fascinating period in all of its ancient history. And it will be your privilege to see it in front of you.
So come on: start thinking RIGHT NOW about the most important adventure you’ll ever undertake. Start planning your trip. Trust us. We promise you it’ll be the greatest thing you’ll ever do in your life.