Nepal

A majestic land lying along the Himalayas, blessed with pleasing hill villages, aesthetic golden temples and adventurous wildlife, Nepal is a country in South Asia, which is sandwiched between India and china. From going on the toughest trek to challenging yourself to living like a local in beautiful villages and experiencing Nepalese culture, this country has many things to offer to you.

History

Many people still wonder if Nepal is a part of India. For the people living under a rock – Nepal was never a part of india.Nepal was Founded by King Prithvi Narayan Shah on 25th September 1768. Nepal faced struggles for democracy in the 20th century. On May 28, 2008, the newly-elected constituent assembly declared Nepal, the Federal Democratic Republic, abolishing the 240-year-old monarchy.

food habits differ from region to region and much of Nepali food has been influenced by Indian and Tibetan styles of cooking. Dal rice is preferred by the Nepalese, which is served with pickle. The curried meat is very famou,s but they eat it only on special occasions. Steamed and fried dumplings are one of the tastiest dishes served in nepal. So if you ever visit Nepal, do not forget to taste the momos. Other than the mentioned dishes, here are some dishes that you should try at least once – sel roti, Gundruk, Bara, Chatamari, yomari, chiura, and sandheko. 

National parks

They are a treat for all the wildlife and nature lovers.

Langtang national park is the first national park of the himalayas. This park not only gets you one step closer to the wildlife, but also gets you closer to the mesmerizing himalayas. This surreal national park  consists of the catchments – the Trisuli & Sun Koshi Rivers.

Second famous national park is Sagarmatha National Park. Sherpas live in this national park, known for its rugged, mountainous terrain & diversity of fauna. Like every other national park in Nepal, this park offers you a splendid view of mountains and dark blue rivers.  Tengboche, Thame, Khumjung and Pangboche are some other famous monasteries of this region. For its superlative natural characteristics, UNESCO has enlisted SNP as a World Heritage Site in 1979.

Bardia national park has immersed itself as a top destination for cultural, trivial and adventurous jungle safaris. The main aim of those travelling here is to see wildlife and live free in the open away from the hustle and bustle of city life. 

Trekking

All the fitness freaks, it is time to go on these terrific treks and test your strength. The terrain of the Nepalese Himalayas offers various splendid trekking routes. One of the most popular treks is the Everest base camp trek.

Everest is the roof of the earth. There are many temples on the way and the beauty that the EBC trekking route has to offer is astounding.

Another popular trek is the annapurna circuit trek. Raving about the wonders of the treks in nepal is like saying the Grateful Dead is your new favorite band. Does annapurna offer you lavish tents, exotic wildlife and pilgrims sites that are more holy? NO. But the challenges, the scenic and serene routes that this trek has to offer, are irreplaceable. Want to trek in the middle of nowhere? want to get lost in nature away from the human species? Unlike most treks, the circuit follows an ancient trade route that still functions as a trade route.

Another spectacular trek that you cannot miss is – Manaslu circuit trek. It is a 14-day tea-house trek which circumnavigates the 8th highest peak (Manaslu) in the world (8,156 m).

Temples

Muktinath temple is a temple on the annapurna circuit. It is said that you get whatever you wish for, if you pray in this temple. So worship the goddess parvati to fulfil all your wishes.

Another temple in nepal that you cannot miss is Bajrayogini. This temple is surrounded by small caves and is located in a valley so it surely gives a mesmerizing background for that insta worthy post.

Budhanilkantha – Where Lord Vishnu resides amidst lotus in an open air pool is a holy pilgrimage site.

Similarly, Swayambhunath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa, Dakshinkali, The Living Goddess are some of the temples that you must visit in nepal. 

Monasteries

When on a holiday, I prefer living like a local and indulging myself in their cultures and local traditions. What better way to do this than visiting the monasteries and actually staying there? One gets to learn so much about the culture and history just by visiting monasteries. If you are planning to visit Nepal and want to learn more about Buddhism, visit these monasteries

    • Boudhanath stupa
    • Shechen monastery
    • Kopan monastery 
    • Lumbini – birthplace of buddha. 
    • White monastery

Each one of the monasteries has a meaningful history behind them. It’s surely a great treat for history lovers too.

All the backpackers, are you ready to join us on our adventurous trip to Nepal?

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