16 Solid reasons to visit Nepal 2020
- 16 Solid reasons to visit Nepal 2020
- How safe is Nepal to visit or Is Nepal safe to travel now?
- 16 Solid reasons to visit Nepal 2020
- 1. See the highest altitude lake
- 2. Go off the beaten path Mountain biking
- 3. See where Lord Buddha was born
- 4. Climb the tallest mountain in the world
- 5. Celebrate the major Nepali festival
- 6. See the crows, dogs and cows getting worshipped in the city of lights
- 7. Trek Annapurna base camp and see Mount Fishtail
- 8. Experience wild white water rafting adventures
- 9. Go on a wildlife safari
- 10. Check out the exotic birds of Nepal
- 11. Do the Bungee jump and Canyon Jump
- 12. Fly like a bird
- 13. Check out the UNESCO Heritage Sites
- 14. Eat Chitlang Cheese and homemade wine
- 15. Eat authentic Dal, Bhat, momos and more
- 16. See the flag
Perhaps you have been or at least heard of Everest Base Camp in Nepal? Perfect! How about Nepal tourism news visit Nepal 2020 campaign? Let me explain as I cover why you should visit Nepal and fun things to do in Nepal.
Nepal is a beautiful country full of mountains and lakes, you just have to get out of the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. It caters for backpackers, mid-tiers and luxury travels. It is the paradise for mountain climbing, peak climbing, trekking, paragliding, the most loved place for nature lovers and dream come true for thrill seekers.
Nepal is planning to welcome everyone from around the world with visit Nepal 2020 to show that Nepal is a safe place to travel. I think it would be perfect timing to book your flight if you been wanting to do a Himalaya travel. Studies show there are about a million visitors coming to Nepal for tourism purpose, Himalaya tour, and a small percentage for volunteer reasons. Nepal as a tourist destination lives up to its fame and more.
The Nepali government is aiming to double that number with the Nepal tourism year 2020. They also have plans to complete the reconstruction of major heritage sites and the expansion of Tribhuwan International Airport and construction of Gautama Buddha Airport in Bhairahawa before 2020.
Check that out, all the exciting developments plans. It sounds like 2020 would surely be the year to go Nepal. If you aren’t convinced yet, continue reading below as I share 16 solid reasons to travel to Nepal
But before I share that, let me answer the most frequently asked question.
How safe is Nepal to visit or Is Nepal safe to travel now?
After the massive earthquake in Nepal year 2015, many were asking this question and still are. Having travelled and lived there myself, from my personal experience the simple and short answer would be yes. It is safe to travel in Nepal for both male and female travellers.
The general rule of thumb for travelling is to be applied though. Such as not walking alone in the dark alley at midnight, buying health insurance, not carrying all of your valuables while exploring, and to be conscious of your surroundings at all time. Besides that, nobody can predict when the next earthquake or natural disaster will happen. So, best to travel while you can.
16 Solid reasons to visit Nepal 2020
1. See the highest altitude lake
Situated at an altitude of 4,949 m above sea level is Lake Tilicho. It is the world’s highest altitude lake. Getting there can be rough as you have to trek along the landslides affected area but once you get there, you may not want to leave with the jaw-dropping view and stunning blue lake. From Kathmandu, it takes minimum 5 days to arrive at Tilicho Lake or more if you want to take it slow. From Pokhara and Jomsom, add 2 more days to the trip. Who knew lake could exist in the high altitudes!
2. Go off the beaten path Mountain biking
Not many are aware of mountain biking sport in Nepal but it is the fastest growing sport in the country. You can do great singletrack and/or multi-day adventures throughout the Himalayas. There are many amazing trails which makes it possible to go mountain biking in just about any part of the country. But I recommend first, Annapurna Circuit which is best done in April/May or in October/November, second Upper Mustang which offers unique desert landscape and Tibetan culture. It is geographically isolated hence offers more off the beaten path experience than the previous route. Finally, Pikey Peak which starts from your base at Salleri, the gateway to the Everest region. It is a newly opened route for trekking and biking. So, you will have most of the trail to yourself. Take advantage and get there before the tourism hits.
3. See where Lord Buddha was born
Yes, the Buddha statues you see everywhere in the world, he was a real person. His real name was Siddhartha Gautam which later on changed to Gautam Buddha. Born as a prince who gave up everything including his wife and son to understand himself, life and more. Rest is history. You can’t see much of his home now but there are some ruins left that you can visit before it all disappears.
4. Climb the tallest mountain in the world
Nepal is home to the tallest mountain in the world Mount Everest. And if that is not enough, out of 14 Nepal got 8 tallest mountains in the world. Trekking in Nepal is a bucket list for many. Especially climbing Mount Everest or even just Everest base camp trek (EBC) is a dream come true. The Himalaya trekking lasts 2 weeks if everything goes to plan. Just be careful about the altitude sickness and getting a guide or porter is recommended. However, if you are more of a DIY kind of person, you can trek the Himalayas solo as well.
5. Celebrate the major Nepali festival
This is an important festival celebrated all over Nepal during the month of October. Dashain honours a great conquest of the gods over the evil demons. During Dashain, the symbol of power, Goddess Durga is worshipped. Traditionally it goes on for fifteen days, among which the most important dates are the first, the seventh, the eighth, the ninth and the tenth. Families get together, the elders give blessings and money or gifts to younger ones. It is like a Christmas! You would be lucky to experience this festival with a local family. Also, bear in mind most offices are closed on Dashain.
6. See the crows, dogs and cows getting worshipped in the city of lights
If you love animals especially dogs, cows, even birds like crows! You must go to Nepal to witness a traditional festival called Tihar. It falls right after Dashain. Tihar lasts for 5 days and each day is dedicated to one special thing. On the first day of the festival, Nepali people honour and worship crows, (Legend has it that, when you hear a crow outside your house, news is coming your way. So, people want to make sure crows are happy and would bring only good news!), the second day is for dogs, the guardian of the house and social security so, people want to keep them happy, the third-day cows and Laxmi, the goddess of wealth and luck gets worshipped. This is the night, the whole city comes to life with beautiful lights, candles, and decorating their houses with flowers inside out. The reason why Tihar is called the festival of lights. Young people would go around the neighbourhood singing Tihar songs like Bhailo and Deusi for blessings. In return, the house owner gives them money, fruit and sweets. Then the fourth day is different for each culture. For Newari community in Nepal, they perform Mha Puja to worship themselves and celebrate with family. Farmers perform Goru Puja for their ox. And finally, on the fifth day, it is time to worship your siblings. Sounds weird right? But this is the day the brothers and sisters give gifts and put on a tika on the forehead with blessings. If you want to witness 1 festival in Nepal, I would recommend visiting for Tihar.
7. Trek Annapurna base camp and see Mount Fishtail
If you think you aren’t ready for Everest, you can practice Nepal trekking in thin air with Annapurna base camp first. Mount Annapurna (8,091m) is the world’s 10th tallest peak and base camp sits at 4130m. The trek offers you the natural beauty of the Himalayas including a panoramic view of Annapurna Range, sunrise and sunsets from Mt fishtail and Mt Annapurna base camps, Ghandruk village and lifestyle of people living in high altitudes which is above 4000 meters. It can be done in 8 days guided or solo from Pokhara but if you are in Kathmandu, add a day of flight before and after.
8. Experience wild white water rafting adventures
Nepal is rich in rivers. Hence one of the best sought after place for rafting and kayaking. You can choose from Trishuli River (1 up to 3 days rafting/kayaking), Seti River (2 days rafting trip), Bhote Koshi River (1 day rafting trip), Kali Gandaki River (3 days rafting trip), Marsyandi River (1 to 2 days rafting/kayaking trip), Sun Koshi River (7 to 9 days rafting trip), Arun River (9 days rafting adventure combining with trek), Karnali River (10 days whitewater rafting and kayaking), and Tamur River ( 10 to 11 days rafting adventure combining with 4 days trek). Some travel agents may have different offers too. Rafting trips can range from easy, medium to difficult. You will also get the chance to relax in bug-free beaches for camping. The thrill of rafting in wild Nepali rivers is exciting and not something you will forget that easily.
9. Go on a wildlife safari
Change the scenery from the majestic mountains, wild rivers to the vast jungle in the south. Enjoy spotting the tigers, rhinos, elephants, crocodiles and other wild animals in Chitwan National Park or Bardia National Park. The latter is less heard of so, more off the beaten path offering rugged experience. I recommend heading South of Nepal between October and March.
10. Check out the exotic birds of Nepal
If birds are more of your thing, Nepal got you covered as well. Koshi Tappu wildlife reserve offers over 400 bird species. You can spot various species of ducks, eagles, storks, geese, terns, lapwings, kingfishers and more. It can also be done as a day trip from Pokhara. Something worth adding is, the area offers both luxury and quite basic tented camps. So, bird waters can choose the type of accommodation they like.
11. Do the Bungee jump and Canyon Jump
Nepal is all about peace but is also full of adventure if you know where to look. Nepal boasts the second-highest bungee jumping place in the world, approx. 160 meters and the canyon swing, a 240-meter free fall at 150 kilometres per hour! You can get bungee jump and canyon jump off your bucket list with half the price you would pay in the developed country. Safety is not comprised and pieces of equipment are modern. Do it and experience the thrill of a jump over one of the fast flowing deep rivers in Nepal. You may want to go with another person in case of emergency.
12. Fly like a bird
Bungee is too much for you then take a notch down and try Paragliding. You will fly like a bird with a beautiful lake below and mountains around you. You can do it from 5 different places. Such as Pokhara, Chapakharka, Kot Danda valley which is also a picturesque, Godavari, and Phulchowki near Kathmandu. Paragliding season starts from November to February but I recommend doing it between November to December due to the start of the cold season in December.
13. Check out the UNESCO Heritage Sites
There are 4 World Heritage Sites in Nepal. 1. Sagarmatha National Park ( Everest region), 2. Chitwan National Park (wildlife area), 3. Lumbini – the birthplace of Lord Buddha and 7 sites in Kathmandu Valley counted together as one. I already mentioned 3 of the above. So the 7 sites in Kathmandu are Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Swayambhunath (monkey temple), Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Changunarayan. Even if you are not in history or sites, these places will make your trip worthwhile. So do yourself a favour and see them all.
14. Eat Chitlang Cheese and homemade wine
Let me share a short story, a Nepali local went to France to learn cheese and winemaking. Since he returned to Nepal, he has been running Nepal’s only one goat milk cheese factory in his village called Chitlang. It is little out of the way but the lush greenery along the way with beautiful pine trees, fresh goat milk cheese, and wine makes it worth day the trip. Perhaps you can also compare how good the cheese and wine are really!
15. Eat authentic Dal, Bhat, momos and more
According to the United Nation’s estimate, currently (2019), Nepal has 29.3 population. Under that Nepal has 126 castes and ethnic groups speaking over 120 languages. And what’s more, fascinating is all those ethnic groups have their own distinct cuisines, cultures, languages and beliefs. It would be hard to try and find all those cuisines but you can easily find the national dish. It is called Dal, Bhat which is rice, lentils and it comes with loads of different side dishes including meat, vegetables and pickles. It is a must when you are in Nepal. Another dish to put on your list is Momos which is dumplings and what makes it different than Chinese dumplings is the special sauce that comes with it. You Nepal travel won’t be complete without trying these two dishes. And I hope you get to try special ethnic food also.
16. See the flag
In case you aren’t convinced why you should visit Nepal yet, just take a minute looking at the Nepali national flag above! Did you notice it is different than the flags from the rest of the world? That is because it is. It is the only 2 triangles flag in the world that carries the sun and the moon and the blue on the border symbolise peace. No doubt the Nepali flag is unique in the world which also makes for a great souvenir. In your Nepal visit, make sure to get one.
Now you know Nepal has something for everybody. From trekking Everest, Unesco world heritage sites, Gautam Buddha birthplace, the city of temples Kathmandu, various ethnic groups like Thakali, Newari, Tamang, to adventure base and more points of interests. Plus the price isn’t expensive, locals are kind, internet works, Nepal safe and the food are great. To answer when to visit Nepal, the best time is between October and November as dry days make trekking easier and offer good visibility.
Visit Nepal year 2020 is the official campaign Nepal Nepal government is running to promote safe travels and tourism in the nation. I tried to answer why to visit Nepal in this article and hope you are convinced to book your flight to Nepal now. Once you visit though, I won’t be surprised if you want to go back again. Afterall as the saying goes Nepal, Once is never enough!
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