When people hear the word Kathmandu, all they imagine is a small village filled with rickshaws and cattle all over the place, but Nepal’s capital is more than that. It is chaotic and peaceful at the same time. No matter where you come from Vienna, Monaco or Zurich, Kathmandu’s fast pace is contagious. It is…
Nepal is a trekker’s haven, the land of the Annapurna mountain and Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. Not surprisingly, one of the top things to do in Nepal is to trek through stunning mountain scenery. Besides trekking, Nepal also offers up a plate of outdoor activities for the adrenaline junkie. White water rafting, bungee jumping, paragliding and mountain biking are all a part of this small country’s repertoire. If you’re confused about the country’s location and wondering where Nepal is, the country is fairly easy to locate on the map. This landlocked South Asian country lies to the north of India, just below the great Himalayan range. While there are plenty of things to do in Nepal, most visitors to the country prefer to start their explorations from Nepal’s capital city, Kathmandu.
Kathmandu the capital has much that will excite and bemuse visitors. From exploring hidden backstreet shrines and world-class palaces to discovering the history of the medieval squares of Patan and Bhaktapur, and soaking in the Buddhist spiritualism, Kathmandu Valley will wind its way into your soul. Nepal was once the final destination on the popular hippie trail and remnants of this past can still be felt in Thamel, one of the more vibrant areas of the cities.
With tourism being one of the largest industries in the country, you’ll never fall short of places to visit in Nepal. Four world heritage sites are located here and each one definitely worth visiting. The birthplace of Gautam Buddha, Lumbini, is a spiritual hub with various countries setting up beautiful temples and Buddhist monasteries here. Chitwan National Park, another world heritage site is a delight for nature enthusiasts with its jungles and varied animal species.
The best time to visit Nepal is in the fall, between October and November or in the spring. You can be sure of clear skies and spectacular scenery during these months. Whether you’re in Nepal for the adrenaline rush, a spiritual journey, or just on the usual path of discovery, there’s much that will keep you busy in this Himalayan kingdom, and probably lure you back for more.