WHY TO VISIT NEPAL
Far from the clichés of the backpackers in the 70’s, Nepal is a unique country; small and peaceful, cradled by the highest mountains in the world, steeped in Buddhism and Hinduism.
Kathmandu will not fail to amaze you by its contradictions; the permanent dust and noise is as much a part of its character as the intricately worked balconies overhanging the streets and the serenity of its temples. Continue to follow the valley until Patan with its many Buddhist monasteries, then on to Bhaktapur with its magical architecture resonating with prayers and mantras.
The Royal Park of Chitwan is home to tigers, rhinoceros and countless birds and can be discovered from the back of an elephant or by canoe, on foot or in a 4 wheel drive but always with a guide. The site of Pokhara, discovered by hippies, has kept its serenity and its magic through the years; its lake, dominated by the Annapurnas, adds to its charm and makes it an idyllic place to relax before or after a trek.
Thrill seeking climbers will want to head straight for Solu Khumbu, the most popular side of Everest where base camp is situated at 5,340 metres enabling a view of the mythical summit at over 8,000 metres. Hiking is possible at various sites in Nepal, offering visitors the chance to discover villages off the beaten track together with their inhabitants following their daily routines unchanged for centuries and always smiling and welcoming.
WHAT TO SEE IN NEPAL
Top destinations in Nepal are:
- Annapurna Circuit
- Chitwan National Park
WHEN TO GO TO NEPAL
Best period to visit Nepal is from October to April.
Nepal benefits from a dry season from October to May when temperatures can exceed 30°C in Kathmandu, followed by a wet season from June to September. You can visit Nepal at any time of the year depending on the area you choose to visit.
If you plan to go trekking in the mountains it is best to go between October and March so avoiding the rain and enjoying the sunshine. It can get very cold though above 3,000 metres during the months of December and January. Avoid Kathmandu in May and June when the heat becomes overpowering and the roads and streets become thick with mud.
Following a list of typical festival and celebrations of Nepal.
HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH NEPAL
by plane, the main airport is in Kathmandu
GENERAL INFORMATION ON NEPAL
country entry requirements: passport + visa (check your visa requirements)
health tips & vaccination: drink only bottled water and avoid ice
local currency: Nepalese Rupee
local time zone: GMT+5:45
electricity: type C, D and M (230 V, 50 Hz)
mobile phone operators:
WHAT TO DO IN NEPAL
typical food in Nepal
- Dal bhat: lentils and rice
- Tarkari: spiced vegetables
- Thukpha: Tibetan stew of noodles and meat
- Rotis: flat pancake-like bread made from wheat or rice flour
- Chapatti: similar toroti but thinner
- Choyla: diced and roasted water buffalo, spiced and eaten with rice
- Cel roti: Nepali equivalent of a donut; circular, fried dough
- Pani puri: round pastries filled with spices, potatoes, and water
- Momos: handmade dumplings filled with meat or veggies; order them friend or steamed
souvenirs from Nepal
- prayer wheels
- Tibetan bowls
- semi-precious stones
- tailored garments
- pashmina scarves and shawls
- sweaters, mittens, socks
- Tibetan dresses
- woven shawls
- multicolored jackets
- khukri (national knife)
- saranghi (small, four-stringed viola played with a horse-hair bow)
- papier mâché dance masks
- Buddhist statuettes
- bamboo flutes
- Teas and spices
- topis (loopsided caps)
- thangkas (Buddhist painting on cotton or silk appliqué, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala)
How are you?: Timīlā'ī kastō cha?
Thank you: Dhan'yavāda
What is your name?: Timrō nāma kē hō?
How much is it?: Yō kati cha?
Sorry: Māpha garnuhōs