nestled against the backdrop of magnificent Himalayan ranges, Nepal is
located to the north east of India. In fact, landlocked Nepal is sandwiched
between China and India. Nepal shares her eastern and southern border with
Indian states of Uttranchal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Sikkim.
The small nation has a territory of 147,181 sq. km and a population of 23.5
million. The only Hindu nation in the world, Nepal is the birth place of
Lord Buddha and proudly proclaims the presence of world's largest mountain
peak-Mount Everest in her territory. Nepal has attracted tourists from all
over the world as the country has a vast array of attractions that include
breathtaking scenic beauty, religious places, historical spots and evergreen
» Flights :
||How To Reach ?
There are flights to Kathmandu
international airport from many destinations of the world. They include
Bangkok, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Dubai, Varanasi and several other cities.
» Buses :
There are bus services to Nepal including
Kathmandu from some of the Indian states bordering Nepal. Tourists are
requested to contact government tourism offices or their tour operator to
know timings of buses to Nepal.
||When To Visit ?
March-May and September-December
||Where To Stay ?
facilities in Nepal's capital Kathmandu are very well developed. Hotels are
easily available in the budget and mid-range categories. Many star category
hotels are also available. However, the scenario may be different in other
parts of Nepal. Tourists are advised to check accommodation availability
while travelling to other parts of Nepal.
» Sightseeing :
||What To Do ?
There are numerous
attractions to see in Nepal. The cities cradled by the snow wrapped
Himalayas, the mystic valleys, the quaint surroundings, smiling people all
adds to the charm of Nepal.
» Shopping :
The best buys of Nepal are local
handicrafts and handloom, woolens, decoratives and Hindu religious items.
Kathmandu is developing as one of the popular shopping destinations in Asia.
» Eating-Out :
Although there are few variations,
Indian and Nepalese cuisine has many similarities. Nepal's capital Kathmandu
has a variety of restaurants.
Kathmandu Valley :
||What To See ?
Nepal's capital city of Kathmandu offers many
attractions to tourists. Tourists can visit Durbar Square, royal residential
quarter of Bhupendra Malla, temple of Nytapole in pagoda style and other
temples of the place. The 2500 years old Bodhnath Stupa, a holy place for
Tibetan Buddhists is also located here. The world famous Pashupatinath
temple is also thronged by a large number of devotees. In the Kathmandu
valley is Gaida Wild Life Camp which is the natural habitat of the Asiatic
tiger & leopard. Dhulikhel is a small township in the valley which is at
an altitude of 6000 ft. and offers superb views of Cho Oyu in the east to
Himalchuli in the west. Patan: Patan is a fabulous holiday destination near
Kathmandu famous for beautiful alpine scenery to the magnificent Himalayan
panorama. The peaks that can be closely seen from the place are Gaurishanker
(7,134m.), Choba Bhamre (6,109 m), Manaslu (8,163 m), Himalchuli (7, 893m)
and Annapurna ( 8,091m).
» Pokhara Valley :
The Pokhara Valley is one of the
most picturesque spots of Nepal. The valley has lovely lakes of Phewa,
Begnas and Rupa. Situated at an altitude of 827 meters above the sea level,
Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre and
the five peaks of Annapurna .
Lumbini is the birth place of Lord Buddha. It is situated 250
kms south-west of Kathmandu. The items still preserved in Lumbini are the
broken Ashokan Pillar, remnants of old monastery and images of Buddhas
mother Maya Devi. Lumbini has become a pilgrimage destination for Buddhists.
» Panauti :
Panauti is a place that has many lovely
temples and old structures. Some of the structures of the place belong to
the medieval period. The drive to Panauti is through beautiful countryside.
» Namo Buddha :
Namo Buddha is visited by Buddhists
in large numbers. There is an ancient stone slab and a stupa here which are
considered very sacred by followers of the religion.
Helambu is famous for its scenic grandeur and pleasant
climate.There are many Buddhist monasteries amidst a rich and enchanting
landscape. Sundarijal is the starting point to trek to Helambu which is mere
11-km away from Kathmandu.
» Gorkha :
Gorkha is the birth place of King
Prithivi Narayan Shah, the founder of modern Nepal. It is situated on a hill
overlooking the snowy peaks of the Himalayas. There is also a beautiful old
palace known as Gorkha Durbar. There are two attractive temples of
Gorakhnath and Kaliinside the palace premises.
Tourism has emerged as one of the biggest industries of picturesque Nepal.
The scenic beauty of the country attracts tourists from all parts of the