10 Things You Need to Know About Nepal
Nepal is a beautiful landlocked country in the heart of the greater Himalayas with a great many aspects of the spiritual and adventure in the country’s popular tourism. Read to know about the ten things in Nepal you wouldn’t want to miss.
Beyond the distant snows and the wilderness of terai lies Nepal, once a glorious kingdom where Gautama Buddha was born. Besides a great spiritual heritage in the context of Buddhism, the Sanatana Dharma or the ‘eternal dharma’, and yoga, Nepal holds a spellbinding charm of nature unblemished. From the lowland forests of Terai to the pristine alpine lakes and the high and mighty peaks of the greater Himalayas, from the hidden monasteries lying deep inside the pristine mountain locations to the modern ashrams for the learning of yoga and meditation in out-of-the-way places amidst nature, rugged trekking and climbing routes to the celebrated Himalayan summits, and great openings for adventure sports-- specialties of Nepal is about all of these and more.
Let’s find out about ten things in Nepal can awe you with--
Trekking In Nepal Himalayas
Home to a great and extensive trail system, covering all of Nepal from Humla and Darchula to the distant West to the Kanchenjunga in the East. There is amazing diversity in the trekking scene of Nepal that’s hard to find anywhere else. This shows in the difference between the lowest area of Nepal which is 59 m above sea level in the Terai and the highest summit of Everest at 8, 848 m. On the linear plain, however, the two regions are only 200 kilometers apart. So, you can imagine the kind of biodiversity, plant and animal life, topography, and life of people that exist between these differences.
From the short and crisp 4-days Poonhill trek to the 12-day highly ambitious Everest Base Camp, Trek are among the most popular things of Nepal other than Yoga and Meditation. Not for the faint-hearted, but there are also the ones you can definitely chin up and attempt with no prior mountaineering experience!
Mountain Biking In the Kathmandu Valley
Kathmandu Valley offers spellbinding biking tours through the nooks and crannies of the rugged Himalayas. One of the most challenging biking excursions happens on the road to Shivapuri National Park. Dirt roads snaking across rugged mountain highs, crossing through variously challenging patches make the ride super adrenaline-rushing on this one. Those looking for less of swashbuckling and more of peace, solitude, and serenity, hop on to Godavari, Bungamati, and Chapagaun biking trails.
Adventure In The Seti River Whitewater
You are going to love it in the Seti, if kayaking and whitewater rafting is your kind of thing. There’s a magnetic opportunity to go with the currents in the Lower Seti river, starting from Pokhara and closing near Chitwan National Park.
Copter Touring Above Mount Everest
Adventure happens in different forms in the Himalayas of Nepal. Copter touring over the Everest is one such spellbinding feats allowing panoramic mountain tour in the air. It’s a grand revealing of ethereal peaks like Mt. Makalu, Mt. Gosaithan, Mt. Dorje, Mt. Pumori, and on the list goes, climaxing at Mt.Everest.
Phewa Lake Tripping At Pokhara
To the south of the Pokhara valley, a part of Sarangkot and Kashikot, Lake Phewa is a destination for the photography enthusiasts, peace-seeking travelers, and couples alike. Mount Machhapuchhre reflects vividly in the clear alpine waters of Phewa, colorful dinghy boats swarm along the banks, the glorious Tal Barahi Temple can be seen as a mirage in an island in the middle of the lake.
Yoga and Meditation In The Himalayas
Among the various specialties of Nepal, yoga and meditation in the mountain country are a great pull for all the alternative health, spirituality, and good life enthusiasts from the world over. Authentic yet modern yoga studios offering courses and retreats with the traditional flavor in Hatha and Ashtanga yoga, meditation, and more can be found at out-of-the-way stations in beautiful Nepal. Come here to spend a peaceful time, revel in the beauty of nature, and up your spiritual instincts.
Pashupatinath-- The Ancient Site Of Shiva
On the banks of Bagmati River, to the north-east of Kathmandu, lies the seat of Lord Pashupatinath Shiva. It’s a UNESCO cultural heritage site and a revered pilgrimage for the Hindus. Visit Pashupatinath to witness the heritage.
Rejuvenation With Ayurveda In Nepal
Ayurveda is at large a legacy of the Hindu civilization of which Nepal is an ancient territory. This five thousand years old science of healing and wellness prescribes various spa, massage, and alternative cure treatments. Alongside yoga and meditation, one can discover great Ayurvedic specialties of Nepal to enrich the soul.
Vipassana Meditation Retreats
Last but not the least, Nepal is the birthplace of Gautama Buddha and an upholder of the Theravada Buddhist tradition. Powerful esoteric meditation practices as the Vipassana have their roots in this country. Vipassana meditation elucidates cultivation of inner silence, self-inquiry, and realization of the non-self.
Discover and delight in all these popular things of Nepal!