Ornate temples, friendly people and unique nature are attracting more and more tourists to Nepal.
The land of opposites offers experiences that cannot be experienced anywhere else. Nepal is home to the world’s highest mountain peaks and the world’s most endangered habitats. Nepal is home to a rich culture that draws on Hinduism, but also extreme poverty.
NEPAL AS A TOURIST COUNTRY
In the lap of the mountains in the Himalayas
Resting in the lap of the Himalayan mountains, Nepal is a fascinating and mystical country that attracts especially adventurers, backpackers and nature tourists. For many, Nepal comes to mind for the first time on the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest.
However, Nepal is a land of contrasts, and in addition to the mountains of the north, there are rainforests and lush national parks in the south, where you can happily see tigers, rhinos and elephants, among other things.
Nature tourism and colorful culture
Thanks to the highest mountain peaks in the world, Nepal naturally offers excellent opportunities for mountaineering, but even more inexperienced adventurers can make hikes on the slopes of the Himalayas. Various safaris and excursions in the national parks introduce you to the unique and endangered nature of Nepal which is short for NP by abbreviationfinder.
Nepali life and culture can again be explored either in the capital Kathmandu or in smaller towns and villages.
Religion gives its own stamp to Nepali culture. Most of the people are Hindus, but there are also significant Buddhists. In Kathmandu in particular, there are magnificent temple areas and religious expenditures that strongly color the daily lives of Nepalis. Due to the strong role of religion, the tourist should note that highly revealing clothing, partying in a public place, or photography, especially in temple areas without permission, is not desirable.
Best Travel Time for Late Fall or Early Spring
The weather in the northern parts of Nepal is typical of the mountains, meaning summers are cool and winters are cold. The southern Terai region, on the other hand, has a subtropical climate; summers are warm and winters mild. The rainy season in Nepal lasts from about June to September and the trip is worth scheduling outside the rainy season. October to April are the best times depending on the purpose and destinations of the trip.
According to countryaah, Nepal is a poor country in southern Asia and the price level is favorable for Finns. England gets along reasonably well, at least in cities and tourist destinations. Political conditions in Nepal have been volatile in recent years, and demonstrations and strikes are possible. Large mass gatherings should therefore be avoided.
As a tourist destination, Nepal is reasonably safe, but normal caution is in place for pickpockets and robberies. You should also be prepared for power outages.
FLIGHTS, ACCOMMODATION AND MOVEMENT IN NEPAL
Book an appointment at Kathmandu Airport
There are no direct flights to Nepal from Finland, but you can fly to Kathmandu with one or more stopovers on several airlines. Flight prices range from around € 750 upwards. Kathmandu Airport is well worth the time, especially when leaving the country.
Accommodation in Nepal is very cheap, but the standard may not always be very high. However, alternatives can be found from high quality hotels to cheap hostels. Kathmandu has the most supply.
Getting around is challenging
Getting around Nepal is possible by plane or bus, but is often time consuming. The condition of planes and buses may be deficient, and the roads are often in poor condition. During the rainy season, floods and landslides can cut off your roads, making travel impossible. It is a good idea to book a place for buses and flights well in advance and to be prepared for delays.
It is possible to rent a car with a driver and you can ride a motorcycle yourself. However, the insurances need to be checked, as they may not have been taken care of. There are taxis in the cities and you can safely get there on your own.
TRAVEL DESTINATIONS IN NEPAL
The splendor of Kathmandu culture
The capital of Nepal, Kathmandu, has long been popular with backpackers in particular, and tourists are particularly concentrated in the Thamel area, where you will find plenty of cheap accommodation, tour operators and restaurants. However, it is also worth exploring the rest of Kathmandu, as authentic Nepali culture is at its best elsewhere.
Kathmandu is dirty, congested and noisy at first glance, but the people are incredibly friendly and the magnificent architecture, temples, old medieval town, one of the more delicious restaurants and the rich cultural offerings make the tourist stay in the city for even longer. Kathmandu also has a lot of inexpensive shopping opportunities.
To conquer the Himalayas
The average traveler may not want to set out to try to conquer Mount Everest or Annapurna, but smaller hikes in the Himalayan mountains are possible. There are many guided hikes in the mountains and hikes in Annapurna and Mount Everest in particular are popular.
When going on a hike, you should be in reasonably good condition and healthy. High airspace can cause its own challenges and the possibility of mountain sickness should be prepared for. Today, large numbers of people climb and hike in the Himalayas, so the tourist should pay attention to the sensitive nature and livelihoods of the locals. Garbage must not be left in the wild and services should be purchased from locals.
Nature experiences in Terai
Terai is a wooded and green area in the south of Nepal through which many important rivers also flow. The Terai area is home to the famous Chitwan National Park, where you can happily see several endangered animals. However, since animals live free in the wild, no guarantee can be given that they will be seen.
In Chitwan you can move either by jeep or elephant, the latter of which can get very close to other animals that are not afraid of elephants. You can also move along the rivers in the park. Tourism is an important source of income for local people and its income also contributes to nature conservation. However, the tourist should make sure to buy services and excursions only from a local party who knows their responsibilities.