The landlocked Central Himalayan country of Nepal assails the senses with its myriad sights, sounds and scents. The towering Mt Everest and some of the other tallest mountains in the world offer countless unforgettable panoramic treats. Easy to see, why the ones who have an eye for nature and love the outdoors just can’t have enough of Nepal’s trekking and hiking trails. The winding streets with their colourful bazaars and shops seem to exude just a subtle hint of boho chic vibe – a throwback of sorts to the Hippy days! The country’s rich history and culture find reflection in the numerous old monasteries, temples and other fascinating landmarks making Nepal a much popular destination on the pilgrim trail. Yes, Nepal is truly the land of thousand temples. To put your finger on the local pulse, try to visit during one of the many cultural or religious events and festivals – there are more than 50 of them to take your pick from!
Midway on the road between Kathmandu and Pokhara you will discover the charming hilltop town of Bandipur. Once an old Newar trading post, Bandipur stands out for having both remarkably retained and beautifully preserved its rich cultural, historical, and architectural legacies. In the 18th century, following the conquest of the Kathmandu Valley, the obscure mountain village was transformed into a bustling trading post that grew in wealth and importance – traders came from Tibet with musk pods.
The last independent kingdom of Nepal, Mustang or Upper Mustang is a place of stark and sublime beauty. Trekking here can be both arduous and daunting but, it is a rare privilege, worth every bit of your time and energy for the pristine landscape, the spiritual energy, and the hardy, vigourous culture of its true mountain people. This spectacular hidden kingdom with its arid desert valleys, sandstone cliffs, and primal terrain, is one of the most protected, undisturbed, and preserved regions in the world.
A trip to Bardia, Nepal’s largest National Park and wilderness spread in the Terai, will reward you with superb wildlife-watching opportunities in an ambience surprisingly shielded from and undisturbed by tourism. The Bardia National Park protects vast areas of sal forests, grasslands, and savannah as well as one of Asia’s largest stretches of tiger habitat, making it an ideal habitat for many species of wildlife. Bardia is home to the endange red Royal Bengal tiger and the one-horned rhinoceros.
Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, is like the heart of the country. It’s a city of contrasts, where the past and the present share a stormy relationship. Spectacular architectural masterpieces,
15C – 30C
April – September
Nepal’s climate varies with its altitude. It ranges from the tropical to the arctic. June – August is the monsoon season in Nepal.
5C – 23C
November – February
During winter, the weather is cool and the sky is clear with occasional snowfalls at higher elevations.