Nepalofficially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal is a landlocked central Himalayan country in South Asia. Nepal is divided into 7 states and 75 districts and 744 local units including 4 metropolises, 13 sub-metropolises, 246 municipal councils and 481 villages. It has a population of 26.4 million and is the 93rd largest country by area. Bordering China in the north and India in the south, east, and west, it is the largest sovereign Himalayan state.
Nepal does not border Bangladesh, which is located within only 27 km (17 mi) of its southeastern tip. Neither does it border Bhutan due to the Indian state of Sikkim being located in between.
Nepal has a diverse geography, including fertile plains, subalpine forested hills, and eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains, including Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. Kathmandu is the nation’s capital and largest city. Nepal is a multiethnic nation with Nepali as the official language.
Take your natural experience in Nepal to a whole new level by going bird watching in Nepal. The country and specially the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve in the eastern Terai is a bird watcher’s paradise. More than 850 species of birds are found in Nepal, and a surprisingly a large number of these birds can be spotted in and around the Kathmandu Valley alone. The hills around the valley especially Nagarjun, Godavari and Phulchowki are popular bird watching areas and the Taudaha Lake on the way to Dakshinkali is fabulous for watching migratory water fowl during the winter months.
In the higher Himalayan regions are found the raptors and birds of prey of which there are numerous species. The various national parks like Chitwan and Bardiya harbor a wide variety of birds. But Koshi Tappu has better sightings of an incredible variety of both resident and migratory birds that come from as far away as Siberia. Nepal’s national bird is the lophophorous, Impeyen Pheasant locally called Danphe which is found in the Himalayan region. Bird watching trips are organized by most resorts and are accompanied by experienced naturalists.
The ultimate thrill of a bungee jump can now be experienced in at Tatopani, Nepal-Tibet border, a three-hour bus ride from Kathmandu, and in the resort city of Pokhara.
The bungee jump in Tatopani was designed by one of New Zealand’s leading bungee consultants, and is operated by some of the most experienced jump masters in the business. The jump takes place from a 166 m wide steel suspension bridge that joins two sides of a deep valley over the raging Bhote Koshi River. The place has spectacular scenery with dense forests covering the top of the cliff. One can overnight here and go rafting and rock climbing, too.
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Bungee jumping is also offered in Hemja, Pokhara. The bungee there is Nepal’s first and only tower bungee, high ground bungee and swing, offering different options of bungee jumping. Located at a convenient 20 minutes from Pokhara Lakeside, the jump site offers a spellbinding view of the Himalayas, the hills and the rivers that will take your breath away.
Tourism is travel for pleasure or business; also the theory and practice of touring, the business of attracting, accommodating, and entertaining tourists, and the business of operating tours. Tourism may be international, or within the traveller’s country. The World Tourism Organization defines tourism more generally, in terms which go “beyond the common perception of tourism as being limited to holiday activity only”, as people “traveling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes”.
Tourism can be domestic or international, and international tourism has both incoming and outgoing implications on a country’s balance of payments. Today, tourism is a major source of income for many countries, and affects the economy of both the source and host countries, in some cases being of vital importance.
Ride an elephant through the silent jungle catching wildlife by surprise; it will be one of the most enduring experiences in Nepal. The jungles in the southern and south-western parts of Nepal are only a half hour to an hour’s flight away.
The Chitwan National Park and the Bardiya National Park are home to an incredible variety of mammals, reptiles and birds. The former is recognized as the best preserved conservation area in all Asia with a fascinating range of wildlife roaming free. With their natural habitat well preserved the animals are thriving.
Among these are the endangered species: the Greater one-horned rhinoceros and the most sought after Royal Bengal tiger. The many safari lodges in Chitwan and Bardiya provide excellent accommodation and facilities for guests to enjoy wildlife activities.
See wildlife up-close on an elephant safari or a jeep drive, a boat ride or nature walk under the guidance of expert naturalists with years of experience. Each trip is unique as one never knows what will show up: a bear, a herd of deer, a flock of peacocks, Langur monkeys on treetops, a pair of rhinos and some lucky guests get to see the elusive tiger prowling among the tall grass.
Away from the noise and distractions of city life, there is unbelievable peace in the middle of a jungle listening to bird calls and animal sounds. Surrounded by greenery and filled with natural sounds, the mind relaxes and one finds peace in the wilderness. It’s an experience of a lifetime.
Whether you have only one day or several weeks, Nepal offers the best mountain viewing options in the world. From day hikes to see the Himalayas to up-close, personal encounter with the enormous masses of stone and ice, from mountain flights to world-class trekking to the Everest or Annapurnas; from the time you are preparing to land in Nepal, you will be blessed with gorgeous views.
The Himalayas form the northern border of Nepal and Kathmandu is approximately 65 km in a straight line distance from the border so it is possible to get many fantastic views of the greater Himalayan range within a short driving distance from your hotel in Kathmandu.
From Kathmandu a short drive to Nagarkot will take you to the rim of the Kathmandu Valley, with plenty of hotels to choose from and you could stay overnight to witness the incredible sunset and sunrise, this visit could be combined with a short tour of Bhaktapur, south of Kathmandu the area of hills known as Hattiban will again prove wonderful views of the greater Himalayas, being further to the south the horizon extends to the Annapurna massif to the west and Jugal range to the east.
From Dhulikel, approximately one hour’s drive east of Kathmandu there are fine views to be had of the Langtang range, there is also opportunity to stay overnight to witness the sunset and sunrise.
If you intend to visit Pokhara then a short ride to Sarangkot will provide spectacular views of the Annapurna range, or if you take a jeep then you could overnight at Dhampus, again witnessing the sunrise and sunset over one of the best mountain vistas in Nepal.
There are many other destinations springing up throughout Nepal as the process of road development continues. Adventures like sky diving and paragliding will offer 360 degree views
A climbing peak may refer to a mountain or hill peak or a rock formation that has to be ascended by climbing. The term is common in Germany where it is specifically used of free-standing rock formations in the climbing regions of Saxon Switzerland, Zittau Mountains and other nearby ranges in the German Central Uplands that can only be summitted via climbing routes of at least grade I on the UIAA scale or by jumping from nearby rocks or massifs. As a general rule, they must have a topographic prominence of at least 10 metres to qualify. In Saxon Switzerland the Saxon Climbing Regulations do not require any minimum height, but define climbing peaks as
Another requirement is its recognition by the responsible sub-committee of the Saxon Climbers’ Federation (SBB) and the responsible conservation authorities. For hikers these authorized summits may often be recognised by the presence of a summit register and abseiling anchor points.
In other climbing areas, such as those in Bohemian Switzerland, there are other exceptions. There, climbing peaks only need to have a significant rock face – the lowest side of which has to be less than 10 m high, but at least 6 m high.
RAFTING & KAYAKING
Set in the surrounds of the mighty Himalayas, Nepal has the most scenic and diverse white-water experiences on the planet. From short trips for beginners to long trips and kayaking certification through jungles and mountain rivers: the choices are limitless.
If you are a water enthusiast, then Nepal offers you endless white rivers that descend from the highest mountains of the world, along stretches of silver sandy beaches, where adventure seekers can enjoy numerous water sports and adventures.
Among which white-water rafting and kayaking, are most popular. Try the widely popular world classic categories like the Karnali River, Sunkoshi and Tamur, which are a mix of rapids, grades and sceneries. Most people enjoy rafting for the thrill of it, while many people (mostly women) want to try it as first timers. Very few are left disappointed.
Enjoy deep river gorges, to wide river basins through some of the world famous rivers like, the Sun Koshi, Bhote Koshi, Trishuli, where rapid grades range from 1 to 6 and diverse terrain meet exotic flora and aquatic life. Rivers like the Marshyangdi and Arun, provide some of the most scenic views for rafters. Diverse wildlife and flora, along the routes, add to the essence of these trips.
Plan your rafting trips with local agents, who have well trained team of river guides , who can not only tackle the wild rapids, but help adventure seekers take thrills to the next level. Plan a short rafting trip which lasts from a day to three days, or longer trips which offer relaxing camp stops combined with short treks along the river lines into thick evergreen forests and beautiful waterfalls.
You could also sign up to be a part of the growing kayaking community in Nepal. Join the paddling community, where kayakers from around the world meet, participate in group tours and stay connected through social media, and share stories. It is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a bit of socializing mixed with nature and thrill.
Rivers open for rafting
1. Upper Seti River – 1/2 days trip
2. Trishuli River – 1 day trip to 2 days
3. Marshyangdi River – 2 days
4. Kali Gandaki River – 3 days
5. Karnali River – 8 to 10 days
6. Sunkoshi River – 8 to 10 days
7. Tamur River – 10 days
An adventure is an exciting or unusual experience. It may also be a bold, usually risky undertaking, with an uncertain outcome.Adventures may be activities with some potential for physical danger such as traveling, exploring, skydiving, mountain climbing, scuba diving, river rafting or participating in extreme sports.
The term also broadly refers to any enterprise that is potentially fraught with physical, financial or psychological risk, such as a business venture, or other major life undertakings.
Wedged between India to the South and Tibet (now the autonomous region of the peoples of
Republic China) to the north. Nepal has enjoyed an independent political existence from very earliest
times. Even though Nepal has small strip of territory, it contains an amazing contrast in landscape and
topography, ranging from the flat alluvial plain of the indo-gangtic basin in the south, in it’s terai, to the
high altitude mountains covered with the perpetual snow, in the north, in which some of the world’s
peak including Mt. Everest are located.
Trekking is a form of walking, undertaken with the specific purpose of exploring and enjoying
the scenery. Nepal has attracted trekkers from around the world since the 1960s when Col Jimmy
Robert’s organized the first commercial trek. Trekking has been the leading activity of tourists in Nepal
and thousands take to the Himalayas, some doing a few days of hiking while others take on a month
long trek through valleys and High Mountain. Two of the most popular trekking regions are the Everest
and Annapurna where many different trails can be followed while the other popular treks are in the
Langtang and Kanchenjunga regions. The most challenging is the Great Himalayan Trails, an extensive
trail system that covers Nepal from Humla and Darchula in the west to Kanchenjunga in the east. The
diversity of trekking trails in Nepal cannot be found in any other part of the world.
Whether you are in the sourthern jungles of Nepal, the cultural valleys or high in the mountains, taking a village tour will show you what traditional life in Nepal today is like. It is a fascinating opportunity to discover Nepal through local people themselves.
Village tour gives one the exceptional occasion to enjoy authentic Nepal experience. Inspiring as well as educating, village tour is an opportunity to understand roots of the culture, customs, practices, and lifestyle of Nepali people.
More than 75 percent of Nepal’s population is dependent upon agriculture, farming, animal husbandry, and fishing, which makes sense that the majority of the Nepal’s population live in villages.
Guests may learn many things from the people of the village; about the time and season of cultivation and collection, comprising indigenous skills to make the most use of natural resources, how to become nature-friendly, and most of all how to find joy within the simple means of rural life.
Community homestays are available in certain trekking regions to facilitate visitors to enjoy village life. In addition to giving the visitor a peek into the rural Nepal life, some of these also include cultural programs, indigenous songs and dances performed by local youth, something visitors always look forward to.