Mystical Nepal Holidays
Known for its access to the nearby Himalaya mountains, Nepal is a country found within Central Asia. Sharing borders with both China and India, many will be surprised to learn that this country is home to more than 26 million inhabitants. Visitors will arrive here to enjoy what can only be called a once-in-a-lifetime holiday and they will certainly not be disappointed. This is due in no small part to the fact that Nepal was a relatively unknown tourist destination until recent times. If you are planning a holiday here, it is a good idea to know some of the main sights as well as what you can expect during your stay. Let’s now take a closer look.
Nepal Attractions: The Main Locations
This country enjoys a proud and somewhat unique history. While many traditions are associated with traditional Buddhism, there is also a certain amount of mysticism to be experienced here. This is directly reflected in the sheer variety of temples that you can visit. Some notable examples include the temple of Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath Temple and Muktinath Temple. We should also mention that there are more than 130 additional temples found within the famous Kathmandu Valley. While some of these are not generally open to the public, they are still excellent ideas for sightseeing or if you wish to snap a few pictures.
Many would argue that the main Nepalese attraction is mountain climbing. Although you might not be up for ascending Mount Everest, there are a handful of other locations to consider. Prime examples include Machapuchare, Manaslu and the hills surrounding Annapurna Sanctuary. Some of these trails are rather challenging, so it is a good idea to bring along a guide.
Nepal holds the record for being the country which celebrates the most festivals in the world; 36 days in total. Many of these festivals can be found within major cities such as Kathmandu. Examples such as Martyr’s Day (February) and the Buddhist festival of Dashain (held in autumn). This is a secular nation, so additional festivals will be held that are associated with religious minorities such as Islam and Christianity.
When to Visit Nepal
As you might have already imagined, winters can be extremely harsh here. You will therefore not be able to access many of the natural sights if you plan on arriving between the months of October and late April. It is always best to book a holiday during the late spring and the early summer. Temperatures are more agreeable and the weather is generally fine. This is also during the height of the tourist season, so additional hotels are likely to be made available to travellers.
Keep in mind that this is only a brief summary of what you can expect when travelling to Nepal. It is wise to visit their official tourism website as well as to check ticket prices as well as travel times so that you can plan your trip accordingly.