Welcome to Nepal
A home to the tallest mountain, highest lake, largest moth and the deepest gorge, Nepal is a country full of varied spices and the super- stunning vistas. Have some glimpses of the beautifully made Thangka Paintings in this shopping paradise.
Country Quick Facts
Nepal is a country which has more than 75% of its area overtaken by the rugged mountains and also the hills. It has a diversity in the natural elements which are present in its environment that too in an arranged topography. The country also experiences the mountains lined by snow present in the Tarai’s tropical region. Nepal’s lowest point and the most important region for agriculture is the Kanchan Kalan with an altitude of 229 ft.
Area: 147,181 km²
‘Nepali’ is the official language of Nepal spoken by more than half of this country’s population. Apart from this, 123 other languages are spoken by the people here as the nation is considered as being influenced from many other languages. Hindi and Nepali languages are written in the Devanagari script and thus, they can be read and understood by majority of the Nepal’s population. The people residing in Nepal are named as the ’Nepalese’ and they are further classified into some of the prevalent castes.
The officially accepted currency in Nepal is the ‘Nepalese Rupee’ that is symbolised as ‘रु’. It is prevalent in the form of banknotes and coins and is commonly circulated in each and every region of Nepal. A single Nepalese Rupee is equivalent to 100 paisa that is regulated under the supervision of the Nepal’s Central bank i.e. the Nepal Rastra Bank. The banknotes are available in the denominations of 1, 5, 10, 100, 500 and 1000 Rupee whereas the coins are available in the denominations of 1 and 2, rupees and also 5 and 10. The ATMs are easily available in each and every region of Nepal and thus, you can withdraw the cash whenever you want in the multiple denominations.
There exist four main seasons in Nepal which are none other than the winter (December, January, and February), Pre- monsoon (March, April, May, Mid-June), monsoon (Mid-June, July, August, Mid-September) and lastly the post- monsoon (Mid-September, October, November). The wintertime in Nepal is generally very dry with the clear sky. Visitors visit Nepal almost every time of the year, however, if you want a great tour without much hassle, the pre monsoon and the post- monsoon seasons are highly recommended. June is confirmed as the hottest, January as the coldest and July as the wettest months of each year.
Time: Nepal follows the ‘Nepal Time’ as its standard time zone that is 12 hours and 4 minutes ahead of the Pacific Time.
Electricity: The Standard Voltage in Nepal is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. In case, the standard voltage accepted by your country’s appliances range somewhere between 220 V- 240 V, then you can for sure indulge in the usage of your own electrical appliances in Nepal. The power plugs used here are in of type C, D and also M.
Weight & Measurement: Nepal is indulged in the usage of Metric system for the purposes of Weight and Measurement.
Telecommunications: Nepal is a country that is continually experiencing a development in its Telecom market. Majority of the population here is experiencing a great usage of the cellular networks. On the other hand, Internet penetration is way too deeper here as people here are making use of the Internet on a regular basis.
Top Cities of Nepal
Nepal is a hub of best cities ranked in one way or the other. However, each city carry its own relevance. Some of the top cities in Nepal are as follows:
Food & Drink
The culture and the traditions of Nepal are not only witnessed in its standard of living or the attire but also in its culinary experience. The country attains the influence for its cuisines from its neighbouring countries. The food facilitated here is highly traditional. One many find an ethnic variety of this diversity- filled country with its dishes being organic and succulent. However, the cuisines here are not in available in variety but the present ones are undoubtedly enjoyed by the consumers here.
It is one of the elements in the dal-bhat-tarkari staple meal of Nepal and is prepared in a spicy broth along with some vegetables.
Momocha is a very delicious dumpling which are filled with meat or vegetables and served with a spicy chutney.
It is none other than the dried and roasted meat that is suitable of being eaten between your sips of drinks.
It is a patty made up of flour along with the egg or meat which serve as its toppings. It can be consumed as a snack.
It serves as a perfect commencer of the dinner meal in Nepal. It is a soup having a concoction of varied sprouted beans.
Sekuwa is the barbecued meat that can be consumed in between or along with the drinks.
It is one of the most nourished foods of Nepal and is nothing but a good boiled rice & serves as a main element of dal-baht-tarkari diet.
It is an alcoholic drink in Nepal that is made out from Millet. Rakshi is majorly homemade and has antiseptic properties.
Tongba is a wine that consists of lemon and is preferred homemade. It is made by soaking millet seeds in hot water.
Culture of Nepal
Nepal is a country that is fully packed with a diverse culture and also with some of the very unique traditions. As one commutes from one part of Nepal to another, he/she shall surely witness a sudden change in the nation’s culture as it is notified that the cultural activities and the scenarios in Nepal keep on varying from one region to another.
Talking about its highly cultured metropolis region, Kathmandu Valley stands out to be the one. Its vibrant nightlife and also the standard of living has enabled it stand out of the crowd. The key element carrying a major relevance in the regular tasks of the Nepalese is the ‘religion’. They celebrate each and every festival that falls every year with such a great passion, happiness and joy.
The most prominent religions in Nepal are Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Jainism, animism and Bon. Buddhism and Hinduism are considered to be the most ardently followed religions here as they live together in peace and harmony in Nepal.
Nepalese do not encourage the consumption of beef as cow is considered to be the national animal of Nepal and also because the Hindus believe in worshipping cows. The people in Nepal are known for their hospitality and also the wide smiles on their faces which are present forever especially when they are greeting any of the guests or any other person. Nepal is a place full of interesting cultural traditions which are surely going to leave you awestruck once you experience them.
Top Activities in Nepal
Self Drive Travel in Nepal
Serving you a true and really large array of memories packed with unlimited thrill and excitement is what a ‘road trip’ is meant for. Engross your senses in the scenic landscapes and the astonishing views of the picturesque snow lined mountains all along your way during the overlanding trip. It’s an apt time for you to have an overview of the wide-open spaces and the marvellous looks of Nepal. If you are striving for an enjoyment-filled adventure, then nothing can suit your thoughts as better as a ‘fly-drive’ trip.
There are some of the important points which you need to keep in mind before starting off with your thrill packed self- drive journey of Nepal. It has to be ensured that you already have the adequate information about the varied road signs and also the rules & regulations in case of driving in Nepal. The people here drive their vehicles from left hand side and thus, you shall have to be really trained in the same. Now, you can have some of the rarest glimpses of the unlimited beauteous vistas and that too within your comfort and leisure, without any hustle or halt in between.
Urban Adventures in Nepal
Jungle Safari is one of the best activities that can be undertaken in Nepal. Anyone seeking for some thrill or adventure and also, the natural sightseeing shall for sure give the Jungle Safari in the Chitwan National Park, ‘a try’. Nepal is not only a home to the mighty hills and mountains but also a lifeline to plentiful adventure activities. Indulge in the complete wilderness of Chitwan National Park and feel like never before. Through this beguiling activity, you can have an experience of witnessing the amazing wildlife prevalent in the subcontinent. One can engross himself in the sights of one horned rhino and other abundant species while being on the back of an elephant or in a four wheeler.
Are you striving for an apt adventure that too on wheels? In case your answer is ‘Yes’, then nothing is more perfect than Nepal. Majority of its visitors population is looking forward to have some of the glimpses of this place through Mountain biking. Get ready to be awestruck by the immense beauty of the gigantic mountains with an enthralling journey on your bike while having some of the delightful views through the flowy single-track or the tough climbs. This activity is meant both for a person who is seeking to quench his thirst for unlimited adventure in the mighty hills of Nepal.
Nepal has now being stamped as one of the best sites for undertaking the fascinating adventure sport of ‘Bungee Jumping’. Here you will be coming across a high jump off the 160 meters high tropical gorge packed with a promising fun for you and your adventure mates. The Tropical Gorge incorporates the wildest river i.e. the Bhote Koshi whose wilderness and the speed of flow cannot be described even in words. No need for anyone to doubt on the safety of this activity as it is being assisted and also, supervised by a group of eminent and professional bungee consultants. The participants are also allowed to fuse the activity of Bungee Jumping with the canyon swing.
Canyoning is one of the most commonly practised adventure activity in Nepal. It is solely due to the high mountains, gorgeous topography and also the pristine waterfalls in Nepal that this place is able to facilitate its visitors with a bundle of adventure activities mainly including ‘canyoning’. Canyoning not only fills up your body and soul with more energy and excitement but also enables you to have a really unique and clear look of the heavenly waterfalls, green environment and also the karst rocks. This activity has proved to be a heartthrob of each and every adventure seeker visiting Nepal with an intention of receiving some thrill and fun through Canyoning.
Being a really adventurous activity, Sky Diving is now being worldly acknowledged as the most adventure sports of all time. Well, it can also be called as an ‘extreme adventure activity’ in Nepal. This is really not at all an ordinary activity as it incorporates jumping off a plane with a super-high altitude that is even above the Everest Summit. The height has been measured to be at around 29,500 feet, and then once the jump is undertaken it is followed by the participant’s floating back to the EBC. How will it feel like being on the top of this world with the Mount Everest picturing up your background with a glamorous charm? If you are in Nepal, this for sure must be present amongst the varied other activities of your bucket list.