- by Mantra Adventure
Nepal is amazingly placed in between two gigantic countries India and China. The southern side is full of alluring Indian forests whereas the northern borders are full of lofty Himalayas. The country is land of spectacular mountains, hills, monasteries, wildlife and green lush forests cultured by the multiethnic traditional friendly people. The place is an enchanting destination of various tourists across the globe. There are plenty of best things to do in Nepal that one can perform in this Himalayan country. The landlocked country being the second richest in terms of water resources says it all. The amount of activities which a traveler can do in Nepal is in abundance.
Over the years, the nation has emerged as the top destination. Lots of people every year plan their holidays either for the trekking, leisure, adventure or as pilgrims. The country is the perfect blend of nature, culture, contemporary and ancient lifestyle. Nepal has been featured as the top trending travel destination for 2016 and more.
List of Best things to do in Nepal
If you are thinking that 2015 earthquake disturbed the tourism in Nepal; you will be wrong. The country has grown strongly ever since. The trekking trails are updated and touring destinations are restored. Here are the best things to do in Nepal for any momentous holidaying.
1. Trekking In Nepal
Nepal offers some of the world’s breathtaking walking trails. From short to long detours and from easy to strenuous these walking trails provide the thrill and excitement amalgamated together. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, Langtang Valley Trek and Everest View Trek are the major short trekking routes of Nepal. Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, EBC Trek, Langtang Gosainkunda Lake Trek and Manaslu Circuit Trek are major long trekking routes. Trekkers can also embark on the walking voyage of off the beaten trails like Dolpo region, Upper Mustang region, Makalu region and Ganesh Himal region. Always inquire with your trekking agency in Nepal for the best alternative walking trails of Nepal for the splendid trekking in Nepal.
2. Mountain Flight and Helicopter Tour
Walking in the high Himalayas of Nepal can be tiresome and requires a long vacation. However, this doesn’t mean that you will miss out the chance to be closer with the spectacular mountains of Nepal. You can take the mountain flight or helicopter tour in Nepal for the breathtaking scenery of Nepal’s mountains, hills, forests, villages and landscape. The most iconic helicopter tours are Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour, Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour, Langtang Gosainkunda Lake Helicopter Tour and Around Annapurna Circuit helicopter Tour.
3. Chitwan Jungle Safari & Bardiya Jungle Safari
Chitwan National Park of Nepal is the country’s first UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. It is located at the southern Nepal and home of ethnic Tharu community as well as varieties of wildlife particularly one horned rhino. Bardiya National park is made famous by the visit of Prince Harry and it is home of river dolphin as well as Royal Bengal Tiger. Therefore, these two places are especially the highlight if you want to do the jungle safari tour in Nepal. There are numerous activities which travelers can do besides jungle safari while holidaying around these two parks. Elephant bathing, fishing, boating, Tharu Cultural Program and sub tropical forests strolling are other activities which can be done.
4. Rafting, Paragliding and Bungee
These are probably the most popular adventure sports activities across the globe. Nepal is an amazing host for these three adventure outdoor tour activities. The swift rivers originated from mountains are the great host of rafting. White water rapids experience can be obtained to the fullest here in Nepal’s rivers like Trishuli, Bhotekoshi, Seti, Marshyangdi and Kaligandaki.
Bungee is similar to every other parts of the world. However, spectacular and bone chilling is bungee in Nepal. The jumper has to jump from the suspension bridge connecting two hills towards the raging river through narrow gorge. Therefore, it is thrill added adventure.
Paragliding in Nepal is sumptuous in terms of scenery. Fly like a bird above Nepal’s most beautiful city the Pokhara. Get the dwarfed view of hills, terraced farmlands, village and cities. Paragliding in Pokhara is today’s most trending activity done by tourists visiting Nepal.
5. Hiking and Cycling
Nepal is renowned for trekking and mountaineering. However, there are numerous trails and places where one can do hiking and mountain biking. There are grassy meadows and hills where hikers can perform the gentle walk and enjoy the view of mountains, hills and villages. Shivapuri Hiking, Nagarkot Hiking, Chandragiri Hiking, Champadevi Hiking etc. are major hiking trails and Hattiban, Kakani, Bungmati as well as Chandragiri are the major cycling trails.
6. Heritage, Homestay & Family Tour
Nepal is not only for mountains, forests and hills. Here are numerous best things to do in Nepal other than trekking. The country is rich in culture, traditions and historical architectural monuments. There are numerous UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE Sites where one can find the architectural masterpiece of Nepalese ancestors. Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Changunarayan hold amazing history, culture and rituals. Lumbini the birthplace of Lord Buddha to hosts the significant religious and historical tourism in Nepal.
If you love to spend some time with the rural families of Nepal and wants to understand their values, traditions and culture then homestay tour is also one of the activity to do. Ghandruk, Ghalegaun, Sirubari, Bandipur etc. are the major places for such tour.
There are splendid cities in Nepal where one can visit for a vivacious tour. Pokhara the lake city which has caves, shops, lakes, waterfalls and vantage point is the major touristic destination for the family tour.
Apart from these momentous activities which travelers can do in Nepal, there are other honorable mentions as well. Travelers can do bird watching tour, guerilla tour, cannoning, kayaking, ultra flight, motorbiking, festival tour etc. Caves exploration, honey hunting, fishing, expedition and peak climbing are other notable things to do in Nepal.
This blog has not highlighted the two iconic activities to do in Nepal the Expedition and Peak Climbing. Around 19000 lofty snowcapped mountains make Nepal paradise for any kinds of mountaineering activities. In our next blog, we will let you know in depth about Expedition and Peak Climbing in Nepal.
If you are planning to visit Nepal don’t forget to ring Mantra Adventure. We will knit the best-customized program for the remarkable holiday.