Reasons to Visit
Nepal is often portrayed as an adventure destination, and although this does very much depend on the traveller, the country does seem to have the feeling of adventure in the air! Whether it be river rafting, trekking or elephant-back safaris, Nepal has so much to offer for the more adventurous visitor.
64 per cent of Nepal is covered by mountains and it has the world's second greatest range of altitude, from the top of Mount Everest (8,850m) to the plains of the Terai at just 100m above sea level. However it is the Himalaya which dominates the country and is the primary attraction.
The Nepali people are amongst the friendliest in the world. Several diverse ethnic groups make up the population including Limbu, Rai, Newar, Sherpa Tamang and Gurung. Generally Nepalis are laid back and have a relaxed attitude to life; Kathmandu is great to see this diverse population and if you are trekking you are bound to strike up a fantastic relationship with your porters.
Nepal has numerous and diverse temples. Some of the highlights include the Buddhist Swayambhunath Temple and Bodnath Stupa as well as Pashupatinath, Nepal's most important Hindu Temple, which are all in the Kathmandu Valley. There are also hundreds of smaller temples and stupa in the high Himalaya on trails and passes.
Nepal really is the world's best trekking destination. From short day walks to staying in basic tea houses, luxury lodges or tents, Nepal has it all and offers some of the greatest mountain scenery on earth. The most popular trekking destinations are around the Annapurna (central Nepal) and Everest (eastern Nepal) regions.
Tiger and rhino are Nepal's most famous mammals and can be found in Chitwan National Park although there are also elephant, leopard, several species of deer, black bear, Himalayan Thar and blue sheep! Nepal also has over 850 bird species so there really is abundant wildlife and Nepal is great for real enthusiasts and those who want to spend just a few days on safari.
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This is a rough guide to when to travel to this region. Choose a month of travel to see typical temperature and rainfall around the country. The ticks indicate our recommended months to travel.
The ideal times to visit are October to December, when the post monsoon mountain air is clear and fresh, or February to April when the climate remains dry and pleasant and the famous rhododendrons grow and bloom.
Visitors in January and February should be prepared for cool nights, but the Kathmandu hotels and luxury lodges are heated and the lower visitor numbers mean the trekking trails are generally free of large groups.
From May, heat and humidity build until June when the monsoon rains arrive.
The Nepalese celebrate spring and the New Year by throwing vermilion powder over each other during the Sindur Jatra Festival.
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