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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Away from the architectural complexities of Durbar Square, the simplicity of the towering white Buddhist stupas at Bodnath and Swayambhunath are striking. Swayambhunath plays host to both playful monkeys and magnificent views across the valley, while Bodnath stupa is encircled by Tibetan shops, hotels, houses and temples.
The Bhadgaon Guest House is located right on one of Bhaktapur's main squares and is great for exploring the city. The hotel features simple but comfortable guest rooms that are built in a traditional Newari style with plenty of character.
This lovely property is situated among pristine forests of pine, rhododendron and apple trees 45 minutes from Kathmandu and half hour from Dhulikhel city. The resort is spread over 20 acres of gentle slopes and has 36 comfortable rooms.
Situated in Boudnath just five minutes walk from Boundath Stupa, Hotel Tibet International has all of the modern facilities needed from a hotel along with loads of Tibetan decor and charm.
Kantipur Temple hotel is a delightful property located in the heart of Thamel. The 48 bedroom hotel is tucked away on a quiet street but is perfectly located to explore this vibrant area on foot.
The Fort Resort has the best views of the Himalayas in Nagarkot. The main building is built using traditional Nepali architecture, and the small cottages have lovely wood-beamed ceilings and wooden floors. Delicious local food is served in the restaurant or on the main terrace.
This lovely little property is full of character and located only a 15 minutes walk from the Thamel area; the tourist heart of Kathmandu. The atmosphere is friendly and the staff helpful. Many of the rooms have recently been renovated with nice bathrooms and comfortable beds.
Hotel Heritage in Bhaktapur is an authentic experience of Nepal's ancient cultural heritage.
Yak and Yeti is a large 5 star property situated in the heart of Kathmandu. The hotel is famous for the many woodcarvings and chandeliers dating back hundreds of years. Facilities include a good pool, health club, casino and a couple of good restaurants.
Built by Dwarika Das Shrestha, Dwarika’s beautifully recaptures Nepal’s architectural heritage. The Krishnarpan restaurant reputedly boasts the best Nepalese food in Kathmandu and the vibrant poolside bar often has live, traditional music. This is Kathmandu’s most characterful hotel and a fantastic experience.
The Hyatt Regency is a luxury 5 star city hotel. The rooms are modern in design, well appointed and comfortable. For a city hotel it has surprisingly much character and it comes with all the facilities one would expect from a Hyatt property including a choice of dining options.
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