2020 is almost over. January is right around the corner and it’s time to plan your travel resolutions for the upcoming year, 2021.
Nepal should be at the top of your priorities right now. The country is cleaner, safer, and more beautiful than ever. You might have heard about the Himalayas, but Nepal has much more to offer.
From the delicious sweets from Janakpur to spicy chicken recipes from Newari culture, Nepal is a wonderland for foodies. Plus, the rapid increment of luxury resorts in Nepal has allowed tourists to enjoy Nepal at it’s best. The hospitality of the country is at it’s prime.
After COVID, Nepal Tourism Board is on its toes looking for ideas to strengthen tourism in Nepal. Experts predicted 2021 to be the year of revival of tourism in Nepal as the country is already opening gates for selected flights and travel groups.
In this article, we will explore 10 reasons why you should visit Nepal in 2021.
1) The Everest, duh!
Nepal is home to more than 8 of the highest mountains in the world. Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world lies in Nepal. For trekkers, Everest Base Camp Trek could be an incredible opportunity to explore the wilderness of Nepal.
Spring and autumn are two of the best season to trek in Nepal. If not Everest, you could go with shorter and easier trails too. Explore our trekking packages here.
2) Nepal is inexpensive
From top-rated hotels to day-to-day launch, Nepal is the place to be for budget travelers. USD1 equals NPR. 117 on average, so a few bucks can get you a lot around here. Affordability is one of the major attractions for tourists and it always has been. A full meal via fast-food restaurants will costs you as low as a dollar. So, there’s really not much to complain about.
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3) Unity in diversity
From early on, we (as Nepali) were taught that our country is like a garland of hundreds of different flowers. It literally is. When it comes to religions and diversity, Nepalese love to unite. There isn’t any discrimination between caste, race, or gender.
For a developing country like Nepal, it is important to support each other’s points of view politically and culturally. That is why we celebrate each other’s festival.
4) Serene lakes and rivers
Nepal offers you a wide range of pristine lakes and rivers to visit. The country has more than 200 lakes and rivers. Fewa, Gokyo, Tilicho, Rara, and Shey Phoksundo Lake are a few yet popular examples of lakes in Nepal.
There’s no better feeling than sipping on some Masala Tea at the bank of the lakes listening to nothing but nature. One can also experience water sports such as rafting and canoeing while in Nepal.
5) To volunteer
The aftermath of the 2015 earthquake is yet to be cleared. Although the city recovered pretty quickly, there are places where accommodation in a firm home is considered a luxury. NGOs and INGOs are actively getting involved in volunteering and providing for those in need. If you come from a volunteering background or just want to give back to the community while traveling at the same time, you absolutely can.
6) Nepalese cuisine
People love food in Nepal, and with a variety of cultural preferences comes a variety of dishes. Daal-Bhaat is the everyday meal for Nepalese. People here enjoy thoroughly cooked masala food. Momo (dumplings) is a perfect example.
When in Nepal, don’t forget to try Newari food as well. They have their own style of cooking and love spicy food. Chatamari, Yomari, Choela, and Aloo Tama are some examples of Newari cuisine.
7) The birthplace of Buddha – Lumbini
Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha is one of the major attractions for Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world. Out of multiple sacred sites, Mayadevi Temple is the most sacred site in the Lumbini Garden.
The Lumbini Garden covers an area of 1*3 sq miles. Walking around the garden is a therapy in itself. The focal point for pilgrims is a sandstone carving depicting the birth of Buddha.
8) Cultural events and festivals
Festivals in Nepal are normal. They come every once in a while. The country does not discriminate between races and castes, so people tend to celebrate festivals or attend cultural events even if they originally belong to another religion.
Hinduism and Buddhism being two of the most followed religion, the festivals that are celebrated mostly fall under the two religions. Dashain, Tihar, Buddha Jayanti, Teej, and Eid are some of the widely celebrated festivals in Nepal.
9) Adventurous activities
People in Nepal are really invested in adventurous activities. For adventure junkies, there are hundreds of adventurous activities in Nepal to try out. Although Nepal is famous for the majestic Himalayas, the country is not limited to that.
One can experience thrilling outdoor activities in Nepal such as bungee jumping, mountain biking, paragliding, rafting, and zip flying.
10) Yoga and Meditation
People do Yoga in pursuit of balanced health, happiness, mental peace, and knowledge via integration of the mind and the body. Similarly, meditation cultivates a calm and positive state of mind and awareness.
In Nepal, there are several places where one can meditate and do yoga. Osho Tapoban, Kopan Monastery, Vipassana, ISKCON Temple, and Lumbini Garden are a few examples of places where one can meditate in peace.