7 things to do in Nepal

Make your travel experience exhilarating ! Separate your time to do these things if you are visiting Nepal:

1. Food tasting

With a rich culture and tradition, Nepal has a lot to offer. There are more than 80 ethnic groups with each of their unique cuisines. Some of the most famous cuisines inside and outside of the country are:

a. Newari: Baara, Chatamari, Yomari, Choila, ailaa

b. Sherpa: Thukpa, Thenduk, Butter Tea, Aloo ko roti

c. Tharu: dhikri (eaten by western Tharu communities), bagiya (eaten by eastern Tharu communities), chichar, teel ko laddu, ghonghi, Gengta/Kakhor/Kekhada chutney, bariya, aairkanchan, Sipi//Sutahi, Jaar

d. Rai and Limbu: Rai and Limbu: Kinema, Yangben-Faaksa (Pork Curry with Yangben and Pig’s blood), Wachipa, Sargemba, Chhop Achaar, Tongba

2. Trekking and Climbing

As almost all of the highest mountains of the world are in Nepal, you can trek or climb mountains and get a whole new experience of the majestic mother nature. The top mountains you can trek to, or climb are:

i. Sagarmatha (8,848m/29,030ft)
ii. Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft) 
iii. Mera Peak (6,476m/21,247ft) 
iv. Lobuche East (6,119m/20,070ft) 
v. Yala Peak (5,700m/18,700ft) 
vi. Pisang (6,091m / 19,978ft) 
vii. Chulu West (6,419m / 21,055ft) 
viii.Dhampus Peak (6,012m / 19,719ft) 
ix. Pokalde Peak (5,806m / 19,049ft)

mountain smartyatru
One of the mountains in Nepal

3. Hiking

Hiking is an activity of moderate difficulty, which involves walking across long distances generally on trails or paths. The landscape of Nepal provides you with the best hiking experience which you will want to do time and again. Here are some of the famous hiking places in Nepal: Annapurna Massif, Nagarkot, Pokhara, Kathmandu, Namche Bazar, Sarangkot, Jomsom, Tatopani and Langtang.

4. Jungle safari

With luscious greens throughout the country, Jungle safari is another thing that you can do. Some of the famous and must visit places for Jungle safari are:

a. Chitwan National Park
b. Bardia National Park
c. Koshi Tappu wildlife reserve

5. Shopping

From the handmade cultural apparels, textiles, crafts and arts to tea leaves, traditional sweets and snacks that is unique from the rest of the world, Nepal offers it all. Shop some souvenirs for your friends and families or something for yourself to remember the visit.  Pashmina shawls and Khukuri (The Gurkha Knife) are the most common souvenirs that people look for.

khukuri
Picture: Khukuri

6. Celebrating Festivals

As mentioned earlier, Nepal is rich in ethnicity, so there are lots of festivals to celebrate as well. If you are visiting Nepal, do visit during the festive seasons. The best time to visit is during mid September, late October and early April. That time, you will get to celebrate the major festival of Nepal that is celebrated by all, “Dashain” and “Tihar”. Since the country is very diverse, people celebrate New Year, Christmas, Eid, Holi, Maghi and lots of other festival; you can experience that as well.

Picture: Celebration of Holi – the festival of colors

7. Visiting the world heritage sites

Nepal is a home of 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. While in Nepal, you cannot miss to visit them. Some of these man-made wonders are more than 2500 years old. Out of the 10 sites, 7 are in Kathmandu valley and 3 are outside the capital city. Listed below are the world heritages sites in Nepal

1. Pasupatinath Temple

3. Boudhanath Stupa

5. Kathmandu Durbar Square

7. Patan Durbar Square

9. Bhaktapur Durbar Square

2. Changu Narayan Temple

4. Lumbini

6. Chitwan National Park

8. Sagarmatha National Park

10. Swayambhunath Stupa

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