Nepal Key Facts
147, 181, km²
26, 494, 504
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3.7% Folk religions
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In Nepal they drive on the left side of the road
When is the best time to visit?
The best time to visit Nepal is between September and November, when the weather is at its best and most pleasant. This is the time when most climbers and hikers will come to Nepal to conquer its many peaks, and there are also quite a few fun festivals around this time of year.
Airports(47 airports, 1 international), bus, roads.
World Heritage Sites
- Kathmandu Valley, a group of 7 monuments that illustrate the range of historic and artistic achievements this valley is famous for
- Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha, an important Buddhist pilgrimage site
- Chitwan National Park, an important conservation area home to Bengal tigers and the single-horned Asiatic rhinoceros
- Sagarmatha National Park, home to dramatic mountains such as Mount Everest as well as several rare species such as snow leopards
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Due to its elevation and mountain ranges, Nepal is home to several climate zones ranging from tropical to arctic. The southern part of the country tends to enjoy a hot and humid climate, and temperatures can rise to 45 degrees in summer. Nepal's midland region tends to be pleasant throughout the year, and the northern mountains have a decidedly alpine climate with sub zero temperatures and snow. Nepal also has a monsoon season between the summer months of June until August.
- January 24 - Basant Panchami
- January 30 - Martyrs' Day
- February 17 - Maha Shivaratri
- February 18 - National Democracy Day
- March 6 - Holi
- March 8 - International Women's Day
- March 22 -Chaite Dashain
- March 28 - Birthday of Lord Rama
- April 14 - New Year's Day
- June 1 - Buddha's Birthday
- September 5 - Krishna Janmashtami
- October 13 - Ghatasthapana
- October 27 - Fulpati Saptami
- October 28 - Maha Ashtami
- October 29 - Maha Navami
- October 30 - Vijaya Dashami
- November 9 - Constitution Day Nepal
Why Visit Nepal?
Nepal is home to the most famous mountains in the world, drawing adventurers and climbers from everywhere. Nepal has a rich spiritual history, and offers many holy places for Buddhist pilgrims. Nepal is also quite cheap to explore, making it ideal for travellers on a budget.
Things To Do In Nepal
- Explore Kathmandu and the famous Kathmandu Valley
- Trek in Annapurna
- See Mount Everest
- Spend a day in a meditation retreat
- Visit Bhaktapur
- Visit the birthplace of the Buddha
Travel Tips For Nepal
- If you are going on organized trekking or hiking tours, make sure it is a local company as international companies drain money out of the country.
With its range of climates and ethnicities, Nepal is home to a range of different regional cuisines. Having said that, most of the food is based on themes also found in Thailand, Tibet, and India, so if you have been in this region before the food won't be completely unfamiliar. The national dish of Nepal is dal-bhat-tarkari, which consists of a lentil soup that is served over rice with some vegetable curry. One of Nepal's most popular foods is momo, a spiced dumpling filled with goat or chicken meat. Himalayan cuisine tends to be focused on more energy rich dishes. A typical example of this is butter tea, which is a mixture of butter, water and salt, which is then drunk straight or used as a food on the go when mixed with flour. What Nepal truly is famous for is its unique range of condiments - from pickled vegetables to spicy chutneys, each place seems to come up with their own delicious mixes. Be aware though that spicy in Nepal means very very hot!
Nepal Travel Safety and Warnings
- If you do want to go hiking, make sure you go in a group of people.
It is worthwhile registering with your local embassy, especially if you plan on any kind of mountain climbing. Also ask them about any advice/warnings they may have.
- Avoid all public protests and keep an eye on the general political situation
Make sure you have travel insurance for Nepal that includes medical cover - Nepal is not the place to go to a hospital in case of an emergency
- Be sure to only drink bottled water! Under no circumstances should you drink tap water!
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