Nepal is known for being shaped like a smile, for the Himalayas, for having a different language in the north in the mountains than the south, even though it’s a very small country, and for being absolutely stunning. In 2015, it suffered a terrible earthquake which left the country reeling, so if you’re thinking about making a long-distance trip soon, you might want to consider Nepal as a place to help out with some tourism. Here are 6 reasons to visit Nepal:
1. Beautiful Hiking trails
Whether you want to try climbing Everest or want to do an easier but just as stunning hike through the Himalayas or Annapurna, there are plenty of options to choose from. We recommend the Langtang trek in the North, which starts in Syafrubensi and takes anywhere between 4 days and a week to complete, depending on how far you decide to walk. Find beautiful little villages dotted along this remote and rugged landscape, crisscrossed with rivers and punctuated by pretty trees and the occasional yak making its way down the mountainside.
Whether you’re curious about the monkey temple, or any of the other gorgeous Buddhist and Hindu temples in the country, you will have many to visit. Whether you stick to Kathmandu or travel further afield (we recommend exploring as many places as you can), you will find some beautiful ancient architecture.
3. Buddhist and Hindu cultures
Nepal has a lovely blend of Buddhist and Hindu cultures, the former in the northern mountain areas bordering with Tibet and the latter in the south. They speak different dialects and look quite different, even though Nepal is such a small country, which makes it even more interesting to explore.
4. Dal Baht
Dal Baht is the traditional meal in most parts of Nepal. It basically consists of steamed rice and lentil soup, with a side of chutney. Very simple but simply delicious, you could easily live off this most days, and many people do. Whether you are eating at someone’s house, or stopping with the bus for a pit stop, this is a very popular dish.
5. The people
The people are known for their friendliness. Even if you are a foreign tourist, chances are that you will be greeted from time to time as “Diddi” or “Bahinni”, which mean Big sister and Little sister. For more useful phrases have a look here. People look you in the eyes more than they do in Western countries and are very welcoming and friendly. If you offer someone a small gift you might get invited in for a boiled egg.
6.The buses (and other transportation)
The buses in Nepal are adorned like Christmas trees, and come rumbling down streets with people hanging out the windows and sitting on the roofs. They are a sight to behold and will definitely make a foreign tourist chuckle.