10 Reasons everyone should visit Nepal & Himalayas
Although being landlocked has given Nepal zero access to beaches and oceans, it hasn’t suffocated tourism in the vibrant multicultural country. An average of 700,000 visitors from around the globe traverse Nepal each year, according to statistics by Nepal’s Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.
1. The Nepal Trekking
The Manaslu Circuit Trek circumnavigates Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world. The gorgeous, unencumbered view of Manaslu from the summit puts this trek in close contest with other treks in Nepal.
2. The Nepali food
Momo is arguably one of the most popular dishes in Nepal. It is similar to Chinese dumplings or Japanese gyoza. The dish is traditionally prepared with minced meat filling, but this has evolved over the years to include momos prepared with cheese, mashed potato, paneer, or even vegetables.
3. The made-for-postcard scenery
Pokhara, the second largest city in Nepal, offers tourists unrivalled, breathtaking scenery. Located in the midland region of the Himalayas, Pokhara experiences a significant amount of rainfall due to the steep elevation in its surrounding. As a result, pockets of lakes and rivers of varying sizes are common in Pokhara, further complementing the already beautiful landscape.
4. The Nepali Culture
The Chitwan Elephant Festival in Nepal is a five-day long festival that includes an Elephant soccer game and an Elephant beauty pageant. The atmosphere during the festival is usually high. The festival is held to promote conservation awareness.
5. The calm and quiet
As you leave the city and travel into the outskirts of Nepal, the stillness and beauty of its environment can grant serenity and peace. It can be the perfect place for you if what you’re looking for is a short and temporary escape from the hustles in life.
6. The myths and legends
According to modern legend, in 1961, a Swiss tourist who was swimming in the Pardi Khola (river) was swept away and never seen again from a sudden overflowing of the dam. Davis Falls, named after the unfortunate man, was the underground water passageway that he was swept through. The Nepalese call it Patale Chango, or underworld falls.
7. The Nepali peoples
The people of Nepal are warm, friendly and extremely welcoming. Because of its multicultural society, there are a myriad of different dialects spoken in Nepal. However, a large portion of the younger generation, influenced by the internet and globalisation, are fluent in both Nepali and English. “Namaste” is the greeting everyone uses in Nepal, which is a traditional salute meaning I salute the divine in you.
8. The Nepali history
Museums like Pokhara Regional Museum or the International Mountain Museum houses riveting historical stories. The former displays the lives of the ethnic groups in Nepal, while the latter shows exhibits of mountain-related activities around the world.
9. The Gurkhas Soldiers
Gurkha soldiers of Nepal are among some of the bravest warriors known to man. Their bravery is said to be so unimaginably great that the former Chief of Staff of the Indian Army once made this statement, “If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or is a Gurkha.” Till this day, Gurkha soldiers are still hired by the British Army and the Singapore Police Force. The Gurkha Memorial Museum in Nepal is also worth a visit.
10. The Himalayas
The Himalayas is a snowcapped mountain range that spans across five countries, including Nepal. It is also the home of Everest which, standing at 8,850m, is the tallest mountain in the world. The Nepali name for Mount Everest is Sagarmatha, which means forehead of the sky—very poetic. If you’re feeling adventurous, join a trek expedition up to the forehead of the sky, or enjoy the risk-free but spectacular view of the northern skyline of Pokhara.