Category: Blog

Wildlife Photography in Nepal: A Guide

Nepal’s unique topography makes the country a nature-lover’s paradise. Its majestic peaks and rolling hills, coupled with its lush forests and breathtaking rapids, are all testament to the beauty of the great outdoors. That said, it is of little wonder that tourists go to Nepal not only to climb its numerous mountains, but also to revel in the beauty of nature.

Unlike most crowded tourist destinations, Nepal has managed to strike a balance between cosmopolitan business centers and lush scenery, thereby allowing wildlife to thrive in the country even as it continuously gains popularity as a backpacking and trekking destination. With the country’s thriving wildlife including rare finds like the Bengal tiger and the Indian rhinoceros, it is not surprising to find that many wildlife photographers flock to the country to capture the beauty of such exotic animals.

Do you want to venture into wildlife photography? Do you want to capture the vibrant wildlife in Nepal? Or maybe you just want to properly document your visit to Nepal? Regardless, here is a rough guide on wildlife photography in Nepal that will let you make the most out of your visit to the country.

Where to practice wildlife photography in Nepal

Wildlife Photography in Nepal If you are planning to try out wildlife photography, then it is probably safe to assume that you already have experience in photography in the past. That said, in this article, we will focus on the specifics of photographing wildlife in Nepal as opposed to talking about the basics of photography, although I will give you handy tips in taking wildlife photos while in the country (but more on that later).

Having said that, the most important question that you will have to confront when venturing into wildlife photography in Nepal is this: where is the best place to shoot photos of animals in the country? Of course, you will find animals wherever you go, but if you are looking for wildlife and some rare finds, then your best bet is to go on a safari adventure. Luckily for you, there are quite a lot of safaris in Nepal, so observing animals in their local habitats should not be too much of a problem insofar as the opportunity to spot rare finds is concerned. Not sure where you should be headed next? Here are a couple of safari adventures you definitely would not want to miss if you want to take great photos of wildlife:

1) Chitwan National Park

Wildlife Photography in Nepal For those who want to spot elephants, rhinos, and even crocodiles, the Chitwan National park is certainly a must-see. This national park is easily accessible from Kathmandu and is well-known for running a successful rhinoceros conservation project. With over 600 rhinoceros roaming friendly in the national park, you should not have any difficulty in spotting one (or a couple, actually). In addition to the enormous rhinos, you will also find elephants, gharial crocodiles, deer, and a variety of birds and another smaller animals in the park.

You can explore the national park on foot or aboard a vehicle. If you want to take pictures of as many animals as possible, however, you might want to explore the park on a jeep in order to cover more ground. An ox cart is also another option you might take, especially if you do not want to disrupt the animals in the area.

2) Bardia National Park

The Bardia National Park is located in the far western part of Nepal. Unlike the Chitwan National Park, this safari is less frequented by tourists due to its location. Thus, if you are looking for a more rugged safari experience, then you will certainly enjoy exploring this national park.

The Bardia National park is an especially great venue if you want to spot the Royal Bengal Tigers. Although the elusive Royal Bengal Tigers can be found in different locations in Nepal, you have greater chances of spotting them in this area, mostly because foot traffic is not as heavy as in other national parks.

Also, since the Bardia National park is close to the Karnali River, you may also venture on a whitewater rafting trip while in the area. Not only will this be a superb outdoor activity, but you will also have a chance to see more of the animals that live near the river.

3) Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve

Wildlife Photography in NepalFor the bird-lovers out there, the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is without a doubt a haven. This wildlife reserve is located on the eastern plains of Nepal and is not very far from Pokhara. Housing over 400 bird species, touring the wetlands is certainly a great way to catch glimpses of – and of course photograph – various birds in the area. You will also be able to find different species of ducks, geese, storks, and even eagles and kingfishers.

Another great thing about this wildlife reserve is that various accommodations have been set up in the area, so you can hang around the reserve for a couple of days and take your time in photographing various bird species. Staying in the reserve is also a great opportunity to meet fellow bird watchers and nature photographers from different parts of the world.

What are some tips for doing wildlife photography in Nepal

Unless you intend to be a prize-winning wildlife photographer, there really are no hard and fast rules when it comes to wildlife photography in Nepal. Nonetheless, there are a couple of tips which you can utilize in order to take better pictures and make the most out of your experience in Nepal. That said, here are some things which could come in handy when taking up wildlife photography in Nepal:

1) It is important to love and respect animals

This is the most crucial factor when it comes to wildlife photography. If you want to take great photos of wildlife, then it is imperative that you love animals. Love and appreciation of animals come with respect, and the latter really does wonders when it comes to taking photos of animals in their natural habitat. This does not go to say, however, that you need to favor all animals equally. You might have a preference for birds or for large mammals – that is perfectly fine. What is important is that you keep the welfare and safety of the animals in mind in the course of your wildlife photography session.

Safaris in Nepal span great areas of land, so if you want to cover a lot of ground and see a lot of animals, exploring on foot just will not cut it. As mentioned earlier, however, while taking a jeep or other motor vehicle is certainly the most efficient way to go about it, doing so is not respectful to the animals in the area you will be visiting and will most likely scare them away. Exploring the safari on an ox cart is certainly a more eco-friendly option, not to mention one which will serve your purposes better.

2) Just take pictures

Wildlife Photography in Nepal In the age of well-curated Instagram and Facebook feeds, it might be tempting to spend so much time taking aesthetically pleasing wildlife photographs. While there is nothing wrong with that, especially if you are a professional wildlife photographer, it might not be the best course of action to take for beginners. Obsessing over your shots can actually take the joy out of wildlife photography and that is certainly not what you are going for.

Instead of spending too much time on getting the perfect shot, start with taking photos of as many animals as you can. Learn how to spot animals quickly and how to take pictures of them without being noticed. Once you have these skills nailed down, you can move on to the more technical aspects of wildlife photography.

Of course, the ultimate goal is taking great photos of photos, but do not let your end goal distract you from your experience. After all, wildlife photography is also meant to celebrate wildlife and appreciate nature.

3) Know your equipment

There is no need to be a professional photographer in order to delve into wildlife photography but knowing your equipment will certainly work wonders when you are out in the safari, trying to spot rare animal species. This is especially the case if you really want to develop your skills as a photographer and take high quality photographs of animals in their natural habitat.

Bear in mind that the subject in wildlife photography are moving animals, many of which are not used to human presence or contact. That said, knowing your camera really well is an asset as you will often have to quickly change settings – sometimes without looking at your equipment lest you lose track of your subject.

Again, you do not have to be an expert just to take wildlife photographs, but a good rule is to stick with equipment you know by heart. Some people get too excited with the prospect of wildlife photography and would even buy new equipment to take with them to their Nepal trip. While there is nothing wrong with wanting to have a better-quality camera to document your foray into the wildlife, even the highest quality camera in the world will not be of much help if you cannot operate it properly. Worse, you might even end up damaging your camera as you fumble in the safari. So save your fancy equipment for more chill adventures where you can tinker with the camera settings and stick with the equipment you are used to while in the safari.

4) Consider investing in a trail camera

Wildlife Photography in Nepal I am an advocate of sticking with equipment you are already familiar with, but I make an exception when it comes to trail cameras. A trail camera is particularly useful as a wildlife camera for two purposes: 1) researching wildlife photography locations and 2) capturing great wildlife photos.

The trick to being a good wildlife photographer is being very patient, especially if you are trying to get photos of elusive species. If you have a limited time to spend in Nepal, however, camping out for hours and waiting for certain animals to appear might not be the most viable option. This is where trail cams come in handy. You can buy a couple of low-cost trail cams and install them in several strategic locations. This way, you can document the kind of animals that typically pass by the area, allowing you to have a better idea of where you can find certain species.

Most people assume that trail cams are typically low-res, but that certainly is not the case. On the contrary, there are now trail cam brands that offer great resolution, allowing wildlife enthusiasts to take high-quality photographs of wildlife. In fact, some trail cam models have shutter speeds quick enough to capture still images of birds flying with so much clarity.

5) Get a guide

If this is your first time to try wildlife photography in Nepal, then it is better to go with a guide. A well-experienced guide can lead you to areas in the safari where you can get a better view of the animals or where you are more likely to see elusive species. In addition, a safari guide can also give you some tips when it comes to interacting with animals, more specifically, how to act around them. Venturing on your own might seem exciting, but for beginners, a good guide can really spell a lot of difference.

Wildlife photography can sound intimidating for beginners, but it really should not be. As long as you enjoy being out in nature and you have a decent camera, you are well on your way to taking great wildlife photographs. Unlike outdoor hobbies such as kayaking or mountaineering, wildlife photography does not require a lot of training. In fact, the best way to learn it and improve your skills is to get out there and start taking photos. So if you really want to try wildlife photography, just take your trusted camera with you and go for it – all while keeping the tips above in mind.

Traditional Nepali Dishes

No foreign country visit is complete without sampling local delicacies, so if you ever find yourself in Nepal, you have to make sure to try local food offerings. With more and more tourists visiting Nepal yearly, the increase in the number of restaurants in the country comes off as no surprise. In fact, over the years, more international restaurants have sprouted over the country, catering to a more diverse group of customers.

Despite the international food fare in Nepal, however, you should not pass up on the opportunity to try traditional Nepali dishes. After all, you can sample international cuisine anywhere in the world, but authentic Nepali dishes are a lot harder to come by outside Nepal.

Characteristics of Nepalese cuisine

Traditional Nepali DishesOf course, it is impossible to generalize the entirety of Nepalese cuisine, seeing as variations exist depending on the location. Nevertheless, there are a couple notable characteristics of Nepalese cuisine.

First, Nepali dishes tend to be gluten-free and vegetarian/vegan-friendly. That notwithstanding, bear in mind that Nepali dishes remain quite heavy so you might want to go easy on the portions, especially if you are trying out several dishes at a time.

Second, Nepali dishes use spices – a lot. Pickled spices and curries are a staple in Nepalese cuisine, so if you are not very fond of spicy food, you might be a bit too surprised. If you are dining out, consider asking the waiter about how spicy the dishes are and request that they put less spice. Feeling adventurous? Just go for it and maybe drink a lot of water.

Must-try traditional Nepali dishes

Nepal’s cuisine is as rich as its culture and heritage, so going on a Nepali food trip might be quite daunting for the first-time visitor. To make your food trip a lot easier and more enjoyable, and to make sure that you really get to sample the best dishes that Nepal has to offer, we put together a list of must-try traditional Nepali dishes for you. Try the following:

1) Dal bhat

Traditional Nepali DishesThe dal bhat may very well be every Nepali’s favorite dish. However, to call it a dish might be quite misleading, seeing as this rice and lentil curry is typically prepared with whatever vegetables are in season and meat curries. It is also often served with salad, pickles, or curd. The dal bhat is a staple in every home and restaurant serving Nepali dishes, so you really have not had the full Nepali experience until you have tried dal bhat.

2) Momos

This is Nepal’s version of the Tibetan dumplings and you definitely should not leave Nepal without sampling these treats.These are made by filling rice paper wrappers with finely chopped vegetables and minced buffalo or chicken meat. As with traditional dumplings, momos can be steamed, fried, or added to soup. Even better, momos are always made fresh. You might have to wait a bit longer for your order to arrive but, trust me, it is certainly worth it.

3) Gundruk

This is a side dish, not very much unlike the Korean kimchi, although the preparation is different. Gundruk is basically fermented green leafy vegetables, with a slightly salty and mushroomy taste. Gundruk is a perfect accompaniment to a good dal bhat.

4) Chiura

The chiura is less of a dish and more of a unique Nepali take on rice preparation. The chiura is made by beating rice until it flattens and then drying it out. You can eat it on its own, but is quite dry and does not really have much by way of taste, so it is best eaten with wet curries.

5) Sel roti

Traditional Nepali DishesThis is more of a snack than a full meal – not that anyone really is complaining. The sel roti is round and deep-fried, not unlike the donut, but with only a small hint of sweetness. Sel roti is among the dishes you will find practically anywhere in Nepal, from celebrations and festivals to everyday roadside snack stalls.

6) Bara

Speaking of snacks, bara is another popular Nepali snack. More specifically, bara is a distinctively Newari cuisine. It can be described as a savory rice-flour pancake and can be eaten on its own or with an egg and/or minced buffalo meat.

7) Chatamari

Like the bara, chatamari is a popular Newari snack which is very popular in Kathmandu. Chatamari is prepared with rice-flour crepe topped with chopped onions, coriander, minced meat, egg, and spices. Given its shape and preparation, it is often referred to as the “Nepali pizza”.

8) Yomari

Traditional Nepali DishesAnother Newari dish, the yomari is so special that it has a festival of its own – the YomariPunhi Festival. At the end of the rice harvest, locals prepare sweet yomari to celebrate. Yomari is basically dumplings in the shape of a fish, typically stuffed with sweet coconut or molasses. This is a seasonal dish and outside the duration of the festival, this dish can be quite hard to find.

9) Sandheko

If you love salad and spicy food, then Sandheko is the dish for you. This is another Newari dish and is typically made with potatoes, peanuts, onions, coriander, and a whole lot of chili.Sandheko is actually a popular bar snack so if you are planning to experience Nepal’s nightlife, you might want to check it out then.

10) Juju dhau

This is the Newari version of yogurt. Juju dhau is a sweetened yogurt made from buffalo milk. This is only available in Bhaktapur so make sure to try it out.

Nepal’s cuisine is certainly scrumptious. It is all about fresh produce and a nice kick from spices, so if you are used to eating at fast food chains, Nepali dishes will come as a welcome change. A lot of the dishes mentioned above are quite hard to find outside Nepal, so make the most out of your stay in the country and try out these delicious local delicacies. Even better? You do not need to go to fancy restaurants to try out most of these.

Best Hotels in Nepal

With so many tourists from all over the world flocking to Nepal, especially during the peak hiking and trekking season, it is not surprising that the country offers various forms of accommodations which cater to every budget. Although known as a backpacker destination, Nepal has its fair share of hotels and accommodations – from budget hotels to luxury ones.

In this article, I will give you a list of some of the best hotels in Nepal, classified into various price points. So whether you are traveling to Nepal on a budget or are ready to spend some cash on a lavish accommodations, you will certainly find something of interest here.

Best Budget Hotels in Nepal

Nepal is quite popular among tourists who are traveling on a budget, mostly because it is so easy to find affordable accommodations in the country. When looking for budget accommodations, you should stick to lodges and hostels located near the areas you intend to visit. This way, you could save on transportation expenses. If you are traveling light, you can also further save by checking in only for the night.

That said, here are some of the best budget hotels in Nepal:

1) Shangri-La Boutique Hotel

Wildlife Photography in Nepal With price starting at around $10, this hotel is certainly for the budget-conscious traveler. Located at the center of Thamel, the Shangri-La Boutique Hotel is close to a lot of attractions and famous spots, but still reasonably far from the busiest parts of the city. The amenities are also complete.

2) Trekkers’ Home

Wildlife Photography in Nepal Also at the $10-dollar range, Trekkers’ Home is a great choice for travelers on a budget. This accommodation is close enough to the city but without the hefty price tag. You can choose from a variety of rooms including single, double, triple, and even family suites.

3) Hotel Happy Home

Wildlife Photography in Nepal A little more expensive is the Hotel Happy Home, with rates starting at around $17. Nevertheless, the additional price is justifiable since the hotel is at a prime location, fully-furnished, fully-air conditioned, and even has free Wi-Fi as well as other complimentary items.

4) Hotel Mums Home

Wildlife Photography in Nepal If you want a more comfortable accommodation without spending too much or moving too far away from the heart of Kathmandu, then this accommodation is perfect for you. Starting at $20, the Hotel Mums Home has fully-air conditioned rooms with a spacious garden and a terrace.

5) Aryatara Kathmandu Hotel

Wildlife Photography in Nepal If you want a room with a great view but affordable rates, then you should try this hotel. With rates starting at $25, this is still budget-friendly. The hotel has modern furnishings and provides a great view of the mountains.

Best mid-range hotels in Nepal

If you have a little more to spend on your accommodation but do not want to spend too much, then you should check out some of the best mid-range hotels in Nepal:

1) Oasis Kathmandu Hotel

Best mid-range hotels in NepalStarting at $35, this bed and breakfast has great amenities. All rooms have access to the balcony, not to mention the fact that the hotel has a great, affordable restaurant which offers various cuisines.

2) Kantipur Temple House

Priced at around $50, this accommodation is a great refuge after a long day at the city. Despite being a mid-range hotel, the Kantipur Temple House exudes luxury. It also has a rooftop garden which is great for viewing the city at night.

3) Fairfield

With rates starting at $75, the Fairfield offers a great view, as well as topnotch services but without the hefty price tag. in addition, this hotel also has a great bar and restaurant.

4) Dalai-La Boutique Hotel

Best mid-range hotels in NepalFor around $80, you can enjoy staying at this heritage hotel in Kathmandu. On top of its amenities, the Dalai-La Boutique Hotel also has terrace and a courtyard.

5) Traditional Comfort

Best mid-range hotels in NepalIf you want to stay in a traditional hotel but do not want to give up the comfort of modern amenities, then this hotel is the perfect one for you. Although still mid-range, the hotel is splashed with a bit of luxury, perfect for relaxing after a particularly tiring day.

Best Luxury Hotels in Nepal

For those of you who have more cash to spend, you might want to check out some of the luxury hotels in Nepal. After all, why scrimp on luxury when you can avail of it for much cheaper in Nepal? Here are some luxury hotels worth checking out:

1) Crowne Plaza Hotel Kathmandu-Soaltee

Best Luxury Hotels in NepalWith over 12 acres of grounds, the Crowne Plaza certainly does not skip on amenities. You can try their outdoor pool, enjoy the international food fare at their restaurant, or have a chill barbecue afternoon. The interiors are remarkably elegant and characteristically Nepali.

2) Hotel Yak & Yeti

Best Luxury Hotels in NepalThis hotel is actually a heritage hotel palace, so you will certainly be in awe of the manicured gardens and the antique fountains. The hotel also has an outdoor pool, two tennis courts, and even an indoor casino.

3) Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

Best Luxury Hotels in NepalIf you have been to a Hyatt hotel before, then you know exactly what to expect when you visit the Hyatt Regency. The entire hotel is luxurious with beautiful landscaped gardens and modern fully-furnished rooms. The hotel also has an outdoor pool.

4) Gokarna Forest Resort

Best Luxury Hotels in NepalIf you want a break from the busy Kathmandu, then head to the outskirts and check in the Gokarna Forest Resort. Despite being located inside a forest, this resort has complete amenities, including a golf course, a spa, a health club, and various dining options.

5) Dwarika’s Hotel

Best Luxury Hotels in NepalThis hotel is perfect not only for accommodations, but also for sight-seeing. With an extensive collection of 13th-century arte facts, it is easy to see why it was awarded the PATA Heritage Award. Also, with an outdoor pool and various dining options, this hotel is really worth the bucks.

The hotel options in Nepal might not be as extensive as in other larger countries, but it does not mean that you do not have choices. On the contrary, you have quite a lot to choose from depending on your budget.

A Complete Guide to Trekking and Hiking in Nepal

Nepal has long established itself as a superb trekking and hiking destination. In fact, so many tourists from all over the world flock to the country for trekking and hiking, prompting the government of Nepal to put in place regulations for various trekking and hiking activities.

Despite the popularity of Nepal as a trekking and hiking destination, however, first-timers might still find the idea of embarking on a trek in Nepal to be quite intimidating. But just because you are unfamiliar with Nepal does not mean that you should refrain from trekking or hiking there. In this article, we will discuss everything you need top know about trekking and hiking in Nepal to get you ready for your much-awaited adventure.

When should you go hiking or trekking in Nepal?

A Complete Guide to Trekking and Hiking in NepalBefore you prepare anything, you should first determine the date for your hike or trek. You can go hiking or trekking in Nepal any time of the year, but for first-timers, it is recommended to visit the country during the peak seasons. There are two peak hiking seasons in Nepal – fall and spring. Fall is October to November and it is the most popular season for trekkers in Nepal. During this time, the mountain views are clear and it is generally sunny in the country with mild temperatures and very little rain.

Meanwhile, spring is March to April and is the second most popular season for trekkers. Rhododendron trees are in full bloom, the temperatures are mild, and you will have a great time viewing wildlife.

Of course, visiting Nepal during the peak seasons has its downsides. In particular, these times of the year tend to be very crowded, so be prepared to find packed trails. Prices also tend to go up during peak seasons, so you should be ready to spend a little more.

Hiking off peak can save you from the busy crowd and from price hikes, but the weather conditions are not exactly beginner-friendly. Unless you have previous experience when it comes to hiking or trekking, it will be better to go during the peak seasons. Regardless of your experience, it is greatly advised to stay away during the monsoon months of May to September.

Should you trek on your own or with a guide?

A Complete Guide to Trekking and Hiking in NepalAfter you have decided when to go hiking or trekking in Nepal, the next step is to determine whether to embark on a solo trekking trip or avail of the services of a guide. Of course, the answer depends on a number of factors including your budget, experience, and personal preference.

Experienced trekkers who are planning to hike or trek along popular routes of minimal to moderate difficulty should do just fine even without a guide. Regardless of your experience, however, availing of the services of a guide will certainly be beneficial if you want to learn more about local culture. A good guide can also help you in meeting locals and in finding other tourist spots which are worth visiting.

Popular hiking trails in Annapurna and Everest are accessible to hikers of various experience levels and typically do not require guides. As long as you stick to these areas, you should be fine, especially since the trails are clearly marked and you will definitely be around a lot of other hikers. You just have to make sure to plan your itinerary carefully and to secure the necessary permits. Make sure to bring along a good map and a comprehensive hiking guide to help you. However, if you are planning to visit restricted hiking areas, you will definitely be required to avail of the services of a professional guide.

If you are a beginner in hiking or if you have apprehensions with regard to hiking or trekking by yourself, then you would greatly benefit from the help of a hiking guide.

How much does hiring a guide or a porter cost?

A Complete Guide to Trekking and Hiking in NepalTo put it simply, a guide is someone who will give you information about the trek, ensure your safety, and take care of logistics. A porter, on the other hand, is someone who can carry heavy gear for you. If you are planning to lug along a lot of equipment, then you might want to consider hiring the services of a porter.

Should you decide on hiring a guide or porter for the duration of your trek, then it would be wise to have a fair idea of how much such services will set you back. Guides and porters abound hiking and trekking sites, so you do not have to worry about the difficulty of finding one.

Although the rates will vary from one area to another and depending on the season, generally, a hiking or trekking guide will set you back by around $25 to $30 per day while a porter will cost you around $10 to $15 per day. If budget allows, try to tip at least 15% of the total fees to your guide or porter. A generous tip will go a long way in establishing goodwill especially if you intend to return to the trail in question.

What is Teahouse trekking?

A Complete Guide to Trekking and Hiking in NepalIf you want to experience trekking in Nepal but are not ready for a task so physically taxing, you might want to venture into teahouse trekking first. Teahouses refer to small mountain lodges which can be found along hiking trails. You will typically pass by a treehouse every hour or so and such places are great for resting, eating home-cooked meals, and meeting other travelers. You can also spend the night in teahouses, so you do not have to camp out for the night.

Trekking and hiking in a foreign country might seem intimidating at first, but with proper research and preparation, you should have no problem during your adventure. Hiking in Nepal is especially convenient since it is not difficult to find guides and trekking companies which are ready to provide all imaginable services you might need to make your hike or trek as enjoyable and smooth-sailing as possible.

10 Travel Tips Before You Travel in a Campervan

Travelling in a campervan is a great option for groups or families who want to see more of the country without spending a lot of money on accommodations and transportation options. Although getting a campervan entails spending quite a lot initially (mostly on the acquisition of the campervan, and in furnishing and supplying the same), using a campervan in your travels is in fact budget-friendly and will allow you to save money in the long-run.

In addition, travelling in a campervan is a great way of travelling in comfort. Since you do not have to constantly move around luggage and you can furnish your campervan however you want, you do not necessarily have to travel light. This is a great advantage if you are travelling with kids.
In this article, we will talk about some pointers which you have to keep in mind before deciding to travel in a campervan. Keeping these ten in mind will help you make the most out of your vacation without any accompanying hassle or mishaps.

Here are 10 things which you should bear in mind before travelling in a campervan:

1) Know what kind of campervan to purchase

Travel Tips Before You Travel in a CampervanThis is the most important factor which you have to consider before travelling in a campervan. Since your campervan will not only be your mode of transportation but will also essentially be your home for the duration of your trip, then it is extremely important to be discerning when it comes to which campervan to purchase. Campervans are not all that difficult to find today, and you may opt to buy campervans in websites or in physical outlets. Whichever option you might decide to go with, make sure that you are buying from reputable dealers.

A good tip to keep in mind is this: do not buy the first campervan you see. Look around first to have an idea of reasonable price points. This way, you can bargain properly, and you will not miss out on deals. Also, decide early on whether to get a 4-wheel drive or a 2-wheel drive. If you have plans of going off-road in your travels, then you should definitely consider investing in a 4WD.

2) Determine all upfront expenses

Travel Tips Before You Travel in a CampervanAs with buying any vehicle, buying a campervan entails some upfront costs on top of the price of the actual campervan. Of course, you will have to get vehicle registration for your campervan which, depending on your area regulations, will also include getting insurance and/or securing roadworthy certificate. In addition, you will also have to prepare to shell out for routine mechanical checks (unless you have expertise in this area, in which case you will certainly save a lot of money). Remember that your campervan is both your transportation and your accommodation so do not scrimp on mechanical checks before your trips.

3) Furnish your campervan accordingly

A nice and comfortable campervan is one that is furnished in accordance to the needs of the people using it. Unless you are buying a furnished campervan, you will have to do most of the furnishing work yourself – from installing beds to finding storage solutions.

4) Make sure that you have the necessary gear and equipment

Your campervan will essentially be your mini-house for the duration of the trip, so it is incredibly necessary to make sure that you have all the necessary gear and equipment before heading out. Make sure that you have enough sleeping gear (especially if you are travelling with kids), the necessary cooking tools (make sure that you have something to cook food with, as well as something to store it in), as well as other necessities.

Travel Tips Before You Travel in a CampervanIf you want your trip to be as comfortable as possible, then you should also consider investing in a composting toilet. Not only will having a composting toilet come in handy, especially if you are planning to take routes where camping sites are few and far between, but it is also more environment-friendly. In plain terms, a composting toilet is a type of toilet which turns human excreta into compost, all the while regulating odor. Many composting toilet designs use no water for flushing, making composting toilets the most viable option for campervan travelers. This way, you will not have to worry too much about your toilets using up too much water for the duration of your trip.

In addition to a composting toilet, another important equipment is a portable tankless water heater. If you want to enjoy comfortable showers while travelling in a campervan, especially during the colder months, then you should definitely consider investing in a portable tankless water heater. While a tankless water heater is slightly more expensive than those which come with tanks, going tankless remains to be the better option if you are travelling with a lot of people. This way, you will not run out of hot water and will not have to wait for hours before someone can shower again.Unlike tank water heaters, you do not have to wait for the water in the tank to heat up but, instead, the water is heated as it passes through the mechanism.

5) Make sure that you always have enough supplies

Travel Tips Before You Travel in a CampervanThis goes without saying, but a lot of campervan travelers often rely on supermarkets and supply stores that they will find along the way. Unless you are very familiar with the routes you are taking, this is not a very good option since there is no certainty that you will be able to stock up on your supplies. Instead, you should make sure that you have enough supplies (and maybe a little extra) before heading out on your road trip. If anyone in your company has dietary restrictions, then all the more that you should have enough supplies. Also, do not forget to bring a first-aid kit with you, along with medicines. Hygiene products are also equally important so make sure to bring enough with you.

6) Find good camping spots

Before driving off, make sure to find good camping spots along the way. Even if you have a toilet and a shower in your campervan, it is still important to find a spot where you can park safely and rest for the night. You can look for camping spots where you can restock your supplies or, if you really want to enjoy the outdoors, where you can set up a tent and appreciate the scenery. Some camping spots are free, but the better ones usually have a fee. If you want to use some amenities or want to stay somewhere more secured for the night, then it might be a good idea to shell out some cash for good camping spots.

7) Plan your trips well

Travel Tips Before You Travel in a CampervanThis is not to say, of course, that you have to plan your trip down to the tiniest detail. If this is your first time to travel in a campervan, then chances are things will not go exactly according to plan. Deviations are inevitable and you might have to modify and readjust your itinerary every so often in order to accommodate last-minute changes and other unforeseeable occurrences.

Nonetheless, it is necessary to do some planning before heading out since being well-prepared can save you from a lot of headaches. At the very least, plan how long you will be travelling, which places you will visit, and where you will be camping out. This way, you can pack accordingly and get sufficient supplies before heading out. If there are activities which you want to do and require any special gear or equipment, making plans beforehand means that you get to bring all the necessities.

8) Plan your daily drive

Some flexibility is necessary when it comes to your trip in general, but your daily drive is a different thing altogether. Before driving out, make sure that you have a good idea as to how long it will take you from one point to another, especially if you are quite unfamiliar with the roads. As much as possible, aim to get to a camping spot before dark. For one, some roads are more dangerous after dark, especially if you are planning to go off-road. Also, it might be more difficult to ask for help after dark (you never know when your car might break down or you might have any other emergency), so as much as possible, try to set out early. Save long drives for the day and make the evenings a time for settling in, winding down, and relaxing.

That said, it is necessary for you to check routes beforehand so that you can have a fair estimate of how long it will take you from one camping ground to the next. As much as possible, plan your drives and routes around camping grounds and other destinations. It might be fun and quite adventurous to just drive off and see where your campervan takes you, but if you are unfamiliar with the area and you have limited supplies, it might not be the best course of action.

9) Always have a means of communication

Travel Tips Before You Travel in a CampervanThis tip cannot be emphasized enough: it is incredibly important to have a means of communication with you at all times. Some travelers go travelling in their campervans in an effort to unplug, but while that is actually a good plan, make sure that you still have a means of communication just the same. For one, you cannot foresee emergencies, so it is better if you have a way of asking for help in case something goes wrong. Also, it is only wise that you make sure that someone always knows where you are.

Of course, you do not have to advertise on social media where you are at all times, but at least have a family member or a friend updated on your itinerary and whereabouts. This way, if something unexpected happens (say you get lost or encounter any emergency), then someone will come looking for you and will have the inkling that sending help is necessary. This is especially important if you are travelling to remote locations where signal might be intermittent. As much as possible, try to send a text to your emergency contact before heading out and another one when you get to your camping spot. This way, they will have a fair idea of where you are.

10) Be as flexible as possible

As mentioned earlier, no matter how much you plan your trip, unexpected things might still come up every so often. You might encounter detours and mishaps, so it is best to maintain a certain level of flexibility. That said, do not plan your drives and your activities to the minute and, whenever possible, have a couple of alternative routes and spots to visit at hand. This way, even if something goes wrong, you are still prepared and could simply do a last-minute change of plans.

Travelling in a campervan is something meant to be a little less structured and a little more adventurous, so do not be afraid of making changes to your itinerary. As long as you are well-prepared for your trip, you should be fine even if you will have to make a couple of changes here and there.

Travelling in a campervan might sound like a daunting task to some, especially those who have never tried it before, but it is actually quite enjoyable. You just have to be adequately prepared and have reasonable expectations of how the trip would be like. in fact, when done correctly, travelling in a campervan might even prove to be more comfortable and convenient, especially since you are not forced to travel light or to constantly lug around your gear and equipment.

That said, make sure to follow the 10 tips above before setting out on your first campervan adventure. This way, you can be assured that your trip will be as smooth-sailing as possible and you will be able to avoid any unnecessary hassle, problems, and inconvenience.

A Guide on Kayaking in Nepal

Nepal might be best known for being a top spot for hiking, trekking, and mountaineering, but that does not mean that the list of outdoor activi ies that can be done in the country ends there. While a lot of tourists might not know that kayaking is also quite popular in Nepal, the country is in fact the perfect destination for kayakers regardless of the level of skill and experience.

For those who are a little more familiar with the international kayaking community, Nepal is hailed as the ultimate kayaking playground, especially for those interested in whitewater kayaking. On top of the numerous rivers and rapids, there is also a unique river culture in Nepal, making it the ideal destination for kayakers from all over the world.

In this article, we will talk about everything you need to know about kayaking in Nepal, so sit back, relax, and strap along for the ride.

When to go kayaking in Nepal

A Guide on Kayaking in NepalThe prospect of going kayaking in Nepal is truly exciting, but that does not mean that you should book a ticket to the country right away. Before you do so, make sure that you are visiting at a month when the rivers and rapids are at a condition most suitable for your skill level.

Generally, tourists travel to Nepal during autumn, that is, from October to December. You can come earlier in September, but that is still monsoon season so you can expect constant rains and higher water levels. If you are a little apprehensive about higher water or if this will be your first time to kayak, then it is highly advisable to wait out until October towards the end of the monsoon season. By then, the weather will be more agreeable.

The weather is already hot around October and the water levels are already beginning to drop. By November, the water in most rivers and rapids are already quite manageable – perfect for kayaking beginners. You can still go kayaking around December, but you can expect the temperature to be colder with lower river flows. That said, November will be the most ideal month to go kayaking in Nepal.

The time when you will go kayaking in Nepal is also a determining factor when it comes to choosing the appropriate gear, so make sure to plan accordingly.

Mode of transportation

A Guide on Kayaking in NepalIf you are an experienced kayaker, then you probably bring your own gear when you go kayaking – from your kayaking outfit to your very own kayak. That said, transportation is a top consideration when you go to Nepal. If you can afford renting a vehicle for the duration of your stay in Nepal, then great for you. That means you would not have to worry about transporting your gear from the airport to your kayaking destination. This is especially handy if you are planning to kayak in different places in Nepal.

However, if you cannot afford to rent a vehicle, then you have to resort to taking public transport. You have two options in that case: taking a taxi or taking a bus. Taking a taxi is the more convenient option, of course, but with trips to kayaking destinations taking several hours, the costs can be really high. That said, if you want to keep your costs down, then taking a bus is the best option for you.

However, you have to note that you will often have to pay extra for your kayak, and it is up to you to make sure that your kayak is fastened securely to the roof of the bus. Bear in mind that roof racks may be rough, so unless you want your kayak to be damaged, it is necessary to have something to pad the roof with.

Buses are also the main mode of transportation in Nepal, so be prepared to have to squeeze yourself into crowded buses. The good news, however, is that you might be able to get a tourist bus for certain destinations (although you might have some persuasion to do with regard to your kayak). Tourist buses are less crowded than normal ones, plus you get to have a tourist guide.

Do note, however, that it could take you anywhere from six to 12 hours to get from the airport to your kayaking destination, so factor in your comfort when choosing a mode of transportation. While taking ordinary buses will certainly help you save money, it is not exactly the most viable option if you want to be comfortable for the duration of the trip. That said, if you are travelling with buddies, it might just be better to rent your own vehicle and split the costs among yourselves.

Local kayaking operations

A Guide on Kayaking in NepalFor kayaking beginners and first-timers, or those who are not willing to lug around all their kayaking gear for the entire duration of their Nepal trip, your best option is to check out local kayaking operations.

For one, these local outfits will be able to supply you with the necessary gear and equipment. This is especially convenient if you intend on travelling light and if you have a lot of activities planned for the duration of your stay.

Also, local kayaking operations can help you find great kayaking spots depending on your skills and experience. If you are looking for someone who can help you arrange plan your kayaking activities or if you are travelling by yourself but want to go kayaking with a group, then they can certainly assist you. Moreover, local kayaking operations often arrange transportation, as well, especially when it comes to more remote kayaking locations. Sure, you will have to spend a little more if you avail of the services of local kayaking operations, but the convenience and the added safety are well worth the extra costs.

Kayaking clinics

If you have never tried kayaking before and really want to try it out, then enrolling in a kayaking clinic is the best option for you. A kayaking clinic can help you learn everything you need to know about kayaking – from how to perform proper paddle strokes to how to stay safe while kayaking. Kayaking clinics will also help you prepare the proper gear for your first kayaking adventure and help you get better acquainted with kayaking spots in Nepal. Instructors in kayaking clinics are all certified and experienced, as well as well-versed in local kayaking regulations, so you do not have to be apprehensive even if you have never tried kayaking before.

Note, however, that kayaking courses offered by kayaking clinics typically span several days, so make sure to accommodate that in your schedule. Usual courses start with an introductory course on kayaking – choosing equipment and basic safety guidelines. From there, the course progresses to basic kayaking skills tested in calm water, gradually moving on to more difficult maneuvers and in trickier waters. The good thing about such courses is that you will progress at your own pace and you will not feel rushed in learning how to kayak. Plus, you will be taking lessons for only a few hours each day so you will still have plenty of time to explore local tourist spots.

Of course, if you will not be staying in Nepal for a very long time, this might not be the best option for you. However, if you want to have solid grounding when it comes to kayaking and if you intend to continue kayaking even after you leave Nepal, then enrolling in a kayaking clinic is a great learning experience.

Kayaking clinics are not that difficult to find, but if you are not sure which one to enroll in, you can start with the following clinics:

1) Equator Expeditions

A Guide on Kayaking in NepalEquator Expeditions operates in the Sukute Beach Resort. The resort is a great spot by the river with access to a private beach, making it an ideal spot for learning how to kayak. In addition, the resort is also a perfect spot for relaxing and lounging around after your kayaking lessons. The resort also has a bar area with pool tables, perfect for hanging out with fellow tourists and kayakers during your downtime.

2) Ultimate Rivers

Like the Equator expeditions, Ultimate Rivers is also a basic kayaking camp. It operates in Ultimate Rivers Bhote Koshi Resort. You can get a good four-day clinic experience for US$200, although you will have to take the bus or resort to other modes of transportation to get to the river from the resort.

3) Royal Beach Camp

Royal Beach Camp offers more flexible kayaking clinic programs and you can choose from any of their two to seven-day kayak clinic programs. The Royal beach Camp has a fixed camp at Kataudi on the Trisuli River, so you would not have to worry about your transportation from the resort to the river and back. In addition, Royal Beach Camp also has its own swimming pool where you can wind down after your kayaking lessons. In addition to providing kayaking lessons, Royal beach Camp also offers clinics on rafting, canyoning, and even hosts expeditions for families.

4) Ultimate Descents Nepal

If you are willing to spend a little more for a great kayaking experience, then you should try enrolling with Ultimate Descents Nepal. Its four-day clinic will cost you roughly US$260, but it is well worth the experience. The four-day camp takes place on the Seti River, known for being gentle and, hence, beginner-friendly. On your first day, you will be taught the basics on Phewa Tal while the rest of the camp will be spent on the Seti River. Even better, you will spend two nights camping by the Seti riverside, so it certainly is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. The Seti is also a wilderness river, allowing you to really feel closer to nature.

A Guide on Kayaking in NepalWhat you should look for in local kayaking operations and clinics
With more and more tourists visiting Nepal to try out kayaking, there has also been an increase in the number of local kayaking operations and clinics. So how do you know which services to actually avail of? Are there things you should always look for?

The honest answer is this: it really depends on what you need and how much you are willing to spend. If budget is not much of an issue, however, it is advisable to look for a kayaking operation or clinic which offers transportation before and after the kayaking trip, especially if the kayaking operation or clinic does not have a facility on the river itself. This way, you do not have to worry about transporting your gear and equipment. Transportation is especially important for more experienced kayakers who might opt to bring their own gear.

A Guide on Kayaking in NepalFor beginners and first-timers, meanwhile, it is also advisable to look for kayaking packages which are inclusive of gears and equipment, including the paddle, the kayak, helmet and wet-suit, and a support raft. Try to inquire if the company also offers waterproof containers for your valuables, as well as dry bags for your clothes. If the kayaking package includes riverside camping in the itinerary, it is best to inquire of tents and sleeping bags will also be provided by the company, as well as food and other provisions. This way, you can still travel light even if you intend to go on a kayaking adventure. Also, knowing about these things in advance will allow you to prepare accordingly.

Nepal might be popular because of its peaks, but it does not mean that its kayaking spots are less impressive than its mountains. On the contrary, rapids and rivers in Nepal are equally astounding and anyone who wants to make the most out of their trip to the country really should not miss out on the opportunity to try kayaking and other whitewater activities. And even if you have never tried kayaking before, no need to worry, because there are a lot of kayaking spots in Nepal which are beginner-friendly. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and try kayaking.

Things to Do in Nepal

Hiking and trekking might be the first things that come to mind at the mention of Nepal, but the activities you can enjoy while in the country are certainly not limited to these two. On the contrary, Nepal has a lot to offer to travelers with varied interests, even to those who are not exactly big fans of the great outdoors.

So before you back out of your scheduled Nepal trip because you are worried that there might not be enough things to do when you get there, make sure to finish reading this article first. Trust me, you would probably find your scheduled trip too short for ticking off everything on this list.

What activities can you do in Nepal?

You already know that Nepal is great for hiking, trekking, and mountaineering – no need to tell you that. So instead, let me present you with the top things you could try out in Nepal – other than climbing mountains, of course!

1) Book an Everest Mountain Flight

Things to Do in Nepal Climbing the world’s highest peak is not for the casual traveler-cum-hiker, so unless you have months, if not years, of training, climbing Mount Everest is certainly not a very good idea. But that does not mean that you cannot see this majestic mountain in all its glory. If you still want to see Mount Everest and the other Himalayan peaks, you can book an Everest Mountain Flight and spend an hour flying over the pride of the Himalayas.

2) Go paragliding in Pokhara

Things to Do in Nepal If you do not want to go hiking but want to feel the rush, paragliding might just be the activity for you. Pokhara is one of top spots for paragliding, especially since the weather is generally agreeable and the city has an enormous lake which serves as a safety net for first-time paragliders.

3) Bungee jumping

Things to Do in Nepal Speaking of adrenaline rushes, here is another extreme sport you might want to try. there are numerous bungee jumping sites in Nepal, but if you are feeling particularly brave, go ahead and check out The Last Resort. This sports complex has the world’s highest bungee jump at 160 meters – certainly not for the faint of heart!

4) Explore the temples of Kathmandu

Things to Do in Nepal Kathmandu is possibly the busiest, most crowded city in all of Nepal, but that only adds to its charms. If you have gotten tired of jostling your way around market stalls, consider visiting its numerous temples like the Boudhanath, the Swayambhunath, and the Pashupatinath.

5) Visit the Chitwan National Park

Things to Do in Nepal For the animal lovers out there, visiting the jungle safari in Chitwan is certainly a worthwhile activity this jungle safari features lush greenery and houses some of the most majestic animals you would see. Get your cameras ready and be prepared to observe rhinos, elephants, various birds, and even the Bengal tiger, if you are lucky, in their natural habitats.

6) Motorbike across Nepal

Things to Do in Nepal There are a lot of transportation options in Nepal, but they are still not quite as convenient as in larger countries. That said, if you want to really explore the country without spending so much on transportation, you might want to consider cross-country motorbiking. You can rent a motorbike and explore Nepal, though you might have to be extra careful since some roads do require maintenance.

7) Try a community homestay

Things to Do in Nepal If you want to wind down, relax, and really enjoy the vibrant Nepali culture, then you might want to try a homestay. The Panauti Community Homestay is particularly remarkable, it being operated by a local women’s cooperative. Since you will be staying in a local home, you can really experience life in Nepal. Of course, you cannot really expect much by way of amenities, but you can be guaranteed that your stay will be comfortable.

8) Do a farmstay

Things to Do in Nepal If you find a homestay a little too uneventful, then why not try taking it a step further with a farmstay? A farmstay operates under the same principle, the main difference being the location and the activities you will be doing. You can try contacting the Nepal chapter of the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) and ask them to hook you with a local farm where you can stay in exchange for helping with some farm work. It is a good way to experience local life and, at the same time, you get to save on board and lodging.

9) Mountain yoga

Things to Do in Nepal With so many temples in Nepal and with such a tranquil scenery, it is easy to see why it is the ideal place to pick up yoga for the first time. And with the Himalayan range surrounding the country, you might as well try mountain yoga. If you want to try it for the first time, you can enroll in the numerous yoga retreat in Nepal. The Sadhana Yoga Retreat is particularly noteworthy and has various options to cater to every individual.

10) Eat

Things to Do in Nepal The best way to understand a culture is to sample a cuisine and that holds true for Nepal as well. There are numerous restaurants and food stalls all over Nepal, so you certainly would not have a difficult time sampling local dishes. If you are on a budget, skip the restaurants and eat at local eateries, kiosks, and food joints. If you find yourself craving for some international cuisine, however, no need to fret because there are a lot of top-rated restaurants in the country offering international food fare. Trust me, you can certainly eat to your heart’s content.

Nepal might have been stereotyped as a hiking/trekking country, but it certainly is more than that. The country has a vibrant culture and heritage, and with tourists from all over the globe constantly flocking the country, the local scene has become even more vibrant. These 10 activities are just some of the things you can do in Nepal, and if you go around and keep an open mind, there are a lot more to discover. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and try new things in Nepal.

Where to Go in Nepal

Nepal might be just a small country, but it has so much to offer to tourists by way of sights, adventure, and culture. Although Nepal has recently gained reputation for being an exemplary hiking destination, the country has so much more to offer than just its beautiful trails and breathtaking – quite literally and figuratively – mountains.

If you intend to stay in Nepal for more than just a few days, then you might want to make the most out of your stay and visit the popular destinations in the country. Here are some places you would not want to miss.

What Are Must-See Places in Nepal?

If you have yet to put together your itinerary, then you might want to start with these destinations:

Kathmandu

Where to Go in NepalNepal’s capital is easily one of the most popular destinations for tourists – and for good reason. This bustling city has so much to offer – from food to activities to breathtaking sites. The busy streets of Kathmandu are lined with numerous restaurants, so you really would not have to worry about getting hungry while exploring the capital. Want to go shopping? Then the Thamel area is worth checking out.

Despite the busy streets, however, the city is not lacking in terms of temples and historical sites. Among the temples worth visiting are the Pashupatinath Temple, the Kopan Monastery, the Boudhanath Stupa (which is also a UNESCO site), and the Swayambhunath Temple.

Bhaktapur

Where to Go in NepalNot far from Kathmandu is Bhaktapur, formerly among the three Royal Cities in Nepal. Although no longer holding such designation, Bhaktapur remains a sight to behold, making it a top destination for tourists.

The Durbar Square is a good place to start if you are touring the city. From there, you can see the Royal palace, as well as the Nyatapola, Dattatreya, and Bhairavnath temples. Want to bring home something unique from Nepal? Then Bhaktapur is also a great place for shopping for puppets, pottery, and other handicrafts.

Panauti

Where to Go in NepalAnother notable city close to Kathmandu is Panauti, one of the oldest towns in Nepal. Despite Panauti being a mere 40 miles from the busy capital that is Kathmandu, Panauti’s old town charm certainly makes first-time visitors feel as though they have been transported to another time and place.

Should you find yourself in Panauti, make sure to visit notable temples like the Doleshwor Mahadeva and the Kali. To kill time on a lazy day, you can wander the old streets of Panauti and check out the historic street markets.

Lumbini

Where to Go in NepalSpeaking of temples, Lumbini is another site in Nepal which you definitely would not want to miss. In fact, Lumbini is hailed as one of the most significant sites in the Buddhist faith, it being the birthplace of Gautama Buddha.

The temples all over Lumbini are open to everyone and, regardless of your beliefs, you can certainly enjoy the peace and quiet that washes over the entire place. If you have the time to wind down and relax, try to make the rounds in the Maya Devi temple, the Royal Thai Monastery, and the Lumbini Monastic site.

Patan

Where to Go in NepalAlso referred to as Lalitpur (literally, “Beautiful City”), this picturesque city will certainly take your breath away with its art and architecture. All over the city, one can find beautiful feats of architecture, ranging from temples to museums. Among the most noteworthy structures are the Patan Durbar Square, the Krishna Mandir, the Golden Temple, and the Patan Museum.

This historic city also features a lot of unique and beautiful wooden carvings, as well as exquisite religious art. If you want to remain in the city but want to temporarily escape the bustle of business centers, then Patan will certainly offer some relief.

Nagarkot

Where to Go in NepalIf you want to make the most of your Nepal trip and fully take in the beauty of the Himalayas, then Nagarkot should definitely be on your list of places to visit. This is a quaint hill station which affords a great view of eight mountain ranges in the Himalaya. That said, you are guaranteed to experience spectacular sunrise and sunset during the warmer months.

Given the location, Nagarkot is also a great place for a lot of outdoor activities, including mountain biking, trekking, and even paragliding when the weather permits.

Pokhara

Where to Go in NepalIf you want to enjoy the great outdoors but want to see something more than just mountains, then Pokhara might just be the perfect city for you. Situated along the shores of Lake Phewa, one gets a great view of Annapurna range. In addition to the spectacular Himalayan view, Pokhara also feature lush green forests and the popular Valley of Orchids.

For the more adventurous, Pokhara also has numerous underground caves and waterfalls. The Massif Glaciers are also popular among tourists.

Sagarmatha National Park

Where to Go in NepalOf course, no visit to Nepal is complete without going to Sagarmatha National Park, home to none other than Mount Everest. Even if you are not planning to reach the highest peak in the world, you can still enjoy looking at other equally spectacular peaks such as the Lhotse and the Amadablam.

But the Sagarmatha National Park is more than its peaks and glaciers, it is also home to animal species that you will rarely see outside of the region. Here, you can see snow leopards, red pandas, and Himalayan tahrs.

When Nepal is mentioned, a lot of people picture glaciers and snow-capped peaks, but the country is so much more than a just a trekking destination. While there is no denying that the country offers magnificent hiking trails, if you really want to make the most out of your Nepal trip, then you should certainly visit the other popular sites all over the country.

Nepal has a great culture and history, and getting the full Nepal experience means visiting picturesque villages and quaint old cities. They might not be as adrenaline-inducing as going on extreme hikes, but they are certainly worth being excited over. After all, the country is without a doubt breathtaking.

A Guide to Mountains in Nepal

Having established itself as a hiking and trekking destination, Nepal certainly has something to offer to everyone. Regardless of your experience or skill set, there is always a hiking or trekking trail just right for you.
Of course, Nepal’s rise as one of the best countries for mountaineering comes off as no surprise, especially since the country is surrounded by no less than the Himalayan mountain ranges, multiple peaks, and eight of the 14 mountains exceeding the height of 8,000 meters.

If you want to experience hiking, trekking, or mountaineering in Nepal, then you should have at least a working knowledge of the mountains in the country. Consider this article as your quick guide to mountains in Nepal.

Highest mountains in Nepal

Each mountain has its own history and guidelines, which is why hiring a mountain guide on your first hike or trek in Nepal is incredibly important. Nonetheless, there are a couple of facts about mountains in Nepal which are, without a doubt, worth knowing. In this section, we will go through some the highest mountains in Nepal.

1) Mount Everest

Mountains in Nepal First on the list, of course, is Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world at an elevation of 8,848 meters. Mount Everest is located in the Khumbu region and is part of the Mahalangur Himalayan range. The mountain has two main climbing routes: the first one accessible from Nepal and the other accessible from Tibet. This mountain is so high that its highest point penetrates the stratosphere, making the weather conditions at the peak of the mountain quite unforgiving. The popularity of this mountain generates high revenues in terms of tourism and the trekking business. Likewise, nearby towns and tourist spots have seen an upsurge in tourist visits over the years.

2) Kanchenjunga

Mountains in Nepal Just 125 kilometers from Mount Everest is Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world, standing tall at an elevation of 8,586 meters. Part of the mountain is shared by a part of India. What makes the Kanchenjunga remarkable is that it has five prominent peaks, fondly referred to by the locals as “the five treasures of the snow”. This is because the peaks of Kanchenjunga are held by both Indians and Nepalis as sacred. Thus, very few individuals venture to hike this mountain.

3) Lhotse

Mountains in Nepal Standing at a height of 8,516 meters, the Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain in the world and is, in fact, a part of the Everest massif. The Lhotse has three prominent summits. Given that the Lhotse has the same route as Mount Everest, it is often regarded as a hiking alternative to the latter.

4) Mount Makalu

Mountains in Nepal This is the fifth highest mountain in the world, with elevations of 8,481 meters. What makes Mount Makalu remarkable is that it is an isolated peak, right on the border between China and Nepal. Makalu also resembles a four-sided pyramid, making it a sight to behold. Given its steep gradients and sharp ridges, this mountain is considered one of the most difficult mountains to climb in the world.

5) Mount Cho Oyu

Mountains in Nepal With an elevation of 8,188 meters, Mount Cho Oyu is the sixth highest peak in the world. It lies just 20 kilometers from Mount Everest and serves as a natural border between China and Nepal. This peak’s name translates to “Turquoise Goddess” and was given to it due to its turquoise tint. Among the mountains above 8,000 meters, Mount Cho Oyu is considered as the most climbable. Due to its accessibility, Mount Cho Oyu is among the most popular peaks in Nepal and has a lot of recorded successful ascends.

6) Dhaulagiri

Mountains in Nepal At 8,167 meters, Dhaulagiri is the seventh highest mountain in the world. It forms part of the Mount Dhaulagiri massif. The Dhaulagiri is notable because it lies 35 kilometers west of Annapurna I. together, these two mountains create the deepest gorge in the world – the Kali Gandaki Gorge. Unlike most high mountains in Nepal which shares a border with neighboring countries, Dhaulagiri is entirely within Nepal.

Other popular mountains in Nepal

Of course, not everyone who visits Nepal is a professional mountain climber, so less intimidating mountains are also quite popular among tourists and locals alike. You certainly would not have a difficult time finding beginner-friendly trekking areas in Nepal, but the popular mountain trails are a good place to start if you want to make the most out of your Nepali experience.

ImjaTse, for example, is among the mountains below the 8,000-meter mark which is hailed as one of the most popular trekking peaks within the country. Kala Pattar is also a less intimidating mountain but is quite popular among hikers and trekkers, even those who are still beginners so to speak.

Unclimbed mountains in Nepal

With so many tourists flocking to Nepal to climb mountains, one would think that surely all mountains would have been climbed already – but this is certainly not the case. In fact, there are still a handful of mountains in Nepal which remain unexplored. A notable example is Mount Khumbila in the northeastern region of Nepal, which locals consider too sacred to climb. Mount Dragmarpo which lies at the border between Nepal and China has also yet to be explored.

Writing a comprehensive guide on the mountains in Nepal is an incredible feat which certainly cannot be accomplished in just one article. With the country’s unique topography, there are just so many mountains to talk about, each with its own unique characteristics. That said, for purposes of trekking, hiking, or mountaineering, your best bet is to pick one or two mountains and do extensive research on them. If this is your first time to climb a mountain, it is advisable that you avail of the services of a professional mountain guide who can give you a background on the mountain you intend to climb, while at the same time ensuring your safety during the entire adventure.

Nepal is truly a haven for mountain-lovers, so if you ever find yourself in the country, try to experience trekking in one of its numerous mountains.

Best Restaurants in Nepal

No visit to a foreign country is complete without sampling the local cuisine – and the same principle applies to Nepal. Sure, a lot of tourists visit the country to trek or to hike, but just because you are visiting Nepal for its mountains does not mean that you have to skip enjoying the local food scene altogether.

Whether you want to sample local cuisine or enjoy international dishes, Nepali restaurants have something special cooked up for you. So if a food trip is still not in your itinerary, you would probably want to finish reading this article first and reconsider.

What are some of the best restaurants in Nepal?

For tourists and first-time visitors, I highly recommend trying out restaurants offering local cuisine first. But just in case you find yourself craving international dishes, do not worry because Nepal has you covered. Here is a handful of the best restaurants in Nepal as of date:

1) Utse Restaurant

Where to Go in NepalLocated in Hotel Utse in Kathmandu, the Utse Restaurant is famous for serving traditional Nepalese and Tibetan cuisine. It is a great choice for vegetarians, vegans, and individuals on a gluten-free diet, and equally popular among individuals without nay dietary restrictions. Among the restaurant’s specialty is gacok, a local version of the hot pot with generous helpings of meat, vegetables, and noodles. Aside from the gacok, the restaurant also serves other Nepalese delicacies such as momos, meat or vegetable-stuffed dumplings, and tongba (a hot alcoholic drink perfect for colder days). The Utse is as close to Nepal as one can get, from its menu to its authentic interior design.

2) Krishnarpan

Where to Go in NepalAnother hotel restaurant worth visiting is the Krishnarpan, located at the Dwarika’s Hotel. Like the Utse, Krishnarpan serves authentic Nepalese cuisine, albeit the restaurant is a little bit more upscale and the dining experience is towards the slow dining side. The dishes are all made from ingredients grown in Dwarika’s organic farms, so you can be guaranteed that everything is fresh. One notable feature of Krishnarpan is its traditional dining experience wherein guests sit on cushions on the floor before low tables. Meals can run anywhere from six to 22 courses, depending on the preferences of the diner. That said, guests can certainly try the restaurant’s offering of local dishes like tareko (spiced grilled wild boar) and kukhura ko masu (the Nepalese version of chicken curry).

3) BhojanGriha

Where to Go in NepalFor those who want to enjoy authentic Newari fare against a backdrop of a rich history, then the BhojanGriha is the restaurant to be. The building alone is worth visiting, it dating over 150 years old and formerly housing the royal priest to the King of Nepal. But BhojanGriha is as much about its food offerings as it is about history. Here, you can sample Newari dishes made from local, organic produce such as the jhaneko mas ko dal with sadabhuja and the sikarni, a famous Nepalese dessert.

4) Saigon Pho

Where to Go in NepalIf you are craving for Vietnamense cuisine, then look no further than Saigon Pho, situated right across the Shangri-La Hotel. The interiors of the restaurant is decorated in a distinctive traditional Vietnamese fashion and the second-floor terrace provides diners with a spectacular view of Lazimpat. The menu is as authentic as it can get, having been prepared by Vietnamese chefs. If you do stop by, do not forget to try the pho and the green watermelon salad.

5) El Mediterraneo

If you ever find yourself craving for some Mediterranean food fare, then this Spanish-themed restaurant in Patan is a must-try for you. Prepare to feast on a variety of authentic Spanish dishes, ranging from gazpacho and paellas to chicken with pisto (Spanish stew) and natillas (Spanish custard dessert). If you are looking for Spanish cuisine with a twist, you also have to look no further since the restaurant offers fusion cuisine, specifically Mediterranean dishes adapted to suit the local taste buds. Even the interiors of the restaurant is very Mediterranean, with a homely, relaxing vibe and very friendly staff.

6) Le Sherpa

Where to Go in NepalMore on the international cuisine side of the Nepali food scene is Le Sherpa, a restaurant that prides on its European dishes served with Sherpa hospitality. Located in Kathmandu, this restaurant is all about the charming courtyard and gardens, a far cry from the hustle and bustle of the city. Due to the restaurant’s intimidate dining space and outdoor seating arrangements, it has been a quick favorite among diners who want to wind down after a long day. Its European menu offer various scrumptious dishes such as the slow-roasted pork belly and the homemade braised rabbit ravioli.

7) Café Soma

Where to Go in NepalIf you are looking for something light, then you ought to stop by one of Nepal’s numerous cafes. Café Soma is particularly noteworthy, with its wooden floors and European-style bookshelves. The café is for the most part reminiscent of European delis – but with a Nepali touch. The café serves various soups, salad, sandwiches and even burgers, and the chiya (a traditional Nepali tea) is a definite must-try. the café also hosts exhibits for local artists, so it is also a great opportunity to discover the local art scene.

Nepal has no shortage of amazing restaurants. Kathmandu alone should keep you busy with its plethora of cafes and restaurants serving not only traditional Nepali dishes but also authentic international cuisine. If you are on a budget and want to sample local dishes without shelling out so much cash, you might want to opt for local food stalls and joints instead of dining at restaurants every night.

However, if you have a little more cash to spare (and dining in Nepal is not as expensive as in other countries), then I highly recommend checking out these seven top-rated restaurants in the country. The menu, along with the overall dining experience, will certainly help you in gaining better appreciation of Nepal and of your stay in the country as a whole. And as a bonus, these are also great spots for meeting fellow travelers.

Top Nepal Cruises

The main distinction of Nepal from other countries is the fact that it is a landlocked area nestled between India and China. It is bordered by the Himalayan mountain ranges and it has a very diverse topography, making it the perfect habitat for various species of flora and fauna.

Given its location, it is not surprising that Nepal is hailed as a top destination for hikers, trekkers, and mountaineers. With notable peaks such as the Mount Everest and numerous other peaks all over the country, it is easy to see that tourists flock to Nepal not for a cruise but for a hike or a trek. That said, if you are planning to go on a cruise, then you are better off picking a different Asian country, preferably one that is not landlocked. But that does mean that there is absolutely no way to go on a Nepal cruise?

Fortunately, there remains to be quite a few viable options.

Going on a Nepal cruise

Top Nepal Cruises If you are fixated on having a Nepal cruise, then there are a couple of things you must know. First, you have very limited options since the country is landlocked and there is not much going around the matter. Hence, you will have to content yourself with local cruises, typically along rivers within the country. Since Nepal is not exactly famous for its local cruises, you might find it quite challenging to find a lot of local cruising company.

In addition, such local cruises are not likely to last very long. After all, Nepal is quite a small country. If you want something a little more exciting, you might opt for international cruises that will pass by Nepal and other Asian countries. This way, you will be navigating international waters and will spend more time on the cruise ship. If you have a romantic getaway or an extended vacation in mind, this would be the better option for you.

Second, you should be ready to spend more if you intend on going on a Nepal cruise, mostly because this activity is not as popular and still quite exclusive.

Top Nepal cruise options

As previously mentioned, your options for cruising in Nepal are quite limited, so this list will be quite short. Your best bet is to check with your travel agent for Nepal cruise options to find out if there are seasonal offerings or if there are discounts you can avail of. If you are not planning to go through a travel agency, however, the following are good starting points:

1) Nepal River Cruises

Top Nepal Cruises If you are planning to stay in a location where there are rivers, then you could check with local agents for the availability of river cruises. Note, however, that a local river cruise (that is, just within Nepal) is not likely to be very long, so if you have a long romantic cruise planned, this might not be the best option for you. Nonetheless, going on a river cruise is a great option if you just want to have a better view of the surrounding landscape, or if you want to enjoy the majestic Himalayan ranges without having to actually go hiking or trekking.

Alternatively, you can also embark on an inter-country river cruise. Since Nepal is situated near India, some travel companies actually offer river cruises running from New Delhi to Kathmandu and vice-versa, so if you have some time to spare and want to see India, anyway, then this might just be the perfect opportunity for you to do so. To save on the price of the cruise, inquire with the travel company as regards promotions and off-season rates. Likewise, make sure to check with the local agent if there are papers which you might have to prepare in order to be allowed to enter the port in New Delhi.

2) Inter-country Cruises Passing by Nepal

If you want to venture into the high seas, however, there remains another option for you, albeit a more expensive one. You can opt to go on a cruise passing by Nepal and going to other countries (for example, some agencies offer cruises from Nepal to Singapore and vice-versa). Note, however, that since the voyage is longer in this case, you will also have to pay more. In addition, you have to make sure that you have the necessary documentation for when you reach the port of the other country.

Finding a Nepal cruise option

Top Nepal Cruises Finding interesting and cost-effective Nepal cruise options is quite challenging since this service is really not all that popular in the country. When you do come across new cruise services, however, make sure to compare prices first and inquire if there is a possibility of a sale or a discount in the near future. A cruise is certainly relaxing and romantic but do not forget that Nepal has so much to offer, so it is not exactly a wise move blow off all your cash on a cruise alone.

Moreover, you must also ensure the safety of whatever cruise services you intend to avail of. Before shelling out cash or signing contracts, make sure to go through reviews from former customers first. It also would not hurt to ensure that proper safety mechanisms and measures are in place before embarking on a cruise.

Nepal might be a landlocked nation, but this does not mean that you cannot enjoy water sports and other water activities every so often. As long as you know where to look and what you are looking for, you are bound to find something that will match your interests. That said, do not hesitate to socialize with the locals and ask for their input. Who knows? They might be able to hook you with a good travel agent or travel company who can make your Nepal cruise dreams come true.

Whichever step you might decide to take, just always remember to do your research first and make sure that all safety precautions are in place and working properly. Have fun!

Popular Temples In Nepal

Housing no less than the birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the abundance of temples in Nepal is not at all surprising. In fact, if there is anything that would trump Nepal’s popularity for its mountain ranges, it would be the numerous temples located all over the country.

If you want to better understand the culture and heritage of Nepal, or if you simply want to wind down and marvel at these unique pieces of architecture, then you should not miss out on visiting some of the most popular temples in the country. If you are not sure which temples to visit first, here is a handy list of the most popular ones.

Popular temples in Nepal which you should definitely visit

This list is by no means an exhaustive list of all temples in Nepal, but if you have limited time for exploring the country, then this rundown is a good place to start:

1) Pashupatinath Temple

Temples In Nepal The Pashupatinath Temple is easily among the most popular and most revered temples in Nepal. This temple is devoted to Shiva and is considered among the Paadal Petra Sthalams (or the Holy Abodes of Shiva) in Asia. In addition, the264-hectare -complex housing the Pashupatinath Temple has been considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. If you do not have much time to visit other temples, then you should go Pashupatinath Temple instead so you can drop by any of the other 518 temples and monuments located in the same complex.

2) Changu Narayan Temple

Temples In Nepal If you want to see a temple with both religious and historical significance, then you should pay a visit to the Changu Narayan Temple, the oldest temple in Nepal. The said temples is adorned with the carvings of various Tantrik deities, as well as the stone statues of various animals. The Changu Narayan Temple features a two-tiered pagoda style architecture and is dedicated to Vishnu.

3) Muktinath Temple

Temples In Nepal This temple is located around 20 kilometers from Jomson and at a height of roughly 3800 meters above sea level. The Muktinath Temple holds significance for Buddhists and Hindus alike, so you will likely find a lot of people visiting the temple. The temple houses a life-sized golden statue of Sri Vishnu Bhagwan appearing as Sri Mukti Narayana, as well as bronze images of various other gods and goddesses.

4) Varaha Temple

Temples In Nepal The Varaha Temple is ranked as one of the four greatest pilgrimage sites for Hindus in Nepal. The temple is adorned with 5th-century sculptures. Out front lies a stone which supposedly tests how free an individual is from sins. Anyone who can manage to lift the stone is considered to be free of sins. The temple is also filled with boar statues dedicated to Varaha, the third avatar of Vishnu. It is believed that the Varaha Temple was built on the same spot where Vishnu in the form of Varaha Avatar killed Hiranyakashipu.

5) Manakamana Temple

Temples In Nepal Unlike the previous temple which is dedicated to Vishnu, the Manakamana Temple is a shrine dedicated to the Goddess Parvati. People who visit the temple fervently believes that whoever worships the temple by their heart, selflessly, will have all of their dreams come true. The temple is constructed in a distinctive square shape and is right under a big magnolia tree.

6) Dakshinkali Temple

Temples In Nepal Located roughly 22 kilometers from Kathmandu, the Dakshinkali Temple is among the most revered temples for the Goddess Kali. During festivals, pilgrims flock to this temple to make animal sacrifices of cockerels and uncastrated male goats. The temple was built in the 14th century after the Goddess Kali supposedly appeared in the dream of a Malla King. Per the Goddess Kali’s command, the said king built the Dakshinkali Temple and adorned the same with four golden serpents, as well as the stone carvings of Bhairava, Asthamatrikas, and Ganesha.

7) Bajrayogini Temple

Temples In Nepal This temple is located in Bhaktapur and is dedicated to Bajrayogini, one of the goddesses of wisdom. The Bajrayogini Temple is a Tantrik temple. The main temple is eye-catching, having been made to be three stories high and with keen attention to details. The Bajrayogini Temple houses a statue of the goddess, featuring a red face with three eyes and carefully positioned and well-decorated hands and fingers.

8) Bangalamukhi Temple

Temples In Nepal As with the Bajrayogini Temple, the Bangalamukhi Temple is also dedicated to one of the 10 wisdom goddesses. The temple, like the goddess it reveres, symbolizes the potent female force, much like Bangalamukhi who is known to have turned defeats into victories and failures into achievements. The Bangalamukhi Temple is especially popular among young people in Nepal, particularly women. Unmarried devotees also visit the Bangalamukhi Temple in hopes of getting divine help in finding their desired spouses. Married couples, meanwhile, visit the temple to pray for good children.

9) Dantakali Temple

Temples In Nepal The Dantakali Temple is of interesting origin. The temple came to be because it is believed that its site is where Shiva dropped a tooth while roaming around after the death of Satidevi. In addition to the temple itself, the general area is also beautiful given the surrounding green hills. It also offers a great view of the Dharan Bazaar. The best time to visit the Dantakali Temple would be during the Dashain festival when devotees flock to the temple.

These are just some of the eight most popular temples in Nepal but, as mentioned in passing earlier, there are hundreds more in Nepal. In fact, complexes housing major temples tend to house other smaller temples. That said, you certainly would not have to worry about having difficulty finding temples in Nepal. Wherever you might decide to visit, you will certainly have no problem finding a temple there.

Nevertheless, if you are finding it a bit hard to choose which temples to visit first, the list above should be a good place to start. After all, these popular temples are popular among Nepalis and tourists alike for good reason. Regardless of your religious beliefs, you would certainly find these temples peaceful and enchanting in their own ways.

Top Museums to Visit in Nepal

Nepal might be incredibly popular for being a spectacular hiking and trekking destination, but exploring mountains and trails is certainly not the only activity you could do in the country. Nestled in the Himalayas, and in between China and India, Nepal has a rich history and a vibrant culture. That said, if you want to have the full Nepal experience, then you should certainly check out some of the country’s numerous museums.

In this article, we are rounding up some of the most popular museums in Nepal which every tourist should certainly visit. These museums are located in different locations all over the country and have interesting features on display.

What are the top museums in Nepal?

Museums are not a rarity in Nepal, but if you are having some trouble choosing a museum to visit, then this list should come in handy. Here are some of the top museums in Nepal which you should definitely check out:

1) Patan Museum

Museums Nepal 1Regardless of what you have planned for your Nepal trip, paying a visit to the Patan Museum first is highly advisable, especially if you want to learn more about Nepali architecture. Paying a visit to the Patan Museum first will give you a better understanding of notable sites in Nepali.

The Patan Museum is located in what was formerly a royal palace at the Patan Durbar Square. The interiors of the museum have since been restored, making it easily one of the best museums in South Asia. It is a particularly great place for individuals who want to learn more about Buddhist and Hindu architecture, as well as individuals who are curious about religious crafts. And if you are planning to spend some time exploring Kathmandu, then the displays at the Patan Museum will definitely interest you.

2) Narayanhiti Palace Museum

Museums Nepal 1While exploring Kathmandu, you might also want to drop by the Narayanhiti Palace Museum. The Palace was built in the 1960s and was a residential palace up until 2008, the year that Nepal finally became a republic.

The Narayanhiti Palace might not be as old or breathtaking as the Patan Museum or the Kathmandu Dubar Square, but it is nevertheless a striking structure. This palace museum features a tall white tower accentuating a traditional pagoda design. Inside the Narayanhiti Palace Museum, one can still see remnants of the glamorous life led by Nepal’s former royal family.

3) National Museum of Nepal

Museums Nepal 1Also found in Kathmandu is the National Museum of Nepal – the perfect spot to visit if you want to learn more not only about Nepal’s ancient, but also its modern history. Both the art and history galleries of the National Museum of Nepal feature various items, displays, and artifacts relating the country’s rich culture and history. Buddhist arts and artifacts are also on display, along with bronze sculptures and scroll paintings.

In addition to the noteworthy displays inside the National Museum Nepal, the museum itself is an architectural wonder. The buildings of the museum are roughly a century old and they all exude a certain old-world charm which is impossible to resist.

4) International Museum of Nepal

Museums Nepal 1For hiking, trekking, and mountaineering enthusiasts, the International Museum of Nepal located in Pokhara is a popular destination. The museum, with its displays, provide visitors with a fair idea of how Nepal has evolved to be the popular hiking destination that it is today.

The museum features the notable points with regard to mountaineering in Nepal, detailing popular mountains and notable mountaineers who have tried to conquer the country’s peaks. In addition to a quick overview of the mountaineering history of Nepal, the museum also features displays on flora and fauna that can be found in the numerous mountains of Nepal.

5) The Military Museum

Museums Nepal 1Another unique museum located in Nepal is the military museum which, as you can easily guess, features displays relating to the Nepali military. The Military Museum serves as a walk-through as regards the battles fought by the Nepali military, making it a great destination for individuals who want to learn more about Nepal’s history.

In addition to its historical displays on the battles fought by Nepal, as well as on notable military heroes, the Military Museum also features noteworthy artifacts. On display, for example, are giant military tanks, as well as the very first Rolls-Royce in the country, a generous gift from none other than Queen Elizabeth.

6) Red House Kagbeni Gallery and Museum

Museums Nepal 1When you hear the word “museum”, I am fairly sure that the first thing that comes to your mind are imposing structures and impressive, pristine galleries. That is certainly not the case with the Red House Kagbeni Gallery and Museum but, trust me, you will certainly enjoy the change of pace.

Unlike other museums mentioned in this article, the Red House Kagbeni Gallery and Museum is more of a historical site. For one, it has a remote location, it being situated in the quaint little town of Kagbeni.

Formerly a lodge, the Red House has been renovated and is now reserved as a showroom for the numerous artifacts housed therein. The Red House has served various purposes all throughout history and has, in fact, even become a nunnery. If you ever find yourself in the remote location of Kagbeni, make sure to not miss looking at the Tibetan prayer wheels, thangka paintings, and even Himalayan fossils on display in the Red House.

Nepal has so much to offer by way of culture and history, so tourists will certainly benefit from paying visits to at least the most popular museums in the country. If you intend to stay in Nepal for an extended period of time, then all the more will you appreciate the country’s museums. After all, understanding how Nepal became the country that it is today will give you an insight on local sensibilities, as well as a newfound appreciation for local customs and traditions. And not only that – since museums are common destinations for tourists, they are also great venues for finding fellow travelers.

Nepal Nightlife

Nestled in the Himalayas with scenic views of various peaks and a picturesque scenery, tourists all over the world tend to flock to Nepal for the scenery, the culture, and the adventure. True enough, Nepal has cemented its place among the world’s top hiking and trekking destinations, to the point that its government had to put in place formal regulations with regard to hiking and trekking the country.

That said, there appears to be a common misconception among tourists that Nepal is all about the quaint little villages and the lush breathtaking scenery. If you are looking for some after hours fun reminiscent of big cities, Nepal also has something to offer.

Does Nepal have a great nightlife?

The answer depends on how you define “great”. That is to say – you cannot find a lot of places where you can stay until the wee hours of the morning, but there is significant nightlife in Nepal. Not to mention the fact that the Nepalis are naturally warm, hospitable, and accommodating, so you will find no difficulty in finding locals to hang out with. Also, with so many tourists flocking to Nepal especially during the peak hiking and trekking seasons, you will inevitably run into fellow tourists and travelers.

If you are looking for a vibrant nightlife, then you should hang out in Kathmandu, Sundhara, Thamel, and Durbarmag. Note, however, that for security reasons, clubs and bars typically close around midnight. If you want to dance and drink the night away, however, you might want to party in Thamel or Durbarmag where clubs are open until around 3 AM.

Unfortunately, if you are looking to meet locals, Thamel and Durbarmag are not the most ideal places to visit as these spots are considered by locals to be too expensive.

What spots should you visit to experience nightlife in Nepal?

Nepal NightlifeNepal might seem like a cozy landlocked country, but its nightlife is by no means a snooze fest. That is, as long as you know where to spend the night. To help you experience Nepali hospitality in the context of great drinks, great music, and even greater company, here is a list of clubs and bars you should definitely check out in Nepal:

1) Karma Bar and Lounge

For those who really love to dance, the Karma Bar and Lounge in Kathmandu is certainly the place to be. In fact, this bar and lounge is hailed as the best dance bar in Nepal – and with great reason. The weekend scenes at the Karma Bar and Lounge are particularly noteworthy, and it is visited by locals and tourists alike. The live music performances are also much awaited, making it popular among various age groups. The bar is open from 7 PM to 2 AM, so you can certainly dance to your heart’s content.

2) Club Déjà Vu

Nepal NightlifeLocated in Durbarmag, Club Déjà Vu is easily one of the most popular – and most advanced – nightclubs in Nepal. This club covers a staggering expanse of 20,000 square feet, with enough seating space for around 2,500 people, two VIP rooms, and a separate lounge. The club is designed industrial style, but with high-tech equipment. Both the lighting and sound system are cutting-edge. Love dancing? You are in luck because Club Déjà vu has not one, but two levels of dance floors, with the first floor being members-only. Worried you might not be able to get a drink? Well, fret not because the club has three fully-equipped bars.

3) Purple Haze Rock Bar

Located in Thamel, the Purple Haze Rock Bar is another popular spot for tourists who want to experience the vibrance of the Nepali nightlife. This bar always has great events, and its live music performances from DJs, bands, and other performers are certainly worth seeing. In addition to being a great spot for dancing and enjoying live music, the Purple Haze Rock Bar also offers great food and drinks, so it is a must-see for the foodie as much as for the party-goer.

4) Rum Doodle

Of course, nightlife is not just about dance halls and Rum Doodle is testament to that. Awarded by no less than Time Magazine, this bar in Kathmandu is a great place for hanging out and getting a couple of drinks with friends (or fellow tourists hanging out, if you feel like socializing). This bar is particularly frequented by mountaineers, and it is easy to see why. The bar is named after The Ascent of Rum Doodle, a spoof of books related to mountaineering. In addition, its interiors are also unique, with displays of footprints of famous mountaineers. The only downside? The bar closes at 10 PM, but then you could visit it as early as 10 AM.

5) Kathmandu Durbar Square

Nepal NightlifeIf you are not really into dancing or drinking but still want to experience nightlife in Nepal, then just head to the Durbar Square. Open 24 hours, the Durbar Square is easily the busiest and among the most popular places in Nepal. You will meet all sorts of people while exploring the stalls at the square, and you can do a lot of shopping while in the area. Aside from being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the square also houses popular cafes such as the NewaChae and the Shisha Café which are both very popular for their Newari and Nepali dishes, and the Clay Pit which features Indian cuisine.

Nepal might not be able to approximate the nightclub scene in bigger cosmopolitan cities, but its nightlife is nowhere near boring. If anything, Nepal nightlife features a unique mixture of bustling city-life fun against a backdrop of cultural heritage. Plus, if you want to meet a lot of people of various nationalities on your night out, then Nepal nightlife will certainly not disappoint. With tourists from all over the world routinely making the rounds in popular nightlife spots, you certainly will not have a difficult time finding new friends and, who know, maybe a companion for your hiking adventures.

Top Luxury Resorts in Nepal

Given its superb location affording tourists a great view of the Himalayas, as well as a plethora of outdoor activities, it is not surprising to find that Nepal is typically a destination for the adventurer or the thrill-seeker. That said, it is quite understandable when non-adventurous types get a little intimidated about going to Nepal on a vacation.

If you are worried that you might not have a good time in Nepal because you are not exactly into hiking, trekking, or mountaineering, then trust me, there is no need to fret. While the hiking trails and majestic peaks of Nepal are certainly among the country’s main selling points, that does not mean that the country has no place for travelers who want to wind down and relax.

On the contrary, Nepal actually caters to tourists who want to chill on their getaway. So, if going trekking is not exactly the highlight of your itinerary, you might want to consider paying a visit to Nepal’s numerous sacred and historical sites instead, and rest and relax at one of the top luxury resorts in the country.

What are the top luxury resorts in Nepal?

Nepal is a backpacking country so there is no shortage of cheap lodges and hostels all over the country, but that does not mean that you would not find luxury accommodations in the country. If you are not sure where to book accommodations for your stay, here is a list of some of the top luxury resorts in Nepal which you should definitely check out:

1) Hyatt Regency

Top Luxury Resorts in Nepal This is easily one of the most popular luxury resorts in Nepal, owing to the fact that Hyatt is well-known all over the world for its topnotch services. The Hyatt Regency in Nepal is perfect for tourists who want to enjoy the rich heritage of Nepal but with a little bit of luxury thrown in. The Hyatt Regency is a full-service hotel with a 24/7 front desk, and a designated travel desk to take care of your bookings.

Aside from the great amenities in the Hyatt Regency and the five-star treatment guests always get, this luxury resort is also located at a premium location. Hyatt Regency is a mere four-kilometer drive from the Tribhuwan International Airport and is near a UNESCO World Heritage site.

2) Crown Plaza Kathmandu-Soaltee

Top Luxury Resorts in Nepal For those who are going to Nepal on business but still want to squeeze in a little downtime, the Crown Plaza Kathmandu-Soaltee might just be the perfect luxury resort. Located smack in Kathmandu’s business district and a mere nine-kilometer drive from the Tribhuwan International Airport, business travelers would not have any problems getting around the city.

The Crown Plaza also has a panoramic of Kathmandu, so one can take in the sights of the city after a long day. The hotel also has a pool, gym, and even a wellness center where one can have steam baths or a massage. Crown Plaza also offers a complimentary breakfast buffet and the hotel serves great Indian food.

3) Gokarna Forest Resort

Top Luxury Resorts in Nepal For nature lovers, the Gokarna Forest Resort is an obvious strong contender. Housed within the Gokarna Forest and at the outskirts of Kathmandu, this luxury resort is the perfect accommodation for individuals who want to take a break from the hustle-bustle of city life but without having to go all the way to a remote location.

The resort itself is quite scenic and provides a great view of the nearby landscape. The architecture is likewise breathtaking, seeing as it is reminiscent of traditional Nepalese designs. Also, if you are into Thai cuisine, this luxury resort is also a must-visit.

4) Radisson Hotel Kathmandu

Top Luxury Resorts in Nepal Located near the famous Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, the Radisson hotel is an easy favorite among locals and tourists alike. Aside from its amenities and top-class services, Raddison Hotel boasts of its exquisite terrace garden where one can enjoy the view of the surrounding area, all while enjoying a great cup of tea.

As with the other famous luxury resorts in Nepal, Radisson Hotel also has great dining options, with its indoor coffee shop serving mouthwatering buffets for both lunch and dinner.

5) Dwarika’s Hotel

Top Luxury Resorts in Nepal One cannot round up the top luxury resorts in Nepal without mentioning Dwarika’s Hotel, an award-winning heritage resort located in Kathmandu. Taking over 30 years to construct, this luxury resort receives more than 3000 visitors each day. Aside from its amenities, what sets Dwarika’s apart from other luxury accommodations is the its unique courtyard setting against a backdrop of traditional Nepalese-style accommodations.

That said, Dwarika’s is notable for its role in the preservation of Nepalese culture and heritage. The dedication to the preservation of Nepalese heritage is astounding and can be seen in the repurposed wooden carvings made from remains of old Kathmandu buildings. The Newari tradition was also employed in the construction of this luxury resort, that is, the bricks used in construction have carvings and various designs, making the hotel quite unique.

6) Club Himalaya Nagarkot

Top Luxury Resorts in Nepal If you are looking for a more exclusive luxury resort in Nepal, the Club Himalaya Nagarkot might just be the accommodation for you. This resort is 32-kilometer away from Kathmandu and is located on a picturesque hill with a great view of the Himalayan mountain ranges.

Aside from the resort’s amenities, what makes it remarkable is its 360-degree view of the Indrawati Valley, the Nagarkot Hills, Mount Annapurna, Mount Everest, and even Kathmandu. if you do not want to go hiking but still want to enjoy the view, you should check out this luxury resort.

The great thing about luxury resorts in Nepal is that most of them still provide great views of the Himalayan ranges and the surrounding landscapes, so you do not have to be the outdoorsy type to enjoy the breathtaking Nepalese scenery. In addition, a lot of the top luxury resorts in the country are located near major cities, so you would not have much of a problem getting around and exploring famous tourist spots.