We are just short of 13 days to 2020. As the travel industry gets more sophisticated, we are here to expand on Forbes’ recently published 2-2020 travel goals for the next decade – of course Nepal tops the list.
There are many reasons to visit Nepal. The mountains, people and the huge diversity packed in a tiny landlocked kingdom make it all a beautiful experience for travelers. On top of that, 2020 is being celebrated with “Visit Nepal” Campaign worldwide. In this regard, let’s have a look at some of the most amazing experience Nepal offers that lands it on the top of travel destination for the next decade.
This goes without saying – 8 of the 10 world’s tallest mountains are in Nepal. With the mountainous region, comes the thrill of experiencing highlands with large terrain, rocks, glaciers, lakes and valleys. Trekking in Nepal is definitely the most amazing experience one can have. On top of that, there are also several activities related with the mountains. Apart from a summit to the world’s tallest peak – Mount Everest, there are numerous peak climbing, camp trekking, tea-house trekking (summer/winter trekking) and other activities that continues to bring more and more travelers to this tiny republic of South Asia. Your 2020 travel goals should definitely contains mountains in it.
Don’t be surprised to learn that Nepal is the homeland of both Hinduism and Buddhism, two of the most spiritual religion and way of life of the Eastern world. An overland tour to Lumbini will bring you to the birth place of Lord Buddha. On the other hand, a short trip to Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu will bring you to the epicenter of Hindu culture.
Nepal is a multicultural country. Apart from Hinduism and Buddhism, there are several ethnic culture, traditions, religious tolerance, cultural blend and lifestyle that will simply amaze you. With so many festivals and celebrations happening round the year with majestic and grandeur spectacle, Nepal is a place to be if you want to experience authentic lifestyle and culture.
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There are 9 World Heritage Sites in Nepal. Among them, seven are in Kathmandu Valley. They are Pashupatinath Temple, the three Durbar Squares, Monkey Temple, Boudhanath and Changu Narayan Temple. Outside Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park and Lumbini are two other world heritage sites. As a world citizen, that’s a lot to experience. On top of that, each site has its own history, cultural (or other) relevance and adds to the global heritage. It’s a shame if you don’t see them all. And this might require more than one visit.
Nepal is also home to adventure, apart from trekking and tours. White Water Rafting is one of the oldest and popular activity that established this country as an adventure epicentre. If that’s not enough, jump from the world’s second highest natural bungee spot in Kathmandu or in Pokhara. Take a hot air balloon ride, skydive in the Everest Region, zip line across Dhulikhel, paraglide above the valleys and lakes; and finally climb the most challenging rocks and mountains. Trekking is another adventure in itself. Nepal is definitely your trip choice if adventure guides you.
Yes, you heard that right. A United States dollar exchanges at 110 Nepali Rupees. Don’t be surprise if you manage to save significantly from your travel budget, even if you stayed at high end hotels and took part in a lot of activities. In a world where everything is getting expensive, Nepal has a great potential to cater for economic travelers. Of course your expenses will increase depending on the service, but there are several travelers who get on with the country with very less strain on their pockets.
Visit Nepal’s embassy in your country or simply get a visa-on-arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport of any borders in Nepal. Visa fees start from 30$ for a 15 day trip. Apart from the fact that visa is cheap, it’s not one of those countries where you have to apply for a visa and go through a lot of hurdles just to travel. Just bring a picture of yourself and the visa will be stamped with no further questions. Happy traveling.
Tourism has significantly played an important role in Nepali’s economy and cultural exchange. If Nepal is still not yet in your 2020 travel goals, think again. Nepali people will welcome you to your home for a dinner/lunch only after they’ve barely known you. They will go out of their way to help you. Many travelers, mostly from the western world where human interaction is limited, enjoy the openness and closeness they receive from the Nepali people. If you are a tourist, you will be respected, both by the travel agencies as well the the local people.
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