Top ten things to do in Nepal

Nepal is a beautiful country which is rich in natural as well as cultural heritage. It is famous for its beautiful tourist destinations as well as the hospitality of the Nepali people. Everyplace offers various options to enjoy and Nepal is not an exceptions. There are many things that one can do while they enjoy their time in Nepal.

Top ten things to do in Nepal are listed below.

1.       Sight-seeing

The beautiful Himalayas, mountains, lakes and religious and cultural heritage offers many desirable destinations for the tourists as well as the locals to enjoy sight-seeing in Nepal. There are many places in Nepal which offers wonderful and breathtaking sights. Some of the most popular ones being the Annapurna Himalayan Range, Namche Bazaar, Pokhara, Kathmandu, Lumbini, Karnali, etc.

2.       Understanding the Nepali Cultural Practices

Nepal is rich in cultural heritage. It is culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse country. People of various different culture and ethnic groups reside here.  Also, various Jatras and festivals make Nepal rich in religious and cultural practices. Hence, one of the many things people can do in Nepal is to watch and understand the cultural practices of the country.

3.       Pilgrimage

Nepal is religiously diverse and is also considered as the land of Gods as it is home to many religious temples and shrines. Many famous temples and religious sites like Pashupatinath, Muktinath, Gosaikunda, Lumbini, etc. attracts many Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims to Nepal. Hence, one can also come for pilgrimage to this land of gods.

4.       Experiencing the various ethnic cuisines

As Nepal is culturally and ethnically diverse, the food and the beverages of different communities also differ according to their cultures. For the food lovers, Nepal is a haven as it offers the taste of various different traditional and ethnic cuisines. Each culture has their own different taste and most of the restaurants and hotels in Nepal specialize in catering the various ethic and traditional cuisines.

5.       Visiting the historical sites

Nepal is rich in cultural history. There are many places that have rich and long history attached to them. The site where the famous first Anglo-Nepalese war, the battle of Nalapani, was fought is here. There are many forts, temples, shrines and monuments that carry rich historical background.

6.       Glimpse of art and architecture

The historical buildings and structures present in Nepal are the examples of rich art and architectural skills of the Nepalese. The thanka paintings, carving on the various temples and monuments represent the rich religious art and culture of Nepal. The pagoda-style structures represent the wonderful architectural skill of Nepal. Also the temple (Krishna Mandir of Patan) made carved of a single stone and the three storey temple (Kasthamandap in Basantapur) made out of a single tree is present as an example of excellent Nepali architecture.

7.       Bungee jumping

Nepal is not only rich in cultural and religious heritages but also a fine place for adventurous sports. It offers world’s second highest bungee jumping site in the valley around the Kali Gandaki River in western Nepal.

8.       Trekking

The geographical structure of the country makes it a favorable place for trekking with various high and low Himalayas opened for the sport. Some of the finest examples are Annapurna Himalayan Range, Sagarmatha Base camp trek, Muktinath trek, etc.

9.       Visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Nepal has around ten places recognized as the UNESCO world heritage sites. They are Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Changunarayan, Lumbini, Chitwan National Park and Sagarmatha National Park.

10.   Experiencing the life of Nepalese

One of the most interesting things one could do is to experience the life of people living in Nepal. Within few days, one could understand the hardship and problems Nepalese live with and learn from them seeing them enjoy every moment of it.  Nepal might be the developing country facing lack of many things but the Nepalese are the people who have learned to live in harmony and satisfaction. The experience in the crowded public transports, continuous load shedding, lack of petroleum products and living with minimum wages when the price of everything else goes up, can be observed only in Nepal.

Learning to live happily amidst all the troubles is the best thing to learn and do in Nepal.