Okay, let’s be honest, you can’t explore everything about Nepal at once. It’s simply not possible in a week or two. However, we have prepared a list of the top 10 things not to miss in Nepal 2023 during your visit. These are the country’s most important highlights including mountains, national parks, ancient cities, and experiences not to miss.
But before we start, let me tell you, the list is in no particular order. So, you can try out things you want and skip the ones that don’t really excite you. I’d also like to mention that there’s a lot more to explore in Nepal than mentioned. With that said, let’s dive in.
Trekking in Nepal is highly recommended. The transportation facilities to the Himalaya are limited and you quench your thirst for exploring by hiking along the trails.
The tallest mountain in the world, the Everest is the number one in this list. If it’s possible I recommend you to trek to the Everest Base Camp as it’s the most popular trekking destination in Nepal. And if you want something wild, then try The Three Passes Trek.
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The most important festival in Nepal, Dashain is a delightful experience. Most of the businesses are shut and people enjoy family time with plenty of delicious food. It’s also when the masked dancers perform elaborate rituals in different parts of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur.
It’s hard to find hotels in isolated areas of Nepal. Thus, teahouses fulfill the basic food and accommodation needs for tourists. They are also incredible to link up with the locals and learn more about the culture of the Himalaya.
Momos are steamed dumplings filled with either meat or veggies. It’s fair to say that Momos dominate food categories in Nepal. They’re widely available and an addictive lunch. From street stalls to fancy restaurants in Thamel, you will not have a hard time finding momos in Nepal. Try out for yourself and you shall know.
The Mughal-style temple at Janakpur called Janaki Mandir is fascinating. The palace-like structure carries a historical meaning to Hindus and reflects the legendary love story of Ram and Sita. Janaki is located in Terai, the lower plains of Nepal. The weather is mostly sunny with high temperatures during the day. I’d suggest you carry an umbrella, a pair of shades, and sunscreen.
Wildlife in Nepal is yet another attraction for tourists. National parks here are filled with exceptional breeds of animals and birds. Chitwan and Bardia national parks are two of the biggest national parks in Nepal. Jungle safari in Nepal is a thrilling chance to spy on tigers in their natural habitat. The elephant ride at Chitwan is one of my favorites.
Masala Tea (Chiya)
Masala flavored Chiya in Nepal is basically a milk tea but spicy. Some call it the national drink, and I agree. In Nepal, people prefer to have their breakfast outside. They go out at a local cafe and gather around while enjoying Chiya. It’s milky, sweet, and spicy. Some of the interesting political conversations happen during the Chiya time.
Located in the beautiful city of Pokhara, Phewa Tal is a serene lake with a backdrop of the Annapurna range. The lake is perfect for canoeing and some relaxation session. It’s not only for tourists even the locals enjoy the chilling environment of Phewa Tal.
Yoga and Meditation
Inspired by Hindu and Buddhist traditions, big cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara offers a range of Yoga and Meditation classes to calm your mind and be present. It’s incredible to watch a group of people sharing similar interests and searching for peace. I highly recommend at least one meditation session if you can free up just about an hour.
The festival of colors, Holi is an annual festival in Nepal. Similar to Dashain, most of the businesses are closed during Holi. There are a ton of live music and concerts happening all around the major cities during Holi. Crack open a beer and enjoy the music. But be careful of children throwing colors at you, a pair of shades can be a good idea to protect your eyes.
So, there you have it, these are the top 10 things not to miss in Nepal. As I mentioned earlier, there are more exciting activities to explore in Nepal. However, these are the ones that you would not want to miss. Tell us about your experiences in Nepal and what you liked the most.
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