If you have all the nerves to experience some of the breathtaking, heart racing, and blood pumping adventures, then Nepal is the right place for you. With the highest Himalayan peaks, glistening rivers, vivid terrain and rich wildlife, Nepal is a heaven for all the adventure seekers and adrenaline junkies. This place is entirely mysterious and mystical with snow-capped mountains, peaceful nature and multicultural diversity that will take you on a trip of nostalgia. The national parks and the reserves give you a glimpse of the world's rarest species of wildlife. On the other hand, there are the beautiful Himalayan ranges that are covered with a sheet of snow throughout the year. The vivid topography of this country makes Nepal Tourism the best experience of your life. Apart from nature, there are charming temples and villages that make it one of the world's best travel destinations. Tourism in Nepal is as diverse as its lands, giving you memories of a lifetime. Nepal will take you on an exciting ride that will leave you breathless with goosebumps at the end of the ride. Get yourself insured by the Best Travel Insurance for Asia at Thomas Cook.
Currency: Nepalese Rupee
Population: 28.98 million
Time Zone: UTC+05:45
Area: 147, 181 square km
Official Language: Nepali
Capital's calling code: +977
Geography: The independent country of Nepal, is a landlocked Himalayan country. This country is divided into seven states comprising of 75 districts as a whole. On the north of Nepal lies China, followed by India in the south, west, and east. Among these seven states which consist of 75 districts, the most important city is Kathmandu, followed by Pokhara Lekhnath, Lalitpur, Bharatpur, and Biratnagar. Geographically, Nepal consists of three different regions. The Himalayan Region, Hilly Region, and the Terai Region.
History: Monarchy has always been an inseparable part of Nepal. However, many kingdoms have overtaken Nepal in different centuries. Until the 19th century, Nepal was under the control of British. It was in the 19th century that the country became independent. Apart from Britishers, Buddhism has a significant influence on the area. There are Buddhist related stupas, and it is believed that it was here, Gautama Buddha gained his knowledge. Nevertheless, Nepal has always been adamant about its cultures instead of getting influenced by the outsiders. Nepal could finally let go of its monarchial rule by the help of a bill that was passed in December 2007 about changed the "Provisions regarding the King" to "Provisions of the Head of the State," that abolished the monarchy in Nepal.
Population: According to the recent census, the current population of Nepal is 28.98 million. Due to its multiculturality and multiethnicity, Nepalese people are widespread across the country, based on their cultures and traditions. Majority of the Nepalese live in the central highlands with Kathmandu having the highest population of more than 2.5 million people residing within it, followed by Pokhara Lekhnath, Lalitpur, Bharatpur, and Biratnagar.
Religion: Though Nepal is a land of multi-cultures, Hinduism is the dominant religion preached by most of the Nepalese people. There are more than 80 percent Hindus in Nepal, followed by Buddhists, Muslims, Folks, and Christians. The people residing in Nepal have a great influence of Gautama Buddha on their lives and are most of the times very friendly.
Language: The primary language spoken by people in Nepal is Nepali, followed by Maithili, Bhojpuri, Tharu, and Tawang. Most of the people in Nepal understand English very well, and hence it won't be a problem for a tourist to communicate in Nepali. However, it would be suggestable to learn a few words to come in handy if you enter remote areas.
Currency: The currency of Nepal is Nepalese Rupee. The value of one Nepalese Rupee is 0.62 Indian Rupee.
Cost & Money: Nepal is one of the most economical places you can visit in India. The daily cost to stay in Nepal can range between INR 3000-9500 approximately, based on your choice of luxury. The hotels will charge you INR 600-1000 per night in an economical hotel and INR 3000-5000 per night approximately in a luxury hotel, depending on the kind of hotel you stay in. Meals will cost you not more than INR 700-1000 per day approximately. Nepal is a quite affordable place with decent facilities. However, ATMs are available in the famous cities like Pokhara and Kathmandu. If you wish to go to rural areas or on treks, you cannot find an ATM center anywhere near, so make sure you carry cash along with you. Credit cards and debit cards are accepted only in reputed restaurants in an around Kathmandu and Pokhara. When you go on rides or take the help of guides, an average tip of 10% to 15% is considered as a good tip for a job well done. The Nepal Tourism Department is making constant efforts to make the city tourist friendly due to the increase in the number of tourists visiting this place every year. Tourism in Nepal has got better than before because of the Nepal tourism guides available at all the popular places that will make the experience a better one.
We had a chance to visit Nepal on our own but we wanted less hassles and more comfort. With Thomas Cook, the experience proved to be amazing. A 5 day tour package showed us a side of this country that we didn’t really know. Trips to Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan National Park were managed by in a very professional way and the hotels were chosen from the best.
We had never thought that Nepal could be a luxury travel destination. We booked a Pokhara – Kathmandu tour package from Thomas Cook and it turned out to be really great. Pokhara in particular was a splendid place to explore. The adventure activates proved to be the best experience of the whole trip. Even the temple tours in Kathmandu was a pleasant memory.
Nepal’s culture and lifestyle is worth exploring and no one is better than providing a detailed insight into this country than Thomas Cook. Our 10 day package took us to the best places in Nepal. The Safari in Chitwan National Park was so beautiful that we had to extend a day while returning. The temple tour in Lumbini and Kathmandu proved to be amazingly beautiful.