Nepal is situated in Southeast Asia and shares its borders with China to the north and India to the south. It stands at an average altitude of 1350 metres ( 4430 feet ). Topographically, it is divided into the mountain, hill and terai ( plains ) regions and temperatures vary depending on altitude with the highest being 37 to 38 degrees Celsius in summer in the plains to sub zero temperatures in the mountain and hilly regions in winter; overall one can presume that the temperatures on an average are moderate throughout the year. From the towering snow-clad highest peaks in the world of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest ( 8840 meters ), it peters down to the sub-tropical wildlife infested jungles of the plains. The rivers and rapids and pristine lakes are fuelled by glacial melt and they maintain harmony with the surrounding alpine forests that harbor exotic plants and orchids.
Once the only Hindu Kingdom in the world, it is now a vibrant and modern democracy with a President as the head of the republic. However, its second largest religion is Buddhism with other religions like Islam and Christianity also being embraced by its people. Lumbini in Nepal is the birthplace of Buddha and evidence of Buddhism having such a following is enshrined in the monasteries and stupas prevalent practically everywhere. The intensity of spirituality and religion is deeply embedded among its people; prayer flags and fragrant incense sticks will awaken your senses and at the same time take you back to a medieval era. Although many dialects and sub-dialects are spoken by the people, Nepali is the language of choice; however, one can get by with basic English. Nepal is also home to the famed Gurkha soldiers who have been rightly labeled “The Bravest of the Brave” by the British for their wartime antics of instilling fear into the minds of their enemies and have been honoured for their loyalty and bravery by being enlisted into the British and Indian armies, the Singapore Police, Sultan of Brunei’s Gurkha Reserve Unit and even the French Foreign Legion. “The World’s Fastest Climbers” the Sherpas have been known for their prowess on the mountains since the days of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa the first summiteers on Everest.
Why Visit Nepal ?
It would be really difficult to find a reason not to visit Nepal. Nepal has to be the ultimate destination for any traveler and to attempt to describe it in terms of richness of its culture, bio-diversity, landscape, flora and fauna, its people, history, etc. would put any seasoned writer to the test. It is a destination that caters to adventure seekers, casual holiday trips, die-hard birdwatchers, wildlife enthusiasts, religious scholars and pilgrims.
Whether you intend to scale the summits of the Himalayan peaks, go whitewater rafting or kayaking, bungee jumping, parasailing or para-gliding, trekking, hiking, mountain biking, cultural and historical sightseeing, on monastic tours, bird watching, fishing and camping, elephant back wildlife safaris or even sit comfortably in a pressurized cabin of a modern aircraft and view Mount Everest up close or for that matter sit in an open micro-light and view it as a bird would - all you need to do is find the time and we can tailor it to cater to your needs.
Unlike many exotic tourist locations on the planet, Nepal is fairly inexpensive and caters to travelers of all categories, tastes and preferences; whether you’re a backpacker who intends to stay in home-stay-like lodges or someone who desires the high-end, luxury hotels that serve haute-cuisine.
In addition, countries like China, India, Bhutan, Thailand and Singapore are easily accessible from Nepal and one need not experience jet lag to reach these destinations nor drastic time-zone constraints.