Visit Nepal Year 2020
“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
Namaste (नमस्ते), the first and foremost way of Nepali greeting signifies, “The light in me bows to the divine in you”. Propitiously, this is the Nepalese way of greeting every person that lands in the home of the Himalayas.
Nepal, a tiny Himalayan nation, known all over the world for its vast natural and cultural beauty can be a dream destination for most of the visitors in many ways. With its majestic Himalayan ranges, unique luscious landscapes, gleaming lakes, gushing waterfalls, diverse wildlife, and cultural sites, Nepal stands out as one of the most beautiful countries in the world for anyone who is up for an adventure of their lifetime.
Nepal, and the Visit Nepal Year 2020 campaign targets to welcome more than two million visitors from all over the world. The nation is also planning to shape its way as one of the most prominent tourist destinations of the world through the third edition of the full year tourism crusade (previously carried out in 1998 and 2011), and also to ensure and overcome the devastations caused by the massive 2015 earthquake. Not to forget, since the tourism industry plays an important role in the nation’s economic development, this campaign is also being taken as a major finance booster.
Renowned as the trekkers’ hub, Nepal is home to eight of the top ten tallest peaks in the world, including Mt. Annapurna range, Mt. Dhaulagiri range, Mt. Machhapuchchhre, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Lhotse, and the mightiest of them all; Mt. Everest. Nepal is a paradise for travelers and trekking enthusiasts all over the world, and with its rugged, off the beaten paths leading to the mighty Himalayas with exotic nature never fails to offer you one of the best trekking experiences ever. However, if you are running short of time on your visit, you can always opt for a Heli tour, which is the best option to go for and witness what Nepal has to offer. Also, for those who hesitate to take the rough trekking and hiking routes, this option may as well be the optimum solution with minimum effort.
Nepal also plans to welcome you with several adventurous activities and attractions besides the Himalayan treks. From thrilling, adventurous, adrenaline-pumping activities to tranquil and peaceful, leisure activities there are many things you can opt for. To start off, you can plan a trek to the majestic Himalayas and circuits, and if you are running short of time, you can always look up to a hike to the nearby hill stations and viewpoints to get a panoramic view of the snow clustered massifs. You can also choose to tour around the most popular cities of the nation, namely, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Pokhara, Janakpur, Dharan, Palpa, and the capital city of Kathmandu valley filled with the perfect blend of its modernity, antiquity, and cultural diversity evident in their vibrancy. Besides, you can go for adventures like paragliding, bungee jumping from one of the highest gorges, zip-lining, white water rafting, jungle safari, bird watching, mountain biking, canoeing, and so on.
Adding more, you ought not to miss out on visiting some of the most famous cultural sites that are acknowledged in the UNESCO World Heritage list as well. Kathmandu Durbar square, Bhaktapur Durbar square, Patan Durbar square, Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Swayambhunath Stupa in the Kathmandu valley are some to name. While in Kathmandu, you can also stroll around Thamel, the tourist hub of Nepal, after visiting the cultural sites. Given that the place offers numerous cafés, local eateries, pubs, and shops for the best trekking equipment and wonderful souvenirs, Thamel also offers you the ambiance of the hippie trail during the 1970s. Also. located near Thamel is the Ason market that offers you the experience of the local vibe of Kathmandu and its people. Filled with old fashioned houses, bustling crowds, and lively markets, you can buy all kinds of stuff from local spices, fruits, vegetables, incense, utensils, and whatnot. Apart from Kathmandu, there are several other places outside the valley where you can spend a splendid time. One of those places you should not miss out on is the scenic city of Pokhara, popularly known as the city of lakes. The peaceful, beautiful destination of Pokhara, situated 203.9 km (127 miles) from the capital impresses with its serene and tranquil lakes, clean rivers, and spectacular scenes of the Himalayas. Pokhara also offers you the provision of adventure-struck activities like zip-lining, paragliding, and bungy. Adding more, a nearby hill station of Nagarkot, Gurung village Ghandruk, dry valley of Manang, the last forbidden kingdom of Mustang, hilly valley of Tansen, and Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha are also some of the most prevalent places to visit.
Nepal is a living museum with its ancient cities and towns still prevailing and bustling with the crowd. Besides, the only problem you could come upon is the utter desire to revisit Nepal because there is just so much to discover, see, and experience.