A diverse and enchanting country, Nepal is one of those places that is always near the summit of dream destination wish-lists...
Nepal is an ancient country with many attractions for travellers. The Kathmandu Valley is one of the most popular and it is here, with the backdrop of the magnificent Himalayas, that tradition meets today's modern lifestyles and activities.
The Kathmandu Valley contains Kathmandu District, Latipur District and Bhaktapur District. The valley has been inhabited since 300 BC and is important in both religion and mythology. There are many monuments and temples and a number of lamas (Buddhist priests) base their monasteries and centres here. Kathmandu is also known as the Kingdom of Nepal (Kantipur) and is traditionally where Hindu, Buddhism and other religions meet. It has also been described as the “Land of Gods” and a number of its religious monuments are recognised by Unesco.
Kathmandu provides much of Nepal's staple produce, as its fertile land and sub-tropical climate allow food to grow easily. Although the climate varies as to altitude and topography, the Kathmandu Valley is classed as a Warm Temperate Zone, with a warm climate throughout the year.
It’s easier to move around Nepal by car rather than foot. There are no trains in the area and buses are not always reliable. Car hire in Nepal is available from Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport (KTM), located around five miles from Kathmandu.
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There is one Everest Base Camp in Nepal. Located at over 5,000ft it can be reached within five days (allowing for acclimatisation). As well as Mount Everest, the peaks of Annapurna in the north-central Himalayas offer some of the most challenging climbing in the world. This region is also the Annapurna Conservation Area, the first and the largest conservation area in Nepal. Outdoor activities available in here include canyoning, kayaking, white water rafting and bungee jumping.
Phewa Lake is located in Pokhara and there are plenty of shops, hotels and restaurants around its outskirts. Travellers can also fish and sail on the lake. Within the lake, the Barahi Temple stands and this is the most important monument in Pokhara. Looking up from Pokhar, the magnificent Himalaya range can be seen and the foothills of these are the starting point for many treks as well as other adventure activities such as biking and horse riding.
Bhaktapur or the City of Devotees is rich in medieval art and architecture from the ninth century onwards. It is around none miles from Kathmandu and in the centre Durbar Square can be found. This is home to temples and the Palace of 55 Windows, built by King Bhupatindra Malla. He also built a temple that stands on terraces with large figures of elephants, griffins, goddesses and lions. This is an excellent example of the Pagoda style.
Patan is a city of festivals, fine art and sculpture. It’s been home to the majority of Nepal’s best-known artists and craftspeople. Today, visitors can browse shops and markets for traditionally made crafts and artworks. For food lovers, every type of cuisine is available in the Thamel district, as well as specialist shops for mountaineering and other outdoor pursuits.