Vaughn Lim of Goaway.sg lists the reasons why 2016 is the perfect time to visit Nepal.
1. Affordability: As Nepal strives to recover from the April quake, there are many deals to be had as hotels, travel agencies and tour operators all offer discounts and offers to entice more visitors back to the country. Also a weak currency means that your dollars will go a long way to make your holiday affordable and comfortable. Bonus: Nepal is also a shopper’s paradise. With the alleyways of Thamel full of shops selling souvenirs, pashmina, cashmere, art, handicrafts and mountaineering equipment, you are sure to bag a bargain.
2. Scenery: Nepal packs in quite a lot for its small size. The fertile plains of Terai, give way to terraced paddy fields, lush jungles and eventually snow-capped mountains as you gain altitude. You can divide Nepal into three kinds of terrain, each offering unique experiences. The Himal (mountains) lends its name to the Himalayas and offer majestic snow-capped peaks, high passes and alpine forests. Ripe for trekking and mountaineering! The Hills comprise of densely occupied valleys courtesy of their fertile lands. Kathmandu and Pokhara falls within this region, where you can go for easy hikes and leisurely picnics. Bordering India, is Terai plains where the grasslands, scrub savannahs and forests make for ideal jungle safari destinations.
3. Adventure: Nepal is a playground for adventure junkies with a wide variety of possibilities including mountain biking, caving, rafting, paragliding, zip-lining, sky-diving and bungee-jumping to choose from. And then there is always the mountaineering!
4. Serenity: Nepal is the perfect place for travelers to find themselves and seek inner peace. What it lacks in amenities it makes up for with its charming and laid-back atmosphere. It provides respite from the busy everyday rush and one can easily get lost in the tranquility of the countryside. An ideal place to unwind, read a book and sip on a cup of masala chai.
5. Heritage: With seven UNESCO world heritage sites in the capital alone, Nepal is a dream for history buffs. Heavy Hindu and Buddhist influence dominates the country and the Durbar squares of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur present the opportunity to study ancient architecture and relive the encapsulated history alive among the monuments, temples and stupas.
The New York Times wrote, some places we pass through, but other pass through us. Nepal is such a country. Namaste, what are you waiting for?
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