10 reasons to visit Nepal in Visit Nepal 2020

Nepal – a beautiful country nestled in between two powerful giants, China and India, speaks stories of its own. Also, known as a god-gifted country, it has some of the world’s highest mountains, including Mount Everest, the highest of them all. There is an old Nepalese saying, which many people believe: “Heaven is myth, Nepal is real.”

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The world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, lies on the border of Nepal and China. (Image: Wikipedia)

Historically famous as a fascinating destination, Nepal has been attracting a growing number of tourists each year over the past couple of decades. The country’s government has announced this year as “Visit Nepal 2020,” following the success of “Visit Nepal 1998” and “Visit Nepal 2011.”

The government has been investing a major part of its time, money, and resources in the tourist industry. It has introduced new destinations and is concentrating on developing and promoting various destinations and services. The private sector has responded with a wide range of vacation packages for every family, couple, individual, and also for all types of budgets.

Further 10 reasons to visit Nepal in 2020

  1. World Heritage Sites

Nepal is home to 10 UNESCO World Heritage sites. The heritage sites, which have been nominated for their cultural and natural value, include:

  • Boudhanath
  • Patan Durbar Square
  • Swayambhunath
  • Changunarayan
  • Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Bhaktapur Durbar Square
  • Pashupatinath
  • Sagarmatha National Park
  • Lumbini
  • Chitwan National Park

Each of these landmarks holds a distinctive and significant value, making it an appealing destination for visitors. The best thing about this country is that all of them are easy to reach, with seven sites located in the capital city Kathmandu.   

  1. Trekking 

Nepal offers one of the best trekking experiences in the world. Your choices as an avid, amateur or novice trekker are literally limitless. Regardless of how fit or unfit you and your companions are, Nepal has a route to suit you.

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(Image: https://www.welcomenepal.com/)

Why not experience the view of a spectacular sunrise and feel at peace with nature thousands of miles from the stress and hustle of your life in the workplace.

Some popular treks include the Everest Base Camp Trek, a trek that goes through one of the most challenging Kathmandu to Lukla Flight, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, and Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek by crossing beautiful city Pokhara. 

For enthusiastic trekkers who are seeking value for money and an unforgettable experience, Visit Nepal 2020 has exactly what you require.

  1. Mountain climbing

Nepal is home to 8 of the 10 tallest mountains in the world including the tallest peak Mount Everest, also called Sagarmatha, making it a place that can provide thrilling adventures and memorable experiences that can’t be provided in any other part of the world.

Apart from these eight peaks, there are 326 other mountains within Nepal that are open for mountaineering expeditions, providing enthusiasts and seasoned professionals with endless opportunities.

Throughout history, the mountains of Nepal have fascinated famous climbers from the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, and dozens of other countries across the world.

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A selfie on the summit of Mount Everest. (Image: Wikipedia)

The government of Nepal has undertaken another major task for Visit Nepal 2020 – making this region as clean as possible. One of the problems with popular tourist attractions is garbage, which for some time littered many Himalayan hills; not anymore.

  1. Wildlife Exploration

Nepal is one of the richest countries in terms of biodiversity in the world. It is also called the “Amazon of Asia” as it is home to 5,980 flowering plant species. Some of its flora and fauna are unique to the region.

Additionally, it is home to 900 different species of birds. In fact, eight percent of the world’s bird species live in Nepal, which is more than North Africa and Europe combined.

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Spiny Babbler. (Image: https://www.nepalitimes.com/)

The spiny babbler (Turdoides nipalensis; Nepali: काँडे भ्याकुर), which belongs to the family Leiothrichidae, lives in the middle hills of Nepal. This bird cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Locals refer to it as Kande Bhyakur, which means “thorny bird.” In the early breeding season, you can hear the males singing.

  1. The Birthplace of, Buddha

Lumbini, located in the Nepalese town of Kapilavastu, is considered one of the most spiritual places in the world. It is the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Lumbini is surrounded by many temples and monasteries.

It is a destination for countless pilgrims, many of whom travel thousands of miles. If you seek serenity and calmness, this is definitely somewhere you should consider visiting.

  1. Food

Nepal is sandwiched between India and China, two nations famous for their cuisine. Even though the country’s authentic food is inspired by Indian cooking, its favorite fast food is Mo, which comes from China.

Given Nepal’s wide range of soil types and climates, as well as ethnics groups, there is a surprisingly wide range of dishes and food types. The Columbian Exchange brought outside foods into the region, including peanuts, cashew nuts, maize, tomatoes, potatoes, guavas, chili peppers, and guavas.

Nepal is a great destination for vegetarians and vegans. The emergence of ahimsa in the region – the avoidance of violence to any living being – resulted in a high prevalence of vegetarianism in the country’s population, which still exists today.

  1. Culture and religion

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According to https://visitnepal2020.com/: “The Lakhey dance is an important aspect of Nepali culture, and is performed during the Indra Jatra festival which falls in the month of September.” (Image: https://visitnepal2020.com/)

As a small country, Nepal has many unique cultures. They all have their distinctive languages, clothing, and histories. If you like learning about different cultures when you go on vacation, you will be pushed to find a better place to satisfy your curiosity. There are festivals all year round, which various cultures celebrate.

  1. Perfect for Family Vacations

Nepal provides experiences that the entire family can enjoy together whether it be boat rides, swimming with elephants, sightseeing, and family-friendly activities such as visiting museums and temples among many. It has good weather and locals who adore children.

The most popular tourist attractions are not far from one another. Its superior hotels and transportation facilities can be accessed at relatively low prices. As part of its tourism drive, Visit Nepal 2020 has pushed these prices even lower.

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Nepal’s largest animal is the Asian elephant. (Image: https://visitnepal2020.com/)
  1. Safe and Secure

Compared to many other parts of the world, Nepal is a safe place to visit. The religious nature of its citizens and their natural kindness guarantee that tourists can feel secure during their stay.
Nepalese people are welcoming and understand how important tourism is for the national economy.

According to the UK government, of the 40,000 Britons who visit Nepal each year, the vast majority have a trouble-free stay.

  1. People

Nepal is not only blessed with mountains, wildlife, and other beautiful physical features, but also with friendly, kind, and hospitable people. If you are wondering how the Nepalese people will receive you, be sure that they will do so with open arms!

Some additional information about Nepal

Nepal has a population of 26.4 million, making it the world’s 48th largest by population. It is a relatively small nation geographically – the 93rd largest in the world by area.

It is one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. In 2018 and 2019, its GDP grew by 6.3% and 7.1% respectively. It has been a member of the World Trade Organization since 2004. Its main exports include clothing, pulses, leather, paper products, medicinal herbs, leather, and carpets. Tourism is a major earner of foreign currency.

The country’s main (official) language is Nepali. However, there are 123 languages that people speak as of their mother tongue.

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