20 Reasons to Visit Nepal in 2020

Nepal is a wonderland for those who enjoy the beauty and also for those who don’t. Check out the following reasons why you should plan your next trip to the land of the Himalayas and home of diverse culture.

  1. Picturesque beauty

    “Heaven is a myth, Nepal is real”

    It is no secret that Nepal’s ethereal exquisiteness is a treat for the eyes. It is also no secret that the land of Himalayas also has shades of green throughout the nation. The flora and fauna, as well as the snow-capped view, take you to a different world of joy through the tales of picturesque beauty.

  2. 8 of 10 tallest mountains in the world lies here

    No wonder Nepal is called the land of the Himalayas. The high and very cold mountains, which are amongst the tallest mountains in the world, are in Nepal. Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Annapurna are the ones you are looking at which will leave you with total awe.

  3. Atithi Devo Bhava

    As you walk into the country and surf through different places, you will always be greeted with warmth. The hospitality of the people is something which will touch your heart because the sincerity to serve our guests first is a beautiful element of our culture. We Nepalese put our guests first and make sure they feel comfortable.

  4. Variety of culture

    As per 2011 census, there are 126 castes and ethnic groups and 123 languages. So you can be assured that there is a lot to witness and explore. Some of the most unheard cultural celebrations of the country are:

    • Tongue-piercing festival: In this festival, a local volunteer of Bode from Shrestha family pierces his tongue with an around one-foot long needle dipped in oil. This represents preventing evil spirits from getting into the community.
    • Naag Panchami: This festival is celebrated by worshipping Naag (snakes) and serpents on this day, and also by offering them rice and milk. Pictures of Naag is also worshipped and offered with milk, rice, sweets and so forth. It is believed that Naag will protect us from all evils.
  5. Variety of Food and Cuisine

    The most popular ones are Newari cuisine which includes a feast of beaten rice, curry of potato and bamboo shoots(aalu taama), curry of lentils, minced buffalo meat(haku choila which is an absolute must to try), green vegetables and pickle. Other than that, the food culture of Nepal is expanding, so here we introduce you to the best hits that the country is seeing. Laphing from Bouddha is a must-try. And so is Titaura Ice-Cream at Shree Gha, Juju Dhau aka King Curd at Bhaktapur.

  6. Festivities

    The biggest festival that the country celebrates goes from September to October. It is Dashain, which is celebrated for 15 days, to remember the victory of Goddess Durga over the devil Mahishashur. And following it comes Tihar, which is called the festival of lights. It is celebrated by worshipping Goddess Laxmi, with the belief that she will grace our homes with peace and money. You can see why it is called the festival of lights¬- because everyone’s houses are decorated with lights (either electric or real oil-lamp).

  7. Jatras

    What the reader definitely cannot miss through these festivals are some major jatras like Indra Jatra, where men pull the chariots of Lord Vishnu, Lord Ganesh and Goddess Kumari, by hand; and take these chariots to different places but beginning from Basantapur Durbar Square. The environment is loud and blasts with enthusiasm, with Newari instruments being played. It is a festival where everyone comes together to celebrate and enjoy. Other festivals like Fagun Purnima or Holi, Bisket Jatra, Teej, Gai Jatra, Buddha Jayanti definitely needs to be celebrated by the reader.

  8. Living Goddess: Kumari

    Now that you know about Dashain, you need to know about the living goddess, Kumari. She is the symbol of purity, power and protection. The meaning of Kumari means virgin. She lives in the Kumari Temple and is carried to the chariot so that her feet don’t touch the ground. In this festival, the arrival of her chariot is the most awaited moment.

  9. Unity in Diversity

    Through these many languages and ethnicities, there is unity in diversity. Even with the diversity of faith, culture and religion, people understand the sentiment and whenever possible, also engage with it. A Nepali grows up with the realization that there are so much more of beliefs that lies around you. And in that process, they take in, of the variety of beliefs in them.

  10. Musical Instruments

    As much as there is diversity in culture, there is diversity in the instruments that accompany these cultures as well. They differ according to culture, religion and place. The instrument called “Dhaa Baajan” is played in the months of June- July to celebrate the month-long festival of Gunla, where Newar Buddhists visit Swayambhunath, early in the morning and encircle the whole place while playing the instrument.

    In Indra Jatra, instruments like Dhime Baaja are played to liven the atmosphere even more. There are other instruments like Sarangi, which you will surely see if you walk the streets of Thamel. Also, instruments like Madal, Pancha Baaja, Narsinga are there to name few.

  11. . World Heritage Sites

    Out of the 10 World Heritage Sites of Nepal, seven of them are inside Kathmandu valley. These represent our cultural richness as well as what our history, so make sure you check them out.

    • Kathmandu Durbar Square
    • Bhaktapur Durbar Square
    • Patan Durbar Square
    • Bouddhanath Stupa
    • Swayambhunath Stupa
    • Pashupatinath Temple
    • Changu Narayan Temple
    • Lumbini
    • Chitwan National Park
    • Sagarmatha National Park
  12. The Art of Living

    If you walk 20 km away from the city, you will walk into the clean air and serene environment of the rural areas. The city life of Nepal is fun, but if you walk into the rural life of Nepal, you experience that less can be more. And that less can be happy. It definitely is here.
    Its never-ending reach will surely give you a sense of calm that the busy city life might lack.

  13. Benefits of local fruits

    You should definitely try fruit juices of the local fruits like Marmelos (Bel in Nepali), Sea Buckthorn (Akhrilo in Nepali). Not only these juices are exquisite in taste, but it also has great health benefits.

    One glass of Marmelos equates to four glasses of sorbet without adding sugar. So it is not only packed with vitamins and minerals, it is used as a cardiotonic and for indigestion in Ayurveda. Also, Sea Buckthorn contains 12 times more vitamin C than normal orange juice, found more in the trekking trails of Sagarmatha National Park, which makes it more in demand in the area.

  14. Medicinal plants

    Nepali Rhododendron flowers are many times eaten by Nepalese because they are sweet, sour and they have vitamin C. But it shouldn’t be taken too much because it can be intoxicating. And because these flowers cover the mountainsides in late February to April, it is a beautiful sight to walk through the area.

    There is also the juice of “Delphinium Glaciale” which helps in getting rid of ticks on livestock as well. Nepal is an enriched country and has a lot more medicinal plants used in Ayurveda.

  15. Original arts and crafts

    Not only these are handmade, but they also represent the culture of Nepal. Gurkha knife or Khukuri, prayer wheel, singing bowls, Thangkas, Pashmina are few of the most loved souvenirs that visitors love. While you shop for these items in places like Thamel, New Road, Basantapur, Asan, Patan, Bhaktapur, you can also visit these places and enjoy the street life of these live places.

  16. Witness the faith of people

    The reader will without fail to see deities making prayers or worshipping in any religious place. If you look closely, they will chant prayers as well. The faith that Nepalese have towards worship and making prayers with a sincere heart is a warm sight. And taking back those offerings, which is called Prasad after it has been offered to God represents God giving it back to its people.

  17. Extreme sports

    It is difficult to separate what a dare-devil of a place Nepal is capable of being when we talk about visiting Nepal. Because you can engage yourself in the thrill of mountain biking or rock climbing in Nepal.

    Rock climbing is also there for those who don’t want to take several days, yet enjoy the thrill of it. Places like Pharping and Nagarjuna are the destinations you need to reach to fulfil those cravings. To conquer and experience the shining glory of Nepal in these dimensions, once will definitely not be enough.

  18. Trekker’s paradise

    Other than the mountains like Everest, Nepal also has breath-taking sights to discover for yourself. As per the majority of people wanting to experience this delight, some of the most fascinating trekking sites can be Annapurna Base Camp, Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, Ghandruk trek, Langtang trek, Gosaikunda’s frozen lake view side, Mardi, Dhampus trek, Island Peak. These treks will surely have you realizing why Nepal is a trekker’s destination for quite a lot of people.

  19. Adventurous things to do

    The fun doesn’t end there. One of the most famous things to experience in Nepal is these adventurous things too. Sky diving, Canoeing, Paragliding, Rafting, Bungee Jumping will get you hyped, as you not only engage this activity but also witness the environment that comes packed with this.

    So that means, if you sky-dive and feel like a bird on a flight, you also see our beautiful nation from up above. And when you go for rafting, you also experience the current of the strong waves that the rivers push you to.

  20. Wildlife species

    Finally, if you’ve experienced adventure, thrill and beauty of the country, it is time to wind down and see in slow, some of the rare beings the country has tried to protect. 185 species of mammals are found in the country and some of the rare ones are Bengal Tiger, One-horned Rhinoceros, Asiatic Elephant, Giant Hornbill, Clouded Leopard to name a few.

So now that you know that Nepal is power-packed with beauty to the eyes and soul, will you visit Nepal in 2020?

If you do, don’t forget to contact NBM Travel so we can help you make the best out of your experience.

Trekking Essentials to carry with you

“Carry as little as possible, but choose that little with care.” – Earl Shaffer

To create the best memories of trek, the inception needs to be great. Our recent blog post about the trekking places you should not miss will help you choose the best ones. However, it is essential to know what to carry with you while trekking to be a pro pioneer.

Editor’s note: If the post inspired you to travel, share the joy of happy reading!

What to carry with you?

  • Energy foods

    Trekking is not an easy task and it drains a lot of energy. To make sure you recover the drained energy, few essentials like munching dry fruits, chocolates, energy bars and protein shakes are highly rated.

    PRO TIP: It is even better if you carry chocolates consisting nuts and fruits!

  • Water bottle

    Next is water bottle. There might be water at various stops you go when you trek. Hence, you should carry one of your own bottles of water so that you can refill the heaven drops! Keeping yourselves hydrated is the secret of glowing skin of people who trek.

  • Dry backpack

    Trekking could take you through streams and snow filled areas. This is why you will find that dry backpack is a lifesaver! You can find the dry clothes come in handy.


    PRO TIP: Choose the ones that handle the load evenly and keeps your things organized.

  • Comfortable clothes

    Comfort is the key to a happy trek. Let the tomboy out of you. Grab those pair of trousers and fleece t-shirts/ jackets you’ve always wanted to wear! Don’t forget to bring the down feather jacket, waterproof/ windproof jacket and thermal inners.

    PRO TIP: However, packing too much is a no-go. You have to carry backpack yourselves, so make it easy for you!

  • Trekking/Hiking shoes

    Furthermore, trekking or hiking shoes maximize the comfort. You don’t have to worry about the slippery roads or streams or any kinds of adventure you might encounter on the way.


    PRO TIP: We recommend shoes, which are waterproof. If the spikes get slippery in the snow, wear a pair of socks over the shoes.

  • Swiss knife

    A Swiss Knife works as a charm in treks. It might just surprise you how many uses it has.

  • Torchlight

    Being an adventure lover that a trekker is, camping and a stay outside the four walls might just thrill you. Although for this, you will need a flashlight or torchlight to support you if the stars don’t shine for you at night!

  • Hand sanitizer

    While trekking, you might go through difficult tracks. Lack of water might be an issue for your health. Thus, you must keep a hand sanitizer in your checklist to be free from germs and any kinds of upset stomach it may cause!

    PRO TIP: Don’t forget the toilet papers and wet wipes!

  • Shade and protect

    Grab yourself a pair of caps and sunglasses. You can also protect your skin by using sunscreens, lip balms. Beat the heat and walk towards the destination of your choice with all your might!

    PRO TIP: Blue shades make the background look better rather than brown ones.

  • Trekking map

    The last thing you want to do is get lost in the nature, literally! You never want to be casted in “Man Vs wild” alone. For getting away from such conditions, trekking map is a helpful tool!

    PRO TIP: Listen carefully when the agency provides briefings.

  • Medical kit

    You should definitely carry a small medical kit consisting of the essentials you need along with the general medicines. It needs essentials like band-aids, bandages, antiseptics, lotions, creams for burns, bruises, etc.

    PRO TIP: Consult your travel agency about it! You can take medicines that they are missing.

  • Power bank

    You should definitely bring your power bank with you! The trek routes will inspire you to click photos not only of you and your travel friends but also of the astounding nature. The power bank will save you from the regret later after the trek ends.

    PRO TIP: Charge your power bank when possible!

  • Always Remember:

    “Leave the roads, take the trails!”

    NBM Travels wants to lead you where the WiFi is weak!

The Frozen Lake Trip

Gosainkunda (4160m) is the place lying under the Langtang Himalayan Range of Rasuwa district. Deciding to go for the exploration of the sacred Gosainkunda within 5 days was the best decision that we ever made. The trip was a mixture of challenges to obtain the breathtaking and mesmerizing views of all times. Not to miss any scenery, we made sure that it was spring season around the area, which would be months of September-November. However, our guide suggested that months of February-May are also equally exciting for the trek. For the observation of the impressive Janai Purnima festivals, end of August is most suitable.

 

 
As we started our journey, the first day we took a bus to reach Dhunche, which is the headquarters of the Rasuwa district. Dhunche is a small town with all sorts of accommodations. It took us almost 8 hours to reach there but the road was readily providing us the occasional views of trees, terraced farms, small streams, and many more. The Trishuli River was the highlight of the spectacular view inspiring us for rafting in the swift flow of the white river to be in our next wish list.

We were a small group of different residents and non-residents. Hence, the non-residents required a TIMS (Trekker’s Information Management System) card to continue the trek further.

 

 

The next day we arose with the sunrise and excitedly went for the breakfast to stack up our energy for the trekking. We had some scrambled eggs and masala tea. Then we started our uphill journey to Cholangpati. It is a long yet impressive road. Going through the flight of stairs for half an hour and trekking uphill for three hours, we reached Deurali. Then, through Dhimsa we climbed till Singompa (also known as Chandanbari). For the lovers of dairy products especially cheese, the treasure chest lies in the DDC factory. If possible, reaching Cholangpati would make the trek shorter. This took us an additional two hours through the marvelous journey. We stayed at a hotel that day.

As the new daylight kissed our cheeks, we trekked further to our main destination, Gosainkunda.  Acute mountain sickness (AMS) was our major concern for the day. We light-headedly started climbing again with sufficient intake of water and being cautious. We went through the fabulous Lauribinayak, which is famous among the people with different unique names of their own. The day was the toughest and most challenging part of our journey as we rose up to the astounding Buddha Mandir through the steep trail using walking sticks as our support. We were able to catch sight and spend time in the Bhairav Kunda, Naagkunda, and Gosainkunda. It took us 5 hours to reach our main destination.

Moreover, we realized we were able to admire heaven on earth that day. The magical lake of Gosainkunda surely had us stunned with its mystical hypnotizing beauty. The time of October was just the right choice as the lake is frozen for five months time from October-May. A large rock structure lied in the center of the lake, which was supposed to be Lord Shiva. There is a legendary story about the formation of the lake that makes it special. We could tell that it is an eminent pilgrimage as many Hindus mostly residing in Nepal and India were the visitors of the place. Our guide informed us that the crowd would be even larger at the end of month August as the Janai Purnima, a festival of Hindu lies in the month.
To be a little more adventurous, we dipped into the cold water of the freezing lake. As we discussed after the trek, we were amazed at how we could obtain the courage to do so! It was agreed that the particular moment and the beauty of the lake really did hypnotize us.

 

 

As we thought that the trek could not provide us more, the deep gorges, flushing waterfalls, magnificent ravines and the gorgeous faces of mountains lied ahead of us waiting to prove us wrong. The Himalayan ranges we were able to view were Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Annapurna. Luckily, there was no mist due to clear weather (spring season) providing us the view that was dramatically memorable.
These amazing places are all situated within the Langtang National Park. The grand opportunity of enjoying the flora and fauna of the place amidst the welcoming Tamang people were the best days of our lives. Oak, maple, pine and rhododendron forests lined up including the Himalayan black bear, the goat-like Himalayan Tahr, and red pandas.

Then, we routed back to Dhunche downhill. We were expecting the trek downhill to be easier but it was as challenging and rewarding as the uphill trek. Many of the group parted for the dip in the natural hot spring, Tatopani. Unfortunately, we had only 5 days for the trek, so we took rest in Dhunche and then took an early bus to Kathmandu the next morning. We were bound to think that the trip fulfilled all our expectations, if not more than what we did!

Embark on a religious journey

“Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.” -Buddha

Since ages, people have been doing everything in the name of religion. It is true that we have been misunderstanding many things due to lack of knowledge. What can we do about this then? Come and embark on a religious journey that will change you for life!
Where to go?

  1. Lumbini tour
    The birthplace of Lord Buddha calls you for the heartwarming trip! What inspired the light of Asia for the inception of the enlightenment passage? Cover the mysteries of the life of the peace seeker.
  2. Janakpur Dham
    This place is special for Hindus but anyone can enjoy a tour of the place. It has great religious value as Goddess Sita, wife of Lord Ram was born here. In fact, the major events of their life took place in Janakpur. For the detailed information on the events of the holy book, Ramayan that took place here, visit around the area!
  3. Gosainkunda trek
    Which trek fulfils your religious requirements with the beauty of nature? The answer is the Gosainkunda trek. Many treks to this lake to take a dip in order to clear out their sins! It is even more interesting to get there to know the mystery and secret legends that the lake holds. The beauty of the lake, which remains frozen half a year is a truly most attractive sight.
  4. Manakamana Darshan
    Next in line is Manakamana Darshan. By its name, it means the fulfilment of heart’s wish! Nepalese have the belief that they have to visit Manakamana once in their life to make their life meaningful. It is said that anything that we wish for becomes fulfilled here. You might even think it to be true viewing the gorgeousness of the place!
  5. Halesi Maratika Tour
    Halesi Maratika tour is one of the most underrated places to visit. Not only does it consist of the fulfilment of the religious interests, but it also has a pinch of mysterious vibe! The caves in the area have high religious significance. The mysteries can only be shed light on to those who travel here!
  6. Muktinath tour
    Muktinath means the place where you get salvation! It is a famous tour in Nepal for both religious and natural beauty. Here, you will find “Muktidhara” having 101 water sprouts. The belief is that if you can move through the water sprouts in one shot then it clears out your sins! You can look around the area to gain valuable information about the legends!
  7. Kathmandu tour
    Why move around the country when the capital covers everything? Kathmandu consists of five of the UNESCO world heritage sites. You can cover many places in only one day! View the religious harmony with the Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, and many more.

 

Always remember:

“Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.”

NBM Travel will happily serve you for the tranquillity you expect from the religious trip!

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