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Experience The Himalayan Kingdom
Prepare for incredible experiences on your private Nepal tours. A skyline dominated by some of the world’s highest mountain peaks is synonymous with this Himalayan kingdom. When you visit we are sure you will agree that there is something magical and surreal about this country.
Nepal tours unveils a world both modern and ancient at times, and filled with Himalayan allure and traditions. There is also a lush spread of jungles and forested plains, which are home to majestic tigers and the one-horned rhinoceros.
The weather is very predictable. There are four seasons in Nepal:
Spring from March to May
Summer from June to August
Autumn from September to November
Winter from December to February. The monsoon season lasts from late June to mid September, while it is relatively dry the rest of the year.
Best travel time for Nepal travel:
Main season: February-April, mid-September-November
Low season: May
Not recommended: June-mid September
The best travel time for your Nepal tour is during the months of October and November. The monsoon is just over, which creates magnificent green and lush vegetation as well as clean air – perfect to explore the country in all its beauty. This means, of course, that the view of the Himalaya peak at this time is almost perfect. Even the temperatures are still very mild.
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Top 10 Attractions, Activities and Highlights in Nepal
1. On your cultural trip of Nepal, visit the royal city of Patan! The place is known not only for the a timeless art and crafts tradition, but houses innumerable monasteries, temples and monuments.
2. From the 2000-meter-high Nagarkot, you have an overwhelming view of the Himalayan Mountains and the Kathmandu Valley below. In clear weather, you can even see Mount Everest from here!
3. A flight over Mount Everest is an unforgettable experience. The one-hour flight gives you a very special perspective of the highest mountain on earth.
4. From Pokharayou can reach the trekking paradise of the Annapurna region. The walking routes lead past picturesque villages, holy pilgrimage sites, peaceful pine forests and crystal-clear mountain lakes. The peaks of the surrounding mountains are always in view!
5. Beside a fantastic view of the Himalayas, Bhaktapur offers enchanting pagodas and sacred temples. The cultural city is also known for its numerous religious festivals, including Holi, the Festival of Colors.
6. Before exploring the Annapurna region, you can fish, swim and canoe in the crystal clear Lake Phewa.
7. Dhulikhel is a wonderfully relaxing place to regenerate your mind, body and soul after long hikes through the Himalayas. Here, at an altitude of 1550 meters, you can enjoy peace and fresh air.
9. In Kathmandu, there are seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites within a radius of only 20 km. The many architectural traditions and customs that are still alive today are part of the rich architectural heritage of the region.
10. In Kathmandu, capital of the valley of the same name, the majestic Durbar Squareawaits you in the truest sense of the word. The coronations of the Nepali monarchs took place here until the 19th century. In addition, there are interesting museums that make Nepal’s history come alive.
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Nepal began almost 2,500 years ago with the advent of the aboriginal Kiratis, who were sheep farmers with an inexplicable penchant for knives. Little is known of the time that followed, except that Kathmandu was established in the 10th century.
In the mid-18th century, Nepal was united under the Gurkha ruler Prithvi Narayan Shah, whose dynasty sits on the throne even today. The Nepalese fought a two-year war with the British Empire in 1814. A treaty ensured the presence of a British emissary in the Nepali court, as well as a large part of the country being lost to them.
The British were so impressed by the skills of the Gurkha warriors that they actually employed them in their own army during the two World Wars and Nepal was a great ally to Britain during this time.
Nepal suffered greatly when a man called Rang Bahadur seized control and declared himself Rana (prime minister) in 1846. It wasn’t until 1950 that the royal Shahs’ regained the throne and their power. Many years of political unrest ensued, with the alternate rise and fall of civil and dynastic rule. Nepal tours began in earnest only in the latter part of the 20th century, bringing much revenue into the Himalayan kingdom.
Nepal is today considered stable and making positive progress towards becoming a prosperous country again, even in spite of the recent tragic earthquakes in 2015 that affected many regions.
Top Nepal Travel Tip – History:
The historic town of Kapilavastu in Nepal is certainly worth a visit during Nepal tours. It is the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, who attained enlightenment and came to be known as the Buddha, and influenced all of Asia through his religious teachings.
On a private Nepal tour, you will find a rich and diverse culture. Although customs and rituals vary from one part to another, Kathmandu is the confluence of myriad strains. Festivals, which are a major part of Nepal tours, are celebrated with much splendor, and religion plays a dominant role in the life of the Nepalese people. Officially a secular country, Nepal’s religious groups coexist in harmony. The majority of the people are either Hindu or Buddhist.
Nepal has a patriarchal society and women are expected to take care of the house while men go out to work. Marriages are arranged by parents once a boy or a girl is of age and the Nepali caste system holds sway above it all. Nepali or Nepalese is the main language spoken. English is confined to a very minuscule part of the elite and educated and only mainly in urban areas or in the tourist areas.
While no restrictions are imposed on visitors, being respectful of local customs during your Nepal tour, would not be amiss. Traditional Nepali clothing is conservative and, except in major urban areas, women rarely wear shorts or skirts. Public displays of affection are frowned upon though you may frequently see men holding hands.
Top Nepal Travel Tip – Culture:
During Nepal tours, ensure that you use your right hand for everything, from shaking hands and eating food to giving and receiving gifts or even paying for a purchase.
Nepal tours area great way to explore the diverse and delicious cuisine of the country. Food and eating habits differ between regions in Nepal. Indian influence on the cuisine of Nepal is quite evident, especially within urban areas. The remainder of Nepal bears traces of Tibetan and Chinese influence. The Newari and Thakali food styles are considered to be truly authentic Nepali cuisine. Nepali food is healthy and few fatty products and spices are used. The cow is the national animal and revered, therefore the Nepalese people do not eat beef.
It’s up to you whether you wish to enjoy staple lentil, curry and mixed vegetables with rice, or venture on a culinary adventure by experimenting with local, Indian or international cuisine that come with a Nepalese twist to them. There are many restaurants that cater to international cuisines.
Try some special cuisine of Nepal:
Momos: steamed or fried dumplings
Dal-bhat-tarkari: rice and lentil soup served up with a vegetable curry
Thukpa: a delicious noodle soup made with meat and vegetables
Sel roti: a bread made of rice flour, crispy and sweet on the outside, soft on the inside
Dhido: a type of pudding made by cooking corn flour in boiling water
Top Nepal Travel Tip – Cuisine:
Do refrain from offering plate from your own food to others during a Nepal tour. The concept of jutho, or impure, is important in Nepal. Food or water that has already touched your lips is considered impure and it is disrespectful to share it with another.
None of our on-the-ground team were hurt by the tragedy of the Nepal earthquake that took place in April 2015. We stand by our friends in Nepal and wish to convey our support and prayers to all those affected.
Enchanting Travels believes that Nepal tours play a key role in rebuilding the country.