The home of the Himalayas is perfect for anyone who prefers the pristine view of the mountain valleys over the sun-glazed waters. With tall-standing mountains surrounding you, prayer chants and temple bells filling the silence and serenity being the mood of the day – Nepal is a paradise. This paradise is best explored in October when the skies are clear, the monsoons are in its last days and autumn just setting in. The cloudless skies give you a picturesque view of the Himalayas. The mountain country is every backpacker’s Disneyland. If you’re up for an adventure, conquering peaks, or trekking on untrodden paths – Nepal’s many many mountain regions will satiate your adrenaline lust.
Where To Go?
Kathmandu the capital city is bustling with people and is a clear mirror of Nepal’s culture with many major attractions within the city. The famous one being the beacon of peace, tranquility and Buddhist belief – The Boudhanath Stupa. The giant dome that sits over a Buddhist pyramid tower overlooks the city of Kathmandu. Nepal is where you’ll find the chants of Hindu and Buddhist prayers alike. From temples that treasure 1500-year-old Licchavi statues and carvings in Changu Narayan Temple to 15th Century Tibetan finesse showcased in beautiful Buddha statues in the Golden Temple in Patan, there is lots of heritage captured in the buildings. The one spot you cannot miss while in Nepal is Buddha’s birth place – Lumbini.
Nepal is best discovered on foot and you may want to live the life of a nomad here for some time. For days together you can trek in the mountain valleys, pitch your tent or find a home in the mountain lodges. The famous circuits for trekking are the Annapurna and Upper Mustang. But for a constant backdrop of the Himalayas, Pokhara takes the cake.
Besides being a starting point for treks in and around Annapurna, it also offers a host of adventure activities. You can paraglide over the snow-capped mountains or face the mad rushing waves by rafting in the Nepalese river. Want something even more spectacular? How about a helicopter ride to the base of the Mount Everest. Adrenaline rush at its extreme? Go skydiving or zip past the world’s longest and tallest zip line across the Annapurna. Peddle over walking? They have mountain biking too! Looking for a picture worthy of 10,000 Instagram likes? You can find it at the Fewa Lake. With the Himalayan peaks of the Annapurna massif in the background and boats and paragliders making for a colourful foreground, you know you’ve reached the greatest photo spot in the world.
What To Eat?
The food in Nepal varies from region to region, but rice and momos are constant. Influenced from Tibet and India, Nepal’s cuisine blends both beautifully. The staple being dal rice, one can also indulge in Newari delicacies, Thakali items, yak cheese, butter tea and noodles!
Average Ticket Price from Mumbai to Kathmandu: ₹ 12,000 – ₹ 20,000 (One Way)
Average Duration: 2h 30 m (Non-stop)
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