Nepal Travel Information

PatanNepal has always been a dividing line between cultures and civilizations, and a crossroads for the commerce and culture. Here the plains of the subcontinent climb up to the high plateau of Tibet, the languages and people is India give way to those of china and the Hindu religion blends in to Buddhism. Nepal is often a complex blend of the two influences and this vitiation is further complicated by the diversity of ethnic group within the country.

Surrounded by the greatest of the heights of the Himalaya, the country Nepal is a land of eternal attraction, a where one visit is hardly ever enough. It is a land of colorful cultures, ancient history and people, superb scenery and some of the best walking on earth. Nepal is divided in three regions; Mountain, Hill and Terai accommodating 7.44 and 49 % of the population respectively. Based on area of districts these regions constitute 35, 42 and 23 % of the total land area. There are 5 development regions and 75 administrative districts. Districts are further divided into smaller units, called Village Development committee (VDC) and Municipality.

Nepal’s history is closely related to its geographical location, separating the fertile plains of India from the desert-like plateau of Tibet. Its position between India and china meant the country was able at times to play the role of intermediary – a canny trader between two great powers – while at other times it faced the threat of invasion. Internally, it’s history was just as dynamic, with city states in the hills vying with each other for power until one powerful king, Prithivi Narayan Shaha , overran then all that history is very visible today with the three great towns of the Kathmandu valley – Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur – still bearing witness to their days as fiercely completive mediaeval mini kingdom. Indeed, in Nepal it is often possible to suspend belief and mentally roll the clock right back to the mediaeval era.

Behind the old temples and places of the Kathmandu valley, above and beyond the hills that surrounding the valley, another kingdom, rises skyward. The abode of snows, which is what Himalaya mean in Sanskrit, is a natural kingdom, and a magnet to mountaineers from all above the world. You do not have to be Sherpa or Hillary in order for you to get in amongst these great mountains. With a touch of enterprises and a modicum of fitness most travelers can walk the trails that lead into the road less heights of the Himalayan. In Nepal one trek is rarely enough, and many visitors soon find themselves planning to return. Fascination old town, magnificent temples and great waking are not all Nepal has to offer. Many visitors come to Nepal expecting to find these thins but also discover how outstanding friendly the Nepalese are.

Trekking is not the only activity which draws visitors, it also has some superb white water rafting opportunities, mountain biking, which is become more and more popular, and down in the jungle safaris on elephant back into Royal Chitwan national park are another not to be missed part of the Nepal experience. Travelers come all over the world for trekking in Nepal, touring in Nepal, expedition in Nepal, peak climbing in Nepal, rafting in Nepal and many others.