Despite being wedged between the two most populous countries in the world, Nepal is a country that does not receive much tourism, compared with more developed countries. Although it is most notable for its 2015 earthquake, Nepal has so much more to offer than most westerners expect. If you’re considering traveling to an obscure country, read on to see what makes Nepal unique.
Although Nepal borders China to the north and India to the south, it had a miniscule population of nearly 30 million people, as of 2016. The national language is Nepali, although there are fifteen recognized regional languages, as well. The currency is the Nepalese Rupee and 1 NPR equals 0.012 AUD.
What can I do in Nepal?
Known for its mountainous geography, Nepal is a country that people primarily go to for its outdoor activities. If your dream is to climb the Himalayas, Nepal is a great place to do so. For those who are a little less adventurous, there are plenty of hiking trails for both beginners and experts. If you want a more casual experience, check out a Kathmandu sightseeing tour, which will show off some of the religious buildings and beautiful architecture.
That sounds nice, but what about food?
Nepalese food can be similar to its surrounding countries. Some of their main dishes are Momos and Yomari (both types of dumplings), but they also have soups, lentil and egg patties, and even their own version of a pizza (Keema chatamari).
And where should I stay?
Kathmandu has plenty of Airbnbs to choose from, for roughly $10 per night. Visitors rated Nepalese Airbnbs an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars, so you know the hospitality will be great just about anywhere you go.
I’m sold. How do I get to Nepal?
Flights from various parts of Australia to Kathmandu are anywhere from 750 AUD to 1000 AUD. Most flights will have a single stop, but otherwise, the trip is a fairly straight shot.
Although Nepal is an up-and-coming country, it has a lot more to offer than people expect. When planning your next trip, keep in mind the rich culture of this country, and consider it for your next vacation.