Hikers and trekkers will sure love Nepal for the country is home to eight of the globe's ten highest peaks, including the mammoth Mount Everest - the world's tallest. Perched along the towering and the majestic Himalayas, This South Asian nation is land-locked with China to its north and India to its south, east and west.
Kick-start the trip by heading over to Kathmandu - the country's extraordinary capital laden with ancient temples, captivating monasteries and looming mountains. Some of the incredible temples to visit are the incredible Bodhnath Stupa - topped by a glided spire and adorned with paintings of the eyes of the Buddha, Pashupatinath - Kathmandu's most holy Hindu temple, Swayambhunath - revered Buddhist Temple and so forth.
When in Kathmandu, spend some time at the Patan's Durbar Square - bustling neighbourhood brimming with temples, palaces, courtyards and the fascinating Patan Museum. History aficionados would love dropping by at Hanuman Dhoka, housed at the southern end of Durbar Square. This former palace is now a museum showcasing ancient memorabilia. A few notable highlights include the Garden of Dreams, a neo-classic historical garden in the hub of the city and is brimming with stunning pavilions and ponds as well as National Museum - housing a massive collection of ancient artifacts, medieval weaponry, paintings and so forth.
Spend some time on the calm water of Phewa Lake in Pokhra. Don't forget to visit Barahi Mandir,an island and temple in the midst of the lake. If you're the adventurous sort, then paragliding in Pokhara is one of the best sports out there thanks to its unique geothermal patterns and dramatic landscapes. It is sure to get your adrenalin pumping. Pokhara, the lakeside city, is often referred to as the 'jewel of Himalaya' with the spectacular snow-capped Annapurna mountain range, majestically looming in the backdrop.
If you're a hiker or a trekker then you will be aware that the trail to Everest Base Camp is a well-trodden one. If you want a quieter trail, then do try the Annapurna Circuit which is not only more peaceful but also offers scenic mountain views. While it can be reached without a guide, it is recommended and advised to ask for help locally.
No trip to Nepal is complete without catching a glimpse of the gorgeous and picturesque scenes of the imposing and intimidating Mount Everest. An experienced and accomplished hiker/trekker can try reaching the summit or even the base camp of the tallest mountain in the planet. It is not for any reason known for being the ultimate test of physical endurance.
Be sure to visit the birthplace of Sidhartha Guatama - Lumbini. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an incredible place of worship that traces the journey of Buddha through the different stages of his life. It is an important tourist destination for it is visited by Buddhist pilgrims from all over the planet. Spend some time at the Maya Devi Temple, devoted to Buddha's mother, believed to the place where Buddha was born. Wild-life enthusiasts will enjoy taking the safari at Chitwan National Park. It is home to endangered Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinos, mugger crocodiles, elephants and millions of bird species.
When it comes to shopping, some of the items to be procured are: Khukri (the national knife),saranghi (a small, four-stringed viola played with a horse-hair bow), Buddhist statuettes and bamboo flutes. Other goods include locally made attired like pashmina scarves, sweaters,topis (lopsided caps), mittens, socks, Tibetan dresses, woven shawls and multicoloured jackets.
As for cuisine, do dig into few of their local specialities like Dal Bhat - staple dish in Nepal consisting of steamed rice and a cooked lentil soup known as dal. The stay options in Nepal are plenty with the richie-rich craving to be put at the best luxury hotels the country can offer. Similarly, budget travellers and backpackers can opt for cheap accommodations.
The best time to visit would be during the spring (March to May) and autumn (October to November) as the temperatures are pleasant during that period.