Nepal Open for Business!
You may not be the sort of person who wants to climb Mt. Everest, but you might want to see it. Go ahead and make plans to do so; the magnificent peak and all the other delights of Nepal are awaiting. It may still be fresh in your mind that Nepal suffered a serious earthquake last year, but the tremor actually affected only a small portion of the nation and damaged infrastructure has been rebuilt. All roads are open and tours to every part of the country are operating as normal.
Bardia National Park
While Nepal is well-known for the snow-capped Himalayas and the trekking adventures that can be had adjacent to them, there are activities to suit every taste. Those looking for an active adventure can choose from things like paragliding, sky diving, zip lining, taking an ultralight ride or rafting (Nepal has an amazing 6000 rivers!) Less strenuous things to do include bird watching, cold water fishing and yoga, which was pioneered in Nepal. Visitors may also be surprised to find out that a large part of Nepal has a tropical climate, and in this part of the country you can take a jungle safari to see wildlife including elephants, tigers and rhinoceros.
Paragliding next to the Annapurnas Pokhara
Some of Nepal's best tour operators are:
The Explore Nepal Group
Two of this company's most popular tours are a weeklong exploration of Kathmandu and a two-week "Glimpses of Nepal" tour that includes a visit to the jungle to see Nepal's wildlife. Among their other tours are the "Everest Base Camp Trek" and the "Annapurna Sanctuary Trek." Like the company name indicates, if you want to explore Nepal, then you're in good hands here. http://xplorenepal.com/
This company offers lots of adventures for serious trekker and climbers, including a Mt. Everest trek that will take 60-days to complete. But they also offer "soft treks," like the 11-day "Everest View Trek" which, while less-strenuous, still offers spectacular views. They can also set you up to go kayaking, bungee jumping or on a canyoning trip where you'll rappel and jump and slide down waterfalls. They also offer excursions into the neighboring nation of Tibet, which can only be accessed through Nepal. http://expeditionhimalaya.com/
Nava Durga Dance Bhaktapur
Sealinks Travels & Tours
This company can make your visit to Nepal very simple; they will handle flight arrangements, hotel booking, ground transportation and organize any city, sightseeing or trekking adventures you might desire. Some of their more popular tours include 2- and 3-day explorations of Kathmandu, an 11-day jaunt through Kathmandu, Pokhara and the Chitwan National Park and the 5-day "Kathmandu Mountain Flight Tour." http://sealinkstravels.com/
The Nepalese are an extremely-friendly people and they like to think that they treat visitors as they would treat God. The country is safe, very sunny but not hot, and has become a popular spot for honeymooners. The airport at Kathmandu is served by a wide variety of international airlines, making it easy to get to this culturally-rich and diverse land where the Buddha was born.
Mayadevi Temple Lumbini Nepal Birthplace of Lord Buddha
Information that will help you plan a visit to Nepal can be found here
Photo credits: Nepal Tourism Board
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