Nepal is rich in both cultural heritage and natural beauty with plenty to see and explore in the striking landscapes of the Himalayas. The landlocked country contains 8 of the 14 mountain peaks in the world that are over 26,000 feet high. Mountain flight tours are an ideal way to witness the magnificence of the Himalayas for the non-hikers out there! Colorful festivals in August and September make this a great time of year to visit. Below are a few adventure & cultural highlights to check out when travelling to Nepal.
For those who want to venture off the beaten path you can enjoy some solitary climbing in less well-known valleys. One of the most beautiful places is Hongu Valley between Mera Peak and Island Peak. In spring photographers will enjoy the amazing technicolor flora including stunning rhododendrons. Take a few days to explore and enjoy the amazing and diverse scenery including a glimpse of Everest. This is a trip best suited for experienced hikers and climbers.
Kathmandu is home to the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, the ancient palace of Nepalese Royalty. Upon entry guests are greeted by a statue of Hanuman, erected in 1672. Hanuman is the guardian of the palace and visitors can even join in with helping to keep his face painted red. A statue of Lord Narasimha is also located near the entrance, depicting a figure of half lion and half man, defeating the demon Hiranyakasipu. The Palace was originally the home of the kings of Nepal, with the last Royal Family leaving in 1886. Since then it has continued to play an important role in ceremonies and coronations. The palace and Kathmandu is a must stop for cultural enthusiasts travelling in Nepal.
An often overlooked gem is a visit to Mahendra Cave. North of Pokhara, in the Batulechaur region, it can be reached by bus or taxi from Pokhara. This large limestone cave is locally referred to as the “house of bats.” Bring a torch & guide so you can see the impressive stalactites and stalagmites along with hundreds of bats!
Nepal is often overshadowed by its world famous Mount Everest, the tallest place on earth, but it has so much more to offer. Our travel club can’t wait to get a firsthand experience on a future group tour to Nepal. Stay tuned, we’re planning away!