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Home > Nepal
Nepal – The Land of Himalayas

Capital city : Kathmandu
Total Population : 29.5 million
Language spoken : Nepali Language
Currency : Nepalese Rupee (NPR)
Time zone : (GMT+05:45) Kathmandu
Electricity : Type C (European 2-pin) Type D (Old British 3-pin)
Dialing code : +977

Nepal is one of the popular tourist places in the world. Nestled amidst the mighty Himalayas, Nepal is known for its rich culture and tradition. It is bounded by the Tibetan Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China and by India in the east-south and west. Nepal is the land of diversity, not just in its geography but also in its culture, heritage, people, language, flora and fauna. A country of amazing extremes, is the Home of world's tallest peak Mount Everest and has variety to offer the tourists in terms of spectacular scenery, exotic culture and hospitable people due to which it has attracted tourists from all over the world.

People, Lifestyle & Culture of Nepal

Nepal is the only state which has been officially declared a Hindu state. Religions practiced in Nepal are: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Bon, ancestor worship and animism. A majority of people are Hindus (around 81.3 %) distantly followed by the Buddhist (around 12 %), Kirat (around 5.1%), Islam (around 4.4 %), Christianity (around 1.4 %) and animism (around 0.4 %). The people belong to different ethnic group with no group being excessively a head of the other. On your visit to Nepal, you will come across people of varied ethnic group almost in every part of the country. These ethnic groups include Muslim, Yadav, Kami, Tharu, Chhettri, Tamang, Brahman, Magar and many others. 

Many languages are spoken by these people in the country. Nepal's linguistic heritage has evolved from three major language groups: Indo-Aryan, Tibeto-Burman, and indigenous. The major languages of Nepal are Nepali (a majority of44.6% speak this language which is an official language), Maithili, Bhojpuri, Tharu, Tamang, Nepal Bhasa, Magar and Bajjika. English is also spoken by a considerable number of people especially those in government offices, professionals and people who are involved in businesses. The people of the country are deeply religious and it is this faith in their religion that has helped them to cope with the turmoil and resulting instability that shook the country in the distant as well as recent past.

The people of the country are educated (around 60%), in which the male percentage is approx. 73% and female is 46%. On your visit you will witness that the people in Nepal vary from extreme remote to extreme modern. Hence be prepared to witness a diversity that you have not seen before. The people of this country are music and dance lovers. Most of the festivals of this country include dancing and music, as well as all kinds of local delicacies. Almost all important occasions in their life are characterized by singing and dancing, which are mainly traditional. Some of the most important festivals of the country include Dashain, Maghe Sankranti, Losar, Krishna Astami, Teej, Durga Puja. Music, Dance and festivals are actually the life and soul of the people of Nepal as lives of the people seem grossly incomplete without them.

Best time to visit Nepal

Nepal is worth visiting practically anytime during the year as it has different attractions in different months; however the best time to visit from mid-September to November. Daytime temperatures are pleasant and the nights offer chilly weather. Many festivals fall into this season, and although they can slow travel down they are well worth experiencing. The second main high season is in the month of March and April. At this time nature is in bloom, which is especially impressive in the large rhododendron forests. Temperatures are pleasant, but the air in the middle hills can be hazy.

Shopping

You can find everything that is produced in the valley in Kathmandu with its vibrant local artistic community populating the markets and laneway shops with colorful art and handicrafts.

Things to buy in Nepal


1. Prayer Flags

Take some of the prayer flags of Nepal to home to inject a bit of Nepal into your home. To appreciate the beauty of vibrant prayer flags, you don't have to be a spiritual person.

2. Scarves and Wraps

Here the travellers will be able to find top-quality Kashmiri items in the boutiques and markets of the country. Enjoy shopping colorful scarves, pashminas and wraps at good prices.

3. Buddhist Art

Buddhist art is very much a part of Nepal‘s rich and ancient history. Beautifully painted, colored thangkas and mandalas are commonly found in the shops of Kathmandu and make a meaningful souvenir to take back home.

Transportation in Nepal


Gettings there :

By Air : The only international airport of Nepal is Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Various direct as well as indirect flights connect Nepal to Europe and Asia. Nepal receives very few direct flights from other countries. Travellers from Australia, Europe and North America have to change airline in between and have to catch another connecting flight of Nepal.

By Road : Buses are generally the easiest and quickest form of transport between Nepal and India for groups. Regularly landslides make it impossible for the travellers to travel during the monsoons.

Getting Around :


By Air : Royal Nepal Airlines and several other private companies offer domestic air services and charter services. All airlines only accept payment in hard currency from visitors.

By Road : You can use your own vehicle, provided to you by Welcome Journeys that have proper permission and documents for the same. Bus is another form of cheap transportation, but uncomfortable and slow. Metered and unmetered Taxis, Three-wheeled buses, Rickshaws and bicycles are also available in the Kathmandu Valley and around Pokhara.