The country where Buddha was born, the home of World's Highest Peak Mt.Everest , the country with 1000 of cultures and religions, this is how Nepal is known by. Nepal is a landlocked country which covers an area about 147,181 sq km. This small country contains eight of the 10 highest peaks in the world, including Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga .Despite the fact Nepal is low in its economic condition, its richness in biodiversity, cultural heritages, natural beauties can't be compared. Consequently, if you plan to visit Nepal, you'll eternally get a warm welcome.
Before wandering around our beautiful country, Nepal the essentiality you must fulfill is to be well prepared regarding the terms and policies for the visit which includes your visa, passport, tickets, and slightly other required information. Besides, these all, safety is must you must be careful about. Though we'll be there for your safety but you must always keep your eyes open for financial protection. Here, we'll provide you Nepal travel information, which will make your visit in Nepal, the best one without any complications.
This page of description includes the documents needed to be taken while traveling regarding visa, passports if you're traveling by air.
Visa and Passport information
To enter Nepal you'll need to arrange a visa and passport. Passport valid for about six months along with recent passport sized photo is required. All the foreign nationals can obtain Nepalese visa upon your arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport besides the nationals from the country Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia or you can secure it at a Nepalese embassy overseas.
Best time to visit in Nepal
If you want to make your visit to Nepal the perfect one then you are requested to travel in best seasons as mentioned.
The months of March, April and May i.e. spring season and the months of September, October and November i.e. autumn season are the awesome time to travel in Nepal. In these months the days are bright and the sky seems clear. Hence, you can enjoy each and every landscape with amazing natural beauties.
The rainy seasons can also be preferred as the time to travel if you want but these times are preferred as dangerous to travel since there are the chances of natural disasters such as flood, landslide. Also, your traveling in these times won't worth as the sky does not seem clear and there are the chances of no visibility of the scenes you want to view. However, its also for your safety.
Safety and Security
Any traveler should know that, if you're traveling, you should travel with at least a group of 2 people. Mainly above the altitude of 3000m. Traveling alone could be dangerous. It would be best if you travel from any travel agency. You won't have any complications in it. Furthermore, you must be much more careful in airport areas so that your stuff can be safe. Before traveling there you must be aware of crimes occurring there especially women. You must be extra careful at night.
Culture of Nepal
There is no better way to understand and know Nepal and Nepalese people than through our culture. Differentiating its culture in accordance with the region, Nepal is known to be a multicultural country with religious tolerance throughout the world. Nepal can be compared with a colorful garden with 4 castes and 36 ethnic groups.
We Nepalese's culture represents our lifestyle, tradition, and identity. Our culture is believed to be originated since the Lichhavi period. No matter our country is how poor in the economy, but rich in its culture. With its long past history, Nepal has earned a lot from its culture.
For example, Kathmandu is the main inhabitants of Newari people. They speak Newari and they mainly celebrate Indra Jatra, Bhotojatra, Bisketjatra. Similarly, the inhabitants of terai regions are mainly of Chaudhary groups. Since it's near India they are highly influenced by Indian cultures includes Indian language. They mainly celebrate the hole. This is how our Nepalese culture differs in accordance with the region.
Nepal is widely inhabited by Buddhists, Christians, Hindus. Nepal, the birthplace of Gautam Budhha is the main reason why Buddhism is flourished in Nepal. The religious sites such as Boudhanath Stupa, Swaymbhunath stupa are visited by the Buddhists in their festivals. And more than half population of people follow Hinduism. The temples such as Pashupatinath, Changunarayan Temple are the one most visited in festivals like Teej, Rishi Panchami by the Hindus. Consequently, every culture is related to its religion and people visit their own religious sites according to their culture.
The culture of Nepal is not the only culture. Its involves places people live, their lifestyle, their customs, their food, their language and the religious sites they visit. Hence, Nepal's richness in its culture can be kept in the top.
Foods of Nepal
In Nepal, every culture has its own cookings.No wonder each and every Nepalese enjoy the major food of Nepal Dal-Bhat-Tarkari and the delicious dumplings. However, the specification is not a literal character of foods of Nepal. It differs according to place, culture, religion, and the environment people usually live.
Our Nepalese food is the combination of Asian foods and its own local foods relating to its culture. For instance, in Newari culture, some traditional foods include flattened rice (baji), eaten with roasted and curried soya beans (musya), fermented mustard leaves, or curried potato (alu tarakari) and chwela. Similarly, Gundruk and dhindo are famous among the Tamang communities. The further same way every ethnic community have its own unique food as well as unique cooking styles.
Talking about foods regarding the different regions, the people living in Himalayan regions especially have butter tea and noodles. Since this region is highly influenced by Tibetan lifestyles, the cooking styles cultures, are also the same as TIBETAN's. Moving towards mid-hill, the inhabitants of the hilly region usually have dal-bhat-tarkari as a heavy lunch. This heavy lunch contains vegetables, pickles, dal and rice which provides a great number of proteins. But any kinds of food are preferable for this region since its climate is moderate. The "Granary of Nepal", Terai region produces the largest amount of foods and fruits in the country. They usually prefer roti and curry especially fish curry rather than rice.
However, these local foods nowadays are not much eaten, since at the present time not only the younger generations but also every people prefer western foods rather than their local ones due to western influence. Moreover, Nepalese food is an excellent way to know Nepal, Nepalese people, and their culture.