Nepal, Naturally Nepal!
Nepal the divine beauty is the unputdownable aspect in the history of tourism, which is eminent in the libraries of the universe. Though it is smallest and landlocked country it is worth to travel. One should not miss the chance to travel Nepal.Tourism is the largest industry in Nepal and its largest source of foreign exchange and revenue. Nepal is one of the top tourist destination with a mesmerizing land of ancient history, vivacious culture of easy going people and home of living Goddess. It possess the eight of the ten highest mountains in the world including Mount Everest, second richest country for water resources, dense green forest with very popular saying “Hario Ban Nepal Ko Dhan” and rich in natural biodiversity has been able to lure the tourist. It is also birth place of Lord Buddha and Gurkhas’ homeland country where travelers can experience and enjoy their exotic holiday undoubtedly difference. Nepal is a hotspot destination for mountaineers, rock climbers and people seeking adventure. The Hindu and Buddhist heritage of Nepal and its cool weather are also strong attractions. The variation in landscape of Nepal brings the variation in culture and traditions with multi ethnic groups and more than 70 different languages but united in a single garland. No doubt, that Nepal is the heaven on the earth..
Development of Tourism in Nepal
The tourism of Nepal faced lots of ups and downs. Nepal was closed for foreigners till 1950. Only some of the tourist visited Nepal under the strict permission of Rana Regime. Based upon assumptions it can be said that first tourist started coming to Nepal was only after the end of 104 years autocratic rule of Rana regime. After Rana Regmi, the first road system was built in the year 1950 that connect some of the Nepal’s cities with Indian border in the south. Then the flow of tourist started to coming in Nepal slowly mainly for mountaineering purpose. Therefore, 1950’s is considered the most important period in Nepal’s tourism development. During this period World’s famous 14 over 8000m peaks 7 out of 8 in Nepal were conquered. Hence, mountain tourism played the vital role in the overall tourism sector as tourism in Nepal started with mountain tourism.
In 1955, foreigners were officially welcomed by Nepal by providing tourist visa. Before, the visas were used to be provided from India by East India Company under the supervision of British Government. One of the major event happened during 1956, coronation of Late king Mahendra. A large number of foreign dignitaries were invited to this event which exposed Nepal on tourist’s eye as major tourist destination internationally. The first private airline “Himalaya Airways” began its operations during this year. In order to flourish the tourist economy, national tourism council had also set up five year tourism development plan under the Ministry of Industry and Commerce during this year.
In 1957 Nepal Transportation Department was established to paved the way of Civil Aviation and in 1958 Royal Nepal Airlines Corporation (RNAC) now Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) came in operation. Nepal became member of International Union of Official Travel Organization. In late 1960’s and 1970’s hippies started to flow in Nepal and became the major source of advertising and promoting Nepal as a tourism sector. During 70’s Nepal became safe tourism destination due to its perfect climate, peaceful place and unique cultures. Nepal foster its tourism sector at turns of time and in 1998 Nepal Tourism board (NTB) was established to promote tourism sector. Officially it can be said that Nepal has fully owned the ownership of the tourist trade. To strengthen the tourism sector, Nepal celebrated “Visit Nepal 98”. 1999-2005 was known as Dark Period of Nepal as many undesirable events happened which led Nepal to dark corner. It has affected Nepal in several different ways and tourism is centred only in city area. With the rise of the sun in 2006, peace agreement was signed between Nepal government and moist and in 2011 Nepal celebrated Nepal Tourism Year. Since then tourism slowly started picking up and now became one of the top tourist destination.
Why Tourist Love Nepal
Nepal is the country with diverse culture and rich in natural beauty. Nepal is also popular among world as the land of goddess where you can find temples in every nooks and corner of the city and rich in festivals. For adventure seekers it is the best destination from snow capped mountains including the tallest mountain, Mount Everest to skydiving, bungy jumping to exploring multicultural biodiversity. The people of Nepal are very easy going and friendly and the aromatic flavour of food definitely has made Nepal as one of the favourite place to travel. Nepal moves the visitors with the vibes of diverse culture, ethnic groups, tradition and culture, historical places and natural beauties. Nepal has proved to be the live museum for the tourists. This bustling tourist destination can surprise the visitors and at the same time make fall in love with it on several occasions. Many people love Nepal because of many reasons, some of the quintessential reasons are:
- The mouth watering Nepali Food
- Nepal Culture and People
- World Heritage sites with Hindu and Buddhist temples in every nooks and corners of Kathmandu
- Multi-diverse ethnic groups but identified as a single flower garland
- Mountains and natural flora and fauna
Nepal as top Tourist Destination
There are many tourist destinations in the world. Among them, Nepal is one of the best tourist destinations to spend the holidays. Different people travel for different reasons. Some travel for adventure, some for change of air and for relaxing, and some for education. Some people like comfortable trekking and tour; some like adventure sports and activities and some like climbing upon the rock, peak, and mountains and some are interested in volunteer and study tour. Now-a-days we can travel from one place to another in a twinkling of light without any difficulty. The new technology has made easy for us to travel from one place to another and on top of that if best destination is selected then that would be a piece of cake.
Nepal offers different types of best trekking and mountaineering for the trekkers and mountaineers to enjoy their holiday. Nepal is the best and world famous in both mountaineering and trekking as it has the world’s highest peak Mount Everest, eight mountains above 8000 meters. Nepal is very rich in culture and world heritage sites. The temples and Stupas are the major attraction of the culture and architecture tour in Nepal. Nepal is second biggest country in water resource and there are many small and big rivers. For the rafters, Nepal is best destination in the world. Nepal is the home of the one-horned rhino as well as west Bengal tigers and elephant riding is one of the must do thing in Nepal. Nepal is one of the destinations in the world where that meets the various interests of the tourists.
Tourism Activities to do in Nepal
Nepal is one of the top tourist destination. Nepal has immense wonderful places and things to do. Nepal captivates the visitors by various reasons. Some of them are lured by the call of the mountains and seeking to climb or trek in the Himalayas, others are intrigued by the culture and the famous city of Kathmandu. Others visit Nepal hoping to find some sort of spiritual awakening. The must do activities and must visit places while visiting Nepal are:
Must Visit Places:
- Sagarmatha National Park
- Swayambhunath temple and Pashupatinath temple
- Chitwan National Park
Top activities to do in Nepal:
- Trekking and Mountaineering in Annapurna, Langtang Region and Everest base camp and many more
- Fishing on Lake Phewa
- Flight over the Everest and other Heli Tours
- Visiting Boudhanath Stupa
- Boating in Narayani River
- Paragliding in Pokhara and Bandipur
- Biking in Godavari, Bungamati, Chapagaun and Shivapuri National Park
- Sightseeing the natural beauties, flora and fauna along with Bird Watching
- Skydiving, Paragliding and hot air ballooning over the mountains of Himalaya
- River Rafting and Bungee Jumping in Bhote Koshi River
- Canyoning in Seti River
- Exploring culture and tradition of Nepalese people
- Cable Car ride to Manakamana, Chandragiri hills, Kalinchowk that gives the up-close view of the stunning wildland.
- Zip Flying
- Shopping from alleys to big shopping malls of Thamel and popular places of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Patan and Bhaktapur
In addition to these activities and places there are a lot more to do and visit in Nepal.