Tourism Year [Visit Nepal 2020]
Lifetime Experiences: Visit Nepal 2020
Travel, explore and learn—the three truths of life that will keep you moving forward towards happier times. Specifically however, travel to Nepal, explore this Southeast Asian nation’s natural wonders and learn the roots of the harmonic diverse culture it lays its foundation on. Snuggly fitted between two giants India in the south and China in the north, Nepal co-exists peacefully within these landlocked borders living up to its name of being the birthplace of the Enlightened Gautam Buddha. With a history of more than 5000 years, Nepal remains one of the few countries in the world which flourished on its own natural grounds of sacred culture without having to surrender to any colonist rule. Nepal today has embodied the past and the present with a rather tranquil approach and is ready to set out for the future to welcome travelers of around the globe for the ultimate tourism campaign: Visit Nepal 2020.
As the government has set a target to bring in two million tourists each year by 2020, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has planned to organise ‘Visit Nepal Year’ in 2020 to attract more tourists to the country. Nepal is set to share its ethereal beauty and competence to foreign tourists with efforts to promote a number of tourist targeted destinations and activities around the country. If Nepal had never crossed your mind for being an epic travel destination, it’s time you put it at the top of your list because no other country will offer the exquisite mix of nature and culture. From the 8000m and above peaks that touch the sky in the north and the deep gorges that cut hills into beautifully arranged vista in the south, this little nation is bound to leave you in awe by the unbelievable natural sceneries across the land. The ridges and mountains in the north is perfect for activities like trekking, peak climbing, mountain expeditions and so on while tours, jungle safaris and hiking are the best for plains and hills of the central and southern regions. Point anywhere on the map of Nepal, you’ll find at least one activity to do!
Some of the finest trek routes circle around great peaks like the Everest, Annapurna, Manaslu and Kanchenjunga. Others take you on a journey to the off beaten track that lead to quiet, untouched and equally enthralling valleys of Upper Mustang, Dolpa and Tsum. Pick your ability level and the resources you have and you’ll find a perfectly customized trek for you keeping in mind your convenience and comfort. Jungle safaris through the emerald forests of Chitwan, Khaptad and Bardiya will take you on a magical journey consisting of magical encounters with rare and conserved endangered species like the Bengal tiger, red pandas, one horned rhinoceros, snow leopards and others to name a few. For the botanists, you will be entering into treasure haven as special herbs, shrubs and trees are found plenty due to the diverse ecosystem.
Go on city tours to the famous historical valley of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur where you can clearly see how the past meets the present. Ancient houses with discreetly beautiful architecture are found scattered throughout the city and remain as work of arts of legendary architects and crafters of ancient times. Walk into the three durbar squares of the three cities and you can find similarities among difference, all of them unique on their own but bearing the same atmosphere of preserved monumental sites. Among the popular heritage sites are the Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Naytapola, 55 Windows and others. Once your city tour is over, sit down at local food places which will offer you as diverse cuisine as the ethnic groups of Nepal. Always opt for at least one plate of Momo but don’t be afraid to try the local Newari cuisine consisting of sweet Yomari to spicy Chowilla. Guzzle down Tibetan tea or just opt for a true Nepali person’s staple diet of Daal (lentil soup), Bhat (rice) and Tarkari (steamed vegetables). The cuisine depends upon where you are and who the locals are so don’t be surprised if you can’t choose among the plethora o options.
One of the biggest parts of Nepal is the Nepali culture which is the epitome of harmony and tolerance between hundreds of diverse culture and the biggest part of these cultures are their festivals. Observe the epic celebration of Dashain and Tihar in mid to late October, the core festivals of the population. The communities like the Gurung, Tamang and Sherpa celebrate Lhosar, which consists of huge gathering of families coming together to have a good time. Experience a new take of Buddha Jayanti in Lumbini and Tiji festival in Upper Mustang.
You don’t need to spend a lot for a memorable time. So, book your tickets for Nepal because 2020 will bring you lifetime experiences you will never forget!