Traveling to Nepal holds a mystical allure for seekers of spiritual enlightenment or the world's highest summit. Take a scenic flight over 29,000-foot Mount Everest, explore Buddhist and Hindu temples, then come down to earth in the winding alleys of Kathmandu, the capital of this ancient kingdom. The aroma of colorful spices and the clang of cymbals intoxicate.
As the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu is a melting pot of culture, history, and tradition paired with modernity. The city offers many things to see and do; it’s impossible to name them all! So, we picked a few places you’ll want to check out during your visit. The palatial complex of Bhaktapur Durbar Square showcases stunning art and design from past centuries. Enter through the Golden Gate, and admire its intricate architectural detailing of supernatural creatures. See the famous 55 Window Palace. If you happen to be in Nepal during the festival season, you must spend some time in Kathmandu! Immerse yourself in tradition and prepare to party during the colorful celebration of Holi, the Festival of Colors. Watch the night sky light up from thousands of glimmering candles during Diwali, the Festival of Lights.
- Mount Everest Flyover
It’s the shortcut to the top! Experience a birds-eye view of the tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest. The best time to go is early morning when the views are the clearest. Hop aboard a small plane and begin your ascent of over 30,000 feet. Listen as the flight attendant identifies the peaks you pass and points them out on your map. Look down upon the glaciers and lakes of the mountains, glistening amidst the sunrise. Witnessing the breathtakingly raw, natural beauty of the Himalayas piercing the sky at dawn is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you will never forget!
- Boudhanath Stupa
Located a short distance from Kathmandu lies Nepal’s largest stupa, Boudhanath. It’s impossible to miss this perfectly-proportioned monument, thanks to a gold Buddha that sits atop a massive dome. Nepalese prayer flags surround the shrine, blowing gently in the breeze. It’s lovely at night when colorful lights reflect against the whitewashed exterior, making the eyes of the Buddha even more mysterious. Admire the building’s ornate artwork, and reflect as you gaze upon the relics inside. Witness the procession of monks coming to pray at dawn or dusk.
- Take a Street Food Tour
The Nepalese know how to cook! Whether you prefer hot and spicy or cool and refreshing, Nepal offers a variety of food that will please any palate. And what better way to get a taste of the local flavors than by taking an off-the-beaten-path street food tour? You’ll find that other Asian countries inspire Nepalese cuisine with an added flair. Wander down narrow alleys and sample freshly-made delicacies at stalls only known to locals. Try your hand at cooking an authentic Nepalese dish during a cooking class hosted by local women.
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According to the Center for Disease control, there is no risk of malaria in Kathmandu. Before you go, consult your physician about inoculations against hepatitis, typhoid and tetanus. Disinfect and cover wounds with a bandage.
Monsoons occur in Nepal between the months of June and September and often result in floods. Because of its elevation, most of Nepal is brisk with the highest elevations being quite cold. Trekkers will want to visit Nepal from October to November and March to April to avoid monsoons and snow. Nepal's autumn is generally better for viewing than the spring when the air is hazy, but spring is still worth a visit.
In Kathmandu and Pokhara restaurants only, tip 10% (if a service charge is not already on the bill). If you go trekking, tip porters and guides (consult with the trek organizer for the proper amount).
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