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Vacation Planning: Think Nepal

The world knows that Nepal is a small but beautiful country often referred to as the “miniature paradise” that lies in the lap of the mighty mountain ranges, the Himalayas, which has the highest point on earth. The geographical location of Nepal is in the southeast of the Asian continent, bordered by the two largest neighbors, India and China. The latitudinal extent of Nepal is 26’12 ‘and 30’27’ north and the longitudinal extent is 80 degrees 4 ‘and 88 degrees 12’ east. Within the small distance from north to south, the altitude varies greatly and has resulted in great diversity in geographical features, climate, natural vegetation, and socio-economic life of people. The country Nepal has a great diversity in landscape and natural resources, as well as in the socio-cultural life of the people. The small country has more than 100 castes and ethnic groups enriched with their own unique traditions and culture. The “unity in diversity” is the specific characteristic of Nepal, as there is love, peace and gratitude among the people. Nepal contemplates the beauty of nature, as well as ancient culture and rich traditions. Nepal is obviously an interesting and inspiring place to think about while planning your vacation.

Natural beauty that one must enjoy in Nepal:

Nepal has ten world heritage sites registered by UNESCO. The capital city Kathmandu has seven of them where it would be your first step in Nepal. Among the ten heritages, two of them are the natural resources of Sagarmatha National Park and Chitwan National Park store great mystical natural beauty in them. Besides these two, there are many naturally mesmerizing places in Nepal. Some main places are listed below:

1. Sagarmatha National Park: It is where the highest peak in the world is located, Mount Everest (Sagarmatha in Nepalese). It has exceptional beauty coupled with many other smaller peaks, glaciers, deep valleys, rare flora and fauna, culture and tradition unique to the Sherpa ethnic community. There you can enjoy mountaineering, hiking and mountain biking or any other kind of adventurous fun.

2. Chitwan National Park: It is the first national park in Nepal which is one of the best tourist destinations in Nepal. The park has reserved a great scenic pleasure with many species of plants and wild flowers, animals, wetlands, etc. It is the habitat of the wonderful one-horned rhinoceros and the Bengal tiger that are on the verge of extinction. Jungle / wildlife safaris by foot, jeep and elephant, rafting and guided jungle hikes are the main activities.

3. Pokhara: Pokhara is one of the best tourist destinations in Asia, which is located in the western central part of the country. It is located in the lap of the three main mountains Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu, which reflect their beautiful shadow over Phewa Lake. The mysterious Davis Falls, Seti River, Phewa Lake, Mahendra Cave, and many Hindu and Buddhist religious shrines will take your breath away. Annapurna Circuit Trek is also based in Pokhara. Boating, paragliding, sightseeing, mountaineering, trekking are the main things to do in Pokhara.

Cultural beauty one must enjoy in Nepal:

Nepal is a traditional country that preserves its diversity of ancient art, culture, civilization and way of life. The specific characteristics of Nepal are “Unity in Diversity” and “Religious Tolerance”, since there are more than 100 castes and ethnic groups that speak more than 100 languages. People are limited by the feeling of brotherhood and brotherhood. More than 10 kinds of religious followers are here, but with good mutual understanding and cooperation in them. Seven of the religious and culturally important places in Nepal are included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of them are discussed below:

1. Three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley: Namely, Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu), Patan and Bhaktapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu Valley have the great importance that medieval art, culture and civilization represent. They resemble unique urban settlements, architecture, sculpture, and structures with exceptional craftsmanship in wood, stone, wood, brick, and metals. They represent the rich medieval civilization that developed in the world.

2. Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha: Lord Buddha, ‘the enlightened one’ was born in Lumbini in 623 BC who spread the message of love and peace in the world. It is found in the southern plains of Nepal. It is one of the holiest pilgrimages for Buddhists in the world and also an equally important center for archaeological research. Lumbini includes the Maya Devi Temple, the Ashoka Pillar, the monasteries and the stupas (shrines) as main attractions.

3. Temple of Muktinath: The famous temple of Lord Muktinath is located in the beautiful mountain district of Mustang, northeast of Jomsom, which is a major center in the Annapurna region. The temple is of great importance to followers of the Hindu religion as well as Buddhists, reflecting religious tolerance. The main shrine is a pagoda-shaped temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

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