If you’ve ever heard anything about Nepal, it was probably something along the lines of “it’s one of the most beautiful countries with the kindest people”. And let me tell you, it’s one hundred per cent true. Nepal is one of my favourite places; from its mesmerising landscapes, rich culture, hospitable people and epic trekking trails and hikes.
1. Nepalese are some of the most welcoming people you’ll ever meet
One thing we know to be true is that while the Nepalese don’t have much, they will give you all they have. Nepalese are some of the most loving and genuine people you will ever meet, and without a
- The traditional way to greet someone is placing your palms together in prayer style and saying “namaste” or “namaskar”
- Be respectful with your clothing choices, cover
- Public displays of affection
are often frownedupon, so resist the urge to smooch your loved ones!
- If you’re ever invited into a Nepalese home, remove your shoes before entering (same goes with temples)
2. It’s still in the process of recovering
To this day,
Here are some links where you can donate and help Nepal and its people get back on their feet.
Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org.au/nepal-earthquake-2015.aspx)
3. Tourism hasn't been impacted as much as you think
After the earthquake, it’s understandable you might be a bit apprehensive to visit Nepal anytime soon, but tourism hasn’t been as impacted as you might think. Travel inherently brings risks but if you are alert and mindful, you will have an amazing experience.
Today in Nepal,
In terms of transport safety, let’s just say it’s not required by law for motorists to wear a helmet. Most of the roads are unpaved and feature large potholes and mountainous terrain. Keep your wits about you and don’t do anything you don’t feel comfortable doing.
4. Dal-bhat will become your new favourite meal
The food in Nepal is nothing like you’ve ever experienced, with
5. It’s dry and polluted but utterly mesmerising nonetheless
Nepal’s climate is very dry, much drier than other countries in Southeast Asia. In addition to that, Kathmandu and the surrounding Kathmandu Valley are often quite dusty and polluted. But don't let that stop you!
It might take you a few days to get used to the air, but once you do, Nepal is your oyster. From insanely beautiful treks to heart-pumping adventure activities, taking the time to reflect in stunning temples and eating tantalising food, Nepal will leave you craving more.
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6. You’ll leave Nepal forever changed
Nobody comes back from Nepal without being changed in some irrevocable way. The utterly spiritual nature of the country and its people will ensure you keep coming back for more, time and time again. It’s just one of those places that truly makes you appreciate the beauty of nature, culture, history and power of the human spirit.
Capital City: Kathmandu
Primary Religion: Hindu
Language: Nepali (but there are about 123 languages spoken there!)
Although Nepali (or Nepalese) is the official language, many traditional languages are still spoken. English is somewhat understood in major cities. Try communicating with locals using these common phrases:
How are you?
What’s your name?
My name is ____
What is the cost of this?
Yes (it is….)
No (it is not)
I know/I don’t know
Tapailai kasto chha?
Tapaiko naam ke ho?
Mero naam ____ ho
Yesko kati paisa ho?
Thaaha chha/thaaha chaina
Have you considered a trip to Nepal? Or have you already been and have fond memories of your own? Tell me in the comments below.
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This post originally appeared on Inspired Adventures and has been republished with permission.