Located in South Asia and home to the highest mountain range in the world, the Himalayas, Nepal is a landlocked country sharing its borders with China in the north and India in the east, west and south. Home to the world’s highest peak, the Mt. Everest, this small Himalayan kingdom is known for its incredible mountains, snowy peaks and some of the best trekking trails of the Himalayas. Mountains, jungles, quaint mountain villages, ancient cities and diverse and interesting culture makes Nepal one of the world’s greatest and most interesting travel destinations.
How to reach Nepal?
The most convenient way to reach Nepal for foreign travelers is by air, landing at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Most common flights to/from this airport are from Middle East cities such as Doha, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Istanbul, etc and eastern cities such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, to mention a few. There are connecting flights from Indian and Chinese cities, the two neighboring countries as well. European and North American travelers will most likely need transit before taking a flight to Nepal.
Kathmandu is Nepal’s capital city and main hub for all adventures. The air-quality index is relatively higher and you will witness congestion with road-traffics. But this chaotic city is highly worth exploring.
Top things to do in Kathmandu:
- Walk (clockwise) around Boudha Stupa, and when you need a break, enjoy a lassi from one of the rooftop cafes.
- Explore the ancient cities of Patan and Bhaktapur. (While in Bhaktapur, be sure to try their famous curd, called juju dhau. It’s super tasty!)
- Note, these are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites and they cost a fee to enter.
- Visit the Asan Market early in the morning or in the evening to see local vendors selling their colorful goods in this lively street bazaar!
- Visit restaurants in Thamel (Kathmandu) or Jhamshikhel (Patan) and around! Don’t forget to try out Mo:mo, Nepal’s famous dumplings.