Home of Buddha’s birthplace, one of the most incredible National Parks in the world and Himalayan views that have to be seen to be believed.
Nepal is a real treat for travellers looking to visit a place with a lot of heart. Nepal is the gateway to the Himalayas, full of gorgeous snow white mountain peaks and temples decked out with colourful flags. My one and only visit to Nepal is in January of 2015, just before the devastating earthquake hit in April. On that trip, I was so moved by the grace and warmth of the Nepalese people.
I know I always seem to go on about the food in the places that I visit, but quite honestly I wasn’t expecting the wonder that is Nepalese food. The food here is a sensory overload of a combination of Indian and Tibetan influences – as well as a whole heap of more traditional Western fare in tourist centres like Kathmandu if you have curry fatigue.
I crossed over the border from India into Nepal and head to the birthplace of the Guatama Buddha at Lumbini. It’s a pilgrimage for so many Buddhists and the famous Nepalese coloured flags hang throughout the gardens.
Next I spent four glorious days in Chitwan National Park. I stayed with a local family shacked up in the midst of the park for one night. The next day I canoed down the river side by side with crocodiles who don’t pay me any attention at all. Its magical.
Finally, after a death defying mountainside bus ride, I arrived in Kathmandu. It has all the wonder of the kitschy South East Asian market stalls but with an alpine twist. Instead of Bintang singlets, the vendors are selling healing bowls and scarves. It’s just a beautiful, peaceful vibe here and quite honestly my three days here are nowhere near sufficient.
Your ultimate Nepal bucket list is here. When preparing for your Nepalese vacation, it can be overwhelming to figure out where to visit as there are so many beautiful destinations within this Himalayan country. I’ve assembled a whole bunch of travel bloggers to give...