Short Overview of Nepal Tourism
Tourism is the largest industry in Nepal and its largest source of foreign exchange and revenue. In other word we can say tourism as lifeblood of Nepalese society. Possessing eight of the ten highest mountains in the world, Nepal is a hotspot destination for mountaineers, rock climbers and people seeking adventure. Everybody who are looking for some adventure on the coming vacation Nepal will be a great destination. The rich Nepalese culture, spiritual environment, rural villages, beautiful cities, rich wildlife and shinning mountains are the tourism assets of Nepal. Nepal is always working and improving from different aspects so that it can make Nepal a hub for foreign tourists. In Nepal, they have a culture from ages that is considering guest or tourist as a god. So, tourism in Nepal has been in spotlight from years. Today not everyone but most of the people in the world consider Nepal as one of the very friendly country for tourism. The Hindu and Buddhist heritage of Nepal and its cool weather are also strong attractions.
Himalaya and Mount Everest as seen from space. Nepal has 8 of the 10 highest mountains in the world.
Mount Everest, the highest mountain peak in the world, is located in Nepal. Mountaineering and other types of adventure tourism and ecotourism are important attractions for visitors. As well as Nepal is well known throughout the world for cultural tourism, spiritual tourism, village tourism and sport tourism. The world heritage site Lumbini, birthplace of Gautama Buddha, is located in the south of the West region of Nepal (which despite the name is located in the centre of the country) and there are other important religious pilgrimage sites throughout the country. Every year millions of Buddhists tourist come to Nepal to visit the birthplace of Gautam Buddha. Not only Nepal has a beautiful destinations for tourism, the pleasant climate and the welcoming nature is also a component by which Nepal is known at different part of the world. According to the USA TODAY, Nepal’s mountains and rivers offers unlimited opportunity of adventure activites. In 2016 only the tourism industry directly supported 427,000 jobs which is 2.9 percent of the total employment of the country. In 2027, the jobs by tourism industry is expected to reach by 1,325,000 according to the Nepal Tourism Bosard data. SO, tourism in Nepal is considered as a backbone for the Nepali economy. .
Different Aspects of Tourism at Nepal
The different aspects of tourism that can be found in Nepal are listed below:
Nepal is very rich, and its culture is unique at the same time. There are 125 ethical groups, and the language they speak are 123. In the small are of 147,181 square kilometer which is very tiny, people follow ten different religions. The diversity, the custom and tradition of Nepalese people separates it from the rest of the world and puts itself in very dynamic position. Another way to calculate the richness in Nepal Culture is the festivals they celebrate. Many tourists from all over the world come to witness the unique festival in Nepal. The festival of color Holi, the festival of marijuana known as Shivaratri are few festivals which attracts hundreds of thousands and tourists every year. This kind of festival makes the stay in Nepal more joyful and it had a power to attract more tourist and strength the Cultural Tourism in Nepal every year.
Spiritual tourism is one of the ingredient which attracts millions of tourists at Nepal every year. Nepal is the land of Hindu Religion. The temple “ Pashupatinath” is located at the capital of Nepal which is one of the popular destination for Hindus throughout the world. The city of Kathmandu is also known as city of temples. It got thousands of temples which attracts many tourist from all parts of the world. As well as there are so many pilgrim sites at Nepal like Lumbini, Muktinath, Gosainkunda, Janakpur.
Village and City Tourism
Nepal is known as the country of villages. There are so many villages and the lifestyle is very typical. Even though the technology and life style is advanced these days, the typical village life of Nepal is something that people does not see often. The plouging of land by ox, typical houses, homestay at villages, local food are the attraction by which village tourism had grown these days. Beside villages, the popular city like Pokhara, Kathmandu, Lumbini, Bhaktapur are very famous tourist destination. There are so many historic sites which can be found mesmerizing in Nepal.
In Nepal there is eight of the tallest mountain among top ten of the world. In Nepal the world’s most, spectacular mountain can be found. It is challenging but worthy. There are 14 peaks in Nepal which height are more than 8000 m height. There is great trekking and hiking spots around these peaks. If managed properly this can generate the great income in Nepal. To climb the highest peak or mountain in the world Mount Everest, every year so many people come to Nepal from all part of the world. The Mountain flight is one of the popular activates which can be done in Nepal. Beside that travelling to the base camp of the different mountains is the thing many tourists enjoy at Nepal
Nepal is very popular destination for the Adventure. Beside mountains and high peaks, many adventure activates can be done in Nepal. The cable car travel in the Mukti Nath Temple is very adventurerhino. Bungee jump at the Bhotekoski river, boating, fishing, rafting, paragliding are the few adventures which can be done in Nepal. Beside this, wildlife hunting is also an adventure which can be done in Nepal.
Nepal is rich in natural beauty, the mountain, lakes, rivers, forests and wildlife makes Nepal complete. Many people come to Nepal to see different wild animals in the National parks. Tiger, one horned rhino can be seen at different National parks. In the jungle of Nepal various wildlife like tiger, , snow leopard, red panda and musk deer can be found. There are more than 850 species of bird at Nepal. The rich nature is also one of the important aspect of tourism in Nepal.
Nepal is famous destination for playing golf. The very luxury golf courses with the view of mountain makes is popular destination for golfing. Beside this rock climbing, rafting, kayaking, mountain biking are the various sports that can be done in Nepal. Elephant polo is played only in the country Nepal. The rafting in Nepalese river is very with the great natural view is very tremendous.
Being the agricultural country Nepal had very potential on the Agriculture tourism. Eighty percent of the total population of Nepal depends upon agriculture, The different kinds of herbs and plants found in Nepal attracts many people. The agriculture technique used by village people in Nepal is very primitive in this modern world. Every year many people throughout the world come to witness it. Beside agriculture the come to try the local food and local culture at Nepal.
The hospitality of Nepal is liked by almost all people who visit Nepal. The innocent of the Nepal and the concept of treating guest or tourist as God make Nepal to have very potential at Hospitality tourism, there are so many luxury hotels and destination as well as people can home stay and enjoy local food and culture. The generous hospitality of Nepal took attention of all the visitors and made them compel to come back Nepal again.
The 800 km stretch of the Nepal Himalayan is the greatest in the world with eight peaks that rise above 8,000m including the highest in the world, Mt. Everest. Ever since the country opened its peaks to climbers in 1994, the Nepal Himalayan has become a great theatre of mountaineering activity and the drama of success and failure have provided impetus to thousands of men and women to meet the ultimate challenge. The Nepal Himalayan has been an attraction to many people, be they saints, philosophers, researchers or adventures.
The best way to experience Nepal’s unbeatable combination of natural beauty and culture riches is to walk through them. One can walk along the beaten trails or virgin tracks. Either way you are in for an experience for a lifetime. Along with forests of rhododendron, isolated hamlets, and small mountain villages, birds, animals, temple, monasteries and breathtaking landscapes, you will also encounter friendly people of different cultures offering a fascinating glimpse of traditional rural life.
Nepal is a paradise for bird lovers with over 646 species (almost 8% of the world total) of birds, and among them almost 500 hundred species are found in Kathmandu Valley alone. The most popular bird watching spots in Kathmandu are Phulchoki, Godavari, Nagarjun, Bagmatiriver, Taudaha and so on. Get your binoculars and look forward to a rewarding experience.
Rafting is one of the best ways to explore the typical cross section of natural as well as ethno-cultural heritage of the country. There are numerous rivers in Nepal which offer excellent rafting or canoeing experience. You can glide on calm jade waters with munificent scenery all about or rush through roaring white rapids, in the care of expert river-men employed by government authorized agencies. One can opt for day of river running or more. So far, the government has opened sections of 10 rivers for commercial rafting. The Trisuliriver is one of the most popular of Nepal’s raftable rivers. The Kali Gandaki winds through remote canyons and deep gorges for five days of intense rapids. The BhoteKoshi is 26km of continuous white water and the raging Marshyanghi is four days of uninterrupted white water. The Karnaliriver provides some of the most challenging rapids in the world. The Sun Koshi , 27km, requiring 8-10 days to complete, is a big and challenging river. Adventurers are provided with world-class services by rafting agents. Agencies here provide life jackets, camping and the standard rafting paraphernalia needed by world-class rafting. An extremely popular sport in Europe, cannoning is now available in Nepal. Cannoning gives you the freedom to explore some of the most ruggedly beautiful, yet forbidden places in the world.
Hot Air Ballooning
Hot air ballooning is very popular with tourists for it affords the most spectacular bird’s-eye view of the Kathmandu valley and the Himalayan ranges towering in the background. On a clear day it’s a superb way to view the Himalayan (from over 6000m up), and the view of the valley is equally breathtaking.
The ultimate thrill of a bungee jump can now be experienced in Nepal at one of the best sites that this sport can boast of anywhere in the world. Nepal’s first bungee jumping site is situated 160m. Over the BhoteKoshiriver, inviting you to experience the ultimate adrenaline rush in the surroundings of this amazing place. The jump, at 160m., is staffed and operated by some of the most experienced jumpmasters in the business.
Paragliding in Nepal can be a truly wonderful and fulfilling experience for the adventure seeking. A trip will take you over some of the best scenery on earth, as you share airspace with Himalayan griffins vultures, eagles, kites and float over villages, monasteries, temples, lakes and jungle, with a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayas.
Ultralight aircraft take off from Pokhara and offer spectacular views of the lakes, mountains and villages. This is an ideal way to see life from a new perspective. The choice of Pokhara Valley for ultra-light aircraft is appropriate chiefly because of the proximity of the mountains, and the scenic lakes. For those who wished they could fly birds when growing up, this flight is a must. It might be lonely at the top, but this flight is a must. It might be lonely at the top, but the spectacular view from up high certainly makes it all worth it. Flights are from the Pokhara airport beginning September through June. The flights take place from sunrise to 11 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to sunset every day during these months.
The best way to explore the Kathmandu Valley is on a mountain bike. Nepal’s diverse terrain is a mountain biker’s dream adventure comes true. Mountain biking offers an environmentally sound way of exploring this magnificent country, its landscape and living heritage. There are plenty of dirty roads and trails in Nepal to meet every mountain biker’s wildest fantasy. Mountain biking is specially recommended if you wish to explore urban centers of Nepal such as Pokhara and Kathmandu as well as the countryside. Adventurous souls may plan extended trips to such exotic locals as Namche Bazaar, and western Nepal. You could even do the entire length of Nepal across the plains. Mountain bikes are available for rent by the day or longer in many of the bicycle rental outlets in Nepal and around the city.
National Parks located specially in the Terai region in Nepal attract visitors from all over the world. A visit to these parks involves game- stalking by a variety of means-foot, dugout canoe, jeep, and elephant back. One is bound to sight a one – horned rhino or two at every elephant safari. Besides the rhinos, wild boars, samburs, spotted deer, sloth bear, four-horned antelope are also usually seen. A Royal Bengal tiger may surprise you by his majestic appearance.
Only awe-stricken silence can come close to matching the experience of going on a mountain flight to encounter the tallest mountains on earth. Mountain flights offer the closest possible aerial views of Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga and the Tibetan Plateau. Mountain flights appeal to all category of travelers and have become a popular tourist attraction of Nepal. For those who are restricted by time or other considerations from going for a trek, these flights offer a panoramic view of the Himalayan in just one hour.
For all those cliffhangers out there, Kathmandu offers a roster of stone walls that make for an experience of a lifetime. Now of late, Rock climbing has become a popular sport in Kathmandu, which offers some really terrific places for rock climbing. Nagarjun, Balaju, Shivapuri and Budhanilkantha are some of the places where you can try this sport.
Tourism in Nepal was badly affected, at least temporarily, by the series of earthquakes in 2015. But now it is recovering up and so many investments to attract tourist can be seen everyday at Nepal. Prince Harry from Britain visited Nepal at 2016 to send message to the world that Nepal is recovering from devastating earthquake and we should love Nepal by visiting it and sharing hands to rebuilt Nepal.
In 2017-, the number of international tourists visiting Nepal was 940, 218, which was an increase of 24.8 compared to the previous year. Nepal Tourism Policy 2009 identifies tourism as one of the important key or backbone for economic development at Nepal. So, so many plan and policies are formulated to attract tourists every year. Expansion of employment opportunities and to improve living standard of Nepalese people Nepal has formulated Vision 2020 to make the 1 million employments from tourism industry.
Religious sites at Nepal
Janaki Mandir, the temple where Nepalese goddess Sita married Lord Rama in Nepal. World famous Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal.
The major religion in Nepal is Hinduism, and the Pashupatinath Temple, the world's largest temple of Shiva, located in Kathmandu, attracts many pilgrims and tourists. Other Hindu pilgrimage sites include the temple complex in Swargadwari in the Pyuthan district; Janaki Mandir in Janakpurdham in Mithila region; Lake Gosainkunda near Dhunche; the temples at Devghat; Manakamana temple in the Gorkha District; Pathibhara near Phungling; and Mahamrityunjaya Shivasan Nepal in Palpa District where the biggest metallic idol of Lord Shiva is located.
Buddhism is the largest minority religion. The World Heritage site at Lumbini, which is traditionally considered to be the birthplace of Gautama Buddha, is an important pilgrimage site. Another prominent Buddhist site is Swayambhunath, the Monkey Temple, in Kathmandu.
Dang valley is a sacred place for Hindus as well as other religions. Kalika and Malika Devi in Chhillikot hill, Ambekeshawori temple, Krishna temple, Dharapani temple are among the sacred places in Dang district. Chillikot hill is also a good place for sightseeing and also an ancient palace of a king.
Muktinath is a sacred place for Hindus as well as Buddhists. The site is located in Muktinath Valley, Mustang district.