Amidst the chaos and gush of the fast modern life, we often find ourselves searching for some peace and mindfulness. It is often told how such mental wholesomeness has become a thing of the past, but every time someone mentions the Himalayas; our hearts do genuinely skip a beat.
If you’re planning to take trip to a cool breezy place where you can sit back and reflect upon yourself, while also at the same time have the time of your life with your friends, then hands down Nepal is the go to place for you.
This beautiful place offers a perfect blend of the Himalayas and the Indo-Gangetic plain and is known round the globe for its rich heritage, beauty, and most importantly the kind of calmness it offers to its visitors as well as the inhabitants. The tourist appeal of this place is one of the primary reasons why the place is so widely listed on every “Top Places to Visit” list. Nepal trekking packages mixed with local sightseeing and adventures makes it a perfect getaway.
While it might feel like you need a great deal of planning for this, we’re here to be your saviour. We present to you a 10/10 list of the 7 best things you can do in Nepal with your friends.
Stupas and Temples
The rich heritage of Nepal isn’t a thing hidden from us. Stupas and other religious attractions constitute a huge proportion of this heritage and every year tourists visit these sights to pay their reverence as well as to get a glimpse of their world famous grandeur.
Two of the most famous sights are Pashupatinath temple and Boudhnath Stupa. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most famous and sacred Hindu temples erected in the 5th century. It is famous for its Nepalese Pagoda architecture. Boudhanath Stupa, located 11km away from the centre of Kathmandu, is a massive Stupa with a huge Mandala which makes it one of the largest in the world.
Trekking in Nepal is something that you just can’t miss. The place offers a myriad of awe striking treks that will make you experience the time of your life.
- Everest Base Camp Trek
This is one of the most famous trek routes in Nepal, offering you a beautiful view from the highest mountain peak in the world. It takes you through the Khumbu valley while simultaneously providing you a brilliant view to the Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Cho Oyu. The trek is usually 14-16 days affair.
- Annapurna Circuit Trek
This one is yet another famous trek route. It is also said to be one of the most challenging trek of all times. The route is somewhere between 160km to 230km and is a 14-21 days affair.
A view of a beautiful landscape from the sky is a view for a lifetime. This activity is most favourable for those who can’t get themselves to do some trekking. There are various groups in Nepal that carry out helicopter rides for tourists. These rides usually encompass a view of some of the main peaks like, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Gosaithan, Mt. Dorje Lhakpa, Mt. Gauri-Shanker and of course, the greatest, Mt. Everest.
We all are aware of how Nepal is “the” place to seek some mental peace, bodily calm and mindfulness. What better way to achieve this than yoga? Nepal has various Yoga camps, classes and retreats that should be perfect to get you going. Sadhana Yoga Retreat and Nepal Yoga Home are few of the famous yoga places in Nepal, famous for their intensive yoga trainings as well as daily classes.
It’s surprising how much this place has to offer. This section covers what you can do when you just want to walk out of your guest room and stroll around and see what makes this place so rich and beautiful. Kathmandu durbar Square is one of those eye catching things that will make your day. This massive complex constituting a great number of palaces, temples and courtyards has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For your curious mind, the place also has Mahendra Museum and Tribhuvan Memorial Museum to offer.
Brace yourselves because another 10/10 event has been added to this already wholesome trip. For all the bike lovers out there, the good news is that Nepal has one of the best bike routes to offer to you. One biking route is in the Shivapuri National park, which is also said to be one of the most difficult routes. Dakshinkali road biking is a beautiful route which offers to you a beautiful scenery along with a glimpse of the cultural attractions.
Chitwan National Park
Once you’re done with all the above mentioned things and want to give yourself a quick rest, you can visit this beautiful and famous national park. It is said to be the first national park in Nepal, established in 1973. You can hop on a jungle safari to enjoy the wild and raw existence of the flora and fauna there, reminding you of your natural roots and the closeness to earth.
You can go for a jungle walk, bird watching or canoeing. There are also multi day wildlife adventure tours offered by the national park to help you spot wildlife in its most natural and candid phase.
It is time to stop procrastinating! We’ve done half of the work, all you have to do now is leave for the most wholesome trip there ever was
Manmohan Singh is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. Manmohan Singh conducts Yoga Teacher Training in India in different cities. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature, Himalayas and Trekking Packages in India