With the rise of tourism and attractions in Nepal, 2017 saw 940,218 visitors from across the globe – as India and China make up two-thirds of the market. Today, the country of Nepal still boosts travelers’ bucket lists, it’s easy to see why.
Nepal offers stunning views of lakes, jungles, and mountains, friendly locals, and home to a once-in-a-lifetime trek in the Himalayan mountains. Not to mention, it is a safe and budget-friendly destination for students to visit during their semester breaks. So why is Nepal worth a visit?
Budgeting your trip to Nepal
Traveling on a student budget is a challenge, especially abroad. Most travelers spend an average $40 USD for basic, yet comfortable loading and food. As a guide, USD $1 is equivalent to around 100 NPR. As most of the scenic views are located at the National Parks and certain districts in Nepal, you will need to pay a fee for entry. Keep in mind the fees differ for each location with separate rates for locals and foreigners. For example, international travelers going to Upper Mustang will pay USD $500 per person for a 10-day permit.
Experience the natural beauty and heritage
Let’s start with the endless beauty of Nepal’s Mount Everest as it creeps along the borders. As home to the Garden of Dreams, this country offers historical religious monuments and spiritual temples. If you’re looking to capture the spirituality of the country, try Lumbini, where Lord Buddha was born over 2,500 years ago. In addition, there are other locations, which are a must-see, such as:
- Pokhara City – One of the most scenic and romantic places in Nepal, and possibly the world. The city’s main attractions include Fewa Lake, Devi’s fall, Mahendra Cave, International mountain museum, Bahari Temple, and World Peace Pagoda.
- Lo Manthang – Despite the growing interest of this city, the culture is almost untouched, making it a worldly sight to see. If you plan to visit, check out the annual Tiji Festival that takes place in May.
- Kathmandu Valley – As the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu is rich in cultural heritage sites with ancient artworks and carvings made from metal, wood, and stone.
Nepal is a spectacularly beautiful country that is best known for its panoramic mountain views. Once you explore the Himalayan mountain range and discover the awe-inspiring beauty of Nepal, your next travel abroad may pale in comparison. Therefore, book your trip, check out the sights, and discover their rich culture of what makes Nepal truly a country where nature and culture create worldly sites on your next semester break