why we love nepal
The two of us don't always agree on everything (peppers, for example). But there is one thing we can both wholeheartedly agree on: Nepal is our favourite country in the entire world.
Six weeks here felt like a whole lifetime too little, yet in that time we trekked the Annapurna Circuit, relaxed in Pokhara, navigated Kathmandu's craziness, and searched for tigers on safari in Chitwan. It was beautiful, adventurous, and undoubtedly epic.
Nepal's mountains, jungles, medieval cities, spiritual sites, heavenly food, and super friendly people quickly had us enchanted.
But what really makes Nepal so dear to our hearts is the intangible. There's a deep spirituality here. You can feel it the minute you step out into the chaos of Kathmandu, in the prayer flags that flutter messages of peace on the breeze, in the warmth and kindness of every Nepalese person you encounter. There's a real magic to travelling in Nepal, a kind we're yet to experience anywhere else.
Mountains. It's almost too clichéd to talk about Nepal's epic landscapes, but they're almost reason enough to visit the country.
But as if having the world's tallest mountain, Everest, wasn't enough; Nepal had to go and serve up another 7 of the world's 10 tallest mountains and some of the best hiking and mountaineering imaginable.
Then, it gifted the world the chilled-out lakeside town of Pokhara (a perfect setting to relax in after your hard mountain trek), the birthplace of Buddha at Lumbini, the steamy plains of Chitwan with their incredible wildlife viewing opportunities, the ancient royal cities and warren-like streets of Kathmandu, and the kindest locals imaginable.
It's almost like it knew exactly what nirvana looked like...
In all seriousness though, don't put off your Nepal travels any longer - make 2018 the year you stand on the shoulders of giants, and finally come to understand the meaning of 'Dal Bhat power, 24 hour'.
why you'll love nepal
"The mountains were so wild and so stark and so very beautiful that I wanted to cry. I breathed in another wonderful moment to keep safe in my heart."
– Jane Wilson- Howarth
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