WHAT IS THE CAPITAL OF NEPAL?

Nepal has a rich cultural and natural heritage which is highly desired by many travelers throughout the year. The best season for visiting Nepal will be in springtime. There are also a lot of trekking trails in Nepal, which makes it an ideal destination for trekkers as well. During spring these trails in Nepal offer beautiful views of blooming rhododendron and other beautiful flowers throughout the trekking route.

Nepal– The land of beautiful Himalaya has hundreds of trekking to the mountain base camps and day hikes. Trekking and hiking are the best activities that you can opt for while in NepalNepal witnesses Thousands of visitors every year for hiking and trekking activities. 

Even after the 2015 earthquake, Nepal remains the cultural powerhouse of the Himalaya, with an unrivaled collection of world-class palaces, hidden backstreet shrines, and sublime temple art. An enthralling experience to be with nature! Undoubtedly, Nepal is the world’s most alluring country to try some adventure activities. Read more…

What is the capital of Nepal?

Nepal is one of the most visited South Asian countries in the world. Nepal is rich in culture, tradition and its natural heritage which is also desired by many travelers throughout the world. Nepal is always welcoming to all its visitors and one of the best times to visit Nepal is during the spring when the hills live, flowers like rhododendron bloom and many trekking trails open. Now what is the capital of Nepal you ask?

The beautiful Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. The capital Kathmandu in Nepal offers many places of attractions and is called as the city of temples for having many religious sites and temples. There are also several adventurous activities that can be done in the capital city of Nepal – Kathmandu.  The major languages spoken in Nepal are Nepali, English, and Hindi. You will be surprised to know that Nepal has about 101 ethnic groups speaking over 92 languages.

 Kathmandu is an interesting city in Nepal and houses many festivals throughout the year. More than 50 festivals are celebrated every year in Nepal. Did you know that gambling is legal in Nepal? People also gamble during these festivals in Nepal. 

Even after the 2015 earthquake, Nepal remains the cultural powerhouse of the Himalaya, with an unrivaled collection of world-class palaces, hidden backstreet shrines, and sublime temple art. An enthralling experience to be with nature! Undoubtedly, Kathmandu in Nepal is one of the world’s most alluring places to try some adventure activities. This capital city of Nepal attracts tourists from all over the world every year and offers them some of the most beautiful experiences in the country.

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Beautiful city of shrines and the places to visit in Kathmandu

Nepal is one beautiful landlocked multilingual, multiethnic, multi religious country in Asia nestled in the lap of gigantic Himalayan range. Nepal is popular all around the globe for its rich culture, heritage and its abundance of natural beauty. Kathmandu – the capital city has many places to visit and is one of the most popular places in Nepal. Kathmandu zealously protects and guards the ancient traditions but embraces modern technology as well. Some of the most famous places to visit in Kathmandu are Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar and Swayambhunath Temple.

Boudhanath Stupa is the largest stupa in Nepal situated 7km from Kathmandu. This massive 36 meter high stupa dominates the skyline of the city and is visible from far. This is one of the most famous places to visit in Kathmandu and is also one of the UNESCO Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Another UNESCO Heritage Site in Kathmandu is Pashupatinath Temple that draws in thousands of pilgrims and devotees every day. It is one of the oldest temples in Kathmandu and also the most visited.

Kathmandu Durbar Square is also a UNESCO Heritage Site and holds great historic significance. When Nepal was a monarch country the kingly coronations were done at this place. Though no coronations take place these days but this place is flooded with people during festivals in Kathmandu. Also called as the monkey temple of Kathmandu, the Swayambhunath Temple is situated about 3km from Kathmandu and is one of the holiest Buddhist stupas in Nepal.  This ancient temple is believed to have been built in 13th Century. It is also one of the most visited and famous places to visit in Kathmandu Nepal.

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Celebration of faith: Pashupatinath Mandir in Nepal

The Pashupatinath temple in Nepal is not merely a single temple standing tall in the middle of the capital city – Kathmandu. Pashupatinath Mandir in Nepal is one of the UNESCO Heritage Site in Kathmandu. Many small temples and buildings are built around the main temple and they altogether form the Pashupatinath Mandir Complex. The year is not exactly known when the temple was built but it is believed to have been built at around 400BC in 4th Century. Pashupatinath Mandir in Nepal has been renovated by many kings in the past and today it is a popular place to visit in Kathmandu.

 Many theories are made about how this temple in Nepal had come into existence in the beginning and all these legends are the stories about how the Shiva Lingam inside the temple came into existence. Some of these legends are the cow legend, Kamadhenu legend, Licchavi, Devalaya legend and other beliefs. Each legend has different story and the most famous of them all is the cow legend.

The Pashupatinath temple in Nepal is beautiful and looks ancient. The artisans in the past had carved wooden windows and doors exquisitely that it still shines and looks sharp today as if they are newly made. Old bricks and beautifully carved wooden balconies, doors and windows make this temple look extremely precious and attractive. The main idol in the complex is a stone deity that has faces which represents Lord Shiva or the Pashupatinath’s various aspects. These faces are Sadyojata, Vamadeva, Tatpurusha, Aghora and Ishana; these faces represent five primary elements, space, air, fire, water and earth. And the best time to visit Pashupatinath temple in Nepal and the city Kathmandu is from September to the mid or end of December.

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Pashupatinath Mandir in Nepal

Nepal is not just beautiful but also is enriched in cultural and religious symbols and practices and offers wide realms for spirituality too. Among the many religious sites, Pashupatinath Mandir remains the biggest holy mandir in country. One of the four major religious sites in Asia dedicated to Lord Shiva is Pashupatinath Mandir in Nepal built in the 5th century.

Though the exact history of the existence of the temple is not known but there are many legends and myths associated with the construction of the temple. The Pashupatinath Mandir complex is widely stretched on both sides of Bagmati River and the temple portrays exquisite architectural beauty built in pagoda style with gold-covered roof and silver doors. In the east of Pashupatinath Mandir lies Guheshwori Mandir, dedicated to Sati Devi, the first wife of Lord Shiva. This temple is also regarded as one of the most important mandirs in the premises of Pashupatinath, believed to be a symbol of power (shakti). Other various temples present within the premises are Bhuwaneshwori, the Dakshinamurti, Tamreshwor, Panchdewal, Bishwarupa, and others. All the mandirs have their own meaning, values, and rituals to be performed.

The Pashupatinath Mandir carries huge mythological and spiritual value for the people of Nepal residing across the world. Many believers in Nepal come to reside here during their last days of life. Legends have it that people who die in the premises of the mandir are reborn as human beings despite their misconduct in their lifetime. The premises of Pashupatinath Mandir in Nepal are used for different purposes. One can find this a perfect place for meditation; some indulge in exploring ayurvedic, some come for darshan, some are touristsand some come to meet the astrologers.  

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Best time to visit Nepal for a perfect vacation

Nepal is located in the Himalayas. It borders China, India and Bangladesh. Tourism is one of the largest industries in Nepal and it attracts people from all around the world. Some of the best places to visit in Nepal are the capital city Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Boudhanath Stupa, Chitwan National Park, Swayambhunath, Lumbini etc. Before booking your tickets, make sure to check the best time to visit Nepal.

Kathmandu has a very lively atmosphere, and the streets are filled with locals and tourists throughout the year. The best time to visit Kathmandu is between Sep-Dec. At this time, the views of the glaciers and local festivals are the best. Bhaktapur is the third Royal City in Nepal, which lies on the old trade route to Tibet. The best time to visit Bhaktapur is in spring between Mar-Apr and in autumn between Oct-Nov. During this time the weather is pleasant and clear skies make the view of the Himalayas more beautiful. The Boudhanath Stupa located just outside of Kathmandu is one of the largest stupas of its kind in the world. It is located on the old trade route to Tibet and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another place of attraction in Nepal is the Chitwan National Park. It has a tropical monsoon climate, and is famous for wide variety of wildlife and safaris and the best time to visit is between Oct-Feb.

When you are in Nepal for a vacation do visit Swayambhunath temple, the second most important shrine in Kathmandu after Boudhanath. Due to the numerous monkeys in the temple area, it is popularly known as monkey temple in Nepal. The best time to visit the temple is early in the morning before 9 am. Lumbini is a place in Nepal that is the birth place of Lord Buddha situated on the main tourist track, almost 250 kilometers from Kathmandu. The best time to visit Lumbini is between Oct-Nov and Apr-May.  

Annapurna Region, Everest Trek, Langtang, Ghandruk and Dhampus Village are also some other places famous for adventurous activities in Nepal. And before planning a trip make sure to check the best time to visit Nepal for such activities.

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Tour of Nepali food

The food of Nepal comprises a variety of cuisines based upon ethnicity, soil and climate relating to Nepal‘s cultural diversity and geography. Much of the food is variation on Asian themes. Other foods have hybrid Tibetan, Indian and Thai origins.

The traditional food of Nepal consists of Dal-Bhat-Tarkari eaten twice daily by most of the people. People of Nepal often have some yogurt with their meal. Himalayan food in Nepal is influenced by Tibet and related to ethnic groups in the Himalaya and Trans-Himalaya like warm foods example – thukpa, butter and salt tea and strong alcohols. Some Himalayan foods include potato curry, momos, yak, goat and sheep meat, Churpi (cottage cheese), thongba etc. Another type of food in Nepal is the Newari food. Newars are urbanized ethnic group originally living in the Kathmandu Valley, but now also in bazaar towns elsewhere in the world and Middle Hills. Newari foods are prepared in huge amount during festivals, rituals or ceremonials. Some of their delicious foods are kwati, kachila, swan puka, wo, chhoyla, mye, paun kwa, sanya khuna etc.

Lohorung are indigenous to eastern Nepal. They have a variety of food in their cuisine made from local ingredients. Some of them are Thongba, Chamre, Wachipa, Yangpen, Wamik, Sibring, Bawari, Dhule Achar, Masikdaam, Saruwa, Kinima, Dibu, Sel roti, and so on. Another type of food of Nepal is the Terai food. A typical terai set includes basmati rice with ghee, pigeon pea daal, tarkari which is basically varieties of vegetables cooked together; taruwa i.e. battered raw vegetables such as potato, brinjal, aubergine, chili, cauliflower etc. Terai food also includes deep fried foods in the oil like papad or papadum and mango pickles, lemon pickles and yogurt. For non-vegetable items, they consume mostly fish or goat curry. Traditionally there never used to be poultry items but nowadays, due to urbanization, poultry items are common.

Food etiquette you must know while having your meal in Nepal is that the food is traditionally eaten with right hand. Touching or eating food with the left hand, which is traditionally used for washing off, after relieving oneself, is a taboo. In Nepal, especially among the Brahmin and Chettri castes, the purity of food and drinks is taken very seriously.

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Celebration of Faith: Pashupatinath Mandir in Nepal

Nepal is a stunning small landlocked country with rich culture, multiple languages and faiths in the South of Asia in between India and China. Many ancient temples are situated in the capital city of Nepal Kathmandu, and it is often referred to as the city of temples in Nepal. One of the oldest and holiest of all is the Pashupatinath temple in Nepal.

The Pashupatinath temple in Nepal is not merely a single temple standing tall in the middle of the city. Many small temples and buildings are also built around the main temple and they altogether form the Pashupatinath Mandir Complex. This complex is also a part of UNESCO Heritage Site. The whole complex including Pashupatinath temple is formed with the total of 518 temples, structures, shrines and buildings. The year is not exactly known in which the Pashupatinath temple, locally called as the Pashupatinath Mandir was built in Nepal but it is believed to have been built at around 400BC in 4th Century. This mandir was never always the way it is now. It has been renovated by many kings in the past. The Pashupatinath temple is one of the most visited places in Nepal and the natives believe that whoever prays with pure heart and no evil in mind, all his wishes will come true.

Many theories are made about how this temple in Nepal had come into existence in the beginning. All the myths, theories and legends point towards the Shiva Lingam inside the temple. The Pashupatinath temple is beautiful and looks ancient. The artisans in the past had carved wooden windows and doors exquisitely that it still shines and looks sharp today as if they are newly made. Old bricks and beautifully carved wooden balconies, doors and windows make this temple look extremely precious and attractive. The Shiva idol inside Pashupatinath temple is always covered with golden cover but not during prayers.

The best time to visit Pashupatinath temple and the city Kathmandu is from September to the mid or end of December. One of the common things you will see at Pashupatinath Mandir Complex is the Sadhus or the wandering holy men. The Pashupatinath Mandir in Nepal and the complex as a whole is a combination of ancient beauty exquisitely made, tranquility, spirituality and wonderful experience. Now you wouldn’t want to miss that, would you?

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Enchanted Land: Best Time to Visit Nepal

The breathtaking country Nepal can be considered as the roof of the earth; guarded by gigantic Himalayas and the tallest mountain on earth, the Mt Everest. The best time to visit Nepal is either in spring or after monsoon in autumn or the start of winter depending on the places you want to go. But before booking your tickets check on the colorful festivals and events that take place in the country.

The spring in Nepal generally starts from March and lasts till May to the mid April. This time of the year is highly pleasant to travel to Nepal. The longer days and short nights, clear skies, pleasant and fresh aromatic air make it comfortable for travelers to travel to different parts of the country, visit and explore them.

The summer ranges from May to August. The days are warm and hot at this time of the year. The starting of summer is comfortable enough to travel, however as the months pass by the temperature can exceed 400 Celsius and in some places it can exceed 450 Celsius making it unsuitable for traveling. Hence it is not recommended to visit Nepal at this time of the year unless your motive is not to just travel but to be a part of few colorful Nepalese festivals.

The monsoon season occurs from June to August. It is not recommended to visit Nepal at this time since unpredictable rainfalls may sometimes result in small to big landslides and is also not really comfortable for you to travel in humid environment.

The autumn starts September with the end of monsoon days. It is one of the best times to visit and explore Nepal. Some of the vibrant and colorful Nepalese festivals take place at this time of the year. The clear skies with the elegant shades of blue and orange hue at dawn and the dusk are worth seeing.

Winter begins slowly in Nepal from October and many prefer visiting in winter too. The winter lasts up to February and these months are also the best times to visit Nepal. The temperature can drop as low as 20 Celsius and the maximum could be 180 Celsius. Autumn and the winter seasons are the best times to go for trekking however make sure to carry warm woolen clothes with you.

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