Imagine rejuvenating in the lap of Himalayas, in a serene property, with perhaps some occasional glass of fiery rich liquor. A getaway to Nepal has the power of healing a tired city soul completely. It doesn’t take much to get to Nepal; they provide visa on arrival and a one-way ticket from any big city in India costs anywhere between INR 12,000 – 20,000. The best time to visit is in October, when the monsoons have gone and autumn about to come.
Nepal has a throbbing night life, unlike most mountains. After the regular historic sightseeing, remember to head to Thamel, the old hippie street of Nepal for fun, music, and an astounding variety of alcohol and fine-dining.
Grand view of the Himalayas
Since Nepal is best explored on foot, you can trek in the mountain valleys, pitch your tent or find a home in the mountain lodges. The famous circuits for trekking are the Annapurna and Upper Mustang, but Pokhara beats them for a constant backdrop of the Himalayas. If you’re not one for climbing a mountain, there’s a provision of taking a 50-minute flight from Kathmandu s Tribhuvan International Airport over the Himalayan range where you get to see the tallest peaks including: Gaurishankar, Cho Oyu, Machhapuchhre, Karyolung, and of course, Mount Everest.
Parwadise for adventure junkie
Jump off a mountain, go paragliding at Pokhara after you’ve admired the Annapurna range to your heart’s content. Go bungee jumping and canyon swinging from a 525ft high bridge near the Nepal-Tibet border, rafting in Bhote Koshi, Nepal’s steepest river; wildlife walks at Chitwan National Park; and go fo a thrilling cable car ride to Manakamana Devi. There’s so much to do that you might not be able to do it all in your first visit.
Nepali street food
Although the staple of Nepal is dal-bhat-(lentil, rice, vegetables) and churya (beaten rice), the street food there is what takes the cake. From buffalo momos to street food like sekuwa (barbecued goat meat), kachila (spiced mincemeat) and choila (chargrilled buffalo meat), to a variety of different Newari delicacies and Thakali thalis to the very special fish fry at Dholaghat – Nepal never disappoints a gourmand.
In the narrow bylanes behind Patan s Golden Temple lies the quaint Tibetan Singing Bowl Centre, where the owner loves to demonstrate the power of the singing bowls through sound therapy. You could experience it to feel its magic work on you. Visit the Changu Museum at the historic shrine of Changu Narayan. Don’t miss out on Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, where his mother gave him his first bath; and visit Kathmandu s Durbar Square that has been awarded the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.