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Nepal Tourism through binoculars…An in-depth view…

Surrounded by the towering heights of the Himalayas, Nepal is a land of perpetual beauty and attraction. It's a nation of colorful cultures, ancient history and vibrant people, picturesque scenery and some of the best hiking trails on the planet. It is popularly known for the highest mountain peak of the world, Mt. Everest, which stands tall at 8848 meters. Nepal has an incomparable range of environments, ranging from the lowland of the Terai to the snowy summits of the highest mountain range on Earth. Nepal’s tourism displays some of the most amazing places to visit in Nepal, famous for the birthplace of Gautam Buddha who laid the foundation of Buddhism in the country. Explore Nepal with its rich traditions of art, culture and heritage. Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal is a treasure house of ancient art and culture, striking landscapes, exotic wildlife, arid high-altitude meadows where the grass is greener than anywhere else because of its natural beauty, magnificent mountains, incredible travel destinations, unique culture, colorful festivals, ancient heritage, pristine backwaters, and exotic cuisine; Nepal is undeniably a traveler’s dream. Encounters Nepal.com breaks down the segregated jewels of this wonderful country to give you a choices galore of some of the best holidays you can choose from than anywhere else in the world…join us on a vacation for one-stop holidays that delights the heart more than anything else…

Culture & Religion of Nepal
Nepal is a Hindu country, but in practice it is a complex and unique blend of Hindu and Buddhist beliefs. The culture of Nepal is truly unique & is showcased in the very lives of the people, their food, clothing and even occupations. The country is a literal melting pot of many races and tribes. With a population of approx’ twenty-seven million, Nepal is an assortment of diverse communities living in different regions, attired in different costumes and speaking different languages. Nepalese live under diverse environmental conditions from the low, nearly sea level plains at the border of India, northward through the middle hills and up to the flanks of the great Himalayan range where there are settlements at altitudes of up to 4,800m. Farming practices are therefore equally diverse along with its life styles and social customs. All her communities, irrespective of caste, color or creed, all coexist in peaceful harmony with one another; which gives added potential to Nepal’s growing tourism today…

Mountains in Nepal
Nepal is home to eight of the 14 highest mountains in the world including Mt. Everest which stands tall at 8848 meters. The Himalayan mountain range extends across the country from the eastern to the western edge. The mountain ranges of Nepal also draw tourists for spiritual reasons. The Himalayas in Nepal speak of a mysticism & history that has not only changed the lives of its inhabitants but also protected the country from numerous invasions. Today, these mountains make up for some of the best known trails in the world.

Adventure in Nepal

Experience the ultimate adventure in Nepal and explore the various adventure options on your holidays through Nepal. Whether you choose to balloon, bungee jump, canyon, ice-climb, rock climb, climb trekking peaks, fly over mountains or fly an ultra light aircraft, you will find an adventure everyday in Nepal. Each one is different from the other. Nepal is a virtual haven for adventure sports or ventures of any kind.

Wildlife in Nepal
Wildlife in Nepal is an exploration of some of the most scintillating wildlife that can be experienced nowhere else on the planet. On doing jungle safaris in Nepal; home to a wide variety of beautiful animals by visiting its many national parks and reserves, you will find & discover a host of programs to get the adrenalin pumping overtime. Choose from a wide variety of jungle go-wild ventures and stay at some of the finest wildlife resorts to experience the rich lush green wildlife of Nepal. It’s worth its weight in gold. An unforgettable experience for years to come!!!…

Festivals in Nepal
Festivals in Nepal are just so many; its mind boggling, a land full of festivals where one is celebrated almost every other day. For the Nepalese, festivals are not merely the annual spectacles, but also are a living part of their rich cultural heritage. There are many festivals in Nepal, celebrated across the year with lot of fanfare and excitement. Some of them go on for almost 2 weeks. Visitors enjoy taking part in Nepal’s festivals all year round.

Rivers in Nepal
The Rivers in Nepal are considered holy which are ever flowing, striking, and beautiful. These rivers give adventure seekers boundless thrills in abundance. Many rivers of Nepal provide a perfect place to enjoy some wild water adventures in the form of river rafting, kayaking and other popular water sports activities. The Sunkosi, Bhotekosi & Trisuli Rivers are some of the best in the world…

Valleys in Nepal
Kathmandu Valley is one of the unique valleys in the country & is the ancient capital of the country. A visit to anyone of the valleys of Nepal would leave you with an unforgettable experience. The Kathmandu valley is a popular world heritage site, a commercial, cultural and political centre. The country has a flourishing tourism industry, and valleys make up some of the main attractions in Nepal’s tourism setup. The Pokhara & Gandaki valleys are also some of the most beautiful & awesome of its kind in the world.

Trekking Peaks of Nepal
Trekking is a highly popular adventure sport in Nepal. The high peaks in Nepal are perfect places to enjoy trekking expeditions of which, some peaks are also suitable for beginners. Nepal’s peaks are gracious vistas for some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth. Trekkers’ experience some of the most extraordinary sceneries ever conceived, & take home lifelong memories with video shoots of some of the most delightful holidays enjoyed by trekking in the laps of the Himalayas which is really a thrilling experience in Nepal’s tourism scenario.

World Heritage Sites in Nepal
Kathmandu Durbar square is one among Nepal’s 10 World Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO, 7 inside Kathmandu Valley and 3 outside. Lumbini including Kathmandu Valley are Cultural Heritage sites and the Chitwan National Park and Sagarmatha National Park have been declared as Natural Heritage Sites. These seven World Heritage Sites are all amazing man-made wonders still standing majestically tall today, reflecting the rich heritage of Nepal’s cultural diversities in a wonderful display of grandeur.

Lakes in Nepal
The Phewa Lake of Pokhara city in Nepal is truly known for its lakes. There are a number of lakes including Mountain lakes like the Rara Lake, Phoksundo Lake, & the Begnas Tal Lake Etc. which are majestic in its extent and beauty. Visitors enjoy boating and fishing in the serene lakes of Nepal, providing excellent adventure activities while on travel tours & treks throughout the country.

The Food available in Nepal
The food of Nepal is as diverse as the country itself. The Nepalese recipes are quick to cook and delectably good to eat. Nepalese food is famous for its nutrition level and tempting taste that please the taste buds. Whilst Nepalese cuisine is somewhat basic, it certainly does not lack in flavor, making extensive use of spices and flavorings such as ginger, garlic, coriander, pepper, cumin, chilies, cilantro, mustard oil, ghee and occasionally yak butter. Come & join Encounters Nepal to savour some of the famous dishes of Nepal.

Eating Habits of the local folks
The Main Meal
In most part of country, especially rice-growing areas, Dal Bhat (pulses and rice) is the staple food of Nepalese, which is normally eaten twice a day.

Snacking
Snacks such as bread, chura (beaten rice), roti (flat bread), curried vegetables, milked tea and other snacks are also generally eaten in between the two big meals. A lot of people also enjoy the famous Momochas (sumptuous meat dumplings stuffed into steamed flour that’s kneaded well.

Famous Nepalese Cuisine
Gundrook-Dheedo
Equally popular among Nepali people and foreign tourists, Gundrook-Dheedo is a sugar-free dish made of wheat, maize and dried green vegetable. The food is high on nutrition levels and satisfies the taste buds as well.

Alu Tama

Aloo Tama (Alu Tama) simply means 'Potato Bamboo Shoots'. It is a unique and classic Nepali curry flavored dish. It is special in the sense that it is unlike any other Indian or South Asian curry since they rarely use bamboo shoots. Similarly, unlike other East Asian cuisines such as Chinese that uses Bamboo shoots but does not use curry spices in this tasty dish loved by the local folks.

Vegetable Pulao (Fried Nepali Rice)
Vegetable Pulao is one of the popular ways rice is served during special parties and events in most Nepalese households. It has the flavor of turmeric and cumin to it & mixed with green peas. The rice is particularly famous among tourists who prefer eating it with curd and also enjoying it Manchurian style.

Masu {MEAT}

Masu is a spiced or curried form of meat (usually chicken, mutton, buffalo or pork) with gravy. Served with rice, it is a main course dish, very popular in Nepal, especially during festivals.

Vegetable Thukpa (Egg Noodles)
This is a seasonal dish. Tibetan Vegetable Thukpa is one of the main foods. During Tibetan New Year celebration 'Losar' the dish is a part of celebrations and traditions for the Nepalese. Most local folks love to eat thukpa in the winters because of the piping hot soup.

Chatamari
Regarded as Newari pizza, Chatamari is flat bread made from rice flour with or without toppings (meat, vegetables, eggs, sugar). It is highly savored by the tourists who consider it as a good and healthy substitute to pizza. The Chatamari is a local food prepared by the Newari community in Nepal.

Popular Drinks enjoyed by the locals
Tongba
A special Limbu culture drink, Tongba is homemade wine. Fermented millet seeds are put in a wooden or plastic mug which is filled with hot water. One sip’s the millet extract through a bamboo straw as more hot water is added which makes Tongba go down easily with greater impact and taste. Many consume this drink during the winter season, and is also a favorite drink among the tourists. It’s actually a healthy drink which is also very much enjoyed on the mountains of Nepal in the form of ‘CHHANG’ {mountain brewed beer}

Rakshi (local wine}
Rakshi is a millet-based distilled alcoholic drink. It is traditionally an important requirement at a lot of religious rituals and social events, perhaps because it is not only an alcoholic drink but also because of its antiseptic qualities. It is a strong drink, and is often brewed at home. If not consumed wisely or responsible, this wine can floor you or put you under the table within a fraction of a few minutes. However, drinking this wine wisely is good for health.

Apart from its traditional food, the country offers a wide range of Chinese and Japanese fast foods like momos and macaroni. There are many food outlets in the city which provide the traveler with excellent cooking choices. The food in Nepal is delicious and is available at very reasonable prices for tourists’ so that they could fully enjoy the mouth watering traditional recipes of this naturally beautiful region.

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