Nepal lies between the tropical jungles of India and snowy peaks of the Himalayas. Adventurers are attracted to the worldclass outdoor activities: whitewater-rafting or kayaking through canyons; bungee jumping into Himalayan gorges; paragliding over remote valleys; or mountain biking through lush jungle with dramatic landscapes and never-ending views as a constant backdrop. Trekking in the iconic yet accessible mountain trails from Everest to the Annapurnas offers unparalleled mountain scenery and comfortable, warm teahouses all along the way.
Kathmandu, the country’s capital, offers diverse culture and history, combining ancient temples, spice-fragrant courtyards, clattering century-old workshops, magnificent wooden carvings on buildings, and sunken waterspouts with ornate images of gods.
Within the city is the quintessential Durbar Square including the wooden three-tiered Kasthamandap temple; the Nassal Chowk’s statues, towers and royal residence; and the Panch Mukhi Hanuman temple, amongst others.
Other renowned sights are the temple-lined medieval squares of Patan and Bhaktapur, and the stupas and temples across the Kathmandu Valley that have been used as places of worship since the middle ages.
Towards the South, Nepal has several national parks, with the rare and endangered tigers and rhinos and hundreds of exotic birds.
From monasteries to mountain-biking Nepal has an astonishingly diverse array of adventurous attractions and exotic landscapes sure to captivate and satiate any visitor.
Trekking in the Himalayas | The iconic historical buildings of Kathmandu | The carvings, statues and wooden buildings on Durbar Square | Hot sweet tea in a hilltop teahouse
− Nepal ﬁrst opened its borders to outsiders in the 1950s
− Kumari Bahal on Durbar Square is famous as the residence of the living goddess, a beautiful young girl that appears at the window on occasion