NEPAL TRAVEL GUIDE
Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia, located between Tibet and India. Nepal is home to8 of the world’s 10 highest peaks, including Mount Everest – the tallest mountain in the world. Nepal is also often referred to as the birthplace of Buddha as he was born in the city of Lumbini.
Nepal is a very culturally diverse nation with a multitude of spoken languages. The official language of Nepal is Nepali but most Nepalis speak another language as their mother tongue, such as Tharu around Chitwan, Newari in the Kathmandu Valley, Sherpa in the Everest area, and Maithili and Bhojpuri in the Terai area. Hindi is also widely understood and spoken, particularly in the south of Nepal.
THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN NEPAL
Suggested daily budget
22-32 EUR / 25-35 USD
(Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a hostel, eating out a little, cooking most of your meals, and using local transportation.
Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher!)
Money Saving Tips
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM NEPAL?
Nepal is a vibrant and chaotic country. The mix of cultures makes it especially intriguing to visit. The best time to visit Nepal is between October and December when the skies are generally clear and the views spectacular. The weather usually remains dry until April.
Nepal used a caste system similar to India in the past. While discrimination based on a person’s caste has been illegal and punishable since 1962, it is still pretty uncommon to marry a person from a different caste. That’s also why arranged marriages are the norm in Nepal.
TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR NEPAL
I’m always surprised how many people travel without travel insurance. For me, it’s as essential to travel as buying a plane ticket, backpack or accommodation, and I never go without it.
Although China is relatively safe, unexpected natural disasters can always happen and I’ve witnessed people getting laptops and phones pickpocketed first hand.
Adequate insurance not only provides you with medical coverage (if you get sick or break your leg), but also covers things like your camera full of epic shots getting damaged or stolen, your flights getting cancelled, or you getting caught up in a natural disaster.
In short, it’s an insurance against potential issues that arise when you’re traveling and can save your life (or at the very least, a lifetime of debt).