Nepal is a Himalayan country in South Asia that is well- travelled by foreigners and for good reason. From the Mount Everest, Pokhara, the people, food and great atmosphere.
There’s a feeling one gets once they step foot in Nepal- that is indescribable. We may not be able to ever put those feelings down to words, but perhaps this listicle will encourage you to see for yourself.
1. Everything is AFFORDABLE and we mean that
It’s doubtful you’ll meet someone who will say to you that visiting Nepal was expensive for them. For such a beautiful country, it’s honestly worth every penny and even that penny won’t add up to a crazy amount.
During my stay of 6 days, with a friend, we managed to budget the ENTIRE trip for SAR 2500 from Dubai. NO JOKE.
From food, flights, hotels, souvenirs, transfers via bus to Pokhara and activities. Even I still can’t believe it.
2. It’s a safe haven for vegetarians or anyone that’s looking to only eat ‘healthy’ foods
Nepalese dishes, according to The Culture Trip, are healthier compared to other South Asian cuisine. “Their food mostly consists of vegetables, lean meats, pickled ingredients and salads.”
The Nepali thali/ dhal bhat is one great example of this. Vegetarians certainly won’t have an issue with food in the country.
3. The flight from Saudi to Nepal is less than 5 hours
With fare tickets that probably won’t cost you more than SAR1500 on average, if you search really well.
4. You’re most probably gonna go through a BIG culture shock
But in a good way.
5. The Thamel area in Kathmandu will surprise you with their endless line of souvenir shops
All affordable, all very interesting and it as a street filled with tourists who are like-minded and are only looking for the same peace of mind, that you’re looking for.
6. You will leave Nepal with a new perspective
The Nepali people are so kind, and lead such simple, humble lives that it brings you a perspective of what’s really important in life. To just be.
7. You have the option to go trekking to the Everest Base Camp
… and seeing the Mount Everest should really be on everyone’s travel bucket list.
8. You get to take a bumpy bus ride to Pokhara (7-8 hours away) and witness their local culture from the window
That is, if you don’t easily get car sick, of course. Otherwise, there’s an option for flights- only about an hour away.
9. The lakes all over Nepal are seriously something else…
Your Instagram feed will cry from the beauty of it all.
10. If you’re feeling a little adventurous, you can go paragliding in Pokhara
The views from the top is amazing, you can even have the whole thing recorded via GoPro. Good way to make memories.
11. You’ll witness history in Kathmandu’s Durbar Square that dates all the way back to third century
Where kings and queens used to be crowned…
12. Thrive in the wildlife and see tigers and rhinos
13. Adrenaline junkies have lots of options to partake in
Like hot air balloons, rafting in rivers, bungee jumping.
Sky is the limit?
14. You get to volunteer and help out
It’s a fulfilling feeling knowing you’ve helped someone, or in this case, a few people out. After the earthquake that hit Nepal in 2015, it left the country with a strain. So any help is appreciated.
Why not add that to your trip?
15. Yogis will love practising their asana flows with scenic views
16. … Momos
No explanation necessary.
17. The festivals in Nepal are recurring and full of ENERGY
18. Skydive by the Everest (or Pokhara)
Did we mention this already?
Yes. A must-do.
19. The weather is beautiful
During summertime, it’s still a little chilly and wintertime reaches to 16 degrees which us Saudi folks will surely enjoy.
20. Nepal is a breath of fresh air, good vibes, peace and harmony
And you’re guaranteed to go back, for sure.