Ranking fifth on Lonely Planet’s countries that ‘you cannot afford to miss’ list, Nepal is one of the hottest destinations on earth. With its colourful sights, vibrant culture and charismatic people, Nepal does have a lot to offer. So what is the best way to take in this unique and beautiful country? 

Sights galore

Despite having been a tourist destination for years, when visiting Nepal, one still has the opportunity to experience a culture and people relatively untouched by mass tourism. Nepal is also one of the rare places where you can experience sublime natural and cultural beauty all in the one spot. National parks filled with tigers, famous mountain peaks and trekking areas are all in reach of ancient temples and cities. 

Wedged between the continental mammoths, China and India, Nepal’s unique Hindu-Buddhist culture has been shaped by centuries of complex cultural exchange. Regional and indigenous cultures further enrich one of the most diverse and multicultural societies on earth. 

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Why go now

There is no time like the present when it comes to visiting Nepal. The landlocked Himalayan nation has just emerged from some of the most turbulent times in its recent history. From 1996 to 2006, Nepal was embroiled in a civil war pitting the government against Maoist rebels. 

Then in 2015, Nepal was rocked by a devastating earthquake which killed over 9,000 people as well as destroying infrastructure and ancient temples. 

Yet, the ever resilient Nepalese people have bounced back. Although the rebuilding process has been slow, 2018 has seen a surge in reconstruction. Nepal’s first elections in twenty years — held in late 2017 under the new Constitution — hopefully heralds an era of much needed political stability. 

Immerse yourself

An immersive tour offers not only culturally authentic experience, but also a chance to help local communities. A Hands on Development tour offers you the chance to interact with and learn from locals, all whilst taking in Nepal’s incredible sights. You get to experience the very best of what Nepal has to offer, from the temples of Kathmandu to the remote beauty of Sudal village. What’s more, you will have the chance to learn about Nepali culture through craft, cooking and language classes. Most importantly, the profits from these classes help fund the training and employment of marginalised women

Interested in authentic Nepali experience that support local communities? Discover Hands on Development's tours.