5 Reasons to Fall In Love With Nepal

kind peopleThe country of Nepal is truly an incredible place in every sense of the word. From the spectacular Himalayan Mountains to the delicious food, travel Nepal and the country will win your heart. As someone whose heart has been captured by the beauty of Nepal, I would love to share with you a few reasons I believe you will also leave after a trip feeling like Nepal as somehow become a part of you.

The Kind People

I’m not sure if the word “kind” is even great enough of a word to describe the Nepali people. They are gracious, hospitable, genuine, compassionate, fun-loving, forgiving and accepting.  Everything a tourist could ask for, right? After spending ten plus years in Nepal, I really don’t have anything negative to say about the heart of the people. As a whole they are everything you could ask for in a people group. Spend time with them, ask them questions and you will see for yourself the hearts of gold that I am talking about.

The Tasty Food

“Tasty” is a English word that the Nepalis love to use. You will hear it in conversations, see it written on food packaging and even see it on signs above restaurants. When it comes to the food of Nepal, I can honestly say it is some of the best in the world. It is a blend between the exotic food of India and the more traditional food of the Asian hill tribes.

One of the most typical daily meals is called “dahl baht”. The literal translation of this is “rice and lentils”. The lentils go on top of the rice and are served with some type of sautéed and seasoned vegetable. If you are offered a spoon of red paste you may want to politely decline as it will mostly likely be the family’s homemade chili sauce. Don’t expect to eat a lot of meat as meat is a specialty in Nepali culture, saved for memorable occasions. As for dessert, you will most likely be served a variety of delicious fruit.

Nepali food

The Unforgettable View

The gorgeous view of the snow-capped Himalayan mountain range is literally one that will be impossible to forget. In the capital city of Kathmandu, the entire mountain range visibly encircles a large part of the city. You will feel as though we were in a fairy tale. You cannot escape these awesome mountains. No matter where you travel in Kathmandu, you will find yourself gazing at this spectacular series of white mountains reaching up into the crisp, blue sky.

The Romantic Culture

Not only does the snow-capped mountains and delicious food set the scene for romance, but the culture itself does so as well. The women dress in elegant wraps of beautifully designed fabric and the men also love to dress in their dignified traditional wear. Wild flowers fill the side of the nearby hills and almost every home and hotel is dressed with a manicured garden. The Nepali people love to dance, love music, love art and most of all, love to have fun. It is normal to see friends break out in song as they walk down the street or see a grandfather get out his instrument after dinner with the family. It’s a country where you can easily sit back, relax and enjoy the romance of the culture.


The Adventurous Opportunities 

Whether it is elephant riding, rock climbing, hillside yak riding, mountain hiking, zip lining, white water rafting or climbing to the top of Mount Everest, you will be given endless opportunities to explore the adventurous side of Nepal.  Make sure you don’t stay in Kathmandu the whole time and take the chance of exploring some mountain towns. I can promise that you won’t be disappointed. I will warn you, however, to prepare yourself for a taxi ride into the mountains in the very same way you would prepare yourself for a rollercoaster at a fair!

All this to say Nepal is a stunning country and there will be countless reasons why you won’t want to leave. Take your time, enjoy every moment and make sure to say “Namaste” to everyone!

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Steve Halvorson

Jenna Halvorson is an entrepreneur, avid traveler, and the Director of Marketing for Volunteer Card (www.volunteercard.com), a travel insurance provider. While her parents are American, she was born in Nepal and grew up in Nepal, India, and Thailand.

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