Abutting the Himalayans near Tibet and India, and divided into 14 administrative zones and five development regions, lies Nepal. The colourful cultural capital Kathmandu is home to the sacred Boudha Stupa, the revered Buddhist Swayambhu, and the fascinating Hindu temple Pashupatinath. Magnificent local handicrafts including sumptuous pashmina shawls, leather goods, woollen items, and much more make Kathmandu a shopper’s haven. Delightful Nepalese cuisine like the national dish daal bhat tarkaari (spiced lentils, rice and vegetables), ubiquitous dumplings called momos, and myriad dining options abound.
Besides being home to the roof of the world Mount Everest, seven other of the world’s tallest peaks are located in Nepal. Catering to all levels, Nepal is world renowned for its formidable trekking. River rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, trekking and paragliding also provide the opportunity to glimpse at this country’s wondrous nature. The picturesque lake town of Pokhara, with its imposing Annapurna mountains serving as a backdrop, is not to be missed. Jungle safari adventure through dense subtropical forests awaits in southern Nepal in Terai, as seen in the famous Chitwan National Park. The park is filled with bird species, tigers, rhinoceros and other wildlife. A seducing voyage—Nepal.