Our country Nepal is not only known for the majestic mountains and natural opulence, it is equally known for its rich cultural environment as it is as diverse as its natural locale. Nepal is a federal democratic republic country that swathes 101 ethnicities and shelters every religion beliefs, traditions, festivals, etc. which is rare to see in most of the places across the globe. The ethnic unity and religious harmony maintained by the Nepalese against such diversity are absolutely miraculous and have been recognized universally.
Kathmandu valley itself is an example of the people, their culture, rituals and beliefs. The history, myths and legends surrounding the evolvement of the valley itself, the temples and palaces inside Kathmandu valley has its own stories. You can explore the lively Kathmandu valley with its sacred temples, statues and narrow winding colorful streets. The cultural and historical tour takes you to places of monumental importance such as Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square, eye appealing architecture and history, beliefs, rituals and traditions of Kathmandu Durbar Square, the self- created Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple) offers you priceless observation of culturally and religiously affluent ancestry. Likewise, Boudhanath Stupa is another such creation, a pilgrim for Buddhist across the world. Not just for Buddhist, the place has a silent and positive vibe with people circling and chanting, definitely a must visit place in Kathmandu. Another important site is Pashupatinath Temple, home of Lord Shiva, a must visit place for any Hindu pilgrims. Pashupatinath Temple is always lively, with daily rituals performed by the Pujari (Priest). Pashupatinath is a prestigious cremation place for people following Hindu rituals. All of these sites are listed under UNESCO world heritage sites.
Outside Kathmandu valley, there are several sites and destinations providing a culturally beautiful experience to its visitors. The most popular one is Pokhara city, a peaceful city beside a beautiful lake encircled by tree covered hills with scenic views of mighty mountains above the lake. Pokhara is a synonym to many activities, it is the starting and ending point of most of the treks in Annapurna region. Pokhara is also referred as the city of lakes, with beautiful Mount Fishtail and Annapurna Himalaya surrounding the beautiful city. Many outdoor adventure activities have been growing in Pokhara since long time. Most popularly, Paragliding, Ultra light flights, to the recent activities such as Bunjee Jump, Zip Flying, Hot Air Balloon and Sky Diving. Short day hikes or overnight stay at nearby hills of Pokhara, especially at a local Home stay will definitely be an exciting experience.
Another significant destination is Chitwan National Park. Chitwan (Sauraha) is popular for its diverse natural resource, wildlife, and the ethnic Tharu community. Many interesting activities can be done during your stay at Chitwan.
Nearby Chitwan is one of the most significant sacred sites of Nepal or even the whole world; it is the home of Lord Buddha at Lumbini. Pilgrims across the world pay a visit to Lumbini, explore the Maya Devi Temple, Ashoka Pillar and many temples styles and design created as per the county.
Not just in the cities and lowland Nepal, the cultural rituals, traditions, festivals and celebrations are even stronger, pure and intact in the Himalayan region of Nepal. Influenced by Tibetan culture, some of the popular festivals includes Tiji Festival celebrated in Lomanthang during May/June for 3 Days, Mani Rimdu Festival celebrated in Tengboche during October/November and other Khumbu villages.
Our licensed, competent and pleasant Tour Guides will accompany our guests during their stay in Nepal. You will gain invaluable insights and understanding into Nepalese lifestyles, culture, people, traditions and beliefs. Find yourself in the diverse ethnicities, castes and religions, non-stop festivals, languages and experience the cultural rejoice of Nepal. If mountains and adventures is not a cup of tea for you then practice and experience the cultural happiness of Nepal with Annapurna Foothills.