Nepal Tourism

Tourism in Nepal

Are you in search of a perfect travel destination for your upcoming vacation? If yes, then Nepal can be the best option in terms of natural glory, cultural richness, warm hospitality of people and budget. The country is economically poor but blessed with natural beauty in abundance. The mountains, glaciers, icefalls, hills, valleys, rivers, lakes, forests, gorges, etc., there are so many forms of mother nature that one can explore and appreciate. The pristine nature, fresh air, and tranquility is something that you will enjoy in Nepal.

Mountains are the major attractions of this country. Eight out of the ten highest mountains in the world lies in Nepal. Nepal holds the pride of having the world’s highest mountain – Mt. Everest. The wild and ay dominating mountains offer potentialities of trekking, peak climbing and mountaineering in Nepal. There are many options for doing so in Nepal. Besides, Nepal is the best place for a simple hike along a scenic route or for some exploration on biodiversity.

Lumbini in Nepal is the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Enriched with people from different ethnic groups with their own culture, religion, and lifestyle, Nepal is a gorgeous place to get some insights on diversified people, their culture and lifestyle. Even the history of Nepal is so magnificent. The artistic palaces, temples, courtyards, and monuments are the living example of rich Nepalese history. These aspects sum up to make Nepal one of the best travel destinations in Nepal. Nepal has a lot of potentialities for tourism. A single visit is not just enough.

Aspects that enhances Nepal Tourism 

  1. The natural beauty of Nepal – Nepal is very rich in natural beauty. The lush hills, valleys, mountains, lakes, forests, and rivers make Nepal a natural paradise.
  2. Lush nature – You can feel the lushness and greenery wherever you go. The greenery spreads a positive aura to soothe your heart, mind, and soul.
  3. Himalayas – The Himalayas are the natural treasure of Nepal. Nepal is a home to many mountains that rises above to dominate the skyline. The views of white glittering snowcapped mountains put your heart and mind at ease. The wilderness that the Himalayas possesses is a way of self-realization and meditation.
  4. Cultural richness – the cultural richness of Nepal is beyond your expectation. Nepal is a common garden of people from 4 main castes and 36 sub-castes. The sub-castes are further divided into different ethnic groups. Each of them has its own unique culture, custom, tradition, and lifestyle. The festivals, celebration, temples, and stupas depict the cultural richness of this small Himalayan nation.
  5. Biodiversity – the geographical terrain of Nepal extends from the Himalayas, hills to the flat plains of Terai. The Himalayan terrain, Lush hills and dense forests along with flat plain of Terai along with climatic variation gives rise to a suitable atmosphere for floras and faunas. No wonder, Nepal is rich in biodiversity and ecosystem. It is s home to many rare species of floras, faunas, birds, and butterflies.
  6. Rich history – Nepal has a very rich and authentic history. Nepal before unification was small and numerous independent state. After unification, Nepal was what it is now. Before that, many kings ruled different territories and had built various palaces, temples, and monuments. These palaces, temples and historical monuments are still well preserved till date. These monuments are a perfect example of fine art and architecture.

The above-mentioned aspects of Nepal have widened the scope of Nepal Tourism.

Scope of Nepal Tourism

  1. Trekking

The trail to various towering mountains offers varieties of trekking trails to different regions of Nepal. One can walk along a classic route for the closeup views of mountains in a different region. Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Annapurna Panorama Trek, Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, Everest Panorama Trek, Gosaikunda Lake Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, Upper Dolpo Trek, Lower Dolpo Trek, Upper Mustang Trek, Lower Mustang Trek, etc. are some of the popular trekking options in Nepal. Besides, there are many off beaten routes that take you to some astonishing places in Nepal.

  1. Tours

Nepal is also suitable for short tours. The ancient artistic palaces, temples, stupas and heritage sites are the places of attraction that allure a lot of travelers. The natural and cultural tours in Nepal has become a mode to know more about this small country. The natural and cultural richness of this Himalayan country is beyond any words of description. Besides, normal sightseeing tour, Nepal is suitable for the Jungle Safari tour, Family Tours and many other day tours. Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour, Patan Sightseeing Tour, Nepal Adventure Tour, Chitwan Jungle Safari Tour, Pokhara sightseeing Tour, Bardia Jungle Safari Tour, etc. are some of the options for tours in Nepal.

  1. Hiking

A pleasing walk along some lush and pristine landscape for a short period of time is also an interesting thing to do. Nepal offers different routes that are suitable for hiking. Hiking not only allows you to walk along a scenic route but brings right before the panoramic views of mountains. You can experience the beauty of mountains in a short time frame from some closest destinations. Chisapani Nagarkot Hike, Annapurna Family Hike, Ghorepani Poonhill Hike, Sarangkot Hiking, Dhulikhel hiking, etc. are some of the most cherished hiking walks in Nepal.

  1. Adventure activities

The difficult and diverse topography of Nepal makes Nepal one of the best places for adventure activities. You can enjoy adventure activities like bungee jumping, paragliding, zip flyer, rafting, canoeing, rock climbing, etc. in Nepal.

  1. Peak climbing/ Expedition

Nepal has many mountains that rise above five thousand and ranges to eight thousand meters. These mountains offer a wide option for peak climbing and expedition journey. You can choose peak climbing and expedition journey as per your taste, preference, capacity and experience level. Island peak climbing. Lobuche peak climbing, Naya Kangala peak climbing, Mera peak climbing, Mt. Ama Dablam expedition, etc are some of the examples of peak climbing and expedition journey in Nepal.

Nepal Tourism year 2020

The Nepalese government has taken a new initiative to promote tourism in Nepal.  Currently, it is putting all of its effort on “Visit Nepal 2020”. The year 2020 has been promoted as a tourism year in Nepal and the message has been flown over the world. Nepal is expecting to get lots of tourists in the upcoming year 2020. For this, different infrastructures are being constructed and tourism is being systematized. If you are willing to visit Nepal any sooner, then be a part of this initiative and make Visit Nepal 2020 a huge success.

Statistics of tourists in Nepal

The following table shows the arrival of international tourists in Nepal from 1993 to 2018.

Year

Number of international tourists arriving in Nepal

% change from previous year

 
 

1993

293567

-0.122

 

1994

326531

0.112

 

1995

363395

0.113

 

1996

393613

0.083

 

1997

421857

0.072

 

1998

463684

0.099

 

1999

491504

0.06

 

2000

463646

-0.057

 

2001

361237

-0.221

 

2002

275468

-23.7

 

2003

338132

0.227

 

2004

385297

0.139

 

2005

375398

-0.026

 

2006

383926

0.023

 

2007

526705

0.373

 

2008

500277

-0.05

 

2009

509956

0.019

 

2010

602867

0.182

 

2011

736215

0.221

 

2012

803092

0.091

 

2013

797616

-0.007

 

2014

790118

-0.009

 

2015

538970

-0.31

 

2016

753002

0.4

 

2017

940218

0.248

 

2018

1173072

0.248

 

 Source- Government of Nepal, Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation.

Arrivals in Nepal by country

The following are the statistics of arrivals in Nepal by country from the year 2013 -2017

Rank

Country

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

1

India

160,832

118,249

75,124

135,343

180,974

2

China

104,664

104,005

66,984

123,805

113,173

3

United States

79,146

53,645

42,687

49,830

47,355

4

United Kingdom

51,058

46,295

29,730

36,759

35,688

5

Sri Lanka

45,361

57,521

44,367

37,546

32,736

6

Thailand

39,154

26,722

32,338

33,422

40,969

7

South Korea

34,301

25,171

18,112

23,205

19,714

8

Australia

33,371

25,507

16,619

24,516

20,469

9

Myanmar

30,852

25,769

21,631

N/A

N/A

10

Germany

29,918

23,812

16,405

18,028

22,263

11

Bangladesh

29,060

23,440

14,831

21,851

22,410

12

Japan

27,326

22,979

17,613

25,892

26,694

13

France

26,140

20,863

16,405

24,097

21,842

14

Malaysia

18,284

13,669

9,855

18,915

18,842

15

Spain

15,953

12,255

6,741

13,110

10,412

16

Canada

15,105

12,491

8,398

11,610

12,132

17

Netherlands

13,393

11,453

7,515

12,320

10,516

 

Total Foreigner

940,218

753,002

538,970

790,118

797,616

Source- Nepal Tourism Board.

The conclusion from the statistics

The charm of Nepal tourism has been growing day by day. People are visiting Nepal and the glory of mountains and lush nature is being popular around the world with the passage of time.

Some interesting facts about Nepal

  • World’s highest mountain – Mt. Everest lies in Nepal
  • Eight out of the ten highest mountains in the world lies in Nepal
  • Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism was born in Lumbini of Nepal
  • Nepal used to be a Hindu nation (now a secular state) but still, maximum populations follow Hinduism.
  • Nepal has never been colonized or ruled by any foreigners so Nepal doesn’t have an Independence Day
  • The Nepalese Gurkhali soldiers are renowned over the world for their bravery.
  • Tilicho Lake is the highest lake in the earth
  • Shey Phoksundo lake is the deepest lake on the earth
  • Nepal is rich in biodiversity. It is home to 5980 species of flowering plants and eight percent of total bird species around the globe.
  • The endangered species found in Nepal are the Snow leopard, red panda, and one-horned rhino
  • Nepal has the world’s largest moth – Atlas moth and preserves 650 species of butterflies and many species of honeybees.
  • Though Nepal is home to over 80 ethnic groups of people speaking over 123 different languages, Nepal has never had any kind of ethnic or religious riots.
  • In Nepal – Kumari is worshipped. Kumari are also known as living Goddesses.
  • Nepal still has the highest proportion of Hindus
  • Nepal is the only country whose national flag is neither rectangle nor square. It is a combo of two triangles.
  • Nepal is the second richest country in water resources.
  • The national food of Nepal is Dal Bhat and Tarkari
  • The geographical topography of Nepal varies from High Himalayas and hills to flat plains. The climatic condition of these topographical regions varies accordingly.
  • Owning to the different terrain and home to many mountains that dominate the skyline, Nepal offers a variety of options when it comes to trekking, peak climbing, and expedition journey.

Some basic information about Nepal

  1. Country – Nepal
  2. Capital – Kathmandu
  3. Area – 147,181 sq. km
  4. Population – 29,717,587 (July 2018 est. survey)
  5. Altitude – varies from 60 meters to 8848 meters
  6. Constitution – Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
  7. Currency – Nepalese rupees
  8. Time zone – UTC + 5:45
  9. Driving side – left
  10. Calling code – +977
  11. Internet TLD – np
  12. National bird – Lhophophoros (Pheasant)
  13. National flower – Rhododendron
  14. National animal – Cow
  15. Religion – Secular state
  16. Language – Nepali
  17. Bordering countries – China and India
  18. Life expectancy  – 71 years (2018)
  19. Terrain – Terai (flat river plains) in south/ central hilly region/ rugged Himalayas in north

Visa policy of Nepal

Nepalese visa can easily be obtained upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport. You need two photographs, a valid passport, and visa fees to obtain a visa at the airport. However, a condition clause applies. If you are a passport holder for any one of the countries namely Nigeria, Ghana, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Cameroon, Swaziland, Iraq, Ethiopia, Liberia, Palestine, etc., you will not get the visa upon arrival at the immigration point. You will have to apply for the visa from your home country.

So, are you willing to promote Nepalese Tourism by visiting Nepal? If yes, then do not forget to remember us – Himalayas Hiking as your reliable travel companion. We are a trustworthy tour operator in Nepal who offer services of excellence. When it comes to travel-related activities, we take care of everything. From airport pick up/ drop, ground transportation to accommodation and other related services, we arrange everything.

Quick Inquiry

Top