Nepal Travel Guides for Backpackers

What's it like to visit Kathmandu in 2019?

Namaste! Imagine Nepal. When I closed my eyes and thought of the country, I saw a pristine mountain region, colourful temples and smiling people. After all, it’s described as one of the happiest nations in the world. And indeed, it’s possible to find all that in Nepal but most journeys start from the capital city Kathmandu and what you’ll find there is completely different from the calm, beautiful dream. I arrived in the city with almost no expectations at all. I’d visited several chaotic Asian cities before and thus, imagined it will be something similar. However, already jumping to the […]
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Backpacking Nepal | Best places to see in Nepal

You’re at a world’s end with your 9-5 job. All you need is a break from all the monotony. You look up at all the pocket-friendly places you’d like to travel. And, that’s where the beautiful Himalayan region–Nepal comes to light. For me, it was something sort of the same scenario. Except for the part where I quit my job to travel on a budget. If you’re the one seeking for adventure, nirvana, ruins and medieval cities, jungles, cultural sites,  natural scenic places, and the friendliest people on ‘the pale blue dot’, Nepal is the place to be! I loved […]
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Nepal – A Warm, Vibrant Gem hidden in the Himalaya Mountains

Well known for its snow-capped mountains and trekking, Nepal is a country that has it all! A paradise for all nature lovers, a vibrant capital, full of heritage sites, amazing national parks, jungles, wildlife, mountains, rivers and lakes. A unique destination perfect for any kind of trip you seek, and surely budget friendly! Some Nepal Facts Nepal is sandwiched between two dominating land masses and national powers, India and China, however, it still manages to offer a culture that is amazingly distinctive. ‘Namaste’, said with palms pressed together, is the standard greeting in Nepal. 8 out of the 10 highest […]
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How to explore Nepal with low costs

Dreaming of visiting the mysterious country, hidden in the mountain peaks, that attracts tourists from all over the world? But are you not a mountaineer and haven’t the opportunity to set off for the unforgettable track into the depths of the Himalayas? Do not despair. There is always a way out. I will share the experience of how to plunge into the life of a mountainous country and spend no more than $ 100 per week. The place to visit #1. Kathmandu capital If it is hard to breathe because of dust, unpleasant scents, mixed with incense odors, if your […]
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9 Reasons Why You Should Visit Bhaktapur

I currently live in the chaos and vibrancy of Nepal’s capital city, Kathmandu, and inevitably Bhaktapur is a place I visit frequently: each time discovering something new, each time a new heartwarming experience. Bhaktapur, also known as a city of devotees, is an ancient city within the Kathmandu valley, around 8 miles from the capital city, Kathmandu. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to ancient temples and architecture, originally inhabited by the Newar people. Bhaktapur, also referred to as Khwopa, presents a unique culture rich in architecture, food and festivals. Whilst I continue to discover new things, here are […]
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Things To Do In The “Land Of Peace” – Nepal!

Nepal is known for spirituality, its beautiful landscapes – tropical mountains, the people and the culture. Living in India and never traveled out of the country, this was the first foreign country I visited. And I am glad it was! Getting to Nepal if you are Indian is extremely easy – you just have to flash your national identity card (driver’s license, aadhar card, pan card, passport, etc) and you can cross the border without any questions asked. For people of other nationalities, you can get the visa on arrival. For a two week stay, you need to pay $25 […]
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How to be a mindful traveller in Nepal

Travel leaves a footprint no matter how you do it. The trick is to be a mindful traveller and offset as much as you possibly can. Reduce your footprint Say no to water bottles Unless you are a seasoned traveller with a cast iron stomach, do not drink the tap water. To avoid adding to the mountains of plastic water bottles left behind by travellers, BYO reusable bottle. You have two options for water purification. Water purification tablets, which, based on the disgusted faces pulled by my fellow trekkers every time they drank water, tastes like crap. Option two, my […]
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The Elephant Experience in Chitwan

Whether you watch these giants lumbering up the street as you sip coffee in your hotel room or opt to ride an elephant through the balmy jungles of Chitwan National Park, the experience is unforgettable. Elephant at the bathing site near the Rapti river. Welcome to Sauraha The Terai refers to the southernmost region of Nepal. It’s a narrow belt of flat plains, winding rivers, and subtropical jungles that borders India. Sauraha, a village on the border of Chitwan National Park, boasts a wide selection of hotels and camps to stay at. Sauraha also has a variety of souvenir shops, […]
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Nepal, Kathmandu: Visiting Kumari the Living Goddess

An eye-opening experience in Kathmandu I had dreamt of visiting Nepal for 15 years (and probably lifetimes!) I had always been drawn to the colours of the jewellery, red coral and turquoise, bronze goddesses, the Thangka paintings, the wisdom of the Tibetan women dressed in traditional dress using their malas at sacred sites but it was also something deeper. Something that as soon as I arrived, the streets seems to embody, an ancient beauty, something forgotten…. something I’d been chasing for a long time: the Goddess. The day I woke up in Kathmandu for the first time was the day that […]
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Nepal : In the laps of the Himalayas

Travel Diaries – Nepal (Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara) Summers are pretty hot in India, so my husband and I thought of taking a trip to the mountains to Nepal for a week from Pune, India. Those who wish to run through the itinerary, please check the footnote. To know more about my wonderful experience, read on… Kathmandu: We took an early morning flight to Delhi and then a connecting flight to Kathmandu and reached Kathmandu hotel (Hotel Backyard) by 3:30 PM Nepal Standard Time (NST). Indian passport holders do not require a visa to enter Nepal, however, if you are […]
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Top tips on living like a local in Kathmandu

Welcome to Kathmandu, population nearly two million. Think colour, think prayer flags draped from every building, think chaos, think lovely people. I’ve found myself living here for a few weeks and falling in love. The smell of masala, the fresh fruit, the chanting in the early morning and the cows wandering through the traffic – the mundane here still seems miraculous. While the bustling metropolis can feel overwhelming at first, there’s a real charm to some of the hidden gems of this city. I've compiled ten tips and activities that will help you with living locally and cheaply, while still […]
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Annapurna Circuit and Base Camp Without A Guide

AC and ABC: two of the best trekking trails in Nepal Wondering whether to go to Nepal and do some trekking? Don’t wonder. You will meet amazing people, see beautiful scenery, enjoy delicious food and tea, and all of this can cost you less than 500 euros. I have done Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp starting on 8th of April. It took us 18 days, but we did allow ourselves few days of rest, so it could be done faster. We used transportation on the places where we had to walk on the road. I met one Brazilian girl online, […]
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Basantapur: The Hub For Every Travelers

With the emerging interest in tourism  Basantapur, i.e., Kathmandu Durbar Square is believed to be the most sought destinations of Nepal. It is considered to be a living paradise for a culture seeker due to the presence of old durbars, temples, shrines, monuments, and monasteries while for the other popular time traveler’s  the area is filled with activities like city excursions, shopping and eating authentic foods.  The area got indeed blessed with a rich cultural heritage, wide traditional practices, codes of manners, costume, literature, and religion. Thus having lived in the valley for 25 years of my life, I believe the […]
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Kathmandu: The Basics and Essentials of Nepal

How to Survive Arriving in Kathmandu Kathmandu is one of the many cities adapting and changing to meet growing tourism demands. Other online forums easily become outdated in the fast paced technology and modernized to the developing nation. It is obvious the tourism is building rapidly, and for good reason. It is incredibly cheap, culture rich, with breathtaking scenery and mouth-watering cuisines. If you have come to Kathmandu, then it is most likely you’ve planned a trek. Otherwise one of the street marketers has convinced you. Imagine Kuta in Bali, with taxi drivers shouting “taxi” at you, now replace this […]
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The ultimate foodie list for vegetarians in Kathmandu

When traveling sometimes it is difficult to discover nice restaurants. Maybe they are too touristic or they charge you a lot for a good and clean meal. But I reveal you here (so you won't have to take any risk) the best vegetarian and vegan spots in Kathmandu. Nepali culture Nepali cuisine relies on Dal Bhat. These two words are (or should be) well known to everyone who has traveled once to the country. Dal Bhat consists of a melange of ingredients: lentil soup (dal) and steamed rice (bhat). Along with these two, the dish is complete with some curry […]
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Boudhanath: Bliss amidst the chaos

  Writing about Boudhanath Stupa won’t really be my travel diary because the accounts of memories and stories I have in this place is far beyond the travel concept. Honestly, there would be thousands of stories if I start collecting them all from my very childhood to now when I have grown enough to write about it. The place has provided me with so many moments worth recollecting and has witnessed both my best and worst days that when I am here, starting my travel blog and there would be no other place than starting with Boudha. So you might […]
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The little boy in Kathmandu

  Never End Peace And Love – Nepal. Every letter of 'Nepal' is used to build this phrase. When you travel to the other side of the world, this adventure ensures you to gain a lot of life experience if you let yourself immerse into this different world and way of living. Go on reading and let yourself plunge into the wonderful world of Kathmandu… When someone asks me how life is in Nepal, I can't explain it in any other words than: “peace and love”. I can't remember a moment in my life that I have ever felt so peaceful. Peaceful but […]
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Kathmandu: A Whirlwind of Wonder

Landing: Kathmandu's Architectural Puzzle         The adventure begins abruptly, as I get off the plane and into the taxi to find my hotel; I have already found myself in the middle of whirlwind of people, colors and sensations! As the taxi drives on the bumpy roads on its way to our destination, I stare in awe outside the window at the new world I was immersed in; what busy people, what diversity, what new smells and sights to behold, just 10 minutes of being off the pane and on the ground and I am already in […]
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