If going on hiking expeditions are something you enjoy, then Nepal might be the place for you. Containing 10 of the world’s highest peaks, including the ever popular Mount Everest, Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia, between Tibet and India. Nepal is an exotic country rich in history, geography, and culture.
Katmandu is the capital and largest city in Nepal. Located in the middle hill region, Katmandu comprises only a small portion of the country’s land, but is the most densely populated, containing almost 5% of the population. It is fast becoming a hub for independent travelers as well as a growing vacation spot catering to a variety of budgets. Most of Nepal’s attractions are concentrated here. Everything from restaurants to souvenir shopping is available in Katmandu. There is also a multitude of cheap hotels to stay in if needed.
Eating in Nepal can be quite an adventure. The national dish of Nepal is the dal-bhat-tarkari. Dal is a spicy lentil soup, served over bhat (boiled rice), and served with tarkari (curried vegetables) in combination with achar (pickles) or chutni (a spicy condiment). With the many ethnic groups that reside in Nepal, there are a variety of dishes that define Nepalese cuisine.
There are many things to buy in Nepal. Silver is popular and good deals on the metal can be found in various regions of the country. Exotic clothing that can be found nowhere else in the world is also available. There are also carpets and rugs, cultural artifacts, and electronics.