|Frequently Asked Questions: Travelling to Nepal|
One can do lot of things besides hiking and trekking in Nepal.Nepal is a land of festivals. Almost everyday is day of festival in at least some parts of the country. Though most of them are of religious nature, they are almost always of joyous. You should not miss out on them. Kathmandu Valley, with its rich Newar heritage is the most colorful place in the country. But other parts of the country also have their own fanfare. Check out the “Nepali Calendar” for details on the major festivals that will occur during your visit.
Cultural Shows in Kathmandu and Pokhara also provide you with some entertainment, though they are far from being the real thing. Check out the posters in various restaurants and other public places in the tourist quarters of Kathmandu and Pokhara to find out what is going on.
About the existence of night life in Nepal, there are many night bars and couple of night clubs, that stay open till late night in Kathmandu. If you want to gamble a little and have some fun, then you can drop into casinos at five star hotels like Hotel Soaltee and Hotel Yak & Yeti in Kathmandu.
There are many adventurus things that you could do in Nepal. For instance, you could go for white water rafting.The best time to go for rafting is between September to Early December and between March to Early June. The rafting trips range from US$ 40 to US$ 70. Some of the famous rafting rivers are Trisuli, Kali Gandaki, Bhote Koshi, Marshyangdi, Karnali and Sun Koshi. You require a permit to go for rafting. So, check out with rafting agencies for other necessary rafting related information.
Nepal is a paradise for wild life. And, you are at the right country to explore its diverse wild life and exotic birds. We have many National Parks and Wild life reserves. Some of the famous Wild life reserves and National Parks are Annapurna Conservation Area Project, Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, Royal Chitwan National Park and Sagarmatha National Park. Check out with the travel agent man for more information on National Parks of Nepal.
There is a zoo in Patan.You can take your children to zoo. In zoo, your children can see 106 species of birds and 665 different animals; have elephant ride and boating.
Kathmandu is indeed known as the shopper’s paradise for real work of art and cheap souveniers. Some of the popular things that foreigners usually shop in Nepal are embroidered clothes, tibetan carpets, pottery, masks and puppets, metal work, jwelleries,wood carving, statues, Khukhuri (traditional Knife) and Thangka Paintings. Other than souvenier goods, imported goods, from cosmetics to electrical articles are also available in Kathmandu. The imported stuffs are of pretty nice quality and they are all in very reasonable prices.
Thangkas are the traditional Tibetan Painting of ceremonial and religious subjects such as wheel of life, known as Mandala. Traditional thangkas are framed in silk brocade and its cost ranges from US$ 2 to US$ 30 and beyond.