Why you should pick Nepal as your Christmas and New Year holiday destination

In this festive month, we are all in search of affordable holiday destinations. Nepal is a country that can give you an inexpensive but a heavenly holiday feel. Mountain trekking, watching beautiful Pagodas, getting close to Nature in Chitwan National park, purchase of exotic handmade items in Kathmandu's market, Kayaking and Bungee jumping are offered by this beautiful country.

Worn out with our busy lives, we all might want to seek a vacation in some beautiful hill station for a few days. We often check for inexpensive but impressive destinations. One such inexpensive but equally interesting holiday destinations would be Nepal. It must be noted that since Christians are a minority in Nepal, there won't be any grand Christmas celebration on that day. The same goes for the New Year eve as Nepal uses the lunar calendar and Nepali New year occurs in April. But the days of Christmas and New Year are recognized by the government and are declared as holidays. Tourists opt Nepal for its serene beauty and adrenaline rushing activities.

Things to do and see in Nepal

  • After starting the day of your Christmas in one of many churches in Kathmandu, get ready to visit Botanical gardens and Nagarjun forest reserve. Nagarjun forest reserve is home of various enigmatic reptiles and exotic animals like pangolin and clouded leopard. The Central Zoo consists of well known endangered species like Bengal tigers, Asiatic elephants, and one-horned rhinoceros. Amideva Buddha Park's serene spiritual atmosphere should captivate your interest. Chandragiri hills would offer you a beautiful view of Kathmandu through cable car rides. Thamel's shops and markets would help you buy great souvenirs. Kathmandu Durbar square has many fantastic wooden palaces and temples.
  • Patan museum houses marvelous sculptures and arts of Nepal preserving its rich heritage. The Golden temple of Patan is a beautiful Buddhist monastery.
  • Lovely scenes of sunrise and sunset at Sarangkot, Pokhara. Sarangkot is also very famous for hiking and paragliding. International Mountain Museum of Pokhara preserves the knowledge of Himalayas and mountaineering. Kayaking and canoeing in river Gandaki attract a massive amount of tourists each year. Don't miss the hot air balloon flights. Who wouldn't like to trek on Annapurna one of the tallest mountains in the world? Then get back to Movie Garden by evening to enjoy some of the best movies of all time. This is an outdoor movie theater set in a lakeside atmosphere.
  • The Elephant festival of Chitwan is celebrated from 26th December to 30th December. Elephant polo, elephant makeup and many other fun activities related with elephants are displayed during the festival to the audience.
  • You can take the Everest flight and explore the tallest peak on the planet
  • A visit to the land of Buddha, Lumbini and paying veneration to the ancient Maya Devi temple and spending time in World Peace Pagoda might be your thing.
  • All of these adventures must leave you thirsty. New Year carnivals of Fewa lake would be welcoming you.
  • New Year celebrations in clubs of Thamel are the most you can get in Nepal
  • Medieval villages of Patan, Bungamati, and Khokana have still preserved their ancient Newari culture. Exploring their ancient lifestyle and their intricate wooden carvings can send you back in time.
  • To get familiar with the culture you might want to get a guided tour to check out Nepali movie theater

Nepal is a mountainous city that thrives on its tourism revenue. The cities are often small with rich color and heritage embedded. These cities are one of the favorites of holiday goers. Culture, history, adventure, spirituality, and beauty. Nepal has it all. The country has its own charisma. It is one of the places one absolutely has to visit in life. Yes, the country does not have much special on occasion of Christmas and New Year, but that must not stop the thrill seekers from enjoying Nepal.

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Author: Sanjeev Gupta19 Dec 2018 Member Level: Gold   Points : 4

Nice information provided by the author about Nepal. Pokhara is another beautiful city of Nepal.

Sarangkot is a village situated on a mountain at an altitude of 16000 m from sea level. It's famous for its a sunrise view. One has to reach at 4:30 to get the view of the sunrise there.

Shanti Stupa is a Pagoda-style Buddhist monument which is located on the hilltop of Ananda hill. One has to trek to the top to have the spectacular look of the place.

Devi's fall is another tourist attraction. This is a spectacular fall which one may not have seen before. The most amazing thing about this fall is that one can clearly hear the sound of the water which eventually strikes the fall.

Mahendra caves: One should not miss the chance to visit Mahendra cave. The cave was named after Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev and has a statue of Lord Shiva which attracts almost thousands of visitors every year.

Apart from these most of the people of India go to Nepal to visit Pashupathinath temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the four important religious sites in Asia

Author: Umesh20 Dec 2018 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 2

Nepal is a good destination for nature lovers and seekers of uncontaminated natural landscapes. It is our neighbouring country and there are no stringent Visa formalities. It is a friendly country and Indians are always welcome there.

I feel it is definitely a good choice for visiting this place in the festive time of Christmas and the new year when the various places in Nepal are crowded with the tourists from all over the world. It is also famous as a market for Chinese, Taiwanese and Korean goods and there are markets which are flooded with electronic items.

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