Nepal government has announced to celebrate Visit Nepal Year 2020 to attract more tourists to the country. The government has set a target to bring in two million tourists each year by 2020. Tourism is valued as one of the major contributors to Nepal economy.
Why is Nepal celebrating Visit Nepal Year 2020?
The country has recognized tourism as the major economic contributor to it’s GDP. The government is planning to restore the tourism industry, which was badly affected after the massive earthquake in 2015. Over the years, several campaigns have been organized from time to time to help with the promotion of tourism. The result wasn’t that good as expected. Those unsuccessful campaigns taught the changing trends in the tourism sector and new ways to promote Nepal in the global arena.
What tourist can experience in Nepal?
People can experience the culture, heritage, nature and adventure in Nepal. Nepal has 10 UNESCO listed world heritage sites. Eight of the world’s fourteen 8000 meters mountain are also lies in Nepal along with the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest. Several protected area and national parks offers various choices of adventure and explore to the visitors. Adventure activities like. mountaineering, trekking, rafting and paragliding are the popular activities for the tourist in Nepal.
Major tourist attractions for your visit in 2020.
People can choose the travel packages as per their interest in Nepal. People can decide the destination, places to visit, things to do and duration of stay by themselves. Here we have listed some major tourist attraction for you to choose in 2020 if you are looking to visit in Nepal.
Kathmandu valley offers you the culture and heritage. Newari community is the one part of each culture and heritage of Kathmandu valley. The combination of Hindu and Buddhist relation if another surprise point what you will explore in Kathmandu. Seven UNESCO listed heritage site lies within this valley. Beside the culture and heritage, one can experience the day hiking, yoga and meditation, village tour and mountain biking around the hills of Kathmandu. Kathmandu is also the best place to visit for your photography travel. The living goddess Kumari is the key attraction while your visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Everest region is known as a major adventure destination for those who are looking for mountaineering or trekking in Nepal. One can do a short to long trek in this region and reach to the height of 5,380 M (17,600 ft) of the Everest base camp and 5,545 M (18,192 ft) of Kala Patthar. People who just prefer a short trip to the Everest, can visit until Namche Bazar and experience the mystic view of Mountains. Regular schedule flights are available to reach Lulka, which is the gateway for Everest region. Chartered helicopter services also available from Kathmandu. The Gokyo lake is another must visit point in Everest region. Which is located at an altitude of 4,700–5,000 m (15,400–16,400 ft) above sea level.
Pokhara is the most fancy tourist place as well as the gateway to Annapurna region. It could be one of the busiest tourist spots during the visit Nepal year 2020. Natural beauty is the symbol of Pokhara. The famous sunrise and mountain view from Sarangkot hill top, a shouldn’t missed thing by anyone. The view of majestic mountains will defiantly capture your eyes and heart in Pokhara. People can spend a relax evening on the bank of Fewa lake as well as Begnas and Rupa lake. Several day tour activities are also available in Pokhara for your adventure experience.
Similar like Everest region, Annapurna region has various choices of things to do for adventure, leisure and pilgrimage visitors. Trekking, Mountain Biking, Upper Mustang, Manang, Muktinath temple, Ghandruk Village, Ghale Gaun Village and other attractions fulfill your required options. The height of Annapurna Base Camp is 4130 M and while crossing the Thorang-la pass they reach up to 5,416 m. Several villages in this region are operating a home stay services for the villagers with local and organic food.
The birth place of Lord Buddha, has also listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO. People can explore the historical facts about Lord Buddha and mythical information about Buddhism in Lumbini. Some monasteries and architectural monuments will make a worthy trip to Lumbini.
UNESCO listed Chitwan national park is providing many jungle activities to the visitors. Beside this Bardiya National Park, Shukla Phanta Wildlife Reserve, Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve offers jungle activities in Nepal. Jungle Safari, Cannoe Ride, Jungle Walk, Bird Watching and Camping are the popular activities among the visitors.
Unexplored Places to Visit
Some places are still awaiting for the visitors in Nepal. Places like, Janakpur, Rara Lake, She Phoksundo Lake, Dolpa, Mugu, Khaptad, Rani Mahal, Illam, Paach Pokhari and Manaslu are some notable places which have low visitors due to the lack of promotion.
Day Tour Activities
There are lots of day activities which one can enjoy during his/her visit in Nepal. Mount Everest flight is one of them. People also can have their early morning breakfast at Everest by reaching with a chartered helicopter ride. Beside that, Day Hiking, Bungee Jump, Rafting, Paragliding, Ultra Light Flight, Canyoning, Boating, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Zip Flyer and several others. Pokhara is the well known places for most of above day tour activities in Nepal.
Major festival time to manage your schedule of travel.
As Nepal is a multicultural country, hundred of festivals are celebrated in Nepal. Several religious and ethnic people celebrate different festivals throughout the year. Here we have listed some major festivals which falls as per the months:
January – Maghe Sakranti festivals falls in the month of January. Hindu people from Nepal celebrate this festival on the 1st day of Magh month of Nepalese calendar. On the same day Tharu community and Magar community also celebrate this day as their New Year day which called Maghi festival.
February – Maha Shivaratri Festival of Hindu religion comes in the month of February. Thousands of Hindu devotees visit to Shiva’s temple on this day. Pashupatinath temple if one of the busiest places on that day. People can meet with hundred of Aghori Sandhus who comes from India for this festival. Losar is another festival, which is celebrated in Nepal. Gyalpo losar which is represented as a Chinese/Tibetan new year day. Sherpa community celebrates this festival in Nepal. Holi festival is also falling in the month of February. The festival of colors celebrated two different days in the hills/mountain area and Terai area of Nepal.
March – Ghode Jatra festival is celebrated in March, specially in Kathmandu valley. Ram Navami and Mahavir Jayanti (Jain Community) also celebrated in this month.
April – Buddha Jayanti is the only major festival which comes in April.
Nepalese new year also falls in the month of April.
May – Rato Machhindranath Jatra and Bhoto Jatra falls in May, which are celebrated only in Kathmandu valley.
June/July – Muslim people celebrate Ramadan and Eid festival in June. These months are the rainy season in Nepal. People are busy in farming. Asad 15 is celebrated as Mud Festival in Nepal.
August – Gaijatra festival is celebrated throughout the country by Newari community. This festival is one of the popular festival in Kathmandu valley. Shree Krishna Janmasthami and Goura Parva are also falls in August.
September – Teej festival of women and Indra Jatra festival of Newari community from Kathmandu is the attraction of September month.
October – On of the biggest festival of Nepalese Hindu, Dashain festival is celebrated in the month of October. Muslim’s also celebrated Eid festival in this month in Nepal.
November – Tihar festival and Chhath festival are the attractions of November month.
December – Krishna Ekadashi, Dhanya Purni Christmas and two Losar (Tamu and Sonam) are the festivals celebrated in December.
Our recommended Tours and Trekking for Visit Nepal Year 2020.
Popular Tours and the Duration
- Cultural Heritage Tour (Kathmandu and Nagarkot, 3 Nights 4 Days)
- Nature and Heritage (Kathmandu and Pokhara, 5 Nights 6 Days)
- Heritage, Nature and Adventure (Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan, 7 Nights 8 Days)
- Pilgrimage and Heritage (Kathmandu and Lumbini, 4 Nights 5 Days)
- Heritage and Wildlife (Kathmandu and Chitwan or Bardiya, 5 Nights 6 Days)
- Pilgrimage Tour (Kathmandu, Pokhara and Muktinath, 6 Nights 7 Days)
- Adventure Trip (Kathmandu, Pokhara and Dhampus, 7 Nights 8 Days)
- Long Vacation (Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Bandipur, Pokhara, Lumbini, Chitwan, Daman, 15 Days)
- Short Honeymoon (Kathmandu and Pokhara, 6 Nights 7 Days)
- Long Honeymoon (Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan, 8 Nights 9 Days)
Trekking Routes and the Duration
- Everest View Trek (Kathmandu, Lukla, Namche, 8 Days)
- Everest Base Camp Trek (Kathmandu, Lukla, Namche, Tengboche, EBC, 14 Days)
- Annapurna Base Camp Trek (Kathmandu, Pokhara, Ghandruk, ABC, 14 Days)
- Annapurna Circuit Trek (Kathmandu, Lamjung, Manang, Muktinath, Jomsom, Pokhara, 17 Days)
- Manaslu Circuit Trek (18 Days)
- Mardi Mountain Trek (Kathmandu, Pokhara, Mardi, 9 Days)
- Ghorepani Poon hill Trek (Kathmandu, Pokhara, Ghorepani, Ghandruk, 10 Days)
- Langtang Valley Trek (Kathmandu, Rasuwa, Langtang Valley, 11 Days)
- Everest Three Passes Trek (24 Days)
- Short Trek Around Kathmandu Valley (Kathmandu, Chisapani, Nagarkot, 3 Days)
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