Nepal is a country that defines physical beauty. Nestled in the midst of the Himalayas, this landlocked country swings from low-lying subtropical regions, to the high snow-capped peaks that one most associates with Nepal. Full of hidden treasures, and some of the friendliest locals on earth, this wonder of the world is the Zingiber Travel Guru’s next stop.
Who’s been spotted there?
Selena Gomez, Orlando Bloom, Eva Mendez, Chris Hemsworth and Leonardo DiCaprio are just a few of the A-listers who have trekked to this remote land.
Where to sleep?
Whether you want to stay in the capital Kathmandu, or somewhere further removed from civilization, Nepal definitely provides. All you need to do is show up. This ability to cater to both needs may be why the country is so popular among adventure-seekers, and luxury-lovers alike. Here are some of the best accommodation offerings:
Heritage hotels (Dwarikas):
Eco-resorts (Pavilion Hotel):
Eco-jungle lodges (Barahi Jungle Lodge):
Where to find the best coffee (and breakfast)?
For a good brew, and a well-priced hearty breakfast, head to Chikusa. While the food is simple – think muesli, pancakes, omelettes and crepes – the café’s relaxed and friendly atmosphere is raved about by tourists.
Where to play?
Trekking is THE thing to do in Nepal. The country is home to some of the most staggering scenery in the world after all. From the four day Poonhill trek, to the famous Everest Base Camp hike, to shorter day trips – there’s something to suit all experience levels. That said, if trekking isn’t your cup of tea or you’re just pressed on time, why not experience the majesty of the Himalayas by flying over them?
Where to shop?
If you want to grab yourself an amazing bargain, and some beautiful pieces at the same time, head to The Cashmere Outlet in Kathmandu. Crafted with care, but at a fraction of the price you’d pay back home, these woollen wonders are sure to make your heart and wallet happy.
Where to eat, and drink?
To experience Nepalese cuisine at its best, you’ll want to visit Bhojan Griha. The building the restaurant is housed in is impressive to say the least. Built for a priest more than 250 years ago, four stories tall, and buttercup yellow; it can seat 250 people at a time. During your meal, you will be treated to local folk dances and songs. It’s a full Nepalese experience.
After your meal, head to Sam’s bar for a drink. Inconspicuously hidden in an old building in Thamel, the bar is loved by both locals and tourists for its relaxed vibe.
Where to swim?
You may be thinking, “where on earth am I going to swim in a landlocked country?” But fear not, Nepal abounds with pools, mountain swimming holes (which admittedly might be a bit brisk depending on time of year), and beautiful lakes. Take Begnas Tal for instance, the lake around which the town Pokhara is built. It’s both picturesque and home to some great water-based activities such as wooden boating, kayaking, and of course, swimming.
What to wear?
Until next time!