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Nepal Holidays

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Picturesque paradise in Nepal  

Nepal holidays take you on an unforgettable journey of adventure and discovery. 

Whether you want to see Mount Everest, search for jungle wildlife, roam through peaceful rice terraces or marvel at remarkable Buddhist temples, you can find your perfect experience in this South Asian paradise.

If you’re yearning for culture and heritage, head to Kathmandu’s historic, UNESCO-listed Durbar Square – and visit other stunning religious sites, monasteries and palaces dotted around the capital and nearby Lalitpur and Bhaktapur.

There are endless delights for thrill-seekers too, from rafting down rivers to bungee jumping into Himalayan gorges. Nature lovers meanwhile can head to breathtaking national parks – home to tropical birds, wild boar and black bears. 

Plan your holiday to Nepal and prepare to be enchanted by a truly remarkable destination.

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Things to do in Nepal

From the world’s most famous mountain to sacred, ancient sites, holidays in Nepal open up a feast of extraordinary possibilities.

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Wander the streets of old Kathmandu

Prepare to step far back in time while exploring the historical landmarks of the capital city. 

Starting at Durbar Square, head to the Hanuman Dhoka Palace Complex to see where Nepalese royalty once resided. 

Here you’ll find ornate gateways, pagoda-style towers, temples – and artefacts including weapons and thrones at the Tribhuwan Museum. A 17th-century statue of the eponymous God Hanuman also guards the palace.  

Outside the square you’ll find an array of vibrant streets and alleyways packed with sacred shrines. These thoroughfares are especially full of life during festivals, which are held regularly throughout the year. 

Where to stay in Nepal

The heart of Kathmandu

Thamel is an energetic place to stay in Kathmandu, with its array of narrow and colourfully decorated streets boasting hip shops, traditional food and numerous hotels. 

Hotel Arts Kathmandu is well-placed to explore attractions such as Durbar Square and comes complete with a full-service spa. 

Apsara Boutique Hotel meanwhile enjoys incredible mountain views from many of its rooms – meaning you can take in the wonders nature without compromising on convenience. 

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Seek out serenity 

Staying close to the sacred Buddhist site of Boudhanath, on the north-eastern outskirts of the capital, is a fantastic way to ensure a relaxed Nepal holiday. 

Ghangri Boutique Hotel is the kind of place that allows you to unwind even further, with onsite massages and treatments available. 

The 16th-century Hindu temple of Pashupatinath is also easily reachable from this area, giving you a variety of historic, religious locations at which to find some inner peace. 

Luxury living

If it’s luxury Nepal packages that you’re after, a number of sensational five-star options are available.

Baber Mahal Vilas boasts an outdoor pool and no less than four restaurants – including a French eatery – while the Shangri La Hotel offers its own slice of harmony in the shape of a health club and on-site swimming facilities. 

Both are within a short journey of the Garden of Dreams, a restored neo-classical green area evoking a similar aura of laid-back elegance. 

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All you need to know about Nepal

Local currency

The currency used in Nepal is the Nepalese rupee (NPR). ATMs and money exchange facilities are widely available in Kathmandu. 

Languages spoken

Nepali is the official language of Nepal. You’ll find that many people also speak English, particularly in the tourist areas of the main cities.

Getting around

Tourist buses run between popular destinations and are often faster than local services. Taxis and rickshaws can also be used for shorter distances. 

Public holidays

National holidays in Nepal encompass both religious and non-religious occasions. Constitution Day is held in September each year, while Hindu, Muslim and Buddhist festivals are also observed. 

More about Nepal

Local cuisine

Nepal has a diverse range of food to enjoy, with the best-loved traditional dishes including dal bhat (a lentil soup) and momo – a dumpling filled with a variety of meats. Buff momo, made with buffalo meat, is especially popular. 

The Thamel district of Kathmandu is home to an especially rich array of dining options. Thamel House, an old-style Newari building, offers a spectacular selection of local Nepalese food as well as evening dance shows. 

Kaiser Cafe, situated in Kathmandu’s Garden of Dreams, is one of the city’s most romantic locations and serves up a tempting menu of food, including Austrian-inspired dishes. 

Kalimati Fruit and Vegetable Market is just one of the bazaars in the capital where fresh produce can be bought and bartered for. 

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Nepalese culture

Nepal is a culturally diverse country where the locals are very friendly and welcoming to tourists. 

‘Namaste’ is a traditional, widespread greeting – meaning “I bow to the divine in you”. It is also typically accompanied by pressing hands together as if in prayer. 

When visiting sacred or religious sites, it is important to dress modestly and act respectfully, as heritage and faith play an important role in Nepal’s customs. Remember to cover your arms, shoulders, chest and legs.  

Traditional dance forms another key aspect of the nation’s culture – you may well see performances during festivals, ceremonies and at night in some of Kathmandu’s old town venues. 

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Why we love Nepal

“Holidays to Nepal are a delight. You can wander around holy sites like Swayambhunath or gaze over at the Himalayas in the morning, before browsing the colourful shops of Kathmandu later in the day. The people throughout the country are really friendly and the food is just amazing.”

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