It’s that time of the year, World Travel Market when virtually every country in the world exhibits at Excel Exhibition Centre.
I went to a reception at the Nepal Embassy. The country has been nominated by Lonely Planet as one of the top 10 places to visit for 2013. The country is squeezed between India and China and boasts eight of the highest mountain peaks in the world including Mount Everest. The land lock country is ideal for those who enjoy adrenaline sports such as rock climbing, paragliding, and white water rafting. Trekking is also a favourite sport. While these activities aren’t for me I was excited by their tropical and sub tropical jungles, wildlife reserves, and national parks. Seeing animals in their natural habitat is just wonderful, and a safari would definitely be on my hit list. Tigers, leopards, elephants, and monkeys are just a few of the animals to be seen there, not to mention the birdlife and butterflies.
There are ten UNESCO World Heritage sites in Nepal with lots of temples and monasteries to visit. The country is mainly either Buddhist or Hindu with 103 ethnic groups. Home stays in the villages are being promoted as the best way of getting to know the people, their culture and traditions.
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