Enchanting and mysterious, Nepal is without question a destination like no other. We ask Reetika to shed a light on traveling to this astonishing place just in case you find yourself backpacking the Himalayas.
Paragliding in Pokhara - one of Reetika's must-dos in Nepal
Best time to visit?
October to January
Must try local dishes?
Momos (Nepali dumpling stuffed with minced meat)
Nepali thali and chatamari (Nepali pancake with minced meat,eggs)
Your city's most popular tourist spot?
Thamel and Durbarmarg. When you head out from Kathmandu you head towards Pokhara and Sauraha, these two cities are the best tourist spots. Pokhara is famous for paragliding, zip-lining etc. Sauraha is famous for safaris. We have the highest mountain in the world i.e Mount Everest located in Solukhumbu district. This place is good for hiking, mountains, backpacking. There are so many other beautiful places in Nepal like Manang, Mustang, Nagarkot etc.
Important local phrases?
Namaskaar (Hello, Goodbye)
Kati Paisa ho (How much?)
Dherai mahango cha (Too expensive)
Dhanyabad (Thank You)
Safety precautions/ reminders/tips for travelers?
Don't drink any water that has not been boiled or bottled. In some areas food is sold outside, avoid buying these food. Don't walk alone during the night. There is a problem with electricity so always carry a small flashlight with you. Exchange all your Nepalese currencies before you leave Nepal because they are not accepted anywhere in the world. Try to bargain when you go shopping. Ask the taxi driver to turn on the meter once you are in the taxi, they will charge you an exorbitant price if the meter isn't running.
Nepal is a beautiful country with humble people and the best hospitality in the world. Its a paradise.