Whether it’s a trekking tour or a meditation retreat in Nepal, you’ll find lifechanging magic abounds in this mystical mountain region. There are so many places to visit in Nepal, combining breath-taking landscapes with deep spirituality, something you can’t always find at your average yoga retreat or tour. Nepal truly is a land of the Gods – so let’s find out why…
1) Land of the Gods
Nicknamed the “Land of the Gods” for its incredible natural beauty, Nepal is home to the world’s famous mountain range, the Himalayas. Not only is it known for being the residing place of Lord Shiva, but the Himalayan mountain range is one of the most naturally diverse places on earth.
Holy rivers and dense jungle are home to a myriad of wild animals including the elusive tiger, plus deer, rhino, bears and all manner of colourful bird species. You could say that Nepal is one of the greenest places on earth – they even have a saying about it:
“Hariyo ban Nepalko dhan” – meaning: “Nepal’s wealth is in its greenery”. No wonder many people come for yoga and meditation retreats in Nepal – the natural tranquillity is second to none!
2) Land of Yogis
Not only is it stunningly beautiful, but Nepal is also as deeply spiritual as its famous neighbour, Tibet, and the two share many similarities that can only be connected with the magic of the Himalayas. People follow the ancient Hindu ways, as well as Buddhism, weaving ritual, mantras and deity worship into their everyday lives.
When it comes to yoga, the first name that comes to mind is Lord Shiva, who delivered the gift of Hatha Yoga here in Ghorka, Nepal, in the form of Gorakhnath, a wise sage who taught the 84,000 yoga asanas, as well as the yogi way of life, over a thousand years ago. People still follow his teachings today.
Of course, where there’s yoga, there’s retreats, and Nepal is only just up and coming for spiritual tours, so there’s still a lot of care and attention put into the yoga and meditation retreats in Nepal, making it a fantastic place to indulge in some healing activities without breaking the bank.
3) Land of Trekkers
And no list is complete without mentioning Nepal’s number one attraction: trekking. Since the Himalayas are right on the doorstep, hiking lovers come from all around the world to test their stamina on famous treks like Annapurna Circuit, Manaslu and Everest Base Camp.
Of course, you don’t have to be a pro to try a spot of trekking in Nepal, there are trekking routes for all skill levels with day treks and even half day treks through gorgeous greenery, tiny remote villages, mountain ranges and lush jungle to enjoy.
4) Land of Sacred Sites
For the history buffs, Nepal is a gold mine of ancient landmarks, many of them UNESCO World Heritage Sites. People come from all over the world to visit the highly religious pilgrimage sites, many of them leaving having their world-view completely changed.
Nepal’s colourful capital, Kathmandu, is one of the top places to visit in Nepal and home to a wealth of UNESCO sites where incredible architecture and deep spiritual symbolism combine to create some breath-taking examples of temples, palaces and squares.
Pashupatinath Temple, Patan Durbar Square, Hanuman Dhoka and Swayambu Monkey Temple are just some of the examples of Kathmandu’s fascinating sacred sites. Prepare to be amazed by the imposing beauty, mystery and skill of Nepali architecture.
5) Land of Peace
Across the world, many people know Nepal as being the home of the Ghorkas, the fearsome troops who fought in many of the world’s wars, enabling Britain to win on several occasions, yet never allowing their beloved home country to be conquered either.
There’s a saying in Nepal that “if someone says he’s not afraid to die, he’s either lying or he’s ghorka”, which nicely sums up their extreme bravery and strength! However, ghorkas are also warm and gracious people, welcoming tourists into their homes and villages with a humble kindness that belies their military skill.
Extending across the entire country, Nepali people are known for their strong and calm ways, and the smiles and laughter of locals fill travellers’ hearts with fond memories – ask anyone what their favourite thing about Nepal is and no doubt they’ll say the people. There’s a peace here that can’t be found elsewhere, no matter which of the places to visit in Nepal you choose first.
6) Land of Buddha
Speaking of peace! You’ve probably heard that Lord Buddha was born in Nepal? Gautama Buddha was born in Lumbini, Nepal, around 2,600 years ago and since then, Buddhism has become an internationally renowned religion, with over half a billion followers worldwide.
Of course, many tourists come to Nepal to see Buddhism at its roots, and Lumbini, with its gorgeous monasteries, is a popular place to soak up some of the tranquil vibes of this peaceful religion. After Lumbini, there are many sacred sites to be discovered, with places like Mukhtinath, in the mountains near to Tibet, hiding mysterious energies that long outdate Buddhism itself.
7) Land of Organic
And last but by no means least, we have the famous food of Nepal: Dal Bhat. Consisting of a huge mound of fresh rice or cornmeal, lentil dal, green leafy vegetables known as “sag” and other seasonable vegetables, the humble dal bhat is a hearty meal that will not only fill you up all day (the famous saying “dal bhat power 24hr” says it all), but give you the energy needed to scale a mountain in no time.
And it’s about as healthy as you can get, with Nepal being big on organic farming, even going so far as to boycott non-organic, chemical-laden vegetables from nearby countries, instead opting for pesticide-free, homegrown and seasonal options – eat in Nepal for a week and your skin will glow, your energy levels high and your heart filled with joy.
So, what more could you want? A heart-warming adventure filled with magic, mountains and memories – why not join us on one of treks in Nepal, where we discover all the most beautiful places to visit in Nepal, exploring ancient spirituality through yoga, meditation and energy healing along the way.
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