Nepal, a country that was so sadly affected by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25th 2015, is also a country that’s one of the most beautiful places on earth. And that cliché can be thrown around, but when I say it about Nepal, I mean it from the bottom of my heart. The scenery, the people, the culture, and the resilience of Nepal is something which just can’t be described. You just have to go and see it for yourself.
Last year’s earthquake though, has put off a lot of people from visiting this country, whether it’s because they are scared of an earthquake striking again or because they think the last one destroyed everything. I’m here to tell you, those are not good reasons to not visit Nepal. This country needs you now more than ever because, although there is always a chance of a natural disaster where ever you are in the world, there are still a lot of things to see and do here. Here’s why now is the time to cross Nepal off your bucketlist…
Did you know Kathmandu only suffered 5% earthquake damage? A lot of Nepal’s capital city is still up and running, still intact and still desperately in need of you. There are some small parts of the city, and the ancient heritage sites, that you can clearly see have suffered in the disaster, but most of this wild, energetic, cool place is up and running with restaurants, bars and shops – all ready and waiting for your visit!
Your flights out here are more than likely going to be the most expensive part of your trip and of course, every holiday is as expensive as you make it but Nepal won’t drain you of every pound and penny if you don’t want it to. Accommodation can be found from as little as £10 a night – probably even less if you really have an eye for a bargain – and an evening meal will cost no more than a few pounds if you’re eating traditional dishes such as dal bhat. Of course if you do want to splash your cash or relax in luxury after a long trek, you can easily do that here too. It’s not all backpacks and walking boots here, infinity pools and spas exist as well.
I was told by many, many people in Nepal, that November is the best time to go and see the mountains. It’s when the air is the most clear and you get endless views the Annapurna mountain range and the Himalayas. Even if you’re in Nepal and the clouds are surrounding the hills, or the haze doesn’t lift, the scenery of this country is one of a kind. It’s a place where the lush green valleys merge into jagged, imposing, snow topped mountains and wide, vast lakes nestle in the hills. Seriously, if you go to Nepal, you’ll be blown away the views.
They’re so polite, so helpful, so kind, so tough, so happy and incredibly friendly and hospitable. It’s been a tough year for the people of Nepal yet every person I met, was there with a smile. That’s truly incredible.
The adventure capital of Nepal is where you can go white water rafting, paragliding, SUPing, kayaking and zip lining. If you want your adrenalin fix, go here and if you choose to get the bus here from Kathmandu, that will be the first rush of your visit to Nepal’s third biggest city – the road on this journey is said to be one of the most dangerous in the world.
Naturally, after a major natural disaster, tourists and visitors have been reluctant to come and see Nepal. For those that do come here though, you’ll be able to see Nepal at its least crowded. Trekking paths are quieter than usual, so visit now to avoid the crowds and to be able to really appreciate the serenity of the mountains.
Yes, the country has received aid and help from charities after the earthquake but this only goes so far. Your dollars will immediately help people, who rely on the tourist industry for their livelihood, keep their jobs and put food on the table for their family and kids. Now, more than ever, the locals need your support and there’s really no reason not to go out there, and give it to them. Not only will you be helping a nation when it needs in the most but you might just fall a little bit in love with Nepal too.
Have you ever been to Nepal, or have you visited since the earthquake in 2015? Tell me, would you visit this beautiful, crazy country?