A Different Idea (or Two) for Visiting Nepal

The number of international tourists visiting Nepal continues to climb to giddy new heights, with +24.8% in 2017 taking figures to a new record of just over 940,000. One of the reasons for this sharp climb is the diversification of the country’s tourism offering.

One such different idea is rafting: a great way for the adventurous to explore the typical cross section of natural as well as ethno-cultural heritage of the country. There are numerous rivers in Nepal which offer excellent rafting or canoeing experience. One can glide on calm jade waters with munificent scenery all about or rush through roaring white rapids, in the care of expert rivermen employed by government authorised agencies. One can opt for day of river running or more. So far, the government has opened sections of 10 rivers for commercial rafting.

Hot Air Ballooning: Hot air ballooning is becoming very popular with tourists for it affords the most spectacular bird’s-eye view of the Kathmandu valley and the Himalayan ranges towering in the background. On a clear day, it’s a superb way to view the Himalayan (from over 6000m up), and the view of the valley is equally breath-taking.

Paragliding: Paragliding in Nepal can be a truly wonderful and fulfilling experience for the adventure seeking. A trip will take you over some of the best scenery on earth, as you share airspace with Himalayan griffins, vultures, eagles, kites and float over villages, monasteries, temples, lakes and jungle, with a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayas.

Jungle Safari: National Parks located specially in the Terai region in Nepal attract visitors from all over the world. A visit to these parks involves gamestalking by a variety of meansfoot, dugout canoe, jeep, and elephant back. One is bound to sight a one – horned rhino or two at every elephant safari. Besides the rhinos, wild boars, samburs, spotted deer, sloth bear, fourhorned antelope are also usually seen. A Royal Bengal tiger may surprise you by his majestic appearance.

STAND No. 641