Sublime and Serene!
A trekkers' paradise, Nepal combines Himalayan views, golden temples, charming hill villages and jungle wildlife watching to offer one of the world's great travel destinations. The bustling city life and rich cultural traditions provide plenty to keep you occupied away from the mountains all too often turns into a long-term love affair with this wonderful country and its people. Whether you want to go trekking in Nepal or tour the highlights of the country, the Mountain Kingdom will have the perfect treasure for you. Nepal gives you a genuine taste of traditional Nepalese culture with a stunning sightseeing flight for up-close views of Mount Everest.
Nepalese are very religious by nature. They are bound by their beliefs and principles and follow them very diligently. 85% of the population follows Hinduism, 8% follow Buddhism and there is a small Muslim minority of 4%. Nepalese is the most common language spoken. Other languages that the locals speak include Bhojpuri and Maithili. English is only spoken in business groups and among trading personnel.
The culture in Nepal is a blend of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan-Mongolian traditions. Auspicious signs, such as the trident or the swastika are considered pious and often displayed in homes, cars and workplaces to attract positive energy. The customary greeting is joining palms, bowing down and saying 'Namaste'. Hospitality is a key feature of their customs. Display of affection between people of different sexes publicly is not well received and may even be a taboo in certain parts of the country.
Nepal celebrates a lot of Hindu and Buddhist festivals. The major festivals celebrated here are Holi, Jatra, Dashain, Diwali, Mani Rimdu and the Kathmandu Film Festival. The Jatras are basically for the deities that they worship.
Set against the backdrop of the Himalayas, the people of Nepal have many different backgrounds and ethnicities, and this multitude of influences is reflected within the country’s cuisine. The Nepali national meal is daal bhaat tarkaari. It is essentially spiced lentils poured over boiled rice, and served with tarkari. Some popular dishes include momos, a meat or vegetable filled dumpling (similar to Chinese pot-stickers) and Tibetan Bread and Honey - a puffy fried bread with heavy raw honey that's great for breakfast.