Visitors to the lands of Nepal, mainly, come with two intentions: Trekking and Tours in Nepal. Nepal Tours involve activities other than trekking. Some travelers, however, also choose to incorporate a day or two days walk at one or the other places they visit.
Tours and travels in Kathmandu are a key feature of all Nepal Tours. These tours involve visiting the three cities known for their temples and palaces: Kathmandu (the capital), Bhaktapur, and Patan. Staying a night at hill stations (mainly, Nagarkot and Dhulikhel) for a broad view of the Himalayas is popular among visitors.
Pokhara, the city of lakes, is yet another popular destination. The city’s close proximity to the Himalayas of the Annapurna range makes ideal room for stunning views even from hotel promises in Lakeside Pokhara and, certainly, from vantage points atop some of the surrounding hilltops. Thus, the best of Nepal Tours also includes a tour of Pokhara.
As a part of Nepal Tours, trips to settlements at the foothills of the Himalayas are also increasingly gaining popularity since roads have now made their way in. A visit to Manang, a major town in the Annapurna Circuit at an altitude of 3,500 meters from the sea level, and to Mustang, both Lower and Upper, is now a part of their Nepal Tours for many.
A Jungle Safari, either in Chitwan National Park or in Bardia National Park, and a visit to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha (Siddhartha Gautam) often find their places in the best Nepal Tours. In addition, many travelers choose to add activities of thrill and interest to their itinerary of Nepal Tours. Popular are Rafting, Paragliding, and Bungee.
For those with an interest in cultural tours in Nepal, note that every Nepal Tour is also a Nepal cultural tour. For example, a Jungle Safari in Chitwan or Bardia also includes a tour of a Tharu village, a settlement of the indigenous people living in the lands for centuries ago. Likewise, a trip to Mustang throws some insight into the ways of the Thakalis around the Jomsom areas and of the Lhopa in the Upper Mustang region. All in all, Nepal is broadly divided into three main regions: the Plains, the Hills, and the Himalayas. These divisions also come with their distinct features – from weather to landscapes to diversity in cultural practices. From the perspective of cultural tourism in Nepal, therefore, the itinerary of the best cultural tours in Nepal should consist of visits to settlements in its Plains, Hills, and Himalayas.