If there is something that many of us want to do again after COVID-19, is traveling. Among the misfortune that this pandemic has caused all over the world, one of the positive aspects to be drawn from it, is that has made us value, even more, those things that make us enjoy the life, and no doubt, one of them is traveling, because traveling is living.

Traveling is not just about discovering new cultures and countries, exploring remote places, or running away from routine. Traveling involves creating memories that will remain in our memory for life, meeting people that otherwise would not have. We demonstrate those limiting beliefs that prevented us from embarking on an adventure are nothing more than a reason to overcome them and find ourselves.

One destination that does not make anyone feel indifferent is Nepal. Most of the visitors repeat as once is not enough. Nepal is not only about mountains but also about the charm and hospitality of its people.

To demonstrate that Nepal is much more than the country of Mt. Everest, the cradle of Buddhism or the home of the Sherpas, here you can find 8 reasons to travel to Nepal if you have not done before:

  • A country caught in time: Despite globalization and mass tourism, Nepal has kept its culture and tradition intact over time. The concept of time diluted to make way to day by day, without minding about tomorrow, just living the moment and let it go. Not only in Kathmandu, but it is also possible to visit temples, monasteries, and palaces that survived centuries and earthquakes. Areas such as Gorkha, Mustang, or Lumbini are just one example of it.
  • More than mountains: Despite being a paradise for trekking lovers, Nepal offers many more opportunities to complete a unique trip. Bike trip to the lost kingdom, Mustang, yoga and meditation retreat on the shores of Begnas Lake, rafting in BhoteKoshiriver, exploring culture and history of Kathmandu Valley along with developing your photographic skills with expert guides are some remarkable experiences gained with travel in Nepal. 
  • People: No matter the language barrier or moving away from tourist areas. If there is something that characterizes the Nepalese wherever you go, it´s their hospitality and kindness with those who visit the country. During the trip, it´s not strange to make friends that will last over time during or to be able to meet stories of local people while sharing a cup of tea. Despite many cultural differences that can exist between your home and Nepal, Nepalese will make you always feel at home.

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  • Gateway of Himalayas: Nepal, in addition to offering countless options, is a great destination to combine with the other great kingdoms of Himalayas, Tibet, and Bhutan. Between the three countries, there are lots of contrasts and similarities. Begin with the chaos of Nepal to the spirituality of Tibet and the happiness of the inhabitants of Bhutan. The Potala Palace, the Tiger´s Nest, or the Boudhanath Stupa are well worth a trip through the Himalayan kingdoms.

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  • Authenticity: With more than 120 ethnic groups and two religions, Nepal is a mosaic of unique traditions throughout the country. Tharu in the south, the Newari in the Kathmandu Valley, or the Tamang in the mountains, each group has different dialects, traditions, and festivals that have maintained from generation to generation. If you have a chance, try to match your trip with any of the great festivals that take place during the year, like BisketJatra, Holi, Dashain or Tihar.

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  • Still to discover: Most of tourism in Nepal takes place in the surroundings of Kathmandu, Chitwan, Annapurnas, and Everest, leaving aside regions that have a lot to offer to the traveler. Although many times this is due to the difficulty and long distances that these journeys involve, it worth it for those more adventurous. The mysterious and hidden Dolpo, the beauty of Rara Lake, the wild Bardiya National Park, or the off-beaten Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek are just some examples of routes that can be challenging and awesome at the same time. 
  • Spirituality: Not many destinations in the world have the magnetism of Nepal. Himalayas, Buddhism, yoga, and meditation are a perfect combination, making it the right place for those seeking a break in their lives, reconnecting and finding their inner peace. Whether taking a retreat in a specialized center or spending a couple of nights in a Buddhist monastery, you can start in the world of personal well-being.
  • Support the local people: Unfortunately, the halt of tourism in Nepal has left many people without jobs and incomes. This situation has affected especially to guides and porters, whose job is seasonal, and their families live from the work of some months a year. Without them would not be possible to discover the great wonders of Nepal with the tranquility of being accompanied by professionals who are a fundamental part of a trip. The satisfaction is being able to help many families while enjoying an unforgettable journey in Nepal. 

Sooner or later, we will be able to travel again, and what a better way than visiting one destination that makes a trip a memorable life experience. If you have been convinced by these reasons to visit Nepal, do not hesitate to check our website: www.bluesheep.com.np,where local experts in your language are waiting to design your best adventure.

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Myself Bishal, love making new memories traveling around many places, mostly the beautiful high mountains.

Every year I go for travel in many places and so last year I did Annapurna Ultimate Trek. We were a group of 24 where half was foreigner and remaining Nepali. I did several treks before but I found this one more interesting and felt like something different that melted my heart. The main specialty of this trek is landscape, every day it’s changing and so on vegetation. The open blue skies and the cool breeze from the white great Himalayas and felt like they were staring and keeping eye on you. That brings motivation to climb and feel safe while trekking. Trek in Nepal can be done in any season. I did that trek in the winter season and the beauty is extraordinary. Though it’s tough to walk in winter because of heavy snow it is worth it when you see the eye-pleasing or breathtaking view from the top and along the way. We walked 19 days and so far, that’s one of my best memories. Every day you can see beautiful villages and the houses and culture changes simultaneously. We could figure out clearly while we trek. We celebrated New Year, Christmas, and the birthdays of few people as well during the trek and it was very joyful and happiest memories that we made.

High pass Thorong la (5416m)

Starting trek from the low elevation around 900m and walk for 9-10 days, we reach 5416m high pass, Thorong La Pass. It is worthy to be there by walking for several days for astonishing 360 panoramic view.

High Mountains:

While trek we can see high mountains like Mt Annapurna I, II, II, IV, Mt Gangapurna, Mt Machapuchre, Mt Dhaulagiri, and many peaks. All of them are more than 7000m. Also, Swargadhwar which means heaven’s door that is eye-catchy.

Villages

While trek, we see many villages and some are big and some are small but it looks amazing. The smiley and happy faces of the locals and their friendly behaves brings you like you were in a home and gives you the strength to walk and empower your will.

Culture:

As the villages are behind the mountains, they have amazing culture followed from ages ago. The uniqueness and different even from other parts of Nepal makes them special and adds beauty for those who travel there.

Landscape:

One of the amazing landscape differences you could see in this trek, starting from the tropical forest to the alpine and the bushes and later on arid (no vegetation). It seems that we are exploring different landscape every new day, which is kind of make your trek more interesting and wait for find something anew. Hoping to see amazing view will lure to destination without tiredness on this long trek.

Traveling is my passion so I just travel to many places which I feel heavenly on earth of Nepal. This trek was in my bucket list and it is worth it. This trek is one of my best memories. Every time, I travel to new place it brings me hope and encourages me to travel more and keep exploring. Lastly, I want to say “Once in Nepal it is not enough”. Travel more and live more.

Hi! I am Daniel. Happy to share my views and unforgettable moments of Bhutan trip.

If Bhutan has been known throughout the world for something, it´s by their decision to put the collective happiness of its population before the economic wealth through the Gross National Happiness. It is surprising that when the effects of climate change are increasingly evident around the world, this country of just 700,000 inhabitants, surrounded by giants (India and China) is the only one in the world whose carbon footprint is negative and whose constitution requires that at least 60% of the country must be covered by forest.

Traveling to Bhutan is totally different from trip to any other country. Beginning with the flight from Kathmandu, the experience and feeling that something big is yet to come overflows the traveler. Just 20 minutes after take-off from the capital city of Nepal, you will have the chance to see Mt. Everest from the window of the plane. That’s not only the scenery, you can have amazing view of the Makalu and Kanchenjunga on a short but intense flight.

The moment you land in Paro and down-stairs of the plane, the first sensational feeling is purity of the air that you breathe. The adrenaline of the landing between the mountains also increases the joy of the traveler. “Welcome to the Land of the Thunder Dragon!”

From Paro, the traveler has lot of options upon their choice:

For those who prefer classics and cultural trips, a tour of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha (from 5-6 days) is the best option with short distances which makes a comfortable trip avoiding long transfers by road.

For those who are intrepid and thirsty of adventures, Central and Eastern Bhutan offers them an amazing combination of wild mountain landscape with the original culture and lifestyle of its population far from the developed west of the country. Bumthang, Gangtey or Trongsa must be included in the route, especially in festival season, as you can view many auspicious occasions. Also, this option is perfect too, if you are willing to experience trekking and some adventure activities like Rafting.

Whatever your decision, you will find some common highlights along the country: Preserved nature, Tibetan culture, Buddhism, local gastronomy, traditional lifestyle and the kindness of Bhutanese people. The combination of all these things, makes this country a paradise to discover a completely different way of life while the journey transforms you.

Tashi Delek!

5 MUST EXPERIENCES IF YOU TRAVEL TO BHUTAN

Visiting Bhutan is already a unique moment in life, but there are some experiences you shouldn´t miss to make it a memorable trip:

Hike to Tiger Nest:

A once in a lifetime experience that any intrepid traveler should have in their bucket list. The 3 hours hike allows to the monastery where it´s believed that Guru Rinpoche flew into from Tibet and subdued a demon. Hanging on a cliff and with sacred caves inside the monastery, the route is enjoyed from the beginning to the arrival at monastery. Take some minutes to meditate and fulfill this amazing journey. The effort will worth it!

Visit Punakha Dzong:

Not the biggest, not the oldest, but without any doubt, the most beautiful Dzong (Fortress) in Bhutan is in Punakha. Built in a perfect location, the confluence of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu river, the best moment to visit this majestic place is in spring, when the jacaranda trees that surround the Dzong are flourished. As per the 1200 m. altitude of Punakha, it´s a great place to stay also in the hard winter of Bhutan, with warmer temperatures than Thimphu or Paro.

Try the Bhutanese local dishes:

Gastronomy in Bhutan is still to discover. Mainly vegetarian, Bhutanese cuisine has a lot of creative combinations of vegetables, meat and species with a crossover of Himalayan food, finding typical Tibetan dishes like Dumplings or Thukpa.

It´s fascinating how the tradition is present in gastronomy as well. Most of the restaurants and homes serve the food in wooden bowls and like many other Asian countries the food is eaten with the hands.

Don´t miss it!

Babesa Village Restaurant (Thimpu)

Hotel Lobesa (Punakha)

Aum Choden Homestay (Paro)

See the sunrise from Dochula Pass:

Located in the border between Thimphu and Punakha District, Dochula Pass at 3,100 metres over the sea, host a Memorial built with 108 Chorten in honor of Bhutanese soldiers. Dochula Pass offer a 360º panoramic view where the traveler can see some of the highest mountains in Bhutan, like Mt. Gangkar Puensum (7570 m), Tari gang (7304 m) or Masagang (7194 m). Those views make this place a perfect spot to enjoy a memorable sunrise in the Himalayas that will be difficult to forget.

Relax with a Hotstone bath:

Probably the best way to end your trip after the hike of Tiger Nest. The process is unique, using medicinal water heated by stones that previously had been roasted for hours. This wellness therapy has a lot of physical and mental benefits that will relieve you with heat of the water, the khempa herb and the minerals released from stones. Along the country it is easy to find all style of Hotstone bath, from the rustic ones used in homestays, to the luxury found in the best hotels and resort of Bhutan.