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Nepal

The kingdom of Nepal is a land of scenic mountains, ancient temples and wonderful walking trails A small country, rich in splendid scenery and exotic cultures, home to many distinct cultures and races. Though they speak a variety of languages, practice many different religions and are the friendliest people you will ever meet.

So it's worth a visit, but what about ...? You will have lots of questions, and there is no better place to find the answers than the marvellous FAQ provided by nepalhomepage.com. Here you can find answers to a wide range of questions on the following main topics:
  • Going to Nepal
  • Visa, Immigration and Customs
  • Money Matters
  • Health and Insurance
  • Weather and Clothing
  • Entertainment
  • Accommodation
  • Getting Around in Nepal
  • Local transportation in Kathmandu and other towns
  • Drinking and Dining
  • Communication with the rest of the world
  • Local Customs and Culture
  • Law, Order and Safety
  • Trekking
This is an excellent way to get a feel for what tourism in Nepal is all about. You can find the FAQ on:
http://www.nepalhomepage.com/travel/faq/faq.html
 
Kathmandu was probably founded beween the 10th and 12 century on the banks of the river Bishumati. It soon grew to be the biggest city in the valley along with the other two cities of Patan and Bhaktapur. There is a realy excellent collection of photographs on this bilingual (German and English) site, well presented in an easy to navigate and quick to load format, complete with city maps and useful explanatory comments. Also on this site are more than 300 photographs of the Annapurna trek circuit. I have a feeling, having read the comments on all of the Nepal sites we have checked out for this newsletter, that growing tourism could easily spoil this stunningly beautiful area and change for ever its unique way of life. As it says on the National Geographic site (see below) "despite extreme poverty and substandard living conditions, these people are spiritually rich beyond measure". Visit as soon as you can and take a look at these stunning photographs now on:
http://www.nepal-dia.de/int__England/int__england.html
 
In November 2000 Lauri Hafvenstein hiked 60 96 kilometers with 25 fellow enthusiasts on a 16-day National Geographic Expeditions trek. As he says "we witnessed a Nepal that has to be experienced to be believed". Fortunately, thanks to this National Geographic site you can experience Nepal without leaving your armchair (or whatever chair you have near your computer).

The photographs are good and the text is interesting but for my taste the Real Player slide shows are not worth the time they take. However, there is plenty of material apart from the slide shows, so I still think the site is worth a visit, on:
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/features/01/nomad/nepal/intro.html
 
Jim and Wendy White used the city of Kathmandu as a base to see Mount Everest and explore Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Bhaktapur, Nagarkot, Swayambunath and Patan in the Kathmandu Valley. During their eight and a half days in Nepal, they also travelled to Pokhara, gateway to the Annapurna Ranges of the Himalayas, and camped in the jungle of Royal Chitwan National Park.

This site is the result. Well written, well designed and with a wealth of acutely observed detail this is by far my favourite site on Nepal. The photographs of Everest are some of the best I have seen and the descriptions of the sight-seeing visits in the towns have a refreshing innocence which is a welcome relief from the usual commercial guide-book style.

I thoroughly recommend a visit to:
http://web.archive.org/web/20070625065956/pages.interlog.com/~wwhite/nepal.html
 
Of the many books on Nepal, we would recommend thoroughly these two which are available from Amazon Books:
 
Hotel accommodation in Nepal
There is excellent hotel accommodation available in Asia at international standards. However, you don't need to pay international prices. There are substantial discounts available if you know where to look. One useful source of discounted prices is HotelClub. They have an excellent selection of hotels in Nepal which you can find on:

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