Nepal among Lonely Planet’s top 10 travel destinations for 2022

KATHMANDU: Lonely Planet has named Nepal as top 10 destination countries to travel to in 2022. Lonely Planet had recently made public the top 30 travel destinations for 2022 and Nepal is among the top 10 travel destinations for next year.

The top 10 countries to visit in 2022 are the Cook Islands, Norway, Mauritius, Belize, Slovenia, Anguilla, Oman, Nepal, Malawi and Egypt.

“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,” states the Lonley Planet.

Mountain Highs

The Nepal Himalaya is the ultimate goal for mountain lovers. Some of the Himalaya’s most iconic and accessible hiking is on offer here, with rugged trails to Everest, the Annapurnas and beyond. Nowhere else can you trek for days in incredible mountain scenery, secure in the knowledge that a hot meal, cosy lodge and warm slice of apple pie await you at the end of the day.

Then there’s the adrenaline kick of rafting a roaring Nepali river or bungee jumping into a yawning Himalayan gorge. Canyoning, climbing, kayaking, paragliding and mountain biking all offer a rush against the backdrop of some of the world’s most dramatic landscapes.

Medieval Cities & Sacred Sites

Other travellers prefer to see Nepal at a more refined pace, admiring the peaks over a sunset gin and tonic from a Himalayan viewpoint, strolling through the medieval city squares of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, and joining Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims on a spiritual stroll around centuries-old stupas and monasteries. Even after the 2015 earthquake, Nepal remains the cultural powerhouse of the Himalaya; the Kathmandu Valley in particular offers an unrivalled collection of world-class palaces, hidden backstreet shrines and sublime temple art. Nepal is also a great place to learn about everything from Tibetan Buddhism to how to make the best momos (dumplings).

Travel Nirvana

There are few countries in the world that are as well set up for independent travel as Nepal. Wandering the trekking shops, bakeries and pizzerias of Thamel and Pokhara, it’s easy to feel that you have somehow landed in a kind of backpacker Disneyland. Out in the countryside lies a quite different Nepal, where traditional mountain life continues at a slower pace, and a million potential adventures glimmer on the mountain horizons. The biggest problem you might face in Nepal is just how to fit everything in, which is one reason why many people return here over and over again.

Jungle Adventures

South of Nepal’s mountains lies something completely different: a chain of wild and woolly national parks, where nature buffs scan the subtropical treetops for exotic bird species and comb the jungles for rhinos, tigers and crocodiles. Choose from a luxury safari lodge in central Chitwan or go exploring on a wilder trip to remote Bardia or Koshi Tappu, stopping en route to visit the birthplace of Buddha on the steamy plains near Lumbini. Whether you cross the country by mountain bike, motorbike, raft or tourist bus, Nepal offers an astonishingly diverse array of attractions and landscapes.

So, If you’ve had your fill of mountain vistas and are yearning for some sun-kissed shores, Hawaii beckons with its own brand of travel nirvana. From the vibrant streets of Waikiki to the rugged beauty of the Big Island’s Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii offers a diverse tapestry of experiences. Stroll along the golden sands of Maui’s beaches, catch some waves on the North Shore of Oahu, or embark on a snorkeling adventure in the crystal-clear waters of Molokini Crater.

Amidst this tropical paradise, one can’t help but embrace the spirit of adventure. Picture yourself cruising along the coastal roads of Maui on a rented scooter, the warm breeze tousling your hair as you weave through lush landscapes and quaint seaside towns. The scooter renting opens up a world of exploration, allowing you to discover hidden gems off the beaten path and create memories that will last a lifetime.

From hiking to hidden waterfalls on the Road to Hana to savoring traditional Hawaiian fare at a local luau, there’s no shortage of delights to indulge in. So, swap your trekking boots for flip-flops, and let the rhythm of the islands guide you on a journey of discovery and relaxation. Whether you’re chasing waterfalls, chasing waves, or simply chasing the sunset, Hawaii promises an escape like no other, where every moment feels like a postcard-perfect dream.

Fiscal Nepal |
Thursday October 28, 2021, 04:18:05 PM |

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