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Things to do in Nepal


Water Sports

Discover the stunning scenery and immaculate landscapes of Nepal from a new perspective: in the water!

Activity: Rafting, Kayaking & Canyoning

Nepal is blessed with many rivers. In spite of owning religious significance, these gushing rivers pose a challenge to test your rafting skills. The time is right to invoke the rafter in you and go river rafting in Nepal.

Making your way through grueling rapids is surely one of the best things to do in Nepal. River rafting has won many hearts from that family, youths, and students to experts. The rapids of grades 1-5+ to the artificially controlled rapids make rafting an ultimate experience.

Agencies here provide life jackets, camping, and the standard rafting paraphernalia needed by world-class rafting. An extremely popular sport in Europe, cannoning is now available in Nepal. Cannoning gives you the freedom to explore some of the most ruggedly beautiful, yet forbidden places in the world.

Snow Adventure

Winter Sports

Let your hearts beat with a thrill as you undertake some of the most enticing outdoor activities here in Nepal. A steep adrenaline rush is guaranteed if you indulge in any of these sports. So, get out of your comfy beds in the hotels and do something worth remembering a lifetime. You would have done some of these activities in other countries, but the main fact lies in doing these in Nepal, a country boasting of the ravishing Himalayas. Here is a detailed list of such amazing thrillers.

Activity: Bluesheep & Himalayan Tahr Hunting

Hunting in this ecological awakening age hunting seems quite contradictory but Nepal has been a favored ground for hunters since the 9th century. Modern-day hunts are conducted in the Dhorpatan Game Reserve. Hunting blue sheep and Himalayan tahr here is arguably one of the world’s greatest mountain hunts. It’s possible to go in either fall or spring. It goes without saying that the Himalayas are high and very steep, so this is an extreme hunt requiring excellent physical fitness. There is usually a two- to four-day hike just to get to the hunting area after a helicopter drops you off at 10,000 feet. Experienced Sherpas carry much of the gear.


Activity: Heli Skiing

Take skiing to a whole new level and explore pristine, normally inaccessible terrain. You’ll be airlifted by helicopter to slopes and mountain tops that are impossible to reach otherwise. Marvel at the virgin environment, and be the first to leave your tracks in the snow. Be warned, the thrill doesn’t come cheap though! Nepal Tours offers various heli-skiing trips. The season runs from March to May and Sept to Nov.


Activity: Mountain Climbing

The 800 km stretch of the Nepal Himalayan is the greatest in the world with eight peaks that rise above 8,000m including the highest in the world, Mt. Everest.

Ever since the country opened its peaks to climbers in 1994, the Nepal Himalayan has become a great theatre of mountaineering activity and the drama of success and failure have provided impetus to thousands of men and women to meet the ultimate challenge.

The world’s highest mountains are in Nepal and this includes eight summits above 8,000m. Annapurna mountain range in Nepal has several summits with the tallest mountain being Annapurna 1 (8,091m). In the East of Nepal is the Kanchenjunga mountain at an altitude of 8,586m.

The land of rugged, rocky giants. Home to eight of the world’s top ten tallest mountains. Soaked in ancient cultures and thriving mountainous communities.

Come to climb among the spectacular Nepalese wilderness and head to the heights of mountain climbing. Visit in autumn between September and November and spring between March and April for ideal climbing conditions.

Forest Tours


A luxurious hotel gives you a five-star experience, but a camp beneath the open starry sky gives you a five-billion star experience.

Nepal is one of the most famous places for travelling. With the snow-clad Himalayas in the backdrop, it is a visual delight and an epitome of natural beauty. It's like the crystal clear rivers, breathtaking valleys, vibrant villages and fantastic flora and fauna have all been assembled by the forces of Nature at a single location to make one realise what magical beauty looks like. All these features give Nepal a benefit for camping and trekking adventures. However, before you go venturing into the terrains, a few essentials are needed to be taken care of to ensure that your memory of camping is not only memorable but is a comfortable and safe one as well.

Activity: Cultural Tours & Heritage Sightseeing

Nepal is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of bio-diversity due to its unique geographical position and altitude variation. The elevation of the country ranges from 60 meters above sea level to the highest point on earth, Mt. Everest at 8,848 meters, all within a distance of 150 kilometers resulting in climatic conditions from sub-tropical to arctic.

Nepal is a country with an abundance of historic, cultural and diverse ethnic traditions, which could attract tourists from every corner of the world.

Kathmandu Valley represents a cultural cauldron of the country, where, people from varied backgrounds have come together to present a melting pot. The natives of the Kathmandu Valley are the Newars. Newari culture is an integration of both Hinduism and Buddhism. The Newars of Kathmandu Valley were traders or farmers by occupation in the old days.

If you want to experience Kathmandu’s spiritual side, Boudhanath stupa really is a must visit attraction in Nepal. Boudhanath Stupa, a vast 14th-century spherical Buddhist stupa that also proudly holds the dual titles of largest in Nepal, and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet.

While Nepal is constantly abuzz with the intoxicating chaos and bustle of human life, the sacred Pashupatinath Hindu temple is a sobering reminder that all life eventually comes to an end.

Pashupatinath, dedicated to the god Shiva, is one of the holiest sites in all of Hinduism and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. On the banks of the Bagmati river, Pashupatinath has existed since 400 A.D and its main temple is considered a masterpiece in Hindu architecture.

Activity: Bird Watching

Nepal is a paradise for bird lovers with over 646 species (almost 8% of the world total) of birds, and among them almost 500 hundred species are found in Kathmandu Valley alone.

The most popular bird watching spots in Kathmandu are Phulchoki, Godavari, Nagarjun, Bagmati river, Taudaha and so on. Get your binoculars and look forward to a rewarding experience.

For bird watchers in Nepal, all 12 national parks, a wildlife reserve, six conservation areas and various Ramsar sites are excellent bird-watching destinations.

Given the variety of bird species the country hosts, a good number of tourists have started visiting Nepal, exclusively to watch birds. “Nepal is a paradise for birders. Around eight percent of the total foreign tourists who visit Nepal is here to birdwatch.

Activity: Homestay

Experience Nepal the local way by living and eating with the locals!
Living with locals can help travellers have an authentic hands-on local travel experience. The homestays spread across Nepal in places, mostly villages such as Panauti, Bardiya, Shree Antu, Palpa, Nuwakot, Nagarkot to name a few. Homestays provide a unique opportunity to experience the diverse cultures and landscapes while creating meaningful memories. From eating home cooked Nepali food to participating in festivals and the daily lives of Nepali people, there’s no better way to experience and learn about Nepali culture and life.

It allows travellers to stay with the locals, take part in local activities led by the local guides that showcase the best of the locality. The different activities provided by the communities include:

● Exploring locality with hiking and outdoor activities

● Exposure to cultural and rural lifestyles

● Engaging in arts and culinary workshops

● Discovering native wildlife

Activity: Jungle Safari

Wildlife sanctuaries in Nepal beautifully preserve and portray the rich biodiversity of the nation. It is surely one of the best adventure activity to be cherished with friends and family. Get closer to the flora and fauna at the popular national parks in Nepal. Every animal lover can spot his favorite creature while wandering in the dense forest. From one-horned rhinos, the Great Nepalese Bustards to Royal Bengal Tiger, the woodlands of the country are the home to all.

Fly in Sky

In the Sky

Are you an adventure seeker and a traveler? If yes, Nepal should be on top of your bucket list. There is a plethora of adventure places in Nepal and you will be highly impressed with the variety it offers. The adventures range from average to extreme and covers all – land, water and air. These blood pumping and heart racing adventure activities are hosted with adequate safety measure too.

Activity: Luxury Private Helicopter Tour

While a sightseeing tour is good when inside a city or a forest, it becomes a completely different experience when you’re up in the air admiring the view.

A Nepal helicopter tour is not much different from a flight in an airplane. However, Helicopters have much higher visibility compared to airplanes, which is perfect for sightseeing tours.

A helicopter tour is usually a private tour so you can enjoy your ride with your friends, family or loved ones and have an undisturbed sightseeing experience.

Another great thing about helicopter tours is that helicopters can hover and cruise at low altitudes, and can provide a wonderful view of the landscape or wildlife. You can take beautiful pictures and videos from the helicopter as you fly.

Helicopter rides are very comfortable and even people who are scared of flying have been known to enjoy helicopter tours. There are also no age limits.

Helicopter tour in Nepal is one of the fastest and quickest ways to explore the beautiful Himalayan country Nepal. It’s the best opportunity to explore the mountainous region in a single day to explore more in less time.

Helicopter Tour will let you explore above the towering mountains of Nepal. The Luxury helicopter ride starts from Kathmandu and ends at Kathmandu. The destination of your choice and helicopter tour in Nepal price depends on a helicopter as a private or sharing basis.


Activity: Ultralight Aircraft

Ultralight aircraft take off from Pokhara and offer spectacular views of the lakes, mountains and villages. This is an ideal way to see life from a new perspective. The choice of Pokhara Valley for ultra-light aircraft is appropriate chiefly because of the proximity of the mountains, and the scenic lakes. For those who wished they could fly birds when growing up, this flight is a must. It might be lonely at the top, but this flight is a must. It might be lonely at the top, but the spectacular view from up high certainly makes it all worth it. Flights are from the Pokhara airport beginning September through June. The flights take place from sunrise to 11 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to sunset every day during these months.

Sky Adventure

Into the Sky

Nepal is a true gift of nature that has a natural beauty that is beyond imagination, and culture which you can’t find in any part of the world. Talking about the geography and climates of Nepal, Nepal has diverse climates based on various geographical locations. Himalayan region is a bit colder with sky-touching snowy mountains, Hilly region has a moderate climate with forested or dry hills and finally, the Terai region has a hot and humid climate with flat fertile plain land. Thus, making Nepal as perfect gateways for Top Adventure Activities.

Activity: Bungee Jumping

Nepal is adorned with beautiful views that make it a great place to indulge in bungee jumping. There are only 3 places that offer the opportunity to experience it. The ultimate thrill of a bungy jump can now be experienced in Nepal at one of the best sites that this sport can boast of anywhere in the world.

The perennially flowing Bhote Koshi river, located 80 km north of Kathmandu, is a highly sought-after site for bungee jumping activities. The point is located on a 160 m wide steel suspension bridge over the river in a lovely gorge at a height of 3600 ft.

Kushma Bungee Jump is Nepal’s highest bungee and the world’s second-highest bungee Jump which scales the height of 228 Meters. Kushma Bungee jump spot is located on the border of Baglung and the Kushma district of Nepal.

These two districts are connected by the 520 Meter suspension bridge in the George of Kaligandaki river. There are other two bungee jump spots in Nepal besides this, The Last Resort and High-ground Bungee Jump respectively of 160 Meters and 70 Meters.

It is relatively safe to pursue bungee jumping if you love extreme sports. On average, the maximum bungee weight limit is 260 pounds, while the minimum is 95 pounds.

Bungee Jumping is the kind of adventure where you don’t have to take special training, nor do you have to prepare. You just have to book your jump and simply enjoy the bungy trip.

Activity: Mountain Flight

Only awe-stricken silence can come close to matching the experience of going on a mountain flight to encounter the tallest mountains on earth. Mountain flights offer the closest possible aerial views of Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga and the Tibetan Plateau.

Everest Mountain Flight appeal to all category of travelers and have become a popular things to do in Nepal. For those who are restricted by time or other considerations from going for a trek, these flights offer a panoramic view of the Himalayan in just one hour.

For every Nepal visitor, the Himalayan range awes and fascinates. Each and every one coming to Nepal expects not only to see Himalayas but also to reach as near as possible.

One of the biggest attractions for the visitors to Nepal is the Mountain Flight. For those who are restricted by time or other constraints mountains flights offer the alternate to climbing and ensure a lasting memory of the highest peaks on earth.

The flight takes off from Kathmandu airport to Everest. The mountain flights are operated by the domestic airlines. It is a guaranteed flight, which means operated only when the weather is good and view is satisfactory.

Activity: Paragliding

Enjoy the thrills of paragliding over spectacular landscapes taking in unbelievable views of the Himalayan mountains, pristine lakes and verdant valleys like nowhere else on earth.
Nothing can beat the thrill of being up in the sky, flying like a bird in the thermals all the while enjoying views of snow capped mountains, pristine lakes and verdant valleys like nowhere else on earth. With experienced pilots to guide you through the skies, it’s an experience of a life time. You may fly again someday, but you’ll never enjoy the same spectacular views. Choose from tandem flights to fully certified paragliding courses, solo flights or even go paragliding accompanied by hawks!

With the low lying valleys and the high cold mountains, Nepal provides some of the best paragliding experiences in the world with its natural rising thermals. Paragliding has been in vogue in Nepal since 1995 and the sport is getting ever more popular. You can sign in as a beginner and leave with many flying hours under your belt. Soaring high above with the hawks and enjoying incredible views of the Himalayan peaks from this vantage point is an experience you will never forget. You can fly with world class pilots, solo or tandem and benefit from local knowledge going cross-country or acro flying, you can even get your international license in Nepal. If you don’t have your own equipment or chose not to bring it to Nepal with you, then you can hire them in Nepal if you want to fly on your own.

Due to the risks of being too close to the flying paths of domestic airlines, you are not permitted to just launch as a private pilot. Therefore it is important to get familiar with and follow the flying policies and regulations of Nepal.


Activity: Sky Diving

Sky Diving in Pokhara
Skydiving is a new sport in Nepal One more reason to come to Nepal if its not already in your bucket list. The difference between skydiving in Nepal compared to skydiving abroad is the spectacular 360 degree view of the Himalayas.

An excitingly extreme aerial adventure, Everest skydiving is an amazingly unique experience in the world. Skydiving is done from a plane or a chopper onto the world’s highest drop zone at Gorak Shep, Kala Patthar. The skydiving takes place in front of the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest (8,848 m), and the free fall takes you past some of the world’s highest mountain peaks.

For those who want to keep it less extreme, go to Pokhara, next to the mighty Annapurnas and the Phewa Lake below. Experienced pilots with skydiving ratings man the aircraft, so safety is guaranteed. Skydiving can be either a solo jump or in tandem.


Activity: Zip Flying

Zip past the spectacular Annapurnas on the world’s tallest & longest zip line.
Ride the world’s tallest and longest zipline! 600m up in the air, zoom down at 140km per hour covering a distance of 1.8 km.

Travel to the enchanting Pokhara valley with its spectacular lakes and fascinating views of Himalayan mountains. Pokhara now offers the rush of extreme zip lining, the first of its kind in Asia.

Head for the peak of Sarangkot overlooking the Pokhara valley down below, offering the most spectacular views of the Annapurna mountain range.

The Zip line has been in operation since 2nd June 2012. Safety is the leading criteria, and the system by Zip-flyer TM LLC, USA is designed with the most advanced technologies, and has delivered a state-of-the-art zipline. So get ready to experience the ultimate adrenaline rush!

Road Funs

Hit the Road

Nepal is famous for its trekking trails, but the road network offers plenty of adventures at less dizzying altitudes. Having your own set of wheels – whether that means a rented bike or motorcycle or a chartered car and driver – means you can escape the crowds, explore at your own pace and visit remote areas that would otherwise be out of reach.


Travel with us

Under the roof of the world’s highest peak (Mt. Everest) lies the treasure of fantastic tours and holiday adventures, socio-cultural diversities, rare flora and fauna, and eye-captivating natural beauty.

Activity: Cave Exploration

Whether its caves filled with statues of deities or the ones close to the sky, Cave exploration in Nepal is something to look forward to.
Of natural, spiritual, and geological importance, caves have a fascinating allure to them, attracting a never-ending string of visitors every year to explore the secrets that lie within it. Every cave in Nepal is unique in its own way.

Mostly natural and some human-made, these caves are filled with bats, statues of deities, or remains of earlier settlements near the Nepal- Tibet border, while each cave holds a special value of its own. Fascinating and of cultural significance a lot can be learned about Nepal in a relatively short time while exploring these caves. Pokhara, Mustang, Tanahun are the regions that have the most famous caves that are open to visitors such as, Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, Mahendra Cave, Chamera or Bat Cave, Siddha Cave, Sky Caves of Mustang. Cave exploration in Nepal is altogether a different experience and an activity to look out for. Usually, a small sum is charged at the entrance of most of these caves.


Activity: Cultural Tours

Take a cultural tour in Ktm Valley or take an ox cart village tour in the Tarai region to discover the real Nepal.
Nepal is a melting pot of many cultures and religions all co-existing in perfect harmony. Take a cultural tour in the Kathmandu Valley to discover the founders of the valley civilization, the Newars who even today occupy central Kathmandu which was the original city. Or take an ox cart village tour in the Tarai region to truly discover how diverse the population of Nepal really is.

The valley’s pleasant climate and safety from floods and other natural disasters complemented by the fertile soil attracted invaders to conquer and settle here. Various, mighty dynasties ruled Nepal through many centuries and brought together diverse cultures and religions that thrive to this day.

Depending on where you travel within Nepal, you will encounter people of various ethnic groups. The general distribution goes like this: there are Newars in Kathmandu valley mixed with many different ethnic groups that migrated here. In the lower hills live the Brahmins and Chettris along with many others. As you climb higher, you encounter Tamangs who generally live along the hilltops. Further up in the mountainous region where it snows live the Sherpas who have adapted to the high altitude. The group known as Kirants live in the east also in the hilly and mountainous regions. There are many other groups spread around like the Magars and Gurungs. Religions vary from Hindu to Buddhist, to animists, to Christians and Muslims. The tribes living in the higher regions are generally Buddhist.

Nepal is divided into three layers, according to its geographical settings – Himalayan region, Mid-hills, and Tarai region (flat plains). Himalayan region is the home of the legendary Sherpas, who are renowned for climbing Mt. Everest. and many other peaks.

One of the first mountaineers to climb Mt. Everest was Tenzing Norgay along with Edmund Hillary from New Zealand. Sherpas follow Tibetan Buddhism, the “ancient school” by religion, they are friendly in nature and share part of a culture of Tibet. Trek to the northern-most region of Nepal to see the rich mix of culture and lifestyle.

Mid-hills of Nepal are populated by many hill tribes of Nepal like Gurung, Magar, Rai, Limbu, Tamang, Chettris, Brahmins, Newars, etc. Before the unification of modern Nepal, Gurung, Rai, and Magars had their independent countries, and still have their independent culture; manner of practicing religion, language, cuisine, music and dance, and their architectural settlement is distinctly different.

Newars, being the indigenous people of Kathmandu Valley, are rich in metal works, arts, crafts, and building palaces and temples. Chettries (Khas) and Brahmins are Hindus by religions and historians state they are ancient settlers of Karnali region of Nepal. They have carried their cultural values – with them – wherever they settled.

Tarai is the home of Tharu tribes, and of Madhesi people. They have distinctive cultures and lifestyle, though their social life is influenced by Aryan culture and Hindu religion. Being a hot province of Nepal, people of Terai region wear light, cotton, clothes, but, they work hard during the day 



Activity: Traditional Crafts

Take a course in woodcarving, stone masonry, pottery or learn delicate Thanka painting.
Traditional skills like wood-carving have been handed down for centuries in the Kathmandu Valley. Take a course in woodcarving, stone masonry, pottery or learn delicate Thangka painting from artisans who have been practising this skills for generations.

Nepal has an abundance of temples and palaces, art and crafs, music and war history. To this day there are skilled craftsmen who can make equally beautiful woodcarvings and intricate statues. Nepal is the birthplace of Araniko, a famous artist, of the late 12th century, from the Kathmandu Valley who traveled to China, Beijing and built the famous White Stupa at the Miaoying Temple. He is a key figure in Chinese culture because he introduced the pagoda style architecture in China, for the first time and the rest is history.

Nepal’s temples and statues of gods, and other figures reflect the glorious past when art flourished in the capital city. From the very typical households to melting iron for making the world-famous knife, Khukuri, Nepalese artists are masters of their craft. For example, Nepal is famous for carpets, thangka (Painting of Gods) Newari woodcarving, Himalayan Nepalese paper, Tibetan handicrafta, Buddhist and Hindu statues, Mithila wall art, bamboo knitted umbrella, and for its indigenously crafted household items.


Activity: Trekking

The best way to experience Nepal’s unbeatable combination of natural beauty and culture riches is to walk through them. One can walk along the beaten trails or virgin tracks. Either way you are in for an experience for a lifetime.

Along with forests of rhododendron, isolated hamlets, and small mountain villages, birds, animals, temple, monasteries and breathtaking landscapes. You will also encounter friendly people of different cultures offering a fascinating glimpse of traditional rural life.

In recent years, Nepal has become a popular trekking destination in the world. You can enjoy mild walks to the breathtaking treks in the same country. However, Trekking in Nepal is one of the best major tourism activities in Nepal.


Off the beaten Activities

Not only that, Nepal upholds the dignity and differences of 126 ethnic groups. They all have a unique language, regional dialects, costumes, and lifestyles that captivate you. So, when you visit Nepal, you will see that each ethnic group has its unique way of living with distinct beliefs. Also, it won’t be wrong to call Nepal, a live museum of cultures and traditions.

Activity: Destination Wedding

Destination Wedding
For many years, Nepal has become an exciting destination wedding location. A short flight from Delhi to Kathmandu or Delhi to Gorakhpur via the Sunauli border, no passport or visa requirement helps the visitors with last-minute additions while providing an easy access into the country. In addition to that Indian currency is widely accepted throughout. Nepal possesses picturesque old world Palace turned hotels in the capital city of Kathmandu, temples, scenic views, world’s highest peak Mount Everest, and UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site “Lord Gautama Buddha’s birthplace, Lumbini. All these destinations have slowly started becoming popular for pre-wedding and wedding activities making it a destination worth booking. Weddings are conducted throughout the country as per the customer’s requirement therefore, making Nepal one of the most charming spots to get married at.

Activity: Food & Culinary

Discover a world of flavors in Nepal, from wholesome dal-bhat to popular momos & more.
There is no better way to understand Nepal and Nepali people, than through their cuisine. Nepal does not have one distinct cooking style. However, food habits differ depending on the region. Nepali food has been influenced by Indian and Tibetan styles of cooking. Authentic Nepali taste is found in Newari and Thakali cuisines which are available in a large number of eateries spread all over the valley. Among the many options in Nepal’s tourism products, Nepali food can be considered heaven for culinary tourism. The multi-ethnic and multi-cultural disposition of Nepal offers unlimited choice of cuisines based on region, religion, ethnicity, culture, festivals, environment and diverse climatic conditions.

Wherever you go, your trip would be incomplete without getting an opportunity to taste the local cuisine. Nepal is the land of diverse cuisine. The vast number of ethnic groups have their own delicacies depending on the topography and climate of their region. Rice is the major source of energy in the country, Nepali people consume it two times a day, as lunch and dinner, on a daily basis. However, side dishes may vary from lentils to vegetable curry to meat curry to extremely spicy pickles and in the Himalayan region their meals are completely different.

Nepali food is classified as (a) Madhesi comprising of Maithili, Bhojpuri, Awadhi and Lohorung indigenous to the Eastern Nepal region (b) Janajati cuisine in the middle hills (c) Urbanized Newari cuisine from Kathmandu Valley (d) Thakali cuisine from the Himalayan lowland and (e) Himalayan cuisine, culturally close to trans Himalayan and Tibetan ethnic groups. The wealth of the Nepali food needs to be explored, analyzed and tasted to learn more about the country.

Food Items of Nepal
Out of the several varieties of food items practiced by regional ethnic groups in the country, these dishes are all very popular in the local households and restaurants, complemented by highly experienced restaurant keepers and food or diet experts. The five spices or seasonings commonly used in Nepali cooking are: Timmur, Jimbu, Methi, Hing, Jwanu, Chuk and Chhyapi.

Shallot is known as Chhyapi, the Nettle is a rich source of Vitamin A and C and dietary fiber. It is commonly cooked in hill regions as a soup or combined with the staples. Wild pepper is known as Timmur, also popular as Sichuan pepper. Jimbu is a dried Himalayan herb often used as a flavoring agent or garnish as well as to cure altitude sickness.Jwanu is fully loaded with vital minerals, in particular calcium. It is commonly served to lactating women in Nepal to enhance bone health, also traditionally used for healing upset stomach, cough and cold. Chuk also known as lemon concentrate is an ingredient extracted out of Kalo Jyamir and is used heavily in Nepali households often added in achar and chutney to enhance the sour taste.

Chukauni is a popular salad preparation from Western Nepal, in particular Palpa and the districts around. Made using yoghurt, onions, spices and potato the addition of yogurt in it makes it a wholesome recipe. Yoghurt helps to process carbohydrate from the potato while balancing out the spice level of the overall dish. This Nepali potato yoghurt salad is a tasty side dish to be paired with steamed rice, roti bread or sel roti. Served either warm or cold it is considered to be a famous breakfast dish in Western Nepal.

Timmure Alu is a dish where both timmur and potatoes are used. This dish originates from the higher Himalayan region of Nepal and served in most Thakali restaurants across Nepal. As an important part of the spice combination in Nepal, timmur not only provides special taste, but also supplies loads of health benefits when combined with main food. Timmure Alu is eaten as a side dish with dal bhat or solely as a snack.

Phulaura is one of the delicacies in Nepali kitchen, cooked as a snack or appetizer. Made out of lentils, it is also known as deep fried lentil balls/fritters. Phulaura can also be prepared using buckwheat flour, and is more popular in Himalayan region of Nepal. It is usually prepared as a snack during festivals or certain rituals.

Sekuwa made out of chicken, mutton or buff, is a traditional grilled marinated meat skewer cooked by roasting in natural wood fire. The dish is both flavorful and smoky making it a perfect snack to go with a normal meal or alcoholic beverages. Usually served with beaten rice or puffed rice, it is garnished using coriander leaves, chopped onion and a few drops of lime juice. Sekuwa is among the most popular meat snacks in Nepal and enjoyed by many on a usual basis.

Quanti soup consists of nine different types of sprouted beans rich in vitamins and proteins that are soaked in water for 3 days in advance. Consumed for its health benefits and cultural significance, Quanti is believed to be good for expectant mothers as well as cough and cold. This dish also symbolizes a specific festival in Nepal, e.g. Janai Purnima (full moon festival day during the month of August) is consumed by people all over the country during this time annually.

Chatamari or Newari Pizza is another traditional snack as well as a popular Nepali street food. Divided into two parts the crepe base is made using rice flour whereas the topping is a combination of marinated minced meat, eggs with onions and spices. Chatamari gains the title of “Newari Pizza” purely because of the way it looks.

Dal Bhat is a common term used for the staple Nepali meal consisting of dal, rice, vegetable, achar (sauce or dip) combined with yogurt or buttermilk. Dal may represent black, red, yellow, green or mixed lentils depending on the season; vegetables usually consist of green leafy and/or seasonal items, followed by chicken or mutton curry. Each item in the Dal Bhat set is garnished or dressed with specific spice or herb to add value to the taste as well as health benefits providing protein, carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals, together making a balanced diet.

Dhido or Nepali porridge is one of the most popular indigenous meals in the Himalayan community made using hot water and any type of ground grain. It is also widely prepared in the hilly regions and can be prepared using millet, barley, buckwheat or wheat flour. This dish is an excellent source of energy rich in minerals and vitamins usually eaten along with curry, achaar or soup. Dhido sometimes is served instead of steamed white rice in Thakali sets.

Gundruk ko jhol is a typical soup prepared with traditionally fermented and dried green leafy vegetables. Gundruk, one of Nepal’s national dishes, is enjoyed all over the country. Sour in taste when consumed as a soup it provides both taste and healthy goodness at once. Gundruk is known to supply probiotics to the body, aiding in digestion and metabolism and supplying a number of vitamins and minerals.

Momo, a ‘must eat’ Nepali dish, is said to have originated from Tibet which the Newari traders brought to Nepal. Prepared using minced chicken, mutton, buff grated paneer, cheese or vegetables. While the momos are mainly steamed, they are also fried, dropped in soups called jhol momos, or prepared as chaats. It is probably the most popular fast food dish of Nepal enjoyed and relished by both domestic and foreign visitors.

Dhungre Roti or buckwheat pancake is more common amongst the Himalayan region, with the Thakali community in particular. Traditionally, the pancake is prepared plain and served with a spicy dip made of timmur, garlic, chili and salt. It can be turned into a wholesome and more nutritious meal by adding vegetables and cheese.

Wo or Bara, originally known as a traditional Newari pancake or patty, is made using spiced lentils. It is now prepared across various ethnicities in Nepal either during festivals, rituals or as a common snack food. The name Ow comes from Newari cuisine while Bara is the name used more in hilly regions.

Juju dhau (traditional yoghurt) also known as the “King of Yoghurt” originates from Bhaktapur, this sweet dish is made using buffalo milk and fermented in a clay pot. Still sold in small clay pots, Juju Dhau holds its position as the King and is recommended by many. Rich in flavor and creamy in taste this traditional dairy beverage plays an important part during religious celebrations in Newari culture.

Lapsi also known as Nepali Hog Plum is a wild fruit native to Nepal. Oval in shape, this fruit is greenish yellow in color when ripe. Known to be a great source of “Vitamin C” Lapsi is consumed in many different forms such as candy, titaura, aachar, etc. It can be easily found in local department stores or bought from vendors.

Sel Roti is a sweet, round, thin traditional bread made using rice flour usually consumed during the festival of Tihar as a snack. Sel is also given as an offering to goddess Laxmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and holds cultural significance. Shaped like a big ring, this crunchy roti can be enjoyed by itself or with achaar, curry and even tea.

Yomari, a festive sweet literally translates to tasty bread. A popular Newari delicacy Yomari is a steamed dumpling made using rice flour filled with chaku. This bread is also of religious significance to the Newars as it is considered to be a major festival food by their community. A food item integral to the Newa food culture, it is fed to pregnant women and also prepared during even numbered birthdays of children until they are 12 years old. Initially enjoyed during special occasions such as Yomari Punhi as the key food item, Yomari can now be found in many restaurants in and out of Kathmandu that serve Newari food.

Tama Aloo is a popular vegetarian Nepali dish usually enjoyed as a curry, soup or stew. Sour and spicy in taste Tama Aloo translates to potato and bamboo shoot soup enjoyed usually during the winters. This gluten free dish is made using ingredients like potatoes, crunchy fermented bamboo- shoot and black eyed peas. Served alongside plain rice or beaten rice this delicacy is considered very tasty and nutritious, a must try for all.

Ghongi is a dish popular among the Tharu community in Nepal who reside in the plains namely Terai region. These small water snails are harvested from rivers or ponds, cleaned, cooked thoroughly and enjoyed as a delicacy. Aside from being tasty Ghongi is said to be filled with proteins and body healing properties.

Liquors of Nepal
Unlike any other country Nepal has many local beverage options that have been passed down from the previous generation to the next. Unique in flavor, the manufacturing process of most of these liquors hold historic as well as traditional significance in one way or the other.

Aaila believed to symbolize purity is traditionally offered to the Gods in the Newar community and to the guests during special occasions. Commonly known as Raksi, it is a homemade liquor prepared by using traditional methods and ingredients such as fermented rice, grains. Although many local Newari restaurants in and outside of Kathmandu serve Aaila it can also be purchased in a local liquor store.

Tongba, sometimes referred to as hot beer, is found mostly in the eastern hills and mountainous regions of Nepal, Darjeeling and Sikkim. This traditional drink made using fermented millet is considered to be as strong as white wine and is sour in taste. Tongba is served in a unique cup-like vessel accompanied by a straw.

Chhyang is probably the most popular beverage across Nepal, also known as Nepali rice wine. Made using fermented rice and yeast it is milky white in color. Sherpas believe that Chhyang has many healing properties for conditions like fever, cold,etc. They also use it as a source to keep warm in the mountains.

It can be said that Nepali cuisine is healthier compared to its Asian counterparts as most of the dishes usually consist of a balanced proportion of vegetables, meats, pickled ingredients and salads. Hotels and restaurants in major cities of Nepal such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, serve many other cuisines such as Asian, international and Halal providing the travellers with a never ending array of food items to choose from.