Do you know what makes Nepal one of the most biodiverse countries in the world? Hint: it has something to do with a giant called the Himalayas. The climate range is so broad – from the highest point in the world (Everest) to the tropical lowlands that are engulfed in humidity and home to rainforests – the tremendous geographic diversity plays a part in the range of flora and fauna that exist within the country.
Travel down to the Terai lowlands of Nepal, where the climate is subtropical. The rivers lay a foundation for the abundance of wildlife including a familiar species that we often associate as being the friendliest in the seas. It may seem surprising that the landlocked country of Nepal could be home to a marine creature, but it’s true: dolphins exist in Nepal – the freshwater Ganges River Dolphin to be exact.
Officially discovered in 1801, the river dolphins were once endemic Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna and Karnaphuli-Sangu river systems of Nepal, India, and Bangladesh. Today, it is estimated that there are less than 2,000 isolated in Nepal. While the government and private conservation efforts are underway, the dolphins are continuously threatened by illegal fishing nets and habitat loss. However, recently locals have reported sightings of the elusive creatures on the Kamali River, close to Bardia National Park. The best way for travelers to not only see dolphins but also support their conservation efforts is by supporting the locals who are at the frontlines of protecting the species. The Community Homestay Networks in Bardia and Dalla, along with resorts in the area offer experiences that include a dolphin sightseeing raft cruise down the Kamali River. By promoting tourism, which supports the local economy, travelers help us send a message on the importance of environmental stewardship. [Contact us for a full itinerary that includes spotting endangered wildlife.]
Embark on the Climate Trek to the snow-covered peaks of Helambu National Park. The area, surrounded by glacial-carved cliffs, creates a stunning backdrop as our next unexpected animal’s home. Langtang – Helambu National Park are protected zones for the Red Panda, a shy, raccoon-like cousin of the Panda Bears. Slightly larger than a house cat, these adorable creatures are under threat from an increased human population that result in habitat loss. Although a rare sight, travelers have the opportunity to meet one face-to-face this Earth Day on a planned climate-friendly trek to promote sustainable tourism. Marvel at the Himalayas and trek through old-growth forests to explore the Red Panda’s habitat and hang out with the locals who are working to make Nepal #1 in sustainable travel. [Contact us to learn more about Climate Trek.
Other animals to consider when visiting Nepal include the one-horned rhinoceros, Asian elephants, Bengal tigers and a plethora of avian species that would delight birders.
Nepal |Dec 17, 2012
Kathmandu Durbar Square, also known as Hanuman Dhoka, is where the palaces of the Malla and Shah Kings are located. Besides a number of palaces and historical courtyards, the site also has many significant temples including Taleju, Maru Ganesh, Shiva Parvati Temple, Bhagwati Temple, Saraswoti Temple and Krishna Temple.
Nepal |Jun 20, 2014
Kumari- The Living Goddess of Nepal sat on her small silver throne, a look of curiosity on her pretty face. Her eyes sparkled, and it was obvious that she couldn’t keep still for long. She was dressed in bright red and orange finery. Her father invited me to sit down on the rug in front of the throne, while her grandmother smiled sweetly at me.
Tours |Jun 12, 2023
In a similar vein, serpent worship is also a big part of Nepal’s tradition and occurs at different times as a part of different festivals. One such festival is Nag Panchami which is celebrated in the month of Shrawan (July/August), specifically
Nepal |Mar 14, 2015
On March 27, 2017 (Friday), the army grounds aligning Tundikhel in central Kathmandu will reverberate under the thundering hooves of many magnificent horses.
Wildlife |Apr 25, 2014
Nepal is one of the best destinations in the world for those on the lookout for getting the most out of their budgets. A visit to Nepal is not only a culturally rewarding experience but also one that will not strain your pockets unduly; it being one of the world's acknowledged cheap travel destinations.
Travel Guide |Apr 29, 2022
Traveling in Nepal in the low season is not just about roaming freely but also impacting the life of locals. Since most of the trek destinations lie in the rural part of Nepal whose income depends upon tourism and animal husbandry, it is hard for them to survive the half-year of low seasons. So, when you travel and spend money over there you are also enriching the lives of the local people.
Nepal |Oct 7, 2022
Nepal is one of the best destinations in the world for those on the lookout for getting the most out of their budgets. A visit to Nepal is not only a culturally rewarding experience but also one that will not strain your pockets unduly;
Others |Jun 27, 2023
Yoga is an all comprising lifestyle and philosophy that focuses on understanding and harmonizing your body and mind. It is neither a religion, nor just an alternative for a workout in the gym.
Nepal |May 1, 2015
It was a short and restless night because of all the aftershocks and tremors. Sunday we went back to the office, a strong building build to withstand earthquakes. As much damage we had seen on other buildings surprisingly enough not even the flower pots on the rooftop terrace had moved in the office.
Nepal |Jun 22, 2023
Nepal has the biggest mountains on earth and the most abundant natural beauty. Similarly, Nepal has some of the most sacred shrines which makes it an ideal destination for a spiritual journey and a favored place for religious tours.
Community Homestays in Nepal |Dec 18, 2012
According to official figures, the total number of hotels in Nepal are 669 (all categories) with a total capacity of 26,063 beds.