Nepal is rich in culture and customs, making it famous not only for its high peaks. The Kathmandu Valley of Nepal probably has the highest concentration of temples, shrines and idols found anywhere in the world. With a long history, fascinating art, unique and varied architecture and diverse mix of people and religions, it is the perfect destination for culture vultures.
Tourists also come to Nepal to enjoy its geographical highlights as well as the rich treasures of its culture. Ranging from the high Himalayas in the north to the southern Terai plains, the natural landscapes are as varied as is possible in this diverse world. This fabulous mix of nature and humble humanity is intriguing and the reason why so many travellers have sought to enjoy the country since it opened to the outside world in 1950.
Even if you concentrate on the Kathmandu Valley alone, it is sure to be a fascinating experience; the valley is a vast trading cauldron and a melting pot of diversity. The valley comprises of three cities, namely Kathmandu, Lalitpur (Patan) and Bhaktapur. The ethnic groups of Nepal still follow the age-old customs of Hindu, Buddhist and Kirati religious practices. Add to this overtones from Tibetan Buddhism, Tantra and Shamanism, and you have an amazing potpourri of colourful religious rites. The Nepalese have so many vibrant and exotic festivals that it’s hard to know when one is finished and another is starting. Each is celebrated with much joy. It is sometimes said that Nepal has more festivals than there are days in a year.
According to the latest census, there are over 101 ethnic groups, although the government has only officially recognised 59 of these groups. They are planning to add 22 more to the total number of ethnic groups. Similarly, there are 92 spoken dialects. There is much to see and learn about on a cultural tour. Yatra Himalaya can arrange specific programmes to give visitors more opportunities to observe the rich Nepalese culture and traditions.