Adventure Travel Being Actively Promoted in Nepal
Now that peace and stability has returned to Nepal and democracy has been restored, the tourists have returned. This lovely little country that nestles in the midst of the mighty Himalayas looks forward to increase in tourist traffic as adventure travel is the main source of income here. The people living in the mountains are more deprived than those in the valleys where there is a lot of other activity. It is these little villages in the remote mountains that look forward to lovers of adventure travel the most.
The Department of Immigration has opened up trekking in many regions and permits are no longer required. Certain remote areas, however like, Dolpa, Makalu and Upper Mustang still need permission which can be obtained in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. It is also necessary to go through a registered trekking agency to visit these regions. Several international adventure travel companies have links with local agents in Nepal who will organize complete packages for you. These registered trekking agencies can provide every thing you need for a trek, including porters, guide, cook, food tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, transport to and from the starting and finishing points and even flight arrangements, permits and insurance.
The Nepal Tourism Board is actively encouraging tourists from all parts of the world. As China grows as a global commercial destination, Nepal looks to cash in on that by tying in with tour agents in China. Not only do they hope to tap the Chinese market, but also to promote a business trip to China followed by a vacation in Nepal. The country is being promoted with new tourism brand– ‘Naturally Nepal – Once is not enough’. Lovers of adventure travel will sure agree; there is so much to see and do in this little country and that you will feel the need to return again and again.
Nepal has numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries that are of great interest to visitors from the east and others who are interested in eastern religions. Many are Tibetan Buddhist centers, built after the Dalai Lama fled from Tibet. Nepal is now one of the best places in the world to study all four sects of Tibetan Buddhism as well as the pre-Buddhist Bon religion.