5 Reasons Why Nepal is Better in Winter
If there’s one way to describe Nepal, it’s ‘the best of nature, culture and adventure’. Nepal, the small Himalayan country sandwiched between India and China, offers best of treks, tours, adventures, jungle safaris and many other exciting activities. Often called as trekker’s paradise, and gem of tours, this incredibly beautiful Nepal is host to world renowned trekking routes, panoramic sunrise and sunset Himalayan views, delicious cuisines and vibrant festivals. But it’s plenty more just than a natural beauty, beyond the beautiness, the rich history, stories of Kings and palaces, there is no such as bad time to visit Nepal. Nepal, there is something in the winter that makes it especially inviting, magical and happening. The five reasons are as follows:
Perfect time to take natural hotspring (Tatopani) bath along trekking routes
Even frequent traveler has less information about natural hotsprings in Nepal. Even though it is less known, there are quite a few hotsprings naturally built around Nepal. And when would be the best time to relax on natural saunas taking a dip on hotsprings other than during winter? During nearly negative temperatures, getting into warm water is heavenly feeling and it becomes ultimate relaxation when you need some rest tired of walking up and down the trekking routes. Famous natural hotsprings in Nepal are:
- Tatopani near Friendship bridge across Nepal-China border at end of Araniko Highway
- Hot spring at Beni Bazar in Myagdi district
- Jhinu Danda at Annapurna region
- Syabrubesi and Chilime in Rasuwa, North of Kathmandu
- Jomsom and Dhima in Mustang
Fill up your tummy with hot Tibetan butter milk, locally brewed apple brandy and beer
Nothing satisfies more than hot Tibetan butter milk at cold temperatures at Himalayan region. Served mostly at Everest and other northern part of country, it is one of the must try drink while you are trekking in Nepal.
On the other hand, what would be more sizzling than taking a sip (okay a peg or more) of locally brewed apple brandy at Marpha, a village development committee at Mustang district. Also known as apple city, the apples here are so delicious that if it had dropped on Newton, he would instantly take a bite. So, the brandy and beer brewed from sweet apples are best to taste especially during winter season.
Major cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara and others lit up during Christmas and New Year
Do you know why sun sets early during winter? So that beautiful lights can lit up the Christmas and people can celebrate the New Year with a flash. The streets, restaurants, hotels, pubs and most of the shopping malls are decorated with lights; tourists enjoy night life at major streets (Thamel in Kathmandu) and (Lakeside at Pokhara) during New Year. Enjoy live programs, music and shopping, strolling the city markets and you will feel like you are star, twinkle twinkling at the road, café or bar.
Sightseeing around and sunrise/sunset views becomes more romantic
Either it be UNESCO world heritage sightseeing at Kathmandu, sunrise views from Nagarkot, Sarangkot or Poonhill, you will be feel more romantic. At Phulchowki near Kathmandu and at little higher altitudes, enjoy snowfall and snow topped houses and monasteries becomes even prettier. Therefore, while visiting Nepal during winter, you will feel warmer from inside, even though it’s cold outside.
It is a beautiful feeling like you just found a place to be yourself
It is a known fact that Nepal attracts nearly a million of tourists each year, but in cold season, we see only few. The popular trekking trails gets less crowded, you don’t have to worry about housefull hotels and can capture excellent picture of yourself with Himalayas as long as you want. The trip packages also get slightly less expensive than on high season. So, moreover, you will feel like this place is just made for you. Don’t miss that feeling!