Life is all about experiences and traveling is the best way to collect all those unique experiences and turn them into the beautiful memories to cherish for your lifetime. I feel so lucky to be born in a country like Nepal that is blessed with an abundance of nature, mountains, culture and generous people. Born and raised in the local family in Kathmandu, I get to observe so many authentic experiences in my everyday life.
For travelers, the opportunity to have local experiences can be the best part of their journey which can definitely be the most unique traveling experience, totally different than they have ever experienced in any other part of the world.
Nepal is one of the most popular travel destination bucket list for the travelers around the world. Nepal has plenty of options to offer all kinds of travelers. Though are many things to do and explore when you visit Nepal, following the best 10 local experiences can definitely help you to have deeper insights and understanding about various local aspects of Nepal. I am sure these unique experiences will give you amazing lifetime experiences in Nepal, purely the local way. Let’s get started ...
1. Try Delicious Local Nepali Cuisines
It is said every travel memory always comes with a taste and what can be the best way than tasting local food while traveling Nepal for a great experience. Foods are part of any country’s identity and culture and so it is in Nepal too. You can find plenty of local restaurants in Kathmandu from very big to typical local to taste some of the best local cuisines. Eating out popular Nepali food as the locals do can make for one of the more awesome things to do in Nepal. So, which food items are a must to try when you are in Nepal?
Well, there is a number of local food items to taste when you are in Nepal. Among many, Nepali Dal Bhat at one of the Thakali restaurant (a Nepali restaurant that serves a special set of Dal Bhat), Mo:Mo– the Nepalese dumplings in local momo shop ( you will get 10 pcs of Mo:Mo when you order it in any restaurant) and Newari cuisines like woh (lentil bread), chatamari (Newari pizza) etc are some of the must-try genuine local foods when you are in Nepal.
2. Learn Some Nepali Words/Phrases
Learning any new language is definitely a challenging task and it needs a lot of time and attention. While it is not necessarily important to learn the Nepali language if you are in Nepal, knowing some basic words and phrases can really help to make your travel more comfortable and interesting. Learning basic language can also help you to wander around and impress some locals or get better deals while shopping in a local market. Check out some useful and most common Nepali words and phrases here.
3. Explore Local Market
There are many interesting and colorful local markets around Kathmandu. You can see chaos and excitement almost all day in these local markets. One of the most popular local market around Kathmandu is called “Ason Bazar” which is one of the oldest market in town. This colorful market is packed with every single ingredients / items used in our daily life from fish to vegetables, spices, flowers, ayurvedic items,clothes and so on. One can find everything he/she needs in this busy market with best quality and reasonable price. This open and buzzing marketplace is a great place to experience ever yday life of local people of Nepal.
Similarly, if you are a morning person, Kathmandu has vibrant atmosphere during the early morning hours. When the city is slowly coming to life and yet not too chaotic, you can also see special morning market (only few hours) especially fruits and vegetables that are set up in most of the corner of the streets of Kathmandu.
4. Visit Temples Around
Kathmandu is known as the city of temples and it has been center for Nepal’s art, history and culture for many years There are hundreds of big and small Hindu and Buddhist temples in and around Kathmandu. You can find temples almost every part of city Most of the Nepalese start their day offering prayer to the temple nearby. Especially morning hour is the idle time to visit any local temple around to observe the daily rituals and offering in Nepali style.
5. Buy Local Crafts & Souveneir
If you love shopping, then Nepal is definitely place to visit. You can find plenty of options from handicrafts to pashmina, Nepali tea, locally made crafts and so on. The best part of shopping here is you can always go with negotiating the best prices possible and picking the most awesome Nepali products made by locals.
6. Dress like a local
Clothing is an important part in Nepal to fit into local culture and respect. Daura suruwal and Dhakatopi (for men) and gunyo choli (for women) is the national dress in Nepal. However, there are different set of traditional dress as well depending upon the ethnic group and caste in Nepal. All the dresses are unique and express the importance of their culture and history.
7. Take cooking class with a local
Food is always the best way to connect with locals and cooking local dishes with local family is an amazing experience that you can take back home. Nepali cuisine is among the most popular in the world and many people enjoy it whether they are in Nepal or back home. Actually, most of them miss the authentic and delicious taste of Nepali food once they are back home. So, why not learning to cook your favourite Nepali food with a local Nepali family, creating a wonderful personalized cooking experience for you.
Know all the steps in making the best Nepali food, get few tips and tricks along with the spices and ingredients secrets to create authentic receipe. It will be great fun to prepare a delicious meal and surprise your family back home with your new receipes and cooking talents.
8. Roaming Around the countryside
Being the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu is known for its bustling streets and heavy traffic especially during office hours. But if you head out of the city, that is not very far from the main city , you can find great relaxation to your mind, body and soul. There are many beautiful places nearby Kathmandu to experience the quieter, more traditional side of Nepal. You can take a short day trips to the nearby villages and countryside spots, which are known mainly for farming, hiking, greenery, unique cuisine, and warm, friendly local Nepali people.
Some of popular places that you might like: Bungamati, Khokana, Kirtipur, Godawari etc. These places are close to Kathmandu and great local places with many interesting attractions like temples, green fields, local cuisines, village lifestyle etc. Locals will be very happy to see the tourists
9. Experience Homestay with a local Family
Living with a local family is as close as you can be to taste local flavors. You will find your home away from home if you get to stay with some fantastic local hosts in Nepal. You can have plenty of opportunities to learn, share and experiences the daily lifestyle of Nepalese while staying with the host family. You can also have funds listening to their cool stories and share yours too if you have any.
You can also learn some basic languages or try learning some local Nepali dishes while staying with Nepali family.
10. Enjoy local festival
Festival is a great way to have meaning experience with the local people and culture of any country. Being a highly religious country, festivals are part of life for people in Nepal. There are numerous festivals that are celebrated throughout the year that will offer a unique way of seeing the culture and tradition of Nepal at its best. These festivals give unforgettable experiences and a deeper understanding of Nepalese culture and beliefs. Some of the popular festivals of Nepal include Holi, Dashain, Tihar, Gai Jatra, Indra Jatra etc
Which local experience is in your bucket list during your next trip in Nepal?
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