Nepal

Land of the Himalayas

Spectacular landscapes, impressive jungles and beautiful mountain scenery will fulfil your sense of adventure in this stunning region, home to quaint towns, traditional villages, enlightening Buddhist centres, the historic Hindu temples of Kathmandu and the snow-capped Himalaya mountains – the highest mountains in the world. Nestled between the huge influences of China and India, Nepal is also home to elephants and other wildlife and has managed to preserve its rich heritage and colourful cities.

Top Highlights

The unique Flag

Nepal, home to the world's only non-rectangular flag, boasts a rich symbolical representation: the crimson red background symbolizes bravery, while the blue border signifies peace. The two triangular pennants represent the Himalayan Mountains and the two main religions of the country, Hinduism, and Buddhism. This distinctive flag serves as a vibrant emblem of Nepal's cultural diversity and historical significance.

Living Goddess

Nepal is home to the living goddess known as the Kumari, a young prepubescent girl selected from the Newar community based on stringent criteria. Revered as the incarnation of the Hindu goddess Taleju, she resides in the Kumari Ghar palace in Kathmandu's Durbar Square, bestowing blessings during festivals. This centuries-old tradition intertwines spirituality with cultural heritage, embodying Nepal's mystical allure.

Capital

Kathmandu

Time

GMT +5:45

Currency

Nepalese Rupee

Religion

Buddhism, Hinduism

Population

29.14 Million

Language

Nepali

International Airports

Kathmandu

Weather

In Nepal, the climate shifts dramatically throughout the year, presenting travelers with diverse experiences. January and February bring chilly temperatures, especially at night, but offer dry weather perfect for outdoor activities. By April, anticipation builds for the impending monsoon rains, with May signaling the onset of rising heat and humidity. From June to September, the monsoon season brings heavy rains, transforming the landscape into lush greenery. However, come October, the skies clear, revealing spectacular views of the Himalayas and verdant valleys.

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Portugal Journeys

Lisbon

Where the old meets the new, it has an incredibly rich heritage whilst being one of the trendiest capitals in Europe. Lisbon is a very walkable city and offer spectacular hilltop views in Alfama or at St. George's Castle. One shouldn't miss a ride in the famous Tram 28, that passes some of the cities must-sees, or a long walk along the waterfront neighbourhood of Belém.

Alentejo

While to the north the pace is set by the green of the flatlands as far as the eye can see, further south the landscape combines with the sun, the heat, and a slower pace of life. The Alentejo, the idyllic heartland of Portugal, impresses with variety: deserted surf beaches and charming fishing villages on the western coastline and picturesque walled towns and forts on the boarder to Spain. An ideal place for those that wish to escape the tourist crowds and dive into the authentic Portugal.

Sintra

Where the old meets the new, it has an incredibly rich heritage whilst being one of the trendiest capitals in Europe. Lisbon is a very walkable city and offer spectacular hilltop views in Alfama or at St. George's Castle. One shouldn't miss a ride in the famous Tram 28, that passes some of the cities must-sees, or a long walk along the waterfront neighbourhood of Belém.

Porto

Be it the millennium-old cathedral or the latest molecular gastropub, the city of Porto is really a living heritage, one that reinvents itself while maintaining its core character. A vibrant and fascinating city, world-famous for the production of Port wine, matured in vast cellars that stretch along the banks of Douro River. But Porto is more than that: rich culture, a buzzing nightlife, captivating tourist attractions and many more is waiting to be discovered.

Obidos

Discover this delightful town of white houses adorned with bougainvillea and honeysuckle, surrounded by its castle medieval walls. Considered as one of the most characterful places of central Portugal it is a symbol of a traditional Portuguese city. The surrounding region is equally fascinating, not far away from Lisbon and ideal for a day trip.

Douro Valley

A dream made of enchanted valleys, unscathed nature, and world heritage sites; in its steep vineyards is where Port Wine is produced. The Douro Valley in northern Portugal is the oldest wine-growing region in the world and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cultivation of wine here dates back to the Roman's. With all these centuries-old vineyards running along the Douro River, the area is a must-visit for gourmets and vine-lovers and shouldn't be missed during a stay in Portugal.

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