7 things a tourist should do in Nepal during spring

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File: Tourists viewing a mountain range in Nepal

Nepal during spring is different. The air is fresh, the trees are blossoming with flowers and the weather is just perfect. Add some special festivals and you have the best season to visit Nepal. A lot of people travel to Nepal during spring for trekking, some visit Nepal for mountaineering, but the country offers tourists a lot more than just trekking and mountaineering during spring.

Today, we bring a list of activities that you can indulge yourself in Nepal during spring. It is very handy if you are planning to visit Nepal during the season.

1. Hiking

File: Rhododendron flowers in Nepal during spring.
File: Rhododendron flowers in Nepal during spring.

For people who do not want to spend days trekking in Nepal during spring, short hikes around major cities like Kathmandu or Pokhara are perfect during spring. Head to these hills in the morning and you get to see blooming rhododendrons, different birds and fresh weather. If the city’s air is not polluted, you might also get a glimpse of the mountain but that is secondary because the breeze and the sound of the woods during the spring season will make you want to hike every week.

Where: Lakuri Bhanjyang, Nagarkot, Shivapuri, Sarangkot, Dhampus, Ghandruk, Ghorepani

2. Mountain flight

Many argue that autumn is the best time for mountain flights, but to many, it is in Nepal during spring. The mountains are full of snow and the weather just seems fresh. A mountain flight to go see Everest is recommended; but; if you want a more closeup experience, you can get on a helicopter and go wherever you want to. Thanks to clear weather during spring and low winds, you can go anywhere you want.

Where: Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, Kori Danda, Gosainkunda, Panch Pokhari

3. Rafting

adventure sports Rafting in Nepal. Photo: Chandra Bahadur Ale
Rafting in Nepal. Photo: Chandra Bahadur Ale

If you have not done rafting, you ought to try it at least once. Why rafting in Nepal during spring? Well, the flow is not as powerful as it would during the summer or autumn, which makes it a lot safer. The warm weather is also ideal for rafting in spring.

Where: Trishuli, Seti, Bhotekoshi, Marsyangdi, Kaligandaki, Sunkoshi

4. Visiting local parks

File: Jacaranda flowers in Kathmandu of Nepal during spring
File: Jacaranda flowers in Kathmandu of Nepal during spring

Spring is the season when everything starts afresh. And, if you like greenery, parks are the place where you should be in Nepal during spring. You must have seen the jacaranda trees painting the streets of Kathmandu pink during spring, but the parks are even prettier. So if you are someone who loves plants and flowers, visit some of the parts of the city you are in; you will not be disappointed.

5. Visiting Terai

The forests of the Churia region are the watershed for the Terai Arc, home to iconic animals like this greater one-horned rhino, photographed in Nepal’s Chitwan National Park. Safeguarding the Churia is essential for maintaining downstream ecosystems. Image by SunriseOddysey via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0).

The Terai, the southern plains of Nepal, has its own charm. The landscape and people make it unique from other parts of Nepal. If you have not been, you should consider getting there during spring because the temperatures are ideal. Yes, it is still hot, but the mornings and evenings are very pleasant. Since it is hot during the day, you might be lucky enough to get a glimpse of the elusive Bengal tiger if you around the national parks. If you are not, you will still get to witness a gem of a sunset. Make sure to try the different food items from different regions.

6. Yoga retreat

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Spiritual tourism in Nepal is much underrated. There are so many good yoga schools you can enrol in. Would it not be cool to roll down your mat, strike your asanas, and meditate against the world’s highest mountain peaks or lush green woods? If this seems enticing, come to Nepal during spring and indulge yourself in various yoga activities. If you want it more spiritual, you can live in a monastery and get an experience like no other.

7. Fun festivals

File: A Holi celebration in Kathmandu
File: A Holi celebration in Kathmandu

Springtime is all about welcoming the new year and Nepalis do that by celebrating various festivals. They welcome spring by celebrating festivals like Shivaratri, Holi, the Nepali new year and various other indigenous festivals that take place around the country. It is a great way to learn about the country that is more than the mountains and immerse yourself in Nepali culture and tradition.

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