7 Reasons Why You Should Still Visit Nepal

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Why You Should Still Visit NepalAs most people around the world are aware, on April 25th 2015, Nepal was shaken by an earthquake that measured over 7.8 magnitude on the richter scale. This disaster of colossal proportion was then followed by a large aftershock on May 12th, again bringing much of Nepal to a standstill.

Now, just three months after the earthquake struck Nepal,  many people are wondering whether it is a good idea to visit Nepal or not. Is it safe? Would it still be wise to travel to such a huge disaster zone? Was the whole country affected?

Well, here are seven great reasons why you should still definitely visit Nepal, and why there really is no time like the present. For more information on things to do in Nepal, check out this post on Top 5 Places To Go White Water Rafting in Nepal.

1. Nepal is still Beautiful

Nepal didn’t lose any of its beauty despite the devastating earthquake. Nepal is still stunningly beautiful with its snow capped mountains, beautiful forests, icy waterfalls, and rich flora and fauna. Only one out of ten national parks in the entire country was affected by the earthquake. Nepal’s most famous wildlife safari destination Chitwan National Park (where you can spot extremely rare one-horned Rhinos such as the one’s pictured below), Annapurna Conservation Area ( a popular trekking route), and the beautiful Pokhara city, were least affected by the earthquake and all remain as welcoming as ever to visitors.

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2. Not all is gone

While Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square faced devastation of some of the most important national monuments,  Nepal still has 8 world heritage sites enlisted by UNESCO, out of which only these 3 were affected. Famous tourist destinations like Lumbini, the birth place of Gautam Buddha, is still upright and ready to welcome visitors.

 

3. Trekking in Nepal is still amazing

Only two out of Thirty five trekking routes were affected by the earthquake.  Most of the trekking routes, including the most popular treks Everest Base Camp Trek,  are opened for trekkers.  Many locals and guides are economically dependent on tourism in the region and hoping and praying to welcome the visitors back to Nepal now that things have settled a little.

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4. Basic services are still operating

Basic services like electricity and phone lines have not been affected. There was no damage to highways, subways or major bridges. All the national and international airports in Nepal are safe and fully operational. You will not have to worry about a disturbance in transportation or communication caused by the earthquake.

5. Special discounts

Many trekking Agencies, hotels and travel companies are offering attractive offers for visitors coming to Nepal in 2015. With these discounts on hotels and packages, visitors to Nepal will be able to enjoy a lot more, for very less.  Nepal is a once in a lifetime experience and with all the discounts on the tourist deals, this may be an ideal time to visit the country.

6. Great volunteering opportunities

This is also a great time to go volunteering in Nepal  because now is the time the country will need you the most. You can join to volunteer groups all around Nepal and help the country in any way you can. You can help to rebuild, manage the reconstruction, teach children or provide consultancy while you travel in Nepal. It’s not every day you will be able to travel with a cause.

7. Nepal is calling you

Tourism is very important to the Nepalese Economy. The tourism industry provides employment and income for tens of thousands of people in Nepal.  The devastating earthquake has done much harm to human lives, monuments and the countryside. During this time of tragedy, nothing is more comforting than support from a friend. Your visit to Nepal will help Nepal to recover from its wounds in many ways.

Essentially, one of the biggest ways you could actually help Nepal right now is to GO VISIT NEPAL. Don’t wonder anymore and plan your visit to Nepal. Listen to your heart and you can hear the mountains calling you. Nepal is calling you.

Editors note: This is the 3rd article in a series of guest posts I’m running, written by travel bloggers from around the world. I was delighted to hear from Ruashan, an entrepreneur living in kathmandu, and thought it would be a great opportunity for him to tell my readers a little bit about Nepal and to get a great insight into the country, as told my a local. You can follow Raushan Jaiswal on twitter here.

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The Wild Atlantic Way in 15 Spectacular Photographs

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Have you ever thought about renting a car or doing a bus tour down Ireland’s magical Wild Atlantic Way? If not, you really should as it is without doubt one of the most beautiful driving routes in the world.

No matter what type of landscapes you love, the Wild Atlantic Way delivers. Mountains, rivers, lakes, rugged cliffs, waterfalls and of course mile after mile of stunning coastline and deserted beaches!

Below are 10 photographs that beautifully sum up why the Wild Atlantic Way is such a magical place.

If you would like to go an adventure road trip alone the wild atlantic way over the summer, be sure to join ‘The Adventure Pack Dublin’ facebook group and find them on Twitter @theadvpack!

15. Dingle, Co. Kerry

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14. Inisheer, Aran Islands

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13. Baltimore, Co. Cork

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12. Dun Briste, Co Mayo

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11. Malin Head, Donegal

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10. Slieve League, Co Donegal

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9. Ben Bulben, Co. Sligo

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8. Achill Island, Co. Mayo

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7. Connemara, Co. Galway

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6. Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo

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5. Strandhill, Co. Sligo

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4. Aileens Wave, Co. Clare

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3. Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare

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2. Inch beach, Co Kerry

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1. Mizen Head, Co. Cork

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Note: This article first appeared on my sister site, The Adventure Pack.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is to take and post shots of the sea.

As I’m surrently living in the centre of Korea (I’m smack bang in the middle between North and South) I don’t have much access to the sea! However, I am extremely lucky that I come from an island totally surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Irish Sea and thus I will use this post to look back on all the good times I have had there and portray how beautiful Ireland really is.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

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Sometimes you need to stop walking through life at such a fast pace, pause for a moment, and enjoy the little treasures that are right in front of you…treasures that are often only visible when you make the time to take a closer look.

I have many close up shots of beautiful and vibrantly colorful flowers and insects, but this is the only time that I managed to capture and focus both at the same time. A beautiful moment captured forever. 

Below are a few more of my favorite shots with background defocus. Enjoy! :)

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Carefree Puffins

I love the theme of this weeks weekly photo challenge so much that I’m going to do it TWICE!!

A few months ago I visited Skellig Michael, an island off the West coast of Ireland, which is home to 1,000’s of beautiful Puffins. I made a blog post at the time, but there were many more great photos of the carefree Puffins which I didn’t post on my blog, so this seems like the perfect opportunity to share them with you. 

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