The cream of the Central Himalaya, situated between Indian and Tibet, opened to outsiders in 1951 has gained an exotic reputation from its incomparable blend of high mountains, adrenaline rivers and rich culture. Lush jungles, broad valleys and rolling hills are crowned by the frozen peaks of the central Himalaya, including eight of the ten highest mountains on earth.
Visitors travel to Nepal for the mountains and the rivers as well as the chance to know about this fascinating country, with its mix of Hindu and Buddhist cultures. Also they come to see how Nepal is doing on the challenge of promoting responsible tourism. The most successful of Nepal’s initiatives in eco tourism are found in the Terai, a band of low lying marsh, grassland and open forest. Stretching over the border and far down into India, these flatlands are home to hundreds of species of birds and important populations of some of Asia’s rarest mammals. Nepal is a magnificent holiday in its own right - a fairy tale land of temples, mountains, dramatic festivals and exotic culture.