Nepal has found its way into the list of top ten travel destinations in 2010 in the world and the pictures below of the area go some way to showing why. This cool place is a sight to beyhold!

The Lonely Planet “Best in Travel 2010” has listed Nepal, along with El Salvador, Germany, Greece, Malaysia, Morocco, New Zealand, Portugal, Suriname and the United States, as one of the top ten travel destinations, a statement from Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) said. “Trekking in Nepal is one of those travel benchmarks, like seeing the Taj Mahal, or diving the Great Barrier Reef, or the first time you eat fried locusts. By the end of your trek, you may vow never to climb anything higher than the stairs around your home town, but the experience of the Himalaya will stay with you for a lifetime,” local newspaper The Rising Nepal cited The Lonely Planet’s list as reporting.

“This is a collection of destinations and experiences that we rate as the stuff people really should consider for next year. Whatever your own style dictates, you should be able to find inspiration in these destinations,” The Himalayan Times cited Adam Bennett, manager of Asia-Pacific communications as saying. “They’ll take you from the familiar to the far away, both geographically and culturally, and more than likely have you reaching for your travel bag,” Adam Bennett said. The lists released Monday is The Lonely Planet’s fifth in its annual collection of the best places to go and things to do in the year ahead.

With an area of 147,181 square kilometres (56,827 sq mi) and a population of approximately 30 million, Nepal is the world’s 93rd largest country by land massand the 41st most populous country. Kathmandu is the is the capital and the country’s largest metropolitan city. Nepal is commonly divided into three physiographic areas: the Mountain, Hill, Siwalik region and Terai Regions. These ecological belts run east-west and are vertically intersected by Nepal’s major, north to south flowing river systems. The southern lowland plains or Terai bordering India are part of the northern rim of the Indo-Gangetic plains. They were formed and are fed by three major rivers: the Kosi, the Narayani, and the Karnali. This region has a subtropical to tropical climate.

The Mountain Region, situated in the Great Himalayan Range, makes up the northern part of Nepal and the single main reason why Nepal has entered the top 10 travel desitnations of the world. It’s just a site to behold and no amount of videos and pictures and do this place justice…you just have to experience it with your own eyes! The region contains the highest elevations in the world including 8,850 metres (29,035 ft) height Mount Everest (Sagarmatha in Nepali) on the border with China. Seven other of the world’s eight thousand metre peaks are in Nepal or on its border with China: Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Kanchenjunga, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu.

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