KATHMANDU: Lonely Planet, one of the biggest publishers of travel guide books in the world, has named Nepal as one of the top 10 countries to visit in the new year.
The website lonelyplanet which made the list public on Tuesday, has ranked Nepal in the fifth place on its list of countries to visit in 2017.
“Even natural disasters can’t keep Nepal down for long. The 2015 earthquakes caused devastation, but what is most striking from a traveller’s perspective is not how much was lost but how much remains. Landmark temples crumbled, but others came through with just the odd tile out of place, and whole swathes of the country escaped serious damage, including most of the popular trekking trails. Nepal has all the skills required to repair monuments and infrastructure, but what it does need is income. By visiting Nepal now and supporting local culture and people, you could help a nation rebuild and bounce back even stronger.”
While Canada tops the list, Colombia, Finland and Dominica complete the top five along with Nepal.
Similarly, the website has named Nepal as the best value for money destination for travelers in 2017.
“Nepal is bouncing back from earthquakes and a fuel strike that made getting round the country tough. It remains a fabulous choice for budget-conscious travellers, who can access the best of its world-famous trekking routes and underrated wildlife for well south of US$50 a day. Visitor numbers are slowly recovering and the time is ripe to get back to Nepal’s mighty mountains; wherever you go, you’ll receive a warm welcome, as your visit brings much-needed income to communities getting back on their feet.”