Nepal is the only nation without a rectangular flag, their New Year is in mid-April, and it is home to the tallest mountain in the world, Everest, which only recently received high-speed internet. You may have known at least one of those facts, but Nepal is full of other wonders, natural beauty and illustrious history that isn’t widely known and makes for quite a visit.
So, if Nepal is next on your bucket list, here are five useful apps to make the best use your time in the country.
Must-Have Travel Apps for Nepal
An English speaker going to France, Spain or Italy can get by with a basic knowledge of the language, combined with the fact that the cultures are similar from one country to the next. Go to Asia, though, and you enter a continent that may as well be a different planet.
Nepal is somewhat different though. Most residents, of the capital Kathmandu specifically, adopt English as an unofficial second language. It is also used mostly in business as well, and therefore, speaking English will be enough most of the time.
However, in the more rural areas, it is less-commonly spoken. Either way, Google Translate is useful so you can both pick up a few of the Nepalese basics (effort with the locals goes a long way) and communicate those more complicated words if necessary.
Trekking in Nepal
As we established, Nepal’s mountain game is what you would call strong. Sure, it may not be the most technologically-advanced place in the world or have any of the stunning beaches a lot of other popular holiday destinations can offer, but if you are a fan of trekking and mountain hiking, this is your Costa del Sol.
This app is far more than a guide relaying trail information to you. It has live alarms that alert you if you are entering an area prone to rock falls or avalanches. It also has deviance alerts to notify you when you have deviated from a trail, and even comes with an altitude measurer. It lives up to its promise of being a dynamic app that looks to shy away from the traditional and routinely-mundane trekking apps available that only contain basic information about the trails.
This one is perhaps the best-named app on this list. Despite only operating within Kathmandu, this app is a potential time and money-saver. Think of it as a less-sophisticated version of Uber, with a bit more of a personal feel and no awkward driver who insists on engaging in irrelevant pleasantries in the hope of earning a five-star rating.
You will request a ride and then get connected to bike riders who are traveling to or via the same place. Once a fair is agreed, they then pick you up and drop you off at your intended destination. The payment is exchanged upon completion of the ride, and although an internet connection (or access to mobile data) is required to book the journey, no connection is needed during or when the journey ends.
Nepal is a heavily religious country. Over 80 percent of the population is Hindu, with Hindus across the world traveling to the Pashupatinath Temple, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. It is to Hindus what Mecca is to Muslims and is the top pilgrimage destination for Hindus.Naturally, there are many other worthwhile temples to visit, and each one has plenty of history. Along with their sheer beauty will be enough to entice you to visit. Temple Finder will help you not only locate the nearest and best temples to you, but it will also provide information such as contact details, reviews, and images of the temples to make sure you are well-informed before you go.
Download: Temple Finder for iPhone
Nepal Offline Map and Travel Trip Guide
Nepal reaching the World Cup Finals would be up there alongside Suarez’ bite, Mwepu Ilunga’s booking and Argentina’s suffering a defeat to Cameroon as the most memorable moments in the tournament’s history. Nepal is slightly better at Cricket, having qualified for the Twenty20 World Cup in 2014. But despite the lack of ability, football and cricket are both hugely popular.
We have a slight hunch that you might have Google Maps or a similar equivalent on your phone already. But it’s well worth getting Nepal Offline Map and Travel Trip Guide as well. As the name suggests, it can work offline and enables you to locate the various grounds across the country that host the two sports where you’ll find breathtaking views as well as some fascinating history about some of the venues. What’s more, you will get to witness two of the most popular world sports played in such a different and raw setting, untarnished by the commercialization that many other countries’ sports have succumbed.
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