Nepal is a country landlocked between two bigger countries-China and India. This nation, however, is in a world of its own as first seen by the curious traveler. Nepal is a land of extremes, and it is most evident in that tropical forests abound less than 50 kilometers from the freezing summit of Mt. Everest. Travelers going to Nepal can experience a multitude of extremes by visiting warm, wet jungles then going to snow-clad areas the day after.
The first stop in a visit to Nepal is the capital city of Kathmandu. The city invites travelers to a visual feast with a distinctly Asian flavor. There is much to do in this city-from visiting temples and pagodas, to walking around the markets and haggling for exotic goods.
To the south of Nepal, travelers can visit Lumbini, the place where Siddhartha Gautama, the famous Buddha, was born. One can catch a 45-minute flight from Kathmandu for around $75 to get here. The main attraction here is the Sacred Garden, home to temples, stupas (sacred relic sites) and monasteries. Museums showcasing ancient Mauryan culture, pottery, and coins are also places worth visiting in Lumbini.