Nepali is the working tongue of Nepal and is understood by almost everyone in the country. Newars, Tamangs, Gurungs, Rais, Sherpas and many other ethnic groups have their own language, which they speak among themselves, but they use Nepali outside their own region. Nepali is the first language of the Brahmins, Chhetris, and Thukuris - the highest cast in Nepal. It belongs to the Indo-Aryan family of languages, derived from Sanskrit. Its nearest relative today is Kumaoni, spoken in a region of Northwest India. Nepali has much in common with Hindi, the official language of India, which has the same origins. It has also taken many words from Persian, through Hindi.
It's not difficult to learn a bit of the language, and it can greatly to your enjoyment of trekking. Nepalese aren't fussy about language and will appreciate your effort to learn it. You'll find a little Nepali can go a long way.
Since Nepali, like Hindi, uses the Devanagari script, for English-speakers it must be translated in to Roman script. There are many systems of translation, but one-way is used here is from Meerendonk's Basic Gurkhali dictionary. To make it easier to see the difference in pronunciation, I have used 'aa' where he uses 'a'.
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Village Tours in Nepal:
Learning Tour in Nepal:
Special interest tours conducted throughout the year to match all tastes. Lepidopterology is one, since eleven of the 14 families of butterflies are found in Nepal. Exotic species are specially visible in the summer and the monsoon seasons. Similarly, fossil hunting, archeological, 300 logical, geological, mythological, meteorological, historical tours game hunting, village tours and other interest tours take place thought all seasons. Please enquire us for further details.
If you would like to learn Nepali there is an International Language school in Kathmandu where you can formally study the language. Or if you prefer you can take some informal classes, or even stay with a Nepali family and learn from them. Even a little knowledge of Nepali will make your stay much more enjoyable
Nature Tour in Nepal:
Nature tourism operators can give you a better understanding of Nepal's natural heritage. They provide a variety of unique and interesting trips to some of our finest natural attractions, including unusual landforms, Himalayan mountain peaks, endangered species and wildlife parks.
Nepal's variety of plant and animal species are due to it's incredible span in climatic areas, from tropical lowlands to the highest mountains in the world. Wildlife can often be viewed and photographed with ease in these areas.
A skilled guide can provide a knowledgeable explanation and interpretation of these aspects of our natural heritage, as well as ensuring that a high level of eco-tourism preserves such treasures for future generations.
Sightseeing Tour in Nepal:
Nepal's vast diversity of people, rich culture & art as well as distinctive architecture renders it ideal as the most amazing & interesting destination for sightseeing. Nepal has been claimed as one of the best sightseeing destination among the tourists with all its varied language, tradition & unique hospitality of the people inhabited in the countryside. Hinduism & Buddhism are the two principal religions of Nepal along with other several religions followed by the people from different ethnic groups. Nepal, therefore, known as one of the multi-religious country which holds temples, stupas & monasteries in uncountable number with variety of God & Goddess depicting the deep faith of the people. Apart from these, Nepal has more to offer for our clients. The amazing & magnificent sight of the Himalayas, a diversity of beautiful landscape, all are beyond human imagination. Nepal's widespread fame in the world being the birthplace of Buddha - 'Light of Asia' is thing of glory for every Nepalese people.
Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley including its surrounding areas takes you very close to nature that enchants glimpse of Nepal providing a in-depth knowledge about its past history, art & architecture which turn us to the primitive age. As such, number of tourists from different corners of the world have been enrolling towards Nepal with a view to visit this beautiful country.
Cultural Tour in Nepal:
Nepal has been the dreamland of the tourists for a long time. Nepal invites, welcomes, charms and bewilders the visitors. Those who have already visited Nepal cherish the desire for a second visit and those who have heard or read about the kingdom make a plan to visit the country. The pattern of religion gives the country a unique status in the world. Almost all the important religious sects of the world are found in Nepal, however, the majority of the population believes in Hinduism and the conglomeration of the two religions, Hinduism and Buddhism serve as a unique example of tolerance and brotherhood. Both the sects celebrate many festivals of religious significance commonly with equal enthusiasm and there is the co-existence of all the other religious, so Nepal is known as a non-stop festival's country and living cultural museum of the world. The two main cultures and religions in Nepal are Hindu and Buddhist. If you are interested in studying Nepal's culture we can arrange a tour to suit you. There are many cultural and religious centers in Nepal where you can study the Hindu or Buddhist culture. Perhaps you would like to visit a Gompa or monastery, or you could stay in a Nepali village and learn about the different castes and cultures in Nepal, such as Chettri, Newar, Sherpa or Tamang. Each caste has it's own culture, festivals and even language. Come to Nepal and learn something about its unique culture.
Adventure Tour in Nepal:
Join other thrill-seekers for a fun-filled range of adventure activities. You get to focus on the fun and adventure and beautiful scenery while someone else takes care of the day-to-day arrangements.
There are many operators who specialize in packaging great adventures at an affordable price - and at the same time keeping all the excitement. You decide what to do: base yourself in one region or travel the whole country, focus on a favorite activity or try a whole range of adventures.
In general, you will not need to bring any specialized equipment or clothing. The operator will provide this - making your bags lighter! Shorter packages usually include all accommodation and meals, transport to the activity area and equipment. On longer trips certain activities are included while others are optional extras
It's quite easy to get by with English in Nepal; most of the visitors will have to deal with in the Kathmandu valley and in Pokhara will speak good English. Along the main trekking trails, particularly the Annapurna Circuit, English is widely understood. However, it's interesting to learn at least a little Nepali and it's quite an easy language to pick up. Nepali is closely related to Hindi and, like Hindi, is a member of the Indo-European group of languages. Although Nepali is the national language of Nepal and is the linking language between all the country's ethnic groups there are many other languages spoken. The Newars of the Kathmandu Valley, for example, speak Newari and there are other languages spoken by the Tamangs, Sherpas, Rais, Limbus, Magars, Gurungs and other groups. In the Terai, bordering India, Hindi and Maithali, another Indian language of their region, are often spoken. Even if you can learn no other Nepali, there is one word every visitor soon picks up - Namaste. Strictly translated it means I salute the god in you, but it is used as an everyday greeting encompassing everything from Hello to How are you? and even 'see you again soon'. Properly used it should be accompanied with the hands held in a prayer like position, the Nepali gesture which is the equivalent of westerners shaking hands.