The travel guidebook evolution continues in Nepal
The latest edition in my Nepal guidebook collection has been published with the release of the best guide book to Nepal 2017. It’s not just a collection of my individual guidebooks to Nepal but is in fact the most updated and innovative guidebook to the entire country of Nepal based on over a decade of my work there.
This year the Nepali tourism board are encouraging tourists to visit Nepal as it springs back as one of the most popular and recommended destinations in the world. This is something I’ve known for years and very much agree about. It’s almost time for Nepal’s first peak season to begin in March. By September, October, November through to December it will be the main peak season. This guidebook will help you plan ahead!
There is no other place like Nepal in the world. I’ve always believed it deserved a better more modern guidebook specifically written for travelers so they can really appreciate the country. This guidebook is written with real travelers and tourists in mind first. Nepal’s intermittent electricity, WiFi, remoteness and road infrastructure can make things hard. This book addresses all this plus shows you how to use it to your advantage.
The latest print travel guides to Nepal are outdated and have the same generic layout to other countries. I’ve read these guides. Some contain no post-earthquake information while others don’t cover eastern Nepal or even update hotel reviews properly. This guidebook already covers earthquake affected temples and areas, covers eastern Nepal and I’ve personally visited every hotel/restaurant reviewed.
My guidebook is fully up to date for 2017, printable and best of all it works beautifully on your tablet, laptop/desktop or mobile device without WiFi.
This is the type of guidebook I’ve wanted for my own travels in Nepal for years. This book shows you Nepal like you really want to experience it.
Today, you can finally do just that with my guidebook to Nepal.
What is so special about Nepal?
For a small country Nepal is an epic destination with some of the best mountains in the world to both see and trek through. Diverse and unique heritage lies across its ancient middle lands. While to the south are some of the greatest jungles and thriving wildlife reserves in the world. I’ve included them all for you in this guidebook.
The Kathmandu Valley & beyond: From the Kathmandu Valley’s grand royal cities and palaces with fascinating backstreets to the very first mystical building (stupa) ever created that still overlooks the whole lush valley which was once a lake of the gods. The former royal kingdoms in the valley still look as they once did hundreds of years ago. There is nowhere else on earth like Bhaktapur, Boudhanath and Patan and I’ve included them all for you in this guidebook plus equally extensive coverage of Thimi, Kirtipur, Bungamati, Budhanilkantha, Gokarna, Changu Narayan, Nagarkot, Panauti, Dhulikeil and everything in between. I’ve included all these extensive details with photographs of every temple, Do It Yourself walking heritage tours and GPS tracked maps so you’ll never get lost!
All this just in one chapter alone plus high-end, mid-range and budget hotels reviews, restaurant reviews and transportation maps/fees.
Trekking in Nepal: The majestic mountains of Nepal are perhaps its greatest tourist attraction. My best selling book first time trekking in Nepal is included in this guidebook with additional trekking advice for all the locations in the book. I’ve written exclusive up to date guides for Everest Base Camp, the Annapurna Circuit, Annapurna Base Camp, Mardi Himal, Poon Hill and a host of side treks which are all included alongside day by day trekking guides and cross referenced-GPS tracked maps. There are detailed chapters for first time trekkers on preparation from where and what equipment to buy, where to find a guide, how to choose a guide, reviews of trekking agents, weather reports and so much more. I’ve trekked every trek written about in this book more than once and I’ve made a point to bring you the very best trekking experience in this book.
Pokhara: Known as Nepal’s premier resort location, Pokhara offers visitors beautiful Lake Phewa to gaze out as the Annapurna Mountains reflected down on it. A single road along Lakeside with a hip vibe of restaurants, cafes and dozens of travel agents that now stretches way along the north and to the south past Damside. There are more outdoor activities in Pokhara than anywhere else in Nepal. Go trekking, hiking, walking, paragliding, horse riding, mountain biking, motorcycling, boating, water balling or simply go shopping in the Tibetan artisan camps. I’ve included all these activities plus more along with hotel, restaurant and travel/trekking agent reviews. I’ve also included details on Begna and Rupa lakes along with many more day activities to help make the most out of your trip. Quite simply, everything to do in Pokhara is included in this book!
Chitwan National Park: Nepal’s most popular national park is famous for its royal Bengal tigers, world famous elephant and wildlife conservation, one-horned rhinos plus hundreds of other wild animals. I write about all these plus why and how to avoid expensive tours, getting the best transport option plus hotel and jungle tour reviews. This guidebook will both help you plan your trip to Chitwan but also includes how you can save a lot of time and money.
Bardia National Park: Looking for a more remote wildlife experience? If you ever fancied yourself heading into a jungle with no tourists and coming face to face with wild royal Bengal tigers then Bardia is the place. It’s not for the faint of heart but it’s as real as a jungle can get! Wild elephants, rhinos and tigers roam this area along with those who dare. There is no better guide to Bardia and how to experience it all than the one in this book.
Lumbini: There has never been a truly in-depth guide to Lumbini and the birthplace of the Buddha. With new Buddhist monasteries being built this book is more updated than any another with the latest happenings. I solve the age old problem of transportation and getting to Lumbini easily along with reviews of hotels and restaurants plus new Terai village walks. I’ve dedicated entire sections to this chapter just because it won’t let you down if you are looking for inner peace in the land of Buddhas birth.
Eastern Nepal: I’ll show you the ancient fort of Sindhuli Gadi before explaining the epic road or helicopter journey to the last sacred Hindu and Buddhist caves in Nepal, Haleshi Mahadev. Make no mistake about it, these are adventurous journeys. No other guidebook to Nepal in the world covers eastern Nepal other than this one.
And these are just the highlights of my guidebook to Nepal … Each chapter is personally written with detailed maps, photographs and guides to every location. I’ll just go ahead and say it:
this guidebook to Nepal is the best in the world.
Why is this guidebook to Nepal the best?
As you’ve just read, there’s more to Nepal than just the highlights. From temples to treks and jungles everything is written with the perspective of putting the travelers experience first. I do detail everything with clear maps, photographs and exclusive Heritage Walks!
Nepal’s prized heritage is interwoven with fascinating but heavily congested and confusing streets. I’ll show you how to navigate them with ease and find every temple with over 500 photos from Kathmandu Valley alone and 908 photographs overall from mountain treks to jungle paths.
Discover real Nepal’s prized Patan Durbar square sunsets to the magnificent golden temple to meeting with the blessings of a Living Goddess. No other guidebook shows you so much. Mine does.
Not only visit or stay in Bhaktapur with photographs of every temple at your fingertips but stop off at Thimi on the way. Known as the middleplace, the historic township is virtually untouched by tourists. Know exactly what you are looking at 100% of the time with my unique easy to follow maps.
Read through day-by-day guides to world famous and off the beaten path treks. Discover new routes with ease and see exactly what you will be encountering up in the Himalayan mountains. Feel your adrenaline rush as you read how to tackle the hardest parts of the trek before coming face-to-face with breathtaking snowcapped mountains.
Plan out your trip to Nepal with my exclusive itineraries which detail the real journey times between cities. Discover how to budget your journey better than anyone else and stop off at exciting places along the way. My guidebook to Nepal gives you real insider information on travel in Nepal from the new main bus park in Kathmandu to showing you how to save money with a private jeep rental.
And there’s so much more …
- Every temple, trek and jungle location photographed and linked to its location on a map (107 maps)
- Go in-depth with incredibly detailed diagrams showing you temple and shrine compound layouts (5 diagrams)
- Earthquake information including destroyed, rebuilt and what temples are currently being renovated
- Highly detailed interactive digital maps (click a photo or location & it will zoom in to show you the building/location)
- Extensive preparation, history, transportation and culture chapters
- Fully cross compatible guidebook with the ability to be printed or for digital viewing on a (laptop, PC, iPad/phone, tablet, or mobile – no internet needed)
- Newly compressed algorithm creates an amazingly small file on your device
- Interactive elements (no more endless swiping on a mobile or tablet)
- The digital version works completely offline
- Easy to follow exclusive Heritage Walks
Table of contents: + 538 pages, 107 color maps over 908 color photos
What else is inside this guidebook for you:
- All areas of the Kathmandu Valley covered from Thamel, Paknajol, the old southern city, eastern city, Freak street and the markets, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath (monkey temple), Patan, Bhaktapur, Kailashnath Mahadev, Panauti, Thimi, Kiritur, Dhulikhel, Bungamati, Budhanilkantha, Gokarna, Godavari, Changu Narayan and Nagarkot
- Go beyond the Valley to the ancient fortress at Nuwakot or on to the cable car at Manakamana
- Explore everything there is to do in Pokhara from paragliding to meditation
- Visit the jungles of Nepal with an easy trip to Chitwan or an explorers journey all the way to Bardia
- Trek into the Himalayans by discovering what it’s really like up there along with all the preparation needed
- Take hikes to see Everest from Nagarkot or Dhulikhel to see the Himalayan mountain range
- Exclusive courtyard diagrams showing you were everything is
- Personally visited and reviewed accommodation for all budgets (high-end, mid-range and budget)
- Personally visited and reviewed restaurants for all budgets and tastes
- How, what and where to shop for souvenirs, jewelry, tea and more in Kathmandu
- Send things home with lists & contact details of recommended courier companies
- Transportation details from arriving into Nepal to taking local or private transport throughout the country
- Up to date visa information, extension and applications
- Lists, reviews & contact details of recommended trekking agencies
- Discover how to travel to Tibet overland (includes a list of tour operators)
- Get ready to travel with the best preparation chapters to visiting Nepal
- Explore east Nepal with the only guidebook that overs the region
- Find out about volunteering in Nepal
- Understand the vast cultures of Nepal
- Learn about religion & faith in Nepal
- Understand the caste system in Nepal
- Practice the basic Nepali language
- 107 zoom-in color maps and over 538 pages of fresh original content
- Easy to follow guides that show and get you where you need to go
Yes, this guidebook contains all of my Kathmandu Valley guidebook plus Pokhara, Lumbini, Chitwan, Bardia, eastern Nepal and trekking in Nepal and a whole lot more including the latest entrance fees that no other book has updated.
This guidebook truly is the complete package to Nepal!
great on an iPad, iPhone, big screen, Android tablet, phone and in print!
An original well researched guidebook to Nepal
I’ve bought guidebooks to destinations online only to discover scraped together badly presented copies of WikiTravel/Voyage. This is not the case here. I’ve written, mapped, reviewed, photographed and created every page in this book myself.
It is 100% genuine and original premium content written specifically for travelers.
Throughout Nepal, I personally visited and reviewed over 615 hotels, guesthouses and everything in-between.
It was an intensely physical and mentally exhausting task
Why did I use this method instead of simply copying them from a hotel booking site or from another guidebook? Well, I’m fed up of others doing the same.
I wanted to see the accommodation for myself to bring you the very best
From that huge list of hotels I separated them into high-end accommodation (USD $100+), new boutique accommodation ($60), good mid-level accommodation ($30) and great value budget backpacker accommodation ($4+). I was stunned to see so many hotels in other books that no longer exist or on booking sites and listed in the wrong part of town. It means giving you my recommended places to stay including contact details, prices and great booking options from more than one respected booking site! I also include hotels not included anywhere online.
I took the time to place every hotel correctly on a large scalable map for you to find them easily
Every hotel reviewed in this book was paid for by me. Not a single guesthouse, hotel, restaurant, ticket office or travel agent knew they were being reviewed when I was there. This alone is not an easy task. But the result is this guidebook brings you 100% genuine reviews and factual information without exception so you will know exactly what to expect when you are in Nepal.
Includes important earthquake 2015 information
I’ve been writing guides and guidebooks to Nepal for over a decade. I know exactly what was there before the earthquake, during it and the recovery afterwards.
Each temple in this book is listed on a map and you will clearly see what was destroyed with information about what was once there and if it is being restored or not.
My guidebooks have been the only guidebooks continuously updated during and since the earthquakes.
Yes Nepal is safe to visit and yes this guidebook will take you to the best of the best in Nepal today.
Includes places not written in any other guidebook!
This is the first and only guidebook to include eastern Nepal. From one of the most important and fascinating Buddhist and Hindu sites, the caves and shrines at Halaeshi Mahadev to the ancient fort at Sindhuli. From budget travel options to executive travel.
My chapters on places like Thimi or Panauti are not just relegated to a half page like in other books but they have many pages of exclusive guides waiting to show you these unique places most tourists never discover.
A guidebook written by someone who wanted to travel Nepal properly from the start
As you know when I first arrived in Nepal I struggled to find a good guidebook to Nepal. It’s been that way ever since with outdated text, disengaged reviews and typical overly passionate writing that made everything sound great when in realty it was less than stellar.
I think it is a disservice to write things like “resorts in Bardia are pricey and not suitable for those watching their budget” Sorry, but there are cheap resorts in Bardia and it’s a lot easier to get there than you make out!
The fact is Bardia does take 16 hours to reach by bus but you can find a budget resort for under USD $10 per night! Moreover it’s actually better than Chitwan for a raw immersible jungle experience!
I wanted to save time and money getting around Nepal without doubling back. It’s actually very easy to get from Pokhara – Kathmandu – Chitwan and Lumbini but couldn’t find this information easily anywhere! So I researched, traveled, visited, photographed, mapped and wrote out all the transport options in this guidebook myself.
We are living in the digital age of high pressure and big profits. This often leads to mainstream publications cost cutting and not being able to include additional information. This is where I as an independent publisher can now fill the void and bring you what’s been lacking in guidebooks for so long.
My online guides to Nepal speak for themselves. My individual guidebooks have proven to be the best in the world for many years. Now you can take all that trust, factual information and honest feedback in this complete guidebook to Nepal.
This is Nepal’s best guidebook
This guidebook has been written by a traveler, tested by other travelers LIVE on the streets, mountains, jungles, flatlands and cities of Nepal in 2017 and is now available to everyone worldwide.
If you are going to be in Nepal then this is the best guidebook you can have.
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