Nepal is a landlocked country between China and India. Even though Nepal holds 8 of the world’s tallest peaks, much of the country’s elevation is between 1000 to 2000m, with the lower Tarai Region near the Indian Border the elevation ranges from 0 to 1000m as can be seen in this map.
Many of the most populated cities in Nepal are in the Hills region of the country. This region ranges from 1000 to 3000m and covers more than half of Nepal.
This map shows the fourteen different zones of Nepal. Zones can be related to states like in America. Kathmandu (Nepal’s capitol and most populous city) is in the Baghmati Zone. (Zone 10 in this map).
Shows the direct international flights to and from Kathmandu (thus the Tribhuvan International Airport). This map is a good reminder of Nepal’s largest trade unions (between certain countries and their cities).
This map shows the flights between airports, with Kathmandu being the most used and often the center hub of Nepalese air travel. Also it is interesting to see the seasonal airports v. the all weather airports. Often the seasonal airports are those in the mountains.
This map may be a little outdated, but it is interesting to see the highest travel warnings within Nepal and where they are located. Regions like Gorkha and Taplejung seem to be high on the list of places to stay clear of for tourists.
In and around Kathmandu, where most travelers tend to flock, is mostly government controlled with little Maoist activity. One of the biggest issues in Nepal today, is the presence of Maoist ‘rebels’ in the country. From anyone I have talked to, the Maoists are referred to in the negative sense (actually any time I bring up the Maoist Movement, I get yelled at and then there is a negative tension in the room).
This is a decent example of a tourist roadmap, complete with all the things useful for this American tourist (I’d assume this map aims at American, because in the lower left corner it feel the need to represent the US Aid center). All the necessary ingredients are present: airport, hotels, hospitals, “Points of interest,” and other embassies.
There are two main highways in Nepal, the southern highway (Mahendra) which travels from Mahendraga in the west to Kakarbhitta in the east, and the highway that connects Pokhara to Kathmandu (Prithvi). This map also shows the specific points of entry into Nepal from both India and China.
In a city near Kathmandu, Nepal, Bhaktapur is an ancient Newar town and is the third largest city in the Kathmandu Valley. This rough rendition of a road map shows useful directions to area attractions, including Barahi Temple in the south and the area bus parks. This map could be used as a review, before a trip to Bhaktapur, but I wouldn’t use it on a ground level.
To some, the Mount Everest Base Camp is its own little city. Just like in normal society, the camping spots tend to surround the bodies of water, like the rivers and lakes. The Island Peak and the Gokyo Peak seem to be the only mountains with Trekking Trails marked out for them.
Patan and Kathmandu are joining cities, like Omaha and Ralston, Nebraska. This map would be useful for the bus line, but as said in the links page, the microbuses are often changing and the microbus numbers are often changing routes.
Taken from Google Maps, these are where the car rental services are located near the city center in Kathmandu. Most cars are manual transmission and the driver’s seat is on the right side of the car. I would recommend paying extra for the automatic transmission, because the left hand stick shift can be a little awkward. Be sure to call ahead to see which shops have automatic cars.
One of my favorite ways to see a new city is by bicycle, and here provided by Google Maps are the bike rental services located near the city center of Kathmandu.
.For hunters and outdoor enthusiasts alone, Nepal’s National Parks are reason alone to visit the country. The Royal Chitwan National Park, probably Nepal’s most prominent national park, with rhinoceroses, leopards, and sloth bears.
Sometimes trekkers will take the Chinese route to save on the high trekking costs on the Nepal side up to Mount Everest. If trekking is your thing and Everest is your goal, the Chinese route is well worth your consideration.
With the vast river system throughout Nepal, white-water-rafting is a very popular outdoor activity. Most of these rivers start as the runoff from the mountains of the Himalayas, so if for heavier waters; rafters tend towards closer to the mountains.
Submitted by Jacob Chadwick on June 4, 2010.