Lonely Planet select Nepal as the best destinations for 2017

  • Hemanta Budhathoki
  • Last Updated on Feb 27, 2024

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Lonely Planet selects Nepal as the best destination for 2017 – post from E-Kantipur online news.

Oct 25, 2016- Nepal has been named on top ‘Best Value Destination’ and 5th on the top 10 countries in the world to visit in 2017, according to Lonely Planet’s annual Best in Travel list released on Tuesday.

Nepal is the only destination in South Asia that has been featured in Lonely Planet's Top Ten Destinations Guidebook.

The world’s leading travel guide Lonely Planet says, "Even natural disasters can’t keep Nepal down for long. The 2015 earthquakes caused devastation, but what is most striking from a traveler’s perspective is not how much was lost but how much remains.”

“Landmark temples crumbled, but others came through with just the odd tile out of place, and whole swathes of the country escaped serious damage, including most of the popular trekking trails.”

It added, “Nepal has all the skills required to repair monuments and infrastructure, but what it does need is income. By visiting Nepal now and supporting local culture and people, you could help a nation rebuild and bounce back even stronger."

Among the top ten countries, Canada is number one followed by Colombia, Finland, Dominica, Bermuda, Mongolia Oman, Myanmar, and Ethiopia.

On its selection process, Lonely Planet writes, “Amid fierce debate, the list is whittled down by our panel of travel experts to just 10 countries, 10 regions and 10 cities that travelers must visit in the year ahead. Each destination is chosen for its topicality, unique experiences, and ‘wow’ factor. We don’t just report on the trends, we set them—helping you get there before the crowds do."

As per the meeting held between Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO of Nepal Tourism Board, and Lonely Planet Team in Delhi on October 24, both parties have agreed to work in partnership by signing the agreement in the near future for promotion of Nepal's tourism.

Nepal is famous for adventure tourism. Besides the adventure, Nepal is also a land of exploring cultures, history, Pilgrimage sides, and more. Registered Nepal trekking companies or tour travel companies are providing warm services with lots of customizing as per the client's interest. The most curies Himalayan tours in Nepal is possible within any day's time. A single day tour until a month plan is suitable to explore Nepal Himalayas from near.    

"It is a great honor for Nepal to get a place in such a prestigious guidebook. I do believe that it will give a positive message to the international travel community and inspire them to visit Nepal in 2017," said Joshi. 

Over the past four decades, Lonely Planet has cultivated a dedicated traveler community. More than 130 million Lonely Planet books—to almost every destination on the planet—have now been printed in 14 different languages.

Hemanta Budhathoki

Hemanta Budhathoki

Hemanta Budhathoki is team leader of Nepal Highland Trekking and travel company. 

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