Nature’s Splendour and Man-Made Marvels
While exploring Nepal and North India, you can expect to encounter jaw-to-the-floor wonders, both natural and man-made. Some, such as the Taj Mahal and the Amber Fort, need little introduction. Others, such as the ghost town of Fatehpur Sikri, a 16th-century imperial citadel near Agra that was abandoned mere years after completion, are less well-known but equally impressive.
In the Kathmandu Valley, there are yet more incredible constructions to be found in Bhaktapur. Ornate temples dot the main square here, showcasing some of the finest craftsmanship in Nepal. And though these constructions will have you reaching for your camera, they can’t quite stack up to the stop-you-in-your-tracks beauty of the Himalayas. We think one of the best places to soak up the scenery is from the village of Naudanda. From here, the views of the Annapurna peaks are nigh on impossible to turn away from.
Food, Glorious Food
Nepalese and North Indian cuisines have many differences but they do share one defining characteristic: deliciousness. Delhi is best explored with an empty belly, so you can fill up on various snacks cooked street-side. Chole bhature (fried bread with spicy chick peas), aloo chaat (spicy potatoes) and jalebi (a syrup-drenched spiral of fried batter) are all worth trying.
Less well-known in the UK, Nepalese cuisine is usually a revelation for first-time visitors. Add dal-bhat (rice with lentils), momos (dumplings, typically served with a fiery chilli chutney) and thukpa (a noodle soup) to your must-try list.
With Nepal and North India so close, these next-door neighbours make a dream pairing for an epic multi-country adventure.
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