For the first time, Asia for Animals is coming to Nepal. What better place to gain some perspective, than on top of the world?
Rising from pristine lowland jungle where tigers flourish, up through the precipitous hunting grounds of the snow leopard to the soaring peaks of Everest, the dramatic beauty of Nepal attracts a million visitors every year.
With 23% of its total land mass within national parks or reserves, Nepal provides a stronghold for endangered species such as the red panda, Ganges river dolphin and one-horned rhinoceros.
Nepal’s culture is as rich as its biodiversity and landscape, with more than 100 ethnic groups living in crowded, medieval cities or villages perched on dizzying rice terraces. Nepal is the home of Lord Shiva and birthplace of Buddha, and religious practice is a blend of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, animism and shamanism. The holiest place in Nepal is the temple of Pashupati, an incarnation of Shiva as protector of all animals.
One of Nepal’s oldest hotels, the Yak and Yeti is a beautifully restored Rana palace, which captures the old charm and style of Kathmandu. Centrally located just off Durbar Marg, the hotel is a garden oasis right in the heart of the city, with Himalayan views from every room.