The Rough Guide to Nepal

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Practical travel guide to Nepal featuring points-of-interest structured lists of all sights and off-the-beaten-track treasures, with detailed colour-coded maps, practical details about what to see and to do in Nepal. The Rough Guide to Nepal also includes details on how to get there and around, pre-departure information, as well as top time-saving tips, like a visual list of things not to miss in Nepal, expert author picks and itineraries to help you plan your trip.

The Rough Guide to Nepal covers: Kathmandu and Patan, The Kathmandu Valley, The Central Hills, Pokhara and around, Chitwan and the Western Terai, Janakpur and the Eastern Terai, Annapurna and Everest regions.

Inside this travel guide you'll find:


Experiences for every kind of trip to Nepal, from off-the-beaten-track adventures in Manaslu Circuit to family activities in child-friendly places, like Bardia National Park or chilled-out breaks in popular tourist areas, like Old Kathmandu.


Essential pre-departure information including Nepal entry requirements, getting around, health information, travelling with children, sports and outdoor activities, food and drink, festivals, culture and etiquette, shopping, tips for travellers with disabilities and more.


Carefully planned routes covering the best of Nepal give a taste of the richness and diversity of the destination, and have been created for different time frames or types of trip.


Clear structure within each sightseeing chapter includes regional highlights, brief history, detailed sights and places ordered geographically, recommended restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs and major shops or entertainment options.


Tips on how to beat the crowds, save time and money and find the best local spots for whitewater rafting, trekking, cycling, meditation and yoga retreats.


Rough Guides' rundown of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Patan, Manakamana's best sights and top experiences helps to make the most of each trip to Nepal, even in a short time.


Written by Rough Guides' expert authors with a trademark blend of humour, honesty and expertise, to help to find the best places in Nepal, matching different needs.


Comprehensive 'Contexts' chapter features fascinating insights into Nepal, with coverage of history, religion, ethnic groups, environment, wildlife and books, plus a handy language section and glossary.


Features inspirational colour photography, including the stunning Janaki Mandir and the spectacular Boudhanath.


Practical full-colour maps, with clearly numbered, colour-coded keys for quick orientation in Bandipur, Nagarkot and many more locations in Nepal, reduce need to go online.


With helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780241308813
Series: Rough Guides Main Series
Publication Date: 1/31/2018
Next Edition Due: Q3.2023
Pages: 448
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm


This title is a part of Rough Guides Main Series

Practical travel guides series covering countries, cities and regions, with detailed factual travel tips, perfect for independent, long-stay, backpacking and budget-conscious travellers seeking comprehensive travel information and off-the-beaten track experiences

  • Extensive practical travel information including getting there, getting around, climate information, safety tips, accommodation explanations, food & drink advice and shopping essentials 

  • Curated author picks with destination highlights at the beginning of each guide

  • Ready-made itineraries covering every corner of the destination

  • Colour-coded places chapters with detailed coverage of places and sights, presented in a points-of-interest structure 

  • Extensive recommendations for accommodation, restaurants, shops and leisure activities for all budgets

  • Colour-coded detailed maps with marked-up key sights 

  • Insights on history and nature highlights  

  • Easy to use, newspaper-style layout

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Format: 129 x 198mm

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4.8 out of 5, 4 global ratings

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Very Helpful!!!

Reviewed on September 27, 2020
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Pleased with this size of book. Almost cover everything roughly for safe travel around the country.

Amazon Customer

Very helpful guide.

Reviewed on October 20, 2019
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Great book...useful hints and tips . It arrived very quickly after I ordered it.

Amazon Customer

A readable and informative guide

Reviewed on March 14, 2018
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This 440-page book - the 9th (printed) edition of February 2018 - is an interesting and readable (the two are not always found together) guide to Himalayan country of Nepal, which forms a north-west to south-eastern buffer-zone along about two thirds of the Indian-Tibetan border (with Tibet to the north and India to the west, south and east of the country).

Unlike many guides, this is not a glossy booklet dotted with colourful photographs to make it look superficially attractive, but a (literally) rough guide in terms of comparative paper finishes, but well-designed and presented, with readable text, useful maps, and (well-chosen) photographs only where space allows. The excellent design and layout means that you don’t need unnecessary spot illustrations to break up column after column of small-printed data.

The Contents are
P004: Introduction (Where to go, when to go, what to see, etc.)
P020: Basics (travel, transport, accommodation, eating & drinking, health, culture & etiquette, and other “essential” stuff for visitors)

The Guide:
P054: Kathmandu and Patan
P118: The Kathmandu Valley
P170: The Central Hills
P190: Pokhara and around
P234: Chitwan & the Western Terai
P276: Janakpur & the Eastern Terai
P296: Trekking
P348: Mountain biking, rafting and kayaking

P370: Contexts (articles on history, people, religion, wildlife, etc.)
P415: Language
P425: Index

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