Nepal is a land of great beauty and mystery. From the highest mountain peaks in the world and intricately carved temples, to legends of the Yeti (or Big Foot), you can't help but be filled with wonder. While some explorers have come to this land to catch a glimpse of the world-famous Yeti, there is another kind of explorer that often comes to Nepal: the explorer of the Self. From spiritual seekers to aspiring yogis, this lush land opens its arms to all who wish to learn from its wisdom. And we at Pokhara Yoga School are ready to welcome you too!
Most of us know that yoga offers ample health benefits, but doing yoga teacher training in Nepal also gives you a host of unforgettable experiences. This gem nestled in the Himalayas welcomes you to drink from its beauty, spirituality, concealed mysteries and its peace-loving Tibetan tradition.
When it comes to nature, visitors to Nepal have plenty of choice. From the Terai area's lush forests, waterfalls and lakes, to the stark, otherworldly views of snowy mountain landscapes at high altitude. Pokhara, the home of Nepal's best yoga school, is an absolutely splendid place to be, and it's hard to find words to properly describe its beauty. In the winter months it's chilly, but this means that the air is fresh and clear, so you can see the Annapurna mountain range on most days. Starting around April the wet season starts, with regular rainfall and warm temperatures making all plants and landscapes burst into life. It's as if the soul of Nepal comes into bloom.
You're really spoilt for choice with trekking, hiking and adventure sports options. And whether you're in the bigger cities of Kathmandu or Pokhara, or in the countryside, you're bound to see holy men and women from all walks of life. From Tibetan Bhuddist monks and nuns, to saddhus around Hindu temples. Visitors can visit many well preserved ancient cities, such as Bhaktapur, and religious sites like the famous Pashupatinath (Hindu temple complex), Budhanilkantha (temple with Nepal's largest statue of Lord Vishnu) and Swayambhunath (the Monkey Temple that overlooks Kathmandu from high up on a hill). Making the pilgrimmage to these and other places of worship can enrich your knowledge of yoga and where it originates from.
So besides the many natural and cultural charms of Nepal, another reason to put this country on your bucket list is simply: it's cheap. Food, accommodation, transport and other essentials are relatively inexpensive, which means you can easily save up for a Yoga Teacher Training Course and ultimately the trip of a lifetime.
If you like high-quality handcrafted clothing and goods, these are very affordable in Nepal too. Products such as cashmere wool scarves and sweaters, jewellery made with semi-precious stones, and hand-carved stone and wood items - and more - can all be bought for budget-friendly prices.
And last but not least, getting into Nepal is hassle free. Citizens of most countries don't need to apply for a visa in advance; they can get a visa-on-arrival at the airport in Kathmandu and at its land borders.
So what are you waiting for? The land of the Yeti is waiting to welcome you and share its secrets.