Non-Trekking Tourism Question Regarding Terai and Hilly Regions of Nepal: Guides Still Needed?

Non-Trekking Tourism Question Regarding Terai and Hilly Regions of Nepal: Guides Still Needed?

Hello all!

I want to preface this post by saying that I’m aware this might be an obvious question, but I’m asking it here as Google search results have been very unhelpful, as it’s perhaps not a popular thing to ask compared to trekking-related questions.

Essentially, I’m interested in learning some Nepali language and eventually going on a trip to Nepal in 2025. I’m uninterested in trekking, I’d rather immerse myself in Nepali culture and get a feel for what life is like in various cities, towns, villages etc.

I’m aware that as of earlier this year you cannot visit Nepal to trek without hiring a guide; it cannot be done solo. I’m curious about how this regulation extends to regions further south in Nepal, the non-mountainous hilly regions and the Terai plains.

If anyone is aware, I’m be truly grateful to be informed on the matter, Google has been keen on directing me towards results on trekking despite that not being my interest.

Additionally, I’m aware Nepal is very linguistically diverse, and Nepali isn’t going to help with communication everywhere. Nonetheless, I’d like to pursue this goal.

Thanks for your time.


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