Nepal is a traveler’s paradise and an affordable country to visit. Some of the best places in Nepal are the touristic place like Pokhara, Lumbini and Gosaikunda.
It is home to some of the highest mountains in the world with the Everest being favorite trekking destination among trekkers. However, the mountains are not the only thing Nepal is famous for. There are many places to visit in Nepal.
Nepal boasts some of the best natural scenery along with jungles, medieval cities and spiritual sites. There is something for everyone in Nepal. You can go trekking in the world famous Himalayas or go on a soul-cleansing tour of the spiritual places here. These are reasons enough to visit Nepal.
In other words, Kathmandu is a paradise for people who love architecture and studying ancient history and a great place for the local tour too.
Similarly, the tranquil lakes blanketed between the hills and the mountains in Pokhara is a great place to relax and unwind and one of the best places to visit in Nepal. And if you are a wildlife enthusiast, we have the Chitwan National Park which is home to several endangered species.
Overall, Nepal is a place for everyone looking to have a great holiday. And, the amazing warm hospitality of the people of Nepal is just an added bonus!
Some of the best places to Visit in Nepal
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square is a must place to visit in Nepal situated in the heart of Kathmandu. The crowning of the monarch used to be publicly done in Durbar Square.
Basantapur Durbar square consists of ancient Newari architecture, high temples, and the old royal palace. It is an active living square filled with people worshipping in shrines, selling goods or simply walking through. Some sites to check out in the Durbar Square area are colossal statues of Seto Bhairab, the Jagannath Temple and the Taleju Temple. The Nine story palace, Coronation Nasal Chowk and the Gaddi Baithak are absolutely amazing. The place displays the perfect example of the rich history of Nepal and the architectural skills of the Newari artists over centuries.
Resting at a hilltop is the oldest stupa in Kathmandu, the Swayambhunath Stupa. It is one of the best cultural places to visit in Nepal. It is famously known as the monkey temple and is visible from miles away. Along with the stupa, you will also find other monasteries and Hindu temples on its premises. From the stupa, you will also get an amazing view of the Kathmandu Valley below.
One of the most sacred and popular temples of the Hindus, Pashupatinath Temple rests on the banks of the Bagmati River. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, thousands of Hindus visit this temple every year from all around the globe and one of the most holy places to visit in Nepal.
The main temple is a two-storied pagoda style temple in the middle of an open courtyard. While non-Hindus are not allowed in the temple, there are lots of other attractions to view in the complex and the surrounding. This is also where the Hindus cremate their dead ones and pay their last respects.
Towering at around 360 feet, this magnificent white dome-shaped stupa is one of the holiest and famous stupa in Kathmandu. It is also one of the largest stupas in Asia. There are a string of stores selling Tibetan handicrafts and rooftop restaurants/bars to explore around the stupa. You can also join the locals in their daily circumambulations of the stupa and take in some good energy.
Everest Base Camp
Traveling to the base camp of the highest mountain in the world is definitely high on the to-do list of most people. Everest Base camp is one of the most popular places to visit in Nepal. There are several ways to get to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. You can either trek to Everest Base Camp or take a helicopter ride. Either way, its beauty will leave you mesmerized.
Trekking to Everest Base Camp will prove to be an adventure of a lifetime for many. You will get astounding views of majestic snow-capped mountains like the Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Mt Pumori and many more. Similarly, you will also get a chance to see and experience the culture, traditions and lifestyle of the Sherpa people living in the mountains.
The world’s highest Mt. Everest Base Camp is obviously one of the major highlights of this trip, but there are several other reasons you should visit the EBC. Like the Khumbu Glacier, Namche Bazaar, the biggest Sherpa Village in Khumbu.
Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is a protected area in the Himalayas of Everest Region. It is also the world’s highest National Park. You will witness a variety of flora and fauna along with some endangered wildlife here.
Annapurna Base Camp
Annapurna Base Camp serves as a gateway to one of the world’s most dangerous peak, Annapurna I.
It is also one of the most classic and legendary treks in the world and one of the best trekking place to visit in Nepal. The trek to Annapurna Base Camp offers breathtaking mountains views. Along with an opportunity to experience a new culture, it also gives you an insight into the way of life in the Himalayas of Nepal.
This trek offers you amazing views of all the Annapurna giants. The Annapurna 1 (8091m), Annapurna South (7273m), the Glacier Dome, Gangapurna (7454m) are spectacular. And the unclimbed Fang (7647m), and the fishtail peak of Macchapucchre (6997m) are some attractions too.
The trek to ABC will take you through diverse terrain where you will encounter locals of various ethnic groups including Gurung and Magar people.
Langtang Valley is Nepal’s third most popular trekking region after the Annapurna and Everest and the best trek route to visit in Nepal. But, easier and less crowded as compared to them. It is also the nearest trekking region from Kathmandu and in a low altitude.
During the trek to Langtang Valley, you’ll walk via Langtang National Park and spot some rare wild animals and birds. You will witness Musk Deer, Red Panda, Himalayan Thar, and the colorful Danphe if you are lucky.
Trekking to Langtang is the perfect way to experience the off the beaten trail and natural beauty of Nepal. The trek will take you through various local villages inhabited by Tamang, Sherpa and Tibetan people. This is the perfect way to learn and experience a new culture and lifestyle.
Langtang Valley is a stunning place with beautiful mountain views along with views of glaciers up close.
If there is one place you cannot afford to miss in Nepal, it has to be Upper Mustang. Also known as the forbidden kingdom, it is one of the best-preserved cultural destinations in all of the Himalayas.
Here, you will get a rare chance to experience the way of life of the mountain people away from urbanization and commercialization.
It is a predominantly a Buddhist community and is geographically very similar to Tibet. The culture and tradition are also mostly of Tibetan origin and has been very well preserved.
Upper Mustang gives you a chance to experience the Himalayas along with the desert lands, a unique feature you will not find elsewhere. It is a picturesque view with white painted villages and Tibetan monasteries set against a backdrop of the distant snow capped peaks. Hence, one of the best places to visit in Nepal.
An escape from the bustling city of Kathmandu, Pokhara is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world and one of the best places to visit in Nepal.
It is also popularly known as the city of Lakes and serves as the gateway to all of the trekking in the Annapurna region. It is a quiet and calm lakeside town abundant in natural beauty along with picturesque panoramic views of the Annapurna Range.
Lastly, Pokhara is also famous for its recreational adventure sports. You can try activities like Bungee Jump, Paragliding, Zip flyer, Mountain Biking, Boating, or Kayaking. You can also visit some famous landmarks in Pokhara like Davies Fall, World Peace Pagoda, Caves, Museums etc.
Chitwan National Park
A perfect destination for wildlife fanatics, Chitwan National Park is Nepal’s version of the African safari. If you love wildlife, then Chitwan National Park is one of the best places to visit in Nepal.
Established in 1973, it gained the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. It covers an area of 932 sq. km with deciduous forests overlooking the Narayani and Rapti Rivers.
The park is home to various species of animals, birds, and flowers. And you get to explore the diverse flora, fauna, and vegetation of the Chitwan National Park.
The park is also famous for its endangered animals such as the Royal Bengal Tiger, the Indian One-Horned Rhino, Sloth Bear, Leopards etc.
Chitwan National Park also provides various activities for you to indulge in. Activities like Jungle Walk, Elephant Safari, Elephant Bathing, is an interesting way to enjoy wildlife.
Along with these activities, you can also take a tour of the Tharu Village and see the cultural show they put up for you. This is a great way to learn and experience a new culture. Visiting their village and watching their performances will definitely leave you amazed.
If you are a spiritual person or just looking for a peace of mind, Lumbini is the place to be and one of the best spiritual place to visit in Nepal.
Lumbini is the birthplace of Buddha and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the four main pilgrimage sites marking Buddha’s life hence, it is a major pilgrimage site for the Buddhists.
Similarly, Mayadevi Temple, Ashoka Pillar, and Pushkarini Tank are also archaeologically important sites. And the Buddhist temples from all over the world are some major highlights of Lumbini. At the Maya Devi Temple, you will still see the ruins and the spot of his birth marked and enclosed.
It is definitely worth a visit if you feel drawn to Buddhism or just are curious about the birthplace of Buddha.
Rara National Park
Located in the North-Western high mountains of Nepal is the smallest national park of Nepal, the Rara National Park. As the home for many different flower species and animals it is one of the must visit best place in Nepal.
Rara National Park is home to more than 500 kinds of flowers and 20 species of mammals. And you might spot some musk deer, Himalayan black bear, leopard, goral, Himalayan Thar and wild boars here. It is also an ideal spot for avid bird watchers since it is home to more than 214 species of birds.
The pristine Rara Lake is the main feature of this park, which also happens to be the largest lake in Nepal. Because of the remoteness of the location, this area is one of the very few trekking destinations in Nepal which is not overcrowded.
You can enjoy the peaceful ambiance with stunning views of the pristine unspoiled lake. Alongside, it offers views of distant mountains and pastoral pine forests with wild horses everywhere or indulge in boat ride in the pristine blue lake or ride a horse. You can also hike to Murma Viewpoint to get the best panoramic view of the entire lake and the surrounding area along with some mountains.
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Trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal could be on your bucket list, but Nepal has much to offer than just the mountains. We are a country of rich history, culture, and traditions along with stunning architecture and handicrafts.
Nepal is very diverse geographically and also culturally. Hence, you will get to explore the world in this small country. But what really makes Nepal special is intangible, it’s the feeling of peace and spiritualism here. It is the love and hospitality of the locals here that will make you fall in love.
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