Nepal is located mainly in the Himalayas that also includes parts of the Indo-Gangetic Plains. It has a diverse geography including fertile plains, subalpine forested hills and eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains, including Mount Everest the highest point on earth. Tourists are attracted here for a variety of reasons. Some are charmed by the mountains for a trek or to climb the Himalayas, while some are lured by the culture and spiritual awakening. Nepal has a lot to offer its visitors starting from adventure to sacred historic places and sightseeing. Here are the best ten places that one should visit in Nepal.
Nepal’s largest city and its capital Kathmandu is set in a valley bordered by the Himalayan mountains. This city offers a glimpse of the country’s different aspects attracting tourists all over the world. It is contained with historic sites, ancient temples, shrines, golden pagodas, and fascinating villages. Trekking is also in the option to enjoy the majestic view of Mount Everest. Other than that it is an ideal place for pilgrimage tour for Hindu’s most worshipped temple Pashupati Nath and the sacred Buddhist shrines like Boudhanath and Swayambhunath are situated here. The highlight of Kathmandu has long been Durbar Square, the largest palace square and a UNESCO world heritage site.
It is located 32 kilometers east at the rim of Kathmandu valley. It is considered the most beautiful spot in the Bhaktapur District. The sunrise and sunset view of the Himalayas and Mount Everest bordered by the other Himalayan mountain ranges is mesmerizing. Nagarkot gives a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley, and these beautiful spots make this place ideal for hiking as it is located 7000ft above sea level. Paragliding with a view of Everest is also available for tourists.
It is the best gateway to trek in the Annapurna region a popular trail of the Himalayas with a variety of entertainment for every individual tourist. There are a lot of adventure activities which include hang gliding, boating, river rafting, kayaking, and paragliding. Paragliding becomes more vivid when the colourful wooden boats add colours to the Fewa Lake. The reflection of the Himalayan peaks of the Annapurna Massif in the lake and the panoramic view surrounded by greenery is majestic. Pokhara is also famous for handicrafts and woolwork and woodwork.
A small city located 13kilometers in the east away from Kathmandu is a city of preserved historical monuments, temples, craftworks and many more. This city is also known as one of the three Royal Cities of Nepal. It had undergone a lot of damage during the 2015 earthquakes, but most of the monuments and shrines were left unharmed. These monuments include The Fifty Five Windows which is a masterpiece of wood cravings, the Vatshala Temple, Taumadi famous for Nyatapola Temple which is one of the oldest temples with five-story pagoda style temple of the Goddess Siddhi Laxmi built by King Bhupatindra Malla. Bhaktapur is also known for its puppets, pottery, and masks.
- Chitwan National Park
A UNESCO World Heritage site in Nepal that houses over 500 species of birds, 56 species of herpetofauna, 126 species of fish and 68 species of mammals are recorded. The most interesting part of this National park is its Jeep Safari, jungle treks, and hikes. Rare species like the Bengal tiger, one-horned rhinoceros and other wild elephants, leopards, Indian bison, and sloth bears are also seen here from a short-range. Elephant rides and Canoe rides are also available.
One of the most famous tourist spots in Nepal is Lumbini, the traditional birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha that attracts a lot of scholars, scientists, and curious visitors. It also has multiple monasteries, sacred ponds, and meditation centers. There are also temples like Maya Devi Temple, monasteries like Royal Thai Monastery and the World Peace Pagoda. After visiting all the sites, relaxing in the garden and letting one be a part of nature is the best way to end the day.
5kilometers away from Kathmandu is this beautiful place which is also known as Lalitpur means the “city of beauty”. The city is a home for 55 major temples, 136 Buddhist monasteries, excellent metal works, and festivals. The Thanka painters are another attraction of Patan and provide great painters in the country. They are often spotted in the corners and alleys of Patan filling colors to the ancient gods and goddesses. It has many pubs and shops and cafes the offer the handmade and exotic products of Patan.
- Everest base camp
It is the first trekking destination on the earth and is nestled on the southern side of the world’s highest peak. it is a very popular and exciting trekking route to the Himalayas range which follows rivers and passes through remote villages. Base camp is a group of yellow tents at the base of Khumbu Ice Falls. The gate from where the journey begins is called Namche Bazaar, where all the trekking instruments are available. One can also visit the Sherpa Villages and the ancient Thami and Tengboche and Kalapathar which is a famous spot to have a view of the Mount Everest.
- Sagarmatha National Park
This is the closest place from Mount Everest without climbing it. Stretched over an area of 1148square kilometers it is the home of the highest peak in the world. It is full of rugged terrain with deep gorges, glaciers and huge rocks with 118 species of birds and other wild animals which include musk deer, Himalayan tahr, the wolves, black bear, and the serow. The forest portion is dominated by silver fir, birch, rhododendron and juniper trees. This is an ideal place for trekking that also offers a stunning view of Everest.
This is an ideal place for history and culture lovers. This place is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Rama’s consort Sita who is believed to be the incarnation of Goddess Laxmi. Janakpur is mostly seen as a Hindu pilgrimage destination with a blend of history with culture and religion. This is also the place where Lord Rama and Sita got married. Ramnavami is the festival that is celebrated here in a huge way.