Places to visit in Nepal

Visitors are attracted by Nepal for a variety of reasons. Many visitors are attracted by the mountains like Mt. Everest, which is Earth’s highest mountain lies in Nepal, while others are curious by the cultures, religions, beliefs, and many more because Nepalese have such cultures, religions, and religions, anyone in the world wants to know about it. Visiting Nepal can be proven as the best choice to travel for travellers, and it can be a life-changing experience as well, depending on the way how travellers travel or visit. Here are some important places to visit in Nepal.

A trip to Nepal is a top destination for travellers, whether climbing the slopes of Mt. Everest or paying homage at the birthplace of the Buddha. The country boasts some of the diverse landscapes on the planet from snow-capped mountains to subtropical forests, situated along with the Himalayan mountain range between China and India in South Asia. The culture of Nepal is all filled with various old temples and holy places, colourful ambulant festivals.

Nepal

In Kathmandu, visitors can spend their time visiting various sacred and historical attractions, and then can head out to other parts of the country. Pokhara, which is a popular area for trekking and Chitwan National Park for viewing wildlife, are some of the most popular locations outside of the capital wildlife. A variety of options can be found by trekkers, with the most popular areas being the Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang regions. A major earthquake struck Nepal in 2015, which is also recognized as the black day of Nepal, causing extreme damage in Kathmandu and other areas of the country. Before visiting any places, travellers should check on local conditions.

 

1. Kathmandu

The capital and largest city of Nepal is Kathmandu, which is like no other city in the world is the main places to visit in Nepal. A contrast to the lively atmosphere is the decaying buildings in the heart of the city that passes the streets. People go about their daily lives; street sellers push their wares while the smell of incense wafts from the store’s sellers, all against a backdrop of historic temples and statues. Kathmandu was one of three rival royal cities, along with Bhaktapur and Patan, for several hundred years. Durbar Square, the highlight of Kathmandu, the largest of the palace squares in the three royal cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Various shapes, sizes, styles, and faiths of temples and monuments can be found here. In the 2015 earthquake, Kathmandu’s Durbar Square was severely damaged, along with many historic buildings.

 

2. Bhaktapur

The third of the Royal Cities is Bhaktapur, which lies on the old trade route to Tibet. The trade route was a major arterial source of wealth for Bhaktapur. The population of Bhaktapur is mainly Hindu in contrast to Patan and Kathmandu. To begin a tour of the city, Durbar Square is the best place. Moreover, the royal palace, several temples are also located. The whole area is enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur Durbar Square

In the 2015 earthquake, many of the buildings of Bhaktapur were damaged. Bhaktapur, which was beautifully preserved, experienced a fair share of damage during the earthquakes. Luckily most of the city’s temples and shrines, which are the main attractions in this place like the City of Devotees, escaped without any damage. Bhaktapur, which is less crowded than Kathmandu, invites relaxing, peaceful walks through medieval squares and winding streets. In the National Art Gallery, a 15th-century structure, a famous site known as the 55-Window palace are kept.

 

3. Boudhanath Stupa

The Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest Stupas of its kind in the world, which is just outside of Kathmandu. Boudhanath Stupa is believed to be built during the 5th century AD. It lies on the old trade route to Tibet and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site like Bhaktapur. During the 2015 earthquake, the Stupa faced minor damage; otherwise, it in good condition. The stupa itself symbolizes enlightenment, but Boudhanath symbolizes enlightenment more clearly and fairly, which is its best part. One of the five elements i.e., Earth, water, fire, air, and sphere, is represented by each different shape, which is also the quality or a character of the five Buddhas. It is believed that a kind of peace, satisfaction, and happiness can be felt after visiting Boudhanath Stupa.

Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu, Nepal
Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu, Nepal

 

4. Pokhara

200 kilometres west of Kathmandu, there lies Pokhara, at the base of foothills surrounded by some of the highest mountains i.e Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Annapurna. Pokhara is also called the gateway to the Himalayas. For the Annapurna region, Pokhara is the starting point. Pokhara is mainly famous for trekking purposes. Pokhara is also famous for its beautiful scenery, attractive places, and its environment. It is the second largest town in Nepal after Kathmandu by population, but the amazing thing is it still does not feel like a big and crowded city. Much cleaner air and pleasant climate are noticed by the people coming from Kathmandu almost immediately. Lake Phewa, with lakeside hotels, restaurants, and shops, is best for those visitors who are looking for relaxation and day tours.

Phewa Lake with Mount Fishtail
Phewa Lake with Mount Fishtail

Pokhara is a popular resort destination for travellers with its calm and gentle lakes and mountains view. In northwest Nepal, known as the gateway to the Annapurna region, the lakeside city offers a truce to hikers and provides opportunities for outdoor adventures. Among the three lakes, the largest one is Phewa Lake; this is lined with luxury hotels, restaurants, bars, and shops. The lake also appears as an island with a temple devoted to the goddess Barahi Bhagwati, where ceremonies are held nearly every weekend.

 

5. Trekking in the Annapurna Region

Annapurna Base camp trek is named as the most popular and fascinating trekking region. It is placed in the second position after the Everest Region. In Annapurna Base camp, you will pass through the majestic and breathtaking scenery and diverse landscapes, commonly Annapurna Base camp is known as the Annapurna Sanctuary. You can enjoy the thick bamboo, full of rhododendron, pine forest, and beautiful mountain views and a mix of cultures unparalleled by other treks. Annapurna Base camp trek route will offer you outstanding views of Himchuli, Annapurna I, Manaslu, Macchapuchhare, Poon Hill, and many other gorgeous mountains.

Trekkers in Annapurna Region
Trekkers in Annapurna Region

It is also known as the unique trek because this trek is pass through the quaint Gurung and Magar villages, lush, dense forest and terraced farmland along with enormous glaciers. This Annapurna base camp is a beautiful combination of mountain scenery and the cultural and traditional diversity bisect a broad range of lush rural farmlands and villages which still carrying the old age captivating culture and tradition. Annapurna region is also rich in wildlife and natural vegetation with different species of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and more than 450 different species of birds, various species of rhododendron too. There is also one attractive place name Jhinu where you can get a natural hot spring that can help you to refresh. Annapurna region has many other fascinating trekking areas and routes like Upper mustang, Ghorepani Poon Hili, Annapurna Circuit, Dhampus trekking, Ghandruk Village trekking, and many more. Offering one of the most stimulating trekking routes throughout the whole World of Annapurna base camp trek is excellent for all those trekkers who want to feel some adventurous air of the World.

 

6. Chitwan National Park

Chitwan lies south-west of Kathmandu and is included in the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage sites Chitwan National Park is the destination to come to experience different things of Nepal apart from the intrigue and the hiking of Kathmandu. This is the place where we can do several things like wildlife viewing, Safari-type atmosphere, and also many more. Chitwan National Park is in altitude of only 100 meters in some areas, and this area has a tropical monsoon climate. Chitwan National park is usually quite different from what most people imagine to discover in Nepal.

Jeep Safari in Chitwan National Park
Jeep Safari in Chitwan National Park

Visitors come here mainly to see wildlife. Tours from the lodges take the company out into the park, either on foot, or additional often, on elephants for a close-up view of the animals. One of the most excellent wildlife-viewing destinations in Asia, the Chitwan National Park in south-central Nepal, offers needed refuge for rare and endangered species. The park is home to rhinos, leopards, Bengal tigers, sloth bears, deer, gaur (buffalo), and much more wildlife. Freshwater crocodiles and dolphins (Gangetic) inhabit the rivers and streams but are rarely seen. 500 plus species of birds make Chitwan a paradise for ornithologists. The greatest time to visit Chitwan is from October to February. Average temperatures about 25°C with high humidity, though the mornings can be quite cool. critters

 

7. Trekking in the Langtang Region

The Langtang Region, is an unbelievable area for hiking, with some high passes, old monasteries, extensive views, and beautiful mountain scenery with full of rhododendron forests that bloom during the spring hiking season in all over the way. Though it is less developed in comparison to other popular trekking areas in Nepal. Despite its proximity to Kathmandu, it is generally less busy on the trails. There are villages where facilities of guesthouses and food all along the route.

Langtang Trekking

Langtang region can be reached within 7 and 8 hours, making it tremendously convenient where flights are not required. When there is a clear day, the peak of Langtang Lirung is visible from Kathmandu city. Trekking duration will be short and for a few days depending upon your stamina and walking speed. Some trekkers combine Helambu trek and Langtang for a longer trek.

 

8. Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)

Swayambhunath is the second most significant holy place in the Kathmandu Valley after Boudhanath, which lies in hilltop to the west of Kathmandu. Due to the occupant monkeys that inhabit parts of the temple, it is more warmly named as the Monkey Temple. The design of the Swayambhunath Stupa is so attractive, painted with the eyes of the omnipresent God, which forms the centrepiece of the temple complex. It was a prehistoric culture site. Swayambhunath plays a major for all of the Vajrayana Buddhists of Nepal and Tibet and especially for the Newari Buddhists of the Kathmandu Valley.

Swoyambhunath

 

9. Everest and the Trek to Base Camp

The highest mountain on earth, the summit of Mount Everest, reaches 8,848 meters (29,028 feet) high. Trekking in the Mount Everest area became well-liked following the now legendary first climb in this highest peak in 1953 by Edmund Hillary from New-Zealand and the Sherpa Tensing Norgay from Nepal. Since that time, many more have summited the mountain, but far more trek the route to Everest Base Camp simply for a quick look at the highest peak from far above. Because of the 2015 April earthquake and previous avalanches, along with disputes between climbers on the mountain, have absented their mark on Everest trekking and climbing.

Mount Everest View from Gorakshep
Mount Everest View from Gorakshep

The Everest Region is usually not regarded as the most picturesque region in the country for trekking, but the attraction of Everest draws climbers in large numbers. There are a variety of routes to access the base camp and quite a few options for planning a trip. Many trekking companies allow a guided hike, either with Nepalese companies or western-based companies. It’s also likely to hire a private guide or porter. However, all trekkers are strictly required to have a guide. The main hiking seasons are from March to May and September to December.

For those who are not interested in a trek into Mount Everest but there is want in heart to see the peak of Mount Everest, then it is possible to view it on clear days from the Nagarkot near Kathmandu. Hotel staff will inform you in clear mornings if Everest is visible. This will be the lazy traveller’s best chance of seeing the World’s highest peak.

 

10. Lumbini

Kapilbastu, Lumbini is famous for being the birthplace of light of Asia, Siddhartha Gautama, which is known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Lumbini is situated in the near of Kathmandu, almost 250 kilometres from Kathmandu. With archaeological finds that date back to around 550 B.C., the famous site attracts scholars, scientists, and curious visitors as well. Lumbini is a valuable detour on the route from Pokhara to the Chitwan National Park. You will feel tranquillity in this pilgrimage town, which is also in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lumbini

Most of the visitors and trekkers visit in Lumbini are Buddhist pilgrims from around Nepal and World, retracing Buddha’s footsteps through the stations of his life. There is the Maya Devi Temple, which is highly dedicated to Buddha’s mother. And in that temple, there is some spot that proves that there is the birth of Buddhas. In the centre of a small park designed by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange, the complex also features multiple monasteries, meditation centres, sacred ponds, and cultural facilities.

 

11. Helambu Trek

The Helambu region is known as one of the best and popular trekking areas in all over Nepal. The Helambu region is occupied by the Sherpas and situated in the upper part of the Malechmi Khola valley. Trekking companies are offering guided hikes in this Helambu trek. This is mainly because it is close to Kathmandu, does not reach spectacularly high elevations but offers some beautiful mountain scenery. Because of these kinds of reasons, many tourists want to tout over the Helambu.

Helambu

The Helambu Trek will be started in the Capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, and our itinerary will complete in five to eight days. The typical seven-day itinerary is circular, where the first day’s part being frequent at the end of the walk. Though, many hikers who come to Nepal on tours find it is more demanding than they feel they were led to suppose and more difficult than they expect. Trekking in the Himalayas is always difficult, and even though it is not as high as another trek. Helambu trek is still a physically and mentally demanding hike, and trekkers should be in good physical condition. With that in mind, this is a beautiful trek and well worth the effort.

 

12. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Poon Hill is known as one of the most famous viewpoints in the World and Nepal too. After Kala Pattar, it is almost certainly the second most famous viewpoints. There are many options to expand a trip here, and the only restrictions to the length of the trek are imagination and time. There is a lot of lodges all over the route, which will be proper for most people. Poon Hill extends in the foothills of the Annapurna in the Himalayas. At the same time, as it is below the snowline in Nepal year-round, it is an astonishing hill to hike up for first light.

Poon Hill is located to the south-west of the Annapurna massif and crossways a large river valley, and also it commands spectacular views of all-around four Himalayans, and they are Annapurna, Machapuchhre, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri South. The stride from Ghorepani to the peak is short, but if approaching from the north, be ready for a long, uphill day previous to the sunrise expedition with a 1,500m steep ascent.

 

13. Janakpur

The beautiful temple of Ram and Sita is located in south-central Nepal on the Terai plains, Janakpur. One time the Janakpur was the capital of a millennia-old Indian kingdom known as Mithila, and the Maithili culture still thrives here. Hindus consider Janakpur is the place where Lord Ram wed Sita. And also known as Janaki, and thousands plus of Hindus from all over the earth gather in the temple to celebrate the great function, anniversary of Ram and Sita marriage. There are three-story construction and 60 rooms; the massive 19th-century marble structure is the major temple in Nepal. Janakpur is also popular about there more than 100 sacred pools and ponds scattered around the calm city as well.

 

14. Nagarkot

Nagarkot is one of the most known places in the Kathmandu valley. And mainly, it is perfect for travellers who want to experience the beauty and majesty of the Himalayas without difficult physical activity and other activities. Kathmandu Nagarkot is also known as the best for the views it offers of the Kathmandu Valley and the mountains. Landed on a large range to the northeast of Bhaktapur, the village of around Four thousand and five hundred residents requires views of eight Himalayan ranges. There’s a mixture of attractive hotels in every price range in Nagarkot, many of which are situated within walking distance. Nagarkot view tower is known as the wonderful place to hit in Nepal to observe the sun rising over the Himalayas and relax.

Nagarkot

 

15. Gosainkunda Lake

One of the best places in our beautiful country is Gosaikunda lake. Gosainkunda lake has located an altitude of about 4360m. Gosainkunda is considered as Nepal’s most sought after pilgrimage sites. Gosaikunda is considered on Nepal’s most sought after pilgrimage sites. It is mainly surrounded by the mountains, and a great ensemble of nine other lakes accompany the Goiasaikunda. In August Every year during Janai Purnima, hundreds plus of Hindu pilgrims visit here for a holy bath in the lake. The large rock which is situated at the centre of the lake is said to be the remains of a Shiva shrine, and it is also claimed that channel carries water from the lake directly to the tank at the Kumbheshwar Temple in Patan in the Kathmandu valley.

Gosaikunda