Winter is one of the four seasons and the coldest time of the year. The days are shorter and the nights are longer. Winter comes after autumn and before spring. With the days getting colder and shorter in winter, it is easy for us to become unmotivated and unproductive. Winter has come to Nepal. It’s that time of the year again when doing anything else but cuddling up in your bed seems a pain. Even will all the toil and trouble, winter is still one of our favorite seasons. Shorter shifts at work, you don’t sweat a lot, the sun becomes your friend, and you sleep better as cozy bed never gets any uncomfortable. BUT, don’t save all the fun for summer; take a long weekend or a vacation with your family or friends. Make a point to see people you care about, and plan activities you are interested in. Winter is a great time to be inside taking in cultural events and making fun plans with your loved ones. Today here at Nepalbuzz, we have enlisted the 5 best places to visit in Nepal in winter season.
A living museum of Newari Culture, Bandipur is a beautifully preserved village crowning a lofty ridge, its main street lined with traditional row houses. With its attractive 18th-century architecture, pedestrian zone, and outdoor dining, it has a peculiar European feel to it. Bandipur located in the Tanahun district is one the best places to visit in Nepal in the winter season.
Bandipur has increasingly been coming to the attention of tourists. There is cave Sidda Gufa (Sidda Cave) is said to be the largest cave in Nepal. From Bandipur, follow the signs starting from the north end of the village. These take you along a dirt path running north over the edge of the ridge, turning right at the obvious junction.
Pokhara is a major tourist hub of Nepal. Well known for its lakes and view of the mountains, the city offers a combination of nature and culture and is mostly known as the gateway to the trekking route “Round Annapurana”, which is usually a trek of 25 days. About half of all tourists visiting Pokhara are there for the start or end of a trek to the Annapurna Region – Annapurna Base Camp, Ghorepani Poonhill, Jomsom and Mustang. Pokhara is quite a modern city with only few tourist attractions in the town itself. Most interesting is the old center in the north of the city where many old shops and warehouses in the Newari style can still be found. You can also visit many places in Pokhara like Davis Fall, Fewa Lake, Begnas Lake, Mahendra Gufa etc.
Ilam, famous for its tea, is a small hill town with pristine landscapes of sloped tea gardens, mountain streams, dense natural forests, holy sites, and a unique culture. The subtropical climate of Ilam ensures good weather throughout the year. The best time to visit Ilam is between October-December or from April-February. Ilam is one of the richest districts in Nepal in terms of its cultural diversity, natural landscape, and flourishing cash crops sector.
Ilam district is bordered by Panchthar in the north, Jhapa in the south, West Bengal (India) in the east and Morang and Dhankuta districts in the west.
Chisapani is one of the major destination for people to visit to! Chisapani trek (2140m) is one of the shortest treks to the northern part of Kathmandu city. This trek is popular for the spectacular views of snow-capped mountains and beautiful Nepali villages with green terraces. People can view Kathmandu valley on a clear day passing through the Shivapuri National Park and the large Tamang village of Mulkharka. This trek takes us also through the peaceful forest of brown oak and rhododendron.
Chisapani trek offers trekkers an incredible opportunity to experience trekking in Nepal in a shorter time and view fantastic snow mountains.
Located at an altitude of 3842m above the sea level and 150 kilometers, Kalinchowk is a quick city escape which lies in Dolakaha district, Kalinchowk VDC. It is about 132 kilometers from Kathmandu to Charikot, 18 km off road up to Kuri Village and an hour hike from there. You can observe breath-taking scenes of the mountains and above the cloud scene from the top of the hill. Kalinchowk is being able to get many visitors each year.
Besides those mentioned above, there are a lot of other places to visit in Nepal in winter season. Although small in size, Nepal is known in the world as a nation of color and contrasts – a hidden Shangri-La of nature, culture, and adventure.
So, there you go! These are the 5 best places to visit in Nepal in the winter season. How about rightfully using your holidays and make a visit to Nepal?
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