Going to new places, meeting new people and learning about their culture is pretty exciting and fun, isn’t it? Especially, when that place is somewhere like Nepal. Situated along the Himalayan mountain range between China and India in South Asia, our country has got some of the most amazing landscapes. From snow-capped mountains to subtropical forests and cold deserts, we have everything. A country with beautiful weather, where the highest mountain peak lies, where Lord Buddha was born, the rich natural and cultural heritages make Nepal a must-visit. A trip to Nepal is one of the top destination for many travelers. Our country offers more memorable travel experiences. And not just for foreigners, we Nepalese can too have our own holiday within the country. Here’s an overview of 7 best places to visit in Nepal.
Being the capital of our country, Kathmandu has got a lot of places where you can visit. Kathmandu is known as the main city where most of the tourists are attracted. Basantapur Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, Hanuman Dhoka, Indra Chowk, Garden of dreams, Swoyambhu Nath, Pashupati Nath, Budhanilkantha etc. are some of the amazing places you can visit.
Bhaktapur is known as the most preserved city of all the cities in Nepal. Bhaktapur is a place where you can find some amazing old religious temples and houses. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the main attraction for the tourists in Bhaktapur. Except for Durbar Square, you can also visit Siddha Pokhari, Kamal Binayak, and the Palace of Fifty-five Windows among others that lie in Bhaktapur. The pottery square can be an awesome place to get souvenirs. What better to take back than handmade, beautifully crafted ornamental clay pots?
Patan is one of the 3 royal cities of Nepal. Patan is filled with shrines with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. The city is known for its rich tradition of arts and handicrafts and as the birthplace of master craftsmen and artists. Treat your eyes with the Thanka and painting found around the square and enjoy the Museum while learning about Nepal’s history. Patan Durbar Square, Krishna Mandir, Mahaboudha, The Zoo, Godavari are some of the main tourist areas in Patan.
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 centre 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.
Chitwan National Park
Chitwan National Park is a conservation area in the Terai, the subtropical southern part of Nepal. A total of 68 species of mammals, 544 species of birds, 56 species of herpetofauna and 126 species of fish have been recorded in the park. The park is renowned for its protection of One Horned Rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger and Gharial Crocodile. Chitwan National Park is a place where you can enjoy wildlife. Go to jungle walks, jungle safaris on jeeps and elephants, canoe in the Narayani River and simply observe the wildlife.
Janakpur is mentioned in Ramayana as the birthplace of Sita, Ram’s consort. It is also believed that it was in Janakpur that Lord Ram and Sita met and were married to each other. Janaki temple, Dhanushadham and Ram Mandir are some of the attractions in Janakpur.
Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha, is a Buddhist pilgrimage site located in the Nepalese town of Kapilavastu, district Rupandehi, near the Indian border. It is one of the reasons why Nepal is well known in the world. Maya Devi Mandir is the main attraction of Lumbini, which preserves the traditional site of the Buddha’s birth.
Besides those mentioned above, there are a lot of other places to visit in Nepal. It is the most beautiful and stunning Himalayan country in the world. 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. In the countryside of Nepal, the way of life is still traditional. Nature of Nepal is at its best, therefore we have the slogan – “Naturally Nepal”.
So, now that you know the 7 best places to visit in Nepal, how about rightfully exploiting your holidays and make a visit to Nepal?