Nepal has shot to the top of many lists as one of the most fascinating international countries to explore in terms of natural beauty, adventure, and cultural experiences. Here, we take you on a words-journey to Nepal by showing you the ten best places to visit in Nepal, the fascinating landlocked Himalayan nation in South Asia.
Nepal’s capital is one of the biggest tourist hub in South Asia, thanks to a wide range of ancient and religious monuments, assorted with the unique bloom of nature. Home to hundreds of revered temples, the city lets you embrace the beautiful culture that Nepal has been flourishing under. Thousands of sages and saints can be seen meditating in every corner of Kathmandu. Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath are among the top-visited sites in Kathmandu. Shop in Asan Bazaar and find peace at the majestic Durbar Square (a UNESCO world heritage site.) These are some of the best ways to explore Nepal’s capital.
Lumbini is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world, because it is the birthplace of Gautama Buddha. People from all over the world visit Lumbini to learn about the Buddha’s life and explore this scenic location. The 3rd century Ashoka stone pillar will amaze you, while the world peace pagoda will entice with its mesmerizing beauty. Do visit one of the monasteries in the town.
Justifying its name, which translates to the place of devotees, Bhaktapur is a heaven for both Hindu and Buddhist adherents. Having being declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO for its finest palaces and their architecture, the town boasts of some of the most amazing places to visit in Nepal. On the hillock of Bhaktapur, make a visit to the ancient temple of Changu Narayan.
Pokhara is by far the best travel destination in the country. Known as the tourist capital of Nepal, the town is home to some of the oldest and most traditional temples such as Tal Barahi Temple, Shanti Stupa and Bindhyabasini Mandir. The second most populated Nepalese city is also the center of yoga education in a country with numerous internationally-recognized yoga schools in the region. Set in the backdrop of the breathtaking Annapurna range, the town offers a view of Phewa Lake, where globetrotters find solace. Make the moments of your holiday memorable by relishing in the picturesque Pokhara Valley.
5. Annapurna Sanctuary
Adventure-lovers to Nepal may find Annapurna Sanctuary a favorite spot in the country. Located in central-north of the country, near Pokhara Valley, enjoy an astonishing view of the world’s tenth highest peak with one of the most popular treks, Annapurna Circuit Trek. Go deep into the snowy beauty of Annapurna.
Witness mountain culture and vegetation when you travel to the Langtang village. Home to a significant Buddhist population, Tamang, the town offers a beautiful view of the Himalayan trails. Along with Kyanjin Gompa monastery, you can pacify your soul in the luscious vegetation of the Langtang National Park.
7. Chitwan National Park
Established in 1973, Chitwan National Park is a World Heritage Site in the lower Terai region of Nepal bordering India. Visit this exciting location to enjoy the varied and stunning flora and fauna of this amazing land.
Located at a distance of about 20 miles (32 km) northeast of the capital city, this is a place of arresting scenic beauties. The town is also famous for offering an amazing experience of hiking through Nagarkot Panoramic Hiking Trail. Nagarkot’s height ensures a stunning view of 8 of the 13 best Himalayan peaks in Nepal.
9. Namche Bazaar
Namche Bazaar is the gateway to Mount Everest and a market town that is frequented by travelers from all over the globe. Surrounded by mountain valleys, Kumbhu trekkers can be seen in the village. The Tibetan market will also attract your attention. Many of the sherpas who assist in Everest climbs are from Namche Bazaar.
One of the most ancient towns of Nepal, Janakpur is mentioned in the holy Hindu text, Ramcharitmanas. Janakpur is a center of spiritual and religious tourism in Nepal. The town is the birthplace of Sita, whose temple, Janaki Mandir is located in the heart of the ancient village. Chhath Puja celebration, along with Ram-Janki Vivah in Janakpur is something you should not miss. Such activities are the manifestation of rich Madhesi culture.
Best Places to Visit in Nepal
We know you won’t be able to visit every region on our best places to visit in Nepal list, but our hope is to get you started in your research, confirm a few “musts” and hopefully also pique your interest with a new discovery. Happy planning, and happy travels!
- Naturally Nepal, official tourism site, https://www.welcomenepal.com/
* Photo Credits:
- Kathmandu, https://bit.ly/2AE0btd
- Lumbini, https://bit.ly/2Q9FkZh
- Bhaktapur, https://bit.ly/2RsGuM0
- Pokhara, https://bit.ly/2RnhkhX
- Annapurna Sanctuary, https://bit.ly/2KIX7R4 (also cover photo)
- Langtang, https://bit.ly/2U3HUP4
- Chitwan National Park, https://bit.ly/2BL12Km
- Nagarkot, https://bit.ly/2AE9NEe
- Namche Bazaar, https://bit.ly/2AHXxCz
- Janakpur, https://bit.ly/2QsUiZH