Opened to foreigners only after 1950s, Nepal draws visitors for a host of reasons. Some are enticed by the mountains and seek to conquer them, while the others are deeply fascinated by the ancient Nepalese culture and City of Temples. The tiny Himalayan nation can either be an adrenaline adventure, a cultural and spiritual eyeopener, or a life-changing epiphany. While the country is home to hundreds of iconic natural, cultural and historical landmarks, here we have listed of the best places to visit in Nepal.
The Nepalese capital is like no other city in the world. The decaying buildings in the heart of Kathmandu are a sharp contrast to the lively atmosphere that fills its street. Once a well-off medieval kingdom, the valley has highest concentration of world heritage sites in world. There are 7 ancient and spectacular landmarks in Kathmandu within the radius of 15 kilometers that qualifies Kathmandu as a real-life museum.
Situated 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu, Pokhara is the most famous tourist city in Nepal. Surrounded by mountains like Dhalulagiri, Annapurna, and Manaslu, it is also the gateway to the western Himalayans. Not only it serves as a vantage point to view spectacular mountains, it itself is home to some of Nepal’s best natural and cultural beauties. Boating in Fewa Lake, visiting Shanti Stupa, and engaging in host of adventure sports are just few to name.
The Annapurna region is one of the most popular and versatile trekking regions in Nepal. Here are trekking trails that will take you from few days to few weeks. The vibrant contrasts of the authentic and typical Nepalese countryside are especially visible, stretching from the subtropical vegetation of Pokhara to dry and arid rain shadow areas of Mustang. The region has good infrastructure facilities that support trekking and other adventures.
Chitwan National Park
Chitwan National Park is the place to come and experience a different side of Nepal, far from the gigantic mountains and hills. It is a spectacular place for wildlife viewing with a safari adventure. At an altitude of just 100 meters at some place, the national park is home to some of the most exotic wild life species like one-horned rhino and royal Bengal tiger. You can observe these animals in their natural habitat during your jungle safari tours.
Lumbini , being the birthplace of Lord Buddha has a deep significance historically, culturally and spiritually. Situated off the main tourist track, it is a very gratifying detour on the route from Pokhara to Chitwan National Park. It is a pilgrimage town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that will leave you with feelings of deep tranquility and spirituality. Along with a stone relief from 2nd century depicting Buddha’s birth, there are old remains of the prehistoric Lumbini kingdom and several monasteries built by international communities that further accentuate the beauty of Lumbini.