Nepal being a small yet a beautiful country will inspire you with its rich cultural, traditional and natural diversity. From the panoramic views of Mt. Everest to the religious chants in the temples, the country won’t leave you disappointed at all. Here are certain places where you must look forward in Nepal:
1. Seek Peace and Blessings At Pashupatinath Temple
Start your journey into the land of Gurkhas by visiting the most sacred destination in Nepal, the Pashupatinath Temple. Located in the Kathmandu Valley near Bagmati River, the temple complex consists of 235 small temples dedicated to many Hindu Gods like Pashupathinath, Vishu, Shiva, Hanuman etc. Here, you’ll get a glimpse of temples made in Pagoda style architecture which are constructed as per Vaisanava and Saiva traditions.
2. Experiencing the Spiritual Energy at Boudhanath Stupa
One of the most significant Buddhist monuments in the world, the Boudhanath Stupa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site being one of the largest in the world. The temple complex is surrounded by Buddhist monasteries so here you’ll find yourself closer to the Tibetan traditions and culture. To experience scenic view of the Kathmandu outskirts, spending time at the roof restaurant is highly recommended
3. Exploring the Hanuman Dhoka Palace
Registered under UNESCO cultural heritage of Nepal, the Royal Palace of the Malah Kings is spread over 5 acres of land. The place will amaze you with its religious and cultural livelihood as it is a historic seat of royalty. The most popular pilgrimage sights here are the statue of Hanuman, the Taleju Temple built by King Mahendra Malla, Nautalle Durbar, Kal Bhairav temple and Lord Narsimha statue. Apart from all this, there are museums as well, where you’ll get to know more about this place.
4. Have a Romantic Time at Phewa Lake
Near the famous city of Pokhra, the Phewa Lake attract a lot of tourists who come here to get the panoramic views of Machhapuchhre and other mountain peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. A boat ride around the lake on the crystal clear water of this lake is a soothing experience, especially for the honeymooners.
5. Nature Walk At The Manaslu Circuit
Considered to be the 8th highest mountain on planet Earth, Manaslu circuit is snow-capped and delivers a panoramic view of the Annapurna range. The thick vegetation and natural spots make this place a trekking paradise of Nepal. Apart of the scenic beauty of this place, you’ll get to see a number of bird species including Golden eagle, Eurasian griffon, Himalayan griffon etc.
6. Capturing the Majestic Kanchenjunga
The third highest mountain in the world, Kanchenjunga stands tall in this landscape surrounded by Coniferous forests. The Kanchenjunga circuit is also considered to be the finest trekking route reaching the high altitude alpine zone, so when in Nepal done miss out on getting some astonishing views of these rocketing mountain ranges
7. A Gentle Walk at National Museum of Nepal
Not so far from Swayambhunath Stupa is the National Museum of Nepal, where you and your family can get to know more about Nepalese artwork and cultural diversity. The Buddhist Art Gallery is quite a walk through to the history of Nepal whereas the newly developed Japanese Temple and Rana Palace must be checked out.
8. A Guided Tour at the International Mountain Museum, Pokhara
The International Mountain Museum is the hotspot for more than 70,000 tourists; the well maintained museum exhibits past and present instruments and techniques related to mountaineering. Also, educate yourself with the successful story of First Mount Everest Climbing at this place.
9. Bird-Watching At Sagarmatha National Park
The Sagarmatha National Park at the Eastern part of Nepal sharing its border with Tibet is an unspoilt natural beauty guarded by the sacred Himalayas. This ecosystem not only holds a variety of bird species like Blood pheasant, Red and Yellow billed chough etc. but very rare Himalayan Bears and Red Pandas are also found here.
10. Visit the Patan Durbar Square in Lalitpur
In the heart of Lalipur city is the Patan Darbar Square which is smaller as compared to other squares in the Kathmandu Valley. Here you can seek religious peace at Bhimsen Temple, Taleju Bhawani Temple and Vishwanath Temple, and a glimpse of architectural skills by the Newa people.
11. Visit the Holy Shrine of Vishnu at Muktinath
This place is one of the most sacred places for both Buddhists and Hindus where pilgrims take holy baths at 108 water spouts surrounding the temple. The architecture here is pagoda style and March to June is the most significant time to pay a visit here. The trek from Jomsom Airport adds fun to the journey, you can even avail the helicopter service to reach this holy place.
12. Short Stay at the Kopan Monastery
If you are inspired by the Buddhist traditions and culture, you can pay a short visit to the Kopan Monastery located on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Here you’ll get a chance to spiritually connect yourself with the Tibetan lifestyle and get inspired by the religious visionaries.
13. Seek Religious Peace at Swayambhunath Temple Complex
Yet another religious destination at the Kathmandu Valley is the Swayambhunath Temple Complex, where you’ll see a stupa, variety of shrines and a number of Buddhist Temples. Apart from seeking religious solace, look forward to view the Sunset here, as it is something which can’t be missed out.
14. Jungle Safari at Chitwan National Park
This first national park of Nepal, Chitwan holds a status of World Heritage sites as it is one of the last few jungles where you’ll find One-horned Rhinos grazing and Bengal Tigers walking royally. Other animals like Crocodiles, Striped Hyenas, and Gaur can be found here. The national park is also famous for a number of threatened bird species such as Gould’s sunbird and Black-Chinned Yuhina.
15. Visit Buddha’s Birthplace, Lumbini
Lumbini, another Buddhist pilgrimage site in Rupandehi district of Nepal holds quite a lot of country’s cultural and religious values. Being the birth place of Buddha, Lumbini has a lot of things to explore within its 4.8 km range, the most significant sights here is the Maya Devi Temple and the Asoka Pillar, whereas the Buddhist monasteries nearby soak-up the peaceful environment.
16. Expedition at Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri
Situated in the Khumbu Region, the Gokyo Ri is the biggest glacier in Nepal where you’ll get a lifetime opportunity to trek the Everest Range. The dramatic panoramas from Gokyo give some magnificent views of the Mt. Everest and are surely a delight for the photographers and nature enthusiasts. The turquoise lakes beneath forms the highest freshwater lakes system in the world and this is something you wouldn’t want to miss out!
17. Discovering the city of Bhaktapur
Once the capital of the great Malla Kingdown, Bhaktapur is now listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its rich cultural diversity. Here you’ll discover endless pilgrimage sites of Buddhists and Hindus, the most popular ones are Changu Narayan, Bode and Surya Vinayak Shrine. Nagarkot is the place here where you will get some mind-blowing views of the great Himalayas.
18. The Soulful Langtang Trek
Langtang region is located at a stone throw distance from the Kathmandu city, the rural landscapes and astonishing views of the snow-capped mountain ranges offers splashing freshness and a memorable to trek through the bamboo forests and gargling waterfalls.
19. Exploring the Heart-Throbbing Annapurna Circuit
The wild region having some of the world’s tallest mountains do have trekking routes with diverse sceneries, so if you are looking for the most spiritual journey of your life then take a backpack with trekking lessons and enter this challenging Himalayan zone.
20. Adventure activities in Pokhara
The beautiful city of Pokhara holds three out of the ten highest mountains in the world named Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu. The city is famous for adventure activities like White Water Rafting, Kayaking and Mountaineering, and the best places to experience the thrills here in Pokhara are Phewa Lake, Begnas Lake, Gupteshwar Cave and Mahendra Cave.
21. Everest Base Camping
Located at an altitude of 5,364 metres, the Mt. Everest Base Camp is the most known place in Nepal and of course the most visited. Thousands of enthusiasts come here every year to get a life time experience of trekking in the Himalayas. The ideal time to visit the base camp is from March to mid-May and from the beginning of September to mid-November.
22. Sunrise at Nagarkot
The beautiful village of Nagarkot in the Kathmandu valley is considered to give the best scenic views of the 8 Himalayan Ranges during the sunrise. The international hill station is not only popular for its idyllic sceneries from the view tower but also for trekking and hiking.
23. Himalayn Views From Duhlikhel
The green mountain and the snow fed Himalayan views along with glimpse agricultural terraces give a delightful view from Dhulikhet. There are number of Hindu shrines with Buddhist stupa here, Harisiddhi and Narayan temples being the most popular.