Top 12 most beautiful places to visit in Nepal
Nepal is a country of highly diverse and rich geography, culture, religions and political instability. The mountainous north contains eight of the world’s ten highest Himalayan Mountains, including the highest, Mount Everest. Nepal is famous for angelic natural beauties, unique wonders and gifts in the world. Nepal is known as a suitable place to promote tourism. The nature has given us many things which are liked by tourists. Some tourists come here to enjoy the natural beauties and wonders. Some of them visit our country for trekking and climbing mountains. Some want to learn something about our history, culture, religion and so on. We can see that some tourists come here to enjoy their holidays. There are many attractive places in Nepal to visit but anyway here we have to 12 of the most amazing places you could travel to while you’re in, or planning to visit Nepal.
The Kathmandu Valley located in Nepal, lies at the crossroads of ancient civilizations of Asia, and has at least 130 important monuments, including several pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Buddhists. There are seven World Heritage Sites within the valley. Kathmandu is known as the city of temples. Here are innumerable temples of Hinduism and Buddhism. Some of the famous temples are pashupati, swayambhu, boudha, budhanilakantha, etc.Kathmandu is rich in various culture. The newari culture people celebrate various festivals such as Indra jatra, Gai jatra, ghode jatra, bhote jatra, and so on. You can Shop and Hang Out in Thamel, bird watching, canyoning and mountain biking, Hiking and so on.
There are many beautiful and interesting places to visit in Nepal, outside the Kathmandu Valley. Pokhara is one of the most scenic and exciting valley in Nepal. Pokhara valley is the ‘Jewel of the mid-west’, second major tourist sport in Nepal but the favorite of tourists from around the globe. Pokhara is the place full of natural resources such as: The seti Gandki is the main river flowing through the city, in the south the city borders on Phewa Tal located at an altitude of 742 m (2,434 ft) and covers an area of about 4.43 km2. The lake is also famous for the reflection of mount Machhapuchhre and other mountain peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges on its surface.The Taal Barahi Temple is situated on an island in the lake. Baidam is the eastern banks of Phewa Lake also known as Lakeside. This part contains seemingly endless strip of hotels, lodges, restaurants, bookshops and souvenir shops. This side is one of the best known tourist areas of Nepal. It is also the starting point of the tour to Pokhara. Sarankot is the only one place in Nepal, for the para gliding, from where you can fly over the Fewa lake. The porous underground of the Pokhara valley favors the formation of caves and several caves can be found within the city limits. Mahendra Cave is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Pokhara Valley. Images of elephant tusks, gods, and goddesses can be observed in the inner walls of the cave. Pokhara is also famous for boating, trekking, rafting and extreme sports like rafting, canoying and bungee jumping.
Chitwan is located in the southwestern part of Province No. 3 with Bharatpur, the fourth largest city of Nepal. Bharatpur is a commercial and service centre of central south Nepal and major destination for higher education, health care and transportation in the region. Chitwan is one of the few remaining undisturbed vestiges of the Terai region, which formerly extended over the foothills of Nepal. Chitwan has a particularly rich flora and fauna. Nepal’s first national park, the Chitwan National Park together with the adjacent Parsa National Park support species diversity much higher than any other on the Indian subcontinent. Rare species include Bengal tiger, gharial, rhino, leopards, mugger crocodile, Indian rock python and several species of deer. The protected areas are guarded by a battalion of the Nepal Army and patrolled by anti-poaching units. The Rapti River flows east to south west in the south of Bharatpur and forms the northern border of the Chitwan National Park. The Narayani River flows north to south in the west of Bharatpur. It is the deepest and also one of the biggest rivers of Nepal. The Narayani Bridge over the river connects Chitwan District with Nawalparasi District of Nepal. Small islands, like Nagarban in Narayani river are popular picnic spots. 20 Thousand Lake is close by Chitwan National Park, about 5 km south of Bharatpur. The lake serves as an important bird watching centre and is attractive for bird lovers. It also harbours crocodiles. Elephant Back Safari, Jeep Safari, Visit Elephant Breeding Centre, Jungle Walk and Bird Watching, Canoe Ride, Village Walk, Cultural Program, Elephant Bathing, Crocodile Breeding Center, Ox cart or Pony Ride Chitwan, 20 Thousand Lake Tour are the most attraction of Chitwan National Park.
Lumbini is the birthplace of the Lord buddha.Which is located at Lumbini Zone, Rupandehi district of Nepal. To arrive there, we have to drive 30 minutes from Bhairahawa and 9 hours from Kathmandu. For flight, the nearest airport is Gautama Buddha Airport which flies from and to Kathmandu. It is the place where, according to Buddhist tradition, Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama in 563 BCE. Gautama, who achieved Enlightenment some time around 528 BCE, became the Buddha and founded Buddhism. Lumbini is one of many magnets for pilgrimage that sprang up in places pivotal to the life of the Buddha. The main attraction of Lumbini are Maya Devi temple, Ashokan Piller, Myanmar Golden Temple, World Peace Pagoda, Dharma swami Maharaja Buddha Vihar, China temple, Lumbini Museum and many more. If you are planning on traveling to exotic places in South Asia looking to find some Nirvana, Lumbini in Nepal is the best place for you.
5) Rara Lake
The Rara Lake is the biggest and deepest fresh water lake in the Nepal Himalayas. Rara Lake lies at an altitude of 2,990 m (9,810 ft) above sea level, has a water surface of 10.8 km2 (4.2 sq mi), a maximum depth of 167 m (548 ft), is 5.1 km (3.2 mi) long and 2.7 km (1.7 mi) wide. It drains into the Mugu Karnali River via the Nijar River. The best visiting time to the lake is September/October and April to May. From December to March, the temperatures go low below the freezing point, and heavy snowfall occurs up to one meter, blocking the way to the lake. April to June is warm in this region. The lake lies within the Rara National Park, which is by far the smallest national park of Nepal. Has unique floral and faunal importance with rare and vulnerable species. Rara Lake has been a popular destination with a very rough route in Western Nepal for trekkers. Boating, Hiking, sightseeing, jungle safari, Campfire, Cycling are the major attraction of Rara Lake.
6) Ghandruk, Ghorepani,Poon Hill
Ghandruk is a popular place for treks in the Annapurna range of Nepal, with easy trails and various accommodation possibilities. From Ghandruk there are views to the mountains of Annapurna including Machapuchare. It is the second biggest village in Annapurna region. This popular Gurung village is located at northwest of the lakeside city of Pokhara. it claims to be the most visited trekking area in Nepal, and is widely known and popular among international visitors. The small village is on the much used trail to the Annapurna Sanctuary or the Annapurna Base Camp trek. There are two museums in Ghandruk, one in the old city and one next to the monastery where we can go and see the way of life of the Gurung people.. Ghorepani is famous for rhododendron forest as well as the fantastic panoramic sunrise, sunset view from Poon Hill 3210 meter which is one hour climb from Ghorepani. Beautiful and ornate village of Ghandruk, home of Annapurna Conservation Area Project, Gurung Museum, culture and custom, Monastery are interesting to visit. It is about one hour walking to get to Poonhill (3210m) from ghorepani. You will see the best sunrise and magnificent view of the Himalayas like Annapurna South, Bahari shikhar, Hiuchuli, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri ranges, Tukuche peak, Annapurna I,II,III,IV, Lamjung Himal, Mt.Manaslu ranges, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and others mountains.
Jomsom is the town located at an altitude of about 2700 m in Mustang District, Nepal. It extends over both the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. Along the banks of Kali Gandaki River, we can find the black rocks or stone which is called shaligram in the Hindu culture and take it as the form of God Vishnu. This type of stone is only found in this Kali Gandaki River, it is holy to the Hindus. The deep valleys and high mountains encircling the giant Annapurna Himal embrace a wide range of peoples and terrain, from subtropical jungle to a high, dry landscape resembling the Tibetan Plateau. The Annapurna region is the most the popular trekking area in Nepal with plenty of trekking places. It’s also among the tamest areas, with excellent lodges lining the main routes. Not too far from Johnson you find Muktinath, the famous pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus. To Hindus, Muktinath is a sacred place of salvation. They believe that bathing in the waters here guarantees salvation after death. If you happen to be in Muktinath in early September, you are likely to be in time for one of Nepal’s unique festivals, the annual horse race known as Yartung. This is a week of some serious horse racing, Tibetan style, and some equally serious merrymaking.
Nagarkot is a popular tourist destination of Nepal. It is located 32 km east of Kathmandu, Nepal in Bhaktapur District in the Bagmati Zone and as of 2015 part of Nagarkot Municipality. It is considered one of the most scenic spots in Bhaktapur District. It is known for a sunrise view of the Himalayas including Mount Everest as well as other peaks of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. Nagarkot also offers a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley. The scenic beauty of the place makes it a very popular hiking route for tourists, located approximately 7000 ft (2000 m) above sea level and 28 km from Kathmandu International Airport. It also offers an excellent view of the Indrawati river valley to the east. Visitors often travel to Nagarkot from Kathmandu to spend the night so that they can be there for the breathtaking sunrise. For those active nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, there are lots of hiking opportunities to do in and around Nagarkot. You can also do Paragliding with Everest view in Nagarkot. Treks from Nagarkot are unique and delightful. For anyone who wants to have an adventure without exerting much effort, a hike to Nagarkot’s surrounding areas would be a good option.
Janakpur, the birthplace of Janaki or Sita, the consort of Lord Ram, is an important religious pilgrimage site in the Terai plains, in south central Nepal. In ancient times, Janakpur was the capital city of the Kingdom of Mithila and the centre of Maithil culture during the Treta Yug, or period, nearly 12,000 years ago. Benefitting from its position at the foot of the Himalayas, the city contains some of the most beautiful architecture to be found in Nepal and is surrounded by vast natural beauty. Each and every square of the town bosts at least on diety related to the epic Ramayana, which adds to the town’s attraction. The town named after sage king Janak has developed as an important destination for religious tourist. Janaki temple is the largest and most important holy site of Janakpur while Ram temple, Vivaha Mandap, Sankatmochan temple,Ratna Sagar temple, Dulaha temple and Mahadve temple are other famous temple of Janakpur. Janakpur is also characterized by the presence of numerous ponds that are considered sacred. There used to be 72 different ponds in Janakpur in the time of King Jank in the ancient time. But most of the dried up or were encroached due to unmanaged urbanization. In vivaha panchami,the re-enactment of Ram’s and Sita’s wedding in late November or early December a high number of pilgrimage visit Janakpur. Another important festival celebrated in Janakpur is Ram Navami festival Ram’s birthday) that lies in March or April. In Janakpur tourist can get Luxury hotels to budget accommodation.
Gorkha, situated at 140km west of Kathmandu at an altitude of 1,135 meter, is the ancestral hometown of the Nepal’s ruling royal family. Gorkha is only 18 km up a paved road of the Pokhara-Kathmandu Highway. A brief visit on the way to or from Pokhara would provide more insights into Nepal than one are likely to get at lakeside in Pokhara. orkha’s small town is perhaps the most important historical town of Nepal. From its hilltop fortess, King Prithvi Narayan Shah, the ninth generation paternal ancestor of the present King, launched his lifelong attempt to unify the independent states of Nepal, a wildly ambitious project which succeeded due to his brilliance, and the effectiveness of his locally recruited troops. The British term “Gurkha” evolved from the name Gorkha, referring to the famed fighting soldiers of the region.Gorkha’s centerpiece is the magnificent Gorkha Durbar with a fort, a palace and a temple with excellent views of the surrounding valleys, and the Mansalu range. Gorkha is mostly populated by the Gurung tribesmen, who have earned enough praise in the both World Wars, including Victoria Cross. However, despite their fierce attitude in the battlefield, they are friendly people with a tradition of genuine hospitality. Gorkha Durbar is the main attraction of Gorkha However, there are other sites in the area worth exploring. Gorkha Museum, Gorkha Bazaar, Gorakhnath Cave are also important place to visit. Even though Gorkha Bazaar is the base for treks in Manaslu region, village tour and day hike could be planned for culture vultures.
Ilam is a beautiful hill station in eastern Nepal which is lies in the hill region which is mostly known as Mahabharata range. It is also one of the important town in Mechi zone and one of the major place in Nepal for tea-production. It is famous for natural scenery and landscapes, tea production, and diverse agricultural economy. It is one of the major horticultural crop production districts of Nepal. Besides the spectacular views of the tea gardens, there are many other places to visit in Ilam. Some of the famous and popular places for visit in Ilam are as follows: Antu Danda, one of the best places in Ilam to view the spectacular sight of sunrise, sunset and the Himalayas. One can also enjoy the views of Mirik, Kurseong and Darjeeling on a bright and clear day,Mai Pokhari, Sadakpur, Kanyam and Fikkal, The places with large tea estates in Ilam which has been famous for the last hundred and forty years ,Siddhi Thumka, One of the wonderful places to enjoy the views of sunrise and sunset in Ilam, Chhintapu, The second highest peak in Ilam district, Gajur Mukhi, Pathibhara,Mai Beni, Narayansthan, Bhimsensthan, Singha Bahini and Sati Devi Temple are other places in Ilam that seeks visitor’s presence. Ilam is a beautiful place that could also be called as heaven in Nepal. For those who love nature and greenery Ilam definitely is a place to visit.
12) Tansen (Palpa)
Tansen is a Municipality and the administrative center of Palpa District western part of Nepal. It is located on the highway between Butwal and Pokhara, on the crest of the Mahabharat Range or Lesser Himalaya overlooking the valley of the Kaligandaki River to the north. Full of history, this old Newar town with its steep cobblestone streets is virtually traffic-free. The traditional wooden Newari houses with their intricately carved windows line the narrow roads. You can hear the looms clacking as families weave the famous Dhaka fabric that Tansen is known all over Nepal for. Palpa is a district of Nepal. It is one of the districts of the Lumbini Zone. Tansen is the head quarter of Palpa district and hence, many people commonly refer Tansen as Palpa. Butwal, Bhairahawa and Lumbini are other three important cities that are part of the Lumbini Zone. Tansen Bazaar, Palpa Ranighat, Tansen Durbar / Palace, beautiful hill town Tanahu, Bhairabsthan are the most important place to visit in Tansen. On clear days Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu, Gauri Shankar and other peaks can be seen from here.