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15 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Nepal

Written by Lana Law Updated Mar 22, 2022

Nepal is a surprisingly diverse country that attracts visitors for many reasons. Some are lured by the call of the mountains and seeking to climb or trek in the Himalayas, others are intrigued by the culture and the famous city of Kathmandu, and yet others come hoping to find some sort of spiritual awakening. Nepal can be an adrenaline adventure, a cultural eye opener, a life-changing experience, or all of the above.

Most travelers spend some time in Kathmandu visiting sacred and historic attractions, and then head out to other parts of the country. Some of the best places to visit outside the capital are Chitwan National Park and Bardiya National Park for wildlife viewing, and the lakeside town of Pokhara , a popular area for embarking on treks.

Trekkers will find a variety of options across Nepal, with the most important areas being the Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang regions.

In 2015, a major earthquake struck Nepal, causing severe damage in Kathmandu and other areas, and restoration is still underway. In Nepal, things take time to happen, and when they do, they tend to happen unevenly, so progress has been substantial in some areas and limited in others. That said, much of the damage to the major sights has been repaired, although some historical treasures were lost forever.

To find the best places to visit, have a read through our list of the top attractions in Nepal.

1. Kathmandu

2. bhaktapur, 3. boudhanath stupa (bodhnath), 5. trekking in the annapurna region, 6. chitwan national park, 7. trekking in the langtang region, 8. swayambhunath (monkey temple), 9. everest & the trek to base camp, 10. bardiya national park, 11. pashupatinath temple, 12. international mountain museum, 13. lumbini, 14. helambu trek, 15. white water rafting.

Kathmandu

Kathmandu, the capital and largest city in Nepal, is like no other city in the world. The decaying buildings in the heart of the city are a stark contrast to the lively atmosphere that permeates the streets. The smell of incense wafts from stores while street sellers push their goods, and people go about their daily lives, all against a backdrop of historic temples and carved statues.

For several hundred years, Kathmandu was one of three rival royal cities, along with Bhaktapur and Patan. Situated in close proximity to each other, today these three almost run together.

The highlight of Kathmandu has long been Durbar Square, the largest of the palace squares in the three royal cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site . Temples and monuments of varying shapes, sizes, styles, and faiths can be found here.

Kathmandu's Durbar Square was severely damaged in the 2015 earthquake, with many buildings destroyed beyond repair, but it still remains a special place to visit.

Kathmandu City Map - Tourist Attractions

Bhaktapur, the third of the "Royal Cities," lies on the old trade route to Tibet, just outside of Kathmandu. For Bhaktapur, the trade route was both an arterial link and major source of wealth. Its relative remoteness at the time allowed the city to develop independently and in ways which distinguish it from the other two cities.

In contrast to Patan and Kathmandu, the population of Bhaktapur is primarily Hindu. The best place from which to begin a tour of the city is Durbar Square, where in addition to the royal palace, several temples are also situated. The whole area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site .

Many of the buildings in Durbar Square in Bhaktapur were damaged in the 2015 earthquake; the main temples are close to being repaired fully. However, other buildings in the complex remain in ruin. The UNESCO-funded restoration work came to a stop in 2019 and the agency had to withdraw due to threats against its workers. The project has been turned over to the Nepali Department of Archeology. Restoration work continues albeit very slowly.

Durbar Square Palace Area, Bhaktapur, Kathmandu Valley Map - Tourist Attractions

The Bodhanath Stupa, just outside Kathmandu, is one of the largest stupas of its kind in the world and dates to some time around the 6th century, possibly even earlier. Like Bhaktapur, it lies on the old trade route to Tibet and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The stupa itself is a symbol of enlightenment but at Boudhanath the symbolism is particularly clear. Each different shape represents one of the five elements, earth, water, fire, air, and sphere, which are also the attributes of the five Buddhas. Brought together in the form of the stupa, their unity reflects in abstract fashion the structure of the universe itself.

The stupa sustained minor damage during the 2015 earthquake and is now fully repaired.

Pokhara

Set at the base of the foothills and surrounded by some of the highest mountains in the world – Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Annapurna I – Pokhara is one of Nepal's most scenic cities. For trekkers, Pokhara is the gateway to the Himalayas and the starting point for treks to Jomsom and the Annapurna region. It's also a wonderful spot to relax for a bit, either before or after a hiking trip.

By population, it is the second largest city in Nepal after Kathmandu but still does not feel like a big city. As you travel from Kathmandu, 200 kilometers to the east, you'll notice the much cleaner air and pleasant climate almost immediately. Lake Phewa, with its cluster of lakeside hotels, restaurants, and shops, is ideal for those looking for a little relaxation.

Pokhara, Central Nepal Map - Tourist Attractions

The Annapurna Region is one of the most popular trekking regions in Nepal, with options that range from a few days to a few weeks. Three main routes in the Annapurna Region intersect and combine in places, and you can opt to do a portion or a variation on the routes. The routes are well marked and easy to follow.

The Annapurna Circuit around Annapurna Mountain takes about 21 days to complete and is incredibly popular with people who have enough time. This route is sometimes called the "Apple Pie Circuit," in reference to the fact that most of the teahouses along the route serve their own version of fried apple pie.

A popular hiking destination in this region, often offered in hiking packages in combination with the Annapurna Circuit, is the trek to Poon Hill (3,210 meters) near Ghorepani. Most hikers try to be on Poon Hill early to see sunrise and a stunning view of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Machapuchare, and Singa Chuli.

The Annapurna Sanctuary nestles between the peaks of Annapurna and takes five days to reach. Muktinath is on the way to Annapurna but has since become a destination in its own right. The Muktinath route runs in the Kali Gandaki Valley on the east flank of Annapurna and takes seven days. North of Muktinath is Mustang, a small region that was only opened up to tourists in 1992. This area has its own fascinating culture.

In many regards, the Annapurna Region, north of Pokhara, is an ideal walking area. The dramatic contrasts of the Nepalese countryside are especially visible, from the subtropical vegetation of the Pokhara Valley to the dry rain shadow area, with features of the Tibetan plateau. The people and cultures are also very different: facial characteristics, food, houses, lifestyles, customs, and religion.

The Annapurna region was declared a protected area in 1986. Most importantly, it has a good infrastructure to support the many trekkers that come through this area. The paths are well maintained, and food and lodging are plentiful.

Chitwan National Park

Chitwan National Park is the place to come to experience a different side of Nepal. This is a wonderful place for wildlife viewing and it has a safari-type atmosphere. At an altitude of only 100 meters in some areas, much lower than Kathmandu at 1,400 meters, Chitwan has a tropical monsoon climate, quite different than what you'd expect to find in Nepal.

Travelers come here to see wildlife. The park is home to rhinos, Bengal tigers, leopards, sloth bears, gaur (buffalo), deer, and many other critters. Freshwater dolphins (gangetic) and crocodiles inhabit the rivers and streams but are rarely seen. More than 500 species of birds make Chitwan a paradise for ornithologists. Tours from the lodges take you out into the park, either on foot, or more often, on elephants for close-up views of the animals.

Chitwan lies southwest of Kathmandu close to the Indian frontier and is included in the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage sites.

The best time to visit Chitwan is from October to February. Average temperatures hover around 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit), with high humidity, although the mornings can be quite cool. June to September is the monsoon season, with frequent and heavy rain.

Chitwan National Park, Central Nepal - Floor plan map

The Langtang Region, home to Langtang National Park , is an incredible area for hiking, with high passes, extensive views, old monasteries, and beautiful mountain scenery. Rhododendron forests bloom during the spring hiking season adding color to the vistas.

The region, home to the Sherpa people, is less developed than some of the other popular trekking areas in Nepal and generally less busy on the trails, despite its close proximity to Kathmandu. Villages with guesthouses and food can be found along the route, although somewhat more spread out than in other trekking regions.

This area can be reached easily from Kathmandu by jeep in seven to eight hours. On a clear day, the peak of Langtang Lirung (7,245 meters), which dominates the surrounding area of the same name, is visible from Kathmandu.

Trekking lengths and duration in Langtang range from a few days to a couple of weeks depending on the routing. Some trekkers combine Helambu and Langtang for a longer trek.

Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)

Set on a hilltop to the west of Kathmandu, Swayambhunath is the second most important shrine in the Kathmandu Valley after Boudhanath. Due to the resident monkeys that inhabit parts of the temple, it is more affectionately known as the Monkey Temple.

The Swayambhu Stupa, painted with the eyes of the omnipresent god, forms the centerpiece of the temple complex. It was originally a prehistoric cult site, but the temple complex dates to the 5th century. Swayambhu plays a major part in the lives of the Vajrayana Buddhists of Northern Nepal and Tibet, but especially of the Newari Buddhists of the Kathmandu Valley.

The 2015 earthquake caused some damage to the Swayambhunath temple complex; however, repairs are now complete, and the temple is back to its original condition.

Swayambhunath Temple, Kathmandu Valley - Floor plan map

The summit of Mount Everest, the highest mountain on earth, reaches 8,848 meters (29,028 feet) high. Trekking in the Mount Everest area became popular following the now legendary first ascent of the peak in 1953 by Edmund Hillary from New Zealand and the Sherpa Tensing Norgay.

Since that time, many more have summited the mountain, but far more trek the route to Everest Base Camp simply for a glimpse of the peak far above. In recent years the mountain has seen its fair share of tragedy and drama. The 2015 earthquake and previous avalanches, along with disputes between climbers on the mountain, have left their mark on Everest trekking and climbing.

The Everest Region is generally not regarded as the most scenic region in the country for trekking, but the allure of Everest makes it a popular destination, both for climbers and trekkers. There are various routes to access base camp and several options for organizing a trip.

Many trekking companies offer a guided hike, either with Nepalese companies or western-based companies. It's also possible to hire a private guide or porter and do it yourself; however, all trekkers are technically required to have a guide. The main hiking seasons are in the spring and fall, from March to May and September to December.

For those not looking to trek to Mount Everest but still wanting to see the mountain , it is possible to see it on clear days from the hill town of Nagarkot near Kathmandu. Hotel staff will knock on guests' doors on clear mornings if Everest is visible. This might be the lazy traveler's best chance of seeing the world's highest peak.

Wild Bengal tiger in Bardiya National Park

Many people are surprised to learn that Nepal has extensive lowland areas where Bengal tigers, rhinos, crocodiles, and elephants roam. One of the best spots to see these animals in their natural habitant is Bardiya National Park (also Bardia National Park). In addition to the large animals, the park is also a bird-watching hot spot, with over 400 species either living in, or transiting through, the region.

Located off on its own in northwest Nepal near the border of India, this area is known for its river valleys, extensive grasslands, and tropical forest dominated by the Sal tree. Areas of the national park were once the exclusive hunting domain of Nepali royalty. Through the years, it has been expanded and now encompasses 968 square kilometers.

Pashupatinath Temple

Dating from the turn of the 17th century, the Pashupatinath Temple is the oldest temple in Kathmandu and also considered one of the most sacred in Nepal. Located in western Kathmandu along the Bagmati River, the temple is known for its beautiful pagoda-style architecture, with copper and gold covering.

The temple is dedicated to Pashupati, one of the incarnations of Shiva. Of the three gates, only the western one is open, and only practicing Hindus of South Asian descent are allowed inside. A good viewpoint of the complex for non-Hindus is located across the river. One note of caution: the monkeys that hang out around this area may look cute, but they tend to be aggressive and should be treated with caution.

International Mountain Museum

Located in the beautiful mountain town of Pokhara, the International Mountain Museum is a must-see prior to heading off on a trek. This very impressive modern building is a bright and airy space and houses all the information you could ever want to know about the mountains of Nepal and the people who inhabit them.

Three main galleries are spread throughout the museum, the first being the Mountain People Gallery. Here, through exhibits and a video, you'll learn about the Indigenous people of Nepal and the Khumbu region in particular.

The second gallery deals with the mountains themselves and provides extensive information on 14 peaks over 8,000 meters, along with an overview of the geology that formed them.

The third gallery provides insight into equipment used in mountain climbing and delves into the mythology of the secretive Yeti. In addition to the galleries, a Lakhang room is available for quiet contemplation.

If you're looking for other things to do nearby, outside is a tall triangular climbing wall along with a smaller version for those less inclined.

Address: Nagpokhari, Naxal, Kathmandu, Nepal

Official site: https://www.internationalmountainmuseum.org/

Lumbini

Lumbini is famous for being the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, the historic Buddha, known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Situated off the main tourist track, almost 250 kilometers from Kathmandu, Lumbini is a worthwhile detour on the route from Pokhara to the Chitwan National Park.

In this pilgrimage town , a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there is a feeling of tranquility. Most of the visitors are Buddhist pilgrims from around the world, retracing Buddha's footsteps through the stations of his life. The Maya Devi Temple , dedicated to Buddha's mother, is believed to be the spot where Buddha was born. It contains an ancient stone relief from the 2nd century AD depicting Buddha's birth.

Lumbini, West Nepal Map - Tourist Attractions

The Helambu region is a popular trekking area, particularly with trekking companies offering guided hikes. This is largely because it is close to Kathmandu, does not reach astoundingly high elevations, and offers some beautiful mountain scenery.

For many of these same reasons, it is often touted by tour groups as being easy. However, many hikers who come here on tours find it is more demanding than they feel they were led to believe and more difficult than they anticipate.

Trekking in the Himalayas is always demanding, and although it is not as high as other treks, it is still a physically demanding hike and trekkers should be in good physical condition. With that in mind, this is a beautiful trek, with stunning rhododendron trees in bloom in March and April, and it's well worth the effort.

The Helambu region is inhabited by the Sherpas and situated in the upper part of the Malechmi Khola valley. The Helambu Trek can be started in Kathmandu and completed in five to eight days . The typical seven-day itinerary is circular, with the first day's section being repeated at the end of the walk. The sudden contrast between the lower and upper lying regions and their characteristic cultures is striking. Accommodation can be found in lodges and village guest houses.

White water rafting in Nepal

With towering mountains and rushing rivers Nepal is an excellent place for white water rafting. Several options are available depending on how much time you want to spend on the river.

An easy trip for travelers only looking for a one-day adventure is the Trisuli Rafting Day Trip from Kathmandu. Unlike many rafting trips, which are seasonal, this one is available year round. After your day of rafting, you can either go back to Kathmandu or on to Chitwan or Pokhara.

If you are looking to spend more time on the water and interested in more serious rapids, one of the most popular places to go is the Bhote Kosi River .

Bhote Koshi River Rafting trips take two days and are intense. You'll find yourself in the white water shortly after put in, and along the way, you'll blast through class IV and V rapids. The trip is 25 kilometers long and includes camping on the riverbank for one night. Meals are included.

Other multiday trips to consider are on the Tamur, Karnali, Arun, and Bheri rivers.

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Nepal is small in size but it’s big on variety. Best-known for its mountains, the Himalayan nation also contains historic towns, wildlife-filled national parks, Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage sites, tea fields and much more. 

When planning your trip to Nepal , your main activities should determine your destinations. To trek, head to the mountains, naturally. But which mountains? Different regions offer different experiences, and are more or less challenging to reach from the main cities.

To help you choose, here’s a round-up of the top places to visit in Nepal, whether you want to do some gentle sightseeing or have more active plans.

1. Kathmandu Valley

Best for historic palaces and temples

Almost all trips to Nepal start in the Kathmandu Valley , and the capital region deserves plenty of time. Historically composed of several separate kingdoms — the most prominent being Kathmandu , Patan/Lalitpur , and Bhaktapur  — nowadays, the roughly 25km-wide (15-mile) Kathmandu Valley is one big urban sprawl, with ever-diminishing farmland around the edges. The human history of the valley dates back millennia, and visitors can still see ancient temples and medieval palaces, and encounter traditional indigenous Newari culture, among the haphazard modern concrete constructions.

Of greatest interest to travelers are central Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur. These three ancient towns together comprise a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with seven different monument zones: the Durbar (royal) Squares of Kathmandu , Patan, and Bhaktapur, and the Hindu and Buddhist sites of Pashupatinath Temple , Boudhanath Stupa , Swayambhunath Stupa , and Changu Narayan . Note that although the first six are popular tourist destinations, far fewer people visit Changu Narayan, on the north-eastern edge of the Kathmandu Valley, so head there to avoid the hustle in peak season. 

Planning tip: Despite common misconceptions, Kathmandu isn’t all that high, at 1400m (4600ft); you’re extremely unlikely to feel any effects of altitude, and the weather leans hot more often than not, especially between March and October.

Ready to go? Here's our seasonal guide to the best time to visit Nepal

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2. Solukhumbu District

For the mighty mother mountain Sagarmatha, aka Mt Everest

When the weather is really, really clear, and if you know exactly where to look, you may be able to get a glimpse of a sliver of Mt Everest (Sagarmatha in Nepali, Chomolongma in Sherpa) from Kathmandu. Otherwise, you’ll need to head to the Solukhumbu District, north-east of the capital, to see the world’s highest mountain. 

There’s no road to Everest (on the Nepal side of the border) so most people embarking on the Everest Base Camp trek in the Solukhumbu District fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, a village a few days’ walk from the mountain. Solukhumbu contains the Sagarmatha National Park, and is mostly home to Sherpa people, who have a distinct Tibetan-derived culture. 

Planning tip: If you don’t have time to trek into the Solukhumbu District, take a scenic Everest flight from Kathmandu for views of the mountain.

Get ready to trek to Everest Base Camp with our planning guide

Best for a taste of Tibet

On the northern side of the Annapurna Range, on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau, is the Mustang Region, a barren, windswept landscape that’s home to ethnically Tibetan people. Catch a short flight from Pokhara to Jomsom through the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki Gorge, or take a bone-rattling 160km (100-mile) ride in a 4WD. Or, trek there on the Annapurna Circuit .

Mustang is divided into Lower and Upper, and the distinction matters. Lower Mustang is easily accessible (aside from the logistical challenge of getting there) to all, whereas non-Nepali tourists can only visit Upper Mustang on a guided tour and have to pay a hefty fee of at least US$500 for a special 10-day permit and US$50 per day thereafter. Highlights include the apple-growing village of Marpha, Kagbeni village on the Kali Gandaki River, the Muktinath Temple Hindu pilgrimage site, and Upper Mustang’s walled capital, Lo Manthang.

Planning tip: Mustang is all but inaccessible during the monsoon (June through to early September), when the roads are often washed out and flights frequently canceled, and the winter, when it's extremely cold and snowy, especially Upper Mustang.

Small wooden boats float at the edge of a lake

Best for a chilled-out lakeside vibe

Pokhara , 200km (125 miles) west of the capital and Nepal’s second city, couldn’t be much more different from Kathmandu. On the shores of Lake Phewa (Phewa Tal) and sitting at the foot of the Annapurna Himalaya, the mountain views from Pokhara are next level. 

Many people come to Pokhara on the way to and from a trek in the Annapurnas , as there are vehicle connections and flight to far-flung mountain towns from here. You can also enjoy paddling a rowboat on the lake, affordable sundowners on the Lakeside strip, white water rafting on the Seti River, paragliding from Sarangkot Hill, visiting the Shanti Stupa (World Peace Pagoda), and riding the Annapurna Cable Car up to a lookout across the mountains.

Planning tip: If you suffer from respiratory conditions, or are traveling with kids, you may want to prioritize Pokhara over Kathmandu as its air quality is better, and there’s less traffic. 

5. Annapurna Himalaya

Best for numerous trekking trails

You don’t need to venture far beyond Pokhara to reach the Annapurna Himalaya — the trailheads for many treks into this range begin around an hour’s drive from the city. From the distinctive pointed peak of Mt Fishtail (Macchapucchre) to the snowy hulk of Mt Dhaulagiri, the Annapurnas are a seriously impressive mountain range.

Active travelers have many trekking options. Australian Camp/Dhampus and Poon Hill are among the best places in Nepal to visit with family as the treks are easy but the views no less spectacular. If you have more time and stamina, the Annapurna Circuit, Annapurna Sanctuary, Mardi Himal and Lake Tilicho treks are some other options.

Planning tip: If you’re looking for the best places to visit in Nepal for a 10-day visit, combine a couple of days each in Kathmandu and Pokhara with a short trek in the Annapurna Himalaya and maybe even a jungle safari in Chitwan. 

Struggling to choose a hiking trail? Here's our guide to Nepal's best route

A monk in orange robes stands in front of a gold buddha statue

Best for Buddhist temples and pilgrimage spots

Travelers with an interest in Buddhism won’t want to miss Lumbini , in far western Nepal, as it’s where the historical Buddha, Prince Siddhartha Gautam, was born. Lumbini is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and, as well as the modest attractions directly related to Buddha, such as the Maya Devi Temple where it’s believed he was born, the town contains temples and monasteries built by many Buddhist nations and organizations from around the world. There’s a small international airport in Lumbini, or it's a long drive from Kathmandu or Pokhara.

7. Chitwan National Park

Best place for wildlife safaris

Nepal isn’t all about the mountains. The jungle-filled plains of the Terai, the southern border area beside India, are home to an array of birds and animals, including the vulnerable one-horned rhinoceros (whose population has swelled in Chitwan over the last decade), Royal Bengal tigers, gharial and mugger crocodiles, and various kinds of deer and birds.

The Chitwan National Park is the most popular of the reserves and parks on the Terai as it’s easily accessible from both Kathmandu and Pokhara. From Sauraha town you can go on safari in the park, visit wildlife rehabilitation centers, and learn about the indigenous Tharu people of Chitwan.

Planning tip: Visit Chitwan in late January or early February, when locals clear the long elephant grass and the wildlife hiding within becomes more visible.

Best for tea fields and Mt Kanchenjunga views

Often overlooked by travelers because it’s a bit out-of-the-way in eastern Nepal, Ilam is the center of Nepal’s tea-production industry. Despite bordering tea capital Darjeeling in India, Ilam is less of a household name in the tea world, but it shouldn’t be. Travelers can tour the tea fields and admire the views of Mt Kanchenjunga, the third-highest mountain in the world, which sits on the Nepal–India border north of Ilam. Trekking routes in this part of Nepal are similarly lesser-known, but there are plenty of options, including the rugged and challenging Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek.

This article was first published Jan 9, 2022 and updated May 22, 2024.

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Nepal is well known for its very, very high mountains—in fact, it's home to eight of the world's top 10 highest mountains. Adventure lovers flock to Nepal to climb and trek in the Himalayas, but there's so much more to see and do in this geographically and culturally diverse country. Along with the mountains, there are jungle-filled plains, rolling hills, and vibrant cities. Nepal is a predominantly Hindu country, but the influence of the strong Buddhist minority can be seen almost everywhere.

Whether you're seeking physical challenges surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet, or more sedate city pursuits, Nepal's got you covered.

Climb a Mountain That’s not Everest

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Mount Everest may be Nepal's most famous mountain, but it's far from the only one that can be climbed. And, given the environmental cost, questionable ethics, extreme risk, and immense expense of climbing Everest, there are actually many other mountains in Nepal that mountaineers should set their sights on instead.

Less experienced mountaineers who still want a challenge can tackle a "trekking peak," a category of mountain that doesn't require advanced technical mountaineering skills, but is still much more challenging than a regular trek. Twenty-eight peaks in Nepal are classified as trekking peaks, with Island Peak (20,252 feet/6,173 meters) being one of the most popular.

More experienced mountaineers have a choice of more than 300 mountains around the country, around 100 of which have never been climbed. You won't encounter any human traffic jams there.

Ride the Manakamana Cable Car

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Halfway along the Prithvi Highway between Kathmandu and Pokhara is the cable car at Kurintar, which is hard to miss. It leads up to the Manakamana Temple in the hills of Gorkha District, one of Nepal's most important Hindu pilgrimage sites. The temple itself was badly damaged in the 2015 earthquake, but reconstruction was completed in 2018. From the temple, on a clear day, there are beautiful views of the Himalayas. But, even if the weather's not clear, the long cable car ride over the Trishuli River Valley and beautiful farmland is definitely worthwhile.

Learn about Nepali Religious Architecture at the Patan Museum

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Travelers interested in art, culture, and architecture should make the excellent Patan Museum one of their first stops in Kathmandu. Located in the old palace building in the Patan Durbar Square, this is Nepal's finest museum, with exhibits on the Hindu and Buddhist culture of the Kathmandu Valley, specifically related to the architecture and religious monuments you see around the valley.

Shop for Locally-Made Handicrafts and Textiles

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Nepal has a rich handicraft tradition, and these days you can either shop for traditional items or more contemporary designs inspired by traditional elements. Items to look out for include mala bead necklaces, dhaka cloth clothing, items utilizing the striped pangden aprons woven by Tibetan women, pottery, handmade lokta paper, Tibetan Buddhist thangka paintings, hand-woven bags, and Maithil paintings made by women. Fair-trade shops selling more traditional items, mainly made by women, include Dhukuti (in Kathmandu) and the Women's Skills Development Organisation (with shops in Kathmandu and Pokhara). For more modern design items, check out Timro Conceptstore or The Local Project , both in Kathmandu.

Splash Your Way Down a White-Water River

Nepal is a white-water lover's paradise, with many long, clean rivers flanked by white-sand beaches, jungle, and villages. Complete novices can join a one-day white-water rafting trip on the Bhote Kosi or Trishuli Rivers, or learn to white-water kayak. Longer multi-day adventures are also offered, from a couple of days on the Seti or Kali Gandaki Rivers to 8-13 day expeditions on the Sun Kosi, Karnali, or Tamur Rivers.

Paraglide Over Pokhara

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Strolling through the lakeside town Pokhara you're sure to notice the colorful paragliders floating overhead. Sarangkot Hill, just north of Pokhara's Phewa Lake, is one of the best places in the world from which to paraglide, thanks to the stable thermals and incredible views. On one side you'll be treated to views of the Annapurna Himalaya, and on the other, you'll see Phewa Lake and the small farming villages around Pokhara. Beginners can take tandem flights with an instructor.

Visit the Birthplace of the Buddha

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Although Nepal is a majority Hindu nation, it has strong Buddhist connections, the most significant of which is the fact that Prince Siddhartha Gautama, aka the Buddha, was born here in 623 B.C. The modern-day nation-states of India and Nepal didn't exist then, but he was born in Lumbini, a small settlement on the Terai (Nepali plains), near the border with India. Travelers to Lumbini can visit the Peace Park, which has many monasteries and temples constructed by Buddhist organizations and governments from around the world.

Paddle a Colorful Boat on Phewa Lake

The colorful boats of Pokhara's Phewa Lake are an iconic image of the city. Rent a paddleboat with an oarsman to spend some time admiring the peace, quiet, and mountain views from the middle of the lake. The Tal Barahi Temple, on a little island in the lake, is a worthwhile stop.

Spot Rhinos on Safari in Chitwan

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Over the last few years, the Chitwan National Park has run a successful one-horned rhinoceros conservation program. Poaching has been dramatically reduced (if not totally eliminated), and there are now, more than 600 rhinos live in the park. Visitors are almost guaranteed a sighting of the enormous creatures when on a Jeep, ox-cart, or walking safari. You could also spot the endangered gharial crocodile, deer, elephants, lots of different birds, or a Royal Bengal Tiger (although the chances of seeing them are higher in Bardia National Park , further west in Nepal).

Take a Teahouse Trek

Nepal is a popular trekking destination, partially because of the excellent infrastructure in the mountains. Whereas in some countries you may need to camp or stay in shared huts, in Nepal you can stay in "teahouses" along the more popular routes. These are like basic guesthouses, and while facilities are normally not fancy (with some exceptions) you generally get your own room, warm blankets, and hot food. The Everest and Annapurna regions have the most developed teahouse infrastructure, but you can find teahouses in many different trekking areas.

Chill Out at the Garden of Dreams

Kathmandu can be a frazzling and infuriating, but the peaceful Garden of Dreams is a delightful place to chill out right in the heart of the city. The manicured garden with fountains, flowers, and arches is attached to the Kaiser Mahal, a 19th-century palace that wouldn't look out of place in Europe. Grab a drink at the Kaiser Cafe or just find a spot in the shade and read a book.

Visit all Three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley

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"Durbar Square" means royal square, and as the Kathmandu Valley is comprised of three erstwhile kingdoms, there are three Durbar Squares: in the city of Kathmandu (also called Basantapur Durbar Square), Patan, and Bhaktapur. Each has a distinct feel and architecture, so all three are worthy of your time. Kathmandu's Durbar Square combines traditional Nepali/Newari temple architecture with neo-classical designs, Patan Durbar Square is entirely traditional and houses the unparalleled Patan Museum (and is, arguably, the most beautiful and well preserved of the three squares), and Bhaktapur Durbar Square was badly damaged in the 2015 earthquake but is still worth a visit.

Birdwatch at the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve

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While Chitwan is where you should head for rhinos, the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is an excellent destination for keen birdwatchers. Not many tourists visit the park, located in the wetlands where several rivers meet. It's a haven for many bird species, including greater spotted eagles, spot-billed pelicans, and much more.

Travel to the Other Side of the Himalaya

Most of Nepal lies south of the great Himalayan range, but there are pockets over on the other side, in the rain-shadow of the mountains. These regions—Mustang and Dolpo—are culturally and naturally distinct from most of the rest of Nepal, and are a fascinating destination for trekking or just general sightseeing. Jomsom is the gateway to Mustang, and can be reached by a 30-minute flight from Pokhara up the Kali Gandaki Gorge. Dolpo is more complicated to reach, but that's part of its allure. Dry, barren mountains, sandcastle-like forts, Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, ancient cave dwellings, and fossils of sea creatures at altitudes of 8,000 feet (2,438 meters) await adventurous travelers.

Join Tibetan Pilgrims at One of Buddhism’s Holiest Sites

Kathmandu's Boudha Stupa is the holiest Tibetan Buddhist site outside of Tibet, and the Boudha area is the center of Kathmandu's Tibetan community. The enormous white stupa with a golden pinnacle painted with the eyes of Buddha is spectacular at any time of day, but it's especially atmospheric at dawn and dusk when hundreds of devotees do a kora (clockwise circuit) of the stupa.

Celebrate a Traditional Hindu or Buddhist Festival

Many Hindu and Buddhist festivals are celebrated in Nepal throughout the year, and are a cultural treat for travelers. Foreigners are usually very welcome to observe or participate. Major festivals include:

  • Dashain, the biggest Hindu festival held in September/October, celebrating the triumph of good over evil
  • Tihar, the Hindu festival of lights, held in October/November
  • Holi, held in February/March, is a festival of color and water that welcomes spring
  • Rato Macchendranath Festival, held in Patan in April/May, is Nepal's longest-running festival. It goes for around a month in Patan, and is a Newari festival worshiping the god Rato Macchendranath
  • Buddha Jayanti, Buddha's birthday, in April, especially celebrated in Buddhist areas like Boudha
  • Teej, held in September, is when Nepali Hindu women let loose by dancing in temples and praying for the long life of their husbands

Find Kathmandu’s Colorful Street Art

Many of Kathmandu's attractions are traditional in nature, but over the last decade, a number of street art projects have brightened up the overwhelmingly drab, concrete facades of the city. Colorful murals of everything from gods to tigers to geometric designs adorn walls all over the city, but there's a particularly large concentration in the Kupondole area of Patan.

Feast on Dal Bhat

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Nepal's de facto national dish is a collection of smaller dishes that comprise a meal. Dal means lentils, and bhat means rice, so dal bhat is, at its simplest, lentil curry served with rice. But, a meal of dal bhat usually includes several vegetable curries as well as a meat curry (most likely chicken or mutton), a salad, and a spicy pickle. You can find delicious dal bhat at every price point, and its always tasty, filling, and nutritious.

Sip on Ilam Tea

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Many tea-drinking enthusiasts are familiar with Indian Darjeeling tea, but fewer have tried tea from Ilam in eastern Nepal, despite the area being just across the border from Darjeeling. Travelers can pick up wooden boxes of Ilam tea in shops around Kathmandu, or travel all the way east to hike, birdwatch, and enjoy the rolling tea-field scenery of Ilam.

Visit Nepal's Holiest Hindu Temple, Pashupatinath

Pashupatinath Temple is Nepal's holiest Hindu site. Located on the banks of the Bagmati River, it's also the city's most important cremation ground. Non-Hindus won't be allowed into the most important temple buildings, but are welcome to visit the grounds. There's a reverential atmosphere here, as open-air cremations and funerals take place throughout the day.

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10 Best Places to Visit in Nepal

By Fiona Fiorentino · Last updated on April 27, 2024

Whether scaling the slopes of Mt. Everest or paying homage at the birthplace of the Buddha, a trip to Nepal is a top destination for many travelers. Situated along the Himalayan mountain range between China and India in South Asia, the country boasts some of the most diverse landscapes on the planet, from snow-capped mountains to subtropical forests. Nepal’s culture is just as varied, filled with centuries-old temples and shrines, a profusion of colorful festivals and plenty of exotic wares to peruse and purchase.

From adrenaline-filled activities like mountaineering, kayaking and paragliding to serene strolls among medieval temples and hidden palaces, this country offers more memorable travel experiences than can be squeezed into a single visit. An overview of the best places to visit in Nepal:

10. Lumbini [SEE MAP]

Lumbini

Crowds of Buddhist pilgrims are an everyday sight in Lumbini, the traditional birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, Lord Buddha. With archeological finds that date back to around 550 B.C., the legendary site attracts scholars, scientists and curious visitors as well.

It was here that Buddha’s mother, Maya Devi, gave birth near a tree in the garden, which is now a temple bearing her name. Set in the center of a small park designed by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange, the complex also features multiple monasteries, sacred ponds, meditation centers and cultural facilities.

9. Janakpur [SEE MAP]

Janakpur

Located in south-central Nepal on the Terai plains, Janakpur was once the capital of a millennia-old Indian kingdom known as Mithila, and the Maithili culture still thrives here. Hindus believe Janakpur is the place where Lord Ram wed Sita, also known as Janaki, and thousands of Hindus from all over the world flock to the temple of Janaki Mandir each year to celebrate the anniversary of their marriage.

With its three-story construction and 60 rooms, the massive 19th-century marble structure is the largest temple in Nepal. Janakpur is known for the more than 100 sacred pools and ponds scattered around the tranquil city as well.

8. Nagarkot [SEE MAP]

Nagarkot

Perfect for travelers who want to experience the beauty and majesty of the Himalayas without arduous physical activity, Nagarkot is best known for the views it offers of the mountains and the Kathmandu Valley. Perched on a high ridge to the northeast of Bhaktapur, the village of around 4,500 inhabitants commands views of eight Himalayan ranges.

There’s a variety of appealing hotels in every price range in Nagarkot, many of which are located within walking distance of the Nagarkot view tower, known as the best place to visit in Nepal to view the sun rising over the Himalayas.

7. Khumbu [SEE MAP]

Khumbu

Each year, the determination to trek to the summit of Mt. Everest brings thousands of adventurous travelers to Khumbu, the Everest Region located in northeastern Nepal. The journey begins at the Lukla airstrip where a clear two-lane trail eventually leads hikers to Everest Base Camp.

Located primarily within the Sagarmatha National Park , Khumbu is home to the Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar where most expeditions to the mountainous peaks are staged. The country’s foremost Buddhist center, the Tengboche Monastery, is located in the Khumbu as well. There’s a variety of comfortable accommodations available at the monastery, many of which offer stunning views of the tallest mountain on the planet.

6. Chitwan National Park [SEE MAP]

Chitwan National Park

One of the best wildlife-viewing destinations in Asia, the Chitwan National Park in south-central Nepal offers needed sanctuary for rare and endangered species like the Bengal tiger and one-horned rhinoceros.

The chance for a close-up look at exotic wildlife, including elephants, leopards, Indian bison, rhinoceros and sloth bears, is the park’s greatest attraction. In addition to jeep tours, visitors can experience the park through jungle treks, elephant rides and canoe rides. Luxury lodging is available at the edge of the park, and the nearby village of Sauraha offers affordable accommodation.

5. Pokhara [SEE MAP]

Pokhara

With its tranquil lakes, verdant shorelines and mountain views, Pokhara is a popular resort destination for travelers from around the world. Known as the gateway to the Annapurna region in northwest Nepal, the lakeside city offers respite to weary hikers, and provides opportunities for outdoor adventures too, ranging from leisurely paddle-boat rides to white-water rafting.

The largest of Pokhara’s three lakes, Phewa Lake is lined with luxury hotels, restaurants, bars and shops. The lake also features an island with a temple dedicated to the goddess Barahi Bhagwati where ceremonies are held nearly every weekend.

4. Patan [SEE MAP]

Patan

Situated across the Bagmati River from Kathmandu, Patan is as well known for its artisans as for its stunning display of Newari architecture. Built in the 17th century, the palaces, courtyards and temples of the Patan Durbar are the city’s star attractions.

With its multi-columned façade and gilded spires, the recently restored stone Krishna Temple is particularly striking, as is the recently restored Sundari Chowk, a courtyard with an elaborately carved sunken bath as its centerpiece. Patan is one of the best places in Nepal to buy the gorgeous handmade silk saris that once were the garment of choice for the country’s royalty and aristocracy.

3. Bhaktapur [SEE MAP]

Bhaktapur

One of three ancient capitals in the Kathmandu Valley, beautifully preserved Bhaktapur experienced a fair share of damage during the 2015 earthquakes. Fortunately, most of the city’s temples and shrines, which are the main attractions in this place known as the City of Devotees, escaped unscathed.

Less crowded and hectic than bustling Kathmandu, Bhaktapur invites leisurely walks through medieval squares, winding streets and pedestrian-only thoroughfares. The city’s Durbar Square, or “noble court,” features a must-see site known as the 55-Window Palace, a 15th-century structure that is now home to the National Art Gallery.

2. Annapurna Circuit [SEE MAP]

Annapurna Circuit

The Annapurna Circuit in northwest Nepal offers hikers an outdoor experience nonpareil. Showcasing the varied landscapes of the Annapurna Region, the classic trek leads travelers high into the Himalayas, across plunging gorges, over desert plateaus and through lush subtropical valleys dotted by terraced farms. The trek also passes by many religious sites and quaint villages.

Starting just east of Pokhara, the journey takes about three weeks to complete though many trekkers walk half of it by flying out at Jomsom Airport. There is also the shorter but no less beautiful Annapurna Sanctuary Trek that takes around 8 to 12 days. Its one of the most popular treks in Nepal with lodges and tea stops at hourly intervals or less, until the highest sections at least.

1. Kathmandu [SEE MAP]

#1 of Best Places To Visit In Nepal

The country’s cultural capital, Kathmandu is the place where most adventures in Nepal begin, as all flights from overseas land in the city’s airport. A crowded metropolis of more than 1 million inhabitants, Kathmandu is a chaotic mix of tourist shops, trekking agencies, hotels, restaurants, religious sites and artisan workshops.

The city’s famous Durbar Square is still undergoing restoration after the recent earthquakes, but there are many intact sites well worth exploring. Set atop a forested hill, the ancient Buddhist complex of Swayambhunath is a can’t-miss attraction that offers sweeping views of the Kathmandu Valley. Another popular spot with visitors is the Swapna Bagaicha, also known as the Garden of Dreams. This is a great place if you’re looking for a quiet spot in which to escape the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu.

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July 7, 2017 at 1:44 am

One of my best place to visit in Nepal is Pokhara valley.and I suggest all the trek lovers to visit this place once you are in Nepal.It’s like heaven in earth,lots of things are here to do,such as paragliding,bungee,zipline,boating and much more..

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February 24, 2017 at 10:38 am

Try Everest Base Camp!

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December 23, 2015 at 6:01 pm

Lumbini, don’t think so. Bardia better than CHITWAN

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Nepal Tourist Places: Top 10 Nepal Destinations (2024 Guide)

The charm of Nepal is as immense as its legendary mountains. This small country is a fusion of natural beauty and cultural marvels. It's a land where the sacred and the magnificent converge - where else can you experience the spiritual serenity of an Annapurna sunrise and the bustling ancient markets of Kathmandu in one place?

The richness of Nepal tourist places is something that cannot be fully encapsulated in a single trip; it is a country that keeps you coming back for more. It's no wonder that each visit only manages to capture the hearts of travelers even deeper.

In this Top 10 Nepal Tourist Places guide, we delve into the typical Nepal destinations that define the spirit of this Himalaya paradise. Whether it's the tranquility of Lake Pokhara or the vivid history of Patan Durbar Square, each attraction is a chapter in captivating story of Nepal .

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No.1 Kathmandu: The Historical Heart of Nepal

Kathmandu , the capital of Nepal , is a vibrant city that showcases the depth of the country's history and its lively present. Starting your journey from Kathmandu provides a perfect window into the soul of this nation.

Highlights: A City of Diverse Experiences

Swayambhunath Stupa: Also known as the Monkey Temple, this ancient religious complex sits atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley and is one of Nepal's most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites. Its iconic stupa with the Buddha's all-seeing eyes offers a serene place amidst the bustling city and panoramic views.

Pashupatinath Temple: This is one of the most important Hindu temples of Lord Shiva on the subcontinent. Located on the banks of the Bagmati River, it is a place of profound spiritual energy and serves as the cremation site, poignantly reminding people of the impermanence of life.

Durbar Square: This UNESCO World Heritage site is the historical center of Kathmandu , with palaces, courtyards, and temples dating back to the 12th and 18th centuries lining its sides.

Other notable attractions: Garden of Dreams, Thamel area, Boudhanath Stupa, and the National Museum of Nepal .

Things to do in Kathmandu: Immerse in culture and adventure

Explore the city's cultural heritage, from Swayambhunath Stupa and Boudhanath Stupa to Pashupatinath Temple and Durbar Square.

Discover Thamel: Delve into the bustling streets of Thamel, a haven for backpackers and trekkers. It's a perfect starting point for anyone looking to experience the city's vibrancy.

Participate in one of Kathmandu's numerous festivals, such as Indra Jatra or Dashain, where the city streets come alive with processions, traditional music, and dance performances.

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No.2 Pokhara: The Tranquil Gem of Natural Beauty and Adventure

Pokhara is a place that caters to the soul and sensory desires. Nestled amidst the awe-inspiring Annapurna mountain range and the tranquil waters of Phewa Lake, this enchanting city perfectly blends magnificent natural beauty with thrilling adventure activities, making it a preferred destination for travelers seeking relaxation and excitement.

Highlights: A sanctuary of natural beauty

Phewa Lake: The second-largest lake in Nepal , Phewa Lake is the heart of Pokhara. Its calm waters reflect the majestic Annapurna mountain range, and colorful boats gracefully glide on its surface. Visit the Tal Barahi Temple situated in the middle of the lake, adding a spiritual touch to the beautiful scenery.

World Peace Pagoda: Situated atop a hill across Phewa Lake, the World Peace Pagoda is a shining white stupa symbolizing peace. From here, you can enjoy magnificent views of the lake, the city, and the surrounding mountains, especially during sunrise and sunset.

Sarangkot: To witness unparalleled views of the Himalayas and the Pokhara Valley, a visit to Sarangkot at dawn is a must. It is also a prime spot for paragliding enthusiasts to take to the skies and have exhilarating flights over the majestic landscapes.

Things to do: Embrace adventure and tranquility

Adventure is the best way to experience the essence of Pokhara. Activities include paragliding, mountain biking, zip-lining, and hiking, all against the backdrop of the breathtaking Himalaya scenery.

Quietly rowing on Phewa Lake is a delightful way to spend a lazy afternoon. Paddle or be paddled to the Tal Barahi Temple or simply enjoy the serenity by the lakeside.

Pokhara is home to several meditation and yoga centers that offer a variety of programs, making it an ideal choice for those seeking to practice yoga and meditation.

Pokhara's blend of natural beauty, adventure opportunities, and serene environments makes it a must-visit destination in Nepal .

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No.3 Chitwan National Park: A Wildlife Haven Amidst the Nepalese Wilderness

Chitwan National Park is first national park in Nepal , boasting a diverse landscape and rich biodiversity, ranging from dense forests and marshy grasslands to meandering rivers.

Visiting Chitwan National Park is an immersive experience, taking you away from hiking trails and city centers to witness the wild side of Nepal . Whether you're riding on the back of an elephant through the jungle or cruising along tranquil rivers, Chitwan is where nature's continuous drama unfolds before your eyes, leaving you in awe and deep respect for the wildlife.

Highlights: Thriving and diverse ecosystems

One-horned Rhinoceros: Chitwan National Park is renowned as one of the last strongholds of the critically endangered one-horned rhinoceros. Embarking on a safari through the park provides an exhilarating opportunity to witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

Royal Bengal Tiger: The park is also one of the prime locations in Nepal to catch a glimpse of the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. While these top predators are shy and sightings are rare, the possibility adds excitement to every safari trip.

Things to do: Wilderness adventures and culture

Explore the park by riding on an elephant or taking a jeep safari. Both offer unique perspectives of the park's diverse landscapes and wildlife, including deer, monkeys, and various bird species.

Take a guided jungle walk to get up close with the park's flora and fauna, discovering the smaller creatures and a variety of birds.

Drift along the Rapti River or Narayani River on a traditional dugout canoe, observing the park's abundant aquatic life, including the Gharial crocodile and various water birds, serenely.

Chitwan National Park provides an incredible opportunity to delve into the wilderness, appreciate the beauty of its ecosystems and encounter remarkable wildlife of Nepal .

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No.4 Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek, affectionately known as ABC, is one of the most popular hiking adventures in Nepal's Himalayas . It is accompanied by two other renowned trekking routes: the Poon Hill Trek and the Annapurna Circuit Trek (ACT). Each of these routes has its unique features and showcases different aspects of the Annapurna region.

Poon Hill Trek

Duration: Typically 4-5 days

Difficulty: Suitable for beginners and experienced hikers

Altitude: The highest point is Poon Hill at approximately 3,210 meters (10,531 feet)

The Poon Hill Trek is a shorter route and is often considered an ideal choice for experiencing the beauty of the Himalayas , especially for travelers with limited time. It is known for its accessibility and relatively lower altitude while still providing unforgettable mountain views.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Duration: Typically 7-12 days

Difficulty: Moderate difficulty, suitable for moderately fit hikers

Altitude: Annapurna Base Camp is situated at an altitude of 4,130 meters (13,549 feet)

The ABC Trek takes hikers deep into the high mountain region, offering an opportunity to get up close to the core area of the Annapurna mountain range. It is a popular choice among Himalaya hiking enthusiasts as it combines magnificent mountain views with rich cultural experiences.

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Duration: Typically 10-21 days

Difficulty: High difficulty, requires good physical fitness and endurance

Altitude: The highest point is Thorong La Pass at an altitude of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet)

The ACT (Annapurna Circuit Trek) is considered one of the world's best long-distance hiking routes , encircling the entire Annapurna mountain range and offering a diverse experience of its natural beauty. It is renowned not only for its spectacular natural scenery but also for providing an in-depth immersion into rich multicultural heritage of Nepal .

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No.5 Everest Base Camp Trek

The EBC Trek is one of the world's most famous hikes , leading to the base camp of Mount Everest , the highest peak on Earth. This trek is renowned not only for its high altitude and breathtaking mountain scenery but also for its cultural experiences.

Duration: Typically 12-15 days

Difficulty: Moderate to challenging, requires good physical fitness and ability to adapt to high altitudes

Altitude: EBC is situated at an altitude of approximately 5,364 meters (17,598 feet)

Highlights:

Flight to Lukla: T he journey usually begins with an exhilarating flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, the gateway to the Himalayas.

Namche Bazaar: Known as the "Gateway to the Himalayas ," it is a bustling town where trekkers can rest and acclimatize to the high altitude.

Sagarmatha National Park: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, trekking through this magnificent park offers rich biodiversity and unique ecosystems.

Monasteries and Yeti legends: The route passes by numerous Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, including the famous Tengboche Monastery.

Kala Patthar: From this viewpoint, trekkers can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of Mount Everest, reaching an altitude of 5,545 meters (18,192 feet).

Everest Base Camp: Reaching EBC itself is an achievement, although the mountain peaks may not appear as majestic from this perspective compared to the view from Kala Patthar. However, standing at this iconic location and experiencing the atmosphere of climbers is a special experience.

Preparation and Considerations:

Acclimatization: Acclimatization days are included in the trek to help trekkers adjust to the high altitudes, as altitude sickness is a significant consideration.

Equipment: Proper hiking gear, warm clothing, and essential high-altitude equipment are necessary.

Guides and Porters: While experienced trekkers can go independently, many choose to hire local guides and porters.

Travel Insurance: It is recommended to purchase travel insurance that includes high-altitude rescue services.

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No.6 Bhaktapur: A Living Reflection of Medieval Nepal

Bhaktapur, also known as Bhadgaon or Khwopa, is a historic Newar city located in the eastern corner of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, about 13 kilometers away from the capital city of Kathmandu .

Bhaktapur was the capital of Nepal during the great Malla Kingdom and remained the third-largest city in the Kathmandu Valley until the late 15th century. The population of Bhaktapur still predominantly follows traditional customs, and the cityscape largely resists modern urbanization, making it a cultural gem.

Highlights: Showcasing Tradition and Artistry

Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Step into the cultural heart of Bhaktapur, where history unfolds in the form of grand temples and palaces. This square is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is adorned with exquisite carvings and stunning Nepalese architecture from the Malla dynasty.

Nyatapola Temple: As you stroll along the cobbled streets of Bhaktapur, the towering Nyatapola Temple stands above, a remarkable example of traditional pagoda-style architecture and an iconic symbol of the city's resilience and artistic heritage.

Pottery Square: Witness the timeless art of pottery-making, as skilled craftsmen shape rich red clay into beautiful forms, just as their ancestors have done for centuries. The rhythmic movements of pottery wheels and open-air kilns evoke a lively sense of tradition.

Things To Do in Bhaktapur

Immerse yourself in the vibrant festivals of this city, such as Bisket Jatra, where there are chariot processions and communities come together to showcase colorful unity and celebratory events.

Wander through narrow alleyways, discovering hidden courtyards and the famous peacock windows of Pujari Math, showcasing the intricate wooden craftsmanship for which Bhaktapur is renowned.

Take a break at one of the many quaint and atmospheric cafes dotting the cityscape and savor the sweet taste of "Juju Dhau," a local yogurt known as the "King of Curd."

Overall, Bhaktapur offers a captivating blend of history, tradition, and artistic expression, making it a must-visit destination for cultural enthusiasts and travelers seeking an authentic Nepalese experience.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nepal

No.7 Patan: The City of Fine Arts

Patan, also known as Lalitpur, is a city of immense cultural wealth, situated just across the Bagmati River from Kathmandu . It is one of the three royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley, often overshadowed by its larger neighbor, yet it holds a distinct place in cultural landscape of Nepal as the city of fine arts.

Highlights: An Artistic and Architectural Marvel

Patan Durbar Square: The ancient heart of Patan, Durbar Square, is a marvel of Newar architecture. Home to the royal palace of the Malla Kings, the square is dotted with numerous temples, shrines, and exquisite pieces of art that have stood the test of time.

Hiranya Varna Mahavihar (Golden Temple): A short walk from Patan Durbar Square, this three-roof Buddhist monastery is adorned in gold and is an exemplar of the city's rich Buddhist heritage. The temple is a serene oasis, with devotees and monks adding to its tranquil atmosphere.

Mahabouddha Temple: This terracotta marvel, styled like a Buddhist stupa, is adorned with thousands of images of Lord Buddha, each intricately designed and carved into the bricks.

Things to Do in Patan: Embrace Tradition and Tranquility

Explore the Patan Museum, which offers an insightful glimpse into the art and history of the Kathmandu Valley, showcasing a collection of bronze statues and religious objects.

Wander through the backstreets to uncover artisans at work, crafting traditional metalwork, stone carvings, and woodwork, continuing Patan's legacy as a center for Nepalese art.

Join local devotees at the Kumbeshwar Temple, one of the oldest in Patan, featuring a five-story pagoda dedicated to Lord Shiva. Here, spirituality is woven into the fabric of everyday life.

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No.8 Nagarkot: A Himalaya Panorama

Nagarkot is situated on the edge of the Kathmandu Valley and is a tranquil hill station renowned for its breathtaking views of the Himalaya sunrise and sunset, including Mount Everest on clear days.

It is an ideal destination for nature lovers, photographers, hikers, and those seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Nagarkot provides a favorable vantage point to soak in the beauty of Nepal with all senses engaged.

Highlights: A Canvas of Nature's Grandeur

Himalaya Viewpoints: The most compelling attraction in Nagarkot is the panoramic view of the Himalayas. Numerous viewpoints around the town offer a chance to witness more than 8 of the 13 Himalaya ranges of Nepal .

Nagarkot Tower: For the adventurous, a hike to the Nagarkot Tower provides an unparalleled 360-degree view of the surrounding landscapes and the mighty peaks beyond.

Nature Trails: The region is crisscrossed with trails that lead through lush forests and terraced hillsides, offering peaceful walks and the opportunity to experience rural Nepali life.

Things to Do in Nagarkot: Savor Serenity and Scenery

Wake up early to catch the awe-inspiring sunrise from your hotel's terrace or a designated viewpoint, as the Himalayas are unveiled with the dawn.

Embark on day treks through the surrounding countryside, which often lead to charming villages and provide further insight into the harmonious lifestyle of the local people.

Practice yoga or meditation in an environment that exudes tranquility, with the grandeur of the Himalayas as your backdrop.

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No.9 Lumbini: The Birthplace of Buddha

Lumbini is a place of pilgrimage and reverence, known worldwide as the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, the Lord Buddha. Situated in the Rupandehi District of Nepal , this tranquil location is imbued with historical significance and spiritual serenity, drawing visitors from across the globe to connect with the origins of Buddhism.

Highlights: A Sacred Journey Back in Time

Mayadevi Temple: The centerpiece of Lumbini, the Mayadevi Temple, is an archaeological wonder that marks the precise spot where Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama. The temple, surrounded by the sacred garden, offers a profound connection to the past.

The Sacred Pond: Adjacent to the Mayadevi Temple lies the Pushkarini, or Holy Pond, where it is believed Queen Mayadevi bathed before giving birth, and where the infant Buddha had his first bath.

Ashoka Pillar: Erected by Emperor Ashoka in 249 BC to commemorate his pilgrimage to the holy site, this ancient pillar stands as a testament to Lumbini's enduring significance.

Things to Do in Lumbini: Embrace Peace and Reflection

Take a contemplative walk through the Lumbini Development Zone, which includes monasteries built by Buddhist communities from around the world, each reflecting the architectural traditions of their respective countries.

Participate in meditation and prayer sessions, often held at different monastic sites, to truly engage with the peaceful energy that pervades Lumbini.

Visit the Lumbini Museum, which houses an array of artifacts from the region, including historical photographs, religious manuscripts, and items related to Buddha's life.

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No.10 Bandipur: A Hilltop Heritage

Bandipur, a picturesque town nestled in the hills of central Nepal , stands as a living museum of Newari culture, offering a breathtaking mix of history and natural beauty. Once a bustling stop on the trade route between India and Tibet, this hilltop settlement retains its age-old charm with its beautifully preserved architecture and old-world atmosphere.

Highlights: An Unspoiled Cultural Gem

Traditional Newari Architecture: Bandipur's main street is lined with well-preserved 18th-century buildings, complete with intricate wooden windows and overhanging slate roofs, offering a glimpse into the town's prosperous trading past.

Silkworm Farming: The town is known for its silkworm farming, and visitors can learn about the traditional methods of sericulture that are still practiced here.

Tundikhel: This expansive ridge-top offers panoramic views of the Himalayas and the Marsyangdi valley. It is an ideal spot for picnics and strolls, especially at sunrise or sunset when the sky and mountains are ablaze with color.

Things to Do in Bandipur: Engage with Nature and Tradition

Explore the Siddha Gufa, the largest cave in Nepal , which is a short hike from Bandipur. Inside, stalactites and stalagmites create an otherworldly atmosphere.

Visit the Thani Mai Temple, situated on a hilltop, for a 360-degree view of the surrounding landscapes. The hike up is particularly popular at dawn.

Stroll through Bandipur's bazaar, with its old shops and buildings, and immerse yourself in the daily life of a town that seems to have stood still in time.

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From the majestic peaks of the Everest and Annapurna regions to the spiritual sanctuaries of Lumbini and Kathmandu Valley, Nepal promises unforgettable experiences for every traveler.

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Nepal is a country with a lot of different landscapes, cultures, and a long past. It is located between the tall peaks of the Himalayas and the steamy jungles of the Indian plains. This landlocked country is in South Asia. It is 147,181 square kilometers big and shares borders with China to the north and India to the south, east, and west.

Nepal has a very diverse landscape. It has some of the world's highest mountains, like the majestic Mount Everest, as well as subtropical lowlands in the Terai area. This varied environment is home to an amazing range of plants and animals, which makes it a nature lover's paradise.

Nepal's variety of cultures is just as amazing. There are more than 100 ethnic groups and subgroups in the country, and each has its own customs, languages, and practices. The Sherpas, Newars, Tamangs, Tharus, and Gurungs, among other groups, are well-known for their ethnicity. This diverse mix of cultures has led to a wide range of art, architecture, food , and festivals that are enjoyed with a lot of passion and energy all year long.

Religion is a big part of how the people of Nepal live their lives. Hinduism is the most common religion, followed by Buddhism. There are many sacred places and temples all over the country. The fact that these two major religions and other fringe religions can live together peacefully shows how tolerant and peaceful religions are in Nepal.

Nepal is a fascinating place to visit because it has a unique mix of different landscapes, lively cultures, and a long past. This makes it a great place for people who want to have a truly immersive and unforgettable experience.

How important tourism is to the economy of Nepal?

Nepal's economy is built on tourism, which is a key part of its GDP, job market, and foreign exchange gains. Over the years, the tourism industry has grown steadily, drawing people from all over the world who are looking for excitement, cultural experiences, and natural beauty.

Contribution to GDP: As of 2021, tourism is one of Nepal's biggest businesses, making up about 7–8% of the country's GDP. Tourism's direct and indirect effects on the economy include money spent on lodging, food and drinks, transportation, entertainment, and other services linked to travel.

Opportunities for work: The tourism business provides a lot of jobs for the people who live there. The tourism industry is thought to directly and indirectly hire around one million people. This includes work in hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, airlines, and companies that offer trekking and adventure sports. The industry also helps local artists, shop owners, and other small businesses make a living, which helps the country's economy grow as a whole.

Earnings in foreign currency: Tourism is one of the main ways Nepal makes money in foreign currency. Before the pandemic, this sector brought in more than a billion US dollars each year in foreign exchange, which was a key part of paying for imports and keeping the country's balance of payments in good shape.

Infrastructure improvement: As the tourism business has grown, the country's infrastructure has gotten better. This means building roads, airports, information networks, and other important infrastructure. The government has also put a lot of effort into keeping cultural and nature heritage sites in good shape and letting people know about them. This makes sure that these places are still interesting to tourists and keeps them around for future generations.

Poverty Reduction: Tourism in Nepal helps to reduce poverty by providing jobs, bringing in money, and supporting community development projects in the area. Tourism brings in money that is often used to pay for schools, hospitals, and other important services in rural areas.

Nepal's economy depends on tourism because it helps to grow GDP, create jobs, bring in foreign currency, improve infrastructure, and reduce poverty. Nepal's government and private industry are still working to promote responsible and sustainable tourism in order to protect Nepal's unique cultural and natural heritage and get the most money out of it.

Exploring the top tourist attractions

In this blog post, we want to give readers an in-depth look at Nepal's top tourist spots, giving them all the information they need to plan a trip to this beautiful and diverse country. We will go into detail about the must-see places, focusing on the unique things and experiences that each one has to offer.

Our trip will take us through the busy city streets of the Kathmandu Valley, where we will learn about the rich history and architectural wonders of old towns like Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur. Then we will go to Pokhara, a beautiful city known for its calm lakes, beautiful mountain views, and exciting action sports.

Nature lovers will enjoy our trip to Chitwan National Park, which is a home for wildlife and a chance to learn about the native Tharu culture. We will also show you the beautiful trekking routes in the Annapurna and Everest regions, which offer a wide range of culture experiences and breathtaking views.

If you want to find spiritual enlightenment, we will take you to Lumbini, where Lord Buddha was born, and show you around its holy sites and different Buddhist temples. Lastly, we will go to the Langtang region, which has traditional Tamang villages, holy lakes, and trekking paths that are not as well known.

Throughout this piece, we will talk about how important responsible and sustainable tourism is. We will encourage visitors to respect local customs, protect the natural environment, and help local communities. By showing people the best places to visit in Nepal, we hope to encourage them to go on their own Nepalese adventures and experience the country's rich culture, beautiful scenery, and friendly people.

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Kathmandu valley.

The Kathmandu Valley, which includes the busy capital city of Kathmandu and the nearby towns of Patan and Bhaktapur, is a treasure trove of cultural and historical sites. There are several UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the valley, such as the famous Durbar Squares. These sites show a wide range of building styles and artistic traditions. Spiritual people can find peace at the renowned Swayambhunath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. Boudhanath shows how Buddhist culture is alive and well. With its many temples, castles, and traditional Newari culture, the Kathmandu Valley is a must-see for tourists who want to learn more about Nepal's rich history and culture.

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Kathmandu Durbar Square: Historical Significance and Architecture

Kathmandu Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage site that is in the middle of the city. It is also called Basantapur Durbar Square or Hanuman Dhoka. The square is a live museum of old buildings. It has a beautiful collection of temples, palaces, courtyards, and statues from the 12th to the 18th centuries.

The Malla and Shah Kings, who ruled over the city, used Durbar Square as their royal place of power. This makes it an important part of the city's history. Traditional Nepalese buildings like the Hanuman Dhoka Royal Palace, which is home to the King Tribhuvan Memorial Museum and the Mahendra Museum, can be seen all around the area.

Some of the most important building features of Durbar Square are:

The impressive Taleju Temple has three roofs and is dedicated to the goddess Taleju Bhawani, who was the patron saint of the Malla Kings.

Kasthamandap is a wooden house that is thought to have been made from the wood of a single tree. It is also how the city of Kathmandu got its name.

Kumari Ghar is the home of the live goddess Kumari, who is thought to be the goddess Taleju in the form of a young girl.

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Swayambhunath Stupa: Spiritual Importance and Panoramic Views

Swayambhunath Stupa is one of the oldest and most important Buddhist sites in Nepal. It is on top of a hill with a view of the Kathmandu Valley. Swayambhunath is known as the "Monkey Temple" because monkeys live there. It is a symbol of peace between Buddhism and Hinduism, and people from both religions come to worship there.

Swayambhunath Stupa is spiritually important because it has been a pilgrimage place for both Buddhists and Hindus for a long time. King Manadeva, who ruled in the 5th century, is said to have made the stupa to make up for his sins. On top of the golden tower of the stupa are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha, which are thought to keep an eye on the valley and its people.

When you go to Swayambhunath Stupa, you can see the whole Kathmandu Valley. This makes it a famous spot for photographers and tourists who want to see the city from above. There are also a number of churches, shrines, and monasteries in the complex, which gives an interesting look into the spiritual life of the people of Nepal.

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Patan Durbar Square: Historical and Architectural Highlights

Patan, also called Lalitpur, is one of the three royal towns in the Kathmandu Valley. It is just south of the Bagmati River. Patan's Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a stunning collection of temples, palaces, and courtyards that show off the artistic brilliance of the Malla Kings, who ruled the city from the 14th to the 18th centuries. It is known for its beautiful Newari craftsmanship and rich cultural history.

Some of the most important pieces of history and architecture in Patan Durbar Square are:

Patan Royal Palace is a beautiful palace complex that was once home to the Malla Kings. It is now home to the Patan Museum, which has displays of traditional Nepalese art and artifacts.

Krishna Mandir is a beautiful temple made of stone that is dedicated to Lord Krishna. It has intricate paintings of scenes from the Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata.

The Bhimsen Temple is a three-story building that is dedicated to Bhimsen, the god of business and trade. It has elaborately carved wooden windows and a unique balcony.

The Vishwanath Temple is a temple for Lord Shiva. It has beautiful stone images of different Hindu gods and a large statue of Nandi, Shiva's celestial bull.

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The Golden Temple: A Unique Buddhist Monastery

The Golden Temple, also called Hiranya Varna Mahavihar, is a Buddhist temple from the 12th century that is close to Patan Durbar Square. This three-story pagoda-style temple has gilded metal plates and intricate wood carvings that give it a distinctive golden look that draws both tourists and people who want to worship there.

The Golden Temple is one of a kind because its architecture is a mix of Buddhist and Newari design elements that work well together. The complex of monasteries is decorated with intricate wood and metal carvings that show scenes from the life of Buddha and different mythical animals from the Buddhist pantheon. In the center of the temple's courtyard is a shrine to Lord Buddha, which is ringed by smaller stupas and statues of other gods.

The Golden Temple is a beautiful example of Nepalese art and building. It is also a place where Buddhists come to worship and learn. Visitors can watch the resident monks perform traditional routines, prayers, and ceremonies, which immerses them in the monastery's rich cultural history and spiritual atmosphere.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Traditional Newari Culture and Art

Bhaktapur, also called Bhadgaon or Khwopa, is an old city about 13 kilometers east of Kathmandu. It is a well-preserved city that shows the traditional Newari culture, art, and buildings. The temples, palaces, and monuments in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Bhaktapur Durbar Square show the artistic heritage of the Malla Kings, who ruled the city from the 12th to the 15th centuries.

Some of the most interesting things about Bhaktapur Durbar Square are:

Nyatapola Temple is a pagoda-style temple with five stories that is dedicated to the goddess Siddhi Lakshmi. It is well-known for its impressive height, elaborate wood carvings, and huge statues of guardians.

The 55-Window Palace, the Golden Gate, and the National Art Gallery, which has traditional Nepalese paintings, sculptures, and objects, are all part of the Bhaktapur Royal Palace, which was once the home of the Malla Kings.

The Dattatreya Temple is a one-of-a-kind temple made out of the wood of a single tree. It is dedicated to the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva and has beautiful wood carvings of gods and mythical animals.

Visitors can learn about traditional Newari culture and art by walking through the small streets, courtyards, and workshops where potters, wood carvers, and metal workers make beautiful pottery, wood carvings, and metal works. Bhaktapur is also known for its Juju Dhau, which is a delicious and smooth yogurt that food lovers must try.

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Changu Narayan Temple: The Oldest Temple in Nepal.

The Changu Narayan Temple is the oldest temple in Nepal. It is about 4 kilometers north of Bhaktapur, on a hilltop with a view of the Kathmandu Valley. It was built in the 4th century during the Lichhavi time. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a great example of early Nepalese temple building. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has reliefs made of stone and wood that show Hindu gods and stories from mythology.

The Changu Narayan Temple is important not only because of its architecture, but also because of its history and religion. The temple complex is home to a number of important writings, sculptures, and objects that tell us a lot about the history and culture of ancient Nepal. The Garuda Dhvaja, a stone pillar built by King Manadeva in the 5th century, is one of the most important historical pieces found at the site.

The Changu Narayan Temple is surrounded by a quiet forest and is a peaceful and spiritual place to get away from the busy city. People can see a wide view of the valley, take part in traditional ceremonies and customs, and learn about the temple's long history and cultural heritage.

Pashupatinath Temple: The Hindu Temple

The Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most important Hindu religious sites in Nepal and the whole world. It is on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. This temple complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Every year, thousands of pilgrims and tourists come to pray, perform practices, and soak up the spiritual atmosphere.

The Pashupatinath Temple is a beautiful piece of architecture. It was built in the traditional Nepalese pagoda style and has beautiful wood and stone carvings. The main temple has a golden roof, silver-plated doors, and a holy lingam, which is where worshippers focus their attention.

Not only is the temple complex important because of its religious and architectural value, but it is also important because it helps to keep Nepal's cultural customs alive. Throughout the year, visitors can see different rituals, ceremonies, and holidays, such as the Maha Shivaratri festival, which draws millions of devotees from all over the world.

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Boudhanath: The Buddhist Heritage

The Boudhanath Stupa is about 11 km northeast of Kathmandu. It is one of the biggest and most important Buddhist pilgrimage places in Nepal and the world. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a sign of Nepal's rich Buddhist culture. It shows the Buddha's awakened mind and the way to spiritual awakening.

The Boudhanath Stupa is a beautiful piece of architecture. It has a huge white dome on top of a golden tower with the eyes of Lord Buddha on it. The area around the stupa is full of temples, shops, and restaurants. This shows how important Tibetan Buddhism is in the area.

People can walk around the stupa while turning the prayer wheels and saying mantras to gain merit and clear their thoughts. The Boudhanath Stupa is not only a place of worship, but also a place where Buddhist monks and women study rituals, philosophy, and meditation. Buddhist festivals like Losar and Buddha Jayanti bring the area to life. These festivals are marked with a lot of passion and devotion.

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Pokhara is a beautiful city on the shores of Phewa Lake. It is the entrance to the Annapurna Region and a great place to experience both nature and culture. People can take boats out on the calm lake, walk around the busy area near the lake, or go to the World Peace Pagoda, which is a symbol of peace and faith. Pokhara is also a center for outdoor sports like paragliding. From Sarangkot, you can get amazing views of the Annapurna range while having a thrilling time paragliding. Pokhara is a must-see for any visitor to Nepal because of its beautiful scenery, lively atmosphere, and wide range of things to do.

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Phewa Lake: Boating, Relaxation, and Lakeside Restaurants

Phewa Lake, which is also called Fewa Lake, is Nepal's second biggest lake and the heart of Pokhara's charm. The lake is at the base of the Annapurna mountain range. It is a peaceful and beautiful place to relax, go fishing, or eat.

Visitors can rent a boat or go on a guided tour to experience the calm waters of Phewa Lake and see the iconic reflection of Machhapuchhre in the water. On the eastern shore, which is called Lakeside, there are many restaurants, cafes, and shops where people can eat wonderful food from around the world and watch the sunset over the lake.

World Peace Pagoda: A Symbol of Peace and Spirituality

The World Peace Pagoda, which is also called Shanti Stupa, is a beautiful white structure that stands on a hill and looks out over Phewa Lake. This pagoda was built by Buddhist monks in Japan. It is one of 80 peace pagodas around the world that were built to support peace among all people and religions.

The World Peace Pagoda has amazing views of the Pokhara Valley, Phewa Lake, and the Annapurna mountain range, which makes it a popular place for photos and meditation. The pagoda has beautiful statues of Lord Buddha and intricate carvings that show what he taught about peace and how to live by those ideals.

Sarangkot: Paragliding and Sunrise Views of the Annapurna Range

Sarangkot is a beautiful town on a hilltop about 11 kilometers from Pokhara. It is known for its amazing views of the Annapurna range at sunrise and its exciting paragliding. At an altitude of 1,600 meters, Sarangkot gives sweeping views of the snow-capped peaks of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre, as well as the beautiful Pokhara Valley and Phewa Lake.

People can go on a walk to the Sarangkot viewpoint early in the morning to see the magical sunrise, which turns the mighty mountains pink and orange. If you want to get a rush, Sarangkot is a great place to try tandem paragliding. You can fly high above the valley with an experienced pilot and take in the amazing views of the Himalayas and the lake below.

Chitwan National Park

Chitwan National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Nepal . It is in the Terai area, which is known for its one-horned rhinoceros and Bengal tigers, both of which are endangered. Visitors can do a variety of things in the park, like go on wildlife safaris, watch birds, or walk through the jungle. This gives them a full view of Nepal's rich biodiversity. Chitwan National Park has a lot of natural sights, but it also has cultural experiences, like meeting the native Tharu people and learning about their unique way of life. The park is a great place for people who love nature and want a real and exciting wildlife journey.

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Wildlife Safaris: Exploring the Diverse Flora and Fauna

Chitwan National Park is the first national park in Nepal . It opened in 1973 and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is 932 square kilometers big and is home to many different kinds of plants and animals, some of which are threatened, like the Bengal tiger, the one-horned rhinoceros, and the gharial crocodile.

Chitwan National Park's main draw is its wildlife safaris, which give tourists the chance to learn about the park's rich ecosystem and see rare animals in their natural habitat. There are guided car safaris and elephant-back safaris that let you get up close and personal with the wildlife in the park. Visitors can also walk around the park with expert guides who can tell them about the plants, animals, and ecosystems in the area.

Birdwatching: A Paradise for Bird Enthusiasts

Chitwan National Park is a paradise for people who like to watch birds. There are more than 500 kinds of birds there, some of which are rare or endangered. The grasslands, forests, and marshes in the park make it a great place for a wide range of resident and migrating birds, such as the critically endangered Bengal florican, the vulnerable lesser adjutant, and the almost-threatened white-rumped vulture.

There are birdwatching tours run by knowledgeable naturalists who can help people find and name the different species in the park. The best time to watch birds in Chitwan National Park is from October to March, when the birds are migrating. During this time, the park is full of bright colors and melodic bird calls.

Tharu Cultural Experience: Indigenous People and Their Way of Life

The Tharu are an ethnic group that has always lived in the Terai area of Nepal. They have their own culture, language, and way of life, which have developed over hundreds of years of living in harmony with their environment. When you go to Chitwan National Park, you can experience Tharu culture and learn about their habits, beliefs, and traditional ways of doing things.

Visitors can take part in cultural events that show traditional Tharu songs and dances. They can also visit local villages to see how people live, how they farm, and how they built their homes in the past. The Tharu Cultural Museum in the park gives tourists important information about the community's history, culture, and way of life. This helps them understand and appreciate the region's rich cultural heritage.

Annapurna Region

The Annapurna Region in central Nepal is known for its wide range of landscapes, from green valleys to dry mountains. Trekkers of all skill levels can enjoy a wide range of trekking experiences there. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a beautiful trip through a variety of landscapes, and the Poon Hill Trek gives you a great view of the Annapurna range. The Mardi Himal Trek is an exciting option for those who want to take a less-trodden path, while the sacred Muktinath Temple draws spiritual travelers. With its beautiful mountain views and rich local customs, the Annapurna Region is a great place for trekkers who want to experience both nature and culture.

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek: A Breathtaking Journey Through Diverse Landscapes

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek, also called the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, is a popular and rewarding trip that takes trekkers through a variety of landscapes, such as terraced rice fields, lush rhododendron forests, and barren high-altitude deserts. The walk ends at the Annapurna Base Camp, which is at an elevation of 4,130 meters and has amazing views of the Annapurna massif, including the 10th highest mountain in the world, Annapurna I.

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek usually takes between 7 and 12 days and is good for people of all fitness levels. It gives trekkers a unique look at Nepal's natural beauty and rich cultural history.

Poon Hill Trek: A Short and Scenic Trek with Panoramic Views

The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek , which is also called the Poon Hill Trek, is a short and easy trek in the Annapurna area that gives you amazing views of the Himalayas. The trek usually takes between 4 and 6 days and goes through charming Gurung and Magar towns, rhododendron forests, and terraced farmlands.

The sunrise view from Poon Hill (3,210 meters) is the best part of the walk. From there, you can see the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, including the famous peaks of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, and Dhaulagiri.

Mardi Himal Trek: A Lesser-Known Trekking Route for Adventure Seekers

The Mardi Himal Trek is a less well-known and less-explored trekking route in the Annapurna area that gives adventure seekers a chance to get off the beaten path. This easy hike usually takes between 5 and 7 days to finish. It goes through lush forests, traditional towns, and high-altitude pastures.

The walk ends at the Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500 meters), which has amazing views of the Annapurna massif, including the tall peaks of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli. The Mardi Himal Trek is great for people who want to go climbing in the Himalayas in a quieter, more private way.

Muktinath Temple: A Place of Salvation

The Muktinath Temple is a holy pilgrimage place for both Hindus and Buddhists. It is in the Mustang district at an elevation of 3,710 meters. People think that the temple, which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is a place where they can be saved from the cycle of birth and death.

The temple complex has a main shrine in the shape of a pagoda, 108 water spouts, and an eternal flame that is kept burning by natural gas. These things represent the holy elements of water, earth, and fire. People often visit Muktinath Temple as part of the Annapurna Circuit Trek or the Jomsom-Muktinath Trek. It offers a unique mix of natural beauty, spirituality, and cultural history for both trekkers and pilgrims.

Everest Region

The Everest Region is in the northeast of Nepal. It has some of the most famous and difficult hiking routes in the world. People looking for adventures come from all over the world to this area because of its beautiful high-altitude scenery and majestic peaks, like Mount Everest, which is the highest mountain in the world. Popular hikes in the area include the Everest Base Camp Trek, which goes through the heart of the Khumbu region, and the Gokyo Lakes Trek, which is known for its pristine glacial lakes and breathtaking panoramic views. The Tengboche Monastery is also a spiritual and cultural center for the area. It gives visitors a look into the rich Sherpa culture and Buddhist customs.

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Everest Base Camp Trek: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Adventure

The Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the world's most famous and popular hiking trips. Trekkers go through the heart of the Khumbu region on this difficult but rewarding trip. They cross high mountain passes, deep river valleys, and beautiful Sherpa villages.

Most people take 12 to 14 days to finish the trip, which ends at the Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters) where they can look up at Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. Trekkers learn about the rich Sherpa culture and get amazing views of some of the highest mountains in the world, such as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam.

Gokyo Lakes Trek: Exploring Pristine Lakes and High-Altitude Landscapes

The Gokyo Lakes Trek is an alternative route in the Everest area that takes trekkers off the beaten path to see the beautiful high-altitude scenery of the Khumbu region and the pristine Gokyo Lakes. This moderate to difficult walk usually takes 12 to 15 days to finish. It crosses the difficult but rewarding Cho La pass and gives you amazing views of the peaks in the area.

The Gokyo Lakes are the highest series of freshwater lakes in the world. They are made up of six turquoise glacial lakes. Trekkers can also walk up to Gokyo Ri , which is 5,357 meters high and has a great view of Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and other tall peaks in the area.

Tengboche Monastery: An Important Buddhist Site in the Region

Tengboche Monastery, also called Dawa Choling Gompa, is the biggest and most important Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu region. It is at an altitude of 3,867 meters. The monastery is an important stop for trekkers going to Everest Base Camp or other places in the area. It is surrounded by the beautiful Himalayan hills.

The Shakyamuni Buddha statue and the colorful paintings on the walls of the monastery are two of its most famous features. Tengboche Monastery is a very important part of keeping the unique Sherpa culture and Buddhist customs alive in the area. Throughout the year, visitors can see different religious events and festivals, like the colorful Mani Rimdu festival, where local monks perform masked dances and other cultural acts.

As the place where Lord Buddha was born, Lumbini, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Terai area of Nepal, has a lot of historical and spiritual importance. When people visit the sacred gardens, temples, and monuments that honor the life and lessons of the Buddha, they can feel a deep sense of peace and spirituality. The Maya Devi Temple, which marks the exact spot where Buddha was born, and the Monastic Zone, which has many different Buddhist monasteries from different countries and styles, are two of the most popular places to visit. Lumbini is a one-of-a-kind place where visitors can get in touch with the spiritual heart of Buddhism while being in a quiet, peaceful setting.

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Birthplace of Lord Buddha: Historical and Spiritual Significance

Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, was born in Lumbini, which is in the Terai area of Nepal. Lumbini has a lot of historical and spiritual importance because it is one of the most important pilgrimage places for Buddhists all over the world. Lumbini was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, which shows how important it is as a religious and cultural treasure.

When people go to Lumbini, they can feel a deep sense of spirituality and peace as they walk through the sacred gardens, temples, and statues that honor the Buddha's life and teachings.

Maya Devi Temple: The Sacred Site Where Buddha was Born

The main draw in Lumbini is the Maya Devi Temple, which is named after Buddha's mother, Queen Maya Devi. It marks the exact spot where Lord Buddha was born in 623 B.C. The famous Nativity Sculpture is kept in the temple. It shows Queen Maya Devi holding a branch of a tree for support during the birth of Buddha, while two servants pour water and offer lotus flowers.

The holy pool, called the Puskarini Pond, is right next to the temple. This is where people think Queen Maya Devi took a bath before she gave birth to the Buddha. The temple and the sacred park around it create a quiet place for people to think and reflect, letting them connect with the spiritual heart of Lumbini.

Monastic Zone: Exploring Diverse Buddhist Monasteries

The Monastic Zone in Lumbini is a large area that is split into two parts: the Eastern Monastic Zone, which has Theravada monasteries, and the Western Monastic Zone, which has Mahayana and Vajrayana temples. More than 25 shrines, temples, and meditation centers from China, Japan, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and other Buddhist countries can be found in the Monastic Zone.

In the monasteries, visitors can learn about different architectural types, cultural elements, and religious practices. They can also meditate, pray, or talk with the monks who live there. The Monastic Zone is a great example of how different Buddhist styles can work together in harmony. It is also a unique way to learn about the rich tapestry of Buddhism around the world.

Langtang Region

The Langtang Region is in the middle of the Himalayas. It has a wide range of hiking opportunities that show off its beautiful scenery and rich cultural history. Trekkers can go on beautiful trips like the Langtang Valley Trek, which goes through traditional Tamang towns, or they can visit the holy Gosaikunda Lake, which is a Hindu pilgrimage site. The Tamang Heritage Trail is also a special way to learn about the culture and way of life of the local people. Langtang Region is a must-see for travelers who want an authentic and memorable trip in Nepal. It has beautiful natural scenery and lively cultural experiences.

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Langtang Valley Trek: A Picturesque Trek Through Traditional Tamang Villages

The Langtang Valley Trek is a fascinating trip that goes through the peaceful Langtang National Park. This park is home to a wide range of plants and animals, including the rare red panda. This moderate walk usually takes between 7 and 10 days and gives you a unique chance to learn about traditional Tamang culture and see beautiful Himalayan scenery.

The walk starts in the lower Langtang Valley and goes through lush forests, terraced farmlands, and charming Tamang villages. As the trail goes up, hikers get to see beautiful views of the Langtang mountain range. The trail ends at the town of Kyanjin Gompa, which is surrounded by tall snow-covered peaks.

Gosaikunda Lake: A Sacred Pilgrimage Site for Hindus

Gosaikunda Lake, which is in the Langtang area at an elevation of 4,380 meters, is a holy travel site for Hindus. Hindu legend says that Lord Shiva made the lake when he hit a mountain with his trident to get water because he was thirsty after eating poison.

During the Janai Purnima holiday in August, thousands of Hindu pilgrims go to Gosaikunda to take a holy dip in the lake's waters, which are thought to wash away sins and bring good luck. Trekkers can join the trek to Gosaikunda Lake with the Langtang Valley Trek or the Helambu Trek for a deep cultural and spiritual experience in the Himalayas.

Tamang Heritage Trail: A Cultural Trek Offering Insights into Local Customs

The Tamang Heritage Trail is a relatively new trekking path in the Langtang area. It was made to promote environmentally friendly tourism and help the Tamang communities in the area. This moderate walk usually takes between 5 and 7 days and gives trekkers a unique chance to learn about the rich culture, traditions, and way of life of the Tamang people.

The trail goes through beautiful towns, terraced farmlands, and old monasteries that show off the Tamang people's traditional architecture, handicrafts, and farming methods. Visitors can also take part in local festivals, try authentic food, and stay in local homes. This helps them learn more about the Tamang culture and appreciate it more, while also helping the local people make a living.

Unnoticed Tourist Places of Nepal

Tourist spots that do not get much attention in Nepal offer unique, off-the-beaten-path experiences and show off the country's hidden gems and lesser-known sights. Hill stations like Nagarkot and Dhulikhel are peaceful getaways with great views of the Himalayas. Places like Kalinchowk and Daman, which get a lot of snow, are winter wonderlands for people who love snow. Monasteries and gompas like Shey Gompa and Thubten Chholing Monastery give visitors access to remote spiritual places and a chance to learn about the rich Buddhist culture. By going to these places that are not as well known, tourists can learn more about Nepal's natural beauty and cultural history while having a more authentic and personal experience.

Hill Stations in Nepal

Nagarkot is a beautiful hill station just 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu. It is famous for its views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest, and its beautiful sunrises and sunsets. This quiet getaway has many things to do, such as short hikes, mountain biking, and watching birds.

Dhulikhel: This charming hill station is 30 kilometers east of Kathmandu. It has a great mix of natural beauty and cultural history. There are beautiful views of the Himalayas from the town, as well as old temples and Newari architecture. Visitors can also enjoy the hiking and biking trails in the area or take part in cultural activities in the area.

Snow Places

Kalinchowk: Located in the Dolakha area, Kalinchowk is a less-known place that turns into a winter wonderland when it snows. The area is home to the famous pilgrimage site Kalinchowk Bhagwati Temple and has a lot of things to do, such as trekking, snowboarding, and skiing.

Daman: Located in the Makwanpur district at an elevation of 2,322 meters, Daman is an off-the-beaten-path place that is known for getting snow in the winter. The town has beautiful views of the Himalayas and is a great place for snow lovers looking for a quiet place to go.

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Monasteries and Gompas

Shey Gompa is a Buddhist monastery that has been there for hundreds of years. It is in the remote Dolpo area of Nepal, which is surrounded by the rough Himalayas. This secret gem can only be reached by a difficult trek. It is a great place for people who want to try new things and learn about Buddhist culture.

Thubten Chholing Monastery is an important Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the Solu-Khumbu area. It was built by the famous meditation master Trulshik Rinpoche. The Solu-Khumbu trekking path leads to the monastery, which gives visitors a unique chance to see how the resident monks live and practice their spiritual beliefs.

By visiting these lesser-known tourist spots in Nepal, visitors can learn more about the country's diverse natural beauty, rich cultural history, and lively spiritual traditions while also having a more real, off-the-beaten-path experience.

In this piece, we looked at the best places to visit in Nepal, a country with stunning natural beauty, a wide range of landscapes, a rich cultural history, and a deep spirituality. From the busy city of Kathmandu to the peaceful hill stations, from the breathtaking trekking routes in the Annapurna and Everest regions to the holy pilgrimage sites in Lumbini, Nepal has a lot to offer visitors of all interests and abilities.

As we enjoy the unique things this beautiful country has to offer, it is important to stress how important it is to be a responsible tourist. We can help protect Nepal's natural and cultural treasures for future generations by respecting local customs and traditions, having as little effect on the environment as possible, and supporting local businesses and communities.

We invite our readers to go to Nepal and see its amazing sights for themselves. Nepal is a great place to go if you want to try new things, learn about other cultures, or just get away from it all. You will come back with great memories and a better understanding of the world's beauty and diversity.

Frequently Asked Questions

Some of the most popular tourist places in Nepal include Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara, Chitwan National Park, Lumbini, and the trekking regions of Annapurna, Everest, and Langtang.

Nepal offers a wide range of trekking options, with the most popular trekking regions being the Everest Region (Everest Base Camp Trek, Gokyo Lakes Trek), Annapurna Region (Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Poon Hill Trek), and Langtang Region (Langtang Valley Trek, Gosaikunda Lake Trek).

Nepal's cultural and historical attractions include the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley (Durbar Squares, Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath), the ancient cities of Patan and Bhaktapur, and the birthplace of Lord Buddha in Lumbini.

Some lesser-known tourist destinations in Nepal include Nagarkot and Dhulikhel (hill stations), Kalinchowk and Daman (snowfall places), Shey Gompa and Thubten Chholing Monastery (monasteries and gompas), and the Tamang Heritage Trail (cultural trek).

The best time for trekking in Nepal is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons, when the weather is generally stable, skies are clear, and the mountain views are spectacular.

Nepal offers a variety of adventure sports and activities, including trekking, mountaineering, white-water rafting, paragliding, mountain biking, bungee jumping, and wildlife safaris.

Yes, Nepal is considered a safe destination for travelers. However, it is essential to be aware of your surroundings, exercise caution in crowded areas, and follow local guidelines, especially when engaging in adventure activities.

Most foreign nationals require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas can be obtained upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu or at designated land border entry points. Alternatively, you can apply for a visa at a Nepalese embassy or consulate in your home country.

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Nepal’s temples, treks, adventures and experiences… here, at a glance, are some recommendations to help you plan your journey.

1. Chitwan National Park

Deep in the forests of southern Nepal, Chitwan is one of Asia’s great national parks, home to tigers, rhinos, bears and crocodiles. 

Elephant taking a bath in the river of Chitwan national park. Photo: Shutterstock

2. Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp is the ultimate goal for many trekkers, but the real highlight of the trek is the journey through the Sherpa homeland . 

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Everest base camp. Photo: Shutterstock

3. The road to Tibet

The Friendship Highway from  Kathmandu  across the Tibetan frontier is one of the world’s greatest roads, and Lhasa is still a destination steeped in legend. 

4. Pashupatinath

On the banks of the Bagmati River, the smoking funeral pyres and meditating sadhus instil this sacred spot with a profound atmosphere.

Wandering Shaiva sadhus (holy men) with traditional body painting in ancient Pashupatinath Temple. Photo: Shutterstock

5. Kala Bhairav

The ceaseless stream of devotees lighting candles and offering prayers before this terrifying deity underscores the role of Kathmandu’s Durbar Square as a living place of worship. 

6. Changu Narayan

On a narrow ridge, this temple is lavishly endowed with Licchavi-era carvings and is still a major place of pilgrimage. 

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7. Dakshinkali

 Set in the cool forests in the furthest southern reaches of the Kathmandu Valley , this tiny temple is the scene of spectacular blood sacrifices, demonstrating the depth of religious faith in Nepal. 

8. Janaki Mandir

Far from the beaten tourist track in the Terai town of Janakpur, this magnificent Mughal-style temple is dedicated to Sita, wife of the god Rama. 

9. Annapurna Circuit

Nepal’s original teahouse trek, the route around the mighty Annapurna Massif  still sets the standard for Himalayan journeys.

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Trekking in Nepal, Annapurna circuit view. Photo: Shutterstock

10. Annapurna Sanctuary

From the subtropical foothills, this fabled trek leads through dense rhododendron forests to the icy amphitheatre at the heart of the Annapurnas . 

11. Langtang National Park

 Red pandas thrive in the dense bamboo groves of this beautiful mountain region, which is also home to elusive upland ungulates and a handful of snow leopards. 

12. Bisket Jatra

The biggest and most boisterous of the Kathmandu Valley’s many festivals, this New Year’s celebration is marked by the progress of a huge chariot through the streets of Bhaktapur. 

Locals pull Bisket Jatra chariot through the street of Bhaktapur. Photo: Shutterstock

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Nepal is a country filled with beautiful destinations for travelers. Nature itself has blessed the country with lots of beauty. The ‘beauty’, is defined by different mountains, lakes, caves, glaciers, and many more. Nepal has a lot of offers for travelers, hikers, and nature seekers. The diversity in Nepal’s nature and a range of exotic cultures makes Nepal ideal for tour and travel activities with family and friends. Nepal is often said, to be a utopia of natural beauty. The marvelous scenic beauty of the Himalayas of Nepal is not only remarkable but offers a lifetime experience to patrons.

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Among many beautiful places, selecting only 10 destinations would be a tough task, however, the most famous 10 destinations are listed below.

Everest base camp

A tour in the lap of the highest peak of the world, known to everyone, would certainly fulfill a desire inside an adventurous being. The breathtaking view of mountains in front of our eyes is what we expect from the Everest base camp helicopter tour . The tour begins with a flight to Lukla which would also provide some adventure, followed by trekking. The trekking through the rhododendron forest and snowy land lead to a magical journey. The journey shows beauty in the mountains of Nepal as well as the richness in the culture of Sherpa. The path along with the people and the structure of the Sherpa land would add excitement to the tour. There are several ways to visit Everest base camp like  classic Everest base camp trek and so on.

  • Annapurna Base Camp

A short, amazing Annapurna base camp trek  with snowy feet in the height of 4130 m is probably on the bucket list of every travel-loving person. The trek includes a walk through the beauty of mountains greeting the culture of local people living in this area. A wide variety of flora and fauna could be noticed throughout the entire journey. The interesting part of the trek is that it starts and ends in Pokhara - the city famous all over Nepal for its beauty of lakes and caves. The best time for this tour would be March, April, May for the view of blooming rhododendron other than that, mid-September to November is also a good time to visit with a clear cold sky.

Upper Mustang

The second least populated district of Nepal- mustang has an astonishing view to offer. The culture involved in this area is often compared with Tibetan culture. Trekking in this area was officially allowed in 1992 after a long time of restrictions. Even in the monsoon seasons, the area is noted as one of the best trekking areas in Nepal. The destination is reached through Jomsom- which is also surrounded by a beautiful cold environment. The attractions in this place are the snowy mountains as well as the cultural diversities in the people. The place is also famous for different types of apples and dried apples.

Rara Lake is termed the greatest lake of Nepal. The Lake lies in the Karnali zone. It lies above 2972m from sea level. Near to Rara Lake, lies the Rara national park whose flora and fauna automatically add beauty and excitement to this lake. It is said that Rara Lake keeps changing its face as the color of water changes according to time in a day. Though the route is rough, nature promises satisfaction to the visitors with the view of mountains, hills, and the lake at the same time. It is also famous for the ‘asala’ fish. The reflection of the mountains such as Mount Kanjirowa gives proper beauty to the lake.

Tilicho Lake

A lake is located in one of the most rural areas in Nepal at the height of 4919 m in the Annapurna Himalayan range. Sometimes known as one of the lakes in the greatest height in the world, the lake catches the attraction of one’s eyes with its astonishing view in chilled weather. The view with reflection of the Himalayan range would brighten the eyes of the viewer. The lake actually is the glacial melt collection of the full northern slope of Annapurna and Thorang peak. Trekking to Tilicho Lake leads to a wonderful experience of beautiful views along with a diversity of people. The lake has its religious importance as mentioned in a holy book of Hindus-“Ramayana”. The trekking leads down to Muktinath temple which is highly important from a religious point of view and has its own sort of beauty.

Pokhara is one of the best tourist areas in Nepal. The city of lakes and caves is an attraction for indoor and outdoor tourists. The city is also famous for adventurous activities such as paragliding, recently launched hot air ballooning, etc. lakes such as Phewa Lake, Begnas Lake are the major attractions of Pokhara. It is 200 km away from Kathmandu and is one of the most beautiful areas in Nepal. Famous caves such as the Mahendra cave are present in Pokhara which has its own cultural values. Other than that, Davi’s fall is also a must-visit place in Pokhara. The city would surely not disappoint the travel-loving beings out there.

Lumbini can be called the pride of Nepal as Lord Buddha was born in this place. The main place to visit here is Maya Devi temple where exactly lord Buddha was born. This place has its historical and cultural importance. This place is religiously very important to Buddhist people. The place is also famous for the Ashoka pillar which is said to be the evidence of the birth of Lord Buddha. , Lumbini has many other temples and monasteries which would give a beautiful experience giving knowledge about the history of Lord Buddha. The world peace pagoda (locally called “Shanti stupa” is also one of the major attractions of this place. The peaceful environment also contains the eternal peace flame which is said to never extinguish. Hence the place is a major destination to be visited.

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Ghorepani Poon Hill

Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is hiking towards the Annapurna region, mostly beginning from Pokhara all the way to a height of 3210m giving an astonishing view of mountains and beautiful scenarios. The trekking also gives the experience of local villages such as Ghorepani, Ulleri, and Ghandruk, famous for their beauty and Magar and Gurung cultures. The place is actually famous for the view of a beautiful sunrise with the view of mountains such as Annapurna and Dhaulagiri whose heights are above 8000m. The imagination of this view itself arises a thirst of visiting the place.

Ghorepani Poon Hill

Gosaikunda Lake

It is yet another beautiful destination of Nepal which lies above the height of 4610m. The lake lies in the famous Langtang national park which is itself a beautiful place to visit, having a wide range of flora and fauna. Mainly in Nepal, this lake has high religious importance as mentioned in lots of Hindu sculptures. The Dhunche-Helambu trek leads to this beautiful lake, most of the time surrounded by snow. The lake itself remains frozen for 6 months in winter giving a breath-taking view. Other than that, the trekking itself is a great experience for the adventurous people out there giving beautiful experiences with challenges on the way.

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Manaslu Base Camp

Manaslu is the eighth greatest mountain in the world having a height of 8163m. The trekking gives the view of beautiful mountain peaks along with the Manaslu glacier, allowing a circle along with mount Manaslu. The rural area is rich in Buddhist religion and Tibetan culture.  The trek allows visiting different monasteries showing the diversity in people and traditions as well. It gives an interesting village tour with different traditional and cultural sights. Trekking was officially allowed in 1991. The trekking follows a route along the Burhi Gandaki River giving a great experience of trekking and traveling.

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9 Things to do in Nepal + Tourist Spots

9 Things to do in Nepal + Tourist Spots

Nepal is the ultimate destination for mountain lovers. The Nepali Himalayas is the roof of the World, home to Mount Everest — the highest peak on earth.

Travelers who venture to this country soon discover that many more sights and experiences in this country, worth the long journey from home as well.

Nepal is home to medieval squares, for people who love to get lost in old cities. Sacred Tibetan Buddhist & Hindu sites for those who love to go a spiritual stroll. And, highland regions beyond Everest that offer great treks & stunning landscapes.

Is Nepal on your bucketlist? Inspire your trip with these must-visit places and top things to do for first-time travelers.

Pokhara Lakeside at Sunset

Location : Kaski District, Gandaki Province, west central Nepal . Save on Google Maps .

Pokhara is the second largest city of Nepal after Kathmandu. Three out of the ten highest mountains in the world — Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu — are near Pokhara, which makes it a popular gateway to the western side of the Nepali Himalayas. It’s a beautiful place to visit even if you’re not keen on trekking. This scenic lakeside city is surrounded by hills that make perfect viewing decks to see the Annapurna mountains from afar. Paragliding is very popular here and reportedly one of the cheapest in the world.

How to go :

Most travelers arrive in Pokhara by land from the capital, Kathmandu. The 200-kilometer journey takes around 6 to 7 hours by bus. Traveling by plane is the quickest way to get there. Kathmandu-Pokhara flights take only 40-minutes. This route is served by Nepal Airlines, Gorkha Airlines, Sita Air, Tara Air, Buddha Air, Simrik Airlines or Yet Airlines.

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2. Mount Everest Region

Location : Sagarmatha National Park, east Nepal . Save on Google Maps .

Mount Everest, the Earth’s tallest, stands on the eastern side of Nepal. Even if you do not plan on trekking all the day to the summit, you’re assured of seeing incredible views of Everest, Lhotse and the other jagged peaks of this breathtaking region.

If you’re up for the hike, go on a trek to Everest Base Camp (EBC). The quickest way to get there is to fly to Lukla Airport (LUA), high on the Himalayas. From Lukla, it usually takes around 8 days to trek to the base camp. And, four days to get back down. The easier way to see breathtaking views of the Himalayas is to go on a mountain flight from Kathmandu that can get a close enough view of Mt. Everest and other supertall peaks in the region.

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3. Kathmandu Valley

Location : Kathmandu Valley, west central Nepal . Save on Google Maps .

Kathmandu is not just Nepal’s capital and largest urban jungle, it is also one of the country’s major spiritual and cultural center. At its heart lies the Kathmandu Durbar Square with its historic palaces, temples and public spaces. This site along with six other groups of monuments and buildings in Kathmandu Valley is recognized as a World Heritage Site.

Kathmandu is the primary flight hub in Nepal. Popular destinations with direct flights to Kathmandu-Tribhuvan International Airport include Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Dhaka, and select cities in India, China & the Middle East. Flights are served by AirAsia, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Cathay Dragon, Etihad Airways, Himalaya Airlines, Jet Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air, Nepal Airlines, Qatar Airways, Silk Air among others. Flight duration from Bangkok to Kathmandu is around 3 hours and 30 minutes.

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4. Annapurna Region

Location : Annapurna Conservation Area Project, Ghandruk Province, west central Nepal . Save on Google Maps .

Lying on the western half of Nepal, the Annapurna region is one of the major trekking destinations in the Himalayas. Popular treks in the region include the Annapurna Circuit trek, which circles the Annapurna Range, and the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek up to the Annapurna Base Camp, which offers a stunning 360-degree view of the snow-capped Annapurnas.

Pokhara is the gateway to the Annapurna Himalayas. You can either join an organized tour or go on an independent trek. If you only have a couple of days to spare, the trek to Poon Hill and back to Pokhara can be done in 4 days. The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek to Annapurna Base Camp may take as quick as 6 days to around 10 days. Meanwhile, the Annapurna Circuit usually takes about 15 to 20 days.

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5. Bhaktapur

Bakhtapur Durbar Square

Location : Bhaktapur District, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Pradesh Province, east central Nepal . Save on Google Maps .

Bhaktapur found an hour east of Kathmandu is another ancient city packed with fascinating heritage buildings linked by a maze-like network of narrow cobbled streets and squares. Head farther east to Nagarkot and enjoy a panoramic view facing Mount Everest and the Himalayan mountains.

Bhaktapur is just 45 minutes by car from Kathmandu. Once you are in the old city of Bhaktapur, most attractions are easily reached on foot. From Bhaktapur, it’s another 1 to 2-hour drive to the highland village of Nagarkot.

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6. Nagarkot

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Location : Rupandehi district, Lumbini Pradesh Province, west central Nepal . Save on Google Maps .

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8. Chitwan National Park

Location : near Sauhara, Subarnapur, central Nepal . Save on Google Maps .

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9. Bandipur

Bandipur Main Street

Location : Tanahun District, Gandaki Province, west central Nepal . Save on Google Maps .

Bandipur is the perfect place to break the long journey between Pokhara and Kathmandu. This small hilltop village is home to traditional Newari-style houses that have been transformed to charming cafes and lodges. Go on a trek around town for picturesque views overlooking the Nepali countryside. A glimpse of the Annapurnas can even be seen on a clear day.

Bandipur is found between Kathmandu and Pokhara. To get there from Kathmandu, ride a bus or charter a car to Dumre, a town found along the highway. Travel time takes about 3 to 4 hours. From Dumre, the ride uphill to Bandipur takes only 30 minutes. If you are coming from Pokhara, the drive to Dumre takes 2 to 3 hours.

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June 6, 2017 at 3:55 pm

Most of the places of Nepal are suitable for wanderlust.But the places you mentioned are too good.One of mine best place is Pokhara,I too recommend this place for wanderlust.It’s like heaven in earth.Thanks for sharing your post.Loved it! :)

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August 11, 2017 at 3:15 am

What about langtang which has been said best place to visit in world via new York times

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January 2, 2019 at 1:48 pm

I went to the Kathmandu to visit and I found one of the most beautiful destinations of my traveling journey. I love all the place in Nepal. One of my best places is a mustang. I love it

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July 7, 2020 at 4:42 pm

Really great selections of places to visit. I would definitely recommend it to all. Everyone should visit these places at least once.

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25 Best Places to Visit & Things to Do in Nepal

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Lonely Planet’s writer once described Nepal as a place where “there is always another adventure,” and this statement holds true. Nepal offers a plethora of opportunities, not only for adventure enthusiasts but for all travelers, from pilgrims to sightseers. It is home to some of the highest mountains in the world, including the tallest peak, Mount Everest. The country’s rich cultural heritage is reflected in its art, music, dance, festivals, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including ancient temples, palaces, and monuments. Moreover, the Hindu and Buddhist temples and shrines located throughout the country entice travelers to visit Nepal repeatedly.

This bustling tourist destination can push your limits, surprise you, and make you fall in love with it on several occasions. Although experiencing the best of Nepal may require multiple trips, it is possible to explore the country’s diverse hues in a single visit with proper planning. To make your trip memorable, we have compiled a list of the top 25 places to visit and things to do in this ethereal country.

List of the Best 25 Tourist Places to Visit in Nepal with their Distances from Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport)

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Pokhara

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Situated beside the scenic Lake Phewa, Pokhara is the perfect leisure destination in Nepal. Don’t mistake this place for being dull, with nothing to do other than admiring the view of the lake and surrounding areas or spending leisurely hours in your luxurious hotel. Pokhara is known as the ‘Gateway to Annapurna Circuit,’ and it offers unparalleled opportunities for paragliding, unlike any other destination. Despite this, it maintains its poise and tranquility, making it a travel destination in Nepal that you will never forget.

The River Seti, which flanks Pokhara, also provides adventure lovers with the opportunity to enjoy thrilling white water rafting. Additionally, there are numerous treks that start from this beautiful destination in Nepal. So, the bottom line is that Pokhara is a must-visit, and it would be a crime to miss out on this one-of-a-kind place.

Best Places to Visit Pokhara

  • World Peace Pagoda
  • Davis Falls
  • Mahendra Cave
  • Begnas Lake
  • International Mountain Museum

Pashupatinath Temple Kathmandu

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It goes without saying that every capital city in the world is touristy and has plenty to offer visitors, and the same goes for Kathmandu . This capital of Nepal offers a glimpse into the country’s different aspects, making travelers even more eager for exploration. Kathmandu is undoubtedly one of the top 10 tourist destinations in Nepal, and its nearby destination, Thamel, is considered an ideal base for adventure trekkers and those wanting to enjoy the view of the famous Mount Everest. Kathmandu is also the best place to buy all your trekking and mountain climbing gear.

Apart from that, the city is ideal for pilgrimage tours. It is home to the Hindu’s most revered temple, Pashupati Nath, and exquisite and sacred Buddhist shrines such as Boudhanath and Swayambhunath. Kathmandu is also the perfect place to try Nepali cuisine, witness traditional crafts, practice and learn yoga and meditation. Flying tours to Mount Everest are also conducted from here.

Best Places to Visit Kathmandu

  • Swayambhunath Stupa
  • Pashupatinath Temple
  • Boudhanath Stupa
  • Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Patan Durbar Square
  • Thamel, Garden of Dreams
  • Narayanhiti Palace Museum

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Nagarkot

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If you want the best views of the Himalayan Range from Nepal, Nagarkot is the perfect place for you. This hill station of Nepal is surreal and strategic, promising breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains not only from the viewpoints but also from the windows of your hotel room. Nagarkot is situated a short distance from Bhaktapur and on the outskirts of Kathmandu Valley, making it a picturesque destination that allows you to savor every mood of the Himalayas. The place is famous for its stunning sunrises and sunsets, and it can also pass as a honeymoon destination in Nepal with its dreamlike settings and views on offer.

Best Places to Visit in Nagarkot

  • Nagarkot View Tower
  • Changunarayan Temple
  • Kailashnath Mahadev Statue
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Bhaktapur

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Bhaktapur boasts rich architecture and imposing Hindu temples, though many suffered demolition due to the tragic earthquake of 2015. One can still find enough temples and edifices to mesmerise with their exquisite architecture and art. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is one of the best places to see the excellent architecture and carvings of the temple. Apart from temple hopping, a traveller would like the shopping experience here. Bhaktapur is known for souvenirs, pottery, puppets, masks and cultural handicrafts, which leave visitors spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping in Nepal.

Best Places to Visit in Bhaktapur

  • Bhaktapur Durbar Square
  • Nyatapola Temple
  • Dattatreya Temple
  • Taumadhi Square
  • Pottery Square
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Sagarmatha National Park

Sagarmatha National Park

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One of the main revenue earners for Nepal tourism, Sagarmatha National Park is as close as you can get to Mount Everest if not attempting a climb. Spread in an area of 1148 sq km, Sagarmatha is home to the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest (8848 m) and the other high peaks like Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Thamserku, Nuptse, Amadablam and Pumori. Sagarmatha is an ideal destination for trekking in Nepal and offers stunning views of Everest and the Himalayan Range. It is also home to unique flora and fauna and especially to the rare Snow Leopard species. It is the diversity in this national park that makes it one of the best places to visit in Nepal.

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Patan (Lalitpur)

Patan

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One of the three royal cities of Nepal, Patan or Lalitpur or Yala is something to feast your eyes on. Patan is a famous tourist place in the country and is primarily known for its rich architecture, fantastic wood carvings, and an air of spirituality. It is believed that before the disastrous earthquake of 2015, Patan housed more than 1200 monuments, each unique in its way. However, there are still enough tourist attractions to relish. Most people prefer a day-trip from Kathmandu since it is in close proximity to the capital. However, it would be nice to stay two or more days to enjoy the beauty of its courtyards and squares at a leisurely pace.

Top Places to Visit

  • Golden Temple
  • Krishna Mandir
  • Mahaboudha Temple
  • The Patan Museum
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Chitwan National Park

Chitwan National Park

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This national park is said to be the best place for wildlife tours in Nepal. Spread over an area of 934 sq km, Chitwan is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and that says it all. The park is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, and is believed to be a safe shelter for unique animals like the one-horned rhinoceros. Chitwan also houses 544 species of birds, and it would take at least two days to explore this national park.

For luxury travellers who are also interested in wildlife tours, there are a number of high-end resorts situated right at the edge of the park. Along with pampering you with all the state-of-the-art services, these hotels and resorts arrange excellent wildlife safaris for their guests. For backpackers, on the other hand, Sauraha is the place to find accommodation. This small village is replete with budget-friendly hotels that are ideal for anyone on a shoestring budget and wants to explore Chitwan National Park.

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  • Bishazari Tal (20-Thousand Lakes)
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Lumbini

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Whether you are a theist or not, Lumbini touches your soul in a very special way. Believed to be the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Lumbini is a pilgrimage destination in Nepal but it surely impresses even the atheist with its monastery and peaceful environ. This sacred place, even though it can be covered in one day, has so much to offer to those who are willing to spend a day or two to gradually explore its beauty. The main attraction here is the Maya Devi Temple, which is situated amidst a large park that comprises lakes and monasteries.

  • Maya Devi Temple
  • Sacred Garden
  • Ashoka Pillar
  • Lumbini Museum
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Janaki Temple Janakpur

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Janakpur is a place that you would not want to miss in Nepal if you enjoy witnessing a blend of history, culture and religion. Believed to be the birthplace of Lord Rama’s consort, Sita and also the destination where the two got married, Janakpur holds a lot of religious importance for Hindu devotees. Mostly Janakpur is seen as a Hindu pilgrimage destination but it is a perfect place to imbibe a rich Maithili culture and explore its rich art and its various forms.

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  • Janaki Temple
  • Kalinchowk Bhagwati Temple
  • Dhanushadham
  • Mithila Art Gallery
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Clock Tower Dharan

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Dharan is a beautiful city, which is located at the foothills of the Mahabharata Range. The city is divided into two parts with one area dotted with banana plants, bamboo-forested hills and rustic shacks, while the other side has countryside feel, with quiet streets lined with posh bungalows, neat pavements, and a country club with a golf course indeed making it one of the must visit during Nepal tour. The two areas are divided by a dusty and crowded market that has a lot to offer to a shopaholic. Dharan is also recognized as a Shaktipeetha, a place where one of the limbs of Sati, the consort of Lord Shiva fell. Thus, Dharan is also a Hindu pilgrimage along with a hotspot for nature lovers.

  • Pindeshwor Temple
  • Buda Subba Temple
  • Dantakali Temple
  • Namaste Waterfall
  • Dharan Clock Tower
  • Dharan Market
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Chandragiri

One of the best places to visit in Nepal , Chandragiri is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. This quaint little town is nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas and boasts of breathtaking natural beauty. The hilltop offers panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley, with the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas standing tall in the distance. The Chandragiri Cable Car takes you on a scenic ride up to the top of the hill, where you can explore the historic Chandragiri Fort and visit the Bhaleshwor Mahadev Temple. The town is also known for its delicious local cuisine, friendly people, and rich cultural heritage. Whether you’re a nature lover, adventure seeker, or history buff, Chandragiri has something to offer everyone. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience the beauty and charm of this hidden treasure in Nepal.

  • Chandragiri Cable Car
  • Chandragiri Fort
  • Bhaleshwor Mahadev Temple
  • Thankot Park
  • Kathmandu Valley View Point

Sarangkot is a beautiful village located in the western part of Nepal, just outside the city of Pokhara. The village is perched on a hilltop at an altitude of around 1,600 metres, offering stunning views of the Annapurna range and the surrounding landscape. It is a top tourist destination in Nepal for both domestic and international tourists, and for good reason. The village is renowned for its breathtaking sunrise and sunset views, which attract many visitors who are looking for a serene and peaceful environment to enjoy the natural beauty of Nepal. One of the main attractions of Sarangkot is the panoramic view of the Annapurna range. From the hilltop, you can see the peaks of Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre, and Dhaulagiri. The views are especially stunning during sunrise and sunset when the mountains turn a beautiful shade of pink and orange.

  • Sarangkot Viewpoint
  • Bindhyabasini Temple

Bardiya National Park

Bardiya National Park in Nepal is a truly magnificent place that embodies the beauty and diversity of nature. This park is a vast expanse of lush forests, grasslands, and wetlands that are home to a wide variety of exotic wildlife such as tigers, rhinoceroses, elephants, and over 250 species of birds. The park is situated in the Terai region of Nepal and is one of the largest and most unspoiled wilderness areas in the country. Visitors to Bardiya National Park can experience the tranquillity of nature, explore the rugged landscape, and witness the majesty of the wildlife in their natural habitat. The park’s stunning scenery, combined with its rich cultural heritage and unique biodiversity, make it one of the must-visit places for nature lovers and adventurers alike.

  • Karnali Bridge
  • Samsara Safari Camp
  • Crocodile Breeding Centre

Langtang is a small yet beautiful region located in the north-central part of Nepal. It is a hidden gem that offers spectacular views of snow-capped peaks, lush forests, and charming villages. The Langtang Valley Trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal and is a must-visit for any trekking enthusiast. The trek takes you through picturesque villages such as Langtang Village, Kyanjin Gompa, and Thulo Syabru, where you can experience the local culture and way of life. The region is also home to several endangered species of animals and birds, including the snow leopard and the Himalayan monal. The Langtang National Park, which covers the region, is also a popular destination for wildlife enthusiasts. With its stunning natural beauty and unique cultural heritage, Langtang is undoubtedly one of the best places to explore for anyone seeking an adventure in Nepal.

  • Langtang National Park
  • Kyanjin Gompa
  • Langtang Valley
  • Gosaikunda Lake
  • Tamang Heritage Trail

Nestled in the heart of the Himalayas lies the breathtaking region of Helambu in Nepal, a special part of Nepal Tourism. Known for its unparalleled beauty, Helambu offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore the rich cultural heritage of the Hyolmo people, who have inhabited the region for centuries. Surrounded by majestic snow-capped peaks, the valley is a paradise for nature lovers, with picturesque trails leading to stunning waterfalls and forests teeming with wildlife. The region is also famous for its production of sweet and delicious apples, which are grown in abundance in the orchards that dot the landscape. Helambu is definitely one of the best destinations to visit in Nepal, offering visitors an unforgettable experience that will leave them with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

  • Helambu Trek
  • Melamchi Gaon
  • Tarke Gyang
  • Shivapuri National Park

Top Things to Do in Nepal

Trekking in annapurna and langtang region.

Annapurna trek

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It is no surprise that Nepal is called the trekkers’ paradise. This incredible country is home to some of the most exotic treks in the world, and thus it is difficult to miss such a wonderful opportunity that comes knocking at your door during your Nepal tour. Although one may be spoiled for choices and even confused sometimes as to which trek to pick, those who opt for trekking in the Annapurna or Langtang regions are in for a memorable experience.

Annapurna is one of the most popular trekking regions in Nepal, taking trekkers through valleys, dense forests, and semi-frozen waterfalls. One can expect to be mesmerized by the spectacular views of the lofty mountains and wide vistas. During the Annapurna Circuit, the Ghorepani Poon Hill Panorama trek is a must-try, as this particular trail is the most colorful part of the region and offers the best of trekking in Nepal. On the other hand, the lesser-known Langtang Region has all the wonders to surprise you. Throughout this trek, one can witness the superb natural beauty and hear the therapeutic gushing sound of the Langtang River.

Fishing on Lake Phewa

Phewa lake fishing

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Nepal can easily be designated as the paradise for fishing and angling enthusiasts. The country is home to a large number of rivers and lakes that are teeming with fish. For one of the best fishing experiences in Nepal, Phewa Lake in the Pokhara valley is ideal. Covering an area of 4.4 sq. km, the lake is home to around 22 native species of fish, making it the perfect place for a satisfying fishing experience in Nepal. The best time to go fishing on Phewa Lake is during the months of October to December and February to April when the weather is usually pleasant, and the fish are more active.

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Flight over the Everest

Flight over Mount Everest

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Now, this is an experience of a kind. Even if you are capable of trekking and have dreams of making it to the Advanced Base Camps of Everest, a flight tour is still an experience to try. Mountain flights offer eye-level views of the mountains by flying at an average height of 7,000 meters, making it quite an adventure. An hour-long flight, offered regularly in the morning, gives you a tour of Himalayan giants like Everest, Annapurna, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Ganesh Himal, Gauri Shankar, Lhotse, Nuptse, Langtang, Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, and Dhaulagiri. However, you should book your flight in advance, as these tours are popular among travelers and sell out quickly. And don’t forget to bring a camera and snap some amazing photos of the scenery.

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Visiting Boudhanath Stupa

Boudhanath Stupa

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Witnessing Boudhanath, a major attraction of Nepal tourism, is undoubtedly one of the best things to do during a visit to the country. Considered to be Asia’s largest stupa, Boudhanath is one of the few sacred places in the world where Tibetan Buddhist culture is open and accessible. Evening is the ideal time to visit Boudhanath, when the place comes to life with thousands of butter lamps lighting up the stupa.

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Boating in Narayani River

Boating in Narayani River

An early morning boat ride on the glistening Narayani River near Chitwan National Park is undeniably an ideal thing to do. It is believed that the boating experience on this whimsical river is as fascinating as river rafting. The rippling waters and rich fauna both in and around it make Narayani an unmissable experience. Those with a thing for birdwatching would enjoy sighting various birds like the river/red-wattled lapwing, Ruddy shelduck, Osprey, and Kingfishers. The thrill of boating here multiplies with the possibility of spotting gharial/alligators in its water.

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Paragliding in Pokhara and Bandipur

Paragliding Pokhara

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A paragliding experience in Nepal is a must-try for adventure lovers. The two best places for paragliding in Nepal are Pokhara and Bandipur. You can choose to fly over the beautiful Pokhara or the Annapurna Mountain Range, or even opt for Sarangkot. Whether you prefer a free-flying foot launched aircraft or a non-motorized foot launched inflatable winded glider, there are options for everyone. You can also take a 10-day paragliding course to attempt this adventure activity on your own. The best time for paragliding in Pokhara and Bandipur is from September to November (autumn season) and from February to April (spring season). These months have stable weather conditions with clear skies, moderate temperatures, and low humidity, making it ideal for paragliding.

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Biking in Godavari, Bungamati, Chapagaun and Shivapuri National Park

biking

There are countless trails in Nepal, most of which are unpaved, but lead to some of the most gorgeous places in the country. Biking expeditions on these trails can offer an exhilarating experience. All you have to do is hire a bike and head out in any direction in Nepal, and you will certainly end up in some exotic place. However, many people choose to take their biking trip in the region of Godavari, Bungamati, Chapagaun, and one of the best national parks in Nepal, Shivapuri.

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View Mount Everest from Gokyo Lakes

Mount Everest View from Gokyo

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These offbeat sets of six lakes are the world’s highest freshwater lake system, of which Thonak Lake is the largest. Undoubtedly one of the most appealing vantage points and treks in Nepal, the Gokyo Lakes are a perfect place to relish the unsurpassed view of the majestic Mt. Everest. If you are a trekker and have done a few treks, the Gokyo Lakes trek can be one of the best things to do in Nepal, especially if getting an unforgettable view of Everest is on your mind. The lakes are located in the Khumjung Village Development Committee of the Solukhumbu District in the Sagarmatha Zone in northeastern Nepal and are considered sacred by both Hindu and Buddhist devotees. Hundreds of Hindus take a holy bath in the water of these lakes during the Janai Purnima festival.

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River Rafting and Bungee Jumping in Bhote Koshi River

Rafting the Bhote Koshi

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Bhote Koshi River in Nepal needs no introduction. Housing the third highest platform for Bungee Jumping in the world, this gorgeous river compels one to take up two adventure activities, namely river rafting and bungee jumping. The experience of river rafting in Bhote Koshi is undoubtedly exciting, the river has challenging rapids with big bounces making your rafting expedition quite a thing to remember. And when it comes to bungee, nothing can beat the feel of this place. The suspension bridge from which the bungee jumping activity is taken up is at a dizzying height of 160 m and one can very well imagine the feeling of the ‘great fall’ from here.

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Kayaking in Seti River

Kayaks on the Seti River

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Enhance your tour of Nepal with an hour and a half of adrenaline-rushing adventure by kayaking in the Seti River. Although kayaking can be enjoyed in both Upper and Lower Seti River, the upper side of the river is noteworthy. With spectacular views of the Annapurna mountains, crystal-clear water, and a beautiful gorge adorned with a suspension bridge and prayer flags, the Upper Seti River is a must-visit for kayaking in Nepal. Adventure lovers have the opportunity to face Grade III and IV rapids while relishing the exotic views. The best times to enjoy kayaking in this river are from September to November and from March to May.

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Nepal truly is a paradise for travelers, so if you haven’t yet decided to visit this little Himalayan country, it is time to plan a trip. Need we say that a lot of experience is waiting for you there. You can always give us, Tour My India a shout for planning the perfect trip for you and that too in the budget of your choice. Just give us a call at +91-9212777223/24 or drop your queries at [email protected]. Our promise is to provide the best Nepal travel packages and the experience you have dreamt of.

Other Important Nepal Tourism Links

  • Kathmandu Travel Guide
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  • Lumbini Travel Guide
  • Kapan Monastery Travel Guide
  • Nagarkot Travel Guide

Quick Answers to Some Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best time for holiday vacation in nepal.

The best time to have holidays in Nepal is between October and December.

What are the top must visit tourist attractions in Nepal?

Some of the top tourist places in Nepal are Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Chitwan National Park, Pokhara, Lumbini, Langtang National Park, etc.

How to get a tourist visa for Nepal?

If you are planning to visit Nepal as a tourist, you will need to obtain a tourist visa. Here are the steps to obtain a tourist visa for Nepal:

1- Fill Out the Visa Application Form Online: You can fill out the visa application form online by visiting the official website of the Department of Immigration of Nepal.

2- Submit the Required Documents: Once you have filled out the visa application form, you will need to submit the following documents:

  • A valid passport with at least six months of validity and two blank pages
  • A passport-sized photograph
  • Proof of your travel itinerary and flight details
  • Proof of hotel reservations or accommodation arrangements
  • A copy of your travel insurance policy

3- Pay the Visa Fee: You can pay the visa fee online using a credit or debit card or at the Nepalese embassy or consulate in your country.

4- Wait for Visa Approval: After submitting your visa application and required documents, you will need to wait for visa approval. You can check the status of your visa application online.

5- Collect Your Visa: Once your visa application is approved, you can collect your visa from the Nepalese embassy or consulate in your country or on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.

Please note that the visa requirements and procedures may vary depending on your nationality, so it’s best to check with your nearest Nepalese embassy or consulate for the latest information.

How is the weather in Nepal?

Nepal has a diverse climate due to its varying topography, which ranges from lowland tropical regions to high altitude mountains. Generally, Nepal experiences four seasons: spring (March to May), summer (June to August), autumn (September to November), and winter (December to February). The best time to visit Nepal for trekking and mountain climbing is during the spring and autumn seasons. However, if you prefer to avoid the crowds, winter is a good time to visit Nepal.

What are the popular adventure activities to do in Nepal?

Some of the popular adventure activities to do in Nepal are trekking, mountaineering, rafting, bungee jumping, paragliding, mountain biking, jungle safari, etc.

What are the best places to visit for trekking in Nepal?

Some of the best places to visit for trekking in Nepal are Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Langtang Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek, Upper Mustang Trek, etc.

Which are the must visit temples in Nepal?

Some of the must-visit temples in Nepal are Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa, Changu Narayan Temple, Muktinath Temple, Manakamana Temple and Janaki Temple.

What are the top wildlife places to visit in Nepal?

The top wildlife places to visit in Nepal are Chitwan National Park, Bardiya National Park, Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, Sagarmatha National Park, Annapurna Conservation Area, Makalu Barun National Park and Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve.

How many days are required to explore the best of Nepal Tourism?

A minimum of 10-14 days are required to explore the best of Nepal Tourism.

How are the accommodation facilities for tourists in Nepal?

Nepal has a wide range of accommodation facilities for tourists, ranging from budget-friendly guesthouses and hostels to luxury resorts and hotels. Some popular types of accommodations in Nepal are Guesthouses and Hostels, Tea Houses, Hotels, Resorts, etc.

Published: 04 May, 2023 By Nidhi Singh

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From the Lake District, Nainital, Nidhi Singh is a travel writer whose love for mountains can be seen in her write ups. Talk about solo travelling, indulging in adventure activities, binging on good food, planning budget trips or the Aurora Borealis and you will get all her attention. It is the wanderlust that keeps her going and if at all she could get one wish granted she would love to live a life less ordinary. Follow her on Twitter , Facebook & Instagram .

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What are the major Tourist Attractions in Nepal?

25 Mar 2019 Santosh Gauli

Tourist Attractions in Nepal

Nepal is a country with a rich culture and diverse landscape, and it has many tourist attractions that are popular with visitors from around the world. Some of the major tourist attractions in Nepal include:

The Himalayas:

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The Himalayas are a mountain range located in Asia, separating the plains of the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau. The highest peak in the Himalayas is Mount Everest, which stands at 8,848 meters (29,029 feet) and is located on the border between Nepal and China.

The Himalayas are home to some of the world’s most iconic mountain peaks, including Annapurna, Kanchenjunga, and Lhotse, and are a popular destination for mountaineers and trekkers from around the world. The region is also home to many important rivers, including the Ganges, Indus, and Brahmaputra, which provide water and irrigation for millions of people in the region.

In Nepal, the Himalayas are home to several protected areas, including the Sagarmatha National Park, which is home to Mount Everest and other peaks, and the Annapurna Conservation Area, which is home to a variety of plant and animal species. The region is also home to many indigenous communities, who have lived in the Himalayas for centuries and rely on the region’s natural resources for their livelihoods.

The Himalayas are a vital part of Nepal’s natural and cultural heritage, and efforts are underway to protect the region’s unique ecosystem and the communities that depend on it. The region is also a major contributor to Nepal’s tourism industry, with many visitors coming to the country to experience the beauty and adventure of the Himalayas.

major tourist attractions in nepal

Kathmandu is the capital and largest city of Nepal. It is located in the central part of the country in the Kathmandu Valley, which is surrounded by the Himalayan mountain range. With a population of over 1 million people, Kathmandu is a bustling city that is known for its rich culture, history, and diverse architecture.

One of the most iconic landmarks in Kathmandu is the Boudhanath Stupa, a Buddhist shrine that is considered one of the holiest sites in the world for Tibetan Buddhists. The stupa is over 1,000 years old and is adorned with intricate carvings and colorful prayer flags. Another popular attraction in Kathmandu is the Swayambhunath Temple, also known as the “Monkey Temple,” which is home to hundreds of monkeys and offers panoramic views of the city.

Kathmandu is also home to many important cultural and historical sites, including Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to the palaces of the former Nepalese royalty, and the Pashupatinath Temple, a Hindu temple that is considered one of the holiest sites in Nepal.

In addition to its cultural and historical attractions, Kathmandu is also a popular destination for adventure seekers, with opportunities for trekking, mountain biking, and whitewater rafting in the surrounding Himalayan region. The city is also known for its vibrant nightlife, with a variety of bars, clubs, and restaurants offering live music and local cuisine.

Overall, Kathmandu is a vibrant and culturally rich city that offers something for everyone.

major tourist attractions in nepal

Pokhara is a city in Nepal that is located in the Annapurna region of the Himalayas. It is a popular destination for tourists, particularly those interested in outdoor activities such as trekking, paragliding, and white water rafting.

Pokhara is known for its stunning natural beauty, and it is surrounded by snow-capped peaks and lush green forests. The city is located on the shores of the Phewa Tal, a large lake that is a popular spot for boating and other water-based activities.

In addition to its outdoor attractions, Pokhara is also home to a number of cultural and historical sites, including the International Mountain Museum, the Gupteshwor Cave, and the Peace Pagoda. The city is also a gateway to several popular trekking routes in the Annapurna region, including the Annapurna Circuit and the Poon Hill Trek.

Pokhara is known for its laid-back atmosphere and friendly locals, and it is a popular place to relax and unwind after a strenuous trek or adventure sports activity. The city has a wide range of accommodation options, from luxury resorts to budget guesthouses, and it is well-connected to other parts of Nepal by road and air.

Chitwan National Park:

major tourist attractions in nepal

Chitwan National Park is a protected area located in the south-central region of Nepal. It is home to a diverse range of plant and animal species, including the Bengal tiger, Indian rhinoceros, and one-horned Indian rhinoceros. The park is also home to many other species of animals, including deer, crocodiles, and over 500 species of birds.

One of the most popular activities in Chitwan National Park is jungle safari, which allows visitors to explore the park’s diverse ecosystem and see its diverse array of plant and animal life up close. Jungle safaris are typically conducted by experienced guides who are knowledgeable about the park and its wildlife.

Jungle safaris can be conducted in a variety of ways, including by elephant, jeep, or on foot. Some safaris also include activities such as bird watching, nature walks, and cultural programs.

Sauraha, a small village located on the edge of the park, is a popular base for visitors to Chitwan National Park. It is home to a variety of hotels, resorts, and other accommodations, as well as restaurants, shops, and other amenities.

Overall, a trip to Chitwan National Park is a great opportunity to explore the beauty and diversity of Nepal’s natural environment and learn about the country’s rich cultural heritage.

major tourist attractions in nepal

Bandipur is an ancient hill town located in Dumre Tanahu district of Nepal. It is situated on a ridge overlooking the Marsyangdi valley and is known for its well-preserved Newari architecture and rich cultural heritage.

Bandipur was once an important trade route between India and Tibet and was a major center of trade and commerce in the region. It was also an important cultural and artistic center, with a long history of music, dance, and other traditional arts.

Today, Bandipur is a popular tourist destination, with many visitors coming to see its historic buildings and temples, as well as its stunning natural surroundings. The town is home to several old temples, including the Siddha Cave Temple and the Tindhara Temple, which are popular attractions for tourists.

Bandipur is also known for its traditional Newari architecture, with many of the houses and buildings in the town built in the traditional style. The town is also home to a number of traditional handicrafts, including pottery, woodcarving, and metalwork, which are sold in local markets and shops.

Overall, Bandipur is a charming and historic town that offers a unique blend of culture, history, and natural beauty. It is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in Nepal’s rich cultural heritage and traditional way of life.

major tourist attractions in nepal

This is the birthplace of the Buddha and is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists. The town is home to many temples and monasteries, as well as the Lumbini Garden, which is the site of the Buddha’s birth.

These are just a few of the many tourist attractions that Nepal has to offer.

Additionally, there are quite some places where you can observe so many unique things and different experiences, but few of them are as follows:

  • Everest base camp trekking,
  • Annapurna base camp
  • Mardi himla trek
  • Poon hill trek
  • Manaslu trekking
  • Mustang trek
  • Jomsom trek
  • langtang trek
  • village tour
  • volunteering work and travel
  • Ghandruk village tour
  • Botekoshi Bunjee jumpping etc.

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15 Major Tourism Activities in Nepal

Activity tourism covers a range of areas from “active” holidays involving canoeing, climbing, horse-riding and mountaineering, to the less physical, yet still activity-focused areas of nature watching, food trails, or local culture and heritage trails..

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Trying something new, challenging and arduous is the dream of every adventure enthusiast. Adventure tourism is hugely popular in Nepal, as there is such a wide range of possible activities. The Himalaya region is one of the top adventure travel destinations in Nepal.

Nepal is a fantasy-filled destination and is known for its mesmerizing scenic backdrops, heritage buildings, temples, monuments, and monasteries. Apart from exploring these bright & enticing tourist places in Nepal, there are loads of things to do here that tempt the tourists round the year.

From rafting & trekking to sightseeing & shopping, the exhaustive list of things to do in Nepal caters to people of all age groups.

All set for your Nepal trip? Before you head for your vacation, you must get acquainted with the best months and season to visit Nepal. The fall season is the best time to visit Nepal and the best months are October, November, and December.

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The weather is perfect for heading out and trying adventurous things to do and exploring the most popular tourist attractions.

However, here are the 15 best major tourism activities in Nepal which are a must try.

Trekking in Nepal

The best way to experience Nepal’s unbeatable combination of natural beauty and culture riches is to walk through them. One can walk along the beaten trails or virgin tracks. Either way you are in for an experience for a lifetime.

Along with forests of rhododendron, isolated hamlets, and small mountain villages, birds, animals, temple, monasteries and breathtaking landscapes. You will also encounter friendly people of different cultures offering a fascinating glimpse of traditional rural life.

In recent years, Nepal has become a popular trekking destination in the world. You can enjoy mild walks to the breathtaking treks in the same country. However, Trekking in Nepal is one of the best major tourism activities in Nepal.

Mountain Climbing

The 800 km stretch of the Nepal Himalayan is the greatest in the world with eight peaks that rise above 8,000m including the highest in the world, Mt. Everest.

Ever since the country opened its peaks to climbers in 1994, the Nepal Himalayan has become a great theatre of mountaineering activity and the drama of success and failure have provided impetus to thousands of men and women to meet the ultimate challenge.

The world’s highest mountains are in Nepal and this includes eight summits above 8,000m. Annapurna mountain range in Nepal has several summits with the tallest mountain being Annapurna 1 (8,091m). In the East of Nepal is the Kanchenjunga mountain at an altitude of 8,586m.

The land of rugged, rocky giants. Home to eight of the world’s top ten tallest mountains. Soaked in ancient cultures and thriving mountainous communities.

Come to climb among the spectacular Nepalese wilderness and head to the heights of mountain climbing. Visit in autumn between September and November and spring between March and April for ideal climbing conditions.

Cultural Tours & Heritage Sightseeing

Nepal is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of bio-diversity due to its unique geographical position and altitude variation. The elevation of the country ranges from 60 meters above sea level to the highest point on earth, Mt. Everest at 8,848 meters, all within a distance of 150 kilometers resulting in climatic conditions from sub-tropical to arctic.

Nepal is a country with an abundance of historic, cultural and diverse ethnic traditions, which could attract tourists from every corner of the world.

Kathmandu Valley represents a cultural cauldron of the country, where, people from varied backgrounds have come together to present a melting pot. The natives of the Kathmandu Valley are the Newars. Newari culture is an integration of both Hinduism and Buddhism. The Newars of Kathmandu Valley were traders or farmers by occupation in the old days.

If you want to experience Kathmandu’s spiritual side, Boudhanath stupa really is a must visit attraction in Nepal. Boudhanath Stupa, a vast 14th-century spherical Buddhist stupa that also proudly holds the dual titles of largest in Nepal, and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet.

While Nepal is constantly abuzz with the intoxicating chaos and bustle of human life, the sacred Pashupatinath Hindu temple is a sobering reminder that all life eventually comes to an end.

Pashupatinath, dedicated to the god Shiva, is one of the holiest sites in all of Hinduism and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. On the banks of the Bagmati river, Pashupatinath has existed since 400 A.D and its main temple is considered a masterpiece in Hindu architecture.

Luxury Private Helicopter Tour

While a sightseeing tour is good when inside a city or a forest, it becomes a completely different experience when you’re up in the air admiring the view.

A Nepal helicopter tour is not much different from a flight in an airplane. However, Helicopters have much higher visibility compared to airplanes, which is perfect for sightseeing tours.

A helicopter tour is usually a private tour so you can enjoy your ride with your friends, family or loved ones and have an undisturbed sightseeing experience.

Another great thing about helicopter tours is that helicopters can hover and cruise at low altitudes, and can provide a wonderful view of the landscape or wildlife. You can take beautiful pictures and videos from the helicopter as you fly.

Helicopter rides are very comfortable and even people who are scared of flying have been known to enjoy helicopter tours. There are also no age limits.

Helicopter tour in Nepal is one of the fastest and quickest ways to explore the beautiful Himalayan country Nepal. It’s the best opportunity to explore the mountainous region in a single day to explore more in less time.

Helicopter Tour will let you explore above the towering mountains of Nepal. The Luxury helicopter ride starts from Kathmandu and ends at Kathmandu. The destination of your choice and helicopter tour in Nepal price depends on a helicopter as a private or sharing basis.

Bird Watching

Nepal is a paradise for bird lovers with over 646 species (almost 8% of the world total) of birds, and among them almost 500 hundred species are found in Kathmandu Valley alone.

The most popular bird watching spots in Kathmandu are Phulchoki, Godavari, Nagarjun, Bagmati river, Taudaha and so on. Get your binoculars and look forward to a rewarding experience.

For bird watchers in Nepal, all 12 national parks, a wildlife reserve, six conservation areas and various Ramsar sites are excellent bird-watching destinations.

Given the variety of bird species the country hosts, a good number of tourists have started visiting Nepal, exclusively to watch birds. “Nepal is a paradise for birders. Around eight percent of the total foreign tourists who visit Nepal is here to birdwatch.

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Rafting, Kayaking & Canyoning

Nepal is blessed with many rivers. In spite of owning religious significance, these gushing rivers pose a challenge to test your rafting skills. Time is right to invoke the rafter in you and go for river rafting in Nepal.

Making ways through grueling rapids is surely one of the best things to in Nepal. River rafting has won many hearts from that of the families, youths, students to experts. The rapids of grades 1-5+ to the artificially controlled rapids make rafting an ultimate experience.

Agencies here provide life jackets, camping and the standard rafting paraphernalia needed by world-class rafting. An extremely popular sport in Europe, cannoning is now available in Nepal. Cannoning gives you the freedom to explore some of the most ruggedly beautiful, yet forbidden places in the world.

Mountain Flight

Only awe-stricken silence can come close to matching the experience of going on a mountain flight to encounter the tallest mountains on earth. Mountain flights offer the closest possible aerial views of Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga and the Tibetan Plateau.

Everest Mountain Flight appeal to all category of travelers and have become a popular things to do in Nepal . For those who are restricted by time or other considerations from going for a trek, these flights offer a panoramic view of the Himalayan in just one hour.

For every Nepal visitor, the Himalayan range awes and fascinates. Each and every one coming to Nepal expects not only to see Himalayas but also to reach as near as possible.

One of the biggest attractions for the visitors to Nepal is the Mountain Flight. For those who are restricted by time or other constraints mountains flights offer the alternate to climbing and ensure a lasting memory of the highest peaks on earth.

The flight takes off from Kathmandu airport to Everest. The mountain flights are operated by the domestic airlines. It is a guaranteed flight, which means operated only when the weather is good and view is satisfactory.

Bungee Jumping

Nepal is adorned with beautiful views that make it a great place to indulge in bungee jumping. There are only 2 places that offer the opportunity to experience it. The ultimate thrill of a bungy jump can now be experienced in Nepal at one of the best sites that this sport can boast of anywhere in the world.

The perennially flowing Bhote Koshi river, located 80 km north of Kathmandu, is a highly sought-after site for bungee jumping activities. The point is located on a 160 m wide steel suspension bridge over the river in a lovely gorge at a height of 3600 ft.

Kushma Bungee Jump is Nepal’s highest bungee and the world’s second-highest bungee Jump which scales the height of 228 Meters. Kushma Bungee jump spot is located on the border of Baglung and the Kushma district of Nepal.

These two districts are connected by the 520 Meter suspension bridge in the George of Kaligandaki river. There are other two bungee jump spots in Nepal besides this, The Last Resort and High-ground Bungee Jump respectively of 160 Meters and 70 Meters.

It is relatively safe to pursue bungee jumping if you love extreme sports. On average, the maximum bungee weight limit is 260 pounds, while the minimum is 95 pounds.

Bungee Jumping is the kind of adventure where you don’t have to take special training, nor do you have to prepare. You just have to book your jump and simply enjoy the bungy trip.

Ultralight Aircraft

Ultralight aircraft take off from Pokhara and offer spectacular views of the lakes, mountains and villages. This is an ideal way to see life from a new perspective. The choice of Pokhara Valley for ultra-light aircraft is appropriate chiefly because of the proximity of the mountains, and the scenic lakes. For those who wished they could fly birds when growing up, this flight is a must. It might be lonely at the top, but this flight is a must. It might be lonely at the top, but the spectacular view from up high certainly makes it all worth it. Flights are from the Pokhara airport beginning September through June. The flights take place from sunrise to 11 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to sunset every day during these months.

Mountain Biking

Riding a bike amidst the peaceful surroundings of nature provides a special kind of pleasure for adventure lovers. The vastly varied topography of Nepal ensures that there’s wide scope for mountain biking, including plenty of tricky terrains. Whether you ride individually or on a tour, an assault on your senses is guaranteed. Companies that offer mountain biking in Nepal include Kathmandu to Pokhara and Upper Mustang. The best way to explore the Kathmandu Valley is on a mountain bike. Nepal’s diverse terrain is a mountain biker’s dream adventure comes true. There are plenty of dirty roads and trails in Nepal to meet every mountain biker’s wildest fantasy.

Jungle Safari

Wildlife sanctuaries in Nepal beautifully preserve and portray the rich biodiversity of the nation. It is surely one of the best adventure activity to be cherished with friends and family. Get closer to the flora and fauna at the popular national parks in Nepal. Every animal lover can spot his favorite creature while wandering in the dense forest. From one-horned rhinos, the Great Nepalese Bustards to Royal Bengal Tiger, the woodlands of the country are the home to all.

Motorcycle Touring

Touring Nepal on a motorcycle is the ultimate way of exploring the countryside if you have a love of traveling and motorbike riding. Enjoy the freedom to discover and experience Nepal in a way which isn’t possible using other forms of transport. Here are some of the top motorcycling destinations and tours in Nepal. For the ultimate adventure, consider joining the annual Himalayan ride from Kathmandu to Muktinath. It involves traversing some of the most challenging trails in Nepal.

Bluesheep & Himalayan Tahr Hunting

Hunting in this ecological awakening age hunting seems quite contradictory but Nepal has been a favored ground for hunters since the 9th century. Modern-day hunts are conducted in the Dhorpatan Game Reserve. Hunting blue sheep and Himalayan tahr here is arguably one of the world’s greatest mountain hunts. It’s possible to go in either fall or spring. It goes without saying that the Himalayas are high and very steep, so this is an extreme hunt requiring excellent physical fitness. There is usually a two- to four-day hike just to get to the hunting area after a helicopter drops you off at 10,000 feet. Experienced Sherpas carry much of the gear.

Heli Skiing

Take skiing to a whole new level and explore pristine, normally inaccessible terrain. You’ll be airlifted by helicopter to slopes and mountain tops that are impossible to reach otherwise. Marvel at the virgin environment, and be the first to leave your tracks in the snow. Be warned, the thrill doesn’t come cheap though! Nepal Tours offers various heli-skiing trips . The season runs from March to May and Sept to Nov.

4*4 Off Road Drive

For the adventure lover, four-wheel drive (4WD) is another popular tourism activity. The thrilling 4WD Adventure Tour will take you over some of the most rugged and bumpy terrains of Nepal. Enjoy your off road drive to Nepal. This is truly a tour that offers everything for the adventure traveller. Nepal Tours offers various 4WD Adventure Tour . The season runs from March to May and Sept to Nov.

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Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia. Nepal is also known as the country of mountains and nature. Nepal, the country that has emerged as the first choice for world adventure tourists, offers enchanting environment, natural beauty and panoramic views of the majestic Himalayas to attract tourists. The world’s highest peaks are also within Nepal, making it a Himalayan destination.

Nepal also has world famous temples. The world famous Pashupatinath Temple, Muktinath Temple, Changunarayan Temple, Janaki Temple, Gadhimai Temple, Pathivara Devi temple and many other famous temples are located here. Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal.

Best Tourist Destinations in Nepal / Best Places to visit in Nepal

  • Chitwan National Park
  • Annapurna Circuit
  • Everest Base Camp
  • Manag-Mustang
  • Tilicho Lake
  • Manaslu Base Camp
  • Bardiya national park
  • Pathivara temple

1. Kathmandu

Tourist Destinations in Nepal

Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal. Kathmandu is a vibrant and cultural destination that provides a blend of historical, religious, and natural attractions. Major tourist destinations in Kathmandu include places like Kathmandu durbar square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath temple, Patan Durbar square, Naryanhiti palace, Baudhanath Temple, Thamel, Chandrgiri hills, National Museum of Nepal, Garden of Dreams, Bhaktapur Durbar squre, Dharhara, Skywalk tower, Changunarayan temple and many others. Kathmandu is very easy to travel. There is an international airport here, there are various public transports, there are various travel agencies.

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Pokhara is one of the most beautiful cities in Nepal. Pokhara, often known as the gateway to the Annapurna circuit. Pokhara is a beautiful city located in Nepal. It is famous for its stunning natural beauty, serene lakes, and breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains. Pokhara offers a wide range of activities for adventure seekers and those looking to relax.

Major tourist destinations in Pokhara include places like Phewa Lake, Sarangkot, World Peace Pagoda, Shiva statue Pumdikot, Davis Falls, Gupteshwor Cave, Bindhyabasini Temple, Pokhara Old Bazaar, Adventure Activities, Mahendra Cave, International Mountain Museum, Begnas Lake, Rupa Lake and many others. Pokhara is very easy to travel. There is an international airport here, there are various public transports, there are various travel agencies.

3. Chitwan National Park

Tourist Destinations in Chitwan

Chitwan National Park is one of the main attractions of Nepal, located in Chitwan district, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This national park is famous for its rich biodiversity of different species of mammals, birds and reptiles. It is a great place to go on a wildlife safari, where you can spot animals like rhinos, tigers, elephants, crocodiles and more. Chitwan National Park is also the most popular national park in Nepal. Chitwan is very easy to visit. There is demotic airport, there are different public transports, there are different travel agencies.

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Lumbini, located in the southwestern part of Nepal, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also the birthplace of Lord Buddha (Siddhartha Gautam). This is a pilgrimage site for Buddhists from all around the world and holds significant historical and spiritual importance. There are many options to travel to the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Lumbini. Lumbini is located close to an international airport. The airport is around 18 kilometers from Lumbini. Besides this, public transportation and various travel agencies are also available for traveling to Lumbini.

5. Annapurna Circuit

major tourist attractions in nepal

The Annapurna Circuit is a popular trekking route in Nepal, renowned for its breathtaking scenery, diverse cultures, and challenging trails. This is a renowned classic trekking experience in the world, offering an exceptional journey through the Annapurna Himalayan range. Trekkers pass through picturesque villages, terraced fields, waterfalls, and rhododendron forests, encountering various ethnic communities such as Gurungs, Thakalis, and Manangis, each with their own distinct culture, language, and traditions. This cultural diversity enriches the trekking experience.

The Annapurna Circuit can be completed in about 10 to 20 days, depending on your pace and preferences. The specific route you take and the stops you choose to make along the journey can vary, offering a unique experience tailored to your chosen path and the places you wish to explore.

6. Everest Base Camp

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Everest Base Camp is a popular trekking destination located in the Khumbu region of Nepal, known for its iconic trekking route that leads to the base camp of the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest. Trekkers begin the journey enjoying panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks, picturesque Sherpa villages, stunning landscapes, and challenging terrain, passing landmarks like Namche Bazaar and crossing suspension bridges. The trek provides a glimpse into Sherpa culture, requires acclimatization to the high altitude, and culminates at Everest Base Camp, where climbers prepare for their Everest attempt. Trekking season is usually in spring and autumn for favorable weather conditions.

7. Langtang

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Langtang is a beautiful tourist destination of Nepal. It is known for its stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage and popular trekking routes. Cultural experiences, trekking, Gosaikunda Lake, and Langtang National Park are the major attractions of this region. The starting point for most Langtang treks is Syabrubesi, which can be reached by road from Kathmandu. This makes it relatively easy to reach compared to other remote trekking areas in Nepal.

The length of the trek depends on the specific route and your preferences. A typical Langtang Valley trek can take around 7 to 10 days, but there are shorter and longer options available.

8. Rara Lake

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Rara Lake, located at an elevation of 4,000 meters above sea level, is one of the beautiful lakes in Nepal. It’s often referred to as the largest lake in Nepal. The pristine waters of Rara Lake are renowned for the famous snow trout, making it a primary attraction for tourists. The lake’s color also changes due to the weather variations. To go to Rara Lake, you have to take a plane from Nepalgunj to Talcha and walk for 3 hours from Talcha.

9. Manang-Mustang

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Manang  is a beautiful village located in the northern region of the Annapurna Range, nestled in the lap of the mountains. The picturesque landscapes of Manang provide a feeling of being in the barren deserts of Mustang. On the other side, the local Manangi culture and way of life remain vibrant and active.

Manang is highly popular for short treks in Nepal. For trekking enthusiasts, Manang is a paradise, offering natural beauty, rich culture, and breathtaking views of the Annapurna Range. Manang is renowned as the “Gem of the Annapurna Circuit,” a famous trekking route. From Manang, you can witness the stunning views of prominent Himalayas like Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters), Manaslu (8,163 meters), and Annapurna (8,091 meters) as they majestically rise above the snow-covered peaks. The unique sight of the Machapuchare Himal (6,993 meters), also known as the “Fish Tail,” adds to the enchanting panorama.

Mustang trek and the Himalayan tourist destination are well-known. This city is divided into two parts: Lower Mustang and Upper Mustang, located at an altitude of 3,840 meters. Lower Mustang is famous for its natural scenery, while Upper Mustang is renowned for trekking routes, monasteries, caves, and its indigenous population.

Mukniath Temple, the most popular destination in Mustang, many people go to Mustang just to visit Mukniath. Apart from Muktinath, there are many other destinations. Mustang features a rich array of vegetation, including the iconic Rhododendron forests, terraced fields, and vibrant plant life. It also boasts a strong influence of Buddhist culture. Visitors can observe the lifestyle of the mountain people, their daily routines, and traditions. For travelers interested in exploring the Tibetan influence in Nepal, there are many Tibetan monasteries, caves, and villages to discover. Overall, this northwestern part of Nepal holds an enigmatic and mysterious allure. It provides excellent destinations for trekkers, backpackers, or those seeking to escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life and spend time in the Himalayas.

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Gorkha is a historical place in Nepal. It is the birthplace of King Prithvi Narayan Shah, who is recognized as the father of modern Nepal. Approximately 300 years ago, Prithvi Narayan Shah unified the divided regions of Nepal under a single monarchy and laid the foundation for the country’s unification, dividing it into 50 different states. He was born in Gorkha in the foothills of the northern-central Himalayas of Nepal. This location holds immense historical and cultural significance and is adorned with boundless natural beauty.

Mountain hills and special features of Nepal’s topography, along with the ancestral homeland of King Prithvi Narayan Shah, attract tourists who come here to witness the ancient weapons and explore the area’s rich history.

11. Kalinchowk

major tourist attractions in nepal

Kalinchok is also known as Switzerland of Nepal. Kalinchok Village in Dolakha district is situated at an altitude of 3,842 meters above sea level, about 150 kilometers away from Kathmandu. It is around 132 kilometers from Kathmandu to Charikot, and then another 18 kilometers from Charikot to Kuri village area via road.  Kalinchok is popular for trekking. It offers a mix of snowfall, high elevations, scenic spots, and a relatively light adventure without requiring extensive effort. Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims consider it a spiritual and religious destination.

12. Tilicho Lake

major tourist attractions in nepal

Tilicho Lake is situated at an altitude of 4,919 meters in the Annapurna Himalayas, making it the highest lake in Nepal and located in one of the most rural areas of the country. This lake is recognized as one of the highest lakes in the world. Its awe-inspiring sight in the midst of small weather conditions captures the attention of everyone. The view, with the backdrop of the Himalayan range, brightens the eyes of the beholder.

In reality, the lake is a collection of the complete northern slope of the Annapurna and Thorong peaks. The trek to Tilicho Lake offers a wonderful experience of beautiful landscapes along with human diversity. According to mentions in the sacred Hindu text “Ramayan,” the lake holds religious significance. The pilgrimage also reaches the temple of Muktinath, which holds immense importance from a spiritual perspective and boasts its own kind of beauty.

13. Manaslu Base Camp

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Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world. Its elevation is 8,163 meters. Trekking alongside the Manaslu Mountain offers views of beautiful Himalayan peaks, and the trek allows circumnavigation of the Manaslu massif. The trek also permits access to various monasteries that showcase the diversity of people and traditions. This offers an interesting village exploration with various traditional and cultural sites. Trekking was officially permitted in 1991. The journey provides trekkers with an exceptional experience of trekking and exploration along the Burhi Gandaki River route.

14. Bandipur

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Bandipur is a hilltop settlement located at an elevation of around 1,030 meters in Gandaki Province, situated about 700 meters above the Marsyangdi River. Bandipur is renowned for its picturesque landscapes and is famous for photo shoots and film-making. This place serves as an excellent weekend retreat from Kathmandu or Pokhara, now easily accessible through a well-connected road. Bandipur offers a tranquil ambiance that’s akin to a small European village. This quaint environment provides a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere, making it a great place for a leisurely experience.

15. Janakpur

major tourist attractions in nepal

Janakpur is a city in Nepal that holds the significance of being the birthplace of Goddess Sita and the place where Lord Ram and Goddess Sita’s marriage took place. Known as the “City of Ponds,” Janakpur boasts more than 70 ponds that contribute to its lush greenery. Here, you can learn about the ancient and revered Hindu epic, the Ramayana, and its importance today.

Janakpur is situated in the Terai region of Nepal and is also the capital of Province No. 2. The main attraction of Janakpur is the Ram Janaki Temple. As a cultural center of Mithila, Janakpur Dham is also considered one of the holy places alongside Ayodhya, Kashi, and Vrindavan during the holy pilgrimage (a route followed by devoted Hindus). The pleasant weather, year-round festive atmosphere, awe-inspiring architecture of temples, and the blend of local residents’ lifestyles make Janakpur an appealing destination for tourists and pilgrims alike. Janakpur is very easy to Travel. There is demotic airport, there are different public transports, there are different travel agencies.

16. Bardiya National Park

major tourist attractions in nepal

This dynamic park is one of the most disorganized parks in Nepal. Bardiya National Park is even known as the most dangerous park in Nepal. The majority of this park is covered by dense forests, grasslands, and riverine jungles. Many rivers flow through the park. Bardiya National Park is identified as the home to a single-horned rhinoceros, elephants, tigers, deer, and the elusive Gangetic dolphin. More than 400 species of birds can be found flying freely around the park, and tourists often receive treatment by the shimmering colorful peacocks. Despite much of this picturesque area remaining uninhabited, some of Nepal’s indigenous communities, such as the Tharu people, still reside here.

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Dharan is the gateway to the Mahabharat Range and is one of the most significant pilgrimage sites in Nepal. This hilly town is known for its cleanliness, vibrancy, and cultural diversity. Due to its prominence as a center for football in Nepal, it is often referred to as the “Mini Brazil.” Located in the Sunsari District of eastern Nepal, Dharan offers a delightful destination for tourists throughout the year, as it is free from extreme weather conditions. Tourists are drawn to this place mainly for its natural beauty.

Activities such as golfing, trekking up to Namche, driving up to Bhedetar Hill Station, picnicking at Raja Rani Lake, exploring Tamarkhola, Yalambar Park, participating in various adventure activities like bungee jumping, and visiting places like Budhasubba Temple, Pindeshwor Temple, Panchakanya Temple, Shivajatta, Vijayapur Hill, and Dantakali Temple are quite popular. In addition to these, Dharan hosts numerous local pubs and bars, which have contributed to making it a major tourist attraction in Nepal.

18. Pathivara temple

major tourist attractions in nepal

The Pathibhara Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples in Nepal, and it is also known as the Mukkumalung Temple. Situated on the hill of Taplejung, this temple offers a picturesque view of the Kanchanjunga Himalayas. The Pathibhara Temple is dedicated to Goddess Pathibhara, who is also known by names like Adikali, Mahamaya, and Maharudra. People from various countries, including Nepal and India, come to visit the temple and seek the blessings of Mother. There is a popular belief that Goddess Pathibhara always fulfills the wishes of her devotees as she has supernatural powers.

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Ilam is a famous tourist destination in the eastern region of Nepal. The tea gardens are the most renowned attraction of the hill station. The natural beauty and wildlife of this region attract tourists. Situated amidst the Himalayan range, this area experiences a pleasant climate, which is a major draw for many visitors. The tea gardens offer activities such as brisk walks, serene picnics, visits to scenic spots, and short hikes in the surrounding forests, all of which attract tourists.

20. Birgunj

major tourist attractions in nepal

Birgunj is an important city in Nepal, located near the border of Bihar state in India. It’s often referred to as the “Gateway to Nepal” and serves as a major entry point for trade with India. Situated in the Terai region, Birgunj is also one of the most populous cities in Nepal. It is the sixth-largest city and a metropolitan city in Madhesh Province.

Due to the presence of temples and various industries, Birgunj has become a tourist destination. Birgunj is close to the world-famous Gadhi Mai Temple, and the Parsa National Park is also nearby. These factors make Birgunj an appealing destination for tourists. The proximity to prominent attractions and industries, including the Gadhi Mai Temple and Parsa National Park, along with its role in trade and commerce, makes Birgunj an attractive destination for travelers.

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Pashupatinath Temple

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Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The temple serves as the seat of the national deity, Lord Pashupatinath. The temple is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. The temple is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams on the continent. Over the past times, only born Hindus were allowed to enter the temple. Others could look at it from other side of the river. However, the norms have been relaxed due to many incidents. If the individual is destined, he/she takes and completes the journey to reach these footsteps without any resistance or obstructions along the way, is believed to be under loving grace of Rudra. It is final stage of harsh penance. Thus, the slave becomes the master. It is regarded as the most sacred among the temples of Shiva. Kotirudra Samhita, Chapter 11 on the Shivalingas of the North, in Shiva Purana mentions this Shivalinga as the best hour of all wishes.

Buddhist Place of Worship

Boudhanath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is known as Khāsti in Nepal Bhasa, Jyarung Khasyor in Tamang language or as Bauddha by speakers of Nepali. Located about 11 km from the center and northeastern outskirts of Kathmandu, the stupa's massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal. The Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath dominates the skyline. The ancient Stupa is one of the largest in the world. The influx of large populations of refugees from Tibet has seen the construction of over 50 Tibetan Gompas around Boudhanath. As of 1979, Boudhanath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along with Swayambhunath, it is one of the most popular tourist sites in the Kathmandu area. The Stupa is on the ancient trade route from Tibet which enters the Kathmandu Valley by the village of Sankhu in the northeast corner, passes by Boudnath Stupa to the ancient and smaller stupa of Cā-bahī. It then turns directly south, heading over the Bagmati river to Patan - thus bypassing the main city of Kathmandu. Tibetan merchants have rested and offered prayers here for many centuries. When refugees entered Nepal from Tibet in the 1950s, many decided to live around Bouddhanath. The Stupa is said to entomb the remains of Kassapa Buddha.

Muktinath is a sacred place both for Hindus and Buddhists located in Muktinath Valley at an altitude of 3,710 meters at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass, Mustang district, Nepal. The site is close to the village of Ranipauwa, which sometimes mistakenly is called Muktinath as well. The Hindus call the sacred place Mukti Kshetra, which literally means the "place of liberation or moksha". Mainly the temple is with a predominant Sri Vaishnava origin and worshipped by Buddhists. This temple is considered to be the 105th among the available 108 Divya Desam. The ancient name of this place, before Buddhist origin is known as Thiru Saligramam. This houses the Saligrama sila considered to be the naturally available form of Sriman Narayana - the Hindu God HEAD. It is also one of the 51 Sakthi peetams. The Buddhists call it Chumig Gyatsa, which in Tibetan means 'Hundred Waters'. For Tibetan Buddhists, Muktinath-Chumig Gyatsa is a very important place of Dakinis, goddesses known as Sky Dancers and one of the 24 Tantric places. They understand the murti to be a manifestation of Avalokitesvara.

Swayambhunath

Swayambhunath is an ancient religious complex atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city. It is also known as the Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys living in the north-west parts of the temple. The Tibetan name for the site means 'Sublime Trees', for the many varieties of trees found on the hill. However, Shing.kun may be a corruption of the local Newari name for the complex, Singgu, meaning 'self-sprung'. For the Buddhist Newars in whose mythological history and origin myth as well as day-to-day religious practice, Swayambhunath occupies a central position, it is probably the most sacred among Buddhist pilgrimage sites. For Tibetans and followers of Tibetan Buddhism, it is second only to Boudhanath. The Swayambhunath complex consists of a stupa, a variety of shrines and temples, some dating back to the Licchavi period. A Tibetan monastery, museum and library are more recent additions. The stupa has Buddha's eyes and eyebrows painted on. Between them, there is something painted which looks like the nose - but is the Nepali symbol of 'unity', in the main Nepali language dialect. There are also shops, restaurants and hostels. The site has two access points: a long stairway, claimed to have 365 steps, leading directly to the main platform of the temple, which is from the top of the hill to the east; and a car road around the hill from the south leading to the southwest entrance. The first sight on reaching the top of the stairway is the Vajra. Tsultrim Allione describes the experience:

Bardiya National Park

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The Bardiya National Park is a protected area in Nepal that was established in 1988 as Royal Bardia National Park. Covering an area of 968 km² it is the largest and most undisturbed national park in Nepal's Terai, adjoining the eastern bank of the Karnali River in the Bardiya District. Its northern limits are demarcated by the crest of the Siwalik Hills. The Nepalgunj-Surkhet highway partly forms the southern boundary, but seriously disrupts the protected area. Natural boundaries to human settlements are formed in the west by the Geruwa, a branch of the Karnali River, and in the southeast by the Babai River. Together with the neighboring Banke National Park, the coherent protected area of 1,437 km² represents the Tiger Conservation Unit Bardia-Banke that extends over 2,231 km² of alluvial grasslands and subtropical moist deciduous forests. Listen to the pronunciation of Bardiya National Park's local name बर्दिया राष्ट्रिय निकुञ्ज.

Thamel is the tourist district of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. It is a full Wi-fi zone in Nepal. Thamel has been the centre of the tourist industry in Kathmandu for over four decades starting from the hippie movement when many artists came to Nepal and spent weeks in Thamel. Even though Thamel has been referred to as the "ghetto" by some, most low-budget travelers consider it a tourist heaven. Thamel is distinguished by its narrow streets crowded with various shops and vendors. Commonly sold goods include food, pastries, walking gear, music, DVDs, handicrafts, and clothes. Travel agencies, and budget hotels, restaurants also line the streets. There are many restaurants in Thamel that serve Traditional and continental cuisine, although prices tend to be significantly higher than non-tourist areas. Food hygiene is generally better, despite the overall lack of sanitation in Nepal. Thamel also acts as the pre-base camp for mountaineers. It boasts a wide range of mountaineering gear shops, foreign money exchange booths, pubs, clubs, and nightlife along with the numerous travel agents and guest houses. All in all, Thamel is home to a wide range of audience of the Nepalese population for entertainment and employment purposes. On Wednesday, 28 September 2011, Thamel was declared a full Wi-fi zone in Kathmandu.

Langtang National Park

The Langtang National Park is the fourth national park in Nepal and was established in 1976 as the first Himalayan national park. The protected area exceeds an altitudinal range of 6,450 m and covers an area of 1,710 km² in the Nuwakot, Rasuwa and Sindhulpalchok districts of the central Himalayan region encompassing 26 Village Development Committees. It is linked with the Qomolangma National Nature Preserve in Tibet. The high altitude sacred lake of Gosainkunda falls within the park. The Gosainkunda lake and the Dorje Lakpa range bisect the park from east–west to south–east. The summit of Langtang Lirung is the highest point in the park. The northern and eastern border of the national park coincide with the international border to Tibet. The western boundary follows the rivers Bhote Kosi and Trisuli. The southern border lies 32 km north of the Kathmandu Valley. It is part of the Sacred Himalayan Landscape. Entrance fee is 1000 Nepali Rupees.

Dakshinkali Temple

Dakshinkali Temple or Dakshin Kali Temple, located 22 kilometres outside Kathmandu and about 1 kilometre outside the village of Pharping, is one of the main temples of Nepal dedicated to the goddess Kali. Animal sacrifices, particularly of cockerels and uncastrated male goats, are the main way that the goddess is worshipped, and this is especially seen during the Dashain festival.

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Nepal is genuinely one-of-a-kind. This little mountainous country boasts an incredible variety of tourist attractions for nature enthusiasts, history fans, and spiritual seekers alike. Nepal is home to the Himalayan Mountain range, a trekker’s and outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Mount Everest, the world’s most renowned mountain, is located inside this range. It is the world’s tallest peak, rising 8,848 meters above sea level.

Small, secluded settlements dot the land, and many of them will take you back through the centuries to kingdoms of yore. Religious structures that have been created as holy pilgrimage destinations may be found in these cities. The following tourist attractions in Nepal are well-known for a reason: they highlight the finest that Nepal has to offer and are asking to be discovered.

1. Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp in Solukhumbu

Perched atop the world, Mount Everest stands as a breathtaking testament to our insignificance within the vastness of the planet. Positioned at the mountain’s base, Sherpas and adventurers engage in tireless preparations for their arduous ascent to its summit.

In April and May, holy locations are revered, and pujas (religious rituals) are held to guarantee safe passage. Visitors are graciously invited to explore Everest Base Camp, immersing themselves in the orchestrated chaos that accompanies a voyage that doesn’t always guarantee a joyous conclusion. Embracing the spirit of accessibility, helicopter excursions have gained popularity as a means to reach the base camp, while the “Everest Base Camp Trek” has surged in popularity over recent years.

This formidable trek spans up to three weeks, encompassing a journey that culminates at the base. Participants are granted a modest glimpse into the demanding challenges mountaineers may encounter while scaling the heights of Everest.

2. Durbar Square, Bhaktapur

A landscape around Patan Durbar Square

Travel back in time to the royal square in Bhaktapur and experience the rich history of centuries past. It provides a more tranquil option to Durbar Square in Kathmandu, with fewer crowds and souvenir stalls. While exploring the vibrant square, one cannot help but notice the charming local shops that exude an authentic atmosphere. These establishments, although not solely dependent on tourism, eagerly showcase their traditional craftsmanship. Visitors have the opportunity to witness the intricate process of creating exquisite carvings and delicate clay ceramics.

As you explore the square and its numerous ancient buildings and temples, you will come across remarkable displays of intricate wooden or stone carvings. Access to Bhaktapur’s Durbar Square is absolutely free, but certain historical landmarks and attractions surrounding the square may require an entry fee. Experience the wonders of travel with a visit to the magnificent 55 Window Palace, the iconic Golden Gate, the majestic Lion Gate, and the charming Mini Pashupati Temple.

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3. Boudhanath Stupa

Eyes of Buddha and prayer flags on Bodnath Stupa

Situated on the outskirts of the bustling city of Kathmandu lies the magnificent Boudhanath Stupa. Traveling to Kathmandu offers breathtaking views of the city and the picturesque valley that envelops it. Located in a picturesque destination, you can find one of the most impressive Buddhist stupas globally. Believed to have been constructed during the 14th century, following the Mughal invasions, this architectural marvel stands as a testament to the rich history and cultural heritage of the region. As the wind gently blows, hundreds of vibrant prayer flags dance in the air, encircling the magnificent monument adorned with striking white and gold hues.

Located at the foundation of the Stupa, there are four sets of eyes that symbolize the profound wisdom and omniscience of Buddha. The Stupa is surrounded by a vibrant community of Tibetan Buddhists, who have found refuge here after leaving their homeland.

4. Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu

Located amidst the landscapes of Nepal, the Pashupatinath Temple stands gracefully on the serene banks of the Bagmati River. It is revered as the most sacred Hindu temple in the region. Located in the heart of Asia, this remarkable destination is renowned for its immense religious significance. It stands out as a captivating complex rather than a mere temple, making it a must-visit site for travelers. Nestled amidst enchanting landscapes, the site beckons travelers with its array of libraries, temples, courtyards, monuments, and shrines. It has become a sought-after destination for those seeking solace and cultural immersion.

This is because it is located on the riverbank, and the temple is devoted to Lord Shiva. Travelers are often amazed by the long-standing tradition of this practice, which has been observed not only in this particular destination but also in various other locations across South Asia for countless centuries.

5. Bhote Koshi

Whitewater Rafting on the Bhote Koshi in Nepal

The Bhote Koshi is a breathtaking travel destination, known as the upper river course of the Sun Kosi River, which has its origins in the enchanting land of Tibet. Attention all adventure seekers! If you’re in need of a thrilling escape from the usual sightseeing and trekking in Nepal, look no further than the exhilarating Bhote Koshi River rafting experience. Get ready to pump up your adrenaline and embark on an unforgettable adventure!

Bhote Koshi is renowned for providing the most thrilling river rafting experience in Nepal. Located just a few hours north-west of Kathmandu, there lies a captivating destination near the Nepalese and Tibetan border. This enchanting place is nestled between majestic mountain ranges, offering a breathtaking experience for travelers. Experience the thrill of navigating Level 5 rapids on the glacier-fed river, where adventure awaits at its peak. And for those seeking an extra dose of excitement, prepare yourself for an exhilarating bungee jump that awaits you at a breathtaking height above the majestic river.

Experience the highest free fall in the world. In the realm of travel, the bungee jump is an exhilarating experience that is known for its safety measures. This thrilling activity was crafted by talented individuals from New Zealand who are responsible for the renowned Queenstown bungee jump.

6. Chitwan National Park

Chitwan National Park, Nepal

Chitwan National Park is a popular travel destination known for its remarkable population of one-horned rhinos. However, it is truly remarkable that this national park safeguards not just one iconic animal; it is also renowned for its frequent encounters with the majestic Bengal tiger.

In addition to that, travelers can encounter Gharial crocodiles as they explore the waters, while sloth bears and leopards can be spotted roaming the lush jungles and woodlands. The park has earned its nickname, ‘the second Serengeti,’ due to the abundance of wildlife that can be observed there.

The travel destination boasts a breathtakingly lush landscape, characterized by expansive grasslands, dense jungles, and towering mountain ranges. Travelers often choose safaris as a favored method to explore the park, with the option of arranging overnight tours for a more immersive experience.

7. Swayambhunath Stupa

Stupa in Swayambhunath Monkey temple

Located on a hilltop in the western region of Kathmandu, Swayambhunath stands as a prominent travel destination. It holds great significance as the second most revered shrine in the Kathmandu Valley, following closely after Boudhanath. Because of the presence of indigenous monkeys in certain areas of the temple, it has earned the endearing nickname of the Monkey Temple.

The Swayambhu Stupa, located in a magnificent temple complex, is adorned with the divine eyes of the all-seeing god, creating a captivating centerpiece. Located in a captivating destination, this ancient temple complex holds a rich history that dates back to the 5th century. Originally a prehistoric cult site, it has evolved into a remarkable travel destination over the years. Travelers are often captivated by the significant role that Swayambhu plays in the lives of Vajrayana Buddhists residing in Northern Nepal and Tibet, as well as the Newari Buddhists residing in the picturesque Kathmandu Valley.

During your travels, you’ll be delighted to know that the Swayambhunath temple complex, which experienced some damage due to the 2015 earthquake, has undergone extensive repairs. As a result, the temple has been restored to its former glory and is now ready to be explored by eager travelers like yourself.

8. Phewa Lake

Twilight with boats on Phewa lake, Pokhara

Located near the town of Pokhara, this stunning freshwater lake stands as the second largest in Nepal. Its crystal-clear waters beautifully mirror the awe-inspiring Annapurna Mountain range, creating a truly mesmerizing sight. The picturesque lake is adorned with hotels and restaurants, providing delightful views of the majestic mountain range.

Throughout the majority of the year, travelers can expect to encounter breathtaking snow-capped mountains. The other side of the lake offers a picturesque landscape filled with dense forests and steep hills, making it an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Located in the heart of a serene lake, you will find the sacred temple dedicated to the revered Goddess Durga. Located in the heart of a serene lake, the Tal Barahi Temple is a captivating destination that can only be accessed by a delightful boat ride. This enchanting pagoda holds immense appeal for both enthusiastic travelers and devoted pilgrims, drawing them in with its irresistible charm.

Additionally, engaging in water activities is a popular pastime at the lake. There are numerous travel destinations and scenic trails around the lake that provide breathtaking natural landscapes and panoramic vistas of the lake and mountains.

9. Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Embark on an unforgettable journey to the enchanting Annapurna Sanctuary, a hidden gem accessible only through a captivating 10 to 15-day trek. Located in a glacial basin, this destination is surrounded by majestic mountains, creating a breathtaking backdrop for your travels. However, when it comes to traveling, it’s all about the journey rather than the destination.

During the journey, travelers will have the opportunity to reach the breathtaking Annapurna Sanctuary. However, the entire trek presents awe-inspiring vistas of the majestic Himalayan Mountain range. Travelers opt to stay at homestays along the journey, frequently enjoying meals with the welcoming local families.

This is one of the few travel destinations that does not require a tour guide, as the routes are clearly signposted and surrounded by charming villages. When traveling to The Sanctuary, it is important for visitors to respect the sacredness of this place, as it holds great significance to the local community.

10. Sagarmatha National Park

Sagarmatha National Park

Sagarmatha National Park offers breathtaking views of the world’s highest mountains, such as the majestic Mount Everest. However, there is much more to this travel destination of mountain behemoths than the astounding natural landscape. Travel to the mountain ranges and discover the world’s rarest and most impressive species, such as the elusive snow leopard, the red panda, and the Himalayan black bear.

Within the park, you can find a wide variety of birds, with hundreds of them gracefully soaring through the skies. Additionally, the park is home to numerous musk deer, freely roaming and adding to the natural beauty of the surroundings. In this travel destination, you will find the Sherpas, who reside in charming villages and often pay homage to the sacred sites located throughout the park. When traveling to this destination, it is important for visitors to be cautious of the high elevation and make necessary preparations to avoid altitude sickness.

11. Sarangkot

Looking out over the hilltop in the village of Sarangkot

Located in the charming town of Sarangkot, travelers are captivated by the awe-inspiring vistas that attract globetrotters from every corner of the globe. When traveling to Sarangkot, you will be treated to breathtaking panoramic views of the majestic Himalayas, as they gracefully reveal themselves from behind the soft veil of clouds. When you embark on your journey, you will have the incredible opportunity to witness the majestic peaks of Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhare, and Annapurna I.

If you’re able to wake up early for a breathtaking sunrise, you’ll be rewarded with an unforgettable travel experience. In addition to enjoying the scenic beauty, you can also explore the various hiking and trekking routes that originate from Sarangkot.

12. Namche Bazaar

Woman looking at Namche Bazaar

Namche is known as the “Gateway to Everest”, and serves as the ideal starting point for adventurers embarking on their journey to conquer the majestic peak. On the other hand, the bustling market in Namche has served as a vibrant hub for commerce for countless generations and is renowned for its delectable yak butter and cheese, which are cherished local delicacies.

Today, the bustling marketplace presents a wide array of items that cater to the adventurous souls embarking on a journey through the majestic Himalayas, or for those seeking essentials to enhance their everyday experiences in the village. As you may anticipate, the Namche Bazaar stands as the highest bazaar in the world, offering a unique travel experience. For most travelers, reaching Namche is quite an adventure!

Q: Is it safe to trek in Nepal?

A: Nepal is generally safe for trekkers, but it’s essential to hire a reputable guide and be prepared for varying weather conditions.

Q: When is the best time to visit Nepal?

A: The best time to visit Nepal is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is pleasant for outdoor activities.

Q: Do I need a visa to enter Nepal?

A: Yes, most travelers need a visa to enter Nepal, which can be obtained upon arrival at the airport or applied for in advance at the Nepalese embassy.

Q: What is the currency in Nepal?

A: The official currency of Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR).

Q: Can I get by with English in Nepal?

A: English is widely spoken in urban areas and tourist destinations, so communication should not be a significant issue for travelers.

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Where is Nepal located in the world check fact information about Nepal

What makes Nepal a tourist spot?

Combination of Mountains, rivers, green hills and plain area makes Nepal fascinating and attractive showing the tourists what nature has to them. The Himalayas, Mount Everest , hilly region and the plain areas are the beauty of nature’s world.

Thus Nepal being surrounded by the tallest mountains and the fertile and humid regions around has eventually made them the best tourist spot to be listed today. There are lots of best things to see in Nepal .

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Now it might be quite clear to you what has made them the best one for you. Apart from these eventually the climate has also been responsible for attracting tourists from all over. Basically, its climate varies depending upon the altitudes. Like the other areas Nepal to experience the best five seasons of nature.

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1: The Himalayas The great Himalayas are the main tourist attraction of Nepal . Literally nothing on earth compares to the Himalayan mountain vistas, and you don’t have to be a professional mountain climber to enjoy some of these experiences. Trip to Nepal is in fact trip to the Himalayas.

Those who are fond of expeditious trips in which they can enjoy beauty of the nature and spiritual satisfaction will certainly opt for a holiday trip to Nepal the Himalayas. Visit Nepal to enjoy the beautiful panoramic views of snow covered mountains in Nepal.

2: Mount Everest Nepal is in the shadow of the Everest , the world’s highest mountain. The highest peak of the world is not only the tourist attractions in Nepal. Mount Everest is the proud of whole world. Fulfill your desire to see the Mount Everest once in a live time visit Nepal .

Classic Mount Everest base camp trek follow Dudhkoshi River, narrow valleys, Sherpa villages and high spectacular mountains, including World’s highest places natural world heritage site Sagarmatha National Park . Sunrise views from Kala Patthar over the snow capped peak are an unforgettable experience.

Mount Everest at sunrise from Kala Patthar

3: Lumbini Lord Buddha was born in Lumbini garden in 623 BC. Explore the birthplace of Buddha to get the better place for your religious view to be enhanced. Even it has been a great attraction of the Sacred garden. Lumbini is not only famous between Buddhist but also for all who believe in peace and love too.

Lumbini is the center of holy faith for the millions of Buddhists all over the world. Lumbini tour is the combined package of Buddhist pilgrimage destinations. Let’s go to explore one of the best places to see in Nepal “Lumbini” the birthplace of the Buddha – the apostle of peace and the light of Asia.

4: Pokhara city Pokhara is a beautiful city of Nepal attracts many travelers from around the world to explore its natural beauty. Pokhara city is one of the hubs of adventure spots like Paragliding, jip flyer, ultra light flight, bungee jumping, rafting and boating Phewa lake. Main sightseeing spots of Pokhara are Phewa Lake, Sarangkot, Mahendra cave, Devis fall, Bindabasini temple, peace pagoda, Mahadev cave etc.

Sarangkot hill and shanti stupa are the best spots to see sunrise, sunset and mountain views of the Himalayas . Annapurna range and phew lake add more attraction in Pokhara city. Most popular trekking trail like Annapurna circuit, poon hill, Annapurna base camp are start and ending in Pokhara. Pokhara is a very popular by tourist attractions in Nepal .

5: Bhaktapur Bhaktapur is a famous city in Nepal situated in the east of Kathmandu. This city is well known for its traditional arts, culture and historic monuments. For the tourists, sight-seeing in Bhaktapur is one of the most exciting parts of their program. Bhaktapur provides the refreshing experience with natural beauty, culture ethnicity and beautiful sightseeing views. Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Changunarayan, Nagarkot are the main tourist attractions of Nepal Bhaktapur. Exploring these places in Bhaktapur is a memorable experience for all the visitors.

6: Kathmandu city Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal only gate way to enter Nepal by flight for foreigners. Due to the pollution, dust and crowed many travelers are not interested to spend only few night in Kathmandu. But there are so many best things to see in Nepal in Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu is the cultural, historical and political center of Nepal.

It is situated 1300m above sea level with temperate climate; best time to visit this place is from October to December and March to May. Patan and Bhaktapur are rich in a term of tourism, cultural heritage, Hindu temples, Buddhist monasteries and natural beauty; these are the highlights of Kathmandu valley . Explore the mysterious Kathmandu valley once and discover world heritage sites. It offers a lot of sightseeing places and is a commercial hub for shoppers.

7: Chitwan and Bardia national park Jungle safari in Nepal would be an exceptional experience for you as it has a lot to offer. There are different options for wildlife safari in Nepal like; Chitwan Jungle safari, Bardiya jungle safari etc. If you want a remote wildlife safari Nepal , then Bardia jungle safari is your answer.

The verdant sub-tropical Chitwan jungles could be enjoyed by jungle walking, jeep safari, elephant safari etc. So if you wish to discover wildlife at its best then why not consider wildlife tour Nepal . Chitwan and Bardia national park are such national park has been a better place for you to experience.

8: Upper mustang tourist attractions in Nepal Upper mustang is an isolated corner of Nepal, the former kingdom of lo. Following the Kaligandaki River travelers reach beautiful upper mustang very similar to Tibet. Upper mustang is controlled trekking area opened for foreigners since 1992 A D. Travelers have to obtain special permit require to enter Lo Manthang Mustang.

Sacred pilgrimage Damodar kunda is also situated in upper mustang. Major attraction of Mustang trekking area are antique Tibetan villages, rare medieval Buddhist arts, Luri Gompa, Ghara village, the exotic culture and the unique beauty of the Himalayan desert. Explore once in a life time to capture its natural wonders.

9: Annapurna region tourist attractions in Nepal The name of Annapurna region comes in the second popular trekking areas of Nepal . Annapurna trekking trails are decorated by the stunning nature. Travelers can discover the ethnic culture of Gurung and Magar people also. Main attraction of Annapurna areas are the Himalayas view of snow capped mountains. Annapurna is protected by the Annapurna conservation area, established in 1992.

ACAP is the Nepal’s largest protected area covering 7629 sq. km. Annapurna Conservation Area contains some of the world’s highest peaks the 10th highest Mount Annapurna I and the 7th highest Mount Dhaulagiri. Worlds deepest the Kali Gandaki gorge also is in ACA.

10: Dolpo – Hidden Karnali region Amazing dolpo located behind the Dhaulagiri massif, towards the Tibetan Plateau hosting lots of hidden Himalayan Shangri-La. Trekkers reach upper dolpo crossing three high pass Kagmara La 5115m, Baga La 5190 m, Numa La 5159 m and Shy Phoksundo Lake. Dolpo is almost impossible to compare its strange beauty and surprising charm with other places.

Hidden Dolpo was opened for exploration since 1990 for foreigners. It is controlled area require special permit to enter. Rare flora and fauna, culture and lifestyle of this area attract many people to discover it. Dolpo hidden Karnali region has surprisingly enhanced the Himalayan tropical region and the forests areas.

Now this might be quite interesting for you to explore the Nepal tourist attractions and know what to see in Nepal . Though such exciting places would be not less for you to visit but yet much more are to be there for you to come across. So if you are planning to visit Nepal then just go grab that opportunity and visit Nepal ! No you are clear about Nepal tourist attraction and the top 10 tourist attractions in Nepal are here for you to have a look at! We organize all kinds of travel tours in Nepal according to your requirement write us to visit the best tourist attractions of Nepal .

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12 Top Tourist Attractions in Nepal

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There’s nothing else like Nepal. This small, mountainous country offers an incredible variety of sight-seeing opportunities for adventurers, culture vultures, and spiritual seekers. The Himalayas, located in Nepal, are a fantastic destination for hikers and campers. Mount Everest, the highest peak on Earth, is located inside this range. The summit of the peak rises an astounding 8,848 meters above sea level, making it the highest point on Earth.

Many of the country’s small, out-of-the-way towns are like time capsules, transporting visitors to bygone eras and ancient civilizations. There are pilgrimage destinations among these towns, marked by religious monuments. The following places of interest are among the most visited in Nepal, and for good reason: they are excellent examples of what the country has to offer tourists.

12. Pashupatinath Temple

Sunset at Pashupatinath Temple and Burning Ghats in Kathmandu

Witness the serene beauty of Pashupatinath Temple and the Burning Ghats in Kathmandu. Image source:  Azuresong84/ Shutterstock.com

The Pashupatinath Temple is the holiest Hindu temple in Nepal, and it is located on the bank of the Bagmati River. It is more of a complex than a temple but is nevertheless one of Asia’s most revered religious sites. The location is a famous venue for cremations since it has several libraries, temples, courtyards, monuments, and shrines.

The location on the riverbank and the fact that it is a Shiva temple contribute to this. This practice, which might seem frightening to outsiders, has been going on for thousands of years at the same spot and others like it throughout South Asia.

11. Sagarmatha National Park

Hikers in Khumbu, Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal Himalayas

Embark on a thrilling adventure through Khumbu in Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal Himalayas. Image source:  LUC KOHNEN/ Shutterstock.com

Mount Everest and other world-famous peaks can be found in Sagarmatha National Park. Though the scenery is breathtaking, there is so much more to explore in this park of massive mountains. The snow leopard, red panda, and Himalayan black bear are just a few of the secretive and spectacular animals that make their homes in the mountain ranges.

Hundreds of birds make the area their permanent home, and numerous musk deer roam freely. The indigenous Sherpas have villages in the park and visit the many temples and shrines there for religious purposes. Still, tourists need to be aware of the high altitude and take precautions to avoid becoming sick.

10. Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazar and Mount Thamserku view

Marvel at the stunning view of Namche Bazar and Mount Thamserku in Nepal. Image source:  Daniel Prudek/ Shutterstock.com

Namche is where the majority of people begin their journey to the summit of Mount Everest, earning it the nickname “the gateway to Everest.” Namche, on the other hand, is home to a centuries-old market renowned for its yak butter and cheese.

The modern-day bazaar has everything a traveler across the Himalayas or a villager may need. Namche Bazaar is the world’s highest bazaar, as you would anticipate. Reaching Namche is a feat in and of itself for the vast majority of hikers.

9. Ancient Town of Patan

Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

Explore the rich heritage of Patan Durbar Square in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Image source:  Hakat/ Shutterstock.com

A murky river is all that separates Patan from Kathmandu. The original Sanskrit name for the city means “City of Beauty,” and it is still often used today. The city’s ancient area is home to some of Nepal’s most impressive specimens of Newari art and architecture.

The Golden Temple, Mul Chowk, the Patan Museum, Krishna Mandri, and Sundari Chowk are among the most visited sites in the town. The old part of this beautiful town is where you’ll find all the best attractions.

8. Bhote Koshi

Rafting on Bhote Koshi River in Nepal

Experience the thrill of white-water rafting on Bhote Koshi River in Nepal. Image source:  Aleksandar Todorovic/ Shutterstock.com

The Bhote Koshi is the upper river stream of the Sun Kosi river, which starts in Tibet. Thrill seekers, listen up: rafting the Bhote Koshi River is the ideal way to take a break from sightseeing and hiking in Nepal and have a thrilling experience.

The rapids of the Bhote Koshi are the most challenging of any in Nepal. It is situated within a few hours’ drive north-west of Kathmandu along the Nepalese and Tibetan borders, wedged between mountain ranges. The glacier-fed river boasts Level 5 rapids at its height, but if that’s not enough excitement, there is also a thrilling bungee jump positioned dauntingly high above the river.

The free fall from that height is the highest in the world. Bungee jumping is a risky sport, but the New Zealanders who created the iconic Queenstown bungee jump ensured that the equipment used was as secure as possible.

7. Durbar Square, Kathmandu

Aerial view of Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal

Discover the historic charm of Durbar Square in Kathmandu from above. Image source:  Jakub Cejpek/ Shutterstock.com

Durbar Square is a royal palace, thus the Nepalese word “durbar,” which describes the square well. The palace square is in front of the old imperial palace of the bygone Kathmandu Kingdom. Kathmandu was one of several independent kingdoms that made up Nepal until the middle of the 18th century, when the country was finally united.

Many of Nepal’s kings have been crowned, and royal decrees have been issued at the country’s many Durbar Squares. Durbar Square in Kathmandu is extremely beautiful; it shows some of the country’s greatest traditional architecture and Newari-style craftsmanship.

The area is surrounded by a number of religious buildings, including temples, towers, a former elephant stable, and shrines, as well as the palace itself. Many of the buildings were severely damaged in the 2015 earthquake, but attempts are under way to bring them back to their former beauty.

6. Phewa Lake

Colorful boats on Phewa Lake, Pokhara, Nepal

Enjoy a tranquil boat ride on Phewa Lake surrounded by vibrant scenery. Image source:  viajeleve/ Shutterstock.com

This beautiful freshwater lake is the second biggest in Nepal and is located close to Pokhara; its waters are a reflection of the towering Annapurna range. The majority of the hotels and restaurants are located on the side of the lake that faces away from the mountains.

It is not unusual to see snow-capped mountains throughout most of the year. The land on the opposite side of the lake is too forested and hilly to be used for urbanization. The holy temple of Durga, the Hindu goddess, is located in the exact middle of the lake. This pagoda, known as the Tal Barahi Temple, is a popular destination for tourists and religious pilgrims alike since it can only be accessed by boat.

In any case, the lake is a popular location for water sports. Many shorter climbs and longer trips around the lake provide spectacular views of the lake and neighboring mountains.

5. Durbar Square, Bhaktapur

Durbar Square in Bhaktapur, Nepal

Step back in time at Durbar Square, Bhaktapur. Image source:  milosk50/ Shutterstock.com

Visiting the royal plaza in Bhaktapur is like stepping back thousands of years in time. There are fewer tourists and fewer souvenir shops, making it a more relaxing option than Durbar Square in the heart of Kathmandu. The local stores around the square, which sell things like clay pottery and wood carvings, don’t appear to depend only on tourists, and they’re happy to show you the process.

Each of the numerous antique temples and structures around the central square has exquisite examples of wooden or stone carvings. While there is no admission cost to visit Durbar Square in Bhaktapur, some of the sites and monuments in the area may require payment. The 55-Window Palace, Golden Gate, Lion Gate, and Mini Pashupathi Temple are just a few of the sites to see in this area.

4. Chitwan National Park

Asian rhinoceroses in Chitwan, Nepal

Explore the untamed beauty of Chitwan as you encounter Asian rhinoceroses. Image source:  natalia_maroz/ Shutterstock.com

Some of the world’s only surviving one-horned rhinoceroses can be found at Chitwan National Park. However, the park is home to more than just one renowned animal, since the Bengal tiger is often seen here as well.

In addition, Gharial crocodiles watch over the lake, while sloth bears and leopards prowl the forests and jungles. The park’s abundance of wildlife is responsible for earning it the nickname “the second Serengeti.”

Extreme vegetation covers the country, which consists of vast plains, thick jungles, and towering mountain ranges. The park is often visited by safaris, and visitors can even book trips that last for many days.

3. Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Tourists walking in Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Embark on a memorable journey through the Annapurna Sanctuary. Image source:  Boyloso/ Shutterstock.com

Annapurna Sanctuary is only accessible by a 10–15-day hike. It rests on a high glacial basin and is surrounded by neighboring mountains. Yet, the process of getting there is just as exciting as the final destination itself when it comes to this particular landmark.

The Annapurna Sanctuary is reached mid-trip, although the rest of the journey gives amazing vistas of the surrounding Himalayan mountain range. Along the way, trekkers stay in homestays and typically eat with local families.

This is one of the few walks that does not need a guide since the paths are quite well defined and dotted with villages. Since the locals hold the sanctuary in high regard, visitors should respect its sanctity.

2. Boudhanath Stupa

Sunset at Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu, Nepal

Witness the tranquil beauty of a sunset at Boudhanath Stupa. Image source:  toiletroom/ Shutterstock.com

Boudhanath Stupa is a Buddhist stupa not far from Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital. Incredibly beautiful panoramas of Kathmandu and the valley can be seen from the stupa. Built following the devastating Mughal invasions of the 14th century, this stupa is one of the biggest in the world. Around the stark white and gold monument, hundreds of multicolored prayer flags swirl in the breeze.

All-seeing and all-knowing like Buddha, the stupa’s four sets of eyes watch over the world from its foundation. There are a lot of Tibetan Buddhists living in the area surrounding the stupa, and many of them are refugees.

1. Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp

Stand in awe at the iconic Everest Base Camp. Image source:  Meiqianbao/ Shutterstock.com

Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth, serves as a spectacular visual representation of how little we are in the grand scheme of things. Ahead of their climb to the peak of Everest, sherpas and mountaineers spend countless hours preparing in the base camp.

Throughout order to guarantee safe journeys, pujas (religious ceremonies) are held at holy places in April and May. Everest Base Camp is open to tourists who want to experience the streamlined chaos of a journey not certain to end in success. Both helicopter tours and the more recently popular “Everest Base Camp Trek” are common ways to reach the camp.

Participants get a taste of what it could be like to ascend Mount Everest by enduring this grueling three-week trip only to the base.

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8 Tourist Attractions in Italy Worth Seeing

Italy’s tourist attractions are spectacular! Here, you’ll find breathtaking historical sites, stunning architecture, and enchanting nature. But what’s really worth seeing? Locals in Italy helped break it down. 

#1: Colosseum 

Colosseum Tourist Attractions in Italy

Once the site of gladiator clashes, Rome’s Colosseum still tingles with the energy of battles past. It’s much quieter today—you’ll see more camera flashes instead of sparks from chariot races—but it’s easy to imagine the arena filled with 80,000 cheering spectators, as it was at its peak. 

This site attracts crowds of the curious—so locals tell us it’s a good idea to buy tickets early in the morning to avoid the crowd. And don’t miss out on all that the Colosseum offers! One of our locals notes that your ticket also allows you access to Palatine Hill , one of the most ancient parts of the city. 

#2: Uffizi Museum 

Uffizi Museum Tourist Attractions in Italy

Florence is one of our favorite places to visit in Italy. Why? The fantastic Uffizi Museum has a lot to do with it. Locals rave that it’s hard to beat Uffizi’s collection of classical artwork. One of our locals in Italy wrote:

“Among the highlights are the Birth of Venus and Primavera by Sandro Botticelli, the Madonna of the Goldfinch by Raphael, the Bacchus by Caravaggio, and my personal favorite - the Venus of Urbino by Titan (being Venetian, I have a soft spot for Titian!)”

The museum is definitely worth a stop if you’re in Florence. Another of our locals suggests picking up the audio guide, as it’s “inexpensive” and full of “excellent information.”

#3: Vatican City

Vatican City Tourist Attractions in Italy

Locals tell us that the Vatican is an excellent place to stop if your travels take you through Rome. Technically its own country (the smallest in the world !) the Vatican is a deeply important religious site. (Locals say this means you should be mindful of how you dress—err on the more conservative side.)

Here, you’ll find iconic sites like Saint Peter’s Basilica, Saint Peter’s Square, and the Sistine Chapel. Like many tourist attractions in Rome, the Vatican can get crowded. For this reason, locals recommend visiting in the morning.

#4: Venice Canals 

Venice Tourist Attractions in Italy

Full of winding canals, romantic bridges, and breathtaking sunsets, Venice is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places to visit in Italy. One reason why it’s so magical? No cars are allowed! So, enjoy your Venice strolls. Locals tell us you’ll find lots of fantastic seafood in this seaside city—walk it off by crisscrossing Venice’s famous canals and bridges.

We love Venice, but it’s a destination that should be approached mindfully. Venice is one of the top sufferers of overtourism. How do you avoid being an overtourist ? It’s simple—travel in the offseason, aim to get off the beaten path, and look for activities that don’t make corporate guidebooks.

#5: Pompeii 

Pompeii Tourist Attractions in Italy

Pompeii is a town frozen in time. Destroyed in 79 A.D. after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii today provides a look at life hundreds of years ago. Wander through the ancient ruins. Locals recommend visiting the well-preserved baths and seeing the still-vibrant frescos at Villa of the Mysteries. It’s an eerie (but very cool) thing to do while in Italy.

#6: Lake Como 

Lake Como Tourist Attractions in Italy

Where to go in Italy is a tough question. If you dream of sunning yourself in lakeside towns or exploring nearby mountain villages, then locals tell us you’ll love Lake Como. 

One of the most enchanting places to visit in Italy, Lake Como is a refreshing change from the high energy of Italy’s cities. (Of course, locals note that it’s possible to have the best of both worlds—Milan is only a 90-minute drive away.)

Go for a relaxing kayak, hike up Brunate, and enjoy all the charms of Lake Como’s lakeside towns. 

#7: Milan Duomo

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Speaking of Milan...this next Italian tourist attraction is a true wonder. (Locals tell us you’ll find plenty of wonder in beautiful Milano! ). The Milano Duomo is one of the oldest and largest cathedrals in Europe. 

Constructed in a decidedly Gothic style—which is different from most cathedrals in Italy—the Duomo looms over the city. Locals say it’s wonderful to look at the church from the Piazza del Duomo, but definitely worth it to buy tickets to climb to the roof. One of our locals wrote: 

“I suggest you to go the Duomo Rooftop, you will admire an alternative view of the city, surrounded by majestic spires.

#8: Capri 

Capri Tourist Attractions in Italy

If you visit Naples, one of our favorite spots in Italy because of its pizza and ports, locals suggest taking a day trip to the island of Capri. 

Locals tell us that you can easily hop on a ferry from Naples . The crossing to Capri is less than an hour and costs about 20 euros. 

Once there, enjoy! Locals suggest visiting the island’s famous “Blue Grotto”, hiking Monte Solaro, or checking out the ruins of Villa Jovis (the former home to the Roman Emperor Tiberius). 

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Posted: 24 June 2024 | Last updated: 24 June 2024

<p>Some of the world’s most historic and beautiful attractions are being damaged by mass tourism, undermined by commercialisation or just tarnished by selfie-crazy masses. From uncomfortable overcrowding and tacky souvenir stores to physical damage inflicted by a constant flow of visitors, we look at the impact commercialisation has had on some bucket list destinations.</p>  <p><strong>Read on to discover the tourist attractions suffering from commercialisation and overtourism...</strong></p>

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Some of the world’s most historic and stunning attractions are being damaged by mass tourism, undermined by commercialisation or just tarnished by selfie-crazy masses. From uncomfortable overcrowding and tacky souvenir stores to physical damage inflicted by a constant flow of visitors, we look at the impact commercialisation has had on some bucket list destinations.

Read on to discover the tourist attractions suffering from commercialisation and overtourism...

Mountain climbing and trekking on Everest is now a huge commercial operation. Come spring in the Himalayas and around 1,000 foreign climbers will head here for a chance to scale the world's tallest mountain, whose summit was first conquered in 1953. So, if you're looking for a crowd-free, high-altitude adventure, you've come to the wrong peak.

Mount Everest, Nepal

<p>In 2022, some 690 paying climbers reached the summit and thousands more trekked around the mighty peak. Unfortunately, this boom in tourism has left Mount Everest covered in debris too – huge piles of rubbish are left behind on the mountain, not to mention human waste and sadly some bodies. The overuse of trekking poles is also eroding the terrain and a dependence on tourism has changed the face of many Himalayan villages.</p>

In 2022, some 690 paying climbers reached the summit and thousands more trekked around the mighty peak. Unfortunately, this boom in tourism has left Mount Everest covered in debris too – huge piles of rubbish are left behind on the mountain, not to mention human waste and sadly some bodies. The overuse of trekking poles is also eroding the terrain and a dependence on tourism has changed the face of many Himalayan villages.

Peru's national treasure tops many people's travel bucket lists. The lofty "lost" Andean city is truly awe-inspiring, but the fragile site is suffering from its popularity. Rediscovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911, the city housed a maximum population of 1,000 at its peak, but tourist numbers eventually rose to 5,000 visitors per day in peak season, putting enormous pressure on the monument’s paths and steps.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Peruvian tourism authorities have since restricted access to the ancient wonder in a bid to reduce the flow, and now 2,500 people per day are allowed to enter the magnificent Inca citadel in the clouds. The site also allows a maximum of 10 people per guide and re-entry is prohibited. However, that’s still double the amount of people the precious site was intended for.

Teotihuacán, Mexico

Unsurprisingly, it can be swarmed by vendors as well, keen to sell their wares to the visiting crowds. The site gets especially hectic during the spring and autumn equinoxes when thousands descend on the site believing the structures have a special energy. Thankfully, as of recently, it’s no longer possible to climb on the precious monuments (as pictured) as there were concerns about the damage this inflicted.

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

<p>As well as the worrying effect of careless tourists on the health of the world's largest coral reef ecosystem, the sheer number of boats heading out to the reef can be off-putting. There are approximately 820 operators and 1,500 vessels operating in the marine park and you can find yourself elbow-to-elbow with fellow snorkellers as you try to ogle a clownfish. Book a small boat tour to avoid sharing the water with hundreds of other day trippers, preferably to the outer reef or islands.</p>

As well as the worrying effect of careless tourists on the health of the world's largest coral reef ecosystem, the sheer number of boats heading out to the reef can be off-putting. There are approximately 820 operators and 1,500 vessels operating in the marine park and you can find yourself elbow-to-elbow with fellow snorkellers as you try to ogle a clownfish. Book a small boat tour to avoid sharing the water with hundreds of other day trippers, preferably to the outer reef or islands.

Construction of this epic fortification, which extends thousands of miles in sections from Shanhaiguan on China's east coast to Jiayuguan in the west, first began in 771 BC. It was built as a mighty line of defence against enemy invasions. Large parts of the Great Wall were built during the Ming Dynasty of 1368-1644.

The Great Wall of China

<p>Ironically, however, the country's greatest historic site, which attracts 10 million visitors a year, has faced a more worrying onslaught. It has sustained substantial damage from overtourism over the years, as well as vandals stealing bricks or leaving graffiti. The most-visited stretches of the monument are those north of capital Beijing, such as Badaling, which has now capped visitor numbers at 65,000 people per day.</p>

Ironically, however, the country's greatest historic site, which attracts 10 million visitors a year, has faced a more worrying onslaught. It has sustained substantial damage from overtourism over the years, as well as vandals stealing bricks or leaving graffiti. The most-visited stretches of the monument are those north of capital Beijing, such as Badaling, which has now capped visitor numbers at 65,000 people per day.

<p>Once a remote and isolated archipelago, the Galápagos have experienced a boom in tourism with people desperate to see their natural wonders. There were 1,000 tourists per year in the 1960s, when tourism first began, which swelled to more than 260,000 in 2022. There are major concerns about the impact on the once-pristine environment. So much so that they were listed as an endangered UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007 due in part to the impact of tourism. </p>

Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Once a remote and isolated archipelago, the Galápagos have experienced a boom in tourism with people desperate to see their natural wonders. There were 1,000 tourists per year in the 1960s, when tourism first began, which swelled to more than 260,000 in 2022. There are major concerns about the impact on the once-pristine environment. So much so that they were listed as an endangered UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007 due in part to the impact of tourism. 

If you're expecting an edge-of-the-world paradise, you'll be disappointed. There's been a massive population growth to match the tourist influx – clearly evident in the souvenir shop-laden Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz's main town. Tighter regulations are now in place to help preserve the fragile ecology and extraordinarily diverse wildlife, including limitations on boats, but you may have to dodge fellow camera-wielding visitors as you attempt to snap the photogenic locals.

Stonehenge, England

Britain's most famous ancient landmark has lured visitors and pagan worshippers for thousands of years. Up until 1978, the public could wander freely among the prehistoric stones. They eventually were fenced off due to fears of damage as the number of people entering the site grew.

<p>Today a visit to the enigmatic structure can be sadly underwhelming due to a procession of coach parties and the hum of the traffic-clogged main road nearby. Visit during the summer solstice and you can see why the stones were fenced off as thousands of revellers arrive to see in the dawn of a new day. Despite ongoing controversies around the site, the opening of a £27.5 million visitor centre in 2013 has done much to improve the landscape and overall visitor experience.</p>

Today a visit to the enigmatic structure can be sadly underwhelming due to a procession of coach parties and the hum of the traffic-clogged main road nearby. Visit during the summer solstice and you can see why the stones were fenced off as thousands of revellers arrive to see in the dawn of a new day. Despite ongoing controversies around the site, the opening of a £27.5 million visitor centre in 2013 has done much to improve the landscape and overall visitor experience.

Lost in the desert for more than 1,000 years, the spectacular rose-coloured ancient city is now Jordan's biggest tourist attraction and one of the world's most famous heritage sites. Although visitor numbers have decreased here, as they have across the Middle East due to safety concerns, tourism is still taking its toll.

Petra, Jordan

<p>Dangers to the precious sandstone structure include tourists riding donkeys up the steps to the monastery or simply people walking around or leaning on walls. Litter is another blight on the ancient treasure. Be sure to double check <a href="https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/jordan">FCO</a> and <a href="https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/jordan-travel-advisory.html">US Department of State</a> advice before you travel to Jordan. </p>

Dangers to the precious sandstone structure include tourists riding donkeys up the steps to the monastery or simply people walking around or leaning on walls. Litter is another blight on the ancient treasure. Be sure to double check FCO  and US Department of State advice before you travel to Jordan. 

The mere breath of tourists within the prehistoric cave of Lascaux in the Dordogne caused such irrevocable damage that it was closed indefinitely. The incredible display of around 600 cave paintings were discovered by teenage boys in 1940 and opened to the public in 1948.

Lascaux, France

Thousands flocked to see them, changing the caves' atmosphere and causing algae and crystals to irreparably damage the artwork. While you might not get to see the real thing, a spectacular and complete replica of France's most celebrated cave art opened in 2016. The striking centre is set at the foot of the hill where the original cave art was found and is known as Lascaux 4.

The Valley of the Kings, Egypt

Another replica of a threatened heritage site was opened in the Valley of the Kings in 2014. An exact copy of the burial site of King Tutankhamun was painstakingly created after the original tomb was closed for restoration by the Department of Antiquities.

The painted burial chamber of the young pharaoh was showing the strains of countless heavy-breathing tourists pouring into it since it was first discovered by archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922. It has since reopened with physical barriers and a new ventilation system.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

<p>If it's spiritual serenity you're after, then you'll be sorely disappointed as you edge past selfie-taking tourists at this holy site. Since the Nineties, visitor numbers have leapt from 7,650 in 1993 to more than 287,000 people in 2022 (this figure is down from pre-pandemic levels too). The influx has not just ruined the magic of discovering this "lost" wonder but has also taken its toll on the delicate sandstone structures as people clambering up the narrow staircases and bottlenecks cause them to brush past its intricate carvings. </p>

If it's spiritual serenity you're after, then you'll be sorely disappointed as you edge past selfie-taking tourists at this holy site. Since the Nineties, visitor numbers have leapt from 7,650 in 1993 to more than 287,000 people in 2022 (this figure is down from pre-pandemic levels too). The influx has not just ruined the magic of discovering this "lost" wonder but has also taken its toll on the delicate sandstone structures as people clambering up the narrow staircases and bottlenecks cause them to brush past its intricate carvings. 

<p>Just about wherever you go in Athens you can catch a glimpse of the magnificent sacred citadel that has stood above the city for millennia. While you expect to see a crumbling ruin, when you get up close it might look a little more worn. There has been inevitable wear and tear over the years as hordes of visitors ascend the mound, including significant erosion to the steps of the Propylaea, the Parthenon and the hill itself.</p>  <p>In an attempt to combat the damage, extensive restoration works went on for decades – a lengthy process that was hindered by the country's financial woes. Happily, the scaffolding has now been removed and construction has wrapped up, but new visitor caps mean that 20,000 people per day are permitted to enter the ancient site. Previously as many as 23,000 people might throng here each day. </p>

The Acropolis, Greece

Just about wherever you go in Athens you can catch a glimpse of the magnificent sacred citadel that has stood above the city for millennia. While you expect to see a crumbling ruin, when you get up close it might look a little more worn. There has been inevitable wear and tear over the years as hordes of visitors ascend the mound, including significant erosion to the steps of the Propylaea, the Parthenon and the hill itself.

In an attempt to combat the damage, extensive restoration works went on for decades – a lengthy process that was hindered by the country's financial woes. Happily, the scaffolding has now been removed and construction has wrapped up, but new visitor caps mean that 20,000 people per day are permitted to enter the ancient site. Previously as many as 23,000 people might throng here each day. 

Michelangelo's renowned masterpiece – the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel – is undoubtedly breathtaking, but you might want to think twice before visiting. Sadly, the experience of viewing Vatican City's most magnificent artwork can be a bit of a letdown – social media is awash with people complaining it's "underwhelming" and "overrated".

The Sistine Chapel, Vatican City

The queues to enter the Vatican Museums are horrendous (though you can buy more expensive ‘skip-the-line tickets’). Once you're in, you have to contend with huge crowds as you slowly traipse towards the chapel. And as you finally peer up along with the neck-craning masses, you can't help but think about how your presence could be damaging the 500-year-old artwork – the millions of annual visitors have taken a toll on the integrity of the precious paintings.

The Sistine Chapel, Italy

Built between 2584 BC and 2561 BC, the Great Pyramid of Giza is the only surviving of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and has enthralled travellers for millennia. As you see the gargantuan structure and the other pyramids rise from the desert just outside of Cairo, you can't fail to be awed by the enormity of their size and history.

The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

<p>But the hassle you get from overzealous vendors can soon taint the experience, according to visitors. The ugly fast food outlets and hastily-constructed apartments that have been built near the Giza plateau are another unwelcome addition. However, a new visitor centre has just opened with the aim of improving the tourist experience.</p>

But the hassle you get from overzealous vendors can soon taint the experience, according to visitors. The ugly fast food outlets and hastily-constructed apartments that have been built near the Giza plateau are another unwelcome addition. However, a new visitor centre has just opened with the aim of improving the tourist experience.

Built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal in the 17th century, the Taj Mahal is widely considered to be one of the world's most beautiful buildings. And a beauty it is, but Mumtaz Mahal may well be turning in her grave at the tourist circus that has developed around her mausoleum.

Taj Mahal, India

It can be hard to appreciate the beauty of the Mughal architecture when you're jostling with immense and excitable crowds to get a glimpse of the classic view – the marble monument reflected serenely in the lotus pond. Being confronted by a swell of people claiming to be guides, souvenir sellers and hawkers can also mar the experience. However, now caps mean visitors can only spend three hours in one day at the site.

Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

Since starring in Danny Boyle's 2000 film The Beach , Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi has been a magnet for tourists who arrive only to discover a place that's a far cry from the pristine beaches and clear waters of the film. The beach receives an average of 200 boats and 4,000 visitors each day.

Hordes of tourists, hard-talking boat trip vendors and piles of rubbish have made this beauty spot anything but a paradise. The victim of its own popularity, Koh Phi Phi has been critically damaged from overtourism. The beach was closed for an extended period for clean-up efforts, before reopening in 2022. It has just reopened after another three-month closure.

Easter Island, Chile

The remote Chilean island Rapa Nui (or Easter Island as it's also known) in the Pacific Ocean has seen its tourism industry really take off in recent years. Its incredible moai, giant stone statues, have made the island famous across the world and millions want to see them.

<p>Similar to the isolated Galápagos, there has been a surge in increasingly affordable flights and cruise ships stopping at the tiny island. So much so that it has many Rapa Nui people worried about the impact of tourism on their cultural heritage and fragile environment. There have been reports of tourists climbing on the statues or vandalising them. A swelling population and concerns around waste management are also of huge concern.</p>

Similar to the isolated Galápagos, there has been a surge in increasingly affordable flights and cruise ships stopping at the tiny island. So much so that it has many Rapa Nui people worried about the impact of tourism on their cultural heritage and fragile environment. There have been reports of tourists climbing on the statues or vandalising them. A swelling population and concerns around waste management are also of huge concern.

Outback scenery doesn't get more epic than at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Australia's Northern Territory, where the spectacular sacred rock Uluru rises dramatically from the flat scrubland. The nearest town, Alice Springs, might be a five-hour drive away but for all of its remoteness it can get pretty busy with visitors at peak times of the year.

Uluru, Australia

While it's possible to enjoy a relatively peaceful stroll around the base of the monolith, if you want to see the famed change of colours at sunrise and sunset be prepared for company. A noisy crowd of coach parties, tour groups and backpackers congregate at the roadside for breakfast, drinks and barbecues as they watch the rock glow various shades of red and pink. Since 2019, it has no longer been possible to climb Uluru, which is sacred to the Indigenous Anangu peoples.

Halong Bay, Vietnam

<p>Some visitors come away considering it yet another over-hyped tourist hotspot – a one-time beauty spot that's become overrun with junk boats, vendors peddling tourist tat and rubbish littering the bay. While the commercialisation of the bay doesn't entirely detract from the beauty of the geography, if it's an off-the-beaten track expedition you're looking for this is not the boat trip for you.</p>

Some visitors come away considering it yet another over-hyped tourist hotspot – a one-time beauty spot that's become overrun with junk boats, vendors peddling tourist tat and rubbish littering the bay. While the commercialisation of the bay doesn't entirely detract from the beauty of the geography, if it's an off-the-beaten track expedition you're looking for this is not the boat trip for you.

<p>The idyllic and sleepy backwaters of Kerala, a sprawling network of lakes, rivers and canals, have long been the lifeblood of the south Indian state – used by local people for drinking, washing, transport and fishing. But since backwater tours hit the travel bucket lists of domestic and global tourists, things aren't quite so sleepy. The unregulated expansion of the houseboat industry is damaging the region's remarkable coastal ecosystem.</p>

Kerala backwaters, India

The idyllic and sleepy backwaters of Kerala, a sprawling network of lakes, rivers and canals, have long been the lifeblood of the south Indian state – used by local people for drinking, washing, transport and fishing. But since backwater tours hit the travel bucket lists of domestic and global tourists, things aren't quite so sleepy. The unregulated expansion of the houseboat industry is damaging the region's remarkable coastal ecosystem.

<p>Visit the main hub of Alleppey in the morning and you'll see hundreds of <em>kettuvallam</em> (thatch-roofed riceboats) chugging along to drop off and pick up passengers. The increasingly congested waters have become heavily polluted by spilled fuel and sadly the sight of boat workers throwing litter into the water is not an uncommon one. </p>  <p><a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/galleries/159756/destinations-which-dont-want-tourists-forbidden-city-rome-italy?page=1"><strong>These destinations don't want tourists to visit. Here's why</strong></a></p>

Visit the main hub of Alleppey in the morning and you'll see hundreds of kettuvallam (thatch-roofed riceboats) chugging along to drop off and pick up passengers. The increasingly congested waters have become heavily polluted by spilled fuel and sadly the sight of boat workers throwing litter into the water is not an uncommon one. 

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Use your Indian bank account to pay in UAE: A guide for Indian tourists, 2024

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You can choose to pay in rupees

NRIs in UAE will soon be able to use UPI payments with local mobile number

Dubai: If you are an Indian tourist visiting the UAE, you can now use your existing UPI (Unified Payments Interface) app for shopping, dining, and exploring tourist attractions across the UAE.

This comes in handy if you are not always carrying cash or a physical credit card.

Indian tourists can make payments using their preferred UPI app, like PhonePe or Google Pay linked to their Indian bank account, just as they would in India. All transactions will be processed in Indian Rupees (INR), with the current currency exchange rate clearly displayed on the machine, at the time of payment.

Here’s how it works.

Is UPI accepted everywhere in the UAE?

The UPI  transactions can only be conducted at Mashreq’s NEOPAY Terminals, which are available across many retail and dining outlets, and tourist attractions. NEOPAY is a fully owned subsidiary of Mashreqbank and it offers UPI QR payments in the UAE.

You can usually spot a sign on the checkout counter stating the shop or restaurant that accepts UPI payments.

This service is facilitated by a collaboration formed between Mashreq Bank and NPCI International Payments Limited (NIPL) in April 2024 .

  • NRIs in UAE will soon be able to use UPI payments with local mobile number – here’s how

How can you use UPI payments in UAE?

In order to make payments using UPI, you need to activate ‘International UPI’ on PhonePe or GPay (Google Pay), by following these steps:

For Google Pay:

• Open the Google Pay app . • Tap Scan QR code. • Scan the international merchant’s QR code, which is either displayed on the check out counter or place your phone over the Point of Sale (POS) machine. • Enter the amount in payable foreign currency. • Select the bank account you want to use to pay the international merchant. • The debit from this bank account is in Indian currency. It includes the foreign exchange conversion rate and applicable bank fee. • Tap the ‘Activate UPI International’ button.

You can only activate international transactions for bank accounts that support UPI International. Important note - Activation for international transactions for a bank account expires after seven days, after which you can activate it again.

For PhonePe:

• Tap your profile picture on the PhonePe app home screen. • Tap ‘International’ under the Payment Management section. • Tap ‘Activate’ next to the bank account from which you want to make international UPI payments. • Enter your UPI PIN. Once you have activated this feature, you can continue to use your UPI for transactions in UAE.

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One Price for Locals … 6x for Tourists? When Foreigners Pay More

Peden Doma Bhutia , Skift

June 20th, 2024 at 11:03 AM EDT

The two-tier pricing debate enters its Japanese edition with businesses trying to strike a balance between catering to loyal local customers while staying true to Omotenashi (Japanese hospitality).

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Hideyasu Kiyomoto, the mayor of Himeji City in Japan, this week proposed a significant price hike for foreign tourists visiting Himeji Castle , a UNESCO World Heritage site. Currently, the entry fee is JPY 1,000 (about $6) for all, but the mayor suggested increasing it to around $30 for foreigners, while locals would pay $5. 

The extra revenue would help with maintenance and to counter overtourism.

A restaurant in Tokyo is already testing two-tier pricing. Tamatebako in the city’s Shibuya neighborhood charges locals JPY 5,478 ($36) for a weekday lunch buffet, while foreigners pay JPY 6,578 ($42). For dinner, locals pay JPY 6,578 ($42), and foreigners JPY 7,678 ($49).

The higher price for foreigners is considered the official rate, with a “discount” for “Japanese and foreign residents in Japan.” To get the discount, customers must show proof of Japanese nationality or residency.

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Earlier this year, Osaka Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura proposed a special tourist tax ahead of the 2025 World Exposition. The amount has not yet been discussed.

The goal of these ideas is to limit over-tourism and help locals who are getting priced out. 

In Japan, citizens need to contend with a weak yen and sluggish wage growth even as there is an inbound tourism boom: On Wednesday, the country announced that it had its third straight month with more than 3 million tourists in May. 

Global Comparisons

While restaurants charging two-tier pricing may be unique, there are several examples of foreigners paying higher prices at popular attractions.

The entry fee in India’s Taj Mahal is INR 50 for domestic tourists, INR 540 for citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri-Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand and INR 1100 for other foreign tourists.

In Jordan’s Petra, the entry fees for locals is JD 10 while foreigners pay JD70. The Kinabalu Park in Malaysia charges RM 10 from Malaysians while foreigners pay RM 50. Machu Pichu too charges $75 from foreigners while those from Andrean countries like Colombia, Bolivia and Ecuador pay $47.

Egypt’s Great Pyramids, St Petersburg in Russia, Angkor Wat in Cambodia are all places where foreigners pay more than locals.

In Asia, the Malaysian Budget and Business Hotel Association in 2022 had called for a two-tier system for room rates , with foreigners paying more for accommodation than locals. But that didn’t happen.

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City , admission is $30 for all but New York State residents can choose the amount they pay, as long as it’s “something.”

Deter Travelers?

Asked if something like this would deter budget travelers, Gary Bowerman, director of travel intelligence firm Check-in Asia, said it would depend on the price differences.

Bowerman noted that the initial fee disparity could prompt backlash, likely leading to revisions. In Bali, for example, the governor made various comments over the past couple of years about introducing a tourism quota, banning mountain tourism, stopping motorbike rentals, and more. Most of those proposals have been watered down.

“When a governor or mayor makes such statements, they tend to moderate the policy after consulting with stakeholders,” said Bowerman.

Michelle Lyons, founder of Point North , a branding and strategy firm specializing in Japan’s tourism industry, noted that while this model may deter price-conscious tourists, it could lose effectiveness over time as people adapt to higher prices, much like inflation.

Some say Chinese tourists visiting Japan may dislike differential pricing, but many may accept it since there are many examples of two-tiered pricing for residents and tourists.

Reacting to news about the Himeji mayor’s proposal, a user on X noted, “Japan needs to get its messaging sorted out. Do they want tourism or not?” 

Japan needs to get its messaging sorted out. Do they want tourism or not? I regularly get ads from various Japanese govt entities at various levels promoting tourism. — The Heat Dome (@TheHeatDome) June 18, 2024

Reacting to whether such measures help counter overtourism, Bowerman said that as tourism becomes a highly political issue in high-traffic destinations, authorities often end up making populist statements. “But, the Himeji government admits its new tourism tax is for revenue, like most others. Overtourism is a supply and demand issue and it can’t be solved by taxing the demand side without tackling supply. European cities, for example, limit daily visitors to popular attractions.”

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