Nepal, a small country between two giants, India and China, is blessed with nature’s worthiest attraction. Also, the country is full of remarkable historical and cultural attractions like temples and monuments that shows a lot about the rich history and culture of the place. The stunning beauty and the climate make it one of the most favored countries for tourists to visit.
Filled with a bunch of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, picturesque mountains, diverse landscapes, gorgeous natural beauty makes Nepal the best place for any kind of tourist to visit. Moreover, Nepal is also quite affordable compared to others. Here are the top 20 places that are a must to visit on your trip to Nepal.
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Pokhara, the tourist capital of Nepal, is well-known for its serene atmosphere and the gorgeous surrounding countryside. Three of the highest mountains in the world can be seen from Pokhara (Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu). The marvelous Macchapuchre, with its uniquely pointed peak, has become the icon of the city.
Similarly, for those who want to enjoy the beauty of Phewa Lake, the Lakeside area is filled with bars, pubs with live music, and even quiet places for those who want to enjoy silence. Moreover, extreme sports like paragliding, sky diving has made the city even more famous among tourists.
Only 32km far from the capital city, Kathmandu, Nagarkot offers most beautiful Himalayan views- the Himalayan peaks at sunrise will be one of the most exquisite sights you will ever see.
Similarly, Nagarkot is surrounded by densely wooded hills of pine trees which give you an idyllic scene. Nagarkot offers one of the extensive views of the Himalayas in the Kathmandu Valley.
You can view 8 out of 13 Himalayan ranges of Nepal (Annapurna range, Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Langtang range, Jugal range, Rolwaling range, Mahalangur range, Everest range). Nature gifted beauty of the place is such a treat that many people wish to plan more than one day for their stay.
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The place where Buddhism and light of Asia, Gautam Buddha, was born in Lumbini. This place is famous for its tranquil atmosphere. The moment you enter the boundary of the garden of Buddha’s birthplace, you will instantly feel the peace that the place offers.
Furthermore, you will get to take a tour of Buddhist architectural traditions from around the world as it is home to monasteries and Buddhist centers built by several countries with strong Buddhist traditions. The main attraction of this place is Maya Devi temple- the spot where Lord Buddha was born.
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Chitwan, recognized as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, is the best place for wildlife tours in Nepal. The park homes a wide variety of flora and fauna and is said to be safe for distinctive animals like one-horned rhinoceros.
Similarly, you get to do jungle safari by riding on an elephant and see a variety of flora and fauna, animals like deer, Bengal Tiger, rhinoceros, gharial crocodiles. Also, boating in the Rapti river is one of the main attractions of the place.
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Often termed to as the “Taj Mahal of Nepal’, the palace is built beside the Kali Gandaki stream within the Palpa District. Although there is not any visual resemblance to the famous Taj Mahal, it does have a kind of similar back story full of love and determination.
Rani Mahal, meaning “queens palace,” was built by the General of Palpa, Khadga Shumsher, which he made for his youngest and favorite wife, Tej Kumari. Since the palace was erected on the edge of the jungle, the jungle was also named Rani Ban (queen’s jungle) and the stairs leading to the river as Rani Ghat.
Bhaktapur, the home of Newar Community, is full of beautiful age-old architectural structures and unique culture and traditions which are preserved even to this day.
Bhaktapur consists of a large number of temples, monuments, courtyards, and traditional houses built during different periods of history. Similarly, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, also lies here.
The city is famous for its magnificent architecture; sky-high temples built in pagoda style - which is believed to be the stairway to heaven, beautiful clay pottery, and enormous royal courtyards whose existence date back to the 12th century. Also, don’t forget to try Juju Dhau (Royal Sweet Yoghurt) on your visit here.
Tilicho, the highest altitude lake in the world, is located in the Manang district, situated at an altitude of 4919 meters in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas. Tilicho lake has been the destination as the most popular side hikes of the Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Having an outstanding view of the world’s highest mountains, this place has beautiful campsites, far off villages, and background of snow-covered peaks. The best time to visit Tiicho Lake is from March to May and between September and November.
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On the altitude of 5350 Meters, Everest Base Camp is one of the best adventurous trekking experience. Everest Base camp offers you the sight of most enchanting Gokyo lakes and Himalayan Glaciers like Khumbu Glaciers, Himalayan ranges such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Ama Dablam, and lots of other.
Similarly, you will get to witness the immense beauty of the surrounding Sagarmatha National Park while simultaneously providing breath-taking vistas of 4 of the 6 highest peaks in the world – Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho Oyu.
Khaptad National Park, the park which is situated in the Far-Western Region at an altitude of 3300m, is often referred to as a living garden of herbs and a museum of natural history, all thanks to more than 200 species of medicinal herbs that are found here.
With more than 270 species of birds, this park offers superb bird-watching opportunities. Likewise, a wide variety of wild animals such as barking deer, wild dog, wild boar, Ghoral, Himalayan black bear, yellow-throated marten, Rhesus Macaque, and Langur monkey resides in the park.
Khaptad lake, beautiful view of Annapurna, and Saipal Himal range are few among many highlights of the place.
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Kathmandu Durbar Square, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the main attractions of Nepal. Situated at the core of the old city in Kathmandu, it is surrounding both Hindu and Buddhist temples, which are mostly built in the pagoda style elaborated with complexly carved exteriors as well as the old architectured buildings we see here date from 15th to 18th century.
The durbar square full of ancient temples, palaces gives a perfect example of the religious and cultural life of the people. The main attraction of the place is Taleju temple, Jagannath temple, the statue of the Kala Bhairav, Kumari Temple, and Kasthamandap.
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Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is another UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the royal palace of the old Bhaktapur Kingdom. The city renowned as a museum of medieval art and architecture is full of the ancient castle, Hindu and Buddhist temples, museums, etc.
The major attraction of the place is 55Winidow Palace, which was built in the 15th century, Golden Gate, which is the main entrance to the palace, Lion’s Gate, Mini Pashupati Temple, Vatsala Temple, Nyatapola Temple, and Bhairava Nath Temple.
The place is home to the Newar community, and you can learn a lot about Newari traditions and cultures here.
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One of the largest stupas in the world, Boudhanath Stupa, stands tall in Kathmandu, which is a significant place in Buddhism and architecture.
Visible as soon as your flight lands at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Boudhanath Stupa is gigantic and takes over the skyline in the area.
Lichhavi rulers built the stupa in the 8th century in the shape of a mandala intended to duplicate the Gyangtse of Tibet. On each side are the all-seeing-eyes of the Buddha, implying awareness.
The canopy has 13stages. At ground level, one can see a brick wall that has 147 niches and 108 pictures of the meditational Buddha structured behind copper prayer wheels.
Standing tall atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley is an ancient religious architecture. It is said to be built at the top of the Lotus flower when Manjushree cuts the lake.
You can get a beautiful 360-degree view of the Kathmandu Valley from Swoyambhunath Stupa. The most prominent image of the Shakyamuni Buddha in Nepal sits in a high platform on the western edge of Swayambhu beside the ring road.
The significant monuments to see in the place are the massive gold plated Vajra on the east side, Buddha statue on the west, the Sleeping Buddha, The Dewa Monastery, and the temple dedicated to Harati.
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Structured on the banks of the Bagmati River, Pashupatinath Temple is a well-known sacred Hindu Temple complex. The zone is a spreading collection of temples, ashrams, pictures, and inscriptions raised over the centuries along with the stores of the holy Bagmati river.
Maha Shivaratri, a festival to celebrate Lord Shiva celebrated once a year, is a major attraction that brings tourists, Hindu devotees, and Sadhus all around the world. Likewise, hiking around the jungle of Pashupatinath and watching birds, deer and monkey can also be quite fun.
For a unique mix of religious, cultural, and spiritual experience, visit Pashupatinath. Followers of Hinduism can only enter the main temple, but all the other buildings are accessible for foreigners to visit.
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Janaki Mandir is one of the most prominent temples in Nepal. The temple is built at the birthplace of Goddess Sita, whom it is dedicated to. The Queen of Tikamgarh built this spectacular temple, Queen Vrisha Bhanu in 1910A.D and is also called Nau Lakha Mandir.
This glorious temple occupies over 4800 square feet of the area and is the combination of Hindu, Mughal, and Koiri type of architecture built totally of white marble.
The temple consists of 60 chambers or rooms that are decorated with sophisticated lattice windows, colored glass, attractive paintings, and fascinating carvings.
Likewise, there are smaller shrines in the temple complex, which are called 'Sannadhis' and have idols of King Janak, Queen Sunaina, Lord Ram, Lakshamana, and Urmila.
Langtang National Park is the first National Park in the Himalayas, which was established in 1976. Langtang is one of the most unharmed national parks in Nepal. The altitudinal range of the place elevates to 6450 meters and covers an area of 660 square meters.
Langtang area is renowned for its pristine forest, high-elevation meadows of wild sheep, Tibetan-like culture, and exquisite mountain views.
The park grasps its significance being the melting point between Indo-Malayan and Pale-arctic realms and symbolizes the vital ecosystems of both realms as the conservation priority.
Devi's Fall in Pokhara is an extraordinary waterfall that creates a 500 feet long underground tunnel as it reaches its bottom. The natural phenomenon that it marks the point where the Pardi Khola stream disappears underground and leaves no sign of its existence, making it unique from other falls in the country.
Moreover, people visit Devi’s fall for recreation and enjoyment. On the luck pond, visitors try their luck by throwing and placing the coin on the statue of God. There is also a cave beneath the ground, which acts as the source via which the fall’s water passes after exiting the tunnel.
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The former royal palace, Narayanhiti Palace Museum, was open to the public as a museum on February 26, 2006, giving people a peek at the lavish lifestyle of their former rulers.
Narayanhiti Palace is made up of two words, ‘Narayana ‘and ‘Hiti’- Narayan referring to god “Vishnu” and Hiti, meaning “water sprout.”
According to Wikipedia, “The palace stands on the floor space of 40838.28 sq. ft.” Narayanhiti Palace is split into three parts, the guest wing, the state wing, and also the non-public wing. The palace consists of 52 rooms called Sadan named after all 75 districts of Nepal.
Phulchoki, which means ‘Hill of Flowers’ in Nepali, is the highest hill among the surrounding hills of Kathmandu valley. Phulchoki is also the name of a Hindu goddess, and many people make their pilgrimage tours to this site.
The dense forest of different plants surrounds the Phulchoki hill. The forest consists of a wide variety of flora and fauna, such as Rhododendron of different colors (Pure white, Dark red) and lots of other.
Likewise, birds such as Rufous-gorget, Flycatcher, Rufous-belied Niltava, Yellow-browed Tit, Chestnut-headed Tesia are few names among many. At the top of the hill, a shrine named Phulchowki Mai is situated where, in March/April, a month-long annual religious festival is held.
Taudaha Lake also referred to as snake lake, is one of the oldest as well as the only natural lake of Kathmandu. There is a legend that when Manjushree cut the lake (current Kathmandu), all the snakes were left homeless, which made the King of snakes extremely angry and to reduce his anger, the local people near Taudaha built an underwater palace for him.
The lake has a very serene feel to it. Feeding the holy fish in the Taudaha river is one of the best things to do to enjoy nature. Likewise, the surrounding greenery adds more to the beauty of the place. More than cultural, Taudha is now a popular place to hang out, to find peace from the dusty roads of the city.