Nepal is a small landlocked country surrounded by India and China gifted with natural beauty. It is a piece of heaven on Earth that is rich in biodiversity and unique in geography. The country will dazzle you with its unadulterated and untouched beauty, which might make you regret later if you say no to it. Being a country of multi-ethnic, multi-language and multi-culture, it is also the home to some of the highest peaks of the world.
Nepal is one of the bustling tourist destinations from the globe. Being full of opportunities there is always another adventure which makes each of your trip memorable and fun. There are a number of places to be in Nepal that any traveler would like to watch and fall in love with it on several occasions.
Pokhara, the most visited and the second largest city of Nepal after Kathmandu lies at an altitude of more than 900 meters. It is also the ‘Tourist Capital of Nepal’.
The city is divided into two parts - Lakeside Pokhara and Old City. Relaxing and enjoying beside the scenic Lake Phewa is a perfect leisure destination meanwhile boating paradise is a non-missing activity over there. On the other hand, Old City is the commercial hub. Restaurants, pubs, cafes and charming shops are the perfect places to hang out.
Besides, Pokhara is known as the “Gateway to Annapurna Circuit" which is a popular starting point for many treks in the Annapurna Range. This also provides a memorable opportunity for paragliding like no other destinations can. Also, the white-water river ‘Seti’, that flanks Pokhara is perfect rafting to all thrill-seekers.
Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal is home to more than 1.5 million people located at an altitude of 1400 meters. The city is touristy and has plenty to engage visitors around the globe. Being charming, bus, serene, alive and asleep all at once, it is the most accessible city in the country.
Nearby destination in Kathmandu, Thamel is considered as the ideal base for trekkers which is the best place to buy all your trekking and mountain climbing gears. Meanwhile, taking a rickshaw ride through traffic-packed alleys has a fabulous experience in its own way.
This peaceful city is the place of monasteries, temples, and spiritual melting pots. Moreover, Hindu's most revered temple Pashupati Nath is located here. Not only that but also it is the house of exquisite and sacred Buddhist shrines like that of Boudhanath and Swayambhunath.
Nagarkot, hilltop venue located at 7200 feet above sea level on the edge of Kathmandu valley nearby Bhaktapur district is an internationally renowned resort set. It is one of the most beautiful areas which is famous for breathtaking Himalayan views not only from the viewpoints but from the windows of your hotel room as well.
It is a refreshing environment and picturesque destination. The main highlight is for its amazing sunrise and sunset view. This hilltop is free form hectic busy schedules where you can breathe fresh air far from heat, dust, and smoke. Meanwhile, it is also a transit point for Helambu and Lang-tang trekking.
Bhaktapur is one of the medieval city-states in Kathmandu Valley also known as the city of Devotees. The city is rich in imposing Hindu Temples that have stunning carvings. Being rich in mesmerizing architecture and art the city is one of the finest religious architecture in the country.
Though the 2015 devasting earthquake hit Bhaktapur destroying multiple temples, there are still many of them worth watching. Bhaktapur Durbar Square one of the best places over there. Bhaktapur is known for its pottery, puppets, souvenirs, masks, and cultural handicrafts.
Sagarmatha National Park
Sagarmatha National Park declared as a national park in 1979 is spread over an area of 1148 sq. km. Sagarmatha is home to the world's highest peak (88848m) including other peaks like Nuptse, Amadablam, Pumori, Cho Oyu, Lhotse with the height of all above 6000m.
It is an ideal destination for many trekkers around the globe which provides an opportunity to have a pleasing view of Everest along with Himalayan Range. Being full of rugged terrain with glaciers, huge rocks, deep gorges it allows trekker to have a fabulous experience. The best time to visit the part is during the autumn months of October-November and from March-May in summer.
Animals such as the ghoral, the serow, the wolf, musk deer might be spotted by trekkers in this region which makes the trek more exciting. Also, it is the home of over 118 species of bird including the rare species like Red panda and Snow Leopard.
Lalitpur, one of the 3 royal cities and second-largest city of Kathmandu Valley is another famous tourist place. The is rich in Newari architecture, stunning wood carvings, and sculpture. Metals and wood sculptures are another point of attraction.
It was the place of more than 1200 houses- each unique in its way, unfortunately, some of them were destroyed in a massive earthquake of 2015. But still has plenty of attraction which worth visiting at least once in life.
The main imposing of Patan Durbar Square which enlisted in the UNESCO world heritage site built in Malla period between 16th, 17th and 18th century. Besides, Krishna Mandir, Patan Museum, Sundari Chowk, Golden Temple and many more are situated here to give you fabulous experience.
Chitwan National Park
Chitwan National Park is the best and most popular tourist destination for wildlife tours in Nepal. Spreading in the area of 984 sq. km, it is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Not only that, it is the third most visited tourist destination in Nepal attracting around 200,000 visitors per year from the globe.
Being rich in a variety of flora and fauna, it is the shelter of 544 species of birds along with the most famous animal on-horned rhinoceros. For getting the feeling of a peaceful mind, numerous temples that fall within the park. The park will ask you at least two days to explore leaving you with amazing and fun memories.
Things to Do in Nepal
Trekking in Annapurna and Langtang Region
Nepal is indeed trekkers paradise. Being the base of some most exotic, adventurous treks in the world, it is suitable for both novice and expert. Several treks are available here which might even start confusing to choose as each of them has their own worth experience and level of difficulty.
Being most popular, trekking in Annapurna Region or Langtang Region is the best choice among all. The trail traverses through valleys, dense forests and semi-frozen waterfalls allowing you to explore the mesmerizing view of rich cultural and natural diversity. During the trek, getting an experience of stunning mountain views of Annapurna peaks, Macchapucchre, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and LantangHimal which are above 7000m from sea level, provides you the best memories which are indescribable in words. Side trips and excursions to Manag, Muktinath, and Jomson during the trail are worth adding few more days for the trek.
Fishing on Lake Phewa
Phew is the famous lake of Pokhara Valley, which spreads in the area of 4.4 sq. km having an average depth of 8.6 meters and a maximum depth of 18 meters. Barahi Temple is located in the middle of Phewa Lake being a religious temple for Hindu people.
It is home of 22 native species of fish being a perfect place for fishing and angling lovers. A blend of natural beauty and mesmerizing view of the lake provides you unforgettable fishing experience.
Flight over the Everest
Nepal being the home of multiple highest peaks around the globe, the highest peaks Mt. Everest (8848m) lies here. Whenever people think of seeing Mt. Everest, they have a vision of being in metal crampons, thick mountaineering coats, and googles on ice. But there is an easier way to have experience of the highest peak by a fight. Even if you are capable of trekking, flight over Everest is worth watching which provides you stunning view of not only Everest but also Himalayan giants like Annapurna Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Ganesh Himal, Gauri Shankar and so on.
Paragliding in Pokhara
Paragliding in Pokhara is one of the activities for adventure lovers who want to experience the blend of wind, natural beauty, and a thrilling experience in the air. It’s a non-missing activity while you are in Nepal. Pokhara is one of the top 5 commercial tandem paragliding locations in the world. It is also possible if you are willing to fly on your own, but only after getting a permit from the civil aviation office in Pokhara. There are more than 250 flights a day during peak season. For safety, there is a reserved chute and a large lake.
River Rafting and Bungee Jumping in Bhote Koshi River
Bhote Koshi, a white-water river is one of the popular rivers in Nepal used for both rafting and bungee jumping. The river has a gradient of 15m per. Km. and challenging rapids making the rafting thrilling, also big bounces making your moment memorable. Meanwhile, performing bungee jump from the height of 160 m allows you to have an ultimate experience.