From the most elevated Himalayan tops to its forested marshes, Nepal is moulded via scenes. Our masters have scaled mountain passes and rowed along Chitwan National Park's waterways to find the best places to visit in Nepal. We can design a customized agenda to suit your inclinations, regardless of whether you're after brave investigation or anxious to see Nepal at a more refined pace.
Nepal is a shockingly different nation that draws in guests for some reasons. Some are tricked by the call of the mountains and looking to ascend or travel in the Himalayas, others are fascinated by the way of life and the renowned city of Kathmandu, but then others come planning to discover a type of profound arousing. Nepal can be an adrenaline experience, a social eye-opener, an extraordinary encounter, or the entirety of the above mentioned.
Most voyagers invest some energy in Kathmandu visiting holy and notable attractions and afterwards head out to different pieces of the nation. The absolute best places to visit outside of the capital are Chitwan National Park for untamed life seeing, and the lakeside town of Pokhara, a mainstream territory for leaving on a journey.
Adventurers will discover an assortment of alternatives across Nepal, with the most significant territories being the Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang locales.
In 2015, a significant seismic tremor struck Nepal, causing serious harm in Kathmandu and different territories, however rebuilding is in progress, and progress has been generous. A significant part of the harm has been fixed, albeit some recorded fortunes were lost until the end of time.
To locate the best places to visit, have a perused our rundown of the top attractions in Nepal.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
The Kathmandu Durbar Square is listed UNESCO and this complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between 12th and 18th Centuries, and used to be the seat of ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. It is the place where kings of Nepal are crowned and their coronations solemnized. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages.
Kumari temple is the residence of the living Goddess. Kumari, known as Virgin Goddess has got some specialties, she must be chosen from a typical Newari cast with nobody marks and injuries and will be replaced by another Kumari after puberty.
Kasthamandap is believed to be constructed from the wood of a single tree in the sixteenth century. Kasthamandap is situated near to the Kumari Temple. The name Kathmandu was named after this temple.
Patan Durbar Square
The Patan Durbar Square is made in 1600s by Mall Dynasty and the royal palace of Malla kings. It is situated in the heart of Patan City, also listed in UNESCO heritage sites. The square consists of enchanting mélange of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The former royal palace complex is the center of Patan's religious and social life and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. There are three main courtyards or chowks, so named central Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk and Keshav Narayan Chowk in the square. The Sundari Chowk holds in its center a masterpiece of stone architecture, the Royal bath called Tushahity.The Square also holds old Newari residential houses. There are various other temples and structures in and around Patan Durbar Square build by the Newar Community.
Bhaktapur City Durbar Square
The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is also listed in UNESCO, made in the 15th century Palace of 55 windows, situated to the left as you enter through the city gate, inspires admiration. The palace entrance, Golden Gate that is the entrance to the main courtyard of the palace of 55 windows, is masterpiece in repose art .In front of the palace building is a medley of temples of various designs. There are temples like Batsala Temple and the Shiva temple, the replica of Pashupatinath Temple etc. Nyatapola Temple: This five-story pagoda was built in 1702AD. Each story has pair of figures (two wrestlers, two elephants, two lions, two griffins and goddess’s tigress and lioness). This temple is one of the tallest pagodas and famous for its massive structure and subtle workmanship.
Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
The four seeing eyes of Swayambhunath Stupa watch over the valley form the top of 77-m high hillock on western side. This most glorious Stupa in the world is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of Kathmandu valley out of a primordial lake. The surroundings of the Swayambhunath are covered with small Chaityas and monasteries as well as some Hindu temples.
This stupa lays 6-km downtown Kathmandu. This colossal and ancient stupa, one of the biggest in the world, has the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. It was built in the fifth century AD. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. One can observe devotees chanting religious hymns and playing with prayer wheels.
Situated 5km east of the bank of sacred Bagmati River, the temple of Lord Shiva with two-tiered golden roof and silver doors is famous for its superb architecture. Chronicles indicate the temple’s existence prior 400AD. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati River. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga or holy symbol of Lord Shiva.
Journey will be continuing to Nagarkot, lying at an elevation of 2175m above the sea level. This spot provides an excellent and a grandstand panorama of the Himalaya. One can see more than 05 of the world’s tallest mountains like Lhotse Cho Oyu (8201m), Makalu (8463m) and Manaslu (8163m) and many other lesser summits including the highest peak Mt. Everest (8848m). The snow peaks look especially gorgeous during sunset and sunrise we will view the gorgeous sunset from here.
The Manakamana temple situated in the Gorkha district of Nepal is the sacred place of the Hindu Goddess Bhagwati, an incarnation of Parvati The name Manakamana originates from two words, “mana” meaning heart and “kamana” meaning wish. Venerated since the 17th century, it is believed that Goddess Bhagwati grants the wishes of all those who make the pilgrimage to her shrine to worship her.
Lumbini – The Birthplace of Gautam Buddha
Lumbini is the birthplace of Gautam Buddha (light of Asia) .It is located in Rupendhi district of Nepal. The Buddha lived between roughly six hundred twenty three BC and five hundred forty three BC. Lumbini is one of four magnets for pilgrimage that sprang up in places pivotal to the life of the Buddha, the others being at Kushinagar, Bodh Gaya and Sarnath.
Lumbini was where the Buddha lived until the age of twenty nine. Lumbini has a number of temples, including the Mayadevi temple, and others. Also located here is the Puskarini or Holy Pond where the Buddha's mother took the ritual dip prior to his birth and where he, too, had his first bath, as well as the remains of Kapilvastu palace. At other sites near Lumbini, earlier Buddha were, according to tradition, born, achieved ultimate awakening and finally relinquished earthly form.
Pokhara is the city of enchanting city nestled in a tranquil valley (827m); it is the starting point for many of Nepal’s most popular trekking and rafting destination. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificent Mt. Fishtail rising behind it create an ambience of peace and magic. At an elevation lower than Kathmandu, it has much more typical feel to it, a fact well appreciated by the diversity of flowers, which prosper in its environs. Indeed, the valley surrounding Pokhara is home to thick forests, gushing rivers, and emerald lakes and of course, the world famous views of the Himalaya. The best and closer views of Annapurna Ranges and Mt. Fishtail can be seen from here particularly from sarangkot. Pokhara is well connected by air and land with Kathmandu (200km far and 25min/flight) as well as by land with other major destinations of Nepal. The major attractions of Pokhara city are: Phewa Lake, Barahi temple, Devid’s fall, Bindabasini Temple, Seti George etc.
Phewa Lake, Spreading majestically westwards from Pokhara, Phewa Tal is the second-largest lake in Nepal. On calm days, the mountains of the Annapurna Range are perfectly reflected in the mirrored surface of the Tal. Away from the shore, the water is clean and deep and the dense forest along the south side of the lake provides shelter for brilliant white egrets. The best way to appreciate Phewa Tal is by rowboat.
Muktinath is a sacred place both for Hindu and Buddhist located in Muktinath Valley at an altitude of 3,710 meters, Mustang District, Nepal. 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 Desa. The ancient name of this place, before Buddhist origin is known as Thiru Saligramam. These houses the Shaligram sila considered to be the naturally available form of Sriman Narayan the Hindu God HEAD. Chumig Gyatsa is also one of the fifty one Shakti Piths. The Buddhists call it, 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 Avaloktesvara.
It is located near of Pokhara, far from 5 km from Lakeside Pokhara. From Sarankot1600m, on the northern direction we can see Dhaulagiri in the far west. Annapurna range is visible when the weather is clear on the same side. On the southern direction the village overlooks the city Pokhara and its lake on the north-western outskirts of the city.
Bandipur is located an elevation of one thousand thirty meter on a mountain saddle. Bandipur is a hilltop settlement in Tanahun District (Gandaki Zone) Nepal. It’s preserved, old time cultural atmosphere. Bandipur develops it into an important stop along the India- Tibet trade route. They brought their cultural heritage and architecture which basically has remained unchanged to this day.
Gorkha is a scenic and historical hill town lying almost midway between Kathmandu and Pokhara. King Prithivi Narayan Shah the Great, the founding father of Modern Nepal was born here. It was from this very place that the King began his campaign to unify all the then small kingdoms formulating the present kingdom of Nepal. Situated on a hill overlooking the snowy Himalayan peaks is the beautiful Gorkha Durbar, a fort and an artistic temple complex built in the 16th century. Treks to the Manaslu Region start from Gorkha and treks to the Annapurna Circuit can be started from here too.
This Temple is located at the base of Shivpuri Hill and also called Narayanthan Temple. Budhanilkantha literally means Old Blue Throat; it is deity of Lord Vishnu: known as Narayan also. Lord Vishnu is lying on Ananta Sesa, in a cosmic ocean. The deity is thousand years old. Lord Vishnu is about 5 meter long and lying in a 13 meter long tank, as if floating with his legs crossed with his sleeping body resting on the coils of Ananta and his 11 hooded head. His four hands hold four symbols of Vishnu, the Shankha as conch shell, and Chakra as disc, Gadha as club and Padma as lotus flower. It is believed that the deity was carved at 17th or 18th Century. Only Hindu can walk down and touch his feet.
Sagarmatha National Park
Sagarmatha National Park is home to the most noteworthy top on the planet - Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Sagarmatha is the Nepali name for Everest. The territory was assigned a national park in 1976 and includes a few different pinnacles all over 6,000 m. The recreation centre got acknowledgement as a World Heritage Site in 1979.
With a large portion of the recreation centre lying over 3,000 m, it is generally rough territory comprised of profound canyons, ice sheets and gigantic rocks. The Park brags of a wide assortment of untamed life including in excess of 118 types of winged animals. While the timberland is commanded by silver fir, birch, rhododendron and juniper trees, creatures, for example, musk deer, the Himalayan tahr, the Ghoral, the serow, the wolf, and the Himalayan wild bear might be seen by travellers in this area.
Imperilled species which are once in a while observed incorporate snow panther, red panda, and two sorts of stunning fowls - the dark red horned and the Impeyan, Nepal's national flying creature. Littler creatures like marmots, pikas and martens are additionally found in the recreation centre.
The area ranges in height from under 2,000 m above ocean level at Jiri to the high pinnacles of the Himalaya at more than 8,000 m. Thus the recreation centre's widely varied vegetation is different with thick timberland of pine, oak and the blooming rhododendrons found up to 4,000 m above ocean level. The last is one motivation to make an outing to Nepal in the spring when the slopes between 2,000 m and 3,500 m are an uproar of hues.
The best ideal opportunity to visit the recreation centre is during the harvest time a very long time of October-November and from March-May in spring/summer.
Roosted on a slope not far north of Boudha, Kopan Gumba is one of the most well known religious communities of Tibetan Buddhism. Every year countless outsiders show up here to contemplate Buddhism and reflection. Kopan Monastery was established by Lama Thubten Yeshe who passed on in 1984. Curiously, a little Spanish kid named Osel Torres turned into his replacement after he was pronounced a resurrection of the incomparable Lama. Notwithstanding, the resurrection doesn't dwell at Kopan any longer.
The profound program at Kopan offers early on level courses in what is known as the Discover Buddhism arrangement, managing the fundamental standards of Tibetan Buddhism and reflection. The arrangement known as the Next Step arrangement, leads on to a more profound investigation of these standards.
Courses manage Mind Training, Karma, Death and Dying, Bodhicitta, and that's just the beginning. There are 5-day and 10-day courses and a month-long seminar on contemplation. There are likewise short seminars on Tibetan medication, Thangka painting and the extremely well known 10-day private courses in Buddhist brain research and reasoning. Courses fluctuate long and a few understudies go through months at the cloister committed to their examinations. Previously, many were housed in tents because of the absence of room yet now there are sufficient rooms to oblige them.
There is a fixed street right to the religious community yet it is likewise a lovely climb from Boudha. Individuals from a wide range of Nepali ethnic gatherings additionally join the religious community at an exceptionally youthful age to become priests. These youthful fellows get proper training in math, science and different subjects similarly as their peers in nearby schools. The children are for the most part from families who customarily send one youngster to turn into a priest or a religious recluse.
Kapan Monastery was once open to guests the entire week however with such a large number of guests showing up, the passageway has been confined. There are a library and an enormous nursery that is illuminated by sun oriented lights in the nighttimes. An appropriate café with extraordinary perspectives on Kathmandu down beneath is available to all and serves great dinners. During extraordinary pujas, huge hordes of lovers move up to the religious community to get gifts and give proper respect.
Having reached Kapan Monastery, you should stroll along the edge and visit the Phulhari Monastery which sits on a slope higher than Kopan. The climb takes not exactly 60 minutes. In the middle of the two is the Vajrayana Monastery. Phulhari merits a visit for the astounding Thangka artworks that decorate the whole veneer and the insides of the lobbies. The structure was planned by an American engineer/Buddhist priest who has joined the best of eastern and western design. Indeed, even the artistic creations lean towards more pastel hues as opposed to the brilliant hues as a rule related with Tibetan Buddhism.
Rara National Park
Rara Lake at 2,990m is the most profound lake in Nepal and furthermore one of the most flawless. Encircled by green slopes on all sides, canvassed in juniper trees, one can camp by the shining waters of the lake. Go sailing free waters, climb to close by slopes for a closer perspective on the mountains and lake, get to know the beguiling nearby individuals, or simply stroll around the enormous lake keeping an eye out for wild blossoms or an uncommon winged animal en route.
The recreation centre is encircled by high coniferous vegetation and offers an agent test of the locale's greenery. In excess of 500 various types of blossoms, 20 types of vertebrates and 214 types of feathered creatures can be seen in the Rara National Park. Concerning life in the lake, the snow trout is one of the fish assortments recorded here up until now.
The rich vegetation of the recreation centre backings differing types of untamed life including the imperiled red panda, musk deer, Himalayan mountain bear, panther, jackal, Himalayan tahr, Yellow-throated martin, wild canine, wild hog, normal langur, rhesus macaque and the basic otter. During winter the recreation centre has large amounts of winged animal assortments like coots, incredible peaked grebe, dark necked grebe, red peaked pochard, mallard, regular greenish-blue, merganser and gulls. Traveller waterfowl and gallinaceous feathered creatures can likewise be seen during specific seasons.
Rara in the far northwestern piece of Nepal is the littlest national park in the nation, while the Rara Lake is Nepal's greatest lake. The lake is 167m profound at certain spots and depletes into the waterways Mugu Karnali by means of Nijar Khola. Chuchemara Hill at 4,087m is the best vantage highlight appreciate heavenly perspectives on the dark blue lake, the forested slopes and the snow-topped pinnacles.
Palpa District isn't a long way from Pokhara and handily came to by transport. The old slope town of Tansen in this locale offers a more quiet environment where time moves gradually and the laid back way of life is irresistible. Stroll down the cobbled boulevards in the old bazaar to find a lifestyle very not the same as current Pokhara's Lakeside. Investigate the Shreenagar Hills or go for a day climb to the Rani Mahal, when a lively royal residence on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River.
Halfway among Pokhara and the Indian fringe, Tansen features some old imaginative Newari houses and cobbled boulevards. Hundreds of years back, Newar specialists from Kathmandu showed up in Tansen to exchange, carrying with them their craft and design. The beautiful town of Tansen is the central station of Palpa District and the centre point of the way of life of the mid-west. The scene ascends from 250m to 2,000m in the rise and is home to various verdure.
In spite of the fact that Tansen is commanded by conventional Newari engineering, the locale is home to the Magar individuals, and the name "Tansen" has its birthplaces in the Magar language, signifying "northern settlement." Palpa is one of the twelve Magar areas of West Nepal and appreciates a rich, different culture and religion. Palpa was the seat of the Sen Realm that governed over this area from the sixth century for very nearly 300 years.
Walk around the notable Mithila city to encounter the Terai culture of southern Nepal and visit the amazing Ram Janaki Temple in the focal point of the city that attracts suggestions to the well-known Hindu epic Ramayana. The sanctuary is the fundamental fascination of the city and draws enormous hordes of guests. Janakpur has been referenced in the Ramayana as the origin of Sita, Ram's associate. As Ram is accepted to be the manifestation of Lord Vishnu, Sita is accepted to be the manifestation of Goddess Lakshmi.
It is said that Ram and Sita met in Janakpur and in the end likewise got hitched here. Janakpur is additionally one of the sacred destinations on the course of Parikrama (heavenly circle) which is done by faithful Hindus as a type of love alongside Ayodhya, Kashi and Brij in India. Another significant strict site close by is Dhanushadham, going back to the Ramayan time. It is accepted to be where the messed up stays of Lord Shiva's bow fell after Ram broke it to win Sita's hand in marriage.
A fossilized part of the messed up bow is accepted to be saved here. Dhanusha is known for strict touring, lavish environmental factors of trees and forests, the semi-rustic appeal of the Terai rural areas, and the brilliant Mithila workmanship and culture.
Mustang is known for its journeying visits and mountain tours. Raised at an elevation of 3840 kilometres, this city is separated into two sections: Lower and Upper Mustang. Despite the fact that it is generally unexplored, this city is an extraordinary goal for the individuals who need to drench in Tibetan culture just as in Nepalese way of life as it is situated close to the Tibetan Plateau.
Lower Mustang is notable for a normal view while upper Mustang is renowned for its travelling and climbing trails, religious communities, caverns and neighbourhood clans. This goal is wealthy in vegetation with a scope of rhododendron estates, apple fields and is solid with Buddhist culture. Guests get the chance to see the way of life of the mountain individuals, their everyday schedules and their traditions. Guests can investigate various Tibetan sanctums, religious communities, caverns and towns so as to find out about the "Smaller than usual Tibet in Nepal". All things considered, this North-West piece of Nepal has tough and magical notoriety and is an incredible goal for explorers, travellers or the individuals who need a getaway from the business life and need to invest some energy in the Himalayas.
You can never get enough of the mountains. There is something in particular about the beautiful excellence and peacefulness of the magnificent pinnacles that just makes you need to remain there always and take in the unadulterated outside air. Dhulikhel in the Kathmandu Valley is one such spot, which offers beautiful perspectives on the high Himalayas and the scope of pinnacles that it involves, directly from the Langtang Lirung in the west to the Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shankar and Melungtse, and afterwards Number in the east. You simply must be eager to climb a little over the town to appreciate these all-encompassing perspectives.
Dhulikhel is the ideal spot to stop to go through the night calmly while going from Tibet and returning to Kathmandu. Regardless, the snow-topped mountains with rich greenery on the strides appear to coax the travellers to come and invest some energy with them. The most seasoned territory town of Dhulikhel, which is situated in the southern end, is another zone here that never neglects to captivate vacationers. This town territory includes old Newari houses that are enhanced with shocking windows and wonderfully cut entryways, which bear declaration to the brilliant craftsmanship of the nearby occupants of the region, who went through evenings and days to make such dazzling show-stoppers.
Stuck someplace in the middle of the seventeenth-century vibe and 21st-century offices, Nuwakot is one of the most alluring goals of Nepal. Yet there are very few attractions to see, the Nuwakot Palace and its Durbar Square in itself are sufficient to draw the explorers who love to dig where it counts the back rear entryway of history. Prior to the unique goal, it is currently, Nuwakot used to be a position of most extreme authentic hugeness. Situated around 75 kilometres west of Kathmandu, or more the juncture of the streams Trisuli and Tandi, Nuwakot once used to be the memorable capital town of the extraordinary realm of Kathmandu Valley, back when government despite everything existed.
The stronghold and its environmental factors are not by any means the only matter of enthusiasm for Nuwakot, however, it is the focal one. Being near Langtang Himal, open doors for climbing, journeying and mountain biking are inside vicinity of the town. Truth be told, the one-hour movie from the clamouring Trisuli Bazaar down the slope up to Nuwakot is a course that numerous vacationers pick.
The entire spot is specked with unobtrusive food and convenience spots to take into account your necessities. Perspective on the Trishuli River is likewise a serious terrific scene and worth catching on this excursion. The stream goes directly through the centre of Nuwakot. Further tough, this equivalent stream transforms into a furious spot for water boating.