Nepal is best known for the mighty Mount Everest and Kathmandu. In reality, those are just two popular places, and there are several places that you will enjoy on your visit to Nepal.
And in this article, we will try to include as many diverse places as possible from this spectacular land-locked country. Shall we start with a bit of background to kick it off?
Know Your Nepal
Time: GMT +5.45 hrs
Telephone Code: +977
Currency: Nepalese rupee (Rs, रू) (NPR)
Visa: Visa on Arrival for most nationals
Weather: Average high temperature - degrees Celsius; average low temperature - degrees Celsius
Best time to visit: October to December; March to May
Clothing & Personal Care: Modest clothing for both genders advised
Places to Visit in Nepal
Without a doubt, the capital city of Kathmandu deserves the first spot in your itinerary, and it is not just because the country’s only international airport is located here.
Kathmandu is a city like no other. This ancient city dates back more than 2000 years but it is still bustling with energy like any other young, modern city in the world. The scent of incense follows you wherever you go, and keeps you reminded that you are surrounded by spiritualism, history, and culture.
Don’t miss to visit Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the largest and busiest royal palace square.
Just outside of Kathmandu is Bhaktapur, another royal city with predominantly Hindu temples and structures of various ages and shapes. Contrasting to the busyness of the capital city, this ancient city offers a leisurely holiday and heaven to shopaholics.
Look out for pottery and masks, handicrafts, and souvenirs made of terracotta to bring back.
Crowded by Buddhist pilgrims throughout the year, Lumbini is the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, Lord Buddha. Many tourists travel to Nepal only to visit this city in the Kapilavasta region, as it is considered the holiest place in Buddhism.
Along with the pilgrims come the archeologists and scientists as several historical findings dating to even 550 BC are found here. There are several monasteries, ponds, and meditation centers in this tranquil city.
Pokhara is the second largest city in Nepal. Set in the foothills of several highest mountains in the world, this city has a lot of scenic views to offer. Pokhara is also considered the gateway to the Himalayas.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Pokhara provides a wide range of opportunities for outdoor activities from trekking to paddle boating.
Did we convince you to pack your bags to visit the gorgeous country of Nepal yet? Let us know if we covered your favorite city in the nation.
Must-Do Things In Nepal
Trekking in the Annapurna Region
The Annapurna Circuit is one of the greatest trekking routes. While it is not as famous as its neighbor Everest, the Annapurna region has several trekking choices that can make beginners feel out of their comfort zone.
But these 12 - 21 days of trekking adventure will give you glimpses of lush green villages in the foothills of the Himalayas.
Trek to Everest Base Camp
Everest Base Camp Trek (EBC) is on the bucket list of many travelers and it is no simple feat for everyone. It is a ticket to the roof of the world and you get the closest you can to the highest summit in the world before you get on the true Himalayan adventure.
The breathtaking scenery and the chance to experience the local culture are a definite perk to the thrill and adventure of the trek. Physical fitness and light packing are a must in this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
White Water Rafting
Nepal has its spot on the list of the ultimate rivers to go white rafting and it is for a good reason. The rivers in Nepal are clear and pristine, and flow through mountainous regions and jungle landscapes, making them adventurous as well as gorgeous.
There are several one-day rafting tours as well multi-day rafts with river camps to stay overnight. Kathmandu and Pokhara offer a wide range of options to choose from.
Spot rhinos at Chitwan National Park
A trip to Chitwan National Park is a must-do after your trip to the Everest camp, or even otherwise. The park is easily accessible from Kathmandu and Pokhara, the major cities and situates many of South Asia’s exotic and local wildlife.
You can usually see Asian rhinos, deer, crocodiles, sloth bears, monkeys, wild boars, etc easily in their natural habitat and if you are lucky, leopards and Bengal tigers can be spotted too.