20 Top Places to Visit & Things to Do in Nepal
One of the writers of Lonely Planet described Nepal as a place where ‘there is always another adventure,’ and one couldn’t agree more. Nepal is full of opportunities, not only those that deal with adventure but in every aspect, right from pilgrimage to sightseeing. This bustling tourist destination is something that can push your limits, surprise you sometimes and make you fall in love with it on several occasions. However, to get the best of this country may need a few trips but one can still manage to stuff one visit with multiple hues of Nepal if planned right. Here are 20 top places to visit and things to do in this ethereal country that can make each trip of yours here memorable.
Must Visit Places in Nepal are:
Sitting beside the scenic Lake Phewa, Pokhara is the perfect leisure destination in Nepal. No, don’t consider the place to be boring with nothing to do other than enjoying the view of the lake and the surroundings or spending leisure hours in the luxe hotel you booked. Pokhara is popular as the ‘Gateway to Annapurna Circuit,’ and it offers incredible opportunity for paragliding like no destination can, and yet it maintains its poise and tranquility to serve as one travel places in Nepal that you cannot ever forget. The River Seti that flanks Pokhara also give the adventure lovers the chance to enjoy thrilling white water river rafting. There are also a number of treks for which this beautiful destination in Nepal is the base. So, the bottomline is Pokhara is a must visit and it would be a crime to miss out on this one of its kind place.
It goes without saying that every capital city in the world is touristy and has plenty to engage visitors. And the same goes for Kathmandu as well, this capital of Nepal offers a glimpse of the country’s different aspects making travellers even more greedy for exploration. Kathmandu and its nearby destination, Thamel are considered 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 gears. Apart from it, the city is ideal for pilgrimage tour, it is here the Hindu’s most revered temple, Pashupati Nath is situated. It also houses exquisite and sacred Buddhist shrines like that of Boudhanath and Swayambhunath. Kathmandu is also the best place for trying the Nepali cuisine, witnessing the traditional craft, practicing and learning yoga and meditation. It is from here, the flying tour to Mount Everest are conducted.
Want the best views of the Himalayan Range from Nepal? Nagarkot is the place for you. Surreal and strategic, this hill station of Nepal promises breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains not only from the viewpoints but from the windows of your hotel room as well. Situated at a short distance from Bhaktapur and on the suburb of Kathmandu Valley, Nagarkot is a picturesque destination that allows you savour every mood of the Himalayas. The place is famed for its stunning sunrise and sunsets as well. In fact it can also pass as a honeymoon destination in Nepal with such dreamlike settings and views on offer.
Bhaktapur boasts rich architecture and imposing Hindu temple, though many suffered demolition due to the tragic earthquake of 2015. One can still find enough temples and edifices to mesmerize 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.
Sagarmatha National Park
Probably 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 ideal destination for trekking in Nepal and offer 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.
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 before the disastrous earthquake of 2015, Patan housed more than 1200 monuments, each unique in its own way. However, there still are enough tourist attractions to relish. Most people prefer a day-trip here from Kathmandu, since it is close proximity to the capital, it would be nice to stay two or more days to enjoy the beauty of its courtyards and squares at leisurely pace.
Chitwan National Park
This national park is said to be the best place for wildlife tour in Nepal. Spread in an area of 934 sq km, Chitwan is recognized as World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and that kind of says it all. The park is home to a wide and rich variety of flora and fauna and is believed to be a safe shelter for unique animals like one-horned rhinoceros. Chitwan also houses 544 species of birds and it would demand your two days to explore this national park. For luxury travellers who by the way are also interested in wildlife tours, there 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 hand, Sauraha is the place to find accommodation, this small village is replete with budget-friendly hotels that are ideal for anyone on shoestring budget and want to explore Chitwan National Park.
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 can be covered in one day, it 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 of lakes and monasteries.
Janakpur is a place that you would not want to miss in Nepal if you enjoy witnessing 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.
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 of 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.
Top Things to Do in Nepal
Trekking in Annapurna and Langtang Region
It is not for nothing, 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 give a miss to such a wonderful opportunity that comes knocking your door during your Nepal tour. Though one may get spoilt for choices and even confused sometimes as to which trek to pick but those going with the option of trekking in Annapurna Region or Langtang Region are in for some memorable experience.
One of the most popular trekking region in Nepal, Annapurna take 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 attempt as this particular trail the most colourful part in the region and offers the best of trekking in Nepal. On the other hand, the lesser known Langtang Region waits with all the wonders to surprise you. Throughout this trek one can witness the superb nature’s beauty and hear the therapeutic gushing sound of Langtang River.
Fishing on Lake Phewa
Nepal can easily be designated as the paradise for fishing and angling lovers. The country is home to a large number of rivers and lakes that are replete with population of fishes. For one of the best fishing experiences in Nepal, Phewa Lake in Pokhara valley is ideal. Covering an area of 4.4 sq.km, the lake houses around 22 native species of fish, thus making it quite the right place for quenching the thirst of fishing experience in Nepal.
Flight over the Everest
Now this is one is an experience of its kind. Even if you are capable of trekking and have dreams to make to the Advance Base Camps of Everest, a flight tour is still an experience to get. Mountain flights offer eye level view of the mountains by flying at an average height of 7000 m, and this makes it quite a thing to try. An hour flight on a regular basis in the morning offers a tour of Himalayan giants like Everest, Annapurna Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Ganesh Himal, Gauri Shankar, Lhotse, Nuptse, Langtang, Manaslu, Lamjung Himal and Dhaulagiri.
Visiting Boudhanath Stupa
Witnessing Nepal tourism’s major attraction Boudhanath is undoubtedly the best thing to do during the country’s tour. Reckoned to be Asia’s largest stupa, Boudhanath is one of the few sacred places in the world where Tibetan Buddhist culture is accessible and is not confined. Evening is the best time to visit Boudhanath, when the place comes to life with the lighting of thousands butter lamps.
Boating in Narayani River
An early morning boat ride in the glistening Narayani River near Chitwan National Park is undeniably an ideal thing to do. It is believed that a boating experience of this whimsical river is as fascinating as river rafting. The rippling waters and rich fauna both in and around it makes Narayani indisputably unmissable. Those with the thing for birdwatching would enjoy sighting various birds like river/ red wattled lapwing, Ruddy shelduck, Osprey, Kingfishers. The thrill of boating here multiplies with the possibility of spotting gharial/alligators in its water.
Paragliding in Pokhara and Bandipur
A paragliding experience in Nepal is something an adventure lover would not like to miss at all. Pokhara and Bandipur in Nepal are two best places to get the adrenaline pumping in your body with the best paragliding adventure ever. You can even choose Sarangkot over beautiful Pokhara or even paragliding above the Annapurna Mountain Range. One can either opt for free-flying foot launched aircraft or a non-motorized foot launched inflatable winded glider and there is also an option of taking a 10-day paragliding course to attempt this adventure activity alone.
Biking in Godavari, Bungamati, Chapagaun and Shivapuri National Park
There are innumerable trails in Nepal, most of which are unpaved but to some gorgeous places in the country. And a biking expeditions on these trails can offer an exhilarating experience. All you have to do is to hire a bike and just head out in any direction in Nepal and you will certainly end up at some exotic place. Howevers, a lot of people choose to take their biking trip in the region of Godavari, Bungamati, Chapagaun and one of the best national parks in Nepal, Shivapuri.
View Mount Everest from Gokyo Lakes
These offbeat set of six lakes are the world’s highest freshwater lake system of which Thonak Lake is the largest. Inarguably one of the most appealing vantage points and treks in Nepal, Gokyo Lakes are a perfect place to be to relish unsurpassed view of the majestic Mt. Everest. If you are a trekker and have done a few treks, Gokyo Lakes trek can be one of the best things do in Nepal for you if getting the unforgettable view of the Everest is in your mind. The lakes are located in Khumjung Village Development Committee of Solukhumbu District in Sagarmatha Zone in north-eastern Nepal and are also 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.
River Rafting and Bungee Jumping in Bhote Koshi River
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.
Kayaking in Seti River
Fill your tour of Nepal with an hour and a half adrenaline rushing adventure by kayaking in Seti River. Though kayaking can be enjoyed in both, Upper and Lower Seti River, the Upper side of the river is something to really talk about. With spectacular Annapurna mountain views, crystal clear water and a beautiful gorge adorned with a suspension bridge and prayer flags, Upper Seti River is unmissable for kayaking in Nepal. The adventure lovers here have the opportunity to face the Grade III and IV along with relishing the exotic views.
Nepal truly is a paradise for travellers, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Our promise is to provide the best Nepal travel packages and the experience you have dreamt of.