Popular Places to Visit In Nepal
Nagarkot is a popular tourist resort of Nepal. It is situated 32 km east of Kathmandu at an altitude of 2,175 m above sea level. The panorama of the major peaks of the Langtang range as well as the eastern Nepal Himalaya including Mt. Everest can be seen from here. Moreover, Nagarkot is famous for sunrise and sunset viewing as well.
The ancient town is situated 30 km east of Kathmandu on the side of the Arniko Rajmarga (Kathmandu-Kodari Highway). The Newar town of Dhulikhel offers a traditional atmosphere along with spectacular views. Once an important like in the ancient trade route to Tibet, Dhulikhel has a glorious past which can be seen in the lovely buildings and intricate woodcarvings in the shop-lined streets and temples. Pleasant climate (even during summer) is big attraction at Dhulikhel.
Located 29 km northwest of Kathmandu city, the fabulous holiday area of Kakani features attractions ranging from beautiful alpine scenery to the magnificent Himalayan panorama particularly of the Ganesh Himal massif. Other peaks that can be closely seen from Kakani are: Gaurishanker (7,134 m), Choba Bhamre (6,109 m), Manaslu (8,163 m), Himalchuli (7,893 m), Annapurna (8,091 m), and several other peaks.
For those seeking the ultimate pan-Himalayan view, Daman is the place to go. Located 80 km southwest of the Kathmandu Valley, Daman (2,400 m) offers the only unimpeded view of the entire Himalayan range. Daman is located on the Tribhuvan Highway between Kathmandu and the town of Birgunj. There is a view tower fitted with long-range telescopes. Daman can be reached in four hours from Kathmandu.
Pokhara, an enchanting city nestled in the tranquil valley (827 m), is the starting point for many of Nepal’s most popular trekking and rafting destinations. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the fish-tail summit of Machchhapuchhre (6,977 m) rising behind it create an ambience of peace and magic. The valley surroundings Pokhara is home to thick forests, gushing rivers, clear lakes and the world famous views of the Himalaya. Situated 200 km west of Kathmandu, Pokhara is connected by air as well as by road from Kathmandu and Bhairawa, a border town near India. Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machchha-puchhre, five peaks of Annapurna and others.
Gorkha is the birthplace of King Prithvi Narayan Shah the Great, the founder of modern Nepal. Situated on a hill overlooking the snowy peaks of the Himalaya is a beautiful old palace known as Gorkha Durbar. There are two attractive temples of Gorakhanth and Kali inside the palace precinct. Gorkha can be reached in about six hours by road from Kathmandu and four hours from Pokhara. A side trip to Manakamana temple on the way to Gorkha is very enjoyable and interesting.
Located on a 1,000 m ridge in Tanahu district some 140 km from Kathmandu. Bandipur’s hallmark is its beautiful scenery. At the eastern part of the town is the pagoda-roofed Bindabasini temple which houses goddess Durga, Bandipur’s guardian deity. The rich wooden carvings and detailed brass-work that adorn the temple are replicas of those found in the many old pagoda structures of the Kathmandu Valley. The other important temples and shrines in the vicinity include the Mahalaxmi temple with its exquisite woodwork and the Khadga Devi temple which comes alive once a year during the Dashain festival.
Situated at an altitude of 1,343 m, Tansen is the most popular summer resort in western Nepal on account of its position and climate. It has the most extensive views of the country’s chief attraction, the Himalaya from Dhaulagiri in the west to Gaurishanker in the northeast. It takes just seven hours by bus from Pokhara to reach Tansen.
A great religious place, Janakpur is famous s the birthplace of Sita, the consort of Lord Ram. There is an artistic marble temple of Sita (Janaki), popularly known as Naulakha Mandir. Religious festivals, trade fairs and other festivals are held here on Bivaha Panchami and Ram Navami. Janakpur is also liked with Kathmandu by air and road.
Lumbini, the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautam, the Shakya prince and the ultimate Buddha, the Enlightened One, is the pilgrimage destination of the world’s millions of people faithful to all schools of Buddhism. This nativity site, identified by Indian Emperor Ashoka’s commemorative pillar is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The main attraction at the Lumbini remains the Sacred Garden spread over 8 sq km and processing all the treasures of the historic area. The Mayadevi temple is the main attraction for pilgrims and archaeologists alike. Here we find a bas relief of Mayadevi, the Buddha’s mother giving birth to him. Standing west to the Mayadevi shrine is the oldest monument of Nepal, the Ashokan Pillar. The Pillar was erected by Emperor Ashoka in 249 BC to commemorate his pilgrimage to the sacred site. To the south of the pillar, we find the sacred pond, Puskarni, where Queen Mayadevi had taken a bath just before giving birth to the Buddha.
There are other places of interest too nearby. It is accessible by air from Kathmandu to Bhairawa. From Kathmandu it takes about eight hours by bus or car.
Chitwan is one of the finest national parks in Asia, renowned for its dense concentration of wildlife which provides the opportunity to see animals in their natural habitat. This Park is also known for one of the World Heritage Sites in Nepal. It is teemed with wildlife such as the rare great one-horned rhinoceros, several species of deer, sloth bear, leopard, wild boar, fresh water dolphin, crocodile, more than 350 species of birds and the elusive Royal Bengal tiger. We organize jungle safari, river rafting, elephant back excursions, nature walks, canoe trips and jungle treks filled with thrilling views of the hills, rivers and plains with jungles on either side.
Basantapur lies at Terhathum in Koshi zone in eastern Nepal at an altitude of 2,323m. It is famous for its natural beauty, diverse culture, beautiful landscape and cool climate. Tinjure, Milke and Jaljale areas are home to one of largest rhododendron forests in Nepal. This is long and high forest ridge that divides the Arun and Tamor valleys in the eastern Nepal. The trek to the region can be started from either Basantapur or Tumlingtar. The trek can be expanded from 7-14 days up this ridge, which offers views of Makalu (8463m) to the west and Kanchenjunga (8586m) to the east. There are huge forests of rhododendrons along the ridge. The forest is home to different species of rhododendrons, the national flower of Nepal.
Sirubari is a beautiful Gurung village in Syangja district where the concept of village tourism was first initiated. Situated at the altitude of 1700m above sea level, the village lies at a distance of five hours drive from Pokhara. The village is managed by a local committee and each household in the village accommodate visitors as per the rotation system. Visitors are warmly welcomed by offering Tika and garland amidst the singing of folk songs. The accommodation is simple and food is local yet delicious. In the evening, the local mothers’ group perform cultural programme, presenting traditional Gurung songs and dances. Visitors are also encouraged to dance with the locals. Thumro is a popular viewpoint in Sirubari, which can be reached with an easy walk from the village, offering magnificent views of mountains peaks in the Annapurna Range. Your visit to Sirubari will help you to get an insight of the day-to-day life of rural Nepal.
Khaptad is often touted as the paradise in far-western Nepal. Khaptad is a land of grasslands and forests with diverse geographical features from high mountains to deep gorges and mid-elevation plateaus. The place inherited its name from Khaptad Swami, a
Hindu sage who lived in the area for many years. The government has gazetted 225 sq km of the area as Khaptad National Park to conserve wildlife and biodiversity in the area. A 5 km area inside the park has been separated for meditation and tranquility where consumption of meat, alcohol and tobacco is prohibited. Khaptad Lake is a place of religious significance and draws hundreds of people on the full moon day of July - August every year. The park is home to different wildlife species, including bear, leopard,
common langur, musk deer and different species of birds. The area is a fertile land for different medicinal herbs and other rare vegetation. Khaptad can be reached by taking a flight to Dipayal, Chainpur in Bajhang, Kolti in Bajura and Sanfebagar in Achham.
Ilam is a beautiful hilly district in eastern Nepal. Situated 600 km east from Kathmandu, Ilam is best known for its tea gardens. Tea produced in Ilam is famous all over the world, especially in European countries. Ilam is home to different species of bird and animals,
including the endangered Red Panda. Apart from beautiful tea gardens, Antu Danda is another attraction in the district. Antu Danda, also known as Shree Antu, is a great place to view sunrise and unique views of Everest and Kanchanjunga. It is situated at an altitude
of 1677m. Maipokhari is another important destination in the district having both religious and natural significance. Siddhithumka is another attraction of the district which is also famous for views of sunrise and sunset. Mane Bhanjyang, a pass that connects
Ilam with Darjeeling in India, is another attraction in the district.