Top Travel Destinations in Nepal

Nepal is a country of beautiful scenic landscapes with an abundance of both natural and cultural heritage. Although being a small landlocked country, Nepal has been able to prosper in the tourism sector due to its diversity in nature and culture. Nepal is the gateway to the Himalayas, home of the tallest mountains in the world. With so much culture and tradition poured into one small piece of land, most tourists that come here are attracted by the various forms of art and cultures that Nepal has to offer. This is a small piece of heaven. Nepal has three of the highest mountains in the world and various other peaks, several hundred rivers all suitable for adventure rafting, ideal safari and wildlife areas and so much more to explore which certainly makes the country most attractive destination for adventure tourism and travelling.

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    Pokhara
    It is one of the most renowned city for its astounding setting of beautiful lakes with lush hills offering panoramic view of the Himalayas. With the view of three 8,000m mountains, Pokhara provides the ground for various adventure activities such as trekking, mountaineering, rafting and paragliding, etc. Some of the major attractions are Phewa lake, Devi’s Fall, Peace stupa, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Chamero cave, etc.

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    Khaptad

    The Khaptad Trek in the Far-Western Region, Nepal is an opportunity. It is basically an adventure walk in and around the Khaptad National Park. The trekkers can also enjoy attractions like the Ashram of Khaptad Baba, Ganga Darsha, Tribeni, Saharsa Linga, Jhokhar Lake, Botanical Garden and the Aircraft Museum in Dhangadhi; traditional settlement of the people, their remote lifestyle, culture, tradition and hospitality. Therefore, Khaptad trekking is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for those planning to walk the trail of the Khaptad Trek.

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    Lumbini

    Lumbini, being the birth place of Lord Gautam Buddha is simply an enough reason to visit the holy place. The Maya Devi Temple (the birthplace of the Buddha) is situated in the Lumbini World Heritage Site. Besides this Bodhi tree, Maya Devi pond, Lumbini museum and the modern days temples that have been built by various countries are also a must see highlights.  Ashoka pillar is also one of the major attraction, which is dedicated to emperor Ashoka of India.

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    Rara Lake

    The Rara is the biggest and deepest fresh water lake in the Nepal Himalayas. The glimpses of culture and scenery on the way is quite different from the rest of Nepal. Rara lake has been a popular destination with a very rough route in Western Nepal for trekkers. It can be described as “a shimmering blue jewel set in a ring of snowy peaks”. It is also said that, at a certain time of the day one can see altogether seven different colors in the lake.

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    Poon Hill

    Poon Hill is one of most advantageous places to experience the true beauty of the mountains which surround it. It is reknowned for the marvelous view of the sunrise. It also provides the awesome sights, spectacular in their portrayal of some of the best mountain views in the Himalayas. This trek will show you the best the Annapurnas has to offer.

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    Ghale gaun

    Ghale Gaun Village Homestay is for those travelers, who want to explore local life of Nepali people. Ghale gaun is famous for its Gurung culture. As the name itself says “Ghale” which is one of the castes in Gurung culture. It provides the countryside as an experience of Nepal. Tourists travel the place to experience the local life and the nature over here. Cultural shows that are showcased by the local communities here are also its major attractions. It also offers a superb breathtaking views of the mountain including Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Himalchuli, Mahhapuchhre, Annapurna IV, Bouddha Himal etc. Villagers here are very welcoming with warm greetings.

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    Langtang

    Langtang and Helambu regions is the second largest conserved National Park of Nepal. The park contains the Gosaikunda lakes, sacred to Hindus. Popular activities for tourists in the park include trekking, climbing, and white-water rafting. Langtang trekking combines the remote and spectacular valley of Langtang, with the high mountain lakes at Gosainkunda and the beautiful Helambu Valley.

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    Everest Base Camp (EBC)

    Everest Base Camp is the best way for non-elite climbers to get close to the world’s highest mountain. The Everest Base Camp trek on the south side is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Himalayas. It provides a great insight into Sherpa culture and the high Himalayas.

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    Lower Mustang and Upper Mustang

    Mustang is one of the best places for trekking along its stunning landscapes. Tibetan gompas and cultural traditions are also one of the highlights. The walled city of Lo Manthang, mesmerizing view of Nilgiri peak, villages, ruined castles and sky burial sites are some of the attractions. The Upper Mustang Trek includes visiting Muktinath temple, Johmsom and Kaagbeni. Muktinath temple is sacred to Buddhists and Hindus, frequented by sadhus and aesthetics.

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    Jomsom

    A Jomsom trek reveals Nepal’s spectacular diversity at its finest. The deep valleys and high mountains encircling the giant Annapurna Himal embrace a wide range of peoples. The wind blows at its best during the noon time in this valley. The place is mainly famous for apple farming.

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    Manang (Thorong La Pass)

    Thorong La is a mountain pass with an elevation of 5,416 metres above sea level. It is the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit. This could be the best place to travel for the people who thrive for adventures in their life. Thorong La is situated in the Annapurna Circuit, which provides the whole new experience for the trekkers.

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    Bardia

    The Bardia National Park is the largest and most undisturbed protected area of the Terai region of Nepal. There are excellent opportunities to spot endangered species of wildlife in this region of Nepal. The king of Bardia is the Bengal tiger. Bardia is also the habitat for the wild Asian elephant and the greate one-horned rhinoceros. It is mostly visited for wildlife, bird watching activities and to explore the countryside and meet the Tharu people.

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    Sailung

    ‘Sai’ means hundred and ‘Lung’ means the hills in Nepali language. Because of the presence of hundreds of hill in this area, people started saying this trek as Sailung trekking. This is a non-tourist area and less crowded, but a very splendid one. This trek takes you to Thulo Sailung (3200 m), its highest elevation, from where you will see a vast Himalayan range from Makalu to Dhaulagiri. This is the only trek from where you will have a glimpse of Terai – the lowland of Nepal as well as the world’s highest – Mt. Everest (8848 m).

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    Palpa

    Palpa has some of the major attractions as it is considered one of the most historic place in Nepal. Argeli Palace is considered a beautiful palace. There are many forts here which holds historic values. Mahamritunjaya Statue of Lord Shiva, Rambha Devi Temple, Ramdi, Rishikesh Complex of Ruru Kshetra, Rishikesh Temple, Shrinagar Hill, Tansen and Vhairabsthan Temple are the major attractions of Palpa. Ranighat Palace (Ranimahal) is also called Tajmahal of Nepal due to similar stories behind the construction of this palace.

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    Ilam

    Ilam is considered as the tea factory of Nepal because it is one of the major place for tea-production. It is famous for natural scenery and landscapes, tea production, and diverse agricultural economy. It is one of the major horticultural crop production districts of Nepal. Besides these Ilam attracts many researchers who come to study rare birds and the Red Panda.

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    Dharan

    Dharan is regarded as the most fashionable city of Nepal. Beauty of this place is undoubtedly a pleasure to one’s eyes. Bhedetar is the famous viewpoint of Dharan. Bijaypur Hill is of a particular significance, as it has several temples of importance, such as Dantakali Temple, Pindeshwor Temple, Budha Subba Temple and Panch Kanya. The Tamur river has made Dharan a destination for the white water rafting enthusiasts. Namaste waterfall, Dharan clock tower (Ghantaghar), Saptarangi Park (Park of Seven Colours) and Panchakanya Natural Park are also some of the major attractions.

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    Chitlang

    Chitlang Organic Village Resort is organic village the way of living life in organic style. This village is surrounded by beautiful green forest. The large green fields are added attraction of Chitlang. There is a big Apple garden with more than thousand apple trees. Few cottages have been constructed recently in between the garden, which provide the excited stay to the tourists. It offers an amazing experience with the combination of natural beauty and cultural heritage. Chitlang offers visitors with an opportunity of village home stay where you can interact and get insight of the rural life in Nepal. It also offers one of the best hiking/trekking around Kathmandu. Major attraction are bird watching, Kulekhani (also known as Indrasarovar), One tree hill, Goat cheese factory etc.

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    Chitwan National Park

    It is the first national park in Nepal. Chitwan National Park is one of Nepal’s most popular tourist destinations. Sauraha is a well-known spot for tourists to watch the sunset view. Meghauli is also a tourist destination with the creation of the Tharu Homestay program to promote the village tourism offering a more authentic and intimate jungle experience. The major activities that can be done in Chitwan are Jungle Safari, Elephant riding, Elephant bathing and many more. There are museums to visit too. Elephant breeding center is also a must visit place.

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    Kalinchowk

    Kalinchowk Bhagwati Temple is a Hindu shrine in Dolkha District of Nepal. The myth about this temple is once a person exits the temple premises one shouldn’t return. Its a part of Gaurishankar Conservation Area from where two rivers Sun Kosi and Tama Kosi river are originated. In Hindu mythology, this is the place where Goddess Kali killed Raktabīja; an asura (loosely translated as demon) who fought with God and Goddess from the side of the Asura. This holy place provides the beautiful panaromic view of the snowcapped mountains in a wide range.

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