Must Visit Tourist Places in Nepal
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About the Everest Base Camp:
With its daunting summit soaring high up above the mountain, trekking in Everest Base camp is definitely the adventure for you. The Everest, one of the most sought after tourist destination in Nepal is known for its incandescent beauty with the magnificent peaks and hills. At an altitude of 29, 035 ft, Everest creates the perfect spot for the trekkers with the vast blue sky in the backdrop. Covered by the snow-capped mountains and the vast greenery, Everest Base Camp trek is one of the dream destinations for the trekkers. And the best thing about this place is that you will be in the midst of the friendliest people.
For a close encounter with the Everest summit, Everest Base Camp trek is the best trek for you. In this trek, you will be trekking to an altitude of 17,600 ft passing through the quaint villages, grassy paths, steep rocks etc. You will be trekking in the trails of the footsteps of legendary adventurers and mountaineer like Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary. Nothing beats the excitement and thrill that holds the travellers on while ascending the Everest and watching it very close.
EBC is a double treat for the nature lovers and the photography enthusiast where you can click some of the best shots. You will be experiencing a lot of snowfalls while you are on the trek. The moment you reach an altitude of 5365 meters you will feel as if you are standing in a globe of a snowball. Catch the first glimpse of the Khumbu icefall during your trek. Not just get a chance to explore the forest, valleys and waterfalls but also, you will get a chance to learn about the culture of the legendary people Sherpas who are known to be Mountain Climbers.
It’s time to take up your adventure to a whole new level. Not just treat yourself to this exciting trek but also learn a lot about the people and cultures of this region. Known for its magnificent beauty with the mountain peaks, glacial moraines and valleys, Everest Base Camp is the one place you wouldn't want to miss this year.
Everest Base Camp Trek Altitude: 18,513 ft
Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty Level: Difficult
Airport: Kathmandu, Nepal
Starting and Ending Point: The trek starts and ends at Kathmandu.
ATM: Namche Bazaar has the last ATM point before your trek begins.
Everest Base Camp Highlights:
- With the high passes and the white misty glaciers, Everest Base Camp trek will give you an experience of a lifetime.
- On this trek, you will trek to the foothills of the Everest, the world’s highest mountain.
- You will be trekking in some of the challenging treks like Kala Pattar, Nangkartshang Peak, and Everest Base Camp.
- Get a chance to explore the amazing beauty of the Katmandu and learn about the people and their culture.
- Visit the ancient Thami and Tengboche monasteries and investigate the beauty of the Sherpa village.
- Also, visit the school established by Sir Edmund Hillary in the mountain village of Khumjung.
Best Time to travel to Everest Base Camp Trek
Travelling to Mount Everest has its on-peak and off-peak seasons. For ordinary tourists, the golden season to take a Mt. Everest tour would be in April, May, early-June, September and October, and early November. At these times of the year, the skies are clearer, with very few days where visibility is even slightly limited.
There are very little rain and snow, and daytime temperatures, while not the hottest in the year, are well above freezing, and quite comfortable for trekking and touring the region. Although, you will still need some warm clothes for the nights, which can still get quite cold.
However, tours to Mount Everest can be arranged at any time of year, given an individuals’ unique preference. As long as you are not a professional mountaineer with a particular time frame to summit the mountain, Everest Base Camp welcomes you whenever you come.
Tips for Everest Base Camp
1) Bring enough money: There are no ATMs in Lukla, so one is advised to carry enough money with them in case of need for an emergency. And even for buying trekking equipments in Kathmandu. It is one of the best and cheapest place to buy the same.
2) Bring your own Tea: Yes, tea is very expensive at the Everest. But getting hot water won’t cost you much. Carry your own tea bags to be used while on the trek.
3) Mentally prepare yourself: As this is not an easy trek, you should prepare yourself mentally for the task that is ahead of you. This means, be prepared for extreme weather conditions, All accommodation on the trek to Everest Base Camp is in small tea houses, run by the local Sherpa people or Mountain Lodges. There are options for showers lower down on the trail, if you decide to use them, however, many people keep clean by using baby wipes and a bowl of warm water each day. The toilet situations can be difficult at times, as in the tea houses they are generally not Western-style toilets, rather just a hole in the ground instead of a toilet bowl.
4) What to Carry: Warm clothes, sunglasses, trekking boots, gloves, trekking stick, woollen caps among other trekking equipments you want to carry. However, the most important thing to bring is a good pair of trekking shoes that you have hiked in previously. Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking clothes that are both cheap and of decent quality. If you can bring your own sleeping bag otherwise you can rent one for about 500-600 rupees a day.
5) Prepare for extreme weather: If it’s sunny you might be surprised at how warm it can get during the day. Most trekkers wear t-shirts and shorts for the first few days while the elevation is still low. When the sun sets the temperatures to drop quick. Wear a warm hat while sleeping and take a Nalgene bottle filled with hot water and keep it in your sleeping bag to stay warm.
6) Stay Hydrated: Make sure to drink plenty of water while on the trek. Do carry extra water bottles with you at all times.
7) Altitude Headaches: A headache can be one of the first signs of altitude problems. Do carry suitable medications for the same. Small headaches are common and should not stop you from trekking or worry you. However, if it persists or increases, it might be advisable to ascend or even trek down.
8) Avoid the Sun: Taking care of your skin and eyes are important. Sunburns happen much quicker at high elevation so make sure to apply sunscreen a few times a day and wear a hat. Sunglasses are a must-have and if you wear prescription glasses it’s good to come to Nepal with a pair of prescription sunglasses or at least clip-on.
9) Dress in Layers: Layering allows you to easily regulate your body temperature and stay comfortable while trekking. It’s even better if your layers have zippers so that you have even more control of your body temperature.
10) Bring a camera: This trek is one of the most beautiful Himalayan Treks. So much so, that one would want to stop at every step and take pictures to make memories for life.
11) Bring Extra Batteries/Charging Packs: In the cold, your batteries will die much quicker than they do at home. This holds true for basically every kind of electronics you'll be using from phones to cameras to kindles. While some of the tea houses allow you to charge things, they all charge you for it (some more than others). An easy way to avoid this is to bring spare batteries and a portable charger.
About the Annapurna:
The host to not one, not two but six massive peaks of the Himalayas – The Annapurna Massif lies in the northern region of Nepal and Annapurna Base Camp trek is a stunning opportunity to relish the giant. While the peaks themselves stretch over 55km, the Annapurna base camp trek brings you within breath-taking distance of the 7,000m high ranges after a trek of few days from Pokhara. Few mountains can boast of the raw beauty that the base camp of Annapurna possesses! It brings you through oak, pine, rhododendron and merrily dancing rice fields to a silvery carpet of snow and capricious slopes of lush valleys. Annapurna range satiates your thirst for adventure with the unending peaks of the mountains right from Pokhara and before the start of the trek itself, you will be able to gain the picturesque beauty of all the mountain peaks. When you reach Ghandruk, the distinct views of Machapuchare, Annapurna South, and other peaks will be possibly seen.
Machapuchare, an important peak in the range is also known as the fish-tailed mountain and protected highly and tourists arrive here in plenty for its exquisite beauty. Natives believe that it is an abode of Lord Shiva. From the base camp of Machapuchare, one can capture the views of Annapurna 1, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. Moreover, the Annapurna Base Camp is considered to hold a small cluster of lodges that offer the mystical sights of the Annapurna Glacier situated on the opposite side alongside the towering glaciers called Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli, and Machapuchare.
On Annapurna Base Camp trek, you have a wide range of landscapes to be covered and the tricky, long trails that go through the variety of forests filled with rhododendron, fern and bamboo trees. After Sinuwa, while you enter Annapurna Sanctuary, nature becomes dense with seamless forests and greenery. There, oak trees become dominant. The forests coming your way until you reach the Machapuchare Base Camp will have tall grass and tall trees along with some flowering ones as well to make your trails filled with happy smiles.
About the Annapurna Base Camp Trek:
The trail that progresses towards the Annapurna Base Camp is bedecked with scenery and sights of every kind imaginable. Steady and gradual climbs through its dense forests and fertile terrace fields bring us to be amazed by the majestic and upright peaks of the Annapurna Mountains. Nayapul, Ghandruk, Sinuwa, Deurali and the base camp are the spots you will stay overnight during the trek.
Traversing the scenic vistas, over course of nine days you will be engaging yourselves trekking through carpeted ridges and ravines to arrive at Machapuchare Base Camp (3700m) and finally towards the destination of this epic journey, Annapurna Base Camp, and then back to Pokhara.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Highlights:
- Trek to Annapurna Base Camp is classified as a classic tea house trekking expedition since you will be staying in lodges that can accommodate around 25 people and are run by locals.
- This trek is a great opportunity to interact with the local people and know the Buddhist culture prevailing in the villages and taste the local dishes.
- Since the trekking happens around a vast area of Annapurna Conservation Area, you will be able to spot much rare flora and fauna as it is home to 1226 species of plants, 102 mammals, 474 birds, 22 amphibians and so on.
- This is a trek attempted by hundreds of foreigners as well as natives and when it is October, the views become outstanding and the roads will be filled with so many people from all over the world. Experience diversities gets unified by this amazing trek.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Weather Conditions:
Most routes leading to the base camp have little danger by the snow cover but you must be cautious in the spring. At the lower elevations, spring brings joy with multiple flowers but at the top, it will be filled with snow. It is a great time to do trekking during the months of the spring season. Also, since it is located at a great height, weather conditions are really fluctuating but autumn season experience quite a steady weather. Hence it is considered to be the most suitable time to do trekking.
At Pokhara, the day temperature will be between 15°C to20°C in October. Night temperatures will be 0 to 5°C. It will fall to 0°C at Machapuchare Basecamp and Annapurna Base camp. Snow cover will not be there to hinder you in October but if you choose April, then you will likely witness snow near to Machapuchare Base Camp and near ABC.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty:
Annapurna Base Camp Trek has a moderate difficulty as it is located at an elevation of 4,130m above sea level with a total trek distance of 115 KM. Which makes up to 10-20 KM per day but it is still very much attainable. If you have never done a high altitude trek then you must prepare beforehand by watching your diet, exercise. If you have done trekking but not as high as this one then you should work on your determination because it would be more difficult than other treks. And if you are a regular trekker then this should not be as challenging for you as it could be.
Annapurna Base Camp Weather:
Spring: Starting from March to May, spring season has a slightly warmer temperature ranging from 17 °C to 20 °C. But it is still the best time to trek after Autumn as the forests come to life with blooming flowers and green trees. The air is filled with the fragrance of the flowers and the clear sky gives an uninterrupted view of mountains.
Summer: Starting from June to August, the summer season is also known as the rainy season with daily temperature from 18 °C to 25 °C. It is also known as ‘off-season’ as the rain leads to landslides in the lower region and avalanches in the higher reason making it very less preferable season. Though you can still trek in the season if you would have prepared accordingly. Having muddy and slippery routes with unclear sky you will find lesser crowd.
Autumn: September to November is the best season to plan a trek. The temperature starts from 15 °C to 17 °C with rain or snowfall. As the sky will be clear, sunrise and sunsets could be seen perfectly. Though you will find the trail very crowded but the trek is worth doing.
Winter: Starting from December and lasting till February, winter days have temperature from 9 °C to 12 °C, whereas the temperature at night could fall down till -15 °C to -20 °C with foggy morning and unclear sky. Although lower regions are dry but upper regions are covered with a thick layer of snow which requires crampons to hike upon and winter clothes are a must.
Quick Facts About Annapurna Base Camp Trek:
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Duration: 9D/8N
Annapurna Base Camp Temperature: Day: 15°C to 20 °C and Night: 0°C to 5°C
Annapurna Base Camp Altitude: 13,550 ft
Meal Types: Veg Meals
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate-Difficult
Starting and Ending Point: The trek starts and ends at Pokhara.
- Kathmandu Walking Tour is the best way to see the pagoda-styled Annapurna Ajima Temple, the Shrine of Aksh Bhairab, and the Yita Chapo remains (flattened in the earthquake of 2015)
- There are two batches for this package currently. The timings for the two batches are 7:30 am till 10:00 am and 2:30 pm till 5:00 pm.
- 7:30am/2:30pm arrive at Electric Pagoda Cafe and meet up with guide. Enjoy some light refreshments before you start the tour.
- 7:45am/2:45pm proceed to your walking tour as you visit the crowded streets of Asan Tole and Indra Chowk bazaars.
- Learn about the Nepali culture, history, and way of living with experienced guides fluent in English.
- See heritage buildings built in traditional Newari architecture and intricately carved Nyalon (Fish Stone)
- Admire the beautiful courtyards of Kwathu Baha, Haku Baha, Dhalasikna Baha, Dagu Baha, Takse Baha and more!
- 10:00am/5:00pm tour ends.
About Kathmandu City:
Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is one of the most historically rich and colourful cities in the world. The magnificence of its centuries old way of living is mirrored in its architecture, streets, and the bazaars, which are a melting point of people, traditions, and an amalgamation of traditional & modern way of life. Kathmandu Walking Tour is a great way to absorb these things closely and see beautiful sights. Explore the local handicrafts, foods, produce of fruits and vegetables, spices and herbs, utensils, jewellery, and textiles at two of the largest bazaars of Asan Tole and Indra Chowk.
Here you can also interact with the farmers and shopkeepers to get an insight into the rustic Himalayan way of living and understanding how their lives have been after the massive earthquake of 2015. Visit the beautiful temple of Annapurna Ajima and the Shrine of Aksh Bhairab and see the historical courtyards of Kwathu Baha, Haku Baha, Dhalasikna Baha, Dagu Baha, and Takse Baha. Here, you will also get a chance to see Nyalon or the Fish Stone and its original carvings and colours preserved carefully by the locals. If you are lucky, you will see sacred cows wandering the streets.
About the Activity:
- This tour is carefully designed for all those travelers who share a huge interest in art, culture, lifestyle and historical sites around Kathmandu valley.
- A visit to the UNESCO declared World heritage sites of Nepal would be the best opportunity for researcher, students, teachers or historian to collect historical and socio-cultural artifacts of the three historic cities.
- There are as many as 10 UNESCO heritage sites in this landlocked Himalayan country. Eight of them represent cultural sites and two are natural heritage sites.
- Kathmandu- the capital city of Nepal is well known for stunning ancient temples, Stupas, Monuments, and Historical sites.
- Spend a fair-share of your time enjoying these wonderful architecture and art masterpieces. Admire the awe-inspiring architecture of ancient temples and the intricate design of the Malla era palatial building.
Transfers: Hotel Transfers by Rickshaw (Optional)
Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Time: 1:30 PM
Meet up location: Electric Pagoda Cafe
Address: Saat Ghumti Marg, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal.
- Take a look at the serene side of the Nagarkot village with this Nagarkot sunrise day tour.
- This tour is available in both the languages English and Chinese.
- You will be starting off your day with an early morning pick up at 4:30 am from the hotel itself.
- Later, it will take an hour for you to reach out to the top of the village.
- From there you can take the Nagarkot sunrise view and also capture images with beautiful frames.
- Once you have soaked in the beauty of the scenic views then you can head for the delicious breakfast at Nagarkot itself.
- After breakfast, you will be dropped back to the respective hotel at 9:30 am approximately.
- With this tour, you can gaze at the natural bounties of the region and the sunrise view will truly melt your heart away.
- This 3-hour tour is surely a one with no regrets and could be booked for both family vacations and honeymoons.
Located in central Nepal, Nagarkot is snuggled at the rim of the Kathmandu Valley and gives the views of the splendid Himalayas. This quaint village is settled at an elevation of 2,175 m and the aura of the quarter is forever enticing. The land is all over laced with the beautiful greens and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes. One must not dare to miss the Nagarkot sunrise view and for this, there are several Nagarkot sunrise day tours available from which you can choose.
From the peak, you can even take a glimpse of the beautiful Mount Everest which is on the northeastern side or you can take a look at the serene temples which on the western side. If you are a nature lover or a fanatical photographer then this is your place to be as it owns a bag full of surprises for you.
Famed as the only metropolis of the Himalayan region, this place is visited by quite a lot of travellers. This is not only the largest city of Nepal but also one of the serene sites. Places like the Swayambhunath Stupa, Hanuman Dhoka Square, and several others mark the tourism count of the city. To make the best of your holidays here, you must not miss out on the Kathmandu sightseeing packages, as they cover most of the destinations. With places like Hanuman Dhoka Square, you can take a deep look into the history of the place and if you are more into the tranquil setting then it boasts with a remarkable range of peaceful temples.
About the Full Day Sightseeing in Kathmandu:
With this tour of sightseeing in Kathmandu, you can explore the serene sites of the city. On this 8 hours tour, you can begin the day early at 8:30 and places like the Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath, Boudhnath, and Kathmandu durbar square. This tour takes you to the tranquil side of the city and promises you everlasting memories. The package is ideal to let you experience some splendid moments with your loved ones and friends.
The Full Day Sightseeing in Kathmandu is inclusive of an experienced and professional guide cum driver who would assist you throughout the journey. Besides, you shall be able to learn about the various spots and understand the significance with the help of an informative conversation with the guide. The package also includes parking charges so as to minimize all such hassles.
Note: The maximum number of persons required to book this Full Day Sightseeing in Kathmandu is 4.
- The countryside is always beautiful and a testimony of that are the villages of Bungamati & Khokana in Nepal. Disconnected and inaccessible, these villages will take you on a ride back in time as you go by seeing their everyday lives.
- Bungamati, famous for the woodcarvers and the craftsmen, is where you will head first. After spending some time with the locals, you will head to the shrine of Rato Macchendranath, patron god of Patan, alongside other religious monuments.
- You will then head to the famous Mustard Oil Producing village of Khokana, which is especially renowned for their way of extracting it. Also, you will be visiting the three-story temple of Shikali Mai, the local deity.
- The tour starts from the Electric Pagoda Cafe in Kathmandu, and you can also avail transportation from you hotel to the starting point in a rickshaw.
Meet Up Details:
- Meet up time: 8:30am
- Meet up location: Electric Pagoda Cafe
- Address: Saat Ghumti Marg, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal.
- Duration: 4 hours
- Neighbored by countries of varied beliefs, Nepal has its own set of pilgrimage sites that hold utmost importance in the eyes of the pilgrims. One such great place is the temple of Manakamana or Manokamana in Nepal.
- Blessed with the shrine of Goddess Bhagwati, who is believed to grant wishes to the ones who visit her temple.
- The ride to the temple begins when the guide comes to pick you up from your hotel lobby and transfers you to the base of the hill. From here on, a scenic cable car ride, through forests and in plain view of the mountain ranges, takes you to the top where the temple is located.
- The ride gives you expansive views of the regions of Manakamana and Chitwan of Nepal. Arrive at the temple and pray for you what you desire, before getting dropped back at the hotel, bringing the experience to an end.
Know Before You Go:
Pick up/Drop off: Hotel/Place of accommodation
Type of transfer: Shared
Tour Duration: 13 hours
Starting Time: 08:00 AM
Visit Boudhanath (Stupa)
The place has seen many traders and travellers offering prayers to their lord here, as the Stupa is considered to be the tomb of the remains of Kassapa Buddha. With a lot of legends attached to the place, it is one of the best places to visit in Nepal and easily deserves to be called so.
Visit Swayambhunath Stupa
The temples are painted with the eyes and eyebrows of the Buddha with the number 1 in local script painted as the nose of the lord, which is a sight to behold in itself.
Timings: Open 24 hours throughout the Year
Price: Rs 200 for foreign nationals to go to the Swayambhu Stupa
Visit Phewa Lake
The second largest lake in the country, it is extremely famous for the natural beauty, the Barahi Temple which is based on an island in the lake, and the mirror-like reflections of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre in its waters.
The river Bagmati which flows along is considered to be the most sacred river for cremation. It is also believed that people who die here are reborn as humans again irrespective of their conduct on earth.
Highlights: You can also visit Panch Deval which has five temple complex which was a holy shrine but not a place for old people to stay.
Location: Pashupatinath road, Kathmandu.
Best time to visit: You can visit this temple during anytime of the year but avoid visiting it during Mahashivratri and Teej festivals
Sagarmatha National Park
Since there are no roads to this place and you have to literally walk, so plenty of food should be accompanied with plenty of rest.
Highlights: Reaching the Mount Everest base camp is the most adventurous thing to do.
Location: Since there are no roads, so you have to walk from the nearest airport. It is 2 days from Lukla.
Best time to visit: September to November.
Entry Price: Rs 3,390
Langtang National Park
The national park is highly uncrowded which makes it the best national park for the occasion. The nearby lodges are operational during winters only. People may have high altitude sickness so you should carry your medicines accordingly.
Highlights: There are three main trekking routes in this place Langtang Valley, Helambu and Gosaikunda Lake.
Best time to visit: Mid October to Mid December.
Entry Fee: Rs.1000
Location: Nearest city is Kathamandu.
It is set in a hidden courtyard, surrounded by smaller stupas, engravings and statutes. Although well maintained and intact, this UNESCO World Heritage Site witnessed minor damages in the 2015 earthquake.
Highlights: In the northwestern corner of the courtyard there’s a beautiful pagoda dedicated to Hariti, the goddess of smallpox whereas the northeast corner is adorned with the Drubgon Jangchup Choeling Monastery.
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal.
Timings: The complex is opened for public access the entire day throughout the week.
Price: There is no admission charges for entry into the stupa complex.
The water in falls comes from the Phewa Lake reservoir. This place is a famous attraction for visitors from all around the world who come here to witness the beauty and pray at the nearby Gupteshwor Mahadev cave.
Go Underground at Siddha Gufa
You can easily complete the trek to and from Bandipur in about 90 minutes one way or can take a hike from Bimalnagar and reach the cave in about 45 minutes.
Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve
If you have a religious bent of mind you can visit the place during the month of August where a religious fair is held and is attended by all the locals of Nepal.
Highlights: The reserve is the best place to locate blue sheep.
Location: Baglung district of Dhawalagiri Himalayan range.
Best time to visit: March to April.
Prices: License and the local permit will together cost you Rs 1,46,470 and if one hunter wants to hunt 1 Himalayan Tahr then the cost would be Rs 5,85,880.
Near the roadside you will find many craftisans weaving cloth and chisel timber.
Highlights: You can examine the beautiful temples which are studded stones and winding streets which makes you bring back memories of the olden times.
Location: It is 10 km from the Airport
Price: Rs 2000.
Best time to visit: March to April and October to November in late afternoon
Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
Apart from all this it is the only reserve where you will find a beautiful amalgamation of peace along with paradise of nature.
Highlights: It is the only reserve where you can spot the endangered Arna ( a wild water buffalo) and some endangered species of birds too like Swamp Francolin, Bengal Florican and much more.
Best time to visit: November to February.
Prices: If you are planning to stay in a camp close to it, you can get it around Rs.16,014.
Location: It is located close to Kamaladi in Kathmandu.
Visit Hanuman Dhoka Temple
The statue itself dates back to 1672. The door is the entrance to the complex of Palace inside and is also the entryway to the Nasal Chok, Mul Chok, Mohan Chok and the Tribhuvan Museum, which exhibits the royal belongings of King Tribhuvan.
Parsa Wildlife Reserve
Apart from the usual animals you can also spot cobras and pythons which makes this reserve even more exciting for one to visit. Hence a safari trip to Parsa wildlife reserve will surely be an experience in itself.
Highlights: You will find hordes of wild elephants, tiger, leopard and sloth bear amongst others.
Location: It is located in the south-central lowland Terai of Nepal, close to Narayangadh.
Price: Rs 100.
Best time to visit: October to February.
Visit Rupa Tal Lake
Location: It lies towards the south-east of Pokhara valley. The freshwater lake in Nepal is Rupa Tal which is also the third largest lake in Pokhara valley.
Highlights: It provides boating opportunity for all the tourists which makes Rupa Tal an important Nepal tourist place to visit.
Prices: Entry is free.
Difficulty Level: Medium
Visit Begnas Tal Lake
Since it is visited comparatively less, the original beauty is undisturbed. The lake supports irrigation and fisheries. The water level in the lake is regulated by a dam constructed in 1988 as it fluctuates with season and because of use for irrigation. The pressure of increasing human population is forcing conversion of the swampy area into land for cultivation.
Location: It takes about 40 minutes by bus from Pokhara to reach the lake. Not far from the maddening crowd but extremely clean and quiet.
Highlights: Boating, fishing and swimming are some of the activities you can indulge in, the bonus being surrounding green mountains.
Price: Entry is free.
Difficulty Level: Medium, you can easily try your hands on boating.
Best time to visit: October
Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park
To make the trip even more exciting there are several cycling and motorbiking ride which is going to leave you truly thrilled. It is amongst the famous places to visit in Nepal.
Highlights: It is not only a natural wildlife but at the same time it also allows you to make a trip to Tibetan nunnery of Nagi Gompa.
Location: It is 12 km away from the centre of the capital city, Sundarijal, Nepal.
Best time to visit: September to November and February to April.
Price: Rs 500
Location: Situated at a height of 3000 ft. above sea level and dedicated to Goddess Bhagawati, this is one of the oldest temples in Pokhara valley.
Highlights: Situated on a hillock near busy old bazaar of Pokhara, this wonderful religious landmark has immense natural beauty and is worshipped by Hindus and Buddhist alike.Worshipers flock to this place to perform animal sacrifice, especially on Saturdays.
You can clearly observe the beauty of Machhapuchhere/Annapurna Himalayan range from this Temple.
Prices: Entry is free.
Difficulty Level: Easy.
Best time to visit: February
Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve
The reserve caters to some 24 species of mammals along with 350 species of birds and 14 species of fish. You will also find Nilgai and Jackal in this wildlife reserve.
Highlights: The reserve has accommodated some 200 swamp deer along with 50 wild elephants and 30 tigers.
Best months to visit: October to April.
Location: Mahakali, Nepal
Khaptad National Park
Highlights: An important festival which is celebrated here is the Ganga Dashahara during Jestha Purnima.
Best time to visit: March-May, October and November are the best time to visit this place.
Location: Fly from Nepalgunj to Dipayal and from there you can take local buses for Silgadhi.
Dakshinkali Temple Nepal
On Saturdays, you will find temple fair being conducted in Dakshinkali Temple where people are selling the best of clothes and you can have the best of tea stalls too.
Highlights: You can have the most interesting hiking and trekking experiences too.
Best time to visit: You can visit during any time of the month, however, Tuesdays and Saturdays are the best time to visit this place.
Location: Bhimsen Marga, Kathmandu.
Prices: Free of cost
It is a perfect example of rich Tibetan culture. You will find beautiful fresco paintings which are going to leave you truly mesmerized. Dont miss this monastery in the list of your places to visit in Nepal.
Highlights: There are approximately 400 monks across the Himalayan region from where they earn a livelihood.
Location: The monastery is located between Nangdo and Dzogchen Monastery.
Best time to visit: March and May.
Prices: It starts from 895 Rs.
National Museum of Nepal
However one would also witness Buddhist gallery which has all the important information pertaining to Buddhism. The complete past of Nepal is neatly wrapped in this beautiful museum.
Highlights: You would also find some wooden antiques along with bronze and copper. And you can also spot some amazing sculpture too.
Price: Rs 150
Location: Chhauni Road, Kathmandu.
Best time to visit: Somewhere in October during evenings are the best time to visit.
This monastery is the place where everybody residing here has devoted their time to study the teaching of Buddha Shakyamuni. Everybody is on the look around to follow the teachings of the founder Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Riponche.
Highlights: Learn about the monastic tradition and how they live and what all did they practiced. Meditation, teaching and community services are some of the prominent features of this place.
Location: Kopan, Kathmandu.
Best time to visit: June.
Price: Rs 1,800
With a lot of temples in the area, the most famous being the Mayadevi Temple, the spiritual degree and the air of serenity is something that attracts a large number of people every year. It is a must visit place to visit in Kathmandu.
Location- Rupandehi District
The Kathmandu Durbar Square is also known as the Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square owed to the prominent statue of the Hindu God Hanuman at the very entrance of the square.
Tibetan Refugee Camp
With the initial numbers in the proximity of about 1000 people, the numbers dwindled as many of the Tibetan refugees moved to India for better living conditions.
Visit Namche Bazaar
It is also the gateway to higher Himalayas and some of the most dangerous altitudes of the world. It is replete with small cafes and lodges for people who come trekking in this area. Because of such close proximity to Everest, it is also a place to acclimatize on the way to the Everest Base Camp.
Bardia National Park
Apart from the Royal Cats, the place is also home to alligators and one-horned rhinoceros which are also equally majestic sights to capture at least once.
Temple of Tal Varahi
Highlights: Surrounding lake adds a lot of grace to this most famous Hindu temple in Pokhara. Built in the 18th century it is dedicated to Lord Vishnu in his boar incarnation. The temple has been comprehensively renovated over the years and so the pigeons have decided to make it their permanent shelter. A must visit not only for the religious mind but also for a regular tourist.
Difficulty Level: Easy.
Prices: Entry is free.
Location: 10 minutes drive from Pokhara, located on an island in the middle of phew lake, it can be reached by a boat from Varahi ghat.
Visit Old Bazaar
Highlights: Shop for some fruits vegetables, fruits, spices and stunning wares made of brass, copper and bronze. You can also view some temples and shrines which is likely to make Old Bazaar worth a visit.
Best months to visit: October to March.
Price: Entry Free
Highlights: The monastery has been detailed extensively in terms of its architecture, inspired by the Buddhist styles and structure. It is also a major sect of Vahrayana Buddhism and provides teachings about the religion. At the moment, there are three teachers who work at the elementary and training school, teaching rites and rituals to the next generation.
Besides religious education, the place is known for basic and advanced courses as well. It even provides children with medical expenses, free food and clothing. The same is offered to all the monks residing here.
Location: Kapan, Nepal.
Timings: Open for tourists from morning to evening.
Price: Entry is free for travellers.
The commercial location is an easy walk from central Kathmandu and there are a number of activities that you can enjoy at this place.all its attractions makes it a place to visit in Kathmandu you cannot miss during your trip.
Highlights: The streets are quite fascinating at Thamel. But be cautious of sellers who might want to rip you off. Otherwise, the place is good for buying anything from Tibetan Singing Bowls to Glass Pipes. Just remember to bargain a little as the prices can come down to 2/3rdof the quoted prices.
Here, you can also enjoy shopping incense sticks, Kukri swords, outdoor outfits and books. Over a hundred different eateries are located at this market. So, eat whatever cuisine you wish to try.
Location: Thamel, Kathmandu.
Timings: From morning till night.
Price: Entry is free.
Highlights: The White Monastery gives heavenly pleasure and provides bird eye’s view of the Kathmandu Valley. One of the main highlights of this monastery is its white colour as well as the serenity and calmness that it has to offer. The monastery has several murals, statues and paintings that can provide in-depth information about Buddhism. The place is on off-beaten track but located close to the Swoyambhunath Stupa.
Timings: The place is open from morning to evening only on Saturdays.
Price: The usual price is USD 1.
Highlights: Streets at Asan converge in a square, which makes it a perpetual, bustling region. The colours here are vivid and bright, which makes it more enticing for the travellers. A variety of merchandise and diverse range of products are sold at this place, which makes it more exciting for travellers.
Here, you can buy anything from spices to textiles, bullions, electronics and food items. The market is home to several architectural sights as well.
Timings:Open from morning to evening.
Price:Entry is free. But you will have to pay for buying items.
Highlights: The Mountain is a bed of wild roses, along with iris, yellow jasmine and several native flowers. Exploring it is fun and enchanting because of the grove of rhododendrons in various hues. The path or the trail towards the summit includes keeping able roads. The route takes you through the Buddhist shrine as well.
If you have tried trekking or love hiking, then this is your place to visit in Kathmandu trip- it shouldn’t take more than four hours. The area is well known for its resorts as well. If you are looking for something peaceful or if you are searching for a short, easy day hike, then this is the place that should be listed in your itinerary.
Location: Ryale, Nepal.
Highlights: The name actually comes from mythology, where it is believed that a Buddhist mythical character Manjushree had cut the hill to drain the water of this lake, which is why the lake is now smaller than it used to be. However, due to the draining of lake, countless nagas, mythological creatures who were half snakes and half humans were left homeless.
And therefore, an underwater lake or Taudaha was built, where serpent king and the subjects lived. That’s why the lake is considered tranquil. This lake is perfect for birdwatchers, as a number of migratory species visit the place.
Location: Kathmandu District, Kirtipur.
Visit Garden of Dreams
Highlights:Some of the main highlights of this place includes marble inscription from Omar Khayam’s Rubaiyat, beautiful fountains and ponds. The palace is home to a quirky ‘hidden garden’ as well. It also features three pavilions. The place is ideal for going out for a picnic or just to marvel at the human-nature interaction. The place is a must visit for travelers.
Timings:Open from 9 am to 10 pm. Last entry is at 9 pm.
Price: Rs 120 depending on adults or children.
It is an important pilgrimage centre for most of the Nepalese too. It has long been the Gurkha Recruitment Centre.
Highlights: You can explore the popular tea growing region Dhankuta which is quite popular in Nepal.
Location: It is one of the important sub-metropolitan city in eastern Nepal.
Best time to visit: October to February.
Annapurna Conservation Area
The conservation area is operational under the king Mahendra trust which is one of the non-profit organization of Nepal. And it also helps to both preserve and maintain the natural and cultural resources of Nepal.
Highlights: You can also witness the world’s deepest valley of Kali Gandaki. Almost all the trekking permits are also available in this conservation area.
Location: Buses and taxis are easily available from Pokhara to Jomsom which lies north to the Annapurna Conservation Area.