Located in the Himalayas is the Hindu kingdom of Nepal which is home to eight of the top ten highest mountain peaks on the planet. Nepal is an amazing country offering myriad religious, adventure and nature travel destinations.
My first visit to Nepal was my alma mater when I was in fourth grade and since then I’ve made seven more trips to the Himalayan kingdom. Here is my pick of popular tourist destinations in Nepal.
Tourist Destinations In Nepal
Trek to Mount Everest Base Camp
Trekking to the base of the highest point on the planet is a dream trek for any adventure traveler. The trek to base camp of Mount Everest, also locally called Sagarmatha, takes you through some of the most breathtaking mountain valleys, gorges and passes.
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Trekkers pass through valleys surrounded by snow capped peaks and have to cross many streams and rivers. If you are lucky you would be able to spot some of the rarest animals on the planet, including the snow leopard. The trek starts from the mountain town of Lukla and ends at the edge of the Kuhumbu Ice fall at the Everest Base Camp.
If the weather is clear then one can also trek to Kala Patar at an altitude of 18,600 feet above sea level to enjoy mesmerizing views of Mount Everest. I’d recommend two windows for the travelers, the first one between end March to early May and other being between end October to December.
Temple City of Bhaktapur
Bhaktapur is an ancient pristine city in the Kathmandu Valley. It is famous for its architecture, art, temples, historical monuments, weaving industry and festival celebrations. While in Bhaktapur, some of the must visit sites are Siddha Pokhari, Durbar Square, Nyatapola Temple, Bhairab Nath Temple, Dattatraya Temple and Kailashnath Mahadev Statue which is the tallest statue of Lord Shiva in the world.
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The Durbar Square in Bhaktapur is an architectural marvel and showcases The Lion Gate, The Golden Gate, Batsala Temple, The Palace of Fifty Five Windows, King Bhupatindra Malla Statue and The Pashupati Temple. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Nepal’s Capital City – Kathmandu
Kathmandu is the capital of the Kingdom of Nepal and is the largest city in the country having a history of over two thousand years. The city is often called the “Land of Gods” as it has one of the largest concentrations of shrines and historical monuments.
The Durbar Square in Kathmandu is famous for its splendid architecture showcasing the craftsmanship and skills of Newari artisans. The Durbar Square comprises of two quadrangles and houses fifty temples.
The fifth century Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most sacred Hindu Temples in the world and is also called “The Temple of Living Beings”. Only Hindu pilgrims are allowed to step into the temple premises and it is located on the banks of River Bagmati.
Another must visit site in Kathmandu is the holy Buddhist Boudhanath Temple. The ancient Boudhanath Stupa is the largest Stupa in the world and is visited by thousands of pilgrims and travelers. Other must visit sites in Kathmandu include Swayambhu Temple, Changu Narayan Temple, Dharahara and Narayanhiti Museum.
The Pokhara Valley is amongst the most picturesque locations in the Himalayan kingdom and is famous for its three lakes Rupa, Phewa and Begnas.
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Visitors can also enjoy splendid views of Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and the five peaks of Annapurna.