Nepal, the Himalayan Kingdom has diverse cultures, natural beauties and most amazing world heritage sites. All those destinations are really important in its own places. Nepal has several of options for different travel activities such as for trekking, Overland Tour, Cultural tours, wildlife activities, festivals and adventure activities. Following are top ten tourist destinations in Nepal which you can visit while you’re in Nepal.
1) Kathmandu Valley
– The City of temples where 7 world heritage sites lies within a radius 15 km
Kathmandu is Nepal’s largest city and capital of Nepal. Kathmandu is situated in a valley in the heart of Nepal. Kathmandu is also known as the ‘city of temple’ where uncountable temples and world famous world heritages sites are also in Kathmandu. Nepal is the holy land of Lord Pashupatinath and Gautam Buddha where the Hindus and Buddhists have lived together in harmony for centuries. The Temple of Pashupatinath is Nepal’s most scared Hindu shrine temple and one of the four most important cities in the world for Shiva worshippers. Lord Buddha, the light of Asia, was born in Lumbini in Nepal’s southern plains, which makes Nepal a scared pilgrimage destination for Buddhists as well.
Three other ancient cities of the Kathmandu Valley are – Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. All these three ancient cities represent an epitome of harmony in urban design, elegant architecture and refined culture. All seven world heritage sites of Kathmandu are do not miss the seven monument of Nepal. If you missed to visit these places, your trip to Nepal will remain incomplete.
Trip that allows you to see Kathmandu Valley: Kathmandu Valley, Nepal Heritage Tour
-The nearest view point from Kathmandu valley
Nagarkot is a most popular tourist spot in Nepal which is located 32 km east of Kathmandu at an altitude of 2175 meter. Nagarmot is a near view point station from Kathmandu and will allow you to have panoramic views of peaks, Himalayan ranges including 8000 meters mountains such as Mount Everest, Mount Manaslu and other 7000 meter mountains.
Trip that allows you to see Nagarkot: Nagarkot Short Break
– Beautiful city surrounded by the lakes and mountains
Pokhara is one of most favorite city in Nepal which is surrounded by beautiful lakes, green environment and scenic mountains. It is also known as the gateway to the Annapurna Base Camp, a trip which allows you to see the high mountain ranges within few days trekking. Since it is surrounded by lakes such as Fewa Lake, Rupa Lake, Begnas lake and there any many historic and interesting places in Pokhara valley viz. Mahendra cave, davis falls, Gupteswor cave, bat cave, viewpoints Sarangkot, Peace Stupa. Pokhara is also only one place for outdoor adventures. Very interesting adventures like Paragliding, Parahawking, Ultra light flight; zip flying, rafting, boating etc are based in Pokhara.
Trip that allows you to see Pokhara: Pokhara Tour , Annapurna Base Camp , Mardi Himal Trek, Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, Khopra Ridge Trek
– The birth place of Lord Buddha
Lumbini is one of most the holiest pilgrimage of Nepal because it is the birthplace of Siddharta Gautama or the Lord Buddha. It is the holy place for many Buddhist followers under Buddhist sects: Hinayana and Mahayana. It is also Nepal’s one world heritage site and Lumbini have the remains of many ancient Stupas and monasteries. A large stone pillars are said to be founded by the Emperor Asoka Maurya in 250 BC as an inscription about the birth of the Buddha.
Trip that allows you to see Lumbini: Life of Buddha, Nepal Heritage Tour
– One most amazing national park on earth
Chitwan National Park world natural heritage site in Nepal and it is Nepal’s first national park founded in 1973. Chitwan is known as best destination for jungle activities and to explore flora and fauna such as elephant safari, jungle and nature walk, canoeing, see more than 43 species of mammals, over 450 species of birds and more than 45 species of amphibians and reptiles in Chitwan national park. Chitwan National park is mostly famous for the protection of the endangered one-horned rhinoceros, tiger, gharial crocodile along with many other common species of wild animals.
Trip that allows you to see Chitwan: Chitwan Tour, Nepal Heritage Tour
6) Sagarmatha National Park
– The park where highest mountain on earth lies
Sagarmath National Park is world renowned world natural heritage site where many 8000m giant mountains including the highest mountains on earth is lied i.e. Mount Everest (locally called Sagarmatha). Mysterious, mythical and exotic, the Everest region holds prime position in the imagination of every outdoor adventure lover in the world. It is home to the bulk of the Himalaya and of course Mt. Everest and it is also the home of the Sherpa. This mixture of mountains and ancient culture make Nepal a magical land of superlatives and an absolute delight for trekkers. Everest Base Camp Trek is most popular trek in this area because it is not feasible for anyone to climb the Mount Everest its self. Hence the trek to Everest Base Camp brings you to the base camp of Mount Everest. Everest region has more optional trails to cross the high passes, climb peak and expeditions. Everest High Passes trek, , Island Peak Climbing, Mera Peak climbing etc are popular and recommended treks in this region.
Trip that allows you to see Sagarmatha National Park: Everest Base Camp Trek, Everest High Passes Trek, Everest Panorama Trek, Everest Luxury Trek, Everest Base Camp Comfort Trek and other peak climbing trips in Everest region such as Island Peak Climbing, Mera Peak Climbing, Lobuche Peak Climbing, Everest Expedition, Lhotse Expedition etc.
7) Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)
– One of world most popular trekking route
Annapurna region is one of the best trekking destinations of Nepal. Highest trekking pass Thorong Pass (altitude 5416 meters) is located in Annapurna region. Annapurna Conservation area includes many high mountains Annapurna mountain ranges, beautiful Fish Tail (Machhapuchhre), view of Dhaulagiri (8172m), Annapurna I (8091m) II, III, IV, Manaslu (8163 m), Annapurna south, Nilgiri, Machhapauchhare, Hiunchuli, Lamjung Himal, Tukuche peak, Tilicho peak etc.
Also trekking in this area is very easy and popular because of its spectacular variety of landscapes inhabited by different ethnic groups with their rich culture, tradition and hospitality along with the majestic view of the Himalayas. Annapurna Circuit Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek , Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, Khopra Ride Trek, Mardi Himal Trek etc are most popular recommended trips this region. Remarkable Annapurna Circuit trek takes you around the entire Annapurna massif reaching the Zenith at Thorong La Pass (5,416m) and trail follows the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge, with face of Annapurna I to the east and Dhaulagiri. Crossing the highest pass, Thorong La Pass on the way from Manang to Muktinath, you’ll have panoramic views of mountains such as Dhaulagiri (8172m), Annapurna I (8091m) II, III, IV, Manaslu (8163 m), Annapurna south, Nilgiri, Machhapauchhare, Hiunchuli, Lamjung Himal, Tukuche peak, Tilicho peak etc. The trail follows many passes, rich cultured villages like Manang, Pisang, waterfalls, beautiful villages, terraced farmlands, lush rhododendron forests and amazing mountain views.
Trip that allows you to see Annapurna Areas: Annapurna Circuit Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek , Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, Khopra Ride Trek, Mardi Himal Trek
8) Langtang National Park
– Beautiful national park
Langtang National is beautiful national park which is not so far from Kathmandu. Trekking in this region offers you experience the intact, unique cultures of Tamang, Newar and Sherpa people, living in some of the most beautiful scenery in Nepal. Green and pleasant landscapes, quiet villages, terraced slopes and pine forests, holy lake Gosain Kunda, rich local culture are the main attraction of this region. Beside this there many natural hot spring waters, 108 lakes, 7000m mountains, peaks and thousands of pilgrims trek up to bathe in the frigid waters at 4000m,-Gosain Kunda.
Trip that allows you to see Langtang National Park: Langtang Valley Trek, Helambu & Gosain Kunda Trek, Tamang Heritage Trail Trek, Ruby Valley Trek and peak climbing trips like Yala Peak Climbing, Naya Kanga Peak Climbing
9) Mustang region
– a kingdom behind the mountains
Mustang Region is culturally rich and famous destination of Nepal. It is known as the place behind the mountains. It called the last forbidden kingdom because this areas was restricted for foreigner till October 1991. Mustang only one place in Nepal till they have their own King or Tribe-leader, Jigme Palbar Bista. Even after Nepal was declared a republic in 2007, the Nepal Government took back the official recognition of the Bista as the Mustangi King. However, the people there still respect him as their King or tribe-leader. Bista also grants audience the visitor upon request.
Trekking in Mustang offers you to visit the Lo Manthang-the capital of Mustang district and is located in the Himalayas and its borders extend northward onto the Tibetan plateau. Mustang region is very rich in its culture, tradition, a unique lifestyle and many mysterious & undiscovered caves about 10000. This trek brings you flying through the deepest gorge in the world, between the Dhaulagiri and the Nilgiri. The trail follows to Dhakmar where you can find the oldest Tibetan monastery in the world, the Lo Gekar Monastery.
Trip that allows you to see Mustang region: Upper Mustang Trek, Lower Mustang Trek, Tiji Festival Trek and other peak climbing trips like Saribung Peak Climbing
10) Manaslu Region
– The eighth highest peak of the world
Mount Manaslu (8163m) is the World’s eighth highest peak and this trek brings you closer to the Mount Manaslu. The trip to Manaslu Base Camp provides a enthralling experience even to a seasoned trekker. The trek follows magnificent deep blue waters of the Budhi Gandaki River into historical villages and varied terrains. During the trek you’ll see the spectacular views of the Manaslu and going through authentic Hindu and Tibetan-style villages. Eventually the trail reaches Samagaon, the largest and most important village in the region. From here you head west and cross the Larke Pass (5160 m), a classic and tough route linking the Budi Gandaki with the Marsyangdi valley.
Trip that allows you to see Mustang region: Manalsu Circuit Trek, Tsum Valley Trek