Nepal is a surreal & mesmerizing destination which is visited by tourists for several reasons. Some are lured to climb or trek in the Himalayas, others are intrigued by the cultural and religious reasons. Some are attracted by its awe-inspiring natural beauty while others by it’s peaceful & friendly surroundings. Travel Advisor presents top 10 popular tourist attractions in Nepal that must be on your list.
The mix of urban development and traditional heritage coexists harmoniously in the capital city Kathmandu. The Durbar Square gives you an inkling of Nepal’s royalty and their way of life, as do the Garden of Dreams, a calm green space in the middle of the hustle and bustle. Don’t miss the many unique Hindu temples. For a brush-up on Nepal’s more recent history visit the Narayanhiti Palace Museum while the Hanuman Dhoka Palace has an inner complex that was laid in the 17th century.
Everest South base camp is located in Nepal at an altitude of 5,364 meters. This is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Himalayas and is visited by thousands of trekkers each year. It’s a perfect place for trekkers and travelers who want to experience the beauty and majesty of the Himalayas.
This breathtaking valley is full of stunning crystal clear lakes like the Phewa freshwater lake, which on clear days, inverts the mountain range in a perfect reflection. It is surrounded by three of the world’s tallest peaks—Manaslu, Annapurna 1 & Dhaulagiri. Pokhara is also a popular paragliding destination, where visitors like jumping off Machapuchare peak at Sarangkot.
4. Chitwan National Park
It is a rich natural area in the Terai, the subtropical southern part of Nepal. A total of 68 species of mammals, 544 species of birds, 56 species of herpetofauna and 126 species of fish have been recorded in the park. The park is especially renowned for its protection of One Horned Rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger and Gharial Crocodile.
5. Annapurna Mountain Range
The Annapurna Region is one of the most popular trekking regions in Nepal, with trekking options of a few days to a few weeks. Expect breathtaking views, walk through World Heritage Sites and blue skies with endless stretches of icy peaks. It really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Less crowded and hectic than bustling Kathmandu, Bhaktapur invites leisurely walks through medieval squares, winding streets and pedestrian-only thoroughfares. The city’s Durbar Square, or “noble court,” features a must-see site known as the 55-Window Palace, a 15th-century structure that is now home to the National Art Gallery.
Located on both banks of Bagmati River on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu, Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most sacred Hindu temples of Nepal. Every year this temple attracts thousands of elderly followers of Hinduism.
Janakpur is believed to be the birthplace of Goddess Sita and place of her marriage with Lord Ram. The city is famous for its 500-year-old Janaki temple which lures tourists from all over the world. The city is a must visit if tourists want to experience Nepal’s Indian culture. Apart from temples, the city is also known as “city of ponds”, you can find hundreds of ponds throughout the area.
9. Rara Lake
Described by King Mahendra as queen of lakes, this lake is one the most scenic places of Nepal. Surrounded by Rara national park and thick dense forest, it is the biggest fresh water lake in the country.
10. Boudhanath Stupa
It is the largest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet built in the 14th century. It is the center of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu and rich in Buddhist symbolism.
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