Nepal is a pleasing country, blessed with nature’s best attractions. It attracts visitors who come here for a variety of reasons. Some are lured by the call of the mountains and seeking to trek in the Himalayas, others are drawn by the culture and by the famous city of Kathmandu, and yet others come hoping to find some sort of religious awakening.
Most of the visitors will spend some time in Kathmandu visiting divine and historic attractions, and then move out into other parts of the country. Some of the most popular places in Nepal are Chitwan National Park for wildlife viewing, and the lakeside town of Pokhara. Trekkers will find a diversity, with the most popular areas like the Annapurna, Everest and Langtang regions.
Here, we bring you 5 best tourist places in Nepal.
Kathmandu, the capital and biggest city in Nepal, like no other city in the world. It goes without saying that every capital city in the world is touristy and has plenty of thing and places to engage visitors. Kathmandu offers a glimpse of the country’s various aspects making travellers even more eager for exploration. Apart from it, the city is perfect for pilgrimage tour, it has Hindu’s most revered temple, Pashupati Nath is situated here. It also houses elegant and sacred Buddhist shrines like that of Boudhanath and Swayambhunath. Kathmandu is also best place for witnessing the traditional craft, trying the Nepali cuisine, practicing yoga and meditation. It is from here, the flying tour to the Mount Everest are conducted.
Situated 7km towards the northeast of Kathmandu, Boudhanath is one of the most popular tourist places in Nepal and is a outstanding pilgrimage center. Local as well as Tibetan pilgrimages visit this religious place for meditation. It’s a impressive Stupa that draw in a large number of visitors from far away and wide places!
At Boudhanath the symbolism is particularly clear, and the stupa itself is a symbol of enlightenment but. Each of the shape represents one of the 5 elements: earth, water, fire, air, and sphere, which are also the attributes of the five Buddhas. Brought together in the form of the stupa, their unity shows in abstract fashion the structure of the universe itself.
Nagarkot is among the popular tourist places in Nepal known for offering attractive Himalayan views. This place is also loved by tourists to enjoy the magnificent views of the sunrise and the sunset.
Nagarkot is located 7km away from Bhaktapur and on the suburb of Kathmandu Valley, Nagarkot is a beautiful destination that allows you relish every mood of the Himalayas. In fact it can also be a honeymoon destination in Nepal with such dreamlike settings and views on offer.
Pokhra valley is nestled amongst the Annapurna Himalayan Range. Pokhara Valley draws attention of a large number of tourists who love to admire the nature’s wonder, among all the famous and well known tourist attractions of Nepal. Pokhara, at the base of the foothills, is 200km west of Kathmandu and surrounded by Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Annapurna I some of the highest mountains in the world. For many trekkers, Pokhara Valley is the gateway to the Himalayas. It is the starting point to Jomsom and the Annapurna region. But visitors can enjoy Pokhara and the beautiful scenery even if they are not planning to hike.
In terms of population, it is the 2nd largest town in Nepal after Kathmandu but does not feel like a big city. People coming from the Kathmandu Valley notice the much cleaner air and pleasing climate. Lake Phewa is idealistic for tourists looking for relaxation and a day outing, with its cluster of lakeside restaurants, hotels, and shops.
Lumbini is renowned for being the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, the historic Buddha, known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Located almost 250km from Kathmandu off the main tourist track,, Lumbini is worthwhile on the route from Pokhara to the Chitwan National Park. In this pilgrimage, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there is a feeling of peace. From around the world, most of the visitors here are Buddhist pilgrims, retracing Buddha’s footsteps through the stations of his life. The Maya Devi Temple, devoted to Buddha’s mother, is assumed to be the spot where Buddha was born. It contains an ancient stone relief from the 2nd century AD portraying Buddha’s birth.