Nepal is a gorgeous country and one that’s just so fantastic. We are going to try not to weasel too much, or to say too cheesy but Nepal is one of those countries that truly is awe-inspiring and completely diverse.
It is mostly surrounded by two large countries, India and China, still, this landlocked nation has managed to carve out its own unique identity. It is mostly located in the majestic Himalayan range and contains eight of the world’s ten highest peaks. The world’s highest Mount Everest, standing tall at 8,848 m above sea level, holds head high of this country. The mountains, monasteries, or bustling cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Bhaktapur, and Biratnagar of Nepal are all favourite holiday destinations for tourists.
Nepal offers diversified experiences for eager travellers. There is so much to do here, from sightseeing, shopping and participating in festivals, to adventure and even seeking inner peace. There are frankly so many more incredible places to visit in Nepal beyond just its mountains and capital city.
1. When in Nepal, be adventurous
Contrary to popular opinion, Nepal can be a major attraction for adventure- seekers. Treks, biking, hiking and river rafting abound. There are amazing trekking expeditions to Mount Everest organised for groups and individuals. The freshwater flowing rivers offers excellent water sports for those who wish to get soaked in the thrill of river rafting. You can also enjoy a bike expedition and join the other bikers to explore Nepal along its winding roads with just breathtaking views.
2. Experience the magic at The Garden of dreams
Amidst the dusty, congested central Kathmandu is the gorgeous Garden of Dreams. The garden and pavilions were created back in the 1920s as private gardens, though now they’re open to the public and provide a serene and peaceful contrast to the gaudy streets outside the city.
3. Pray at the Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhnath
The ancientest Hindu temple complex in Nepal serves as the seat of Nepal’s nationwide deity, Lord Pashupatinath. Further, Boudhanath (Budh Stupa) has been a significant site of pilgrimage and meditation for Tibetan Buddhists and the locals. You can also visit many monasteries including Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, and Dakshinkali Temple.
4. Explore the Sagarmatha National Park, Gokyo Lakes and Langtang Valley
Sagarmatha is the Nepali name for the majestic Mount Everest, and the Sagarmatha National Park is where the loftiest mountain in the world sits. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is full of natural marvels: other high mountains, trekking trails, eclectic wildlife, and Sherpa culture. It’s Nepal’s most popular trekking destination.
Moreover, Nepal’s pristine lakes and gorges are simply out of this world. Make sure your trip to Nepal includes a visit to Gokyo Lakes, the world’s highest freshwater lake system. You may also add must-visit places like Kali Gandaki Gorge, Langtang Valley and Upper Mustang to your list. Or you may plan a trek inside the verdant forests and enjoy gushing waterfalls too.
5. Visit Bhaktapur
Bhaktapur, once medieval Kathmandu Valley’s centre of power, merits its accolade as Nepal’s best-preserved city. The earthquake of 2015 claimed many historic buildings, but the one-time prospering kingdom is still filled with old-world charm. Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and heart of the city, is worth a visit.
6. Go for a trek at the Annapurna Region
One can visit the Annapurna region, one of the ultimate things to do in Nepal. The walking trails lead past scenic villages, sacred pilgrimage sites, serene pine forests and crystal-clear mountain lakes. Apart from trekking (at different grades of difficulty), you can also run whitewater rafting and paragliding in the Annapurna region. One of the most widespread trails in the region is the Annapurna Circuit, known for its incredible sight. Another famous track is the Ghorepani Poon Hill trail.
Not just the Annapurna Circuit, scenic Pokhara, on the coasts of Phewa Lake, is a famous starting point for several other walks. Head to the Sarangkot viewpoint to witness an enchanting sunrise. Today Pokhara is one of the more famous destinations in Nepal, known for its dazzling sight, the scope of adventure sports it presents as well as delectable cuisine! Some of the sports that you can appreciate in Pokhara comprise white water rafting, paragliding and zip-lining; the Mahendra Cave is also a favoured interest in Pokhara.
7. Unwind in Dhulikhel
Dhulikhel is a fantastically calming place to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul after exhausting hikes through the Himalayas. Here, at an altitude of 1550 meters, you can enjoy the peace and reinvigorated air. Explore the town, which is home to a traditional Newari settlement.
As you walk through its many narrow cobbled lanes flanked by rows of gorgeous traditional houses, appreciate the exquisitely carved doors and windows. There are different temples and stupas to visit!
# Some Interesting Facts about Nepal
Nepal does not celebrate Independence Day since it has never been captured by any nation. It is the only country with a non-rectangular flag; its flag is made of two triangles, piled on one another and lashed at the corners.
Lord Gautam Buddha was born in Nepal.
The world’s sole living goddess, Kumari, stays and is worshipped in Nepal and has never experienced any religious and ethnic riot.