Unquestionably one of the world’s most alluring countries for the adventure traveler, Nepal contains some of the most exciting and unique tours on the planet.
Whether you’re looking for tranquil lakes set around unrivaled landscape scenery, ancient architecture sprawled around quaint, cobbled streets or exhilarating trekking trails, Nepal offers all of this in abundance and at its very best, completely unique to any other country.
here are the top 10 things to do in Nepal:
1. Kathmandu Valley
Kathmandu Valley, the political, commercial and cultural hub of Nepal, is the first stop for the majority of visitors to the country. The valley contains three major cities namely, Kathmandu, Patan (Lalitpur) and Bhaktapur. It is popular with tourists for its unique architecture, and rich culture that includes the highest number of jatras (street festivals) in Nepal. Over the centuries, a refined urban civilization emerged, built on a unique synthesis of Hinduism and Buddhism. Its deeply religious Newar inhabitants built fabulous cities and artistic temples that attracted devout pilgrims as well as rampaging invaders. There are seven World Heritage Sites within the valley, including three famous Durbar Square in each of the cities, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Changu Narayan.
Nagarkot, situated 32 km east of Kathmandu, is one of the most scenic spot in Bhaktapur District It is known for a sunrise view of the Himalayas including Mount Everest as well as other peaks of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. Nagarkot also offers a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley. The scenic beauty of the place makes it a very popular hiking route for tourists. Many visitors travel to Nagarkot from Kathmandu and stay overnight just because to witness and enjoy the breathtaking sunrise view of the snow-topped peaks of the Himalaya range, especially the world's most renowned Mount Everest. Beside the beautiful sunrise scenery, Nagarkot also offers excellent view of the Indrawati River.
Pokhara is an enchanting city adorned with nature's finest manifestations, the glittering fish-tail summit, blue water lakes, gorges and deep ravines. . Despite being a comparatively smaller valley than Kathmandu, its geography varies dramatically within just few kilometres from north to south. It is the starting point for many of Nepal's most popular trekking and rafting destinations and is 200 km away from Kathmandu. Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagari, Manasulu, Machchhapuchhre, five peaks of Annapurna and others.
Lumbini, the place where Lord Buddha was born, is a popular destination for Buddhist pilgrims as well as visitors from many different parts of the world, and also is regarded as a symbol of peace and understanding in the world community. Lumbini, like the Buddha, stands peacefully and calm, away from the crowds of the cities, on the southern plains of the country, surrounded by forests.
5. Tsum valley
Tsum Valley, located in a trans-Himalaya region of Gorkha, is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley. The remote Tsum Valley is one of the hidden gems of Nepal. Tsum comes from the Tibetan word ‘Tsombo’, which means vivid and after visiting Tsum, you will understand how the valley got this name. The trail starts low, passing through lush green countryside and small Hindu villages. You enter Tsum Valley from the main trail and will soon find yourself in beautiful pine and rhododendron forests. Heading east the valley opens up to reveal beautiful landscapes and small Tibetan-style villages
Mustang, located north of the Annapurna range, is very isolated and geographically a part of Tibet. It is a land where mountains over 8000 m high cast shadows over the world's deepest canyon. The district straddles the Himalayas and extends northward onto the Tibetan plateau. This kingdom was a dependency of the Kingdom of Nepal but was abolished by the republican Government of Nepal on October 7, 2008. In addition to trekking routes through the Lo Kingdom ("Upper Mustang") and along the Annapurna Circuit in lower Mustang, the district is famous for the springs and village of Muktinath, apples, and Marpha brandy.
7. Chitwan National Park
Chitwan means ‘Heart of the jungle’ and penetrating this heart propels you into a world of dense marshland, crocodile infested waters and thick forests containing a diverse selection of wildlife and animals. Safaris in Chitwan certainly shouldn’t be missed. Located in the south of Nepal, the boiling hot weather is usually a welcome surprise to those who think Nepal is all about snow-capped mountains. One of the major activities provided by the national park is elephant safari where the visitors may have the opportunity to get a closer view of the endangered one-horned rhinoceros while riding on the elephants. One may also get a glimpse of the elusive Bengal tiger. Beside that, the park is also home for more that 50 mammal species, over 525 birds, and 55 amphibians and reptiles.
Daman, a small village situated 80 km south-west of Kathmandu at an altitude of about 2,400 m. It is located on the Tribhuvan highway in between Kathmandu and the town of Birgunj which can be reached in four hours drive from Kathmandu. For the view of the breathtaking grandeur of the world’s highest peaks extending in one glittering are from far west of Dhaulagiri to far east of Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) there is no better place than Daman. There is a view tower fitted with long range telescopes to help visitors have a better view of the serene Himalaya chain. Also, during winter, snowfall occurs in the hills, augmenting the beauty of the village. There is religious site near called Risheshor. The main festival occurs in Fagu purne.
Janakpur city, the Headquarter of Dhanusha district of Nepal, is about 400 km south-east of Kathmandu. This is a popular city in the Terai region. Janakpur is also known as Janakpurdham (Dham in Nepali means a scared region) It has a temple named Janaki, which is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Sita. This region also offers an excellent opportunity for visitors to learn about Mithila culture, and people from in and around this peaceful region of Nepal. Janakpur has a substantial tourism industry due to its significance in the Hindu religion and is home to the only operational railway in Nepal, the Nepal Railways.
10. Namche Bazaar
Namche Bazaar is a famous small town in Solukhumbu District in the Sagarmatha Zone of north-eastern Nepal. It sits at an elevation of 3440 m and is close to the highest peak in the world, Sagarmatha or Mt. Everest. Namche Bazaar is the entrance to the Everest region and is a popular resting or final destination for trekkers. The place is also the home of legendary Sherpas, a high altitude group of people who are famous for helping the mountaineering travellers reach their destination. Namche Bazaar is used as the starting point for trekking to the other high elevation towns like Thyangboche, Debuche, Periche, Pangboche, Lobuche and Gorakhshep which are all famous for their own reasons in the Everest region. It is also the gateway to the Sagarmatha National Park which is renowned as world's highest national park and natural heritage site as well.