Nepal Tourist Attraction has a very wide range of options in Nepal regardless of its small area. We often hear people saying “heaven is myth , Nepal is real” which is 100% accurate. From the highest peaks in the world in the north following numbers of world heritage sites along the south. Nepal has become one of the most designated places not to miss to visit. NEPAL TOURISM is not just a source of income for Nepali people but it is worshiped as religion. Visitors are welcomed here to enjoy the nature at its best and astounding cultural diversity of Nepal. As per the interest of visitors, Nepal holds all the variety of choices. Whether it be the thrilling experience or would like to enjoy trekking. Or find the spiritual peace of mind in the adverse diversity of cultural beauty.
Many visitors mostly like to visit sacred places of Kathmandu as a starter and then reach out to their adventurous journey ahead in other parts of the country. Visitors seeking for cultural beauty are likely to visit Kathmandu valley as most of the World heritage sites reside here. For the beginner trekkers Pokhara is most favorable place. Others can kill their thirst for adventurous climbing in Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang regions. There are many other satisfying places one would likely to visit as per their itinerary choices.
Here we have listed few desired places to visit in Nepal.
The major spot for Nepal Tourist Attraction is Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu valley includes former three rival royal cities , Kathmandu city, patan and Bhaktapur. The valley beholds the beauty of seven world heritage site which include the Durbar Squares of Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu), Patan and Bhaktapur, the Buddhist stupas of Swayambhu and Bauddhanath and the Hindu temples of Pashupati and Changu Narayan.
Kathmandu , the capital city and gateway to NEPAL TOURISM. it is known as city of gods as we find temples in every few stops. Being heart of the country, these cities holds the beauty of most historic places and lively atmosphere of world heritage sites. You will be astonished by the mesmerizing chowks and galli, temples and stunning monuments. The aura of the city is like of no other city .
Every corner will remind you the true beauty of architecture and human civilization which will give you life changing experience. Many buildings and monuments were destroyed , few beyond repair in 2015 earthquake but still the cities don’t fail to satisfy the visitors by its exceptional cultural beauty.
Some most designated places and world heritage sites of kathmandu valley are listed below with further details:
Basantapur Durbar Square (Basantapur Darbar Kshetra) is one of the old royal palace of the former Kathmandu Kingdom. it is one of three Durbar (royal palace) Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Basantapur Durbar Square is an awe-inspiring piece of architecture. It holds the palaces of the Malla and Shah kings who ruled over the city. The skills of the Newar artists and craftsmen over several centuries can be seen crystal clear in every monuments of the palace vicinity. The Royal Palace was originally at Dattaraya square and was later moved to the Durbar square. 2015 earthquake caused much damage to the durbar but there are still many monuments left which still carries the pride of spectacular achitecture of the history.
The main attractions of Basantapur Durbar Square are
King’s palace- The King’s palace Hanuman Dhoka is a huge complex north Basantapur with several Buildings, Towers, pagodas and inner court yards. At the corner of the durbar Square is the white building in Neoclassical style which was only built in the second half of the 19 th century.
The house of the Kumari-At the end of Basantapur is the house of the Kumari( living goddess of Kathmandu).The Kumari is chosen as a little girl at the age of 4-5 years.
The Kasthamandap Temple- This Temple was supposed to be one of the oldest remaining houses of Kathmandu but now completely demolished by 2015 earthquake. The name means house of wood and it was formally a meeting place for the people of the surrounding villages.
The Ganesh shrine Ashok Binayak- there is a little Ganesh temple on the corner of the Kasthamandap
The Trailokya Mohan Temple-The Trailokya Mohan Temple was built in 1680. At the back you see a beautiful Garuda, the vehicle for Vishnu.
The Maju Deval Temple- This Temple was just built ten years later. It is dedicated to Shiva and inside you will find a famous Lingam. The steps of this temple is a favourite place to sit and watch the daily life.
The golden carriage of the Kumari -In front of the white school-building at Basantapur is the small shed where the golden carriage of the Kumari is parked during the year. At Dassain it is taken, cleaned an decorated and the Kumari will be carried through the streets of Kathmandu..
The Basantapur tower-Part of the King’s palace Hanuman Dhoka is the Basantapur Tower overlooking the Basantapur place. In the background you can see the Patan Tower. Both have beautiful carved Windows.
Patan durbar square is one of the most renowed palaces among the three ancient rival durbars. It is located in Lalitpur city of Kathmandu valley. Patan is one of the oldest known Buddhist cities and is second gateway of NEPAL TOURISM. It is a center of both Hinduism and Buddhism with 136 bahals or courtyards and 55 major temples. Most of these structures are in the vicinity of the Durbar Square.
Some of the main attractions of Patan Durbar Square are:-
Krishna Mandir-Krishna temple is the most important temple in Patan Durbar Square. It is built in the Shikhara style imported from India although it is unique in its own way. The square is crowded with thousands of Hindu Pilgrims and devotees during Krishnastami.
Bhimsen Temple- It is renowned for its three interconnected golden windows. Tourists are not allowed inside the temple.
Vishwanath Temple-Vishwanath temple is dedicated to God Shiva. The roof supports are decorated with erotic carvings similar to imagery widespread in Shiva temples in India.
Taleju Bhawani Temple-It is a five-storey temple with triple-roofs.
The palace-The three main courtyards in the palace are Mul Chok, Sundari Chok and Keshav Narayan Chok. Besides these courtyards, the complex boasts impressive temples, religious shrines, and historical places, all noted for their exquisite carvings and beautiful display of ancient Newari architecture.
A magnificient buddhist stupa situated at top of a hill at west of Kathmandu city, is one of the ancient holy place of Nepal. it is enlisted in World heritage sites. It is also known as the Monkey Temple because of habitat of monkey in the vivinity of the shrine.
The stupa has Buddha’s omnipresent eyes and eyebrows painted on which is the centerpiece of the stupa. Between them, the number one (in Devanagari script) is painted in the fashion of a nose. We can reach the shrine at the top from two ways. One a long stairway with 365 steps, leading directly to the main platform of the temple, which is from the top of the hill to the east. And a car road around the hill from the south leading to the south-west entrance with more accesable stairs. There are many shops, hotels and residence around the vicinity of the shrine. The night view of the stupa is marvelous with the warm spot light to the stupa and the surroundings.
Bhaktapur is the third “Royal Cities” . It lies on the old trade route to Tibet, just outside of Kathmandu. In comparison to Patan and Kathmandu, the population of Bhaktapur is mostly Hindu. The whole area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main attraction of Bhaktapur is bhaktapur durbar square.
Some major attraction of the area are:
55 window palace -It is famous for a balcony of fifty-five windows, considered to be a unique masterpiece of woodcarving. It is also known as one of the oldest monument present in Nepal.
Vatsala Temple-It is most famous for its silver bell, known to local residents as “the bell of barking cats ” as when it is rung, dogs in the vicinity bark and howl. The Temple was completely demolished by the 2015 Gorkha earthquake but the bell remains intact.
Statue of Bhupatindra Malla-The Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla in the act of worship can be seen on a column facing the palace. Of the square’s many statues, this is considered to be the most magnificent.
Nyatapola Temple-Nyatapola in Newari language means five stories – the symbolic of five basic elements. This is the biggest and highest pagoda of Nepal ever built with such architectural perfection and artistic beauty. The temple’s foundation is said to be made wider than it’s base.
Bhairava Nath Temple-The Bhairab Nath Temple is dedicated to Bhairava the most fierce and manifestation aspect of Lord Shiva.
Golden Gate-“Lu Dhowka (The Golden Gate)” is said to be the most beautiful and richly molded specimen of its kind in the entire world. Percy Brown, an eminent English art critic and historian, described the Golden Gate as “the most lovely piece of art in the whole Kingdom. It is the entrance to the main courtyard of the palace of fifty-five windows.
Lion’s Gate-The magnificent and beautiful gate was produced from artisans whose hands were cut off after finishing touch to them by the envious Bhadgoun king so that no more of such masterpiece would be produced again.
Mini Pashupati Temple-The holy god Shiva temple, the mini pashupati, is believed to be built right in front of the palace after a Bhadgoan king dreamed of it.
The Boudhanath Stupa is situated just outside of Kathmandu. It is one of the largest stupas of its kind in the world, and is dated to sometime around the 6th century, possibly even earlier. Like Bhaktapur, it lies on the old trade route to Tibet and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The stupa sustained minor damage during the 2015 earthquake. It is now contructed again bak to its marvellous beauty.
The stupa itself is a symbol of enlightenment but at Boudhanath the symbolism is particularly clear. Each different shape represents one of the five 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 reflects in abstract fashion the structure of the universe itself.
The night lights makes the the place an exceptional view which is now a centre of atrraction for the people.
The Pashupatinath Temple is a famous, sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Pashupatinath and is located on the banks of the Bagmati River .Pashupatinath is the most important temple dedicated to god Shiva. Every year this temple attracts hundreds of elderly followers of Hinduism. This temple complex is on UNESCO World Heritage Sites’s list Since 1979.
The stunning monuments and small temples are famous for their unique styles.Some shrines were damaged in the sprawling complex surrounding the temple during the 2015 earthquake, but the main mandir was unscathed. The place is also famous for babas and many tourists are always eager to take photographs with them.
Changu Narayan is considered to be the oldest temple of Nepal which came in existence in 4th century. . It remains a milestone in Nepali temple architecture with rich embossed works.
Changu Narayan is the beautiful and historic temple of a living museum of carvings from the Licchavi period. The temple is a Unesco World Heritage Site and rightly so, because the statues, and the temple itself, are genuine works of art. However, the site was shaken badly by the 2015 earthquake. Many monuments in the temple compound were badly damaged and houses collapsed in the adjacent village. At the time of writing, the temple was closed for restoration, which is expected to take some time. The temple is adorned by some of the best specimen of stone, wood, and metal craft in the valley. The temple stands as the epitome of culture, religion, history and faith of the Kathmandu valley.
The next gorgeous spot as Nepal Tourist Attraction is the evergreen Pokhara. The Pokhara Valley is one of the most picturesque spot of Nepal which is enhanced by its lovely lakes Phewa, Begnas and Rupa. It is situated 200-kms west of Kathmandu. Pokhara is connected by air as well as by bus from Kathmandu and Bhairahawa a border town near India. Situated at an altitude of 827m, Pokhara offers the magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, along with five peaks of Annapurna and others. Pokhara’s numerous lakes known as ‘Tal’ in Nepali offer fishing, boating and swimming.
For many trekkers, Pokhara is the gateway to the Himalayas. It is the starting point for treks to Jomsom and the Annapurna region. Most of the visitors are likely to enjoy Pokhara and the beautiful scenery even if they are not planning on heading off on a hike.
Lakeside of Phewa lake is full of hotels, restaurants, and shops which is ideal spot for those looking for relaxation and for day excursions.
The environment of Pokhara is much more peaceful than in Kathmandu and is suitable for peaceful life changing experience in Nepal.
The Annapurna Region is one of the most popular trekking regions in Nepal, with trekking options of a few days to a few weeks. Trekking in Annapurna is a great option if you are to enjoy the true spirit of Nepal Tourist Attraction. One can choose to trek in Annapurna circuit or base camp of Annapurna.
Widely popular for its range of diversity, from jungle to high alpine, Annapurna circuit trek will provide you stunning great views of the Annapurnas, Macchupucchre, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Langtang Himal along with stunning environment of its ethnic villages.This trail allows a gentler acclimatization process, and many do this trek before heading over to Everest Base Camp. Despite the controversies of road construction this trail has never failed to satisfy the trekkers by its glorious combo of cultural and natural beauty.
Annapurna base camp trek is supposed to be in every trekker’s wishlist. This trail is the perfect choice to wander through the mighty combo of natural and cultural diversity. Before reaching to the base of worlds exceptional majestic himalaya Annapurna, the trail is guided through the picturesque view of alluring hills, and valleys with hospitable villages rewarding the trekkers with the fruitful appetizing scenaric beauty.
Chitwan National Park is one of the impressive place to visit in Nepal for diffrent experience. Apart the hiking and the cultural diversity of Kathmandu, the place is widely popular for wildlife viewing and a safari-type atmosphere. This area has a tropical monsoon climate, usually quite different than what most people expect to find in Nepal.
Many travellers find the place quite intriguing to see wildlife at its best form. Tourist do the safari in the jungle of the national park by walking or more likely by elephant rides. The close up views of the animals is much of a marvelous experience that you’ll have and cherish for the life time.
Rhinos, Bengal tigers, leopards, sloth bears, gaur (buffalo) deer, and many other critters are habituated here. Freshwater dolphins (gangetic) and crocodiles inhabit the rivers and streams but are rarely seen. More than 500 species of birds make Chitwan a paradise for ornithologists.
Hence nature lovers find chitwan national park gateway to heaven.
Well, Trekking in Langtang region has not been really familiar as the Nepal Tourist Attraction but it certainly provides the great thrilling experience whoever, chooses it as their spot of vacation. Easily accesible from kathmandu, this trail is the ultimate destination for the trekkers who relish to enjoy the beautiful vicinity of Tamang civilization and awesome panoramic view of langtang ri as well as stunning views of annapurna and makalu. Langtang valley trek provides you the remarkable opportunity to observe wilderness of natural vegetation at its best and beautiful glaciers at a relatively low altitude.
The Langtang Region, home to Langtang National Park, is an incredible area for hiking, with some high passes, extensive views, old monasteries. Langtang valley also consists of beautiful mountain scenery with rhododendron forests that bloom during the spring hiking season. It is less developed than some of the other popular trekking areas in Nepal and generally less busy trails, despite its close proximity to Kathmandu. There are villages with guesthouses and food all along the route, although somewhat more spread out than in other trekking regions.
The major Nepal Tourist Attraction or say, the Nepal Tourism Industry begins from Everest Base Camp Trek. Nothing on earth can beat the trek to the world’s highest mountain. Everest Base Camp Trek is a famous challenging trek in Khumbu, Nepal. The majestic beauty of highest mountain in the world is the one stunning view you wouldn’t want to miss if you are about to trek in Nepal.
Standing face to face to the worlds highest submit is one of the best experience you will ever have. Eye catching views of other peaks like nupste, lhotse will take your breath away in throughout the journey. Along with the peculiar view of namche bazaar, roaring of the dudhkoshi river, beautiful buddhist monastries will be the most fruitful reward of your adventurous journey of everest base camp tour. The main hiking seasons are in the spring and fall, from March to May and September to December.
The birthplace of Gautam Budhha, Lumbini is one of the main atrraction of NEPAL TOURISM. The holy divinity of the Lumbini compells the travellers to visit Nepal at least once in their lifetime. It is enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Most of the visitors are Buddhist pilgrims from around the world, retracing Buddha’s footsteps through the stations of his life. The Maya Devi Temple, dedicated to Buddha’s mother, is believed to be the spot where Buddha was born. It contains an ancient stone relief from the 2nd century AD depicting Buddha’s birth.The broken Ashokan Pillar, remnants of old monastery, images of Buddha’s mother Maya Devi, etc. are still preserved in Lumbini.
The Helambu region lies in the upper part of the Malechmi Khola valley. It is famous for its scenic grandeur and pleasant climate. It is inhabited by the Sherpas , hence also popular for beautiful monasteries. There are many Buddhist monasteries amidst a rich and enchanting landscape. Sundarijal is the starting point to trek to Helambu which is mere 11-km away from Kathmandu.
The Helambu region is a popular trekking area, particularly with trekking companies offering guided hikes. This is largely because it is close to Kathmandu, does not reach astoundingly high elevations, and offers some beautiful mountain scenery. For many of these same reasons, tour groups find it easy.
However, many hikers who come here on tours find it more demanding than they feel they were led to believe and more difficult than they anticipate. Trekking in the Himalayas is always demanding, and although it is not as high as other treks, it is still a physically demanding hike and trekkers should be in good physical condition. With that in mind, this is a beautiful trek and well worth the effort.
Gokyo lake trek is one of the most incredible hiking trail of Nepal. Here you will enjoy the awe-inspiring stunning view of marvelously colored lakes surrounded by breathtaking majestic himalayas.
The trek in Gokyo provides an excellent opportunity to see an eyeful view of the Mt. Everest at close range. The sparkling, pristine blue and green waters of the Gokyo Lakes are one of Nepal’s most memorable sights.
The major highlight of Gokyo Lake Trek includes a hike up to one of the best viewpoint – Gokyo Ri at 5340 meters for enjoying the stunning sunrise view over the world’s towering mountains and the Gokyo valley below us.
Situated inside UNESCOWORLD heritage site “Sagarmatha national park” , These lakes are the world’s highest freshwater lake system comprising six main lakes. Hindus and Buddhists consider these Gokyo Lakes sacred.
“You don’t need magic to dissapear. All you need is destination.” And Nepal is the destination.
A major earthquake struck Nepal in 2015 causing severe damage in Kathmandu and many other areas of the country. Therefore, travelers should check on local conditions before visiting any places.
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