- Location: In southeast Asia surrounded by India to its east, south, and west, and by Tibet to its north
- Country capital: Kathmandu
- Language/s: Nepali, Maithili, Bhojpuri, Gurung, Sherpa, Kiranti, Awadhi
- Currency: Rupee
- Time Zone: UTC + 5:45
- ISD Code: 977
- Best Time to Visit: September to November, and February to April
- International Airport: Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
If you are dreaming about trekking trips in the Himalayas or River rafting or even planning for a trip to the pilgrimage sites in the Himalayas, then Nepal is the right destination for you. When it comes to must-see places in Nepal, it is quite obviously the snow-capped Himalayas and the small towns and villages in the country. The snow-covered hills along with the awesome views and the pleasant weather, make the entire country an abode of natural wonders and religious pilgrimages. Home to Mt. Everest – the world’s highest peak, Nepal in Asia is a land of the most sophisticated Himalayan urban cultures dating back to the ancient periods. A land of Sherpas and Stupas, the must-see places in Nepal are an interesting mix of the Himalayan range on one side and the North Indian Plain on the other.
Kathmandu the capital of Nepal was a mini-kingdom together with Patan and Bhaktapur, all of which are now prominent Nepal cities. The Swayambhunath temple near Kathmandu is the most easily recognized structure of Nepal. At Pokhara, feast your eyes on the Annapurna Range with its reflection in the waters of Phewa Tal. Lumbini is famous for being the birthplace of Gautam Buddha. The Royal Chitwan National Park is a remarkable bio-reserve of Himalayan flora and fauna comprising of tigers, leopards, bears, one-horned rhino and Gangetic dolphins. At Chitwan, you can enjoy an exciting stay in small cottages amidst the green forests. You can even enjoy the elephant ride and the jungle safari throughout the forest that provides you with thrilling wildlife experience. The alpine ranges of the Kanakani valley located 29 Km from Kathmandu, is yet another must-see place in Nepal. The splendor of the forest vistas with the Himalayan range as the backdrop creates a perfect scenery for travelers to click their favorite photographs. The aestheticism of the country is further enhanced by the countryside ambiance of Panauti that is a thriving village on the lap of the wondrous terrains. Your visit to Namo Buddha will further bring you closer to the cultural and religious heritage of the country. Located above Panauti, the excitement of the place is basically connected to the long trek or a drive and enjoy the divinity of the surrounding. The place is marked for the famous Stupa and a stone slab with the eyes of Lord Buddha. While in Nepal, you can also walk to the ancient city of DhauliKhel that is significant for its panoramic view of the range. To further explore the must-see places in Nepal, plan out a voyage to the Gosainkunda Lake that is at an altitude of 4360 m and gives the perfect scope for photographic options. The place is basically a famous pilgrimage spot, which makes it further unavoidable for tourists.
If your cup of excitement is still empty, you can visit other places like Tamil Narayan, Palanchawk Bhagawati, Charikot, Helambu and many more that are must-see places in Nepal. Don’t forget to visit the Annapurna Circuit, which is among the loveliest of all-mountain trails and an excellent spot to enjoy adventure sports. For the overconfident and over-enthusiastic travelers who have sufficient mountaineering experience, the climb to the Himalayan slopes from Gokyo Valley is also a good option.
When to Visit Nepal
February to April and September to November are the best periods to visit Nepal. September to November is perhaps comparatively better as the vegetation is pristine green after the monsoon, and the air is clean. Visibility is perfect and the Himalayas appear gorgeous and truly majestic. However, between February and April, the rhododendrons are in full bloom which brightens up the entire valley.
Travel to Nepal
Kathmandu is the only international airport having flights to and from important Asian and Oceania cities like Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Osaka, Auckland, Karachi, Dhaka, Yangon, Colombo, and Mumbai. Nepal is accessible by road from Indian cities. Nepalganj, Birganj, Kakarbhitta, Sanauli, and Mahendranagar are the entry points between India and Nepal. Bus services regularly ply on these routes.
List of must see places in Nepal:
- Swayambhunath temple
- Royal Chitwan National Park
- Kanakani valley
- Namo Buddha
- Gosainkunda lake
- Temples in Nepal
- Timal Narayan
- Palanchawk Bhagawati
- Annapurna Circuit