Places Of Interest In Nepal


Nepal the land of Himalayas is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It is the perfect place for holidays as the country is blessed with enchanting tourism and attractions and magnets tourists from the entire globe. On your Nepal tour package you have wonderful opportunity to see and explore the rich culture and tradition of Nepal, fascinating heritage attractions, royal kingdoms and durbars, breathtakingly beautiful snow capped mountains, virgin beauty of the nature, marvelous art and crafts, UNESCO World Heritage Site and many other exciting places of tourist interest. Due to the unparallel beauty of Nepal tourism, tourist from the entire globe visits this country to enjoy holidays and delight in the adventure tours. Nepal is home to the eight out of the ten highest peaks in the world including Mount Everest the highest pinnacle in the entire globe. Due to the breathtaking beautiful of these Himalayas and the gorgeous landscapes and rocky trails, Nepal adventure tour and Nepal trekking tour is very common among tourists and adventure enthusiasts. It is also the land of scenic beauty with gorgeous valleys, green meadows with blossoming flowers, deep gorge, magnetizing waterfalls, pristine lakes and rivers and many other heart grabbing attractions. Due to all these, Nepal the land of Buddha is one of the most sought after tourist destination in South Asia. Play for a tour availing the well knitted Nepal holiday package and explore some of the major highlights of the country and treasure remarkable experience. The Kathmandu valley, which consists of Kathmandu ( the capital city of Nepal ) and two other medieval towns of Patan and Bhaktapur . Most of the heritage sites in Nepal are in the Kathmandu valley, in these three cities. Within a periphery of 30 km , there are seven UNESCO declared world heritage sites , which are a great attraction for the tourists. Besides the world heritage sites, there are hundreds of masterpiece temples , stupas and private houses in old quarter of the towns that are objects of great interest to the tourists. It is often said that the Kathmandu valley is an open museum of medieval arts and monuments .The oldest monument found in the valley is the Changunarayan temple near Bhaktapur which dates back to the 5th century . Kathmandu. The main tourist attractions in Kathmandu are the Kathmandu Durbar square Swoyambhunath stupa, Bouddhanath stupa and Pashupatinath temple.

Kathmandu Durbar square

The Kathmandu Durbar square , located on the heart of Kathmandu is the place to look for most of Kathmandu's temples, old palaces and interesting old quarter of the city. Here you will see several temples built from 13th to 17th centuries. The important monuments here include the courtyard of the living goddess Kumari, the Taleju temple, the Shiva Parvati temple, Maiju Deval, and the Bhairaba statue. The old palace there served as Royal palace for Nepalese kings for several centuries. On the western corner of the complex is a temple named Kastamandap, made with a single tree, the name Kathmandu is said to be derived from this very temple. Equally interesting would be the colourful traditional market place with fruit and vegetable sellers and antique and painting shops. Kathmandu Durbar square is in a 15 minutes walking distance from the city centre and the main tourist hub of Thamel.

Swoyambhunath ( Monkey temple )

Two km west of the city centre lies the 2000yrs old Buddhist stupa of Swoyambhunath, perched on a hillock . Swoyambhunath commands a sweeping view of the Kathmandu valley. As there are lots of monkeys on the woods in this hill, this temple is often called "monkey temple" by the tourists . It is a very profound spiritual centre for the Buddhists , active for almost two thousand years. Late afternoon, you will see several lamas worshipping and rolling the prayer wheels will be something you will really like to see. Lighting the butter lamps and the sunset from the stupa will be equally charming .

Bouddhanath

Bouddhanath is yet another Buddhist stupa , the biggest one in Nepal or the whole world, is much different than Swoyambhunath in its atmosphere. This 1500 yrs old stupa is said to be built by a Tibetan Lama . This place is very popular with Tibetan Lamas and refugees living in Kathmandu , hence it is often called "little Tibet ". Late afternoon you will see hundreds of Tibetans praying and circumambulating stupa, which is a very rare spectacle. It is a very spiritually charged place.

Pashupatinath

It is situated 5 kms east of Kathmandu on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. The temple of lord Shiva, Pashupatinath, with a tiered golden roof & silver doors is famous for its superb architecture. Entrance to the temple precinct is forbidden to non-Hindus. The best view is from the terrace on the wooded hill across the river. The large gilded triple-roofed temple was built in 1696 AD though 300 years earlier there was a structure on this site. The Bagmati River is lined with dharmasalas and cremation ghats .There is usually a cremation in progress on one of the platforms by the river, regarded as holy as it flows into the sacred Ganges. There are many occasions when the faithful take ritual baths in the river. One of the most colorful is the women's festival of Teej when dressed in their finest red and gold saris hundreds of women, laughing and singing converge on Pashupatinath. Another great time to be here is the Festival of Shivaratri, the birthday of lord Shiva.

Patan

Patan is also known as Lalitpur or the "city of fine arts" This Buddhist City is said to have been founded by the Buddhist Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC. Patan is the source of arts and architecture in the valley, a great center both of the Newari Buddhist religion and of traditional arts & crafts with 136 bahals or courtyards and 55 major temples. Well known among these are the Krishna Mandir, Hiranya Varna Mahavihar, Kumbheshwar temple, Jagatnarayan temple & the Mahabouddha temple. Patan is enclosed within 4 Buddhist stupas set on the four-corners of the outer boundaries of this ancient city.

Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur , 14 km east of Kathmandu is a completely medieval world and a must in your itinerary. With its well preserved temples and monuments , the peasants and artisans, the town will take you in its spell. The whole town has almost no concrete buildings, life here is traditional and peaceful .This well preserved city is the home of medieval art & architecture and still retains its rich medieval aroma. A city of farmers, Bhaktapur is also known for it's pottery and weaving. Bhaktapur is the most charming and the best preserved of the valleys' three cities. The intricately carved temples, alleyways and timeless atmosphere of this place is simply intriguing. The major sightseeing places in Bhaktapur are The Durbar square , the Golden Gate, Palace of 55 windows, Bell of the barking dogs, 5 storied Nyatapole Temple, Bhairavanath Temple, Dattatrya Temple, Pujari Math etc . Nearby Bhaktapur is the 5th century Changunarayan temple, the oldest monument in the Kathmandu valley . Bhaktapur and Changunarayan deserve a whole day for those interested in cultural treasures. Bhaktapur is en route to Nagarkot from Kathmandu

Changunarayan temple

18 kms east of Kathmandu and a 45 minutes walk up from Bhaktapur lies the beautiful temple of Changunarayan , at the end of a ridge.Changunarayan is the oldest temple in Kathmandu valley dating back 467 AD. The lavishly decorated two-tiered temple was rebuilt after a fire in 1702, testifies to the considerable talents of the Licchavi King Mandeva I, Nepals first great historical figure. The temple stands in a spacious courtyard, with priceless stone sculptures,and writings on copper plates and stone slabs from the 4th to 9th century A.D. (Licchavi period). Changunaryan is a world heritage site declared by UNESCO. There is a pleasant day hike from Nagarkot to Changunarayan.

Nagarkot

The tiny settlement of Nagarkot clings to a hilltop 36 kms east of Kathmandu at an altitude of 2100m. It is one of the best vantage point to view the peaks - from the Annapurnas to Everest, the peaks seem no more than a day's walk away.The sunset and sunrise view over the Himalayan panorama from Nagarkot is a memory of lifetime for many. It is also possible to do a day hike from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel along the valley rim. Equally enjoyable would be a day hike from Sankhu ( Kathmandu to Nagarkot )

Dhulikhel

30 kms east of Kathmandu lies the small resort town of Dhulikhel set on a hill top, enveloped in copper soiled terraces with magnificent views of the central Himalayan peaks. Dhulikhel is well known for its sunrise views and a number of day trails lead along the north ridge of the town. Nagarkot and Dhulikhel offer similar views . So visiting either one or the other ( not both) is recommended , if you do not have enough time for both.

Pokhara

Pokhara Nepal - The relaxing town with lakes and mountains and the starting point for several treks to the Annapurnas. Pokhara valley lies in a scenic six hour drive or a 25 minute flight west of Kathmandu. It is famous for its lakes and its location beneath the towering Annapurna massif. It is highly recommendable to visit this scenic valley, stay in small resort hotels with views of the magnificent Himalayan peaks, go boating on the calm waters of the Phewa and the Begnas lakes or go on tours or day hikes in the nearby hills or if time permits, on a well organized trekking holiday to the base camp of the annapurnas / or at least some short treks to the Annapurna foothills. Pokhara developed from a small village to a flourishing tourist town after the growth of tourism in the sixties. So there are not any cultural or historical sites to explore in Pokhara . The tour here involves visiting the Davis fall ( waterfall where the water goes underground), a cave nearby and boating in the Phewa lake. Early morning sunrise tour ( to see sunrise on the panorama of the Himalayas ) and the hike to the nearby hill of World Peace Pagoda are popular activities here. Equally popular is the paragliding from the Sarangkot hill. You can enjoy treks of one, two or several days from Pokhara to the Annapurna foothills. Pokhara has several restaurants serving foods from several different countries. A leisurely walk in the market along the Phewa lake or enjoying good foods and drinks at several cafes and restaurants would be a relaxing experience. 12 km east of Pokhara lies another serene lake named Begnas . Very few tourists visit this lake, so it is quiet serene and the countryside is superbly beautiful. If you have enough time, a visit there is recommended.

Nepal Jungle Safari

Chitwan National Park is one of Asia's best preserved tropical national park offering great wildlife experience. Join the exciting elephant safari to view animals like rhinos, deer and wild boars, visit the elephant breeding centre to see several baby elephants or enjoy a canoe ride to see the crocodiles on the river banks. Chitwan national park is home to over 50 species of mammals, 55 species of amphibians and reptiles and more than 450 species of birds. Important animals on this park include one-horned Asian Rhinoceros, Gaur, wild Bison, sloth Bear, four species of Deer, the Rhesus Monkey and the black-faced Langur, the spotted Leopard, Royal Bengal Tiger, the fish-eating Gharial, the flesh-eating Marsh Crocodile and the Gangetic Dolphin among many others. The elephant breeding centre is another attraction of the park where one can see elephants of different ages including several baby elephants . A big number of birds inhabit the national park making it an ideal place for bird watching. The important activities offered in Chitwan include elephant safaris through the jungle in search of wildlife, nature walks, jungle drives to spot animals, canoe rides to see crocodiles & water-birds, tribal village visits and visits to elephant breeding centre etc. In the evenings, slide shows on Nepalese flora & fauna and Tharu tribal folk dances are also held. We offer this tour on full board with all meals , safari activities and accommodation on safari resort included. This is a itinerary for your general idea, it slightly varies from lodge to lodge. A number of jungle lodges & safari resorts are available inside and on the periphery of the park but as Nepal government is gradually closing lodges inside the Park , only a couple of lodges are in operation inside the national park.
How to get there:
A 22 minutes flight will take you from Kathmandu to Chitwan . Those travelling by surface can reach Chitwan national park by 5 hours of drive from Kathmandu or 4 hours of drive form Pokhara on a scenic highway . This drive to Chitwan can be combined with a one day rafting trip at Trishuli river . If you are going Chitwan from Pokhara , driving is the only option, there is no flight service on this section .
What to bring?
Chitwan being a sub tropical national park the, weather is usually hot and humid except during winter months . So you should bring clothing considering the same . However , December , January and February will be quite cold in Chitwan , implying you need to bring warm clothing if you are visiting there during these months. Bringing flashlight ( we have power cut problems in Nepal ) , insect repellents, cap and sun tan lotion are also recommended. Light clothing, hats and sunglasses are also recommended for spring and summer months. Pants and long sleeved T shirts would be ideal for elephant rides or while staying out , this avoids mosquito bites . Bright colours such as red and white should be avoided since those colours frighten the animals. Though malaria is eradicated in Nepal long ago, a couple of cases of malaria are reported once or twice every year . For your peace of mind, taking malaria inoculation is recommended if you are visiting Chitwan from mid March to Mid October , not required if you are visiting in winter months .



Lumbini
Lumbini, the birthplace of lord Gautam Buddha, is the pilgrimage destination of the worlds millions of Buddhists. The main attraction at Lumbini remains the sacred garden spread over 8 sq. kms and possessing all the treasures of this historical area. The Mayadevi temple (under reconstruction) is the main attraction for pilgrims and archaeologists alike. This site, identified by the Indian Emperor Ashokas commemorative pillar is listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO. To the south of the pillar, we find the sacred pond Puskarni, where Queen Mayadevi had her bath just before giving birth to the Buddha. Other attractions include the various monasteries and stupas erected by different Buddhist countries.

Major Tourists Attractions and Destination in Nepal

Kathmandu - the City of Temples

  • Bouddhnath Stupa ( Biggest Stupa in the World)
  • Pashupati Nath Temple
  • Guhyeshwari Temple
  • Hanuman Dhoka, Tundi Khel, Kasthamandap, Gokarna


Popular Tourist Attraction in Kathmandu

Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most sacred temples of Hindus, located by the revered Bagmati River. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva is visited by Hindu pilgrims from all over India. Non-Hindu religions are not allowed to enter the innermost part of the temple but they can enjoy the architectural elegance and serenity from the bank of the sacred Bagmati River. It is regarded as one of the most sacred temple of Shiva in the world.

Durbar Square Kathmandu
Located in the Old City of Kathmandu, Durbar Square is UNESCO World Heritage Site in Nepal. It is home to Katmanduís Old Royal Palace and several beautiful temples that depict the typical Newar architectural magnificence. Tourists coming for tours to Kathmandu never miss the change to visit this Royal Darbar.

Syambhunath Temple
Syambhunath is one of the famous and sacred Buddhist temple in Nepal located on the hilltop. It is also termed as Monkey Temple as around the proximity of the temple several energetic monkeys lives and rules the area.

Boudhanath Stupa
Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest Buddhist stupa in Asia. The eyes of the Buddha over the white stupa in Kathmandu is the most common images seen in an around the city and very common throughout the country. It is one of the holy pilgrimage centers of Buddhist.

Hanuman Dhoka
Hanuman Dhoka in Kathmandu is named after the Monkey God of Hindu Mythology, Hanuman, the building has been uninhabited from the day of its first constructions in the 13th Centaury. Now this building is used as the royal celebration and ceremonies. Nasak Chowk, Tribhuvan Tower, Stone Inscription and Mahendra Memorial Museum are the major attraction here in Hanuman Dhoka. Apart from all these royal and heritage attractions there are many other places like Residence of the Living Goddesses, Machchendra Nath Temple, Kasthamandap which are worth to visit on tour to Kathmandu. Tourists can also enjoy excursion to Kirtipur, Chovar, National History Museum, Patan, Maha Boudha Temple, Bhaktapur, etc. Visit to Kathmandu in Nepal and see the royal palaces and heritage temples which are the iconic attractions in the world.

Patan - the City of Fine Arts

  • Sundhara Chowk
  • Mani Dhara
  • Kwa Bahal
  • Krishna Mandir
  • Rato Matsyendranath Mandir
Pokhara Valley Ė the Lake City of Nepal
  • Phewa Lake
  • Deviís Fall
  • Bengas and Rupa Lake
  • Seti Gandaki
  • Gupteswor Gupha
Bhaktapur - the City of Devotees
  • Durbar Square
  • Nyatapola Temple
  • Bhairavnath Temple
  • Dattatraya Temple
  • Surya Vinayak, Changu Narayan, Nagarkot


Cradled amidst the lofty heights of the snow capped Himalayas, Nepal is a picturesque country in the world blessed with scintillating beauty of nature. Itís the land of Temple and Pagodas, rich culture and traditions, ancient history and picturesque scenery and more of all, home to the highest mountain peak in the world - Mount Everest. The soaring snowy peaks of this lofty mountain magnets tourists and adventure enthusiasts from all over the world for Nepal tours. Due to its scintillating natural beauty, charming attractions and availability of adventure tourism, Nepal is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in South Asia. On your Nepal tours you have wonderful opportunity to visit some of the most popular tourism destinations that include Kathmandu, Lumbini, Pokhra Valley, Bhaktapur, Patan, Dhulikhel, Helambu, etc. All these destinations are amazingly beautiful and offer wonderful tours and travel experience in Nepal. Nepal tours not only offer tourists to enjoy scenic beauty of nature and major tourism attractions but at the same it is also popular for its adventurous activities and mountaineering. Here one can enjoy adventurous trip in Nepal at its mighty delights by indulging in trekking, hiking, camping, white water rafting, mountaineering, wildlife safari and many others. Due to all these wonderments tourists from all over the world come for Nepal holidays to treasure the experience of lifetime.

Popular Tourist Destinations in Nepal

Kathmandu
Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal and is festooned with some of the most beautiful attractions and serenity of temples which are attached with legend. Some of the must and most visited attraction in the city are Pashupati Nath Temple (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Syambhunath, Machhendranath Temple, Guhyeshwari Temple, Bouddhnath Stupa, and Kasthamandap. It bustling markets too entice visitors and provides wonderful opportunity for shopping artifacts and handicrafts of Nepal which you can take as the moment of your tours.

Lumbini
Lumbini is the birth place of Buddha and since then this beautiful town has occupied special respect in heart of Buddhist all over the world. It is the revered destinations next to Bodh Gaya and Sarnath that are visited by both the Hiniyana and Mahayana sects of Buddhism. It is one the few places in the world where one can find immense solace and devotional pleasure. Among the many attractions and sacred temples, Mayadevi temple is the most famous one. Visit this sacred place and treasure remarkable experience with an ultimate peace for your tiring soul for longevity.

Helambu Valley Trek
Famous among the adventure enthusiast and trekkers, Helambu Valley offers you vistas of snow-capped Himalayas and refreshing natural beauty. It is the perfect place for trekking in Nepal as it is short and sweet. Here you can also experience the rich culture and traditions and on top the warm hospitality of the Yalmos and Sherpas, the local residents of the valley. Truly Helambu Valley Trek offers you incredible experience that you will love to treasure and relish in forever.

Bhaktapur
Bhaktapur is the third royal cities in Nepal other being the Kathmandu and Patan. It is also termed as the culture city due to the presence of many cultural heritage site and typical Newari culture. It is also famous for its wood-carving which has made the place much more popular. More of all its tourisitc importance is enhanced by the colorful festivals, ancient temples, historically importance monuments and the Royal Durbar and attractions. Some of the popular attractions among tourists are its Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Bhaktapur National Art Gallery, Bhairvanath Temple, Dattatraya Temple, Taumadhi Square, Hanuman Ghat, Kancha Pukha and Surya Viyanak. Plan for tours in Nepal and explore the fascinating charm of all these wonderful tourist destinations of the country and treasure remarkable experience of lifetime. The country offers you much more surprises and places to visit and see and explore the exquisite charm and wonderments in their glorious vistas.

Beside all these fascinating tourism destinations and attractions, Nepal is also home to some of the exotic wildlife parks and sanctuaries that include Chitwan National Park, Sagarmatha National Park, Rara National Park and Makalu National Park. Also enjoy adventure tours and trekking in Nepal and more of all visits to Mount Everest, one of the highest peak in the world. This beautiful country is must visit once in a lifetime as the country is globally acclaimed for its not only scenic beauty, heritage attractions and adventure tourism, but also for its friendly environment, world class accommodation facilities and warm hospitality of the people. Nepal is a beautiful country, once visit never forgotten


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