Places to visit in Nepal – Nepal is known for its Scenic views of Himalayan mountain ranges and temples and monasteries. For the trekkers, it is nothing less than a paradise. A lot of base camps are organised here. Along with that it has many scenic places to attract the tourists. Villagers here welcome the tourists with their arms open and provide the best understanding of their culture. There are a lot of places of attraction, we have listed few unique and significant places to visit in Nepal.
#1 Pokhara valley:
It’s Located from 203 kilometers west of Kathmandu valley, in the Gandaki zone. It is in the western part of the Nepal and is the second-largest valley in the hilly region of Nepal. It is decorated by Beautiful lakes, White Water Rivers and Mountain Ranges. Nepal is a place of exceptional combination of nature, culture and adventure all together. It also serves as a gateway for the famous treks around the Annapurna Mountain range and beyond.
Along with colorful boat rides in the lakes, Pokhara valley offers few Adventure activities and places of interests. Over a period of time it has developed as an adventurous spot of the tourists offering ultra-light flights, paragliding, skydiving, zip-lining and bungee jumping.
If you are not looking for an adrenaline rush, then you can explore the Number of souvenir shops in the market section of the city, which offers finest handicrafts in the country. To know more about the Ghurkha soldiers, there is a museum here to head out to.
One can definitely enjoy the Panoramic view of snow-capped mountains, green hills, hillocks, wide and beautiful valleys, pristine water lakes, limestone caves, waterfalls, gushing rivers, temples, monasteries, which makes Pokhara a fun filled holiday destination.
#2 Pashupatinath Temple:
From being one of the eight UNESCO Cultural Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu Valley, Pashupatinath temple is one of the largest temples in Nepal. The temple is also considered as the holiest Hindu temple of the country. Pashupatinath is one of the four most important religious sites in Asia for devotees of Shiva, Located 3 km northwest of Kathmandu on the banks of River Bagmati.
It was originally built in the fifth century but was later renovated by Malla Kings. The temple was built in pagoda style with a sliding roof having four silver doorways with beautiful wooden carvings, hundreds of Shiva ling’s shrines and holy symbols, representing the Canter of power and energy and providing unmatched cultural and spiritual experiences. There is also a cremation site where the last rites of Hindus are performed.
Pashupatinath temple has special regards in the hearts of the devotees and this is the reason why it is always filled with devotees throughout the year. An important thing to note that Non-Hindus are not allowed in this temple.
The daily rituals of Pashupatinath Temple are as follows:
- 4:00 am: West gate opens for visitors.
- 8:30 am: After arrival of Pujaris, the idols of the Lord are bathed and cleaned, clothes and jewelry are changed for the day.
- 9:30 am: Baal Bhog or breakfast is offered to the Lord.
- 10:00 am: Then people who want to do Puja are welcomed to do so. It is also called Farmayishi Puja, whereby people tell the Pujari to carry out a special Puja for specific reasons. The Puja continues till 1:45 pm in the afternoon.
- 1:50 pm: Lunch is offered to the Lord in the main Pashupati Temple.
- 2:00 pm: Morning prayers end.
- 5:15 pm: The evening Aarati at the main Pashupati Temple begins.
- 6:00 pm onward: In recent times the Bagmati Ganga Aarati that is done by the banks of the Bagmati has been gaining popularity. There are larger crowds attending on Saturdays, Mondays and on special occasions. Ganga Aarati along with Shiva’s Tandava Bhajan, written by Ravana, is carried out during the evening Ganga Aarati.
- 7:00 pm: Doors close.
Apart from the daily rituals, special functions are plotted during special dates of the lunar calendar.
It is always adventurous to carry our backpacks and head out to the mountains. Yes, talking about trekking! For the trekkers, there is nothing more soothing that being on the top and relishing the views from there. Nagakot is that place in the country. But, for those who aren’t into backpacking and trekking, they too can head out here and do sight-seeing.
Nagarkot being the famous international hill station, is the best place for that. Its located 32km away from Khatmandu. This village welcomes the visitors throughout the years. There are beautiful hotels to serve the tourists with the amazing Himalayan backdrops from all sides. You can see the famous Mountain ranges such as Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Jugal, Rolwaling, Everest and Numbur from any hotel easily.
Also, it’s not only about scenic Views, you can get to explore adventurous activities such as hiking and paragliding as well. Nagarkot eco trail (nature walk) along with Nagarkot panoramic hiking trail are the most popular ones. You can also do Paragliding with the view of the Everest in Nagarkot.
#4 Davi’s Falls:
Being into the controversies because of the its name, this falls offers a curious experience amongst the tourists. The waterfall has a length of 500 meters and depth of 100 feet, it flows throughout the year, but can be best seen in the months from June to September. The water fall flows down to rocks and later disappears into the tunnel. Quite mystic!
There is a constant debate on the name of the waterfalls. Its official name is Patale Chhango. However it’s most popularly known as Davi’s Falls due to a literal mistake. Also localities says that, the name is a corruption of David’s falls, a reference to a Swiss visitor who tumbled into the sinkhole and drowned, taking his girlfriend with him.
The best time to view this remarkable sight is during the monsoon season when there is heavy rainfall. During this period, the water runs and falls over Greenish rocks and through gorges, giving visitors a breath-taking show. It’s known for its beauty and tranquility, making it a must visit place.
#5 Phewa Lake:
Nepal being famous for lakes and scenic views of Mountain Ranges, Phewa Lake is freshwater lake, the second Largest Lake in Nepal, Bearing the reflections of Annapurna Mountain Ranges when it’s calm, it offers a lifetime memory for the tourists. The south-western shore is densely forested and alive with birdlife. The lush Green Rani Ban (Queen’s Forest) imparts bright green tone to the lake.
In its center, the lake has a Lord Vishnu temple negatively called Barahi Mandir. This is situated on an island in the lake. The Temple is built in pagoda-style with a unique structure and setting. It can be easily accessed by the boat.
Boating is one of the main tourist attraction. The lakeside is perfect for a boat ride in a quiet afternoon with the Himalayan ranges as a background. The brightly painted boats, known as donas available for rent at Lakeside. Many people walk or cycle around the lakeshore, and enjoy the views by sitting by the shore side. Overall it offers a breath-taking views of the mountains and the lakes.
Best time to Visit Nepal:
Monsoon (June – Sept): An incredible time to see the country simply alive with growth and freshness. But not the best time to visit Nepal if you’re palling for a trek.
Autumn (Sept – Nov): Autumn brings exceptional clarity and views are spectacular as the dust gets washed away by the monsoon.
Spring (Feb – mid-April): The best days with the days being warmer and longer. Winter is very chilly. You might need to pack up extra warm clothing.
How to reach Nepal:
Multiple Major airlines operates from major cities of India to Nepal (Khatmandu). Nearest Airport is Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu which is located in the outskirts of the city around 5-6 km away from the centre.
The train journey to Kathmandu, Nepal will begin from Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. Gorakhdham Express, Arunachal Express, and Bihar Sampark Kranti Express are some of the trains between Delhi and Gorakhpur. From there, one can take a bus to reach Nepal border in around 11 to 13 hours while covering the travel distance of 674 km.
Bus Connection is to be taken from Gorakhpur and from there take another bus to Kathmandu. Travel about 1250 km with a luxury buses available for the journey, one can board a bus of their choice, and reach Nepal in around 30 hours.
Nepal offers a Wonderful travel experience to all the explorers, who might be looking for an adventure, or people who needs a break, or a family trip to a significant religious place. It has it all. There are plenty of places to explore, and visit and witness the beauty. Get in touch with us to plan a comfortable trip to Nepal.