Nepal attracts tourists for variety of reasons; these may include the beautiful mountains, traditional culture, luring scenery, and much more. In all a visit to Nepal will be a lifetime experience. Nepal can be an adrenaline adventure, a cultural eye opener, or a life-changing experience, depending on the itinerary and mindset of the traveler. So here are 10 places in Nepal that you shouldn’t miss to check out while on your visit to the land.

1. Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. In the year 2015, this city suffered maximum damage due to the earthquake but at present, the city is back in shape. This is the largest city in Nepal and is filled with a lively atmosphere. It houses carved temples and statues of various shapes, styles, and faiths. The highlight of Kathmandu has long been Durbar Square, the largest of the palace squares in the three royal cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.   

2. Pokhara

 Pokhara

The city lies at the center of Nepal on the Phewa Lake. It is the gateway to a popular trail of Himalaya, the Annapurna Circuit. The city has an island in the lake which houses a two-story Pagoda named as Tal Barahi Temple. To attract tourists there are yoga centers and restaurants on the shore.  An International Mountain Museum is also established here that displays the history of the Himalayas and its people.The city lies at the center of Nepal on the Phewa Lake. It is the gateway to a popular trail of Himalaya, the Annapurna Circuit. The city has an island in the lake which houses a two-story Pagoda named as Tal Barahi Temple. To attract tourists there are yoga centers and restaurants on the shore.  An International Mountain Museum is also established here that displays the history of the Himalayas and its people.

3. Chitwan National Park

Chitwan National Park

This is a lowland area in Nepal, famous for its biodiversity. Its dense forests and grassy plains are home to rare mammals like one-horned rhinos and Bengal tigers. The park shelters numerous bird species, including the giant hornbill. Dugout canoes traverse the northern Rapti River, home to crocodiles. Amazingly this natural site has Balmiki Ashram that is a Hindu pilgrimage site.

4. Nagarkot

Nagarkot

Nagarkot is a typical village of Nepal present near another tourist spot, Kathmandu Valley. The place is known for its beautiful scenery and the exotic views of Himalayan Ranges including Mount Everest. The sunrise and sunset are a must view site for any person visiting this place. There is also a Hindu-styled pagoda devoted to Lord Vishnu known as Changunarayan Temple.

5. Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp

This site is specifically famous for adventure sports and attracts thousands of tourists every year, who has a knack for a thrill. This is a must visit place for people who love trekking. Everest Base Camp is the gateway for all the climbers that attempt to climb the highest summit. This place provides a lifetime experience of facing the world’s highest summit. It will lead you to the best viewpoints on earth like Kala Patthar (5555 m). Along with that, you will also be able to witness the unbelievable and magnificent view of Mt. Everest and other nearby mountains.

6. Lumbini

Lumbini

Lumbini is the birth place of Gautam Buddha and hence is a site of pilgrimage. Among the pilgrims was the Indian emperor Ashoka, who erected one of his commemorative pillars there. The site is now being developed as a Buddhist pilgrimage centre, where the archaeological remains associated with the birth of the Lord Buddha form a central feature.

7. Tilicho Lake

Tilicho Lake

Tilicho Lake is a lake located in the Manang district of Nepal. It lies on the Annapurna Circuit routes. These are basically watersheds between Manang and Kali Gandaki valleys above the Thorong La pass. Various lodges have been built between Manang and the Lake for the passers-by, but there aren’t any accommodation sites or even teahouses past the Tilicho Base Camp lodge. So if you are planning to go this route, make sure you have all the necessary items.

8. Boudhanath Stupa

Boudhanath Stupa

This is a Buddhist Temple worth visiting and is located slightly away from the main part of Kathmandu. This temple charges an entrance fee of INR 150. This pilgrimage spot is different than any traditional temple in that, when you go inside there are plenty of shops and cafes to relax and spend time enjoying the peaceful atmosphere. You can also walk on top of the stupa and go all the way around and get a view of monks and several regional people as well as tourists meditating and giving offerings which can be interesting. Walk some rounds, spin some prayer wheels, breathe the incense. It is also considered the one of the must-see temple in Kathmandu.

9. Patan Museum

Patan Museum

This museum is well organized with excellent explanations of the ancient history of Nepal.The building of the museum is extraordinarily beautiful, and is not cluttered unlike the other places. The photos in the clock tower are fascinating, with a good selection of representative artifacts and accompanying narrative. There are cafes and gardens in the campus which can be pretty refreshing. This museum is self-supporting, and hence requires a separate entry fee.

10. Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur is one of the three royal cities of Nepal. The other two include- Kathmandu and Patan. It is situated near the old trade route to Tibet. As a result, the place is rich in two cultures. Its relative remoteness allowed the city to develop independently and in ways which distinguish it from the others. This city can be considered self-supporting as the major occupation and source of income of the people living here is farming. The city of Bhaktapur is also one of the most densely populated places in Nepal.

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