Best Places To Visit in Nepal

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Best places to visit in Nepal: Our pick #1

Kathmandu

Despite the devastating effects of the 2015 earthquake, Kathmandu is once again open for business with timeless backstreets, striking temples and medieval town houses remaining intact and holding the mystical appeal that continues to attract travellers.

Everest Landscape
Best places to visit in Nepal: Our pick #2

Mount Everest

The world's tallest mountain needs little introduction. Standing at a towering height of 8,848 metres above sea level and acting as a natural border between Tibet and Nepal, Mount Everest has long attracted intrepid mountaineers, since the first successful ascent by sherpa Tenzing and New Zealander Edmund Hillary back in 1953. Today hundreds of people visit Nepal solely to conquer the dizzying heights of Mt. Everest themselves while basking in the glorious Himalayan vistas.

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Best places to visit in Nepal: Our pick #3

Chitwan National Park

The UNESCO-listed Chitwan National Park is one of the finest wildlife destinations in Asia with a landscape of jungle and marshland home to deer, monkeys and a staggering number of bird species. The highlight has to be the chance of spotting a one-horned rhino or Bengal tiger. With luxury lodges lining the edges of the park it's worth spending at least two full days here to increase your chances of spotting the resident wildlife and enjoying the outdoor activities on offer.

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Best places to visit in Nepal: Our pick #4

Pokhara

Practically undisturbed by the earthquake that shook the country back in April 2015, Pokhara remains one of Nepal's most attractive spots. Bordering the freshwater Phewa Lake in the south and backed by the snow-capped mountain range of the Annapurna, it's the perfect place to unwind and soak up the scenery and serves as an ideal base for day treks into the surrounding mountains.

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Best places to visit in Nepal: Our pick #5

Lumbini

As the birth place of Buddha, Lumbini is Nepal's most significant historical site home to a number of important archaeological finds including the timber remains of Buddhist shrines that date back as far as the third century BC. Unsurprisingly, Lumbini attracts Buddhist pilgrims from across the globe and its UNESCO World Heritage status, sacred gardens and colourful stupas draw curious travellers also.

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Best places to visit in Nepal: Our pick #6

Bhaktapur

Despite the terrible damaged that was inflicted on Bhaktapur by the 2015 earthquake, there is still a lot to see and do in this stunning medieval city. Of the numerous sites worth visiting throughout the city, the Golden Gate is certainly one of the most aesthetically spectacular. Covered with intricate gold carvings and sculptures, this opulent structure is set into a red gatehouse and opens up on to the inner courtyards of the Royal Palace. The palace of 55 windows is also a sight to behold with its exquisitely carved wooden window frames. In addition to these monuments, the Nyatapola, Nepal’s tallest temple, still stands proudly in the middle of the city, a testament to ancient beauty surviving natural disasters. The best way to truly experience everything this city has to offer is simply to take to the streets and stroll through the winding paths, lined with red-brick houses.

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Best places to visit in Nepal: Our pick #7

Nagarkot

The first thing most people notice when they arrive in Nagarkot is just how breathtaking the views are. The snowy peaks of the Himalayas rise up along the horizon to unfathomable heights, creating one of the most astounding landscapes most people are ever likely to encounter. Well aware of its assets, the village has designed itself to cater for those who come in search of these vistas. Many hotels are perfectly positioned facing the mountains and have balconies where guests can sit with a cup of yak butter tea as they soak up the sight of the world’s most impressive mountain range. Aside from the dreamy scenery, there are plenty of activities to do in Nagarkot, including mountain biking, horse riding and hiking. If you are looking to get away from the crowds and chaos of the cities and relax for a while then look no further.

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Best places to visit in Nepal: Our pick #8

Annapurna

The 128-mile horseshoe-shaped Annapurna Circuit is the stuff of trekking dreams and isn’t likely to lose its crown any time soon. It might not have the lavish guesthouses or instantly gratifying scenery that can be found elsewhere in the world but there is certainly a reason why tens of thousands of mountaineers flock to its rocky paths every year. One of its main selling points is the incredibly varied landscapes it encompasses. Starting with tropical jungle, hikers move through canyons, pine forests and eventually to moon-like mountain deserts. As you trek along the ever-changing route, you will pass other trekkers all looking for the same postcard view as you. This common goal unites all who venture along the circuit, turning strangers into companions with whom you will create lifelong memories. Are you up for the challenge?

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Best places to visit in Nepal: Our pick #9

Patan

Often referred to by its original Sanskrit name, Lalitpur, which translates as ‘City of Beauty’, Patan is a delightful, traditional city located just 5km south of Kathmandu. Although Patan was hit hard by the 2015 earthquake that ravaged much of the country, its spectacular Durbar Square is still frequented by tourists and has recovered incredibly well from the disaster, with many of its monuments still intact. The entire square is filled with magnificent buildings, including various temples and palaces. Outside of this square in the north of the city is the famous Golden Temple, which contains a number of brass animal statues and an assortment of shrines. Patan is also home to an array of fair trade shops where travellers can pick up quality handcrafted gifts for reasonable prices, knowing that the proceeds from which will go towards helping Nepal’s needy.

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Best places to visit in Nepal: Our pick #10

Dhulikel

There are two things that draw people to the lofty village of Dhulikel. The first of these is the fantastic views of the Himalayas that it commands. Snapping a shot of the sun rise or set with the world’s most dramatic landscape as a backdrop is every photographer’s dream. This magical scenery is often responsible for keeping travellers rooted in Dhulikel far longer than they had originally intended. The second reason Dhulikel is a hit among explorers is because it has a collection of incredibly beautiful temples. Although some of the temples are a bit of a challenge to get to, those who take on the hike or seemingly never-ending steps will reap the rewards once they are confronted with these magnificent structures. The Old Town is also worth visiting, if only to marvel at the traditional houses that line the streets, relics of the expert craftsmanship of bygone eras.

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