In Nature's Lap: 5 Places To Visit In Nepal

Discover the majesty of the Himalayas in this beautiful country that beckons adventurers from around the globe as well as serenity seekers and cultural enthusiasts
Nepal captivates the hearts of all travellers
Nepal captivates the hearts of all travellersDeposit photos

A land of unparalleled beauty and cultural richness, Nepal captivates the hearts of all travellers who visit its enchanting landscapes. Most people know it as the abode of the highest peak in the world, the iconic Mount Everest, which is at the forefront of Nepal's allure. A tall sentinel watching over the nation, it beckons adventurers from around the globe to conquer its formidable slopes. But Nepal's appeal does not just stop at mountaineering.

From intricately carved temples to grand palaces and ancient monuments, Nepal is home to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites that spreads out the nation's glorious past for visitors to witness. Explore the magnificent temples of Kathmandu Durbar Square, the architectural marvels of Bhaktapur Durbar Square, or the spiritual haven of Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Experience the beauty, spirituality, and adventure that Nepal has to offer by exploring these major attractions. From the majestic Himalayas to the rich cultural heritage, Nepal is a destination that will leave you enchanted and longing for more.

Kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu Valley in Nepal is a cultural gem that beckons travellers from all corners of the globe. This enchanting region not only boasts the largest city in the country, Kathmandu, but is also home to many culturally significant structures that have earned their place as a UNESCO World Heritage treasures.

At the heart of the Kathmandu Valley lies the captivating Durbar Square of Hanuman Dhoka. This historic square houses the magnificent former royal palace, which is a testament to the region's rich history. Surrounding the square, you'll find a collection of awe-inspiring ancient buildings, although some, unfortunately, bear the scars of the devastating earthquake that shook the valley in 2015. Within the Kathmandu Valley's UNESCO World Heritage Site, you'll also discover two majestic Buddhist stupas, adding to the spiritual tapestry of the region. Additionally, the valley boasts two renowned Hindu temples, Pashupatinath and Changu Narayan, further showcasing the religious diversity that thrives in Nepal.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage SiteShutterstock

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Known as the "City of Devotees," Bhaktapur is a well-preserved ancient city located in the Kathmandu Valley. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the centrepiece of the city and showcases a stunning display of traditional Newari architecture. Marvel at the intricately carved wooden palaces, temples, and courtyards that reflect the rich cultural heritage of the Newar community. The 55-Window Palace, Nyatapola Temple, and Bhairavnath Temple are among the key attractions within the square. Take a stroll through the narrow alleys of Bhaktapur, exploring its pottery and handicraft shops, and savour the local delicacies like Juju Dhau (King Curd) and Bara (a savoury lentil pancake).

World Heritage Sagarmatha National Park

Sagarmatha National Park is a natural wonder and the first to be recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the vast expanse of this protected area lies one of the most renowned and iconic destinations in the world, Mount Everest.

Standing tall as the highest peak on Earth, Mount Everest proudly dominates the horizon, captivating the imagination of adventurers and mountaineers from around the globe. But Sagarmatha National Park offers much more than just the majestic Everest. Within its sprawling boundaries, it harbours two other members of the illustrious "eight-thousanders" club - Lhotse and Cho Oyu. Lhotse, situated on the border with China, and Cho Oyu, whose summit marks the boundary with China, add to the park's extraordinary allure.

Spanning 1148 square kilometres, Sagarmatha National Park boasts a breathtaking mountain landscape where you will be rewarded with encounters with rare wildlife, including elusive snow leopards, Himalayan tahrs, and musk deer. Trekking through the park's rugged trails, you'll be captivated by the sheer magnitude of the mountains and the ever-changing landscape that unfolds before you. Merely three years after its inception, it achieved the prestigious status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a testament to its exceptional ecological significance.

Chitwan National Park

Chitwan National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Chitwan National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage SiteDeposit photos

For wildlife enthusiasts, a visit to Chitwan National Park is a must. Located in the Terai region of Nepal, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is renowned for its rich biodiversity and conservation efforts. Embark on an exciting jungle safari to spot exotic wildlife, including the endangered Bengal tiger, one-horned rhinoceros, Asian elephant, and various species of deer and birds. Explore the park's dense forests on elephant-back or jeep safaris, take a canoe ride along the Rapti River, or experience a thrilling encounter with wildlife during a guided nature walk.

Langtang National Park

Situated in the Langtang region of Nepal, Langtang National Park is a haven for trekkers and nature enthusiasts. The park offers diverse landscapes, including dense forests, alpine meadows, and snow-clad peaks. Trekking trails like the Langtang Valley Trek and Gosainkunda Trek take you through picturesque valleys, quaint villages, and rhododendron-filled forests. Encounter a wide range of wildlife, including the elusive red panda, Himalayan black bear, and various species of birds. Immerse yourself in the unique Tamang culture by visiting traditional villages and interacting with the friendly locals.

Know Before You Go

Nepal is a visa free country for Indian citizens so when you plan to travel there all you need to carry with you is your identity card like the Aadhaar and a valid passport. If you are an adventurous traveller who enjoys trekking and being outdoors on vacation, then October to December is the ideal time for you to be visiting Nepal. The weather is cool and dry making trekking easier. The autumn months between September and November are also great for sightseeing.

Getting There

Kathmandu Airport is a well-connected airport that has direct flights to and from Delhi. You can also reach Nepal by road taking either a bus or car.

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