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50 Best Places to Visit and Tourist Attraction in Nepal

  • Author: Naba Raj Amgai
  • Posted on: Fri Nov 13, 2020
50 Best Places to Visit and Tourist Attraction in Nepal

Nepal is filled with beautiful sceneries and landscape that lures people from all over the world. You can find natural and cultural beauty at every nooks and corner of the place. There is certainly something for each individual to enjoy and learn. Nepal is one of the most beautiful countries in Asia in the lap of majestic mountains and is home to 8 out of 10 tallest mountains in the world. Nepal is full of natural beauty, diversity, culture and tradition which make it unique in itself. You can truly get a chance to interact with the local community in the higher altitude or in the cities and learn more about their unique culture and values.

Here, are the 50 Best Places to Visit and Tourist Attraction in Nepal that you should not be missed while you travel to this country.

#1 Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath Temple is one of the oldest and holy sites in Nepal. It is located in the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. The holy river Bagmati flows near the temple dedicated to the deity, Lord Shiva. Pashupatinath temple is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Foreigners are not allowed to enter the temple directly. The temple has various ashrams, monuments, inscriptions that are depicted from a very long time.

Generally, many people from India and Nepal gather in the Pashupatinath temple during Maha Shivaratri every year. This sacred place is home to Lord Shiva which has the tridents and is considered the destroyer of evil. In the Hindu religion, Shiva is the lord of the lords, the king of the gods, the most dominant and fearsome one. The ancient Hindu religious site was erected in 15th century.

Highlights

  • Pashupatinath Temple is the world's most visited Hindu pilgrimage spot
  • It is the real epitome of Hindu civilization culture and spiritualism
  • It has a glowing golden temple with four silver doorways, hundreds of Shiva linga’s shrines and holy symbol
  • It is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • One of the famous Hindus shrine in the world
  • Famous for the shrine of Lord Shiva; the God of gods
  • Cremation of bodies near Pashupatinath in the bank of Bagmati

Getting there

Pashupatinath Temple is 5 km north-east of Kathmandu.  You can take a public bus or hike a taxi to Pashupathinath Temple.

Entry fee

  • NPR 1000 for foreign nationals and all SAARC country residents except Indians.

#2 Boudhanath

Boudhanath

Boudhanath is located on Kathmandu's northeast side, a sacred site and one of the well-known tourist hubs. Locals, tourists and devotees visit Boudhanath for its peaceful ambiance and meditation. The large stupa of Boudhanath attracts many visitors and locals.

The Boudhanath is also known as Khasa Chaitya and has huge massive mandala which makes the largest spherical stupa. One of the best places to visit in Nepal, Boudhanath was at one point in time has helped a lot of refugees get shelter. It was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1979. Various souvenir shops and cafes surround the stupa. You can enjoy the stunning view of this massive dome with a cup of tea. Boudhanath is certainly a place filled with peace and calming ambiance which lets you relax at the moment.

Highlights

  • Boudhanath is the largest stupa in Nepal
  • It is one of the  UNESCO World Heritage Site, where thousands of devotees come daily to perform ritual beneath the observant eyes of Lord Buddha
  • The stupa is one of the sacred and most vital pilgrimage sites  for Tibetan Buddhists and Nepalese
  • Explore numerous Gumba and Monasteries within the territory of Boudha Stupa

Getting there

The stupa is 5 km away from the center of Kathmandu. You could hike a taxi or a shared van from Thamel and stop at the stupa.

Entry Fee

  • For SAARC nationals: NPR 100
  • For other tourists: NPR 400

#3 Swayambhunath Stupa

Swayambhunath Stupa

Swayambhunath stupa is located in Kathmandu and one can see the view of it from the way. It was built in early 460 A.D. The architecture itself speaks a lot about Buddhist culture and its teachings. The architecture speaks that to achieve enlightenment one must rise and think beyond the things of the world and there are 13 phases to reach into enlightenment. Located in Nepal Kathmandu's capital city, the temple holds the deepest meaning of the Buddhist religion. It has a free pass and you can enjoy the depth of its beauty to your heart content.

The architecture itself might be breathtaking but every nook and corner of the temple holds special meaning to the Buddhist religion. The temple itself speaks about the teachings of Buddha. It includes other small pagoda styled temples, shrines and a library. Since it has 2 entrances, you can make your way from the front and enjoy every part of the temple finally reaching the library. The reason behind its awe-striking architecture holds awe-striking meanings. You might want to take a deep look at this architecture and admire its beauty with your own eyes. So, you must go for it!

Highlights

  • Unique architecture and famous pagoda styled small temples around it
  • Temple itself is the epitome of Buddhist teachings
  • Architecture filled with Buddhist scriptures and hidden meanings
  • One of the major attractive Buddhist temples of Nepal
  • One of the sacred and oldest Buddhist pilgrimage sites
  • Unique architecture and captivating structures
  • One of the religious and daily visited Buddhist temple
  • Enjoy the troop of monkeys near the temple which holds a special meaning to the temple itself

Getting there

The stupa is on top of a hill. You can take a bus or a cab to the bus station of Swayambhunath and walk to the top of the destination.

Entry Fee

  • For SAARC nationals: NPR 50
  • For other tourists: NPR 200

#4 Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square

In the literal meaning, Durbar Square is known as Royals Squares, which were once belonged to different kingdoms before the unification of Nepal by Prithivi Narayan Shah. It includes Kathmandu Durbar Square located in Kathmandu.

The durbar square were the places where the kings and queens of each kingdom used to live but now it is known as the heritage sites as it holds the ancient history and proofs of Nepal. Hanuman Dhoka Temple is located in the capital city of Kathmandu of Nepal. The temple was built between the 4th and 8th centuries of the Licchavi period. It holds the history of Nepal’s first Lichhavi King, Pratap Malla, and other Malla kings who ruled before Nepal's unification. The palace itself is a Nepalese history museum that holds every culture, stories and tradition that were prevailed during the Malla reigns.

If you want to discover the history of the Kathmandu valley and the Malla Kings, then Hanuman Dhoka is the only place where you can directly connect with their cultures, traditions, and lifestyles. During the 2015 earthquake, most of the buildings have been damaged but you can still make a visit to Nasal, Mul and Mohan Chowk as well as explore the museum for depth knowledge. 

Highlights

  • One of the old kingdoms originated before the unification of Nepal
  • Proof that Nepal was once a divided kingdom
  • All the durbar square is enlisted in World Heritage Sites by UNESCO
  • Signifies the vast diversity in the Nepali kingdom and their unique cultures

Getting there

The easiest way is to begin from Thamel to Ason. From here, you walk to Indra Chowk and head towards Bishal Bazaar or take the narrow road known as Makhan Galli. After walking for about a minute you reach the Kathmandu Durbar square

Entry Fees

  • For SAARC nationals: NPR 150
  • For other tourists: NPR 1000

#5 Patan Durbar Square

Patan Durbar Square

Patan is the third largest city of Nepal and it received its name from the Sanskrit language “Lalitapattan” so it is also called Lalitpur. One of the World Heritage Site listed by UNESCO, Patan Durbar Square is located in Patan. The city attracts many tourists every year due to the Durbar Square and those who come to visit Durbar square also visit Mahaboudha temple, Rudravarna Mahavir, Golden Temple, Ashok Stupa and others. If you ever decide to visit Patan, don’t miss the entire beautiful temple and make sure to buy beautiful handicraft items as souvenirs on your way back home. If you want to enjoy Patan's view, then there are numerous hotels and restaurants that serve you great food with a great view of Patan city.

Highlights

  • The third-largest city of Nepal
  • The city holds one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • City full of temples and cultural heritages
  • Famous for jewelry and handicrafts item

Getting there

You may take a taxi from Thamel to Patan Durbar Square which will take around 20 minutes. There are public transports which will drop you at Patan and you will have to walk for 10minutes to get to Durbar square.

Entry Fee

  • For SAARC nationals: NPR 250
  • For other tourists: NPR 1000

#6 Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur is a highly recommended city to be visited for people eager to learn about ancient Nepal's history and culture. One of the World Heritage Site listed by UNESCO is located in Bhaktapur and it is none other than Bhaktapur Durbar Square. One can discover and learn much about Nepali history from all the designs and architectures of well-preserved buildings as well as paintings and ancient wood crafts in the area.

People can additionally visit other temples such as Nyatapola temple, Bhairab Nath temple and Dattatraya temple in that area. The special yogurt found only in Bhaktapur is most recommended to have if you haven’t tried yet.

Highlights

  • One of the UNESCO World Heritage Site is located
  • Rich in culture and history of Nepal
  • One of the oldest and preserved cities of Nepal
  • Its special yogurt is a must recommended
  • The city with the greatest number of temples and palaces
  • Holds the beauty of ancient architecture and designs

Getting there

Bhaktapur is only 15 km from Kathmandu. You can hike a taxi or take a public bus from Kathmandu.

Entry fees

  • For SAARC nationals and Chinese Citizens: NPR 500
  • For other tourists: NPR 1500

#7 Changu Narayan Temple

Changu Narayan Temple

Changu Narayan is a two-story pagoda-style temple where Lord Vishnu is worshipped. It was devastated in 1702 and 2015, but then was again restored. It is the oldest Hindu temple still in use in the Kathmandu Valley today. Changu Narayan is the oldest Hindu temple in Bhaktapur, and one of the oldest in Nepal. It is located on a hilltop on the east side of Kathmandu. The temple is devoted to Vishnu. But you can also see the statues of Ashta Matrika, Chhinnamasta, Lord Shiva, Kileshwor, and Krishna. The main temple has inscriptions with the best carvings in the Kathmandu Valley.

Highlights

  • It is erected on a hill-top to the east of Kathmandu and north of Bhaktapur
  • The temple is of the fourth century
  • One of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kathmandu
  • It was restored during the late 1500-s and devastated by fire in 1702, but was restored
  • It is worshipped for Vaishnava shrine in the Kathmandu valley

Getting there

It is located about 7 miles from Kathmandu. You can take a public bus to Bhaktapur and take another bus to reach the temple.

Entry Fee

  • NPR 300 for foreign nationals

Recommended Read:  10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal

#8 Nagarkot

Nabarkot

Nagarkot is one of the famous hill stations close to the Kathmandu valley which rewards you with stunning views of Mt Everest. The main attraction of Nagarkot is the mesmerizing sunrise over the snowy white-capped mountains. It is about 2 hour’s drive from Kathmandu valley.

People can enjoy the natural beauty with the mountain vistas and stunning sunrise/sunset. Then the tourists can spend time at their hotels or walk around to enjoy the surrounding. The popularity is gaining day by day because of how stunning the place. Nagarkot is perfect to see hill terraces, Himalayan ranges, and local Nepali village life can be seen.  Nagarkot is more popular for 1-day sightseeing tours.

Highlights

  • Enjoy the stunning sunrise from Nagarkot amidst the Mt. Everest
  • Observe the panoramic view of the longest Himalayan range from one point
  • Enjoy the views of Kathmandu valley and the Himalayan ranges
  • Witness the beautiful panoramic view of the Himalayas including Mt. Everest

Getting there

Nagarkot is 32 km from Kathmandu. You can take a bus from Bhaktapur Bus Terminal in Kathmandu to reach Nagarkot.

#9 Khokana And Bungamati Villages

Khokana and Bungamati are the two different ancient villages located in Lalitpur that still hold and follow their ancient traditions and cultures strictly. It has a number of temples that hold the history of Nepali culture. The village itself is covered with trees and bamboos which add beauty to the beautiful temple. The name Khokana itself tells about Sati's Nepali culture, where the wife should die with her husband held during ancient times. The place is perfect for people who prefer to discover the ancient culture live and the beauty of its scenery.

Highlights

  • One of the ancient Newari village
  • One of the nominees for World Heritage Site
  • Place untouched by modern culture
  • The name Khokana holding the sad story about ancient Nepali Sati pratha
  • Breathtaking views from the temple
  • Home to many temples and monasteries

Getting there

Take a private car or a taxi to reach the area quicker                    

#10 Narayanhiti Museum

Narayanhiti Palace Museum is the former royal palace in the capital city of Nepal Kathmandu. It is the royal residence for the country's monarchs. Narayanhiti, is derived from two words ‘Narayan’ and ‘Hiti’. 'Narayan' is a form of the Hindu god "Lord Vishnu”. You can find a temple on the opposite side of the palace and ‘hiti’ means “water spout” which you can find on the east side of main entrance.

You can see a compound wall encloses the whole palace. This is a new palace, in front of the old palace of 1915 vintage which was erected in 1970. It was built during the marriage of King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah. The palace is of 30 hectares (74 acres) and is fully guarded on all sides.

Highlights

  • It is a Royal palace home to the Shah Kings
  • People believed Kings were a form of Lord Bishnu so the palace was named Narayanhiti
  • The hall of the museum is filled with the skins of the tigers
  • Observe the marks of the bullets of the 2001 Royal Massacre
  • Enjoy the beautiful garden area inside the museum filled with beautiful flowers

Getting there

You can either walk from Thamel to Durbarmarg or take a rickshaw and walk for 5 minutes to reach the Palace. You can also take public transport to reach Durbarmarg.

Entry Fees

  • Tourist from SAARC nations and China - Rs 250/
  • Others Nations - Rs 500

#11 Sundarijal

Sundarijal

Sundarijal is a town in Gokarneshwar Municipality toward the north of Kathmandu and on the Shivapuri National Park's edge. Sundarijal signifies "beautiful water," and the territory is known for its waterfalls. Numerous visitors come to Sundarijal while climbing and mountain trekking in the Shivapuri zone. Sundarijal is situated around 17 km upper east of Kathmandu. The little town is the entryway to the Shivapuri National Park and along with the mainstream Kathmandu Valley Trekking.

Sundarijal is particularly celebrated for youthful nearby locals for day climbing, swimming, excursion, and bicycle riding. Several hours of hiking, you will get a dynamite view on the Kathmandu valley and the lovely Tamang town called Mulkharka. A huge level of Kathmandu's drinking water and power is provided by Sundarijal's Hydropower and Water Supply station. As the dam lies in the public park, a few waterfalls encompass it, delightful wilderness, and green rice porches. Because of this, it turns into a fascination for local people and sightseers. Drinking some local wine made by the Tamang people group in Mulkharka is a must by the visitors.

Highlights

  • It is the gateway to the Shivapuri National Park
  • Witness the stunning view of the Kathmandu valley and the beautiful Tamang village called Mulkharka
  • Enjoy valley cycling tours and trekking trail for local and foreign tourists

Getting there

The easiest way to reach Sundarijal is to rent a taxi, but you can also take a local bus.  You can also get a taxi from Sundarijal, but the cost is higher than you usual. If you live close to Thamel, then take a bus from Ratnapark to Sundarijal which takes about 45 minutes.

#12 Dhulikhel

Dhulikhel

Dhulikhel is one of the major places to watch the high Himalayas. Enjoy the view of Langtang Lirung (7227m) in the west, through Dorje Lakpa (6966m) to the Gauri Shankar (7134m) and close by Melungtse (7181m), and to the extent Number (5945m) in the east. Hike to the perfect spot of the stupa at Namobuddha, a 12km drive or three-hour walk south. Whether it's mountain dawn you're after or 400 km of the line from the Annapurnas in the west to Number in the east, the Himalayan horizon rules Dhulikhel.

Dhulikhel has a culture with its old Newari legacy. The Buddhist name once knew Dhulikhel of Shrikhandapur. The popular Namo Buddha is a fascinating and wonderful three-hour hike that has a blend of Buddhist flavor and old Hindu temples. There are a lot of other short climbs to embrace from Dhulikhel.

Highlights

  • Discover the green hills, along with the stunning mountain to its base.
  • Enjoy the perfect spot for panoramic views from Cho-yu in the east to Himalchuli in the west
  • Hike to the thick forest overlooking beautiful views of the mountain landscape

Getting there

It takes 45 minutes to reach Dhulikhel if you hire a taxi and one hour by local bus from Ratnapark bus station.

#13 Namobuddha

Namobuddha

Located 45 km simply the rushing about of Kathmandu valley is the peak town of Namobuddha. The Namobuddha takes you to the Buddhist journey site which is located at the ridge of Panauti in Kavre District. The primary fascination of this visit at Namobuddha is the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse cloister. 

Hiking to Namobuddha is a simple one and ideal for the individuals who endeavor to wander at any time of the day. This consecrated journey of Buddhism is extremely lovely. Dawn and sunsets can be seen from Namobuddha which is beyond words. Tamang culture mainly fills Namobuddha. From here, it is amusing to see the mountains. North Eastern Himalaya Mohada looks excellent to witness.  Gautam Buddha has a lot of thoughtfulness regarding his supporters by pondering in Namobuddha with his disciples. Namobuddha is on the hilltop enclosed by natural beauty.

Highlights

  • It is one of the most vital religious sites of the Buddhists
  • It is located on a hill, 45 km along Banepa, Panauti route
  • Explore the festival on the full moon day of Baisakh (May)
  • Enjoy the artistic monasteries and the idol of "Sacrifice to the Tigress"

Getting there

Namobuddha is 40km away from Kathmandu. You can take a public bus from Kathmandu, Ratna Park Bus station, to Banepa and then take another bus to Namo Buddha.

#14 Panauti

Panauti, the town located around the river, is found only 32 kilometers southeast of Kathmandu. While the Nepali capital has modernized over the previous decade, Panauti appears as though it has not changed in hundreds of years. Its cobbled paths are lined by old design, rich with mind-boggling, hand-cut woodwork. Sadhu holy men bow in the petition at the town's Hindu sanctuaries, their temples shaded with glue and long hair tangled in dreadlocks. Men accumulate on seats wearing customary Daura tunics and Dhaka covers, while ladies perform tasks in their vivid Kurta Suruwals – loose pants, a free shirt, and scarf.

There are no visit gatherings, no promotes, no gift shops – simply a tranquil old town in a shocking ambiance. The fantasy of its hallowed rivers transformed it into a site of the journey and a group of lovely sanctuaries – including the Indreshwar Mahadev – were based on its waterfront. Its three-story pagoda makes it the tallest structure around and still fills in as the scene for significant strict festivals. The copper top level of this exemplary Newari sanctuary – the indigenous style of design in the Kathmandu Valley – is adorned in gold leaf which sparkles in the sun. Like the tops of the town's two different sanctuaries, the lower levels are covered by little earthenware tiles called Jhingati, which have been utilized in this locale for a very long time.

Highlights

  • One of the oldest towns in Nepal
  • Explore the street into the Old Bazaar and know about the medieval city
  • Explore the Roshi Khola and Pungamati Khola where you will find numerous temples

Getting there

To reach Panauti, you could take a public bus from Old Bus Park in Kathmandu which will take about 2 hours. Once at the bus stop, you can walk through the gate towards the bus stop's southern part. Also, you can hire a taxi to get to Panauti directly.

#15 Pharping

Pharping, about 19km south of Kathmandu is a socially prosperous and flourishing Newari town related to the holy site of Hinduism and Buddhism where Guru Rimpoche accomplished the degree of a Mahamudra Vidyadhara. It is an old Buddhist journey destination taken by a huge number of Tibetans and other Nepalese Buddhist lovers. This town is popular for strict Buddhist cloisters, Gorakhnath sanctuary, Shesnarayan sanctuary, Bajra Yogini sanctuary, and Guru Padmasambhava reflection cavern. It is believed that he got illumination at Asur Cave.

As of late various Buddhist religious communities have been implicit the territory. The ideal approach to visit Pharping is to join different pioneers on the clock-wise journey circuit (parikrama in Nepalese, kora in Tibetan). Downhill south of Pharping, there is Dakshinkali temple which is committed to Kali, a manifestation of goddess Parvati, partner of Shiva. The name Dakshinkali is made out of "Dakshin", signifying "south", and the name "Kali" signifying "dark female", and alludes to the sanctuary's situation in a stupendous waterway canyon of the Black female goddess of the south.

Highlights

  • View of Himalayan Panorama to the North, local people and cultural villages
  • Enjoy Chobar Gorge, Adinath Lokeswor Temple and Jay Binayak temple
  • Explore Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, Hindu temples, Taudaha Pond and Daksinkali temple

Getting there

Pharping is only 19km from Kathmandu. You can get a public bus from Old Bus Park to Pharping which will take around 1 hour.

#16 Chandragiri Hill

Chandragiri Hill is one of the best spots near Kathmandu to get a stunning view of the mountains. It is 7km from Thankot, Kathmandu at the altitude of 2551m. Chandragiri hill was a trading route for Kathmandu to Bhimphedi trade which goes through Kulekhani, Chitlang. You can visit Chandragiri Hill and worship the Bhaleshwor Mahadev temple. The temple is famous among the Hindu devotees and is believed to fulfill all the wishes of the people who come here to pray. You can explore the stunning natural beauty and enjoy the site of Kathmandu valley. This place is best for short hiking and you can enjoy Adventure Park, luxury resorts, natural history exhibition gallery. You can see the panoramic view of Kathmandu Valley and mountain vistas from Annapurna to Everest.

Highlights

  • The best destination for a short hike
  • Enjoy the 2.5km cable car ride to the hilltop
  • Visit the Bhaleshwor Mahadev Temple
  • Enjoy the Himalayan vistas and site of Kathmandu valley

Getting there

You can hire a taxi to reach to the Chandragiri Hill Entrance. Then take a 2.5 km cable car ride which takes 9 minutes to reach the Chandragiri Hills' top station.

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#17 Thamel

If you are new to Nepal and want to discover the perfect restaurant and places to spend the night out then Thamel is the best and highly recommended place. One can discover the countless number of tourists rather than Nepali itself in that area. The place is filled with beautiful and all kinds of shops with all kinds of Nepali products. You are given multiple choices of multiple restaurants, shopping centers and guest houses. Thamel is most beautiful to visit during the night time. All the sparkling roads, loud music and delicious foods attracted thousands of tourists in Nepal. It is also the place where you can buy all the mountaineering products and the place is available with all kinds of foods including Korean, Chinese, and other continental foods.

Highlights

  • One of the tourist areas of Nepal
  • Located in the capital of Nepal
  • Alleys filled with all kinds of restaurants fit for all types of tourist tastes
  • Perfect shopping area for tourists
  • One of the brightest places at night
  • Only the area with a large number of guest houses and varieties of shop

Getting there

If you are in Kathmandu, you can hike a taxi or rickshaw to reach Thamel.

#18 Amitabha White (Seto Gumba)

Amitabha monastery also called White Monastery or (Seto Gumba) is a religious place for Buddhists where people from all over the world come to meditate and in search of inner peace. The beautiful scenery and the soothing fresh air help people forget all their inner tranquilities and sorrows. If you want a break from your busy everyday life, you might want to try at this monastery.

Highlights

  • One of the major religious places
  • Peaceful and beautiful scenery
  • Full view of Kathmandu valley including sunrise and sunset
  • Home for the people in search of inner peace

Getting there

You can take a public bus or hire a taxi for a ring road and get dropped at Sitapaila or Halchowk. Now, walk to Gumba, you can ask the locals to guide you there which will take 20-30 minutes.

#19 Chisapani

Chisapani

Chisapani (2160m) is a 5 to 6-hour hike from Kathmandu. Walking all over a little ways from the town community to Sundarijal and climbing through a lovely town called Mulkharka, Chisapani is one of the closest and best Kathmandu Valley Trekking. The town offers the best views on the Annapurna, Everest and Manaslu-Ganesh Himal ranges, and Langtang range. The literal meaning of "Chispani" is cold water. The Nepali word "Chiso," means cold and "Pani" signifies water. Chispani is one of the beautiful spots for snowcapped mountain, green slope, wilderness with the wonderful Nepali town.

Chisapani is famous for local people which rewards you a chance to explore the area of Tamang individuals living on the edges of Kathmandu valley. You can have a great view of Kathmandu valley, a wonderful climb going through Shivapuri National park loaded with excellent oak and rhododendron backwoods, green paddy fields, and mountains. Chisapani rewards you with the views of Gaurishankar, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang Himal.

Highlights

  • A short getaway around Kathmandu Valley.
  • Panoramic view of mountains and the pine forests
  • Explore the Tamang community and their culture

Getting there

You can do a biking tour from Kathmandu (Sundarijal) which takes 1 hour to reach Chisapani. After getting a permit at Sundarijal, ride to Mulkharka and to Chisapani in 4-5 hours.

#20 Shivapuri National Park

The northern side of Kathmandu takes off to the rambling thick backwoods of Shivapuri National Park. The locale was moved up to public park status in 2002 so as to ensure the Kathmandu Valley's primary water source, just as 177 dazzling birds and rare orchids. This region is one of the few remaining primary forest areas left in the valley. The backwoods of Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park are buzzing with bunches of monkeys, and perhaps bears and panthers! 

Shivapuri National Park is ideal for people searching for a simple journey around the close region of Kathmandu. The journey is moderately simple, yet a satisfying and rich experience as we will likewise find the opportunity to investigate the Shivapuri watershed and protection region alongside different advantages. It is perfect for individuals who don't have a lot of time or energy.

Highlights

  • Easily reached from Kathmandu
  • Enjoy the views of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Kathmandu valley, etc
  • Visit the Hindus and Buddhist temples around the Shivapuri National Park
  • Explore varied flora and fauna of the National Park

Getting there

Shivapuri National Park is easily reached from Kathmandu. The main gate is the north of Budhanilkantha, 7 miles (11 kilometers) north of central Kathmandu. You can take a bus named Sajha Yatayat that stop at Kantipath and reach Budhanilkantha.

#21 Ason Bazaar

Ason is a bazaar or a market filled with shopping centers, but the roads are not even slightly free to walk when religious festivals arrive. The biggest crowds are witnessed during the two important festivals of Dashain and Tihar during October and November. You can also see people gathering during the wedding season. Ason was initially a rice market near the Annapurna temple. Ason was the center of Kathmandu city and people came here from far away to sell and buy pieces of stuff of all kinds.

The Narayan temple was known for the vegetables which were brought from Bhaktapur. You can explore the two-storied Ganesh temple which is another place of cultural significance. Observe the Higa dyo which is believed to be the shrine of Bhairab. You can encounter a small space between the Annapurna and Ganesh temple also called as ‘Nya lon’, and is worshipped by both Hindus and Buddhists. 

Highlights

  • Ason’ is derived from the word ansaa, which translates to ‘just there’ in Newari
  • Ason Bazaar is crowded with people where people come to buy all their necessities
  • Find everything from oil, spices, condiments and butter to vegetables, fruits, and flowers
  • Explore the historical, cultural, and commercial center of Kathmandu Valley

Getting there

You can either walk from Thamel or take a rickshaw which will drop you at Indra chowk. You can also use public transport and stop at Ratnapark bus stop and walk to Ason which will take about 10 minutes.

#22 Garden Of Dreams

The Garden of Dream is a garden designed with neo-classical architecture by and architect Kishore Narsingh during the Rana regime. The garden holds the very history of the Rana regime and tells us much about the development during those periods. The garden is located in the capital city of Kathmandu. The structure of the garden is designed more in the English style rather than Nepalese. This tells us that the time of the Rana regime is the neo-classical period of Nepal. If you’re looking for a peaceful place and some neo-classical works then the Garden of Dreams is the only place in Nepal.

Highlights

  • Neo-classical architecture and masterpiece of Kishore Narshingh
  • Dedicated to the 5th Prime Minister, Kaiser Sumsher Rana of the Rana dynasty
  • A favorite destination for modern love couples
  • Includes ponds, pergolas, library, amphitheater and pavilions
  • Nature friendly and peaceful environment

Getting there

You can walk to the Garden of Dreams if you are in Thamel. It is located near Keshar Mahal, Thamel.

#23 Phulchoki

Phulchiki

Phulchoki is a hill located at the height of Kathmandu valley. The hills support numerous of rarest wildlife and species. One can enjoy the beauty of all kinds of bird species from the height. If you are a snow lover, then January is the best month to go for a hike. Since it is one of the highest points among other hills, there are frequent rainfall and cold. You can enjoy the snowfall during the winter season and its beauty after the snowfall is thrilling and breathtaking.

Highlights

  • One of the famous hiking spot of Kathmandu valley
  • Breathtaking views and scenery
  • Famous destinations for cycling
  • Bird-eye view of the Kathmandu city
  • Home to various wildlife and species

Getting there

It is 28km from Kathmandu. So you can either hike to Phulchoki or take a bus to Godawari and hike for another 1 hour to get to the destination.

#24 Budhanilkatha

The enormous icon of Lord Vishnu cut out of stone is found north of Kathmandu's. This is the biggest icon of Lord Vishnu in Nepal. Locals hold a conviction that exactly 500 years prior while an old rancher was furrowing his field the tip of the furrow adhered to something. At the point when he burrowed at the spot the icon was uncovered.

At the point when the symbol was being uncovered, it was hit by the toe in the throat giving a blue imprint. Thus, the icon was named Budhanilkantha due to the blue imprint in the throat and on the grounds that an elderly person found it. Huge devotees crowd the sanctuary to offer worship every day.

Budhanilkantha, located at the foot of the Shivpuri Hills in the northern-most piece of the Kathmandu Valley, is around 10 km from the city. The sanctum with likely the biggest stone sculpture of Lord Vishnu in Nepal is leaning back on a bed of Nagas or snakes in a little lake. The 5-m long stone picture cut out of a solitary stone goes back to the Lichchhavi period. Nilkantha or the blue-throated god is name given to Shiva as he gulped the all-crushing toxin, which came out during agitating of the sea. Nonetheless, in the Kathmandu valley there is a heavenly place of worship arranged around 10 km. on the north-east side of Kathmandu called Budhanilkantha or leaning back Vishnu or Sheshshaiy Vishnu.

Highlights

  • Explore the reclining Vishnu from the Lichhavi period
  • Relish the view on the lap of Shivapuri National Park
  • Enjoy the pilgrimage site for both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims

Getting there

It is 8km from the city so you can directly take a public bus from the bus park or rent a taxi.

#25 Pokhara

Pokhara is the main tourist hub of Nepal. It is called the City of Lakes where you can surround yourself with beautiful nature and mountain vistas. The city is clean and is the main gateway for famous trekking trails such as Annapurna and Mardi Himal trek. The ambiance of the city is top-notch. You can find tons of activities to do here. You can play adventurous sport, go out trekking, cycling or boating and even can explore caves. But if you are someone who likes to take it slow, then you can sit beside the lakeside and enjoy the beauty of Nepal. Do not forget to try on new cuisines and meet people and share stories.

Highlights

  • Enjoy the spectacular mountain panorama at Sarangkot
  • Explore a colorful boat on Phewa Lake and enjoy the reflection of Machhapuchhare and its surrounding peaks
  • Hike to the World Peace Pagoda to enjoy the view of Pokhara
  • Enjoy a lovely ambiance at Lakeside
  • Enjoy paragliding to get an aerial view of the lake and Pokhara
  • Witness shores of Begnas’s serene lake

Getting there

Pokhara is about 203 kilometers away from Kathmandu. You can take a tourist bus, cab or public van to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu. It will take you around 5-6 hours by the drive and 30 minutes by flight. See also: How To Get Pokhara From Kathmandu?

#26 World Peace Pagoda

The World Peace Pagoda in Pokhara is a white stupa on the top of a hill where you can see the Annapurna’s reflection on the Phewa Lake beneath the stupa. It is one of the beautiful stupas in the world. It was erected after World War 2 by the Japanese Buddhist monks.

Peace Pagoda is one of the world peace pagodas in the world. This stupa is established to restore faith and peace for all. The journey to the World Peace Pagoda is serene in itself. You can hike from the lakeside or take a boat to cross the Phewa Lake. It will take you around 30-40 minutes to hike to the top of the hill at the entrance point. You can enjoy the Himalayas' stunning views, Phewa Lake and rest admiring the beauty that Pokhara has in itself.

Highlights

  • Boat trip on the Phewa Lake
  • Enjoy the majestic Himalayan reflection on Phewa Lake
  • Explore one of the 80 World Peace Pagodas

Getting there

To arrive at World Peace Pagoda, you can hire a taxi from Pokhara, and hike to reach the pagoda. You can also rent a bike and enjoy the rocky trails.

#27 Sarangkot

Sarangkot

Sarangkot is the most famous spot from where the travelers can enjoy the extraordinary view of the Pokhara Valley and the grand view of the mountains, for example, Annapurna Massif, Fishtail Mountain, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu. Sarangkot is just 5 km from Lake Side from Pokhara and the most noteworthy viewpoint at 1592m high for Sunrise and Sunset view over the cold pinnacles.

Sarangkot can be reached effectively by 45 minutes by a vehicle ride to the top from Pokhara and afterward 45 minutes ascend up to the primary viewpoint. Paragliding should likewise be possible from Sarangkot. From Sarangkot, on the northern heading, we can see Dhaulagiri in the far west. Annapurna range is obvious when the climate is sure about a similar side. On the southern bearing, the town sits above Pokhara's city and its lake on the northwestern edges of the city.

Paragliding in Nepal can be a really great and satisfying experience for the experienced searcher. An excursion will take you over the absolute best landscape on earth, as you share airspace with Himalayan griffin vultures, birds, kite, religious communities, temples, lakes, and wilderness, with a fabulous perspective on the grand Himalaya.

Highlights

  • Enjoy at the highest viewpoint at 1592m high for sunrise and sunset
  • Try on Paragliding which can also be done from Sarangkot
  • Enjoy the stunning view of the Pokhara Valley from the vantage point

Getting there

You can hike to Sarangkot from Pokhara, via Lakeside north which will take about 3-4 hours. You can hire a taxi to Sarangkot or rent a bike to directly reach the top of Sarangkot.

#28 Rupa Lake

Rupa Lake is one of the biggest lakes in Pokhara of Nepal. It holds a 1.35 km square area and has a depth of 3 meters approximately. The lake is situated in the Kaski District in the midst of hills filled with wildlife. It inflows from Talbesi and Dhovan stream and outflows to Tal Khola. The lake feeds numerous birds and fills the thirst of numerous wild animals. The lake has also supported the life of farmers in that district. You can enjoy the peaceful view of the lake in a boat and might also get the chance to peek at wild animals and birds that comes to the lake to quench their thirst. If you’re lucky that is!

Highlights

  • The natural and peaceful freshwater lake
  • One of the biggest lakes in Pokhara of Nepal
  • Support the life of countless floras and faunas
  • One of the major lakes to attract a number of tourists every year in Nepal

Getting there

You can take a public bus or private vehicle from Pokhara to Begnas village or trek from Pokhara to the lake.

#29 Davis Falls

Davis fall received its name after the death of a tourist named David who fell down the pit and died. It is located in Pokhara and people from all countries come to visit the fall and discover the cave, Gupteshwor Mahadev cave which is joined with the fall. It has attracted all kinds of tourists not only to visit but some came to end their life which made the place to become one of the suicide spots. So, bars have been made to avoid further suicides. Other than that, the place holds its own unique and complex beauty.

Highlights

  • One of the unique falls of Nepal
  • Holds the sad story behind its name
  • Only the cave of Nepal that passes through a cave
  • One of the attractive places in Nepal
  • The fall is originated from the dam of Phewa Lake
  • One of the places with multiple suicides in Nepal

Getting there

Davis Falls is 10 minutes away from Pokhara. You can take a bus or hike a cab to reach there.

#30 Phewa Lake

Phewa Lake

If someone recommends you to visit Pokhara, then Phew Lake is one of the reason. The beauty of Phewa Lake which reflects the Machhapuchre, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains including the beauty of sunset and sunrise is captivating it’s the only thing that you need to take your breath away. The lake ranges about 4.43 km square area and the Tal Barahi Temple located right in the middle of the lake is like a cherry on top of a cake that completes the beauty and very purpose of Phewa Lake.

Highlights

  • Lake that reflects the beauty of wide range mountain
  • Most visited and tourist attracted destination
  • Temple in the mid of the lake
  • Paragliding over the Phewa lake
  • Breathtaking view of the sun over the lake and beautiful sceneries
  • Enjoy the peaceful boat riding

Getting there

You can hike a cab or take public Buses at regular intervals of 15 minutes from Pokhara bus park or Airport to Phewa Lake.

#31 International Mountain Museum

International Mountain Museum is located in one the tourist destination city of Nepal, Pokhara. The museum is mainly dedicated to all the mountaineers who successfully climbed the mountains and who lost their lives during the climb. It also has detailed measurements and man-made views of mountains including the dress that the first mountaineers wore. Along the way to the museum, there are various monuments dedicated to mountaineers who lost their lives during the climb. Other than that, the museum reflects the ancient lifestyle of Nepali people and their cultures and how the people in the mountain region survived. The people who love mountaineering and prefer to learn about its history will probably enjoy the museum's trip.

Highlights

  • One of the most visited history museums of Nepal
  • Gallery of beautiful details of mountains
  • Hall full of ancient cultural presentations
  • A museum filled with mountaineer’s history
  • Monuments along the way of museum
  • A touch of well-preserved flora and fauna

Getting there

The easiest way to reach the International Mountain Museum is to hire a cab.

#32 Mahendra Gufa

Mahendra Gufa is one of the most visited and attractive places of Nepal. It is named after former late King, Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev. It is located in one of the most visited metropolitan cities of Nepal, Pokhara. One can witness the unique formation and beauty of the rock from its depth. A single pass is all you need to explore and discover the beauty of the cave.

Highlights

  • Mahendra Gufa/Cave is one of the largest limestone caves in the world
  • You can enjoy the view of stalactites and stalagmites formation of the rocks
  • One of the attractive and unique places of Nepal
  • Signifies Nepal’s cave system and its beauty
  • Feel the depth and electrical sparks of the limestones
  • Observe the family of bats above you

Getting there

You can take a local bus from Pokhara's bus park, which might take an hour while a taxi only takes 30 minutes.

#33 Jomsom

Jomsom is a beautiful town in Mustang which is settled below Mt. Nilgiri and Mt.Dhaulagiri. Jomsom was a trade route and a passage to the pilgrimage site for Hindu and Buddhist, Muktinath. This place was initially called Dzong-Sampa which later became Jomsom. Jomsom has now become a popular tourist hub and a junction point for the trekkers. It is the gateway to Upper Mustang which is also called the forbidden Kingdom of Lo-Manthang. You can explore the locals and enjoy their cuisine and interact with them to know more about their culture and traditions. The stunning natural beauty, alpine desert landscape and diverse culture attract many tourists from all over the world. The town connects trails such as Dhaulagiri Circuit and Upper Dolpo.

Highlights

  • Explore the beautiful Jomsom village and the immense natural beauty of the surrounding
  • En route relish stunning views of Kaligandaki valley along with Buddhist monasteries
  • Enjoy the majestic views of Mt. Annapurna range, Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt. Machhapuchhare (6,993m)
  • Enjoy the local Nepalese villages, cultures, and dry rocky mountains

Getting there

Jomsom offers a quick entry/exit to the valley with the regular flights from Pokhara. The flights might be abrupt due to strong winds, so make sure you take an early flight to Jomsom. Also, as an alternative, you can trek to the village of Kagbeni which is 2 hours from the valley. You can take your private vehicle or rent a motorbike from Pokhara.

#34 Kagbeni

Kagbeni

Kagbeni is one of the beautiful and most ancient villages which lies near the Kaligandaki River and Jhong rivers. Kagbeni is the entry point to the Upper Mustang and is a hidden gem of Nepal. The beautiful village of Kagbeni offers the cultural diversity and a chance for you to understand the locals, their culture, tradition and cuisine. Kagbeni is an important place for the Hindus to take a holy bath so that they can go to heaven. The walk to Kagbeni is simple on the Kaligandaki river gorge, which is the world's deepest gorge. With its narrow alley and Buddhist monastery, Kagbeni is a must-visit place.

Highlights

  • Explore the stone houses with colorful wooden window frames and doors
  • Enjoy Kagbeni village which is one of the most beautiful villages in the world
  • Explore Muktinath temple on your trip to Kagbeni
  • Explore the deepest gorge in the world, Kaligandaki gorge

Getting there

You can fly from Pokhara to Jomsom and then hire a private taxi to take you to Kagbeni which is the easiest and quickest option. On the other hand, you can take roadways means from Pokhara to Jomsom and Kagbeni.

#35 Muktinath

Muktinath

Muktinath is situated at the elevation of 3710 meters which is at the base of Thorong La in the Mustang district of Nepal. It is a highly sacred site for both Hindus and Buddhists. It is a place to attain salvation after one takes bath at the 108 holy water spout. It is home to God Vishnu. You can see one of the eight sacred places called as Svayam Vyakta Ksteras. It is also one of the 51 Shakti Pitha Goddess sites. Buddhist calls the temple Chumming Gyatsa which means “Hundred Waters”.  It is believed that Guru Rimpoche meditated here on his way to Tibet making it a holy site for them.

Highlights

  • Visit the pilgrimage site of Hindus and Buddhist Muktinath Temple
  • Bathe at the 108 water spouts and explore the natural eternal flame
  • Enjoy a scenic drive from Pokhara to Muktinath
  • Enjoy the stunning view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range

Getting there

You can either trek from Pokhara through Kaligandaki valley to reach Muktinath which takes about 6-7 days, or use a bus available from Pokhara to Muktinath which takes about 10 hours. You can also take a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and hike for about 7 hours or a short drive to reach Muktinath.

#36 Lumbini

Lumbini

Lumbini is one of the sacred Buddhist places in the world. It is proof that the very great philosopher, Gautam Buddha was born in Nepal. It holds great value to Buddhist people as well as the country itself. Maya Devi Temple is the highly recommended place of Lumbini as it is the birthplace and the very birth house of Gautam Buddha. You can also explore Ashoka Pillar which is encrypted with the famous Buddhist enchantment “Om mani Padme hum” along with other encryptions.

Highlights

  • One of the sacred Buddhist pilgrimage of Nepal
  • Birthplace of Light of Asia, Gautam Buddha
  • A holy site for Buddhism practices
  • One can explore the areas where Buddha himself lived his childhood
  • Witness one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, Maya Devi Temple

Getting there

You can either fly from Kathmandu to Siddhartha Nagar, which is 22km away from Lumbini or take a bus from Kathmandu, Pokhara or reach Lumbini directly.

Recommended Read: Getting From Kathmandu To Lumbini

Entry Fee

  • For SAARC nationals: NPR 100
  • For other tourists: NPR 200

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#37 Bandipur

bandipur nepal

Bandipur is only 4 hour’s drive from Kathmandu on the way to Pokhara filled with Newari settlements. The place is as beautiful as the name suggests. It is a hidden gem of Nepal filled with ancient culture and architecture and the natural beauty of mountains and green valleys. The local Newari people have protected their culture, traditions and values from the capital city's modernity.

Bandipur is a Tanahun district village that has attracted a lot of tourist hubs because of its incomparable beauty, forests, and culture. Bandipur is filled 18th-century architectural buildings that welcomes you with different colors and flowers at the street corners along with the beautiful landscape it offers. There are a Pedestrian zone and outdoor dining which can be enjoyed with the views of the mountains.

Highlights

  • Enjoy the stunning views of Gorkha Palace, green hills, and mountains such as Machhapuchare Himal
  • Explore Khadga Devi Temple which is one of the most vital temples of Bandipur
  • Enjoy the mesmerizing sunrise, sunset, from the Thani Mai Temple
  • Hike to Bindhabasini temple which is a built-in Pagoda style
  • Explore Tindhara which is the major wellspring for the locals with ancient architectures

Getting there

It is 147 kilometers from Kathmandu and 80 km to the east of Pokhara. It can be reached by an 8 km access road from Dumre (Prithivi Highway) so you can catch any of the buses that goes to Pokhara.

#38 Chitwan National Park

Chitwan National Park

Chitwan National Park is located in the Chitwan district and it covers the 952.63 km square area. The park was established in 1973 and hunting has been banded so it is the home for a large number of wild animals, birds, and plants. One can enjoy the elephant ride discovering all kinds of animals like the Bengal Tiger, leopard, rhinos, and others roaming freely in its nature.

You can also see all kinds of unique flora and faunas like white-throated kingfisher, paradise flycatcher that you could ever dream of seeing in your lifetime.

Highlights

  • Nepal’s first national park
  • One of the World Heritage Site listed by UNESCO
  • Rich in wildlife and flora and fauna
  • One of the most visited tourist destinations
  • Home for many endangered species
  • Beautiful and breathtaking sites of nature
  • Enjoyable elephant safari

Getting there

Chitwan National Park is 170 km from Kathmandu. You can either take a 20 minutes flight or take a bus which will take around 3-4 hours.

Entry Fee

  • For SAARC nationals: NPR 1000,
  • For other tourists: NPR 2000

Recommended Read:  How to Get Chitwan National Park from Kathmandu?

#39 Sagarmatha NationalPark

Sagarmatha National Park

Sagarmatha National Park is the most beautiful national park where you can see the nature and wildlife blooming to its fullest. Located in the Solukhumbu District by Mt. Everest's foot, it already holds the crown of beauty. People from all over the world make their visit to this national park. The endangered animals like Snow Leopard make their home there. The park covers an area of over 1,148 km square. If there would be a place where we could call heaven on earth then one would probably say Annapurna National Park.

Highlights

  • One of the UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Located at the foot of the world’s tallest mountain
  • Rich in natural beauty
  • One of the famous tourist destinations
  • Safe heaven to the wildlife and other endangered species
  • Home of unique and rare floras and faunas

Entry Fee

For SAARC nations: NPR 1500, other tourists: NPR 4000

#40 Langtang National Park

The Lantang National Park is one of the mountain range national parks which covers the largest area exceeding 26 villages of Nepal and touching the Qomolangma National Nature Preserve of Tibet. The national park is rich in beautiful sceneries with the touch of Gosainkunda Lake and the beautiful mountain, Dorje Lakpa within it. The place is home to over 80 types of mammals with 18 types of ecosystems and 14 types of vegetation. The journey can be long but it’s definitely worth it after all the life is all about adventures and discoveries, right?

Highlights

  • The famous Himalayan national park of Nepal
  • A perfect destination for the people who love mountaineering
  • Breathtaking view of nature and Beauty at its peak
  • Home of mountain wildlife including lakes and mountains
  • Adventurous journey and guaranteed thrilling experience

Getting there

You can take an early morning bus from Kathmandu New Bus Park to Syabrubesi in Langtang.

#41 Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve

Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is the only hunting reserve in Nepal which lets tourists experience a new thrill other than trekking and mountaineering. The hunting reserve was established in 1987 to conserve the subalpine and alpine ecosystems of western Nepal. The reserve covers an area of 1352 sq km. The altitude ranges from 2,850 m to 5,500 m. You need to issue a hunting license by the Department of the National Park and Wildlife Conservation in Kathmandu. The Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is home to many species of flora and fauna. There are 18 species of mammals, 137 species of birds, and 2 species of reptiles.

Highlights

  • An only hunting reserve in Nepal
  • Surrounded by ‘Dhor’ or marshlands
  • Best place to locate blue sheep
  • The reserve covers an area of 1,352 sq km (512 sq miles)

Getting there

You can take Buses from Kathmandu to Tansen. You need to do a three-day trek till you reach the headquarter of the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve. Also, you can fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu. From Pokhara, you can do a four days trek via Baglung.

#42 Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve

Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is a reserved place in Nepal that holds the home of countless wildlife including wild animals, birds and plants. It is the only reserve where the wild water buffalo live freely. The reserve is located in the Sunsari district and covers an area of about 175 km square. If you are a nature lover who admires the beauty of nature then this place is waiting for you to admire and discover its beauty.

Highlights

  • Home of many free-living wildlife
  • The only home of Nepal’s wild water buffalo
  • The biggest river Sapta Koshi runs through it giving life to vegetation
  • Home of wild natural beauty

Getting there

You can take the bus or flight from Kathmandu to Janakpur. Then, drive from Jaynagar to Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve.

#43 Palpa

Palpa District isn't a long way from Pokhara. Tansen's antiquated slope town in this region offers a more suitable climate where time moves gradually and the laid back way of life is irresistible. Stroll down the roads in the old bazaar to find a lifestyle very unique to present-day Pokhara's Lakeside. Explore the Shreenagar Hills or go for a day climb to the Rani Mahal, when a lively castle on the Kali Gandaki River banks. 

Halfway among Pokhara and the Indian border, Tansen grandstands some old aesthetic Newari houses and cobbled roads. Hundreds of years prior, Newars from Kathmandu showed up in Tansen to exchange, carrying with them their craft and arts. Tansen's pleasant town is the base camp of Palpa District and the center point of the way of life of the mid-west.

The scene ascends from 250m to 2,000m in elevation and is home to assorted vegetation. The Magar and the Newar public make up a bigger level of the populace in the locale. The other ethnic gatherings living in Palpa are the Brahmin, Chhetri, Bhojpuri, Tharu, Gurung, Tamang, and Limbu. Newars, initially from the Kathmandu valley, followed exchange and specialty chances and relocated to various pieces of the nation.

Highlights

  • It is often called as queen of the hills
  • Palpa is home to Magar, Newars, Brahmins, Tamangs, Chettris, and many more
  • Tansen was the seat of the Sen Kingdom from the 16th-19th century
  • Ranighat Palace (Rani Mahal) is the most popular place in Palpa

Getting there

There are regular buses from Kathmandu to Tansen - 296 km from Kathmandu via Butwal and about 324 km from Kathmandu via Pokhara. You can fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara or Bhairahawa and then drive to Tansen.

#44 Gorkha

About 24km north of Abu Khaireni, Gorkha is known for four things. It is the origin of Prithivi Narayan Shah, who brought together the opponent realms of Nepal in 1769, initiating a tradition that suffered until 2008; it is the area of the Gorkha Durbar, the previous royal residence of the Shahs, which investigates Gorkha from an elevated edge; it is the place where the renowned Gurkha Battalion in the British Army began; and it is the place where the yearly Dashain celebration formally starts, with a parade to Kathmandu.

The town stays a significant journey location for Newars, who see the Shahs as living manifestations of Vishnu. The territory is brimming with regular magnificence, all surrounding views, moving green slopes, pristine wilderness regions, lakes, caverns, waterfalls and greenery. At the point when the sky is clear, you can see the Manaslu and Himalchuli Mountains and all surrounding views on the valleys. Available from Kathmandu and Pokhara, there is a one day stroll to the model the travel industry town. Town journeys can be embraced while exploring town and country life, just as visiting the grand slope top royal residence of Gorkha Bazar.

Highlights

  • Explore the birthplace of King Prithivi Narayan Shah
  • Enjoy the Gurkha palace on the top of a hill and witness majestic Himalaya’s scenery
  • Visit the temple of goddess Gurkha Kalika and Gorakhnath cave

Getting there

Roadways reach Gorkha headquarter from Kathmandu (4-5 hours), Birjung (7-8 hours), Bhairahawa/Sunauli (7-8 hours) and Pokhara (3-4 hours). You can take a public bus or hire a taxi from Kathmandu or Pokhara to Gorkha.

#45 Manakamana

Manakamana Temple is located in Gorkha District. It is the consecrated spot of Hindu Goddess Bhagwati, a manifestation of Parvati. The word Manakamana is derived from 'mana' which implies heart and 'kamana' signifies wish. People believe that their wishes get fulfilled in Manakamana. Thusly, the Goddess of this temple is known as a wish satisfying goddess. It is 104km away from Kathmandu valley by transport and from Pokhara; it is a 3 to 4 hours route by transport or vehicle. From that point, we can witness Manasalu and Annapurna Himalayas. It is 12km south of Gorkha town and is 1302m above the sea level. People come from all parts of the country to make a wish. It can be either to start a newly wedded life, study abroad or anything else.

Highlights

  • One of the holiest temple of Hindu Goddess
  • Explore the landscapes with snow-capped peaks
  • Enjoy the Cable Car comfort to reach Mankamana

Getting there

Manakamana Cable Car station is 105 km away from Kathmandu which will take around 3 hours to reach. It is best to hike a private car to reach Manakamana.

#46 Janakpur

Janakpur is one of the most religious cities and that holds the birthplace of the Hindu goddess, Sita. Hindu people from all over the country come to visit Janaki Temple which was built dedicating the goddess Sita. It also holds the place where the Hindu God Ram and Sita tied their knot which is called Rani Bazar. Hindu religions' whole history is believed to be originated from Janakpur so it is the most religious city in Nepal.

Highlights

  • Nepal’s one of the sub-metropolitan city
  • A city rich with culture and religions
  • One of the largest cities in the Terai region
  • Birthplace of Hindu Goddess, Sita
  • *Home for diverse religions like Jain, Tirthankara, Mahavira and Buddhism

Getting there     

You can take a flight from Kathmandu to Janakpur which takes 36 min or you can take a bus, which takes 12 hours to reach from Kathmandu.

#47 Chitlang

Chitlang is a beautiful village that is famous among Nepali youngsters as it is a beautiful place for hiking and scenery viewing. Many tourists are also attracted to this village as the top of the village provides you with breathtaking views and scenes. If you are an international tourist then you might also enjoy the cultural diversities with the Newar communities. If you are waiting for more adventurous journeys then Chitlang is one of the villages that will provide you with awesome adventure.

Highlight

  • One of the famous tourist destinations of Nepal
  • Beautiful scenery and breathtaking sunrise and sunsets
  • Rich in culture and mostly mixed Newar culture
  • Peaceful rides and perfect for exploring and hiking

Getting there

You can take Buses that leave from Kathmandu and reach Taukhel near Chitlang via Kulekhani. You have to walk for one hour walk from Taukhel.

#48 Nuwakot

Explore the Nuwakot village with stunning fortress and temples 50km northeast of Nepal's capital city, Kathmandu. It was once a major trading route between India and Tibet because of its strategic position. Nepal's medieval kings were the first to erect forts here, which dates back to the 16th century. Nuwakot holds great importance in the history of Nepal. The seven-story Nuwakot Durbar towers over the town. The fort includes the main 18th-century palace which was erected in the local architectural style, the Hindu Bhairav Temple. Even though the durbar square was damaged in the earthquake of 2015, it has been renovated now.

Highlights

  • Nuwakot is a Newari village where you can explore many durbars and temples
  • Explore one of Nepal’s oldest durbar square, Nuwakot Durbar Square
  • Enjoy a beautiful view of the Trishul river and greenery landscape
  • Explore the Saat Talley Durbar; a seven-story fort erected by Prithivi Narayan Shah

Getting there

You can find buses from the Bus Park of Kathmandu which takes you to Nuwakot Durbar directly. It will cost you around 250 NPR and about 4-5 hours to drive.

#49 Daman

Only 75km from Kathmandu in Nepal's southern part is one of the best hill stations, Daman. It is bounded by the tropical forest and hills where you can get views of Everest and Dhaulagiri. Daman is in the Makwanpur district of Nepal which is halfway through Kathmandu and Hetauda. This is a perfect spot for nature lovers, climbers and bikers to enjoy the landscape.

Major attractions in Daman are Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, Indra Sarobar temple, Rishikesher Mahadev temple. You can witness awesome sunrise and sunset from the viewpoint. It is a lovely place for photographers to click on some stunning sceneries. Daman is a tourist hub for Thaha Municipality. You can enjoy your stay in the best hotels and resorts. You can enjoy the snow during the winter and witness rhododendrons in the valley.

Highlights

  • Enclosed by the tropical forest and hills of Nepal
  • One of the best hill stations to see Everest and Dhaulagiri
  • Perfect place for the mountain bikers
  • Explore the Indra Sarobar, monastery and Rishikesh Mahadev temple

Getting there

You can take on a bus leaving the Kalanki, get off at Naubise and then take any bus to Daman.

#50 Ilam

Ilam is in far eastern Nepal which is famous for its tea. The district is covered with tea bushes that offer a stunning landscape of tea gardens, mountain vistas and natural forests. Ilam's subtropical climate is best to visit the place in October to December or February to April. Ilam is the richest district because of its cultural diversity, landscape and beauty.

Enjoy the stunning beauty of Ilam as you witness the hilly region filled with tea gardens and stunning views. You can enjoy the horse rides, picnic spots and a peaceful walk to the nearby areas. Hike to the dense forest and witness different flora and fauna. Get the aroma of good organic tea as you walk around the areas.

Highlights

  • Enjoy the endless hills covered with tea bushes
  • Enjoy the local Limbu people along with the green landscape
  • Witness the colors of the rhododendron flowers that bloom in spring
  • Observe the view of Kanchenjunga and Kumbhakarna

Getting there

Kathmandu to Ilam is around 680 kilometers. If you take a bus then it will take about 17-19 hours to reach Ilam from Kathmandu.


  • Author: Naba Raj Amgai
  • Posted on: Friday Nov 13, 2020
Naba Raj

About Author - Naba Raj Amgai

Naba Raj Amgai, stepped into the world of travel and tourism in 1996. He is Founder and Managing Director of Third Rock Adventures.

Beginning his journey in the tourism industry as a humble Porter Guide to founding hospitality establishments and an adventure travel company, he has come a long way.

In a career spanning more than two decades, he has achieved more than anybody dreams of achieving. Along with his professional achievements, his selfless contribution towards his community and society has won him a lot of accolades and praises.

Having dedicated more than two decades in the tourism and hospitality sector, he has amassed a wealth of experience.

After passing high school, he began helping out some trekking guides and was soon recruited as a porter guide at a reputed trekking agency. Within a short time, he was individually guiding clients across the well-known trails of the Himalayas.

He went on to lead tour groups on multi-country tours to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. Being a part of mountain climbing expeditions familiarised him with expedition logistics and operations. Later on, he went to become the Executive Director and took over the reins of Operations, Sales and Marketing departments. Spending several years in the tourism field has made Naba Raj Amgai a destination expert.

Travelling is his passion and he has been to many countries across the world – USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, Holland, Germany, Austria and many parts of Asia.

His journeys to different parts of the world have enriched his travel experience and knowledge. This experience has been instrumental in planning and organizing successful trips for several clients.

As of today many reputed travel companies, hotels and restaurants are under his leadership. A dynamic and proactive leader, he continues to inspire and motivate people from all walks of life.

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