Planning some escape from your busy and repeating schedule? Feeling like being closer to nature, away from all these concretes around? Or, wishing some adventures and risk to add the little flavor to your boring life? Also, thinking of going back to some decades of human civilization and observing many cultural kinds of stuff? Then probably Nepal is the best place to be. Otherwise, if you are into some luxury tour, shopping time or a romantic honeymoon (If you don’t consider the sunrise from the top of the world romantic), you might want to try something else.
Now, if you are here for some serious idea of Nepal, let me guide you for a while. Nepal, a small country (I called it small as its 116 times smaller than Russia) in the south of Asia. When you have been listening about India and China as a South Asian country so far, don’t be amazed if you have never heard of this naturally and culturally gifted land of the Himalayas lying between these two huge kinds. After all, It’s not a country that places huge differences in the way the world exists (Besides it had some brave army fighting in the world war), but definitely is a place you must at least try one before you die.
“Land of Mount Everest, land of Gautam Buddha, the second richest country in terms of water resource, land of temples” are a few fascinating lines everyone uses to describe Nepal. But it also has many more things to offer. So, let’s explore such 10 places that are “Must Go” if you visit this land of Himalayas someday.
Everest Base Camp
Nothing about Nepal would be fascinating other than Mt. Everest. Being at the top of the world and waving a “Hello” from the peak of Everest is something everyone wishes to do. But not everyone can make it to the top through days of a risky mountain climb. So for a similar feel, a day or two in the lap of the highest peak in the world is also as fascinating as being at the top.
After a challenging trek of two weeks or more, you would make it up to 5,364m height. Don’t panic, trust me, the journey shall be great when you will have a huge Rhododendron forest, Traditional Sherpa land and beautiful view to accompany you all the way to the top. The time between May to March and September to December can be considered best for the Everest Base Camp trek.
Pokhara Valley, around 6 hours of drive from Kathmandu or 25 minutes of flight is the best destination for sight-seeing and adventure. The best part is, your stay shall be luxuries with many standard hotel rounds here and you can enjoy a great natural scenario. Lakes, Caves, Waterfall, and Temples are the best things this beautiful valley has whereas Paragliding, Cycling, and Boating is something you must try.
Pokhara, being the gateway for other many famous destinations like Ghandruk Poonhill trek, Annapurna Base Camp trek, Muktinath trek and many more, is a place you will definitely spend a night even if you visit Nepal through a particular travel package.
Being the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu is the most developed part of this country. As soon as you land to the airport, we can go round this beautiful valley that is full of cultural and traditional pieces. Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swoyambhunath are the few best places to visit in Kathmandu during your stay. Another one is Kathmandu Fun valley in Bhaktapur if you love having quality time with water.
Kathmandu is basically the place to stay for a few days, contact the travel agency and like a transit point rather than a visiting place. After all, it’s also the most polluted part of the country.
Annapurna Base Camp
Do you know that a trek to Annapurna Base Camp (also known as ABC trek) includes a visit to Poonhill and Ghandruk is the best tourist destination of Nepal? Hundreds to Tourists head for this trek each day during April and May. The best part of this trek is the Rhododendron forest that will guide you all the way, a not so painful walk, varied landscape of Annapurna Circuit and a number of hotels for luxurious stay and food all the way up. It’s definitely the place you must visit once you be in Nepal.
Langtang Valley Trek
Langtang valley trek is known for its cultural richness and diverse vegetation. Its proximity to Kathmandu, stunning panoramic view, and beautiful glaciers along the way make it an ideal tourist destination. Average 10 days trek to Langtang is considered moderately difficult and cheap. The best season is said to be March to May and October to November is considered ideal for the trek.
Poon Hill Ghandruk Trek
This is the most fascinating and easy trek route to savor the beauty of Nepal at its best. Rather in the high steep rocky Himalayas, the trek takes you to hospitable Gurung Villages. Besides the Gurung village, the trek permits panorama of the high mountains on the vista which is no less alluring.
The trek is most than amazing when you travel in spring when all the way to top is covered with a beautiful Rhododendron forest. The trek can be completed in just 5 days, with a maximum elevation of 3,210 m is Poonhill. The trek is not so difficult unless you rush for longer distances each day. The best season for Poon Hill Ghandruk trek is from March to May and October to November. Many ABC package covers this route as well, so the number of tourist itinerant is considerably high here.
The remarkable trek flaunting amazing panoramas of the peaks on the Nepal-Tibet border is likely to beat the popularity of Annapurna Base Camp trek. The trek leads you to the base of the 8th highest mountain in the world. Stunning Mount Manaslu will be waving you with a bright smile once you cross Larkya Pass and move ahead. Besides the amazing mountain scenario, you also encounter diverse cultures of ancient Buddhist monasteries in the way.
The enriched topography of Manaslu can be explored in 15 days trek where each day offers a fabulous experience of an adventurous journey. It is highly difficult to trek through remote land and can be hard for your pocket as well, but in the end, the experience shall be miraculous. The best season for Manaslu trek is noted to be March to May and October to November.
Kalinchowk of Dolakha
No Nepalese would love to miss the light snowfall and cable car experience during winter over Kalinchowk. And it is equally favored by the tourist as well; the place is near to the capital, affordable and gives amazing winter experience. With no doubt, this religious spot (the place has a temple of goddesses) is the quickest possible escape from the city- 132 km away from Kathmandu.
And with the view of the clouds forming below your feet, this high altitude destination is definitely a winter paradise.
This isolated village named “Kingdom behind the Himalayas” is a great place to visit during winter. You can get closer to the local culture and unique lifestyle in Mustang. Unlike the upper Mustang, Lower Mustang is only for winter visitors. From August to early winter you can enjoy many cultural festivals – Tiji being the most important one.
You can also go for a short trek, enjoy camping and jeep rides through mountains. Winter is also a time for Orchards visit in Mustang.
You can find flights (Jomsom is 20 minutes airtime from Pokhara), buses or jeep from Kathmandu or Pokhara to reach Mustang.
Chitwan National Park
This being the oldest national park and the one listed in the world heritage site is the best tourist destination. No wonder, an elephant ride through the jungle (called “Hatti safari”) is the best thing of this 932km wide national park.
Here, you get chances to explore the wildlife, wide range of flora and fauna diversity along with boating and walk through the jungle. Chitwan National Park is 5 to 6 hours’ drive from Kathmandu and 4 to 5 hours’ drive from Pokhara.
So, here is the list of 10 best places to visit Nepal. If you guys have some different lists, I would be more than happy to attach them to this site. Contact us or comment below to reach us.