A small South Asian country in the wide stretch of the Himalayan Mountain Range, Nepal, is completely landlocked between India and China. This is the place where the sky-high peaks of Western Himalayas and Eastern Himalayas reside and which leads to several trekking routes towards some of the most famous base camps and mountaineering routes in the world including, Everest Base Camp, Annapurna range etc.
Basically Nepal brings us an image of snow-white and gigantic mountains and green hills in their feet. But Nepal amazingly consists way more than that. Especially around the valley of Kathmandu, Nepal tourist spots are for those who have interest in enjoying a leisure tour, historical tour etc. Along with being the home of eight out of ten highest mountains in the world, Nepal is one of the densely populated countries of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The capital city of Nepal, headquarter of SAARC, Nepal’s largest municipality –several feathers have been added to the crown of Kathmandu. That’s why every year this city is flooded with tourists with various purposes. And the city fulfils the thirst of those travellers with amazing places like Trailokya Mohan Narayan Temple, Hanumandhoka, Basantapur Tower, Indrapur Temple, Vishnu Temple in Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayamnbhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa and such many other religious and historical sites.
The largest city and one of the most popular tourist places in Nepal is Patan. Travellers throughout the globe visit this city to observe the ancient art, witness the process to make statue from metal and stone, join the grand festivals and feast etc. Besides, there are many places to visit in Patan including Patan Durbar Square, Patan Dhoka, Bhaskerdev Samskarita Hiranyabarna Mahavihara, Ratnakar Mahavihar, Mahabouddha Temple and so on.
Layaku in Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nyatapola Temple, Bhairab Nath temple, Dattatraya Temple, Changu Narayan, Kailashnath Mahadev Statue, King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum and Mahendra Museum etc of Bhaktapur are some of the many tourist attractions in Nepal. The name of the town itself means ‘the city of devotees’. The whole city is stuffed with beautifully carved wooden columns and palaces, temples, open courtyards, gilded roofs etc.
Nagarkot is especially famous as a hill station to view the sunrise, Kathmandu valley and magnificent hills of famous mountain ranges like Annapurna, Manaslu, Langtang, Mahalangur etc. It is situated around 32 km away from Kathmandu. Dhaulagiri in the west and Mt Everest and Kanchenjunga in the east –three mighty peaks can be seen from a clear viewpoint here. In the ancient time, the town used to be a fort for its strategic location, to monitor external activities.
The second largest city of the country, Pokhara, is very much popular as an excellent travellers’ destination in Nepal. The varied altitude of this area, which elevates from 827 m in the south to 1740 m in the north, is one of the prime reasons behind the popularity. Situated 15-35 miles away from the Annapurna ranges, the valleys holds three famous lakes with serene beauty including Phewa, Begnas,and Rupa, which originate from the Annapurna glacial region.
Lumbini is the birth place of Lord Buddha, and this reason is enough for tourists worldwide to visit the pilgrimage in large number every year. Executing several temples, monuments, monasteries, a museum, a holy pond and a research institute to the tourists, it was announced as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The Mayadevi Temple is a frequently visited temple here.
Apart from the hustle-bustle or hill sites of other towns, Subarnapur holds a different type of essence to drag the tourists towards it –the essence of wildlife in Nepal. Chitwan National Park in Subarnapur is an exquisite place to witness wild flora, fauna and enjoy jungle safari. Rhinos, Bengal tigers, leopards, sloth bears, gaur (buffalo) deer, freshwater dolphins (gangetic) and crocodiles and 500 species of birds have helped the park to get included in the list of Nepal’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.