Places To See In Nepal

Despite of being a mountainous country Nepal also houses the Terai region, lowland covered with dense subtropical forest. Nepal is a country rich in cultural and geographical diversity. It stretches from rich subtropical forest to soaring Himalayan peaks, from jungly tiger habitat to the precipitous hunting grounds of the snow leopard. Nepal is un-colonized country and has diversity in its geography. Nepal consist of three regions the Himalayan region, the Hilly region and the Terai region. The people with different religions reside in three different regions with peace and harmony therefore Nepal has got the title as the country with “Unity In Diversity”.  As you visit Nepal you can have the opportunity to explore the Mountains (8 tallest mountain of the word including the highest mountain of the world Mt. Everest), snow capped mountains in the Himalayan region, the beautiful hill stations such as Nagarkot, Illam, Dharan, Daman, Dhulikel and many more also the beautiful terrace landscape in the hilly region and the birth place of lord Buddha and Goddess Sita including the plain low land surface in the terai region. Don’t you think this is the enough reason for you to spend coming holidays in Nepal as you can experience all the three types of climate and explore three different types of land structure in a Single country with limited period of time as area of Nepal is relatively small. Some of the places not to miss in Nepal are:

Kathmandu Valley
The capital of kingdom Kathmandu itself serves as one of the best destination for tourist. Kathmandu valley includes three districts Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur, where several temples and monuments are situated among which seven places are designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site. While travelling in Kathmandu we can observes the beauty of temples and monuments such as Kathmandu DurbarSquare, Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and many other palces with historic importance.The 1500-year history of funerary architecture in the Valley provides some of the finest examples of stone architecture found in the subcontinent. A caitya is placed in almost all courtyards in cities like Patan. Stone inscriptions in the Kathmandu Valley are important sources for the history of Nepal. Bhaktapur is literally translated to Place of devotees. Also known as Bhadgaon or Khwopa (Newari), it is an ancient Newar city in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley. Despite of being smallest district of Nepal various sites are situated in this small district among which Bhaktapur Durbar Square is rated as most visited place. Nagarkot is known for a sunrise view of the Himalayas including Mount Everest as well as other peaks of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. Nagarkot also offers a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley. The scenic beauty of the place makes it a very popular hiking route for tourists.

Pokhara Valley
Pokhara reputedly known as “the city of lakes” is one of the admired destination of the Tourists. Many tourists visit Pokhara as it offers sight of the Himalayan range and lakes. Varieties of activities can be carried out in the valley such as boating, trekking, canoeing, rafting and bungy jumping. Pokhara is ornamented with the beautiful and peaceful lakes like Fewa Lake, Begnas Lake and Rupa Lake. The attractive reflection of the Mt. Fishtail can be seen on the Fewa Lake which is also the largest lake of Pokhara. The longest and fastest zip line in the world is located at Pokhara which is 1850 m (6070 ft) long and it begins at the top of the Sarangkot hill and it ends near Yamdi River. Riders can see views of 23000-foot Mt. Machapuchare, Annapurna range and Seti River. Other attraction of Pokhara includes paragliding from the sarangkot, Annapurna Base Camp trekking, Poon Hill trekking, caves like Mahendra cave, Gupteshowr Mahadev cave and Bat cave. The David’s Fall also known as Patale Chango also allures lots of visitors through its beauty.

Lumbini
Listed in World Heritage site by UNESCO Lumbini allures abundant of tourists with the means of its beauty, cultural and historical importance. It is the place where Queen Mayadevi gave birth to her child Siddhartha Gautama, Buddha. Situated in the Terai belt of nation Lumbini is located in the district of Kapilvastu, near the Indian border. Lumbini treasures a number of temples including Mayadevi Temple and is considered as the important place to the Hindu and Buddhist religious community as well as the history and culture of the entire world. Blessed with the various sites, instruments and shrines of various stages of Buddha’s life, Lumbini offers a variety of attractions related to the different occurrences in Buddha’s life. The prime attraction of Lumbini includes Mayadevi Temple, Ashokan pillar, Myanmar Golden Temple, World Peace Pagoda, Dharma swami Maharaja Buddha Vihar, China Temple and Lumbini Museum. Building of any recreational structure in the area is prohibited and is separated into the Eastern zone (with Theravadin monasteries) and the Western zone (Mahayana and Vajrayana monasteries).

National Park ( Chitwan and Bardiya)
The two national parks Chitwan and Bardiya among which the world heritage site Chitwan National Park comes as a must destination place for Nature lovers. Chitwan National Park also known as the Sauraha offers loads of entertainment to the visitors. Elephant Riding/Safari, Jungle Walk/Safari, Birds Watching, Jeep Drive/Safari, Canoeing are its main attractions. Chitwan offers the wildlife experience as it hosts 56 species of animals, 49 species of amphibians and reptiles and 525 species of birds making it a paradise for the nature lovers and biodiversity enthusiasts. During the Jungle Safari the most interesting encounters include one-horned rhinos and royal Bengal tigers just a few meters away. Apart from these activities Chitwan also provides opportunity to visit the nearby Tharu and Chepang village which helps to experience life in the Terai region. 
The Bardiya National Park is a protected area in Nepal that was established in 1988 as Royal Bardia National Park. Covering an area of 968 km2 (374 sq mi) it is the largest and most undisturbed national park in Nepal's Terai, adjoining the eastern bank of the Karnali River. About 70% of the park is covered with forest, the balance a mixture of grassland, savannah and riverine forest. The flora recorded in the park comprises 839 species of flora, including 173 vascular plant species. The wide range of vegetation types in forest and grassland provides excellent habitat for 642 faunal species. The Bardiya National Park is home to at least 53 mammals including rhinoceros, wild elephant, Bengal tiger, swamp deer, and Gangetic dolphin. Elephant riding, jeep safari, Tharu Cultural Museum, Elephant breeding centre, Crocodile breeding centre and Rhinos are its main attraction.

Sagarmatha National Park
The Sagarmatha National Park is a protected area in the Himalayas of eastern Nepal that is dominated by Mount Everest. It encompasses an area of 1,148 km2 (443 sq mi) in the Solukhumbu District and ranges in elevation from 2,845 to 8,848 m (9,334 to 29,029 ft) at the summit of Mt. Everest. Sagarmatha National Park was established in 1976. In 1979, it became the country's first national park that was inscribed as a Natural World Heritage Site. The park's visitor centre is located at the top of a hill in Namche Bazaar, where a company of the Nepali Army is stationed for protection of the park. The park's southern entrance is a few hundred meters north of Monzo at 2,835 m (9,301 ft), a one-day trek from Lukla. The park contains the areas of the Dudh Kosi River, Bhotekoshi River basin and the Gokyo Lakes. It is largely composed of roughed terrain and gorges of the high Himalayas, ranging from 2,845 m (9,334 ft) at Monjo to the top of the world's highest peak Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) at 8,848 m (29,029 ft) above sea level. In the lower forested zone, birch, juniper, blue pines, firs, bamboo and rhododendron grow. Above this zone the vegetation is dwarf-sized or comprises shrubs. As the altitude increases, plant life is restricted to lichens and mosses. Plants cease to grow at about 5,750 m (18,860 ft), because this is the permanent snow line in the Himalayas. The forests provide habitat to at least 118 species of birds, including Himalayan monal, blood pheasant, red-billed chough, and yellow-billed chough. Sagarmatha National Park is also home to a number of rare mammal species, including musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear and red panda. Himalayan thars, langur monkeys, martens and Himalayan wolves are also found in the park.

Kali Gandaki Gorge
The Kali Gandaki Gorge or Andha Galchi is the gorge of the Kali Gandaki (or Gandaki River) in the Himalayas in Nepal. By some measures the Kali Gandaki gorge is the deepest canyon in the world. Gorge depth is difficult to define due to disagreement over rim height so this claim is disputed. The upper part of the gorge is also called Thak Khola. Geologically, the gorge is within a structural graben.The gorge separates the major peaks of Dhaulagiri (8,167 m or 26,795 ft) on the west and Annapurna (8,091 m or 26,545 ft) on the east. If one measures the depth of a canyon by the difference between the river height and the heights of the highest peaks on either side, the gorge is the world's deepest. The Kali Gandaki gorge has been used as a trade route between India and Tibet for centuries. Today, it is part of a popular trekking route from Pokhara to Muktinath, part of the Annapurna Circuit. The gorge is within the Annapurna Conservation Area.

Tilicho Lake
Tilicho Lake is a lake located in the Manang district of Nepal, at 55 km areal distance from Pokhara. It is situated at an altitude of 4,919 metres (16,138 ft) in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas and is known as the highest lake for its size in the world. Tilicho Lake is the destination of one of the most popular side hikes of the Annapurna Circuit trek. The hike takes additional 3–4 days. No camping is required, as new lodges have been built between Manang and the lake. The final approach to the lake is done in a day hike from the lodge at Tilicho Base Camp. The alternate route, skirting Tilicho Lake from the north, has been gaining popularity. This route is more demanding and requires at least one night of camping. There are no teahouses or lodges past the Tilicho Base Camp lodge some kilometers east of the lake and the next village of Thini Gaon in the Kali Gandaki valley.

Gokyo Lakes
Gokyo Lakes are oligotrophic lakes in Nepal's Sagarmatha National Park, located at an altitude of 4,700–5,000 m (15,400–16,400 ft) above sea level. These lakes are the world’s highest freshwater lake system comprising six main lakes, of which Thonak Lake is the largest. Gokyo is among the most popular tourist destinations leading towards the Sagarmatha base camp and other areas.  Gokyo village at 4,790 metres (15,720 ft) elevation is a major centre in the area. The site is two days walk uphill from Namche Bazaar.  A visit to the area often includes climbing Gokyo Ri.The Gokyo Lakes are also part of an extended Everest Base Camp trek known as the EBC trek via Gokyo Lakes. This trek is commonly hiked by people with slightly more time to trek as the trail is 4 days longer than the standard EBC trek. The Gokyo Lakes trek also has the added benefit of being a circular route as opposed to the standard EBC trek which returns along the same trail. The Gokyo Lakes are considered sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists. About 500 Hindus take a holy bath in the lakes during the Janai Purnima festival, which usually occurs in the month of August.

Upper Mustang
Mustang formerly Kingdom of Lo, is a remote and isolated region situated at the Himalayas of Nepal.The Upper Mustang comprise the northern two-thirds of Mustang District of Dhawalagiri Zone, Nepal. The southern third of the district is called Thak and is the homeland of the Thakali, who speak the Thakali language, and whose culture combines Tibetan and Nepalese elements. Life in Mustang revolves around tourism, animal husbandry and trade. The main hydrographic feature of Mustang is the Gandaki River. The river runs southward towards Nepal Terai, bisecting Mustang. Routes paralleling the river once served as a major trade route between Tibet and India, especially for salt. Part of the river valley in the southern Mustang District forms the Kali Gandaki Gorge, by some measures the deepest gorge in the world. Mustang is rich in Buddhist culture, similar to the area of the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China. It is an alternate way to experience the Tibetan culture and landscape to the tours provided by the Chinese government. The Tiji festival in Lo-Manthang is another popular destination for tourists in the area seeking to experience the native culture.

Rara Lake
The Rara Lake is the biggest and deepest fresh water lake in the Nepal Himalayas which lies at an altitude of 2,990 m (9,810 ft) above sea level, has a water surface of 10.8 km2 (4.2 sq mi), a maximum depth of 167 m (548 ft), is 5.1 km (3.2 mi) long and 2.7 km (1.7 mi) wide. Summer is quite pleasant but winter is cold at this region. The best visiting time to the lake is September/October and April to May. From December to March, the temperatures go low below the freezing point, and heavy snowfall occurs up to one meter, blocking the way to the lake. April to June is warm in this region. Rara Lake is the main feature of the Rara National Park, surrounded by the national park Rara lake has unique floral and faunal importance with rare and vulnerable species consisting 1074 species of flora of which 16 are endemic to Nepal, and 51 species of mammals and 214 species of birds. Rara Lake has been a popular destination with a very rough route in Western Nepal for trekkers. The trek begins with flight to Jumla (over an hour flight from Kathmandu) or from nearer Nepalgunj. Going along the mountain path and some village one can reach the bank of Rara Lake.

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