Have you always dreamed of exploring divine Buddhist temples and Tibetan sites? If so, Nepal will meet your expectations of being a country which is known for having a multitude of ancient spiritual routes. What is more, the regions surrounding Everest propose amazing treks and breathtaking scenery. For mountain lovers, Nepal is a definite destination. Travelling through the mighty Himalayas, you can feel like visiting the ultimate kingdom of the World. After all, Himalayas lodge Mount Everest, the highest elevation on our planet.
Explorers who attempt Nepal shortly find that there is a vast number of places worth visiting in this country. Nepal is indeed jam-packed with old spots, in which you can feel like a time-traveller lost among mysterious cities.
If Nepal is on your bucket list, don’t hesitate to pack yourself and discover all must-visit places by yourself.
Attractions in Nepal
Nepal is the land of the Himalayas. 8 of the 10 highest mountains in the world can be found in Nepal, and the landscapes are truly breathtaking. So, what are the best Nepali attractions that every tourist should visit? Below, we present the list of the most exciting spots.
Being the capital of the country, Kathmandu is the biggest and the most significant city in Nepal. Welcoming and cheerful streets of this place offer a huge diversity of local stores, carved statues, and memorable temples. Kathmandu belongs to the trinity of powerful royal cities, which have been competing with each other for many hundred years. Presently, Patan, Kathmandu and Bhaktapur together try to run the development of tourism as they are so close to each other.
One of the Kathmandu’s places especially worth visiting is Durbar Square. This square is the biggest one concerning the neighbourhood of other royal cities, and it belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you decide to visit this square, you will admire various monuments and temples which differs from each other in terms of faiths, forms, styles, and sizes. Unfortunately, Kathmandu’s Durbar Square was destroyed several times and then repaired due to powerful earthquakes which took place in 2015.
Chitwan National Park
Chitwan National Park will allow you to encounter a side of Nepal, which quite differs from Kathmandu. It offers not as much mysteries nor hiking, but rather an astonishing atmosphere of wilderness.
Chitwan National Park (or Chitawan) is one of the must-see places for all lovers of nature, wildlife and flora. It is the world in which thrill seekers will be rewarded, perhaps, by coming face to face with an Indian unicorn rhinoceros. Located in the country’s wet plains, it is considered the favourite tourist destination, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Chitwan Park is also one of the best goals in Asia to observe wild animals.
Both young and old can explore the jungles of Chitwan Park looking for the iconic felines such as the tigers or the leopards. The Park also is filled to the brim with monkeys and 450 bird species. What is more, there are plenty of amazing activities that you can perform in the park.
The Annapurna Circuit is one of the most beautiful and varied hikes in the world. If you decide to visit it, you will travel through all climate zones excluding the tropics, and the landscapes will take your breath away.
The entire region is so big that one could spend a few weeks of trekking there. Various routes can be taken into consideration in this region. If you want to experience the Annapurna trail around the Annapurna Mountain, you should be aware, that you will need approximately about 21 days to complete it. The Annapurna Circut is a trendy place among trekking lovers from all over the world. Some people name this route “Apple Pie Circuit” because there are numerous teahouses along the path that offer delicious and hot apple pies.
If you want to experience a shorter trip, you can only opt for visiting Annapurna Sanctuary, which is placed between the peaks of Annapurna and it is easily accessible after a five days journey. The protected region of Annapurna is an excellent choice for long, walking trips. During the journey, you will experience the diversity of Nepalese countryside. The region consists of various landscapes. This way, one day you walk in a beautiful green forest, and a few days later you stroll among the snowy mountain tops. Along the trail, you pass charming villages where you can go for Dahl Bath, a cup of tea or a place to sleep.
The Annapurna was the first national park in Nepal. The treks through this area (7,500 km2) are extremely popular and attract thousands of people every year. Making multi-day hiking should be an essential point on your to-do list when you visit Nepal.
When to go to Nepal?
The best time for trekking in Nepal (at least at well-known areas south of the Himalayan chain) are spring (April-May), and autumn (October December). If you choose spring, one of the greatest attractions is to experience the blooming rhododendron forests in the heights, where you can feel like walking in some fantasy or unreal land.