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Nepal is insanely romantic, so head to the nation that sits in the lap of mighty Himalayas. Nepal is the neighbouring nation of India and is among the most affordable honeymoon destinations in the world for couples. It is the place where the majestic Mount Everest stands in its grandeur. Nepal is the same place where Gautama Buddha once resided.

Nepal is a landlocked country between India and China and is now becoming the favorite international vacation spot for couples and family travelers because it is super affordable to travel. One can tour the tourist's attractions in Nepal and unlock the best experiences in the local Indian budget. Nepal is diverse and will awe with its glorious Himalayas and heaps of ancient shrines.

After the earthquake hit Nepal, half of Nepal got affected, but it’s amazing to see that this small nation somehow managed to stand up again after the massive destruction of the earthquake. From the avid backpackers to the luxury and romance seeking couples, all types of tourists find Nepal nostalgic. If you’re planning your honeymoon and in doubt where to visit, Nepal could be your best call.

What’s so special about Nepal that no tourist couldn’t resist themselves for not touring it? In comparison to the other destinations, exploring Nepal is difficult because the roads are not oh-so-developed, which is the reason accidents happen on the road. But with the right knowledge, you can avoid the mishap and feel the romance in the air of Nepal.

You can board the express buses for touring the Nepal attractions which are far from each other with more than 50 km to 100 km. The local buses in Nepal are not comfortable to travel if you’re visiting Nepal on your honeymoon. Although renting a bike and car is still an option for those tourists who want to explore Nepal at their own pace.

You can explore the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu and the beautiful destination, Pokhara by picking taxi rides.

places to visit in Nepal

Here’s what you can do in Nepal on family or honeymoon holidays. Here I will mention some of the best places to visit in Nepal.

1. Kathmandu

Start your Nepal exploration from the capital town, Kathmandu. Kathmandu is beautiful, and you’ll realize it just when you get to explore it! Kathmandu was hit by the earthquake, but it still manages to hold its charm. You can board a direct flight to Nepal from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata.

Kathmandu isn't just about the mountain climbing either, there are loads of other great adventure activities that you can get involved with. There are some great biking trails in the area and you can also go white water rafting. The city of Kathmandu itself has a lot to offer as well. It's a beautiful historic city with lots of great sights to visit like the Garden Of Dreams and the Hanuman Dhoka, a beautiful royal palace.

Arouse your spiritual side and seek divine blessings at the Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa. These two temples are the famous shrines in Nepal, and a must-visit because they both are unaffected by the earthquake. How amazing is it sounding?

Visit the Garden of Dreams if you are in Kathmandu and looking for some quality time amidst peaceful surroundings. Located right at the entrance to the tourist hub of Thamel, this neoclassical historical garden is a quiet oasis in the middle of the city. Tour the museum, read a book while sipping coffee, and relax.

Spread over an area of 6,895 sq m within the Kaiser Mahal Complex, the Garden of Dreams was originally built in the early 20th century as a private garden of a high-ranking Rana official. It was recently renovated and reopened to the public. The garden also houses pavilions, an amphitheater, central ponds, pergolas, and urns.

If you are in Kathmandu and wish to spend some quiet time while enjoying a panoramic view of the city, then Swayambhunath is the perfect spot for you! Situated atop a hillock 3 km west of Kathmandu, Swayambhunath is the oldest stupa of its kind in Nepal. According to legend, Swayambhu evolved spontaneously when the Kathmandu Valley was created out of a primordial lake more than 2,000 years ago.

You can reach the stupa by climbing 365 steep stone steps, or you can take the road that goes almost to the top. There are numerous chaityas, statues and shrines of Buddhist and Hindu deities on the stupa premises. Reconnect with your spiritual self while circumambulating the stupa in a clockwise direction and enjoy a magnificent view of Kathmandu city.

Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple, and for good reason. You will see monkeys everywhere! Just stay alert and hold your belongings tightly as the monkeys will probably try to snatch them from your hands. Also, do not stare at them directly!

Explore Kathmandu Durbar Square, the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the best place in Nepal to unlock the knowledge about the history of Nepal. Durbar Square displays the Nepalese art and design in its very best. Durbar Square is wonderful in terms of cultural offer.

Kathmandu Durbar Square, or Basantapur Darbar Kshetra in Nepali, was home to the palaces of the Malla and Shah kings, the former rulers of the city. The Durbar Square in Kathmandu city is one of the three main Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu valley. Today, the square is still surrounded by courtyards and temples which tell tales of the history of the city.

Some of the popular structures around the area include the Taleju Temple, the Kalbhairav at Indra Chowk, Hanuman Statue and Basantapur Tower. This Durbar Square holds much significance, as it was the site of many important ceremonies including the coronation of the many kings. The square is still home to some of the most celebrated festivals and ceremonies, such as the Indra Jatra celebration.

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kathmandu Durbar Square preserves the culture, tradition, architecture, and history of Kathmandu and is a must-visit destination if you're visiting the city.

The most important buildings are Hanuman Dhoka (former Royal Palace); Kasthamandap, building that gives its name to the city and the Kumari Palace, where the girl who is chosen as Goddess of the city lives until she reaches puberty with her first period and is again a mortal like everyone else. Kumari, a young pre-pubescent girl chosen as a god and the sign of excellent female strength or Devi in Hindu religion stays in the Kumari house in Durbar Square.

The sacred dwelling place of Kathmandu's Living Goddess dates back to 1757. The Kumari Ghar is believed to have been built by King Jaya Prakash Malla as an act of atonement to Goddess Durga. After the renovation of the three-story brick building in 1966, the doors to the courtyard were opened for visitors to admire the beautiful architecture and craftsmanship of Nepal's finest woodcarvers.

The Living Goddess seldom makes an appearance from one of the first-floor windows, but when she does, it is much to the excitement of the visitors. However, taking photographs of the Kumari is strictly forbidden. Visit the Kumari Ghar across Durbar Square, at Basantapur to experience an important facet of the mythical history of Kathmandu.

Durbar Square is one of the best places in Nepal to explore if you love historical sites. Go to the Thamel neighborhood, where there is a large number of pensions and restaurants. It is the most touristic place in Kathmandu, but above all the most lively.

In addition, it is the ideal center from which you can go to visit all parts of the valley. Between Thamel and the Durbar Square there are many stupas that are similar to each other. One of them is the Kathesimbhu Stupa, surrounded by a large number of small altars. It is a replica on a smaller scale of the Swayambhunath Stupa.

The National Museum of Nepal is the largest museum of Nepal. The museum proudly displays a collection of historical artwork and weapons used in wars during the 18th and 19th centuries in Nepal. Other relics such as statues, paintings, and currencies are displayed in a separate gallery at the museum.

The museum can be divided into three buildings - Juddha Jatiya Kalashala, Buddhist Art Gallery and the main building which houses the natural, historical, cultural and philatelic sections of history. It used to be a palace and holds nationwide archaeological and developmental significance as a monument to relive the wartorn history of Nepal.

The museum, known as Chhauni Silkhana or arsenal gallery in the past, was originally used to display weapons and firearms used during the war history of Nepal.

If you are in Kathmandu, the hike from Bhimdhunga to Naubise lets you do that without having to go too far from the city. This short, downhill hike is a feast for the eyes with glorious views of flowers in full bloom, vineyards and vegetable gardens. And nothing says spring better than that.

Have you ever wondered how it would be like to live like royalty? Kathmandu is a city full of ancient architecture and history, but none holds as much nobility as the former residence of the then reigning Monarch, Narayanhiti Palace. Today, the palace has opened its doors to visitors as a museum offering them the opportunity to see the regal lifestyle one could only dream about.

Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most important temples for Hindus all over the world. It’s on the “go-to” list of almost every Hindu devotees. Located on the bank of the Bagmati River, Pashupatinath Temple is a sacred Hindu temple of Lord Pashupatinath, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. The temple of Pashupatinath (Lord of Animals) is believed to be two thousand years old and is one of the oldest temples in the world.

The temple premises comprises 559 Shiva shrines and idols. Temples dedicated to several other Hindu and Buddhist deities surround the temple of Pashupatinath. However, only Hindus are allowed inside the main temple.

A kilometre east of the main Pashupatinath temple lies a religiously significant destination for both the Hindus and Buddhists, the Guhyeshwari Temple. Considered as a symbol of power, it is believed to be part of Sati Devi's body which fell at the exact spot where the temple stands.

The pagoda-style temple was built during the 17th century and displays a unique figure of the Goddess laying parallel to the ground. Different pujas including tantric rituals are performed at the temple during festivals, especially by the Newar community. It is believed that worshipping the Mother Goddess blesses the person with great strength.

Kopan Monastery is one of the most popular Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in Nepal. It is perched on top of a hill north of Bauddha and is a popular destination for Buddhist studies and meditation. Kopan Monastery used to be open to visitors all week but the entry has now been restricted because of the overwhelming numbers of visitors.

An enjoyable walk from Bauddha leads to the monastery but one can also reach the monastery through two other main routes from Chabahil.

How does fresh air, greenery and time with nature sound? Tempting, right? Offer yourself a day off from your restless schedule, and plan a visit to Sundarijal. Sundarijal, located about 17 km northeast of Kathmandu, is a small Tamang village which is famous among the local traveller for picnics, hikes, cycling, trekking, off-road ride, and greenery, evidently!

Sundarijal is also the gateway to Langtang Gosainkunda Trek trail from Kathmandu. On top of that, Sundarijal serves as the starting point of several Kathmandu valley based treks/hikes. Surrounded by mystic waterfalls, lush forests and green rice terraces, Sundarijal Hydropower Station is another attraction in Sundarijal.

Visit the Budhanilkantha Temple, one of the most famous temples of Lord Vishnu in the Kathmandu Valley. Situated at the foot of the Shivapuri Hills just 9 km from the main city, this shrine has a 5-meter long stone statue of Lord Vishnu reclining on a bed of Nagas or serpents in the middle of a small pond. If you wish to spend some time in nature too, you can go on a hike to the Shivapuri National Park just above Budhanilkantha.

Relish your time in nature with fresh air at one of the few areas of woodland left in the capital, Shivapuri-Nagarjun National Park. Take a day off from your boring day-to-day lifestyle, and compensate your body and soul with a grasp of fresh air and an obligatory hike to the second highest hill near the valley.

The thrill of a bike trip has its own adventurous charm and the ride to Sisneri in the outskirts of Kathmandu valley is no different. Come alive on the dirt and rocky roads on the way to some of the most beautiful natural swimming pools in Nepal. A dip in the pool is perfect for cooling off on hot summer days with your friends. If you're seeking a quick adventure near the valley then this trip is exactly what you may be looking for.

En route, you’ll pass the pond at Taudaha, believed to be home to the Nagas released from the ancient Kathmandu lake. As the only natural lake left in the Kathmandu Valley, Taudaha offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is located near Chobhar on the outskirts of Kathmandu.

It is believed that the lake was formed after Manjushree, a Buddhist mythical character, drained a great mythical lake that is believed to have covered the Kathmandu Valley in the past. Today, the lake is popular as one of the best bird-watching destinations in Nepal with hundreds of migratory birds spotted around the lake, especially during the winter.

So, if you’re looking for a quiet place to watch birds or feed some fish or enjoy a peaceful day with someone special, then visit Taudaha for a relaxing experience.

Situated about 19 km south of Kathmandu, Pharping is a thriving Newar town which boasts a number of ancient Buddhist pilgrimage sites and monasteries. A circuit of its religious sites makes for a fascinating day out from Kathmandu. Pharping lies on the road to Dakshinkali and it's easy to visit both villages in a day by taxi, bus or motorbike (and maybe even bicycle if you don't mind the traffic and dust).

Pharping is one of the many sacred grounds in the Kathmandu Valley. The larger than life legends that surround the village are a testament to the belief that great things have happened here. Pharping is a must-see for all going through Kathmandu so one can immerse themselves in centuries-old traditions and customs.

Pharping not only holds importance in Vajrayana Buddhist practitioners' life but is equally important for Hindus as well. Dakshinkali, one of the major pilgrimage sites for Hindus, is constructed at the lower half of Asura Cave which is about a kilometer outside the village of Pharping. Dakshinkali is one of the main temples in Nepal dedicated to the goddess Kali.

Dakshinkali Temple, one of the most popular temples in Nepal dedicated to goddess Kali, is 45 minutes' drive to the south of Kathmandu. It is believed that the temple was built after goddess Kali appeared to King Pratap Malla in his dreams and instructed him to build a temple dedicated to her.

There is a belief that if an animal sacrifice is offered to goddess Kali at the temple, then one's wishes will be fulfilled. This is the reason why, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and particularly during the festival of Dashain, devotees in large numbers come to the temple to offer worship and sacrifices to the goddess. Also make sure to visit the Sheshnarayan Temple, Gorakhnath Temple, Bajra Yogini Temple and Guru Padmasambhava meditation cave for a day-out worth remembering!

Budget stays in Kathmandu are Healthy Home and Hotel Himalaya among others.

2. Panauti

Reward your inner spiritual devotee with a peaceful and calm visit to Namo Buddha. Located about 40 km southeast from Kathmandu valley, Namo Buddha is beautiful hilltop location which hosts the spectacular panorama of Himalayas. If you are planning to visit Namo Buddha, you can take a public vehicle from Ratnapark to Banepa. From Banepa, you may hike up to Namo Buddha via Panauti, or opt to take a local bus that takes you to Namo Buddha.

3. Bhaktapur

Visit the oldest temple in Kathmandu valley located on a high hilltop of Changu. The vintage Changu Narayan Temple was constructed in the 323 AD by King Hari Dutta and is renowned for its artistic stone, wood, and metal architecture.

The double-roofed temple of Changu Narayan is devoted to Lord Vishnu in his incarnation as Narayan. The dowels at the top tier of the temple represent the ten incarnations of Narayan that destroyed the evil-doers. Located 22 km away from Kathmandu, this historic temple of Changu Narayan is a perfect excuse for bike rides as you can relish the panoramic vista of the Himalayas and the beautiful view of the Kathmandu Valley throughout your ride.

You can also visit nearby Bhaktapur Durbar Square area whilst returning from the temple. If you are not a big fan of bike rides, you can always catch a bus from Kathmandu to Bhaktapur, and switch to another bus that takes you to Changu. The other alternatives to reach the temple can be taking a taxi ride or hiking via Jhaukhal village.

The Bhaktapur Durbar Square in the historic town of Bhaktapur, located 13 km east of Kathmandu, is one of the three main Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley. This complex was the royal palace of the ancient kings of Bhaktapur.

Witness some of the most magnificent and historic structures in all of Kathmandu with buildings such as the 55-Window Palace (Nge Nyapa Jhya Laaykoo), Vatsala Temple, Nyatapola Temple, Bhairava Nath Temple and the Golden Gate which display the culture and craftsmanship unique to the people of Bhaktapur. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and is definitely worth the visit if you're ever in Kathmandu.

Within the mysterious walls of Bhaktapur, you can discover a world that is untouched by westernization. The pottery square at Bhaktapur upholds the traditional way of making clay vessels. The vessels are made from a special black clay known as Dyo Cha, which literally means clay of God. Everyone has a role in the process of pottery-making, from young men and women to old men and women.

It’s the old men who use their graceful hands to shape the clay into traditional pots, not leaving the slightest crack. Clear sunny days are the best for visiting the square as it is usually littered with several pots and vessels set for drying. You can even try your hand at pottery in one of the workshops, but be warned, it’s not as easy as it looks.

So, get your cameras and experience a form of art that has been passed down through generations of Newar potters at Bhaktapur’s pottery square.

Doleshwar Mahadev is a temple of glory to all Hindu devotees around the world, and one must visit here to gain the ultimate religious experience, as some claim, the great opportunity to worship both the body and the head part of Lord Shiva is obtained only by the virtue acquired from multiple births.

According to religious beliefs, Pandav brothers, after the Mahabharata of Kurushetra, left for the Himalayas in search of forgiveness from Lord Shiva for the killing of many people during the war. But Lord Shiva was not willing to forgive them thus he disguised in the form of bull.

After knowing about Lord Shiva’s disguise, when Pandav brothers tried to catch the bull, they could catch only the tail while the head of bull got separated from the rest of the body. According to Hindu scriptures, the remaining body is in Kedarnath of India, while it is believed that Doleshwar is the head part. It is also mentioned in Shiva Puran and other holy books being passed from generations to generations.

Standing at 143 ft tall (43.5 m), the Kailashnath Mahadev statue in Sanga is the world's tallest Shiva temple. It is situated on the border of Bhaktapur and Kavrepalanchok districts.

4. Lalitpur

Have you ever been to to the Botanical Garden in Godawari? Well-maintained gardens and greenhouses for field trips, lush forests for bird watching, open grounds for picnics, and holy sites for spiritual devotees make Godawari one of the most flexible places to visit around Kathmandu. You can also opt to hike the tallest hill in the valley, Phulchowki, and revel in the excitement of paragliding whilst on your visit.

There are few places in Kathmandu that hold on to their ancestral roots. Bungamati and Khokana are two such places that are untouched by the hands of time. The villages, a cultural hotspot for Newari tradition and culture, are known as the Living Museum and for good reason. The area showcases the typical valley lifestyle that was practised centuries back.

So, get ready to travel back in time to a traditional Newari village setting hidden away in the outskirts of the bustling city of Kathmandu. Meet individuals who are still engaged in traditional agricultural activities and crafts, and discover the history and architecture of ancient buildings and temples such as the Ganesh and Machhindranath temples which hold special significance in the valley.

Patan Museum, which lies within the northernmost confinements of Patan Durbar Square's courtyard, is a museum in Patan, Nepal. The museum houses exhibits including rare objects and historical treasures that truly portray Nepal's cultural history and expert craftsmanship.

If you're meaning to delve into the sacred traditional arts of Nepal, then pay a visit to Patan Museum, one of the finest museums in all of South Asia.

Rudra Varna Mahavihar, a Buddhist monastery with rich history and heritage, is located in Mahabouddha, Patan. Several major coronation ceremonies were carried out in the premises of this sacred temple, much admired for its gold, bronze and stone craftsmanship from medieval Nepal. The temple location off the main street adds to the pleasant and tranquil aura.

Patan Durbar Square is a stunning example of ancient Newari architecture in Nepal. Though the actual history of the Durbar Square is unclear, the Malla period (14th to 18th century) is credited for the massive expansion of the square. King Siddhi Narsingh Malla is especially given credit for a majority of important changes.

The Durbar Square is home to some of the most prominent temples in Nepal including the popular Krishna Mandir, Bhimsen Temple, Vishwanath Temple, and Taleju Bhawani Temple. The style of temples ranges from the widespread pagoda-style to unique shikhara-style buildings.

An afternoon at Patan Durbar Square learning about the history of medieval Patan and the craftsmanship that went into constructing the various buildings surrounding the square would definitely be worth the visit. Commonly known as Hiranya Varna Mahavihar or Kwa Bahal among the locals, the Golden Temple is a historical Buddhist monastery located to the north of Patan Durbar Square.

The courtyard architecture-styled temple is decorated with gleaming Buddhist figures inside its premises. The main shrine in the Golden Temple is devoted to Shakyamuni Buddha. Every year, Hiranya Varna Mahavihar assigns twelve locals (one local for each month) to serve Kwabaju, the Shakyamuni Buddha.

5. Sagarmatha National Park

Sagarmatha National Park Museum, situated on a perfect lookout spot above Namche Bazar, is a simple museum that offers many intriguing exhibits covering the people, culture, geology, and history of the Everest region. The statue of Tenzing Norgay is one of the many attractions at the museum which also offers great views of Lhotse and Everest.

A trip to the museum also offers a great opportunity to get into the heart of the Sherpa culture, tradition and history. If you are ever planning to go on a trip to the highest peak in the world or are acclimatizing en route to the Everest Base Camp, then be sure to check out the Sagarmatha National Park Museum for some fascinating facts and information about Everest, the surrounding mountains and the history surrounding the region.

The Everest region of Nepal is famous around the world for its treks and stunning natural beauty. Thousands of trekkers and travelers join expeditions to the summit of the world every year. The famous Everest Base Camp or EBC trek, which begins from Lukla, offers some of the most breathtaking views despite being one of the toughest treks.

The Sagarmatha National Park, located in the Khumbu region, is home to rare species of wildlife like the snow leopard, musk deer, and red panda. The region is also renowned for the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest.

You can get to Lukla from Kathmandu by a 25-minute flight. Alternatively, you can fly to Phaplu airport, near the headquarters of Solukhumbu district, and take the Junbesi trekking route to Lukla. You can also reach Junbesi by boarding a mini-bus which will take you about 10-12 hours.

Climbing Mount Everest is one of the greatest adventures but it's also incredibly dangerous and unless you're an experienced climber, it's not wise to attempt it. But a lot of people don't realize that Everest is only one of the many summits around Kathmandu in Nepal. There are a lot of other trekking routes in Nepal, and smaller climbs in the area that are a lot more manageable for people who don't have as much climbing experience.

You will still need to do some preparation but climbing up to some of the smaller summits is still a great way to see these impressive mountain ranges. If you want to enjoy the scenery but you don't want to do the climb, there are some great mountain flights and hot air balloon rides available.

Mount Everest Flight or Mountain Flight from Kathmandu is the fastest and easiest way to get up and close with the mighty Everest. This one-hour long flight offers panoramic view of Himalayas. In a clear day you can watch not only Everest but all surrounding famous peaks and glaciers. If you are visiting Nepal this activity is a must.

Take the Everest View mountain flight and get mesmerized with the breathtaking Himalayan views. You’ll feel like you are going close and close to the glorious Mount Everest. If you want to soak the best honeymoon experience in Nepal, tick this activity in your Nepal itinerary!

Tengboche lies on the very popular trek route to the Everest region. Tengboche Monastery is one of the most famous monasteries of Nepal, probably because of its unrivalled backdrop of Mount Ama Dablam. The monastery is the leading Buddhist centre in Khumbu with a residing Rinpoche who blesses pilgrims, mountaineers and travelers to the area.

Every October, Tengboche Monastery hosts the colorful Mani Rimdu festival, which is a culmination of Buddhist celebrations with a religious gathering, songs, ritual dances and enactments of legends. Visitors are always welcomed to partake in the festivities and many trekkers time their trek to coincide with the festival. Tours of the monastery are conducted every afternoon.

6. Langtang

Searching for your next adventure destination? Located about 120 km north of Kathmandu, Rasuwa district is one of the popular tourist destinations in Nepal. It is well-known for its untouched Tamang/Tibetan culture and magnificent vistas of the Himalayas. Langtang National Park, Gosaikunda Lake, and Rasuwagadhi are some of the major attractions in the district.

7. Langtang National Park

The Gaurishankar Conservation Area may just be what you've been looking for. The conservation area offers some of the most breathtaking views of mountains such as Mt. Gaurishankar. However, it is also popular for outdoor activities like trekking, hiking, rafting, and mountain climbing.

Explore the rich natural beauty of the conservation area, where you may get a chance to see several species of animals and birds in their natural habitat, including endangered mammals like the red panda, snow leopard, and Himalayan black bear.

8. Khumjung

Not every trip to the Everest region has to end up on Mount Everest. The short hikes around the village of Namche is an experience in itself. The traditional Khunde and Khumjung villages are among the most popular and rewarding hiking destinations in the region with stony fields and rocky walls surrounded by traditional vistas which just adds more aesthetics to the already beautiful panoramic view of the mountains.

So, if you're looking for a short but unforgettable experience then head on over to Namche for a short hike up to these hidden gems.

9. Namche

Namche Bazaar, also known as the Sherpa capital, has facilities such as ATMs, bakeries and even the world’s highest bar.

10. Pokhara

One of the best, if not the best, adventure and leisure destinations in Nepal is set at the foot of the Annapurna range. Pokhara is one of the most magical, adventurous and romantic spots to visit in Nepal.

From exhilarating activities like hiking, paragliding and bungee jumping to more peaceful activities like boating and relaxing by lakes, the city of Pokhara can be overwhelming. Pokhara is simply the perfect place to be, with its spectacular scenery, adventure activities, accommodations and food choices galore. Also known as the city of lakes, Pokhara has seven lakes, namely, Phewa, Begnas, Rupa, Maidi, Khaste, Gunde, and Dipang.

For adventure seekers, it is also the starting point for paragliding culminating beside the banks of Phewa Lake.

The International Mountain Museum in Pokhara has a stunning collection of artifacts, original gears, stories and photographs of the mountains, their inhabitants and mountaineers.

Annapurna Massif soaked in the warmth of the sun and the distant peaks sparkle like gold-studded snow cones. The stillness of the atmosphere is broken by invigorant cool breezes. The beauty is so illicit, one feels almost nervous about heading straight for it. Surrounded by stupefying beauty, the place is a holiday for the soul!

Pokhara is a tranquil getaway to the famous Annapurna region. You can find your Shangri-La like many other trekkers. If you’re a writer or painter, then Pokhara’s pristine air, spectacular snow-covered backdrops will entice you! Go on fishing and boating excursions in the pristine Fewa Lake. Later, fix your cravings on the comfy restaurants dotted around the lake.

Enjoy the natural beauty of the spectacular Himalayan peaks of the Annapurna massif as you take in the fresh air and tranquillity near the many lakes of the city including the famous Phewa Lake and the more serene Begnas Lake.

Bindabasini Temple, one of the many fascinating attractions in Pokhara, stands atop a hill near Bagar. The temple premise offers a spectacular view of the famous Macchapuchhre mountain as well as part of the magnificent Annapurna range. The white pagoda-style temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga who is said to be the chosen as a guardian deity of Pokhara.

It is believed that this deity was brought to the city of Pokhara by King Siddhi Narayan Shah of Kaski before the unification of Nepal. The pleasant park-like atmosphere surrounding the historic temple provides a great place to relax and enjoy a picnic with the family.

Do you want a different kind of adventure in Pokhara? Make a trip to the Annapurna Butterfly Museum to see more than 600 species of butterflies found in Nepal all under one roof. Situated on the second floor of a building on the Prithvi Narayan Campus premises, the Annapurna Butterfly Museum offers nature lovers an opportunity to explore an amazing collection of butterflies and moths found in Nepal and Southeast Asia.

The butterflies and moths are preserved in handmade dioramas which index the areas of Nepal where the beautiful winged insects are found. Attacus atlas (the largest moth in the world by wingspan) is the main attraction in this museum.

The World Peace Pagoda is a must visit destination if you are traveling to Pokhara. Situated at an altitude of almost 1000 meters, World Peace Pagoda (aka Shanti Stupa) hosts the ravishing view of the Himalayas along with the beautiful Phewa Lake. You can hire a taxi or a bike or a motorcycle to reach the World Peace Pagoda via Siddhartha Highway.

However, you will have to hike for 5 to 10 minutes to reach the pagoda and its main viewpoint. While you are at it, you can also stopover Davis Fall and Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave which are on your way to the World Peace Pagoda. Alternatively, you can also reach the stupa by hiking through the forests from Pokhara Damside for 2 to 3 hours.

Head to Pokhara from Kathmandu either by flight or bus, depending on your budget. Pokhara is approximately 200 km away from Kathmandu. There are daily flights to Pokhara airport from Kathmandu. You can also board a bus and get to Pokhara in about 7 hours.

Budget places to stay in Pokhara are Fishtail Lodge and Temple Tree Resort & Spa among others.

11. Annapurna Conservation Area

Are you up for a weeks-long trek that spans across varied landscapes? Or do you want something much shorter and less challenging? Whatever you opt for, you can put Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA) in central Nepal at the top of your list. And rest assured, the rewards will be absolutely worth it! It is not for nothing that the Annapurna region is the most popular trekking destination in Nepal.

This region provides options galore with numerous trekking trails that cater to everyone, from beginners to experienced trekkers. Spread across Manang, Mustang, Lamjung, Myagdi and Kaski districts, it is the largest protected area in Nepal, and also the most diverse in terms of geography and culture.

Trekking in this region will take you through low-lying farmlands to dense forests, deep gorges, snow-capped peaks and high-altitude deserts with moon-like landscape, and offer an insight into the life of Gurung and other ethnic groups. Home to 478 species of birds, 39 species of reptiles, 38 varieties of orchids and 22 species of amphibians, ACA is also a paradise for nature lovers. So pack your bags for an epic journey!

12. Sarangkot

As one of the most sought out tourist destinations in Nepal, Sarangkot is a great spot to view the sunrise over the Himalayas. It also has a magnificent view of the snow-covered mountains including Annapurna Massif, Fishtail Mountain, Dhaulagiri range, and Manaslu. The hill is located on the outskirts of Pokhara city. It is best viewed at dawn or dusk due to the spectacular pink and orange hues the mountain range takes on during these hours.

This area also offers views of the Pokhara Valley with all its natural beauty. If you're a nature lover then Sarangkot is where you need to be! However, adventure lovers are also welcome because the area is also a popular launching point for paragliders in Pokhara. Sarangkot hill offers a wonderful panoramic view of the Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) mountain and nearby Annapurnas.

Don’t forget to witness the spellbinding sunrise at Sarangkot. You’ll feel like you are in dreamland when you witness that the sun rays are sprinkled all over the Annapurna Range and Pokhara Valley.

13. Nagarkot

Although there’s no dearth of beautiful places in Nepal, Nagarkot is the place to witness the bewitching hill beauty to its fullest. It's a picturesque village where you can watch the best panoramic views of the country! Imagine watching snow-covered peaks all around you and your sweetheart sitting by your side. Nagarkot is the must visit place in Nepal for those who are landscape beauty lovers.

Budget places to stay in Nagarkot are Club Himalaya and Hotel Country Villa among others.

14. Chitwan National Park

The Chitwan National Park is one of the most sought-after destinations for tourists in Nepal because of its natural beauty and bio-diversity.

Bees Hazari Tal is an extensive oxbow lake system inside the Chitwan National Park. Its name translates to 20,000 lakes. The lake is accessible either through a safari trip or as part of a short cycling adventure.

En route to the lake, you'll even be able to catch sight of several wildlife species including the Bengal tiger, sloth bear, smooth-coated otter, one-horned rhinoceros, and mugger crocodile. If you want to come face to face with some of nature's most beautiful yet fearsome creatures, then Bees Hazari Tal is a great location to do just that.

Get your friends and cameras and plan a trip to Bees Hazari Tal, one of Nepal’s richest habitats for wildlife. Sauraha is a popular village situated close by the Rapti River and the Chitwan National Park in Chitwan district of Nepal.

Sauraha offers various kinds of activities and services that cater to tourists. You can watch live Tharu cultural programs organized by the community, go on a jungle safari to spot different wild animals and birds such as the one-horned rhinoceros and the Royal Bengal tiger in their natural habitat, enjoy elephant bath, and watch views of sunrise and sunset.

The best time to visit Sauraha is from February till the end of April and from mid-September to mid-December.

Situated on the southern slope of the Mahabharat range and the Himalayas, the high hills of Palpa command an impressive view in all directions with the great Madi valley in the west and the Kali Gandaki River along its northern border.

Ranimahal (Ranighat), Srinagar Danda, Bhairavsthan Temple and Palpa Durbar (Tansen Durbar) are popular attractions of the district. Tansen, the headquarters of Palpa, was reinvented as a Newari trading post on the route between India and Tibet during the 18th century. There are many pilgrimage sites in Palpa including Ridi and Rishikesh Temple.

Palpa is also famous for its unique handicraft and cottage industries, especially for producing the finest quality dhaka, a type of cloth unique to Nepal. Palpa lies 317 km away from Kathmandu and can be reached via an 8-hour bus drive. One can also catch scheduled flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara or Bhairahawa and then drive to Tansen.

Not far from the city of Pokhara lies the ancient hill town of Tansen. The city has an infectious laidback lifestyle, in sharp contrast to the fast-paced lifestyle of Pokhara's Lakeside.

Discover the culture and lifestyle of the Magar people, and walk down the streets dominated by traditional Newari architecture. Explore sites including the famous Shreenagar Hills and Rani Mahal, a once-vibrant palace located on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River.

Tansen is an ideal destination to visit because of its proximity to locations like Pokhara and Lumbini. One can get to the city by flying to Pokhara or Bhairahawa from Kathmandu and driving to Tansen.

Visit the Mayadevi Temple in the Lumbini Garden where the Buddha was born and took his first seven steps.

Recognized as the epitome of Buddhism, Lumbini is one of the holiest sites in the world. It houses the archaeological remains associated with the birth of Lord Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Lumbini is approximately 200 km away from Kathmandu.

The Maya Devi Temple, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most ancient temples in Lumbini and is located next to the Bodhi tree where Buddhist monks often meditate and chant spiritual scripts. The Ashoka Pillar, a 3rd-Century stone pillar built by the Indian Emperor Ashoka, was erected as a mark of respect after Ashoka visited the birthplace of Lord Buddha.

Lumbini is also home to the World Peace Pagoda, the Lumbini Museum and monasteries built by Thailand, Sri Lanka and Cambodia among other attractions. The shortest way to travel to Lumbini is via a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Bhairahawa airport. Alternatively, you can also board a bus and get to Lumbini in about 10 hours from Kathmandu.

The birthplace of Lord Buddha houses many intriguing artifacts and museums. With over 136 archaeological sites in its territory, the ancient city of the Sakyas is a goldmine for historic remains of art and monuments. One can find a lot of these findings of Tilaurakot and other sites at the Kapilvastu museum.

Among the magnificent array of buildings, the Kapilvastu Museum is the one that holds an abundance of history and boasts a massive collection of ancient artifacts. It is located about 26 km away from Lumbini in Tilaurakot, where you can also find the remnants of the Tilaurakot Palace complex, renowned for being the birthplace and home of the Buddha before he renounced his life of luxury to seek enlightenment.

The museum takes you back through history with an amazing collection of coins, pottery, toys and ornaments that date between the fourth century A.D. and the seventh century B.C. If you are a history buff, you definitely do not want to miss the Kapilvastu Museum when in Nepal!

From a terracotta human and animal figurines to ancient coins and musical instruments, one can take a trip back in time to discover the ancient culture and history of the people from various periods of human occupation.

Located to the north of Ghorahi, Ambikeshwori Temple is an important religious destination and a center of the attraction for people in Dang. The temple is believed to have emerged due to the falling of right ear of Sati devi as per the legends of Swasthani Purana. Also known as Maiko Than, Ambikeshwari Temple hosts a great gathering of the devotees every year in Dashain.

15. Rara Lake

The far-western region of Nepal is completely unique compared to other parts of the country. The far western corner of Nepal is host to the largest lake of Nepal, Rara Lake. The lake is located in the Jumla and Mugu district and is a quiet and peaceful destination, perfect relaxation and reflection. The unexplored lands of Mugu was a part of the ancient Malla Kingdom around the Karnali River basin.

Hence, we can find the amazing blend of Buddhist and Hindu practices in the community. Glide across the pristine Rara Lake in a paddle boating, or enjoy a short hike to Murma Top which offers breathtaking views of its surrounding villages and mountain peaks. Interact with the locals and learn about their culture or travel along a trail around the lake on a horse.

Explore Rara National Park, one of the most enthralling national parks to observe diverse Nepalese wildlife, which comprises of some rare and endangered species like the Himalayan black bear, red panda, musk deer, grey wolf, Assam macaque, and leopard cat. Located in Mugu and Jumla districts in the northwestern region of Nepal, Rara National Park is the smallest national park in the country with an area of 106 sq km but it is rich in flora and fauna.

The easiest way to travel to Rara lake is to take a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and take another domestic flight from Nepalgunj to Talcha (Mugu) airport then trek around 3 hours all the way to the lake.

Doti district is a great example of the unique history and culture that surrounds this region. For instance, it was one of the eight different princely states of the Katyuri kingdom that was divided between their eight princes.

The region also has a rich cultural heritage which includes cultural dances and songs such as Chhaliya, Bhada, Jhora Chapeli, Baira song, Deuda, Chait, and Jagara. Experience a way of life that has been passed down from the ancient Katyuri period in one of Nepal's most unique destinations.

Khaptad National Park in the Doti district is a sanctuary for hundreds of species of flora and fauna. Sometimes described as a living garden of herbs, the national park reportedly harbours 11 percent of all flowering plants in Nepal, going as far to have its own museum of natural history for its 224 species of medicinal herbs.

Get an opportunity to watch a rich variety of wildlife that includes the barking deer, wild dog, ghoral, Himalayan black bear and around 270 species of birds. Popular attractions such as the Khaptad Lake, Nag Dhunga and Upper Tribeni are also some of the best destinations to visit in Nepal.

The Baidyanath temple in the Accham district of Nepal's 7th province is a place of great religious as well as historical significance. The Baijnath temple is one of the four major religious temples of Lord Shiva in Nepal.

Experience some of Nepal's most unique cultures as the indigenous groups of Achham come together to perform various rituals and traditional dances during different festivals throughout the year to promote Achham's age-old culture and religious values.

Experience the untouched nature and authentic Nepali traditions at the villages in Api Nampa Conservation Area (ANCA). Located in Darchula district in Far-Western Province, Api Nampa Conservation Area is Nepal’s youngest conservation area. Named after the two highest peaks (Mt. Api and Mt. Nampa) in the far-western region of the country, ANCA is home to numerous rare and threatened wildlife species, including the snow leopard, red panda, Himalayan tahr, and musk deer.

The rural desert-mountainous landscape of the Dadeldhura district of Province No. 7 does not sound so attractive, does it? Especially if you consider the small number of tourists who visit the site every year. But believe it or not, the Dadeldhura region has both religious as well as historical significance which makes it a go-to place if you are looking for a fresh experience.

This region includes routes to Mt. Kailash in Tibet as well as Rara Lake in the Jumla and Mugu district. Visit Dadeldhura to experience a trip back to the ancient Malla period as you discover the last remnants of the architecture and history of the Far Western Malla Kingdom.

As one of the seven Bhagwati temples in Nepal, the Tripura Sundari Temple is one of the most religiously significant sites in Nepal with thousands of Hindu devotees gathering from across Nepal and India to celebrate special occasions such as Sankranti, Dashain, Gaura, and Jaat.

The historical architectural aesthetics of the pagoda-style temple truly reflects the beauty and history of this temple and its local people, drawing in tourists from around the globe every year to marvel at its beauty.

16. Jomsom

Mustang is a high-altitude desert of rich red and ocher land with deep gorges set against an infinite blue sky. A popular destination for tourists, Mustang is more than 400 km from Kathmandu. Mustang is home to the true mountain people, who for hundreds of years had very little contact with the rest of Nepal.

For centuries, travelling ascetics of the oldest school of Tibetan Buddhism have wandered the valleys of Mustang, using its caves to perform advanced tantric yoga. Muktinath, a sacred Vishnu temple, significant to both Hindus and Buddhists, is located at the foot of the Thorang La mountain pass in Upper Mustang. Thousands of devotees hike to the Muktinath Temple every year to explore the solitary trails of its majestic valleys.

On the northern end of Mustang, beyond the vast mountain landscape lies the walled city of Lo Manthang. The capital of the ancient kingdom of Lo holds many secrets within its old walls. Experience a way of life surrounded by peace and color, and the mysteries of the forbidden kingdom that have stayed hidden for thousands of years.

You can reach Jomsom, the district headquarters, via scheduled flights from Kathmandu and daily flights from Pokhara. Alternatively, you can also drive to Mustang from Pokhara.

17. Bandipur

Bandipur, a hilltop settlement, is a municipality in Tanahun district of Nepal. This traditional Newar village has retained its age-old cultural attributes such as temples, shrines, sacred caves and innumerable festivals, making it a popular tourist attraction. Bandipur is located approximately 125 km from Kathmandu.

Bandipur’s attractive 18th-century architecture, pedestrian zone, and outdoor dining give it a distinctly European feel. It was an important stop on the India–Tibet trade route for centuries and currently is a lively place bustling with farmers and traders going about their business.

For a superb early morning view, a 30-minute walk up to the hilltop viewpoint at the Tani Mai Temple will treat you to a sweeping panorama of both Himalayan peaks and the Marsyangdi Valley below. Bandipur is also a great destination for some short and long hiking as well as cycling. Rock climbing is also a possibility on the nearby cliffs.

Without a doubt, Gorkha has to be in the top five list of the most historic places of Nepal. As the birthplace of the great unifier Prithvi Narayan Shah, it is even considered as the foundation of Nepal. The Gorkha Durbar, built atop the hill above the marketplace, is still standing in its former glory and is the central attraction of the ancient town.

It is a fine example of the architectural history and war-strategy of its era. However, despite the fierce history that surrounds this town, the people of Gorkha are known for their genuine hospitality.

A cable car that operates here was the first one to launch in Nepal 20 years ago and many Nepalis have fond memories associated with visiting the Manakamana temple as their first cable car ride experience.

The shortest and cheapest way of getting to Bandipur from Kathmandu is by boarding a bus. The journey takes approximately 4 hours.

18. Janakpur

Bring out the joy in you as you explore Janakpur, the city where color comes alive. Experience the rich culture and sacred religions that have been preserved from generation to generation in an epic tale of history. Discover the culture and locations in Janakpur that make the city one of the most mystical and magical places in Nepal.

Koshi Tappu lies on the floodplain of the Sapta Koshi River, approximately 350 km away from Kathmandu. Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve was established to conserve the last remaining population of wild water buffalo, locally known as Arna. Koshi Tappu has an abundance of flora and fauna with more than 500 species of birds and endangered animals such as the gharial crocodile and the Gangetic dolphin.

Sitting on a junction of Sapta Koshi River and Kokaha River, Barahakshetra is one of the important Hindu pilgrimage sites in Nepal. The temple is situated 20 Km away from Dharan and is dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu. In Makar Sankranti (first day of Magha as per the Hindu lunar calendar), the temple welcomes a great number of devotees who wish to emancipate themselves from their sins at this very sacred site.

Dharan is one of the most beautiful cities in Nepal. It is famous for its temples and landmarks. It is also known for its cleanliness and scenic beauty. Dantakali, Budhasubba, Pindeshwori and Bishnu Paduka are some of the most popular shrines in Dharan that you don't want to miss.

The city is accessible by bus or micro-van from Kakarbhitta or Biratnagar. You can also travel to Dharan from Kathmandu overnight. Dandabazaar, Dhwaje Danda and Bhedetar are some destinations that let you take in some of the most breathtaking views of Dharan and the Himalayan range during sunrise. Food lovers will especially enjoy the sekuwa (barbeque) and the famous alu nimki in Dharan.

Located about 430 km east of Kathmandu, the picturesque hill station of Dhankuta in eastern Nepal is a perfect retreat from the fast-paced and stressful urban daily life. You can visit the Jalpadevi Temple (Chhintang Devi Temple), Nishan Bhagawati Temple and Shiva Panchayan Temple (Bishranti Temple) during your time in Dhankuta.

And if you are looking to spend some time in nature, we would also recommend stopovers at Bhedetar, Rajarani, Dhaje Hill, Hile, and Pakhribas.

Halesi Mahadev, also known as the Pashupatinath of eastern Nepal, is in the go-to list of probably all the followers of Lord Shiva. Believed to be more than 6,000 years old, this sacred temple is full of scenic beauty around its premises. The temple also inherits cultural and religious importance which makes it equally popular among Hindus, Buddhists, and Kirats all over the world.

There are daily flights from Kathmandu to Biratnagar, from where you can take a vehicle and reach Koshi Tappu in a few hours. Alternatively, you can also take an 8-10 hour bus ride from Kathmandu.

19. Singalila National Park

Looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life? Tehrathum is an ideal destination surrounded by rich vegetation from the hillsides to the Terai plains. Basantapur, which lies on the trekking route to Taplejung, has pleasant weather most of the year with great locations to explore which include Tin Jure, Gupha Pokhari, Milke Danda, Pattek and Panchakanya Pokhari.

There is a path in the Kanchenjunga region that leads to Taplejung, a beautiful location in far-eastern Nepal. This place is perfect for those looking to avoid the hordes of trekkers in the route and to enjoy the picturesque views of the towering Himalayan peaks including Mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world.

The spectacular landscapes of Taplejung are a sight to behold. Located approximately 670 km away from Kathmandu, it is home to several religious and historic sites like the Pathibhara Devi Temple, the monasteries of Olangchung Gola and Lungchung, as well as adventure destinations such as the Tamor River, which is considered one of the best destinations for white-water rafting.

Taplejung Bazaar is the starting point of the popular Kanchanjunga Circuit Trek, and the Limbu Cultural Heritage Museum in Taplejung lets one experience the history and culture of the Limbus, an indigenous Nepali community.

There are weekly flights to Taplejung (Suketar airport) from Kathmandu. Alternatively, you can also fly to Bhadrapur and board a bus, or take a bus from Kathmandu to Taplejung.

The beautiful hill station of Ilam in eastern Nepal is regarded as the tea capital of Nepal. It is an approximately 500 km drive away from Kathmandu and is an excellent getaway from city life. Ilam’s sloping tea gardens, mountain streams, dense natural forests, and holy sites make it one of the most sought-after destinations in eastern Nepal.

A brisk walk in a tea garden, picnic in the peaceful setting and sightseeing stops, short hikes along gentle hills, or explore the nearby woods – enjoy all this and more in the greenery of Ilam. An excellent getaway from city life, Ilam is famous for its tea.

It is a district largely covered in tea bushes with a hill town right beside a plantation enjoying views of pristine landscapes made up of sloping tea gardens, mountain streams, dense natural forests, holy sites and a unique culture. Using Ilam Bazaar as a base you can take excursions for a day or more. There are many hotels in the town and a few resorts a short distance away in the tea gardens.

Antu Danda, with its spectacular sunrise views, and the pristine Mai Pokhari lake surrounded by dense forests home to several species of flora and fauna including different species of orchids, rhododendron, herbs and rare animals are some of the best attractions in Ilam. Sandakpur, located on the Nepal-India border, provides shelter to endangered animals such as the red panda and the musk deer.

Discover the alpine grasslands, low river valleys, temperate and subtropical forests at Kanchenjunga Conservation Area (KCA). Covering over 2035 sq. km, Kanchenjunga Conservation Area is located in Taplejung district and is named after the third highest peak of the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga. Since KCA is surrounded by protected areas in Sikkim and Tibet, you can expect the lush wilderness around the conservation area.

Despite being the Snow Leopard territory, KCA is a home to wildlife species such as musk deer, Himalayan black bear, goral, blue sheep, serow and other wildlife.

There are daily buses leaving for Ilam from Kathmandu which take about 17-20 hours. You can also fly to Bhadrapur and board a bus to reach Ilam in 2-3 hours.

20. Pisang

The six hundred-year-old Braga Gompa or Bhraka Gompa is hidden away in the mountains of Nepal in the village of Braga, also known as Braka, Baraka, or Bhraka, which lies just 3 km from Manang. The ancient monastery resting against a unique rocky backdrop is part of the Kagyu lineage.

Though locals worship at the monastery every day, the congregation is especially overwhelming during the Dashain puja in October and Nyung Ne Fasting in April. The gompa is filled with interesting attractions such as clay statues of different Buddhas and Lamas, as well as complete sets of Kangyur and Tengyur written on Tibetan and Nepali paper in gold.

21. Manang

One of the few regions of Nepal in the rain shadow, it does not receive any rainfall during the monsoon and thus that is a great time to visit Manang. One of the most alluring valleys in Nepal, beckons all with its mesmerizing landscape, exotic culture and warm hospitality. Also the gateway to the highest pass in Nepal, Thorong La pass, Manang is a paradise for trekkers around the world.

It hosts the famous horseracing Yartung Festival on the full-moon day of August. One can also enjoy exhilarating off-road drives underneath majestic waterfalls on the way to Manang from Besisahar.

22. Dhampus

The Baglung Kalika Temple or the Kalika Bhagawati Temple is located in the dense forests of the Baglung district above the northern side of Kali Gandaki. The mystical temple is dedicated to Kali, a powerful form of the Hindu goddess Durga, often associated with the power, Shakti.

The Baglung Kali temple which was renovated during the late 90s period was originally built by Pratap Narayan. Every year, thousands of devotees from normal Hindu devotees to Tantrics visit the temple in search of Siddhi, or knowledge, or to ward off evil spirits and magic. It is also believed that getting married at the temple will bring every kind of happiness and blessing in a marriage.

If you're ever in Baglung then do check out the temple of Baglung Kalika.

23. Besisahar

Lamjung, a part of the 77 districts of Nepal, lies in the mid-hills of Nepal. The district spans from the hilly tropical terrain to the trans-Himalayan geo-ecological belt of Nepal giving rise to spectacular views and an abundance of flora and fauna in the region. Meet the mixed ethnicities, especially the dominant Gurung population, and experience their unique rural culture and lifestyle in one of the most mystical parts of the country.

24. Bardiya National Park

Blessed with unspoiled wilderness, Bardiya is one of those places of Nepal where you wish to spend as many days as possible. Exploration of the most undisturbed national park of Nepal (Bardiya National Park), rafting in Karnali River, blackbuck watching at Khairapur Blackbuck Conservation Area and learning indigenous Tharu culture are some of the attractions in Bardiya.

One of the most underrated tourist destinations, the Shuklaphanta National Park is a less popular stop for wildlife enthusiasts compared to other national parks and wildlife reserves in Nepal. Hence, one can expect fewer crowds and more time with nature at Shuklaphanta National Park. The national park is home to more than 2,300 swamp deer.

With more than 350 species of birds recorded within the park, Shuklaphanta is also a bird watcher’s paradise. During your time at Shuklaphanta National Park, you can also take a ride to Dodhara Chandani Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in Nepal.

25. Shey Phoksundo Lake

Most travellers who pass through the Humla district are most likely headed to Mount Kailash in Tibet. However, it is also rich in culture and geography that a lot of people miss out on. The dry landscape is home to towering red rockscapes, Karnali river, the longest river in Nepal, and medieval stone villages populated by Hindus and Buddhists, some of whom practice polyandry, a rare practice even today.

Discover a fascinating world woven from the ancient Khasa kingdoms of the north which has a blend of Thakuri and Rajput cultures in one of the hidden tourist gold mines of Nepal.

26. Jiri

If you want to make a pilgrimage and also enjoy nature at the same time, visit the roofless temple of Lord Bhimsen (one of the Pancha Pandavas from the Mahabharat) in Charikot. Located 133 km east of Kathmandu in Dolakha district, the Dolakha Bhimsen Temple houses a triangle shaped stone statue of Lord Bhimsen that is believed to represent three incarnations (Lord Bhimsen, Goddess Bhagawati, and Lord Shiva).

It is believed that sweat beads appear on the statue as a warning sign of any imminent disaster in the country. If you are planning to visit this unique temple, you can take a bus from Old Bus Park or Koteshwar in Kathmandu. You can observe typical Newari culture during your journey and enjoy splendid views of Mt. Gaurishankar and other mountains from the temple premises.

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