01 Feb 10 of the best places to visit in Nepal
Nepal- the land of the Himalayas is famous for its amazing Himalayan tapestry, which also includes the world’s tallest mountain peak- Mount Everest. A multi-cultural country, Nepal has many sites and destinations that you can visit. From amazing ethnic villages to verdant alpine forests of Natural Parks, Nepal is a country brimming with diversity. Here are top ten best places to visit in Nepal-
#1 Everest Base Camp
The Everest Base Camp lies at an elevation of 5,364 meters in the Himalayas of the Khumbu region. Among the many places to visit in Nepal, this is one of the most popular. Many visitors from all around the world visit Nepal to do the trekking journey to the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain peak. It is the main highlight and the final destination of the popular Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal.
#2 Tilicho Lake
The Tilicho Lake is the highest located lake in the world and it is situated 55 kilometers away from famous Pokhara city. It is also considered one of the largest in Nepal. The lake is surrounded by the Khangsar Himal, the Muktinath Peak and the Tilicho Himal. The turquoise waters of the Tilicho Lake are quite mesmerizing and the lake is a famous side-hike among trekkers doing the popular Annapurna Circuit.
#3 Marpha Village
The village of Marpha is a popular village of the Annapurna region. With tourism and mule rearing serving as the major livelihood of the people, the village of Marpha is also referred as “the apple capital of the nation”. Local Marpha brandy, apple pies and apple jams produced in the village are considered one of the most exotic and delicious delicacies of Nepal
Pokhara is perhaps one of the most famous cities of Nepal, and the starting point of most of the trekking journeys of the Annapurna region. Pokhara is also the largest city of Nepal in terms of area. Also referred to as the “Tourism Capital of Nepal” and “the country’s adventure hub”, Pokhara has various lakes, caves, extreme sports and museums that pull in crowds from all over. Pokhara also borders the Phewa Lake in the south, a feature that earned its name as “the Lake-side City”. The Himal of Machhapuchhre also lies close, and its reflection can sometimes be seen on Phewa Lake’s tranquil waters. Pokhara also has many temples and Gompas scattered throughout its parameters and many pertain to both the Hindu and the Buddhist people. Likewise, other notable places of worship include the Bindabasini Temple, the Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave/Temple, the Sunpadeli Keseri and the World Peace Pagoda among many others.
#5 Annapurna Base Camp
Trekking in Nepal is quite famous. Among the many destinations that Nepal presents, the Annapurna Base Camp is one of the most famous. The Annapurna Base Camp lies an elevation of 4,210 meters in the Annapurna Himalayas. It lies under the protection of the Annapurna Sanctuary and is one of the most visited trekking destinations of the region. The snowy expanse of the base camp is quite beautiful and the serenity of the place is very dream-like. It is often the basis of the famous ABC Trek that many people undergo.
#6 Chitwan National Park
Chitwan National Park is quite famous for its jungle safaris. It is the first national park of Nepal and covers an area of 932 kilometer square in the districts of Nawalparasi and Parsa. The Chitwan National Park is also home to many endangered species of animals like the Royal Bengal Tiger, Red Panda, One Horned Rhinoceros and the Musk Deer. Jungle safari in the park is done on Elephant back and is a great way to enjoy the forests and woodlands of the region while observing animals in their natural habitat.
#7 the Gokyo Lakes
The Gokyo Lakes are the world’s highest freshwater lake systems. Declared as a Ramsar site, the Gokyo Lakes are highlighted sites for trekkers who travel to the Everest region. Considered sacred by both the Hindus and the Buddhist, the Gokyo Lake is a famous pilgrimage site where pilgrims take a holy bath in the lake’s waters during the Janai Purnima and Gangadashara festivals. According to Hindu mythology, the Gokyo Lake is the abode of Nag Devata- the Snake God. A temple of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva is also situated at the western corner of the lake.
#8 Poon Hill
Poon Hill is one of the most visited viewpoints in Nepal. It provides a spectacular panorama of the entire Mount Annapurna Massif. Trekkers visit this vantage point early in the morning to witness the sunrise views. Located at an elevation of 3,210 meters, Poon Hill presents amazing views of the Dhaulagiri as well as the Annapurna Himals.
#9 Upper Mustang
Upper Mustang is a region of Nepal that was restricted for the longest time. Even as the region has been opened for trekking, the number of visitors to the region is still regulated. Because of the region’s restriction, the Tibetan Buddhist culture of Upper Mustang is still unsullied. Among all of Nepal Treks, Upper Mustang presents a vastly different terrain. Instead of snowy acreages or lush forests, Upper Mustang presents dry and arid environments and some of the best amazing rock formations in the world.
A Buddhist pilgrimage site, Lumbini is revered as the sacred birthplace of Lord Buddha- the founder of Buddhism and the Light of Asia. It has a number of temples and monasteries with beautiful architecture, including the holy temple of Mayadevi and the Puskarini Pond. Lumbini was inscribed under the World Heritage Site in 1997 and contains many archeologically fascinating artifacts pertaining to the life of Lord Buddha. Highlights of Lumbini include the great Drigung Lotus Stupa, the holy Bodhi Tree, the Asoka Pillar, the eternal peace flame and many monasteries built in distinct architectural beauty and intricacy.