15+ Top Rated Tourist Destinations in Nepal

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Top Rated Tourist Destinations in nepal

 

This article covers the top 15+ tourist destinations in Nepal. Nepal is a beautiful artistic place with a fantastic hidden meaning, representing the country’s peace-loving, friendly nature, bravery, and immortal history.

Nepal is blessed with many eye-alluring famous tourist destinations worldwide.

If you want to feel the peace and beauty of Heaven, then you must visit Nepal. Nepal is a country that has 8 of the world’s ten tallest mountains.

Nepal has an extraordinary landscape and consists of the highest & deepest lakes, the highest valley, the deepest gorge, and many more.

Nepal has many densest concentrations of world heritage sites.

Nepal with diverse flora and fauna, beautiful landscapes, lush and green jungles, and historical and religious places enough to gather the attention of foreigners and locals.

So many people worldwide pay thousands of dollars to see Nepal’s snow-capped mountains, rivers, cliffs, waterfalls, other beautiful landscapes, rich flora and fauna, and sites of great religious and historical importance.

 


 

  Popular things about Nepal  

 

1. Birthplace of lord buddha

Nepal is the birthplace of lord Gautam Buddha.

 

2. Highest Mountains

Did you know Nepal is home to 8 of the world’s top 10 tallest mountains?

 

3. Various religious site

Nepal has many religious sites like Pashupati Nath, Mukti Nath, etc.

 

4. Habitat of endangered animals

Nepal is home to several endangered animals, such as red pandas, rhinos, and lions.

 

5. The most fabulous world Heritage sites

Nepal contains 10 world heritage sites within a short distance. Lumbini and Chitwan National Park are a little far, but you can easily reach them within 40 minutes of flight.

 

6. The unique calendar

In Nepal, they use a unique calendar system. It is 2088 in their calendar, while the rest of the world is in 2023 A.D.

 

7. The incredible history of the bravery of Nepalese people

Nepal is a country that was never colonized. It has a brave past.

 

8. Thrilling Adventures

From Bungee jumping to jungle safari to trekking, Nepal is the best destination.

 

9. Unique flag with two triangles

Nepal is a country that’s flag non-quadrilateral in shape.

 

10. Living goddess

Nepal is a country that worships living goddess.

 

11. Yarsagumba

This natural substance is called Himalayan Viagra or Biological gold due to its medicinal properties. It is simply a caterpillar that is found above 3,500 meters.

 

12. Brave Gurkhas

Nepalese are also known as Gurkha due to their bravery.

You may also have heard, ” If a person is not afraid of dying, either he is lying or a Gurkha.

 

14. Evergreen Hills and forests

Hills and mountains, mostly greenery, cover Nepal’s 68% of the land.

 


 

  Tourist Destinations in Nepal  

 

1. Pokhara

Pokhara is known as the “Gateway to the Himalayas.” Pokhara is one of the top choices of people to visit and explore its natural beauty worldwide.

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Pokhara is considered ‘The Tourist Capital of Nepal’ and is the second-largest city in this country after Kathmandu. Pokhara is the highest city at an altitude of more than 900m, making it the base for many world-famous treks.

Many people who visit Pokhara choose to stay here either before or after completing the “Round Annapurna” trekking route to explore the city’s beauty.

Because of its popularity with travelers, the city has relatively modern hotels and restaurants.

You’ll also find ancient lakes, waterfalls, gorges, and majestic views of the Himalayan Mountains.

 

Most famous places in Pokhara:

  1. Phewa Lakh

2. Davis Fall

3. Sarangkot

4. Begnas Lake

5. International Mountain Museum

6. Gupteswar Gupha

7. Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Hiking Trails.

 


 

2. Lumbini

✓ Explore the region of Lumbini, where Prince Siddhartha, who later became Buddha, spent his childhood.

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The exact spot where Buddha was born is marked here in Lumbini, and the site has become one of the world’s most important holy sites.

Experience the power of spirituality by joining the millions of pilgrims who have embarked on this journey for over two millennia.

Lord Buddha was born in 623 B.C. in the famous gardens of Lumbini, which soon became a place of pilgrimage in today’s era.

Lumbini is a famous place now being developed as a Buddhist pilgrimage center, where the archaeological remains associated with the birth of the Lord Buddha form a central feature.

To enhance the inflow of visitors, additional facilities for an auditorium, and boating facilities, among other visually appealing features such as gardens and musical fountains, are now being constructed.

There are 32 Buddhist monasteries in Lumbini Area.

Lumbini is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular pilgrimage destination for people who want to feel peace and spirituality worldwide.

 

Best Attraction in Lumbini

1. Maya Devi Temple

2. Royal Thai Monastery

3. World Peace Pagoda

4. Peace Pagoda

5. Myanmar Golden Monastery

6. Lumbini Monastic Site

7. Dae Sung Shakya (Korean Temple)

8. other Temple of the Graduated Path to Enlightenment

 


 

3. Kathmandu

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The ancient culture and traditional architecture of Kathmandu mean that the city boasts no less than seven World Heritage Sites. 

There are many temples in the heart of Kathmandu, all of which contain tremendous religious significance and many more.

The markets of Kathmandu are also trendy and offer a variety of kinds of stuff for buying and so on.

Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, is surrounded by a valley of historic sites, ancient temples, shrines, and fascinating villages.

Exploring Durbar Square’s monuments and mingling with the locals and animals is easy, and you can also join mountain trekkers in the lively Thamel.

 

Famous Attraction of Kathmandu

i. Pashupatinath Temple

ii. Kathmandu Durbar Area

iii. Khasti Chaitya

iv. Swayambhu Mahachaitya

v. Dream garden

vi. Narayanhiti Darwar Museum

vii. Hanuman Door

viii. Patan Palace Area

ix. Langtang National Park

x. Kopan Monastery

xi. National Museum

xii. Taleju Bhawani Temple

 


 

4. Chitwan National Park

Chitwan, situated at the base of the Himalayas, is one of the last untouched areas in Nepal’s Terai region. This region used to cover the foothills of both India and Nepal.

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It has particularly rich in flora and fauna. If you are a great wildlife enthusiast, then Chitwan National Park is the place you should not miss.

✓ endangered Single-Horned Asiatic Rhinoceros are living in the park.

Chitwan National Park is famous for its Wildlife Safari, Bird Watching, and Tiger Tracking in Nepal.

Thousands of tourist visit Chitwan National Park a year and fall in love with nature, whereas Chitwan national park is considered the first national park of Nepal.

Chitwan National Park is one of the most popular homes to Single Horned-Rhino, Royal Bengal Tigers, Sloth Bears, and Leopards, along with different reptiles and species of birds. It is one of the largest playgrounds for wild animals in Nepal.

Elephant Safari inside Chitwan National Park is one of the best attractions, where tourists come from different countries every year. Besides Elephant Safari, Jeep Safari is another famous program guests can enjoy during their stay in Chitwan.

 


 

5. Mustang

Mustang is mainly known for its trekking tours and mountain sightseeing. Mustang is famous for its Thakali and Newari food, local wines, apples, Tibetan bread, khapse, marpha, dried food, and beers.

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The most exciting thing is that people often have local tea with salt here while trekking. 

Mustang is a magnificent and best destination for those who want to immerse in Tibetan culture and the Nepalese lifestyle, as it is located near the Tibetan Plateau.

Lower Mustang is well-known for its natural scenery, while Upper Mustang is famous for its trekking and hiking trails, monasteries, caves, and local tribes.

This destination is rich in vegetation with a range of rhododendron plantations and apple fields and is robust with Buddhist culture. As a visitor, one can witness the mountain people’s lifestyle, daily routines, and customs.

Visitors can look at several Tibetan shrines, monasteries, caves, and villages to learn about the “Mini Tibet in Nepal.”

The northwestern region of Nepal is known for its rugged and mystical charm. It’s a perfect spot for backpackers, trekkers, or anyone seeking a break from city life to enjoy the serene beauty of the Himalayas.

 

Top Attraction of Mustang

1. Muktinath Temple

2. Kali Gandaki River

3. Marpha Monastery

4. Red Cliffs

5. Annapurna Trek

6. Tilicho Lake Trek

7. Jomsom Muktinath Trek

8. Upper Mustang Trek

9. Bara Gaon

 


 

6. Illam

Holidaymakers who fly to the eastern part of Nepal often enjoy visiting Illam, considered one of Nepal’s best attractions.

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It is a district covered mainly in tea bushes with a hill town beside a plantation enjoying views of pristine landscapes made up of sloping tea gardens, mountain streams, dense natural forests, holy sites, unique culture, and so on.

The Larumba Temple holds great significance for the Kirat religion in Illam. Situated in the Mangsebung Rural Municipality, this temple is renowned for rejecting animal sacrifice and promoting other cultural aspects.

It is widely famous for six major cash crops, all–initiated from the same vowel sound in Nepali, so it is also known as the district of ‘6’ as Potato, Cardamom, Ginger, Red Round Chilly, Milk, and broom grass.

 

Top Attractions of Illam

1. Todke Falls

2. Kanyam

3. Pathivara Devi

4. Mai Beni

5. Sandakpur

6. Mai Pokhari

7. Antu Danda

 


 

7. Nuwakot

Blessed with natural beauty and rich history, Nuwakot is one of the best-hidden secrets of Nepal.

Away from the herds of tourists and tourism activities, visitors can taste Nepal’s best beauty and witness the spectacular sunset and sunrise from Kakani Hill Tower.

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Nuwakot has become a Popular center of attraction not only for its architectural glory but also for offering scenic trekking, hiking, climbing, and mountain biking opportunities.

With just a handful of hotels and resorts, the tiny village of Nuwakot, or Nine Forts, has gained its reputation as the silent peak of the region.

Although the place is easily accessible from Kathmandu, it is less famous than the hilltops of Pokhara and Nagarkot.

With snow-capped mountains and thick clouds surrounding the hilltop, Nuwakot was formerly a royal base with King Prithvi Narayan Shah, who landed here in 1744.

The palace square of Nuwakot, constructed by the former king, has become a popular destination for tourists visiting this charming hill town.

A couple of uniquely popular festivals are Bull-fighting and Sindure Jatra. All the visitors traveling to Nepal must include Nuwakot in their itinerary and explore Nepal worldwide.

 


 

8. Bandipur

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If you want a quiet refuge with traditional culture and calm, relaxing days where you experience countryside walks, nature, and mountain views, Bandipur is the best place.

It’s no wonder we all think it’s one of Nepal’s most beautiful places to visit. Featuring traditional Nepalese architecture, Bandipur is awe-strikingly beautiful and serves as a weekend destination from Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Bandipur is known as a living gallery of Newari traditions and culture showcased in its alleys lined with ancient-style homes and structures.

Offering epic Himalayan views, Bandipur is also famous for its enchanting countryside walks, local sports, biking, rappelling, hiking, trekking, mountain climbing, Gorkha beer, cafes, restaurants, and lodges.

From visiting the ancient temples to strolling the elegant backstreets, the town is where you can experience peace away from the city’s fast-paced life.

The hilltop settlement of Bandipur, predominantly a Newar town with its age-old flavor still intact, is well preserved and invites travelers to experience its unique offerings: rich hill culture, mountain views, hiking, and many more.

Bandipur has retained its age-old cultural attributes – temples, shrines, sacred caves, innumerable festivals, and Newari architecture.

The unique eye-alluring attractions of Bandipur are the hills which are ideal for hiking along trails that pass through tribal villages, verdant forests, and hilltop shrines that once doubled as forts; it is also the home to Asia’s second-largest and Nepal’s largest cave Siddha Gufa; Bandipur Tundikhel; Thani Mai Temple located at the top of the hill that provides the visitors with a stunning 360-degree view of the town of Bandipur, Annapurna range and the hills that surround it.

 


 

9. Shaswat Dham

The exciting thing about Nepal is that you can never run out of spiritual places to visit.

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Yet most are old temples with the same archaic architecture and follow a typical path of spirituality and devotion.

A modern architectural wonder, Shashwat Dham is visited not only for its spiritual and religious significance but for its artistic design, tranquil ambiance, and philosophy practiced in the establishment.

It is spread over 12 acres and is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. Shashwat Dham is a peaceful place where spirituality takes on a new meaning and is embraced by those who seek it with open hearts.

The temple and ashram complex is situated in the picturesque surroundings of the Devchuli region in the Nawalprasi district of south-central Nepal. It is located on the Mahendra Highway, running from east to west.

The sprawling expanse of Shashwat Dham spreads over 12 acres of land altogether. The central shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva, which could be a subtle nod to the well-known 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva.

Shashwat Dham is a destination for all nature lovers, spiritual seekers, and explorers to explore ancient knowledge and experience mental peace and inner joy in a tranquil yet vibrant environment.

To be the most sought-after destination for explorers, seekers, and nature lovers globally for spiritual upliftment, mental tranquility, and Physical well-being through Knowledge (Jnana), devotion (Bhakti), action (Karma), and Yogic Practices (raja) while preserving & upholding the essence of Sanatan dharma (the eternal way of Living) in its purest form.

 


 

10. Dharan

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Dharan is a beautiful city located near the southeastern border of India, serving as the gateway to the Mahabharata Hills. It is the best city of cultural diversity and a hub for football in Nepal.

It is one of the fantastic places to visit in Nepal for its natural beauty as well as thrilling activities like hiking, trekking, picnicking, night parties, etc.

 

Famous Places of Dharan

1. Tamar Khola

2. Yalamber Park

3. Bhanu Chowk

4. Budha Subba Temple

5. Jatta

6. Vijaypur Hill

7. Dantakali Temple

8. Pindeshwor Temple

9. Panchakanya Temple

 


11. Dhulikhel

Dhulikhel is one of the most diverse and authentic Newari towns to visit in Nepal, offering a unique blend of culture and heritage.

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It is a preferred choice among travelers for a staycation with family or friends to soak in the elegance of surrounding panoramas and enjoy tasty local dishes.

Dhulikhel serves well-paved paths for nature walks, scenic Dhulikhel to Namo Buddha trails for mountain biking, and short to long trekking trails.

Dhulikhel is also famous for its temples, such as Hindu shrines, Buddhist Stupas, religious places, and architectural marvels.

 


12. Everest & the Trek to Base Camp

 The great Mount Everest of Nepal, the highest mountain on earth, reaches 8,848 meters (29,028 feet) high.

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Trekking in the world-renowned Mount Everest region gained popularity after the historic first climb of the peak in 1953 by New Zealand’s Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay.

The Everest Region is generally not regarded as the most scenic region in the country for trekking because of some literal cause. Still, the allure of Everest makes it a popular destination for climbers and trekkers.

There are various routes to access the base camp and several options for organizing a trip. Many trekking companies offer a guided hikes with Nepalese or Western-based companies.

It’s also possible to hire a private guide or porter and can do it yourself; however, all trekkers are technically required to have a guide.

The main and favorable hiking seasons are spring and fall, from March to May and September to December.

For that seeker who does not want to trek to Mount Everest but still wants to see the mountain, it is possible to see it on clear days from the hill town of Nagarkot near Kathmandu.

Hotel staff and many things will knock on guests’ doors on clear mornings if Everest is visible. This might be the lazy traveler’s best chance to see the world’s highest peak in the heart of Nepal.

 


13. Ghodaghodi Lake

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Ghodaghodi is a lake with great religious value. There is a great shrine to the Ghodaghodi deity where the Indigenous Tharu Community celebrates a traditional festival, i.e., Agan Panchami, by worshiping and offering animals during December.

People take holy baths in the lake. The Ghodaghodi Lake is located in the southern region of the sudurpaschim.

The place is a gem for people who love solitude. It is also an ideal place for bird watching as it is home to around 140 bird species, including the crested serpent, grey-headed eagle, pochard, darter, etc.

Nearby, 13 other shallow lakes and ponds create a unique landscape. If you are lucky, you will see some wild animals too, i.e., otters, gharial, the Bengal tiger, etc.

 


14. Khaptad National Park

Khaptad National Park is known for resident birds like the imperial pheasant (danphe), white-rumped vultures, peregrine falcon, bulbuls, cuckoos, etc.

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Khaptad National Park is the soul of the Sudurpaschaim Province. The availability of these species of birds has turned the national park into an area famous for bird-watching.

The park offers a challenging yet rewarding experience unlike any other protected area in Nepal. One of the great ashrams, ‘Khaptad Baba Ashram,’ is located near the  Khaptad National Park.

The well-known Tribeni confluence made by three rivers and a Shiva temple is on the way to Park Headquarters.

This hilly plateau is the most famous place in the region. The air is fresh with a peaceful environment, and the terrain is lush green like a carpet.

This is a home of many flora and fauna in the Khaptad area, as you will probably see musk deer, wild boar, and birds like the chyakhura, kilij, and danphe.

A combination of Evergreen forests and meadows gives the place a calming Environment. Once there, go to Khaptand Lake and the Triveni Dham.

The best time to go is probably in the winter when white patches of snow in the green meadows add additional shine and beauty to the place.


 15. Surma Sarovar

Surma Sarobar is a beautiful holy lake located at an altitude of 4333m and is also known as ‘Mini Kailash for Hindus’. The place offers lots of amazing views of mountain peaks like Jethi Bahurani.

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✓ Some of the Rocky structures, huge greenery grasslands, and incredible lakes are the top attractions of Surma Sarovar. As you need to cross a high pass of 4859 meters to reach this place, trekkers must be cautious of high altitude sickness.

✓ The area is rich in flora and fauna. There are plenty of beautiful wildflowers, poisonous flowers/plants, and herbs/spices in Surma Saruvar’s periphery.

✓ Similarly, animal species like small black bears and barking deer, and different kinds of pheasants, including the Himalayan Monal, are a common sight in this place.

Cultural attractions like Deuda, Fag, and Magal (singing hymns in the name of Goddess Surma) are the plus point of this trek.

✓ Similarly, you can experience the unique culture and traditions of the local people and taste their traditional cuisines. Their unique language and attire easily attract anyone.

✓ You must walk past high ridges that you get to by crossing passes and walk past small lakes and ponds along with meadows with mountains like Jethi Bahurani.

✓ The exciting thing is that the lake is quite holy, too, as people consider it an option to the holy Mansarovar Lake in Tibet.

 


16. Ramaroshan

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Ramaroshan is a beautiful place that is considered the only habitat of the national bird of Nepal, Danfe (Lophophorus), and is also famous for its rhododendron forests.

Ramaroshan is also a fantastic place to view the Budhi Ganga basin, along with the peaks of Mount Api and Saipal.

✓ Massive stiff rocky cliffs, green forests, terraced hill slopes, and enchanting lakes surround the place.

The abundant and colorful orchids and flowers along the way make it a must-visit place for exploring visitors and travelers. In History and Myth, The name Ramaroshan is supposed to be derived from the name of Lord Ram.

It is strongly believed that Rama visited this place for its peace and serenity, which was called Roshan then.

Hence it got its name Badi Malika Temple in Ramaroshan in achham. The place also holds some religious significance because Lord Shiva and Parvati supposedly spent some time here after their wedding.

Even today, two neighboring unique wetlands are called Rama and Roshan. Ramaroshan lakes are covered by various flowers that add natural beauty.

Nature has also blessed the area with a wide variety of wildlife, including tigers, bears, wild cats, musk deer, pheasants, and various bird species.

Ramaroshan is a top mesmerizing travel destination for visitors in Western Nepal. The beautiful and aye-alluring land has twelve giant lakes, grand rock mountains, and lush green vegetation with varieties of vibrant flowers.

The place looks like a perfect masterpiece of an artist, which has all the fascinating colors of life. The Famous attraction of Ramaroshan is its meadows, AKA Patan, which are 18 in number with rich in wildlife.

From there, you can get artistic views of mountains like Saipal and Api, along with the Budhigankadi river basin. It is also considered home to tall cliffs that the locals climb to harvest honey.


17. Rara Lake

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Rara Lake is a beautiful landscape with natural beauty. The gorgeous Flower in summer and snow in winter with a Panoramic view from murma and chuchemara made the place like Heaven.

Rara Lake is famous for the snow trout fish variety and is one of the pilgrimage sites for Nepalis.

Rara Lake is oval-shaped with an east-west axis and has a maximum length of 5 km and a width of 3 km. Surrounded by magnificent conifer forests as it is Nepal’s biggest lake (10.8 sq km) with a depth of 167 m.

Rara Lake was better known as Rara Daha for several years, but that changed when the late King Mahendra visited the basin in 1963 and called it the ‘Rara Lake.’

If you consider visiting Rara Lake, its magnificent views will not disappoint you.

you can enjoy camping by the lake’s sparkling waters, horse riding, boating, sightseeing, campfire, hiking, and finding distinct cultures and livelihoods.

The rich vegetation of the park in Rara Lake supports diverse species of wildlife, including the endangered red panda, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, leopard, jackal, Himalayan tahr, Yellow-throated martin, some of the wild dogs, boar, common langur, rhesus macaque, and the common otter, etc.

In winter, the park abounds in bird varieties like coots, great-crested grebe, black-necked grebe, red-crested pochard, mallard, common teal, merganser, and gulls.

You can see Migrant waterfowl and gallinaceous birds can also be seen during certain seasons.

Rara Lake is the best vantage point to enjoy magnificent views of the deep blue lake, the forested hillsides, and the snow-capped peaks.