Nepal has become the adventure junkie’s dream destination. From trekking through high alpine passes to relaxing at beautiful lakeside resorts, Nepal offers something for everyone. It is famous for its stunning Himalayan scenery, rich culture and friendly locals. The country covers both sides of the Himalayas, from Tibet to India and Pakistan, and also boasts vast plains, rolling hills and valleys. Let’s see below some of the interesting places to visit in Nepal.

Bhaktapur, Patan, Chitwan and Khandbari

 These four towns are home to some remarkable temples and monasteries. The first town on our list, Bhaktapur, lies within two square kilometres of each other and was ruled by nine successive dynasties between 1180 and 1658. The Newar people originally settled there during the 7th century and still form over 40% of the city’s population. Today, we can see the old part of the city with its narrow streets and single-storey houses, as well as the religious monuments such as the Durbar Square and the Pashupatinath temple. 

Kathmandu–Lalitpur Highway

This highway runs south towards Biratnagar, while the road north leads up along the mountains to Syabrubesi and beyond that to Mt Everest Base Camp. There are plenty of hairpin bends and switchbacks over these last stretches but it makes for an amazing journey. On clear days you get great views across the Kathmandu valley down to the Bagmati River and the hills of southern Nepal.

Gorkha District

In Gorkha, we have a mix of rural hill villages and smaller towns. A trip into the countryside around Gorkha will take you away from the tourist crowds and offer great opportunities to experience Nepali life. Visit Kangchenjunga National Park for breathtaking views. The park spans the border of India and Nepal and has mountain peaks exceeding 5,600 metres above sea level. You can try paragliding and even fly through the region.

Pokhara

 Located just east of Kathmandu, Pokhara is a relaxed lake resort town. While many travellers only pass through Pokhara en route to or from Everest base camp, this city has quite a bit more to offer than guests might expect. For example, if you head west out of the centre of Pokhara, you’ll find yourself in a residential area of riverside gardens and terraced fields that date back hundreds of years. Devghat is one of the most sacred sites in Nepal, known for its Hindu pilgrimage site and colourful ceremonies. Here you can walk along ghats (steps) that line the edge of the river; in fact, all the way up to Tindharia Ghachok. There are many guesthouses in the area where you can spend your time before or after the rafting trip on the Trishuli River.

Lumbini

 Another place to explore outside of Kathmandu is the birthplace of Siddhart Gautama Buddha. Lumbini means ‘lotus’ in Sanskrit. The exact location of the birth is disputed, however, because modern archaeologists believe that he was born near the current-day village of Lumbini in northeastern Nepal. Life in ancient times may have been very different from today’s way of living as Buddhism swept the country from about 200 BCE onwards. At any rate, Lumbini served later on as a popular destination for pilgrims and holy men coming to visit Siddhart Gautama. One must not forget that the kingdom of Nepal itself had developed at this time thanks to trade relations with South Asia.

Swayambhunath Stupa & Boudhanath

 Close to Kathmandu, the stupas located here are very prominent amongst Buddhist worshippers, both local and foreign. Monks make their pilgrimages to these places so much that they sometimes live inside them. There are also thousands of Tibetan refugees who have set up homes here. They come from Tibet because of political turmoil and persecution there.

Thimphu

 Thimphu, which is situated high in the mountains above ChomolhariLake, approximately 50km northeast of Kathmandu, used to be the summer capital of the former Kingdom of Mustang. Today it’s a peaceful and quiet town, despite being home to some 60,000 inhabitants. There are lots of monasteries and temples. Of special interest is the gompa of Pemayangtse, which houses 4,000 statues of Guru Padmasambhava.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

 The old walled city of Bhaktapur is filled with historical structures like the beautiful East Gate. This gate was built at an altitude of 1,200 meters above sea level. Its construction began under King Prithvi Narayan Shah in 1568.

Kathmandu Valley

 From the old town of Lalbagh to Patan, the main attraction of Kathmandu valley is its historic buildings. The first concrete building in Nepal was constructed in 1869 by Mulk Raj Anand, the first prime minister of Nepal. Buildings including Patan Durbar square and SwyambhunathTemple are World Heritage Sites. Amongst others, the following locations are worth visiting: Basantapur Durbar Square, Changu Narayan Temple, Hanumandhoka Mahadev, Swayambhu Nath Stupa, Kumari Chowk, GupteshworDevi Mandir, NagpalLangotarMahal and Royal Palace. Nepal National Museum is another attraction of Kathmandu.

In conclusion, Nepal is blessed with diverse cultures, fascinating monuments and breathtaking sceneries. A trip there will give you awesome memories and pictures.