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BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN NEPAL

Nepali people take pride in Nepal’s history, culture, geology, the unity in diversity and most of all – The Mountains. This pride has served well for tourist thereafter, they love the hospitality of Nepali people. And the reason is; Nepali people are brought up in the culture where guests are treated as Gods. And this has made Nepal a unique place to enjoy the world class hospitality.

You might be wondering where to visit after coming to Nepal. Well, TREKKING is always the best choice, but what if you don’t want long hikes and instead want to enjoy the culture, the short hikes, and the sacred areas! – (note: some places mentioned here need longer days and special permission, make sure to check out all the information henceforth.)

These are the Best places to visit in Nepal

Kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu (1400 m) is the capital city of Nepal. It is surrounded by 4 small peaks; Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun, and Chandragiri – therefore called Kathmandu Valley. Short hikes to these short peaks is a must for busy tourists. There are 1.4 million people in the city, all migrated from the rural areas to earn living and increase the living standard. It is the most facilitated part of Nepal – though not the most peaceful and cleanest.

Kathmandu is the biggest tourist hub of Nepal boasting a lot of temples – because of it, it is widely known as “The city of Temples.”. The history of Durbar Squares dates nearly 2000 years back and they are greatly appreciated by tourists. And the most interesting part – you will visit the UNESCO listed world heritage site within a radius of 15 KM. To name, they are – the Pashupatinath, the Swayambhunath, Boudha Stupa, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan Durbar square.

If you want to get most out of the Kathmandu valley and explore the most sacred parts then hiring an experienced guide or consulting with a reputed travel agency is the best option.

Related read: Best Places to Visit in Kathmandu Valley

Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur Darbur square
Bhaktapur Darbur square

Bhaktapur is an ancient Newari city located 13KM (8 miles) from the capital city, Kathmandu. For the second half of the 15th century, the city was the capital of Nepal (during the reign of Malla Kings). It was also one of the three most powerful Kingdom of Kathmandu Valley and the largest one in area. The architectures, palace courtyards and old city center in Nepal is well-preserved and the city is often synonym to the traditional art, architecture, and craft works.

Most tourist prefer to visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square because cars are not allowed inside the town center and it is interestingly less crowded and peaceful. History says that Bhaktapur was one among the strongest kingdom of Kathmandu valley but after the King Yakshya Malla divided the Kingdom between three sons in 1482. The Kingdom lost its power and was soon avenged by Shah Dynasty from Gurkha.

Important landmarks of the city are Nyatapola Temple, Bhairab Nath Temple, Changu Narayan, Dattatreya Temple, & Kailashnath Mahadev Statue. You can explore the city by yourself, but the real history and the local tastes & style of the art and the culture of the city can only be experienced with real locals guides.

Lalitpur (Patan)

Patan Darbur Square tour sightseeing
Patan Darbur Square tour sightseeing

Patan is the third largest city of Nepal with an area of 15.43 km2 (5.96 sq mi). It is one of the three royal cities of Nepal and located just 5 km far to the south of Kathmandu valley. Patan has the UNESCO listed world heritage site – Patan Durbar Square. The Durbar Square was the Palace of ancient King of Patan and now the palace is accessible for tourists to visit and you can enjoy the amazing display of Newari architecture. It is also known as Lalitpur and famous for hosting much festive and feasts and showcasing traditional arts and crafts.

The major attractions of the city are the Patan Museum – which boasts bronze statues and many religious objects, The Golden window – built by Srinivasa Malla in 1680, The Mahabouddha Temple – a masterpiece made out of clay from the fourteenth century, which houses thousands of images of Lord Buddha beautifully engraved and finally The Krishna Temple – built in 17th century completely out of stone and the only temple with 21 shrines.

Nagarkot 

Mountain view from Nagarkot
Mountain view from Nagarkot

Nagarkot is about 35 km far from Kathmandu. It is the most accessible and nearest place to take a nice glance of Highest Mountain like Everest and Manaslu, Langtang and Annapurna ranges (let’s just say, you can see 8 Himalayan ranges out of 13 from here). Especially the altitude of around 2200 meters is the best part of this short hike and because you can reach that altitude in just a day, this is insane.

The notable thing about Nagarkot is that it is predominantly popular for giving amazing views of the green forest, the rhododendron flowers, the spellbinding views of the Himalayas and the glorious sunrise and sunset views. There is one tower at the top of the hill from where you can see stunning views along with the strong wind – the best feeling ever. Before Nagarkot was a tourist destination, it was the fort of rulers of Nepal. And because of its strategic location, it was used as the place to keep an eye on other Kingdoms and valleys.

Dhulikhel 

Dhulikhel Mountain View
Dhulikhel Mountain View

Dhulikhel is 30 KM east of Kathmandu. It sits at an altitude of 5,086ft (1,550m). The place was ancient Newari village and you can see amazing temples influenced by Newari architecture. The site is located just outside the border of Kathmandu & you can see stunning Himalaya views. The mountains seen in the sky above creates an illusion as part of it are covered by fogs.

Most parts of Dhulikhel are commercialized because the village lies between the roadway to Tibet and Kathmandu. But the ancient architecture and historical sites are in good condition. Among them, Namo Buddha hike is the most popular one and legend says that Lord Gautam Buddha sacrificed his own flesh to feed a starving tigress and her cubs. You can read the scripture on of the carved stone there. So, if you are planning for a short hike after a long trip or want to do this as a first short hike in Nepal. It is a good choice.

Pokhara 

Annapurna Himalaya Range view from Sarangkot Pokhara
Annapurna Himalaya Range view from Sarangkot Pokhara

Pokhara is a great base for starting short hikes or taking long Annapurna Base Camp Trek. It is the second biggest tourist hub of Nepal. And popular for organizing different adventurous activities. You can do Bungee Jumping, Paragliding, Zip Flyer, Ultra-Light Flight, Boating and many other activities here. Pokhara is about 600 meters lower than Kathmandu in altitude and because of it, you can do hiking in every season. You can see tourists flocking here even in off-seasons. Some of the must see places include Phewa Lake, David’s fall, Pokhara Museum, Gupteshwor Cave and Barahi Temple among many of them.

Pokhara houses 3 of the world’s highest peaks among top 10. If you are up for short hiking – going to Sarangkot is the best choice. You can see amazing sunrise and sunset view from there. Another choice is the Poonhill Hike (3210m) and offers you the best view of mountains in short day. If you are staying for a long duration, you can do ABC Trek or Annapurna Circuit Trek (Both of them are a great choice).

Related read: Things to do in Pokhara

Jomsom 

Jomsom Village
Jomsom Village

Jomsom is a capital of Mustang District. It is a starting point for most major trekking destinations like – Upper Mustang and Muktinath. Jomsom & Muktinath are included in Annapurna Circuit Trek (It is like a half – way of Annapurna Circuit Trek). You can take a direct flight to Jomsom from Pokhara for convenience but Jeep and Buses are also available. Jomsom is almost at the height of 2800 meters and you can see Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Nilgiri very closely while enjoying some of the most ancient Tibetan Cultures. Jomsom is very developed part of the district and a gateway to most of the rural and preserved areas of Nepal. The town is formed by government officials and merchants for the administrative and commercial purpose. Nonetheless, You can visit a 500-year-old monastery and straddle along the bank of river Kali Gandaki and see holy stones – Shaligrams.

Annapurna Conservation Area 

on the way to tilicho lake
Annapurna circuit trekking

Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP) is the largest and first protected area project of Nepal under National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC). It covers an area of 7,629 km2 (2,946 sq. mi) and touches Manang, Mustang, Kaski, Myagdi, and Lamjung district of Nepal. The lowest elevation is 790m (2592ft) and the highest point is The Annapurna I at 8,091 m (26,545ft), which also comes under ACAP. The Latest figure shows that it protects about 1,226 species of flowering plants, 102 mammals, 474 birds, 39 reptiles and 22 amphibians, which are found here. Some of the distinctive features that make the conservation area unique are: The deepest George of the world – Kaligandaki George (3 miles long and 1.5 miles long), The world’s highest altitude fresh water – Tilicho Lake, The world’s largest rhododendron forest and a valley with fossils dating back to 60 million years ago.

The culture and the ethnicity of the area are diverse. There are about 100,000 people of the different ethnic group and uses their own unique dialect. Magars, Gurungs, Thakalis, Manange, and Loba are the dominant residents with a large number of population.

Chitwan National park 

Chitwan Jungle Safari
Chitwan Jungle Safari

Chitwan National Park is a popular national park of Nepal. This will be an interesting feat for new tourists or if you are in dilemma to decide where to go.  The park is famed for the Elephant ride along with Elephant Bathe and adventurous offerings like rafting, boating, etc. The national park gives shelter to a large number of species and mammals like one-horned rhinos, tiger, leopard, sloth bear, gaur, etc. To condense, Chitwan national park protects and preserves more than 400 species of birds. If you get lucky you will get to see Bengal Tigers. With Elephant ride you will enjoy watching many of the beautiful sceneries and birds chirping. Langur, crocodiles, pythons, deer, rhesus monkey and leopards are most common animals preserved in the national park.

On contrary to Jungle Safari; Tharu Culture is another attraction of this park – their way of living, culture, and tradition and unique Dance is worth a visit. Jungle walk, canoe ride, jeep drive, bathing, swimming with elephants, etc are other activities that can be done in Chitwan.

Lumbini

Lumbini Birth place of Loud Buddha
Lumbini Birth place of Loud Buddha

Lumbini is known to the world as the birth place of Lord Gautam Buddha – founder of Buddhism. And it attracts a large number of Buddhist monk’s to pay a visit to their leader – Buddha. Around the Lumbini Palace, you can explore the Kingdom and the lifestyle of King Suddodha (Lord Buddha’s Father.). There are Garden Park and the Maya Devi Temple, which are enlisted in UNESCO world heritage site and the main attraction.

Lumbini is a choice for Pilgrimage travelers, but you can visit to check out the architecture and the monuments carrying long history, which sometimes are from 500 B.C.

Related read: Things to do in Chitwan

Langtang National Park 

Langtang National Park
Langtang National Park

Langtang National Park is the first Himalayan national park project of Nepal. It is the nearest national park from Kathmandu covering an area of 1,710 km2 (660 sq mi). The altitude varies from 1500 meters and all the way to 7234 meters at the Langtang Lirung Mountain. It is one of the most visited national parks of Nepal and the park has many tourist attraction – starting from the Syabrubesi village, you will see many monasteries and gompas with excellent views of mountains in the background. And there is the Gosainkunda – famous for high altitude lakes and the religious importance that the Gosainkunda lake carries (the lake is believed to be created by Lord Shiva). Along the way you will see, outstanding views to Langtang Lirung (7246 m), Himal Chuli (7864 m) and a very popular monastery: Sing Gompa.

The national park is home to rare animals like red panda and other common animals like wild boar, Himalayan black bear, gray langur monkey, leopard, and ghoral. The park also features different species of birds like a Himalayan honey guide (very rare), tragopan, Kalij, pheasants, etc.

Bardia National park

Bardia National Park - Leopard
Bardia National Park – Leopard

Bardiya National Park Covers 968 sq. m of an area, it was established in 1969 as a Royal Hunting Reserve, then it was 368 sq. m and later with the coverage of whole Babai Valley, it was named Chitwan National Park. Chitwan National Park is 600 Km west of Kathmandu and in the mid-far western region in the eastern bank of Karnali River. In this national park, more than 30 different mammals, over 300 species of resident and migratory birds and many reptiles and fishes have been sharing it as their home.

Also, Bardiya National Park is the quietest and largest protected area of Terai region. This national park is covered with a thick presence of Sal trees and grasses. Bardiya national park preserves some of the endangered species like rhinoceros, wild elephant, tigers, swamp deer, crocodiles, Gangetic dolphins and black bucks.

Elephant ride, jungle walk, bird watching, going to crocodile breeding center, going to the visitor center, etc are some of the activities we do in Bardiya Jungle Safari.

Sagarmatha national park (Everest region )

Sagarmatha National Park
Sagarmatha National Park

Sagarmatha National Park is the one UNESCO World Heritage Site listed national park that you must visit. It covers an astounding area of 1,148 sq. km while the altitude ranges from 2,845 meters (Monjo) to the 8,848 meters (Mount Everest). The national park is dominated by the mountains like Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Thamserku, Nuptse, Amadablam, and Pumori, which are all 6,000 meters high. The park protects many species of animals and birds and several rare species like the snow leopard and the lesser panda. The national park is highlighted by the presence of world famous Sherpas – the Himalayan Dwellers. They are the primary native of this region and you can mingle with them and learn their lifestyle. If you book trekking in this region, you will likely get a Sherpa Guide or Porter – Great for You!. As you enter the reign of the park, you will see many famous and ancient monasteries which are still habited by monks. Some must see monasteries are Tengboche, Thame, Khumjung, and Pangboche (they are far from each other).

Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve 

Himalayan Thar hunting in Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve Nepal
Himalayan Thar hunting in Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve Nepal

Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is the only hunting reserve of Nepal. It covers an area of 1,325 km2 (512 sq mi) and  the altitude ranges from 2,850 meters (9,350ft) to 5,500 meters (18,040 ft). The reserve fulfills the thirst of both the domestic and international tourists to hunt in the land of Himalayas. The reserve is very strict in maintaining the balance of animals by not allowing over hunting and illegal poaching and you have to pre-book the hunting because it is offered only for a certain period of the year. Most hunters come here to hunt Blue Sheep and Himalayan Tahr while the endangered animals like musk deer, wolf, red panda, danphe and cheer peasant are found but not allowed to hunt. The reserve features common plants like Fir, pine, birch, rhododendron, hemlock, oak, juniper, and spruce. More than 50% of the reserve is occupied by pastureland in the hight-altitude region.

Besides hunting – there is a popular Hindu pilgrimage site; Dhorbaraha. Especially in Nepali festival ‘Janai Purnima’, which is held in August, many Hindu’s flocks here to worship. And the view of Dhaulagiri mountain from different parts of the reserve is stunning.

Shivapuri Watershed & Wildlife Reserve

Shivapuri National Park
Shivapuri National Park

Shivapuri Watershed & Wildlife Reserve is a predecessor of Shivapuri Watershed Development Board. It covers an area of 159 Sq Km (61 sq mi) and before that, it’s original area was only 144 Sq Km (56 sq mi) – now it is extended up to Nagarjun Forest Reserve. Kathmandu Valley is dependent upon the several hundred thousands cubic liters of water supplied from here and now it is turned into a national park to provide better protection for the water reservoir and protect different floras and faunas.

Kathmandu is surrounded by hills from all sides. Among all the hills – Shivapuri Hill is the highest one with a height of 2,732 meters (8,963 ft). The upper part of the hill is covered with dense forest. Some mentionable animals found in the forest are the leopard, Ghoral, wild boar, Ratuwa, Ratuna, chital, and barking deer. The latest statistic shows that there are 129 species of mushrooms, 150 species of butterflies, 9 species of birds (blue magpies, Kalij pheasants, Bonelli’s eagles, great Himalayan barbets) and 19 species of mammals under the observation of the reserve. Khatpad National Park 

Khaptad Naitonal Park
Khaptad Naitonal Park

Khaptad National Park is located in the Far-Western Development region of Nepal. It covers an area of 225 sq km (87 sq mi) and the altitude ranges from 1,400 meters (4,600 ft) to 3,300 meters (10,800 ft). It is known as the Garden of herbs and there are about 224 species of medicinal herbs and a long history of natural plants. There are as many as 576 species of plants which is staggering 11 percent of whole Nepal. Besides, it is a great location for bird watching – there are about 270 species of birds –  Impheyan pheasant, cuckoos, partridges, eagles, bulbuls, and flycatcher are some of the most common types.  Wildlife is also rich in Khaptad National park, some common animals found in the park include barking deer, wild dog, wild boar, Ghoral, yellow-throated marten, Himalayan black bear, langur monkey & rhesus monkey.

Khaptad Baba is popular around the national park area, he meditated here for over 50 years and gained spiritual importance. Anyone can visit the Ashram (region of Baba) and practice meditation. Other attraction of the park includes Saileshwori, Ramaroshan, Badimalika & Surma Sarovar (Lake at an altitude of 4,307 m).

Dharan 

Dharan Ghantaghar
Dharan Ghantaghar

Dharan is the second largest city of Eastern Nepal. It is known as the Queen of the East or City of Laurey – the city got the nickname because, during the early 1950s, British Gurkha recruitment center was here (it is closed now). In the recent context, Dharan is popular for producing many popular football players hence, Footballer producing factory of Nepal.

For tourists, Dharan is a good choice to enjoy the developed part of Nepal. It is known as the fashion trend setter of Nepal and the locals are more educated and privileged than other parts of Nepal. You will enjoy the different ethnics groups in the city area who have their own culture and celebrate various festivals. There are many temples like Dantakali Temple, Pindeshwor Temple, Budha Subba Temple and Panch Kanya, which plays very important role in both the architectural aspect and historical aspects. Popular activities to do in Dharan includes – HIke to Hill station at Bhedetar, Visit B.P Koirala Institute of Health Science, go for a picnic at Raja Rani Lake, visit local pubs, Try Sugarcane from Tamar Khola, Shop around Bhanu Chok and enjoy Barbeque party at Yalambar Park.

Ilam 

Illam Tea garden Hill
Illam Tea garden Hill

Ilam Municipality is a headquarter of Illam District. It is popular for Tea production and green hills with a crisscross path. Antu Danda (2,328m) in Ilam is probably one of the best hill station of Nepal. You can enjoy a great sunrise and sunset view from here and see great mountain views in the far distance. And the most mentionable attraction of Ilam is the red panda and rare birds. Many researchers come here to study their behavior and lifestyle.

Ilam is also a religious site for many worshipers. There is the Mai Pokhari (lake) in the middle of the thick forest of fir, birch, juniper, and pines which are settled by a large number of animals like musk deer, leopard, porcupine, and jackal. During the month of October/November, the Goddess Bhagawati is worshiped here by organizing a huge fair.

Most notably, Ilam is known for six A’s- Alu(potato), Aaduwa (ginger), Olan(milk), Alainchi(cardamom), Amriso(broom grass), and Akabare Khursani(chilies). These are the cash crops of Ilam and the main source of income for the locals here.

Janakpur  

Janaki Temple Mandir in Janakpur
Janaki Temple Mandir in Janakpur

Janakpur is located in the Terai region of Southern Nepal and it is the capital of Dhanusa District. It is about 123 Km far from the center of Kathmandu and attracts many domestic as well as foreign tourists. Especially during the celebration of Hindu festivals like Vijayadashami, Vivah Panchami and Chhath Pooja – the site if flocked by a huge number of Hindu followers from India and Nepal. Janakpur is an important religious site for Hindus. If you know about Ramayana; you must have heard this name. It is the birthplace of the Goddess Sita and the place where Lord Ram and she married.

Most notable and must visit places of Janakpur includes the Janaki Temple and the Dhanushadham. Janaki Temple is believed to be built by Queen Brisabhanu Kunwari of Tikamgarh in 1898 AD. The temple is also called as ”Nau Lakha Mandi” which means – ‘Nine Lakh Temple’; got the name from the cost it took to build the temple. The Dhanudhadham is another religious site where the remaining of the Bow broken by Ram was left, according to the mythological book – Ramayana.

Bandipur

Bandipur Himalayan View & Village
Bandipur Himalayan View & Village

Bandipur is a hilltop municipality at an altitude of 1,030 meters in Tanahun District and you can visit the location on your way to Pokhara from Kathmandu. The community is influenced by the Newari culture and the architectural style which are still intact and untouched are the impact of the local culture here. It can be debuted as the most protected Newari Culture zoo – the place is Museum of Newari culture and protects the architecture and culture of Newar people. Originally Bandipur was a part of Magar Kingdom of Tanahum but during the period of Prithvi Narayan Shah, Newari traders flocked here for the purpose of trading with the Tibetans & British Indians.

Bandipur is a perfect hiking destination that leads you through the through tribal villages, hilltop shrines, and verdant forests which once was a fortress. Besides, you can do the safari of the Bandipur jungle in either a jeep or a van – Bus is a bad choice. Other things to do in Bandipur includes – visiting the Shiva shrine, Tudikhel and visit the Silkworm farming.

Nuwakot Durbar 

Nuwakot Durbar
Nuwakot Durbar

Nuwakot Durbar (900m) is about 3 hours drive from Kathmandu. It was built during the period of Prithvi Narayan Shah (18th century) and designed by the architectures of Patan. He himself stayed here for a period of time and you can see prisoners cell inside the Durbar. The Durbar is known as “Sat Talle Durbar” in Nepali and it translates to “Seven Storied Palace” in English. The Durbar and the surrounding are dominated by the Newari culture, village, and peoples.

You can take a direct bus to the Durbar but the best option for hiking enthusiasts is to drive up to the Trishuli Bazaar and take a day hike. From the top, you can see the beautiful view of the Nuwakot village and its surrounding. From the Durbar, a five-minute walk will take you to Bhairavi Temple. And along the way to the Nuwakot Durbar – Make a stop in Devighat to see “Jalapadevi Temple”.

Manaslu Conservation Area

Manaslu Peak
Manaslu Peak

Manaslu Conservation Area is one of three Conservation Area of Nepal. It is in Gorkha district and covers an area of 1,663 km2 (642 sq mi) while altitude ranges from 1,400 meters (4,600 ft) to 8,156 meters (26,759 ft) [Mount Manaslu – eight highest peaks in the world]. The park features amazing glaciers, Himalayas, and beautiful landscapes which makes the park ideal for trekking and many tourists pass through this area while doing Manaslu Trek. The area is mostly populated with Buddhist followers and you can visit the monasteries; Namely – Shringi Gompa in Bihi, Mu and Rachen Gompas in Chhekampur.

The conservation area project protects 33 species of mammals that include snow leopard, Himalayan Tahr, and musk deer. There are more than 110 species of birds and 3 species of reptiles. Species of flowering plants in the conservation area ranges from 1500-2000.

Badimalika

Badimalika Temple
Badimalika Temple

In Badimalika, you get an outstanding preview of the hidden and must important natural beauty of Far Western region of Nepal. The area is one of the main attractions of the Far-west Heritage trail connecting three jewels of the region: Khaptad National Park, the spiritual Badi Malika area, and the unique wetland area of Ramaroshan. The main attraction is the Badimalika Temple of Bajura district, which is one of the most prestigious pilgrimage sites for Nepalese and tourists alike. Once you reach the Temple at the altitude of 4,267m, you will be rewarded with a majestic view of the Himalayan range. This temple houses devotee Bhagawati and during the Malika Chaturdasi Festival (held during the full moon of the month of August), which is held annually; you can see thousands of worshippers in line, waiting to get a glance of the Goddess. Around 200 species of flora and more than 100 species of herbs are estimated to live around the Badimalika Temple.

To reach the Temple, you can trek, drive or take a flight to visit the site. You will need to trek about 2 – 3 days from Martadi or you can take a bus to Dhangadhi and then take a motorbike ride to the temple. By flight – we take flight to Bajura from Nepalgunj and then trek to Martadi from Kolti.

Manang

Manang village view
Manang village view

Manang sits at an altitude of 3,519 meters (11,545 ft) and it is a prime destination for trekking in high-altitude. The village of Manang is isolated and an important trading point between Nepal and Tibet for Salt and Yaks. The natives of the village include Gurung, Sherpa, Nepali, Magar, Newari, and Limbu. They have their own culture and language & has been living with peace and there is no discrimination on the basis of the caste or the culture they follow. With the recent development of small roads accessible to motorbikes, jeeps, and mules – the condition of the village is improving.

If you visit the village you will see peaks such as the Pisang peak, the Chulu range, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Kangaru Peak &Thorang peak. And some of the important ponds like Dharma Pokhari, Dimla Pokhari, Him Pokhari, Pongkar and Tilicho Taal. At last, must visit attraction of Manang District are – Chame, Manang, Bhot, Palace of Ghale King, Chaurikharka Tuna-gaun, and the beautiful Himalayan peaks.

Rara National Park 

Rara Lake in Rara National Park
Rara Lake in Rara National Park

Rara National Park is in the remote Western Part of Nepal. It covers an area of 106 km2 (41 sq mi) making it the smallest national park in the nation. The prime attraction of the national park is the Nepal’s largest Lake “Rara” which is 10.8 sq. km at the altitude 2,990 meters. The lake is also addressed as the ‘Queen of Lakes’. Rara National Park is considered as one of the finest parks in the world and is an ideal habitat for musk deer, Himalayan black bear, leopard, Himalayan Ghoral, and other exotic animals. But the park can not be said as an ideal tourist destination because there are limited accommodation and no facilities of health post inside the park and very hard to get to. Despite the reward goes a long way – you will visit the part of Nepal where the number of tourists visiting the park has never crossed 200 figure. And you will visit the park which is described as “a shimmering blue jewel set in a ring of snowy peaks” by GORP founder Bill Greer.

Gorkha

Gorkha Palace Durbar
Gorkha Palace Durbar

Gorkha is known for the birthplace of King Prithvi Narayan Shah, who is the unifier of present Nepal. And you must have heard about the legendary Gurkha soldiers, they are from this district. The name Gorkha came from the temple of great sage Gorakh Nath and Goddess Gorakh Kali. The famous temple Manakamana is located here and Nepal’s famous cable car is operated to reach the Manakamana Temple.

Gorkha is a touristic destination and lies on the way to the western part of Nepal. Must visit attractions are the Manakamana Temple and the Gorkha Durbar. Manakamana Temple plays an important role in Hindu culture. Every year a large number of tourists and domestic tourists visit here to worship the Goddess Bhagwati. Gorkha Durbar is on the hilltop above the market and is an excellent example of architecture and past war-strategy. You will get a 360-degree view of the Gorkha village from the top but in the past, this was the strategy to protect the royals from invaders as well as a great defense.

Shey – Phoksundo National Park

Shey Phoksundo National Park Lake
Shey Phoksundo National Park Lake

Shey – Phoksundo National Park is the largest National Park of Nepal with an area of  3,555 km2 (1,373 sq mi) located in Dolpo district.  The altitude of the park ranges from 2,130 meters (6,990 ft) to 6,885 meters (22,589 ft) and conserves Nepal’s deepest lake – Phoksundo Lake. The park is settled by some of the earth’s highest settlers and heavily influenced by the Tibetan lifestyle. Shey-Phoksundo National Park also features important monasteries from the 11th century – namely – Shey Gompa. Another is the Thasung Gompa, which is near the Phoksundo Lake which was built about 900 years ago.

The park is formed with the forest of spruce, blue pine, cypress, fir, poplar, and birch. And conserves the endangered animals like Snow Leopard and the Blue Sheep. And other common animals like Ghoral, Serow, Himalayan Tahr, Leopard, Wolf, Himalayan mouse Hare, Himalayan Black Bear, Jackal, Himalayan weasel, Yellow-Throated Marten, Rhesus monkey, and Langur. The park also preserves various species of birds like Impeyan pheasant (Danphe), blood pheasant, cheer pheasant, red and yellow billed cough, rave, jungle crow and snow partridge. – Worth a visit?

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