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Places to visit in Nepal

Nepal is going to dilate your pupils with the wonderful sceneries and adventurous things that it offers. It can be easily regarded as the best place to have a fun-filled experience amidst the beautiful landscapes and medieval architectural spread across the country. It is the host to some of the beautiful treks in India which feature the famous Himalayan trek. The lovers of wildlife also have something to do in Nepal with the National Parks that will give you a glimpse of the wildest elephants, rarest reptiles, and many other animals. This land also plays host to one of the best pilgrim centers in India with the most beautiful architecture that will capture your heart. Other than these, there are many other places to visit in Nepal. With scenic lakes situated amidst the majestic mountains, Nepal is a definite location on your bucket list. Plan a trip and don’t forget to get yourself the Best Travel Insurance for Asia at Thomas Cook.

Mahendra Gufa

Located to the north of Pokhara Valley, Mahendra Gufa is one of the best caves you will come across in India. It is wholly made of stalagmites and stalactites and has a dark way that leads you to gorgeous waterfalls. It looks like a dream!

 

Location: Pokhara

Known for: Lord Shiva's idol, limestone deposits. 

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Dashain

Celebrated for as long as 15 days, Dashain is the most significant festival of Nepal. There are many feasts, worships, family gatherings, and fairs organized during this period that will make the entire country vibrant and lively. There would be animal sacrifices and kite flying which are the main events of this festival.

 

Why you should attend this: To get a deep insigh

Thamel Area

Rated as the best place to shop in Nepal, Thamel Area sells all kinds of jewelry, clothes, souvenirs, and accessories. 

 

Location: Thamel

Known for: Shopping of pashmina shawls and embroidered jackets.

How to reach: Take a local bus.

Cost: No entry fee.

Operating hours: 9 am to evening

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Carry en

Gai Jatra

Just like the name suggests, Gai Jatra is a festival that pays its honors to the cows. The local Nepalese believe that cows play a vital role in taking the deceased to the God of Death, Yama. Hence, on this festival, the cows are adorned with jewelry and clothes and are taken on a procession in the streets of Nepal.

 

Why you should attend this: To get a glimpse of the in

Nagarkot

This place can also be referred to as the adventure capital of Nepal. There is not one adventure you cannot do in Nepal. You finish one, and the next one is awaiting you. These places offer magnificent views of the dusk and dawn, which is a sight to witness. 

 

Location: Nagarkot

Known for: Mountain biking, trekkin

Lumbini

The birthplace of Lord Buddha, Lumbini is one of the most peaceful places in Nepal. Located in the Kapilavasta region, this place is ideal for meditation. It attracts the Buddhists from various parts of the world for the festivals conducted within the village. 

 

Location: Lumbini, Kapilavasta

Known for: Buddhist T

Mahashivaratri

Thousands of monks gather at the Pashupatinath temple of Nepal on this grand celebration of Mahashivaratri to celebrate the oneness of Lord Shiva. The Shiv Linga amidst the temple is cleaned with panchamrit and holy water and later decorated with flowers and leaves. The entire temple lights up with lamps, and the devotees come here in crowds to witness the Shiv Lings at night. This sacred festival of Nepal will take you on an exciting ride over the traditions of t

Pashupatinath Temple

One of the most popular and the ancient temples of Nepal, the Pashupati Nath Temple is located in Kathmandu. With River Bagmati flowing on one side of the temple, this ardent Hindu temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

 

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal.

Known for: Panch Deval Complex, Lingams, and the Golden Spire of the temple

Lhosar

This Tibetan new year is the most colorful festival of Nepal. This vibrant festival is celebrated with music, dance, gifts, family meet-ups, and exchanging greetings. This festival is celebrated by different communities on different days.

 

Why you should attend this: They have their special mask dance which is a treat to watch.

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Pokhara Valley

Elegantly placed amidst the beautiful Annapurna Himalayan Range, Pokhara Valley is a wonderful place to be in. It is like a dream come true for all the nature lovers across the world. It is one of the most beautiful valleys you will ever come across in your life that offers scintillating views. 

 

Location: Pokhara Valley, Annapurna Range.

Known for: Dense forests, clear skies, warm caves, rumbling waterfalls, orchids, glaciers

Swayambhu Mandir

One of the most popular holy shrines, Swayambhu Temple, is situated on a cone-shaped hill. This temple which is often regarded as the Monkey Temple has many stories behind its formation that made it quite popular among the tourists. 

 

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal

Known for: Huge golden shire, Tibetan prayer wheel, t

Buddha Jayanti

The national festival of Nepal, Buddha Jayanti is one of the grandest festivals celebrated in the country. It marks the birth of Lord Buddha on this exact day of 30th April in Lumbini. Buddhists from across the nation flock here in Nepal to observe this festival. The primary Buddhist locales in the country like the Lumbini, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Monkey Temple are adorned with butter lamps and prayer flags to make the places vibrant. This festival is all a

Boudhanath

This famous spiritual place and one of the best attractions in Kathmandu which is also a meditation spot is one of the best tourist attractions of Nepal. It attracts tourists from all over the world because of its grand architecture. 

 

Location: Kathmandu

Known for: 29 Tibetan Gompas, momos, thupkas, and prayer wh

Bungee Jumping in Nepal

Jump from the highest point on a cliff towards the water, as you are fastened to a rubber belt that protects you from crashing into the mountains. This is an experience that will change your perspective of the world, as you see everything much closer and deeper, giving you goosebumps. 

 

Location: A jump against the Bhote Kosi River from the 3rd highest jump is the b

Zip Flyer Nepal

This world's longest zip line will take you on an extravagant ride over nature's beauty. This is one of the most thrilling experiences of Nepal, that will leave you speechless. 

 

Location: The one operating from Sarangkot, which is at an elevation of 1592 meters. 

For: Young group of people and couples.

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Camping in Nepal

While camping in Nepal, you can experience all the freedom in this world. The vast and never-ending lands with the snowy mountains forming a magical view in the background is a one-time life experience. 

 

Location: Everest and Tsum base camps.

For: All age groups

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Paragliding in Nepal

Fly over the beautiful valleys of Nepal like a bird, as you get a magnificent view of the Himalayas, serene lakes, and the gorgeous valleys of Nepal. 

 

Location: Pokhara

For: Young group of people and couples.

Difficulty level: Hard

Wildlife Safari Nepal

Take a ride in the dense forests of the Chitwan National Park, where you can see some of the rarest species of animals like one-horned rhinos, monkeys, and deer. 

 

Location: Chitwan National Park.

For: All age groups

Difficulty level: Easy

Fishing in Nepal

When you want an evening filled with calm waters and a quiet environment, you can opt for fishing in Nepal. It is the best activity to do for all the people who wish to stay calm and quiet.

 

Location: Thrishuli and Betrawati

For: All age groups

Difficulty level: Easy

Skydiving in Nepal

Krishnarpan

Located in the Dwarika Hotel, Krisnarpan offers you a traditional dining experience where the guests need to take off their shoes and sit on the cushion provided to have their food. They have more than 22 courses that are made with fine ingredients grown in their organic farms. They serve some of the best local food you can find in Nepal. 

 

Must eat: Kukhura ko masu

Saigon Pho

Situated in the central Kathmandu, Saigon Pho is the only authentic Vietnamese restaurant you can find in the Nepal capital. This is one of the simplest restaurants in Kathmandu with a terrace that offers pleasant views over Lazimpat. With dark wooden furniture, paintings, and bamboo mats, this diner reflects the Vietnamese style. The chefs are also Vietnamese, who prepare their authentic dishes with fresh flavors and lingering aromas. This is one of the most refr

Utse Restaurant

This place is specially meant for the people who wish to savor the traditional Tibetan and Nepalese cuisine. Located in the central town Thamel in Kathmandu, this restaurant has been serving for the past 30 years. They have the most experienced chefs in their basket, who cook the most scrumptious meal you can have in Nepal. 

 

Must eat: Gacok, momos and Tongba. 

Bhojan Griha

This 150 years old building, which is believed to be the home of the royal priest who served the King of Nepal, took six years to renovate to its present form. This restaurant hosts a large dining hall, which serves 250 guests with local cultural shows and traditional Nepalese dance.

 

Must eat: Jhaneko mas ko dal, sada bhujia, sikarni.

Cafe Soma

With wooden flooring and huge bookshelves that offer you a reading experience, cafe soma is the quietest places in Kathmandu. They serve European style food with a Nepali twist ranging from soups to burgers, topped with a cup of chiya. It is one of the best places to grab a quick snack in Kathmandu. 

 

Must eat: Burgers and Chiya

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El Mediterraneo

A charming Spanish based restaurant that is run by the most renowned entrepreneur in Kathmandu, it is a hub for all the Mediterranean cuisine lovers. There is a wide range of Spanish dishes like the gazpacho and paellas, chicken with pesto, and some of the famous desserts of Spanish cuisine served in this restaurant. Though it looks homely, it is one of those classic places in Nepal where you can have a relaxed meal.

 

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Attic Bar

Often known for its fantastic food, the Attic bar is a hub for all of the professionals in Nepal, that share common interests regarding recreation. They have live music, photogenic ambiance, friendly environment, gaming screens, and some delectable food.

 

Must try: Attic Platter, Momo, Chicken Cordon Blue

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Tom and Jerry Pub

This is the perfect place to relax after going on a tough trek over the mountains of Nepal. They have a dance floor, pool tables, and a lot of crowds, making the place lively and fun. This is primarily meant for the backpackers, as it is a cozy and a noisy place with good drinks that offer company for the independent travelers. 

 

Must try: Everest Beer

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Freak Street

One of the most colorful street markets of Kathmandu, the freak street is a fun place to buy some woolen garments knit in Tibetan style. 

 

Location: Kathmandu

Timing: 10 am to 6 pm or 8 pm

Known for: Caps, stoles, kit bags, and clothes.

New Road Nepal

Situated towards the east of Durbar Square in Kathmandu, this King's Way that leads to the Royal Palace Museum is an abode for all the luxury items that are made with high-quality products. Quite obviously, the prices are also high. 

 

Location: Durbar Square, Kathmandu

Timing: 10 am to 7 pm, depends on the day usu

Makhan Tole

This is another store that sells authentic Tibetan products at affordable prices. There are many wooden products and ceramic products related to the Tibetan architecture that can be found in this market. 

 

Location: Kathmandu

Timing: 10 am to 6 pm, depending on the day.

Durbar Square

All the shops in Durbar Square sell a lot of Tibetan products that include its artifacts and souvenirs. This is one of the best places in Kathmandu to purchase jewelry. 

 

Location: Basantpur Darbar Kshetra.

Timing: 10 am to 9 pm, depending on the rush

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Indra Chowk

Products at Indra Chowk are available at very low prices. You can buy anything here ranging from clothes, blankets, shawls, scarfs, and most importantly the pashmina shawls. This is the most vibrant market of Kathmandu with a lot of tourists swarming around the markets every weekend. If you have been to Nepal, then your trip cannot be complete without visiting the Indra Chowk.

 

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