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.

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 with silver sheeted doors. 

How to reach: Take a tourist bus from the city center.

Cost: The entry is free, as it is a temple.

Operating hours: 4 am to noon, 6 pm to 7 pm.

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Wear traditional attire.

Type: Temple.

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 wheel. 

How to reach: Take a tourist bus from the city center. 

Cost: Entry is free

Operating hours: Its open for the entire day.

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Wear appropriate clothing, as it is a spiritual center. 

Type: Buddhist monastery.

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, trekking, viewpoints, pine tree forests. 

How to reach: Take a local bus or a tourist bus from Kathmandu. 

Cost: No entry fee

Operating hours: Open throughout the year.

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Wear comfortable shoes and clothes for the adventure sports.

Type: Village

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 and beautiful views of Mt Manaslu, Mt Annapurna, and Mt Dhaulagiri

How to reach: Take a local bus from Kathmandu.

Cost: No entry fee

Operating hours: Open throughout the year

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Carry warm clothes, as this place is comparatively chilly.

Type: Village.

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. 

How to reach: Take a tourist cab from Pokhara 

Cost: It will cost you INR 10-20 approximately.

Operating hours: Open only when there is light.

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Wear comfortable shoes and bring torches as the play is grim and dark. 

Type: Cave

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 Temples, Bodhi Tree, Ashokan Pillar, Lumbini Museum.

How to reach: Take a local bus to Lumbini from Kathmandu

Cost: No entry fee into the place. However, the entry fees will depend on the location you are visiting in Lumbini.

Operating hours: Open throughout the year.

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Wear traditional clothes before entering pilgrim places.

Type: Buddhist Monastery

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, the painted statues of Buddha, and 365 steps that you need to take to reach the temple. 

How to reach: Take a tourist bus from Kathmandu

Cost: It will cost you INR 150-200 approximately.

Operating hours: 7 am to 7 pm

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Wear traditional clothes and comfortable shoes. 

Type: Buddhist Monastery.

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 enough cash, as there might not be any ATM centers nearby. 

Type: Landmark.

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 the country that will leave you mesmerized.

 

Why you should attend this: For the vast fair organized around the famous Pashupatinath temple that attracts a huge crowd to get a glimpse of the religious sadhus singing, dancing, and participating in a circus.

Who should attend this: Lord Shiva's devotees and festival enthusiasts can attend this.

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 about serving the people and eating only vegetarian food. It is all about being pure and making others happy. 

 

Why you should attend this: To get a glimpse of the holy Thangka which is displayed in Swayambhunath on the patio's southern wall. 

Who should attend this: Buddhists can attend this festival.

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 innocent kids that get dressed up as cows. Children are considered to be equal to God, and hence they also walk along with the cows in the procession dressed up as cows.

 

Who should attend this: People who want to know about the local Nepal cultures and traditions can attend this. 

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.

 

Who should attend this: Anyone who loves to have fun!

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 insight into the biggest festival of Nepal.

Who should attend this: Worshippers of Maa Durga are going to love this festival.

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

Cost: A 30 minutes ride will cost you INR 7500-8000 approximately.

Why you should do it: To get a bird's eye-view of Nepal. 

Tips: It can be a bit risky.

A serene and thrilling experience of flying in the air with the freshness of air hitting your face, as you fly over the beautiful Himalayas. 

 

Location: Mount Everest, Himalayas

For: Young group of people

Difficulty level: High

Cost: Since it is above the great Himalayas, it might csost you around INR 300000-400000 per ride approximately. 

Why you should do it: To get a terrific view of the Mount Everest. 

Tips: Consult your doctor if you have any medical complications.

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.

Difficulty level: Hard, as the lines are to be balanced properly.

Cost: It will cost you around INR 4500-5000 per ride approximately. 

Why you should do it: To get a scenic view of nature.

Tips: People with weight more than 120 kgs are not allowed on the zip line.

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

Cost: It will cost you INR 1600-2000 approximately.

Why you should do it: To get a look at the Elephant and bird breeding centers. 

Tips: Follow the instructions of the tour guide to have a better experience.

You can steer through the gushing waters of the beautiful snow-fed lakes that pass through Nepal. Going on a whitewater rafting ride in these lakes will take away all your fears, as the waters are rough and quick. The best part of this is that you can view the Himalayan mountain ranges. 

 

Location: Seti river and Trishuli river.

For: All age groups.

Difficulty level: High

Cost: It will cost you INR 2000-3000 per day approximately.

Why you should do it: To satisfy your adrenaline rush.

Tips: Follow the instructions of your guide.

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

Difficulty level: Moderate

Cost: It will cost you INR 6000-7000 approximately for a 12 or 15 days trekking experience.

Why you should do it: To experience life in the extreme conditions.

Tips: Go for camping in March or April, they are the best months.

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

Cost: It will cost you around INR 7000-8000 approximately for six people.

Why you should do it: To get one of the best fishing experiences.

Tips: Go in monsoon season, as the abundance of fish is more.

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 best experience. 

For: Young group of friends and couples.

Difficulty level: Hard

Cost: It will cost you INR 5000-6000 approximately.

Why you should do it: To get a view of the beautiful natural valleys. 

Tips: Consult your doctor before leaping, if you have any severe medical conditions and complications.

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. 

Cost for two: It will cost you INR 700-800 approximately. 

Address: Jayatha, Thamel, Kathmandu. 

Contact: +977-1-4257614

Opening hours: 6 am to 9 pm

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.

 

Must eat: Gazpacho and paellas, chicken, and desserts.  

Cost for two: It will cost you INR 900-1200 approximately.

Address: El Mediterraneo, Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur.

Contact: +977-1-5527059

 

Opening hours: 12:30 pm to 9 pm

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, rakshi. 

Cost for two: It will cost you INR 3000-5000 approximately. 

Address: Krishnarpan, Dwarika's Hotel, Battisputali, Kathmandu. 

Contact: +977-1-4479488

Opening hours: 6 pm to 9:30 pm

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.

Cost for two: It will cost you INR 2000-3000 approximately.

Address: Bhojan Griha, Dillibazar, Kathmandu.

Contact: +977-1-4416423

 

Opening hours: 11 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 10 pm 

This European gem in Nepal is a beautiful place to dine in. It has a picturesque courtyard with gardens that make the restaurant special. This is the perfect place to have food if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. The best part of this restaurant is that they make their food from the local ingredients obtained from the farms. It sets high the dining experiences of Nepal, for the western backpackers and travelers. 

 

Must eat: Parmesan and pork-belly which is slow roasted in red wine sauce.  

Cost for two: It will cost you INR 2000-4000 approximately. 

Address: Le Sherpa, Pani Pokhara, Kathmandu. 

Contact: +977-1-4006589

Opening hours: 10 am to 10 pm.

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 refreshing places to dine in Kathmandu. 

 

Must eat: Pho, Green watermelon salad. 

Cost for two: It will cost you INR 600-1000 approximately. 

Address: Saigon Pho, Lazimpat, Kathmandu. 

Contact: +977-1-4443330

Opening hours: 10 am to 10 pm.

 

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

Cost for two: It will cost you INR 500-600 approximately. 

Address: Cafe Soma, Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur, Nepal. 

Contact: +977-1-5528732

Opening hours: 10 am to 9 pm.

Run by the most famous entrepreneurs of Pokhara; this restaurant serves a mix of Chinese, western, and Indian food that includes burgers, soups, salads, pasta, and a lot other traditional Nepali dishes. Located on the lakeside in Pokhara, this is one of the favorite places to devour food for all the climbers returning from Annapurna Range. When the skies are clear, you might as well catch a glimpse of the Machapuchare which is one of the best peaks in the Annapurna range.

 

Must eat: Phew Tal ko Maccha, Paneer Butter Masala, Bhatmas sandeko.

Cost for two: It will cost you INR 800-1500 approximately.

Address: Chilly, Hallan Chowk, Lakeside-6, Pokhara.

Contact: +977-61463614

 

Opening hours: 10 am to 10 pm. 

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

Opening hours: 4 am to 11:59 pm every day. 

Location: Chaksibari Marg, Kathmandu.

One of the best live music in all genres like rock, folk, and funk music in the city can be found at Moksh. It is the best place to spend a laidback evening with some good food, music, and drinks.

 

Must try: Salmon in black bean sauce, Rainbow trout.

Opening hours: 11 am to 11 pm

 

Location: Pulchowk, Lalitpur. 

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

Opening hours: 9 am to 10:30 pm.

 

Location: Lazmipat, Kathmandu. 

An outdoor sitting on the patio which is surrounded by twinkling lights and a comfortable, cozy indoor sitting that makes you have a laid-back evening; Jatra is the perfect place to chill after a long trek. Most of the trekkers come here, so people can get into conversations and exchange their experiences of trekking. This would be the best place to spend an evening that is perfect in all senses.

 

Must try: Their range of cocktails.

Opening hours: 10 am to 10 pm

Location: Thamel, J.P. Marg, Kathmandu.

Decked with long tables, and bands that play rock covers in the evenings, this courtyard is one of the happening places of Kathmandu. Most of the young crowd in Kathmandu land up here, to have a fun-filled night or a laid-back evening. The lights and ambiance are excellent with friendly staff that will cater to all your need. However, make it a point to book your seats beforehand, as it a small place with limited seating.

 

Must try: Everest beer. 

Opening hours: 7 am to 11 pm 

Location: Thamel, Sagarmatha Bazaar, Kathmandu. 

 

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 usually. 

Known for: Souvenirs

Bargaining: You cannot bargain, as they are high-quality products.

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

Known for: Fake jewelry, souvenirs.

Bargaining: You can bargain.

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.

Bargaining: You can bargain

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.

Known for: Mandalas, Buddhist statues, paubha, and thangka

Bargaining: You can bargain.

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.

 

Location: Kathmandu

Timing: 9 am to 7 pm or 8 pm.

Known for: All kinds of products.

Bargaining: You can bargain.

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