Nepal is a country where you can travel to and experice so much of everything! Here's a look at where and what you can do.
The mountains: from Everest to the Annapurnas and beyond, going trekking in Nepal is extremely popular – great for trekkers and outdoor enthusiasts
Culture & heritage sites: The Kathmandu Valley is the hub of cultural and heritage in Nepal with ancient temples, monuments, buildings and cultures – great for people interested in hisotry, culture, heritage, old buildings and outdoor activities
Jungles: Tropical adventurists revel in visiting Chitwan National Park and Bardia National park to see tigers, rhinos, elephants and all manner of jungle wildlife – great for wildlife enusiasts and people seeking excitement
Places with adventure: Pokhara offers adventure activities from paragliding, microflights and Everest flights to bungy jumping, canyoning and ziplining Nepal has lots of adventure places – great for those seeking an adrenaline rush
Places with spirituality and relaxation: visiting the birthplace of the Buddha in Lumbini or over 20 Buddhist monasteries in Lumbini is a huge draw as are yoga and medication classes in Pokhara and Kathmandu – great for those looking to meditate or find enlightenment
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Trekking is at the forefront of Nepals tourism industry. There are several regions and types of treks in the mountains to choose from. Firstly there is a trek for everyone in Nepal from first timers to experienced climbers. There are even gentle hikes for a couple of hours.
The most popular place to go trekking is Mount Everest: the highest mountain in the world is a namesake on many people bucket list. If you don't have time then find out other places where can you see Mount Everest from.
The second most popular place to go trekking is the Annapurna Circuit: an epic two-and-a-half week trek that can be increase or reduce in duration.
Where else can you go trekking? There's Manaslu, Langtang along with the Mustang regions. Other places where you can go for day hikes include Nagarkot, Dhulikel and Dhampus.
Do read my guide to trekking in Nepal
Most of Nepal’s cultural heritage is located in the Kathmandu Valley where it’s choc-a-bloc with old temples and heritage buildings. Further afield and you’ll still see cultural heritage sites but it will be sparser.
Where to see heritage sites in The Kathmandu Valley
Kathmandu city is the most popular place for most people with great free heritage walks to enjoy along with the impressive Kathmandu Durbar Square all of which is accessible by walking.
Other heritage sites include Swayambunath, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath.
Where to see heritage sites inside The Kathmandu Valley
Try Patan, Bhaktapur, Thimi, Kirtiupr and Gokarna as they offer the best within a short drive from Kathmandu city.
Where to go outside The Kathmandu Valley for heritage sites
Nearly every town or village will have an “important” temple or revered statue. However popular places to go include Pokhara’s old Bazaar, Lumbini and Nuwakot.
Travel Guides to Destinations in around the Kathmandu Valley
From royal Bengal tigers, one-horn rhinos, elephants and crocodiles to deer, birds, butterflies and fauna. Nepal’s jungles are exciting places to visit.
Chitwan National Park is the most popular destination where you can visit to experince it all. It’s easy to reach from both Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Bardia National Park is remoter and a harder place to reach but does offer a raw jungle location with a great location where you see tigers.
This really depends on your definition of adventure but we already covered places to go in Nepal for trekking so let’s look at some other places filled with Adventure.
From Kathmandu you can go white-water rafting or canyoning along the Tilusi river. While in Pokhara there are many places to go for adventure from paragliding, microflights, canyoning, zip-lining, boating, water-balling and hiking to some outdoor skating or indoor football.
Nepal is made up of a unique blend of cultures from Hindu, to Buddhist and Newari. Nepal is also the birthplace of the Buddha so going to Lumbini on a pilrimage is important to many.
Otherwise there are many Hindu and Tantric religious sites across Nepal. Boudhanath offers respite to many along with countless monasteries.
Pokhara’s lakeside is touristy but does offer a relaxing time compared to the hustle of Kathmandu. Nearby are the relaxing spots of Begnas Lake and Rupa Lake which are both quite and secluded.
Taking a taxi or bus up to Dhampus (near Pokhara) will give you a trekking village just before the permit checkpoint so you could stay there if you are looking for some peace and quite.
The above were the main and popular places to go in Nepal. However many people email me asking for other places to for certain things. So here’s a list of other places to go in Nepal.
Where to go in Nepal for Meditation
Dedicated Buddhists usually make a pilgrimage to Lumbini where Buddha was born. There are over 20 monastic institutions in Lumbini development zone from countries around the world. There’s also a center for meditation there.
Outside of Lumbini Pokhara has many meditation centers but none are so popular to be “famous” or highly recommended. It’s more to do with word of mouth. Likewise in Kathmandu there are some centers for meditation but again a recommendation is advisable. Do be aware of expensive meditation course – even those run by monks.
Where to go in Nepal for Yoga
Both Kathmandu and Pokhara have many yoga centers. Pokhara’s are spread out to the rear of lakeside but in Kathmandu most are found in Thamel.
Where to go in Nepal for good food
Nepal offers it’s own ethnic dishes but also a wide range of international cuisines. The best places to go for good food in Nepal is in Kathmandu’s Thamel area. There’s a treasure trove of good places to eat but do read reviews in my Nepal guidebook to check out the best.
In Pokhara it’s the Lakeside area that’s filled with restruants ranging form budget to high-end places. Again it’s worth reading reviews before eating in a place if you are looking for an extra special treat.
Outside of these areas you are looking more at local Nepali food along with some Indian curries, chow meins and rice dishes. If you are looking for good places to eat in Nepal then do get my guidebook to Nepal which has reviews and ratings for the best no matter your budget.
Where to go in Nepal for good nightlife
Whether it’s dancing, music or drinks then it’s either or Thamel in Kathmandu or Lakeside in Pokhara where you’ll want to go. In Thamel there’s oodles of bars, clubs and music venues many of which stay open quite late. In Pokhara the scene is more to do with live music until 10pm. Some venues will continue serving in lakeside until later but only if you are with a group.
Now you should have a good idea about where you can go in Nepal depending on what you want to do.
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