Nepal is no alien to us, a country which is bordered by China and India and homes many highest mountain ranges of the world. Historically and culturally it is quite rich and tops the list of mountaineers coming to the country as Mt. Everest and Annapurna range beckons them to try their luck. The city came to a stand-still when it was jolted with a massive earthquake in 2015. It faced a lot of damage and many popular sites where spoiled. However, Nepal was quick to retrieve and opened itself to tourism again within months. Here are the 11 must visits in Nepal:
The Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, or Pashupati is located on the banks of Bagmati River in Deopatan. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, known as Pashupati (Lord of Animals).
Boudhanath StupaBoudhanath is the largest stupa in Nepal which was probably built during the 14th century after the Mughal invasions. Following the Chinese invasion in 1959.
A popular trading hub, quite famous for its yak cheese and butter, Namche is positioned on an inclined arch-shaped mountain, which gives mesmerising view of majestic Himalayan peaks throughout the valley, day and night.
Janakpur—the city of ponds—is also known by the name Janakapurdham. It is the district headquarters of Dhanusa, a busy historic centre of Nepal. Janakpur homes the ancient 500-years old Janaki Temple.
Counted amongst four holy places of Buddhism, Lumbini is considered to be the Mecca of every Buddhist. It is the birth place of Gautam Buddha.
Upper Mustang is a remote region which falls between China and Nepal. Located towards the north of Annapurna, at a height of 4000m, Mustang is geologically and culturally a part of the Tibetan plateau.
Chitwan National Park
Scouted to be the first national park in Nepal, Chitwan is located in the subtropical Inner Terai lowlands of south-central Nepal. Listed amongst world heritage sites, it was established in 1973.
Pokhara is a sub-metropolitan and the second largest city of Nepal. Located at a distance of 200 km from Kathmandu, Pokhara is the headquarters of Kaski district, Gandaki zone and the western development region.
Patan is amongst the largest cities of Nepal, which is now considered as a suburb of Kathmandu, separated by Bagmati River. Patan is quite popular for the ancient Durbar Square and Kumari Temple.
Located 20 km away from the main city of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur is known as a place of devotees. It is listed amongst World Heritage sites by UNESCO and is one of the popular tourist attractions of Nepal.
Thamel is the heart of Nepal tourism which attracts thousands of tourists every year. The shopping Mecca of Kathmandu largely remained undamaged by the massive earthquake which jolted Nepal last year.