Places to Visit

Nepal has a lot to offer to travelers, hikers, and nature seekers. Nepal, it is often said, is a utopia of natural beauty. The marvelous scenic beauty of Himalayas in the northern part of Nepal is not only remarkable but offers a lifetime experience to patrons. Who wouldn't want to enjoy the glory of being in the midst of galvanizing mountain desert in Mustang to the embankment of crystal clear Rara Lake? The enchanted subtropical pine forest bluffs anyone with its aromatic presence in valleys like Barun and Langtang.

The astonishing beauty of Lake Tilicho often outbids the value of muddy rich human being on earth. For the most part, the pacifying and self-explanatory images listed below give a glimpse of the stupendous nature that is still far from human invasion.

Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
"A primer location in Nepal for bird watching; The Kosi Tapu and the Kosi Barrage in east Nepal provide one of the best places in Nepal to view migratory water flow, waders and shore birds during the winter months. Many species not recorded elsewhere in the region have been seen here. Here, the guests out on walks, jeep drives and boat rides to look for birds and the wild buffalo found only here in Nepal

Chitwan National Park
"Nestled at the foot of the Himalayas, Chitwan has a particularly rich flora and fauna and is home to one of the last populations of single-horned Asiatic rhinoceros and is also one of the last refuges of the Bengal Tiger.

"The Lord Buddha was born in 623 BC in the sacred area of Lumbini located in the Terai plains of southern Nepal, testified by the inscription on the pillar erected by the Mauryan Emperor Asoka in 249 BC. Lumbini is one of the holiest places of one of the world's great religions and its remains contain important evidence about the nature of Buddhist pilgrimage centers from as early as the 3rd century BC."

Namche Bazaar
Better known as the Gateway to Mt. Everest, Namche Bazaar is the main trading center of Khumbu region and especially the starting point for Mount Everest climbers. This mysterious place situated at an altitude of 3441 meters, where numerous people are willing to get there. This is also a home of world recognized ‘Sherpas’ people.

The major attraction of this place is weekly local market called ‘haat’ (it is interesting to see because in this era also preliminary barter system is available there), cheaper Tibetan market, Old Buddhist monasteries and encounter with the laden yaks, heavy loaded porters, which can be a good subject for your camera.

Manang Valley
"The Manang Valley, which lies close to the Nepal-Tibet border, offers tremendous opportunities due to its rich natural flora and fauna. Three tracks start from here. The first, via Thorangla, Muktinath, and Mustang to Lhasa—a journey that takes four days; the second via Naur Khola and Naurgaon, which takes five days to Lhasa; and finally the third via Larkiya bazar, which is the one most commonly used by the people of Central Nepal."

Langtang is one of the nearest trekking destinations from Kathmandu and is an unparalleled combination of natural beauty and cultural riches. It is Nepal’s first national park, and lies between the Himalayan range to the north, dominated by Langtang Lirung (7,245 m), the highest peak in the area, and smaller peaks to the south – Chimse Danda (ridge), Ganja La pass (5,122 m), Jugal Himal and Dorje Lakpa (6,989 m).

Upper Mustang
The Upper Mustang brings you into the hidden world of the old Buddhist kingdom of Mustang, also called Lo. Lo used to be part of the Tibetan empire, and is therefore closely related to Tibet. Tibetan Buddhism is still being practiced in a very pure form and villages are built in Tibetan style, with white washed houses with firewood tucked on the roofs.

Not only is the culture, also the landscape very much related to Tibet. Mustang lies in the rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri and you walk in a complete desolate landscape, surrounded by rocks in all kind of colors and bizarre formations. In this barren landscape the villages with their bright colored fields are like an oasis.

The Annapurna Region in north western Nepal has been touted as having the world’s best trekking routes. From the lake city of Pokhara, popular treks lead to Jomsom, Annapurna Base Camp, Mustang, Manang and around the Annapurna mountain. Short treks to Sikles and Ghandruk are just as popular. The Annapurna region is an area of contrasts comprising the wettest, driest and windiest places in Nepal.

Khaptad is the beauty of Nepal. Even though this is a national park but it is more than that. It is a one of the pacified place, situated at the far-western region of Nepal. However, anyone can visit this place by chartering private helicopters or by trekking. For wonderful snaps trekking is the best.

The Khumbu region, cradle of Sherpa culture and gateway to the tallest mountain in the world, lies in northeastern Nepal. Fluttering prayer flags stretched across mountain passes, Mani stones lined along the footpath, and the frequent sights of Buddhist gompas remind you of the region’s sacred geography and rich Buddhist history.

Walking through the lush rhododendron forests and beautiful terraced villages, you realize just how far from home you are. From Lukla to Namche, the landscape changes from glorious alpine to high altitude desert, with the snow-capped peaks of Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku hovering above. Whether you’re looking to reach base camp or nirvana, the Khumbu has something for everyone.

Shey Poksundo National Park
The Shey Phoksundo national park, with its rich biological diversity, unique Trans-Himalayan ecology and stark natural beauty, is unrivalled in Nepal. This area was set aside to protect one of the last wild habitats of endangered species such as the snow leopard, wild yak, Tibetan antelope, and wild ass.

Rara National Park
The largest lake of Nepal also happens to be the most beautiful place in the country. As far as the fauna of Rara National Park is concerned, it serves as an ideal habitat for Musk deer. They can be found in abundance in every part of the National Park. Some of the other animals that are commonly found in Rara National Park include Himalayan Black Bear, Leopard, Musk Deer, Goral, Jackal, Himalayan Tar, Yellow Throated Marten, Wild Dog, Wild Boar, Languor, Rhesus Macaque and Otter.

Among the birds, the most common species that are found in the Rara National Park are Gallinaceous Birds and Migrant Waterfowls. Coots can be found plentiful in the lake, year round. Some of the other species that have a sizeable population in the Rara National Park include Great-crested and Black-necked Grebes, Red-crested pilchards, Mallard, Common Teal, Merganser, Gulls, Snow Cock and Partridges.

Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty. Situated at an altitude of 827m from the sea level and 200km west of Kathmandu valley, the city is known as a center of adventure. This enchanting city has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panaromic views of Himalayan peaks.

The serenity of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic. So today the city has not only become the starting point for most popular trekking and rafting destinations but also a place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Kathmandu Valley comprises the three ancient cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, which were once independent states ruled by the Malla kings from the 12th to the 18th centuries. The three cities house seven UNESCO World Heritage shrines which are together listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Culture). The valley is also home to hundreds of other exquisite monuments, sculptures, artistic temples and magnificent art – reminders of the golden era in Nepal’s architecture.