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Best Places to Visit in Nepal

Discover the allure of Nepal's beauty with our guide to the Best Places to Visit in Nepal. Explore Himalayan wonders and cultural gems.

Best Places to Visit in Nepal

Nepal is a land of unmatched natural beauty and soul-stirring adventures with something to offer for everyone from thrill seekers to those wanting to embark on a journey delving into spirituality.

Along with the towering peaks and the variety of landscapes, Nepal also boasts its vibrant culture, unique architecture, and cultural and historical sites.

For anyone planning to visit Nepal, selecting the best picks for your journey amidst the myriad of experiences that the country has to offer can be a daunting task. Therefore, let’s explore some of the best places to visit in Nepal.

Cultural gems

Beyond the stunning landscapes, Nepal features a tapestry of cultures, traditions, and historical sites each offering unique experiences to the visitors.


The heart of Nepal, Kathmandu Valley is the capital city of the country. Not just geographically this place is the central hub of Nepal even in terms of cultural heritage and richness.

The bustling city of Kathmandu features a vibrant daily life accompanied by a myriad of cultural heritages, temples, architectural monuments, and 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Be it the spiritual immersion at the Pashupatinath Temple or the iconic panorama of Kathmandu Valley as seen from the Swoyambhunath temple located atop a hill, the city makes sure to give an experience unmatched.

Pashupatinath Temple
Pashupatinath Temple

The architectural marvel at the Kathmandu Durbar Square and the Changunarayan temple is worth witnessing as each of these has its own stories to convey.

Located to the south of the Kathmandu Durbar Square is the Kumari Ghar which is home to the living goddess of Nepal- Kumari who is worshipped by the Hindus, Newars, and Buddhists alike.

A cultural tour around the heritages of Kathmandu is sure to take you back in time displaying the grandeur of the country’s past in all its might.

Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square

The valley is also home to the culturally rich Newars who are known for their vibrant cultures and traditions. The jatras of the Newar community in Kathmandu are often a festive affair with traditional music, dance, and lots of joy.


Known as the ‘City of Fine Arts’, Patan is the neighboring city of Kathmandu. It is known for its intricate Newari art, architecture, and traditional crafts combined with the narrow alleys lined with ancient temples.

Patan City manages to give a more introspective and quieter experience into the arts and cultures of the Newar community as opposed to the bustling streets of Kathmandu.

Patan Durbar Square
Patan Durbar Square

The main attraction of this city is the Patan Durbar Square which houses the Royal Palace and the Patan Museum offering insights into the brave history of Nepal. This is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

While the city is dotted with temples, the Hiranya Varna Mahavihar (golden temple) and the Mahaboudhha Temple truly stand out in presenting the richness of the predominant Buddhist culture in the city.

The architecture here breathes life into the beauty of the city as the artisans here have managed to preserve and pass down the generational techniques making each piece of artifact unique and fascinating.

Patan Durbar Square

In the narrow lanes of Patan, you can find a vibrant display of traditional crafts like thangka paintings, metal statues, wood carvings, and other forms of art in the workshops lined up all over the area.

For those wanting to purchase these gorgeous artifacts from the creators themselves, the Patan Industrial Estate is a haven.


Another neighbor to the Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur is often regarded as the cultural gem of Nepal because of its rich Newari culture and medieval architecture. It is also known as the ‘City of Devotees’.

Although severely impacted by the devastating 2015 earthquake, Bhaktapur has managed to rebuild itself and how. The city still possesses its charm and manages to beckon a huge traffic of tourists.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur also houses a UNESCO world heritage site which is the heartbeat of the city known as the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. It features several temples of Pagoda style as well as Shikhara style.

Visiting the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is like traveling back in time as the architecture here in the iconic 55-window palace, Vatsala temple, lion’s gate, and more is truly breathtaking and crafted very intricately.

Adding to the architectural beauty, places like the Nyatapola temple and Dattatreya square are the spiritual hubs of this city while acting as a window to the exceptional Newari craftsmanship.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Nyatapola Temple Bhaktapur

At the Pottery Square, visitors can also witness the traditional art of pottery while also taking part in it as well as being able to purchase some of these crafted pieces.

Simply taking a stroll along this living heritage of Nepal feels like walking in a live museum and is a memorable experience.


The birthplace of Gautam Budhha, Lumbini is another addition to the numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites that Nepal features. This city is considered of high spiritual significance.

The main highlight of Lumbini is the Maya Devi Temple which is said to enclose the exact place where Buddha was born including other spots of historical significance like Pushkarini Pond.

Maya Devi Temple, Lumbini

For those wanting to explore spirituality in this city, it also features the sacred garden and the monastic zone allowing the visitors to get deeper insights on self-reflection as well as Buddhism.

International monasteries like the Chinese monastery, Korean monastery, and Royal Thai monastery can also be found in Lumbini giving the visitors a rather unique experience.

Monastery in Lumbini
Monastery in Lumbini

Besides this, Lumbini is also of historical significance as it has the Ashoka Pillar which was erected by Emperor Ashok long back in time during the 3rd century BC.


Janakpur is a significant pilgrimage site for the Hindus and is dedicated to Hindu Goddess Sita. This place has a deep-rooted connection with the ancient epic Ramayana and is the birthplace of Goddess Sita.

The ornate Janaki Temple is the heart of Janakpur and presents a unique architectural built with a blend of Mughal and Koiri styles. It also houses a museum giving more insight into the religious significance of the city.

This city, full of history and spirituality, comes alive during specific occasions like the Ram Janaki Vivah Panchami with many religious believers as well as tourists making their way to the city.

Janakpur is equally rich in culture and acts as a window into the unique and exquisite Mithila paintings, art, and culture featuring intricate patterns and designs.

Trekking paradise

The land of the Himalayas, Nepal is the hotspot for adventure enthusiasts wanting to explore the mountainous giants and the beautiful landscapes of the country from closer proximity via the numerous trekking routes.

Everest Region

The Everest Region features the iconic Everest Base Camp trekking allowing the trekking enthusiasts to delve into the allure of the highest peak in the world- Mt. Everest.

A paradise for trekkers, the Everest region encompasses several treks featuring awe-inspiring panoramas of the towering Himalayan giants. The Gokyo Lake trek provides breathtaking views of the turquoise glacial lakes in the region.

View of Gokyo lake from Gokyo Ri
View of Gokyo lake from Gokyo Ri

The Everest Three Passes trek takes the trekkers to the high and challenging passes of the Everest region introducing a factor of thrill in their expedition.

This region provides a perfect blend of adventures and cultural richness as you traverse through the welcoming Sherpa villages.

Annapurna Region

The Annapurna region boasts a wide variety of landscapes and wildlife along with elaborate trekking routes to explore them. The region is home to the Annapurna massif and encompasses the 10th-highest peak in the world.

There are two main treks available in the Annapurna region with the Annapurna Base Camp trek taking you to the base of Annapurna and the Annapurna Circuit trek one circumnavigating it.

Happy trekkers at Poon Hill
Happy trekkers at Poon Hill

Another easy yet stunning trekking route in this region is the Ghorepani Poonhill trek taking you to one of the best sunrise viewing spots in Nepal.

These treks have gained popularity worldwide for their immense natural beauty. While at it, trekkers can also experience the unique high-altitude deserts through the Upper Mustang trek as they navigate the trans-Himalayan region.

Manaslu Region

For a more off-the-beaten experience, the Manaslu region is rising amongst the names of trekking regions in Nepal. This remote region is known for the authentic experience that it provides to trekkers.

A Gompa on the way to Lho from Namrung
A Gompa on the way to Lho from Namrung

Home to the eighth-highest peak in the world, the Manaslu region features the Manaslu Circuit trek encircling Mt. Manaslu itself as it makes its way through the diverse and unique landscapes of the region.

The Tsum Valley trek is another unique trekking experience for the visitors in this region. Treks in the Manaslu region are famous for the true representation of life in the Himalayas that they provide.


While these are the main trekking routes in Nepal, the list doesn’t end here. The country also features several other trekking routes catering to the needs of experienced trekkers and beginners alike.

Some of them are Langtang Valley trek, Dhaulagiri Circuit trek, Kanchenjunga base camp trek, and more. You can pick your adventure from the elaborate options the country boasts.

Beyond the Himalayas

The exploration of Nepal encompasses many other adventures and locations ranging much beyond the commonly perceived notion limited to the Himalayas and treks.

Chitwan National Park

Nepal’s first national park, the Chitwan National Park is a haven for a variety of wildlife as well as a testament to the efforts of Nepal to conserve its natural heritage and biodiversity.

An array of wildlife awaits the visitors at the Chitwan National Park including endangered species like the royal Bengal tiger, one-horned rhinoceros, and several birds.

One horned Rhinoceros in Chitwan National Park
One horned Rhinoceros in Chitwan National Park

Chitwan jungle safari is truly a treat for visitors as it takes you close to the animals in their natural habitat at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Visitors can also enjoy elephant rides and canoe rides on the Rapti River while immersing themselves in the serene atmosphere of this national park. Bird watching here is also a treat given the diverse bird population.


The adventure capital of Nepal, Pokhara is the perfect blend of nature and adventure boasting tranquil lakes with the stunning backdrop of the Himalayas along with the thrill of several adventure activities.

Pokhara also houses several spiritually significant places like the Bindhyabasini Temple, and Tal Barahi Temple, as well as the UNESCO World Heritage Site- World Peace Pagoda known for its serene ambiance.

Things to do in Pokhara
Things to do in Pokhara

The city is home to several lakes like the stunning Phewa Lake and the Begnas Lake where visitors can enjoy boating and have a good time of relaxation. The lakeside area of Pokhara is a tourist hub featuring a lively ambiance.

One of the best places to view sunrise in Nepal, Sarangkot is also in proximity to Pokhara which can be visited as a hiking route. Besides this, the city features many other trekking and hiking routes as well and is known as the ‘Gateway to Annapurna region’.

Pokhara Zipline
Pokhara Zipline

Pokhara features several adventure activities like bungee jumping, paragliding, hot air balloon rides, ultra-light flights, ziplines, mountain flights, as well as white water rafting set against the backdrop of towering peaks.

If you’re planning a visit, explore our blog on Things to Do in Pokhara for a comprehensive guide to the exciting activities this vibrant city has to offer.


Nagarkot is a hill station close to the Kathmandu Valley and is regarded as the best relaxation spot, especially for those wanting to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

This place boasts stunning views of sunrise and sunset as well as breathtaking panoramas of many Himalayan ranges on days with clear weather and skies when you can see Mt. Everest, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Cho Oyu, and more.

View from Nagarkot

Nagarkot also includes several trails, some featuring numerous stone stairs, best suited for hiking amidst the pristine natural environment of the region.

Other highlights of Nagarkot include the Nagarkot Waterfall, Buddha peace park, Bageshwori Nagarkot suspension bridge, and the clear views of Kathmandu Valley that it provides.


One of the four hills surrounding the Kathmandu valley, Chandragiri is an adventurous location having cultural and historical significance too.

Chandragiri offers a 2.4 km cable car ride taking the visitors to the top of the hill where a stunning view of the Kathmandu valley unfolds amidst them. There also lies a temple on this hill along with a view tower.

On a day with clear skies, one can witness stunning views of the Himalayas lined up together from the view tower. During peak winters, Chandragiri also rarely experiences snowfall, adding to the beauty of the place.

It is the closest place to Kathmandu Valley where people can go to experience snowfall. However, it completely depends on your luck and your timing.


Nepal boasts a variety of must-visit places. While some prominent ones are included in the list, there are many more places that are the embodiment of the natural and cultural beauty of Nepal that have not made it to this list.

Each of these destinations further adds to your experience of visiting the country. In this blog, we have merely scratched the surface of the incredible experiences that await you in Nepal.

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