When we talk about Nepal images of the Himalaya invoke in our mind. Eight of the world’s 10 tallest peaks are situated here. The country is, however, not only known for its high mountains, but also for its unique cultural heritage, artistic monuments and exotic wildlife. which are reflected in the kingdom's languages, architecture and biodiversity.
Wedged between Tibet of the People’s Republic of China in the north and India on the other three sides, Nepal is the confluence of two great religions - Hinduism and Buddhism. It is the land were Lord Buddha was born more than 2,500 years ago and is also the birthplace of Sita, consort of Lord Rama.
Top 5 Tourist Destinations / Attractions of Nepal
The valley consist of three royal cities Kathmandu. Patan and Bhaktapur which also has seven world Heritage Sites. The valley showcase Newar culture which includes sculptures, temples, monuments and magnificent art.
The major places of tourist attractions in Kathmandu are listed below. All are World Heritage Sites.
- Durbar Square. It is a World Heritage site and have palaces, courtyards and temples of 12th and 18th centuries by the Malla kings,
- Swayambhu Stupa, It is one of the holiest Buddhist sites that keeps watch over the valley from atop a hillock.
- Bouddhanath Stupa, It is a largest stupa in the valley that rises up to 36m.
- Pashupatinath Temple, one of the holiest Hindu shrines in the world
- Changu Narayan Temple, one of the finest example of Pagoda architecture and dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Tourist places in Patan to visit include
- Durbar Square, a World Heritage site with its fascinating palace buildings, artistic courtyards and pagoda temples Mahabouddha, a 14th-century Buddhist monument, which is a fine example of terra cotta artwork.
- Kwa Bahal, or the Golden Temple, a 12th-century Buddhist monastery extremely rich in fine wood-carvings work.
- Kumbheswar, one of the only three temples in the valley with five roofs.
Bhaktapur’s tourist places are just as spectacular.
1.Durbar Square (a world Heritage Site) with its 15th-century Palace of 55 windows and entrance known as the Golden Gate - a masterpiece in repousse art.
2. Taumadhi Square over which presides the towering five-roofed Nyatapol temple.
3.Tachapal Square famed for its many ornate Hindu monasteries called maths.
4. Potters’ Square (Bolachhen), where potters mold clay into earthenware.
5. Surya Binayak temple devoted to the god Ganesha.
The natural beauty of Pokhara is simply amazing. Forming the backdrop are the spectacular Annapurna Mountains with the magnificent fish-tailed Machhapuchhre dominating the scene. Three tranquil lakes of Phewa, Rupa and Begnas enhance the beauty of Pokhara. Some other famous tourist places of Pokhara are the World Peace Stupa atop a hill that offers a eye-catching view of the landscapes; the deep Seti Gorge below which spreads the Green valley: and Devi's Fall, an awe-inspiring waterfall that disappears into an underground channel.
Annapurna, the most popular trekking route in Nepal, begins from Pokhara and leads you through rhododendron forests over the foothills of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. The Kali Gandaki Gorge the deepest in the world, and Lake Tihcho the highest lake at 4,919m are located here. The highest elevation is 5,416m which can be reached by the trek.