Nepal is a small but exceptionally beautiful Himalayan kingdom. Situated in the lap of the majestic Himalayas, Nepal is known for its strikingly beautiful natural landscapes, amazing historical monuments and beautiful temples, and a unique and vibrant culture. There are many worth visiting travel destinations in Nepal on your fascinating Nepal tour. Some of the most famous travel destinations in Nepal are Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, Bhaktapur, Patan, Pokhara, Royal Chitwan National Park, Nagarjuna Forest Reserve, Pashupatinath, Dakshinkali to name a few.
Kathmandu: Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is counted amongst one of the most popular tourist destinations of the world. Known for its charming natural surroundings, monuments and temples, and a culture representing a fine blend of tradition and modernity, Kathmandu is truly a tourist's delight.
The major tourist attractions in Kathmandu include the famous 'Durbar Square' known as the ancient gateway of Nepal, the old Royal Palace offering the best view of the city, Pashupatinath temple, Kumari Bahal (the Temple of the Living Goddess), Jagnath Temple displaying many erotic carvings, the Shiva-Parvati Temple, the Buddhist Swayambhunath Temple, Bodhnath (the 2500 years old Buddhist Stupa) and Freak Street among many others. Kathmandu also offers exciting and enjoyable shopping experience to its visitors. One can shop for exotic souvenirs, handicraft items, books, and much more in the crowded markets of Kathmandu Nepal.
Bhaktapur: Located at only 35 km from Kathmandu in the scenic Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur is known as the most magnificent medieval cities of Nepal. Bhaktapur has three famous and interesting squares: Durbar, Taumadhi Tole, and Potter's. The city has many beautiful gompas (Buddhist temples) in Taumadhi Tole including the 5-story Nyatapola Temple, the highest temple in the Kathmandu Valley, known for its huge stone animal figures flanking its staircase.
Other major attractions in Bhaktapur include Til Mahadev Narayan, an important place of pilgrimage, an art gallery at the Royal Palace, the famous Golden Gate that forms the entrance to the 55 Window Palace, and the stone sculptures and 12 temples of Durbar Square. The city also has two beautiful museums namely the woodcarving museum and a brass and bronze museum. Bhaktapur also offers unique shopping experience to its visitors. Among the hot favorite handicraft items you can shop for in Bhaktapur are colorful and exotic Nepalese puppets and bone figurines.
Patan: Lying just across the Bagmati River from Kathmandu, Patan is the second largest city in the scenic Kathmandu valley. Patan is known for its famous Durbar Square and temples, which are a testimony to the mastery of ancient artisans.
Other major attractions in Patan include the Royal Palace, the two-tiered brick Jagannarayan Temple, Golden Temple (a Buddhist monastery), Kumbeshawar (the oldest temple in Patan and a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and Nepal's only Zoo. The Tibetan carpet market at Jawlakhel is another major attraction for tourists visiting Patan.
Pokhara: Pokhara is famous for its exceptionally beautiful natural landscapes. Its quiet lakeside location and proximity to the cool and calm mountains make it an ideal place for relaxing or enjoying adventures like trekking in the scenic surroundings of the town.
Major attractions at Pokhara include a beautiful hilltop monastery and the scenic Devi Falls nearby.
Royal Chitwan National Park: One of the most popular travel destinations in Nepal, the Royal Chitwan National Park is known for its rich and varied wildlife. The Park is home to tigers, leopard, rhinos, crocodiles, deer, boar, monkeys and more than 400 species of rare and exotic birds.
The major attractions of the Royal Chitwan National Park include an exciting Elephant or Jeep safari to enjoy a thrilling wildlife viewing. Spotting a tiger in the park depends on luck and the experience of your guide. The visitors to the park can also enjoy a thrilling White-water raft trips up to Tiger Tops.
Other major travel destinations in Nepal include Dhulikel offering a breathtaking view of the Himalayan panorama, the famous temple of Dakshinkali dedicated to Goddess Kali, Pashupatinath, one of the most famous Hindu sites in the world famous for its Shiva temple, Bodhnath, the center of Tibetan culture in the valley famous for its gigantic stupa and the Buddhist monastery in Kopan, where a month long meditation course is given every November. Lumbini, where Lord Buddha was born and Kapilasvatu, where Sakyamuni Buddha grew up, are other important travel destinations in Nepal.