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The Monkey Temple in Nepal

Let us take you to visit one of the most historical and sacred sites in Katmandu, the Swayambhunath stupa or the Monkey Temple. Resting on a hillock three kilometers west of Katmandu, Swayambhunath Stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist Stupas. It is set to have evolved spontaneously when the valley was created out of a primordial lake more than 2000 years ago.

Visitors, for whom the name was a tongue twister, have called it Monkey Temple. Since the 1970s. The Stupa has stood as a hallmark of faith and harmony for centuries, with Hindu temples and Deis incorporated into this Buddhist site. The glory of Kathmandu Valley is set to have started from this point. The Stupa is the oldest of its kind in Nepal and has numerous shrines and monies on its premises.

Exceedingly steep stone steps leading up to the shrine are quite challenging. However, there is also a motor road going up on most of the top from where it’s just a short. Many Buddhists and Hindus like Visit Swayambhunath Stupa throughout the year. Swayambhu literally means self-existent. 

This icon of Nepal is an ancient religious structure on Hilltop in Katmandu Valley. Historical records were found engraved. Showed that it was already an important shrine for the pilgrims in the fifth century 80. It’s now one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrim sites and a must-see for tourists.

It was built by King Mandi, and by the 13th century, it had become an important center of Buddhism. Legends have it that Swen was born out of many flowers blooming in the middle. That once spread across the Katmandu Valley from this lake. The Lotus grew, and it radiated a dazzling light. People came from all over the land to see this light, which they believed bestowed them with enlightenment.

The largest image of Saam Buda in Nepal sits on a high pedestrian on the Western boundary of swam. Besides the ring, Behind the hilltop is a temple dedicated to Mandu or the goddess of learning statues and shrines of Buddhist, hunh, and Hindu fill the complex. The base of the hill is almost entirely surrounded by prayer.

Devotes can be seen speculating the stupa at all times. There are car rings of the punch Budha. Punch Budha is Budha in a meta sense of Zen. The shrine is the best place to observe religious harmony in Nepal. The sacred pilgrimage site is also home to hundreds of monkeys, considered all to be Tibet. Buddhists and Hindus, and so the name evolved as Monkey Temple. So Ibu overlooks most parts of the valley, giving visitors a panoramic view of the city.

From the hilltop, visitors can see a scenic view of the Kaman Valley, along with playful monkeys swinging from the trees and prayer flags hanging around the colorful temple. There are many monkeys and stray dogs here, and they can potentially be dangerous. Don’t carry any food items with you; keep small children close to you as the monkeys are frightening and aggressive.

A visit to this sacred historical site is a wildlife excursion and spiritual space wrapped together. This spiritual space is an extraordinary experience that immerses your senses in nature. The air is the symphonic fragrance of sweet incense and butter lamps, the exquisite, intricate cow. Head on. Every space on a mystical ous atmosphere is further heightened by local devotes and pilgrims who make a ritual circumnavigation of the stupa, reciting mantras, making offerings, and spinning the prayer wheels set into its base, making wishes for the benefit of all beings religiously every morning and evening, representing Buddha’s mind to the visitor.

It’s said to be the same as meeting Buddha in person, a place offering peace, freedom and joy to the whole world and ultimately helping us to obtain perfect enlightenment.

What do you guys think about the Stupa, and what do you like the most about this beautiful place? If you want to visit Swayambhunath, we have got you covered.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know. If you have the opportunity to go to Nepal, you now know which places to see first. Enjoy your experience, and have a safe journey.

 

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Must See Places for First-time Visitors in Nepal

After visiting Nepal, everyone leaves with a smile and is eager to return from the moment you arrive. Exploring its towns and cities is a fantastic adventure. It has a captivating spiritual vibe and a place where you can become a true explorer. Nepal’s outdoor activities and delicious food will unavoidably Fascinate you.

Here are the 10 best places to visit in Nepal, but before we get started, I hope you like heights.

Pokhara

The tourist capital of Nepal is the second largest city in this Himalayan country. After Kathmandu, the town’s highlight is its Lakeside, a boating paradise flanked by charming shops, dreamy cafes, restaurants, and pubs that make up this post-guard-perfect town. This city is a beautiful contrast to the bustling lakeside. Pokhara, which is home to many beautiful historical temples, has Fewa Lake or Phewa taal, a spectacular lake that borders Lakeside.

Fewa Taal flawlessly reflects the mountains that border it, making it a breathtaking photo opportunity. For adventure enthusiasts, Pokhara is a popular starting point for many treks in the Anna Hna range, as well as many paragliding and river rafting opportunities. 

Kathmandu 

Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal, and we assure you this city’s downtown is different from everything you know. The first thing that’ll surprise you is the diversity of colors and aromas.

A unique mix that will quickly make you feel immersed in a different culture. And with a lot of mysticism, it’s a very dynamic city. With exotic shops in the capital of this country, you will find a large number of temples. We recommend visiting the Swayambu Suppa, known as the Monkey Temple, and visiting Durbar Square.

Here you can view traditional, intact and striking architecture. Kathmandu is a city that houses the most undamaged and prominent traditional architecture in the country. Finally, we recommend you visit Tamo, the place made for tourists and people. It’s the place you need to go when you want to enjoy the nightlife in Nepal.

Nagarkot

If you’re looking for peace, relaxation, and breathtaking views of the Himalayas, then you should take the time to visit Nagarkot during your stay in Nepal.

Nagarkot gives you one of the widest panoramas of the Himalayan ranges. Here you can spot eight out of the 13 Himalayan ranges from the comfort of your hotel. A worthwhile summer retreat of Nepali Indian and British royalty. This village rose to fame after tourists flocked to the area in recent years.

The idyllic village sits serenely in the midst of nature. The only sounds you can hear are the birds chirping and the breeze whistling through the pines. 

Sagarmatha National Park

Sagarmatha National Park is a wildlife reserve that is well known to people for its location, which is dominated by Mount Everest in the Himalayas of eastern Nepal.

Tourists have been flocking to the area over the years because of the stunning scenery and the adventurous trails for trekking and hiking. It’s also a preservation site for rare species of animals and birds like the red Panda and the snow leopard. The wildlife sanctuary stretches over 1,100 square kilometers. It is recognized as an imminent bird sanctuary by BirdLife International, making it a highly important tourist attraction for people who enjoy mountaineering and bird watching.

Bhaktapur

This is one of the most beautiful places in Nepal, and it preserves some medieval buildings in exceptional conditions. Actually, the best preserved in terms of architecture, even topping Patan. You can discover a variety of temples, fares, and markets. At one time, it was the ancient capital of the country and a significant factor in the country’s economy. 

Nowadays, its streets have become the cultural center of Nepal, and you only have to see the many artists living within the city of ancient beauty to confirm it. As we said before, Bhaktapur has many temples. The most striking is the huge Nyatopola, with its five floors. It’s the most important religious building since ancient times. 

Baudha Stupa

Baudha is located on the outskirts of Katmandu. Here you can find an enormous manifestation of Tibetan culture. That’s why it houses the largest stupa in Nepal. It’s so significant that hundreds of pilgrims travel to it every day to walk around it in a Buddhist ritual.

But the true spiritual magic of this temple is that Buddhist worshipers also pilgrim to it every day to perform their walking ritual. This is where all the people go for peace of mind

Lumbini

Lumbini is the town where Buddha was born, and we all know that Buddha is one of the most recognized spiritual figures in the world. Being in Nepal and not visiting the place where Buddha was born means missing the true essence of Nepal’s culture and diversity. 

Here you can see the Maya Devi Temple, where the birth of Buddha is commemorated, and feel the energy of its sacred pond and tree. There is also the palace where Buddha lived and other places related to the life of Buddha. But Lumbini is not only a place with a great spiritual history. It’s also a special place for nature and adventure lovers.

Chitwan National Park 

In this stunning place within the heart of the jungle, you can see elephants and wild nature as one of the most significant parks in Asia. It’s proudly located in Southcentral Nepal. It’s famous for its jungle. Yes, but it also has forest areas and grassland planes.

The Bengal tiger prowls within its jungles. And if you’re lucky enough, you may get to see one, just not up so close. You could enjoy a safari to see the animals sail in a canoe and take a ride on an elephant or oxen. Several endangered species and a wide variety of vegetation are protected in the park.

Janakpur 

Janakpur, also known as the city of ponds, with more than 70 ponds that dot its very landscape. Here you can learn more about the ancient and revered Hindu God Ram. And its significance today, the Ram Temple is the main attraction in Janakpur. The pleasant weather and the grand and colorful festivities throughout the year.

The stunning architecture of the temples and the friendly locals make gen poor a favorite spot for tourists and pilgrims alike. 

Patan 

One of the most intriguing places to visit in Nepal is Patan, which also goes by the name of Lalitpur. It’s a divine place to witness serenity and spirituality, brimming with stunning temples and picturesque landscapes.

Patan Durbar square is the most famous place here, which houses beautifully carved temples, statues, and palaces. Within the premises of Durbar Square, one can visit Paton Museum to get an insight into the glorifying. Of Patan, you are now ready to embark on your journey to one of the world’s most enigmatic and impressive countries.

What do you guys think about the list, and what do you like the most about this beautiful valley? If you want to visit Pokhara, we have got you covered.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know. If you have the opportunity to go to Nepal, you now know which places to see first. Enjoy your experience, and have a safe journey.

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Ten of the Best Places for First-time Pokhara Visitors

Call it a city of lakes, a holiday paradise or the ultimate tourist destination; Pokhara has all the charms you could ever ask for. Renowned for its magnificent landscapes, Pokhara is the most favored tourist destination in Nepal. It is also Nepal’s second-largest city in terms of its population. 

Pokhara is the base city for many majestic trekking trails welcoming the likes of trekkers, backpackers and holidaymakers. One of the best places to rejuvenate your body, this metropolitan city is blessed with varied serene lakes, mountains, museums and the best spots for adventure sports that are sure to add enthralling experiences to your lifelong memories.

Let us dive into the list of top ten places to visit in Pokhara.

Fewa Lake 

 Fewa Lake is the second largest lake in Nepal and has a beauty that it’s truly overwhelming. The lake encompasses a total area of 4.43 square kilometers. Treating your eyes to the surreal reflections of alluring Mount Machhapuchre on a fine day in a paddling boat while on your way to Tal Bahi temple is a typically touristy thing you can do in Fewa Lake.

This freshwater Lake is one of the places in Pokhara that has visitors crowding the premise even during the week. 

Tal Barahi

Tal Barahi is another spiritual retreat for Hindu pilgrims, which remains at the center of Fewa Lake. You gotta take a boat ride to reach this place of land in the middle of the lake.

The boats are always available; it would take just 10 to 20 minutes to get to the temple from the Bank of Lake. Tal Barahi is a small pagoda-style temple which is dedicated to Hindu goddesses and is popular because of its ideal location and the great religious value that it carries. This temple attracts many Hindu disciples who come to worship the goddess. 

Davis Falls

Davis Falls might not sound new to many, including both the locals and international visitors, but how well do you know the history behind its famous name? Reportedly, a woman named Davi went swimming here on the 31st of July, 1961 but drowned due to the overflow of water. 

To pay respect to his daughter, Davi’s father wished the name the place after her, hence the name. This canyon cascades down at the south side of Fewa well Lake. And the water passes through a cave called Gupteshwor Cave. After exiting the tunnel, it is called Patale Chango in Nepali and has scenery that can be used as stunning backdrops for photos and videos.

Gupteshwor Cave

 Gupteshwor Cave is an ancient temple whose history dates back hundreds of years. It’s probably one of the longest caves in South Asia, which is located close to Davis Falls on the other side of the world peace pagoda. The passes through this cave are usually damp and dark. Those small light bulbs are facilitated to make them come in handy for tourists.

As you descend deeper, you can find several statues and shrines inside, the largest of which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. 

Mahindra Cave 

Amongst numerous caves in Pokhara, Mahindra cave is a popular site located close to the Seti River. It was named after the late King Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah.

A statue of Lord Shiva can also be seen inside the cave limestones in its natural and rare form of rock structures containing stalagmites. It attracts thousands of tourists every year. Artificial lights lighten the walls of this cave, giving it a shimmery and glittery outlook, which the sight Sears love to admire. A visit to Mahindra Cave is more of an adventure as you move further and deeper down the cave. 

Pokhara Santi Stupa 

Pokhara Santi Stupa is a pogoda-style Buddhist monument nestled in the top of the heel of Pumdikot. It adds yet another beauty to Pokhara and its marvels. The Suppa facilitates the site of the never-ending Himalayan range adoring the spectacular cityscape below while the blue Fewa lake sits perfectly.  You could hike or cycle along the trails or travel by any other means to reach the spiritual retreat. 

 

Sanangkot

 Sanangkot, situated on Sanangkot hill, is a village of the same name, which is a game place you should not miss out on. When in Sanangkot, you could catch a riveting glimpse of the mountain sweep, including the Machhapuchre and Manaslu. Hiking to Sanangkot is one of the ways you can drown in the heavenly views of sunsets and sunrises. Moreover, the place is also a very popular spot for paragliding. 

Bindabasi Temple

Bindabasi Temple is also known as the guardian deity of Pokhara. The Temple is a white pagoda temple that is situated near the old bazaar of the Pokhara. Goddess Durga, in the form of Parvati, is worshiped in the temple, hence holding a significant religious value. Lying 3000 feet up the sea level, the Bindabasi temple is overcrowded during the day of a major festival of Dashain when several people offer animal sacrifices to the goddess.

With a pleasant scent of loop and panoramic views, a visit to this temple can be accompanied by a stroll around the old bazaar. 

Begnas Lake

Begnas  Lake covers about 3.28 square kilometers of area. The Begnas Lake, or Begnas taal stands in the third position of the largest lakes in Nepal. It with lush Greens forest surrounding this lake and offering you the most tranquil and serene environment.

It is located on the southeastern side of the main city and is tentatively crowded. If you prefer to enjoy boating with a site of snowcap peaks, stand by the taal overlooking the gorgeous forest below with a sip of your preferred drinks. Then the visit to Begnas lake might just be perfect for you. 

Mountain Museum.

The mountaineering museum has a history of its own in Nepal. And this is best showcased in the International Mountain Museum of Pokhara. Mysteries and important figures relating to not only the mountains of Nepal but also Japan, Slovakia, and other countries have been illustrated in this museum.

Additionally, you can find the rarest of Flora and Fauna collected from different parts of Himalayan reasons that are well preserved here. Models of several peaks, including Mountain Everest, mountain gear, and everything and anything associated with mountains are exclusively found. So, that’s the end of our list of the top 10 places to visit in Pokhara.

What do you guys think about the list, and what do you like the most about this beautiful valley? If you want to visit Pokhara, we have got you covered.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know.

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Museum in Kathmandu

World travelers have been drawn to Kathmandu since the 60s. The city’s intoxicating combination of cultural heritage and artistic heritage, as well as the city’s proximity to the Himalayas, make this an obvious choice of exploration for travelers all over the world. Durbar Square, located in the heart of Kathmandu’s old city, stands out for its distinctive architecture and convivial atmosphere. There, you get to enjoy steamed momos and browse handicrafts as you wander through Old Town’s narrow, winding streets with your guide.

There are seven places in this valley that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Hanuman Dhoka for Kathmandu, Patan Durbar Square for Patan, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square for Bhaktapur; and two Buddhist stupas of Swayambhunath and Boudhanath. Despite this, the valley of Kathmandu contains rich culture and history. For foreigners, visiting one of the amazing museums in Kathmandu can be a great way to learn about Kathmandu and the whole of Nepal itself.

Visiting museums might sound like a bit of a boring activity to some. Yet, I’ve found all the museums mentioned below to have interesting stories of their own. If you, too, wish to know about these museums before visiting them personally, we’ve got you covered.

Narayanhiti Palace Museum

Before the 2006 revolution, the palace was home to the royal family of Nepal. In 2006, a revolution overthrew the monarchy, leaving Narayanhiti Palace Museum to become a museum. In contrast to all the other palaces museums, this one looks very modern. It was built in the 1960s and looks like it was taken straight out of a TV show.

The throne room looks like it was designed by an admirer of Gaudi, the famous Spanish architect. The wood panels, marble tile floors, and the smell of mothballs waft off of the old tiger skins atop the floor. The palace seems a little out of place for a royal one, which makes it that much more fun to explore.

In addition to being an interesting and somewhat creepy place to visit, the palace was the site of the royal massacre. If you are unfamiliar with Nepalese history, it is an interesting tale. Despite several versions, the most popular seems to be a strange love story. Prince Dipendra was madly in love with a woman whose mother disapproved of them.

When he got extremely drunk and high during a monthly reunion dinner, he was asked to leave. He later returned with several machine guns and shot members of the royal family, killing ten of them and wounding a few others. The monarchy was believed to have fallen as a result of his decision to take his own life. However, there are several controversies surrounding the story.

The Taragoan Museum

One of the more unique places to explore in Kathmandu is the Taragoan Museum, which is about a 10-minute walk from Boudhanath Temple (mentioned below). Despite its remoteness, few people seem to know it even exists, which is part of what makes it so interesting. Despite its small size, its architecture is worth checking out by itself. The museum was previously a bungalow-style hotel built in the 70s, and I find it to be the most charming building I’ve seen in all of Kathmandu. Old photos from the ’80s and ’90s are also on display, along with architectural drawings of famous buildings throughout Nepal. The best part is that it’s free!

National Museum of Nepal

During the off-season in Kathmandu, you’ll realize that there are a lot of days when rain appears to wreck your plans. For this reason, we wanted to take advantage of some of Kathmandu’s indoor activities during the monsoon season. About a 20-minute taxi ride and a $3-$5 taxi ride from Thamel will bring you to the museum.

There are three main buildings of the National Museum, each with its own distinct exhibit. The first building has wood carvings, stone carvings, metal work, and paintings on display. The second focuses on the rise and spread of Buddhism in Nepal and how it is practiced differently throughout the country. We enjoyed getting to see how Buddhism evolved throughout the country. My curiosity has always been about how Buddha became a god when he himself did not believe in gods. The last building was somewhat random, with some natural history and dolls that depicted various costumes from all over the world.

Nepalese Army Museum

If you’re already in the area, the Nepalese Army Museum is adjacent to the National Museum of Nepal, making it a convenient stop. The museum is dense with information, so prepare to read a lot. One of my favorite parts was a section with large paintings depicting different wars and battles in Nepal’s history, each with a few sentences below describing what was gained and what was lost.

 There was also a map showing Nepal’s development as it gained land. In the museum, there is a section dedicated to military leaders and kings. The pictures of each important figure are accompanied by a caption explaining their story. A section is also dedicated to military clothing, weapons, and awards. The sections with less writing could have been translated more into English. Nonetheless, it was a fun way to learn a little more about Nepal’s past and how it came to be.

Natural History Museum

In the west hillock of Kathmandu valley, Swayambhu stupa, a world heritage site, is the setting for Nepal’s Natural History Museum. Swayambhu hillock is famous for its cultural, religious, and historical relevance. This is not only to Kathmandu valley but also to Nepal itself. The museum collects and preserves natural specimens from different parts of Nepal, including floral, faunal, and geological specimens.

The museum has a permanent exhibition gallery for the acquisition of specimens that is open to the public from dawn to dusk. Special exhibitions are also organized on special occasions such as education day, earth day, Sripanchami, Buddhajayanti, and so on. The specimens in the museum were collected by scientists visiting different parts of Nepal after conducting research and studying nature thoroughly.

 In addition to creating a general interest in the conservation of natural heritages, the museum strives to raise general awareness against pollution of the environment and conserve natural resources. They plan to establish collaborations with business communities, as well as other educational, scientific, and environmental institutions and groups nationally and internationally. In addition, they are attempting to raise public awareness about conservation, preservation, and sustainable use of natural resources.

Aviation Museum Nepal

Aviation Museum Nepal is a beautiful place to take your kids or to learn about planes and helicopters. Unless you have lived in Kathmandu for a while, you might not have known about this museum. It costs 500 rupees ($5) to enter and can be seen for 30 minutes to an hour. It was built in a crashed plane at the Kathmandu Airport. A pilot moved it and turned it into a museum a while later. The plane was disassembled, moved to the new location, and reassembled over the course of four months.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.

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9 of the Best Mountain Treks in Nepal

A paradise remains a dream for many, but Nepal, a nation known for its beauty, is not far off from being a very close second. Wandering through luscious green forests, trekking through picturesque rivers, and enjoying gorgeous mountain scenery are just some of the reasons why so many adventurers return to Nepal. 

Many peeps visit Nepal for the beauty of the mountains, striving to climb or trek in the Himalayas, while others are fascinated by the culture of the city of Kathmandu, Chitwan, Pokhara, or any other, while still many hope to achieve spiritual awakening. Furthermore, Nepal can be all of those things whether you want a life-changing experience, an adrenaline rush, or a cultural experience.

Whether you’re an adventurer, an explorer, or just a trekking enthusiast from Nepal or any other corner of the world, you’d be happy to learn about all the amazing trekking destinations in Nepal. So, explore our list of Nepal’s top attractions to learn about the best places to visit in Nepal for trekking purposes.

If you’re in a hurry, we have compiled a shortlist of some of the best trekking routes in Nepal. Hopefully, this will help you decide on the trekking destination for you.

  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  • Langtang Trek
  • Trek to the Everest Base camp
  • Makalu Base Camp
  • Manaslu Mountain Circuit Trek
  • Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
  • Trek to the Shey Phoksundo Lake
  • Nar Phu Valley Trek
  • Trek of the Gokyo Lake

The trekking trails mentioned above are sure to make for a great trip. However, if you’re not convinced yet, let’s discuss them a bit more.

Annapurna Base Camp trek 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a classic trekking route in Nepal that introduces you to the skyscraping mountaintops, the gorgeous range of landscapes, and the lush Rhododendron forest. Trekking the Annapurna mountain range base camp would be ideal if you seek a holiday and enjoy mother earth’s gifts and experience a physically and spiritually fulfilling journey.

  • Preferable Season: From March to May (Mild Weather) and from late September to early December (Cold Weather)
  • Trek Duration: Approximately 15 days
  • Starting Point: Nayapul
  • Maximum Altitude: 5416 meters at Thorong La Pass
  • Trek Permits: ACAP, TIMS
  • Accommodation Type: Teahouse and Homestays
  • Difficulty: Moderately Difficult

Langtang Trek

A trekking trip to Langtang is one of the most rewarding activities in the Langtang region. The quaint mountain villages, varied climatic conditions, and inspiring and challenging walks provide a memorable experience.

A short distance from Kathmandu, you will be able to see glaciers and snow-capped mountains, as well as pine forests, stony streams, boulders, grasslands, and wide pastures. You will also have panoramic views of Mount Langtang-Ri, Langtang Himal, and Gajala Peak.

  • Preferable Season: From March to May (Mild Weather) and from October to November(Cold Weather)
  • Trek Duration: Approximately eight days
  • Starting Point: Syabrubesi
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,984 meters at tserko Ri
  • Trek Permits: No
  • Accommodation Type: Teahouse 
  • Difficulty: Moderately Difficult

Trek to the Everest Base camp

The Everest Base Camp Trek is one of Nepal’s most popular trekking routes. Many tourists visit Nepal to enjoy the captivating mountain views of the Sagarmatha region. The trek begins in Lukla, a short flight from Kathmandu.

Along with Sherpa culture and antique monasteries, you will explore different glaciers and have the opportunity to see hanging icicles and beautiful landscapes on the route.

  • Preferable Season: From March to May (Mild Weather) and from October to November(Cold Weather)
  • Trek Duration: Approximately 14 days
  • Starting Point: Lukla
  • Maximum Altitude: 5,600 meters at Kala Patthar
  • Trek Permits: TIMS, Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
  • Accommodation Type: Teahouse 
  • Difficulty: Moderately Difficult

Trek of the Makalu Base Camp 

Due to its remote topography, Makalu Base Camp is a less frequent trek route. The trek takes you to the foothills of 8481 meters at Makalu, the world’s fifth-highest mountain. Throughout the trek, a short flight from the capital will take you to Tumlingtar, whence you will pass through the vibrant forests of Rhododendrons, and along the way, you will spot the Rai community living in the lower elevations, as well as the Sherpas who live in the higher mountains.

  • Preferable Season: From March to May (Mild Weather) and from October to November(Cold Weather)
  • Trek Duration: Approximately 20 days
  • Starting Point: Tumlingtar
  • Maximum Altitude: 5,250 meters at Shersong Ridge
  • Trek Permits: TIMS, Makalu Barun National Park Permit
  • Accommodation Type: Teahouse 
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Manaslu Mountain Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is popular and physically demanding in Nepal. However, it offers uplifting mountain scenery and a great series of jungles that head into the wild. In this trek, you can witness epic views of the Himalayas while crossing many suspension bridges as you trek around Mount Manaslu, which is the eighth-highest peak in Nepal. 

  • Preferable Season: From March to May and from September to December
  • Trek Duration: Approximately 14 days
  • Starting Point: Soti Khola
  • Maximum Altitude: 5,160 meters at Larkya Pass
  • Trek Permits: TIMS, MCAP, and RAP
  • Accommodation Type: Teahouse 
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

In all likelihood, trekking to Kanchenjunga is one of the best things to do in Nepal. It is an amazing adventure that takes you to the third-highest peak in the world. The hike then takes you to the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, a place where endangered species can be seen.

  • Preferable Season: From March to May and from October to November(Cold Weather)
  • Trek Duration: Approximately 21 days
  • Starting Point: Mitlung
  • Maximum Altitude: 5,250 meters at Shersong Ridge
  • Trek Permits: RAP, TACAP
  • Accommodation Type: Camping 
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Trek to the Shey Phoksundo Lake

There is no doubt Shey Phoksundo Lake is one of the most beautiful freshwater lakes in Nepal because of its turquoise waters. The crystal-clear water is as if nature is being painted on a stunning canvas. 

In addition to visiting the pristine lake of Phoksundo, the remote portion of the trek in Nepal gives you a glimpse of Nepal’s preserved culture and Tibetan culture around the Dolpo region and the spectacular Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri ranges.

  • Preferable Season: From March to May and from October to November(Cold Weather)
  • Trek Duration: Approximately nine days
  • Starting Point: Juphal
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,589 meters
  • Trek Permits: RAP, TACAP
  • Accommodation Type: Teahouse 
  • Difficulty: Moderately Difficult

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Trekking in the Nar Phu Valley starts from Jagat along the popular Annapurna Circuit Trail and branches off to Koto in an off-the-beaten-path, high-altitude valley containing ancient villages. The trek offers people unique Himalayan and Tibetan culture and a wide variety of Buddhist cultures in the Trans Himalayas and High plateau rock formations and glaciers.

  • Preferable Season: From March to May and from October to November(Cold Weather)
  • Trek Duration: Approximately 18 days
  • Starting Point: Jagat
  • Maximum Altitude: 5,416 meters
  • Trek Permits: RAP, ACAP
  • Accommodation Type: Teahouse 
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Trek of the Gokyo Lake

After Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal, Everest Gokyo Lake Trek is the most sought-after trek among trekkers and adventurers. This hike offers breathtaking views of the four highest peaks in the world at the same time: Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho-Oyu, and Mt. Lhotse.

  • Preferable Season: From March to May and from October to November (Cold Weather)
  • Trek Duration: Approximately 12 days
  • Starting Point: Tumlingtar
  • Maximum Altitude: 5,357 meters at Gokyo Ri
  • Trek Permits: Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit
  • Accommodation Type: Teahouse 
  • Difficulty: Difficult

As a whole, trekking in Nepal is one of the most popular adventures in the world. Every trek in Nepal has a unique trail and offers a variety of experiences; however, the nine best treks in Nepal mentioned above are based on the popularity of the trails among visitors.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.

 

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Best Time to Trek in Nepal

It is also important to note that trekking in Nepal is not just about the trek to Everest Base Camp. Not only does the Annapurna region offer plenty of options for you, but also the Dolpo, the Manaslu, and the Annapurna region. Are you ready to go discover the natural beauty of Nepal? If so, you’re going to love trekking in one of the world’s most gorgeous countries, so get your hiking boots on and get going.

Why go Trekking in Nepal?

Thousands of years before trekking became a word and an industry was created for hiking, people were already hiking in Nepal. The awesome hiking trails in the Himalayas are essential to getting from village to village. With so many trekking options available, Nepal can be called the Mecca of world trekking. You can climb the equivalent or an improvement on Kilimanjaro, hike the W-Trek in Patagonia, and walk the Camino de Santiago.

Despite all of that, trekking in Nepal will never compare. Nepal hosts the world’s roof, boasting many peaks just as breathtaking as Mount Everest. Hiking trails in Nepal will give you the opportunity to explore them all.

In Nepal, you will be able to see the Annapurnas, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and the utmost majestic Mt. Manaslu. You will be able to reconnect with nature. It is not just the mountain peaks that make Nepal one of the most popular trekking destinations, but also flora and fauna found there. It is home to nearly 6500 flowering plants, 2500 species of vascular plants, and 130 endemic species. Rhododendrons are Nepal’s national flower, and you are certain to see a lot of them as you hike through the Annapurna Region. You will also encounter beautiful animals such as musk deer, Himalayan black bears, and one-horned rhinoceroses.

What time of year is best to trek in Nepal?

In Nepal, just like many other parts of the world, there are four distinct seasons. The winter season, spring season, summer season, and autumn season each have their own advantages. Therefore, there is no definitive answer to the question concerning the best trekking season. Whatever the case, you can choose your preferred month for your Nepal visit based on the seasons.

Spring from March to May

Spring is a popular season for trekking holidays in Nepal because the temperatures will be warmer, the temperatures will be steadier, and the blossoms will start to appear. There will be plenty of climbers around Everest Base Camp as the climbing season for Mount Everest starts up. 

Temperatures will fluctuate between 16 degrees and 23 degrees Celsius throughout the day. The hotter evenings will make your trek more enjoyable, and fewer trekkers will be on the trail than, for example, during the fall. If you are considering the Annapurna Circuit Trek, this is the time for you. The Rhododendron in full bloom is an obvious point of interest in spring, but you can also spot the most delightful feathered creatures in the Langtang Valley.

Summer from June to August

It gets warm in Nepal during the summer, despite the fact that you may not expect it when looking at snow-clad mountain peaks. Truth be told, the weather will be damp since late spring, meaning that monsoon is on the way. As a result, there are not many trekking enthusiasts heading to the Himalayas at this time of year. The rains wash away scaffolds, trails can become extremely dangerous, and the roads are clogged with traffic.

Despite the fact that it tends to be hard to get around during summer, the Upper Mustang Trek is an excellent option since it is generally dry throughout the region. This time of year, the Dolpa district with the Upper and Lower Dolpo is likewise an extraordinary option.

Autumn or Fall from September to November

In Nepal, fall is an excellent time for trekking due to the fantastic weather conditions. As the temperatures gradually drop, there might be a few flakes of snow on the peaks in the higher elevations.

Fall is the best time for trekking. It’s very popular at this time of the year. Temperatures range from 22 to 27 degrees Celsius during the day, and evenings are cool. In September, I’m afraid you’ll have a bit of a reminder of Monsoon Season, and it might rain in torrential amounts. There can be some difficulties crossing the High Passes, but in general, you should not have any problems. As October approaches, your way will be clear. There will be less rain, and it will be a great time to visit Nepal.

The celebration of the end of the monsoon season, Indra Jatra or Yenya, occurs in late September or early October. These unique festivals offer a different perspective and level of experience in Nepal.

Winter from December to February

With snow, particularly in Nepal, winter presents a number of challenges for trekking. However, winter can be an amazing season for trekking, especially at higher altitudes. Under the cover of snow, the beauty of fall is tucked away, and trekkers head to the Himalayas to explore trails on lower levels and experience the mountains in all their moods.

Since there are fewer trekkers and the view is spectacular, this is an extraordinary option for trekkers who want to enjoy the most authentic Himalayan experience. Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking, which is also called Annapurna Sunrise Trekking, is one of those treks that is absolutely justified, regardless of how difficult it is in winter.

Furthermore, if you want a guide to the best trekking destination as compared to the best time to visit them, we’ve got you covered. 

  • Everest Base Camp Trek: From the end of March till the end of May, and from the end of September till the end of December.
  • Everest View Trek: The months of February until the end of June, September until the end of December.
  • Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek: From March to May and from September to December.
  • Gokyo Valley Trek: From February to June, September to December
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek: From March until the end of June and from September until the end of December.
  • Annapurna Circuit Trek: From March until the end of June, from September until the end of December
  • Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek: From February through December.
  • Jomsom Muktinath Trek: The months of February until the end of June, September until the end of December
  • Mardi Himal Trek: September through December, March through May.
  • Upper Dolpo Trek: From March until the end of November.
  • Upper Mustang Trek: From March until the end of November.
  • Langtang Valley Trek: From March until the end of June and from September until the end of December.
  • Manaslu Circuit Trek: From September to December and from March to June.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know.

Furthermore, When you are ready to start your Nepal trekking adventure, it is time to begin thinking about what to pack. If you are ready to book but aren’t sure when is the best time to trek or what to stay in, Pokhara Info has got you covered. You can figure out these queries through our site. We can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites. Thank you for visiting!

 

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Religious Hub in Kathmandu

Nepal is a country with a rich cultural heritage and a long history. When you visit Nepal, you are likely to see many of the country’s famous temples. As a foreigner, there are a lot of options to learn about Hinduism and temples in Nepal. You could also engage in thrilling trekking adventures or tours while visiting these temples. Nonetheless, you may need a more comprehensive description of the best temples in Nepal and in Kathmandu to assist you in your trek. The temples are renowned for their heritage and tradition. Pokhara Info provides you with a list of some of Nepal’s most famous and glorious temples.

There are a lot of statuesque temples in Nepal, full of insights and richness. Nepal’s unique temple characteristics include Newari pagodas and Shikhara temples. Buddhism is also reflected in Buddhist Gompas, with exclusive arts and crafts built by craftsmen who are part of the ancient Nepali culture and tradition. To make your navigation of the best temples of the Hindu and Buddhist religions in Nepal easier, we have provided detailed descriptions of the temples. You can read about temples outside Kathmandu Valley from Pokhara Info. Below are some temples within the valley that would be great learning and touring destinations for foreign explorers:

Pashupatinath Temple

According to Hindu tradition, Pashupatinath was founded in the 5th century as a Hindu shrine. The Shiva lingam was discovered at the site, which has great significance for the Hindu community. After the Malla dynasty in Nepal rebuilt the temple, the Pashupatinath became the main shrine for millions of Lord Shiva devotees.

Across the Bagmati River lies this pagoda-style temple, which boasts hundreds of Shiva lingams within the temple’s complex. Within the main temple is a Shiva lingam. You can also see a statue of Nandi; the bull Lord Shiva used to ride on the opposite side of the temple. The cremations of Hindu people take place along the Bagmati riverbank within Pashupati. The temple is mainly worshipped during festivals like Mahashivaratri, which attracts Hindu devotees from all over the world, Teej, a traditional festival of Nepalese women, and various Ekadashis and other auspicious occasions. Among the unique features of this famous temple are the Aratis and festivals.

Getting to the Pashupatinath temple is easy. You can take a taxi directly from Tribhuwan International Airport or catch a bus from Basantapur. The cost of entering this famous Hindu temple in Nepal is about NPR 1000 for tourists. Non-Hindus, however, are generally not allowed into the main temple itself. Additionally, visiting one of the best temples in Nepal may be easier if you have a tourist guide with you. Visitors can enter the heritage site from the back of the premise.

Changu Narayan Temple (The Oldest Temple In Nepal)

Built during the Lichhavi Dynasty in 1702, Change Narayan is the oldest temple in Nepal. It is a double-roofed temple that is decorated with ten incarnations of Narayan and guarded by four stone lions. Among the main attractions of this region is a statue of Vishnu seated on a Garuda, which belongs to an ancient period. The temple’s real gem and the sculpture of Narsingha are also worth seeing in the Changu Narayan area.

The Changu Narayan temple is located about halfway between Kathmandu and Bhaktapur. From Bhaktapur, a bus can take you to the temple, and from Bhaktapur, a taxi costs about Rs. 800 just for the city of Kathmandu. From Bhaktapur, you can take a taxi for around Rs.350 to Changu Narayan, which is a world heritage site. You can take pictures around the temple and get your photos taken inside. The trip can cost between NPR100 and 400.

Buddhanilkantha 

At the base of the Shivapuri Hill lies a statue of Hindu Lord Vishnu, which is the largest and most significant stone carving of Lord Vishnu in Nepal. It is 10km away from the center of Kathmandu. Lord Vishnu is carved into the black basalt stone, which is 5 meters long and is positioned inside the tank of water, which is 13 meters long.

 There are eleven naga heads on the top of the head of the statue of Vishnu. If you’re planning on visiting Buddhanilkantha, a beautiful premise in itself, then the Hindu temple is worth visiting. From Ratnapark or Basantapur, you can take a bus or a taxi to Narayanthan to reach the temple. This can take about 40-45 minutes.

Guheswori Shaktipith

Hindu pilgrims visit the Guheswori Shaktipith, which is around 1 km away from Pashupatinath. This temple represents the power of Hindu gods and goddesses. Devotees recognize it as a sacred temple.

Sati Devi’s story of how her body parts fell at Guheswori after her death makes the temple important for Hindus. Additionally, the temple was built under the command of the former king Pratap Malla in the 17th century. This is a famous Hindu temple in Kathmandu.

This temple can be reached directly from the Pashupatinath area through the north of the temple. Although it is not known whether the Shaktipith is generally open to tourists, there is a front door through which you can enter the temple.

Patan Krishna Mandir

Patan Krishna Mandira temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha, found in the Patan Durbar Square area in Kathmandu, is one of the major attractions in the valley due to its rich history and magnificent architecture. The temple was built in 1637 by King Siddhi Narasigh Malla as the result of a dream where the Hindu gods stood exactly where the temple stands today.

A visit to Kathmandu’s Durbar Square and the Krishna Mandir, the birthplace of Lord Krishna, is special during Krishna Janmasthami, the most important festival in Nepal. This famous temple celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna with a great crowd.

If you travel from Ratnapark, Koteshwor, or Lagankhel, you will be able to quickly reach Patan Durbar Square by bus or taxi. The entry fee is NPR 1000 for tourists, and it includes access to the temple. There, Tourist guides are also available on an hourly basis, which typically runs from NPR 1000 to NPR 2000 per hour.

Doleshwar Mahadev Temple

There is a temple called Doleshwar Mahadev temple in the district of Bhaktapur, located 20 km from Kathmandu. It can be reached after an approximately 45-minute drive from the center of the city. Furthermore, many Shiva devotees in Nepal visit this temple to pray for the fulfillment of their wishes, and it is believed that visiting the temple will wash away all your sins and bless you for a successful life. It takes about 30 minutes to drive from Kathmandu to Doleshwar Mahadev Temple, located in the Bhaktapur district in Nepal.

The temples in Nepal are some of the most fascinating and well-known in the world and have captured the attention of tourists everywhere. These cultural landmarks need to be preserved with proper plans and policies. Furthermore, tourism prospects in Nepal have been rapidly expanding in the last few decades, so it makes sense that these historically significant temples in Nepal need to be protected and promoted.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

You can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or return home after enjoying the thrilling and joyful experience. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.

Finally, if you are planning to visit Nepal anytime soon, you should take note of the many ancient sites and the numerous temples that are located in Nepal. As we mentioned earlier, you will just have to see them for yourself to acknowledge these temples.

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Spending a Day in Kathmandu Valley

World travelers have been drawn to Kathmandu since the 60s. The city’s intoxicating combination of cultural and artistic heritage and the city’s proximity to the Himalayas make this an obvious choice. Durbar Square, located in the heart of Kathmandu’s old city, stands out for its distinctive architecture and convivial atmosphere. There, you get to enjoy steamed momos and browse handicrafts as you wander through Old Town’s narrow, winding streets with your guide.

However, despite the cultural attractions of Kathmandu, there are countless hiking activities and other ones you can indulge in to pass a day in Kathmandu. For your ease, we’ve mentioned a few of them down below:

Jamacho Gompa Hike

One of Kathmandu’s more difficult hiking routes is the Jamacho Gompa Hike. In general, it takes between 4 and 6 hours to reach the viewpoint and stupa, depending on your speed and resting time. Hikers looking for a great workout or training for a trek will enjoy this hike since it is almost entirely uphill. From the city center, a 20-minute cab ride will take you to the hike.

Visiting the Changu Narayan Temple

Changu Narayan Temple is one of the oldest known temples in Nepal. It was built in 464 AD, but no one knows exactly when it was built. It is located on a hill overlooking the valley and is surrounded by a small village, which makes for a picturesque hike. A great way to spend an afternoon outside the city center is to visit one of the villages’ many small museums or restaurants.

Tarabhire Hike

Over the weekends, locals in Kathmandu enjoy the Tarebhir Hike, a short and easy walk that follows a paved road and dirt road to a high vantage point that offers views of the Kathmandu Valley. There are locations to eat at the top, so I recommend going around lunchtime so you can sit and enjoy the view longer. It takes about an hour to get to the peak and about an hour to get back down. It begins and ends in Budhanilkantha, on the northeastern side of Kathmandu. So, enjoy your time during the Tarebhire Hike.

Visiting Chandragiri

In my mind, the Chandragiri Cable Car initially sounded like a tourist trap. However, I’ve been proven wrong, and the Chandragiri Cable Car is not a tourist trap. It’s insanely beautiful, and the view from the top is one of the best ones you will find of the Himalayas from far away. For oblivious travelers, a cable car can be really mind-blowing. The ride up was a little scary for me because I’m so afraid of heights, but the ride was actually very smooth. If you don’t want to ride the cable car, you can hike up and see the sights. At the top, you can find food stalls and a high-end restaurant.

Nagi Gompa Monastery Hike

It takes approximately 1 – 1.5 hours to reach Nagi Gompa Monastery from Shivapuri National Park on the northern side of Kathmandu and 45 minutes to return. While the path follows a dirt road, shortcuts through the woods bypass the road. It can be a great day’s trip with friends or family.

Visiting Dhulikhel

There are two sections to Dhulikhel, one modern and full of hotels and the other more traditional. Dhulikhel is about a 2-hour drive from Kathmandu, depending on traffic. It’s also worth checking out the old town, which boasts narrow alleyways and ancient temples, as well as a fantastic view if you don’t mind climbing 1,000 steps.

Pharping

There are over a hundred Buddhist monasteries in Pharping, which is one of the lesser-known places near Kathmandu. Guru Rinpoche is believed to have founded Tibetan Buddhism at Pharping, and it makes a great day trip from the city. Pharping is famous for its day hike up to Champa Devi, about a four-hour hike if you take your time. You can also visit the famous caves where Guru Rinpoche meditated.

Visiting Kritipur

There’s an interesting city just a half-hour drive outside of Kathmandu called Kirtipur. While most tourists visit Patan and Bhaktapur, few visitors even know Kirtipur exists. Yet, the city has a fascinating history. Kirtipur has a strategic location, which made it an important place in past wars. Today, it is a charming little city full of little alleys set on a hill. You can find plenty of temples and try traditional Newari food at some wonderful local restaurants.

Ranibari Community Forest

The Rinibari Community Forest lies near Lazimpat Road in the center of Kathmandu. It is one of the few remaining natural forests in the city, and a meandering trail goes through the center of the forest. A visit costs 10 rupees per person (less than $0.10 USD). It is a great place to relax, picnic, or read a book. It is also famous for its bird watching, with more than 100 types of birds to see.

Going to Panauti

Approximately 2-3 hours drive from Kathmandu, Panauti is a quaint ancient city that few tourists visit. The cool thing about Panauti is that in the old town, you can see how cities like Kathmandu used to be 15-20 years ago. Animals walk down the streets, a few cars are cruising around, temples are built around every corner, and locals play cards in the afternoons while chilis dry in the sun. It is a fantastic place to witness life unfold.

Strolling through Bhaktapur and Patan

Located in the heart of Nepal, Bhaktapur is a destination that has recently gained much popularity. It is often referred to as a “living museum” as well as the “cultural capital of Nepal.” The town of Bhaktapur is one of my favorite places in Nepal and is only 45 minutes away from Kathmandu, making it an ideal day trip. You can explore the many temples, squares, and museums to learn about the Malla Dynasty, which emphasizes craftsmanship.

A city with both Buddhist and Hindu influences, Patan was one of the three kingdoms in Kathmandu Valley, along with Bhaktapur and Kathmandu. In today’s Patan, you will find a lot of ex-pats who live there, so the city is a good place for western comforts. Some of the best restaurants in Patan are found here as well as museums and ancient temples within the popular Patan Durbar Square.

Shivapuri National Park

Shivapuri National Park is the ultimate green area in Kathmandu. You can hike, visit temples, eat at restaurants, and stay at a hotel during your stay. Since the park is higher than the valley, it is cooler on hot days since it is higher in altitude than the valley. There are several ways to enjoy the views of the city, from walking along the almost no-traffic road to hiking into the center of the park to observe wildlife.

Godawari Botanical Garden

When the gardens bloom in the spring, it’s best to visit the Godawari Botanical Garden, which is just an hour and a half from Kathmandu. It makes a wonderful outing to escape the bustle of the city because it is so quiet and serene. A local favorite since 1962, the garden is a popular weekend destination for family picnics and romantic dates. It is not something I would recommend for those who will only be visiting Nepal briefly, but it is a great experience for those who plan to stay in Kathmandu for an extended period.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know.

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Festivals in Nepal

Nepal is known as a land of vivid, colorful festivals. The Nepali culture has always been geared toward religion; thus, a festival begins with respect and prayers to a god, resulting in a family event everyone enjoys. 

If you’re oblivious to Nepali festivals, get ready for some of the most enjoyable times celebrating joyful Hindu festivity by traveling to Nepal. As a foreigner, you’ll surely enjoy most aspects of these festivals.

Nepal’s festivals often have a religious significance, and some of them commemorate mythological or epic events. Nepal is a country characterized by a variegated climate, abundant wildlife, and people who follow different cultures and religions.

Nepal has countless cultures and ethnicities, with people happy in their own communities. Each community in Nepal has its own distinct culture and traditions that have been handed down from generation to generation for centuries. Nepal celebrates more than 100 festivals a year, and each one has its own set of beliefs. In spite of these facts, they all come together to celebrate important festivals of the year. Dashain and Tihar are two of the most important Hindu holidays celebrated by the entire country without any religious issues.  

Major Festivals of Nepal

Dashain

Dashain, Nepal’s greatest festival, is the occasion for reunions with family, gifts, blessings, and sacrifices of farm animals. People honour goddess Durga, whose hor was crafted by other gods using weapons from all of them in Dashain. As a symbol of bravery and strength, animal sacrifices are made to Lord Durga for the happiness of the devotees.

The Dashain festival consists of several main days, including Ghatasthapan, Phool Pati, Mahaastami, Navami, Vijaya Dasami, and finally, the tenth day, on which the elder of the house gives everyone a Tika. Following this, people visit other elderly homes and get tikas and blessings. On the last day, which is the day of the full moon, people celebrate Kojagrat Purnima. Among Nepal’s major highlights of the Dashain festival are grand feasts, family gatherings, kite flying, and swinging.

Dashain usually falls on Ashok or Kartik, which equates to October or November. Dashain signifies the victory of good over evil.

Tihar

The festival of Tihar is also known as Diwali or Dipawali, which lasts for five days after Dashain. The first two days of Tihar are spent worshipping crows and cats, while the third day is devoted to cow worship. The fourth day is dedicated to worshipping Laxmi, the goddess of wealth, in the house with candles and lights. Oxen are worshipped on that day, and Govardhan puja is performed. On the other hand, the Newars celebrate the New Year on the fourth day of Tihar and practice Mha Puja. On the very last day of Tihar, a celebration of siblings takes place; Bhai Tika.

Along with the puja of various birds and animals, this festival is also known as the festival of light and happiness. Tihar usually lies in the month of Kartik or October/November.

Mha Puja

Mha Puja is observed by the Newar people on the fourth day of Tihar. According to Nepali Sambhat, this day is New Year. Newars observe Mha Puja in order to cleanse and strengthen the body and soul during ceremonial puja. Mandalas are painted on the floor in front of each family member. They follow different rituals in Mandalas and praise the body in which they reside.

Mha Puja signifies worshipping oneself to purify and strengthen one’s body and soul. Mha Puja falls on one of the days during Tihar that falls in the month of Kartik.

Nepali New Year 

Nepal is a country with a unique calendar that marks the beginning of the year from the first day of Baisakh. Baisakh usually falls in the second week of April, or it can change depending on the position of the stars. A special feature of Baisakh’s month is the availability of many seasonal fruits, especially jackfruits and mangoes. Accordingly, Baisakh’s name derives from the sun’s celestial position near the Bishakha star. Most south Asian countries use lunisolar calendars, starting the year in spring, unlike the Gregorian calendar, which starts in January. In addition to Nepal, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Myanmar use lunisolar calendars as well.

Mata Tirtha (Mother’s Day)

On this day, Mata Tirtha holds a special Mela in Thankot, Kathmandu, Nepal, which symbolizes the mother’s pure love, living mother’s devotion, and dying mother’s remembrance. The main objective of this festival is to pray for the long life of one’s mother. In Mata Tirtha, there are two bathing points, the lower one being bigger and suitable for swimming, and the upper one referred to as “Observing mother’s face” because it is believed that one could see one’s departed mother’s head in the reflection of the water. Nepal also celebrates this festival in the first month of its calendar.

The day is celebrated in honor of and in remembrance of a mother, wishing her a long and productive life.

Nag Panchami

Nag Panchami honors the Nagas, the snake gods responsible for Nepal’s rain. The festival celebrates the victory of an ancient king, who was also a Tantric teacher, over the nags responsible for stopping the hurricane. The Nags were pressurized into obedience by the king’s magic spells. As such, this day is regarded explicitly as the Nags’ adoration, a concession graciously granted by the conqueror. Nepalese purchase Nag portraits from the street stall the day before and display these on their windows and doors. Nepalese then perform a little puja and leave food offerings for the snakes in their yards and paddies. Nag Panchami usually occurs in July.

As per the Hindu calendar, the festival is celebrated on the fifth day of the bright half of the lunar month of Shravana.

Janai Purnima

Janai Purnima marks the switching of the Janai, the holy thread worn by Hindus on their chests. On a full moon day, thousands of Brahmins (Hindu priests) reside near the river to perform puja. It is called Gunhi Punhi festival by Newars from the Kathmandu Valley, where a soup made from different sprouted beans called kwati is served as the day’s special menu.

A sister ties a Rakhi around her brother’s wrist on this day, praying for his long and prosperous life.

Teej

Teej festival is celebrated by Hindu women by dancing to folk songs and wearing red and green sarees. It is a festival of Brahmins, but when Lord Parbati married Shiva after fasting and meditation, the festival became popular among women. A day before the beginning of the festival, women gather to feast. From midnight on, they begin their fasting rituals. A few days later, the bride’s mother sends food and sarees to her daughter’s house.

On the second day or the main day, many women visit the sacred Pashupati temple and worship Lord Shiva. Married women pray for a prosperous and happy life for their spouse, while single women seek a perfect partner like Lord Shiva. Normally, Teej falls on the third day of Bhadra Shukla Paksha, which is the third day of Bhadra according to the Nepali calendar or early September.  We provide packages that include treks, tours and festival package as well.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.

Finally, A festival is celebrated in Nepal with a mythological significance. Most festivals celebrate victory over evils. This is what provides religious belief for people in this generation. In general, a festival is a time off from a hectic daily routine. During the festival, people tend to get together and celebrate it together. For instance, elderly people give younger people Tika during Dashain, which brings about a sense of community.

 

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Religious Hub in Nepal

Nepal is a country with a rich cultural heritage and a long history. When you visit Nepal, you are likely to see many of the country’s famous temples. As a foreigner, there are a lot of options to learn about Hinduism and temples in Nepal. Furthermore, you could also engage in thrilling trekking adventures or tours while visiting these temples. Nonetheless, you may need a more comprehensive description of the best temples in Nepal to assist you in your trek. The temples are renowned for their heritage and tradition. Pokhara Info provides you with a list of some of Nepal’s most famous and glorious temples.

There are a lot of statuesque temples in Nepal, full of insights and richness. Nepal’s unique temple characteristics include Newari pagodas and Shikhara temples. Buddhism is also reflected in Buddhist Gompas, with exclusive arts and crafts built by craftsmen who are part of the ancient Nepali culture and tradition. To make your navigation of the best temples of the Hindu and Buddhist religions in Nepal easier, we have provided detailed descriptions of the temples. In order to learn about temples within the nation’s capital, the Kathmandu valley, we have another article on Temples within the valley. 

Manakamana Temple

Location: Kurintar, Gorkha, Nepal

In the Hindu religion, there is a belief that the goddess Bhagwati fulfills all wishes of people who worship her at the Manakamana temple, which is 140 kilometers west of Kathmandu. The temple is believed to be the closest sacred place to the goddess Bhagwati. The cable car facility was founded in 1998, making the trip to Manakamana more convenient and convenient. We can find a long line of people waiting to ride the cable car as soon as we enter the entrance. A panoramic view of the river and the forest-covered hills is available on the way to the temple, which is breathtaking.

The best way to see this amazing cultural landmark atop a hill is to take a bus from Ratnapark of Kalanki in Kathmandu for Pokhara, which generally stops at Manakamana, or you can take a bus that goes directly to Kurintar. Once you get there, you will have to rent a cable car, which will cost you about USD $11 for a one-way ride and USD $20 for a two-way ride. Prices might vary depending on your nationality.

Muktinath Temple

Location: Mustang, Nepal

Nepal’s Mustang district is one of the most beautiful areas in the world. The Muktinath temple is located above the clouds at an elevation of 3,710 m. This Vishnu temple is one of the oldest and most sacred places in Nepal and is revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. People who travel to Mustang usually visit the temple to seek blessings from the ancient Hindu God, as there is a semicircular wall with 108 rock faucets that are 7 feet high. Many people take a bath under these faucets.

Located in Mustang, Muktinath temple is popular with hikers. You can hike to this temple or take a bus. To get to Muktinath, you should plan on trekking for around seven to eight days through Pokhara & the Kali Gandaki River Valley. From Pokhara to Jomsom, you can take a bus, a jeep, or a train via Beni, Ghasa, Tato Pani, Tukuche, and Marfa. The trip takes about 10- 11 hours. An even shorter flight from Pokhara can be taken to Muktinath, and you hike up from there.

Janaki Temple

Location: Janakpur, Nepal

The Ram Janaki temple is one of the oldest Hindu temples in the world, located 123 kilometers south of Kathmandu. It consists of three levels made up of marble and stone. Similarly, the temple has 60 rooms adorned with colorful glass, paintings, and beautiful windows.

The Janaki temple has the ancient history of Ram and Janaki, and therefore it has been able to attract large numbers of Hindu pilgrims from Nepal and India. The Janaki temple is interesting culturally and architecturally, with an exceptionally beautiful and intricate design. Its design is a mix of Mughal and Hindu Kingdomship, and it has been entirely constructed in bright white. It covers an area of 1,480 square meters (4,860 square feet) in a style that combines Mughal and Hindu architecture.

In addition to road and air accessibility, the Janaki temple is also accessible by bus. One can fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar and then take a bus to the temple, or one can fly directly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar and take a bus.

Tal Barahi Temple

Location: Fewa Lake, Pokhara, Nepal

The Tal Barahi Temple has played a significant role in attracting many tourists to the picturesque city of Pokhara. It’s a small pagoda temple made in a pagoda style of architecture, holding great value for Hindu devotees. The temple is situated on a small island in the middle of Fewa Lake. The Temple of the Hindu Mother Goddess Shakti, who symbolizes all creation and power, is located amidst the clear waters of the Fewa Lake and is accessible by boat around the lake in addition to tickets to the temple.

In addition to its spectacular location, this temple also boasts stunning views of the Annapurna Range peeking over Pokhara. This makes the temple highly attractive to both tourists and devotees from around the world. During your visit to Pokhara, you can rent a boat to arrive at Tal Barahi temple. The boat rental price depends on whether you wish to visit the temple or simply cruise around Fewa Lake. In addition, you will be charged for renting a life jacket, which is a requirement for every person.

Devghat Dham Temple

Location: Devghat, Chitwan, Nepal

In Nepal, Devghat Dham is generally considered to be one of the most sacred places. Furthermore, this holy site is located at the tri-junction of the Tanahu, Nawalparasi, and Chitwan districts. Similarly, Devghat Dham marks the confluence of two holy rivers, Gandaki flowing from Muktinath and Trisuli flowing from Gosaikunda.

Devghat Dham is one of the most famous locations among followers of the Hindu religion. It is believed that a dip in this place can wash away sins. There are several temples on its premises that are considered sacred by Hindus. It is said that the souls of those who die here rest peacefully in Ashrams for all eternity. In this region, there are many Ashrams where worshippers and the elderly spend their days. In order to get to the temple, Taxis and private cars can be rented in Narayangarh city from the Pokhara bus station.

Haleshi Mahadev Temple

Location: Haleshi, Khotang, Nepal

There are a number of temples in Nepal that are considered to be among the oldest and holiest. Halesi Mahadev Temple is one of them, and it is located in the Khotang district of the eastern region of Nepal. Additionally, this ancient temple is located inside a natural cave, also known as the Pashupatinath Temple of eastern Nepal. This location contains three mysterious caves, also called the three eyes of Lord Shiva. In addition, this temple is over 6000 years old.

There is a bus route from Kathmandu to Haleshi Temple. The temple can be reached via roadways passing from Dhulikhel, Nepalthok, and Khurkot towards Okhaldhunga, Ghurmi, and Jayaramand Halesi, which is about 222 Kms far from Kathmandu. As of 2022, we travel through a constricting road for eight to nine hours through the path mentioned above in order to reach Halesi Mahadev.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.