5 Stunning towns to visit in Nepal
The Land of the Himalayas is blessed with many beautiful towns that you should visit.
When visiting Nepal, one tends to think about Mount Everest and the Himalayas. But this diverse multi-lingual land-locked country has many mesmerizing towns that will make you fall in love with its people, culture and everything else.
Below we give you a list of five towns that should be on your list when visiting Nepal.
The colourful capital of Nepal, Kathmandu Valley is filled with temples, shrines, Buddhist monasteries, multi-cuisine restaurants and streets bustling with shopping areas, rickshaws and more. Visit the majestic Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, multiple Durbar Squares and the street of Thamel. You can also buy some locally made goods at various street shops at Thamel, Jhamsikhel, among others.
Lumbini is the birthplace of Gautam Buddha and, thus, the most significant city for Buddhist pilgrims all around the world. You can visit the peaceful monasteries in the area or take a walk and relax in the gorgeous gardens. Expect to see archaeological finds dating back to the third century BC, amidst the peaceful city.
For all adventure and mountain lovers, Pokhara is a must-visit city. Located on the shores of Lake Phewa, you can see the snow-capped Annapurna range along with colourful boats, beautiful scenery, caves, waterfalls and forests. If you are looking for a trekking experience, you can visit the Annapurna trekking region through this city. Additionally, you can partake in adventure sports like paddle boating, paragliding, ultralight flying, rafting and more.
Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located at Chitwan. The parkland is filled with forests, grasslands and various animal species including wild elephants, sloth bears, Bengal tiger, and one-horned rhinos, among many others. Stay in the luxury lodges and experience elephant bathing, romantic riverside dinners and scenic boat rides.
The tea district of Nepal, Ilam is the location of the country’s first tea estate. Because of the ideal tea-growing conditions in the area, the town and surrounding mountains are covered with tea gardens. The best time to visit the area is between April and November, during which you can watch the tea-pickers at their work. Apart from that, you can go hiking, bird watching and tea tasting.
Nepal has many other beautiful towns, but the above five are a must-visit. Indulge in Nepal’s unique local culture, food and people to get the most out of the country.