Home to the Himalayas, Nepal is blessed with natural and unsullied beauty. Unlike other hill stations, the most beautiful places to visit in Nepal are nothing related to man-made forts and museums. Here, nature shines in full glory! From lakes perched on hilly summits to trekking trails that lead you on to a place that feels like heaven, Nepal is truly breathtaking!
Here are the 13 most beautiful places to Visit in Nepal
- Rara Lake
- Panch Pokhari
- Chitwan National Park
- Garden of Dreams
- Phewa lake
- Everest Base Camp
- Langtang Region
- Tilicho Lake
- Gosainkunda Lake
- Poon Hill
Located in Jumla and Hugu districts, Rara lake is the biggest and the deepest freshwater lake in Nepal. Often referred to as “heaven on earth” for its natural beauty, it has an average depth of 100m (330ft) and is spread across 5.1 km of area. Tourists often trek to this lake and camp overnight by the lakeside. Once you climb up the Manma point, the alluring beauty of the lake takes you over and you can see the lush green dense forest all around.
How to get there: There are a few ways to reach Rara lake from Kathmandu. You may take a fight to Talcha airport or catch one of the buses that run on the route covering a 16-20 hours journey. You can also hire a private jeep that will drop you close to the lake and from there you can take a 25-minute walk to reach the Rara lake. However, the best way to enjoy the beauty is to trek to the lake like most tourists do.
At the base of Jugal Himal in northeast Kathmandu is Panch Pokhari, a group of 5 holy lakes. Surrounded by mountains on all sides, these lakes in the middle of the green-carpeted massifs look surreal. The reason this group of lakes is holy is because of a traditional ritual called Janai Purnima. Every year in the month of August, Brahmins travel to these lakes to perform the ritual of changing the sacred thread they tie around their body called ‘janai’.
How to get there: The trek starts at Chautara in northeast Kathmandu and goes through Sherpa and Tamang village which gives you a peek into Nepal’s culture.
Chitwan National Park
Chitwan National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Settled at the base of Himalayas, it is home to many wild animals like monkeys, elephants, cobras, wild boar, etc. There are also a few army base camps inside the park. Hire a guide who will help you in spotting animals and will tell you tales about the park. Chitwan National Park is located in Southern Central Terai of Nepal and is spread across 932 square kilometres.
How to get there: Reaching Chitwan is easiest from Sauraha where resorts are available for a stay. To reach Sauraha you can take buses from Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Garden Of Dreams
Lush green gardens with abundant peace always make for a beautiful place. Garden of Dreams is also such a place and an absolute favourite of tourists and residents alike. All you have to pay is 200 NPR as entry fee to see this spectacular garden. People come here to see the huge variety of flowers and find calm amidst running fountains. The Swapna Bagaicha or the Garden of Dreams also has a cafe which serves some of the best Nepali dishes in town in a cozy setting. You can easily spend an hour or two at this peaceful place or even re-visit if you’d like.
How to get there: The garden is at a walking distance from Thamel, the main tourist market of Kathmandu.
Pokhara is the leisure city of Nepal. It’s scenic beauty is captivating and adventure opportunities keep tourists excited. Pokhara is said to be the best venue for paragliding and you can spot many paragliders enjoying a ride in the sky. You can also indulge in trekking, boating, paragliding, hiking or zip flying. Sit peacefully in the tranquil surroundings and enjoy the beautiful lake view draped by hills.
How to get there: Although local buses are available, taking a flight is recommended because the road trip from Kathmandu to Pokhara can get a little uncomfortable. Yeti airlines has a number of options you can choose from.
Phewa Lake is the largest lake in Pokhara spread across 4 km. It is surrounded by many lakeside restaurants and bars which makes it a great spot, especially in the evening. You can take a stroll or ride a bicycle around the lake. To soak in the picturesque views, take a boat ride. In the middle of the lake, there is Barahi temple which can be reached by boat.
How to get there: Phewa lake is in Pokhara. So to reach there from Kathmandu, you’d need to take a local bus or flight which are readily available.
Nagarkot is located 32 km east of Kathmandu. It is famous for a beautiful view of Mount Everest which looks particularly dramatic during sunrise and sunset. Nagarkot is a quaint village with mountain trails, flora and fauna, and some amazing sightseeing spots that you wouldn’t want to miss. Located in the Bhaktapur district, it has many hotels near famous tourist attractions like Changu Narayan, Kailashnath Mahadev Statue, Sankhu Bajrayogini Temple and Buddha Peace Park.
How to get there: The cheapest and most convenient way to reach Nagarkot is by taking a local bus from Kathmandu for Kamalbinayak which is in Bhaktapur. It costs NPR 25.
Everest Base Camp
Trekking to the Everest base camp is not difficult if you go slow and steady. Perseverance is what it takes! The trek starts at Lukla at 3000 meters and goes up to 5,364 meters reaching the base camp. There are two base camps, one is the North base camp at 5,150 meters in Tibet and the other is South base camp at 5,364 meters in Nepal. On the way to the camp, you will come across extraordinary views of villages, vast blue sky and snow-covered peaks that seem to come close with each step. You might also get a chance to experience snowfall at the camp.
How to get there: The trek to the base camp starts from Lukla. You can reach Lukla from Kathmandu by air (Yeti airlines).
Langtang is 30 kms away from Kathmandu towards the Tibetan border. If you are short on time but want to experience trekking in Nepal, Langtang is where you should go. The trekking trail is rewarding with beautiful views of lakes, mountains and flowers. It has about 70 glaciers and a number of high altitude lakes. The trek route was affected in the Nepal earthquake but is now open for trek and tourism.
How to get there: Take the early morning bus from Macha Pokhari in Kathmandu to Langtang. There are also some express buses available.
The beauty of this lake has remained in tact and pristine because of the fact that only a few people actually go to this lake trekking all the way up. Tilicho lake is one of the highest high-altitude lakes in the world at 4,949 m height. It derives its azure blue water from the melting glaciers. Located at a distance of 55 kms from Pokhara, it also finds a mention in the Holy Hindu book Ramayana which says that this the place where Lord Shiva found solace after losing his wife Sati.
How to get there: To reach Tilicho lake you have to trek from Pokhara. There are many tour guides that conduct the trek in groups of 15. Most favourable time for a visit is March to June.
Gosainkunda lake is a holy site for the people of Nepal and India. This lake is said to be created by Lord Shiva himself. Legend has it that when Lord Shiva consumed and stored poison in his throat, he searched for a cool place to ease the burning. While exploring, he found Gosainkunda and dug up a lake here to seek respite. Devotees still believe in the deity’s presence at this place.
How to reach there: Dhunche is the most preferred point to start the trek from. Take an early morning bus from Kathmandu to Dhunche. It’s best if you pre-book the bus tickets as it gets frenetic in the morning and finding a seat might be hard.
Located in Pokhara, Poon Hill is at a height of 3210m in the Myagdi district. Along with the panoramic view of the Himalayas, you also get a glimpse of the local culture as you trek to the Poon Hill. It is located in the Annapurna mountain range in Nepal. This place is ideal for a visit in the summers, trekking through the valleys in chilly temperatures for a magnified Himalayan view.
How to get there: The Trek begins from Nayapul. Climb up to reach the Poon hill on the second day.
Situated 80 km from Kathmandu, Helambu is home to Hyolmo people. Nestled comfortably in the middle of snow covered mountains, Helambu has lots of greenery and cultural influence. The view is beautiful, overlooking the Langtang range. A week-long trek to Helambu is a crazy adventure with parks, meadows, local culture and wildlife encounters waiting for you along the way.
How to get there: Reach Helambu by local bus or taxi that can be taken from Kathmandu.
These are not the only beautiful places in Nepal! Even after the tragic earthquake it still remains one of the most alluring places on earth retaining its evergreen natural beauty. Other beautiful places in Nepal are Annapurna Base Camp Trek (ABC Trek), Upper Mustang Trek, Khaptad National Park, Everest Tea Garden in Sindhupalchok and Karnali.
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