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Welcome to Nepal, the most beautiful nation on the planet.
This land-locked treasure is a genuine traveler's utopia, with an incredible quantity of things to do.
Seven of the ten tallest mountains in the world, some of the best hikes and climbs you can imagine, the birthplace of Buddha, the sultry lowland plains and the opportunity to observe incredible wildlife, the ancient empire The city, and the rabbit-like streets of Kathmandu, and the adventurous activities are the question of what to do in Nepal to inspire (or cause a heart attack) the most amazing locals you can imagine. It's a problem that you can forgive yourself if you feel overwhelmed.
Beautiful mountain vistas - sure, we're talking about Mount Everest! - Trekking and Himalayan culture: Nepal has so much to offer! From easy and difficult treks in the mountain ranges such as the Annapurna Circuit to experiencing the serenity of Buddhism in its many monasteries such as Tengboche and pilgrimage sites such as Lumbini to marveling at the many UNESCO World Heritage sites, Nepal has many shades to offer different travelers.
The city of Kathmandu has a wide range of attractions, from the Boudhanath Stupa to prominent temples like the Pashupatinath Temple, to excellent restaurants. Nepal has various National Parks to explore due to its richness. Pokhara, Nepal's second-biggest city, is another famous tourist destination. The Annapurna Circuit trip begins at Nepal's second-largest city. Pokhara is also known for its beautiful lakes and is a popular destination for adventure activities such as hiking, white water rafting, and paragliding.
Nepal has also managed to reinvent itself as a renowned tourist destination over the years. Its rich natural beauty, historic attractions, and enormous cultural legacy have proven to be the ideal blend of the ancient and contemporary, slow-paced lives and frenetic city life. So it's no surprise that Nepal is top on the list of travel trends and beyond.
With so many options, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Nepal is the ideal location for you to take your holiday to the next level. Whether you appreciate hiking through the mountains and forests or the exhilaration of bungee jumping from gigantic cliffs, Nepal has it all
Kathmandu/ Bhaktapur/ Patan sightseeing
One of the most significant things to do in Nepal is to explore the capital city of Kathmandu. The city's medieval temples, monuments, public spaces, and monasteries are well-known. One of the most popular things to do in Kathmandu is to go on a half-day or full-day trip.
Don’t Miss: Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath, Kopan Monastery, Dakshin Kali Temple, Durbar Square, and Thamel Area
Note: Thamel city is well-known for its nightlife and casinos. It is also the greatest spot to buy Nepalese presents.
Exploring the towns of Bhaktapur and Patan is one of the many things to do in Nepal for fun. Bhaktapur is well-known for its ancient Nepalese charms. The temple and monument wood carvings are very magnificent. Patan, a historic city in Nepal, is noted for its magnificent temples and is nestled on the banks of the Bagmati River.
Don’t Miss: Works from the Bhaktapur Newari people, masks, terracotta handicrafts, and potteries from local markets
Go Trekking in the Annapurna Region
One of the best things to do in Nepal is to hike across the Annapurna area, which is accessible from Pokhara. The paths take you through attractive villages, sacred pilgrimage sites, tranquil pine woods, and crystal-clear alpine lakes. Apart from trekking (at varying levels of difficulty), the Annapurna area also offers whitewater rafting and paragliding. The Annapurna Circuit, famed for its breathtaking beauty, is one of the region's most popular treks. The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is very popular.
Not only is the Annapurna Circuit famous, but Pokhara, on the shores of Phewa Lake, is also a popular starting place for a variety of other hikes and treks. Visit the Sarangkot overlook for spectacular dawn.
Pokhara's history dates back to the 17th century when it was a stop on the commerce route between India and China. Pokhara is currently one of Nepal's most popular tourist destinations, recognized for its gorgeous landscape, variety of adventure sports, and delectable cuisine! White water rafting, paragliding, and zip-lining are among the sports available in Pokhara, and the Mahendra Cave is a famous tourist site.
A SCENIC FLIGHT OVER THE HIMALAYAN MOUNTAINS
Let's face it, most of us will never ascend Mt. Everest (even Everest Base Camp is difficult enough! ), but there is an option... the Mount Everest flying tour experience over the Himalaya's renowned peaks, including Mt. Everest.
This flight departs from Tribhuvan airport (weather allowed) and soars above Nepal's spectacular snowcapped peaks.
During your flight, the pilot will deliver narration, pointing out the key peaks and informing you about the spiritual importance of the beloved Himalayan peaks.
The Everest fly pass, on the other hand, will undoubtedly result in tears, 100+ images, and big bragging rights amongst your friends and family.
THE LONGEST CANYON SWING IN THE WORLD AT THE LAST RESORT
Who would willingly leap from a 161m high suspension bridge into the canyon below in their right mind? At least, that's what we believed until we tried it.
The Last Resort is located about four hours from Kathmandu on the Friendship Highway that connects Nepal and Tibet. It is an adventure-lovers dream with one of the largest bungee jumps in the world (161m high) and the longest canyon swing in the world.
We chose the tandem rope swing to put our newly engaged relationship to the test (and, of course, to do one of the coolest things to do in Nepal). We were soon shackled and making idle chit talk amongst ourselves, attempting to take our attention away from the coming end of our lives.
We both shivered with horror as the time approached, as Mim looked for any way to escape her tether and run off the bridge. She couldn't, so we were summoned to the ledge to start counting down.
3, 2, 1…. JUMP.
We were in free fall for four seconds.
We didn't know what to say when it all came to an end since it felt so insanely thrilling. There were sobs, laughing, disbelief, and a lot of cursing. But it was fantastic.
While the tandem rope swing may not be for everyone, The Last Resort offers a variety of great adventure sports such as Bungie, canyoning, and rafting, making it the ideal destination to cross something off your bucket list.
The Last Resort also offers overnight accommodations in luxurious safari tents.
ZEN OUT AND PRACTICE YOGA
Fortunately, Nepal is filled with yoga studios, particularly in Kathmandu and Pokhara, which are ideal for healing sore muscles after a walk or participating in a long-term yoga retreat. Not only that, but they provide lessons at a low cost.
Pokhara, in our opinion, is the greatest spot in Nepal to practice yoga owing to its scenic lakeside backdrop and calm attitudes — and with a broad selection of studios providing anything from vinyasa to meditation, you'll get the style of practice you're looking for at an inexpensive charge.
If you're looking for lessons in Kathmandu, Thamel is overflowing with studios that offer drop-in sessions as well as long-term offers.
EPIC WILDLIFE SAFARI IN NEPAL
Although few people equate safaris and spectacular animal encounters with Nepal, the country is home to one of the most gorgeous national parks in the world - Chitwan National Park (and one of the most successful - there were no rhino poaching deaths in 2015!).
This old royal hunting field in Nepal's humid southern lowlands is home to one-of-a-kind and amazing scenery, and a safari here in search of Tigers, Elephants, or one-horned Rhinos is one of the greatest things to do in Nepal.
Sauraha, a delightful tiny hamlet on the banks of the Rapti river, serves as the beginning point for all Chitwan safaris. There are other safari alternatives available through one of the many tour companies in town, but we recommend a vehicle safari or a dugout canoe excursion down the Rapti.
On safari, you could see a rhino (we saw 15! ), sloth bears, crocodiles (including the rare Gharial), monkeys, and, if you're lucky, a Bengal Tiger or Leopard. Unfortunately, we've missed spotting the elusive Tiger each time we've come, but that's just another incentive to return, right?
If that isn't enough, stay at the 5* Meghali Serai Safari Lodge within the park for a really once-in-a-lifetime safari adventure.
NOTE | The various elephant safari trips should be avoided. As you are aware, Elephant riding is extremely harsh and detrimental to the animals and is simply uncool in this day and age.
Go mountain biking
Mountain bikers may access remote sections of Nepal via a vast network of back roads, tracks, and trails, some of which have been used for decades. Although you may go off on your own – rental bikes are commonly accessible in major tourist areas – many roads are unmapped and are best explored on a guided trip, especially if you're a novice biker.
The Scar Road from Kathmandu, the Muktinath to Pokhara route, and the Jomsom to Lo Manthang road are all great options.
Motorbike Across Nepal
The meandering mountain roads provide some stunning panoramas, and it's an excellent opportunity to explore in complete independence. Driving in Nepal is generally not for the faint of heart; the roads may be treacherous, and potholes are prevalent. However, if you're searching for action and bragging rights, here is the place to go!
A tandem skydiving in front of Mount Everest is the ultimate adrenaline experience in Nepal. Dropping from a helicopter at 23,000 feet, you will free-fall and then parachute in front of the world's tallest mountain. Then, at 15000 feet, you'll land at one of the world's highest drop zones, Amadablam Basecamp.
The Everest skydiving is rather pricey. However, there is a more affordable option in Pokhara, but for a once-in-a-lifetime adrenaline thrill in a stunning alpine location, it may be worth the cost.
BIRTHPLACE OF BUDDHA, LUMBINI
Lumbini, a UNESCO World Heritage site of enormous worldwide significance, is the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, often known as Buddha.
The humble Maya Devi Temple is the focal point for travelers eager to pay their respects to Buddha's birthplace - the temple containing the precise location of Buddha's birth, with an engraved pillar discovered in 1896 among ancient monastery ruins. Beyond Buddha's birthplace, there lies the Secret Garden, which is next to the temple and is adorned with omnipresent prayer flags.
Lumbini also has a large number of stupas, monasteries, and temples donated by various Buddhist groups from throughout the world that are worth visiting.
Paragliding in Pokhara
Do you want an adrenaline rush on your Nepal trip? Why not fly in Pokhara, which is regarded as one of the greatest destinations in the world for tandem paragliding?
The city is ideal for paragliding due to reasonably steady thermals, year-round good weather, and the safety net of Pokhara's massive blue lake. Throw in some truly magnificent vistas of the snow-capped mountains that surround Pokhara, and you've got the perfect mix for an unforgettable paragliding adventure.
Canyoning in Nepal is an authentic Himalayan activity. Simply put, you throw yourself into a fast-flowing alpine river and let it to carry you downstream. As you abseil, slide, and splash your way through gorges, waterfalls, and unspoiled forest, you'll receive a true hands-on experience of the Himalayas. Don't miss out on one of nature's most beautiful playgrounds!
Pokhara is a nature lover's heaven that everyone should visit. Consider yourself gliding among the rustling woods while taking in a panoramic picture of Nepal. What could be more exciting than that? So, be ready to get your adrenaline pumping by choosing one of the top activities to do in Nepal. Soak in the natural splendor and prepare to be captivated by the breathtaking sights.
If you enjoy tea, you must visit Ilam, Nepal's tea district...
Beautiful tea gardens surround this gorgeous and small village that is still largely undiscovered by tourists and off-the-beaten-path.
Just be sure you go on a tea tour, go bird-watching, trekking, and simply enjoy the beautiful surroundings, including Mount Kanchenjunga, with a cup of tea.
MOUNT EVEREST HELICOPTER TOUR
If a panoramic flight of Mount Everest doesn't seem appealing, a helicopter tour of the Himalayas will. This tour lets you get up close and personal with some of the most traditional Himalayan cultures and admire majestic peaks such as Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Ama Dablam and Mt. Pumori at the same time.
Bardia National Park
Bardia National Park is Terai's greatest wilderness region. It has lovely fauna and is said to be what Chitwan was around 30 years ago, before tourists commercialized it. The park spans around 968 square kilometers of grasslands and Sal woods and is known as one of Asia's largest stretches of tiger habitat. Apart from tigers, there are 30 distinct kinds of animals such as one-horned rhinos and elephants, Gangetic dolphins, crocodiles, and more than 250 different species of birds such as sarus cranes and Bengal floricans.
Many people are astonished to find that Nepal contains vast lowland areas where Bengal tigers, rhinoceroses, crocodiles, and elephants may be found. Bardiya National Park is one of the greatest places to witness these creatures in their native habitat (also Bardia National Park). Aside from the enormous animals, the park is a bird-watching hotspot, with over 400 species residing in or passing through the area.
This location, located in northwest Nepal near the Indian border, is notable for its river basins, wide grasslands, and tropical forest dominated by the Sal tree. Some areas of the national park were originally the only hunting grounds of Nepali aristocracy.
RIVER RAFTING ON THE BHOTE KOSHI RIVER
The Bhote Koshi River provides one of Asia's greatest and most spectacular kayaking and rafting activities. It is well-known for having some of the greatest short river experiences in the world, and a two-day rafting package is the ideal way to discover why people all over the world want the adrenaline rush that rafting provides.
THE UNDERRATED CUISINE
Those anticipating the explosive flavors of India may be disappointed with Nepalese food. But come with an open mind, and the subtler tastes that characterize the country's cuisine will satisfy your taste buds. After you've had your fill of fragrant dal-baht, try the tangy pani puri, a popular tiny street dish. Then hunt for restaurants that serve momo (Nepali dumplings) or pancake-like chatamari. You will not be sorry!
Trekking in the Langtang Region
The Langtang Region, which includes Langtang National Park, is a fantastic trekking destination, with high passes, expansive vistas, historic monasteries, and stunning mountain scenery. During the spring hiking season, rhododendron forests blossom, bringing color to the panoramas.
Despite its near proximity to Kathmandu, the region, which is home to the Sherpa people, is less developed than some of Nepal's other major trekking locations and typically less crowded on the trails. Villages with guesthouses and meals may be found along the trail, albeit they are more dispersed than in other hiking areas.
This location is easily accessible by vehicle from Kathmandu in seven to eight hours. On a clear day, Kathmandu can see the peak of Langtang Lirung (7,245 meters), which dominates the surrounding area of the same name.
Depending on the route, trekking lengths and duration in Langtang vary from a few days to a couple of weeks. For a lengthier journey, some trekkers combine Helambu and Langtang.
Everest & the Trek to Base Camp
Mount Everest, the tallest peak on the planet, with an elevation of 8,848 meters (29,028 feet). Trekking in the Mount Everest region became popular after the now-legendary first ascent of the mountain by Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Sherpa Tensing Norgay in 1953.
Many more people have climbed the mountain since then, but many more people go to Everest Base Camp just to catch a glimpse of the peak above. The mountain has seen its fair share of tragedy and drama in recent years. The 2015 earthquake and prior avalanches, as well as disagreements among mountain climbers, have all left their imprint on Everest hiking and climbing.
The Everest Zone is not typically regarded as the most picturesque hiking region in the country, but the attraction of Everest makes it a popular destination for climbers and trekkers alike. There are multiple ways to go to base camp and several ways to organize a trip.
Many trekking businesses, both Nepalese and Western-based, provide guided hikes. It is also feasible to hire a private guide or porter and complete the journey on your own; however, all trekkers are officially required to have a guide. The primary hiking seasons are spring and fall, from March to May and September to December, respectively.
Those who do not wish to hike to Mount Everest but like to see the peak can do so on clear days from the hill town of Nagarkot near Kathmandu. If Everest is visible on a clear morning, hotel employees will knock on guests' doors. The indolent traveler's greatest chance of viewing the world's highest mountain may be here.
The Helambu region is a popular hiking destination, particularly for trekking organizations that offer guided excursions. This is mostly due to its proximity to Kathmandu, lack of incredibly high heights, and stunning mountain scenery.
For many of the same reasons, tour groups frequently promote it as simple. However, many hikers who come here on tours discover that it is more demanding than they were led to think and tougher than they anticipate.
Trekking in the Himalayas is always challenging, and while this climb is not as high as others, it is still a physically difficult hike that requires trekkers to be in good physical shape. With that in mind, this is a lovely hike with gorgeous rhododendron trees in bloom in March and April, and it's well worth the effort.
The Sherpa-inhabited Helambu area is located in the upper half of the Malechmi Khola valley. The Helambu Trek may be begun and finished in five to eight days from Kathmandu. The normal seven-day route is round, with the first day's segment repeated at the conclusion.
The stark contrast between the lower and upper lying areas, as well as their distinct civilizations, is noticeable. Lodges and local guest houses provide accommodation.
This is an adventure sport that has grown in popularity in recent years. Nepal's rugged landscape provides a very unique and exhilarating rock climbing experience. As you ascend the rough hills, beads of sweat develop, but every drop of sweat is worth the excitement and adventure. The nation provides several good rock climbing opportunities for beginners, intermediate, and advanced climbers. You will enjoy challenging yourself with these rocks in Nepal. The densely growing greenery surrounding embraces you with open arms as you wound your way to the top.
As you slide down the untamed, pure slopes of Nepal, you'll get a mind-blowing panoramic perspective of the Himalayan world. Heli-Skiing is becoming increasingly popular, and those hoping for an exhilarating experience in Nepal will not be disappointed. The powdery snow adds to the excitement of exploring the isolated alpine slopes. The magnificent Nepalese Himalayas allow you to experience their grandeur and beauty while skiing here. Skiing enthusiasts, this is the place to put your talents to the test!
Buckle your seat belts, because Nepal has the most exhilarating ziplines to explore. The steep and lengthy zip lines here will provide you with minutes of intense excitement and adventure. The dark green forests and the lofty mountain ranges that overlook them will astound you. The wonderful splendor of nature here enhances the zip flying experience.