Where to visit in Nepal-Top places to see in Nepal
Where to visit in Nepal
Nepal, a privileged country is full of natural beauty. Thus, it is a matter of pride for all Nepalese for owning those natural resources. Nepal is recognized as the Land of Himalayas as it consists of dozens of high Himalayas. Where to visit in Nepal is the challenging question if you are traveling Nepal for the very first time. Hence, this article will help you choose the best destination for visiting Nepal. Though Nepal is a small country in the area in this small area many of the world’s stunning places, that’s why many people from across the world come to visit Nepal. Nepal consists of variety in culture and natural resources.
Top places to visit in Nepal
Nepal is a naturally and culturally rich country, has a lot to offer for visitors.
Other than that Nepal is also home to many rare birds and animals. Following are the famous and most visited places in Nepal:-
One of the most visited places of Kathmandu valley is the Pashupatinath temple. Pashupatinath temple, the holy and sacred temple, is situated at the bank of Bagmati River. Pashupatinath is the most sacred place in Nepal. Lord Shiva is worshipped in this temple. It is the major attraction of the people visiting Kathmandu or Nepal. Since 1979 UNSECO declared Pashupatinath temple as World’s Heritage Site. Pashupatinath temple was built around in 5th century by late king ParachandDev in Pagado style. It is the oldest temple in Kathmandu valley.
It is believed that the deity was renowned as Pashupati, the god of all Pashu (all living and non-living beings). There are more than 492 small places around Pashupatinath including 12 Jyotirlinga and 15 Sivhaling. VasukiNath Temple, UnmattaBhairava Temple, Surya Narayana Temple, KirtimukhaBhairava Shrine, Budhanilakantha shrine, Hanuman shrine, and 184 Shivalinga shrine are some of the temples which are located around Kathmandu. There is also a small temple in which there is a statue Birupakshya which arises slowly from underground and it is said that the world will be destroyed if the statue will fully arise.
The door of the main Pashupatinath temple is made with silver with the gold plated roof. Cremation activates are also performed at this temple. The gate of Pashupatinath is open from 4:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The main festival which is celebrated in Pashupatinath is MahaShivaratri and Teej. Teej is celebrated by the married women taking fast to make their husband’s life longer. During this festival women around the country visit Pashupatinath, and celebrate this festival by dancing and singing.
Boudhanath stupa is the first stupa which was built around 600 AD by Tibetan King SongtsenGampo. It is situated at 7km from Kathmandu valley. Bhauuudhanath is also called Buddhanath, Boudha, and Khasachaitya. Buddhanath is also enlisted in the world’s heritage site by UNSECO in 1979. The stupa is designed in such a way that every small thing represents something. There are five elements in which earth, water, fire, air, and ether are represented on the stupa’s architecture. The bottom of the stupa is enclosed by an uneven 16 sided wall.
The mantra Om Mani Padme Hum is imprinted behind the image of Avalokiteshvara (Padmapani), whose 108 forms are portrayed in sculptures around the base. Boudhanath temple is the holiest place of Buddhists outside Tibet. The temple looks like a Gaint mandala or diagram of the Buddhist universe. The diameter of the stupa is 100 meter and it arises above 36 meters from the ground. This place is one of the main tourist attractions in Nepal. People from Tibet and Bhutan visit Boudhanath. There are altogether more than 25 stupas in Baudhanath, in which most of the stupas show the religious relationship between Nepal and Tibet. You will be so thrilled to see the attracting lord Buddha’s eye on all four sides of the stupa.
On the top of those eyes, there lies a big pyramid of thirteen tires which symbolize the steps leading Lord Buddha to enlightenment. The flag written with Buddhist inscription is all over the stupa, which is changed all once a year. Feeding birds is taken as an act of giving and compassion in Buddhists that’s why lots of birds fly around Boudhanath. The main food around Boudhanath valley is mo: mo and Thupa. Buddha Jayanti is taken as the main festival and is celebrated with excitement.
Thamel area is the most visited tourist place in Nepal. Thamel is the big market where you can find Nepali local products. Thamel if the best place for shopping and enjoying. You can find Nepali products like clothes, jewelry, accessories, and souvenirs in Thamel bazaar. There are many street shops where you can buy goods at a very reasonable price. Thamel is a small palace, there are many backstreets in Thamel. Another best thing about Thamel is street food is so good. Thamel is a place for tourists. The product that is sold in Thamel is tourist-based. People who visit Nepal, mostly go to Thamel bazaar for shopping.
Thamel is also a place to enjoy very much. The best clubs and pubs are also located in Thamel. Thamel is a place that you should visit at night, you will enjoy the shops. But since Thamel is a tourist place, it is a bit crowd. Because of the increasing crowd and unmanaged traffic, the Nepal government has declared Thamel bazar as a vehicle-free zone. And since 2011 Thamel is the first place of Nepal which is wifi zones. If you are a luxury seeker and if you are not happy with the hotel in Kathmandu valley, Thamel consists of very luxurious five-star hotels. Thamel is a special place for adults to relax and hangout.
Lumbini is a beautiful place in Nepal. it is a place where the light of Asia “Gautambuddha” was born. It is located in the Kapilavasta region. Kapilavasta region which is famous for meditation and yoga because of the quiet and peaceful environment. Buddhism is the holiest place of the Buddhist community.
There is a big pillar situated in Lumbini which was constructed in 1896 BS called Ashoka pillar. The length of Lumbini is 4.8km and the width is 1.6km. it covers the area of 2.56sq of the total area of Nepal. Pokhara is protected by an act called Ancient Monument preservation. Lumbini is also enlisted by UNSECO in the world’s heritage site in 1997. Maya Devi temple, World Peace Pagoda, Myanmar Golden Temple, Ashoka Pillar, Lumbini Crane Sanctuary are some of the places are the must-visit places in Pokhara. You can also take a flight to go to Lumbini. Lumbini is featured by Nepal Centre Bank in 100 rupee notes.
Janakpurdham is also a historical place in Nepal. It is located in Dhanusa district in province no 2 of Nepal. Janakpur is situated at the 225km northeast in Kathmandu. The official language spoke in the Dhanusha district is Maithili. The temple was built in 1805 BS. Janakpur is also mention in the holy book Ramayana. The temple is very beautiful and attracts many people from around the world. This temple was also known as Ram Janaki temple or Janakimandir. The incarnation of Lord Vishnu ram and goddess LaxmiSita met at Jankapur and got married in this temple.
There is also another small temple nearby Janaki temple, which holds great importance. The Dhanushadham is a temple which is formed because of the broken remains of Lord Shiva’s bow fell after Ram broke it to win Sita’s hand for marriage. The main festival celebrated in Janaki temple
• Ram Navami: the day when lord ram was born. It is celebrated on the full of March/April.
• Chat: – this festival is celebrated since the third day of October and November. In this festival, women of Janakpur take fast.
• Parikrama: – this festival is celebrated with full of dedication during the month of February and March.
• BiwahaPanchami: – this is a day when ram and Sita got married. This festival is celebrated at Janakimandir with so much excitement and joyously.
Pokhara valley is the second largest place in Nepal after Kathmandu. Pokhara is also called the jewels of Nepal tourism. It is situated 200km from Kathmandu. Pokhara is also considered as one of the main trade points between India and China. Pokhara lies on the foot of the great Himalaya. You have a beautiful view of the beautiful Himalaya. The Annapurna massif lies like Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Annapurna I within Pokhara valley. All the Himalayan trekking starts from Pokhara.
Some of the important and most visited places of Pokhara are Radha Krishna Shanti Ashram Lame Al, Sitaldevi Temple, GupteshwarMahadevGupha (Cave)/Temple, Modula KarkiKulayanMandir, Sunpadeli Temple (Kayseri), Bhadrakali Temple, Kumari Temple, Bhairab Temple, Akala Temple, KedareshwarMahadev Mani Temple, MatepaniGumba, World peace pagoda. Sunrise and sunset of poon hill Pokhara is also very famous. Pokhara is also known for its tourism and hospitality. All the great 5 star hotels are situated in Pokhara. Pokhara is not very affected by the earthquake 2015, so the tourist visiting Pokhara is also increasing at a high rate per year. Short hiking to Sarangkot is also suggested. You can have a striking view of you can watch the sunrise-sunset and amazing view of the entire Pokhara valley.
Bhaktapur is one of the cultural places in Nepal. It lies about 8 miles from center Kathmandu valley. You can see some ancient arts and crafts in Bhaktapur valley. This place is full of historic temples, festivals, and local customs. This city is untouched form the westernization. Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nyatapola, BhairabNath Temple, Dattatraya Temple, Changu Narayan, Ta Pukhu (Siddha Pokhari), KailashnathMahadev Statue are some of the well-known cultural places of Bhaktapur. But Bhaktapur is very much affected by the earthquake in 2015. The culture and customs of Bhaktapur are also enlisted by UNSECO in the world’s heritage site since 1979. The yogurt which is called Juju Dhau in Newari is very much famous around Nepal. The festival which is celebrated in Bhaktapur are: –
This is the main festival celebrated in Bhaktapur. It is the annual festival of Bhaktapur that takes place at the New Year of the BikramSambat calendar which falls on the month of Chaitra 27 or Chaitra 28.
• Kumar Khasti (SithiNakha)
This is the festival in which people clean wells and worships Naag favoring good fall in monsoon. On this day this bara and Chatamari are eaten.
• Gai Jatra
Gai Jatra is a festival which is celebrated around the whole world, but this festival is one of the main festivals which is celebrated in Bhaktapur. Gai is a Nepali word for cow. In this festival people dance and sing.
This festival falls around the months of Bhadra. It is celebrated by making Yomari. Annapurna Himal is worshipped during this festival.
• Indra Jatra
Indra Jatra is the festival which is celebrated to worship the lord of rain, Indra. This celebrated mainly around Kathmandu and Bhaktapur. The ancient musical instruments Ghruntang, Ghising Tweak is played on the street during this festival.