It will be inappropriate to tell you that Nepal is one of the best travel destinations in the world, everyone is known to this. Everyone praises Nepal for its nature, adventure, and the great Himalayan range. However, everyone is not familiar with the top travel destinations within Nepal. As a travel guide, I would like to inform you about my best travel locations in Nepal.
TOP 10 TRAVEL DESTINATIONS IN NEPAL:
1. Kathmandu Valley Hiking
Kathmandu valley hiking includes not only Kathmandu but also Lalitpur, Bhaktapur. Durbar Squares of all three places are the major attraction in Kathmandu Valley Hiking. Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath are pilgrimage sites one should be once. Moreover, taking a view from Single Tree makes your hiking more memorable. You can visit different gompas and old cultural heritage sites. Nightlife at Thamel is my best in Kathmandu. Kopan Monastery and Daksinkali temple are also being highly visited nowadays. Whoppe-Land in Chobar is also the perfect place to hang out in the daytime.
If you are in Kathmandu and you have visited Kathmandu, then Nagarkot is the perfect destination for hiking and cycling. Nagarkot day trip would be the most memorable and remarkable day trip to the person who wants to enjoy the real beauty of nature far from the monotonous and chaotic life of Kathmandu valley. You can Nagarkot on foot too. I would prefer cycling to feet. You can see the sunrise in the evening. Snow-capped mountain turns golden by sunrise. Keep extra memory with you, you cant stop clicking those pics and memory may be full.
3. Namche Bazar
Namche Bazar is a town in Solukhumbu district. It yearly attracts more than thousands of traveler. Namche Bazar is the gateway of the great Himalayas. Namche bazar has its own unique culture. Lifestyle and hospitality of people make you happy. The climate in the winters is cold and dry, while summers are warm.
I would like to recommend you to visit the Namche Market and Dumjee Festival. You can buy handicrafts and books here. Rigi Kur and Tzen are famous food available here.
4. Kala Patthar
Kala Patthar is located in the pathway to the Mount Everest. Walking to Kala Patthar enables one to see the snow leopard, Tiger, Musk Deer etc. Kala Pathar is famous for its epic views of Mount Everest and Khumbu Glacier. Kalapathar trekking is located near to Everest Base Camp and it is popular among tourists for the amazing sunrise and sunset views above Everest. Ironically, you cannot get the view of Everest from Everest Base Camp. For that, you need to be at Kala Pattar itself.
5. Ghorepani Poon Hill
Ghorepani Poon Hill is famous for sightseeing in Pokhara. Probably, the best place to view sunrise in Nepal. You can go to poon hill on feet. You can have a beautiful trekking experience here. Situated at an altitude of 3200m and just beneath the greatest Himalayan Range, this area is famous for fascinating traditional villages, communities, rhododendron forests and magnificent panoramic views of snowcapped mountains. You can find food and accommodation easily.
6. Gokyo Ri
Actually, I have no words to explain the level of beauty of Gokyo Ri. Gokyo Ri is the peak located in Khumbu region consisting of beautiful Gokyo lake within it. Gokyo Ri trek lies in popular trekking route. Gokyo Ri provides the natural beauty and the breath-taking scenarios. We can do Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek during Autumn (Sept. to November) and Spring (March to May) seasons. During this time the sky is clear and the views are excellent. The weather is fit for trekking without rain.
Manang is hidden valley. It is one of the most visited hidden valleys in south Asia. It is the stop point for trekkers to Annapurna Circuit Trek. Manang is an earthly paradise. One can get favorable lodges for accommodation. The facilities here are alike Shangri-la. You can visit Manang any season. But better to visit during May.
Mustang is another beautiful hidden and restricted area trek spot in Nepal. It is also called the Kingdom of Lo. Thousands of Internal and External tourists visit Mustang for its heart-taking natural scenarios. You need permits to enter in this region. Tiji festival is the major attraction of Mustang which occurs during May. I advise you to be in Mustang during these periods.
Dhampus trek from Pokhara is one of the shortest and incredible trekking. In this trek, you can go to major 3 destinations of Pokhara: Dhampus, Naudanda, and Sarangkot. Dhampus is not only the viewpoint but also small village of ethnic Gurung community. There is a good facility of over-night stay near Sarangkot.
10. Rara Lake
Rara lake is biggest and deepest freshwater lake in the Nepal Himalayas. Rara Lake is located in Mugu district. Summer is quite pleasant and winter is cold. The best visiting time to the lake is September/October and April to May. Rara Lake, being surrounded by Rara National Park, has unique flora and faunal importance with rare and vulnerable species.