Federal democratic Republic is the official name of Nepal. It is much more than a mere place, a birthplace of Buddha, high mountains, impressive culture, natural heritages. Besides visiting Buddhist temples in Bhaktapur in the Kathmandu Valley, dare to make one hiking trails. Colors, landscapes and flavors seduce you not to returning home. The capital of Nepal used to be for many travelers the first destination in the country. The city of Kathmandu is like almost all other Asian capitals so chaotic. Buses, rickshaws, vans and motorbikes struggling to find their space, but this city is the real beauty of Nepal. Here is the list of best places to visit in Nepal.
The capital of Nepal. Interesting city with many temples and lots of tradition. Meeting place for climbers arrived from all parts of the world. Tourists love the markets of Kathmandu. It is easy to reach if you come from India. The border crossing is in Sunauli.
As the highest mountain on the planet Earth, it is logical to imagine the best prospects on the horizon from this point on the map, at 8,848 meters above sea level, Mount Everest is imposed not only by the natural beauty in its surroundings and the possibility of being accessible in the sky but also because they see a sunrise is equal to admire the most beautiful work of art .However, this peak is part of the mountainous Himalayan range is one of the most difficult crossings due to its imposing height. This journey requires a certain physical and mental preparation.
PATAN DURBAR SQUARE
Patan is considered a city of Kathmandu but is entirely attached to this. It can be reached by bus or half hour walk. It is an area with a rich cultural heritage. This is where you will find the Durbar Square that is perhaps the most beautiful place in Nepal. There are many restaurants around, where you will find amazing food like Lassi (Yogurt drink). Every saturday is a festive day, so if you plan to visit the square, then be there on saturday. Its temples, squares and streets are clean and parks entertain the travellers. Nepal is a user friendly country, there you will at home.
SWAYAMBHU, THE FAMOUS MONKEY TEMPLE
During the sunset it is one of the best times to visit this landmark temple. One of the most noted and famous city. It is an ancient religious complex situated on top of a hill west of Kathmandu city. As the name implies many monkeys, which are considered sacred, encircle around the city. This temple occupies a central position in Tibetan Buddhism. To visit this place you have to climb 365 steps.
THE TEMPLE OF PASHUPATINATH BOUDHANATH
This is the largest stupa of Nepal spherical and the holiest site in the country, along with Swayambhu. It is located about 11 km from the district Thamel and you can reach there by taking a line from Ratnaparko bus or a taxi. A ritual every morning in which people walk three or more times around the stupa as the famous mantra Om Mani Padme Um repeats. Near the temple you can be reached at Pashupatinath, a Hindu temple where one can witness the cremation of the dead. Something that will cause a great cultural shock.
SUN KOSI RIVER, PLACE FOR RAFTING
Nepal is also one of the top destinations in the world for rafting and kayaking. The Bhote Kosi river, fed by waters coming down from the Himalayan peaks, allows a whitewater descents that come directly from Tibet. Even better are the adventures of several days to do by the Karnali, Tamur and Sun Kosi rivers, covering some of the most remote corners of Nepal. There are areas of these channels that seem true aquatic roller coasters and other, more serene, through the jungle, ending with a night under the stars camping on pristine sandy beaches. The best times to go for rafting and kayaking in September to early December and from March to early June.
THE PILGRIMAGE TO LUMBINI
LUmbini is the birthplace of Buddha, is one of the great spiritual journeys of the subcontinent. You can visit the exact spot where Siddhartha Gautama was born 2500 years ago and the adjacent temples built by the neighboring Buddhist countries. But perhaps the most appealing option is to find a quiet place, open a book on Buddhism and meditation on the nature of existence. There are few travel experiences deeper than this.
Kopan Monastery is one of the best places in Asia to learn about Tibetan Buddhism and meditation, or to make a small retreat. Kopan is located on a hill north of Bodhnnath and was founded by Lama Thubten Yeshe, who died in 1984, which led to a search for his reincarnation throughout the world. A young Spanish, Osel Torres, was declared the reincarnated lama, which inspired the film of Bernardo Bertolucci’s Little Buddha. Lama does not live here, but visitors are welcome and many people come to the monastery to study psychology and Buddhist philosophy. There are courses on basics of meditation and Tibetan Buddhism seven or ten days, very popular and affordable.
PASHUPATINATH, MAIN HINDU TEMPLE
In Kathmandu, the main Hindu temple of Nepal, stands on the banks of the holy Bagmati river. It attracts holy men across the continent, living with a bustling market stalls, religious items where you can buy marigolds, prasad, incense, rudraksha beads, shells, images of deities, tika powder colors of the rainbow, lingams glass reproductions of Mount Meru and other paraphernalia. Pashupatinath attracts sadhus and devotees of Siva throughout the subcontinent. Many Nepalis used to visit this place, even the kings of Nepal used to visit the place before embarking on an important journey. Non-Hindus can not enter the main temple complex. The best times to visit this place in morning or evening prayer.
Bhaktapur is a city state in Kathmandu valley. It is a place best preserved with dignity and tradition, through 2015 earthquake damaged most part of it but few temples were destroyed but tradition buildings were completely destroyed later, after many earthquake shocks. This city has an ancient name Bhadgaon or Newari Name Khwopa. It means, a city of devotees. This city has major religious places, temples of fine architect designs. Temples have narrow squares with narrow streets but pedestrians are unsafe from motorbikes and rickshaws.
CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
Another damaged but premier place in Nepal. World heritage has protected the place over 932 sq km of forests. It is a home to wildlife population. The name Chitwan means, heart of the jungle, there you will see deer, monkeys, 544 bird species and one horned rhinos. It is a damaged place by earthquake and before the army took control of the city and many species were lost in Maoist insurgency. But now rhinos and tigers are steadily increasing. Tourists stay there in lodges, affordable sauraha lodges, which is a village near Rapti river, a place of tradition and social nature.