Destinations in Nepal
Nepal's grandiose mountains, diverse landscape, fascinating history and rich culture attract tourists from around the world. There are many exciting, interesting destinations in Nepal from the Terai lowlands to the impressive Himalayas. Popular Nepalese vacation destinations include cities, National Parks and other wilderness areas. Join us as we investigate some of these appealing destinations in Nepal.
The Kathmandu Valley
Located in the Bagmati Zone of Nepal, the Kathmandu valley stands at a juncture of Asia's ancient civilizations. Within the cities of region - Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan - you will discover the history, present and future of Nepal. Here, the architecture, art and culture of Nepal are clearly put on display for all who wish to experience this wonderful country. UNESCO declared the Kathmandu valley a World Heritage Site as of 1979. Evidence of this region's grand cultural and political heritage is easily seen in the over 130 monuments scattered throughout. Important monuments and attractions in the Kathmandu Valley include:
- The Pashupatinath Temple, beside the Bagmati river, is Nepal's most sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva.
- Changu Narayan Temple is one of the region's oldest Hindu temples and is dedicated to Vishnu.
- Swayambhunath or Monkey temple is an extremely holy Buddhist site which overlooks Kathmandu.
- Kathmandu Durbar Square
- Patan Durbar Square
- Bhaktapur Durbar Square
This region is probably the best known destination in Nepal, both amongst avid mountaineers and international tourists. The Himalaya mountain range contains fourteen of the highest mountain peaks in the world including the renowned Mount Everest. There are over 100 separate mountains in the range which actually expands over five nations. Himal is a Nepalese word meaning “range”. The Nepalese section of the Himalayas is divided into the following regions:
- Sagarmatha Himal
- Ganesh Himal
- Manaslu Himal
- Annapurna Himal
- Langtang Himal
- Rolwaling Himal
- Gauri Sankar Himal
- Kanjirowa Himal
- Dhaulagiri Himal
- Jugal Himal
- Khumbu Himal
Mount Everest's base camp, located in Sagarmatha National Park is an extremely popular destination in Nepal and many hiking tours will lead you to this site.
This is another excellent Nepalese destination, especially for nature lovers. Contained in the bounds of this somewhat remote zone you will come across Nepal's largest national park, Shey Phoksundo. Also located nearby is the smaller, but just as beautiful Rara National Park. Karnali is a must for all those wildlife seekers.
These are just a few of the fantastic destinations in Nepal that you can visit whilst on vacation. For further information on specific Nepalese destinations visit the city pages on Nepal.com, where you can read a brief description of some of the most important cities in Nepal. If you are interested in the natural areas of Nepal, visit the “National Parks” page for an in depth look at Nepal's protected zones. We hope you have a wonderful time exploring marvelous Nepal.