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Top Tourist Attractions to Visit in Nepal Tour

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Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal and is best described in one as – intense. It is noisy, vibrant, and full of life, crammed with rich history and culture, populated by several architectural marvels like palaces and temples and also lies close to Nepal's prime tourist attraction the Himalayas

Iconic tourist attractions in Kathmandu are places like the Durbar Square made especially well-known after the tragic Nepal Earthquakes. The square is lined by temples from as old as 12th Century, there is also the world heritage site of Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple which is the country’s most significant Hindu temple located on the banks of Bagmati River.  There is also the Royal Palace of Kathmandu which has now been converted into the Narayanhiti Palace Museum, popularized by media worldwide after the royal family massacre of 2001 by the then crown Prince of Nepal.

Kathmandu also forms the main entryway to the rest of the wonders that Nepal has to offer, like Bhaktapur known for its tranquility, Patan with all its majestic temples, Chitwan National Park for those with love for nature and wildlife and most importantly the highest peaks of the Himalayan range, over half of tall peaks of height above 8,000 meters are situated in Nepal.

Despite Nepal recovering from the after effects of the massive earthquake that took thousands of lives in 2015, the tourist activity in Nepal has not seen much of a low point and has jumped up to 40 percent higher as of data from 2016.

Here are the most popular attractions in Kathmandu that you visit during your Nepal trip:


1. Pashupatinath Temple

Located on the outer edge of Kathmandu city, this is one of the most ancient Hindu temples in Nepal which is also highly revered as a sacred spot amongst pilgrims. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the river Bagmati flows very close to this holy place, this spot is frequented by millions of pilgrims every year and is one of the rare structures that remained fairly undamaged after the earthquake in Nepal.

Timings To Visit: 4 am-12 noon, 6 – 7 pm

2. Boudhanath

Boudhanath is located 7km to the northeast of Kathmandu, and is yet another religious attraction for pilgrims. This is also regarded as the ideal place to detox and meditate and most pilgrims who flock to this magnificent stupa come here for the same reason.

Timings to Visit: Open All Day


3. Nagarkot

Situated near the Kathmandu Valley is yet another popular tourist attraction in Nepal popular for the amazing vistas it offers of the Himalayan range. It is highly recommended that you pay a visit to this place for the magnificent colors of sunrise or sunset on the sky. Key attractions other than the scenic view in Nagarkot includes trekking, mountain biking, hiking and more.


4. Pokhara Valley

Tucked comfortably in between the Annapurna mountain range this is yet another famed tourist attraction close to Kathmandu in Nepal.  Some of the notable attractions here are – verdant forest, underground caves, waterfalls, and the valley of orchids, massif glaciers, and breath-taking views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manslu and Mt. Annapurna.


5. Swayambhunath Temple

This temple is curiously suspended over a conical shaped hill, and is the famous amongst pilgrims as the sacred “Monkey temple”. Several myths and legends surrounding this temple make it a popular destination.

Note: You must climb approximately 365 steps to reach the golden shrine, with massive Tibetan prayer wheels and a large painted Buddha statue!

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