For adventure, culture and spectacular natural wonders, Nepal is the destination to be. With a plethora of temples, national parks and mountains to squeeze in, it’s best to plan a detailed itinerary before you head off. For a little pre-travel inspiration, here come five of the truly unmissable places to see.
#1: Boudhanath Stupa
The majestic Boudhanath Stupa dates all the way back to the 14th century and is one of the largest stupas of this type in the whole world. You’ll find this UNESCO World Heritage site on the old route to Tibet. The different shapes of the stupa symbolize air, fire, water, earth and the attributes of the Buddhas. The Boudhanath Stupa is also said to represent enlightenment. It’s decorated with a pair of eyes on each side, representing the all-knowing Buddha.
For some seriously amazing trekking experiences, head on down to the Annapurna Region. One of the most popular routes is known as the Annapurna Circuit, involving a trek around the Annapurna Mountain itself. The trek takes around 21 days to complete, so you’ll need to allow enough time if you want to finish it entirely. Along the way, you’ll find the Annapurna Sanctuary. Wander to your heart’s content and take in miles of the most beautiful scenery you’ve ever seen.
#3: Chitwan National Park
National Park lovers simply must head to Chitwan for a truly unforgettable experience. Wildlife is the biggest draw; here you’ll catch a glimpse of elephants, leopards, buffalo, Bengal tigers and more! The streams are inhabited by both crocodiles and freshwater dolphins, but these are a little harder to spot. Chitwan makes the UNESCO world heritage site list, with so much beauty to see you won’t want to forget your camera.
Swayambhunath is also known as ‘monkey temple’, (due to the monkeys that live here)! This temple is considered one of the most important Buddhist temples in the whole of the Kathmandu Valley. Marvel at the eyes of the omnipresent God, painted on the centrepiece. The temple is very important in the lives of the Buddhists of Kathmandu Valley, Tibet and Northern Nepal.
#5: Mount Everest
Last up, no trip to Nepal is quite complete without exploring the world-famous Himalayas, including the spectacular Mount Everest. Though this mountain offers a popular challenge to mountaineers, you don’t have to be braving a climb to go and sneak a peek! There are several great viewpoints for Everest with no climbing required. For some genuinely awe-inspiring sights, look no further.
When you are planning to explore the mountains and beyond, be sure to check out the Best Nepal tour in 2020. With lots to see, tours can be particularly useful if you’re pushed for time. Even if you’ve got plenty of time to spare, a tour is an excellent way to see the best places, learn a bit of history and get some top travelling tips. All in all, getting organized will ensure that you tick all the best sights of your bucket list.