A misleadingly small country sandwiched between India and Tibet, Nepal is as dynamic as it is nuanced. The rich influence of Hinduism along with Tibetan and Sherpa Buddhist communities have shaped Nepalese culture and reflected its amazingly diverse landscape. After all, rare is the country where the traveler can experience the drama of a jungle safari one day and a hike into the snowcapped Himalayas the next. Start your travel planning by aiming to spend at least a week in this varied region, and begin collecting travel inspiration with these five can’t-miss Nepalese destinations.
ShutterstockPhewa Lake |
Located south of Pokhara Valley, the emerald waters of Phewa Lake lie at the foot of the verdant Queen’s Forest. Rent a dunga (boat) to capture stunning shots on the open water.
| It’d be easy to spend a week in Kathmandu Valley. As the capital center of Nepal and UNESCO World Heritage Center for its variety of monuments, Kathmandu Valley is a smorgasbord of cultural treasures. Be sure to explore Swayambhunath, a temple in which sacred monkeys occupy the northwest areas.
Known as Nepal’s cultural gem, Bhaktapur is one of three royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. Travelers will marvel at the stunning views of the Himalayas and variety of markets and temples found within this bustling city.
ShutterstockChitwan National Park |
Nepal’s first national park and home of the Bengal tiger, gharial crocodile and one-horned rhinoceros, Chitwan is a rich Mecca of biodiversity. Forgo a walk through the jungle and opt instead to experience the park atop the back of an elephant.
ShutterstockThe Himalayas |
Eight of the world’s 10 tallest mountains are found in Nepal, including Everest. No Nepalese experience is complete without a mountain trek. The Annapurna Trek conveniently leaves from Kathmandu and provides close-up views of the soaring Himalayas and surrounding wonders.
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