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Top 5 Must See Tourist Places in Nepal

Updated on April 11, 2011

Visit Nepal 2011 - the heaven on earth!

Planning to travel to Nepal? It is one of the most sought after travel destination in the world. There is no denying the fact that nature has been decidedly partial to Nepal as it is one of the most picturesque regions in the world. On the northern areas, there are the majestic mountains almost reaching to the sky and in the south there are long stretches grasslands, touching the horizon.

The kingdom of Nepal, shares its borders with the Indian states of Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim, Uttarkhand and Uttar Pradesh is aptly called the land of temples and pagodas and offers different genres of attraction for the visitors. You have Buddhist heritage sites that attract tourists from all parts of the world and there are renowned Hindu temples that draw hosts of pilgrims. The neighbor of India and Bhutan, Nepal has a rich history and there are palaces built by the various dynasties that are famous for their distinct architecture and special aesthetics. The year 2011 is going to be a big year for Nepal Tourism. It is being promoted as visit Nepal 2011. Make sure to include the following destinations in your Nepal Travel, as they are the top 5 must see tourist places in Nepal.

Dolpo Phoksumdo, Nepal
Dolpo Phoksumdo, Nepal

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Kathmandu

Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal and its largest city, is located in the eastern half of the country at an altitude of 4266 ft. History tells us that for several hundred years it was one of three major royal cities - the other two being Bhaktapur and Patan. Nepal is today a well-developed modern city without losing the old world charm.

Kathmandu boasts of many historic buildings and is home to the largest of the ancient royal palaces as well as numerous Rana palaces and important religious sites. Tourists find comforting the medieval air that prevails in Kathmandu and the fascinating indigenous culture - the site of prayers and pujas in the temples exudes a magic effect. Kathmandu is a city of assortments and contradictions, and remains, to this day, a thoroughly intriguing place.

Declared as one of the eight Cultural World Heritage site by UNESCO, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a marvelous cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets. The square is extremely popular as the social, religious and urban focal point of Kathmandu.

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Bhaktapur

The ideal way to start a tour of Bhaktapur is from Durbar Square where, in addition to the royal palace, one finds a series of temples built in the traditional Newar, pagoda style. It is a delight to watch the overflowing architectural beauty of golden gate entrance to the Durbar Square – unmatched by any other. The charm of this UNESCO listed World heritage site is difficult to satisfactorily recapture in words.

From Durbar Square a small alleyway at the south-east corner leads to Taumadhi Tole and the Nyapotala and Bhairava temples. At Tachupal Tole, the original center and oldest part of Bhaktapur, the visitor will find a plethora of temples, shrines, cisterns and fountains and catch an gleanings of Nepalese lifestyle - much of which is played out on the streets and in the squares

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Patan (Lalitpur)

Situated to the south of Bagmati, Patan has officially been named Lalitpur. After Bhaktapur and Khatmandu, Patan, steeped in history, is the third of the three royal cities. A row of monuments bear testimony to the religious significance of the city of Patan for Buddhists.

The roads from the palace precinct to the four Ashoka stupas were evidently designed to form a cross that is still clearly perciptible. Interestingly, it is said that the stupas are arranged in a mandala, the mystic Buddhist diagram symbolizing the order of the cosmos and the place of gods and men. Some historians suggest that a fifth stupa once stood at the center though not available now. They liken this to the theory of the doctrine of the five Jinabuddhas, or Pancabuddhas as they are known in Nepal.

Patan's strict adherence to a grid pattern of streets is indeed a wonder. There are the three focal points of the city's religious life, the Kumbeshvara Mandir (north), the Degutale Pagoda (center) and the Matsyendranath Mandir (south). Intriguingly these three temples illustrate the mystic reconciliation of opposites symbolized in the mandala.

Places and Faces of Nepal

Pokhara

Pokhara is a romantic city situated in a serene valley and a must-visit place in Nepal. It is also the starting point for trekking and rafting destinations. Pokhara, represents for many mountaineers the gateway to the Himalayas.

If you want to take pictures of the majestic Himalayas then you should go to the township of Tansen from where visitors can get the beautiful panoramic view of the Terai plains and the Himalayas. The nearby hill-town Gorkha offers some exquisite scenery. It is situated on a small hillock at an attitude of about 1000 m from where you can view the snow covered mountains.

Chitwan, Nepal

Pashupatinath Temple

The magnificent temple of Lord Pashupatinath, that draws hosts of devotees from all over the world, is situated amidst many other temples on the right bank of the river Bagmati. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest Hindu Pilgrimage site in Nepal and is dedicated to Hindu Lord Shiva. This wooded ravine adjoining the golf course and airport is considered to be one of the abodes of Lord Shiva.

It is said that Pashupatinath is not only the principal Hindu shrine in Nepal but is one of the foremost temples to Shiva who is the patron deity of Nepal. Temples, ashrams, dharamsalas, shrines and ghats spread over a wide area along the Bagmati embankment. Pashupatinath is one of the UNESCO protected cultural monuments.

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These are just a few glimpses of what Nepal has in store for the tourists and the list is by no means complete.

Boudhnath Stupa, Machendranath Stupa and Swambhunath are some of the popular Stupas in Kathmandu. There are various smaller Stupas and monasteries at Lumbini - birthplace of Gautam Buddha. Among the temples, Pashupatinath attracts the major chunk of visitors but there are other minor temples and there is all-pervading mystic air in Nepal.

Nepal may be a small country in the Himalayan region, but it is a dream tourist destination replete with numerous scenic spots and many renowned religious sites. It must also be remembered that of the ten highest mountains in the world, seven are situated in Nepal.

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      ASHISH KUMAR 3 years ago

      hi every1 i wnt visit in nepal so plese tel me which place to visit in nepal in 2days

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      GRISHMA 4 years ago

      UNIMAGINED COUNTRY DECORATED BY GOD.

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      sham 4 years ago

      I did't see nepal,bzs I m indian-kerala.but I want to see nepal,

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      Bhesh Thapa 5 years ago

      how nice...my Nepal....I love Nepal....

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      gamesnepal 5 years ago from Kathmandu, Nepal

      One of the best countries that is blessed by the himalayas.

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      Nypal 5 years ago

      Nypal dream, not doubt this is paridise.

      Muhaammad

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      nepali fan 5 years ago

      The top 5 are really good places. Beautiful and interesting, but visit to nepal is incomplete without stepping on Musatng and swimming in Lake Rara. If you wanna see hills red with rhodoendron till the horizon, it's Tinjure. Bathing under shower made by elephants is amazing and standing on Everest is being at the top of the world. Nepal is nature's gift to the world and boys. I'm dreaming of marrying a limbuni or a gurungseni from Nepal.

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      indira 5 years ago

      I dont think that the Nepal is more beautiful than Norway. Actully i was born is Nepal but now i'm resetteled in Norway but i love nepal coz Nepal is my Motherland;)

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      birdslover 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Nice hub, never thought Nepal has so many beautiful places to visit.

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      biraj sharma 5 years ago

      nic ooooooooooooooooooo

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      jayden hernandez henry 5 years ago

      Nepol is a buttiful cuntry

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      at 5 years ago

      lovelly nepal

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      Pardeep dhakal 5 years ago

      Nepal is a beautiful country nd i proud because i m nepali. I suggest to every visitors please visit nepal nd help to devloped to nepal turisom ,frnds believe me you really enjoy in nepal .........thanxxxxxxxxxxx

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      nameta 5 years ago

      Wow!!!!

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      VINEET SINGH NEGI C.I.S.F 5 years ago

      Good place, people also copretive nature

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      Parmar 5 years ago

      Its Great place

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      suman 5 years ago

      This is the only heaven in earth... every thing is so natural here... love my country and proud to be a nepali!!!! Hope political stability will soon be enjoyed... I always pray and work for the prosperity of my nation... This is finest tourism place in world!!! :-):-):-)

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      Madan 5 years ago

      Im proud of being Nepalese, If u wanna feel n experience of Heaven, I advise U to visit Nepal...

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      malika 5 years ago

      wow i love nepal. i have not seen like this country in my country. it's just so beautiful. It's a heaven. I love pokhara and bhaktapur the most.

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      RAKIB 5 years ago

      yes Nepal is really a beautiful country.

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      suman 5 years ago

      really so nice

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      G Won Tips 5 years ago

      yes Nepal is really a beautiful country..i like to travel and pass through the cool and beautiful green side...and its so great that i can get my dream true here in my country Nepal..

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      ram 5 years ago

      Nepal is a very unbelievable tourism country.who's born on earth,they must visit beautiful Nepal .so i m much interested to visit more extra places of Nepal . Nepal once not enough which is said.so i love my country who was born me in Nepal.Adventures places, beauty places,religions places many culturals etc is main parts of Nepal.

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      Bhanu 5 years ago

      I am go to nepal,in july . And i seen this country . My nepal is very beautyfull.

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      partha 5 years ago

      i am planning to visit nepal for 5 days during year end...i am for intrested in natural beauty...like hills or any spl. thing to visit...alos plz. do guide me best hotel(4 Star rated) to stay which in near to market place(value for money)

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      jeni 5 years ago

      nepal is the most beautiful country i have ever seen!!!thanx

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      Umesh Jung Thapa 5 years ago from Kathmandu, nepal

      Naturally beautiful!!

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      Alexandria 5 years ago

      yeaaa this is great!!! haha idk this is Cool =D

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      krishna 5 years ago

      our country is very beautiful

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      ankiy 5 years ago

      really nepal is as like as a heaven

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      jin 6 years ago

      nepal is really the heaven in the earth

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      Riviera Rose 6 years ago from South of France

      Great hub on a beautiful place - I especially loved Pokhara, but had a hard time trekking!!

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      Priya 6 years ago

      wow,Nepal is a beautiful place.

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      YYeasin 6 years ago

      thnx nice info

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      mohit 6 years ago

      very good

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      cascoly 6 years ago from seattle

      unfortunately many tourists never take the time to visit the most fascinating parts of Nepal - its hill, peoples and mountains. The trekking is unsurpassed [i've led 4 different treks to Nepal, and still have much to explore]

      http://hubpages.com/hub/Mani-Rimdu-Festival-Thyang...

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      Time4Travel 6 years ago from Canada

      Nepal is on my list of places to go. Thanks for the information and insight into a wonderful culture and country.

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      nirazan 6 years ago

      i think there are more places rather than this five which are the most beautifuls

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      nepalihub 6 years ago

      Liked it.

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      suni 6 years ago

      thanks for puuting all this things abt nepal.

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      Nepa1 6 years ago

      specially pokhara is a very beautiful place,

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      cupid51 7 years ago from INDIA

      Great hub! Thanks SunSeven for sharing this!

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