The 10 best places to visit in Nepal

The 10 best places to visit in Nepal

Mystical Nepal is home to eight of the ten highest peaks in the world including Everest, giving you glorious panoramic views to admire.

Immerse yourself in Nepal’s rich cultural heritage by discovering the magical monuments of Kathmandu Valley and fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Sites including national parks. Or you can just relax by sparkling lakes and in lofty hotels as you admire spectacular views of misty mountain ranges. Finish the day with a hearty Nepalese bowl of thukpa and steaming momos – delicious!

The best places to visit in Nepal

Our guide to the best places to visit in Nepal shows you all the must-see sights both on and off the beaten track.

1. Kathmandu

Nicknamed the ‘City of Temples’ due to its numerous pagodas, stupas, and temples lining the narrow, cobbled backstreets, Kathmandu is the beating heart of the country. Nepal’s capital city has an iconic Durbar Square, surrounded by the palaces of the Malla and Shah rulers. Kathmandu has a more modern side with its lively music, cuisine and art scene, along with commercial districts and ongoing development projects.

View the colourful bustle of marigold sellers, saffron-clad sadhus (religious holy people), wandering cows, and pigeons from the terraced platforms of the Manju Devul tower. This scene has stayed virtually unaltered over the decades.

Head to Swayambhunath’s hilltop ‘Monkey Temple’, down to Pashupatinath’s Shiva temple on the banks of the Bagmati River and journey to Boudhanath Stupa on the mediaeval trade route to Tibet.

 

World Heritage Sites in Nepal

2. Chitwan National Park

Chitwan National Park (“the Heart of the Jungle”) has been a favourite hunting destination for Nepal’s ruling class since the end of the nineteenth century. The park was designated a World Heritage Site in 1984 and was Nepal’s first national park.

Chitwan covers 952 square kilometres, and is one of the best places to visit in Nepal if you’re a wildlife enthusiast. Over 700 types of fauna, including mammals, reptiles, and rare bird species, call the park home, including the Royal Bengal Tiger and the Asian one-horned rhinoceros. You might also spot Antelopes, Bengal Floricans, Clouded Leopards, Crocodiles, Gaurs, Golden Jackals, King Cobras, Kingfishers, Oriental Darters, Rock Pythons, and Spotted Eagles.

 

One Horned Rhinoceros, Chitwan National Park, Nepal

3. Pokhara

The tranquil lakeside town of Pokhara is a beautiful destination with stunning scenery and wonderful views. Admire the breathtaking views of the Annapurna mountain range including the lofty Machapuchare (translated as ‘Fish Tail’) on a walk around the glassy waters of Phewa Tal Lake with its colourful paddleboats or on an evening boat cruise.

If you’re feeling energetic, then a climb to the Shanti Stupa (Peace Pagoda) overlooking the town will reward you with a truly magical view. To catch the sunrise, hire a taxi or scooter to the Sarangkot viewpoint.

For the more adventurous, there’s white water rafting, canoeing or paragliding, or you can unwind with a yoga session.

Phewa lake, Pokhara, Nepal

4. Nagarkot

See the splendour of the Himalayas from the comfort of your hotel balcony at Nagarkot, one of the most photographic places in Bhutan. Get your timing right and you can see eight mountains; Annapurna, Everest, Ganesh Himal, Jugal, Langtang, Manaslu, Rolwaling and Numbur. The best times to visit are October to December and March to April when clear skies are most likely.

Nagarkot Nepal

5. Ghandruk

Beautiful Ghandruk in western Nepal is where you can enjoy fantastic Himalayan views, scenic landscape and to experience the rich bio-diversity and unique Gurung culture.

This must-see village is one of the best places to visit in Nepal and attracts more than 45,000 trekkers each year. Incredible views aside, the Old Gurung Museum telling the story of past and present life in Nepal is well worth a visit.

Ghandruk Village and Annapurna Mountain, Nepal

6. Bandipur

A living museum of Newari culture, the charming town of Bandipur is one of central Nepal’s hidden gems. Time has almost stood still, with its main traditional rows of houses and 18th-century architecture and temples.

Perched on a ridge between Kathmandu and Pokhara, Bandipur offers breathtaking views of the Marsyangdi river valley and the Himalayan mountain range.

Bandipur, Nepal

7. Dhampus

The village of Dhampus is picture perfect and has a lovely tranquil ambience. The sunrises and sunsets are spectacular, with golden rays peeking over Mt. Machhapuchhare and the Annapurna Himalayan Range.

It’s a seasonal bird-watching spot with many migratory birds visiting the village.

Dhampus. Nepal

8. Landruk

The small village of Landruk is perched on a mountain and surrounded by terraced rice fields. This beautiful location offers amazing views of the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek’s countryside, and you are greeted by a panorama of massive snow-capped peaks on arrival.

On a clear day, sip a cup of chai from one of the village’s tea shops and admire the wonderful view.

The Machapuchare base camp is north of Landruk, followed by Annapurna, and the Modi Khola River, with its suspended bridge leading to Ghandruk, is west.

View of Annapurna Mountain, Landruk Village, Nepal

9. Birethani

Lying across the bridge at a foothill at roughly 1,100 metres in the Modi Khola Valley is the small village of Birethanti. Once of the most important destinations on the Annapurna Circuit treks, it’s no longer the bustling trekkers’ centre but has lovely little tea shops and a choice of souvenir vendors.

Stroll through the village to see the lives of the locals, along with mule trains driving up from the valley with supplies for the local communities.

Best time to visit Nepal - Birethani Waterfalls

10. Majgaun

The last of our best places to visit in Nepal is Majgaun. Surrounded by jaw-dropping vistas of the Annapurnas, it’s the ideal spot to enjoy the local countryside’s nature trails and unspoiled views. It’s a lovely calm destination for a stopover while hiking in the Himalayas. You can get a sense of Nepal’s traditional rural life with a trip to a nearby village.

Gurung Lodge Majgaon Nepal

We hope that our selection of the best places to visit in Nepal has inspired you to visit this magical and mystical destination. If there are destinations you’d love to explore, please get in touch with your travel experts. We would love to craft a bespoke tour just for you.