Nepal is one of the most beautiful countries on the face of the planet. It is a piece of heaven on earth that is both genetically and culturally blessed. Although the nation is not large, the level of diversity that can be found here is amazing.
Tourists flock to this land for a number of reasons, including its fascinating diversity. Some are drawn to the mountains for the treks and summits, while others are drawn to the hills and Terai for the biodiversity. Here are ten of Nepal’s most naturally rich destinations for you to visit, among many others:
The Solukhumbu district spans 3,312 square kilometers and shares a northern boundary with Tibet’s territory. Deep gorges, big rock, and glaciers make up the majority of the terrain here. It is also home to Mt Everest and Sagarmatha National Park, which is a natural World Heritage site. As a result, tourism started in this region in the early 1960s, and the district is still very popular with visitors.
The destination is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including over 118 bird species and numerous rhododendron varieties. Not only that, but this park is home to endangered species such as red pandas and snow leopards. Since the district is populated by Sherpas, several Sherpa villages can be found along the main tourist trails for trekking. The best months to visit are October and November.
Ilam is known for producing a wide range of Nepali teas. The district is located in eastern Nepal’s tranquil hills and is mostly covered in tea bushes. Many researchers are drawn to this district for the study of rare birds and red pandas, but it is not restricted to teas. For some, the place is suitable for a relaxing picnic, a quick walk in the hills, or even a stroll through the tea garden. Ilam’s natural beauty can be appreciated to the fullest.
Ilam is also known for its excellent cheese and a variety of agricultural exports. Along with the Deumai Khola river, it is also home to an important Hindu site, Gajur Mukhi, a caved tunnel that contains various images of Hindu deities. The months of October to December, as well as February and April, are ideal for visiting this place.
The birthplace of Lord Buddha, Lumbini, is well-known. It is the best spiritual tourism destination in the world. The Mayadevi Temple is the most holy site in this region since it is believed to be where Siddhartha Gautam (Buddha) was born and took his first seven steps. It is situated in the Terai belt’s Rupandehi district, making it rich in both cultural and natural aspects. Winter is the best season to visit.
For meditation and yoga, go to the Panditrama Vipassana Centre in the district. In addition, several monasteries such as The Royal Thai Monastery, Foreign Gautami Nuns Temple, Lumbini Museum, and Ashoka Pillar can be found here. Butwal is another popular tourist destination in the district, and nature lovers can spend time along the Tilottama River’s banks.
Upper Mustang, the last forbidden kingdom, is the district’s main attraction. People come to the destination year after year for a thrilling adventure and a breathtaking view of the scenery. However, as the name indicates, getting there is difficult because it is restricted; only 1,000 people are permitted to visit. Tourism began here in 1992, and it is now considered one of the world’s most protected areas.
With ancient monasteries, traditional villages, and cave dwellings high up in the mountains, and the magnificent architecture on show at the walled city of Lo Manthang, this region allows you to see an unspoiled part of Nepal and its own beauty. Tourists flock to this area for trekking because of the stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The months of March and early November are perfect for a visit.
5. Annapurna Circuit
Mt Annapurna is located in Annapurna, which is a popular trekking destination. The Annapurna Massif (Annapurna I-IV), Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, and Paungda Danda are all visible from the trail. Since it encompassed a wide variety of climate zones in its original form, the Annapurna Circuit has frequently been voted as the best long-distance trek in the world.
The Annapurna Conservation Area Project, which is home to 486 species of birds and 101 species of mammals, is another popular destination for nature lovers. You will also come across Thakali people and their culture during your visit to this area. They are well-known for their Thakali set as well as their successful business venture.
Chitwan is a popular tourist destination in Nepal that attracts both domestic and international visitors. Chitwan is in the Terai district of Nepal, about 100 kilometers southwest of Kathmandu.
Chitwan National Park, home to endangered species including the Bengal tiger and one-horned rhino, is the district’s main attraction. It is a famous UNESCO site that spans 952.63 square kilometers and sits at a height of 100 meters (330 ft).
There are gharial and elephant breeding centers in the district that are well-known among tourists. A walk through the Tharu village is a must for thrill seekers. This will allow you to gain a better understanding of the Tharu community, including their dance, food, and culture. During the month of October, the destination is very popular. However, it has a large number of lodges, so finding a place to stay will not be an issue.
Pokhara is the capital of the Gandaki province and the tourism capital of Nepal. Pokhara is situated 200 km west of Kathmandu. It is well-known for its tranquil atmosphere and beautiful surroundings. Phewa Lake, Devi’s Collapse, Bindhyabasini Temple, and the nearby Begnas and Rupa lakes are some of the most well-known attractions.
The Seti Gandaki river has carved out majestic gorges in and around the district. Sarankot is another popular spot for sunrise, sunset, and paragliding in this area. If the weather permits, you can also see the Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) range from Pokhara if the weather is clear. Treks to Dhampus village, Ghandruk village, Begnaskot, Ghorepani, and Poonhill are also common. Pokhara is best visited between March and May, and September and November.
Langtang is a mountain range in Nepal’s northwestern region that runs very close to the Tibetan and Chinese borders. It includes the historic towns of Gojng, Gatlang, Chilime, and Briddim, among others, and is a popular trekking destination and home to the Tamang community.
The Langtang National Park, which is naturally rich in species such as the Himalayan black bear, the goat-like Himalayan tahr, the Assam macaque, and red pandas, is a big draw. The village of Langtang was once totally devastated by the 2015 earthquake, but it is slowly regaining its footing. The Gosainkunda and Langtang valleys are two popular trekking destinations in this region. The best time to visit Langtang is in the spring or fall, when the weather is clear and friendly.
It is a popular tourist destination surrounded by mountains, especially Mt Dhaulagiri. It is located near the Chinese border. Trekking in this area is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This is the country’s largest district, covering 5.36 percent of the total landmass at an elevation of over 5,000 meters (16,000 ft).
Dolpo is an ancient and remote village rich in wildlife, stunning lakes, and snow-capped peaks, as well as a pristine Buddhist monastery, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations. The Shey Phoksundo National Park encompasses some of these areas. The glistening turquoise waters never fail to enchant visitors, making it one of Dolpo’s most well-known attractions. The best time to visit Dolpa for a fun journey is in the spring.
Sankhuwasabha is one of Nepal’s most eastern districts, bordering China’s Tibet autonomous region. Barun Valley, with vast green meadows covered in a rainbow of flowers on one side and mighty snow-dusted mountain peaks with numerous waterfalls on the other, is one of the district’s main attractions.
Makalu Barun National Park, which has a diverse range of wildlife, is also located here. Tin Jure Danda in this district also provides a stunning sunrise and sunset view. You can also take a hike around Milke Danda to see the rhododendrons in bloom. Seeing the sunrise or sunset from the Kanchenjunga or Kumbhakarna peaks is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The seasons of spring and autumn are ideal for visiting the area.