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Best Places to visit in Nepal in a week’s time

Nepal is a rich country in the natural diversity and religious ethnicity.  The majestic mountains, diverse landscapes, cultural and traditions make Nepal a must place to visit. It is a mixed bag of different ethnic groups, culture, traditions scattered all over the country.  Moreover, the geographical regions herein Nepal lets you explore the Himalayan, Hilly and Terai regions each with diverse ecology, landscapes, climate, cultures. Not to mention, the friendliness and hospitality of the locals make the journey a fantastic one.

Nestled between two large countries India and China, landlocked Nepal can be accessed through airways and roadways. There are several highways which link different parts of the country that makes the travel route less occupied. Talking about the airways, there are 52 airports in Nepal among which the only international one is Tribhuvan International Airport. There is also a provision of the railway system in some places.

Nepal is a popular destination for travelers from all across the world. It is a combination of natural and cultural beauty. Also, it is home to the world tallest mountain, diverse geography and the rich cultures. Henceforth, makes Nepal one of the most popular destinations for adventurous activities. This massive diversity can be acquired by exploring some of the popular destinations in the country. These destinations can be explored within a week’s time. It is a great opportunity to explore the country’s natural beauty in a small time.

Most popular short tours in Nepal:

  1. Kathmandu: The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu is known for the temples and monuments. The city is also known as the living cultural museum of the world. The city lets you explore some of the important heritage of Nepal that includes the Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Narayanhiti Palace Museum, Pashupatinath Temple, etc. The city is known for activities that include sightseeing, hiking/trekking. Freak street is a popular place among the tourists that used to be the settlement of hippies during 60s. Nagarkot, Champadevi Hiking are some famous hiking/trekking spots here.

Staying arrangements:

Most of the tourist accommodation places are located in Thamel. Upscale hotels tend to be a few blocks away on Durbar Marg. A few guest houses still remain on the Freakstreet below the durbar square.

How to access?

– By foot: It is possible to get around the city on foot, but it may not always be a pleasant walk. Hence, you may consider a public transportation.

– By Taxi or Bus: Taxis and buses are the major modes of transport here. For a short trip consider a taxi, whereas for longer trips around the valley consider traveling by bus.

Best time to travel:

The best time to travel is from September-November as some major festivals take place during that time ensuring a great time.

  1. Bhaktapur: Bhaktapur, also known as ‘Khwopa’, is an ancient Newar city. Located in the east corner of Kathmandu, the city literally translated to the place of devotees. It is Nepal’s Cultural Gem rich in culture, traditions, elegant arts, cultural festivals, traditional dances. Some well-preserved monuments like 55 window palace, Dattatreya Square, Nyatapola temple are the major attractions within the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Some of these temples and squares collapsed during the earthquake back then. Outside the durbar square there lies Changu Narayan Temple, Suryabinayak temple. Moreover, Pottery square is an area south of Bhaktapur Durbar Square, where you can have a great time making pots. Also, Siddha Pokhari, a rectangular pond where you can enjoy the peaceful environment.

Staying arrangements:

Bhaktapur can be an alternative to Kathmandu for a stay because of the quiet streets and unique ambiance. You can choose from various guesthouses available within the durbar square or you can choose from outside the Durbar square. Also, you can enjoy local Newar cuisines in local restaurants.

How to access?

If you want to explore the streets and squares of Bhaktapur, then walking is the best option. There are no rickshaws, tuk-tuks, or taxis allowed inside the city– an inconvenience more than made up for by the quiet and clean air. Stroll around the city to explore the unique cultures.

Best time to travel:

Spring is a good time for traveling here, enjoying the warm climate. The March till August is the best time to enjoy the place compared with the weather.

  1. Patan: Patan, one of the largest cities in Nepal is located across the Bagmati River in Kathmandu. The major pride of Patan is elegant monuments, temples, statues, palaces. Additionally, Patan Museum is a must-see attraction. Many temples of Durbar square were collapsed by the 2015 earthquake. Some major attractions of the place include Krishna Temple, Vishwanath Temple, Bhimsen Temple. Golden Temple on the north of the durbar square with gold- and silver-covered decorations and some excellent bronze statues.

Staying arrangements:

Most travelers prefer the hotels in Kathmandu for the stay. Whereas, Thamel has become a popular destination for the stay, being 4km from Patan.

How to access?

The elegant structures of the place can be best observed on foot. Also, there are taxis and minibusses.

Best time to travel:

September-February is the best time to visit Patan as the weather is pleasant enough to explore the rich cultural heritage of this ancient fortified town. December is also the time when the Rani ka vav festival is held.

  1. Chitwan National Park

Listed in the world heritage site, Chitwan National Park covers 932 sq km. The park is rich in a diversity of ecosystems. It is one of the most popular destinations in Nepal. Visitors of the park have the option to enter from Sauraha or Meghauli. It is the home to every flora and fauna. Moreover, it is known for the one-horned rhino. It is also home to other fascinating species such as Royal Bengal Tiger, leopard, Asiatic elephants and many more. You can enjoy activities such as jungle safari, jungle walk, jeep safari, elephant ride. Highlights of Chitwan National Park and its surrounding area include the Elephant Breeding Center, Wildlife Display, and Information Center, Tharu villages that surround the park, Tharu museum.

Staying arrangements:

There are lodges where visitors can stay during their visit to the park. There are many resorts to choose from for your stay. Camping is another option for staying there enjoying the environment.

How to access?

The national park can be accessed on foot, elephant ride or by jeep safari. Outside the park, you can travel on foot or hire a buffalo cart.

Best time to travel:

The best time to visit is during the dry season and after the dry season when the animals gather near the waterholes. The best weather is during the warm winter from October to March.

  1. Lumbini

Lumbini is renowned as the birthplace of Gautama Buddha. Listed in the world heritage site, it is one of many magnets for pilgrimage that sprang up in places pivotal to the life of the Buddha. It is a Buddhist pilgrimage located in Kapilvastu. Ashoka Pillar in Lumbini is one of the famous attractions of the place that marks the visit of Emperor Ashoka. Other important attractions include Maya Devi Temple, Puskarini Pokhari, and The Golden Temple of Myanmar. There are many other temples built with the dominance of Buddhist religion.

Staying arrangements:

You can choose from different options of staying arrangements considering your budget. You can either stay in a local one, a mid-range or splurge.

How to access?

– By air: Bhairahawa is the nearest airport where there are flights to and from Kathmandu.

– By rail: The closest station is at Nautanwa, India on the Indian Railway network, but passenger trains are infrequent on this line. The alternative of taxi travel from the border crossing at Sunauli to Gorakhpur takes about two hours.

– By road: There is a bus route between Sunauli and Lumbini. You can also take a shared jeep from Bhairahawa followed by a bus to Lumbini. Buses also run from Kathmandu, Gorakhpur, and Pokhara.

Best time to travel:

Since Lumbini lies in the southern plains, the temperature is generally hot and humid. The best time to visit Lumbini is during autumn. The best time to visit Lumbini is April – May, and October – December.

  1. Pokhara

Pokhara is one of the most popular travel destinations in Nepal. The place combines natural beauty, unique monuments, and the adventures. The city is famous for the natural pristine lakes and the majestic views of the mountains. Blessed with the breathtaking views of mountains, natural sceneries, Pokhara is known as the paradise on earth. Some major attractions of the place are The Shanty Stupa (World Peace Pagoda), Davis Fall, Begnas Lake, Phewa Lake, Rupa Tal,  Mahendra Cave, Bat Cave is also known as ‘Chamero Gufa’. Moreover, Adventure activities in Pokhara is a must try. The activities include paragliding, river rafting, bungee jumping, zip flying, canoeing. Paragliding and mountain flight are the most popular adventure activities in Pokhara.

Paragliding trip gives you an opportunity for an aerial view of the Himalayas and the sceneries, sharing the airspace with the birds. It is considered to be the best destination for paragliding. This is one of the best adventure activities in Nepal, one wouldn’t want to miss. Awaken your adrenaline rush and fly high taking full enjoyment of the aerial view.

Mountain flight in Pokhara is something you wouldn’t want to miss. The jaw-dropping aerial views of the majestic mountains are simply amazing. While flying you can see the aerial views of Mt. Annapurna, Mt.Dhaulagiri, Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Mt. Lamjung and Mt. Manaslu. You can enjoy the panoramic views of the mountains flights and have a memorable experience.

Staying arrangements:

Mostly all of the tourist accommodation is located on the lakeside and dam side near Phewa Lake. Additionally, there are around 12 guesthouses uphill in Sarangkot.

How to access?

– By foot: Pokhara can be easily traversed on foot. Walking is necessary where the vehicles cannot reach.

– By taxi: Taxis can be hired for the easy transport around the city.

– By bicycle: Also bicycles can be hired to stroll around the city.

– By local transport: Minivans are available in all parts of the city. The vehicle may be crowded but the fare is cheap.

– By motorbike/scooter: It is also possible to hire a motorbike/scooter. You’ll have to put the petrol. It is possible to reach Sarangkot or the World Peace Pagoda with an automatic motorbike or scooter despite the steep uphill road, but very tough going.

Best time to visit:

September- November is the best time to visit Pokhara as the weather is very pleasant and skies tend to be clear at the time.