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6th June, 2019

Top things to see and do in Nepal

Nestled in the Himalayas, the mystifying country of Nepal feels high up in the clouds. It’s also high on the list of destinations to visit, for its beauty and culture.

Despite Nepal’s laid back, lazy vibe, its people are some of the most vigorous on the planet, and some of the friendliest too. You’ll always feel welcome in Nepal and no doubt be enchanted by its humble culture and peaceful religions.

From charming little villages and sacred places of worship, to bustling cities and breathtaking scenery, Nepal’s a magical land waiting to be discovered.

Here’s what we’d consider to be Nepal’s top things to see and do.

1. Trekking

People trekking in the Annapurna Mountains

Nepal is renowned for its great trekking routes. Hardened trekkers venture high into the Himalayan Mountains, but there are many lowland treks that are accessible to less confident trekkers.

We would highly recommend trekking the valleys of the Annapurna Mountains, where you can pass through the picturesque villages of Birethanti, Ghandruk, Majgaun and Dhampus, taking in the beautiful fresh air and stopping to admire paddy fields, terraced hillsides and rhododendron forests. Along the way, stay at a variety of lodges – the perfect pit stop to break up your expedition.

2. Kathmandu

Crowds gathering at Boudhanath Stupa

Nepal’s capital Kathmandu is where you will undoubtedly fly in and out of and is the main hub for travel within Nepal. It’s a sensory overload – a myriad of traffic jammed streets, speeding rickshaws and colourful pagodas. It’s intoxicating, yet alluring and holds many sights just waiting to be explored.

Top places of interest include Boudhanath Stupa; a place of worship for a community of exiled Buddhists and Durbar Square, where 80 temples reside.

3. Pokhara

Views over Pokhara

Pokhara is Nepal’s second largest city, located in the far west of Nepal. It’s set in the Pokhara Valley at the foot of the Annapurna Mountains and is the starting point for many treks. Pokhara is home to many large lakes, and you can stay in a lakeside lodge, for some truly awe-inspiring views.

Here you can enjoy hiking through forests and farmlands or more adventurous trekking to some of the mountain hamlets. If you prefer something more relaxing, there is plenty of birdwatching opportunities on the lakes, and you can pay a visit to the Gurkha Museum.

4. Chitwan National Park

A Bengal tiger

If you’re interested in wildlife, then this is well worth a visit. Chitwan is Nepal’s first national park and is home to the elusive royal Bengal tiger, as well as the one-horned Asian rhinoceros and over 500 species of migratory birds.

Visitors to Chitwan National Park stay in jungle lodges, where you can relax in the pool or book an activity such as a jungle safari or a birdwatching expedition.

5. Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath Temple

Located in Kathmandu, Pashupatinath Temple is a Hindu shrine and a UNESCO world heritage site. Set on the banks of the Bagmati River, the temple is one of the four most important religious sites in Asia for devotees of Shiva and features beautifully complex architecture.

Unless you’re Hindu, you cannot enter the temple, but in honesty, you can fully appreciate its magnificence from the outside.

Are you interested in visiting Nepal? With our holiday packages, you can experience trekking in the Himalayas and a chance to see mountains, tigers and temples.

The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated.

The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.