Planning for a tour in Nepal can leave you in hesitation as Nepal offers a bunch of magnetic places throughout the country. Whether you are heading for an adventurous or relaxation trip, for education purpose or research work –Nepal contains every reason to provoke you to visit at least once in your whole lifetime. Located in the lap of Greater Himalaya, most of its parts are congested around 250 mountain peaks over 6096 meters, eight of the ten highest peaks in the world, including the highest one Mt Everest with 8848 meters. Almost circles by these colossal mountains, the green valleys of Nepal are as stunning to see as the hill areas. Not only the scenic natural beauty but also the monasteries, national parks, temples, museums etc used to be among the prime attractions for tourists too.
1. Annapurna Conservation Area
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Established in 1985, Annapurna Conservation Area covers almost 7629 sq km area of Annapurna Range of the Himalayas in Western Nepal. NTNC or National Trust for Nature Conservation manages this biggest protected area of Nepal. One can find some of the world’s highest peaks here. The Kali-Gandaki River creates a valley here which is the deepest valley of the world. The rich bio-diversity is the basic point of interest of this Conservation Area. It is a home to over 1000 species of plants, around 100 mammals, over 440 birds, numerous reptiles and amphibians.
2. Base Camp of Mt Everest Climbing Kala Pattar through Sherpa village (by Trekking)
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While you are in a Nepal sightseeing tour, do not miss to visit the base camps of Mt Everest and Kala Pattar. Not only because those places are magnificent, but also because you have to mountain-trek through the Sherpa village towards the camps. Along with enjoying an adventurous sport in the Himalayas and the stunning view of Everest you get to meet the courageous Sherpa people, their culture. The Thyangboche Monastery and Namche Bazar can also be observed in the way. Wherever you go for sightseeing in Nepal, without this location it will stay incomplete.
3. Changu Narayan
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This Hindu temple, located at a ridge of hilltop in Changu villege is one among the ancient temples in Nepal. Changu Narayan Temple is built in pagoda style and is a significant structure from historical, religious and artistic aspect. The beautiful backdrop of green forest of champak trees is contrastive with its colorful decoration and it highlights the temple. Carvings, sculptures, paintings etc will take you to the age old era of Nepal. Lord Vishnu is worshipped here as Narayana and there are stone sculptures that depicts other avatars of Vishnu.
4. Kathmandu Valley
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Kathmandu Valley is a witness of several legends and dynasties from the beginning till today. The medieval temples, wide green valley, interesting stories, historical marks etc gather the tourists here. This valley is one of those places in the world that has largest number of World Heritage Sites according to the area size. Kathmandu sightseeing definitely will be one the most memorable moments of your life and below are three of such sites that you must visit.
5. Durbar Square
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Among the heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley, Patan Durbar Square is frequently visited by people from around the world. Excellent carvings in ancient palaces, shrines and the three courtyards, full of historical surprising things are prime attraction here. Its importance is in the architecture of the Newa people.
6. Pashupatinath Temple
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This holy Hindu temple is about 5 km away from Kathmandu city on the banks of Bagmati River. Paintings, temples, ashrams, inscriptions and more such things witness for a long era of centuries to the visitors. It is said to be the seat of Lord Pashupatinath. There are lots of parts of the whole Pashupatinath complex in the inner and outer courtyard. Each year pompous festivals and rituals are performed by the priests and several devotees and tourists gather to this place and praise the Lord.
7. Tribhuwan Museum inside Hanuman Dhoka Temple
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In the Durbar Square Hanuman Dhoka Temple is spread over 5 acres of area. A statue like the Hindu deity Hanuman, with red colored robe and an umbrella above his head stands as a guard in the Hanuman Dhoka Royal Palace. A museum to the west of the palace bares the history about King Tribhuwan and his artifacts and stuffed rivers. But the museum with the preserved memories is almost destroyed after the 2015 earthquake and it may take more than five years to restore it according to the Department of Archeology.
8. Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve
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Wide open grassland, Himalayan Rivers, green woods, tropical wetlands in the western region of Nepal is now a protected area namely Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve. It covers almost 305 sq km area. No doubt it is a preservation centre of around 700 species of grass, flowers plants and trees including khair, sissoo, dicots, monocots, blady grass, kunai grass, and vascular plants and so on. Around 46 species of mammals and 423 species of birds are recorded here. In the water bodies and surrounding area give shelter to 28 fish species and 12 of reptiles and amphibians. So it is very obvious that this place is a must visit location for Nepal Sightseeing.
Unfortunately, when the destructive earthquake occurred in 25th of April, 2015, it hit a large area of Nepal as its epicenter was in the east of Lamjung district and as a result many tourist spots are badly affected or completely ruined including historical buildings and temples. Although most of the affected areas are under restoration and reconstruction now, still some areas are suitable for a sightseeing tour