Nepal draws thousands of visitors and ex-pats for several reasons. While some come to see its beautiful lakes, mountains, caves, and glaciers, others are simply intrigued by the native culture, among others. Moreover, Nepal has a beautiful terrain, which makes it an ideal place for hikers, nature seekers, and mountain climbers. What’s more, many strategies are being put in place to improve the nation’s potentiality when it comes to tourism and hospitality. Therefore, if you plan to visit Nepal in 2020, here is a list of 10 places you shouldn’t miss during your travel.
Kathmandu is arguably the best place to start your trip in Nepal. The city, which hosts over one million residents, is also known as the country’s cultural capital. Get the chance to enjoy some of the most delicious delicacies at different hotels and restaurants within the city. Despite the earthquake effects of 2015, the government has done a tremendous job in restoring most parts of the city. By 2020, everything will be well and perfect.
Everest base camp trek
The Everest Base Camp Trek is undoubtedly one of the most visited camps in Nepal. The tour offers you the chance to step your feet at the highest peak the world has to offer. Being at the top of the world is not only breathtaking but a fulfilling experience. The trek, which begins at Lukla, also provides other amazing sceneries. For instance, walking through the Rhododendron forest provides you with the chance to witness diverse and unique biodiversity that only exists in that particular place. Besides, the magical journey also makes you interact with the rich culture of Sherpa.
Rara Lake is regarded as the most magnificent lake in Nepal. It rests at the height of 2972 meters above the sea level. The lake, which covers a total area of 10.8 square kilometers, provides fresh water to its surrounding Rara national park. A lot of biodiversities that flourish around the lake. What’s more, the locals regard the lake to have some religious significance. The lake is also the habitat of one of the rarest Asala fish. During the evenings, you can be swayed away by the bright reflection of Sisne and Kanjirowa Mountain in the lakes crystal clear waters.
Pashupati Nath Temple
The Pashupati Nath Temple is another great tourist destination in Nepal. The temple, which is located in the fringes of Kathmandu, is not only the oldest but also the most renowned in the region. Next to the temple, river Bagmati flows majestically, bringing life with it. The temple contains a collection of various ashrams as well as inscriptions that have been in existence ever since time immemorial. Fortunately, UNESCO declared this place as amongst the world’s cultural heritage sites. During the Maha Shivaratri annual festivals, hundreds of thousands of people from around the globe gather in this place for various religious rituals.
Pokhara city boasts of tranquil lakes, lush shorelines, and mountain views, which makes it one of the best tourist destinations to visit in Nepal. Besides, the lakeside city also have caves which offer hikers, and tourist both indoors and outdoors adventures. The local government, alongside residents, recently launched hot air balloons to improve the tourist experience. Other activities that you can expect come 2020 include paragliding, bungee jumping, zip flyer, and hiking.
The Annapurna Circuit is located a few kilometers in the northern part of Nepal. The Circuit offers a breathtaking experience from its amazing landscapes. For hikers, you will be able to trek across the plunging gorges and the desert plateaus and valleys of Himalayas. The adventure that takes around 8 to 12 days cuts across many villages and religious sites.
Tilicho Lake is located in the interior most regions of Nepal. The unique part of this lake is that it rests at the Annapurna Himalayan range, which is 4919m above the sea level. The lake catches the eyes of many with its astonishing views, especially in chilly weather. Trekking to Tilicho Lake offers a lifelong experience to tourists and ex-pats alike. According to the locals, the lake has some religious importance.
For travelers who want to have a perfect glance at the beauty and magnificence of Himalayas without necessarily trekking or engaging physical activity, the Nagarkot is the best place for you. Its location allows it to command the views of eight Himalayas ranges. Besides, there is a wide range of hotels and restaurants, which offer world-class culinary services at affordable prices.
Mustang is another fantastic destination for Nepalese and tourists alike. The region boasts of a beautiful green forest that booms in its tropical alpine region. What’s more, the natural arrangement of Mustang landscape makes it an ideal destination for most travelers, more so bikers. Besides, the residents around mustang have a rich cultural background and practices. This will add more flavors to your travel. Therefore, feel free to share and learn the unique culture of Nepalese from Mustang.
If at all, you are an environmental enthusiast, and your dream is to visit Nepal’s natural biodiversity, then Chitwan is what you should think of. Chitwan is with no doubt one of the most visited national parks. It hosts a variety of animals such as rhinos, reptiles, and deer, just to mention a few. Also, the park has over 120 royal Bengal tigers. With such attributes, the UNESCO made this parks a world heritage site. When you visit the park, you’ll be hosted in luxury lodges and enjoy the beautiful local foods and culture. Generally, Nepal is full of adventure and leisure.