Nepal listed in Forbes Ten Coolest Places to Visit in 2015
Recently Forbes Magazines Listed Nepal as one of its Top Ten places to visit in 2015. The New York Based writer included Nepal, Iceland, Morocco, Vietnam, American Prairie Reserve, Tasmania, Colombia, Japan, Patagonia in Argentina and Sri Lanka in the list.
In the article Nepal is being depicted as a trekking paradise and a slowly emerging luxury travel destination. It has a great deal of diverse artistic traditions. You can watch the sun light up over the Himalayas , stroll through bucolic mountain valleys, visit ceramic and textile workshops, explore impressive temples and monasteries, and take a boat ride on Lake Phewa in Pokhara City.
So this article will based on the popular and famous places of Nepal where most the tourist love to visit.
A. Heritage and Religious Places
Nepal holds 10 places as UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization) as ‘World Heritage Sites’.
These heritages are included in the list of world cultural heritage, and are being conserved too.
A1. The Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square is a heritage site full of cultural and ancient crafts, drawing and handicrafts. You can found Marushattal made of only one single tree which is known as Kasthamandap which later known as Kathmandu. The arts of Hanuman Dhoka, the temple of Taleju Bhawani, Panchmukhi Hanuman temple, the temple of Kumari (Living Goddess), the Shiva-Parbati Temple, Sri Ganeshsthan have decorated the very well.
A2. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square
The Bhaktapur Durbar Square filled with ancient arts and handicrafts have fifty -five windows Durbar (made with woods) and Sundhokha (Golden gate) and the statue of king ‘Bhupteendra Malla’ and the five stories temple (Panch Talle Mandir).
A3. Pashupatinath Temple
This temple is known as Hindu Temple where you can find the statue of Hindu god Shiva. Along with beautiful temple the forest, Shivalings, Kailash and Ghat around Pashupatinath temple have made the surrounding attractive and worth seeing it. The main temple is situated on the bank of the Bagmati River which is a tributary of the holy Gangajee river of India.
A4. The Boudhanath Stupa
The Boudhanath Stupa of Lord Buddha has been given great importance among the temple of Gods and Chaityas of Nepal. This Buddhist Stupa is built in pagoda style. The featured image of this article is Boudhanath Stupa. At present, there are five Gompas (Tibetan monasteries) where Tibetan Buddhist monks pray to the Buddhist deities.
Lumbini is known in the world as the birth place of Lord Gautam Buddha in 623 AD. Lumbini is situated in the south west of Terai belt.This place is the center of religious pilgrimage for millions of Buddhists. Various kinds of natural heritage are found inside Lumbini. The temple of mayadevi and numbers of other monuments erected by foreign countries are famous in Lumbini.
There are 6 popular and very famous lakes in Nepal. Along with them there are more than hundreds Lakes and Ponds found in Nepal in all districts.
B1. Rara Lake
Rara Lake is the biggest and deepest fresh water lake in Nepal Himalayas located in Mugu and Jumla district. The Rara lake is main feature of Rara National Park which is declared a Ramsar Site including surrounding in September 2007.
B2. Phewa Lake (Fewa Tal)
Phewa Lake (Fewa Tal) is a freshwater lake in Nepal located in the south of the Pokhara Valley that includes Pokhara city Sarangkot and Kaskikot. It is the second largest lake in Nepal. The lake is stream-fed but a dam regulates the water reserve, therefore, the lake is classified as semi-natural freshwater lake. The lake is famous for the reflection of mount Machhapuchhre and other mountain peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges on its surface. You can found Taal Barahi Temple situated on an island in the lake.
B3. Phoksundo Lake
Phoksundo Lake, the deepest lake in Nepal, offers stunning beauty. Considered sacrosanct by the Dolpa locals, it is praised for its aquamarine greenish blue color. No aquatic life in the lake pronounces that the water is crystal clear. Ringed by tall snow-capped mountains, view of Phoksundo Lake is an extremely satisfying experience.
B4. Gosaikunda Lake
Gosaikunda is an alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake in Nepal’s Langtang National Park, located at an in the Rasuwa District.Together with associated lakes, the Gosaikunda Lake complex is designated a Ramsar site in September 2007.
The lake melts and sips down to form the Trishuli River and remains frozen for six months in winter October to June. There are 108 lakes in this area, small to medium in size.
B5. Begnas Lake
Begnas Lake is a freshwater lake in Kaski district of Nepal which is located in the south-east of the Pokhara Valley. The lake is the second largest, after Phewa lake. Water level in the lake fluctuates seasonally due to rain, and utilization for irrigation.
C. Mountains & Peaks
Nepal is the world’s richest country in Mountain and Everest. In total Mountains around 11 Highest Peaks are found in Nepal and the tallest is Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha in Nepali) which has 8848 meters.
C1. Mount Everest (Sagarmatha)
Mount Everest, also known in Nepal as Sagarmatha and in Tibet as Chomolungma, is Earth’s highest mountain. It is located in the Himalayas. Its peak is 8,848 meters (29,029 ft)
Mount Everest attracts many highly experienced mountaineers as well as capable climbers willing to hire professional guides. There are two main climbing routes, one approaching the summit from the southeast in Nepal (known as the standard route) and the other from the north in Tibet. While not posing substantial technical climbing challenges on the standard route
C2. Kangchenjunga Himal
Kangchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world. It rises with an elevation of 8,586 m (28,169 ft) in a section of the Himalayas called Kangchenjunga Himal that is limited in the west by the Tamur River and in the east by the Teesta River. The Kangchenjunga Himal is located in eastern Nepal and Sikkim, India.
C3. Makalu Everest
Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world at 8,463 metres (27,766 ft). It is located in the Mahalangur Himalayas 19 km southeast of Mount Everest, on the border between Nepal and China. One of the eight-thousands, Makalu is an isolated peak whose shape is a four-sided pyramid.
D. National Parks and Wildlife Reserve
D1. Shey Phoksundo National Park
The Shey Phoksundo National Park is the largest and only trans-Himalayan national park in Nepal. It was established in 1984 and covers an area of 3,555 km2 in the districts of Dolpa and Mugu in the northwestern part of the country. Phoksundo Lake is the park’s prominent feature, located at an elevation of 3,612 m (11,850 ft).
D2. Chitwan National Park
Chitwan National Park is the first national park in Nepal. It was established in 1973 and granted the status of a World Heritage Site in 1984. It covers an area of 932 and is located in the subtropical Inner Terai lowlands of south-central Nepal in the Chitwan District.
D3. Khaptad National Park
The Khaptad National Park is a protected area in the Far-Western Region, Nepal that was established in 1984. Stretching over the four districts of Bajhang, Bajura, Achham and Doti it covers an area of 225 km2 and ranges in elevation from 1,400 to 3,300 meters.
D4. Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve
The Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve is a protected area in the Terai of the Far-Western Region, Nepal, covering 305 km2 of open grassland, forests, riverbeds and tropical wetlands. It was gazette in 1976 as Royal Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve.
So these are all the best places to visit while you are in Nepal. Make a plan according to the duration of time you are spending in Nepal. If you have any other places which i missed , I heartily welcome your suggestions.