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Guide For Your Upcoming Holiday in Nepal

Published: 23rd Aug, 2019

Nepal lying between India and China stretches from rich subtropical forests in the south to the highest mountains on the earth, Furthermore, you will encounter this diversity in landscapes within 200 Km (South to North). Within these 200 kilometers you can enjoy wildlife activities in the steamy jungle to trekking to the base camp of the world tallest mountain, Mount Everest.

Nepal Map
Nepal Map

Just for your perspective to show how small but diverse Nepal is: Wake up early in the morning, take a chartered helicopter ride to Everest base camp, have breakfast at the world’s highest altitude restaurant. After breakfast, fly to Chitwan (lies in the southern part of Nepal), enjoy an Elephant back safari and have your lunch. Evening, fly to Pokhara for a dinner and fly back to Kathmandu on the same day.

However, you do not want to be this quick. Firstly, it will be very costly and secondly, you are not traveling Nepal to just tick it off your travel list.

|General Nepal Information|

You will have to know about Visa policy, Currency, Health and Inoculations, Money, Currency, and Credit Cards and many more before preparing your holiday in Nepal.

|READ: Nepal Guide and Travel Advice|

|Safety in Nepal|

Nepal is considered to be one of the safest countries in the world.

After Maoist turmoil the country has regained its political stability. The people here are generous and helpful and they understand the value of tourism in Nepal. In the verge of ” Visit Nepal 2020” every political parties are conscious towards development of tourism in the country.

However, some issues might arise during trekking towards the remote part of the country. Hence, never trek alone, hire a guide if you are planning a trek in Nepal. Also, plan your trekking through a reputable travel/trekking agency in Nepal. They will provide you an experienced guide and porters to carry your luggage.

|When to Visit Nepal|

Nepal is all year round destination. However, the best time to visit Nepal will be from (October till December) – Autumn and (March till May) – Spring. Furthermore, I do not think there is off-season in Nepal. Even, if you are planning to visit during monsoons (July-September) and winter (January and February) there are plenty of itinerary that may suit your requirement.

Weather, Monthly Temperature & Rainfall

During monsoon, you may stick to Kathmandu for cultural tours. Trekking to Upper Mustang, which lies in the shadows of the Himalayas is the perfect trek during monsoons as this region received a minimum rainfall. Try to avoid Pokhara and Chitwan during monsoons. Also, avoid popular trekking like Annapurna and Everest during monsoons.

During winter, avoid trekking as it can get very cold. However, Kathmandu, Chitwan, Lumbini will be a perfect destination during winter. You may also visit Pokhara but the views are not as great though. However, if the views are not the problem you may visit Pokhara during winter.

|What to see in Nepal during My Holiday in Nepal?|

So let us go through some of the famous activities/places that you can visit during your Nepal holiday.

You are likely to spend two to three full days of your Nepal holiday in Kathmandu. This city is the cultural hub of Nepal. Furthermore, Kathmandu Valley has seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites among ten located in Nepal.

|Kathmandu Valley|

Visit the exquisitely preserved Durbar Squares. Walk through the old city, walk through the narrow alleys and beautiful courtyards of Bhaktapur. Explore the second largest city in the valley Patan. Also, referred as ” The city of artisans”, this town has preserved lot more man-made treasures than compared to Kathmandu and Bhaktapur.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Visit Boudhanath Stupa, the largest Stupa in Nepal and one of the largest in the world. If you are a mountain watcher, visit the hilltop village of Nagarkot famous for panoramic Himalayan views. Besides, there are other popular sites like Changunarayan Temple – oldest temple in Nepal, the holiest Hindu temple of Pashupatinath.

Boudhanath Stupa
Boudhanath Stupa

Little History: The Malla kings took control over the Kathmandu Valley during the thirteenth century. This period was a golden age of art and architecture that lasted for more than five hundred years. The finest buildings in Kathmandu and even the Durbar Squares date from this period. During this period Kathmandu ranked as an autonomous state alongside the valley’s two major cities Patan and Bhaktapur.

Today these cities  are referred to as sister cities inside Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu, Patan, and Patan make the greater Kathmandu valley set in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Other Nepal highlights Outside The Valley

|Lakeside Ambience of Pokhara City|

No doubt, Pokhara is the second famous destination after Kathmandu and you certainly would not want to miss this place during your Nepal holiday. You can drive to Pokhara, which is 205 Km from Kathmandu. It is 6 hours drive through scenic mountainous highway with a river flowing in one side and a hill on the other side. However, the highways are narrow and prone to traffic jams. On the other hand, you may choose to fly to Pokhara. There are a number of domestic flights that fly to Pokhara and the flight duration is only 25 minutes.

Pokhara City
Pokhara City

The fame of Pokhara has resulted from its close proximity to the Himalayas and its lakeside ambience, Furthermore, it is also a starting point of the world classic Annapurna trek. Most tourist visit just to enjoy its mild climate, view Mount Fishtail which seems to rise from the valley floor, lay on the famous lakeside and drink beer. However, there are plenty of sightseeing tours Pokhara has to offer.

|Boat Hire on Phewa Lake|

Phewa Lake, or Phewa tal is the second- largest lake in Nepal and the traveler’s focal point. You may rent one of the boat and paddle around the lake enjoying its tranquility and the picture perfect reflection of Mount Fishtail on the lake.

Boating in Pokhara
Boating in Pokhara

Row towards the southwestern shore of the lake which is beautifully forested. Getting out to that lake by boat is the best way to appreciate it.

|Sarangkot Excursion|

Sarangkot is the most popular viewpoint around Pokhara. Furthermore, from here the sunrise view over the Himalayas are breathtaking. From here the Himalayan peaks appear bigger and closer and the glow of the Himalayas after it is struck by the rays of sunlight is a picture perfect moment.

View From Sarangkot, Pokhara
View From Sarangkot, Pokhara

Many travelers rise early morning and drive to this location and wait for the sunrise. However, the view of the Himalayas and sunrise views are weather permitting. Sometimes for days you will not be able to see the Himalayas. So the best time to visit this location is from October till December (Autumn) and March till May (Spring). Furthermore, the lake view beside you are pretty special too.

|World Peace Stupa|

World Peace Stupa serves two purposes. First, it is one of the Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal and second it serves as the best wide angle view point for phenomenal Himalaya panorama.

World Peace Stupa
World Peace Stupa

This Stupa is situated at an elevation of 1113 m, and looks like a lighthouse. Furthermore, standing 40 meters tall, this Stupa are visible from every corner of Pokhara city. It is also a popular starting point for short hikes in the Pokhara Valley.

|Sightseeing tours around Pokhara City|

Visit Davis Fall, which is one of the popular tourist sites in Pokhara city. In Devi fall the Pardi Khola (river) plummets into a crack in the earth and disappears. The mythological name for this site is Patale Chhango (” Waterfall to the Underworld”).

Davis Fall, Pokhara
Davis Fall, Pokhara

In monsoons and autumns, this place is frighteningly impressive. Visit Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, just opposite of Davis fall. This cave is dedicated to lord Shiva. In winter the tunnel leads through the downstream side of Davi’s Fall.

The next attraction is Seti gorge, which lies just north of Pokhara Bus Park. This spot offers fine views of the gorge’s great sweep and its crumbling cliff walls. Another place of interest would be an International Mountaineering Museum, which houses an exhibit of historical mountaineering equipments with mannequins of renowned climbers and plentiful information on the culture, geology, flora, and fauna of the Himalayas.

You will be able to visit all these destinations in Pokhara within two full days of your holiday in Nepal.

|Chitwan National Park|

Well, I do not recommend Chitwan to all of the travelers. Only those who love subtropical climate and steamy jungles and love wildlife activities. Indeed, Chitwan National Park is the most visited park by tourists in Nepal. This is due to its easy accessibility. It is 185 kilometers from Kathmandu and 5 hours drive through a scenic mountainous highway. If you wish to get there fast there are daily scheduled flights as it takes only 20 minutes to get here.

Elephant Back Safari in Chitwan National Park
Elephant Back Safari in Chitwan National Park

Furthermore, the main highlights of Chitwan National Park are riding an elephant on a safari through the beautiful Chitwan National Park in a hope of spotting an elusive Bengal tiger. Though, it is hard to spot one, you will definitely see plenty of the one horned rhinoceros. Then there are canoe rides, Jungle walks, visit to tribal village, bird watching and plenty others.

If you are visiting Chitwan during your holiday in Nepal, two overnight in this beautiful destination will be great.

  • For your Information. Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan forms a triangle in a Nepal map, hence the tours of these three destinations is also called Nepal Golden Triangle tour.
Nepal Golden Triangle
Nepal Golden Triangle

|Newari Village of Bandipur|

This hilltop village of Bandipur is one of the popular destinations in Nepal for a breathtaking view of the Himalayas. The village today is a perfect place to get the feel for Newari village life. The city has preserved solid Newari architecture. The empty narrow stone-paved pass between shops and the houses.


Furtermore, beautifully preserved traditional buildings line the central street and cafés spill out onto the vehicle free roads giving it an unmistakably European feel.

The main attraction of this village is a glimpse of Newari culture and excellent views of the Marshyangdi Valley and the board sweep of the Himalayas from Dhaulagiri to Langtang.

These are some of the famous places that you may visit during your upcoming holiday in Nepal.


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