From Temples To Mountains: Best Things To Do And See In Nepal

Nestled in the mighty Himalayas, Nepal is one of the most beautiful countries in South Asia. Some parts of the Indo-Gangetic Plain also extend to Nepal. Home to the Mount Everest, picturesque lakes, a rich biodiversity, and artistic temples, Nepal is truly a “Heaven on Earth”. From mountaineering to spiritual relief, there are plenty of interesting things to do in Nepal. Sandwiched between Tibet and India, Nepal is a country that is blessed with the best treasure of nature. While Chitwan National Park showcases its wonderful flora and fauna, the Pashupatinath Temple marks an incredible spiritual experience. The night market of Thamel, Durbar Square of Kathmandu, and Davis Falls are some more points of interests in Nepal. Want to know more about the wonders of Nepal? Here’s the list!

1. Explore the wildlife at Chitwan National Park 

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Located in the Terai Lowlands of south-central Nepal, Chitwan National Park is the best place to witness Nepal’s phenomenal flora and fauna. One of the most famous tourist attractions in Nepal, Chitwan National Park is home to some of the rare species of mammals like Bengal tigers and one-horned rhinos. Besides, this is where you will find the giant hornbill and furious crocodiles. Visiting the Balmiki Ashram will be another good addition to your experience. 

2. Shopping at Thamel

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One of the best things to do in Kathmandu Nepal is to enjoy the shopping scenes of Thamel. Thamel has been a hippie land for a long time, and today, it stands as the hottest spot for tourism in Nepal. The narrow lanes of Thamel are where you can shop the best of Nepali goods. Fresh produce, baked food, woolen items, handicraft, trekking gear and what not, Thamel is one stop for everything you desire for. 

3. Pashupatinath Temple and other Hindu temples

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Pashupatinath is regarded as one of the most important religious sites in Asia and the most visited attraction in Nepal. Pashupatinath features a collection of 518 temples, ashrams, sculptures, and ghats dating back to the 15th century. Going on a spiritual tour is one of the most famous activities in Nepal for tourism and apart from Pashupatinath, you would love to visit the temples like Mankamana, Budhanilkantha, Dakshinkali, Guhyeshwari Temple and more.

4. Discover the Buddhist architecture of Nepal

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Budhha is said to have taken birth in Lumbini, Nepal and this is why it is the place with the most beautiful of Buddhist architectures. Nepal is believed to be home to over 1,200 Buddhist temples, the most famous one being the Swayambhunath Monastery. You can also visit places like Muktinath, Boudhanath, and Shechen Monastery. To enhance the experience, you can also spend some time in the Kopan Monastery and get a meditation retreat. 

5. Walk through Kathmandu and Bhaktapur Durbar Square

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The Durbar Squares of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur belong to some of the must-see places in Nepal. The Kathmandu Durbar Square is located in front of the old royal palace of the former Kathmandu Kingdom and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Although some of the buildings were affected by the 2015 earthquake, you can still see stunning architecture by the Newari artists and craftsmen. Another place where you will witness the similar historical site is the Durbar Square of Bhaktapur. 

6. Take the Mount Everest helicopter tour 

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The best way to see all the unexplored places in Nepal is to take the 1-hour of Mount Everest helicopter tour and watch the majestic peaks of the Himalayas and their surroundings. Most of these tours are available from Kathmandu. While this will be a super-flying experience, the panoramic views of the Everest region and snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas will make you go wow. 

7. Explore Pokhara’s scenic beauty

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It won’t be an exaggeration if you call Pokhara as the most beautiful city in Nepal. Nestled in Central Nepal, Pokhara is known for the picturesque Phewa Lake, Davis Falls, Begnas Lake, and Annapurna Circuit. The 2-story pagoda of Tal Barahi Temple and a number of yoga retreats present around the lake are some of the offbeat places in Nepal that you can keep in your travel bucket list. Go boating on Phewa Lake and you will have memories for a lifetime. 

8. River rafting on the Bhote Koshi

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Looking for some unusual things to do in Nepal? Then try whitewater rafting. Nepal has a wonderful crisscross of rivers where you can enjoy river rafting at its best. Karnali, Sun Koshi, Kali Gandaki, Trishul, Seti- rafting on the rivers of Nepal is a treat for all the adrenaline seekers. But when it comes to rafting on the Bhote Koshi, it is incomparable as the Bhote Koshi is the steepest river in Nepal. 

9. Bird watching

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The best of Nepal tourism places include Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, Kathmandu Valley, and Bardiya National Park that provide a wide vista of colorful birds of Nepal. These places are home to the local species as well as migratory birds coming from Siberia. The hills around Godawari, Phulchowki, and Nagarjuna are also wonderful places to indulge in bird watching. 

10. Trekking to the peaks

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If you are looking for some adventurous things to do in Nepal, go trekking to its sublime peaks. There is a large number of treks in Nepal that attract over 200,000 trekkers from around the world. While some treks begin from Thamel, some start from Kathmandu. You can take the Poonhill Trek, Everest Base Camp trek, or treks to Island Peak or Mera Peak. Other treks like Langtang Valley Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, and Manaslu Circuit Trek are also quite famous among the adventure enthusiasts. 

11. Taste the Nepalese cuisine

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Nepalese cuisine is the perfect example of how diverse the culture of Nepal is. The most famous of Nepalese cuisine is Dal-bhat-tarkari which is favored by everyone in Nepal. The delicacy of Nepalese cuisine doesn’t stop here; its mouthwatering momos, chicken chow mein, thukpa, hot millet beer, and the scrumptious Newa meal provide a great treat to the food-lovers. 

12. Participate in Nepali festivals

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The people in Nepal love tradition and festivities, and when you are exploring the beautiful terrains of Nepal, participating in its festivals is a must. Mahashivratri is the festival that is celebrated with tremendous joy and the temple of Pashupatinath gets adorned with flowers and beautiful decoration. Other festivals like Fagun Pornima, Bisket Jatra (the chariot festival), Buddha Jayanti, Janai Purnima, Gai Jatra, and Indra Jatra are also celebrated with a great joy.

Are you planning to explore the mountainous terrains and magical temples of Nepal soon? Keep this list with you and you are sure to create some beautiful memories!


After five years of her teaching career, Shraddhanvita decided to make 'travel' her passion. For her 'a rolling stone does gather moss' ...