If you are a traveler you must be wondering about the most beautiful places to visit in Nepal on your next trip. Nepal is known for few of the most breathtaking, jaw-dropping and top of the list places you must see before you die. Joshi Travels have sorted out the most beautiful sites in Nepal you must consider for some adventurous memories. Some of these are very famous and some you might not have heard yet. Let’s get started with the Best Places to Visit in Nepal in 2020:
1. Everest Base Camp
Base Camp is voted for the world’s most Magnificent and challenging trek in the lap of the world’s tallest mountain, The Everest. If you are planning to climb the Everest or just enjoy the snow-capped, green & ice-cold weather of Himalayas, either way, this will be the adventure of your lifetime.
The first successful steps to reach Mount Everest were Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary on 29 May 1953. After that, hundreds of travelers have completed their journey 8848m above the sea level to the top of Everest. The thrill of holding breath while climbing and feeling it closely with your bare cold hands is just jaw-dropping. Everest Base Camp serves an amazing view for photographers, trekkers, & nature lovers for some best shots, Shots that will give you chill for the rest of your life.
your trip to Everest Base Camp not only benefits you from getting to see the Mountain.
you reach the 5,486 up, you get to see an amazing glimpse of Khumbu Ice-fall, the highest glacier in the world. Khumbu is located between Mount Everest and Lhotse-Nuptse ridge with an elevation of 4,900 m at its terminus to 7,600m. After reaching Lukla airport (one of the highest airports in the world) located at 2,860 meters from the sea level you will start experiencing Snowfalls, Deep forests of Pine, Hemlock trees, Musk Deer, Pikas, Himalayan Tahrs and much more. In all, Everest Base Camp is one of the best places to visit in Nepal & you will be missing the real beauty of nature if you did not visit Everest Base Camp once in your life.
2. Khaptad National Park
in 1984 and located in the Far-Western Region of Nepal, Khaptad National Park is famous for Hindu guru “Khaptad Swami”. Khaptad is considered to be a religious place as Khaptad Swami lived for many years in meditation & discovered hundreds of medicinal herbs that are used for home remedies today. Besides that, Khaptad National Park in itself is a piece of beauty. Connecting up to 4 districts Bajhang, Achham, Doti & Bajura, the total area of his park is extending up to 225 sq. km. The range elevation is formed 1,400m to 3,000m. If you are planning for a trip here, you should be carrying your tents, foods and almost everything as lodges are not available in the nearby distance in this area. Khaptad National Park is located in the mid-mountain area providing an amazing view of grasslands, forests, and culture. One of the most famous festivals celebrated around here is Ganga Dashahara in the month of Jestha.
3. Rara National Park / Lake
Located in the Jumla and Mugu districts, Rara Lake “Rara Tal” is the biggest and deepest freshwater lake in Nepal. Rara was declared as a Ramsar site with a surrounding wetland of 6.11 sq miles. The best visiting time here is during April and September. If you want to enjoy snowfall you can travel in December to march as the temperature here goes below the freezing point and heavy snowfall occurs up to a meter. This also creates difficulties in traveling as well. Rara National Park is a home of different flora & fauna and covers the whole Rara Lake within itself. Nearly a thousand of floral species and 50+ species of mammals are recorded to be present in Rara National Park. Rara is located at an altitude of 2,990 m above the sea level which means If you are to travel here, Air is the only medium of transportation. You will land in Talcha Airport which is 4km east of Rara Lake from where you are going to have to make your way up on your foot.
4. Upper Mustang
Mustang is also known as the forbidden kingdom as it is the least populated area in Nepal. Mustang is an untouched, Protected and isolated region located in the upper Himalayas and was a demilitarized area until 1992. The view of the upper mustang is so overwhelming that everyone will fall in love. The people here are the kindest & the majority of them speak Tibetic languages. Upper Mustang was not evolved to be a tourism destination until early 2000. But after the restriction was removed, people slowly started exploring the area. Today, it is one of the most famous destinations for travelers and nearly hundreds of thousands of tourists visit here every year. The upper mustang consists of three municipalities:- Lo manthang, Dalome & Baragung Muktichhetra. The names sound Chinese, that is because the place lies in the border of Nepal and china & people living here were originated from China. The history of Upper mustang about former kings, Buddhists, and warriors from the 13th and 15th centuries in itself is a case of study. Many monarchies, Buddhist temples, caves, and breathtaking palaces make Upper Mustang one of the must-visit tourist destinations.
5. Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve
located in the Far-West Region of Nepal, Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve is known for the habitat of Swamp Deer. Aside from Swamp Deer, you can also find different other animals like Elephants, Rhino, Tigers, Leopard, Jackal, etc. It covers 305 sq.km of the total area of grassland and forest. Initially, Suklaphanta was known by Royal Sukla Phanta Wildlife Reserve with a total area of 155 sq. km and was a hunting reserve. In May 2004, a buffer zone of 243.5 sq. km was added and was changed from a protected area to a national park. Today Suklaphanta wildlife reserve is a home for thousands of floral and faunal species. The climate here is mainly monsoonal with expected rainfalls annually in months from June to September. Climate is cold in winter with occasional frost. If you are expecting a visit to Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve make yourself ready for some adventure.
6. Muktinath Temple
At the foot of Thorong La of Muktinath valley, Muktinath one of the world’s highest temples with an altitude of 3.800 m. Muktinath is also known as Bishnu Temple or Mukti Kshetra. It is believed that whoever visits this place liberates from poverty, oppression, and sins. Muktinath is one of the holiest places in Nepal for both Hinduism and Buddhists. It is also believed that Lord Vishnu got redemption from the curse of Brinda, the wife of Jalandhar (Demon son of Lord Shiva). Hence, called the place of liberation. Muktinath is derived from two words “Mukti” which means Salvation and “Nath” means God himself. There are 108 bull faced waterspouts in the temple from which cold freezing water is poured through 108 pipes around the temple into the two ponds where devotees take a bath of salvation. The temperature in this area is almost at the freezing point and whoever takes a bath in these ponds is believed to be free from their sins.
7. Pathivara Temple
On the hill of Taplejung district, Pathivara is one of the most significant holy places for the Limbu People. Followers from different parts of Nepal and India visit here every year. Pilgrimage inside the temple is believed to fulfill all the wishes of pilgrims. Pilgrims offer animal sacrifices, metal, and silver to please the goddess, The Pathivara Devi. The ritual of animal sacrifice might seem backward and superstitious. But it is believed that local shepherds lost hundreds of their sheep in this area while grazing. Shepherds believed that the goddess took them and had ordered them to build a shrine in her honor. When they followed the order and built the shrine, the sheep herd returned. This ritual is carried out ever since as an offering to the goddess to keep them safe. There are many monasteries, waterfall, pond of timbung, wildlife, birds and many other natural beauties make this place worth to visit.
Located in the Rupendehi District, Lumbini is a holy Buddhist Pilgrimage site where Queen Mahamayadevi gave birth to Siddharth Gautam in 563 BCE. Siddharth Gautam founded Buddhism and was later named as Lord Buddha. Lumbini is famous for various temples, monuments, museums & monasteries which were built by many Buddhist organizations. Ashoka or the Great Ashok (Indian Emperor of Mayura Dynasty) visited Lumbini and promoted Buddhism all over India on his return. There is a pillar in Rupandehi that spots the visit of Ashoka to Lumbini. Aside from being the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Lumbini in itself is a piece of nature. The Mayadevi temple is one of the famous spiritual places where thousands of travelers and tourists come to visit and purify their souls.
Located in Dhanusa district, Janakpur (also known as Janakpurdham) is believed to be the birthplace of Goddess Sita (The wife of Lord Ram). Janakpurdham, in ancient times, was the capital of Videha dynasty (Ruler of Mithila region). Janakpur has a total population of 173,924 and is the 7th largest city in Nepal. The history of Janakpur highlights the kingdom of King Janak who found Sita (Janaki) in a furrow. When Sita grew up, Lord Janak announced and offered her marriage to the person who could lift the bow of mighty Shiva. Hundreds of kings and prince tried but no one succeeds. Finally, Lord Ram lifted and broke the bow and married Sita. Janakpur is an important pilgrimage site for Hindu followers. Lord Buddha is also believed to have lived in Janakpur. The climate in Janakpur is hot in summer being in Terai. Traveling in September to December is best for sightseeing.
Gorkha possesses the greatest history of Nepal. Gorkha is where modern Nepal originated from. The ruler of Gorkha was the Great King Prithvi Narayan Shah. Initially, Nepal was divided into 24 different states served & ruled by their kings. Prithvi Narayan Shah conquered them all and introduced the single unified nation. Therefore, he is also known as the nation unifier. Besides its history, Gorkha offers the mind-blowing natural phenomena you’ve been looking for all your life. The view of Manaslu Himal seems as clear as daylight from the top of the durbar square. The forests, the trees, the rhododendron, the rocks, the cave, the landscape, the climate and the durbar itself is something you must see once in your lifetime. The name of the legendary Gurkha Soldiers was originated from here as well.