Where should you go to Nepal? Nepal’s most popular tourist attractions are Pokhara, Chitwan, and Kathmandu. I explain why these three areas are Nepal’s entrances.
Mystic and vibrant, Nepal offers travellers excitement and adventure. Guest Posting Small Nepal (about the size of the state of Arkansas). Nepal’s topography and complexity make travel difficult despite its size. A first-time visitor may not know where to go or what to do.
In this fast Nepal overview, I recommend three tourist spots. They made the list because they are the doorway to the most amazing experiences and sites in Nepal. I’ll discuss three places:
- Pokhara, the Lake City:
Pokhara is Nepal’s most-visited city. Pokhara, a valley at the foothills of the Annapurna Range, provides a doorway to the north, unlocking many of Nepal’s most famous trekking locations, such as the Annapurna Base Camp trek.
Even without trekking, the city has lots to offer. Lakeside, which follows Phewa Tal (lake), offers breathtaking views of the north, adventure sports, tourist attractions, and one of the most soothing experiences you’ll ever have.
In Pokhara, adventure sports include:
Sarangkot Hill is the most famous paragliding spot in Nepal. You’ll wish the 30-minute trip over the city and Annapurna Range lasted longer.
If you want to paraglide in Pokhara, take the Annapurna Cable Vehicle instead of the 30-minute car ride. A new cable car will take you quickly and easily to the top of Sarangkot for views of the lake and city below. The cable car launched in 2022 and is the fastest way up the slope, taking 10 minutes. The cable car takes you to the summit of Pokhara, where there are restaurants and hotels. On a clear day, you’ll see the Himalayas.
After relaxing and adventuring in Pokhara, fly to Chitwan.
Chitwan offers Nepal’s tourists a unique experience. In Nepal’s Terai, the terrain and culture differ from the hilly regions. Chitwan is a fantastic place to visit after Pokhara for adventure sports and trekking.
Chitwan is known for its jungle, culture, water, wildlife, and bird viewing. You can take a bus from Pokhara or Kathmandu, or fly, to get to Chitwan. Jungle Safari, Jeep Drive and Safari, Bird Watching, Nature Walks, and One Horned Rhino are popular activities in Chitwan National Park.
Chitwan is home to the indigenous Tharu people. Tharu have distinctive cultural customs and make gorgeous baskets from indigenous grasses. Chitwan is a holy place and home to Devghat Dham, Harihar Mandir, Ganeshthan, Bikram Baba and other temples. Rafting and kayaking are also available in the vicinity.
After seeing Nepal’s slopes and Terai, head back to Kathmandu.
Kathmandu’s temples and more!
Kathmandu, renowned as “the city of temples,” has more than temples, arts, architecture, culture, and legacy. These are must-sees in Kathmandu Valley. After witnessing the durbar squares, you can enjoy sightseeing, hiking, and other activities.
Kathmandu’s top trekking and tourist spots include:
Kathmandu hikers frequent Chandragiri. Many individuals hike to Chandragiri to escape the city. The trail runs through jungle and small settlements, and at Chandragiri Hills, you can see the Himalayas.
Jamacho Gumba lies in Shivapuri National Park. Jamacho is a tough forest walk. On a clear day, the view tower at the summit of the hill affords amazing views over the Kathmandu Valley and the Himalayas to the north.
Champadevi, southwest of Kathmandu, is a popular hiking location. The rocky slope is lined with Buddhist prayer flags. On a clear day, the hill offers a spectacular view of Gauri Shankar, Dorje Lakpa, Langtang Lirung, and other peaks. This short hike’s summit provides a bird-eye perspective of the valley.