Mesmerising nature intertwined with rich culture, the colossal snow-clad mountains overwhelming you with their grandeur and the beautiful amalgamation of Hinduism and Buddhism; Nepal with such spectacular facets draw tourists from far and wide. With the times, this great Himalayan nation has come a long way, however, life here still retains its touch with traditionalism. Warmhearted people with lovely smiles on their faces and friendly nature will win your heart. Abound in tourist attractions, Nepal the world’s only Hindu nation, presents itself as a country with eternal charm.
Tourist sites - promising a delightful experience
The capital city Kathmandu, one of the oldest cities in the world, is popular for Durbar Square housing unique pagoda-roofed temples, stone sculptures, old monasteries and historic monuments. Showcasing great architecture, Bhaktapur is known for amazing woodcarving, sculpture and pagoda temples. Many Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments adorn Patan City. Tourists in huge number visit Pokhara to get the world famous views of Himalayas which is also a hot choice for river rafters and trekkers. The picturesque Dhulikhel with panoramic views of the Himalayan range, Namobuddha with its stupa, Buddhist Monastery and Panauti with its various temples having superb woodcarving are noted tourist sites. Gorkha offering scenic beauty of the Himalayas is well-known for the grand Gorkha Palace with Gorakhanth and Kali temples inside the precinct of palace.
Religious sites - a grand heritage
Nepal is full of many religious sites. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the renowned Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu is a pagoda style temple with gilded roof, wood carvings and four sides covered in sliver which is also a UNESCO world heritage site. Swayambhunath, which is also known as the Monkey Temple or Bauddhanath, is a revered Buddhist shrine with many other shrines and monasteries on its premises. Another world heritage site Lumbini is a pilgrimage destination for Buddhists. It has attractions like Sacred Garden, Mayadevi temple and the Ashoka Pillar. The famous Muktinath temple in Mustang District is revered by Hindus as well as Buddhists. Gosainkunda Lake, Devghat, Jaleshwar Mahadev, Dolakha Bhimsen and Swargadwari are other main pilgrimage spots.
Wildlife - diverse and exotic
Nepal is equally rich in wildlife. Its vast variety of wildlife has been divided into two categories - common and protected. Leopard, deer, Himalayan tahr, blue sheep and others are the common category species, whereas protected species comprise nine birds, 26 mammals and three reptiles. Chitwan National Park and Sagarmatha National Park, the UNESCO natural world heritage sites, offer best views of exotic flora and fauna of the Nepal's Himalayas. The Chitwan National Park serves as a natural habitat to Bengal tigers, crocodiles, one-horned rhinos and myriad bird species. The Bardia National Park also harbours huge variety of birds and animals, including many endangered species.
Activities - gear up for some adventure and fun
Nepal is also a favourite destination for adrenaline adventure. One can take up sports like mountain climbing, trekking, mountain flight, rock climbing, zip flying, rafting, kayaking, canyoning, hot air ballooning, bungee jumping, sky diving, paragliding, mountain biking and ultralight aircraft. Besides, those who love nature and wildlife can opt for bird watching and jungle safari. The famous places for these activities are Pokhara, Everest region, Langtang, Annapurna region, Nagarkot, Kathmandu Valley, Tatopani, Karnali River, Sunkoshi and Tamur.
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