10 Most Beautiful Places in Nepal to Visit in Your LifetimeNepal is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful countries to visit. Bestowed with nature’s best, Nepal is all about scenic and natural beauty to treat your eyes with. To be more specific, Nepal is a trekker’s paradise and a photography freak’s favourite subject to focus his camera on. Nepal is a striking contrast in biodiversity and at the same time a huge arena of several ethnic groups, cultures, and traditions all nestled in perfect harmony.
With a pompous show of eight highest mountains in the world, Nepal is a home to hundreds of peaks, mesmerizing landscapes and shiny silver rivers. Come, let’s explore 10 of the most beautiful places in Nepal that you must visit at least once in your lifetime.
1. Rara LakeLocated in: Jumla and Hugu districts
USP: The biggest and the deepest freshwater lake in Nepal
How to reach: From Kathmandu, flight to Talcha or bus journey (16-20h), private jeep, and a short walk from drop point to the lake.
Being one of the most beautiful places in Nepal, Rara Lake is the biggest and the deepest freshwater lake in Nepal. Also called as the “heaven on earth” for its surreal beauty, the lake is 330ft deep. The lake is among the favourites for the trekkers who camp here by the night on the way up to Manma point. Visualise the dense forest all around the lake and we bet you will crave for more of its natural beauty.
2. Chitwan National ParkLocated in: Southern Central Terai of Nepal
USP: UNESCO World Heritage Site
How to reach: From Kathmandu or Pokhara to Sauraha by bus; from there public or private transport to Chitwan.
Nestled in the base of the Himalayas, Chitwan National Park is a World Heritage Site as declared by the UNESCO and is one of the most beautiful places in Nepal. It is the home to many wild animals like monkeys, elephants, cobras, wild boar, and many more exotic animals. Spread across a wide area of 932 square kilometres (230302 acres), Chitwan has few army base camps inside the national park. While visiting the park, it is advisable to hire a guide to help you lead you the way and to help you spot animals.
3. Garden of DreamsLocated in: Kathmandu
USP: Neo-classical garden
How to reach: Walking distance from Thamel, the main tourist market of Kathmandu
An absolute favourite among the tourists, Garden of Dreams is a huge spread of lush green, vibrant hues, and crystal clear fountains which make it one of the most beautiful places in Nepal. A huge variety of flowers and a wide options of cafes serving some of the best Nepali dishes in a cosy setting. A must visit if you want to spend few hours in this refreshing ambience.
4. PokharaLocated in: Pokhara
USP: Peaceful ambience and adventure sports hub
How to reach: Kathmandu to Pokhara flight
Often called the Leisure City and one of the most beautiful places in Nepal, Pokhara is tourist’s favourite for its captivating scenic beauty and adventure opportunities. It is the best place to try paragliding and at the same time get indulged in boating, trekking, hiking, paragliding, or zip flying. While in Pokhara, all you do is to sit peacefully in the tranquil surroundings to enjoy the picturesque view of the lake with hills as the backdrop.
5. Phewa LakeLocated in: Pokhara
USP: Largest lake in Pokhara with picturesque views
How to reach: Kathmandu to Pokhara by flight, from airport to Phewa lake by public or private transport
Spread across an immense area of 4km (2.5mi), Phewa Lake is the largest lake in Pokhara. A boat ride in the lake which takes you to the Barahi temple while you soak in the beauty of the lake, is worth it to the core. The lake is surrounded by many restaurants and cafes, which make it a great spot especially in the evening. A bicycle trip around the lake is also something tourists may try near Phewa Lake.
6. Everest Base CampLocated in: Lukla, Khumbu Valley
USP: Spectacular views, and snow-clad peaks
How to reach: Kathmandu to Lukla by air, from Lukla trek to EBC
Go slow and steady – that’s the motto when you are covering the Everest Base Camp. Beautiful is a small term to describe this place, as it is somewhere nature has blessed with its most amazing endowments with. The trek starts at Lukla at an altitude of 3000 meters (3280yd) and goes up to 5,364 meters (5866yd). The route gives glimpses of some of the surreal views of villages, blue sky, and ice-peaks that tends to inch closer with every step.
7. Gosainkunda LakeLocated in: Rasuwa district
USP: Religious site
How to reach: Kathmandu to Dhunche by bus, from Dhunche trek to Gosainkunda
A holy site for the Nepalis and Indians, this lake is said to be created by Lord Shiva himself. Devotees believe in the presence of the deity. The lake melts to form Trishuli (trident) river in summer though it remains frozen in winters. It is an integral stop on the Dhunche-Helambu trekking route and can be easily called among the most beautiful places in Nepal.
8. NagarkotLocated in: Bhaktapur district
USP: Mesmerizing view of Mount Everest during sunrise and sunset
How to reach: Local bus route from Kathmandu to Kamalbinayak, from there public transport.
Located around 32km (20mi) east of Kathmandu, Nagarkot is a popular tourist spot famous for its scenic views of Mount Everest that offers its best during sunrise and sunset. It is a picturesque village ornamented with mountain trails, flora and fauna, and few spectacular sightseeing spots that you wouldn’t want to miss.
9. Panch Pokhari
Located in: Jugal Himal
USP: A group of 5 holy lakes in the middle of green-carpeted massifs that look surreal
How to reach: Trekking begins at Chautara in northeast Kathmandu
This is a group of 5 holy lakes surrounded by high mountains from all the sides making the lakes in the middle look outstandingly mesmerizing. Janai Purnima (a traditional ritual) is practiced by the Brahmins every year in August, which makes it different from other lakes in the world.
10. Poon Hill
Located in: Pokhara
USP: Panoramic view of the Himalayas
How to reach: Kathmandu to Pokhara by flight, trekking begins at Nayapul
Poon Hill is the best place to catch a glimpse of the Himalayas in full panoramic view. At a height of 3210m (10,531ft), the hill is nestled in the Annapurna mountain range in Nepal. The place is best trekked in the summers, especially because of the clear temperatures for a magnified Himalayan view, though the mercury dip is pretty at the lower side.