Tourism in Nepal consists both leisure and adventure tourism. Being located with so many higher peaks of the Himalayas on its land, Nepal is frequently visited by the mountaineers for expeditions to the mountain-peaks. Even random tourists, who desire to taste the thrill of adventure, usually make their trips to the base-camps of different mountains. Apart from mountains, Nepal is congested with hundreds of temples with stunning architecture, causing to attract thousands of pilgrims every year. The most important point of Nepal tourism is that Nepal has one of the densest populations of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The three Durbar Square or royal palaces in Kathmandu Valley are marked as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. These squares are what remains of the old kingdoms of Nepal and thus are very much significant for the tourists to experience temples, open courts, idols, fountains etc. Although all the Squares in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur were affected in a huge amount during the earthquake of April, 2015, these are now renovated and open for the tourists.
The site of Boudhanath is located about 11km from the centre of Kathmandu city, and is one of the largest spherical Buddhist stupa and also the largest single chorten in the world. This temple was also affected by the earthquake, but even today is one of the most visited tourist places in Nepal.
The temple of Pashupatinath is dedicated to Pashupatinath, a form of Lord Shiva and visited by about seven lakh devotees every year on Maha Shivratri. Nepal trip is not complete without paying a visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
To the south of the Pokhara Valley, there is a stream-fed, freshwater lake named as Phewa Lake. Counted as the second largest lake in Nepal, it is located at an altitude of 742m. The lake with average depth of 8.6m is one of the most interesting places to visit in Nepal.
Trekking to Everest Base-camp is one of the most favourite tourist activities in Nepal for the adventure-monger travellers. Although it is an activity of difficult level consuming much time, expense and labour, but people still love to attend this trek during Nepal tour.
Swayambhunath is possibly the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site and occupies a central position, especially amongst the Tibetan Buddhists. A stupa, various temples and shrines form this fine example of religious architecture.
It is an ancient Hindu temple, located in a hilltop named Changu or Dolagiri. The location is almost around 22km to the east of Kathmandu and is a very important part of Kathmandu tour. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this is one of the oldest temples of Nepal and a fine example of Nepali art and architecture.
Established in 1976, this national park covers an area of 1710 sq km at an altitude of 6450m. There is a high altitude lake within the park, named as Gosainkunda, which is considered to be a sacred one. As the southern border of Langtang National Park is 32km north to the Kathmandu Valley, it is counted under tour for sightseeing in Kathmandu and around.
Situated in Pokhara, this museum shows mountaineering related developments of past and present. Every year, thousands of national and international tourists come to this museum that has three halls for exhibition – Hall of Fame, Hall of Great Himalayas and Hall of World Mountains.
The Annapurna Mountain Range in central Nepal is a hotspot for adventurers for containing some extraordinary sites to experience including peaks like Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Gangapurna etc. Annapurna Circuit is actually the area which is covered by trekking a route of 160-230km through this mountain region.
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