Nepal tour is a blend of activities for Himalayan scenery and cultural experience. There are several Himalayan view points, historical places and wildlife safari destinations that one can fly or drive to. Hiking and rafting add the flavor of adventure to Nepal tour.
With extension of road and airstrip, it is possible to visit pristine valleys of the Nepalese Himalayas without multi-days strenuous trekking. Here we have listed the most popular places to visit and things to do in Nepal in 2023.
Despite the travel restrictions in many countries and hike in flight price owing to the Ukraine - Russia war, Nepal saw significant increase in tourists in the last year.
3 - 5 day cultural tour with short trek or easy day hike.
Culturally and naturally, Kathmandu valley resembles the whole of Nepal. For centuries, it has been tolerant to different cultures, religions and ethnicities. In the backstreets of bustling town exists the medieval Kathmandu, bedecked in its marvelous wood carvings and terracotta. Kathmandu is dotted with historical Pagodas, pavilions, stone water spouts, stupas and monasteries. Seven groups of them make Kathmandu a UNESCO Heritage site. The Shivapuri national park and protected community forests in the valley rim offers splendid day hikes and short treks with Himalayan views. Find touring places in and around Kathmandu.
Pokhara is renowned as the 'natural capital' of Nepal for its astounding setting of beautiful lakes and lush hills with close view of Himalayas in the northern skyline. With the backdrop of three 8,000 m snow peaks, Pokhara provides the ground for various adventure activities such as trekking, mountaineering, White water rafting and paragliding and more.
Customize wildlife and bird watching tours with jungle trek or jeep safari for 2 days to week.Large portion of Nepal is being protected as National Parks and Wildlife Reserves. Nepal's national parks protect diverse wildlife and exotic bird species. Chitwan and Bardia are last vestiges of Terai which once spread north of Indo-Gangetic plains till the foothills of the Himalayas. Acknowledging the importance of conservation of the region, Chitwan National Park is declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. A full board package based on safari lodges gives you a chance to explore the jungle on elephant back, jeep safari, guided jungle walk, canoe ride and more.
Bandipur is a hill town overlooking the Himalayas with the reminiscence of centuries old trans-Himalayan trade. The town is getting more attention from tourists for its easy access and unparalleled beauty. One can still see most of the houses with carved windows and slate roofs and the ground floor that opens towards streets for business. With its exquisite panorama of Annapurna and Manaslu ranges, it is often considered as a natural view tower.
Bandipur at 1,030 m is just 8 km from the Kathmandu – Pokhara highway. It is 143 km from Kathmandu and just 80 km from Pokhara. Stopping at Bandipur will give more insight in Nepal than the tourist centers of Chitwan and Pokhara.
Walk around the cobblestone streets of Bandipur to Khadga devi temple, Tundikhel and climb the hillock marked by Thani Mai temple for a sunset view over the Himalayas. If you stay another day in Bandipur, walk to the charming Magar village or Ramkot.
A detour from Kathmandu to Chitwan or Lumbini uncovers less touristic Nepal.
Daman is one of the highest and less visited hill stations in central Nepal. At 2,360 m, Daman offers vista of the longest range of the Himalayas from Dhaulagiri in the west to Mt Everest in the east. It lies 80 km southwest of Kathmandu along the Tribhuvan Highway also known as 'Byroad'.
This is a less touristic destination providing the best sunrise and sunset view over the Himalayas. Driving through Daman to Chitwan or Lumbini gives a glimpse of pristine Nepal.
Gorkha, the original home of the Shah kings remains a historical and commercial center. It is a 24 km detour off the Kathmandu to Pokhara Highway. Even though Gorkha Bazaar is the base for treks in Manaslu region, village tour and day hike could be planned for culture vultures. A climb to the ridge (300 m) is worthwhile for the panorama of Manaslu Range and historic Gorkha Palace.
Situated at 1,350m above the sea level, Tansen (Palpa) is another hill station famous for its rich culture and Himalayan view. Tansen lies midway between Pokhara and Lumbini / Sunauli India Border. Tansen is a romantic, medieval hill town full of Newari shop-houses and temples. Being perched high up at Srinagar Hill, Tansen also offers the
Visit Lumbini, the UNESCO heritage site as a day trip from Kathmandu and Pokhara or organize 4 days' Lumbini Buddhist circuit tour visiting Tilaurakot palace ruin and Ramgram Stupa.
Beside being the center of reverence for Buddhist, Lumbini also provides an insight on ancient civilization unveiled by modern archaeological excavation. Series of excavations have discovered various edifices from Buddha's time and even earlier. The Modern Lumbini is 3 sq miles of planned area with Sacred Garden, Monastic Zone and Lumbini Village. The tour of Kapilavastu, Kudan and Ramgram extends the Lumbini tour from 2 - 5 days.
Explore Ilam, the teastate of Nepal, Janakpur and the Pathivara (3,794 m) overlooking at the Kanchenjunga (8,586m / 3rd highest in the world)
Nepal tour destinations are mostly in the hilly regions and the tropical low land. So Nepal tour is best from Autumn to Spring throughout winter months. October, November and March and April have moderate temperatures with clear sky. Nights are cold during winter months of December, January and February but days are warm and sky is clear for a tour with hikes and short treks.
A Nepal tour could be organized for as less as 4 days to a month. A 4 days tour visits heritage sites around Kathmandu and the Nagarkot hill station. The most popular Npal tour takes about a week visiting Pokhara and Chitwan national park.
Nepal tour package cost from minimum USD 70 per day for budget tour to USD 500 / day for luxury tour. The package mostly includes accommodation with breakfast, guided sightseeing and all the entrance fees. Some places like Chitwan National park and short treks include lunch and dinner as well. You will still need about USD 30 / day for the extras.
Location: Between India and Tibet
Area : 147,181 Sq. Kms.
Longitude: 80° 4’ and 88°12’ East.
Capital : Kathmandu
People: 125 ethnic groups
Political system: Federal democratic Republic
Nepali is the official language of Nepal. However, English is understood and spoken by majority of people in Kathmandu valley and other major cities.
Cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara is well connected with India. However entry should be made only from Kakarbhitta, Birjung, Belhiya, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Bhangadi and, Mahendranagar in the Nepal-India border and Kodari in the Nepal-China border. Tourist Buses connect Kathmandu with border town Sunauli, Chitwan and Pokhara. Bus Ticketing >
There are more than 18 domestic airlines operating flights to various destinations. Cheap Flights >
Vehicle with driver service is available in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and other major cities. You can rent comfortable car, van, jeep etc to drive to Pokhara, Chitwan, Lumbini or sightseeing within cities. Rent A Car >
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