Nepal is a very popular destination not only for being culturally strong but also because it gives tourists possibility of exploring the highest peaks of Himalaya and hide in itself beautiful lakes like Fewa in Pokhara. Many adventurers comes to Pokhara for hiking in Himalaya mountain ranges. Until recently Nepal was the only official Hindu country. By visiting Nepal one can see the majority of places full of temples not only belonging to Hinduism but there one can also find many Stupas of Buddhism. Both the religions are intermingle in Nepal so closely that it is not possible to differentiate them. Nepal indeed facilitated the Buddhism to spread beyond its boundary further towards Bhutan, Tibet, China and Japan.
Places to see in Nepal
Pashupatinath Temple: It is one of the main temple of Nepal dedicated to Lord Shiva. You can find many Sadhus in the vicinity of the temple with very colorful dresses. They are more like actors wandering there for money. On the other side of the Bagmati river you can see live cremation going on throughout the day.
Bouddhanath Stupa: It is the largest Buddha Stupa in Nepal and second in the world. A pilgrimage place for Buddhists and also for many tourists coming to Nepal. On the top of Stupa, one can see Buddha's eye in all 4 direction symbolizing the spread of Buddha's wisdom in all direction.
Swyambhunath Stupa: It is another magnificent Stupa in Nepal. It is located high on the hills and one has to climb some hundreds of stairs to reach the top of the Stupa. In all together it is a complex and one can see many beautiful architectures, prayer wheels, live prayer in a hall, Tibetal monastery, restaurants, beautiful buildings, a pond to throw the coin to fulfill your wish, lot of small souvenir shops and many other things. This is a perfect place to know more about Buddhism while walking through the complex.
Patan City: This is second largest city in Kathmandu Valley not very far from Kathmandu and also known as Lalitpur. The central durbar square of Patan city is most beautiful in Nepal to be seen with lot of ancient temples with great importance and architectures. It is also enlisted in UNESCO world heritage site list. The tour to Nepal cannot be completed without visiting the Patan City.
Bhaktapur Town: Like other cities Bhaktapur too has a beautiful central square. Here you can see Nyatapola temple, the Lion Gate, Changu Narayan Temple. It is an ancient Newar town where you can see daily livelihood of people also. Here you can see artisans making the pottery from the clay. A great place to walk through the town and know about it.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: There are many squares in Kathmandu and nearby cities. This are important center of the cities where one can find many government organization buildings, offices, Kumari Chowk, temples and museums.
Pokhara: A true holiday place in a exemplary surroundings of Mountains and Lakes. There are lot of activities in this city which can keep tourists busy for long vacation. While being in Pokhara you can enjoy an evening boat ride in Fewa Lake, early morning sunrise on Fishtail mountain (Annapurna Hills), Paragliding, can see Caves and ancient temples. Don't forget to have dinner in some of the famous lakeside multi-cuisine restaurants in Pokhara. You can reach here by appx 6 hour drive from Kathmandu or by half and hour flight by Buddha Air.
Trekking in Nepal: Nepal is famous for trekking and hiking as one of world highest peak Everest is here. One can choose many trekking programs in Nepal and the famous one's are Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp. You will have the chance to get acquaintance with the life of great Sherpa people who will also assist you during your camping program. Excellent possibility for adventurers and hikers.
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