Nestled away high up in the Himalayas, Nepal is an absolutely beautiful country to visit that is full of breathtaking vistas and mesmerising mountain scenery. Asides from boasting many of the loftiest peaks on Earth, it is known for its rich cultural heritage with a staggering array of shrines, temples and monasteries being dotted about its vast valleys and rolling foothills.
Often called the ‘roof the world’ due to its high elevation, Nepal is set between China and India with both Bhutan and Bangladesh lying not far away. Impressively enough, it encompasses eight of the highest mountains on the planet with the majestic Mount Everest being the most famous and tallest of the lot. As well as the Himalayas, the long and narrow landlocked nation also has verdant forests and sparkling alpine lakes located alongside lush river valleys and dramatic gorges.
Aptly known as the ‘City of Temples’, Nepal’s capital Kathmandu is a captivating yet chaotic place to explore with important historic sites and cultural landmarks wherever you look. Besides visiting the innumerable palaces, temples and pagodas of both Durbar Square and Swayambhunath, you can shop for handicrafts, watch a religious ceremony or simply bask in the intoxicating atmosphere.
Just a stone’s throw away from Kathmandu are the two ancient cities of Bhaktapur and Patan; both of which are known for their amazing medieval squares and courtyards. Another popular place that people visit is Janakpar for its sacred pools and stunning temple while the peaceful Lumbini attracts huge crowds of Buddhist pilgrims as it is believed to be the birthplace of the Buddha.
Asides from experiencing its rich culture and visiting its remarkable religious sites, most visitors to Nepal come to hike, trek or rock climb about its soaring mountains. While some hardy adventurers attempt to summit Mount Everest, most instead opt to hike along the epic Annapurna Circuit which takes you through gorges, over plateaus and up mountains with sublime views the whole way along.