Top 10 iconic places to see in Nepal

Cover Photo: Top 10 iconic places to see in Nepal
Top 10 iconic places to see in Nepal

Nepal is the Mecca for mountaineers. Nepal is a paradise for adventurers, trekkers and mountaineers. Nepal is the land of the Himalayas. It is home to the world’s tallest mountain peak - Mount Everest. Known for its pristine environment and beauty, Nepal offers an astonishingly diverse array of attractions and landscapes. Nepal is rich in religious as well as cultural heritage. Nepal certainly has a lot of diversities that are rich and flourishing. It combines Himalayan views with curtains of fluttering prayer flags, ancient temples, charming hill villages and jungle wildlife watching to offer one of the world's great travel destinations.

Here is the list of the Top 10 iconic places to see in Nepal:

1. Mount Everest

Cover Photo: Mount Everest
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Mt. Everest, rising 8,850 m (29,035 ft.) is the highest mountain on Earth above sea level, located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas. It is known as Sagarmāthā in Nepali and Chomolungma in Tibetan. Since the first ascent in 1953 by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, reaching the summit of Everest has been considered one of the greatest achievements in mountaineering.

Mount Everest is entitled one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. You don't have to spend years preparing to climb the world’s tallest mountain to get a glimpse of the majestic Mount Everest. One can see Everest from Nagarkot but you need a good day, visibility wise. And even if you are lucky enough to get one, the Everest is a tiny dot on the horizon surrounded by many other tiny dots. You can see Everest clearly by trekking till the Base Camp or via Mountain Flight.

Cover Photo: Mt. Everest Base Camp
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Costs: The typical cost when climbing the Everest with a Western agency is $45,000 and above. With a local Nepali operator, it can be between $25,000 and $40,000. The cost includes the royalty fee of $11,000 for the peak. Most agencies conduct Sherpa-supported climbs.
Location: Nepal

2. Pashupatinath Temple

Cover Photo: Pashupatinath Temple
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The Pashupatinath Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a famous, sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Pashupatinath (Lord Shiva), located on the banks of the Bagmati River in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Built in the 5th century and later renovated by Malla kings, the site itself is said to have existed from the beginning of the millennium when a Shiva lingam was discovered here.

The main pagoda style temple has a gilded roof, four sides covered in silver and wood carvings of the finest quality. It is one of the major attractions of Nepal.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: Temple Premises: 4:00 am - 7:00 pm
                Jyotirlingas: 5:00 am - 12:00 pm, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Entry Fee: NPR 1000 per head (Foreign Tourists and SAARC Citizens)
                   Free for Nepalese
Address: Pashupati Nath Road 44621, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal

3. Boudhanath Stupa

Cover Photo: Boudhanath Stupa
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Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world that keeps an eye in every direction. Located about 11 km from the centre and northeastern outskirts of Kathmandu, the stupa's massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal.

Boudhanath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most popular tourist sites in Nepal.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Entry Fee: NPR 250 per head (Foreign Tourists)
                   NPR 150 per head (SAARC Citizens)
                   Free for Nepalese
Address: Buddha Stupa, Sundhara Marg, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal

4. Swayambhunath Temple

Cover Photo: Swayambhunath Stupa
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Swayambhunath Temple has stood itself as a hallmark of faith and harmony for centuries. The glory of Kathmandu Valley is said to have started from this point. Swayambhunath Temple is also known as the Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys living in the north-west parts of the temple.

Swayambhunath is a good place to catch panoramic views of the city. A large number of Buddhists and Hindus alike visit Swayambhunath throughout the day. Swayambhu is perhaps the best place to observe religious harmony in Nepal.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: Open 24 hours
Entry Fee: NPR 200 per head (Foreign Tourists)
                   NPR 50 per head (SAARC Citizens)
                   Free for Nepalese
Address: Kathmandu 44600, Nepal

5. Lumbini

Cover Photo: Lumbini
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Lumbini, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the historic birthplace of the Lord Buddha. It is one of the world's most important spiritual sites. Lumbinī is a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the Rupandehi District of Province No. 5 in Nepal. The spiritual heart of Lumbini, Maya Devi Temple marks the spot where Queen Maya Devi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama.

Lumbini happens to be one of the famous tourist destinations, a Mecca for the devotees and believers all over the world. It holds religious, cultural and historical value.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm
Entry Fee: NPR 200 per head (Foreign Tourists)
                   NPR 16 per head (Indians)
                   NPR 100 per head (Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan)
                   Free for Nepalese
Address: Rupandehi District, Lumbini, Nepal

6. Chitwan National Park

Cover Photo: Chitwan National Park
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Chitwan National Park, listed the UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the first national park in Nepal. It was established in 1973. Known for its biodiversity, Chitwan National Park is a beautiful example of active conservation and tourism. Its dense forests and grassy plains are home to rare mammals like one-horned rhinos and tigers. The park shelters numerous bird species, including the giant hornbill.

Cover Photo: Elephants at the Chitwan National Park
Elephants at the Chitwan National Park.
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Days Open: Daily
Timings: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Entry Fee: NPR 100 + 13% VAT per head (Nepali)
                   NPR 750 + 13% VAT per head (SAARC Citizens)
                   NPR 1500 + 13% VAT per head (Foreign Tourists)
                   Free for children below 10 years of age
Address: Subarnapur 44200, Nepal

7. Kopan Monastery

Cover Photo: Kopan Monastery
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Kopan Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery near Boudhanath, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal. The monastery commands a spectacular location in the foothills of the Himalayas and founded in the early 1970s by the late Lama Yeshe.

Cover Photo: Inside the Kopan Monastery Temple
Inside the Kopan Monastery Temple.
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Its mission is to preserve and spread centuries of Buddhist traditions and teachings. There are more than 300 monks, lamas, teachers and workers here. A visit to the Kopan Monastery is an opportunity to meditate, listen to the teachings of Tibetan monks and learn more about the Buddhist faith.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Entry Fee: Free
Address: Kathmandu 44600, Nepal

8. Mahendra Cave

Cover Photo: Mahendra Cave
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Mahendra Cave also known as Mahendra Gufa is the large limestone cave located close to the Seti River in Pokhara, Nepal. Mahendra cave has been named after the name of Late King Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev. The cave itself is amazing, one can see the various natural shapes and images of the various Hindu god, and goddess on the stone made of the lime.

Mahendra cave is rich in its rock types and different stones that glitter when a beam of light strikes in it. It is also rich in greenery as the surroundings of the cave is covered by the forest. Mahendra cave is a popular tourist attraction in Pokhara.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Entry Fee: NPR 5 per head
Address: Pokhara 33700, Nepal

9. Kathmandu Durbar Square

Cover Photo: Kathmandu Durbar Square
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Kathmandu Durbar Square (Basantapur Darbar Kshetra) in front of the old royal palace of the former Kathmandu Kingdom is one of three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Kathmandu’s Durbar Square was where the city’s kings were once crowned and legitimised, and from where they ruled. Durbar means palace. Durbar Square remains the traditional heart of the old town and Kathmandu’s most spectacular legacy of the traditional architecture. It never fails to impress the visitors with its intricate wood carvings and rich history.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: Open 24 hours
Entry Fee: NPR 250 per head (Foreign Tourists)
                   NPR 150 per head (SAARC Citizens)
Address: Kot Square, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal

10. Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Cover Photo: Bhaktapur Durbar Square
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Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the plaza in front of the royal palace of the old Bhaktapur Kingdom, 1,400 metres (4,600 ft.) above sea level. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is located in the current town of Bhaktapur, also known as Bhadgaon in Nepal. While the complex consists of at least four distinct squares (Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, Dattatreya Square and Pottery Square), the whole area is informally known as the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. It is a highly visited site in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: Open 24 hours
Entry Fee: NPR 1500 per head (Foreign Tourists)
                   NPR 500 per head (SAARC Citizens)
                   Free for Nepalese
Address: Durbar square, Bhaktapur 44800, Nepal

So these are the top 10 iconic places to see in Nepal, listed by Travelxo.

Have you ever been to Nepal and witnessed these top 10 iconic places? How do you feel while seeing these iconic places? Do share your experience with us in the comment section below. Let’s make this place the best travel destination online for travel lovers (travellers).

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