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Tuesday, 16 December 2014 19:00

18 Places to visit in Nepal before you die

Nepal has a lot to offer to travelers, hikers, and nature seekers. Nepal, it is often said, is a utopia of natural beauty. The marvelous scenic beauty of Himalayas in the northern part of Nepal is not only remarkable but offers a lifetime experience to patrons. Who wouldn't want to enjoy the glory of being in the midst of galvanizing mountain desert in Mustang to the embankment of cristal clear Rara Lake?

The enchanted subtropical pine forest bluffs anyone with its aroumatic presence in valleys like Barun and Langtang. The astonishing beauty of Lake Tilicho often outbids the value of filthy rich human being on earth. For the most part, the pacifying and self-explanatory images listed below give a glimpse of the stupendous nature that is still far from human invasion.

18. Koshi Tappu - Wildlife Reserve

Koshi Tappu

"A primeir location in Nepal for bird watching.The Kosi Tapu and the Kosi Barrage in east Nepal provide one of the best places in Nepal to view migratory water fowl, waders and shore birds during the winter months. Many species not recorded elsewhere in the region have been seen here. Thousands of birds congregate here in January and February before they migrate north when the warm weather begins. Kosi Tapu Tented Camp situated on the fringe of the reserve provides the only accommodation to date. Well qualified nature guides take the guests out on walks, jeep drives and boat rides to look for birds and the wild buffalo found only here in Nepal. It is possible to combine this tour with SunKosi Raft Trip or with treks in the eastern hills." -timetotime t (Tripadvisor) 

17. Chitwan national Park

"Nestled at the foot of the Himalayas, Chitwan has a particularly rich flora and fauna and is home to one of the last populations of single-horned Asiatic rhinoceros and is also one of the last refuges of the Bengal Tiger. Chitwan National Park (CNP), established in 1973, was Nepal’s first National Park. Located in the Southern Central Terai of Nepal, it formerly extended over the foothills, the property covers an area of 93,200 hectares, extends over four districts: Chitwan, Nawalparasi, Parsa and Makwanpur." -UNESCO

16. Lumbini

Lumbini

"The Lord Buddha was born in 623 BC in the sacred area of Lumbini located in the Terai plains of southern Nepal, testified by the inscription on the pillar erected by the Mauryan Emperor Asoka in 249 BC. Lumbini is one of the holiest places of one of the world's great religions, and its remains contain important evidence about the nature of Buddhist pilgrimage centres from as early as the 3rd century BC." -UNESCO

15. Barun Valley

 Barun Valley

"Barun Valley provides stunning contrasts, where high waterfalls cascade into deep gorges, craggy rocks rise from lush green forests, and colorful flowers bloom beneath white snow peaks. This unique landscape shelters some of the last pristine mountain ecosystems on earth. Rare species of animals and plants flourish in diverse climates and habitats, relatively undisturbed by human kind." -Wiki

14. Rolwaling Valley 

Rolwaling Valey

"Rolwaling is an inner Himalayan valley, considered to be a Beyal or holy sanctuary by the local Buddhist Sherpa inhabitants. The name Rolwaling means, ‘valley carved by a plough’ and its steep cliffs do indeed give the impression of a plough-carved furrow. It is a little trekked area lying just west of Everest, and its forests and views are some of the best in Nepal. It was here in 1951 that the first yeti footprints were discovered and photographed by Eric Shipton." - nepalwatcher 

13. Namche Bazar

 Namche Bazar

Better known as the Gateway to Mt. Everest, Namche Bazaar is the main trading center of khumbu region.Today its a major tourist hub, especially the starting point for Mount Everest climbers. 

12. Badimalika

Badimalika

"Badimalika Temple lies in Bajura districts situated around fifteen thousand feet from sea land. Its culture, landscape, biodiversity, climate and people at large have valorized its pristine beauty. Moreover Badimalika is a paradise in real sense not only for those wanting to explore natural and cultural treasures but also for those who seek pacified life with meditating enlightenment." - Hamro Malika.

11. Manang

Manang

"The Manang Valley, which lies close to the Nepal-Tibet border, offers tremendous opportunities due to its rich natural flora and fauna. Three tracks start from here. The first, via Thorangla, Muktinath, and Mustang to Lhasa—a journey that takes four days; the second via Naur Khola and Naurgaon, which takes five days to Lhasa; and finally the third via Larkiya bazar, which is the one most commonly used by the people of Central Nepal." -Wiki.

10. Panch Pokhari

Panch Pokhari

"Panch Pokhari means the group of five holy ponds / lakes. This is just northeast of Kathmandu toward snow wall. Pach pokhari is situated to the north east of Kathmandu. valley and west of Rolwaling Himal. It is pilgrimage place for Hindus and it has five holy ponds at the height of 4462mtr. The area offers cultural heritage, unsurpassed beauty and biological diversity. The beautiful Himalayan range and pristine nature with different culture are major highlight of this trek." - Adventure High Mountain.

9. Langtang Valley

Langtang Valley

Langtang valley, recently declared as a protected area, lies to the north of Kathmandu Valley. The famous high mountain lake Gosaikunda, sacred to Hindus, also rest in the region..

8. Tilicho Lake

Tilicho Lake

You first have to surpass the rugged terran to see the paronoma of beautiful turquoise Tilicho Lake.

7. Upper Mustant

Upper Mustang

Once an indendepend kingdom, although closely tied by language and culture to Tibet, Upper Mustang is located north of Dhawlagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges in a Kaligandaki River Basin.

6. Gokyo Valley

Gokyo Valley

This tranquil valley is more famous for glacier-fed Gokyo Lakes that are considered to be sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists.

5. Annapurna Base Camp

Annapurna

Annapurna Base Camp serves as a gateway to one of the world's most dangerous peak, Annapurna I, which has 38 percent fatality-to-summit ratio.

4. Khaptad National Park

Khaptad National Park

Spread over four districts in the Far Western Region of Nepal, Khaptad National Park is named after religious hindu guru Khaptad Swami.

3. Khumbu Region

Khumbu

The nothern part of Solukhumbu district is better known as Khumbu, which is home to the inhabitants of mountanous region including Sherpa community.

2. Shey Phoksundo National Park

Shey Phoksundo

The only trans-Himalayan national park of Nepal provides a diversity of spectacular landscapes and ranks among the most scenic mountain parks in the world.

1. Rara National Park

Rara Lake

The largest lake of Nepal also happens to be the most beautiful place in the country.

Source: GELAL Research Group

Have we missed anything? Please feel free to add up if you know some more beautiful places in Nepal.

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