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10 Fun Things to Do in Nepal

Article by GVI


Posted: March 7, 2023

When travelling in Nepal, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for adventure and exploration. This diverse and beautiful country is home to an array of exciting activities, from trekking in the Annapurna Range to paragliding in Pokhara. If you’re looking for the ultimate outdoor experience, Nepal is the perfect place to visit. Here are 10 fun things to do in Nepal:

Enjoy the Spectacular Himalayan Views

The stunning Himalayan Mountains provide breathtaking views on any visit to Nepal. The snow-capped peaks of Mt. Everest, Annapurna and Langtang can be seen in all their glory. Many popular trekking areas offer magnificent views of the Himalayan vistas and are perfect for photography. For those looking for a more tranquil experience, take a short drive to Nagarkot and enjoy views of the mountains from here.

For a truly unique experience, take a hot air balloon ride over the Himalayas. You’ll be able to take in the majestic beauty of the mountains from a bird’s eye view. The experience is truly unforgettable and will provide you with memories that will last a lifetime.

Explore Kathmandu Valley’s Ancient Temples and Monasteries

Kathmandu Valley is home to numerous ancient temples and monasteries, dating back to the 12th century. One of the most impressive of these is the Swayambhunath, over 2,000 years old. Other important shrines such as Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath and Changu Narayan Temple can also be visited in Kathmandu Valley. For a more immersive experience, take a guided tour and learn more about Nepal’s rich cultural heritage.

The temples and monasteries of Kathmandu Valley are a great way to explore the history and culture of Nepal. Many of the temples are still actively used for religious ceremonies and festivals, and offer a unique insight into the spiritual life of the Nepalese people. Visitors can also explore the many markets and bazaars of Kathmandu, where traditional crafts and goods can be found.

Trek Through the Annapurna Range

The Annapurna Region of Nepal is one of the most popular places for trekking. The area offers a wide range of trails suitable for novice and experienced hikers alike. From Annapurna Base Camp to the Annapurna Circuit, there’s something for everyone in this incredible part of Nepal. Whether it’s a short day hike or an exhilarating week-long trek to Everest base camp, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of the snow-capped peaks of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Annapurna mountain ranges.

The Annapurna Region is also home to some of the most diverse wildlife in Nepal. Trekkers can expect to see a variety of animals, including snow leopards, blue sheep, Himalayan Tahr, and even the elusive red panda. The region is also home to a variety of bird species, including the Himalayan monal and the spiny Babbler. With its stunning landscapes and abundant wildlife, the Annapurna Region is a must-visit destination for any nature lover.

Visit Chitwan National Park

Chitwan National Park is situated on the foothills of the Himalayas and is the perfect place to take a wildlife safari. Here you can spot some of Nepal’s most endangered species, including the one-horned rhino, Bengal tiger, leopards and various types of deer. You can also spot some of the many bird species found in the area. For a memorable adventure, take a canoe ride on the Chitwan River and come face-to-face with wild crocodiles.

The park is also home to a variety of other wildlife, including sloth bears, wild boars, monkeys, and over 500 species of butterflies. You can also explore the lush forests and grasslands of the park, and take a guided tour to learn more about the local flora and fauna. Chitwan National Park is a must-visit destination for any nature lover.

Take a Rafting Trip Down the Trishuli River

The Trishuli River is an ideal spot for white water rafting. Here you can experience the thrill of tackling rapids and explore some of the remote areas near Kathmandu Valley. No prior experience is needed for this challenging but rewarding activity. The Trishuli River has something to offer both beginner and experienced rafters.

Marvel at the Pashupatinath Temple

Located on the banks of the Bagmati River, Pashupatinath Temple is one of Nepal’s most important Hindu shrines. This immense two-story temple, built from wood and stone, features an intricately carved façade and four main gates that open onto an inner courtyard. Hindu worshippers from all over the world come here to offer their prayers and seek divine blessings. Attending a traditional Hindu puja ceremony here is an unforgettable experience.

Shop in Thamel Market

Thamel Market is the perfect place to shop for souvenirs and unique local handicrafts from Nepal. The narrow winding streets are lined with shops selling everything from jewellery to carpets, statues to pashmina shawls and bags. You can also pick up some tasty snacks like momos (dumplings), bara (lentil pancakes) and Gurung bread. 

Go Paragliding in Pokhara

Situated on the banks of the beautiful Phewa Lake, Pokhara offers some of the best paragliding opportunities in Nepal. Soar above terraced rice fields, patchwork villages and rugged Himalayan peaks on an unforgettable adventure. Paragliding here gives you a bird’s eye view of the great outdoors – a once in a lifetime experience.

Soak in the Natural Hot Springs

Nepal is not only home to some of the world’s highest mountains but also to various types of natural hot springs that offer a unique and refreshing experience. These hot springs are found in some of the most remote and beautiful areas of Nepal, making them a perfect retreat for those who seek solace in nature.

Imagine soaking in the mineral-rich waters of Tapoban Hot Springs in the Langtang region, which are believed to have medicinal properties. Or indulging in the therapeutic benefits of Tatopani Hot Springs in the Annapurna region, known to provide relief from skin diseases and joint pains.

If you want to experience the healing properties of natural hot springs, you can also visit Rupakot Hot Springs in Kaski district, Tatopani Danda Hot Springs in Jharlang area, or Galeshwor Hot Springs in the Myagdi district.

Not only do these hot springs offer a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy the surrounding scenery, but they also provide a range of health benefits. So, don’t miss the chance to rejuvenate your mind and body with a dip in Nepal’s natural hot springs!

Immerse Yourself in Local Culture

Nepal’s diverse cultural heritage offers a unique opportunity to discover more about its distinctive societies. From mediaeval city squares to tourist-friendly craft markets, there’s much to explore in this fascinating country. Take a tour or cultural class to learn more about traditional painting styles and local architecture. Or watch a live performance at one of Nepal’s many cultural events.

From rafting to hiking, paragliding to wildlife safaris, there are numerous ways to enjoy Nepal’s beautiful landscapes and vibrant culture. Whether you want an adrenaline rush or a peaceful escape, this majestic country offers plenty of exciting activities for visitors of all ages.

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