Things not to miss

updated 4/17/2019
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The ultimate thing not to miss in Nepal: an unequalled scenic and cultural experience.

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#02 Bhaktapur

The exquisitely preserved Kathmandu Valley

town of Bhaktapur is built in dark carved wood and glowing pink brick, and adorned with fine stone sculptures.

Bhaktapur is UNESCO World Heritage site located in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal © Hakat/Shutterstock

#03 Boudha

Clustered round the great white stupa, with its all-knowing Buddha eyes, is a thriving Tibetan Buddhist community and pilgrimage centre.

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#04 Elephant bathtime in Sauraha

Help wash down an elephant in the shallows of the great Rapti River.

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#05 Momo

These steamed meat or vegetable dumplings, resembling plump ravioli, are an addictive snack. They’re served with a chilli sauce, and you can find them everywhere from street stalls to fancy restaurants.

Nepalese traditional dumpling momos © diy13/Shutterstock

#06 Dasain

Dasain is the high point of the busy Nepali festival calendar. Masked dancers perform elaborate rituals in Bhaktapur

and Kathmandu , people travel for days to be at home with their families, and children celebrate by playing on bamboo swings.

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#07 The Himalayas

Even if you don’t trek, you cannot miss a hilltop view of the world’s greatest and most inspiring mountain range. Nagarkot

is the classic viewpoint outside Kathmandu ; Sarangkot outside Pokhara .

Gorak Shep village with Mount Everest base camp, Khumbu valley, Nepal © Daniel Prudek/Shutterstock

#08 Shiva raatri

This winter festival brings tens of thousands of Shiva devotees to Pashupatinath

, the holiest of river gorges.

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#09 Janaki Mandir

Worshippers flock to Janakpur

’s Mughal-style Janaki Mandir to pay homage to legendary lovers Ram and Sita.

Janaki Mandir temple in Janakpur © Xandra R/Shutterstock

#10 Jungle wildlife

You’ll get closer to a wild rhino than might seem advisable at Chitwan

and Bardia national park s.

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#11 Old Kathmandu

An intensely urban quarter of narrow alleys, noisy markets, fabulously carved temples and rowdy political rallies.

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#12 Bus journeys

Chickens under the seats, sunbathers on the roof and spectacular hairpin bends: rides on a public bus may be uncomfortable, but they get you close to everyday life.

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#13 Chiya

Leaving aside homebrew beer and raksi firewater, hot, sweet, milky, spicy chiya is Nepal’s national drink.

Nepali chiya © Avinash patel/Shutterstock

#14 Rafting

Not just for adrenaline junkies, but a wonderful way to experience rural Nepal.

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#15 Gorkha

The ancestral home of Nepal’s royal family is a quintessential hill town, albeit one with a fine ridge-top temple and palace compound.

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#16 Phewa Tal

Relax in a boat on Pokhara

’s placid lake, soak up stunning views of the Annapurna range and perhaps have a swim.

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#17 Yoga and meditation


and Pokhara are spilling over with yoga classes, meditation sessions and retreats, inspired by both the Hindu and Buddhist traditions.

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