Things to Do In Nepal

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Overview The Activities To Do In Nepal

Resting in the Lap of the Himalayas, euphoric with the companionship of the enormous forests and hills, and peaceful with the breeze of the Terai Plains, Nepal is a country that deserves a visit in your lifetime.

From snow-capped mountains to lush forests, from crowded cities to peaceful villages, from city roads to mountain trails, Nepal offers you with everything you can imagine and more. Our extensive and heart-warming hospitality might be what you needed to forget the pleasures of your hometown; and who knows, maybe you'd desire to live in this fascinating country. A country that should be on your bucket list, if you haven't already, put it in your listing today and put that tick mark as soon as you can. Immersed, overloaded, overcrowded and overwhelmed, in taste, sight and sound, you will have an experience like never before in Nepal. On a list of hundreds of things you can do in Nepal, below are some things to do in Nepal to make your visit even more worth it.

List of The Top 15 Best Things To Do In Nepal

1. Explore The City Of Temples, Kathmandu

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When you decide to visit heaven on earth that is Nepal, one thing to do, you can certainly not miss is the capital city, Kathmandu. Known as the city of temples, Kathmandu is not only the centre of the country but can be considered as the centre for all cultures that the country holds with pride. With your arrival to Nepal, you are greeted with this city of culture at your footsteps. Rich in culture and even more vibrant with its hospitality, Kathmandu offers you a surprise with every new place you visit. With ten of the heritage sites in Nepal making it to the UNESCO world heritage site list, Kathmandu is home to seven of them. Visiting these places should be on your to-do list. However, the two major religions that scream out their lifestyles are Hindu and Buddhist cultures with sculptures, architecture and symbolism all around the city. With fascinating architecture and stone-paved roads leading to them, the bliss of the existing and even the fallen greet you mesmerizing your heart.

Below are some places you can visit in Kathmandu with each one with something amazing to offer:

  • Basantapur Durbar Square
  • Nyatapole Temple
  • Patan Durbar Square
  • Pashupatinath Temple
  • Bouddhanath Stupa
  • Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
  • Changu Narayan Temple
  • The Garden of Dreams

2. Visit the Monkey Temple, Swayambhunath

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As mentioned before, Kathmandu itself has a large number of areas you can visit and explore. The Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey temple, is one of the places you need to take the time to visit in Nepal. Located far from the city crowds on the northwest of Kathmandu, situated on a hilltop with a panoramic view of the city, visiting Swayambhunath is one of the things you can do in Nepal. Marking the glorious culture of Buddhism, surrounded by Hindu temples all over, this shrine is believed to date back to 460 AD.

3. Encounter the rich Newari Culture of Bhaktapur

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Just at the border of Kathmandu is the smallest district of Nepal, Bhaktapur. With the authentic Newari culture very much alive, visiting Bhaktapur must be one of the things you do in Nepal. Full of narrow roads and ancient buildings and houses, the city will exceed your expectation in every way. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square area will show you the rich culture of the Newar community living here for centuries. While you are at it, do not forget to try the famous 'Juju Dhau', known as the king of Yogurt. Just a little far from this place, you can encounter beautiful sunsets and sunrises at Nagarkot.

4. Stroll Around The Streets Of Pokhara

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Another fascinating city which you should add to things to do in Nepal is Pokhara. With fascinating scenery, exhilarating nightlife, adventures of a lifetime, pathway to the most excellent treks and entry to mountains of Nepal, Pokhara ticks all the boxes when you think of your perfect trip. Whether it's your exciting first destination or final destination after weeks of Trekking or challenging bus rides, Pokhara offers you with the best of both worlds with exciting destinations. From the city life in the lakeside to the villages and sunrise views from the hills of Sarangkot, Pokhara offers you a grand time and even more spectacular adventures. You can enjoy views of the city lights and lakes along with a range of mountains from the city and even from your hotel room and relax. Adding to this, you can also opt for more adventurous activities like Paragliding, zip-flyer, ultra-light flight and mountain biking.

5. Visit The Authentic Village Of Ghandruk

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Located northwest of the city of dreams, Pokhara, Ghandruk is a trendy trekking destination in Nepal and a trip you should take in Nepal. Here, you will find the rich culture of the local Gurung community with amazing hospitality to offer. You might get the best of your visit with a trek starting from Pokhara ending up at a homestay even closer to the culture. You can get an even closer view of the mountains and the hills and experience the typical village lifestyle away from city crowds.

6. Mountain Biking

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While most people think of Trekking when it comes to adventures in Nepal, mountain biking is another sport that is growing at a high pace in Nepal. Riding between the hills along the narrow trails of Nepal is mind-blowing and deserves to hold a high place in things to do in Nepal.

Here are some of the most popular trails in Nepal for mountain biking:

  • The Kathmandu Valley
  • Pokhara
  • The Annapurna Circuit
  • Mustang
  • Lower Everest Region

7. Explore The Plains Of Terai

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While it might not be talked about as much, the Terai region of Nepal has an enormous amount of activities to offer. The plains and the greats jungles can make you desire getting lost in the wilderness. Home to the Light of Asia, Lord Buddha, Lumbini is full of religious, historical and spiritual architectures and artefacts, which you can find only here. Consisting of vast jungles along with two renowned national parks, Chitwan national park and Bardiya national park, you can explore the forests and the endangered animals of the world up-close in the terai region. Another exciting adventure is the elephant rides, which takes you even closer to Nature. If you are lucky, you might get to encounter the annual Elephant Polo Competition seen nowhere else.

8. Mount Everest Helicopter Ride

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A helicopter ride over the highest peak on earth, with no doubt, definitely tops the list things to do in the high Himalayas. If you aren't one to trek all the way to top of Everest or even the base camp, this might be the adventure you are looking for in Nepal. This Helicopter ride offers you the sky view of the world's tallest peaks with the comfort of the helicopter. We wonder if it gets better than that. In a matter of hours, you get to be at the top of the world. If that isn't enough, you also get to land briefly on one of the highest and the most dangerous airport in the world, the Lukla Airport.

9. Trekking In Nepal

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In the past years, Trekking has gained a lot of attention in Nepal among the things you can do here. Walking in Nature with completely mind-boggling sights to see at every step of the way needs a place in your to-do list. It is better to take a tour guide and essential tools with you according to the trek you are taking. Trekking in Nepal can be one of the most exciting experiences crossing hill over hills and being in the mountains.

Here, We have listed below some of the best trekking routes in Nepal:

  • Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Annapurna Circuit Trek
  • Manaslu Circuit Trek
  • Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking
  • Langtang Valley Trek
  • Upper Mustang
  • Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  • Gokyo Ri Trek
  • Upper Dolpo

10. Lukla Airport

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Landing to bring you to the lap of the highest peak in the world, the landing in the Lukla airport itself is a task for a daredevil. We are confident you won't regret adding this to things to do while in Nepal. Given the extremely small size of the airport and the even risky landscape around the airport, Lukla airport has held its position as the most dangerous airport in the world and rightfully so. With high risk and minimal margin for error, going to Lukla on an aeroplane can be compared to placing a bet on your life, and if that is not an adventure, we don't know what is.

11. Rafting In Bhotekoshi River

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Talking about adventure sports, rafting in the white waters of Nepal holds a high place for us. You are sure to find yourself in a thrilling experience rafting in the raging water forces of Nepal. Fed from the melting Himalayan ranges of Nepal, the rafting in Bhotekoshi River has become one of the major attractions in Nepal only five hours away from Kathmandu. You can also get the chance to explore the emerald green fields of Nepal with villagers showing you the culture live. We doubt you will find anything else more thrilling when you add this to the list of things to do.

12. Kayaking/ Canoeing/ Canyoning

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In recent years, the attraction towards Kayaking has been at an increasing pace. Not only for people who already know Kayaking, but Nepal also become an ideal spot to learn Kayaking for beginners as well. Moreover, it is an extreme water sport for which the strong current rivers of Nepal can be a perfect choice. So, add this adventure sport to your list of things to do in Nepal.

13. The World's Highest Canyon Swing

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The ultimate bungee at The Last Resort in Nepal just three hours away from Kathmandu might be the most glorious bungee there is. There is no way you can miss this from the list of things to do in Nepal. The free fall of seconds which feels like infinity has become famous for the thrill of falling over the spectacular Bhotekoshi River from above 500 feet. Not only this, but the resort also offers a tandem swing, which is as much as exciting if not more.

14. Explore the Tea Gardens of Illam

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With miles of tea farms for you to explore, Illam is a perfect destination to visit if you are seeking for something peaceful. With the most exquisite tea gardens in Nepal, Illam has several extravagant tea gardens for you to visit. Among them, Phikal and Kanyam have gained a lot of reputation for their perfect location for picnics, sightseeing and taking hundreds of photographs to boast about.

15. Visit Jiri, The Switzerland of Nepal

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Popular by the name, The Switzerland of Nepal, Jiri exceeds all your expectation of beauty. With tremendous views of various mountain ranges, Jiri has become very popular as an alternate route to the Everest region. However, a trek to Jiri itself is also an experience of a lifetime. You get to experience the authentic and ethnic culture in the small town. The beautiful trails passing through breathtaking Rhododendron forests deserve a place in your list of things to do in Nepal.

Finally,

The above is merely a preview of what this extravagant country has to offer you. We hope the things we suggested you can do in Nepal made you even more excited to visit us. You will have to see for yourself to believe what this nation has to offer. We invite you to a land where spirituality meets Nature, and we doubt there is a better place to be. So book your tickets today and don't hesitate to contact Hop Nepal for all your queries. We promise you the best travel experience.

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