The best trekking zone Nepal offers adventures every time in the year depending upon which region you are choosing to trek. The most popular seasons for trekking in Nepal are autumn (September, October, November & December) and spring (February, March, April & May). Winter season is very cold in high mountains and mountain passes are totally covered with snow. But one can trek low altitudes. Many trekkers assume that rainy season (June-August) is not the proper time for trekking activities due to the heavy rain but, there are still plenty of activities and opportunity for adventure lovers. Even many first time trekkers are also satisfied with their monsoon trekking experience. The rain shadow area like Upper and lower mustang, Dolpo are the best places for a monsoon trek.
WORLD HERITAGE SITES INSIDE KATHMANDU VALLEY
1. KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE
The Kathmandu Durbar Square is in the heart of Kathmandu’s historic center. It is the ancient seat of Malla Rullers. The palace complex is home to many temples and monuments of archaeological importance and reflects cultural richness prevalent during the days of Malla rulers. Some of the attractions of the Kathmandu Durbar Square are the Nine-storied Place, Kastamandap Temple, Kumari Ghar, Kal Bhairab and the museum inside the palace are the attractions of the Kathmandu Durbar Square. The hoards of pigeons, wandering cows, photo snapping tourists and cool trinket selling are another attractive part of the visit.
Entry fee: Rs. 1000 Per person(Foreigner Nationals), Rs. 150 Per Person ( SAARC Nationals)
2. BHAKTAPUR DURBAR SQUARE
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is located in the heart of Bhaktapur city, one of the well preserved monumental zones in Kathmandu Valley. Bhaktapur is the museum of medieval art and architecture with many fine examples of sculpture, woodcarving and coolest pagoda temples consecrated to different god and goddess. Royal Palace, The palace of 55-windows, The golden Gate, The lion gate, The picture gallery, The statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, Bastala Temple, Nyatpola Temple, Bhairab Nath Temple, Mayur Jhyal(Peacock window) etc. are some of the historical and culturally attractive monuments of Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
Entry fee: Rs. 1500 Per person(Foreigner Nationals), Rs. 500 Per Person ( SAARC Nationals/Chinese)
3. PATAN DURBAR SQUARE
Patan Durbar Square is located in the heart of Patan city, the palace of the Malla kings and the city of fine arts. The square displays the newari architecture that had reached its pinnacle during the reign of Malla Kings. Mul Chowk, A master piece stone, the Krishna Mandir, Bhimsen Temple, Keshab Narayan Chowk, Sundari Chowk, the Royal Palace and Royal bath mark the artistic brilliance of Newari craftsmen of that era. Like other palaces, Patan Durbar Sqauare also the houses of temple that exquisite woodcarving,stone and metal sculpture.
Entry fee: Rs. 1000 Per person(Foreigner Nationals), Rs. 250 Per Person ( SAARC Nationals)
4. Boudhanath Stupa
Bouddhanath is located at northeast side from Thamel. Buddhist stupa is one of the world’s most intriguing structures. It is the attraction with great importance for the worldwide Buddhist community, listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. Topped with the Buddha’s eyes wisdom that is at 36 metres high, whitewashed dome, a walk around the giant stupa is an attractive part of this side.
Entry fee: Rs. 400 Per person(Foreigner Nationals), Rs. 100 Per Person ( SAARC Nationals)
It is located in western Kathmandu and one of the most striking icon of Kathmandu valley. It is also known as Monkey Temple. With the climb of 365 upstairs, visitors can reach the base of this giant white dome with Buddhist icons, symbols, prayer wheels and Tibetan script decorating the exterior. 360 degree views of Kathmandu valley and holy monkeys, history, culture and photographs will be extremely pleased with the visit of this temple.
Entry fee: Rs. 200 Per person(Foreigner Nationals), Rs. 50 Per Person ( SAARC Nationals)
6. Pashupatinath Temple
Pashupatinath Temple is located in Eastern Kathmandu along the bank of Bagmati River. It is one of Hinduism’s most important temples dedicated to the Lord Shiva. It would be a best idea to have an eye-opening experience of Pashupatinath’s splendor. With its history, mythology and extreme religious signifance, you can see the public cremations along the Ghats of the temple.
Entry fee: Rs. 1000 Per person(Foreigner Nationals)
7. CHANGU NARAYAN TEMPLE
Changu Narayan Temple is located on a high hilltop, also known as Changu or Dolagiri. The temple is surrounded by Champak tree forest with a small village called Changu. The temple is one of the most ancient temple, dedicated to Lord Bishnu, built by Mandeva, the first historical king of Nepal. The temple, believed to have been constructed in the third centuries, is adorned by some of the best samples of stone, wood and metal Craft. There are many statues and inscriptions in the temple area that are culturally and archaeologically important.
Entry fee: Rs. 300 Per person(Foreigner Nationals), Rs. 100 Per Person ( SAARC Nationals)
WORLD HERITAGE SITES OUTSIDE KATHMANDU VALLEY
Lumbini is the birth place of the Lord Buddha and the fountain of world peace. Situated in western Nepal, Lumbini is an ancient town where old ruins of ancient city are well preserved. Lumbini has been a holy ground for Buddhists all over the world. The peace garden and international Monastic zone are the other attraction of lumbini after the mayadevi temple, puskarini pond and the historic Ashok Pillar. There are different archeological sites around lumbini in the likes of Tilaurakot, Kudan, Ramagram, Niglihawa and others.
Entry fee: Rs. 200 Per person(Foreigner Nationals), Rs. 100 Per Person ( SAARC Nationals)
9. CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
Chitwan National Park is one of the most preserved conservation area in Nepal. Lying in Chitwan district along the Indian border, chitwan National Park is home to rare one horned rhino, Royal Bengal tiger, ghariyal, crocodile and different other flora and faunas. The park is home to more than 50 spices of mammals, 525 species of birds and 55 spices of reptiles and amphibians. The park consists of a diversity of eco-systems including the churia hills and the stretched flood plains of the Rapti and Narayani River.
Entry fee: Rs. 1500 + 13 % VAT Per person(Foreigner Nationals), Rs. 750 + 13% VAT Per Person ( SAARC Nationals)
10. SAGARMATHA(Everest) NATIONAL PARK
The Sagarmatha National Park is Nepal’s most popular national park as it is home to world’s tallest peak Mt. Everest of Sagarmatha. Lying in the north eastern part of Nepal, the park has several other prominent peaks most of peaks, deep gorges and glaciers. The park is home to different rare spices in the likes of snow leopard, wolf, lynx, red panda and black bear. Likewise, the park is also home to beautiful Sherpa village, historic monasteries and cultural landmark.
Entry fee: Rs. 3000 Per person