The land of the Himalayas, Nepal is a small country - the abode of the mighty Mount Everest. Spiritual or adventurous, whatever is your reason for a visit, this nation has both in abundance. Acting as a dramatic backdrop, the expansive Himalayas is not easy to ignore. Nepal has some of the world's loftiest mountains, quaint Buddhist monasteries, stunning lakes, pristine natural forests, all contributing to its beauty. This culturally rich country has its people belonging to various ethnic groups; Hinduism and Buddhism are widely practised here. The county is economically cheap as well (1 AED = 28 Nepalese Rupee), yes that cheap! From snow-kissed peaks to dense forests, natural attractions are in plenty and there is much more to anticipate from this strikingly beautiful land. Here are a few surreal places to visit in Nepal for the ultimate travel nirvana!
1. Phewa TalPhewa Tal in Pokhara is the second largest lake in the country. Queen’s Forest or Rani Ban surrounds the lake, giving the lake its emerald hue due to the reflection. The boats, locally known as ‘doongas’ are docked at the lakeshore and can be availed for a boat ride. Tourists and locals are usually seen taking a walk or cycling around the lake. Trek towards the World Peace Pagoda and enjoy the view of the lake and the staggering mountains.
2. Tyangboche MonasteryLocated at an altitude of 3,867 meter, Tyangboche Monastery is the largest monastery in the Khumbu region in eastern Nepal. Established in 1916, an earthquake wrecked it in 1934, and again it was engulfed by fire in the year 1989. Thanks to the international assistance and voluntary aid, the monastery was rebuilt. A mountainous trail from Namche Bazaar will get you to this spiritual site; it is a three-day trek from Lukla. The famous Mani Rimdu Festival is hosted by the monastery in the months of October-November, a must- see event in Nepal. October and November is the best time to go to Nepal, the skies are clear and best for trekking.
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3. Phoksundo LakeThe deepest lake of the country, Phoksundo Lake, is located in the Dolpo region. The hiking trail to this beautiful and spectacular lake passes through some of the stunning landscapes filled with snow-capped mountains, wild rivers, and thick pine forests. This is also a sacred site for Buddhists; bathing or swimming is completely prohibited.
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4. Annapurna Mountain Range
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