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Places to visit outside Kathmandu

Dhulikhel

Dhulikhel is a scenic and ancient town situated 30 km east of Kathmandu on the side of the Arniko Rajmarga. From here one can have a complete panoramic view of the snowy ranges from east to west. From the main town an excursion to Namobuddha stupa is highly recommended.

 

 

 

Namo Buddha

This sacred spot is located 3 hours walking distance from Dhulikhel. The white painted stupa we find here commemorates the actions of the Buddha Sakyamuni's self less sacrifice to feed a starving tiger by offering his own flesh. In fact this place is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Buddhists. The stupa is more than 20 ft high and its upper gilded tower is covered with prayer flags.

 

 

 

Nagarkot

It is one of the most popular mountain resort destinations in the Kathmandu Valley rim. Located 30 km east of Kathmandu, Nagarkot is a magnificent place to spend the night and awaken to view the sun rising across the wide Himalayan range. It is also the starting point of the valley rim trek for those who are in Nepal for short stay.

 

 

 

Kakani

Situated to the north west of Kathmandu, it is a popular hill resort for nature-lovers who can view blossoming of beautiful oaks and rhododendrons and excellent mountain views of Ganesh Himal, Himalchuhi and the Gosainkunda ridge.For those wishing to truly get away from the distractions of urban life, Kakani is a perfect retreat.

 

 

 

Gorkha

It is situated 131 km. west of Kathmandu valley at an altitude of 1135m at the end of mountain road that branches north from the Kathmandu- Pokhara Highway at Abu Khaireni. It is the ancestral home of the Shah dynasty and home of the original Gorkha soldiers. Gorkha's centerpiece is the magnificent Gorkha Durbar which is a fort, a palace and a temple with excellent views of the surrounding valleys and the Manaslu range.

 

 

 

Manakamana

This is also the famous pilgrimage site of Nepal. It lies southeast from Gorkha. Every Hindu and Buddhist makes a pilgrimage trip to Manakamana temple by a Cable Car from the Kurin Tar and it takes 8 min to reach.

 

 

 

 

 

Bandipur

It is a hilltop town situated midway on the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway at an altitude of 1005m overlooking the Marshyangdi river valley. It offers mountain views, artistic houses and pagoda temples. It has the largest cavern in the country, the Siddha Gupha, which is full of stalactites and stalagmites.

 

 

 

 

Pokhara


Situated 200km west from Kathmandu, this small enchanting town nestled in a tranquil valley amidst the unrivalled natural beauty. Its natural ambience which allows enjoying lakeside tranquility and breathtaking views of magnificent Machhapuchre (fishtail) peak (6993m) has transformed Pokhara into a paradise of the planet. It has been the base camp for many of Nepal's most popular trekking and rafting destinations

 

Janakpur

A great religious place, Janakpur is famous for being the birthplace of Sita, the consort of Lord Ram. There is an artistic marble temple of Sita (Janaki), popularly known as Naulakha Mandir. Religious festival, trade fairs and other festivities are held here on Bivaha Panchami and Ram Navami.

 

 

Chitwan

Chitwan is known for the most attractive national park located at southern terai region of Nepal. The park has wide varieties of wildlife offering people from across the world an opportunity to observe beautiful flora and fauna. Here, one can see very rare endangered species like one-horned rhinos, sloth, wild boars leopards, crocodiles and more than 500 species of birds.

 

 

Lumbini

The birthplace of Lord Buddha lies in the plains south west of Kathmandu. It is a sacred place for Buddhists from all over the world, standing on an equal footing with holy places sacred to other world religions. As millions of Christians look to Jerusalem for inspiration, as millions of Muslims turn to Mecca, so do three hundred million Buddhists visit Lumbini.