Known For : Boudhanath Stupa Pashupatinath Temple Swayambhunath Temple
Kathmandu - city of peace, lives true to this description. The city is charming, busy, bustling, serene, alive and asleep - all at once. The capital of Nepal, Kathmandu is the most accessible city in the country - it is Nepal's only metropolitan city as well. It doesn't matter what you're in the mood for as a tourist, Kathmandu offers it all. From venturing into the untamed wild in National Parks, going where nature takes you on hikes and trails, setting your senses ablaze with the thriving nightlife and conquering the gushing waters on rafts and kayaks, to rediscovering yourself in the tranquillity of the mountains, detoxifying your system with the fresh air, finding your spirituality and contemplating life, Kathmandu is truly a place and an emotion - all at once.
Best Time: September to November
Known For : Annapurna Circuit Phewa Lake Sarangkot
Idyllic waters, majestic snow-capped mountains, crisp air, and friendly people await you at Pokhara, one of the most popular tourist destinations of the exotic East! Cradled at the foothills of the Himalayas, Pokhara is a metropolitan city in Nepal - it is even called the Tourist Capital of Nepal. This city offers a myriad of options for travellers of all kinds - from thrilling adventures and unforgettable journeys into the wild, to tranquil contemplation and serene meditation. Delve into the magic of this hilly city, for a truly memorable vacation.
Best Time: September to November
Known For : Janaki Mandir Ram Mandir, Janakpur Rolwaling Valley
Janakpur is a city in Nepal, close to Indian Border, which is believed to be the birthplace of Goddess Sita and place of her marriage with Lord Ram. Watch history come alive and dance vibrantly right in front of your eyes, as you explore the sacred city. Also known as the City of Ponds, Janakpur boasts of more than seventy ponds that dot its verdant landscape. Rediscover your spiritual roots as you learn more about the ancient and revered Hindu epic - the Ramayana and its significance today. Visit the actual sites mentioned in the great epic and listen to local lore as well - the entire experience is sure to be culturally fascinating and spiritually invigorating!
Best Time: September to March
Known For : Maya Devi Temple Bodhi Tree, Lumbini Mayadevi Pond
Nestled in the Himalayas near the Indian border, the beautiful town of Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lumbini has a plethora of ancient stupas dating back to 2000 years and monasteries that were built by the past dynasties. People come here from all over the world to this abode of Buddhism to study scriptures, meditate, practise yoga, trek, learn more about Buddhism and find inner peace. 'Lumbini' literally means 'The Lovely' in Sanskrit, and true to its name it stands!
Best Time: April to May
A lot of people visit Nepal for the attraction of the wilderness, namely Chitwan National Park. Bharatpur is the city that falls right in the gateway of the forested area. Located in central-south of Nepal, Bharatpur is the headquarters of the Chitwan district as well as a separate metropolitan administration - one of the four metro cities of Nepal. In essence, the main Bharatpur is mostly about urbanisation. All the government offices, colleges, hospitals are here, while most of the shopping and dining places are in its neighbouring town Narayangarh.
Known For : Durbar Square Patan Patan Museum
Patan is the third-largest city in Nepal right after Kathmandu and Pokhara. It is now known as Lalitpur. Both names are derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Lalitapattan’. The city is located just across the river Bagmati from Kathmandu. Patan has a Durbar Square that is full of statues, temples, and palaces. In addition, Durbar Square also has the ‘Patan museum’ which is a must-see attraction. It is a traditional centre for handicrafts and is also a place to purchase traditional jewellery, Buddha statues and masks.
Known For : 55 Windows Palace Bhaktapur Durbar Square Nyatapola Temple
A sub-metropolitan city with seven municipalities in the Sunsari district, Itahari has recently evolved into a bustling transportation junction in the eastern side of Nepal. The two main branches of the Nepal highway circulation - Mahendra Highway running from east to west and Koshi Highway running from north to south cross with each other at Itahari. And, thus, it has become a traffic nerve centre of Nepalese transportation. If you really delve deep into Itahari, you will find it is more than just a city to pass-by and enjoy from the windows of your vehicle, or to stop merely to have meals. The small metro city has some things to offer as well.
Narayangarh is a major transportation and commercial hub in Nepal. This moderately crowded city falls under the bigger umbrella of Bharatpur City and under the administrative jurisdiction of Chitwan district in southern Nepal. Narayangarh, also referred to as Narayanghat, sits with all its buzzing noises and busy crowds and ferrying traffic, right at the bank of Narayani River. The reason why Narayangarh is such a popular part of Bharatpur is its strategic position in term of cross-country traffic. The Narayangarh-Mugling Highway, which is the main driving route via the hills up to Pokhara and the capital Kathmandu, meets the east to west road called Mahendra Highway.
Also known by the name Manigal, Lalitpur is famously known for its rich cultural heritage, especially its tradition of arts and crafts. Today, with a population of nearly 2,25,000 people, Lalitpur is well known as a very picturesque city. King Varadeva is believed to have founded this city of feasts and festivities in 299 CE.
Now that we've listed the cities in Nepal, where will you be heading to on your trip to the city?
This post was published by Joysurjya Hagjer
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