Nepal is famous for its world class mountains and adventure. But Nepal also has undiscovered treasures in the form of National Parks, and ancient towns. Let Magical Nepal guide you to some of lesser known destinations.
Kathmandu – Patan – Bhaktapur. The three former medieval city states of the Kathmandu valley are all worth a visit. All three are UNESCO listed with a myriad of winding streets, pagodas, and temples, leading to squares still used by locals to dry corn and pottery. A visit is to step back in time where the sites, smells and noises provide a living memory of a bygone era.
Lumbini – Birthplace of the Buddha. A visit to the Maya Devi Temple rates as one of the greatest spiritual journeys available on the subcontinent. Rediscovered just over a hundred years ago you can visit the exact spot that Siddhartha Gautama was born 2500 years ago. Just finding a quiet spot to sit and meditate is a profound experience here. Then after you can tour the multi-national collection of temples.
Pokhara – Nepal’s second largest city with a spectacular setting and a laid back vibe. Watching the dawn reflection of Machhapuchhre and the Annapurna in the still waters of Phewa Tal is unforgettable. Pokhara is also Nepal’s adventure mecca with the best collection of restaurants in the country.
Bandipur – Is a living museum of Newari culture. A beautifully preserved village situated on a ridge top above the main highway stop of Dumre. Traditional homes have been preserved and reborn as cafes and lodges where glorious 18th century architecture, lack of motor cars, and restaurant tables set out on the bazaar give it an almost european feel.
Chitwan and Bardiya – National Parks set deep in the jungle. Who doesn’t want to wake to the hoots and roars of the forest, grab your camera, climb atop an elephant and go in search of Rhino, Tiger, and Leopard.