5 Must-see Heritage Sites of Nepal

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Who never thought about going on an astonishing journey through Nepal? It must be in the bucket list of many of you. And if travelling leaves marks on you, like Anthony Bourdain would say, prepare yourself to change yourself when visiting Nepal.

This UNESCO WORLD’S HERITAGE is an incredible destination that combines doses of stunning landscapes with many cultural aspects to immerse yourself in both, adventure and peacefulness.

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And I’m not just talking about the popular sites such as Mt. Everest or the Himalayas. I guess it would be a life-changing experience to anyone who steps there. Don’t you think? So, here’s the list of what to see and experience in Nepal:

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1- Sagarmatha National Park

Home to the most famous and highest peak in the World – Mt.Everest – Sagarmatha National park is a getaway to the paradise and a site with the best views of its surrounded peaks.

The park is an excellent spot to see wildlife. But consider yourself lucky if you spot a snow leopard, aka red panda. It’s one of the world’s endangered species and Nepal has been home to these amazing animals.

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2- Boudhanath

In my opinion, one of the best featured of Nepal is definitely its spiritual vibe.  Located 8 kilometres to the east of Kathmandu, Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in South Asia. I didn’t know what a stupa was, so here its – a dome-shaped building erected as a Buddhist shrine.

I can imagine it has a beautiful atmosphere, but it’s also a popular place for tourists send their prayers to the beloved ones. It’s the largest stupa in the Kathmandu valley, anyway. Hard to miss!

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3- Swayambhunath

Despite having a hard time trying to pronounce it, the also called “ Monkey Temple” is a quite popular site in the northwest of Kathmandu valley.

It’s also one of the holiest stupas in Nepal. And of course, a must-see heritage site and a perfect place to light oil lamps, send all your prayers and be thankful for the amazing experience of visiting Nepal.

Swayambhu literally means “self-existent one”. Believed to date back to 460 A.D., it was built by King Manadeva and by the 13th century, it had become an important centre of Buddhism. 

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4- Dolpo region

This untouched destination is placed in the remote region of Dolpo where we find hidden valleys, the ancient Shey Gompa, and the stunning pristine waters of Phoksundo Lake. Where else could you be dropped into a magnificent landscape like this?

Trekking is one of the most popular activities when visiting Nepal. After all, there isn’t better way of exploring a new place if not walking around its natural beauty.

Just a reminder: Dolpo is one of the Restricted Areas of Nepal and trekkers require a Trekking Permit from the Department of Immigration in addition to the TIMS card to trek in this region. Trekkers must be extremely fit to endure the long and strenuous stretches en route.

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5- Patan

I don’t know about you, but when I think about travelling, the first things that comes to my mind is absorbing as much as possible local culture when visiting a new destination.

Patan is a preserved ancestral site located only 5 km away from Nepal’s capital city. This historical city provides unique experiences such as taking part of a woodcarving and pottery course or learning the delicate Thanks painting.

Patan is a city of 55 major temples, 136 Buddhist monasteries, fine metal works, and countless festivals. Patan takes pride in producing great Thanka painters in the country.

In every – now and then – corners and alleys of Patan can be seen with Thanka painters, filling colour to ancient Gods and Goddess.

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Source | welcomenepal.com

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Simone Ribeiro
I'm a Brazilian journalist based in West Midlands. In Brazil, I have worked with International Trade and Logistics publications.

Now in the UK, I keep writing and I dedicate myself to a new project : Midlands Trade - a blog focused on business in Europe and Brazil. It's also supporting small businesses throughout the #MeetTheBusiness.

I'm a Brazilian journalist based in West Midlands. In Brazil, I have worked with International Trade and Logistics publications. Now in the UK, I keep writing and I dedicate myself to a new project : Midlands Trade - a blog focused on business in Europe and Brazil. It's also supporting small businesses throughout the #MeetTheBusiness.

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  1. Namaste Lila! I am glad you like it. There are much more to come!

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