The city of Pokhara comes to number one for me. This is the most amazing place in Nepal with lots of god gifted natural places to visit. Pokhara is the second largest city of Nepal according to population. Despite being known by the population, this city is known by its natural beauty with beautiful places, amazing natural views and tranquil atmosphere that you cannot enjoy in any other part of the world.
Pokhara remains first in the list of must visit places in Nepal. If you are in Nepal and has not visited Pokhara, then I must say that you haven't seen Nepal well. The enchanting Pokhara valley with the dominating presence of Mt. Machhapuchhare (Fishtail Mountain) in the background is the gateway to the Annapurna region where many trekkers finds their Shangri-la. Pokhara is also ideally placed for adventure sports such as: rafting, paragliding and ultra-light flights. The relaxed atmosphere on the shores of Phewa Lake gives a trekker a much needed respite from days of hiking up and down the hills and mountains on one of the popular Annapurna treks. The crowded bars and restaurants are the places to seek companionship, where tall stories and real life experiences are shared with perfect strangers. The friendly Nepalese make a tourist feel at home to the point where many stay on for extended periods and come each year to seek those friends he’s made and find peace of mind.
Pokhara’s bewitching beauty has been the subject of many travel writers. Its pristine air, the spectacular backdrop of the snowy peaks, the serene lakes and the surrounding greenery make it ‘the jewel in the Himalaya’, a place of remarkable natural beauty. Mt. Machhapuchhare (6,977 m) has a mesmerizing effect on any nature lover and the Phewa Lake creates an ambience of peace that is magical. Warmer than Kathmandu because of its lower altitude, Pokhara is pleasant in the winter and has a rich flora and fauna making it ideal for bird watching.
Places to see in Pokhara
Lakes: Phewa and Begnas Lake,
Temples: Barahi and Bindabasini Temples, World Peace Pagoda
Caves: Mahendra Cave and Chameri Cave
Trekking Spots: Sarangkot, Ghandruk, Naudanda, Ghorepani
River & Water Falls: Seti River, Davis Falls
Museums: Pokhara Museum, Annapurna Regional Museum, International Mountain Museum
Markets: The Old Bazar, Lake-side
Things to do in Pokhara
Motor biking, Fishing, Boating, Paragliding, Trekking, Golf, Pony Riding, Rafting, Short Hikes, Mountain Biking.
Lumbini is a pilgrimage site in Rupandehi District of Nepal. Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha and one of the World Heritage Sites in Nepal. This pilgrimage site in southwest Nepal attracts devout Buddhists from around the world, who arrive to pay homage at the Sacred Garden where the ‘Enlightened One’ was born. A famous landmark is the Ashoka Pillar raised by the great Emperor Ashoka who eventually had taken the path of Buddhism.
Today Lumbini has been enlivened by the multitude of architecturally beautiful temples, stupas and monasteries built by various international Buddhist communities. Though, Lumbini seems to have manmade temples and other structures, it is one of the sacred and holy places for those who seek eternal peace of heard and mind. A person can feel and enlighten one's karma and take dive in to the spiritual life. This place is also important from the archeological point of view. The ruins of ancient Palace and thirteen successive layers of human habitation dating back to the 8th century BC has been found at the excavation site near Lumbini. It is said that Lord Buddha spent his formative years at the Palace.
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