Lumbini is the place where Queen Maya gave birth to Lord Buddha and hence is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists. The prime attractions of the holy town include a temple dedicated to Mayadevi, a sacred pond, a Bodhi tree, a museum containing manuscripts from Buddha's times, a pillar to commemorate emperor Ashoka's visit to the place and several monasteries and temples. Over 100,000 visitors from all over the world visit Lumbini every year. The spiritual aura of this beautiful place In Nepal will rejuvenate your mind.
Pokhara was one of the few towns that was virtually untouched by the 2015 earthquake. Situated on the shoreline of a peaceful Lake Phewa, the city is embedded with beautiful natural scenery, like the dramatic, snow-capped Annapurna Massif and the surrounding mountain range. Pokhara is known as a popular site for adventure sports like paragliding and other fun activities like paddle boating on the calm lake water.
Janakpur is the birthplace of the goddess Sita and the place where she married the god Ram (Vishnu in mortal form). The city’s central temple, Janaki Mandir, is a guaranteed stop on any Hindu pilgrimage tour, though few tourists visit the area. One of the only other attractions in the city is the site of Nepal’s only railway and railhead. Located very near the Indian border, the small, holy city has a strong Indian influence.
Kathmandu, the capital decorated by a number of colors, is surely the first stop in any Nepal trip. Besides the spectacular landscape, you will be amazed quickly by the thick history and vibrant culture here. There are so many sights to see within the city, including the Buddhist temple Swayambhunath, the remains of the Hanuman Dhoka, and Golden Temple (or Kwa Bahal), a Buddhist monastery. The streets may be full of rickshaws, the traffic can be really slow, and the whole city sometimes makes you knit your brown a little bit with many different smells, sounds, and people. However, in the end, Kathmandu is still the soul of Nepal. And you, as a traveler, still fall for this city with all your heart.
Bhaktapur, which was historically described as the best-preserved city-state in the Kathmandu Valley, was tragically devastated in the 2015 earthquake. Many traditional buildings were completely destroyed or damaged beyond repair. Although the streets are still damaged and covered in rubble in some areas, a lot of the town’s historic and religious monuments are still towering over the three bustling squares. This city is more pedestrian-friendly than Kathmandu or Patan, and here you will find artisans weaving cloth and laying pots to dry in the sun.
This small town, which used to be the capital of Nepal, is an idyllic, relaxing getaway, but it also was badly damaged in the recent earthquake. Historic temples and monuments were damaged, sometimes, like the Garad Ghar, beyond repair, and many houses completely collapsed. The town is recovering, however, and there are still a good number of sights to see, as well as panoramic views from the new viewpoint tower at the Kalika Temple or the hilltop Malika Temple. Visit the historic Durbar Square with its seven-story fortress from the 1700s, Saat Tale Durbar.