The beautiful town of Tansen sits within the mid-West Nepalese hills and contains quaint houses with traditional Newari architectural influences. The temperatures are mild all year round, making it suitable for visiting at any time. Due to the town’s history as an old trade route between India and Tibet, a large bazaar (Makhan Tole) is the town’s commercial hub. The capital of the Palpa district, the town’s history dates back to 11th century AD and is home to a handful of ruins that date between the 15th and 19th centuries. Prominent temples such as the Bhairab Temple, in addition to other sculptures and monasteries, are specific to this part of Nepal, making it an important cultural visiting spot.
Perfect for travelers who want to experience the beauty and majesty of the Himalayas without arduous physical activity, Nagarkot is best known for the views it offers of the mountains and the Kathmandu Valley. Perched on a high ridge to the northeast of Bhaktapur, the village of around 4,500 inhabitants commands views of eight Himalayan ranges. There’s a variety of appealing hotels in every price range in Nagarkot, many of which are located within walking distance of the Nagarkot view tower, known as the best place to visit in Nepal to view the sun rising over the Himalayas.
Located in the tranquil hills of eastern Nepal, Ilam is famous for its production of Nepal tea. The gentle slopes of the hills make for an easier exploration than some of the other areas within the country. The municipality of Ilam is also known for its fine cheeses, and has various agricultural exports. Antu Danda is a popular spot for its beautiful views of the surrounding areas, in particular at dusk and dawn for the sunsets and sunrises. An important religious site here is the Gajur Mukhi, which is a carved tunnel containing images of Hindu deities, and sits alongside the Deumai Khola river.
Arguably one of the most beautiful locations in the country, Pokhara is the second-largest city in Nepal. The landscape here abruptly changes from green hills to vast sheer mountains, and this creates an environment with views that are truly sensational. Named ‘the jewel in the Himalaya’, this area is a common visiting spot for those wanting to unwind – aided by clean air, enjoy the serenity diffused from the Phewa Lake, and stay at accommodations such as the Begnas Lake Resort. Try boating along the lake, visit the Barahi Temple and see the famous World Peace Pagoda – a dome-shaped stupa perched on the hilltop, providing stunning views of the surrounding area.
The city of Janakpur is located southeast of Kathmandu, and is home to many temples and religious ponds. Benefitting from its position at the foot of the Himalayas, the city contains some of the most beautiful architecture to be found in Nepal and is surrounded by vast natural beauty. Located here is the Janaki Mandir, which is a dedication to the goddess of Sita and stands as Janakpur’s oldest temple, and Nepal’s biggest. The intricate building features incredible details, and is an important example of Rajput architecture. In addition to this, the city is home to more than 100 sacred ponds, such as Ganga Sagar, and traditional artworks from the Maithili women, the origins of which are mysterious and as ancient as the place itself.