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Packed with numerous temples, the Royal Palace, sacred cows and roaming Hindu holy men, this central square is atmospheric and emblematic of Nepal’s unique cultural mélange.
The word’s largest temple devoted to the Hindu god Shiva, this architectural juggernaut draws devotees from all over the Indian subcontinent. A richly ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga (phallic symbol) of Shiva, dating back to the 6th century.
Much like the Ganges in India, the Bagmati is holy and an auspicious place to be cremated. On the ghats (steps leading to the river) lining the bank, it’s not unusual to witness a cremation ceremony designed to enable the soul to escape the body to be reborn again according to the dictates of karma.
Known as “The Beautiful City” for its extraordinary wealth of Newari art and architecture, Patan is jam-packed with gorgeous and intriguing temples and its central square is exquisitely well preserved.
Located near Pokhara, this is the second-largest lake in Nepal. The intriguing temple set the middle of the lake, accessible only by boat, is worth visiting.
Most famous for the Bengal tiger, this park is home to many rhinos, elephants, deer, and over 450 different species of birds. A safari is an unforgettable experience.
Quite possibly the world’s most famous trek, this intense hiking circuit begins with a flight to Lukla and then includes 14 days on foot accessing the famous viewpoint at Kalla Pattar en route. Spring travelers have a good chance to catch a climbing expedition preparing to summit Everest above 17,000 feet. Note: This trek is only appropriate for experienced hikers in excellent physical condition.
Cutting through the heart of the mountains to Machupachare Base Camp, this seven-to-ten-day trek culminates in an area known as “the Sanctuary,” which affords 360-degree views of some of the most beautiful Himalayan peaks. This trek reaches elevations of up to 14,000 feet.