Nepal

Best time to visit Nepal for a perfect vacation

Author: Nikita Mazindar Baruah
Date: 2020-04-07

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Nepal is mainly located in the Himalayas, and it is the 48th largest country by population. It borders China in the north and has India in the south, east, and west, while Bangladesh is located only 27 km from its southeastern tip. Tourism is one of the largest industries in Nepal, and every year people from around the year visit Nepal and explore its natural beauty. It is home to 4 world heritage sites – Lumbini, Sagarmatha National Park, Chitwan National Park, and seven monuments in the Kathmandu Valley. 

6 best tourist spots of Nepal to include in your itinerary 

(1) Kathmandu 

The capital city of Nepal – Kathmandu has a very lively atmosphere, and the streets are filled with locals and tourists throughout the year. The city has a historical touch, which can be seen in the temples and carved statues all around. In the past, for many years, Kathmandu was one of the three rival royal cities of Nepal, along with Bhaktapur and Patan. The best highlight of this place is Durbar Square, and it is the largest palace square in the three royal cities and a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can visit many temples here with varied sizes, designs, and styles. The best time to visit Kathmandu is from late September to December. At this time, the views of the glaciers and local festivals are the best. The temperature in October ranges from 20 degrees Celsius to 4 degrees Celsius. Apart from this, March and April are also considered to be the best time since the temperature rises during this time, and Spring begins.

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kathmandu

Kathmandu – the capital of Nepal

(2) Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur is the third Royal City in Nepal, which lies on the old trade route to Tibet. The city is a bit remote, and because of this, it has developed independently. This has also led to a distinguished growth, which makes this city unique in itself. The population is primarily Hindu, and the best place to visit here is Durbar Square, where in addition to the royal palace, several temples are also situated. The whole area is a UNESCO world heritage site. This city is also known as Nepal’s Cultural Gem, Living Heritage, City of Devotees, among so many others. The best time to visit Bhaktapur, Nepal, is during the Spring, which is in the months of March to April, and Autumn, which is the months of October to November. During this time, the weather in Nepal is pleasant, and the clarity of the sky makes the view of the Himalayas more beautiful. The other months, especially June, July, and August, are either too hot or humid for travel so that time can be avoided. 

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Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur – Royal city of Nepal

(3) Boudhanath Stupa 

The Boudhanath Stupa, which is located just outside of Kathmandu, Nepal, is one of the largest stupas of its kind in the world. It is believed that it was built sometime in the 6th century or even possibly earlier. It is located on the old trade route to Tibet and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The different shapes and sizes of stupas represent the five elements, earth, water, fire, air, and sphere, which are also the attributes of the five Buddhas. 

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Boudhanath Stupa – Top tourist spot of Nepal

(4) Chitwan National Park  

Chitwan National Park demonstrates a very different side of Nepal. It is one of the best places to experience wildlife and safari. It has a tropical monsoon climate, which is very different from the normal temperature of Nepal. It is famous for its wildlife, and tourists visit this place to have an amazing experience of a close view of animals like rhinos, Bengal tigers, leopards, sloth bears, buffalo, deer, and many others. The freshwater dolphins and crocodiles can also be seen here, but that is a rare sight. For bird watchers, this is a paradise to visit as there are more than 500 species of birds that can be easily identified. The best time to visit this national park is from October to February. The average temperature is around 25 degrees Celsius with high humidity, but the mornings are cool. The time between June and September is the monsoon season, and this place experiences heavy rainfall. 

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 (5) Swayambhunath – Monkey temple

The Swayambhunath temple is the second most important shrine in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, after Boudhanath. Due to the numerous monkeys in the temple area, it is popularly known as the monkey temple in Nepal. The Swayambhu stupa is painted with the eyes of the omnipresent god and represents the centerpiece of the temple area. It was originally a prehistoric site, but the temple complex dates to the 5th century. It is a significant part of the lives of the Vajrayana Buddhists of northern Nepal and Tibet. 

The best time to visit the temple is early in the morning before 9 am. This is the time you can find many rituals and pilgrims in the temple area. It is open 7 days a week from 12 am to 11:59 pm. 

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(6) Lumbini

Lumbini in Nepal is a famous place which is known as the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama. It is situated on the main tourist track, which is almost 250 kilometers from Kathmandu in Nepal. It is a worthwhile detour on the route from Pokhara to the Chitwan National Park. Most of the visitors are Buddhist pilgrims from around the world, and this place is a known UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Maya Devi Temple is dedicated to Buddha’s mother and is believed to be the place where Buddha was born. This incredible place in Nepal contains ancient stone relief from the 2nd century AD, which indicated the birth of Buddha. The best time to visit Lumbini is in the months of October and November. April and May can also be considered as the best months to visit as it the time of Buddha Jayanthi, and tourists from around the world visit this place. 

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