Kathmandu – The tourism industry is a one of the source of national economy. Nepal is in top ranked Lonely Planet’s “Best Value Destination” list for 2017 and ranked 5th on the “Top Ten Destinations Guidebook”.
According to a report published by the World Travel and Tourism Council entitled Travel and Tourism the total contribution of travel and tourism to the GDP was remarkable in Nepalese context.
Based on the inquiry of Nepalis from different travel and trekking agencies and destinations featured by Nepal Tourism Board, we have listed 10 of the most life-defining destinations in Nepal for 2017.
RARA: Biggest lake of Nepal
Rara Lake, the country’s biggest and deepest freshwater lake in Mugu district, has also been attracting domestic visitors for the past few years. Until a few years ago, Rara used to receive only a few visitors, but it has been gradually gaining popularity among Nepalis. The easiest means to reach Rara is to take a flight from Nepalgunj to Mugu, from where the destination is four to five hours walk away. The favorable time to visit is autumn, spring and summer.
POON HILL: Feel Mounting test
The famous Ghandruk-Ghorepani-Poon Hill trail is a short and scenic trek in the Annapurna area. Number of Domestic tourist has been on a gradual rise at Poon Hill. The 3,210-metre-high point is located between Mt Annapurna on the right and Mt Dhaulagiri on the left. There are more than 30 hotels and guesthouses in serving tourist. Tourism entrepreneurs say all the hotels are usually filled with visitors.
JOMSOM AND MUKTINATH: Sacred Place for Both Hindus and Buddhists
Muktinath is a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists, located in the Muktinath Valley at an altitude of 3,710 meters at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass in Mustang. An increasing number of domestic visitors have been travelling to Muktinath, where people are visiting Kagbeni and Muktinath by both road and air. Jomsom is a great place to start trekking. The diverse landscapes and cultures to be found along the trekking routes give marvelous insight into the way of life of rural Nepali people. A highlight is trekking through the gorge carved by the Kali Gandaki River, which originates in the Tibetan plateau to eventually flow into the Ganges.
KHAPTAD: Feel Natural Life
The Khaptad National Park is a protected area in the Far-western Region. It elongated over four districts; Bajhang, Bajura, Achham and Doti and ranges in elevation from 1,400m to 3,300m. The favorable time to visit is Spring (March-May) and autumn (October-November) a. There are no lodges or hotels in the park. Trekkers must be self-sufficient in tents, food and all other supplies. The Nepal Tourism Board, in association with travel trade entrepreneurs, has launched travel packages to the Khaptad region.
KOSHI TAPPU: Visit for Learner Birdwatchers
Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is one of the best places to visit for learner birdwatchers. Koshi Tappu is a protected area in the Tarai of eastern Nepal covering 175sqkm of wetlands in Sunsari, Saptari and Udayapur districts. The last surviving population of wild buffalo is found here. The reserve is also home to many types of mammals such as hog deer, spotted deer, wild boar and blue bull. It comprises extensive mudflats, reed beds, and freshwater marshes in the floodplain of the Sapta Koshi River.
ILAM: Tea Garden
A brisk walk in a tea garden, tranquil picnic and sightseeing stops, short treks along gentle slopes, or a trudge into the nearby woods-all this and more is offered by Ilam in the eastern hill district. The number of local tourists visiting the hill regions of Ilam district has swelled in recent years. There are more than a dozen hilltops in Ilam which have been gaining in popularity as tourist destinations. Antu Hill is the most popular destination for sightseers for its unmatched views of the sunrise. While the subtropical climate of Ilam ensures good weather throughout the year, the best time to visit Ilam is between October-December or from April-February.
BARDIA NATIONAL PARK: Famous to Royal Bengal Tiger
Bardia National Park is one of the most undisturbed protected areas in the Tarai and is home to the endangered Royal Bengal tiger and Nepal’s famous one-horned rhinoceros. The park located in the far western district of Bardia, is bordered by River Karnali in the west, the Churia range in the north, while the River Babai flows right through. Several safari lodges in Bardia provide excellent accommodation and facilities for guests to enjoy wildlife activities. The best time to visit is autumn, winter and early summer when the weather is warm and dry. Bardia can be reached by road via Nepalgunj or by flight to Nepalgunj from where the park can be driven to.
Langtang is a region in the Langtang National Park. It is one of the most popular trekking regions for those planning a short trek from Kathmandu. The park contains a wide variety of climatic zones, from subtropical to alpine. Animal life includes Himalayan black bear, rhesus monkeys and red pandas. The park contains the Gosainkunda Lake. Tourists are gradually heading back to the Langtang region
NAWALPARASI: Place off Jungle Safari
ungle lovers who want something different than the well-trodden safari circuits of Sauraha can set course for Nawalparasi in the western part of Chitwan National Park. Superb bird watching, boating and dinner against a backdrop of a glorious sunset awaits those who dare to get off the beaten track. As Sauraha is becoming quite densely populated, it is worth going to the Narayani River for a spectacular sunset, bird watching and wildlife safari. Bird watching can be arranged on the Narayani River and Sanischare Lake that stretches 2,500 m from Shiswar to Treveni.
About 114 species of birds can be seen on the banks of the Narayani River. Bird watching is more interesting in the winter season when Siberian birds migrate to the Narayani River and its surroundings. Nearly a dozen of luxury resorts and homestays have been established in Nawalparasi.
BARPAK: Epicenter of 2015 Bevastating Earthquake
Barpak is a village situated in the northern part of the Gorkha district. Barpak’s unique historic significance and natural beauty has drawn many people from around the world. The unique sloppy shape of the village with clustered stone tile-roofed houses believes to be the reason behind main attractions to the people wishing to visit Barpak. Barpak is one of the stopover village routes of trekking around Manaslu. Many homestays that were flattened by 2015 devastating earthquake at its epicentere, Barpak village in Gorkha district, have been rebuilt. Almost 95 percent of the houses in Barpak, a picturesque hilltop community situated at an elevation of 1,900 metres above sea level, were turned into rubble by the tremor.