Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia. It is a multi-ethnic nation with Nepali as the official language. Kathmandu is the nation’s capital and largest city. Nepal is bordered by China to the north and India to the south, east, and west. Nepal is located in the Himalayas and is home to eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains, including Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. The country has an area of 147,181 square kilometers (56,827 sq. mi). Nepal is a gift of nature. It is a small landlocked Himalayan country. However, it is full of geographical and cultural diversity.
Lumbini, Kathmandu, Janakpur, Mount Everest, Khaptad, Rara Lake, Janki Temple, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath stupa, Pashupati temple Barun Valley, Kanyam, Illam, Manakamana Temple, Dachhinkali Temple, bhaktapur durbar square Patan durbar Square Phoksundo lake, gosaikunda, Bandipur, Jomsom kagbeni, Karnali river Kaligandki river changu narayan Temple, Machhapuchhre Mountain are some of the most attractive places of Nepal.
Mount Everest, known in Nepali as Sagarmatha and in Tibetan as Chomolungma , is Earth’s highest mountain above sea level, located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas. The international border between Nepal and China runs across its summit point. The current official elevation of 8,848 m , recognized by China and Nepal, was established by a 1955 Indian survey and subsequently confirmed by a Chinese survey in 1975. In 2005, China remeasured the rock height of the mountain, with a result of 8844.43 m. There followed an argument between China and Nepal as to whether the official height should be the rock height or the snow height.
Phewa Lake, Phewa Tal or Fewa Lake is a freshwater lake in Nepal formerly called Baidam Tal located in the south of the Pokhara Valley that includes Pokhara city; parts of Sarangkot and Kaskikot. The lake is stream-fed but a dam regulates the water reserves, therefore, the lake is classified as semi-natural freshwater lake. It is the second largest lake in Nepal; the largest in Gandaki Pradesh after the Rara lake in the comparison to Nepal’s water bodies. It is the most popular and most visited lake of Nepal. It is the only lake in Nepal to have a temple Tal Barahi Temple at the central part of lake.
Gokyo Lakes are oligotrophic lakes in Nepal’s Sagarmatha National Park, located at an altitude of 4,700–5,000 m above sea level. These lakes are the world’s highest freshwater lake system comprising six main lakes, of which Thonak Lake is the largest. In September 2007, Gokyo and associated wetlands of 7,770 ha have been designated a Ramsar site.
Swayambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu Valley
The very ancient Swayambhunath Stupa rests on a hillock in the Kathmandu Valley. It is one of the most admired temples and a great place to soak up the panoramic views of the city. It is one of the oldest as well as the holiest Buddhist stupas in the region. According to some inscriptions, the stupa was built by King Manadeva in 460 A.D. The complex has a stupa, some shrines and temples that belong to the Licchavi period. It is an architectural marvel in the shape of a white dome that signifies our planet, earth. And the tower-like structure on top represents the 13 stages of nirvana. On each side of the stupa is the ‘Paanch Buddha’ statue that represents the five different qualities of Lord Buddha. The main stupa also houses a number of artefacts belonging to the bygone era.
Swayambhunath Stupa is frequented by tourists and pilgrims throughout the year. It is believed that the glory of the Kathmandu Valley started from here. After visiting the stupa, you can also explore the Harati Devi Temple which is a part of Swayambhunath Stupa complex. And if you are looking for some relaxation after the very touristic trip, take a walk along the Swayambhu Circle Road.