Nepal is a country known worldwide for its picturesque mountains, diverse wildlife and abundant natural treasures. There is so much to explore in Nepal but due to the lack of proper management and and coverage, we are unknown to them.
Along with natural beauty, the warm and friendly hospitality of the Nepalese people is what makes our country unique. The ancient cultures and heritage is passed down from one generation to another. When you are asked about Nepal, the first thing that comes in mind is undeniably the mountains. Our country is a synonym to huge mountains. Approximately, 100 different castes and societies of people live peacefully among each other. The concept of “Unity in diversity” exists in our country and they live within the boundaries of this small piece of heaven maintaining tolerance.
These following destinations are very unique and breathtaking and they can hold special place in our hearts. You should take a chance at the road less travelled and experience the true beauty of Nepal.
The Barun Valley in the Makalu Barun National Park
The Barun Valley is a Himalayan valley located at the base of the Makalu Himal. It is a hidden treasure for our country that has its resemblance to a beautiful paradise. It is quite serene in nature and is an Amazon-like hidden destination.
The glacial activity that helped create naturally lush green carpet that surrounds the valley is a gift from Barun Valley. This valley also provides a route-way to the Makalu Base Camp. It is a safe haven for diversified plants and animals along with many endangered species.
If you are ever looking for alternative trek destination other than Poon Hill trek, Khopra Ridge Trek is the choice for you. You will find the pathway similar to Poon Hill and it dips deep into the valley before you start ascending to the Khopra Danda. You can camp out on the open ridge and at the top of the ridge you can find a single tea house that serves good tea to the tourists. On the background of this glorious Danda you can see the magnificent Dhaulagiri, Annapurna1, Annapurna South, Nilgiri mountains. And as a special bonus you can also visit the blessed Khayer Lake on the way back.
You can feel the magic from the top of this hill with colorful sunrise and sunsets that has resemblance like paintings. One really needs to visit this Danda to experience the magic.
The Rupa Taal in Pokhara
This lake is the third biggest lake in the Pokhara Valley and it definitely counts as a hidden and underrated destination as the Phewa Lake outshines all other lakes of Pokhara. The soothing atmosphere created from the freshwater lake is an excellent gateway on a boat ride. This lake can be a blessing to anyone who wants to be amongst nature and enjoy being surrounded by many forests and hills.
Bungmati is a small village populated by a small group of Newari people. It is located in the Lalitpur district and is about 10km south of Kathmandu. Bungmati is renowned for being the hub of art and architecture in Nepal. It serves to be home to the skilled sculptors, wood carvers along with creative artists. Talking about the history of this village it came into existence as early as of the 7th century. According to famous historians they believe that this village came into existence as a religious center at about 300B.C. The Bungmati locals have not been influenced by the modern lifestyles and habits. Their lifestyle still has its roots in traditions and cultures.
Daman is located in central Nepal of Makwanpur district. It lies 77km southwest of Kathmandu on the Tribhuvan highway at an elevation of 2322 meters. Daman holds its pride on having one of the best views of the Himalayas. On a good clear day one can easily view Mt. Dhaulagiri in the West to Mt. Everest in the East.
Daman is the place for you if you want to escape the city life and are in need of some kind of solace. As Daman is found to be quite close to the Kathmandu city, the city dwellers visit Daman. Most people escape to Daman for picnics and recreational purpose. During winter, when the first snow falls in Daman, the beauty of the village gets augmented and people flock to see the snowfall against the backdrop of the Himalayas. There is also a religious site- Risheshor Mahadev Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and one can always visit it during their free time in Daman. Daman is also home to one of the biggest botanical gardens in Nepal. Different varieties of Rhododendron are also found here.
Sarangkot is the most popular place to visit in Pokhara. It is Pokhara’s sunrise viewpoint. This destination is popular among tourists who want to view the Himalayas without having to walk much. We can easily see Annapurna ranges like Dhaulagiri and Manaslu. We can see the valley of Pokhara right below the height of Sarangkot with the reflection of it all in the sparkling water of the Phewa lake. This spot serves to be perfect place for paragliding in recent days. It is a great spot for takeoff and landing. The weather of Sarangkot is almost predictable by nature. For most days we can always get the clear views of the Himalayas.