Revealing the Nepal’s most popular tourism places based on tourists interest (updated)
- Table of Contents
- Tourism in Nepal
- Reasons to travel
- Importance of tourism
- Hidden treasures
- Tourist places
- Everest base camp
- Rara lake
Nepal tourism, Nepal, is a small yet beautiful landlocked country with its peculiar natural beauty. Nepal has many scenic landscapes with a diverseness of both natural and cultural heritage. Nevertheless, there are a massive amount of beautiful places to visit and explore in Nepal. It has the highest mountain, Mt.Everest, the ever-flowing Himalayan rivers, glaciers, mammoth lakes, green valleys, and lovely waterfalls, the national parks in the Terai and Himalayan range are all the attractions for tourists. Nepal is a multi-ethnic, multi-language, and multi-culture country.
Tourism plays a major role in boosting not only Nepal’s tourism sector but also its economic and nation as a whole. Tourism is the largest source of foreign income as the stats clearly show that more than 40 % of the country’s eight hundred thousand visitors traveled for trekking and tours. Tourism in Nepal was initiated in 1953 AD after the first successful ascent of Mount Everest by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary. Nepal was closed for foreigners before 1951 during the period of the autocratic rule of the Rana Regime.
Fortunately, after the evolvement of democracy in 1995 AD, Nepal Government started providing Tourist Visa for foreigners. Tourism can be significant for our country to uplifting the country’s economy. The diverse and beautiful natural resources in our country are significant factors for the tourist industry.
Nowadays, Nepal has become one of the most popular tourist destinations. Every year more than thousands of tourist influxes in Nepal to explore the beauty of Nepal.
According to the statistics, the highest number of tourists is recorded in October, followed by February. People here visit for different purposes; some will come to see the natural resources while others come for research and study purpose based on our historical and religious places.
· To visit famous places and view tallest peaks such as Mount Everest
· To escape from severe climate
· To get the blessing from famous Temples such as Pashupatinath
· To learn and gain insights into the local culture
· To spend quality time lying on the lap of the Himalayas
· To study historical and religious places
· To spend a holiday by get out of their comfort and climb on the hills
Importance of tourism:
Tourism has been flourishing for decades and has played a significant role in the growth and development of various sectors in Nepal.
Nepal has been launching various national campaigns aiming to boost internal tourism in the country. Thus Nepal government has planned “Visit Nepal 2020” as a significant campaign, intending to attract hundreds of thousands of tourists in Nepal. This is why the importance of tourism is rapidly growing.
Below are some of the significant importance of tourism in Nepal:
Increment in the source of income:
Nepal is no longer an agricultural country; Nepal’s economy is boosted by international tourism as well. This has become a significant source of income to sustain the failing economy of the country. 2016 A.D statistics shows that the tourism sector pumped Rs. One hundred seventy-seven billion to the nation’s economy. Not only is this Nepal ranked in 37th position among 185 counties on the list to the country where tourism directly contributes to GDP.
In 2017, 8% of Nepal’s GDP (220 billion of Nepalese Currency) was contributed by the tourism sector. It is a matter of pride that the figures of contribution given by the tourism sector is increasing rapidly and is likely to go up to 8.25% by 2028. Hence, Tourism is acting as the primary pillar for sustaining Nepal’s current economy.
The opportunity of employment:
Tourism has played a vital role in increasing employment opportunities in the rural villages. People in rural areas have no other occupation than farming, but tourism has opened various aspects of job opportunities such as guide, porter, etc. Travel and Tourism have generated 497,500 jobs directly, which is 3.2% of the total employment according to the 2018 report of world travel and tourism council. This figure is likely to rise to 3.9 % by 2018, and in 2028 there will be an increment of 2.11% in the existing number. These statistics envisage a promising future in the field of tourism in Nepal.
Upliftment of living standard:
People in rural areas have no other option for living other than agriculture, but with tourism, this thing changed drastically in the popular trekking region such as Everest and Annapurna. Foreigners who want to travel in the lap of Himalayas visit this region, and during their visit, they spend foreign money during treks. 2017 world Travel and Tourism Council report show that the internal tourist consumption was Rs 168.7 billion.
This consumption comprises feeding and lodging during the trekking period, porter costs, and many more. These expenses in local places help to boost their living standards. Additionally, “Homestay” has helped the locals to earn extra cash while promoting domestic tourism.
The increment in local trade:
Another most importance of tourism is the increment in domestic business. As we know that shopping in Nepal is trendy among tourists and is one of the significant dreams of any foreigners. From October to March, the street of Thamel of fully occupied by the tourist.
Thamel offers a wide range of mountaineering shops and foreign exchange booths targeting tourists. Thamel is considered as the pre-base camp for mountaineers. There are many travel agents and guesthouses available there. Anything tourist purchases would directly aid in the local trade.
Publicity of hidden treasures:
Nepal is the country of Himalayas. Sparkling Himalayan peaks are renowned worldwide as well as Pokhara and its beauty. But there are many other heavenly places in Nepal, of which many people may be unaware. The new places of paragliding, unexplored trekking route, a new river for rafting, etc. are the hidden gems of Nepal. These hidden gems can be exposed to the world by the publicity of Tourism. The tourism industry has the key to unlock the door of the hidden potentials and expose it to the world.
Nepal tourist places:
Nepal has caught the attention of tourists from around the years. Various places in Nepal serve as the place of great beauty. Below are some of the major places of Nepal, in which Tourists are mainly attracted to
A huge city Kathmandu is the true mixture of the ancient world and developing a hectic way of life. Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, is popularly known for its exceptional architecture, religious history, and traditional culture.
The crowds, dust, traffic; heat can be very stressful to the newcomers. Not to worry, you can take full advantage of beautiful and relaxing cafes, restaurants, to take a break from it all. Kathmandu is also known as the Dream City.
The famous name of this city is “Nepal Mandala” and has been the home of Newar culture in the hilly region. This city comprises of Nepal’s history, art, culture, economy, and multi-ethnic population of Hindu and Buddhist religion. This city is considered as the gateway to the tourism and famous for cultural heritage such as Tha Kathmandu Durbar Square, The Royal Palaces, Asan, Kritipur, Hanuman Dhoka, the Buddhists stupas of Swayambhu and Bouddhanath.
Pashupatinath, a combination of art, culture, and religion, is the most visited tourist destination in Kathmandu, Nepal. Interestingly. It is more than a religious destination and offers peace and devotion.
The temple offers visitors a variety of styles of temples such as Dome style; some of the other are pagoda style, shikar style, and so on. Thus, this is the leading destination for art historians.
Everest base camp:
Every year more than thousands of tourist’s influxes in Nepal to have the closest view of highest peaks. Everest Base Camp trek is one of the renowned trekking destinations among the adventure lovers.
Along the trekking trails in the Khumbu region, you will be surrounded by a wide variety of flora and fauna, frozen lakes, and spectacular mountain views.
The trails along the hillside are covered with beautiful alpine forests, rhododendron, and many other special to tempt you with its beauty and sweet fragrance. Mount Everest (8848m), Mount Nuptse(7855m), Mount Changtse(7550m), Mount Lhotse(8516m), Mount Kantega(6685m), Labuche Peal(6145m) and many other mountain peaks are the major attraction of the Everest region.
Pokhara is one of the places to explore the beautiful scenery and natural lakes. It needs 5-6 hours to drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara where you can explore the natural beauty. Pokhara is the city full of lakes and temples, such as Phewa Lake, Rupa Lake, Begnas Lake, Gude Lake, Neutani Lake, and Maidi Lake, BarahiTemple, Bindyabasini temple, and many others.
You can enjoy the closest view of the dazzling snow-topped mountains such as Mt.Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Annapurna, etc. from Pokhara. Apart from this, the Mahendra cave, Bat Cave, and the Gupteshwor are another attraction of Pokhara. Sarankot is famous for the paragliding over the Phewa lake and land at the bottom of the city. The beautiful David’s Fall is terrific and the deepest waterfall located in the south-west of Pokhara. Apart from this, you can enjoy the stunning view of mountains from the lakeside while enjoying the delightful stay in lodges and restaurants.
Rara Lake: peace and beauty at a place
Rara Lake, situated at the altitude of 2990 m above the sea level, is the deepest lake in Nepal. It is surrounded by green hills on all sides, covered with lush forest, and one can view the sparkling waters of the Lake. Boating in the clear waters, hiking to the nearby hills that give the closest view of the mountains and pristine lake, getting acquainted with the charming local people are the list of major activities you can do around the Rara Lake. Last but not least, walking around the large lake and watching out for wildflowers and hearing a beautiful chirping sound of the bird will give you a heavenly feeling.
Lumbini: Buddha’s Birthplace
Lumbini is one of the most popular holiest pilgrimage places in the world and is located in Rupendehi District. Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, is now a UNESCO world heritage site. Lord Buddha, Siddhartha Gautam, was born in 623 B.C.The sacred Mayadevi Temple, Ashoka Pillar, China Pond, sacred pond, etc. are the main perks of traveling to Lumbini. The temple of Maya Devi is popular sites in the Lumbini, where Queen Maya Devi gave birth to the Gautam Buddha.
Gosainkunda: wonderful trek destination
Gosaikunda Lake, situated at the altitude of 4380m(14370 ft), is one of the most famous religious and pilgrimage sites of Nepal. Peaks surround it in Langtang National Park in Rasuwa District with a surface of 13.8 hectors (34 acres). Nevertheless, it is also surrounded by a fantastic scenario, delightful forest as well as mountain ranges. This place is most visited in JanaiPurnima, August full moon day. During that period, thousands of pilgrims visit Gosaikunda, take a bath in the lake and worship Lord Shiva.
Hence, Gosainkunda has become one of the best places for trekking destination.
All in all, there are a lot of places to travel in Nepal. You must get out of your comfort zone to discover yourself and see this beautiful world.