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  • Sporting a pleasant range of temperatures through the year, the best time to visit Nepal will bring to you a touch of wintery winds mixed with the pleasure of the Himalayas. Home to some of the most unique elements, like the highest of peaks, most brilliant of rivers, and the greenest of hills, Nepal showcases a different color in each season to its visitors.

    A blossomy green in the monsoons, snowy white in the winters, brilliant and vibrant in the summers, and a myriad of beauties in the autumn season. The temperature ranges from a maximum of 35-degrees in the months of April and May, to a minimum of as less as 1-degree in peak winters. With every season bringing its own charm, the best places to visit in Nepal must be visiting in the late spring season, between the months of October and December.

    Here are the best seasons to visit Nepal:

  • 01Winter in Nepal

    Winter in Nepal

    Winter in Nepal is usually dry and comes with a great drop in the temperatures. Owing to the high altitude, the months of December till late February experience really pleasant and cozy days but extremely cold nights. These cold months experience an average of 15mm rainfall, so occasional pour downs are a part and parcel of life in Nepal during winters.

    One great reason to choose the winter time to explore Nepal is that you will find the places and treks less crowded. During this time, you can go to explore the amazing wildlife of Nepal in Chitwan and Bardia National Parks. Apart from these, must visit places in Nepal with a different wintery charm are Mustang Valley, Ilam, Nagarkot etc., with the inclusion of experiences like Mardi Himal Trek and jungle safaris.

  • 02Summer in Nepal

    Summer in Nepal

    With the beginning of the months of June, summer in Nepal arrives with the monsoon in tow. In Nepal, it does not rain the entire day in Monsoon, but it does pour down at least once in a day, and it most probably happens in the night time because of the altitude and topography. Shrouding the view of the high mountains by clouds, the summer season stays in the country from the end of May towards the end of August.

    With temperatures going as high as 30 degrees, a good portion of this time remains warm, wet and humid because of the rains. The best time to do a lot of things, a Nepal honeymoon tour experience forms a good excuse to explore this place when the sun is out in this Himalayan country.

  • 03Spring in Nepal

    Spring in Nepal

    With the days longer and pleasant, spring in Nepal is a rather bright set of months. With many flowers blooming and meadows gaining a wide variety of color, the months between March and May are the most perfect months for witnessing the beauty of Nepal and have experiences like trekking. The rains are not here yet during these months, but with the onset of monsoon, the region does experience quite a good amount of rainfall towards the end of May.

    This is the season when Nepal experiences a large influx of travelers and trekkers, and that is why, to meet like-minded travelers and experience the best of everything Nepalese, springtime is the best to visit Nepal.

    Considered to be the best season for the great Everest base camp trek, spring months are also the best season to visit the Mustang Valley, Kathmandu, Pokhara and Nagarkot.

  • 04Monsoon in Nepal

    Monsoon in Nepal

    Monsoon in Nepal means rains, not necessarily heavily but pleasantly. Making up for about 60% of the rainfall in the entire year, monsoons are considered to be not a suitable time to explore the treks of Nepal, but is one of the best time for sightseeing in the countryside and the major cities.

    Because of it being off-season, the months from June to a majority of August experience less tourism in the area, meaning you can easily get a quieter and more fun time exploring the country. The hills become greener, and with all the dust washed away, the mornings become clearer and thus perfect for sightseeing.

    During these times, alongside the beauty of the cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara, great experiences like the Upper Mustang Valley, Dolpa Circuit, Rara Lake, Lumbini, Bardiya and Langtang are great places and treks to explore.


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Hanuman Dhoka

Founded during the 4thto 8thcentury, AD, Hanuman Dhoka is the royal palace in Kathmandu. This considerably expanded place is one of the most stunning destinations in the region. The sprawling palace, which was damaged during the 2015 earthquake is now extensively restored.

 After the restoration, people would be able to access the stunning courtyards and museums of this place without a hassle. The palace is impressive in mature. It is believed that Hanumana guarded important parts of this palace because of Lord Rama



Highlights:There’s a statue at this place that dates from 1672 AD and the god’s face seems to have disappeared due to application of vermillion by the devotees that come here from all over the world. The palace otherwise has large courtyards. Once the palace reopens, you can enjoy the handsome courtyard at the entrance and then, visit the Narsingha Statue or go to the audience chamber.

Location
:Kathmandu Square.

Timings
:Admission Fee with Durbar Square Ticket.

Price
:10: 30 am to 4 pm.
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The Koshi Tappu

Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is the smallest of Terai’s National Park. However, it is a birdwatcher’s paradise. The grassland habitat is home to almost 500 species of birds and is also the habitat for endangered water buffalo species called the arna. This place was founded in 1976 and it is located on Sapt Kosi river, one of the tributaries of River Ganga

Highlights
: The wildlife reserve is certainly a serene arena, where you can enjoy rare species of birds, from Swamp francolin to Sarus Crane and Bengal Florican. During the winters, migratory species from Siberia and Tibet welcome you. This place is popular for gangetic dolphins as well, along with marsh muggers, golden jackals, blue bulls, deer, civet cats and porcupines. Visit the bridge at Koshi Barrage to spot gangetic dolphins. You will be surprised with the number of animals and the natural beauty that can be observed at this place.

Location
: Bairawa, Nepal.
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Forests of Tinjure, Milke and Jaljale

One of the most exquisite places on earth, Forests of Tinjure, Milke and Jaljale are a must visit if you are fond of tranquility and nature. Dense deciduous shrubs cover and fill the shades of red hues across the 30 km forest in the eastern Nepal. The place might not seem like large when you are reading about it, but every meter in the 30 km is beautiful, stunning and leaves an indelible imprint on the heart!

Highlights
: In these forests, when the rhododendron bushes begin to flower, you will notice something breathtaking and exquisite. The full glory of these bushes and the bright red color, with white, pink and purple cannot be described in words. Rather, it has to be experienced. One of the major highlights of this place is the TMJ route, where you can get views of Everest and Kanchanjunga mountains.

Location
: TMJ route.
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Bhimsen Temple

Dedicated to Bhimsen, one of the five Pandvas, the Bhimsen Temple at the end of Durbar Square is a sacred religious place in the region. Bhimsen is considered to be the god of trade and business. It is also believed that he has superhuman strength. That’s why the drawings and carvings in the temple depict him as a red muscleman, someone who is crushing and elephant with a knee or lifting a horse.



Highlights
: The pagoda has three storey and what makes it different than other temples is that it has an unusual rectangular plan. The temple was built centuries ago and rebuilt in 1682, after which it has been restored thrice- in 1935, 1967 and most recently after the 2015 earthquake. Non-Hindus can climb to the upper level to view the wide eyed statue once the repairs are complete.

Location
: Patan, Nepal.
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Swayambhunath Stupa

Swayambhunath stupa is an ancient religious architecture located atop a conical wooden hill in the Kathmandu valley. This golden spire is one of the most ancient and holiest of all shrines in the region. The temple complex is revered by both Buddhists and Hindus. Stupa located inside the Swayambhunath complex, includes several other shrines and temples. According to the Gopalarajavamsavali, the complex is believed to have been founded by King Vrsadeva, the great-grandfather of King Manadeva in 464-505 CE.



Highlights:Eyes of Buddha are painted on the cubical structure sitting atop the dome. Pentagon Toran are present above each of the four edges and have statues engraved on them. Pilgrims require to climb 365 steps in order to reach the stupa.

Location
:Kathmandu Valley, Nepal.

Timings
:Everyday 07:00 am - 12:00 pm.

Price
:USD 3 per person
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The Begnas Hiking

On a cold morning, the Begnas hiking can bring warmth to your heart! One of the most popular hiking trails in the country, this place is well known for its lakes and stunning seal trees. The forests here are perfect for short breaks and walks, whereas the view of hillsides is simply breathtaking.



 Highlights:This particular trek has open meadows, Sundari Danda ridge and small lakes that you would love to experience. The old schools and older buildings in the region make up for an interesting discovery.

Location
: Pokhara.

Things to keep in mind
:The trek is short, but you are recommended to carry the right kind of items with you. Don’t forget to carry fleece jackets, hiking shoes and socks to prevent cold from getting through your feet. Carry small first aid box, a reusable water bottle and sleeping bag if you plan on staying in for the night.
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Everest High Passes and Peaks

If you are looking for something in particular in the Everest region then it wouldn’t be complete without valleys, peaks and passes. If you are climber at heart and you are looking for some serious trekking experience then the best thing would be to visit Everest High Passes and Peaks. You cannot deny some mountain vistas which overlooks some beautiful sceneries too.



Best time to visit
: October to Mid-May.

Highlights
: The Cho La crosses a glacier and the view is not only going to leave you jaw dropped but is quite risky too.

Difficulty Level
: High, since it has high passes and peaks which makes it a very difficult trek.

Prices
: $1300
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Pokhalde Peak

Pokhalde Peak is the best suited for amateurs. It is easy and can be completed quite quickly. You can have a quick warm up in the Pokhalde Peak before reaching to the Himalayan Peak. A person with less or no mountaineering skill can also try this mountain climbing expedition. This peak is surrounded by its beautiful neighbours which often provides a spectacular view to most of the trekkers.



Highlights
: You can explore the village of Lobuche because that is going to be the starting point of your trek.

The best time to visit
: Mid March to May.

Price: $1425.

Difficulty Level
: Easy.
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Annapurna Conservation Area

If you love mountains then you can’t miss the chance to visit this place because it has been a home to some of the world’s highest peaks. The conservation area is operational under the king Mahendra trust which is one of the non-profit organization of Nepal. And it also helps to both preserve and maintain the natural and cultural resources of Nepal.

 

Highlights
: You can also witness the world’s deepest valley of Kali Gandaki. Almost all the trekking permits are also available in this conservation area.

Location
: Buses and taxis are easily available from Pokhara to Jomsom which lies north to the Annapurna Conservation Area.

Price
: $174 USD for 2 people.
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Basantapur

A village development committee in Kosi Zone’s Sunsari District, Basantpur has recently become an important travel destination. One of the major reasons why this region is so popular is that it is the base village for some major treks, including the ones to Tinjure, Milke and Jaljale forest treks. The route which is taken from Basantpur is likely to bring you closer to the natural beauty of Nepal.

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Highlights
:One of the major highlights of this place is undoubtedly the natural beauty here. This place is well known for its views of the Everest, Kanchenjunga and Makulu, which are some of the largest mountains in the world. The place is also popular for providing tourists cheap, affordable places to stay. On the days when it is cloudless, you are likely to see some stunning natural views throughout the region. That’s what makes it a must visit.

Location
: Sunsari District, Kosi Zone.
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Jagan Narayan Temple

If there’s one thing that Nepal is famous for (apart from mountains of course), it is the temples. One of the major temples in the region is Jagan Narayan Temple, which honors Lord Vishnu, the Hindu god of protection and maintenance. The lord, who is also known as Hari is practiced and revered in this temple.

Highlights
: This is a tall, imposing temple that has been built in the 17thcentury. The temple is pagoda style, with Shikhara construction, wherein rising towers are built through the temple to make it appear like a mountain peak. The style is heavily detailed to add sophistication and to reflect the carvings from a bygone era. The highly ornate construction has progressively smaller storeys of pavilion. This temple in particular is very calming, spiritual and religious place. The site is perfect for exploring Hinduism and the culture.

Location
: Patan, Nepal.
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Hari Shanker Temple

There are so many gods who are worshipped in Hinduism. But something as curious a God hybrid comes less often. And this temple is the perfect example of the same. This three storey temple, which is dedicated to Hari Shankar is as curious as it can get. The deity is considered an amalgamation or a hybrid of Vishnu and Shiva, the attributes of both have been taken together.



Highlights
:This temple is intriguing and not only for the hybrid deity. The Hindu temple manages to intrigue with its roof struts and architecture. The temple, which was designed in the 1704-05 by King Yoganarendra Malla’s daughter is quite popular and located in close proximity to the other temples. The temple was destroyed in the 2015 earthquake, but the government is taking steps to restore it. The site is still accessible for travelers in Nepal.

Location
:Patan, Nepal.
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Taleju Bell

When the kings ruled over Nepal, grievances were not solved through a toll free, customer care number. Rather, it was solved with the Taleju Bell. Of course, there weren’t any phones back then so the rulers found out new, unique ways to hear their disciples. The bell, which is ancient and huge hangs between two stout pillars, providing access to be rung.



Highlights
: The bell was erected by King Vishnu Malla in 1736. The idea for its construction was to make kings more accountable to the citizens. Over the years, petitioners have rung this bell to alert the king about their grievances. And their issues were sorted out. The bell was broken during the 2015 earthquake disaster, however the pavilion stayed intact. The place is being restored. The bell pavilion has an ornamental bridge that should be explored as well.

Location
: Patan, Nepal.

Timings
: From morning to evening.
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Godavari Botanical Garden

With high Himalayas on one side and steamy Indian plains on the other, Nepal is a land that’s full of surprise, natural wonders, stunning sceneries and magical monasteries with warm and friendly people. But because of its natural beauty, the place is widely visited by tourists from all over the world. This can lead to a lot of commotion. So, if you want to clear your mind and wish to find something calming and bright, then Godavari Botanical Garden is the place to be. Full of trees and an exceptional variety of flora, the gardens here are known for their tranquility.

Highlights: The well maintained gardens are perfect for picnics and walks. In the middle, there’s a coronation pond with a commemorative pillar that provides insight into the Nepalese culture. If you are looking for quiet time, then this is the place to be. Just avoid Fridays and Saturdays as it full of schoolchildren then.

Location
: Godavari, Nepal.

Timings: 10am to 5pm (4pm from Nov-Jan).

Price
: USD 5 to 6.
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Bindyabasini Temple

The temple comes with its own beauty which makes the temple a beautiful place for tourists.

Location
: Situated at a height of 3000 ft. above sea level and dedicated to Goddess Bhagawati, this is one of the oldest temple in pokhara valley.



Highlights
: Situated on a hillock near busy old bazaar of pokhara, this wonderful religious landmark has immense natural beauty and is worshiped by Hindus and Buddhist alike.Worshipers flock to this place to perform animal sacrifice especially on saturdays. you can clearly observe beauty of Machhapuchhere/annapurna Himalyan range from this Temple.

Prices
: Enty is free.

Difficulty Level
: Easy.

Best time to visit
: February
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Old Bazar

The bazaar lets you witness some mysterious alleys and courtyard which might not have witnessed before. The brightly clad locals of Kathmandu lets you see many Gurkhas and Sherpas.



Highlights
: Shop for some fruits vegetables, fruits, spices and stunning wares made of brass, copper and bronze. You can also view some temples and shrines which is likely to make Old Bazaar worth a visit.

Best months to visit
: October to March.

Price
: Entry Free

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