Partake in an amazing experience; visit architecturally and culturally rich heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley and Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha; or get a glimpse of the exotic flora and fauna of Nepal's Himalayas in Sagarmatha or the Tarai in Chitwan. Whether you’re a nature lover or a culture enthusiast, there's something for everybody here.
“Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritages are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. World Heritage Sites belong to all the people of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located” – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) states on the importance of world heritages.
Enter the historical grounds at the Kathmandu Durbar Square, which is in the heart of the capital city, and experience the origins of how Nepal was unified. Or visit the equally enthralling Patan or Bhaktapur
Witness the highly effortful post-earthquake renovations and learn about the rich history of the Malla dynasty, the foremost pioneers of art and culture in the valley, or be a part of vibrant festivals which are still carried out among much joy by the local Newars.
Or take a tour around Patan Durbar Square and walk through the old gallis (streets), where timeless wood and stone carvings of hundreds of Hindu and Tibetan deities greet you from every wall and admire the flawless Newari architecture of the beautiful temples and resident homes, which are hundreds of years old.
Another place to put on your list is the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, where the highlight is the 55 Window Palace alongside numerous temples like:
All dating back to the 14th century; built during the reign of Malla kings
On the other hand is the Changu Narayan Temple, situated 8 miles east of the Kathmandu Valley. Known to be one of the oldest temples of Nepal, which according to legends is said to have existed since 325 AD, it is a must see.
Make a days trip where you can enjoy the rich archaeological relics and stone carvings, which are the oldest epigraphics to Nepal's history.
To experience Buddhism first hand, visit the Swayambhunath, also popularly known as the Monkey Temple or Bauddhanath, and let the bliss seep in, away from the noise and chaos of the city. Spin the hundreds of prayer wheels that surround the main domes and be a part of spiritual encantations and prayers that take place in the evenings. Light oil lamps and send prayers to a loved one.