Nepal never fails to stun people with all the elegance she has to offer. May...
Nepal never fails to stun people with all the elegance she has to offer. May it be the vast extensive Himalayan Ranges or the diverse richness of the traditions, one feels home once they are in Nepal even though they might have just left their adobe. Such is the nonchalance of this land. Talking about the people here, they will instantly steal your heart away because they are so welcoming and altruistic in a genuine way. These are just a few reasons that might traverse your true calling to Nepal. One can easily learn about Nepal through the internet and decide what places to visit once they are in this spiritual shrine of land yet many miss the true and hidden places which are a must-visit. This is an attempt not to devalue the mainstream spots around the country but to put a light on those which are underrated. The list might literally go limitless because this mystic land has so much to offer. With a lot of brainstorming and introspection, 10 Hidden Best Place Visit Nepal around Eastern Nepal and Western Nepal is presented on this list.
- Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve
- Rani Mahal, Palpa
- Gorkha Durbar
- Bardiya National Park
- Rara Lake
- Api Saipal Trek
- Gadimai Mela
- Siddha Cave, Bandipur
Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve
This reserve is one of a kind in the sense that it is the only sanctuary allowed for recreational hunting in the western part of Nepal and sits atop the Dhaulagiri mountain in the districts of Rukum, Myagdi and Bara. It has a myriad range of fauna including snow leopard, musk deer, red panda, blue sheep and landscape that is covered in marshlands and meadows. Only those animals whose species have multiplied over the years and are in abundance are allowed to hunt in this reserve. Visitors who are against animal killing can also have a unique experience through this visit and they might even be able to bring about a change about such ways of hunting if necessary.
Rani Mahal, Palpa
One of the places that have garnered recent attention and appreciation by foreigners and locals alike is the Rani Mahal which literally translates to “Queen’s Palace.” The palace was built by General Khadga
Shamsher JBR around 1893 by the shores of the Kali Gandaki river when his beloved queen died and sits atop a huge rock. The general was so deeply saddened by the demise of his wife that he named nearby forest and the bank of the river by her name. This is a must-visit a place outside of Kathmandu which is a symbol of love and dedication. Palpa lies on an average distance of 300 kilometers from the capital.
Nepal initially started off as the Gorkha kingdom only and that was until the great conqueror Prithvi Narayan Shah decided to combine all the neighboring kingdoms to form present-day Nepal. This might be the reason that Gorkha holds a special place in the hearts of all the Nepalese. The warriors of Nepal notorious for their strength and courage knew by the name of Gurkhas initially originate from this place only. One of the primary attractions here is the Gorkha Palace which sits atop a well-guarded hill just above the present-day Gorkha town. The primary deity here is the Goddess Gorakhkali on the west side of the palace. A visit to this historical land gives one an overview of how kings back then battled and how they strategized their wars along with an insight into their beliefs. Additionally, Gorakhnath Cave is a must-visit as well. Gorkha is 110 kilometers to the east of Pokhara.
Bardiya National Park is the largest national park of Nepal yet untouched by the excessive flow of travelers which can be seen as a major opportunity to explore the raw Nature in the west of Nepal. It has an area of 968 km2 covered entirely by Sal forests, Grasslands, and the Savannah. Karnali River borders this sanctuary from the west and is divided by the Babai River in the Bardiya District. As mentioned earlier, very few tourists visit there and there are countless chances to spot endangered species of flora and fauna. The most popular and sought after animal here is the Bengal Tiger and at the same time, wild Asian elephants and the one-horned rhinoceros can be found here. The park is almost 600 kilometers to the west of Nepal and can take 15 hours to reach from Kathmandu.
Rara Lake is located in the far northwestern part of Nepal and is the biggest in all of Nepal. It has an elevation of 2990 meters and is surrounded by exotic green hills. Interest in the particular geography of the nation has risen and the number of tourists visiting this blue freshwater lake has skyrocketed dramatically these days because of improvisations in the highway. Boating in crystal clear waters and hiking to nearby hills with mesmerizing views of hills and mountains is what one desires in life and Rara promises nothing short of that. A multitude of flora and fauna along with 214 species of birds can be observed at Rara National Park. Rara can be either be accessed through air or road.
Shey Phoksundo Lake Phoksundo Lake or Shey Phoksundo Lake lies in a national park by the same name and is the deepest lake in Nepal. It is located in the Lower Dolpa Region and has an approximate length of 4.8 kilometers and a depth of 600 meters. the Phoksundo Lake is surrounded by snow-capped mountains in all directions. Shey Phoksundo holds massive significance for the Buddhists living in the Dolpa region and around and no one is allowed to soak in the untouched and holy water of the lake. For this single reason only, the lake is worth a watch. The Shey Phoksundo National Park hosts the lake and is also home to a diverse range of plants, animals, and birds. Several endangered animals like the musk deer and the snow leopards can also be found here. This particular architecture of Mother Nature can be reached via airways and roadways. Nepalgunj is a popular spot for people who prefer roadways.
Api Saipal Trek
Api Saipal Himal Trek opens ways for trek lovers who prefer visiting less mainstream treks in Nepal since many consider this particular trek to be the rawest and unspoiled region of Nepal. It lies in the far western side of Nepal. Tourism here has yet to commercialize and commodities here are not that saturated. This is the perfect opportunity to be with Nature and trust in our own instincts and explore the scintillating wilderness of nature in Nepal. Furthermore, it offers the massive mountain view, cultural diversity, beautiful forests, rapid rivers, mysterious culture and off beaten trail. The mind-boggling views of Api Himal (7132m), Saipal (7031m), Mt. Thado Dhunga Tuppa (5368m), Mt. Nandadevi (7817m), Rajamba (6537m) and many other summits can be witnessed in this trek as well. Api Saipal base camp trekking requires a permit. An ideal spot to enter this region of the country is via Mahendranagar which is the far west town of Nepal
Ilam lies to the extreme east of Nepal is mostly famous for its production of world-class tea and has become synonymous with the Nepali Tea Industry. Illam produces various goods of daily usage for the Nepalese among which Aalu (potato), Aalaichi (cardamom), Aduwaa (ginger), Akabare Khursani (red round chili), and Amriso (a grass used to make brooms) are in higher demand. The neverending stretches of tea cultivation leave one speechless and products such as these are exported to Siliguri and Darjeeling in India as well. Ilam can be easily accessed through road or air since it lies in the Terai region of Nepal.
An incident surfaced the world around 2009 about mass killings and became a matter of controversy among animal rights activists. That incident was the mass sacrifice of the animals in a ceremony celebrated majorly by the Madhesis of Nepal in the temple of Gadimai which repeats itself every 5 years.
It was estimated that back then in the year 2009, more than 50,000 animals were sacrificed but then now things have changed. In 2014, Animal Welfare Network Nepal made sure that this is not repeated with the help of the court. One can visit this place even if there is no mela and wonder and further project about the history of the place and the festival. This somehow seems to present one with a perspective in life. The temple lies in the district of Bara and can be reached through buses as it is only 160 kilometers south to the capital.
Siddha Cave, Bandipur
Siddha Gufa has a depth and height of 437 meters and 50 meters respectively and is claimed by many to be the largest cave in Nepal. It has a chapel replicating interior is full of stalactites and stalagmites with a steady number of bats. If one visits Bandipur, this is a popular half-day trip and destination to be. Alternatively, hikes can be initiated from Bimalnagar on the Prithvi Highway, which only takes 45 minutes. Additionally, Bandipur lies en route to Pokhara from Kathmandu or en route to Kathmandu from Pokhara.