30 Photos that will make you want to visit Nepal!

Nepal… one of the most beautiful countries I have ever visited. In March 2016, I decided to visit a Nepalese friend who went back to his homeland after we graduated together in the Netherlands. During my time in Nepal, I took more than 1000 photos with my ‘GoPro Hero 4 black’. This post will show 30 photos that probably will make you want to visit Nepal immediately!

I started my one-month trip through Nepal with a seven-days trek to Gosaikunda.

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Gosaikunda trekking – Nepal

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Gosaikunda trekking – Nepal

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Prayer flags – Nepal

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Gosaikunda trekking – Nepal

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Gosaikunda trekking – Nepal

After the trek I stayed in Pokhara for a while. Pokhara is the second largest city of Nepal. The city has a beautiful lake and is surrounded by the Himalayas. The city is mainly visited by hippies and backpackers.

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Phewa Lake – Pokhara

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Phewa Lake – Pokhara

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Phewa lake: Pokhara

Pokhara is a great city for sightseeing and is one of the top five commercial paragliding locations in the world. During my stay in Pokhara, I did tandem paragliding. While paragliding you will experience an amazing view over the Himalayas and the stunning lake.

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Paragliding: taking off location – Pokhara

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Paragliding: Pokhara

After a five-hour bus ride from Pokhara, I reached the small town of Sauraha on the edge of Chitwan National Park. Here I saw elephants taking their morning bath. It was a beautiful sight, but bathing them was even more fun. I scrubbed the elephants hard skin with the stone, gently. The elephant seemed to be enjoying the experience as much I was enjoying it. After this, I got a real power shower.

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Elephant bathing: Chitwan

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Elephant bathing: Chitwan

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Elephant bathing: Chitwan

Another popular activity in Chitwan, is the river safari on the Rapti river. Together with a group, I sat in a tall, narrow, traditional wooden canoe, and the canoe gently floated downriver. We spotted different species of birds and deer, who have come to the riverbanks to drink water. The most magnificent sight was of crocodiles lazing by the banks of the river, sunbathing and stretching out and the fish-eating gharials.

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River safari at the Rapti river: Chitwan

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Crocodiles lazing by the banks of the river: Chitwan

After Chitwan, I went back to the beautiful and chaotic capital; Kathmandu. Here, I experienced the Holi festival. Holi is a spring festival which is celebrated in India and Nepal and is known as the festival of color.

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Holi festival – Nepal

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Holi festival – Nepal

During my last days, I visited some tourism highlights around Kathmandu. On top of a hill in the west of Kathmandu, you can find the Buddhist temple and Unesco World Heritage Site; Swayambhunath.

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Swayambhunath temple

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Swayambhunath temple

I also witnessed a cremation at the Pashupatinath temple. The Pashupatinath temple is a famous and sacred Hindu temple which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Pashupatinath temple

You can shop till you drop in this city area of Kathmandu. You can find plenty of handicrafts, jewelry, camping and trekking gear, clothes and other souvenirs, especially in Thamel.

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Shop in the tourist area Thamel

In Kathmandu, you can also see great sunrises and sunsets! The sunrise photo is taken in one of the streets in Kathmandu and the sunrise photo at ‘The Valley Guesthouse‘.

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Sunset Kathmandu

In Nepal, you should also visit the three Durbar Squares. Durbar square is a name used to describe the area opposite of the old royal palace in Nepal.

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Patan Durbar Square

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Hiranya Varna Mahabihar (Golden Temple)

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Kathmandu panorama view from ‘The Valley Guesthouse’

And of course… Go wandering around the streets of Kathmandu to see the most beautiful local traditions and habits of the Nepalese.

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Local food market: Kathmandu

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Prayer preparation: Kathmandu

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Selling fresh fruits: Kathmandu

Also don’t forget to try some local food. You can visit one of the many local restaurants and enjoy ‘momos’ or the Nepalese main dish ‘Dal-Bhat’. Momos are a type of dumplings native to Nepal. You can either choose them to be stuffed, fried, filled with meat or vegetables.

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Momos: Kathmandu

I hope you enjoyed seeing my photos! Let me know what you think about them! =)

Author: Daphne

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