Top 10 Places To Visit in Nepal In Winter Season

Best places to visit in Nepal in Winter

Top 10 places to visit in Nepal in the winter season: 

Whether it’s is a green plain field in terai or big mountains in the north, Nepal is always been on the bucket list for tourists around the world. This article is useful for both Nepalis are a foreigner who wants to visit some of the amazing places to visit in winter. Today I am going to talk about to top 10 places to visit in Nepal in winter season.

1.Kalinchwok, Dolakha

Kalinchowk Dolakha

Kalinchowk is the closest place to the capital from where we can observe the closer views of the beautiful mountains range. Not only the view of the mountain but also you get to play with snow.

I have been the Kalinchowk in 2016 with friends and that was one of the best places that I have ever been to. Kalinchowk is not that far, after 4/5 hours of bumpy bus riding(good if you have a car or Strong bike) you get Charikot(Headquarter of Dolakha district).

After Charikot you have to go for at least one hour of bus journey up to the Kuri Bazar(kind of Base Camp). There we can find a basic restaurant and guest houses for staying. In the winter season like Mangsir, Paush, and Magh the Kuri bazar is completely covered with thick snow where you can spend hours playing with snow, taking selfies, videos etc.

Next day, early in the morning you have to climb for Kalinchwok top (3800M) which takes about 1 hour. you need to have a warm thick jacket. During your ascending sometimes you get to see the heavenly scenes above the white cloud.

Best time to visit Kalinchowk is October, November, and December.

2. Ilam  

Kenyam Ilam
Kanyam Ilam

Ilam is one of the must visit place in Nepal not only for Nepalis but also for a foreigner. An excellent gateway from hectic city life, Ilam, famous for its tea garden, is a small hill town with pristine landscapes of sloped tea gardens, mountain streams, dense natural forests, holy sites and a unique culture. Using Ilam Bazaar as a base you can take excursions for a day or more.

For that you don’t have single option to visit, some amazing places to visit in Ilam includes Antu Danda, Kanyam, and Fikkal, Mai Pokhari, Sadakpur, Pathibara, Mai Beni. At the same time, you can enjoy local Tonga if you go in a winter season.

The best time to visit Ilam is between October-December or from April-February. I must say the Ilam is one of the top 10 places to visit in Nepal.

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3. Mustang – Muktinath Temple

Muktinath Temple

Mustang is one of the places in Nepal to visit. Thousands of tourists from all over the world go to Mustang. Muktinath in lower Mustang is the famous temple and best destination for both Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage. Muktinath Jomsom is one of the famous tourist destinations in Nepal.

4. Chitwan – Jungle safari

One horned Rhino in Chitwan
One horned Rhino in Chitwan

For 3 days short and sweet trip, Chitwan is the best place to visit for sure. You can enjoy 3 days of excitement in Nepali jungle in Chitwan National Park. The best attraction is the elephant ride to observe spectacular wildlife and amazing scenery. You get chance to encounter Royal Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinos(Ek shinge ghaida), crocodiles, colorful and endangered birds followed by some traditional Tharu culture observation. This is why I have included in the 10 best places to visit in Nepal.

5. Pokhara

Pokhara Nepal
Image – Lonely Planet

As we know Pokhara is one of the cleanest and beautiful cities of Nepal. Lakeside Pokhara is the perfect place to recharge your batteries after a hectic life in a city. Pokhara’s spectacular scenery, adventure activities, and accommodation and food choices galore will surely attract you. Pokhara gives you plenty of entertainment for an individual traveler as well as families with kids.

In Pokhara you can experience the best in hiking, trekking, boating around Phewa Lake, pony rides, paragliding or simply relax at one of the lakes near the city with the stunning Annapurna mountain range at the background. Pokhara is considered as one of the best places to visit in Nepal for a honeymoon.

6. Nagarkot – Dhulikhel hiking

Nagarkot Hiking
View from Nagarkot, Image Source: Tour in Nepal

Nagarkot is situated on the top of the north-eastern ridge of Kathmandu valley at an altitude of around 2300 M. Nagarkot is the best spot to view the vicinity stretching from Dhaulagiri from the west to Kanchenjunga in the east. You can enjoy the best sunrise and sunset in the morning if the weather favors you. Nagarkot falls in one of the beautiful places in Nepal near Kathmandu, it is also the best location for refreshment for those who are looking for a quieter place. Nagarkot is one of the best places in Nepal to visit in both winter and summer season.

7. Kakani

Kakani Nuwakot

Kakani is the closest destination for one day trip which is situated 23 KM northwest of Kathmandu. You get to see western and central mountains from Kakani. Ganesh Himal is one of the best views you can enjoy in the sunset. You can visit in both winter and summer season.

8. Beni Bazar

Beni Bazar
Image: Sandip Sharma

Beni bazar is the headquarter of Myagdi district which is a gateway for Jomsom while traveling from Pokhara. The district of Dhaulagiri mountain, Myagdi is famous for Sichuan Pepper(Siltimur in Nepali) which is used for various medicinal purposes. Beni bazar is separated at the place where the two rivers called Kali Gandaki and Myagdi meet. Myagdi is the best destination for spiritualists having the temples like Shiva Temple, Bhagwati Temple, and Laxmi Narayan Temple.

9. Bandipur- Gorkha

Bandipur Nepal
Bandipur Nepal, Image Source:

Gorkha and Bandipur are one of the best destinations for three days two-night short-term trip. One of Nepal’s most charming towns, Bandipur is a living museum of Newari culture, a beautifully preserved village crowning a lofty ridge, its main street lined with traditional row houses. Derelict buildings have been reborn as cafes and lodges with its attractive 18th-century architecture, pedestrian zone, and outdoor dining, you experience European feeling.

In the next day, you can head to Gorkha which is also the best destination to observe old historical museum and temple. It is the birthplace of Prithvi Narayan Shah, who unified the rival kingdoms of Nepal in 1769. I recommend that Bandipur Gorkha is the best suit for the best place to visit in Nepal.

10. Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek
Mardi Himal Trek

Although Mardi Himal trek is not in that light, it is one of the best trekking destinations in the east of ABC trek. The trail goes along small winding paths, through enchanted rhododendron forests until you climb out of the forest which appx. 3,300 M.

The landscape changes quite abruptly into a rugged high mountain landscape, with amazing views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. Best season to visit September, October, and November.

NOTE: This post is written targeting those travelers who want to travel especially in the winter season. Above mentioned place can be traveled not only in winter but any time in the best season.

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