Top 10 Family Destinations in Nepal
It is a human instinct to have a fancy of travelling. He naturally wants to experience newness. He has a great fancy of doing something new in every step. So, he makes his visit to other places. Travelling is the best way for recreation and to refresh our mind and mood. So here in this article, we list you the Top 10 Family Destinations in Nepal.
Holidays are meant for rest and recreation. In fact, holidays erase boredom or dismentality and sterilize the working calibre and stamina. Holidays can be spent in several ways. However, travelling is the best holiday pursuit. Travelling yields super delight and entertainment. Many people go to places with extraordinary natural beauty. When people see the wonderful vistas of nature, it not only illuminates their vision of fancy but also redeems their boredom or dismentality. Similarly, travelling is equally beneficial to acquire practical and comprehensive knowledge.
Spending holidays together with the family is a great essence of the present world. People are becoming too materialistic and they are forgetting the essence of family bonds and values. On the other hand, many people around the world are leading the hectic western lifestyle. Many people don’t have time to stay with family and chat. In such circumstances, the value of family loves even decreases. Therefore, going for family holidays are very important to strengthen the family bonds of love and compassion.
Travelling with family is even important to teach your children about people and their different cultures. It also helps your children to develop the vocabulary of their understanding and knowledge. They can see new places and meet new people. It helps them to acknowledge different people and cultures. Therefore, either go for a picnic or for swimming, just go with family. There are many things that you can do with your family during holidays like skiing, riding, fishing, hunting, driving, and cycling and so on.
Nepal is a naturally beautiful country. It is the piece of heaven on the earth. It is also unique for a wide range of people, culture, climate, and vegetations. Many international surveys and journals have ranked Nepal as a number one travel destination across the globe. Nepal, a mountainous country, provides you with many -many options to do during your family holidays.
Some of the activities that can be done during your family holidays in Nepal are hiking, trekking, mountaineering, bungee jumping, paragliding, boating, rafting, jungle safari, sightseeing, canoeing, cycling, mountain biking, horse riding, etc.
This article is based on the top ten family destinations in Nepal.
Table of Contents
- 1 Highlights of Nepal:
- 2 Why Choose Nepal for Your Family H0lidays?
- 3 Top 10 Family Destinations in Nepal
- 4 Chitwan National Park
- 4.1 Interesting Facts about Chitwan National Park:
- 4.2 Bhaktapur Durbar Square
- 4.3 Kathmandu Durbar Square
- 4.4 Patan Durbar Square
- 4.5 Swayambhunath (The Monkey Temple)
- 4.6 Interesting Facts about Swayambhunath:
- 4.7 Changu Narayan
- 4.8 Interesting Facts about Changu Narayan Temple:
- 4.9 Lumbini
- 4.10 Interesting Facts about Lumbini:
- 4.11 Pashupatinath
- 4.12 Interesting Facts about Pashupatinath Temple:
- 4.13 Boudhanath Stupa
- 4.14 Interesting Facts about Bouddhanath Stupa:
- 5 Best Time to Visit Nepal
Highlights of Nepal:
- Mount Everest; the tallest mountain of the world
- 8 peaks above 8000m out of 14 in the world
- 10 UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites
- Tilicho; a lake in the highest altitude in the World
- Dana Gorge/ Kaligandaki Gorge; the deepest gorge
- Arun Valley: the lowest valley
- High Mountain Passes
- National Parks and Wildlife Reserve
- Temples, Monasteries and Stupas
- Ancient Fortresses
- River, Lakes, and Natural Fountains
- Rich Culture, traditions, Jatras, and Festivals
- Trans Himalayan valleys
Why Choose Nepal for Your Family H0lidays?
- Nepal is a Peaceful Country. You might obviously love to see the birthplace of Lord Buddha.
- Nepal is the land of Himalayas. The tallest mountain of the world, Mount Everest and many other eight-thousanders are here in Nepal.
- Here are sufficient places for hiking, trekking and mountaineering. Approximately there are 1300 peaks in Nepal.
- Nepal is safe.
- Nepal has a diverse culture and traditions. Each ethnic group has their own distinct cultures. Guess; how much variations you could see in 126 ethnic groups.
- The climate of Nepal is also pleasant.
- It is also perfect to experience adventures like bungee jumping, paragliding, rafting, mountain biking, zip flying, etc.
- There are beautiful lakes, natural fountains, glaciers, historical and religious monuments, national parks and wildlife reserves for sightseeing.
- To experience the unique hospitality.
- Most importantly, it is affordable.
Top 10 Family Destinations in Nepal
Everest Mountain Flight
Mount Everest (8,848m) is the tallest mountain of the world. Many people have a dream to see this mountain once in a lifetime. Mount Everest is nature’s wonder. The peak is extraordinarily beautiful. Everest region is dominated by the magnificent peaks that include Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Kanchenjungha, etc. Everest is a dream destination and to be there is not less than surfing heaven. You would find such divinity and purity of nature nowhere.
It has pristine nature and culture. The Sagarmatha National Park, also a UNESCO listed World heritage, preserves the rich verities of mountain wildlife and Alpine plant species. There are many glaciers, glacial lakes, crevasses, vertical rock walls etc. Kalapatthar, a most popular vantage point, also offers the most beautiful and close up mountain views of the Everest.
Travelling to the Everest Region is not an easy piece of cake. Travelling to the Everest with the whole family is even difficult. If you want to cherish the most beautiful and everlasting memories of your lifetime, it is must to visit the Everest Region. Everest Mountain Flight is just the perfect package to give a surprise to your family. Everest Mountain Flight offers the most elegant Ariel view of the Everest region. It is the most luxurious trip with the most beautiful moments.
Chitwan National Park
Nepal is rich in cultural and natural heritage. Some of them have been included in the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Chitwan National Park is one of the natural heritage of Nepal with outstanding universal value. It is located in Chitwan district and 120 Km South West of Kathmandu Valley. It was enlisted in the World Heritage Sites in 1984AD. It covers an area of 932 sq. Km.
Chitwan National Park is one of the most important tourist destinations of Nepal. It is especially famous for one-horned Rhino, which is rarely found in the world. Royal Bengal Tiger is another important wildlife found in this national park. Besides that, elephants, crocodiles, tigers, peacocks along with the rich varieties of birds are found here.
Chitwan National Park is the most popular destination duo for domestic and international visitors. It is the perfect destination to spend time with your family. You can enjoy jungle safari, boating, photography, elephant riding and many more here. Besides that, you can taste the excellent flavour of authentic Nepali culture and Tharu Lifestyle here.
Interesting Facts about Chitwan National Park:
- The park is home to at least 68 mammal species.
- Chitwan National Park is considered as Asia’s one of the best parks for wild lives.
- Chitwan national park preserves two-third of globally threatened birds. A total of 543 species of birds are found here.
- There are at least 113 species of fish along with mugger crocodiles, rock python, monitor lizard and king cobras.
- The word “Chitwan” literally means “Heart of Jungle”.
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Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur Palace Square is another important World Heritage Site located in Nepal. It is located in Bhaktapur district. It is the centre of Medieval Nepal and it was the palace of the then Malla Kings. The area still preserves the rich ancient glory of Nepal, excellent Nepalese craftsmanship and unique architectural gems.
The 55 Window Palace/ Pachapanna Jhyale Durbar is the masterpiece located here. It is the most unique and excellent example of Nepalese skill of wood carving. Bhaktapur Palace Square includes Nyathapole Temple, the tallest temple of Nepal. The five-storey temple is also the most amazing landmark to visit. The temple is a unique example of Nepali pagoda style architecture.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square has many beautiful attractions among others. There is Datatraya Temple, Taleju Bhawani Temple, Nag Pokhari, Siddha Pokhari, Museum, Art Gallery, Golden Gate, Bells and many statues. All of them present mind-blowing artistic features.
Bhaktapur Durbar square is also the best destination to spend quality time with your family. The heritages here give you a real image of Nepal. Besides that, it is suitable to get enough insights about Newari culture and traditions.
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Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square is located in the heart of Kathmandu City. The Malla Kings ruled over Kathmandu from this palace. After the conquest of Kathmandu Valley, King Prithivi Narayan Shah started to rule from here and it became the capital of unified Nepal. It is said that Pratap Malla erected the statue of Hanuman, the monkey god, at the gate of this palace. Therefore, this is also called Hanuman Dhoka Palace.
Kathmandu Durbar Square encompasses Basantapur Palace, Hanuman Dhoka, Taleju Temple, Museum, House of Kumari, Kasthamandap and other ancient heritages.
Kasthamandap, a kettledrum, is a unique architecture located here. It is believed that the whole architecture was built from a single tree.
Kathmandu Durbar Square has remained a centre of attraction since the inception of tourism in Nepal. It is worth visiting the family destination in Nepal.
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Patan Durbar Square
Patan is the ancient centre of Medieval Nepal. It was the palace of Malla Kings. It is located in Lalitpur district. This is also a peerless landmark for the visitors in Nepal. Patan is a very famous place to visit. It has many amazing heritages which gives us clear reflections of Ancient Nepali society. Moreover, the masterpiece of Nepalese architectures and superb craftsmanship will never let you down.
The Krishna Mandir of Patan with 21 golden pinnacles is the masterpiece built in Shikhar Style of Architecture. Similarly, there are Bhimsen Temple, Bishwonath Temple, Jagat Narayan Temple, a statue of Yog Narendra Malla, Mahabauddha, Kumbheshwor Mahadev, the temple of Rato Machhindranath etc. All of these places are worth visiting because they will surely cast magical effects on your eyes. Patan Durbar Square is also a most beautiful family destination in Nepal with daily hustle and bustle of the visitors.
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Swayambhunath (The Monkey Temple)
Swayambhunath Stupa is situated on the top of a small hill in Kathmandu. It is also an important landmark for the Buddhists. It has become an instantly recognizable symbol of Nepal. It is believed to be one of the holiest places in Nepal. The landmark is also regarded as the symbol of religious tolerance as there is the temple of Hindu Goddess Saraswati. There are other stupas and idols of various gods and goddesses.
Swayambhunath, popularly known as the Monkey Temple is a most popular family destination to visit in Nepal. It offers you the most alluring sights of the Kathmandu Valley. It is one of the best viewpoints in the heart of the city. Recently, the biggest statue of Lord Buddha has been constructed near Swayambhunath. Thus, it is a must-visit place with a lot of significance.
Interesting Facts about Swayambhunath:
- Swayambhunath literally means “self sprung” or “self -risen”.
- Swayambhunath is also a home to abound monkeys
- There are 365 stair steps to reach Swayambhunath from the main entrance.
- Swayambhunath is the centre of belief to both Hindus and Buddhist.
- The World Peace Pond on the western side of Swayambhunath is also a centre of belief to the people. People believe that they can test their luck here by flipping the coins on the cauldron in the middle of the pond.
Changu Narayan is one of the oldest temples of Kathmandu Valley. It is located in Bhaktapur district. It is a holy place of Hindus. The temple of Lord Bishnu was believed to be constructed in the 5th century BC. The temple is also built-in Pagoda style of architecture. The temple draws us back to the socio-economical aspects of Lichchhavi Period in Nepal.
There are several high-class models of stone inscriptions, stones, woods and metallic arts. The temple still preserves the excellent crafts and arts. This landmark is also a bit far from the hustle and bustles of the city lives. It is peaceful and it offers the excellent taste of Nepali traditional villages. Changu Narayan temple is also located at the top of a small hill. Therefore, it is also a viewpoint. You can have some beautiful views from here. One can enjoy a family picnic, cycling and hiking here at Changu Narayan. It is the most aspired family destination in Nepal.
Interesting Facts about Changu Narayan Temple:
- The temple is believed to be founded as early as 325AD.
- The temple was reconstructed in 1702 following its destruction by fire.
- The temple is very artistic and one of the finest example of Pagoda style.
- The temple exhibits the best of stone inscriptions dated back to the Lichchhivi Period.
Lumbini is the peerless landmarks of the Buddhist world. It is the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha. It is known as a pilgrimage of all the people of the world who follow Buddhism. Lumbini was enlisted in the World Heritage Sites in 1997AD. The Ashoka Pillar which was built by Emperor Ashoka in 245BC is located here. There are also Puskarani Pond and Mayadevi Temple.
There are monasteries and stupas constructed by various countries. Their monuments are constructed under the Lumbini Development Master Plan. These monuments represent Buddhism in China, Myanmar, Japan, Vietnam, South Korea, India, Thailand, France, Germany etc. They also represent the excellent architectural skills of Nepali artists. Similarly, Libraries, Museum, Research Centre etc have been established there.
Lumbini has become one of the most important destinations for tourists in Nepal. It is perfect to experience the spiritual awakening. Lumbini is located a little far from the Kathmandu Valley. Visiting Lumbini with your family is another important activity that can be enjoyed in Nepal. You can take a long ride or go directly by air. It is the best destination to meditate for mental peace and re-awakening.
Interesting Facts about Lumbini:
- Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, was initially an ancient kingdom of “Shakyas”.
- Lumbini was rediscovered by German explorer Dr Fuhrer in 1896AD.
- General Keshar Shumsher had carried out the major excavation of Lumbini.
- Emperor Ashoka had built the “Ashoka Pillar” in 249BC.
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Pashupatinath is an important pilgrimage of the Hindus as well as the peerless landmark for the visitors. It is the biggest Hindu Temple in Nepal as well. It is a superb example of the Nepalese pagoda style architecture and unique craftsmanship of Nepalese people. It is located at the bank of Bagmati River in Kathmandu. The holy place of the Hindus is also the centre of Nepalese Civilization and Cultures.
Pashupatinath is a temple of Lord Shiva. It is located at the heart of Pashupati Area that also includes Deupatan, Jay Bageshori, Gaurighat, Kutumbahal, Gaushala, Pingan Nath, and Sleshmantak Forest. There are about 492 temples, Chaityas, Sattals etc. The temples are constructed in various styles. There are about one thousand Shivalingas in the Pashupati Area.
Pashupatinath Temple is the best destination to observe Hindu religious and cultural rituals. You can also observe the crimination rituals at Aaryaghat. If you visit Pashupatinath in the evening, you can observe the Aarati (Evening Prayers), one of the most interesting cultural practices in Nepal.
Interesting Facts about Pashupatinath Temple:
- Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the main temple of Pashupatinath.
- The temple is believed to have been built in the 400BC.
- It is believed that Devine force shelters here. It remained unaffected during the 2015 earthquake.
- The Pinnacle of the main temple is made out of pure gold and the roof is made of pure copper plated with Gold.
- No Nepali Priest is ever assigned as the head Priest of Pashupatinath till now.
Bouddhanath Mahachaitya is the biggest stupa in Nepal. It is one of the oldest stupas in the country. It is believed that it was constructed at around 5th Century BC. This UNESCO enlisted World Heritage Site is located in Kathmandu District. It is a centre of attraction for the visitors in Nepal. It is a very famous landmark for religious and cultural tourism. There are many Buddhist Monasteries in this area.
Bouddhanath Stupa is a very near family destination. It is best to visit the landmark during the evening. The stupa looks even beautiful in the illuminations of lights. You can spin the prayer wheels, enjoy the Buddhist prayer rituals, sit in a coffee shop and enjoy the sip.
Interesting Facts about Bouddhanath Stupa:
- Bouddhanath is popularly known as “Jyarung Khashor” in the Tibetan Language.
- The stupa was believed to have been built as early as 600 AD.
- The diameter of the stupa is more than 100 meters and is above 40 meters tall.
- This stupa is made up in a Mandala shaped area and has a giant dome.
- The stupa is highly symbolic. The pair of the Eyes of Lord Buddha symbolizes awareness and peace.
- It is the centre of Tibetan Buddhism.
Best Time to Visit Nepal
Nepal Experiences various types of climates. Nepal lies in the subtropical zone between 26º 22’ N to 30º 27’ N latitudes. Therefore, the general climate of Nepal is a sub-tropical monsoon type. Nepal’s climate is also considered tropical monsoon same as the climate of the south and south-east Asia. This type of climate is characterized by hot and wet summer and cold and dry winters.
The three geographical regions of Nepal have distinct climatic features according to their altitudinal positions. Though various types of climate are found in Nepal, there is a great influence of monsoon on it. The South-East Asian region experiences the monsoon type of climate.
The presence of the mountain at the north stands as the barrier to the cold wind that blows from the North and keeps most part warm. Similarly, the southern slope of the mountain traps the monsoon wind blowing from the Bay of Bengal and brings enough rainfall. Broadly speaking, we can divide the climate of Nepal as summer and winter condition.
Nepal experiences four seasons. Each season has distinct climatic features.
Spring Season (March-May)
Spring is a mild and lovely time to visit Nepal. March is the beginning of the spring season in Nepal. The temperature increases steadily. The temperature is about 22º C with occasional rainfall at night. Days are longer than usual in March and April. Though the days are warmer enough, nights are cooler than expected. This is the perfect time to trek in Nepal because hills and mountains are decorated by the blossoms of Rhododendron. May is one of the warmest months of the year but will bring cloud and showers before the monsoon arrives.
Summer Season/Monsoon (June-August)
The monsoon season roughly lasts for the three months in Nepal. It begins in June and ends in August. The daytime temperature increases up to 30°C. The days are hot, wet and humid. It is a matter of surprise that most rainfall occurs during the night. This is all because of Nepal’s geographical position. The pristine morning scenery due to monsoon lures anyone. This period is the offseason for trekking in Nepal. Clouds and fog obscure the panoramic views and muddy trails make it unpleasant. However, this is a perfect time for sightseeing around the cities.
Autumn Season (September- November)
The autumn temperature ranges between 10º C to 15º C. The beginning of the autumn welcomes beautiful clear skies, fresh air and incredible views. October and November are two of the best months to visit as dry days make trekking easier and offer good visibility. The verdant landscapes following the rains are ideal for photographers. This is an ideal time to visit Nepal because two of the major festivals of Nepal: Dashain and Tihar are celebrated during this season.
Winter Season (December – February)
The winter season lasts from December to February. The weather is pleasant during the day but it is significantly cooler during the night. The temperature falls below 0º C. The weather is very cold in the mountains. January is the coldest month. Very few tourists visit Nepal during this time. However, there are sufficient places for trekking and hiking even in the offseason.
Is Nepal Safe for Family Travel?
No doubt, Nepal is safe. In fact, it is safer than any other countries in the world. Nepal is a country full of diversities. Nepali people are hospitable, kind, and cultured. Nepali people are also religious and spiritual by nature. Therefore, they understand the language of love and kindness better than others. For them, service to human is service to God.
Tourism is the mainstay of the Nepalese economy. Therefore, the service providers also care for the safety and safety measure of the guests. As far as your safety concerned, Nepal is safe for family travel. The 10 years long armed revolution has also come to an end with peaceful politics. Along with the formulation of a new constitution, the socio-economic development of Nepal has started to speed up. No more procession, rallies, strikes will bother you.
On the other hand, the scars of the devastating earthquake (2015 AD) are also being healed up along with the completion of reconstruction. You shouldn’t bother about your safety and security in Nepal. It is our responsibility to provide safety to you and your family members.
There are Tourist Information Centres, security personnel and government employee in every important destination mentioned above and they will help you any way possible. You shouldn’t worry about cheating and bullying as well. The tourism industry has grown as one of the important commercial activities in Nepal so far.
Tips on Some General Etiquettes in Nepal
- The form of greeting in Nepal is “Namaste” performing by joining both palms together. It literally means the divine in me salutes the divine in you.
- As a mark of respect Nepalese usually take their shoes off before entering someone’s house or place of worship.
- Don’t point your finger to anyone else, it means wait I will have something against you.
- Food or material that has been touched by another person’s mouth is considered impure or “Jutho” and, therefore, is not accepted unless among close friends or family.
- Bargaining during shopping is a must.
- Most Nepalese eat by their hand.
- Touching something with feet or using the left hand to give or take are considered as a taboo.
- Women wearing skimpy outfits are frowned upon especially in the rural parts of the country.
- Don’t mind people spitting and littering. There is no strict law against it.
- As a part of the tradition, some Hindu temples do not allow non-Hindus to enter.
- Blowing your nose in public is offensive. Do it quietly and secretly.
- Don’t expect punctuality. Nothing in Nepal works on time.
- Leather articles are prohibited inside some temple areas.
- Walking around temples or Stupas is traditionally done clockwise.
- To avoid conflict photography is carried out after receiving permission from the object or person.
- Public displays of affection are considered scandalous.
- Nepalese women stay isolated during menstruation. They are not allowed to enter the temples and touch the things as long as three to four days.
- You are comfortable with people staring at you. Just smile and enjoy.
- Nodding of the head means “Yes” while shaking of the head means “No”. A slight dangling of head from left to right means “OK”.
- Licking your fingers while eating is considered as a bad manner in some countries but doing the same in Nepal is just opposite.
Last but not Least
Travelling with your family in Nepal is complete fun. You would never repent for choosing this country for your vacations. Rather, you would definitely repent for not coming here earlier. Heaven is a myth, Nepal is real. Obviously, you would be overwhelmed by the superb natural beauty of Nepal. Your family members would cherish the unbelievable culture, traditions, hospitality and many more. Wherever you go, you would have the most glamorous natural vistas to enjoy. You would find everything unique and valuable. Nepalese understand the importance of family values and family bonds. If you travel with your family members, the people will consider you a person devoted to the family. They will regard you as a responsible fellow. Therefore, we recommend you to choose Nepal without any hesitations for your upcoming family trip.