The small landlocked nation of Nepal is diverse in every area that you can think of. This applies to the rich culture and cultural diversity of Nepal as well. From east to west and north to south, Nepal exposes to the most unique and beautiful cultures. With this in mind, it is no surprise that the cultural landmarks in Nepal are something never seen anywhere else in the world. From the high Himalayas to the plains of Terai, Nepal houses a great range of cultural landmarks. We have put together a list of five major cultural landmarks you must visit on your trip to Nepal:
The city of temples is a cultural landmark in the heart of the crowded, colorful and always bright Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu’s ancient and sophisticated traditional culture is a continuous and extraordinary convergence of the Hindu and Buddhist philosophy embraced by its highly religious people. It also welcomed the cultural diversity offered by other religions including Jainism, Buddhism, and Christianity in its fold. Experience the blend of rapid urbanization still preserving the medieval culture, one of the most complex yet beautiful cities in the world.
A night stay in the Ghandruk village
Ghandruk, the popular the Gurung village at 2,010 m (6,600 ft) northwest of Pokhara, the city of lakes. Cast in the gentle folds of the midland mountains in the shadow of mighty Annapurna ranges, far above the valley of the Modi River in an amazing mountainous landscape, this demanding trek offers amazing views of rural life. Experience the amazing gurung culture, get to know the locals, enjoy local cuisine, and take back great photographs in the Gurung cultural dress. This trek is ideal if you want to experience the rural culture of Nepal.
The birthplace of the Light of Asia, Lord Budhha, is the ultimate destination to decipher the roots of Budhhism. Lumbini is located in today’s Rummindei, in Southern Nepal’s Terai region, not far from the border between India and Nepal. Lumbini has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Visit Lumbini and explore the Budhhist culture in detail. The local cultures and cuisine is sure to surprise you!
Wander through the historic city of Mithila to explore Southern Nepal’s rich community and visit the majestic Ram Janaki Temple in the heart of the city which alludes to the famed Hindu Ramayana epic. The temple is the city’s main attraction, bringing in large crowds of visitors. The rich Mithila culture is truly magnificent and worth exploring on your trip to Nepal.
Located deep and high in the mountains, at 3710m, Muktinath is certainly a destination worth visiting on your trip to Nepal. The temple in the midst of the semi-desert landscape is one of the holiest sites for people of both Hindu and Buddhist religions. Followers of both religions believe that this is one of the few places to find all the five elements: fire, water, space, earth, and air. The region is covered with reverence tokens: trees bear photos of beloved loved ones, temple candles flicker, monastery house nuns looking over the ground. Also known as Mukti Kshetra, the place of liberation, Muktinath is a must visit cultural site on your trek to Mustang or the Annapurna range.
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