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Top Ten Nepal Attractions
The capital and largest city of Nepal, Katmandu is located at
4,600 ft (1400 m) and is the gateway to most of Nepal’s tourism.
Don’t miss Asan Tole, a popular bustling market; the Seto Machhendranath
Temple, sacred to Hindus and Buddhists; and Maju Deval, a Shiva
temple built in 1690 that offers great views and has become a
popular meeting place. Many adventure tours can be arranged from
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This traffic free UNESCO Heritage town is known for its cultural
crafts and traditions. Time your visit for mid-April and you can
celebrate Bisket Jatra (the Nepali New Year) in Bhaktapur, named
by Lonely Planet as one of the world’s best festivals. Bhaktapur
is one of the three sacred cities in the Kathmandu Valley, the
others being Kathmandu and Patan.
Music4children founder Oz Bayldon is preparing to lead a group
of music loving adventurers up Nepal's Mera Peak to make musical
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Known by art lovers for it’s carvings of wood and stone, architecture,
dozens of temples and monuments. The Palace of the Malla Kings
and Patan Durbar Square are two of the highlights of a visit to
Patan. Traditional carpets may be purchased at the Tibetan Refugee
Camp on the edge of town.
The end point for the Annapurna Circuit Trek is touristy but
in a spectacular setting. There are lots of trails to follow but
don’t miss the World Peace Pagoda or the International Mountain
Museum while you’re there.
The last stop before Everest Base Camp. Namche is a busy working
tourist town with bakeries, convenience stores and hotels. You’ll
catch more than a glimpse of Sherpa life as well as visitors from
all over the globe.
A popular stop for visitors to the Himalayas. There are lodges
and shops providing trail supplies. For most trekkers Lukla is
two days from Namche Bazaar. There are also daily scheduled flights
between Lukla and Kathmandu in good weather.
This is the closest airstrip to Mt Everest and is not licensed
for commercial flights; few facilities are available but it’s
important in delivery of emergency needs to base camp.
Within Sagarmatha National Park, most trekkers know Phakding
as a welcome lunch stop between Lukla and Namche. In the center
of town is a 16th centure Sherpa monastery. Comfortable guest
houses can be found here as well.