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Probably best known for Mount Everest, Nepal is a spiritual land with a unique culture located in the Himalayas. There’s no need to trek Everest to enjoy all that Nepal has to offer. Steeped in history, be sure to visit the three royal cities, Kathmandu (capital city), Patan, and Bhaktapur. Other worthwhile places to visit between Kathmandu and Bardia include Pokhara, the starting point for many of Nepal’s most popular trekking and rafting destinations. You can take a boat to the Barahi Temple in the middle of Phewa lake or simply chill lakeside with the Himalayas towering in the distance.
The country has several off-the-beaten-path locales with great hiking, as well as lush national parks such as Royal Bardia and Royal Chitwan. The Royal Bardia has a hilly terrain that offers more diversity and interesting views. Bardia offers campgrounds for your own tent if you prefer camping, as well as luxury accommodations. While Chitwan is the more popular tourist destination since it’s close to Kathmandu, one of the world’s oldest and most exotic cities. The best way to see the park is to take an elephant ride, from that high up you might even see a rhinoceros. While visiting Chitwan you can stay inside the park at a variety lodges, from multi-starred to basic but comfortable.
Nepal has eight of the world's 14 highest mountains. September marks the beginning of the autumn climbing season which runs through November.
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