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Top 5 Destinations to visit in Nepal for 2024

Story by Himalayan Circuit


With the New Year comes a new beginning. Why not visit some new destinations in Nepal this year? 

Nepal is a country located in the Himalayas, attracting both adventurers and culture enthusiasts. As we approach 2024, this captivating country is more alluring than ever. Featuring the highest peaks in the world, including Annapurna and Everest, and a vibrant mix of cultures, Nepal offers visitors a variety of experiences to choose from.

For those seeking new horizons in 2024, the Himalayan Circuit Trek reveals the top 5 destinations that promise an immersive and unparalleled journey. You can discover Nepal's hidden gems and evolving landscapes, regardless of whether you are an avid trekker, history buff, or spiritual seeker.

  • Rara Lake: Serenity amidst the Wilderness:

Imagine yourself sitting peacefully on the shore of a beautiful lake, listening to the beautiful sounds of birds in the background, and feeling the cold wind of the Himalayas. Rara Lake is such hidden gem that you should not miss out. A visit to Rara Lake allows you to explore pristine wilderness of Rara National Park through scenic trails. It's time to discover vibrant flora, encounter wildlife, and experience a diverse ecosystem by immersing yourself in nature.

Located in Nepal's northwestern region, Rara Lake is an ideal destination for those seeking solitude in the pristine wilderness. Rara Lake is the largest lake in Nepal and lies within Rara National Park. Traveling to Rara Lake can be done by scenic flight, jeep or trekking. 

During a clear day, you can enjoy a stunning view of the lake's crystalline waters reflecting the surrounding mountains and snow-capped peaks. Camping beside the lake, gazing at the stars, and interacting with the locals offers an unforgettable experience of solitude and natural beauty.

  • Illam: Enjoy a fresh cup of tea

Located in eastern Nepal, Illam is one of the most picturesque hill stations, with stunning tea gardens. A visit to Ilam Tea Garden offers unforgettable visual cultural, as well as an educational experience where you can admire the beauty and lush vegetation of Kanchenjung and learn about ancient farming traditions.

Ilam is considered a paradise by nature lovers and tea enthusiasts. Known as the "Tea Garden of Nepal", Ilam is known for its sprawling tea Garden covered in hills. 

You can take a guided tour of the tea gardens and watch the tea being processed closely. Moreover, Ilam offers trekking opportunities in Mai Pokhari Lake and Tinjure Milke Jaljale mountain range. Experience the local lifestyle and spend the night at a tea factory for a truly memorable experience.

  • Gosaikunda Lake- Pilgrimage and High-altitude Adventure:

The holy GosaiKunda Lake is a popular destination for Hindus and Buddhists, and is famous for its scenic and breathtaking beauty. Holy GosaiKunda Lake Trek is an ideal short trek for those with limited time and looking for an authentic Himalayan experience. This is a pilgrimage journey to sacred lakes and pristine nature to achieve inner peace and a soulful experience.

With an altitude of 4,380 meters, the holy lake of Gosaikunda is not only a destination; it’s a journey, and an adventure rolled into one. A journey to the holy lake of Gosaikunda passes through dense forests, picturesque villages against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains. The combination of high altitude travel and cultural immersion makes the trip a unique and spiritually rich experience. The best time to trek the trails is in the summer, when the trails are decorated with vibrant rhododendrons.

  • Bandipur: A Crown Jewel of Nepal

Bandipur is one of the hidden gems of central Nepal, with traditional Newari architecture, breathtaking Himalayan scenery, and beautiful countryside walks. Bandipur is the perfect destination for those looking for a hassle-free vacation in the Himalayas leaving the rest of the world behind. Also, it’s a great place to stop and see the Nepalese countryside while driving between Pokhara and Kathmandu.

With its preserved cultural heritage and traditional architecture, this well-preserved city in the foothills of the Himalayas evokes an old-world charm and one can take a leisurely stroll through streets lined with historic buildings and luxury hotels. The Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges can be seen from a vantage point of the city. You can involve in various activities in Bandipur like paragliding, hiking, or just enjoying the tranquility of the surrounding mountains. Bandipur is a testament to Nepal’s commitment to sustainable tourism, offering an authentic experience without compromising its cultural value.

Tansen: A Cultural Oasis in the Hills

Tansen is one of the popular cities of Nepal that is famous for its natural beauty and is also considered as a cultural center. Known for its cobbled streets, medieval architecture and vibrant local life, this hidden gem is a treasure trove of old World charm.Tansen is also famous for handicrafts, textiles, organic coffee, Dhaka clothes, and Karuwa, among others.

The major attractions of Tansen include its ancient culture, beautiful Newar houses and tall views of the Himalayas like Dhaulagiri in the north-west, Annapurna in the north and Manaslu in the north-east. Here you can stroll along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River and visit the Rani Mahal, the main attraction of the city. An ancient palace that tells stories of a bygone era can be explored at Tansen Durbar. The city is also a pot of multiculturalism, where many cultures coexist in harmony.

Ultimately, Nepal's beauty lies not only in its breathtaking scenery but also in the richness of its traditions and the warmth of its people. Himalayan Circuit Treks welcomes you on a journey through the top 5 destinations in Nepal for 2024 that will leave a lasting impression.

Traveling isn’t just about the places you go; it's about the experiences you’ve gathered and the relationships you’ve built. So pack your bags, embrace the unknown, and let Nepal work its magic on you. The Himalayas await a year filled with discoveries, adventures, and unforgettable moments. Happy New Year.