UNESCO has recognized four natural and cultural World Heritage Sites (WHS) in Nepal. We organize intimate short tours to all the heritage sites in Nepal any time of the year. This is an opportunity to see the excellence and charming beauty of Nepal’s art and architecture and the unique wildlife and biodiversity in the heart of the Himalayas.
Cultural Heritage Sites:
Kathmandu Valley is the cultural, religious and administrative melting point of Nepal since ancient times. It consists of rich art and architecture from ancient, medieval and modern era well reflected in palaces and courtyards, temples and Stupas and colorful culture and festivals.
Kathmandu Valley has been the epicenter of art, culture, rituals and politics for thousands of years. The medieval cities of Bhaktapur, Patan and Kathmandu within Kathmandu Valley have been inducted into World Heritage Site list. These cities display some of the world’s distinctive masterpieces of art and architecture, clearly visible in temples and chortens, courtyards, palaces, life-size sculptures and museums.
Kathmandu Valley alone hosts seven world cultural monuments which include Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur Durbar Squares, Changu Narayan Temple, Pasupatinath Temple, Swoyambhunath and Boudhanath. Changu Narayan Temple, located in the rim of the Kathmandu Valley is a site dedicated to Lord Vishnu and contains the oldest stone inscription. Swoyambhunath and Boudhanath are world’s largest Buddhist stupas that stand tall as a testimony to the significance of Tibetan Buddhism. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath Temple is the most sacred temple among all Hindu devotees.
Lumbini is the birthplace of Prince Siddartha Gautam who later went on to become Lord Buddha. It was in Lumbini that Lord Buddha spent 29 years of his youth in the comfort of his father’s palace. Lumbini today is being developed as international peace center. Archeological findings in the past have revealed a rich repository of relics, antique objects, palaces that dates back to Buddha’s life. Some of the famous sites in Lumbini are Maya Garden, Monasteries, meditation centers, crane sanctuary, Ramagram, Ashoka Pillar etc.
Natural Heritage Sites:
Chitwan National Park
Chitwan is home to Chitwan National Park, Nepal’s oldest and most popular national sanctuary. The park is spread in an area 932 sq. km. and remains the most visited destination in Nepal. The park consists of lush vegetation, a mosaic of riverine Sal forest and grasslands, fragile Siwalik-hill ecosystem as well as alluvial flood plains. There have been 31% of mammals, 61% of birds, 34% of amphibians and reptiles, and 65% of fishes recorded in the park as well as over 400 species of both migratory and resident bird species.
Chitwan is famous for jungle safari to see the elusive Royal Bengal Tigers, One-horned Rhinos, Asian Elephants among others. Major activities in the park include bird watching, visit to crocodile breeding center, canoeing and rowing. Tharu, the indigenous inhabitants of Chitwan, and their unique culture is also one of the unforgettable charms of Chitwan.
Everest National Park
The UNESCO has noted that Everest region has an exceptional natural beauty embedded in the world’s highest Himalayas, deep valleys, glaciers and unique biodiversity as well as the rich and unique Sherpa culture that is intricately blended with ecological system.
The Everest region falls in Solukhumbu district, which is home to the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest or Chomolunga. The area has been designated national protected area as it is home to such rare flora and fauna as Snow Leopard and Red Panda. Mammal species include common langur, jackal, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan weasel, masked palm civet, snow leopard, Himalayan musk deer, goral, mol, Tibetan water shrew, Himalayan water shrew,marmot, rat and house mouse. A visit to Everest is not complete without a tour of Namche Bazaar, the cultural capital of Sherpa people. Tengboche Monastery in Everest region is one of the biggest monasteries in the Himalayas.