Nepal is a surprisingly diverse country that attracts visitors for many reasons. Some are lured by the call of the mountains and seeking to climb or trek in the Himalayas, others are intrigued by the culture and the famous city of Kathmandu, and yet others come hoping to find some sort of spiritual awakening. Nepal can be an adrenaline adventure, a cultural eye opener, a life-changing experience, or all of the above.
Most travelers spend some time in Kathmandu visiting sacred and historic attractions, and then head out to other parts of the country. Some of the best places to visit outside of the capital are Chitwan National Park for wildlife viewing, and the lakeside town of Pokhara, a popular area for embarking on treks.
Trekkers will find a variety of options across Nepal, with the most important areas being the Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang regions.
In 2015, a major earthquake struck Nepal, causing severe damage in Kathmandu and other areas, but restoration is underway, and progress has been substantial. Much of the damage has been repaired, although some historical treasures were lost forever.
To find the best places to visit, have a read through our list of the top attractions in Nepal.