"I love showing our guests all the different sides of Nepal from the bustling markets of Thamel where you'll find amazing handicrafts to the peaceful river banks where you can witness sacred ceremonies. "
Stroll through Durbar Square in Kathmandu
Durbar Square is one of the best Nepal attractions you can’t miss. Set in the old town, this UNESCO site was once the centre of rulers and royalty in Nepal. As you explore traditional pagoda-style architecture, towering temples, and palace complexes, you’ll gain a richer understanding of the history of this mystic mountain kingdom.
Visit to the Tibetan Refugee Camp
You’ll Make Travel Matter on your Nepal tour with Trafalgar when you visit the Tibetan Refugee Camp. The camp provides shelter to the Tibetan refugees who fled the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959. It’s also home to the Jawalakhel Handicraft Centre, where you’ll meet the families and marvel at the works of the gifted Tibetan carpet weavers.
Admire the artistry of Nepalese craftsmanship
It may be a natural nirvana, but one of the best things to do in Nepal is experience the remarkable culture. As you stroll through the UNESCO-listed city of Bhaktapur, you’ll be amazed by all the talented artisans dotted around the squares and alleyways. Watch them carve wood, weave fabrics, and sculpt pottery, creating stunning traditional handicrafts.
Join a pottery workshop in Bhaktapur
Ready to get hands on? You’ll join a local potter in Bhaktapur and see first-hand how the skilled artisans make clay ceramics with traditional techniques used for centuries. You’ll even get to try your hand at pottery and make your own creation to take home as a special souvenir of your Nepal adventure.
Witness a poignant Aarti ceremony on the Bagmati River
Journey to the banks of the Bagmati River, a holy river running through the Pashupatinath Temple. Here, you’ll witness a stirring Aarti (prayer) ceremony. At sunset, Hindu priests chant melodic prayers and wave flaming oil lamps, while devotees sing sacred Bhajan songs, creating a truly mesmerising experience.
Our top 5 things to do in Nepal
A Nepal tour package with Trafalgar takes you to the country’s remarkable sights, from the architectural gems of Durbar Square in Kathmandu to a moving Aarti ceremony on the Bagmati River.
Journey to the top of a hill in the stunning Kathmandu Valley and you’ll find the UNESCO-listed Swayambhunath Temple. Wander the galleries of prayer mills, admire the dazzling white stupa and gilded spire, and marvel at the intricate stone facades and the remnants of Buddhist and Hindu artistry, said to be over 2,000 years old.
This ancient Hindu temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is where you can witness a moving Aarti ceremony on your Nepal tour with Trafalgar. As part of your visit to the UNESCO-listed Pashupatinath Temple, you can also explore a sprawling complex of ashrams, inscriptions and temples, built centuries ago on the banks of the holy Bagmati River.
Towering over Kathmandu, this is one of the largest and most important Buddhist stupas in the world. You’ll visit the brilliant white and gold stupa and marvel at its giant mandala, colourful flags, and decorated Buddha eyes. You’ll also learn its fascinating history, including how it was first constructed hundreds of years ago as an act of penance by a king.
Best museums in Nepal
When you explore Nepal, the best places to visit are often the museums. But these aren’t your typical museums… From ancient temples to gleaming stupas, here are the top museums to dive into when you visit Nepal.
A beloved food in Nepal, dhido is a traditional wheat pudding made by gradually stirring flour into boiling water. It becomes a solid, sticky, porridge-like dish that is satisfying without being too heavy. It’s best eaten by tearing off a chunk and dunking it into a hearty soup or stew.
These delicious bite-size dumplings are one of the most popular dishes in Nepal. They’re made from steamed or fried meat or vegetables, wrapped in dough, and steamed until tender and tasty. Whether you enjoy it as a quick snack or eat it as main topped with golbheda ko achar (tomato pickle), you’re sure to come back for more momo.
As the national dish of Nepal, you can’t miss trying dal bhat, meaning ‘lentils with rice’ in Hindi. This hearty dish is made up of steamed rice and lentils, along with vegetable curry, spicy vegetables and papadums. No two chefs make dal bhat the same way, and trying all the different variations is all part of the (very delicious) fun.
Best food in Nepal
A Nepal travel experience with Trafalgar will ensure you taste the best of Nepal’s delicious cuisine, from stewed lentils to juicy dumplings.
What to pack for Nepal
When you visit Nepal, you’ll be exploring a lot of beautiful temples where you must wear modest clothing that covers the arms and knees. Bring a large scarf and pack a few long-sleeved options.
Nepal is home to some extraordinary natural wonders. Help keep the country beautiful by bring reusable bags for shopping and limiting plastic waste.
Slip on shoes
In Nepal, you must remove your shoes before entering houses, temples, and monasteries. Bring a comfortable pair of sandals you can easily slip off all day.
The national currency of Nepal is the Nepalese rupee, so come prepared for your trip with some cash on hand.
Travel plug adaptor
In Nepal, the power plugs and sockets are type C, D and M. Be sure to bring a universal travel plug adaptor so you can charge your gadgets.