Places to see (Outside Kathmandu Valley):
Kakani is another good location for viewing the mountain scenery. It is situated 25 km north west of Kathmandu at an altitude of 1,982 m above the sea level. The fabulous holiday area of Kakani features enchanting attractions ranging from the beautiful alpine scenery to the magnificent Himalayan panorama particularly of the Ganesh Himal Massif. Other peaks that can be closely seen from Kakani are: Gaurishankar (7,134 m), Choba Bharme (6,109 m), Manaslu (8,163 m), Himalchuli (7,893 m), Annapurna (8,091 m) and several other peaks.
This mountainous little valley is situated 200 km west of Kathmandu against the stupendous backdrop of the Annapurna Himalayas to the north. It is known by the city of lakes and popular for another tourist destination after Kathmandu. The valley is graced with glittering lakes, foaming rivers, majesty caverns and terraced fields. It is also the starting and ending transit point for many trekking routes to the Annapurna and Upper Mustang region. It is a rendezvous for many culture and adventure trekkers to experience the diverse the lifestyle of the Mountain people. Pokhara is easily accessible by road and air.
Gorkha is the birthplace of King Prithvi Narayan Shah, the Great, and the founder of modern Nepal. Situated on the hill overlooking the snowy peaks of the Himalayas is a beautiful old palace known as Gorkha Durbar. There are two attractive temples Gorakhnath and Kali inside the palace precinct. Gorkha can be reached about five hours by road from Kathmandu and four hours from Pokhara. A side trip to Manakamana temple on the way to Gorkha is very enjoyable and interesting. The world- renowned Gorkha soldiers were originally from this place.
Located on a 1000 m ridge in Tanahun district some 140 km from Kathmandu, Bandipur's hallmark is its beautiful scenery. Its medium elevation, excellent view of the Himalayas, the Marshyangdi Valley, Manakamana Hill and Gorkha Palace, relatively easy accessibility and of course, old Newari town flair, make Bandipur an interesting tourist destinations. The various Newari and Magar festivals can also be of great interest to tourists. Other attractions include the pagoda roofed Bindyashini Temple which houses goddess Durga (Bandipur's guardian deity), Raniban (Queen's Forest), a downhill trek to the Siddha Cave and a hike to Ramkot Village. The other important temples and shrines in the vicinity include the Mahalaxmi Temple with its exquisite wood-work and the Khadga Devi Temple which comes alive once a year during the Dashain festival.
Chitwan lies south-west of Kathmandu and is one of the few undisturbed areas of the terai region, with its very flora and fauna. It is a beautiful, peaceful and highly relaxing, magnificent land. The flora and fauna of Chitwan makes it a great place for nature lovers. It has over 50 different species of birds, and 65 different types of butterflies in its hardwood Sal forests, riverine vegetation and savannah. More than 70 different species of grass grow here. The most famous wildlife in Chitwan is perhaps the last populations of single-horned Asian rhinoceros. It is also among the last refuges for the Bengal tiger. Tourists usually do the elephant safari to see the rhinoceros living in the park and do guided walks into the park. There are a number of sacred and historical sites around Chitwan which provide interesting side trips
The birthplace of "The Enlighten of Asia" Lord Buddha situated 250 km to the south west of Kathmandu. Lord Buddha was born in the garden of Nepal's Lumbini in 623 BC. In the past Lumbini had attained great civilization and prosperity and there are many evidences of visits by Kings to this pious place. One such visitor was Indian emperor Ashoka in 249 BC during his visit he erected a grand monolith with an inscription to his visit to this sacred place. Several other places near Lumbini are linked with stories connected to Buddha and Buddhism. Lumbini has many new monasteries build under the aid of different nations. Lumbini is about 300 km to the south west of Kathmandu. Bus and flight to Bhairahawa which is 22 km from Lumbini are available from major cities.
The famous temple of Muktinath is situated about 18 km north-east of Jomsom on a high mountain at an altitude of about 3,749m. This temple holds a great religious significance for both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. There are two ways to get to Muktinath Temple from Kathmandu either taking a direct flight or trek for a few days from Pokhara. Besides a direct chartered helicopter can also be arranged to the shrines from Pokhara, it will be just one and half an hour to complete the trip.