The Non-Trekkers’ Travel Guide in Nepal

The Non-Trekkers' Travel Guide in Nepal

The Non-Trekkers’ Travel Guide in Nepal: Infinite Ways Non-Trekkers Can Enjoy Nepal. 

Trekking to the mighty Himalayas is often the most obvious reason why visitors come to Nepal. But Nepal is not just all about hiking or going on adventure trips like Everest Base Camp Trek.

The small country has some very interesting things to offer, from the historical and cultural sights of Durbars and Stupas around Kathmandu; the scenic and laid back experiences in Pokhara to experiencing a full-fledged local Nepalese life in Nepal’s small villages.

Nepal, after all, is a incredible paradise for every type of traveler.

Find out What to do in Nepal if not trekking.

Begin with Exploring Kathmandu

Kathmandu thrives with life, day in and day out. It’s in the middle of all points of interests in Nepal – temples, souvenir shops, hotels and even the touch base point for trekkers. If you’re not interested in trekking in Nepal, it’s worth exploring Nepal’s historical and cultural side which is teeming with artistry and colorful stories.

Or, if you’d like to jump start your stay and adventure in Nepal in an epic way, take a scenic flight to Mount Everest on board a small aircraft that will take you over Mt. Everest and other Himalayan ranges. You don’t have to get to the Everest Base Camp to get glimpse of the mighty Everest.

Cultural and Heritage Destinations In and Around Kathmandu


Pashupatinath temple is the most important for Hindu followers. Also called the holy temple of Lord Shiva, the temple showcases a gold-plated roof, silver-plated doors and intricate wood carvings reflecting the famous pagoda architecture.

The Pashupatinath sits at the bank of the Bagmati River where Hindus perform their cremations. There’s a separate entrance for non-Hindus since the interiors are limited to Hindus only. Please note that taking pictures at certain areas and activities inside the temple is prohibited.

sadhu at Pashupatinath, Kathmandu heritages day tour


The Boudhanath is the most important stupa for the Tibetan Buddhists in Nepal.

It used to be a resting place in the ancient trade route where Tibetan merchants took their rest and prayed for numerous centuries. From here, what is known as the “Little Tibet” of Nepal came to life.

Apart from observing Tibetan monks live and pray, Boudhanath is also a good place to see and buy carpets, gold pieces of jewelry and other trinkets. It is surrounded by shops and restaurants, smaller stupas and monasteries.

Boudhanath Stupa


The Swyambhunath is another important temple in Nepal. Swyambhunath means “self-existent” but it is also popularly known as the “Monkey Temple”.

Devotees and tourists climb the eastern steps of the temple where mini stupas, monasteries as well as monkeys greet them.

Atop, you’ll see the outstanding view of Kathmandu. If you opt to witness monks performing their rituals, be sure to get there before 9 am.

Monkey in the temple

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Just 10 kilometers away from Kathmandu is Bhaktapur, an independent city-state complete with its own Durbar Square. The square is home to numerous shrines, temples, and monasteries, as well as architectural masterpieces.

Located inside Bhaktapur is the Royal Palace which guests enter through the Golden Gate, as well as the National Art Gallery. Bhaktapur is a friendly little piece of Nepal with a warm population rich with history, art, and culture.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square- Cultural Nepal


Dhulikhel is a good getaway when looking for quiet spaces in Nepal where you can just bask in the beauty of nature.

Located 32 km away from Kathmandu, Dhulikhel provides different uphill sites like the Kali Temple, Gosainthan Hill and the Dhulikel View Tower that affords a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the towns and villages below.

Nepal smile


Close to Dhulikel is another village called Nagarkot. Although Nagarkot is well known for its trekking trails, you can enjoy the quiet views of the Himalayas from here during sunrise and sunset.

It is a rustic little village with a more laid-back lifestyle, perfect for tourists who are not in a rush and would want to bask in the scenery of the Himalayan ranges.

Namo Buddha Monastery

The Nam Buddha Monastery is considered as one of the most important and holiest sites in the world.

It is believed that a stupa was erected in honor of a prince which in some accounts, also referred as the Buddha himself, who gave up his own life in order to save a starving tigress and her cubs.

It’s a popular place for many Buddhist who make their pilgrimage in February and March.

Chitwan National Park

Chitwan means the “heart of the jungle” and rightly so herein located in the Chitwan National Park.

This is a good place to explore Nepal’s rich and diverse flora and fauna – ranging from the numerous species of birds to the rare Bengal Tigers and endangered Asian Rhinos.

There’s also a good count of other animals like elephant, crocodiles, monkeys, wild cats and dogs, boars and sloth bears.

Royal Bengal tiger in Nepal

Lumbini – the birth place of Lord Buddha

Lumbini is the famous site of Lord Buddha’s birthplace.

Buddhists make a pilgrimage to the Lumbini all year round, while barren women Maya Devi, the Buddha’s mother, for fertility.

Lumbini offers the perfect insight into Lord Buddha’s life and devotion, which is today known as Buddhism.

Lumbini- Birthplace of Buddha in Nepal

Nepal’s Famous Sites for Adventures and Immersion with the Local Life

If you’d rather partake in the local adventures that Nepal has to offer, you must head to Pokhara, Sarangkot,  Bandipur and Palpa.

Take a swim or paddle a boat on Lake Phewa where a number of hotels and restaurants are also located nearby.

If you want some adrenaline rush, there are also a number of adventures and extreme sports operating in Pokhara offering paragliding, hot air ballooning, white water rafting in Nepal, mountain biking, and rock climbing.Boating on Fewa (Phewa) lake at Pokhara

Or, immerse yourself to local Nepalese life where a family host in Sarangkot can adopt you and teach you their ways. This is a great way to appreciate and understand the life in Nepal on a more intimate level.

You will also see numerous religious sites in Palpa, but its bronze craft and hand-loom industry might also interest you. The Karuwa or bronze jar is a well-known souvenir item in Palpa.

Lastly, Bandipur offers a number of activities for those who do not want to trek.

You might pick Tundikhel as your vantage point in witnessing the Himalayas or opt to explore the interior of the Siddha cave.

Bring your picnic gear and spend some quiet time in Thanimai and see the orchids in bloom west of the Bandipur Bazaar.

Unlocking the Flavors of Nepal

Nepal isn’t just about mountains; it’s a treasure trove of unique flavors waiting to be discovered. For those not into trekking, get ready for a culinary journey through the local foods of Nepal.

Mouthwatering Momos

Start with momos – these tasty dumplings are a Nepali favorite. Whether filled with meat or veggies and dipped in a spicy sauce, these momos are a must-try. There are many popular spots in Nepal that serve momos that are next-level delicious.

Newari Delights

Explore the food of the Newar people in the Kathmandu Valley. Try ‘Yomari,’ a sweet dumpling, and ‘Bara,’ lentil patties served with pickle, or go for the bold flavors of ‘Choila,’ a spicy grilled meat dish.

Dal Bhat Magic

Don’t underestimate dal bhat – it’s a Nepali staple that comes alive in local eateries. Visit Bhojan Griha in Kathmandu for an authentic dal bhat experience along with viewing live authentic local cultural performances. It’s not just a meal, it is a warm Nepali welcome.

Street Food Adventure in Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur’s Durbar Square is a street food paradise. Treat yourself to ‘Juju Dhau,’ creamy yogurt unique to Bhaktapur, paired with ‘Yen,’ a local noodle dish, or ‘Gundruk Ko Achar,’ fermented leafy greens.

Tastes from the Far West

Head to the far west for a different culinary experience. Try ‘Sidra Ko Achar,’ made from fermented fish, with ‘Phapar Ko Roti,’ a roasted millet bread – a combo that showcases the region’s diversity.

Go right now to Nepal on this culinary journey, where every bite tells a story and each flavor is a piece of the country’s rich culture. It’s not just food – it’s a delightful adventure for your taste buds!

Discover Nepal’s Colors: Festivals, Arts and Crafts

Celebrate Nepal’s Rich Culture

Step into the heart of Nepal’s diverse traditions by joining major festivals that showcase the country’s vibrant spirit.

From the lively hues of Holi to the deep-rooted traditions of Dashain, each festival offers a unique peek into Nepal’s captivating culture.

Exploring Festivals Around Nepal

Kathmandu’s Indra Jatra

  • Enjoy parades and traditional dances.
  • See the raising of the sacred Indra pole.

Pokhara’s Tihar Celebration

  • Experience the festival of lights against stunning landscapes.
  • Witness the special bond between people and animals.

Bhaktapur’s Gai Jatra

  • Join the lively parade remembering loved ones.
  • Blend joy and remembrance in this special cultural event.

Artistic Heritage Unveiled

Discover the soul of Nepal’s art scene, from modern galleries to traditional crafts. Thamel, Boudhanath and Patan serve as creative hubs, each providing a unique insight into Nepal’s artistic legacy.

Thamel’s Art Scene

  • Explore contemporary and traditional Nepali art.
  • Thangka paintings, wood carvings and sculptures tell Nepal’s stories.

Boudhanath Stupa’s Craftsmanship

  • Dive into intricate crafts surrounding the UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • A hub for authentic Nepali craftsmanship, from prayer flags to textiles.

Patan’s Artistic Haven

  • Patan, the city of artisans, showcases traditional metalwork, woodwork and stone carving.
  • A treasure trove of Newari architecture and craftsmanship.

Local Markets and Workshops

Start your journey through local markets where artisans display their skills. Engage in hands-on workshops to create your piece of Nepali art, fostering a deeper connection with the country’s creative spirit.

Let’s dive into a Nepalese cultural adventure, where festivals, arts and crafts weave together to offer a delightful glimpse into Nepal’s rich heritage.

Journey of Inner Peace, Yoga and Meditation Retreats in Nepal

Nepal’s peaceful landscapes not only appeal to trekkers but also offer a haven for those seeking peace through yoga and meditation.

Discover a range of reputable retreat centers, each providing a unique blend of spiritual rejuvenation and wellness experiences.

Reconnect with Your Inner Self

Nepal’s serene ambiance serves as the perfect backdrop for yoga and meditation retreats. Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or a beginner, these retreats cater to various levels, offering guided sessions amidst the breathtaking natural beauty of Nepal.

Reputable Retreat Centers

Explore renowned yoga and meditation retreat centers across Nepal. No matter which one you choose, these centers not only provide expert guidance in yoga and meditation but also focus on holistic well-being, allowing visitors to unwind and recharge.

Spiritual and Wellness Experiences

Immerse yourself in holistic experiences that go beyond yoga and meditation. Many retreats in Nepal incorporate Ayurvedic practices, spa treatments and mindfulness sessions, ensuring a comprehensive approach to your well-being.

Cultural Exchange with Local Communities

Extend your journey beyond personal rejuvenation by engaging in cultural exchange with local communities. Consider opting for homestays or participating in community-based tourism initiatives, offering a genuine and immersive experience with the warm and welcoming people of Nepal.

Homestays and Community-Based Tourism

Delve into the heart of Nepalese culture through homestays, where you can share daily life with local families, savor traditional meals and partake in cultural activities. Engaging in community-based tourism initiatives further enhances your connection with the rich tapestry of Nepal’s diverse communities.

Ready for a non-trekking holiday in Nepal, where the serene landscapes, coupled with yoga and meditation retreats, provide not just a physical escape but a transformative journey for the soul.

Connect with local communities, experience Nepal’s hospitality firsthand and embark on a holistic adventure that nurtures both body and spirit.


Indeed, there’s more to do in Nepal than trekking. You will definitely not run out with things to do and see and that’s what makes Nepal an even more appealing destination.

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