There's more to Nepal than just Kathmandu or the Everest, wherein lie many unexplored, beautiful places. Here's a list of five places which the adventure-seeker in you would love to explore with a rich history behind them.
As the name suggests, Guerrilla refers to 'underground activists'. The area was used by the revolutionaries during the 10 years long Civil War that crushed Nepal from 1996 - 2006. The place was declared autonomous and was the combat zone for the guerillas against the government. The Guerrilla and Yarsa trails offer a thrilling, adventurous experience through the heartland of post-conflict territory. It takes the crusader through the difficult, uphill terrains used to their advantage by the revolutionaries. The entire trek offers breath-taking, pristine views of nature untainted by development.
A European Newari town in Nepal, the place offers heavenly Himalayan views, countryside meandering gazing at the traditional architecture of the village which is said to date back to the 18th century. Once a significant halt on the trade route to Tibet, the village got bypassed when Pokhara-Kathmandu highway opened in 1972. A blessing in disguise, Bandipur survived from losing its distinctness to rapid industrialization. The former, sturdy homes of the merchants have been converted to cafes and guesthouses but the old-world charm still survives. The simple yet stunning contrast of the pleasing bougainvillaea hanging over the wooden roofs adds on to the beauty of the place which has kept its authentic feel. A must visit for those looking to travel back in history.
The time forgotten trails of Dolpo are infrequently trekked, making it one of those unaffected, unexplored areas. This region has preserved one of the last enclaves of traditional Tibetan culture where the pre-Buddhist Bon-Po religion is still in practice of the pre-Chinese Tibet times. Placed in an isolated corner of Nepal, Upper Dolpo became accessible to outsiders only in 1996. It is unimaginable to see how the place has paused time for centuries as the inhabitants continue to live, cultivate and trade the way they have done since time immemorial. From seeing the snow-capped peaks, the landscape changes to colourful flags dancing in the sky with a mysterious and spiritual aura that the place carries. Called 'Beyul' or 'The Hidden Land' by Tibetan Buddhists, the place is said to be the refuge that will be discovered when the world would be nearing its destruction.
Contradicting its literal translation 'Black Filth', Kali Gandaki Valley is one of the most beautiful and popular trek places. The valley was the main trading route with Tibet preserving its culture and traditions. It is also home to the world's deepest gorge. The prime destination of the trek through this valley is Muktinath Temple, set at the foot of Himalayas. The valley offers an unforgettable trekking experience and mesmerizing landscapes. Go fossil hunting as the place boasts of Jurassic-era fossils that can be found lying around abundantly. The curly, ridged ammonite fossils are a multi-million-year-old reminder of what the earth was once like. Explore the Thakali culture as you gorge on the delicious authentic cuisine.
This place is known to be the largest caves in Nepal and second largest in South Asia. It opened to adventurers in 2014. For those who love caves and has a hunger to explore untrodden paths, this place is a jackpot as much of its areas are dark and forbidden. Years of history is hidden in these unexplored recesses of the caves. There is a 70-metre vertical drop into the dark caverns which is allowed to the travellers. No one knows how deep the cave is exactly as much of its areas still remain unexplored. The place is full of stalactites and stalagmites formed over time indefinite from limestone and dripping water. A few shapes resemble Lord Buddha in a seated lotus position and the stalagmites are regarded as symbols of Shiva, hence the name 'Siddha Gufa'.
Get the adventure going, pack your bags and get ready to experience history by visiting these places!