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Top 5 Beautiful Lakes of Nepal

1. Rara Lake, Mugu 

Rara Lake lies at an altitude of 2,990 m above sea level, has a water surface of 10.8 km2 , a maximum depth of 548 ft, is 5.1 km long and 2.7 km wide. It drains into the Mugu Karnali River via the Nijar River. Its water quality is characterized by high pH, conductivity and total hardness. It was reported to be very slightly polluted and was classified as oligotrophic in limnological terms. It is polluted due to wastes produced during festivals by visiting locals and tourists.

Location: Mugu District
Type: fresh water
Primary inflows: Karnali river

2. Phoksundo Lake, Dolpa

Phoksundo Lake, is an alpine fresh water oligotrophic lake in Nepal’s Shey Phoksundo National Park, located at an elevation of 11,849 ft above sea level in the Dolpa District. Phoksundo Lake is 494 has 1.91 sq mi in size with a water volume of 409,000,000 m3  and a discharge of131.2 cu ft/s. In 2004, a survey by the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology measured the maximum depth of the lake at 476 ft.

Location: Dolpa District, Nepal
Area: 3355km2
type: fresh water

3.Gosaikunda,  Rasuwa 

Gosaikunda, also spelled Gosainkunda and Gosain Kunda is an alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake in Nepal’s Langtang National Park, located at an altitude of 14,370 ft in the Rasuwa District with a surface of  34 acres. Together with associated lakes, the Gosaikunda Lake complex is 4.0 sq mi in size and has been designated a Ramsar site on 29 September 2007. The lake melts and sips down to form the Trishuli River and remains frozen for six months in winter October to June. There are 108 lakes in this area, small to medium in size. The challenging Lauribina La pass at an altitude of 15,120 ft  is on its outskirts.

Location: Rasuwa, nepal
Primary inflows: 35 l/s
Surface area: 34 acres

type: fresh water

4. Phewa Lake

Phewa Lake, is a freshwater lake in Nepal located in the south of the Pokhara Valley that includes Pokhara city parts of Sarangkot and Kaskikot. The lake is stream-fed but a dam regulates the water reserve, therefore, the lake is classified as semi-natural freshwater lake. It is the second largest lake in Nepal, the largest in Gandaki Zone followed by Begnas Lake. Phewa lake is located at an altitude of 2,434 ft and covers an area of about 2.0 sq mi. It has an average depth of about 28 ft and a maximum depth of 79 ft. Maximum water capacity of the lake is approximately 35,000 acre·ft. The Annapurna range on the north is only about 28 km away from the lake. The lake is also famous for the reflection of mount Machhapuchhre and other mountain peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges on its surface. The Taal Barahi Temple is situated on an island in the lake.

Location: Kaski
Lake type: Freshwater
Primary inflows: Harpan & Phirke Khola
Catchment area: 47.31 sq mi

5. Tilicho Lake

Tilicho Lake is a lake located in the Manang district of Nepal. It is situated at an altitude of 16,138 ft in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas. Another source lists the altitude of Lake Tilicho as being 16,237 ft.Mountain lakes are known to geographers as tarns if they are caused by glacial activity. Tarns are found mostly in the upper reaches of the Himalaya, above 18,000 ft. Tilicho Lake is the destination of one of the most popular side hikes of the Annapurna Circuit trek. The hike takes additional 3–4 days. No camping is required, as new lodges have been built between Manang and the lake. Final approach to the lake is done in a day hike from the lodge at Tilicho Base Camp.

Location: Annapurna, Nepal
Type: Glacial lake
Surface: area 4.8 Sq.Km

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Most Dangerous Airport In The World

Tenzing Hillary Airport

Tenzing Hillary Airport, also known as Lukla Airport, is a small airport in the town of Lukla, in Khumbu, Solukhumbu District, eastern Nepal. A program titled Most Extreme Airports, broadcast on The History Channel in 2010, rated the airport as the most dangerous airport in the world.

In January 2008 the airport was renamed in honor of Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary, the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest and also to mark their efforts in the construction of this airport.

The airport is popular because Lukla is the place where most people start the climb to Mount Everest Base Camp. There are daily flights between Lukla and Kathmandu during daylight hours in good weather. Although the flying distance is short, rain commonly occurs in Lukla while the sun is shining brightly in Kathmandu. High winds, cloud cover, and changing visibility often mean flights can be delayed or the airport closed. The airport is contained within a chain link fence and patrolled by the Nepali armed police or civil police around the clock.

Facilities

The runway is 527 m  × 30 m  with a 11.7% gradient. The airport’s elevation is 2,845 m. The airport is not only used for passenger flights, as most of the roofs on the houses at Lukla have to be transported by aircraft.Aircraft can use runway 06 only for landings and runway 24 only for takeoffs. There is low prospect of a successful go-around on short final due to the terrain. There is high terrain immediately beyond the northern end of the runway and a steeply angled drop at the southern end of the runway into the valley below.

The apron has four stands and there is one helipad located 140 m  from the control tower. No landing aids are available and the only air traffic service is an Aerodrome Flight Information Service.

Tenzing Hillary Airport is the one of the most dangerous  airport in the world. since, it’s opening date  15 October 1973, many plane and  helicopter have  crashed, several hundreds of people were died in this airport during land and takeoff from airport . people are risking their life every day  in the hand of  pilot to land and takeoff properly  from this airport. people have to travel by air because there is no another means of transportation. it take huge skill and training for  pilot to land and takeoff from this airport.

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Top 10 Beautiful Cities of Nepal

1. Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the capital and largest municipality of Nepal. It also hosts the headquarters of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation SAARC. It is the only city of Nepal with the administrative status of Mahanagar Metropolitan City, as compared to Upa-Mahanagar  or Nagar . Kathmandu is the core of Nepal’s largest urban agglomeration located in the Kathmandu Valley consisting of Lalitpur, Kirtipur, Madhyapur Thimi, Bhaktapur and a number of smaller communities. According to the 2011 census, Kathmandu Metropolitan City has a population of 975,453 and measures 19.09 sq mi.

The city stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 metres 4,600 ft in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley of central Nepal. It is surrounded by four major hills: Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun, and Chandragiri. Kathmandu Valley is part of three districts Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur, has the highest population density in the country, and is home to about a twelfth of Nepal’s population.

2. Pokhara

Pokhara is a sub-metropolitan and the second largest city of Nepal as well as the headquarters of Kaski District, Gandaki Zone and the Western Development Region. It is located 200 km west of the capital Kathmandu. Despite being a comparatively smaller valley than Kathmandu, its geography varies dramatically within just few kilometers from north to south. The altitude varies from 827 m in the southern part to 1740 m in the north. Additionally, the Annapurna Range with three out of the ten highest mountains in the world  Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu are within approximately 15-35 miles as the crow flies distance from the valley. Due to its proximity to the Annapurna mountain range, the city is also a base for trekkers undertaking the Annapurna Circuit through region of the Annapurna ranges in the Himalayas.

3. Butwal

Butwal  is a sub-metropolitan city and the urban core of a rapidly growing urban agglomeration in Nepal. It lies in Western Development Region, Lumbini Zone in Rupandehi District and it acts as the administrative headquarter for Lumbini Zone. It is situated at the bank of Tilottama River Tinau River, 265 km west of Kathmandu, 161 km south of Pokhara, 147 km east of Ghorahi, Dang and 22 km north of Siddharthanagar Bhairawaha, at the northern edge of the Terai plain below the Siwalik Hills. Its name, Butwal is derived from Batauli Bazaar, the town’s oldest area which is located on the west side of Tinau river.

4. Hetauda

Hetauda is a sub-metropolitan city in the Makwanpur District of the Narayani Zone of southern Nepal. It is the administrative headquarters of the Makwanpur District and the headquarters of Nepal’s Central Development Region. The city has 84,671 inhabitants in 2011. At the time of the 1991 Nepal census, it had a population of 53,836 people living in 10,420 households.

Hetauda is 132 km from Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, via the old Tribhuvan Highway. There are now two alternate roads that are less than 80 km, i.e. just 2-3 hrs drive from valley, but they have not been fully blacktopped. Construction works are being carried out. Also first tunneling road is being constructed which is believed to shorten the distance between Hetauda-Kathmandu. It is expected that traveling time from Kathmandu to Hetauda via tunnel road will be just 57 min and 13 sec only.

4. Janakpur

Janakpur also known as Janakpurdham is the administrative headquarters of Dhanusa District of the Janakpur Zone and as of 2015 had a population of 1,69287. The city is located about 123 kilometers south-east of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. Janakpur has a substantial tourism industry due to its significance in the Hindu religion[3] and is home to the only operational railway in Nepal, the Nepal Railways.

5. Dharan

Dharan  is one of the major cities, one of three Sub Metropolitan cities in eastern Nepal, in the Sunsari District, and is situated on the foothills of the Mahabharat Range in the north with its southern tip touching the edge of the Terai region at an altitude of 1148 ft (349m). It serves as a trading post between the hilly region and the plains of Terai region. It was once the location of a recruitment center for the Brigade of Gurkhas, opened in 1953. The recruitment center is closed and the campus is now the home of B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences since 1993. Dharan Sub-metropolitan city organised a Golden Jubilee celebration of Dharan from January 28 to January 31, 2011 marking the 50th year of establishment of the municipality. It is the second-largest city of Eastern Nepal. It is also known as the footballer producing factory of Nepal.

6. Nepalgunj

Nepalgunj, also spelled Nepalganj, is a Sub-Metropolitan Municipality in Banke District, Nepal on the Terai plains near the southern border with Bahraich district, Uttar Pradesh state of India. It is 85 kilometers south-west of Ghorahi and 10 km south of Kohalpur and 35 kilometers east of Gularia.

7. Banepa

Banepa is a valley situated at about 4800 ft above sea level in central Nepal which is said to be the smallest municipality of the country. Banepa, the historical town, is about 25 km east from Kathmandu. At the time of the 2011 Nepal census, it has a population of 24,764. The main attraction of Banepa is the temple of Chandeshwori, located approximately 1 km northeast of the town along the Rudramati River. The Dhaneshwor Temple is 1 km south of the town. Banepa is also well known for its eight different temples of Lord Ganesh, Narayanthan, the temple of Lord Narayan, Bhimshenthan, the temple of Lord Bhimshen and eight different ponds.

8. Bandipur

Bandipur  is a hilltop settlement and a municipality in Tanahun District, Gandaki Zone of Nepal. This municipality was established on 18 May 2014 by merging with existing Dharampani and Bandipur VDCs. Because of its preserved, old time cultural atmosphere, Bandipur has increasingly been coming to the attention of tourism. At the time of the 2011 Nepal census it had a population of total Bandipur and Dharampani 15591 people living in 3750 individual households.

9. Dhulikhel 

Dhulikhel is the administrative centre of Kavrepalanchowk District, Nepal. At the time of the 2011 Nepal census it had a population of 16,263 people in 3,291 households. Two major highway B.P. Highway and Arniko Highway passes through Dhulikhel. Araniko Highway connects Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city with Tibet’s border town of Kodari. Dhulikhel is located at the Eastern rim of Kathmandu Valley, south of the Himalayas at 1550 m above sea level and is situated 30 km southeast of Kathmandu and 74 km southwest of Kodari. The people in the village are Newars, Brahmin, Chhettri, Tamang and Dalit. Drinking water in Dhulikhel is some of the best water in Nepal. It was made with the Help of the German NGO, German Technical Cooperation.

10. Birgunj

Birgunj is a metropolitan municipality and border town in Parsa District in the Narayani Zone of southern Nepal.It lies 283 km south of the capital Kathmandu, attached to north of the border of the Indian state of Bihar. As an entry point to Nepal from Patna and Kolkata, it is known as the “gateway to Nepal”. The town has significant economic importance for Nepal as most of its trade with India is via Birgunj and the Indian town of Raxaul. Tribhuvan Highway links Birgunj to Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu.

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Top 5 Beautiful Places to Visit In Nepal

1. Namche Bazaar :

Namche Bazaar is a village and Village Development Committee (Namche) in Solukhumbu District in the Sagarmatha Zone of north-eastern Nepal. It is located within the Khumbu area at 3,440 metres (11,286 ft) at its low point, populating the sides of a hill. Most Sherpa who are in the tourism business are specifically from the Namche area. Namche is the main trading center and hub for the Khumbu region with many Nepalese officials, a police check, post and a bank. Namche is the most expensive place in Nepal, at least thrice as expensive as the capital city Kathmandu.

2. Annapurna Base Camp :

Mt. Annapurna (8091 m) is the 10th highest mountain in the world and the journey to its base camp is one of the most popular treks on earth. Like any other trip in the Annapurna region, our Annapurna Base Camp Trek also begins in Pokhara, widely known as the ‘Lake City’ and passes through cascading waterfalls, beautiful villages, terraced farmlands, lush rhododendron forests, and amazing mountain vistas before reaching the base of the mighty Annapurna.

3. Poon Hill :

Poon hill is the view point in the Annapurna foothills that offer unobstructed and magnificent mountain views. The Ghorepani and Poon Hill trek is a colorful foray into the Annapurna Region which starts and ends in Pokhara. The trail goes through patchwork valleys, dense mossy forests and past icy waterfalls where one can stop to cool off and rest. On the way to Poon hill around every corner is a tantalizing glimpse of the high mountains, whole horizon of which is revealed to you as you reach the higher points of your trek. The trek to Poon hill certainly one not to miss out on if you are planning to visit Nepal anytime soon.

4. Gosaikunda Lake :

Gosaikunda also spelled Gosainkunda and Gosain Kunda is an alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake in Nepal’s Langtang National Park, located at an altitude of 4,380 m  in the Rasuwa District with a surface of 34 acres. Together with associated lakes, the Gosaikunda Lake complex is 1,030 ha in size and has been designated a Ramsar site on 29 September 2007.

The lake melts and sips down to form the Trishuli River and remains frozen for six months in winter October to June. There are 108 lakes in this area, small to medium in size. The challenging Lauribina La pass at an altitude of 4,610 m is on its outskirts.

5. Chitwan National Park :

Chitwan National Park is the first national park in Nepal. It was established in 1973 and granted the status of a World Heritage Site in 1984. It covers an area of 932 km2  and is located in the subtropical Inner Terai lowlands of south-central Nepal in the districts of Nawalparasi,Parsa, Chitwan and Makwanpur. In altitude it ranges from about 100 m in the river valleys to 815 m in the Churia Hills.

In the north and west of the protected area the Narayani-Rapti river system forms a natural boundary to human settlements. Adjacent to the east of Chitwan National Park is Parsa Wildlife Reserve, contiguous in the south is the Indian Tiger Reserve Valmiki National Park. The coherent protected area of 2,075 km2  represents the Tiger Conservation Unit (TCU) Chitwan-Parsa-Valmiki, which covers a 3,549 km2 huge block of alluvial grasslands and subtropical moist deciduous forests.