UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Nepal

Allison Sodha

Nepal is an enticing Kingdom, a destination filled with religious, historical, and natural treasures. Nepal is also home to four UNESCO World Heritage sites. UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. The World Heritage List is currently comprised of 962 properties that have superior universal value - 745 cultural, 188 natural, and 29 mixed. The four UNESCO sites in Nepal are Kathmandu Valley (cultural), Chitwan National Park (natural), Sagarmatha National Park (natural), and Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha (cultural).

Kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu Valley: The Kathmandu Valley includes seven cultural and historical sites: Durbar Squares of Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu), Patan and Bhaktapur, the Buddhist stupas of Swayambhu and Bauddhanath and the Hindu temples of Pashupati and Changu Narayan.

Chitwan National Park: Established in 1973, Chitwan was Nepal's first National Park and encompasses 360 square miles of tall grassland and thick forests. The two prized animals are the Royal Bengal Tiger and the One Horned Rhinoceros. You may also view leopard, gaur, sloth bear, wild boar, sambar deer, spotted deer, hog deer, and over 400 identified species of birds.

Sagarmatha National Park: This National Park includes Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world. Sagarmatha is a unique region with glaciers, deep valleys, and striking mountain ranges. The Sherpas, an ethnic group from Eastern Nepal, reside in the area and are often regarded as expert mountaineers.

Lumbini: The birthplace of Lord Buddha and a Buddhist pilgrimage site. It is believed that Buddha lived here until the age of 29. The holy site is surrounded by a monastic zone, allowing only monasteries to be built and no commercial property, including hotels and restaurants. The precise location of Buddha's birth is located in the Mayadevi Temple, and there are monasteries, a bathing pond and sacred Bodhi tree.

Sodha Travel's Nepal sample tours include these UNESCO sites, including Legends of Nepal, Mt. Everest Expedition, and Wonders of Hinduism and Buddhism. Our Destination Specialists can also create a custom tour package that incorporates your special interests and travel preferences. Contact our team to start planning your Nepal adventure!

Topics: Nepal, Himalayas

Allison Sodha

Written by Allison Sodha

Sodha Travel was born from my desire to share the beauty of India with the world. Since then, our services have extended to other destinations - but our passion remains the same. To me, traveling is a multifaceted relationship: a relationship with other cultures, a relationship with other people, and ultimately a relationship with our own self.