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    If you feel that watching the ball drop in Times Square on New Year is passé, you’re not the only one. More and more people are choosing to celebrate an idyllic New Year in Nepal 2020, surrounded by craggy mountains, lush greens, and a myriad of cultural gems. Nepal is gradually but steadily emerging as the world’s hottest party destinations, beating the likes of Paris and London. All the more reason for you to book a plane ticket and ring in your New Year party in Nepal this year! Find below all the exciting places and things that you can do when planning for an offbeat celebration of New Year in Nepal!

    Celebrate New Year In Nepal At These Places In 2020

    We have a compiled a list of the 10 best ways you can unwind in Nepal this New Year. Luckily for you, the country has something in store for everyone. From satiating the thirst of thrill seekers to helping you restore your inner peace, Nepal never disappoints.

    • Annapurna Mountain Range
    • Sarangkot
    • Pashupatinath Temple
    • Boudhanath Stupa
    • Namche Bazaar
    • Old Blues Bar
    • Buddha Bar
    • Marshyangdi
    • Mandala Studio Yoga & Spa
    • Taumadhi Square

    1. Annapurna Mountain Range: Trek To The Top

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    Celebrate New Year in Kathmandu, Nepal by trekking one of the country’s most iconic mountain ranges. Annapurna consists of numerous peaks of varying heights. Of these, Annapurna I and Annapurna II are the tallest at 8000 meters providing awe-inspiring, snow-capped panoramic views of the Himalayas. So go ahead and add a dose of adventure to your Nepal New Year celebrations by scaling Annapurna and witness the terrain change within every 5 km.

    Trek duration: 10 days
    Best for: Adventure
    Where To Stay: Ashish Aama Homestay, Excellent View Top Lodge, Annapurna Lodge, Hotel Adam, Himalayan Front Hotel
    How To Reach: After reaching Pokhara, one can take a taxi to Kande. Kande is the starting point of the trek that leads to the peak of Annapurna mountain.
    TripAdvisor ratings: 5/5
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    Tip: Invest in a good pair of water-resistant hiking boots.

    2. Sarangkot: Go Paragliding

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    If a 10-day intensive trek is not cut out for you, don’t fret. Instead, go on a half-day hike from Pokhara to Sarangkot. Sarangkot offers magnificent views of the Dhauligiri range, Fewa Lake and the Pokhara valley. You can ring in your Nepali New Year by watching the sun rise over the Sarangkot hill or go paragliding to get stunning aerial views of the Himalayas. Aren’t you spoilt for choice?!

    Hiking duration: 5-6 hours
    Best for: Sunrise viewing and paragliding
    Where To Stay: Panoramic View Guesthouse, Hotel Pristine Himalaya, Jurassic Resort & Villas, Alfanzoo Resort 
    How To Reach: After reaching Pokhara, there are paths to reach Sarangkhot by foot and road both. If you wish to engage in hiking, then you can go by foot from the lakeside. To go by road, one can hire a bicycle, a taxi, or board a local bus.
    TripAdvisor ratings: 4.5/5
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    Tip: Remember to wear a helmet as a head injury can be fatal.

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    3. Pashupatinath Temple: Seek Blessings

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    Offer New Year wishes in Nepal to the deities of Pashupatinath. Pashupatinath Temple is a sacred Hindu temple in Nepal situated on the banks of Bagmati River. It has received the attention of worshippers for approximately fifteen hundred years. See a sixth-century statue of Buddha, an eighth-century statue of Brahma, and other magnificent temples dedicated to various deities in the complex.

    Timings: 12 AM – 11:59 PM
    Best for: Prayer
    Where To Stay: Hotel Moonlight, Hyatt Regency Kathmandu, Summit Regency, Hotel Travel Inn, Hotel Bagmati, Hotel Everest Regency
    How To Reach: After reaching Kathmandu, one can cover the distance between the two via roadways. One can either board one of the many local buses from City Bus Station to Goshala Bus Station. The temple is located at a walking distance from the station. Traveler can also hire a taxi to cover the distance.
    TripAdvisor ratings: 4.5/5
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    Tip: Remember to remove your sandals or shoes outside.

    4. Boudhanath Stupa: Marvel At The Architecture

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    Your Nepal New Year celebrations will only get bigger with a visit to Boudhanath Stupa, the largest stupa in Nepal. The world heritage site lies 2 km north from Pashupatinath Temple. It is considered to be the epicenter of Tibetan culture in Nepal. Foreign nationals and SAARC citizens are required to pay INR 156/- and INR 31/- respectively as an entrance fee to Boudhanath. The stupa comes alive during New Year in Nepal with the Tibetan community getting together to dance and make merry in the outskirts of the site.

    Timings: 12 AM – 11:59 PM
    Best for: Worship
    Where To Stay: Shambaling Boutique Hotel, Hotel Tibet International, The Boudha Inn, Hotel Mudita, Sabila Boutique Hotel
    How To Reach: After reaching the Tribhuvan Airport, one can easily hire a taxi to cover the distance between the airport and the Stupa. It takes only 15 minutes to reach the destination.
    TripAdvisor ratings: 4.5/5
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    Tip: We suggest you to keep your arms and legs covered.

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    5. Namche Bazaar: Go For A Stroll

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    There is no better place to celebrate New Year in Nepal than Namche Bazaar. There are plenty of bars and nightclubs here for you to get a drink at. The non-drinkers can indulge in a cup of decadent coffee at one of the affordably priced cafes. You’ll get everything you possibly want at Namche Bazaar – from furnishing and trekking gear to quirky t-shirts and souvenirs, this flourishing market town is a shopaholic’s dream come true.

    Suggested duration: 3 hours
    Best for: Shopping
    Where To Stay: Yeti Mountain Home, Himalyan Lodge, Namche Hilltop Lodge, Shangri-La Guest House, Hotel Khangri, Hotel Tibet
    How To Reach: When in Kathmandu, take a taxi to reach the Manthali’s Ramchhap airport and take a flight to Lukla. From Lukla, the only way to reach the Bazaar is by trekking till the Everest Base Camp/the Bazaar.
    TripAdvisor ratings:4.5/5
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    Tip: Remember to exchange your cash into Nepalese rupees at the airport.

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    6. Old Blues Bar: Let Your Hair Down

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    If you want to attend a New Year party in Nepal, Old Blues bar is the place to be. It is the oldest and the most reputed bar in Pokhara. Trekkers from all over the world descend here to listen to live music, grab a drink, play pool and simply unwind. Old Blues bar has in the past hosted several rock and metal concerts to a sold out audience.

    Timings: 6 PM – 11:30 PM
    Best for: Concerts and live music scenes
    Where To Stay: Dahlia Boutique Hotel, Hotel Barahi, Glacier Hotel & Spa
    How To Reach: One can easily reach the Bar when in Pokhara. They can hire a taxi and reach the Bar.
    TripAdvisor ratings: 4.5/5
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    Tip: The food menu is limited to chips and fries, so we suggest that you grab a meal before heading here.

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    7. Buddha Bar: Share A Cocktail With A Tourist

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    Tucked away in a side alley in Thamel, Buddha bar is the perfect place to enjoy New Year eve in Nepal. It has everything you would ask for in a bar – great drinks and food menu, cozy dance floor, high-energy crowd, and an amazing electronic music collection. Their signature dish, honey chili potatoes, is a hit among locals and tourists alike. Buddha bar is one of the few bars in Nepal that remain open even after midnight and is quite popular among travlers for Nepal New Year celebration.

    Suggested duration: 2 hours
    Best for: Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
    TripAdvisor ratings: 4.5/5
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    Tip: Don’t leave your drink unattended.

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    8. Marshyangdi: Go White Water Rafting

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    Why take a bus when you can raft and reach your destination? Commemorating New Year in Nepal is incomplete without ticking off white water rafting in Marshyangdi river from your bucket list. The extreme water sport is highly recommended for the ones who seek thrill and adventure. Most of the tour packages arrange for lunch in the middle of rafting. It definitely cannot get any better than this!

    Best for: Adventure
    Where To Stay: Hotel Marshyangdi

    Tip: Lather yourself with sunscreen.

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    9. Mandala Studio Yoga & Spa: Feel Rejuvenated

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    Mandala Studio Yoga & Spa is located in the heart of Nepal. Their professionally trained staff for Spa services and world-class yoga facilities will guarantee that you make the most out of your New Year. They offer plenty of packages for short stay and long stay, apart from exciting customer reward programs.

    Best for: Spa and yoga facilities
    Where To Stay: Kathmandu Eco Hotel, Acme Guest House, Hotel Thamel, Kathmandu Resort Hotel
    TripAdvisor ratings: 5/5
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    Tip: Tipping the masseuse is not mandatory, but appreciated.

    10. Taumadhi Square: Hang Out With The Locals

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    Taumadhi Square is located in the heart of Bhaktapur, the cultural capital of Nepal. On New Year in Nepal, the place is bustling with activity as the locals don their traditional dresses and gather in the square to ring in the celebrations. Food stalls are known to serve the most delicious authentic meals. A range of places of worship lie within the square, Nyatapola Temple being the most prominent one.

    Suggested duration: 4 hours
    Best for: Mix with the locals
    Where To Stay: Siddhi Home, Nepa: Guest House, Cozy Guest House, Nyatapola Guest House
    How To Reach: After reaching Thamel, head to Bhaktapur Durbar Square by a taxi or a local bus. From there, the Taumadhi Square is located at a walking distance.
    TripAdvisor ratings: 4.5/5
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    Tip: Don’t leave personal belongings unattended.

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    Things To Do On New Year In Nepal

    There is no dearth of things to do on new year in Nepal. Take a look at this list of all the experiences that you can embrace this year!

    • Witness The Masses In Pokhara
    • Enjoy The Street Carnival In Thamel 
    • Try Mountain Biking In Kathmandu Valley
    • Go Bungee Jumping In The Last Resort

    11. Pokhara: Witness The Masses 

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    Giving travelers a chance to celebrate the new year for a couple of more days than just the night of 31st, Pokhara is a destination in Nepal that has a lot to offer. One of the best places to visit the Nepali New Year, those who visit this place during the celebrations can witness the streets free of any sort of vehicles. The streets are adorned with lights, flowers, and other ornaments, and people can witness the partygoers rushing to enjoy this extravagant festivity. Nepalese also believe in a mass singalong carols even after the clock strikes midnight, thus celebrating the New Year in Nepal at a large scale!

    Best for: Extravagant celebrations and singalong carols
    Where to go: Busy Bee Cafe, Moondance Bar, Maya Restaurant
    Where To Stay: Hotel Serenity, Hotel Adam, Hotel Middle Path and Spa, Hotel Blossom, Hotel Trekkers Inn, Hotel City Inn, Hotel Himalayan Inn
    How To Reach: One can easily fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu. This is the most feasible and best way to travel to this destination.For budget travelers, they can board a bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
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    12. Thamel: Enjoy The Street Carnival 

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    For those seeking to celebrate the New Year’s Eve in the most vibrant and hip way, Thamel is waiting with arms wide open. Famed for an extensive number of bars and clubs, Thamel offers one of the best ways to celebrate the New Year in Nepal. Giving travelers a chance to witness the most lively new year party in Kathmandu, head to any of the numerous bars in Thamel that are open until long after midnight. If one is not looking for a party scene, one can enjoy a delicious meal at the makeshift stalls that offer local delicacies and souvenirs for travelers to take back home. Since there are no vehicles allowed in the streets and the well-dressed revellers can be seen bustling between the well-lit street, this is nothing less than a street carnival.

    Best for: Enjoying the late night parties and indulging in local food
    Where To Stay: Kumari Boutique Hotel, Bodhi Boutique Hotel, Oasis Kathmandu Hotel, Hotel Bihani, Hotel Ruza Nepal, Hotel Roadhouse
    How To Reach: After reaching the Tribhuvan International Airport, one can easily hire a taxi and take a 20 minutes trip to Thamel by road.
    TripAdvisor ratings: 4/5
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    13. Kathmandu Valley: Try Mountain Biking

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    If one wishes to spend their New Year in Nepal getting closer to mother nature, embracing their adventurous inner self, and away from the crowds, try mountain biking in Kathmandu Valley. One of the offbeat ways to celebrate the new year in Kathmandu, there is an extensive number of trails to try mountain biking in the countryside of this destination. Calling for the experienced bikers, the trails can get a little tricky for some. So, those who are not so keen on biking can always opt for trekking up the hills in Kathmandu Valley.

    Best for: Biking and trekking
    Where To Stay: Feel Like Home, Kathmandu Boutique Hotel, Kathmandu Eco Hotel, Kumari Boutique Hotel, Kantipur Temple House, Oasis Hotel
    How To Reach: The best way to travel to Kathmandu is by taking a flight. It is well connected to all the major parts of the country. One can also board a bus from India to reach Kathmandu.
    TripAdvisor ratings: 5/5
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    14. The Last Resort: Go Bungee Jumping 

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    Another best place to celebrate new year in Nepal is by indulging in Bungee Jumping. The Last Resort in Kathmandu offers this one impeccable experience that travelers can boast about in front of their friends and families. The Last Resort is originally a sports complex. For those who are a bit skeptical about jumping down the height can engage in various other sports offered by this destination such as canyoning, tandem swing, white water rafting, and much more.

    Best for: Adventure activities
    Where To Stay: Last Resort
    TripAdvisor ratings: 4.5/5
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    No matter how our lives fare throughout the year, each of us looks forward to celebrations on New Year. After reading this list, we can barely resist ourselves from packing our bags and heading to Nepal right away, let alone waiting until New Year. We suggest that you plan ahead for an unforgettable New Year in Nepal with your loved ones by booking a trip to Nepal at once. This is one decision you shall never regret.


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    Frequently Asked Question

    Q. What day is Nepali New Year?

    A. Just like the rest of the world, Nepali New Year is also celebrated on the 1st of January of every year.


    Q. What is Nepali New Year called?

    A. In Nepal, the New Year is also known as Nepal Sambat. It comes at the beginning of every lunar month which is called Navavarsha.


    Q. Which calendar is used in Nepal?

    A. Nepal uses a different calendar. The Nepalese calendar is called Bikram Sambat or the Vikram Sambat.

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