The Kathmandu Valley consists of three main cities: Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, which are full of historical and cultural interests. It is situated at an altitude of 1,336m and covers an area of 218 square miles.
It is known as Kantipur, the Capital of the Kingdom of Nepal. Here you will visit Kathmandu Darbar Square which is full of artistic temple house Kasthamandap. The whole Temple House is not only made with wood but all comes from a single tree. The two different word from Nepalese language KASTHA which means Wood and MANDAP which mean Temple Stage.
Build in between 12-18th century this another attraction of Kathmandu Durbar Square is Palace of Hanuman Dhoka. Hanuman Dhoka is the former Royal Palace. King used to live here before they move to Narayanhiti Royal Palace. Till today courtyards of ancient palace is used for royal families and VVIPs for every festivals, celebrations and religious works.
Near Kasthamandap temple there is a residence of the Living Goddess, Kumari. God Kumari is acknowledges the greetings of the devotees form her balcony window. Kathmandu Durbar Square is recognized as a world heritage site by UNESCO.
This Buddhist Stupa, which is said to be 2000 years old, is located 4km/2.5miles west of Kathmandu city. It is known as Monkey Temple amongst visitors. The Major structure of stupa is made of a solid curved bricks and mud and for lower supporting higher conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. On the four sides of the spire, is the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha.
This holiest Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva is situated 5km east of Kathmandu city on the bank of sacred Bagmati river. The temple is built in pagoda style and has golden gilded roof and silver doors. Non Hindus are strictly forbidden entry to the temple but are are permitted to view it form the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. It is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of Maha Shivaratri. Behind the temple are the cremation grounds.
Bouddhanath stupa is one of the biggest in the world that you can visit in your Nepal Tour. It is based on an octagonal shape and raised 1 man height which creates a level for prayer wheels.
The first base of Boudhanath Stupa was constructed in 600 AD gives in full shape in between 12-14th century. Budhanath stupa also has four pair of eyes in the four cardinal directions like in Swyambhunath Stupa with the same meaning to watch the justifiable behavior of human and their prosperity.
The image of Budhanilkantha is situated about 8km. north of Kathmandu at the foot of Shivapuri range. Ti is about 6 meter long and reclines a the bed of carved snakes dating back to 5th century A.D. Its significance can be visualized from the fact that Vaidies worship it as Vishnu, Saivas as Shiva and Buddhists as Bodhisatwa.
Situated at a distance of 14km/9miles on a ridge overlooking the valley east of Kathmandu City, this temple is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu. It is said to have been built by King Hari Datta in 329 AD and is known as the oldest temple in the valley. It is embellished with exquisite wood and stone carving and is the finest example of pagoda architecture. This sacred complex is a world heritage site.
This is an ancient township situated on a ridge 8km/5miles southwest of Kathmandu near Tribhuvan University. Here you will see old shrines, old houses and temple squares. People wear traditional costumes and weave their clothes on looms and are famous for building and weaving.
Dakshin means south, so the goddess is known as the goddess of the south. The temple is situated 19km/12miles from Kathmandu in a forested canyon and is dedicated to the Hindu goddess of power. On Tuesdays and Saturdays animal sacrifices are offered to the deity.
This place is famous for its gorge, which is said to have been cut by Manjushree to drain out the lake which covered the Kathmandu valley. The gorge is the only outlet for all the rivers of this valley.
11kms / 7 miles from Kathmandu City, established by the Licchavi rulers of Nepal, is the small Newar village Khokana on the southern flank of Kathmandu. This is a unique village untouched by modern civilization. While Khokana Bungmati is founded in the 7th century AD 11km/7miles south of Kathmandu is the typical Newar village. Here resides the God of Rain and compassion, Matsyendranath, worshipped equally by Hindus and Buddhists. He is said to have introduced rice plantation in the valley. Visitors will see the primitive way of living amongst the people here.
Patan, the city of fine arts and also known as Lalitpur, is situated 5km/3miles form Kathmandu City. It was founded in 3rd century AD by King Veera Dev and is enclosed within four stupas built by Emperor Ashoka. Here you will see the Darbar Square, Patan Darbar, Hiranya Varna Mahavihar, a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects, and
Krishan Temple, built entirely of stone in 17th century and dedicated to HIndiu God Krishna. The most important area is the Patan Darbar Square. Most of the monuments in this area dates back to the medieval Malla period during 15th to 17th century, which is known as the golden period of Nepalese art and architecture. The golden window and the golden gate of the old palace and the Royal Bath in the Sundari Chowk are the finest examples of the unique craftsmanship in wood and stone. Together with Patan, a trip to the Tibetan Refugee Camp can be combined. Here you will see the Handicraft Center and the weaving of Tibetan carpets by hand.
This mountain, which is 2,758m high, is situate 10km southeast of Patan and is a good spot for hiking. Here you can see different varieties of rhododendrons of various colors - pure white to dark-red. On the top of a hill is a Buddhist shrine, which can be reached through a drivable road.
Also known as Bhaktapur, which means ‘The City Of Devotees’, it is 14km/9miles east of Kathmandu and is shaped like a conch shell. Founded in the 9th century, it is the home of medieval art and architecture. The main attractions here at Bhaktapur Darbar Square is the ranges of temples over-looked by the Palace of 55 windows which is built in the 17th century by King Bhupatindra Malla. The Nyatapola Temple is the one of the finest examples of the Pagoda style which stands on five story sky high. On each terrace there is a pair of figures of two lions, two elephants, two griffins, two goddess and two strong men, built also by King Bhpatindra Malla, the Bell of Barking Dogs, the statue of King Bhupanitndara Malla and the Batsala temple.
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