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Places to See in NepalKathmandu valley has an exotic setting. It is surrounded by tier upon tier of green mountainwalls above which tower mighty snowcapped peaks. The valley covers an area of 218 sq miles. Itis situated at 1310 meter above the sea level. It contains three fabled cities of great historic,religious and cultural interest. Kathmandu (Kantipur), Patan (Lalitpur) and Bhadgaon(Bhaktapur). Every town has Durbar Square (old palace) with its old temples and palaces,epimotizes the religious and cultural life of the people. The valley has often been described as anopen air art gallery with thousands of sacred shrines in brick,stone,metal and wood scatteredthrough out it.Kathmandu Durbar Square : While browse around Katmandu Durbar Square you will visitHanuman Dhoka, the old and historic palace of Kathmandu named after monkey God, Hanuman.It is historic seat of royalty. The Kings of Nepal are crowned and their coronations also heldinside the court yard here. There is a statue of King Pratap Mall sitting on the stone pillar in thefront and temple of Jagannath from mediaeval period .Within the walking distance you will findthe tall temple of Taleju from 1549 AD, the large stone statue of Kal Bhairav, the God ofdestruction,. the Big Bell and Big Drum and Hindu Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati peepingfrom window. Visit the temple of Kumari, the residence of Living Goddess within the vicinity.Kumari means the virgin girl. The girl is selected from Buddhist family. The building hasprofusely carved wooden balconies and window screen. Next a very interesting temple isKasthamandap which is believed to be built from a single tree trunk and the name Katmandu isderived from this temple.
Swayambhunath: This is a 2500 years old stupa situated on a hillock about 77 m above the groundlevel and over looking Katmandu valley. The painted eyes on four sides represent the all seeingeyes of Buddha and are watching all the time wrong doers and good doers.This is a veryreligious shrine of Buddhists. There are two Buddhist monasteries within the complex and atemple of Haratima where both Buddhists and Hindus worship this temple. The shrine is just 3km to the northwest of Kathmandu city.Budhanilkantha: This is a remarkable colossal stone statue of Hindu Lord Vishnu reclining on thebed of snakes is from 5th century AD situated about 8 km to the north of Katmandu at the baseof Shivapuri hill.The shrine is in the middle of pond.Pasupatinath: This is a temple of Lord Shiva – Pasupatinath with two tiered golden roof and foursilver doors situated five kilometer east of Kathmandu at the bank of Bagmati river. This is beinga holy place of pilgrimage attracts tens of thousands of Hindu pilgrims every year in spring. Atthe bank of Bagmati river one can also observe the cremation taking place.
Bauddhanath: This stupa is 6 km to the east of Kathmandu and is said built in 5th century AD.This ancient stupa is one of the biggest in the world and is ringed by Buddhist lamas andmonasteries. This is a very holy stupa for Tibetan Buddhists who come here in thousands inwinter festival to pay their tribute.Kirtipur: It lies about 8 km to the south-west of Katmandu on the top of a hill. This is an oldNewar village town and people are farmers and living in old traditional culture. The town offersto see many old temples and Buddhist shrines. One can find people weaving in old traditionallooms.Dakshinakali: It is about 21 km drive through the country to the south of Katmandu. Thespectacular views of beautiful landscapes, terraced farmlands and Himalayan ranges on the background can be seen while on drive. The road ends right at the temple. Dakshinkali , the supremeHindu powerful Goddess is worshiped and animals like male-goats and roosters are alsosacrificed. This type of rituals take place twice a week Saturday and Tuesday. On our way backvisit Shesh Narayan temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and a Buddhist monastery where you willfind the Lama monks chanting the prayers. Also visit of Chovar gorge through where the waterof the valley is drained out.Patan Durbar Square: The ancient city Patan is also known as Lalitpur, which means city of finearts lies 5 km to the south of Katmandu. The whole complex of Durbar Square consists of
different sections of ancient palace like Sundari Chowk (beautiful court yard) where exquisitewindows and door carving are seen and the Tushahity (Royal Bath) a master piece of stonecarvings and others are Mul Chowk (main court yard), Keshav Narayan Chowk. In front of thepalace in the main square there is a statue of King Narendra Malla sitting on the stone pillar.Next to the pillar there is a famous Krishna Mandir temple with 21 pinnacles built all in stone.This is said to be a Shikhara architect from India. Rest you will see several pagoda style templeslike temple of Bhimsen, and the public bath, dragon headed spout and the water runs 24 hours.There are also many other famous Buddhist temple like Hiranya Verna Maha Vihar (the Goldentemple) and Maha Bouddha with ten thousands Buddhas images. Most of the people of Patancity are Buddhists. Patan is also very famous in its art work. There are many fine craftsmen inPatan who produce bronze/brass art work in different images/statues of Hindu/Buddhist Godsand Goddesses, silver jewelleries, wood carvings,. Most of the handicrafts you see in the localshops of Katmandu valley are produced in Patan.Bhaktapur (Bhadgaon) Durbar Square: City of devotees lies little aloof from Katmandu and Patan tothe east 12 km away. As soon as you enter the gate of Durbar Square of Bhaktapur the wholecomplex is impressive, wider, clean and beautiful with beautiful Lion Gate,Golden Gate, palaceof 55 windows, Batsala temple, barking Bell, the statue of King Bhupatendra Mall on a stonepillar, public bath and temple of Pasupatinath After strolling down to corner lane you comeanother big square. On the left you will find the tallest temple of Nyatapola which means 5 tiersrepresenting symbols of 5 basic elements of nature such as water,wind,fire, earth and sky. This iaa highest pagoda temple of Nepal ever built with architectural perfection and artistic beauty in1702 AD by the King Bhupatendra Malla. Next to Nyatapola is another giant temple of
Bhairavnath, the God of Terror in three story built in 1718 AD. If you walk ahead for about 20minutes you will come to another square of a Dattatraya temple built in 1427 AD from a trunk ofsingle tree. Behind the temple there is a monastery where you will notice exquistely carved doorframe and windows and also a famous peacock window back wall of the monastery.Changu Narayan: This is the oldest temple of Vishnu built in early 5th century AD situated at theend of long ridge which runs well into the valley. This place is to the northeast 20 km fromKatmandu through the countryside. It commands most magnificent views of Katmandu valleyand Himalayas ranges on the back ground. This is also a most important historical, religiousplace where one can see largest number of finest stone sculptures dating back to 5th-9th centuryAD. This is also known as living monumental garden.Outside the Katmandu ValleyNagarkot: This is 32 km to the north-east of Katmandu and hour drive through the windy roadsituated at 2175 meter from the sea level, This is magnificent place to view the panorama ofmajor peaks of eastern Himalayan ranges including Mt. Everest on clear days. It is also veryspectacular to watch the sunrise and sunset over the Himalayan ranges. There are also number ofluxury hotels and lodges available for accommodation to spend the night. Short day hiking canbe done to explore the Tamang villages and other areas of interest for easy going trekkers.
Dhulikhel: This is another country drive trip to the east 30 km on the side of the Arniko highwayconnecting to Tibet border. This is also equally nice place for panoramic viewing of snowymountain ranges from Karyolung in the east to Himalchuli in the west. From the hilltop you canview colorful landscapes. There are number of luxury hotels and lodges available for spendingthe night. Day return hiking can be done to explore number of villages during the stay inDhulikhel.Chitwan: The Royal Chitwan National Park (932 sq km) to the southwest of Kathmandu (only165 km by overland) and Bharatpur airport adjoining the park is a mere 25 minute flight awayand the most popular safari destination. More than 43 species of animals are found in Chitwan.Here you will be going into deep jungle on elephant back or four wheel drive vehicle to view thewild animals in their natural habitat. Other thrills are canoe rides on the jungle river, nature walk,bird watching excursions, elephant bathing in the river, Tharu cultural village tour, visit toElephant Breeding Centre, Gharial Breeding & Conservation Centre, etc. Many adventurers alsochoose to go down by raft. However, if you go for a jungle safari it is an experience you willremember for a life time.Lumbini: This spot is birthplace of Lord Buddha and thus one of the most important pilgrimagesites in the world. It is located 304 km south-west of Katmandu and an easy forage from RoyalChitwan National Park. Lumbini contains historical and religious monuments like brokenAshoka Pillar ancient inscription, remnants of an old monastery, image of Buddha,s motherMaya Devi, Siddhartha pond where Buddha was bathed after his birth, Mahayana monastery,Lumbini Garden, etc. are still preserved.
Tansen: A pristine hill town yet untouched by many tourists. Tansen offers amazing views ofHimalayas. It is situated at an altitude of 1343m . It is 80 km from Lumbini and 123 km fromPokhara to the south. One can see the panoramic view of Himalayas from Dhaulagiri in the westGauri Shanker in the north-east. The town sprawls over a steep ridge and attractive Newarhouses line cobbled street. Interesting walks in the surrounding countryside can take you to the
bank of Kali Gandaki river and the huge Ranighat palace.Pokhara Valley : The Pokhara Valley is one of the most picturesque spots of Nepal. The beauty ofthe valley is enhanced by its lakes Phewa, Begnas and Rupa which have their source in theglacial region of the Annapurna range of the Himalayas. Pokhara is situated 200 km west ofKatmandu at an altitude of 900 meter only from the sea level. For the mountain viewers Pokharaoffers the magnificent views of Machhapuchre (fishtail shape), 5 peaks of Annapurna,Dhaulagiri, Himalchuli and others. Pokhara is one the few places in the world to provide such adramatic views in a subtropical setting. From Pokhara you can do the trekking in Annapurnaregion, Dhaulagiri region & Mustang area from 3 /4 days to 4/5 weeks depending on your time,budget and your physical fitness.
Gorkha : This is situated 125 km north-west of Katmandu and 115 km to north-east of PokharaThis is the birth place of King Prithvi Narayan Shah, the Great, the founder of modern Nepal.Hence it is ancestral home of the Shah kings of Nepal. Situated on a hill overlooking the snowypeaks of the Himalayas, there is a beautiful palace known as Gorkha Durbar. The King PrithviNarayan Shah began his campaign to unify the Kingdom from this palace of Gorkha. There aretwo attractive temples of Gorakhnath and Kali inside the palace precinct. Gorkha Durbar iscertainly one of the most outstanding examples of Nepalese architecture.From Gorkha one cando around Manaslu trek for 25 days and end the trek in Pokhara.We, at Nepal Tour , invite you to visit this beautiful country of Nepal. "Adventure is becomingmore luxurious and luxury more adventurous.” At these properties, you’ll get the best of bothworlds. Once you visited Nepal and Kathmandu Tour, you will be tempted to visit again andagain.