Places to Visit in Kathmandu

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If you are planning to visit Nepal ,Kathmandu is the gateway to the rest of the country being the political as well as cultural capital hub of the nation.City with an incredibly diverse history with the touch of wooden architecture, centuries old Hindu and Buddhist religious sites along with dedicated tourist-friendly accommodations and restaurants.This fascinating city has enough stories to keep you busy for a week but my suggestion would be not to be carried away and explore the ‘real Nepal’ before your time runs out.Kathmandu is an incredible city of arts and culture but Nepal is much more than that,it is a living paradise,Kathmandu is only a gateway to uncover all the beauty Nepal beholds.However, if you are in Kathmandu following are the places worth visiting and should not be missed.
Bhaktapur
Bhaktapur is a small town about 10 kilometers from Kathmandu, is famous for its many varied temples and its architectural importance.Beautiful temples made from studded stones and intricately carved woodwork are one of the specialties of Bhaktapur. The whole city is replica of living history as you can see ancient exquisite architecture as you wander through the streets of Bhaktapur. The most impressive is the five storey Nyatapola Temple on Taumadhi Tole temple in Nepal built-in 1702 during the reign of King Bhupatindra Malla. Bhaktapur has its own durbar square where the northern section of the square is home to the Royal Palace, with visitors able to access the Golden Gate, intricately carved and set into a bright red gatehouse, and the National Art Gallery, with an extensive collection of Tantric cloth paintings.Apart from this visitor can also see potters at work in Potters’ square, locals weaving baskets, drying laundry or collecting water, and children playing.

Boudhanath Stupa
The Boudhanath stupa is one of the most recognizable sites in Kathmandu, built on an octagonal base, is surrounded by prayer wheels, and has colorful prayer flags draped from its 36-meter central spire.It is also assigned as UNESCO world heritage status in 1979, has a diameter of 120 meters, making it the largest temple in Nepal.It has been one of the famous tourist attraction place because of its importance as the religious center for Nepal’s Tibetan/Buddhist community.This holy place is further more surrounded by around 50 other monasteries glint.

 

Darbar square
Darbar square which originally means “palace” in Nepalese language ,has been one of the most visited tourist place in Kathmandu .Hanuman Dhoka, one of the main attraction of Darbar square used to be palace of Nepalese royal family before they moved .Square is filled with the sheer number of temples and the two adjoining squares, some dating back to the 12th century. The magnificent Taleju Temple , standing on a 12-stage plinth, and reaching 35 metres in height, is another example of beauty of Nepalese architecture.Kasthamandap ,after which Kathmandu was named , is wooden Pavillion believed to be made from single Sal tree is another praiseworthy architecture that should not be missed.The Kumari Bahal ,an intricately carved three-storey structure built-in 1757 ,home to ‘living goddess’ and the Maju Deval ,a triple-roofed Shiva temple are more attraction in Darbar square.
Swayambhunath
The Swayambhunath Stupa ,on a hilltop to the west of Kathmandu ,known as monkey temple is surrounded by stupas, temples, shrines, Tibetan monastery, museum and library. The Stupa, re-gilded with 20 kilograms of gold in 2010, has a large white dome at its base, above which are painted four sets of Buddha’s eyes , and eyebrow.Monkeys live to the north-west part of the hills; The five Panch Buddhas found on each side of the Stupa, the two lions guarding the Stupa’s entrance, the adjacent Harati Devi Temple are another major attraction of the place.Accessing Swayambhunath by the 365 worn steps that lead up the eastern side of the hill is another adventure your can add while visiting there.Like boudhanath, humming of Tibetan chanting by head shaven Tibetian monks with pilgrims spinning prayers wheels on their hand and large version of those prayers wheels are frequent scenes you will encounter in your visit.

 

Thamel
Thamel has been a tourist hub of Nepal since hippie days when many artists came to Nepal and spent weeks in Thamel.Filled with several hotels, shops ,clubs,pubs,restaurants ,Thamel has enough to offer for discerning range of customers. Structured by its narrow alleys crowded with various shops and vendors, you will be surprised to find almost everything in this small haven including food, music, DVDs, handicrafts, souvenirs, woolens, and clothes,Travel agencies,budget hotels and restaurants,everything tourist needs.This shopping core of Nepal can also be called the pre-base camp for mountaineers since has a wide range of mountaineering gear shops.

 

Pashupatinath
Pashupatinath is the Nepal’s most important Hindu temple,constructed in the pagoda style of architecture.Pashupatinath stands on the banks of the Bagmati river, has a distinctive gilded rooftop, intricately carved rafters and four silver-plated main doors surrounded by statues of deities.Pashupatinath reaches a maximum height of 24 metres, and is presided over by priests called Bhattas and a chief priest called Mool Bhatt or Raval. Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple, though a glimpse of Shiva’s bull, Nandi, can be caught from outside the western entrance. The temple’s exterior and its surrounding buildings are worth a look.

 

Narayanhiti Place Museum
The Narayanhiti Palace Museum served as the primary residence of Nepal’s monarchy for over a century until 2008,was designed by American architect Benjamin Pol in the style of a contemporary pagoda.It is also identified as the places in which members of the royal family perished during the 2001 massacre The Palace occupies 74 acres of land and is surrounded by 20 foot tall bamboo.It comprises of 52 rooms among which only 19 are open to the public. The Museum showcases the belongings of former royalty, such as pictures of Queen Elizabeth II taken when the Windsor were on friendly terms with the Shah dynasty.Palace is filled with extensive gold-plating, numerous chandeliers and a large tiger-skin rug. The Museum’s extensive grounds are open to visitors; look out for fruit bats and 20 foot-tall bamboo.

 

Patan
Located about 5 km south of Kathmandu in the Kathmandu Valley, Patan is one of 3 royal cities in the valley. A center for fine arts, Patan is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. The place is also marked as the birthplace of master craftsmen Arniko. Golden Temple, the five-storey Kumbeshwar Temple and the Red Machhendranath Temple are one of the major attraction of the place.The Patan Museum exhibits about 200 examples of bronze or copper gilt statues of Buddhist or Hindu deities.

 

Kapan Monastery
Founded by Lamas Thubten Yeshe and Zopa Rinpoche in the early 1970s,the Kopan Monastery is community of Buddhist monks found on a hilltop north of Boudhanath. monastery area include an enormous Bodhi tree,statues, the , statues, prayer wheels, prayer flags and the colourful Thousand Buddha Relic Stupa and is a perfect place to observe mesmerizing panoramic view of Kathmandu valley.Home to monkeys,the Monastery is twinned with the nearby Khachoe Ghakyil Nunnery filled with morning chanting and traditional Tibetan music made from cymbals and large horns.The Monastery also facilitate courses in meditation and yoga and has an immaculately kept garden with sovenier shop and café.

 

National Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden hold over 500 species of plant in 82 hectares including the decorative Coronation Pond and greenhouses and .Reservoir for rare species of lilies, orchids, cacti and ferns,botanical garden also has rhododendron which is the national flower of Nepal.Famous as dwelling place for butterflies,it also perform study and research works.Museum on plant is another highlight of the place.The Godavari Spring,spouting ice-cold water from the Godavari, is another highlight of the place which is only 200 metres Gardens’ main gate.Botanical Garden is also excellent place to perform Recreational activities like morning or evening walk, meditate, yoga. about plants on their museum.
White Monastery
Seto Gumba or the White Monastery is located in the outskirts of the valley .Filled with astounding natural rejuvenation,Seto Gumba is the buddhist nunnery with the touch of Tibetan culture,paintings,statue and architecture.Meditation and Buddha’s teachings are also practiced here.Rich in natural beauty with the relevant religious importance,the white monastery is surrounded by lush green valley and vivid terrain which makes it such a delight to watch. Fragrance of tibetian smell will follow you throughout your visit including the sounds of tibetian music and chanting.

 

 

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