Kathmandu Sightseeing

  • Kathmandu Sightseeing

    Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal . The beautiful rolling green hills and shimmering snow peaks surround it. In the ancient time the valley was a big Lake and a monk named Majushree came from China and drained the valley and started settlement. Kathmandu is also known as a city of temples and Stupas. The popular heritage sites in the valley are :

    Pashupatinath Temple :
    – Literarily Pasupatinath means Lord of all the Living things. According to the Hindu religious belief Lord Pasupatinath is the almighty God and savior of all human beings. It is therefore said that all Hindu should pay homage to Lord Pashupatinath at least once in their lifetime for their eternal peace and salvation. It is believed that Lord Shiv with Sakti is the center of the creation, savior and destruction.

    Boudhanath Stupa:
    – It is the biggest Stupa In south Asia built in the fifth century. Before the present day Stupa was build, it was an overnight camp of Tibetan businessman. The Tibetan Merchants used to offer prayer at the Stupa,which they had built during their trade trip to Nepal and India.
    It was a like a camp of Tibetan traders. In 1950 it was a refugee camp of Tibetans. Later it was named “Little Tibet”. Today it is best site to observe Tibetan lifestyle, culture and religious practices of monks. It is also popular for Tibetan Jewelry, hand-woven carpets, thankas, masks, khukuri knives and many more Tibetan products.

    Kathmandu Durbar Square :
    – Located at the heart of city center, Kathmandu Durbar square was the royal residence of united Nepal . Today it is a center of tourist attraction for ancient palaces and skyscraper temples. There are hundreds of temples including the temple of the living Goddess.
    “The Kumari”. The erotic carving, fierce image of Kalbhairab, Garuda, and monky god Hanuman are some of the outstanding images. Around the square there are very traditional Newari restaurants. It is the best shopping place for curios and antiques, flutes, woodcarving, masks, handloom products, souvenirs and many more. It is a worth visiting site of Kathmandu valley.

    Swoyambhunath Stupa:
    – Located on a small hillock, Swoyambhunath overlooks the Kathmandu city. Swoyambhunath has the legend relating to the present day Kathmandu valley that in the very ancient time the valley was a Lake and Bodhisattva Majusree who had traveled all the way fromChina had settled on the hill surrounded by lake. He meditated and got enlighted with Buddha preaching then he cut a gorge in the southern side of the Lake to drain the valley. Later during the course of time men began to settle in the valley. The hilltop was holly place where the Swoyambhu’s light (the self- existent Lord) was existed. Later it was covered and by the thirteenth century more layers were added to the original one.
    Swoyambhunath stupa is the most ancient in the world. It is the center of religious harmony in Nepal . There are many stupas around the main stupa.
    The biggest image of Shakyamuni Buddha is there. Stupas and temples surround the whole hill in one hand and on the other the wonderful botanical garden is one of the leisure place of Nepal.

    Patan Durbar Square :
    – Patan Durbar square is also one of the best architecture sites of Nepal. The Krishna Temple built by stone is an outstanding example of Shikhar Saili architecture of Nepal.
    On the wall scenes from the Mahabharat, the greatest mythological war is carved. The Sundari Chowk is another example of best and wonderful woodcarving in Nepal. In side the Patan Durbar square there are many temples and nearby the square famous Buddha stupas are located. The site is worth visiting to enjoy the ancient architecture, which dates back thirteen centuries.

    Bhaktapur Durbar Square :
    – Bhaktapur city was founded in 889 AD. It is 13 km east from Kathmandu. The famous fifty-five windows palace was the royal palace of Malla king. It is now a museum of ancient history, arts and architectures. Nyatapola, a five-tired temple is looks like the hanging tower of Pisa is the wonderful piece of ancient art and architecture. The Golden gate is an example of the metal work of Mediaval Nepal. Bhaktapur, in fact is the best site of the valley to visit.In the Kathmandu valley the three separate Durbar squares were the capital of separate kings. There was a keen competition among the three kings to develop their kingdom basically in the field of art and architectures and the three Durbar Squares are the result of it.

    Budhanilakantha Temple :
    – Budhanilkantha is about 10km north from Kathmandu city center. Nearby the temple a huge statue of Lord Vishnu is laying, which is believed some thousand years old but it shows the stage lying on the cosmic water before the universe was created. It is a great holly site for all Hindus. Budhanilakantha is just below the Shivpuri national park, a popular tourist destination.

    Changunarayan temple:
    – It is an ancient historic place preserved by UNESCO as a heritage site. Located on the northeast side of the valley Changunarayan is on a small hill overlooking the surrounding valley. The temple is very ancient one in Nepal built by the then King Manadeva. The carving and architectures of the temple dates back the early civilization of the modern age.

    Dakshinkali Temple :
    – Dakshinkali is named after the name of Goddess “Kali”. It is located 18 km south of Kathmandu city center. The area is rich in bio-diversity and wildlife. It is also a center of rare bird watching. Hindu believes that Goddess Kali is the source of energy and power. They worship the goddess throughout the year in different occasions mostly during the period of the great festival the Dashain.

    Chobhar gorge:
    – Chobhar is the place where Manjushree (The Chinese monk who had settled the city in the valley) had cut a gorge and drained the water of Kathmandu valley. It lies on the way to Dakshinkali. The sound of roaring water in a narrow tunnel deep down to the gorge below the suspension bridge is awful. It is worth visiting.

    Godavari Royal Botanical Garden :
    – Below the 2700m high Phulchoki hill, Godavari is the biggest and beautiful botanical garden of Nepal . It is famous for film shooting and picnic. Wide verities of plants and flowers are collected there. It is a popular tourist destination too.

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