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Kathmandu valley-a place with 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

“Without the mountains, trees, and fogs, nature cannot create its own magic”

Nepal is a landlocked hilly country situated at the foothills of the eastern Himalayas. Truly said by a travel enthusiast, “Once is not enough” to get a wholesome experience of dynamic Nepal. Though Nepal is a small country, it exhibits 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and among them, 7 is in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu-the gorgeous capital of Nepal

Kathmandu like most other capital cities of the neighboring countries like India, and Bhutan, plays an important part in the commercial growth of the country through tourism. It has numerous sightseeing among which 7 are listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

A trip to Kathmandu arranged by your own can be troublesome. Why? Because you may lack practical information.  That is why you should consult a trip adviser and book Kathmandu honeymoon package to enjoy a hassle-free journey to the wonders in Kathmandu.

Given below is the detailed information about them:

1-The Durbar Square-a plaza around a royal palace

The Durbar Square in Kathmandu is the center of important royal events and belongs to the Malla and Shah Kings who ruled over the city for a long period. Durbar Square is the major attraction of the Kathmandu town and is a place to satisfy the shopaholics and random travelers.

Major attractions:

  • Degutale Temple
  • Hanuman Dhoka
  • Taleju Mandir
  • Mul Chowk
  • Panchmukhi Hanuman Temple
  • Nine Story Basantapur Tower
  • Tribhuvan Museum
  • Kal Bhiarab Temple

2-Bhaktapur-fire your imagination back into history

Nepal Bhadgaon
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Bhaktapur is popular for the being the ancient trade route to Tibet. It is also known as Bhadgaon and Khwopa. It was the seat of the Malla Kingdom until the second half of the 15th century. It is also home to the handy Newari artisans and craftsmen.

Major attractions:

  • Lion Gate
  • Golden Gate
  • Art Gallery
  • Nyatapola Temple
  • Statue of King Bhupatindra
  • Art Gallery
  • Fifty-Five windowed Malla Palace

3-Patan-the artistic city

Patan is mainly famous for being the city of arts and crafts and till today some ancient arts are still practiced. It is one of the most interesting sites to visit in Kathmandu Valley.

Major attractions:

  • Patan Durbar Square
  • Kumbeshwor Temple
  • Mahaboudha Temple
  • Mulchowk
  • Krishan Temple
  • Big Bell
  • Pillar of Yognarendra Malla
  • Marga Hiti
  • Mani Mandap
  • Minnath

4-Pashupatinath Temple-one of the biggest Hindu Temples

Founded in the 5th century & situated at the banks of the Bagmati River, Pashupatinath Temple is one of the must-visit sites in Kathmandu Valley. The temple is dedicated to the national deity of Nepal, Lord Pashupatinath (Lord Shiva). Only 4 priests who come from South India are allowed to touch the idol.

5-Swayambhunath Stupa-holiest Buddhists place

Situated at a distance of almost 3 km from the main town of Kathmandu, Swayambhunath Stupa is one of the sacred sites for both Hindus and Buddhists. It was built in the 5th century by King Manadeva. It is often called the Monkey Temple since hundreds of monkeys reside here. Most interestingly, Lord Buddha’s eyes are adorned on all four sides of the stupa depicting God’s all-seeing awareness of the universe.

6-Boudhanath Stupa-a popular ancient stupa

Boudhanath Stupa is situated at a distance of almost 8km east from the main town of Kathmandu. The Licchavi king Man Dev built in the 5th century. It is also considered to be among the biggest stupas of the world and one of the premium sites for pilgrims and tourists. You can also buy the Tibetan Thangkas here in Boudhanath.

7-Changu Narayan Temple-a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu

Changu Narayan Temple is situated 15km away from the main town of Kathmandu and is believed to have been built in the 4th century. Due to its location near the Change and its dedication to Lord Vishnu (who is also known as Narayan), the temple has named Changu Narayan. It is a good place to get a closer insight into the ancient history of Nepal.

Major attractions:

Sculptures of

  • Vishnu’s Ten incarnations
  • Vishwaroop
  • Vishnu riding Garuda
  • Vishnu Vikranta
  • Nar-Singha Vishnu
  • Chinnamasta Devi
  • The temples of Kileshwar Shiva

“To understand the major aspects of nature, you have to visit Nepal”

Along with the exploration of the beauty of Nature, you should also visit the above-mentioned sites in Kathmandu Valley.

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