The political, commercial and cultural hub of Nepal is the first stop for the majority of visitors to the country. Once a separate kingdom in itself, it contains three fabled cities – Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Out of ten UNESCO World Heritage Sites, seven cultural heritage sites are in Kathmandu Valley.
The history of the Valley begins with the Buddhist saint Manjushree who slashed a passage through the surrounding hills to drain out the primordial waters and make it inhabitable. Over the centuries, a refined urban civilization emerged, built on a unique synthesis of Hinduism and Buddhism.
Dynasties came and went. Trade and the arts flourished. Its deeply religious Newar inhabitants built fabulous cities and artistic temples that attracted devout pilgrims as well as rampaging invaders. In the late 18th century, following the founding of modern Nepal within more or less the present boundaries, Kathmandu was made the capital. Kathmandu, the largest city in Nepal is situated at an altitude of 1,350m.
KASTAMANDAP/ BASANTAPUR : Entrance fee Rs1000/- .
Darbar ( Palace) squares in front of old places in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur are very popular. Kathmandu Durbar square called Hanuman Dhoka. In Kathmandu Durbar Square , there are Kumari Bahal, Kasthamandap Temple ( This temple was made of a single tree), and many other artistic temples, Old Royal Palace, Taleju Temple, Ashok Binayak (Ganesh temple), Shiva Temple in Maju Deval, Trailokya Mohan Narayan Temple, Astha Narayan Temple, Swet Bhairab temple, Kal Bhairab Temple, Indra Pur Temple,Kakeshwar Temple, VishnuTemple , Ktilingeshwar Temple, Panch Pukhi Hanuman Temple in Nasal Chowk. Now tourist has to pay to enter in this area Rs 1000 per person.
Swayambhunath Entrance fee Rs 300/- : Swayambhunath temple is a Buddhist Temple situated at the top of the hill. People say Monkey Temple also. From this hill one can enjoy the views of Kathmandu valley. There is Swayambhu Stupa, HugeDorje, Annata pura Shikhara, Pratap pura ( caught fire in 2003) Shikhara, Museum, Harati Temple etc.
Pashupatinath Entrance fees Rs 700/- : The most important Hindu temple situated on the bank of Bagmati river. This temple is Lord Shiva temple having the quality of the Lord of the Beasts that means he could get rid of all the beasts ( proud, anger, wrath, envy, grudge, malice, affection, hate ect) owned by each. The Lord is destroyer and creator. In the Pashupati region there are many thing to observe, cremation of dead bodies, terraces, Gorakhnath and Vishwarup temples, Guhyeshwari temple, Pashupati temple, BanKali temple, Bhuvaneshwari temple, JayaBageswari temple.
PATAN Entrance fee Rs700/- : Patan is another ancient city in Kathmandu valley. Kingdom of Malla shrine. There are many interesting sites for the sightseeing Patan Durbar square:Vishwanath mandir, Jagannarayan mandir, Krishna mandir, museum. Golden tem
ple, Mani Keshar Chowk, Bagalamukhi temple Kumbeshwar Temple, and other many temples.
Bhaktapur Entrance US$15/- : Bhaktapur ancient name Badgoan is one of the most interesting cities divided in different squares. Bhaktapur durbar square, Dattatraya square, Potters’ square and other small squares. There are many ponds in the cities. Ponds are also touristy attraction in this city. Temples:
The Erotic Elephants Temple, Siddhi Lakshmi Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, Chyasilin Mandapa, Vatsala Durga temple, Krishna temple, Fasidega temple, Golden gate and 55 window Palace, Nyatapola temple, Bhairabnath (
Kasi Viswanath or Akash Bhairab) temple, Til Mahadev Narayan Temple. Bhimsen temple, Salan Ganesh temple,Wakupati Narayan temple, Nava Durga Temple.
BODHANATH Entrance fee Rs 300/- : One of the biggest Stupa of Nepal is Bodhnath stupa.There are different monasteries in this region.
Panauti : This is small town situated on bank of three rivers Roshi Khola, Pungamati and myth Indrayani. There is very famous temple Indreshwar Mahadev Temple, Brahmayani temple, Krishnanarayan temple.
Pharping : This is a small village. There are many monasteries, Kali temple and Khadgayogi ( people Vajrayogini ) temple, Guru Rimpuche cave, Guru Gorakha nath cave, Sheshnaraya one of Narayans among four Narayans in Kathmandu valley: Ichangu Narayan, Bishangkhu Narayan, Changunarayan and Sheshnaraya.
Nagarkot : Nagarkot is situated at 30 km from Kathamamdu and at the altitude of 2000m. This is very important place for the observation of the sunset/sunrise and views of Himalayas. It i s considered the best viewpoint around the valley.
Changu Narayan Entrance Rs250/- :Changunarayan excursion of 2 and ½ hours from Bhaktapur walking or 1/2 hour by bus or vehicle. Visit of Changunaraya area and back to Bhaktapur. It is considered that it has been built by King Hari Duta Varma in 323 AD and said to bethe oldest temple in the valley.
Khokana and Bungamati : Khokana is a famous place to producing mustard oil. This a nice newari village having the temple of mother Shetikali Goddess.Bungamati village is situated near the bank of Bagmati river. This village also is typical newari village. Ratomachhendranath temple is situated there.
Dhulikhel : Dhulikhel is an interesting town situated in mountain and also is popular for viewpoint. A gateway to Namobuddha. Namobuddha is very popular because it was the buried place of former incarnation of Gautam Buddha called Bodhisattwa.
Namobuddha : Namobuddha is very popular because it was the buried place of former incarnation of Gautam Buddha called Bodhisattwa.
Tamang Cultural Tour ( Late King Rhenjen Dorje ) : This is my village.My village name is “Chukha”.This is situated at Sarsyungkhark V.D.C. in Kavre district of Nepal.My village is decorated by the Hills, north side is Famous river Sunkoshi and south is Roshi Khola between is Timal Chukha. In Timal, there used to be lived Tamang King (Rhenjen Dorje). Which is proved by locally available fossils.
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