Nepal is known all over the world as the home of Mount Everest or the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Kathmandu, the capital however, is famous for its festivities throughout the year, the diverse group of people living in the small city area, the merger of temples and stupas and many eclectic treasures. Visiting this ancient city is a must for adventure seekers and admirers of culture all over the world.
A beautiful merging of traditions and modernity makes for a unique, cultural tour. The day tours include visits to the centuries-old monuments, palaces, temples and museums. The friendly smiles, warm hospitality and colorful lifestyles of the people allow you to experience an unexpected way of life. With seven world heritage sites, numerous tourist destinations and temples in every nook and corner, the city of temple is a must-visit destination in every traveler’s list.
Pashupatinath Temple is considered one of the most holy sites for Hindus all over the world. The temple premise beside the holy river Bagmati comprises a number of different temples dedicated to different deities. The main temple made of golden roof and silver doors is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the God of destruction.
The temple is visited by thousands of devotees during Teej and Shivaratri as Lord Shiva is one of the most revered Gods of the religion. There are various fairs and festivities held in the premises throughout the year. The premise is also regarded as a sacred cremation site for Hindus.
Boudhanath is another holy site as well as tourist destination of Kathmandu. The Buddhist site is situated in the eastern part of the city. The stupa with its massive Mandala is the largest spherical stupa of Nepal as well as one of the largest in the world.
The premise is surrounded by Tibetan settlements and Gompas, with many devotees are always encircling the stupa while chanting their prayers. Thousands of devotees and tourists visit the site every year for its religious significance. Pashmina, Thangka and handicraft shops around the stupa are perfect for souvenir shopping. With a perfect blend of culture, serenity and modernity, it is a hub for local and foreign tourists.
Swoyambhunath is another famous site that is visited by Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world. The stupa is located atop a hill and is visible from various parts of the city. The 2500 year-old Buddhist pilgrim site has 365 steps leading up to the stupa that also represent the steps that lead towards heaven.
The main stupa has eyes of Buddha painted on all four sides that represent his gaze on the deeds of all the people. There are other temples, stupas and Chaityas in the premises that are equally important to Hindu devotees. Harati temple, Shikhara temple and large praying wheels are also the attractions of Swayambhu.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square refers to the different courts and gardens of the various palaces and temples in the area. In close proximity to Thamel, the square is also known as Hanuman Dhoka Durbar square or Basantapur Durbar Square. It houses a number of monuments including temples, palaces, courts, statues and museums.
The monuments of the square range from third century buildings to those built by Prithvi Narayan Shah, the king who unified different states into a country. The royals also resided in the palace here until 1986 when they moved to Narayanhiti Palace. Apart from the palaces that have been converted into museums now, Taleju Bhawani, Shiva-parvati and Kaal Bhairav temples have huge religious significance here.
Kasthamandap temple is another unique monument believed to have been built from the timber of a single tree which also gave the city its name – Kathmandu, the wooden city. Kumari, the living goddess, also resides in the premise which is crowded with devotees and tourists trying to get a glimpse of her. The museums and other monuments are also great attractions that are famous for their history, architecture and beauty.
This tour can also be extended to Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Changunarayan Temple and many other sites within the Kathmandu valley. They bear strong cultural, historic and national significance and are sure to provide you a cultural and social experience like no other.