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Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing

Nepal has so many things to offer for sightseeing. The Himalayan views, the culture and traditions, the historical architectures, its people and a lot more myths and mysteries which are a part of the daily life of the people of Nepal. Kathmandu, which is also the capital city of Nepal, is the first arrival point for most visitors. This small valley surrounded by mountains is divided into the three major towns of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. These were once three small kingdoms and to this day retain their own rich artistic styles and traditions.

Place to Interest in Kathmandu Valley

BASANTAPUR DURBAR SQUARE :
urbar Square means 'Palace Courtyard' where the king of Kathmandu once lived. It is one of the World Heritage Sites. Clustered around Durbar Square are the old Royal Palace which has been converted into a well-equipped museum. Numerous other beautiful temples, shrines, Kumari Bahal 'House of the living Goddess', Kastamandap, a house build from the wood of a single tree and other small temples are scattered everywhere in the square. The main palace building is nine storied high and anyone can visit to the top and experience a panoramic view of the city.

BASANTAPUR DURBAR SQUARE :
urbar Square means 'Palace Courtyard' where the king of Kathmandu once lived. It is one of the World Heritage Sites. Clustered around Durbar Square are the old Royal Palace which has been converted into a well-equipped museum. Numerous other beautiful temples, shrines, Kumari Bahal 'House of the living Goddess', Kastamandap, a house build from the wood of a single tree and other small temples are scattered everywhere in the square. The main palace building is nine storied high and anyone can visit to the top and experience a panoramic view of the city.

PATAN DURBAR SQUARE :
Patan's Durbar Square is a concentrated mass of temples, the most stunning display of Newari architecture to be seen in Nepal. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former Royal Palace complex is the center of Patan's religious and social life, and houses a museum contain a array of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th century temple dedicated to the Hindu God Lord Krishna built entirely of stone.

BHAKTAPUR DURBAR SQUARE :
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is much larger and more spacious than Kathmandu's and much less crowded with temples than Patan's. The disasterous earthquake in 1934 destroyed many of the beautiful monuments in the square and it is now marked only by empty platforms where they once stood.

SWAYAMBHUNATH TEMPLE ( The Monkey Temple ) :
This Buddhist temple is proudly situated on the top of a hill in the middle of the Valley. The unique architecture of Swayambhunath is one of the most easily recognizable symbols of Nepal. From here one can enjoy a spectacular views of the Kathmandu City. Legend says that long long time ago the valley was a lake and it was known as the serpent's lake. The Buddha Vipaswi came to the lake and threw a lotus plant saying, "when this plant brings forth a flower, then Swayambhu, the self existent one shall be revealed as a light."

BOUDHANATH :
Boudhanath is the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and is one of the biggest in the world. It is the religious center for the Buddhist population of Nepal and for Tibetans. Surrounding this stupa are monasteries and many small Tibetan handicraft shops.

PASHUPATINATH :
Pashupatinath is the most important Hindu temple of Nepal, standing on the banks of the holy Bagmati river. Various religious activities take place here almost everyday. Sadhus (holymen) from many different countries especially from India, visit the temple to pay homage to Lord Shiva, the caretaker of the Valley.

BALAJU WATER GARDEN :
Balaju water garden is situated just 1km north of Thamel, the main tourist center. The garden is a peaceful retreat and its image of sleeping Vishnu makes an interesting contrast with the larger Vishnu image at Budhanilkantha. The garden was originally constructed in the 18th century and the 22 water taps is the main attraction of the garden.

MUSEUMS OF KATHMANDU :
One of Nepal's delights is the variety of Museums found in the Kathmandu Valley. As rich as Nepal's unique culture and landscape, these museums provide a fascinating look into Nepal's art, people, history and architecture. They also serve as an enjoyable serene alternative to the rigours of walking and trekking in the countryside.

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