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Kathmandu Sightseeing

Boudhanath (also called Bouddhanath, Bodhnath or Baudhanath or the Khāsa Caitya) is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Bouddha, Nepal. It is known as Khāsti by Newars as Bauddha.

Also known as "Pavilion of Wood," legend has it that this pagoda-style temple was constructed from the wood of a single tree.

Kumari Chowk
Also called Kumari Bahal, this fascinating palace is home to a virgin girl who is worshipped as the goddess Durga in human form. She can sometimes be glimpsed at her windows.

Situated on the banks of the Bagmati River, this sacred shrine to Shiva is said to be Nepal’s oldest and holiest place of worship.

Durbar Square
Durbar is the Nepali term for "king," and it was from the Royal Palace on this square that the kings of Nepal once ruled. Although the current Royal Palace lies elsewhere in the city, the Durbar Square area is still the heart and soul of Kathmandu. It is actually several squares, the Hanuman Dhola Palace, and more than 50 temples and shrines.

This temple is one of the world's most enchanting glorious and the oldest Buddhist stupas. It is said to be more than 2000 years old. Referred to as the monkey temple, this instantly recognizable structure with the all-seeing eyes of the Lord Buddha, Painted on the four sides of the spire bases, the symbol of Buddha's clairvoyant powers, is also the symbol of the capital city.

Dakshinkali Temple
This Temple is situated in south-west of Kathmandu valley and 45 minutes drive from Kathmandu . The sanctuary and its surroundings are dedicated to goddess Kali, the deity who claims at least twice (Tuesday and Saturday) a week a good portion of fresh animal blood. Usually cocks, he goats are being sacrifice for under Hindu rule, never a female animal should be killed. On the way, the sight of the gorge is impressive and it is worthwhile to walk down and across the old suspension bridge, throwing a glance down into the very narrow and deep chasm. Near the village of Pharping , the pleasant spot called Sheka Narayan. There is pond filled with crystal clear

Changu Narayan Temple
This is situated on a ridge overlooking the Valley, about 12 km to the east of the city. It is dedicated to the Hindu God Bishnu – the Preserver. One of the finest and oldest specimens of pagoda architecture, the temple is embellished with exquisite wood and stone carvings and is said to be the oldest pagoda style temple in Nepal built sometime back in 323 A.D. The sacred complex is a World Heritage Site and offers a panoramic view of the surrounding at 125 meters.

Patan (Approx 05 Kms from Kathmandu)
Patan is protected by UNISCO world heritage site. Patan is the second largest city in the valley. It is some time referred to as Lalitpur, which means city of beauty. Patan has long Buddhist history and the four corners of the city are marked by stupas. Patan’s central Durbar square is absolutely packed with temples. Numerous temples widely diverse style as well as many Buddhist monasteries are sacttered around this fascinating town. The Patan Durbar square is a concentrated mass of temples, undoubtedly the most visually stunning display of Newari architecture to be seen in Nepal. Major Places To See in Patan are Patan Durbar Square, Krishna Mandir.

Bhaktapur (Approx 12 Kms from Kathmandu)
Bhaktapur is in many ways the most medieval of the three major cities in the Kathmandu valley. Much of its glorious architecture dates from the end of the 17th century. The city is famous for its pagoda-style architecture. Tourists are more often attracted to the Hindu temples, pottery crafts, colourful markets and lively people of Bhaktapur. Places to see in Bhaktapur are Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, Dattatreya Square, Potter’s Square, Siddha Pukhu.

Nagarkot (Approx 32 Kms from Kathmandu)
Nagarkot is a popular tourist destination of Nepal. The panoramic view of the major peaks including Mt. Everest can be seen from here. This place is also famous for viewing sunrise and sunset.

Dhulikhel (Approx 31 Kms from Kathmandu)
The little town of Dhulikhel lies on a pass to the east of the Banepa Valley at a height of 1440 m (4726 ft) with a magnificent view of the Himalayas. The town has benefited for hundreds of years from being on the trade route between the Kathmandu Valley and Tibet.

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