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Kathmandu Valley Tour

Patan Durbar SquareOur company proudly offers specially designed sightseeing tour in around Kathmandu (Sightseeing in Kathmandu, Tour in Kathmandu), Pokhara, Lumbini and some other destinations in Nepal for our valued guests. We are of conviction that it will provide them ample opportunities to observe and learn culture, history, heritage, life style of people, their religious, social and behavioral practices and most of all it makes them connected to the ideas and thoughts of people of Nepal in real setting. While on city tour they do not only visit the heritages but can have interaction with the locals and experience the delicacy of nature in urban areas which certainly differs from being in contact with nature in high Himalayas.

Sightseeing Places in Kathmandu Valley

Bouddhanath Stupa, the biggest stupa in Nepal, lies about 7 km east of the capital. The Bouddhanath stupa, also called by many as Khasti Chitya, is one of the oldest stupas in the country. After 1959, many Tibetans arrived and settled in Bouddhanath area. The stupa, a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site, is included in World Heritage Cultural site list by UNESCO. With diameter of about 100m and 40m height, Buddhanath holds its place among the largest stupas in the world.

Changu Narayan Temple :
Changu Narayan Temple, the oldest temple in Kathmandu valley came in existence in 4th century. The temple is adorned by some of the best specimen of stone, wood, and metal craft in the valley. The temple stands as the epitome of culture, religion, history and faith of the Kathmandu valley.Inside the Changunarayan temple is a esteemed figure of Garuda. The statue is offered sweets by the devotees every year on Nag Panchami. This is done in remembrance of the epic struggle with the great snake Taksaka.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square :
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is an assortment of pagoda and shikhara-style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The square is part of a charming valley as it highlights the idols of ancient kings perched on top of stone monoliths, the guardian deities looking out from their sanctuaries, the wood carvings in very place - struts, lintels, tympanums, gateways and windows - all seem to form a well orchestrated symphony.

Besides these places famous for Bird watching there are other destinations includes Manahara, near Airport and Taudaha, Near Dakshinkali.

Patan Durbar Square :
Patan Durbar Square complex, situated in the center of Patan city, also known as Lalitpur, houses the residence of the former Patan royal family. Patan Square and its surroundings are good specimen of ancient Newari architecture. There are three main courtyards in the palace: Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk and Keshav Narayan Chowk. Mul Chowk, the oldest one, is at the centre of Patan square.

Swayambhunath :
The Buddhist temple of Swayambhunath, situated on the top of a hill, west of Kathmandu, is one of the most popular, holy and instantly recognizable symbols of Nepal. The temple is colloquially known as the 'monkey temple' because of the large tribe of roving monkeys who guard the temple. Swayambhunath Stupa is a golden spire crowning a conical wooded hill. It is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu Valley. It has a lofty white dome and a glittering golden spire that are visible from all sides of the valley.

Pashupati Nath Temple.
Pashupatinath Temple is situated 5 kms east of Kathmandu on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River, with its astonishing architectural beauty, stands as a symbol of faith, religion, culture and tradition. Regarded as the most sacred temple of Hindu Lord Shiva in the world, the richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga or phallic symbol of Lord Shiva.

The temple of lord Shiva, Pashupatinath, with a tiered golden roof & silver doors is famous for its superb architecture. Entrance to the temple precinct is forbidden to non-Hindus. The best view is from the terrace on the wooded hill across the river. The large gilded triple-roofed temple was built in 1696 AD. The Bagmati River is lined with dharmasalas and cremation Ghats including a royal ghat reserved exclusively for members of the royal family. There is usually a cremation in progress on one of the platforms by the river, regarded as holy as it flows into the sacred Ganges. There are many occasions when the faithful take ritual purificatory baths in the river. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to pay homage to this temple that is also known as 'The Temple of Living Beings'

Kathmandu Durbar Square.
This particular area best known as Kathmandu Durbar Square lies in the heart of this city. Locally also called as Hanuman Dhoka Palace Square-an ancient seat of the Nepalese Royalty.

Hanuman Dhoka Palace Complex consists of a huge Royal Square imposing a tremendous variety of temples dedicated to different Hindu gods and goddess. Most of the buildings we see here date from 15th to 18th century.

The entire Palace Complex here is named after a monkey god called Hanuman. One can see a huge stone statue of Hanuman painted all red right next to the main entrance ( the golden gate) of the palace. Hanuman here is regarded as a powerful protector of the entire Durbar Square.

Some of the important monuments to be seen here are:
1. Taleju temple- tallest of all structures built by king Mahendra Malla in 1549 A.D.
2. Jagannath temple- built in the 16th century, known for fascinating erotic figures carving I the wooden struts eaves.
3. Kal Bhairav- one of the largest stone idol in Kathmandu representing the terrifying aspects of Shiva.
4. Statue of King Pratap Malla in praying gesture to Digu Taleju the royal family deity right across.
5. Kumari Ghar- 17th century Kumari temple, an example of the highly developed Nepalese temple craft.
6. Kasthamandap- built from the timber of a single tree.
7. The Kathmandu City derives its name from Kasthamandap.

Besides this other fascinating part of this palace complex is the towering Nautale Durbar overlooking the beautiful cityscape and the vast Basantapur square where Prithivi Narayan Shah built mansion to commemorate his victory in 1768 A.D. This building complex is known for the most intricately carved wooden doorways roof struts and massive lattice windows full of mythical figures.

Narayanhiti Museum
The Narayanhiti Palace opened as a museum from 26th February 2009, nine months after the abolition of monarchy. The museum was formally inaugurated by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal. Ministers, foreign delegates, lawmakers, government officers and other senior citizens attended the inauguration function.

A long line of curious visitors lined up eagerly outside the museum gates when it opened for the public on 27th Feb. Visitors formed long queues to get a look inside the museum that used to be the seat of King until nine months ago when the monarchy was abolished. Nineteen different blocks used by the former royal family, most of them named after the districts, including Tribhuvan Sadan where the 1st June 2001 palace massacre took place, are open for visitors. While parts of the museum are yet to be opened for visitors, the museum currently showcases the belongings of former kings and other royals who lived at the palace. The visitors also get to see the diamond-studded crown and the wardrobes of the former royals.

The entry fee for Nepalese is Rs 100 ( Rs 20 for students), Rs 250 for SAARC nationals and the Chinese while for other foreign visitors a trip inside the museum will cost Rs 500. The museum is open from 11 am till 4 pm.

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