Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour

Kathmandu, also known as the city of temples and gods, is the Capital city of Nepal that is full of ancient arts, monuments, temples and other things of archeological and historical significance. Kathmandu city is an ideal place for exploring historical and cultural tours.

Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu will acquaint you with the major places in Kathmandu like the temples, Stupas, monuments dating back to hundreds and thousands of years and also the former Royal palaces which are now the treasure of the city. As part of the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, you will also come across as many as seven Heritage sites in Kathmandu which have been enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage list. Some of the
major sites and places which you will be visiting during the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
are listed below:

Kathmandu, also known as the city of temples and gods, is the Capital city of Nepal that is
full of ancient arts, monuments, temples and other things of archeological and historical
significance. Kathmandu city is an ideal place for exploring historical and cultural tours.
Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu will acquaint you with the major places in Kathmandu like
the temples, Stupas, monuments dating back to hundreds and thousands of years and
also the former Royal palaces which are now the treasure of the city. As part of the
sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, you will also come across as many as seven Heritage sites
in Kathmandu which have been enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage list. Some of the
major sites and places which you will be visiting during the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
are listed below:

1. Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square, the former Royal Palace of the ex Shah Kings of Nepal,
is an ancient royal palace, studded with great sculpture art, large courtyards and
amazing work of handicraft. Kathmandu Durbar Square is a reminder of the type of
art and sculpture that existed in Nepal during the period of the Shah Kings. The
Durbar Square area, adjoining temples, large lawns, the museum that showcases
several artifacts of the past are some of the attractions of Kathmandu Durbar
Square. Taleju Bhawani temple and the nine-storey Basantapur Durbar are the
major backbone of this Durbar Square. It is in the UNESCO’s list of World
Heritage.

2. Patan Durbar Square
Patan Durbar Square is situated in Lalitpur district and in the heart of Patan city.
Patan Durbar Square and the architecture found in the temples around the area is
a fine example of antique Newari architecture. It used to be the royal palace of ex
Malla Kings of Patan. The palace has three major courtyards and the oldest of
which is called Mul Chowk. Krishna Mandir (Temple) is the most important temple at
the Patan Durbar Square. The temples in the Square bear exquisite woodcarvings
and other metal sculpture. Because of the presence of numerous arts and sculpture
in Patan, it is also called as the city of arts.
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3. Bhaktapur Durbar Square colorful city with old cultures, festivals and
traditional dances forming a major part of the city’s culture and its nature of
existence. It is also called as the city of devotees as Bhaktapur citizens are known
for celebrating several festivals that are only special to this city. Bhaktapur
Durbar Square used to be the royal palace of former Malla Kings before the
unification of the city into Kathmandu. Old dances and festivals are still practiced
by the locals with same passion and eagerness as their predecessors did. The
narrow and zigzagged passage, crowded lanes and the locals of the region are the
major attractions of the city beside the art, sculpture and the festivals. It is also
enlisted in the UNESCO’s list of World Heritages.

4. Swayambhunath Stupa
Swayambhunath Stupa is one of the oldest Buddhist Stupas in the world as its
origin dates back to more than 2000 years ago. Tourist often describes it as
monkey Temple as large numbers of monkeys are found in and around the temple.
Swyambhunath is enlisted in the world heritage site by UNESCO. The Stupa is
located in a hillock inside the capital city of Kathmandu and the view from the top
of Stupa makes for a wonderful view of the Capital city of Kathmandu. Several
small Tibetan and Buddhist monasteries are also present near the major Stupa.
Large number of Buddhist pilgrims visit Swyambhunath Stupa every year as it
happens to be one of the major pilgrimage sites for the Buddhists.

5. Pashupatinath Temple
Pashupatinath Temple located in Kathmandu is one of the holiest Hindu shrines of
Lord Shiva across the world. It is situated on the banks of the Bagmati River. The
shrine of Pashupatinath is devoted to Lord Shiva and as it is one of the holiest
temples, millions of Hindu pilgrims visit the temple every year, mostly during the
festival of Shiva Ratri. The temple is allowed for entrance only for the Hindus as
non-Hindus are barred from entering the shrine. They can, however, enjoy around
the temples premises, looking at many temples and the people. Bagmati River that
follows along the banks of Pasthupatinath is considered holy. The temple is also a
part of UNESCO enlisted heritages of Nepal.

6. Changu Narayan
The temple of Changu Narayan is another pilgrimage site for Hindu devotees
inside the Kathmandu valley. The Changu Narayan temple is crafted in Pagoda-style and
is dedicated to Lord Vishnu as an incarnation of Narayan. Changu Narayan is one of the
oldest temples in Nepal. As it is located on the outskirts of Bhaktapur district, it is seldom
visited by the tourists. It was first was built in the early 4th
dynasty. Changu Narayan was rebuilt around 1700 when it was damaged by fire. All the
stone carvings along the courtyard of the temple were done between the 5th
century, and the temple happens to be one of iconic sites of ancient art. It is also in the
list of UNESCo’s World Heritage List.

7. Bouddhanath Stupa
Bouddhanath Stupa is the center for Tibetan culture and tradition in Nepal. The 36
meter-high stupa of Bouddhanath is one of the largest Stupas in the entire world. It is
believed that Bouddhanath Stupa was renovated by Lichhavi Kings in the 18th
The mandala design in Bouddhanath resembles to the Gyangtse in Tibet. The Stupa is
situated in the area of ancient trade route to Tibet where Tibetan merchants rested and
offered prayers for many centuries. When Tibetan refugees entered into Nepal from
Tibet in the 1950s, they decided to live around Bouddhanath. Hence, Bouddhanath Stupa
is also referred to as Tibet in Nepal by the Tibetans. Gompa monasteries, curio shops,
and several Tibetan restaurants found near Bouddhanath are other attractions of this
pilgrimage destination for the Tibetans.

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