kathmandu is the Capital City of Nepal. It has a glorious history going back two thousand years, and a refined culture that ranks among the highest in Asia with a great number of Hindu temples, Buddhist stupas and Monuments. Often called an open museum of medieval arts and architecture, it has a lot to offer its visitors. Kathmandu, along with neighboring towns of Patan and Bhaktapur has seven UNESCO declared world heritage sites. Tour covers the entire major city in Kathmandu Valley like you explore these heritage sites of Katmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur on this tour and walk through the old quarter of the town to show you the lively traditional market. Kathmandu is a valley with lovely green hills all around and the Himalayan peaks standing behind them.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
The Kathmandu Durbar Square is an overwhelming frenzy of art and architecture. This medieval palace complex is erected in different styles at the right hand side of the Kumari temple. This palace complex is locally known as Basantapur Durbar or Nautale Durbar and the street is called Basantapur after it. This monument was constructed in 1770A.D. in initiation of King Pritivi Narayan Shah after capturing the Kathmandu Valley in 1768A.D. The massive pagoda structure houses the tutelary deity of the Malla Kings. The palace building is a labyrinth of stone paved quadrangles. The coronation ceremony is still performed in the main courtyard, the Nyasal Chowk. The palace façade is a tapestry of intricately-carved windows, shaded by gently sloping roofs of shimmering brown tiles
Kathmandu durbar square is where lies the Royal Palace of a former Kingdom of Kathmandu which is one of three Durbar located inside Kathmandu valley. It is also listed in UNESCO world heritage sites. In this Area resides many historic building and temples which was made by the ancient people from Malla Dynasty era and constitutes its very unique pagoda design. Though In the earthquake of 2015 several buildings collapsed, efforts are made in the renovation to bring it back to the original state. It is also known as Hanuman Dhoka Durbar square.
Swayambhunath Stupa aka Monkey Temple
You also visit the Swayambhunath Temple on this day. The temple is lovingly known as the Monkey Temples by foreign travellers because of the large monkey population living in the area. The temple rests atop a hill and legend has it that, about 2,000 years ago, the temple rose out of a lotus flower blooming in the middle of a primordial lake that once spread across the entire Kathmandu valley. The Swayambhunath temple has an intriguing mix of both Hindu and Buddhist shrines. And its majestic white dome and glittering golden spire is visible from miles around the valley.
Another World Heritage site of tremendous importance, not just for the Nepalese but also for the Hindus worldwide, is the Pashupatinath Temple. This is one of the main temples of Lord Shiva. Hindu cremation ceremonies take place here on a large scale. Foreigners may find these sites alien but it is hard not to get a profound sense of life and death watching an amalgamation of death ceremonies, devotional songs, rituals and festivities all happening at the same place at the same time. Since the main Lord Shiva temple is very sacred, only Hindus are allowed to enter the vicinity, but foreigners can respectfully observe all the proceedings from the opposite side of the river banks.
The Boudhanath Temple or Stupa is one of the largest you will find in South Asia. It was built on an ancient trade route to Tibet by Tibetan merchants and even to this day, sees large inflow of Tibetan refugees. There are numerous tibetan monasteries built around the area, the main stupa on the other hand, is built in a Nepali Buddhist style architecture, similar to that of the Monkey Temple. Here in Bouddha, the town named after the stupa, one gets to experience an amalgamation of both Nepali and Tibetan art and culture.
Patan Durbar Square
Nepal Tour Guide’s second day takes you to the durbar squares of Patan and Bhaktapur. Patan Durbar Square that lies to the south-east of Kathmandu is considered to be the oldest among the three cities of the valley. Patan, or it’s older more traditional name Lalitpur is the ‘City of Arts’. The reason behind the name will be apparent once you visit this thriving city. The Patan Durbar Square has many historic temples and buildings from Krishna Mandir to Bhimsen Temple, to Taleju Bhawani Temple to the Golden Temple (Rat Temple), located just north of the square.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
You then head about 13km east to Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Bhaktapur means the ‘City of Devotees’ and you can experience festivals and ceremonies here that are not found anywhere else in Nepal. During city sightseeing in Bhaktapur Durbar Square, you can experience the collection of pagoda style temples, the 55-window palace of brick and wood being the one of the more famous one.The city has one of the best preserved cultures dating back even to the 8th century A.D. Sites like Taumadhi square, Dattatreya square, National Art Museum, and Nyatapole Temple, among others, sets it apart from Patan and Kathmandu Durbar Squares.
The 2015 mega-earthquake that hit Nepal saw the loss of the majority of the ancient and cultural treasures in Bhaktapur but the locals residents have residents have remained resilient and have even set an example to rebuild the national heritage through a community-led rebuilding initiative. This private tour guide will take you along an intimate, time travelling experience where you soak in every stories and legends behind the ancient valley.
Chandragiri Hills is an excellent view(God), which is one of the greatest places of worship for Hindu individuals. Numerous individuals who pursue the Hinduism they visit these spots to love God Shiva.
Chandragiri isn’t well known for the sanctuary yet it’s renowned for the all-encompassing mountains see like Ganesh, Manaslu, Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, Jugal Himal and other mountain tops. One can go for trekking where one can have the panoramic mountain view of all these mountain tops.
Another major attraction of this spot is to ride a Cable car which takes approximately 9 minutes to reach to the top of Chandragiri hills top station from where one can appreciate the scenic beauty of the woods, vegetation, and greenery. Apart from that, a half day visit to Chandragiri hill through the cable car is perfect for everyone
point inside Kathmandu valley to see the beautiful Himalayan extents and the Kathmandu valley. Over the slopes, there is a sanctuary of Shiva
Narayanhiti Palace Museum
The Narayanhiti Palace Museum is an unquestionable requirement visit for the individuals who are keen on the ‘Regal Massacre of 2001’. The exhibition hall isn’t that very much kept up, however, guests can see the vintage goods and regal effects of the inhabitants here. You’ll run over numerous photos of visiting dignitaries and the imperial family shown here. Strolling over the different rooms, you will get a distinctive symbolism of the extravagant way of life driven by the royals inside the royal residence dividers. The royal gems are the most profitable assets of the nation.
The name Narayanhiti originates from two words, ‘Narayan’ from the Narayan, Lord Vishnu sanctuary situated over the royal residence and ‘hiti’ which implies a water gush found in the east of the principle castle entrance. The first castle worked in 1915 made by King Mahendra was decimated amid a tremor and remade in 1960. The royal residence got changed over into an exhibition hall when the nation turned into a republic after the 2006 upset.
Things You Would See Around
The Palace remains on the floor space 3,794 m and is partitioned into three sections, the visitor wing, the state wing, and the private wing. The palace has 52 rooms called Sadan, which is named on the old-composition of 75 Districts of Nepal. Inside of the castle represents the Late Victorian style.
There is a meeting room in Narayanhiti palace, which is named after Kaski District as Kaski Sadan. The lobby is enhanced with two full-size taxidermy Bengal tiger in charging position chased by King Mahendra and King Birendra. You can see life-estimate representations of the Shah Monarchs all through the stairs by craftsman Amar Chitrakar. Gaurishankar Gate opens to Kaski Sadan. In Kaski Sadan Shah Monarchs of Nepal offered a gathering of people to government officials and perform pledge service of Prime Minister and heads of established bodies for the Kingdom of Nepal.
The Throne Room
The position of authority room Gorkha Baithak in Narayanhiti Palace is the main spot of the whole royal residence. It is directly above Kaski Baithak. Gorkha Baithak is built according to the Hindu sanctuary planner style with a 48 feet chandelier holding tight a 60 feet high Pagoda style roof remaining on four solid segments speaking to Nāga, adorned with gaudy Hindu divinities Ashta Matrikas and Ashta Bhairava. It is under this high roof where the Throne of the Kingdom of Nepal was put. It is this room where the Monarch, on exceptional events, gave the imperial Royal Proclamation. To the directly of the Gorkha Baithak, is Dolpa Sadan and was utilized as the space for the excluded visitors of the imperial family to see procedures of Gorkha Baithak through a single direction seeing the mirror.Please contact us to book the tour of Narayanhiti Palace Museum in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The Budhanilkantha temple is one of the famous temples inside Kathmandu valley devoted to Lord Vishnu. Budhanilkantha is located around 10 kilometers away from the Kathmandu city center at the base of the Shivapuri Hill, the huge and most beautiful stone carving in all over Nepal. In fact, it’s the most baffling.
Carved from a single square of dark basalt stone of unknown origin, the Budhanilkantha statue is 5 meters long, and it lies in a leaning back position inside a recessed tank of water (representing the cosmic sea) that is 13 meters long. The statue is also known as the Sleeping Vishnu, or Jalakshayan Narayan, the statute delineates the divinity leaning back on the twisting coils of the cosmic serpent Shesha (Shesha is the interminable, multi-headed lord of the snake god known as Nagas, and also the servant of Vishnu). Vishnu’s legs are crossed, and the eleven heads of Shesha support his head. Vishnu’s four hands hold protests that are images of his heavenly characteristics: a chakra or circle (speaking to the brain), a conch-shell (the four components), a lotus bloom (the moving universe), and the club (primitive information).