Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, is a vibrant, noisy city. Packed full of history, palaces and temples, it is also within touching distance of Nepal’s premier attraction: the Himalaya. Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, is set in a valley surrounded by the Himalayan mountains. At the heart of the old city’s mazelike alleys is Durbar Square, which becomes frenetic during Indra Jatra, a religious festival featuring masked dances. Many of the city’s historic sites were damaged or destroyed by a 2015 earthquake. Durbar Square’s palace, Hanuman Dhoka, and Kasthamandap, a wooden Hindu temple, are being rebuilt.!
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1. The Boudhanath Stupa
The Boudhanath stupa is one of the holiest and most recognisable sites in Kathmandu. Assigned UNESCO world heritage status in 1979, Boudhanath (aka the Boudha, Chorten Chempo and Khasa Caityais) has a diameter of 120 metres, making it the largest temple in Nepal. The stupa is built on an octagonal base, surrounded by 147 prayer wheels and 108 images of Buddhist deities. It has colourful prayer flags, blessed with juniper incense each new year, draped from its 36-metre central spire. All this helps to make the temple one of Kathmandu’s most iconic and photographed sites.
1.1 Boudhanath Stupa Entry Fees:
Boudhanath Stupa entrance fee for foreign nationals is 400 NPR, for SAARC country nationals is NPR 100 and is free for Nepalese people and children below 10 years of age.
1.2 How to get to the Boudhanath Stupa?
Hiring a private car to Boudhanath is the easiest and most common form of tourist transport. You can get a car from Kathmandu car services or from Thamel to Boudhanath costs which costs around 1500 rupees.
2. The Pashupatinath Temple
Constructed in the pagoda style of architecture, Pashupatinath stands on the banks of the Bagmati river, has a distinctive gilded rooftop, intricately carved rafters (featuring members of Shiva’s family) and four silver-plated main doors surrounded by statues of deities. Pashupatinath reaches a maximum height of 24 metres, and is presided over by priests called Bhattas and a chief priest called Mool Bhatt or Raval. Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple, though a glimpse of Shiva’s bull, Nandi, can be caught from outside the western entrance.
There is nonetheless much to see. The temple’s exterior and its surrounding buildings are worth a look. Sadhus (Hindu holy men) watch the world go by. Traders hawk marigolds, incense and conch shells. And the riverbanks of the Bagmati river are a popular place for cremations.
2.1 Pashupatinath Temple Entry Fees:
Pashupatinath Temple entrance fee is NPR 1000 for foreign nationals and all SAARC country residents except Indians. Entry for Indians is free to the temple.
2.2 How to get to the Pashupatinath Temple?
Hiring a private car to Pashupatinath Temple is the easiest and most common form of tourist transport. You can get a car from Kathmandu car services or from Thamel to Pashupatinath Temple costs which costs around 1500 rupees.
3. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur, a small town about 10 kilometres from Kathmandu, is famous for its many varied temples. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the royal palace of the old Bhaktapur Kingdom, 1,400 metres (4,600 ft) above sea level. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The most impressive is the five-storey Nyatapola Temple on Taumadhi Tole (pictured), the tallest temple in Nepal built in 1702 during the reign of King Bhupatindra Malla.
Bhaktapur, which became an independent city-state under King Ananda Malla in the 12th century, also has its own Durbar Square (replete with a number of temples, including one featuring erotic cows, camels and elephants!). The northern section of the square is home to the Royal Palace, with visitors able to access the Golden Gate, intricately carved and set into a bright red gatehouse, and the National Art Gallery, with an extensive collection of Tantric cloth paintings. But the town also has a timeless air, with visitors able to see grain laid out to dry in the sun, potters at work in Potters’ square, locals weaving baskets, drying laundry or collecting water, and children playing.
3.1 Bhaktapur Durbar Square Entry Fees:
Entrance fee for Bhaktapur Durbar Square for foreigners into Durbar Square is 1500rps approximately or USD$15 while SAARC members pay 500rps
3.2 How to get to the Bhaktapur Durbar Square?
Hiring a private car to Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the easiest and most common form of tourist transport. You can get a car from Kathmandu car services or from Thamel to Bhaktapur Durbar Square costs which costs around 2500 rupees.
4. The Patan Durbar Square
Patan Durbar Square is situated at the centre of the city of Lalitpur in Nepal. It is one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One of its attraction is the ancient royal palace where the Malla Kings of Lalitpur resided.
Patan Durbar square is the famous visiting place. The square is full of ancient places, temples, and shrines noted for their exquisite carvings. The former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. There are three main courtyards or chowks, so named central Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk and Keshav Narayan Chowk in the square. The Sundari Chowk holds in its center a masterpiece of stone architecture, the Royal bath called Tushahity.
4.1. Patan Durbar Square Entry Fees:
Entrance fee for Patan Durbar Square for foreigners into Durbar Square is 1500rps approximately or USD$ 10 while SAARC members pay 250 rps
4.2. How to get to the Patan Durbar Square?
Hiring a private car to Patan Durbar Square is the easiest and most common form of tourist transport. You can get a car from Kathmandu car services or from Thamel to Patan Durbar Square costs which costs around 2000 rupees.
5. The Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square in front of the old royal palace of the former Kathmandu Kingdom is one of three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Several buildings in the Square collapsed due to a major earthquake on 25 April 2015.
The Durbar Square are is actually made up of two sub-areas. The outer complex is renowned for numerous interesting temples as Kumari Ghar , Kasthamandap , Shiv-Parbati Temple, Jagannath Temple, Big Bell etc ,while the inner complex comprises the old palace area ,Hanuman-dhoka and its courtyards as Nasal Choke, Mul Choke, Sundari Choke, Basantapur Durbar and other. Besides the magnificent temples and shrines, it has other interesting aspects are various festivals , cultural activities and traditions people are following from centuries, which are presented in the Durbar Square. The major festivals include Indrajatra, Dashain, Gaaijatra, Machchhindra-nath jatra ets. These are the occasion when the people from all over the city gather here to mark their centuries old traditions. All the carving and architecture in this area are exceptionally fine which make the architecture in this Hanuman-dhoka Durbar square among the most important sights for travelers to see.
5.1. Kathmandu Durbar Square Entry Fees:
Entrance fee for Kathmandu Durbar Square for foreigners into Durbar Square is 1000 rps approximately or USD$ 10 while SAARC members pay 150 rps
5.2. How to get to the Kathmandu Durbar Square?
Hiring a private car to Patan Durbar Square is the easiest and most common form of tourist transport. You can get a car from Kathmandu car services or from Thamel to Kathmandu Durbar Square costs which costs around 1000 rupees. or You can walk from the city which takes 15minute
6. The Swayambhunath Stupas
Swayambhu is an ancient religious architecture atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city. The Tibetan name for the site means ‘Sublime Trees’, for the many varieties of trees found on the hill. Swayambhunath ( Monkey Temple) is an ancient religious complex atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city. It is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Nepal, second only to the great Boudhanath stupa to the east of Kathmandu, and a major tourist attraction. The 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. Stupa is surroundings consists of chaityas, temples, painted images of deities and numerous other religious objects. Located on a hill on the outskirts of Kathmandu, the temple affords magnificent views over the city and on a clear day to the mountains beyond. At the heart of the temple complex is the stupa, topped by the painted eyes of Buddha, surrounded by prayer wheels and numerous smaller temples. Although a Tibetan Buddhist site provides the fantastic moment.
Find peace and prayers on the little hillock of Swaymbhunath in the northwest of Kathmandu Valley. Visitors for whom the name was a tongue twister have called it “Monkey Temple” from the 1970s. Swayambhu, overlooks most parts of the valley giving visitors a panoramic view of the city. The stupa has stood as a hallmark of faith and harmony for centuries with Hindu temples and deities incorporated in this Buddhist site. The glory of Kathmandu Valley is said to have started from this point. Resting on a hillock 3 km west of Kathmandu, Swayambhu is one of the holiest Buddhist stupas in Nepal. It is said to have evolved spontaneously when the valley was created out of a primordial lake more than 2,000 years ago. This stupa is the oldest of its kind in Nepal and has numerous shrines and monasteries on its premises.
6.1. Swayambhunath Stupas Entry Fees:
Entrance fee for Swayambhunath Stupa for foreigners into Durbar Square is 200 rps approximately or USD$ 2 while SAARC members pay 50 rps
6.2. How to get to the Swayambhunath Stupas?
Hiring a private car to Swayambhunath Stupa is the easiest and most common form of tourist transport. You can get a car from Kathmandu car services or from Thamel to Swayambhunath Stupa costs which costs around 1000 rupees. or You can walk from the city which takes 30 minute