Nepal is one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in the Asian continent. Nepal is generally famous for the Himalayas, but Nepal also has many other beauties. Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, is known as the reservoir of beauty. There are many beautiful places to visit. 5 million people live in the capital of Nepal. If you want to travel to Nepal then you must come to Kathmandu first. There are many people who don’t want to prioritize a city like Kathmandu in the beginning just hoping to see the mountains but Kathmandu shines in its own glory with its heritage trade and various monuments.
Kathmandu sightseeing places
Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath temple is very famous among the holy and famous temples of Hindus. Pashupatinath Temple is generally built to worship Lord Shiva, many people from India besides Nepal come to worship Pashupatinath Temple. Moreover, various types of saints can be seen here.
01. Swayambhunath Stupa
If the famous Buddhist temples of Nepal can be listed then Swayambhunath will be among the top three. It is usually located on a hilltop west of Kathmandu city where you have to climb 365 stone steps to get there. Even before you climb the stairs, your eyes will be on Banarader. There are numerous monkeys in and around the temple premises. Before you climb the stairs, you can stop for a moment to watch the antics of the monkeys. These monkeys are called by the Nepalese as their holy angels. They believe that all these monkeys were born from the head lice of Buddha Goddess Madhushri and since then they have always been here.
And this temple is one of the oldest temples in Nepal. Its existence was discovered when the fifth century began. And you all know about the terrible earthquake that happened in Nepal in 2015 but the temple was not damaged even in that earthquake. The temple is crowded with tourists most of the time from 7 am to 7:30 am I think this is the best time to visit the temple.
Among the parts of the temple are the Buddha Omideva Park, the western pillar and the eastern staircase are notable. By paying a certain fee you can visit the temple and by paying some fee to the priest in the temple you can do all the inner workings of the temple and if you wish you can perform pooja here.
Vadhyanath Stupa Located seven kilometers from Thamel, the Stupa of Buddha is one of the popular tourist spots in Nepal. It is generally one of the largest stafas in Asia. And the pillar is so big that it can be seen very easily even from far away. So if you want to travel to Nepal, don’t forget to visit this place.
It is usually a place of pilgrimage. And this place is the birthplace of Siddhartha or Gautama Buddha. It is usually a remarkable city in the southwestern region of Nepal. Dates theoretically date it back to 550 AD or BC. This mythical place attracts a lot of knowledgeable scientists and visitors. The Buddhist goddess Maya gave birth to Buddha near a tree in the garden.
A temple has been built there in his name. designed by Japanese architect name- Kenju Tangji famous architect. And it is usually set in the middle of a small park. The complex has several monasteries, sacred ponds, meditation centers and various facilities for cultural events. So, never leave this place out of your travel list when traveling to Nepal.
03. Kopan Monastery
Kopan Monastery is a hidden gem for Kathmandu. And Tibetan monks come here to meditate. And it is possible to see the entire city of Kathmandu from Kopan Monastery. Earlier generally not many people knew about this place but now after gaining publicity this place is very popular among tourists for its architectural beauty.
04. Kathmandu Durbar Square
Built around the Durbar Square located in Vasantpur, south of Kathmandu’s ancient side. And usually the king of Nepal and his family lived in this place till the 19th century. And the place is so unique and witness to the heritage that in 1979 UNESCO itself declared it as a World Heritage Site. Apart from royal palaces, many Hindu and many Buddhist temples dating back to the twelfth century are found here. Durbar Square is just 700 meters from Thamel. And while traveling here you will see a lot of pigeons which adds to the fun of your trip.
Durbar Square has more to see- Jagannath Temple, Seto Bhairava, Telugu Temple, Indrapur Temple, Mahendra Sara Temple but a sad thing is that the southern side of the temples was damaged extensively in the severe earthquake of 2015. However, its former beauty can be guessed from the parts that remain today.
Due to the current renovation work, the price of Durbar Square ticket has increased but the price is affordable for the citizens of SAARC countries. Besides, there are two other monuments of historical importance like Durbar Square near Kathmandu Valley in Patan and Bhaktapur. The damage done to these two places by the earthquake is nothing compared to the damage done to Durbar Square.
Thamel is usually the heart of Kathmandu for tourists. There are thousands of hotels, souvenir shops, restaurants, bars and many other traditional places here. Rows of shops and hawkers sit here from morning to night hoping to attract tourists by setting up various stalls on the streets. And the first road here is Thamel Margo which is usually decorated with colorful flags.
Here you will also find the smell of incense and the sound of singing bowls. And Mandala Street is another street in Thamel which is generally famous for its bookstores and coffee shops. If you want from Thamel, you can buy everything from Gorkha Churi to singing bowl, western chadar and many other beautiful things from here.
Jamsam town is known as another tourist spot in Nepal. Jamsam is located in the Mushtay district of Nepal which is generally 2760 meters above sea level and on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. This city is generally very popular for trucking. The trek from the banks of the Kali Gandaki River to the Muktanath Temple is commonly known as the Jamsam Muktinath Trek. Can be trekked as part of the Annapurna circuit trek.
And it is said to be one of the highest snowfall cities in Nepal. It is believed that the city is very close to the Himalayas. Moreover, the people here are more or less hospitable and everyone here understands as much English as they can. So if you ever travel to Nepal, you must put this city on your travel list.
07. Garden of Dreams
It is one of the most visited places in Nepal. Garden of Dreams Bar Garden of Dreams is located in Kaiser Mahal, Nepal. It is usually a neo-classical garden. The garden was created in the 1920’s and the design of the garden is very similar to that of modern European gardens. This place attracts a lot of tourists to see the architectural view and greenery. So when you visit Nepal, don’t forget to visit this most beautiful place in Nepal.
08. Asan Bazaar
Asan Tole or Asan Bazaar is a large market for raw vegetables or fruits in Nepal. From home-made local drinks to various spices, many delicious fruits with no local name are available in this market. Many farmers come here from outside Kathmandu to sell their produce. Asan Tole acts as a supermarket outside of Asan Tole for local goods or people to see which usually adds a unique dimension to the trip. Moreover, there are two famous temples named Annapurna and Krishna which generally make this place more famous and attractive.
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