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The Kathmandu Valley is the political, commercial and cultural heart of Nepal. The history of the Kathmandu Valley begins with the legendary Bodhisattva Manjushree who came from the north and cut a gorge in the mountain wall to drain out the primordial waters, leaving the flat and fertile bowl that remains today. Over the centuries, civilisation emerged, dynasties came and went, trade and arts flourished. The Kathmandu Valley was once a separate kingdom, it enfolds the three ancient cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur.

Kathmandu also known as Kantipur, is the capital city of Nepal. The old city of Kathmandu, with its narrow streets and enchanting bazaars, extends from Tripureswor in the south to Thamel in the north.

Durbar Square, which is protected as a World Heritage Site, is the social and religious centre of Kathmandu. This complex of places, courtyards and temples, dating back to the 12th century, used to be the seat of the Malla kings. Nearby you can visit the temple of the "Kumari", the Living Goddess of Nepal.

Other sites around Kathmandu are the holy Buddhist sites of Swayambhu and Bouddhanath Stupa. The Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. Budhanilkanta, a holy site with a huge black stone figure of the Hindu god Vishnu reclining on the coils of a cosmic serpent.

Boudha Nath
Boudhanath Stupa lies about 6 km east of Kathmandu. With a diametre that exceeds 100 metres and a height of over 36 metres, it is the largest stupa in the Kathmandu valley. The stupa is built on an octagonal base in-set with prayer wheels. Lord Buddha’s all-present eyes at the top of the huge whitewashed dome watch over worshippers and passers-by alike. There are more than 45 Buddhist monasteries in the nearby area.

Swayambhu Stupa
This Buddhist stupa is said to be over 2000 years old. It is situated on the western hills of the Kathmandu valley and from there you can enjoy one of the best views over Kathmandu city. This stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake.

Dakshinkali Temple
Literally Meaning the kali of the south, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali, a Hindu Goddess of Power. A sacrifice ceremony of goats, chickens, ducks etc. is held on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The temple itself is located in a forested canyon and lies 19 k.m. from Kathmandu city

Pashupatinath Temple
Pasupatinath is one of the holiest Hindu shrines in the world dedicated to Lord Shiva. Vistors are permitted to view the temple from the west bank of the Bagmati river. Entrance into the temple is permitted to Hindus only. During the annual pilgrimage of Shivaratri, which falls around February/ March the temple is crowded with devotees and pilgrims.

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The ancient city of Bhakatpur lies 15 km east of Kathmandu. Bhaktapur. also known as Bhadgon or the City of Devotees, is the most traditional of the three cities. Bhaktapur has preserved its ambience and charm of a medieval Newari city. The Durbar Square of Bhaktapur is an architectural masterpiece of harmony and beauty. Traditional craft skills are passed on from generation to generation. Bhaktapur is famous for its woodwork and pottery.

Famous Places to Visit in Bhaktapur
Durbar Square
Taumadhi Square
Dattatreya Square

Changu Narayan Temple
The Changu Narayan temple is situated about 12 km to the east on a hill overlooking the Kathmandu valley. It is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu.
Dating back to the 5th century AC, it is one of the oldest Hindu temples in the valley. A World Heritage Site, it enshrines some of the world’s most exquisite stone and wood carvings.

Nagarkot lies about 35 kms east of Kathmandu with an altitude of 2175 m.

It has developed into a popular resort destination for those seeking mountain views with clean air in a comfortable and quiet surrounding. On a clear day, visitors can enjoy majestic views of the Himalayan range, stretching from Dhaulagiri in the west, passing Everest to Kanchenjunga in the east.

The hill resort of Dhulikel is situated about 32 kms east of Kathmandu on the Arniko Highway that leads to Tibet. Dhulikel was once a flourishing trade centre on the trade route between Kathmandu and Lhasa.

Today, it is a popular destination for viewing the sunrise and sunset against the Himalayan panoramic views. Nearby popular places of worship are the Narayan temple and Harisiddhi temple.

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Patan, also know as Lalitpur, the "Beautiful City". As in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur, the royal palace complex or "Durbar Square" is the centre of Patan’s religious and social life. Most of Patan’s inhabitants are Newari and Patan is famous for its craftsmanship in metal-works. Patan is also known as one of Asia’s great Buddhist centres and has many Buddhist bahals, chaitya and shrines. The Kwa Bahal, known as the Golden Temple is a Buddhist monastery courtyard dating back to the 12th century. The Oku Bahal is one of the best known Buddhist places of worship in Patan and the Mahabouddha monument, or the Temple of 1000 Buddhas, is an excellent example of Nepal’s outstandingterra cotta art-form.

Famous Places to visit in Patan
Durbar Square
Kwa Bahal
Uku Bahal
The Central Zoo

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Lumbini : Birth place of Lord Buddha

Lumbini the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautam, the Shakya prince, the eventual Shakyamuni, the ultimate Buddha-the Enlightened one, is situated in the Terai plains of southern Nepal. Lumbini, listed as a World Heritage Site, is being developed as the supreme Buddhist pilgrimage and a city of peace. The Sacred Garden encircles the Ashoka Pillar, which carries an inscription dating back to 249 BC, that reads:

"The king, friend of the gods, he of the kindly countenance, came here in person twenty years after his coronation and rendered homage, because this was the birthplace of the Buddha, the saint of the Sakya".

To the south of the Pillar we find the sacred pond-Puskarni-where Queen Mayadevi had taken bath just before giving birth to Buddha.

Many countries have built temples, monasteries and stupas near the Sacred Garden, under a global initiative by the Lumbini Development Trust.

Must See places in Lumbini

Getting There
Reaching Lumbini today is easy. 35 minute flight from Kathmandu will wing visitors to Bhairawa, and industrial town. From here regular taxies and buses leave for Lumbini, 22 km away. There are daily flight and bus service to Bhairawa from Kathmandu.

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Pokhara is the second largest tourist destination of Nepal. The Pokhara valley is blessed with an extraordinary natural beauty. The beautiful Phewa lake and at its backdrop the magnificent scenery of the fish-tailed summit of Machhapuchhre (6977) give Pohkara a touch of magic and enchantment. Pokhara’s climate is milder than Kathmandu, which allows lush-green vegetation and a diversity of flowers throughout the year. Pokhara with its central location is the starting point for many of Nepal’s most popular trekking destinations.

Pokhara is the land of the Magars and Gurungs, hardworking farmers and valorous warriors who have earned worldwide fame as Gurkha Soldiers. The Thakalis, another important ethnic group here, are known for their enterpreneurship.

Must See places in Pokhara
Phewa Lake
Barahi Temple
Seti Gandaki
Devin's Fall
Mahendra Gupha Museums

Getting There
Pokhara is located roughly 200 km west of Kathmandu. There are daily flights and bus service between Kathmandu and Pokhara.

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