Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, is one of best famous/popular place to visit/see in Nepal. There are many places for sightseeing Kathmandu, Nepal tour.
Nepal is a landlocked country situated in south centre of Asia. It lies in northern Indian subcontinent. It is located between The Peoples Republic of China in its north and the Republic of India to its South. It is an elongated country with India on both the narrow east, south and west ends and with Tibet on north.
Kathmandu is the capital city of the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal and is located near the centre of Nepal. It is the largest metropolitan city in Nepal and the nation’s historical centre.
The word Kathmandu is derived from Kasthmandap or “temple made of wood” in Sanskrit, a pagoda-style temple. It is situated above 4400 ft. (1336 meter ) above sea level. It has 218 square miles (360 square kilometers) of land with three historic, artistic and cultural towns namely Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur together form known as ‘Kathmandu Valley’. Kathmandu valley is the hub of Nepal’s political, commercial and traditional culture and arts. Kathmandu valley is an exotic and fascinating showcase of a very rich culture, art and tradition. Kathmandu is the place for rest, relaxation and easy-day sightseeing of historic and artistic temples and monuments, and mountain views. Measuring 24 km east-west and 19 km north-south, the Kathamandu valley is encircled by a range of green temple terraced hills and dotted by compact clusters of red tiled-roofed houses. Kathmandu is situated in a bowl shaped valley in central Nepal. Kathmandu is also known as Kantipur. There are seven UNESCO world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley.
A remarkable legend speaks that the city of Kathmandu was built by king Gun Kamdev in 723 A.D. It is said that Kathmandu was a lake in the past. After the Boddhist Saint Manjushri raised his sword of wisdom and sliced a passage through the mountain walls (Chovar), drains the water and creates the first settlements.
The valley consists of three fabulous cities of great historic and cultural interest. Inside the Kathmandu Valley, These legendry cities go by the names of:
You can fly directly to Kathmandu from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Vienna, Amsterdam, Doha, Dubai, Dhaka, Karachi, Munich, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Paro, Lhasa, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangalore, New Delhi, Mumbai, Patna, Calcutta and Varanasi. Charter flights can also be arranged for large movements. All flights feature business class and amenities of international standards. Nepal Airlines, Thai Airways, Qatar Airways, Indian Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Biman Bangladesh, Gulf Air, Indian Airlines, Air Sahara , Jet Airways, Austrian Air, Martinair, Air China, Druk Air fly to Kathmandu, Nepal regularly.
Top 24 Famous Places to Visit in Kathmandu Nepal
1. Kathmandu Durbar Square:
Kathmandu Durbar Square is the social, religious and urban focal point of the capital of Nepal. It is home of cultural and historical complex of palaces, courtyards and temples. There are some of the interesting things to see in this Square. Read more…
2. Akash Bhairav Temple–
Akash Bhairav temple is a three-storied Hindu God temple located in the Indra Chowk. Read more.
3. Kumari Ghar (Temple of Kumari):
This is temple of living Goddess Kumari. Kumari Ghar is located in Hanuman Dhoka Palace. Photography of Kumar inside the temple is prohibited. Read more…
Kasthmandap is built in the sixteenth century by King Laxmi Narsingha Malla. It is situaged near the temple of Kumari Ghar. Photography is prohibited inside the temple. Read more…
5. Hanuman Dhoka:
Hanuman Dhoka is a Royal Palace of the Malla kings. It was also the royal palace of Shah dynasty. There are many historical things to see in the Hanuman Dhoka. Read more…
6. Bhadrakali Temple –
Bhadrakali temple is located at the eastern edge of the Tudikhel, near Shahid Gate, in the center of Kathmandu valley. Read more…
7. Singha Durbar :
Singha Durbar was the private residence of Rana Prime Minister. Read more…
8. Narayanhity Museum –
Narayanhity Museum was the Royal Palace of Sah Kings. The Shah kings moved to this palace from their old palace in the late 18th century. The palace takes its name from the Narayanhiti, a famous historic waterspout situated at the southern corner of the Palace. The Palace now museum compound is immense, surrounded by high walls and guarded by soldiers. It was built on the occasion of the marriage of King Birenda Bir Bikram Shah, the then heir apparent to the throne. The palace was the scene of a gruesome tragedy, termed “Nepal’s greatest tragedy”, on June 1, 2001 at the hall in the palace where the Crown Prince Dipendra in an inebriated state supposedly gunned down his immediate family consisting of his father King Birendra, his mother Queen Aishvarya, his brother and sister, and also five of his relatives, later killing himself. Read more…
9. Swoyambhunath Stupa:
Swayambhunath stupa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s on top of the hills. You can kathmanud valley from this temple. Read more…
Budhanilkantha is located below Shivapuri hill at the northern end of the Kathmandu valley,. It is is 9 km from center of the Kathmandu city. Read more…
11. Boudhanath Stupa –
Bouddhanath Stupa is the biggest stupa in the Valley. It is also UNESCO world heritage site, located in Kathmandu valley. Read more…
12. Pashupatinath Temple–
The Pashupatinath temple is a World Heritage site. It is one of the biggest Lord shiva temple in the world. This temple is fully dedicated to Hindu greatest God Shiva. Read more…
Gokarna is located about 10 kilometer northeast of Kathmandu. Read more…
Sankhu is a typical Newari small town. Read more…
Sundarijal is a famous for its scenic beauty. There are many things to see in sundarijal.
16. Changu Narayan Temple:
Changu Narayan Temple lies about 12 kilometer to the east of the Kathmandu city. It is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Read more…
17. Bhimsen Tower (Dharahara):
Dharahara is also callled as the Bhimsen Tower in Nepal. Dharahar is a nine story (50.2 metres (165 ft)) tall tower. Read more…
Kritipur is a small town. It is located on southwest of Kathmandu valley. Read more…
Chobar is located 9 kilometer southwest of Kathmandu. Chobar is one of the best tourist place and historical site in Kathmandu Nepal. Read more…
Dakshinkali Devi is regarded as one of the most important Hindu Goddess. It is located in southern region of Kathmandu valley. Read more…
21. Kaiser Library:
Kaiser Library is one of the historical library, collected by a single man, Kaiser Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana. Read more…
Kakani is one of the beautiful places around the kathmandu city. It is about 29 kilometers northwest of Kathmandu city. Read more…
23. Nagarjun Forest:
24. Jaishi Dewal–
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