Top 10 Places to Visit in Kathmandu Nepal

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Top 10 Places to Visit in Kathmandu Nepal

Here we have enlisted top 10 places to visit in Kathmandu Nepal. It means top 10 places to visit in Kathmandu valley, Nepal. We all know that Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. Kathmandu valley consists three cites, Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur.

The Kathmandu valley has seven UNESCO world heritage sites which are more than any country to offer at a single spot. Within 650 sq. km it consists of three main cities of great historical and cultural interest – Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur, with old places and squares (Durbar Square) and many small villages and suburbs like Changunarayan, Bungamati, Panauti, Sankhu and much more to count. Three Naths (Lords) – Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath, and Swayambhunath are very important religious places for both Hindus and Buddhists. More photos of Kathmandu.

Kathmandu Durbar square:

kathmandu durbar square

Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of top 10 places to visit in Kathmandu Nepal. Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, is named after medieval pagoda “Kasthamandapa” meaning wooden house. At durbar Square, there is the house of Kumar (Living Goddess), Hanuman Dhoka and many other fascinating temples and bazaar in the area.

Swayambhunath:

world heritage site

Swayambhunath is another of top 10 places to visit in Kathmandu Nepal. Swayambhunath is regarded as one of the oldest Stupas in the world. It is said to be more than 2500 years old. The Stupa located on a sacred hilltop is surrounded with votive Chayttays, Monasteries and a temple of Harati Ajima.

Pashupatinath:

God Shiva

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Pashupatinath is another of top 10 places to visit in Kathmandu Nepal. It is one of most sacred of all Hindu temples, dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is situated on the bank of the holy Bagmati River, where the cremation Ghats are located. It is a quiet and peaceful place that gives one an insight into one of the world’s greatest religions.

Bouddhanath:

Beautiful Nepal Bouddhanath StupaBouddhanath is another of top 10 places to visit in Kathmandu Nepal. The world’s largest Buddhist Stupa Bouddhanath is the site of great veneration for Himalayan Buddhists. It is in the old Tibet- Nepal trading route and many Tibetans live around the area. There have been developing many monasteries of the different sects of Tibetan Buddhism.

 

Kirtipur:

Kirtipur is another of top 10 places to visit in Kathmandu Nepal. Situated atop a small hill, Kirtipur is a picturesque town. The town was first established in the 12th century. it later became an independent kingdom and the last stronghold of the Mallas. A 16th-century temple of Bagh Bhairava is the center of attraction because of swords and shields fixed on the front of the temple. Other beautiful temples are Uma Maheswor and Chilancho Stupa.

Budhanilkantha:

Budhanilkantha is another top 10 places to visit in Kathmandu Nepal. Budhanilkantha is situated about eight kilometers north of Kathmandu, at the base of Shivapuri hill. Budhanilkantha is a remarkable place of snakes. This is one of the masterpieces of stone sculptures of Lichhavi period. This fifth-century statue in the middle of the small pond seems to be floating in the water. A short walk for an hour up to Nagi Gompa, a monastery for nuns, gives one a good view of Kathmandu valley.

Patan Durbar Square:

Patan Durbar Square is another top 10 places to visit in Kathmandu Nepal. The city is also known as Lalitpur – the city of fine art and architecture. It’s said to be one of the oldest and most beautiful medieval cities in the country of the world. The artists and artisan have created great and many beautiful temples, shrines, and places in the Durbar Square. This is a wonderful place.

Bhaktapur City:

kathmanduBhaktapur City is another top 10 places to visit in Kathmandu Nepal. The meaning of Bhaktapur is the “city of devotees”. It is also known as Bhad Gaon. This most beautiful medieval town is the most preserved of the three medieval cities of Kathmandu valley. Three are fascinating architectural showpieces in the Durbar Square – the Lion Gate, Golden Gate and Palace of 55 Windows. In the Taumadi Square, one can visit the 17th-century pagoda Nyatpol, the tallest and the best example of the pagoda.

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Godavari:

The Godavari is another top 10 places to visit in Kathmandu Nepal. Situated at the foot of Phulchowki, it is a nice picnic spot. There is the Royal Botanical Garden, the Royal department of Medicinal Plants, greenhouses and fish farms. The garden has a nice collection of lily ponds, rushing streams and beds of seasonal flowers, orchids, ferns, and cactus. A clear water spring emerges from a cave known as Godavari Kunda which is believed to have magical power, visited by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims every 12 years.

The Godavari is located at the foot of the pulchowki hill in Lalitpur district of Nepal which is about 10 kms away from the ring road of Kathmandu.It is a southern town in a Godawari Municipality ( which is a combination of 5 different village development committee with a total population of 15,572 in  1825 individual households according to the population census of 2011). After crossing the ring road of Kathmandu, a little away from Hattiban, you will find this wonderful place full of beauty. You can find 5 dewals in Godawari with a similar pagoda designs which are made up of stones.

Godawari is very popular for Godawri botanical Garden where we can find varieties of species of plants and flowers and also different kinds of wildlifes. The garden is one of the most beautiful parts of this place. We can often find many people visiting here just to enjoy the beauty that this garden has to offer. The Godavari is a perfect place for the bird watchers as we can find different species of birds flying around the garden in the green environment between the hills. The quiet and peaceful environment of this garden with a beautiful and gorgeous green environment is something to treasure, it is someplace for relaxation. The garden is often crowded on the public holidays as many families and groups of people visit this place for the picnic and even just for strolling. Everything looks calm and beautiful inside the garden.

Godawari, Kathmandu Nepal
Godawari, Kathmandu Nepal

The Godavari is a very famous place among the people of the Kathmandu valley. It is a favorite place for many of the Nepalese residing inside the valley. From teenagers to the adults and even the oldies are seen here for a family picnic as it is one of the best family picnic spots. It is quite common for teenagers to visit in this place, we can often find many of them around. Besides the family picnics and stuff, Godawari is one of the popular hiking destinations of Nepal as the place is rich in wildlife with a splendid environment. We can often find the locals as well as the international tourists going for a hike and also walking around the botanical garden just to enjoy the beautiful and appalling environment to relax ( which is one of the very best parts of the botanical garden). There is also a pond inside the garden with a crystal clear water. Tourists can also go for a small boating ride in this place.

Godawari is definitely a place that is worth visiting. You can find many hotels and resorts around the place; Hotel View Bhirkuti, Godawari village Resort and many others as well where you can go and stay after strolling around the beautiful corners of Godawari and enjoying the beautiful environment and the local cultures that it has to offer.There is also a radio station- 102.4 MHz which is the community radio station of Godawari that promotes the local culture. Godawari is definitely a must visit place if you are staying inside the Kathmandu Valley.

Phulchowki:

Phulchowki is another top 10 places to visit in Kathmandu Nepal. Located at about ten km southeast of Patan at an altitude of 2759 is the tallest hill known as Phulchowki in the Kathmandu valley. Phulchowki means the ‘flower Hill”. And it is called so because rhododendrons of different varieties and colors from white to dark red are found here. The panoramic view from the top is spectacular to the north snow clad Himalayans range and Kathmandu valley and to the south, the lower range fo mountains extended to the plain of the Terai. Phulchowki is the also best recommended for a day hike.

Changunarayan:

Changunarayan is another top 10 places to visit in Kathmandu Nepal. The temple of Changunarayan, built on a hilltop, dated back to the 4th century, is the oldest temple in Kathmandu valley. In the courtyards, among dozens of Vishnu statues, a 5th-century image with 10 arms is a masterpiece. There is also an image of Garuda, the mythical bird that serves as Vishnu’s heavenly vehicle. Besides three is one of the oldest and most important inscriptions of the valley, which is the best oldest and first written record of Kathmandu valley.

Top 10 Places to Visit in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

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Jitendra Sahayogee

I am Jitendra Sahayogee, a writer of 12 Nepali literature books, film director of Maithili film & Nepali short movies, photographer, founder of the media house, designer of some websites and writer & editor of some blogs, has expert knowledge & experiences of Nepalese society, culture, tourist places, travels, business, literature, movies, festivals, celebrations.

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