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The Five Must See Kathmandu Attractions & More

Kathmandu is a tourist Mecca with many places of attraction. Not only does its physical location amidst the tallest mountain ranges in the world offer breathtaking views but it is also home to many wonderful old temples. It is a cultural melting pot of both eastern and western culture, and has many Buddhist and Hindu temples. The Festivals of Nepal are a big tourist draw because of the pomp and festivity involved in them.

Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world towering over other equally majestic mountain ranges offers a breathtaking sight to the tourists.

There are five must see places to visit in Kathmandu as any city guide would tell you. These have been declared as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

Swayambhu:

Swayambhu translates to mean “Self-existent”. It is a complex of Stupas where you would find the Tibetan monks, Hindu priests and the Newar nuns all standing together in their prayer. The Swayambhu reflects the religious harmony, a strong point of Nepal. It is one of the most popular and recognized places of Nepal. The history of Kathmandu valley is closely associated with the Swayambhu temple. It is one of the most famous Buddhist chaityas in the world.

Pashupathi:

The region of Pashupati is surrounded by dense green jungle with monkeys and birds having a suitable nesting home. The Pashupathi Nath temple is considered to be one of the most sacred temples of Lord Shiva in the world and dates back to about 400 AD. Lord Shiva’s Linga is housed in a rich ornamental Pagoda. In the Pashupathi Nath temple Lord Shiva is worshipped as the Lord of the animals, hence the name (Pashu mean animals and Nath means Lord). Around this temple the tourists can find Sadhus with ashes on their body, wearing loin cloths, Rudraksha Malas and tikas on forehead.

Changu-Narayan:

Changu village is situated about 12 Kms east of Kathmandu. The Changu-Narayan temple which is located in this village is dedicated to the Hindu god, Vishnu. The temple is considered to be the oldest temple in the Kathmandu valley and is a superb example of stone carvings from 5th Century BC. Some of the most beautiful and finest examples of stone metal and wood craft in Nepal reflecting 1600 years of history can be seen in this temple.

Bouthanath Stupa:

It is also known as Kharti Chitya. It is considered to be one of the oldest stupas in the country and also one of the largest stupas in South Asia and stands 36 m tall. Bouthanath Stupa is about 6 Km east of Nepal and has more than 45 Buddhist monasteries. This place is famous for its Tibetan jewelry, Tibetan paintings (known as Thangkas), “Khukri” (type of knives generally carried by Gorkhas), hand-made carpets and masks.

Kathmandu Durbar Square:

It is a complex of palaces, temples and courtyards built between 12th and 18th Centuries. It is one of the most famous places in Kathmandu and is brings out a unique atmosphere by blending the cultural, social, religious and urban ethos. This square houses the Kal Bhairav temple, the famous Kastamandap Rest house (which is believed to have been built from one single tree), Taleju temple, Coronation Nasal Chowk, Gaddi Baithak to name a few.

Another most important place to visit while in Nepal is the Mount Everest. Mount Everest is the highest peak in the world standing at 8848 mts between the Nepal and Tibetan border. The Nepali name for the peak is Sagarmatha meaning Goddess of the Sky and the Tibetan name for Mount Everest is Chomolungma meaning Goddess of the Universe. Mount Everest offers one of the most amazing trekking paths in Nepal.

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