Kathmandu Valley is a World Heritage Area
This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, Built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th-centuries stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar Square, protected as a world heritage site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also museums inside the palace building. There is an entrance fee of Rs.250 for foregion visitors. Your ticket to the Square entitles you to visit all the Museum.
watches over the Valley from the top of a hillock on its western side. The Stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites of Nepal and its estabalishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primardail lake. Swayambhu is also known as Samhengu and listed as a World Heritage Site.
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The earliest historical references to the Boudha Stupa are found in the chronicles of the Newars. Firstly Boudha is mentioned as one of the four Stupas founded by the Lichhavi King Vrisadeva (A.D. 400).Its original name is 'Jarung Khashor'. It lies about 6 km. to the east of downtown Kathmandu and is the largest stupa in the Valley. Its looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design.
Bouddhanath a world heritage site, is also known as Khasti. There are more than 45 Buddhist monasteries in the area.
Changu Narayan Temple:
Situated on a ridge overlooking the Valley, about 12 km. to the east of the city. It is dedicated to the Hindu God Bishnu. One of the finest oldest specimens of pagoda architecture, the temple is embellished with exquisite wood and stone carvings. The sacred complex is a world heritage site.
One of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, Pashupatinath lies 5 km. east of the city center. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva.
Religious pilgrims and sahdus,travel all the way from the remote areas of India to visit this sacred sight. Even though thes devotees have denounced worldy possessions, each carries a sahdu ID (identificantions Card) to freely cross over the border between India and Nepal.Chronicles indicate the Pashupatinath's existence prior to 400 AD. Devotees can be seen talking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati river flowing beside the temple, aslo a World Heritage Site.
(Pop. 35,000) is situated on a ridge 6 km southwest of Kathmandu. The ancient to wnship is a natural fortress and has a proud and courageous history. The Chilamchu stupa and the Temple of Bagh Bhairav are major sights here. Kirtipur offers quaint streets lined with artistic houses and temple squares. The people are knonw for their skill in building and weaving.
Dakshinkali and Chobhar:
The Temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali and is one of the most popular places of worship in Kathmandu. Located 22km. from the city center on the southern rim of the valley past Pharping village, the shrine is especially crowded on Tuesdays and Saturdays when animal scarifies are offered to the deity. On the way back, stop at Chobhar gorge. The narrow gash in the hills was made by Lord Manjushree to drain out the lake which covered the Valley.