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Around Kathmandu Valley:

Kathmandu is located in the heart of Nepal at an altitude of 1400m.Kathmandu city known as Kantipur. Here you will get a chance to see the living goddess temple, Durbar square where array of temples overlooked by the Hanuman Dhoka palace, the ancient palace of Nepalese Royalty.

Boudhnath Temple: Sacred site of Tibetan Buddhism built in the 14th century is the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal and also a UNESCO world heritage site. The influx of large number of Tibetan refugees has seen the construction of over 50 Tibetan monasteries around the Stupa. From above the Stupa looks like a Mandala or Buddhist cosmos. The stupa at the bottom is surrounded by a 16 sided irregular wall with frescoes in the niches. In addition to the Five Dhyani Buddhas, Boudhanath Stupa is closely associated with the Bodhisattva, Avaloketeshwara whose 108 forms are depicted in sculptures around the base. The stupa is topped with a square tower bearing the omnipresent Buddha Eyes on all four sides. The stupa is surrounded by restaurants & shops and vendors selling Souvenirs.

Kopan Monastery: Located near Boudhnath Stupa around 15km from the main city and 5km from the Airport, it is a centre of Mahayana Buddhism established by Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 1969. The centre is responsible for introducing Buddha’s teaching through Meditation courses, Lectures and Retreats.

Swayambhunath Temple: A Buddhist temple also known as Monkey Temple because of large number of monkeys surrounding the area. The architectural beauty of Swayambhunath Temple gives way to a feeling of admiration and reverence. The stupa has a dome at the base and a cubical structure with eyes of Buddha looking in all the four directions.

Pashupatinath Temple: On the bank of Bagmati River, 4km from Kathmandu city is located the Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of God of Pashu/Animals. Here one can have a peek of Hindu life, death, and tradition.

Changu Narayan: It is the oldest Pagoda Style temple in the valley dedicated to Lord Vishnu. King Hari Datta Varman in323 A.D installed Goddesses Chinnamasta. Temple’s courtyard has greatest stone scriptures of Viswarupa & Vishnu astride Garuda. It is listed as one of the Heritage Monuments in the world in 1979 by UNESCO.

Durbar square: Consist of variety of temples dedicated to different Hindu Gods & Goddesses dating back to 17th to 18th Centuries. Taleju Temple is the tallest one built by King Mahendra Malla in 1549.Higly developed craftsmanship is seen in the Kumari Ghar, a 17th century temple. Kashmandap from which Kathmandu derives its name is built from the timber of a single tree.

Narayanhiti Palace Museum: Once a royal palace now turned partly into a Museum and Foreign Ministry in 2009.


PATAN (Lalitpur):

It is the oldest city in Kathmandu and as the name suggests is home to Nepalese architecture, art, traditions and crafts. The four corners of the city are marked by stupas believed to be erected by Ashoka, the Great. This place is for the art lovers and enthusiasts. Durbar Square is packed with Temples.

Durbar Square: Listed as a world heritage site, the former royal palace situated in the heart of the city is like its counterpart in Kathmandu. Patan Durbar square is an enchanting melange of ancient palaces, Pagoda temples, shrines and captivating courtyards. The remarkable structure of the square is a 17th century temple of Lord Krishna built entirely and is supposed to be the first specimen of Shikhara style of architecture in Nepal.

Mahaboudha / Temple of Thousand Buddha: Just a few yards east to the Patan Durbar square lies this 14th century Buddhist monument, which is an excellent example of terra-cotta art form. With thousands of images of Buddha engraved on its wall, it points to the skills of Patan's craftsmen.

Uku Bahal: Another Buddhist monument, near Mahaboudha. Uku Bahal is one of the best known Buddhist places of worship. It's a two-story building enclosing stone - paved courtyards. Woodcarving on the roof struts. Various sacred images and other small shrines are its main attractive features.

The Central Zoo: Situated at Jawalakhel, the zoo is a pleasant diversion point. It houses the collection of native animals and birds. For wildlife lovers it offers about 106 species of birds and over 665 different animals mostly representing the Himalayan fauna. There is also a beautiful pond, built in 17th century with boating facility.

Rudra Varna Mahavihar: This Buddhist monastery is just a treasure house with amazing collection of images and statues in metal, stone and wood. If legends are to be believed then the kings in ancient times were crowned here.

Jagat Narayan Temple: Jagatnarayan temple is a tall shikhara style temple devoted to Lord Vishnu. Red bricks are used for the construction of the temple. The temple also holds a fine metal statue of Garuda, Ganesh and Hanuman, all related to Hindu religion and mythology.

Temple of Machhendranath: Situated at Tabahal, this pagoda of Red Machhendranath was built in 1408 A.D. the deity is shifted to the shrine in Bungmati for six months.

Achheshwar Mahankar: The Mahavihar has been recently reconstructed around the 17th century temple of Lod Buddha built by Achheshwar. A beautiful panoramic view of Kathmandu Valley can be had from the Mahavihar. This lies just behind the Ashokan stupa of Pulchowk.

Phulchowki: 10 km southeast to the Patan is the picturesque vistas and peaks of 2758m high mountain Rich vegetation, gorges and excellent climate make Phulchowki a superb spot for hiking. A Buddhist Shrine on the top of the hill is an added attraction.


BHAKTAPUR

It is the ancient town east of Kathmandu. Bhaktapur Durbar Square and potters square are the places to see here.

Durbar square: The most fascination structure here is the 55 window palace, the set of Royalty before 1769.Taleju Temple Complex is the Golden Gate, built in 1756 and a splendid example of Repoussé metalwork. There also lies the Royal Bath, with its Golden Faucet. There is a Big Bell, built by the last Malla king of Bhaktapur in the 18th century and was rung to pay homage to the Goddess Taleju and to harken the public to town meetings. Yaksheswor Mahadev Temple built by Yaksha Malla in the 15th century and is designed with ornate wooden struts decorated with erotic carvings.

Taumadhi Square: Nayatapola Temple: This five storied pagoda Temple considered to be one of the tallest pagodas was constructed by King in 1702 AD.Bhairavnath Temple: This three storied Temple is dedicated to lord Bhairav, the God of Terror.

Dattatreya Square: In this Square is the three storied pagoda style Dattatreya Temple with the statue of Hindu Trinity.This Temple is believed to be built with the timber of a single tree in 1427 AD. Pujari Math houses the woodcarving Museum with minutely carved peacock windows. The Chikanpha Math, across the street, houses the Brass and Bronze Museum, with its collection of ancient Malla house wares and ritual metal ware.


POKHARA

Pokhara is situated 200km west of Kathmandu at an altitude of 827metres.Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Manalsu, five peaks of Annapurna.

Phewa Lake: This freshwater lake is the second largest lake in Nepal after Rara Lake. The south-western shore is deeply forested. There is also a hydroelectric station at the end of the Lake. Boating can be done in the lake.

World peace pagoda: on the southern shore of Phewa lake is this pagoda built under the initiative of a monk from Japan named Nichidatsu Fujii as shrines of World Peace. This place also provides a spectacular view of Annapurna range and Pokhara city.


Terai & Mahabharata Range

The only lowlands of Nepal and the steep ascents of Mahabharata range. Terai encompasses the southern half of Nepal & is the most productive region in Nepal. Majority of the Industries are located here.

Chitwan National Park: Situated in the Central Terai region. Chitwan is spread on an area of 932 sq km. This National Park is home for 450 species of birds, 45 species of reptiles and amphibians, 43 species of mammals. One can enjoy Guided jungle walks and safari drives. Rare Bengal Tigers, one horned Rhinos and wild animals are best seen riding on an Elephant.

Lumbini: It is believed to be the birth place of Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism hence considered one of the four most sacred places for Buddhists. It has been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO.

Janakpur: Historically called Mithilanchal, is the centre of ancient Maithili culture, which has its own language and culture. It is also the birth place of Sita, Lord Ram’s wife in Ramayana.