When visiting Nepal, you will most likely end up first in
Kathmandu. More than treating it just as a stopover, stay awhile in this
captivating place and soak up its atmosphere. Here are the top things to do in
Kathmandu, which encompass heritage, architecture, culture, spirituality, and
MUST SEE PLACES
Also known as Basantapur
Darbar Kshetra, the
Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the top travel
destinations in Nepal. The Durbar Square held the palaces of the Malla and Shah
kings who ruled over the city. Along with these palaces, the square surrounds
quadrangles, revealing courtyards and temples. The square suffered the most
horrible part of Kathmandu’s 2015 earthquake; about six temples were damaged.
Reconstruction completed a few towers in the Hanuman Dhoka complex, but despite
the damage done, it is an astonishing complex and attracts thousands of
tourists every day.
The jewels in the crown are:
· The Hanuman Dhoka itself (the complex of royal
· The magnificent Taleju Temple (built in 1564 by
Mahendra Malla, standing on a 12-stage plinth and reaching 35 metres in
· The Kumari Bahal (an intricately carved
three-storey structure built in 1757 in which the 'living goddess', a young
girl selected from the Kathmandu valley, still lives).
If you recognize your friends is in Kathmandu from this
famous architecture- the unique eyes art is the iconic image that you see in
most of pictures. It is believed that they look in all four directions,
representing the omniscient mind of Buddha. Assigned UNESCO world heritage
status in 1979, Boudhanath (aka the Boudha, Chorten Chempo and Khasa Caityais)
has a diameter of 120 metres, making it the largest temple in Nepal. The stupa
is built on an octagonal base, surrounded by 147 prayer wheels and 108 images
of Buddhist deities. It has colourful
prayer flags, blessed with juniper incense each new year, draped from its
36-metre central spire.
Built in 1696 on the orders of King Bhupendra Malla,
Pashupatinath is Nepal's most important Hindu temple.
Constructed in the pagoda style of architecture,
Pashupatinath stands on the banks of the Bagmati river. Pashupatinath Temple's
existence dates back to 400 B.C. The richly ornamented pagoda houses the sacred
linga or holy symbol of Lord Shiva.
The Narayanhiti Palace Museum (aka Narayanhiti Durbar)
served as the primary residence of Nepal's monarchy for over a century until
2008. Located in the capital city of Kathmandu, the palace was the centre of
state occasions and royal hospitality. The palace is located towards east of
the Kaiser Mahal next to Thamel and is incorporated in an impressive and vast
array of courtyards, gardens, and buildings.