: - Kathmandu
A 218 square miles of land,situated above 4400 ft above sea level with three istoric ,artistic and cultural towns namely Kathmandu,Patan and Bhaktapur together form what is known as the Kathmandu Valley.Kathmandu is the hub of Nepal’s traditional culture and arts.This is the place for rest,relaxation and easy-day sightseeing of historic and artistic temples and monuments and mountain views.Being the capital city of Nepal,it offers much services including international airlines,hotels and other facilities.One also enjoys Kathmandu for night life,shopping and ofcourse for the mountain views.
GETTING TO SEE FROM
(Following Mountains are visible from Katmandu)
Swayambhu:The history of kathmandu valley begins from the Swyambhu temple.This valley was a lake ,but later when Bodhisatttva Manjusri cut a gorge in a southern hill and drained the waters to worship a lotus that he admired during his travel to the region ,it lead men to settle on the bed of the lake and named this land Katmandu valley. The word Swayambu means “the self-existent” in English.Today this complex of stupas offers an opportunity to study the religious harmony in Nepal.Tibetan monks,Brahmin priests and newar runs are the major worshipers here.Most of the monasteries have huge prayer wheels,fine buddist paintings and special butter lamps all add on an elegant touch to the swayambhu.
When lord Buddha came to Pashupati to escape from his boredom,he became famous as the lord of Animals (Pashupati).Today,millions of hindu piligrimage pour into this temple.Many Hindus from Indian sub contents,Nepal,Pakistan and Asia come come to pashupati to pay theie respects to the lord Shiva.From othr parts of the world many hindus come to Pashupati to fulfill there dream of visiting the holiest hindu temple in the world.You can see the pagoda house which has gold –plated roof,silver doors and find woodcarvings.The linga (phallic symbol) of Lord Shiva, images of different gods and goddesses,statues and Bagmati river flowing along the temple add to the holiness of Pashupati which lies just 1.5 km from the international airport.The region is also surrounded by thick green jungle where monkeys and bird live and play and are often seen in large groups playing on the pavements of the temples in Pashupati.Ssdhus who follow the life style of shiva are found in Pashupati region. They paint their bodies with ashes ,wear loin-cloths Tika and Rudraksha Malas.
The temple situated at 20 km to the east of the city ,is fully dedicated to the hindu God Vishnu (the god of creation ).The temple is believed to be the most ancient temple in the kathmandu valley.The temple covers over sixteen hundred years of Nepalese art history presenting some of the best samples of stone wood and metal craft in Nepal.There is also a unique statue of Vishnu sitting astride his steed.this is a must-see place for all ancient art lovers.
The 36m tall among the largest stupas in South Asia,is a home to Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal.It is situated on the ancient trade route to Tibet (6 km to the east of the city).For shopping th area is a bazzar of Tibetan jewelry,hand made carpets masks,khukuri (the traditional knives used by Gorkhas)SSSand Tibetan paintings known as thankas.There are many stupas in the nearby surroundings all of which deserve a through observation by visitors.
This is a durbar of history and arts .One can see artistic monuments find the house of the living goddess-kumari,learn about the Kal Bhairav temple,red monkey god ,and hundreds of erotic wood carvings.The kastamandap rest house located within the durbar square is said to have been built from a single tree,it is because of this house ,kathmandu valley got its name.There is also a museum lacated at the Durbar Square which presents a complete history of Nepal’s king and rulers.