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Kathmandu: – largest city and capital of Nepal and the namesake of the Kathmandu Valley. Once thought to be the fabled and inaccessible Shangri-La, Kathmandu is now a hub for independent travellers as well as a growing vacation spot catering to all budgets.it is now part of one continuous urban area together with Patan to the south.
Swayambhu: – A large stupa, highly revered in Nepal, and one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the country. It offers great views over the city, and no lack of monkeys. It’s a 20-30 minute walk from Thamel, or take a taxi or rickshaw. As with the Boudha Stupa, there’s no shortage of Buddhist and Tibetan-inspired trinkets for sale. There are also drinks for sale at the top, and at least one small restaurant selling momos.
Pashupatinath: – Lying 6 Km from central Kathmandu, Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati river, the temple, which was built in pagoda style, has a gilded roof and beautifully carved silver doors. Visitors will be permitted to view the temple from the east bank of the Bagmati river, as entrance into the temple is strictly forbidden to all non-Hindus. Pashupatinath is the centre of an annual pilgrimage on the day Shivaratri, which falls in February or March. Behind the temples are the cremation grounds.
Dhulikhel: – It is situated at an altitude of 1600 m. above from sea level and 32 Km. From Kathmandu City. Dhulikhel is famous for its vantage location in viewing the Himalayan ranges, from Cho Oyu in the east to Himalchuli in the west. It is popular for viewing the sunrise and sunset.
Boudanath: – This stupa, situated 11 Km. from the center of Kathmandu, is one of the biggest in the world of its kind. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal directions, keeping a lookout for righteous behavior and human prosperity. This Buddhist stupa was built by King Man Deva at the advice of the Goddess Mani Jogini. It is built on an octagonal base and is contains inset prayer wheels. The shrine is surrounded by the homes of Lamas, or Buddhist priests.
Don’t Miss: –
- Kathmandu Darwar Square,Sleeping Bishnu,Ason Bazar.
- Pahrping Monasteries,Daksin Kali Temple,Orphans schools in Kathmandu.
- Nepal National Museum,Freak street,New road (Cheapest place to buy electronics goods),Chitwan National Park Jungle safari.
Currency:Nepalese Rupee (NPR).
Notes:one, two, five, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 rupees.
Useful Telephone numbers:
Emergencies/Ambulance/Fire Brigade: 101