MUSEUMS OF KATHMANDU:
One of Nepal’s delights is the variety of Museums found in the Kathmandu Valley. As rich as Nepal’s unique culture and landscape, these museums provide a fascinating look into Nepal’s art, people, history and architecture. They also serve as an enjoyable serene alternative to the rigours of walking and trekking in the countryside.
Pashupatinath is the most important Hindu temple of Nepal, standing on the banks of the holy Bagmati river. Various religious activities take place here almost everyday. Sadhus (holymen) from many different countries especially from India, visit the temple to pay homage to Lord Shiva, the caretaker of the Valley.
Boudhanath is the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and is one of the biggest in the world. It is the religious center for the Buddhist population of Nepal and for Tibetans. Surrounding this stupa are monasteries and many small Tibetan handicraft shops.
SWAYAMBHUNATH TEMPLE ( The Monkey Temple ) :
This Buddhist temple is proudly situated on the top of a hill in the middle of the Valley. The unique architecture of Swayambhunath is one of the most easily recognizable symbols of Nepal. From here one can enjoy a spectacular views of the Kathmandu City. Legend says that long long time ago the valley was a lake and it was known as the serpent’s lake. The Buddha Vipaswi came to the lake and threw a lotus plant saying, “when this plant brings forth a flower, then Swayambhu, the self existent one shall be revealed as a light.”
PATAN DURBAR SQUARE :
Patan’s Durbar Square is a concentrated mass of temples, the most stunning display of Newari architecture to be seen in Nepal. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former Royal Palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum contain a array of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th century temple dedicated to the Hindu God Lord Krishna built entirely of stone.
BHAKTAPUR DURBAR SQUARE :
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is much larger and more spacious than Kathmandu’s and much less crowded with temples than Patan’s. The disasterous earthquake in 1934 destroyed many of the beautiful monuments in the square and it is now marked only by empty platforms where they once stood.
BASANTAPUR DURBAR SQUARE:
Durbar Square means ‘Palace Courtyard’ where the king of Kathmandu once lived. It is one of the World Heritage Sites. Clustered around Durbar Square are the old Royal Palace which has been converted into a well-equipped museum. Numerous other beautiful temples, shrines, Kumari Bahal ‘House of the living Goddess’, Kastamandap, a house build from the wood of a single tree and other small temples are scattered everywhere in the square. The main palace building is nine storied high and anyone can visit to the top and experience a panoramic view of the city.
sightseeing Places in Outside Kathmandu Valley
POKHARA VALLEY: Pokhara is one of the most beautiful valleys of the world, frequently visited by innumerable tourists for its natural beauties, a rare combination of the arrays of snowclad peaks, crystal clear lakes, turbulent rivers with deep georges , and picturesque villages at the lap of panoramic Annapurna Himal and Macchapuchhare- the virgin peak inhabited by a simple and friendly ethnic people. A package can be arranged for the short stay or long haul for the trek from here .
LUMBINI : A birthplace of lord Buddha, the light of Asia and the apostle of peace and compassion is one of the all weather approach for emancipation, a sacred garden and a pilgrimage of Buddhist or any peacelovers throughout the world the temple of Maya DEVI – the mother of lord Buddha; gate- way to the outer world, accessible by surface or by flight, the remnants of monasteries and chaityas followed from 623 B.C.
CHITWAN: UNESCO recalls Chitwan as one of the few remaining undisturbed vestiges of the ‘Terai’ region, which formerly extended over the foothills of India and Nepal at the foot of the Himalayas. The Chitwan National Park has been enlisted in natural World Heritage Site. It has a particularly rich flora and fauna. One of the last populations of single-horned Asiatic rhinoceros lives in the park, which is also one of the last refuges of the Bengal tiger.