Kathmandu has loads of overwhelming places to explore. From medieval temples to breathtaking view of the valleys surrounded by the Himalayas, it offers a taste and feel for religion to adventure. These are some popular tourist attractions you don’t want to miss.
A journey up to the Swayambhunath Stupa is one of the absolute experiences of Kathmandu. Also known as the monkey temple it is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is above the city on a lofty hilltop and offers breathtaking views of the Kathmandu valley. Legend says the religious site came into existence more than 2,000 years ago when the valley was created out of a primeval lake.
Bouddhanath stupa is the most preferred sightseeing place in Kathmandu. The first stupa at Boudhanath was built sometime after AD 600, when the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo, converted to Buddhism. This stupa is among the largest Buddhist stupa in the world and one of the three great stupas of Nepal. It is a focal point both for Buddhist pilgrimage and for daily devotion.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva and located just 5 km north-east of Kathmandu on the banks of the holy Bagmati River, Pashupatinath is one of the four most important religious sites in Asia for devotees of Shiva. Pashupatinath Temple’s existence dates back to 400 A.D and It is also listed as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square also known as Hanuman Dhoka square is one of the major attractions in Kathmandu Valley. It is also listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has the collection of classic architectures of over 50 temples and courtyards which dates back to the 12th to 18th centuries; the square maintains its original building style and glamour.
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Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur is the ancient city that lies on the Eastern part of Kathmandu valley which is also known as Bhadgaon or Khwopa. It is an ancient Newar city located in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley, approximately 13 km (8 miles) from the Kathmandu City. It has some of the best historic heritages which date back to 15th century flaunting the masterwork of metal, wood, and stone arts and architecture.