City Guide of Nepal

Capital of Nepal, the city is characterized by a large number of Buddhist and Hindu temples. Countless Newaris houses of red brick and carved wooden windows.

Durbar     Square "World Heritage" is located at the former royal palace at marvel. In the center stand a dozen of Hindu temples in the form of pagoda. The windows are decorated with wood carvings.

Thamel is the tourist center, where there are plenty of hotels and shops.

 

Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal- an extraordinary land only now entering the 20th century. Patan and Kathmandu are the two cities that make Nepal a modern city.

Katmandu has many ancient temples built in it and it is also known as the culture heart of kingdoms and the political valley.

One of the most ancient temples in Kathmandu is temple of 'Kumari' or 'the living Goddess' where a little girl lives in the temple residence showering blessings to her many followers. Also you can visit the Hanuman Dhoka the ancient Royal Palace complex that comprises of series of 14 courtyards of which Nasal Chowk is still used for Royal ceremonies including coronation.

Some the famous places to see in Kathmandu are: Patan, Nyatapol Temple, Patan Museum, Bodhnath, Pashupatinath Temple, Bhadgaon.

Lumbini

Lumbini is a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the Rupandehi District of Nepal. It has a number of temples and some of them are still under construction.

It is a region that has been developed by Lumbini Trust, a non-profit organisation. There is a China Temple that has been developed by the Buddhist Association of the China.

One of the most famous temple is Myanmar Temple which is also known as Lokamani Cula Pagoda which soars in the sky. There are many more temples such as International Gautami Nuns Temple, Japan Temple, Sri Lanka Temple, Vietnam Temple.

Lumbini Museum, Lumbini International Research Institute, and Kapilvastu Museum (situated 27 kms west of Lumbini in Tilaurakot) are other places see in this region. The Kapilvastu museum has ruins of ancient capital of Sakya kingdom where the Buddha spent his youth as prince Siddhartha.

It is one the beautiful place in the world to visit.

Pokhara

Pokhara is the next destination after Kathmandu for many adventure and pleasure trips in and around it. Pokara is often called the enchanting Himalayan valley with a heart of major actions and adventures.

Surrounded by beautiful snow-caped mountains, with a magnificent lake of crystal-clear pure Himalayan water, all-year round pleasing weather, and friendly Pokhralis will greet you with a smile and leave you with the most unforgettable moments in your life. So pack up your bag, load your camera, and get ready for Pokhara experience!

Place to see at Pokara are: The Fewa Lake, Annapurna Range Skyline, Begnas and Rupa Lake, Seti Gandaki, Mahendra Cave, Davis Fall.

Dhulikhel

There is a small town in Nepal known as Dhulikhel that lies on a pass to the east of the Banepa Valley. It has been the trade route between the Kathmandu Valley and Tibet for more than hundreds of year.

Dhulikhel's public buildings, including the high school, post office and prison, lie on the road running south-east. The old village nucleus is found in the opposite direction, on a hill. In the main square are the three-storied Harasiddhi Temple and a tiled shrine dedicated to Vishnu, its front graced by two contrasting figures of Garuda. Temples to Krishna and Bhagwati are found in the western part of the town. From the three-storied Bhagwati pagoda there is a splendid view of the Banepa Valley. Dhulikhel's Shiva Temple occupies a delightful position at the foot of a small ravine.

A stream flows through the precinct which also contains a curious and most varied collection of statues and images. The best view of the Himalayas is obtained from a little shrine dedicated to Kali on the ridge south of the town. The roughly half hour walk can be continued south to Namobuddha, a Buddhist pilgrimage site.

Chitwan National Park

The Royal Chitwan National Park was established as a National Park in 1973, covers an area of 932 sq kms. It is the first and the oldest National Park in Nepal. In 1984 it was granted the status of World Heritage Site. Till 1954, Chitwan was known for big game and was exclusively managed as a hunting reserve for the Rana Prime Minister.

The southern plains of Nepal are covered with dense tropical jungle teeming with fascinating wildlife and exotic birds. The one-horned rhinoceros, Royal Bengal tiger, leopards, elephants, fresh water crocodile, pythons, fresh-water dolphins and Himalayan black bear are the stars of the show among the hundreds of species of wild animals that make their home here. The kingdom also contains over 450 species of colourful birds.

Chitwan National Park is famous for one horned Rhinos and Bengal Tigers. This park is regarded as the best national park of Nepal, and is also the most developed one. Elephant Breeding Center, Crocodile Farm are two other must see locations in the park.

Main activities in Chitwan include Jungle Safari, Bird Watching and Boat Tour. Jungle Safari is the most popular one. You will journey into the deep forest riding on elephant back; you will witness the preserved natural assets of Nepal, birds, flora and fauna.

Chitwan is also a place to learn about the Tharu people. The traditional dance and songs are performed in resorts and lodge entertainment.

Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur in Sanskrit language means 'The Town of Devotees", the city is also known as Khwopa or Bhadgaon or as an ancient Newari town. Bhaktapur is the third largest city in the Kathmandu valley. The city was once the capital of Nepal during the great Malla Kingdom from the 12th to the 15th century. Four square miles of land situated at an altitude of 1,401 meter from sea-level is a home to Traditional art and architecture, pottery and weaving industries, rich local customs and culture, and the every-day life of Bhaktapur people. Nepal's Malla dynasty's achievements in arts and crafts are reflected throughout the Bhaktapur city. Bhaktapur is also known by woodcarving artists, for its cap known as Bhadgaon Topi.  

Places to see

Bhaktapur Durbar Square: One of the world heritage sites in the country which reflects the city's rich culture, art and architectural design, it is also the central setting of the city for architectural monuments and arts. The golden gate is the entrance to the main courtyard of the Palace of 55 windows; the gate is regarded as the world's most beautiful and richly carved specimens of its kind. Photo
Nyatapol Temple: This temple is 30 meter tall, and is the tallest temple in the Kathmandu valley. It was built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1708 AD. Each of its five terraces holds a pair of figures, starting from bottom wrestlers, elephant, lion, griffins and goddesses. Photo
National Art Gallery: It is Located in the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Rare paintings and manuscripts with painted covers and illustrations can be found in this museum. Gallery contains brass, bronze, stone and wooden images; gallery is explored by tourists for medieval art tradition of Nepal. Gallery is closed on Thursday and public holidays.
Bhairavnath Temple: Built as a one-story pagoda during the reign of King Jagat Jyoti Malla, later changed into a three-storey temple in 1718 A.D. by King Bhupatindra Malla, this temple now stands for its artistic grandeur. Bhairavnath temple is dedicated to Lord Bhairav - the god of Terror. Photo
Dattatraya Temple: Built in 1427 AD, the temple is said to have been built from a single tree. A Monastery having exquisitely carved peacock windows is located near the temple

Nagarkot

Nagarkot is one of the famous place for its Himalayan views- the Himalayan peaks at sunrise are the magnificent sight to behold. It is covered with a thick layer of forest.

From there many Himalaya peaks are seen such as Manaslu, Ganesh, Langtang, Gauri, Shankar and many more. On the clear crystal day we can also see the tip of the Mt. Everest.

It is one of the most loving tourist place. People go there in the afternoon and stay there in one of the resort to see the early morning sunrise over the mountains.

Nagarkot also offers a panoramic view of the valley and is described by the visitors as a place whose beauty endures year round.

Patan

Patan one of the royal city of Nepal which is also officially known as Lalitpur Sub Metropolitan City. It is best for cultural heritage, particularly its tradition of arts and craft.

This city is also known as the city of festival and feast.

It offers the tourist to see an abundance and exquisite works of religious art and architecture. They can also do many activities like trekking, mountain biking. Bungy jumping and many more.

It is a beautiful place to visit and the best place to spend the holidays.

The Royal Bardia National Park

The Royal Bardia National Park was initially a Royal hunting reserve. It was in 1976 that it was gazetted as Royal Karnali Wildlife Reserve with an area of only 368 sq. KM in 1982, it was renamed as Royal Bardia Wildlife Reserve which also included the Babai River Valley. It was only in 1988 that is was granted a status of National Park in order to preserve the dwindling species of rare ecosystem, including flora and fauna, particularly the tiger and its other prey species. This park is the largest and most undisturbed wilderness area in the terai providing excellent habitat for most of the endangered species of wildlife and birds. The park now covers an area of 968 sq. KM. It was only 1994 basic facilities existed for independent visitors. It has extensive and varied wildlife-all endangered rhinoceros, Wild elephants, The Royal Bengal Tiger, Swamp deer, Black buck, Gharial Crocodile, Gangetic Dolphins.

More than thirty different mammals, over 400 species of birds, many snakes, lizards and fish have been sighted and recorded in the park's forest, grassland and river habitats.

Among these include, Langur monkey, common leopard, Jungle cat, fishing at, large and small Indian civets, mongoose, hyena, wild dog, jackal, sloth bear, otter, porcupine, bandicoots, blue bull (Nilgai), Sambar deer, hog deer, barking dear, wild boar etc. This park is one of the best place to view the most magnificent of cats, The Royal Bengal Tigers. The chances are almost 80% depending on season

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