Kathmandu Valley or historically known as Nepal valley or Nepa valley with seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites is the most developed and populated place in Nepal. Today Kathamandu along with adjoining medieval cities of Bhaktapur and Lalitpur ( Patan ) makes Kathmandu Valley. The name Kathmandu originated from the word Kasthamandap (Wooden Pavilion) is also known as kantipur (city of light/beauty) during medieval times. Blessed by the living Goddess Kumari, Kathmandu experiences ceremonial processes and events every now and then by the devotees seeking spiritual satisfaction.
Walking through the streets of the medieval cities of Kathmandu is a lifetime experience of another world.
photo : Kathmandu darbar Square , Shwyambhuntah , Kumari Devi , Patan , Bhaktapur , Pashupati Nath , Boudhnath , Mount Everest Flight
Kathmandu Darbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a Royal Square in front of the Old Palace of Kathmandu. It is surrounded by many ancient temples, Idols and shrines. Durbar Square includes Temple of Living Goddess , Hanuman Dhoka , a temple dedicated to monkey god Hanuman and Kasthamandap ( Wooden Shelter ). A walk through the narrow and busy streets of Thamel is very essence of Kathamndu.
Swaymbhunath is one of the holiest Buddhist stupas in Nepal and is believed to date back to 460 AD is an important center of Buddhism in Nepal. Resting on a hillock, Swaymbhunath overlooks most part of the valley and gives a panoramic view to visitors. Swayambhunath is also called as monkey temple.
Patan is home to the valley’s finest craftsmen who have preserved ancient art techniques. Patan is also known as Lalitpur, “City of Beauty”, and its unique Durbar Squares, temples, alleys, cuisine, hospitality and religious tolerance justify the pre-historic status of the city. Its a places where both religions of Nepal , Hinduism and Buddhism flourished together.
Bhaktapur or the City of Devotees, to this date, is the living representation of how the entire Kathmandu Valley would have looked like during the medieval periods. Bhaktapur was the capital of the Kathmandu Valley until 1482 AD. The city is celebrated for its glorious architecture; sky-high temples built in pagoda style.
Boudhnath is one of the most impressive structure in Kathmandu and is visible as soon as one arrives at Kathmandu International airport. It is the largest stupa not only in Kathmandu Valley but also in South Asia. Boudhnath along with hundreds of monasteries around is the center of Tibetan Buddhism.
Pashupatinath Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva and is an important pilgrim for Hindus. The largest temple complex along both ends of Bagmati River was built in 5th century AD though it is believed that the site itself has been in existance from the beginning of the millennium when a Shiva Lingam was discovered here.
Special Experience : Enjoy Traditional Nepalese Dances with Tradition Bhoj ( Dinner )
After a thrilling day in Kathmandu visiting medieval cities, enjoy a romantic traditional dinner wherein food is served in a big platter ( Thal ) while artists perform live dance performances to you.
Unforgettable Experience : Go close and feel the Mount Everest
Could not trek to the peaks of Mount Everest , don’t worry. You can still have an incredible experience of feeling close to be it. Take an early morning flight with all window seats and fly over Mount Everest is an unforgettable experience of life time.