World Heritage Sights (UNESCO)

World Heritage Sights (UNESCO)

Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur Durbar Square is located in the center of Bhaktapur. The Square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the Valley as it highlights some of the finest medieval arts of Nepal. The main items of interest in Bhaktapur Durbar Square are the Lion Gate, the Golden Gate and the statues of kings on stone monoliths. The Golden Gate was erected by King Ranjit Malla as the entrance to the main courtyard of the Fifty-five Windowed Palace. The Palace of Fifty-five Windows was built during the reign of King Yakshya Malla in A.D. 1427 and was remodeled by King Bhupatindra Malla in the seventeenth century. The art Gallery of Bhaktapur Durbar Square contains ancient paintings belonging to the Hindu and Buddhist traditions of various periods.

Bouddhanath
Bouddhanath
Bouddhanath

Bouddhanath is the center of Tibetan culture in Nepal. The 36 m. high stupa of Bouddhanath is one of the largest stupa in South Asia. Licchavi rulers renovated Bouddhanath Stupa in the eighth century. The mandala design in Bouddhanath is a copy of the one in Gyangtse in Tibet. The stupa is located in the area of ancient trade route to Tibet where Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers for many centuries. When refugees entered Nepal from Tibet in the 1950s, many decided to live around Bouddhanath. Hence, a complete township has developed around Bouddhanath. The stupa is said to entomb the remains of a Kasyap sage venerable both to Buddhists and Hindus.

Changu Narayan Temple
Changu Narayan Temple
Changu Narayan Temple

Changu Narayan is located at the height of 1541 m. in Bhaktapur. It is the oldest temple in Kathmandu valley dating back to 323 A.D. King Hari Dutta Verma built the temple. This temple complex has been founded on the base of single rock. Changu Narayan is the temple of Vishnu the Preserver. The Hindu prays to Changu Narayan as Garuda Narayan and the Buddhists call it “Hari Hari Hari Vahan Lokeshwor”. There is a stone pillar established by King Mandev in 464 A.D. It is embellished by the best examples of stone, wood, and metal craft. On the struts of the two-tiered Changu Narayan Temple, are the ten incarnations of Narayan. A sixth-century stone statue shows the cosmic form of Vishnu. Garuda, half man and half bird, is the steed of Vishnu, and his life-sized statue kneels before the temple. It was listed in the UNESCO world heritage monument list in 1979.

Everest (Sagarmatha) National Park
Everest (Sagarmatha) National Park
Everest (Sagarmatha) National Park

The Sagarmatha National Park with its rugged mountains, glaciers, valleys and crowned by the highest peak on earth Mt. Everest at 8,848 meters lies in Northeast Nepal. The 1,148 sq. kilometers of Sagarmatha National Park extends across the region’s river areas and the famous Sherpas’ home front Khumbu. Forests of rhododendron, birch, blue pine, juniper and silver fir are found up to an altitude of 4,000 meters. Rare species of animals like the snow leopard, pandas; lynx are seen in the region. Rare bird varieties like snow cock, snow pigeon and different species of pheasant are also to be seen here. The park was declared a Natural Heritage Site in 1979.

Gorkha
Gorkha
Gorkha

Gorkha is the birthplace of the great king Prithivi Narayan Shah, the founder of modern Nepal. Situated on a hill overlooking the snowy peaks of the Himalaya is a beautiful old palace known as Gorkha Durbar. There are two attractive temples of Gorakhanth and Kali inside the palace precinct. Gorkha can be reached in about six hours by road from Kathmandu and four hours from Pokhara.

Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square is in the heart of old city Kathmandu in Basantapur. This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries. The founding of the Royal Palace dates back to Licchavi times with considerable renovations by Malla rulers. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar Square, protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. The Royal complex was residence to Nepal’s Royal family before the construction of the Narayanhiti Royal Palace.

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Kirtipur
Kirtipur
Kirtipur

It is a small town, eight kilometers southwest of Kathmandu on the top of a hill; Tribhuvan University is located at the foot of the hill. This historic town has many things to offer like old shrines and temples, old houses, the people typically dressed in old traditional customs, people working on ancient loom etc.

Lumbini
Lumbini
Lumbini

Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha (Siddhartha Gautam). It lies in Rupandehi District in western part of Nepal. The Enlightened One is the pilgrimage destination of the world’s millions of people faithful to all schools of Buddhism. The main attraction at the Lumbini remains the sacred Garden spread over 8 sq Km and possessing all the treasures of the historic area. The Mayadevi temple is the main attraction for pilgrims. Emperor Ashok erected the Ashok pillar in 249 BC.

Pasupathi Temple
Pasupathi Temple
Pasupathi Temple

Pashupatinath is one of the four most important religious sites in Asia for Shiva devotees. Pashupatinath, dedicated to Shiva the Destroyer, is the holiest Hindu pilgrimage destination in Nepal. Although the Pashupatinath Temple was only built in the fifth century and later renovated by Malla kings, the holy site is said to have existed from the beginning of the millennium. A gold-plated roof, four silver doors, and woodcarvings of the finest quality decorate the pagoda temple of Pashupatinath. Temples dedicated to several other Hindu and Buddhist deities surround the temple of Pashupatinath. Nearby is the temple of Guheshwori dedicated to Shiva’s consort Sati Devi. Behind the temple is the River Bagmati. On the banks of Bagmati are raised platforms used as cremation sites for Hindus. Only Hindus are allowed inside the Pashupatinath courtyard. It covers the area of 281 hectors.

Patan Darbar Square
Patan Darbar Square
Patan Darbar Square

Patan Durbar Square complex, situated in the center of Patan city, houses the residence of the former Royal family of Patan. The Square and its surroundings provide very good example of ancient Newari architecture. The palace has three main courtyards the central and the oldest is Mul Chowk. To the west of the complex are a dozen free standing temples of various sizes and styles. Krishna Temple, Bhimsen Temple, the Golden Temple of Hiranya Varna Mahavihar and Sundari Chowk mark the architectural excellence of its era. The Sundari Chowk with the sunken Royal bath of Tusha Hiti contains exquisite woodcarvings, stone, and metal sculpture. Patan Durbar Square also houses a temple of Taleju Bhawani.

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