UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nepal

Kathmandu:
This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples like Hanumandhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess), Taleju temple, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17h -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. Even to date, all the major state and social ceremonies, including the solemnization of coronations are performed in one of the courtyards in this complex. There are also museums inside the palace building. There is an entrance fee of Rs. 250 for foreign visitors. Your ticket to the Square entitles you to visit all the museums.

Walkabout . A colorful and enlightening walk that gives you a feel of Kathmandu starts at Rani Pokhari, the large pond at Jamal beside the clock tower (Ghanta Ghar). The first stretch of the diagonal street leading southwest from here is called Kamalachhi. It is lined with bicycles and garment stores and brings you to the stone-paved market square of Ason, where the Annapurna temple presides over the motley of spice, grain and oil shops. Keep on walking and you come to Kel Tole after passing shops overflowing with brass utensils. Further on is the junction of Indrachowk with the temple of Akash Bhairav occupying one side. Your next stop after threading your way through the street lined with cloth shops is the stone-paved plaza of Makhan, where the Taleju temple towers over a row of handicraft shops. Walk on through Durbar Square to the intersection of Maru where you are surrounded by temples of all shapes and sizes.

Heritage Walk . A walk through selected historic sites seldom visited. This revitalizing walk starts at Teku, south of old Kathmandu, leading on to Wonder Narayan, a 17th century temple dedicated to Lord Bishnu. Strolling through Hyumat Tole, you will arrive at Kusah Bahi, a Buddhist courtyard built in 1754. The next stop is the Narayan Dewal, another Bishnu temple (built in 1865) with a small Ganesh temple at the entrance. Walk on to Tukan Baha, built in the 14th century as a replica of the Swayambhu stupa. Admire the Ram temple at the Ramchandra Dewal before reaching Jaisi Dewal, a huge Shiva temple built in 1688. Saunter down to Kohiti to study the Buddhist and Hindu sculptures in this sunken water fountain. Walk through Chikan Mugal and stop by at the Atko Narayan Dewal, an important Bishnu temple built in 1857, before visiting the namesake of the city, the Kasthamandap pavilion. After a further five-minute walk, reach the final destination, the Bhimsen Dewal, built in 1655 and dedicated to the main deity of local traders.

Swayambhunath Stupa watches over the Valley from the top of a hillock on its western side just three kilometers west of the city center. The stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swayambhunath is also known as Samhengu and is listed as a World Heritage Site. It is also one of the oldest and glorious Buddhist shrines in the world which is said to be two thousand years. The four sides of the stupa is painted with the eyes of Lord Buddha and the temple is also known as the watchful eyes of Buddha. Entrance fee Rs. 50 (SAARC nationals Rs. 30).

Boudhanath Stupa:
Boudhanath Stupa is the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal. Boudhanath Stupa is a religious center for Buddhist people which are located centre in Kathmandu. This largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal lies about 8 km to the east of downtown Kathmandu. It located on flat land and encircled by houses & monasteries, where Rinpoches reside. This colossal Stupa is set on concentric ascending terraces in the powerful pattern of a Mandala. Boudhanath Stupa is the center of Tibetan culture in Nepal. The stupa, well known as Khasti, is also known as the World Heritage Site. The 36 meter-high Stupa of Bouddhanath is one of the largest stupas in South Asia. Bouddhanath Stupa, largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal was renovated by Licchavi rulers in the eighth century. The Mandala design in Boudhanath Stupa is a copy of the one in Gyangtse in Tibet. There are more than 45 Buddhist monasteries in the area. The Bouddha Area Preservation & Development Committee runs an information center.

The Boudhanath 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 Boudhanath Stupa. Hence, a complete township has developed around Bouddhanath. The Boudhanath Stupa is said to entomb the remains of a Kasyap sage venerable both to Buddhists and Hindus. Smaller stupas are located at the base. Gompa monasteries, curio shops, and restaurants surround Bouddhanath.

Changu Narayan Temple is situated on a ridge overlooking the Valley, about 12 km to the east of the city. It is dedicated to the Hindu God Bishnu - the Preserver. One of the finest and oldest specimens of pagoda architecture, the temple is embellished with exquisite wood and stone carvings and is said to be the oldest pagoda style temple in Nepal built sometime back in 323 A.D. The sacred complex is a World Heritage Site and offers a panoramic view of the surrounding at 125 meters.

Pashupatinath Temple . One of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, Pashupatinath lies 5 km east from the city center. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva as well as the noteworthy gold plated roofs and silver coated doors. This is the abode of God Shiva and is the holiest of all the Shiva shrines.

Religious pilgrims and sadhus, like the one pictured here, travel all the way from the remote areas of India to visit this sacred sight, especially during Shivaratri (the night of Shiva) that falls between February/March. Even though these devotees have denounced worldly possessions, each carries a Sadhu ID (identifications card) to freely cross over the border between India and Nepal.

Chronicles indicate Pashupatinath's existence prior to 400 AD. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati river flowing beside the temple, also a World Heritage Site. The crematorium is just outside the temple and it is a dream of almost every Hindu to be cremated by the side of Pashupati Aryaghat after their death.

Patan:
There are many places to Visit in Patan Nepal. There are many places to Visit in Lalitpur Nepal. For your kind information, Patan and Lalitpur is the same. The ancient name of Lalitpur is Patan.

The literary of meaning of Lalitpur is city of beauty. It is indeed a city of beauty and grace. The best attraction of Lalitpur is Durbar Square complex, situated right in the middle of the market place. The city Lalitpur is full of Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples with fine bronze gateways, guardian deities and wonderful carvings. Everybody can say that Lalitpur is the city of artists after visiting the Patan Durbar Square. The city is believed to have been built during the reign of Vira Dev in A. D. 299.

NepalPlaces to Visit in Patan Nepal or Places to Visit in Lalitpur Nepal are as follows:

  • Patan Durbar Square
  • Krishna Mandir
  • Mahaboudha
  • Hiranya Verna Mahavihar
  • Kumbheshwor Jagatnarayan Temple
  • Rudra Varna Mahavihar
  • The Ashokan Stupas
  • Acchheswor Mahavihar Temple of Machhendranath and Minnath
  • The Zoo
  • Patan Industrial Estate
  • Bajra Barahi
  • Godavari
  • Phulchowki

Bhaktapur:
Bhaktapur is not only known as Bhadgaon but also “the City of Devotees” in the past. But now it is known as museum of medieval art and architecture. There are medieval art with many fine examples of sculpture in Bhaktapur. There are medieval art with many fine examples of woodcarving and colossal pagoda temples consecrated to different gods and goddesses in this city. Visitors to this ancient town are treated with myriad wonders of cultural and artistic achievements.

Popular Places to visit in Bhaktapur

  • Bhaktapur Durbar Square
  • Sidha Pokhari
  • Kamal Binayak
  • The Lion Gate
  • The Palace of Fifty five Windows
  • The Art Gallery
  • The Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla
  • The Yaksheswor Mahadev Temple
  • Taumadhi Square
  • Dattatreya Square
  • Bhimsen Temple
  • Hanuman Ghat
  • Nava Durga Temple
  • Wakupati Narayan temple
  • Surya Vinayak
  • Thimi
  • Bhairav Temple
  • Nyatapola Temple
  • Teel Mahadev Narayan Temple

Lumbini:
Nepal Lumbini Buddha temple is situated at the foothills of the Himalayas in modern Nepal. In the Buddha’s time, Lumbini was a beautiful garden full of green and shady Sal trees (Shorea). The garden and its tranquil environs were owned by both the Shakyas and Kolias clans. King Suddhodana, father of Gautama Buddha was of the Shakya dynasty belonging to the Kshatriya or the warrior caste. Maya Devi, his mother, gave birth to the child on her way to her parent’s home in Devadaha while taking rest in Lumbini under a sal tree in the month of May in the year 642 B.C. The beauty of Lumbini is described in Pali and Sanskrit literature. Maya Devi it is said was spellbound to see the natural grandeur of Lumbini. While she was standing, she felt labor pains and catching hold of a drooping branch of a Sal tree, the baby, the future Buddha, was born. Visit Nepal Lumbini Buddha temple.

It is said in the Parinibbana Sutta that Buddha himself identified four places of future pilgrimage: the sites of his birth, Enlightenment, First Discourse, and death. All these events happened outside in nature under trees. There is no particular significance in this, other than it perhaps explains why Buddhists have always respected the environment and natural law.

Pokhara:
Pokhara is called as a piece of heaven in the world where there are tourist attraction in the Pokhara, Nepal. There are many beautiful and interesting places to visit in Nepal, outside the Kathmandu Valley. Pokhara is one of the most scenic and exciting valley in Nepal. Pokhara valley is the ‘Jewel of the mid-west’, second major tourist sport in Nepal but the favorite of tourists from around the globe. It is linked by Air and by road from Kathmandu and the Indian border Sunauli. Pokhara lies 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu six hours by car and 25 minutes by flight. There are many Pokhara Nepal tourist attractions. It is an enormous sunlit playground of green hills, lakes, forests, rivers, waterfalls, terraced fields. For the mountain lover the Annapurna range and the Fishtail peak, appeared to be just standing in front of you with overwhelming views. Pokhara offers a mild climate is famous for the natural beauty of its great lakeside location, magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Manaslu, five peaks of Annapurna and others. This is one of the few places in the world to provide such a dramatic view in a sub-tropical setting. Millions of people travel thousands of miles in the search of Heaven or Paradise on Earth, fully unaware of the existence of a corner of real paradise. This city popularly known as “City of Tourism” is absolutely free from any type of pollution. Pokhara valley is situated at an altitude of 827 meters from sea level. It is one of the most picturesque spots of Nepal.

Places to visit in Pokhara or Pokhara Nepal tourist attractions

  • Phewa Lake : Pokhara Nepal tourist attractions
  • Begnas lake and Rupa lake : Pokhara Nepal tourist attractions
  • Barahi temple : Pokhara Nepal tourist attractions
  • World Peace Pagoda : Pokhara Nepal tourist attractions
  • Seti Gandaki : Pokhara Nepal tourist attractions
  • Devi’s Fall : Pokhara Nepal tourist attractions
  • Gupteswar Gupha : Pokhara Nepal tourist attractions
  • Mahendra Gupha : Pokhara Nepal tourist attractions
  • The Old Bazaar : Pokhara Nepal tourist attractions
  • Bindbyabasini Temple
  • Museums
  • Himalayan Vista
  • Nightlife and Entertainment
  • Around Pokhara
  • Phewa Tal (Lake)

Chitwan National Park:
It is in the heart of the jungle of Terai. Its total area is 932 square kilometers. It is one of the most important sub-tropical lowland parks in Nepal. It has been included under the list of World Heritage Site in 2041 B.S. (1984 AD.). It ranges from about 100 meters or 330 ft. in the altitude in the river valleys to 815 meters or 2,674 ft. in the Churia Hills. Chitwan national park is only 150m above the sea level. Chitwan National Park is regarded as third biggest attraction of Nepal after trekking and the Kathmandu Valley. Chitwan national park has a particularly rich flora and fauna.

This national park is situated in the central development region occupying the area of Chitwan, Parsa and Makwanpur districts of Narayani zone. It contains Chure Hills, Rapti Valley and main regions of the Narayani and Riyu rivers. Sal trees are found in a great number in this national park. It is known for Sal forest, riveraine forest and grassland. Chitwan national park is dominated by almost monotypic stands of Sal forest occupied 60% of the total area of park. There are about 570 species of flowering plants, 30 species of large mammals, more than 400 birds’ species, 17 reptiles and 100 fish species recorded by the UNESCO. Many endangered animals such as tigers, one horned rhinoceroses, wild elephants, striped hyenas, Bengal tiger, sloth bears, Gangetic dolphins (Platanista gangetica), Gaur, Golden Monitar lizard, Gharial Crocodile, and alligators are found here.

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