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KATHMANDU:

The Kathmandu valley, land of unique customs and tradition is situated in the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal. Surrounded by the mighty and gracious mountains. The valley is known for its beautiful scenarios, ancient temples and his toric museums.

Come and experience the life and traditions of local people around Kathmandu, the panoramic view of the majestic mountains and the sunrise from the hilltop. And we guarantee you will never miss a smile.

Never the less its small size it has got a bountiful treasure of spots listed in the World Heritage sites. The three Durbar Squares of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur are renowned to the arena of tourism for being a masterpiece in art and architecture. The old carved houses, narrow lanes and frequently encountering ancient as "a focal destination" for sightseeing.

KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE:

This one of the most popular tourist destination is enlisted in World Heritage Sites. Clustered around the central Durbar Square are the old Royal Palace (Hanuman Dhoka), numerous interesting temples, the Kumari Chowk or Kumari Bahal (House of the Living Goddess) and the Kasthamandap (House of wood) from which Kathmandu derived its present name. An inquisitive exploration in the Durbar Square reveals the ancient art and architecture of Nepal, which has proved that is a masterpiece to everyone accepting its genuineness.

PASHUPATINATH:

Pashupatinath is the most important Hindu temple in Nepal. It is one of the most important Shiva temples on the subcontinent and draws numerous devotees from all over India every year. Pashupati is considered to have a special concern for the kingdom of Nepal. Pashupati is considered to have a special concern for the kingdom of Nepal. Pashupatinath, an ancient plinth, by the banks of the holy Bagmati River, stands the 16th century of Pashupatinath - Shiva, as Lord of all Creatures. The old buildings on the site were destroyed by Moslem invaders in the 14th century, its stone linga smashed to dust, but it rose again behind their retreating backs. Succeeding monarchs reinstated the temple and the images. The flowing Bagmati is a holy river and the ghats (crematorium) at its bank are the earnest Hindus truest cremation center.

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SWAYAMBHU NATH:

swa.jpg (18893 bytes)The Buddhist temple of Swayambhunath, situated on the top of a hill west of the city, is one of the most popular and immediately recognizable symbols of Nepal. Geologists believe that the Kathmandu Valley was once a lake and legends relate that the hill on which Swayambhunath stands was an island in that lake. Under the Mallas various improvements were made and king Pratap Malla constructed the great stairway to the stupa in the 17th century. From the flattened top of the hill, the soaring central stupa is topped by a gold-colored square block from which the watchful eyes of the Buddha gaze out across the valley in each direction. From the platform of the spot the splendid changing view of the valley could be seen with the monkeys running here and there.

BOUDHANATH:

This is the largest stupa in Nepal and one of the largest in the world. It is a religious center for Nepal’s considerable population of Tibetans and they’re a number of thriving monasteries around the stupa which have their own self-importance. Boudhanath has always been associated with Lhasa and Tibetan Buddhism. The first stupa is believed to be constructed some time after 600 two wives named Bhrikuti and Wen Cheng Konjo converted CE after the Tibetan King Songtsen Gompo to Buddhism but the current stupa was probably built after the depredations of the Moghul invaders in the 14th. Century. Stupas were originally built to house holy relics or to commemorate an event or place with a structure that symbolizes Buddhist Beliefs.

PATAN:

Patan is 15 minutes drive from Kathmandu. Lalitpur, the city of beauty is separated from Kathmandu only by the Bagmati River and is the second largest town in the valley. Lalitpur is fragmented from other cities due to its substantive architectural ancient masterpieces. Patan’s central Durbar Square is absolutely packed with temples: it’s an architectural center point with a far greater concentration of temples per sq. meter than in Kathamandu or Bhaktapur.

Krishna Mandir, which is one of the grandeur of the square, was built in 1637 by the king Siddhinarsingh Malla. The entire temple is constructed from the stone. Golden Temple, which is the unique Buddhist Monastery, was founded in the12th century which is a large rectangular building has three roofs and a copper gilded fašade with the images of Buddha and Avalokitesvara where there is Buddha images and illustrations on the walls. The square has been unrestrainedly adorned by the Bhimsen Temple, Manga Hiti, Vishwanath Temple, Jagannarayan Temple, Golden Temple and numerous. Take the pleasure of discovering this Patan Durbar Square, which has been entitled in the World Heritage Site.

BHAKTAPUR:

Bhaktapur, also known as Bhadgaon or the city of Devotees, is the third major town of the valley and in many ways the most mediaeval. Bhaktapur’s Durbar Square is much larger and more spacious than Kathmandu’s and much less crowded with temples than Patan’s. Bhaktapur’s Royal Palace was founded by Yaksha Malla and added to by successive Kings. Unfortunately the palace suffered great damage in the 1934 earthquake and its subsequent reconstruction did not match its original artistry.

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KIRTIPUR:

Kirtipur is 5 Km. south west of Kathmandu, the small town is relatively neglected and timeless backwater despite its proximity to the capital. At one time it was associated with Patan and then became a mini kingdom in its own right. Kirtipur’s resistance was strong but eventually surrendering to the strong siege laid by King Prithivi Narayan Shah during his campaign for the unification of Nepal during 1768, the city was conquered and annexed to the great Nepal.

At one time there were 12 gates into the city and traces of the old city wall can still be seen. Kirtipur’s ridge is actually two hills, with a lower saddle between them. The Chilanchu Vihara tops the Southern hill and has a central Stupa with four smaller stupas, numerous statues and bells and Buddhist monastery building around it. At the bottom of the saddle where the hill meet is the Bagh Bhairab Temple, sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. From the hill top nearby villages of Panga and Nagaon can be inspected.

POKHARA:

Pokhara is one of the imaginary realistic parts of Nepal. This is the second touristic destination of the country. Pokhara stands at 884 meters above sea level, about 700 meters lower than Kathmandu. The valley has three large lakes: Rupa Tal, Begnas Tal and Phewa Tal.

Viewed from Pokhara, the Himalaya is indeed a mighty mountain range, looming over the horizon much closer than it does in Kathmandu. Only foothills separate the town from the full height of the mountains, and the magnificent 8000-meter peaks of the Annapurna Range utterly dominate the view to the north. In the Kathmandu Valley the high temples are all around you, in the Pokhara Valley it is the mountains.

LUMBINI:

Lumbini (306km. -east); this World Heritage Site is not only a place of pilgrimage but also an international tourist attraction where Lord Buddha was born, who ultimately got enlightenment and preached his message to the world. The main attraction at the Lumbini remains the Sacred Garden that is spread over 8 sq. km, the Mayadevi Temple, Ashoka Pillar, sacred pond, China Temple etc. A tour to this destination should bring emancipation in one’s life, which is peace and prosperous to those who seek salvation from the filthy activities practiced in the world.

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Phone No: 476118/484626
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Bouddha Tinchuli, Kathmandu, Nepal.
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