Things to do in Kathmandu
Kathmandu is popular for its old traditional, cultural & Historical sites. Although Kathmandu has now become a modern and crowded city, Kathmandu still have the old and rustic charms within. From Temples and Stupas which are centuries old to the old tradition and cultures still being practised, and the mix of old and new makes Kathmandu a special place to visit. There are various activities to do in Kathmandu our of which some of the interesting ones are listed below.
Swoyambhunath Stupa – Monkey Temple
Visit the 2000 years old Swoyambhunath Stupa, (UNESCO World Heritage Site) also known as “Monkey temple” The temple charms with its great dazzling Stupa, while at the same time, offering a view of Kathmandu city. The two-thousand yea r- old Stupa is the most profound expression of Buddhist symbolism in Nepal. There’s evidence to believe the hill was used for animist rites even before Buddhism arrived in the valley two thousand years ago. The Stupa is located on a top of a hill in Kathmandu valley and it commands a beautiful scenery and views of Kathmandu valley.
Patan Durbar Square – City of Artisans
Visit Patan Durbar Square (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Patan Durbar Square complex is perhaps the most photographed of the three durbar squares. Located in the heart of Patan city, this was once the palace of the kings of Patan. The square is a display of Newari architecture that had reached its pinnacle during the reign of Malla kings who were great builders and patrons of the arts. Patan Durbar Square is located in the centre of Kathmandu valley and is one of the three Durbar Squares present in Kathmandu Valley. Temple such as Bhimsen Temple, Vishwanath Temple, Taleju Bhawani Temple is present in the Surbar Square along with Keshav Narayan Courtyard, Mul Courtyard and Sundar Courtyard.
Kathmandu Durbar Square – Residence of “Kumari” the living Goddess
Visit Katmandu Durbar square, (UNESCO World Heritage Site) which is one of the major attractions in Katmandu Valley. The word Durbar Square translated in English as Palace Complex. The Durbar Square, with its old temples and palaces, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. Interesting things to see here are Kumari (The Living Goddess) Ghar (House). At the West end of the square, is a beautiful house full of woodcarving of different God and Goddesses. This Palace is three storied and in this palace, lives the very famous living Goddess Kumari. Both Hindus and Buddhists equally venerate her. For Hindus she is the reincarnation of Hindu Goddess Kali. She is equally worshiped by Buddhists because she is chosen from Buddhist family. This shows the harmony between Buddhist and Hindus in Nepal.
Kathmandu Durbar Square also known as the Hanuman Dhoka, used to be the residence of Royals of Nepal until the 19th century and where important ceremonies such as coronation of the Nepalese Monarch took place.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square – One of the oldest town known as Bhadgoan
Visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Bhaktapur Durbar Square is located in the current town ok Bhaktapur which was once known as Bhadgoan in olden days. It lies 13 km eat of Kathmandu and the complex consists of four main parts which are Durbar Square, Taumadi Square, Dattatreya Square & pottery Swuare. Bhaktapur is filled with monuments, most terra-cotta with carved wood columns, palaces and temples with elaborate carvings, gilded roofs, and open courtyards. The city is dotted with pagodas and religious shrines. The Art Gallery has a fascinating collection of ancient manuscripts, Thangkas, centuries-old stone sculpture, antique paintings that belong to the Hindu and Buddhist traditions of various periods.
Pashupatinath Temple – One of the holiest temple of Lord Shiva in the World
Visit Pashupatinath Temple, (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Pashupatinath is one of the holiest pilgrimage destinations for all the Hindus of the world. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the trinity and the guardian (patron) deity of Nepal. This is one of the oldest temples, situated on the banks of the Holy Bagmati River. It is double – roofed golden temple with four triple silver doorways. Pashupatinath covers an area of 281 hectares, which is one of the biggest temple complexes in Nepal. Although 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.
Boudhanath Stupa – The largest Stupa in Nepal
Vsit the Great Stupa of Boudhanath (UNESCO World Heritage Site) which a vast dome-shaped monument representing the Mind of the Buddha. Boudhanath is the largest and holiest Tibetean Buddhist Stupa in Nepal. It is located in Boudha, east side of Kathmandu Valley. It is the primary pilgrimage destination for Tantric Buddhists of the Himalayas and a major draw for Tibetan Buddhists from all over the planet. The history of the Stupa from its origins in the fifth century to the present day is also presented here for the first time.
Outskirts of Kathmandu
Visit Kirtipur which is one of the ancient towns in Kathmandu. Kirtipur is located 5 km from the center of Kathmandu. In Nepali dialect Kirtipur means “a glorious town”. Looking down from its natural order it has been the scan of many historic battles and many important moments in Nepal’s history. History says that the ancient city Kirtipur was founded by Shiva Deva between 1099 AD. Kirtipur town is a harmonica convergence of Buddhist and Hindus.
Visit Khokana which is a small Newari Village located just 6 kilometers from Patan. At Khokana traditional craftsmanship still takes an important role. Villagers can often be seen spinning, winnowing and crushing mustard seeds. Especially the latter is what Khokana is most famous for, it’s mustard oil. The village has a broad street leading into its center. On the left side the three storied’ Shree Rudrayani temple can be seen.
After exploring Khokana visit Bungmati which is very close to Khokana. This is an approximately 15 minutes’ walk through on the road dividing the agricultural land. Bungmati, just like Khokana, is a Newari village where traditional life still can be seen. The village houses the typical Newari buildings and has an interesting main square where one can view the Ganesh Temple and the Machhindranath Temple.
Mountain Flight – Mount Everest Flight
Nepal is a country famous for Himalayas and Mount Everest the highest place on earth. We have regular daily Mountain flight service to the top of the mountains. Mountain Flight can be considered a good alternative for those who cannot make their Everest base camp trekking and other trekking in central and eastern regions of Nepal. One can have amazing aerial view of panoramic mountain range during Mountain flight. One can easily get astonished with in short duration of the flight and it really amazing experience to fly high over high Himalaya with their dazzling golden view in the morning. Four airlines offer regular flights taking you over the snow-capped peaks of the Himalaya. offering a panoramic view of the Himalaya in just one hour.
Cycling Tour – World Heritage Sites & Outskirts
This ride will take you to explore the ancient rural villages, legendary temples and monasteries with the superb view of the Himalayas. Biking through the rural villages at the valley rim on the back trails with some ups and downhill tracks. This biking trip gives you sufficient time to immerse in its peaceful surrounding environment and make friends with the locals. The biking trip within Kathmandu Valley allows you to enjoy its hidden pockets rarely frequented by westerners which gives you a chance to see the other back side of Kathmandu. This trip includes visit to Kirtipur, Bhaisipati, Khokna, Bugmati & Patan Durbar Square.