Places to Visit in Nepal

Pashupatinath

It is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu. This temple is built in the familiar Pagoda style. Chronicles indicate the temple’s existence prior to 400 A.D. This holy place is picturesque collection of temples and shrines. All the dying persons are brought to Pashupatinath for cremation. Only the Hindus are allowed to go inside.

Swoyambhunath/Monkey temple

The Swoyambhu Stupa crowns a hillock to the west of Kathmandu. a massive white dome surrounded by a 13 stage spire, the stupa is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Nepal. It is said to be 2000 years old. Its origins are linked to the founding of the Kathmandu valley, draining the water out of the lake by Bodhisattva Manjushree. Swoyambhu manifested in the lake as a brilliant light emanating from a lotus and Manjushree let the water out by slashing a passage through the surrounding hills to facilitate paying homage to Swoyambhu, thus making the valley inhabitable.

Bouddhanath

Boudhanath also called Boudha is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu.  It is located about 2 kilometers to the north of Pashupatinath temple The stupa’s massive Mandala makes it one of the largest spherical Stupas in Nepal. It is difficult to assign a period to it, as some believe that it was built during the reign of either Shiva Dev or Anshu Verma in the 7th century A.D. Bouddhanath attr4acts the Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world.

Kathmandu Durbar Square

The Kathmandu Durbar Square is an overwhelming frenzy of art and architecture. The medieval palace complex is erected in different styles at the right hand side of the Kumari temple. The house of Kumari (living Goddess), the ferocious Kal Bhairab, the red monkey god and hundreds of erotic carvings are a few examples of hte sights at the square! All wood carvings, statues and architecture in this area are exceptionally fine.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

The Durbar Square (the palace complex) in the central part of Bhaktapur depicts the art and architecture of the Malla rule. The palace of fifty-five windows stands in the square was the home to many kings of Bhaktapur. Among other monuments around the Durbar Square are worth visiting.

Patan Durbar Square

It is an enchanting melange of Palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. This square was the former Royal Palace complex which was the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze status and religious monuments. One remarkable monument here is 17th century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built entirely of stone.

Chitwan

Chitwan National Park is a very famous park situated in the lowlands of the south-central part of Nepal. It was established in 1973.  Recognizing its unique ecosystem comparable to international level, the park has been declared as a World Heritage Site in 1984.

In the  Park there are over  57 species of mammals from endangered One-horned Rhinoceros, the Tiger, Wild Elephant, Gaur, Striped Hyena, Pangolin, Spotted Deer (Chital), Hog Deer, Barking Deer, Sloth Bear, Palm Civet, Langur, Rhesus Monkey, to  Gharial, Crocodile along with many other species of animals.

Nearly 565 species of birds exist in this park namely, Bengal Florican, Lesser Florican, Giant Horn Bill, White Stork and  Black Stork. Common birds are also sighted in the park that includes Red Jungle Fowl, Peafowl, and various species of Egrets, Fly Catcher Herons, Kingfisher, Fly Catcher and Wood Peckers. Likewise, in the park, we find 5 different kinds of Snakes that include King Cobra and 19 different kinds of non- poisonous Snakes that include Indian Rock Python. Two kinds of Aquatic Turtles and 5 kinds of terrestrial Turtles are also found .

Pokhara

Pokhara is the second largest city in Nepal. It is the starting point for most of the treks in the Annapurna area. The tour to Pokhara is a complete retreat to you as it offers the tantalizing view of towering Himalayan ranges, beautiful lakes, mysterious caves and glimpse of multi ethnic culture of Western Nepal. It is a destination which can cater your different interests. The mighty deep gorge of the Seti River, Mountain Museum, The Mahendra Bridge , the Tibetan Settlement are also worth visiting. Travelers can see  Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples as well.

 Lumbini

Lumbini is the sacred site of the birth of Lord Buddha. It is located in southern Nepal, near the Indian border and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. There are different monasteries and pagodas built by different countries. Each Monastery has its own design, significance and importance. Lumbini is  developing rapidly and lots of monasteries, pagodas and museum are still under construction. Being the birthplace of the Lord Buddha, testified by the inscription on the Asoka pillar, the sacred area in Lumbini is one of the most holy and significant places for one of the world’s great religions-Buddhism.

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