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Kathmandu Durbar Square (UNESCO World Heritage Site):
Kathmandu Durbar Square which is located in the heart of old Kathmandu city at Basantapur, never fails to impress first time visitors with its assembly of palaces, temples and courtyards built during the Malla period. In the Durbar Square is included the Hanuman Dhoka Royal Palace, the remarkable seat of the royalty; Kumari Ghar, the residence of the Living Goddess, Kumari; the glorious Taleju Temple towering more than 40 meters; Ashok Vinayak, also called Kathmandu Ganesh, a temple without a filial ; and Kal Bhairav, the God of Wrath. Ever since the time of the Malla kings, the Durbar Square has been the city’s social, religious and political focal point. The capital acquires its name from the giant pagoda of Kasthamandap, which is said to have been built out of a single tree.

Akash Bhairav:
Built in the 12th century, the temple is believed to have preserved Akash Bhairav, a ferocious manifestation of Lord Shiva. The temple is a three-storey temple which lies in the main market avenue called Indra Chowk. This temple looks very beautiful because of a hanging balcony, the tiled roofs, golden painted and latticed windows and an artistic doorway.

The Asan market square which is the center of old Kathmandu was once located about midway on the only diagonal main road of Kathmandu that links Durbar Square with Durbar Marg. Six roads going in all directions are there at Asan. Annapurna Temple of Annapurna, the Goddess of Grains is a three-storied pagoda style temple which presides over the ever-lively bazaar. Asan is one of the busiest market places and is still an important shopping center with shops selling anything from imported spices to kitchenware, Chinese goods, fresh vegetables, hardware and clothes.

Swyambhunath Stupa(UNESCO World Heritage Site):
Swayambhunath Stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist Chaityas in Nepal is resting on a hillock 3 km west of Kathmandu. With numerous shrines and monasteries on its premises, the stupa is the oldest of its kind in Nepal. The stupa is not a man made stupa but is said to have evolved unexpectedly and spontaneously when the valley was created out of a prehistoric lake more than 2,000 years ago.

Pashupatinath Temple (UNESCO World Heritage Site):
Pashupatinath temple which is none other than the temple of Lord Shiva is located 5 km east of Kathmandu. The temple is regarded as one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. The temple which is a two-tiered pagoda having golden roofs and silver doors houses the sacred linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva. History says that the temple is existing before 400 A.D. On the banks of the Bagmati River near the Pashupatinath Temple is Guheswari, where, according to mythology, a portion of Sati Devi, Lord Shiva’s wife, fell when a heartbroken Shiva walked in a meaningless way across the earth carrying her dead body on his shoulders following her self-immolation.

Buddhanath Stupa (UNESCO World Heritage Site):
As soon as you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport you will see Bauddhanath which is one of the most striking landmarks in Kathmandu and is located 8 km to the east of downtown Kathmandu. Famous as center of Tibetan Buddhism the stupa is the largest stupa in the Kathmandu Valley.

Balaju Garden:
Just below the Nargarjun hill is the Balaju Garden which is three kilometers north-west of Kathmandu and is a quiet park ideal for relaxation. Built in the 18th century, the park has a line of 22 stone water spouts each of which has an ornamentally carved crocodile head. In order to take a ritual bath during an annual festival, people come to this place. Specially for the royal family who were banned from visiting the real one for them a replica of the stone image of Budha nilkantha was built here. The Nagarjun forest which is 5 km northwest of Kathmandu lies above Balaju. On the summit is a Buddhist stupa and a view tower and the summit (2,096 m) is a two-hour walk, from where great views of the Kathmandu Valley and a number of Himalayan peaks can be had.

Thamel being a tourist district of Kathmandu, so late into the night it is hustle and bustles with activities. Being on a just 10-minute walks from the center of Kathmandu, still the place is absolutely different from the rest of the city. Thamel gratifies completely the tourists with its rows of restaurants, scores of hotels and bars, inviting souvenir shops, book shops, cyber cafes and travel agencies. Whatever is needed by a tourist are all found here, even friends and traveling companions.

Dharahara Tower:
Built by then Prime Minister Bhimsen Thapa in 1832 the Dharahara tower is the elevated landmark of Kathmandu with a height of 50.5 m. The 360 degree astonishing view of the Kathmandu Valley is well worth the long climb up the spiraling staircase and is open to anyone who can go up after paying the entrance fee..

Garden of Dreams:
At the entrance of Thamel, the Garden of Dreams within the Kaiser Mahal complex has now been renovated and restored to its former glory. Major attractions in this 24-acre garden include neo-classical pavilions, fountains, decorative garden furniture, Chinese Moon Gate and European inspired features such as pergolas, balustrades, urns and birdhouses. Today it is open to the public with a restaurant and bar.

Budhanilkantha the largest of Vishnu’s stone statues, lies at the foothills of the Shivapuri hills, 8 km north of the Kathmandu city center. Seems like floating in the pond lying down on a bed of serpents known as ‘Nagas’is the large granite figure of Lord Vishnu. This shrine dates back to the 5th century.

Kirtipur is located on a ridge 8 km southwest of Kathmandu. The ancient Newar township - with its brick-paved streets lined with typical red brick houses and tiled roofs, and temple squares - is a natural fortress. The temple of Bagh Bhairav and the Chilamchu stupa are the major attractions. At the foothills of Kirtipur is located the Tribhuvan University which is Nepal’s premier seat of education.

Pharping balanced on a hilltop with a Buddhist monastery is lying 18 km south of Kathmandu on the valley edge. A highly structured 17th-century temple which houses a glided image of Goddess Bajra Jogini is the Pharping’s main attraction. There are some other attractive sights in Pharping which include a cave and a hand-imprint of the Buddhist saint Padmasambhav on the rock face over its entrance.

Dakshinkali a temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali is four kilometers further south of Pharping on the rim of the valley. On Tuesdays and Saturdays this holy place is mainly crowded because on this day the animal sacrifices are offered to the deity. On the very way to the Daksinkali lies the Chobhar gorge. History says that by cutting an opening here the Bodhisatva Manjushree succeeded in draining out the lake which once covered the valley. On the top of a hill is a small but pretty and pictorial temple of Adinath from where one can have a panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains.

Shesha Narayan:
Shesha Narayan representing one of the four Narayans of the Kathmandu Valley is a temple located between Chobhar and Dakshinkali. The other three Narayans are Visankhu Narayan of Patan, Changu Narayan of Bhaktapur and Ichangu Narayan of Kathmandu.

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