Steeped in history, the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu dates back close to over 2000 years.
The Kathmandu Valley boasts the three ancient cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, which were once independent states ruled by the Malla kings from the 12th to the 18th centuries. The three cities house seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The valley is also home to a plethora of other exquisite monuments, sculptures, artistic temples and magnificent artworks.
Unfortunately, the devastating earthquake that rocked Nepal, in 2015, damaged several monuments and temples in Kathmandu and its surrounds. The reconstruction work of the damaged monuments and temples has already begun and they will hopefully be on display within a few years.
- Explore Kathmandu’s Durbar Square (the historic seat of royalty), home to the Hanuman Dhoka, named after monkey god, Hanuman. Also, be sure to make a stop at the Patan Durbar Square, which is located in the heart of Patan City and consists of three main chowks (square). The Sundari Chowk holds a masterpiece of stone architecture, the Royal Bath called Tushahity, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Monument.
- Discover Bhaktapur (also known as Bhadgaon), which is known as the 'City of Devotees', the 'City of Culture', the 'Living Heritage', and 'Nepal's Cultural Gem'. It is one of the three royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. The other cities are Kathmandu and Patan.
- Marvel at the Pashupatinath Temple, one of the world’s most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva. It is located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River and serves as the seat of the national deity, Lord Pashupatinath (Lord Shiva).
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October to May are good months to travel to Kathmandu, with the festival of Dassian being celebrated every year in October.
- BEST TIME TO TRAVELOctober to May
- WILDLIFEMonkeys can be found around some of the monuments and temples in Kathmandu.
- FLYING TO KATHMANDUKathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport is the only International gateway to Nepal, with flights from Singapore, Bangkok, Middle East, Bhutan and India.
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Make the Most of Your Adventure
- Be sure to explore the Patan Museum, the first public museum in Nepal that has been created as an autonomous institution of this type.
- Visit the Boudhanath Stupa (also spelled Bodhnath), which is the largest of its kind in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside of Tibet.
- Travel to the Swayambhunath, a 2 500 year old stupa (mound-like structure), situated on a hillock, overlooking the Kathmandu valley. The painted eyes on the sides of the stupa represent the all-seeing eyes of Buddha.
- Immerse yourself in the daily customs of the village of Bungamati. This authentic Newari village still abides by a traditional way of life. It shows very little influence from the nearby modern city and exemplifies the beautiful age-old customs of Nepal.
The Dwarika’s Hotel in Kathmandu offers an authentic experience of Nepal’s ancient cultural heritage.
Pokhara sits high on the list of ‘must visit’ places in Nepal. It is the gateway to the Annapurna region where many a trekker finds his Shangri-La.
Chitwan translates to “heart of the jungle”, and is home to the one-horned rhino and the royal Bengal tiger.
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