Destination Holidays with various interesting sightseeing tours in and around Kathmandu city with adjoining Patan , Lalitpur and Bhaktapur city where our tour leads you to half day and full day or more. Tour of whole Kathmandu Valley including Patan / Lalitpur and Bhaktapur city will be magical moment with old heritage sites and monuments from temples, monasteries, royal palace and courtyard which reflects culture and traditions of ancient times. Probably Nepal the only country capturing most of the world heritage sites, Destination Holidays list of sightseeing tour leads you to impressive places and beyond around living museums of Kathmandu Patan /Lalitpur and Bhaktapur city. Kathmandu, indeed a unique type of valley, wearing an exotic setting 25 centuries back it stood as a large lake. It is completely surrounded by a tier of Green Mountain walls above which to the north tower the mighty snowcapped peaks during the winter. It consists of four major cities carrying great historic, artistic and cultural interest.
It is easy to be overwhelmed with uncountable monuments around Kathmandu Durbar Square. The house of the Living Goddess (Kumari Ghar), the ferocious Kal Bhairab, the red monkey god, and hundreds of erotic carvings are a few examples of the sights at the Square! The buildings here are the greatest achievements of the Malla dynasty, and they resulted from the great rivalry between the three palaces of Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur.
The Square teems with colorful life. Vendors sell vegetables, curios, flutes, and other crafts around the Kastamandap rest house. This rest house is said to have been built with the wood of a single tree and is the source from which the Kathmandu Valley got its name. Nearby are great drums which were beaten to announce royal decrees. All woodcarvings, statues, and architecture in this area are exceptionally fine, and Kathmandu Durbar Square is among the most important sights for travelers to see. The complex also houses the Tribhuvan Museum that carries the mementoes of different Shah Kings.
Also referred as the Blue Bhairab sometimes, it is a 3 storied temple in the principal market of Indra Chowk. The divine image of the Akash Bhairab displayed outside for a week -long period during the great festival of Indra Jatra. The celebration of Indra Jatra honors Indra- the King of Heaven and the God of Rain.
A historic seats of the past royalty, specially belonging to the Malla dynasty. The Durbar Square, which is itself the old Royal Palace Complex dedicated to the Malla monarchs, is today classified as a World Heritage Site. The age-old temples and palaces epitomize the religious and cultural life-style of the people. The interesting things to view include Taleju Temple built by late King Mahendra Malla in 1549 A.D., a gigantic stone figure exposing the fearful manifestation of the Black Bhairab which the Hindus regard as the God of Destruction, the tall stone pillar on the plinth-top of which sits late King Pratap Malla his four children at the four small corners, the colossal image of the White Bhairab the lattice of which is removed for a week during the Kumari Yatra festival, the nine-storied Basantapur Palace (literally meaning the spring season palace), the Great Bell and the Great Drums. The main golden-gate is guarded by the Monkey-God called Hanuman. He is the king of the Monkeys and faithful servant to Lord Ram Chandra-the Hero of the Epic “Ramayana.” Being guarded by a sole protector, the gate itself has come to be known as Hanuman Gate. With a commercial umbrella suspended above his head and wrapped in a scarlet cloak, he squats on a stone plinth to be respected by hundreds of Nepalese Hindus plus Indian Hindus.
The temple and the holy quadrangle with a Buddhist stupa at the center form the residential quarters of the Chaste Virgin Living Goddess called KUMARI. The traditional building has profusely carved wooden balconies and widow screens. The non-Buddhist ant the non-Hindu visitors may enter the courtyard called the ‘bahal’ but may not proceed beyond upstairs. The KUMARI acknowledges their greetings from the middle window of the balcony particularly saved for her alone and snapshot is strictly prohibited.
A pagoda style Hindu temple with gilt roofing and richly carved silver doors dedicated to Lord Shiva and is situated at the bank of the holy Bagmati River. One of the most sacred temples in the entire Hindu world, Pashupatinath Temple is the nerve center of pilgrimage on the day of shiva-ratri.
The small religious town houses the great temple is known as Debpatan and is situated 5 kilometers east of the capital city. Only Hindus are permitted to enter the main courtyard of the temple. Non-Hindu tourists can view the temple from the eastern side of the Bagmati River.
This is believed to be 25 centuries old and stands as one of the world’s oldest Buddhist Chaitiya. The Great Stupa of Sywambhunath is the wonder that was Nepal, the glory that was Nepal. It is indeed listed a World Heritage for Site to prove that it serves as the nerve center of faithful worship for all the devout philosophy of Vajrayana in particular and honors Lord Adi-Buddha. It is dedicated to the self – originating flame God. The stupa, which forms the salient structure, is well composed of a solid hemisphere of terra – cotta bricks and soil supporting a cornice of copper and gilt. Painted on the four -sided based of spiral are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha, keeping an eternal watch on the Valley distinguishing between vice and virtue. It is some two miles west of Kathmandu City proper across the holy Bishnumati River. Situated on the top of a hillock, it is about 500 feet above the level of the Valley. The whole hill is a mosaic of small Chaitiya and pagoda temples possessing great five Mahayana (Lamaism) and one Hinyana (Theravadas). On the hill located another important Buddhist shrine; it is called Manjushree. This Chinese Buddha is the God of Knowledge.
Declared to stand as the largest Buddhist shrine of South Asia. The ancient colossal chortens was built in the 6th century A.D. by King Man Deb. It rests on a series of three terraces and from the bird’s eye view it takes the relevant shape or of a lotus flower which indeed remains a very holy object for all the devout Buddhists of the world. The chortens is surrounded by a circular market, which forms a part of Tibet town. In this case, also the four pairs of the Buddha’s eyes give a vivid flash to the four cardinal directions, meaning to keep a diligent watch over the people and their commitments all day all night. The chortens embraces the authentic philosophy of Mahayana the faith of which is known as Lamaism in Sikkim, Ladakh, Bhutan and Tibet.
Situated at northern suburbs of the Valley just at the foot of Shivapuri Hill, this is an enchanting Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu or Narayan. The locality is also known as Narayanthan. Vishnu lies in a bed of serpents amidst the pious pool and seems to float on water. The surrounding pond actually represents the sea. The reclining statue was built in the 5th century A.D.
The season of religious celebration here takes place right after the festival of Tihar. Although it is a renowned spot of worship, the reigning king of Nepal (May it be contemporary or any Hindu monarch) may not visit this place for reasons particularly unknown. Thus to please the king a replica of it has been built elsewhere if he wishes to visit it much.
By car, bike or a short hike
Located south west from Kathmandu city on the valley rim with an hour drive through beautiful scenery of farmlands and rural villages, Dakshinkali Temple, a woodland shrine, is dedicated to Lord Shiva’s bloodthirsty consort, Kali. The temple lies about 22km south of Kathmandu. As devotees of Goddess Kali believe her wrath can only be appeased through blood sacrifice, you will witness animals being sacrificed at the sanctum of the goddess. Chobar Gorge at the foot of Chobar village, the legend about the birth of Kathmandu Valley speak of the Buddhist deity Manjushree cutting the hill at Chobar into half with a mighty sword, letting out the water of a lake and opening the fertile vale for habitation.
This nice historical area situated south west of Kathmandu valley rim can be reached by car, bike or a short hike. Pharping is an ancient town; it is also popular with the name “Shikharapuri Mahanagari” Shikharapur is an old name of Pharping village and it was an independent Newari state. It is believed that there was no Kathmandu, Lalitpur or Bhaktapur in existence as Kathmandu valley was a huge lake, till Goddess Manjushree cut the Chovar gorge and drains the water from the valley, and then the people settled and made the place Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur into different cities. Great guru Padmasambhava got enlightened at Asura Cave, Gorakhanath and Shesnarayan cave at Pharping, it is one of the most pilgrimage place for Buddhist. Pharping is now situated at the border of Kathmandu, Lalitpur
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