The next morning has early morning breakfast and continues Kathmandu Sightseeing tour with our guide. Today we will visit major Kathmandu Sightseeing Site including Pashupatinath temple, Swyambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Royal Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Situated 5 km east of the Kathmandu on the side of Bagmati river, Pashupatinath Temple is the holiest Hindu pilgrimage site in Nepal. Every year thousands of visitors come here to visit the temple of Lord Shiva, which is richly ornamented in pagoda styles, and created scared linga fascinates throughout the world. Pashupatinath temple is enclosed with the other so many small temples dedicated to other deities is really amazing to witness. Pashupatinath Temple was built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1697AD. The architecture of the temple is really amazing as its roof is made of golden plate, doors are made of silver and woodcarvings of the finest pagoda. Near the temple, visitors also can witness the Bagmati River on the edge of the temple and see ‘Arya Ghat’ where cremation is performed.
Situated at the 8 km east of Kathmandu city, Bouddhanath Stupa is the biggest stupa in the world which has four pairs of eyes in the four-cardinal direction. Buddhist Stupa was the creation of King Mandev of Lichivi Dynasty. Bouddhanath Stupa is also recognized as the ‘little Tibet’ of Nepal. The local nearby Boudhanath, are highly influenced by the Tibetan cultures, traditions, and religions. As you reach the Buddhanath Stupa, you can have a lovely view of the Buddhist cultures and traditions. Boudhanath Stupa is surrounded by various stores, souvenir shops, restaurants, and monasteries.
Patan Durbar Square
Patan Durbar Square, a royal palace is also famous for its artistic heritage for many national and international tourists. Nearby Square there are so many other Hindu, Buddhist and Newar Temples, which is really spectacular to witness. Patan Durbar Square is located at the center of Nepal, which is filled with the most diverse collections of monuments in all Nepal. As compared to other Darbar in Nepal, Patan Durbar Square is one of the smallest Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley. It is also regarded as the best museum in Asia. Travelers are mesmerized with the reflections of the singular Malla architecture with numerous of unique architectural styles of Durbar. Beside Durbar Square, there are other significant places to explore such as; Mahabouddha Temple, Hiranya Varna Mahavihar, Golden Window, Golden Temple and Krishna Temple and museum that is situated inside the durbar which specializes in bronze statues and religious objects.
Bhaktapur Darbar Square
Another major attraction of Kathmandu city sightseeing is Bhaktapur Darbar Square, which is famous for its culture, religious, and historical heritage in Nepal. Bhaktapur Darbar Square is also known as Bhadgaun as well as the city of God, which is lies (13km) on the Eastern part of Kathmandu valley at the elevation of 1400m/4600ft above the sea level. Many travelers come here to explore this open museum, which is filled with the diverse ancient arts, architectural masterpieces, ancient sculptures, fabulous cultural traditions, and religious values. Bhaktapur, the ancient Newari city, has a cluster of temples, traditional houses, pagodas, squares, mountains, courtyard, artistic stones, Buddhist shrines and monasteries built in different times of the History. Every year this city has got popularity due to its architectural beauty, filled with ancient Hindu and Buddhist religious sites. Apart from Durbar Square, there are other major attractions of Bhaktapur that are 55 windows palace, Lion’s Gate, Mini Pashupati Temple, Vatsala Temple, Golden Gate, Nyatapola Temple and Bhairava Nath Temple and many more.
Swayambhunath (Monkey temple)
Situated on the little hillock in the northwest of the Kathmandu Valley, Swayambhunath Temple is also known as the monkey temple. It is famous among tourists as a spectacular viewpoint from where people overlook most parts of the valley. It is considering the best place to catch panoramic views of the city. Swayambhunath, a holiest Buddhist Chaityas is the oldest of its kind in Nepal, which is filled with the numerous shrines and century-old monasteries on its premises. The base of Swayambhunath temple is almost entirely enclosed with the prayer wheels, where travelers can witness Devotees who are circumambulating the stupa at all times.