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Kathmandu: Nepal

 

The Capital of Nepal is a city’s steeping rich history, culture, and spirituality.

It’s also called the house of the temple, every year a large number of national and international tourists visit these places.

It is home to seven UNESCO world heritage sides and is a must-visit for any travelers although many come to Nepal.

Mainly for trekking, I would highly recommend spending at least a few days in Kathmandu to truly experience the wonderful country of Nepal.

  Here are the top 10 things to do in Kathmandu   


 

  1. Boudhanath Stupa  

Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest Stupa in the world and also a UNESCO world heritage site.

The Stupa is a historical Pilgrimage site for all Buddhists around the world.

Boudhanath Stupa

The Giant Buddhanath Stupa is located at the heart of Kathmandu and serves as a gateway to heaven a horizon between the earth and sky at any time of day hundreds of people Circle.

The Buddhist stupa hoped to be brought closer to Enlightenment and their prayers answered many believe that walking around in a clockwise direction purifies negative karma and leads to the path to Enlightenment offering.

light to lord buddha by lighting oil lamps is a part of the Buddhist religion any offering of oil lamps symbolizes the Buddhist teachings of wisdom and compassion for all beings shops, restaurants, and cafes surround the stupa.

Enjoy a coffee or tea at a cafe while taking in the full view of the Stupa and the sunset.

 

  2. Pashupatinath Temple  

Pashupatinath is located in the capital city of Nepal. it is a Hindu temple dedicated to lord Shiva. This temple was enlisted as a world heritage site in 1979.

The Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most sacred Hindu Temples in the world.

Dedicated to lord Shiva one of the three major gods of the Hindu religion located on the banks of the Bhagmati river.

Pashupatinath Temple

It is a place of daily worship and rituals the Pashupatinath temple complex is spread over a large area and includes many smaller temples and shrines specifically parts of the temple.

Pashupatinath is also the biggest open cremation site in Nepal

Visitors can witness the cremation ceremonies that take place this may seem strange or shocking at first but to Hindus, death is an important part of the journey of life.

There’s something uniquely peaceful about the place despite the morbid overtones perhaps.

It’s something to do with the way the Hindus view death as re-birth and not the end of life, it is a reminder that all life eventually comes to an end.

The one truth that we all must inevitably experience as the sun sets the temple is filled with people who came to see Arty the Hindu Ceremony of light.

 

  3. Asan Bazar  

Asan Bazar is located within walking distance of Tamil Asan Bazaar a bustling local market.

That offers a wide range of products including textiles spices handicrafts and food.

Asan Bazar

It is a great place to experience the daily life of the locals and buy souvenirs visitors can also try local snacks and street foods.

 

  4. Kathmandu Durbar Square  

The Kathmandu Durbar Square is a UNESCO world heritage site that is home to a complex of ancient temples places and courtyards.

It is a must-visit attraction for anyone interested in the history and culture of Nepal.

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Visitors can explore the many temples and shrines in the area and observe the daily rituals of local people and foreign.

 

  5. Shechen Monastery  

Monastery Nepal is known as the birthplace of Buddha and Kathmandu is home to many monasteries and offers visitors a glimpse into the Buddhist culture.

My Favorite was the XI Chen Monastery one of the most significant Monasteries in Kathmandu which is home to over 200 monks who dedicate their lives to the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism.

Shechen Monastery

Visitors can witness the monks performing their daily prayers and rituals and also visit the meditation room to experience a peaceful Heaven in the bustling city

 

  6. Monkey Temple  

The Monkey Temple or the Shyambhunath Temple is one of the oldest and most revered Buddhist pilgrimages sites in the world.

It is located on the hilltop overlooking the city and offers stunning views of the Kathmandu valley.

Monkey Temple

The stupa is surrounded by other smaller temples, shrines, and statues the temple is also known for its resident monkey population.

 

  7. Bhaktapur  

Bhaktapur is an ancient city located around 30 minutes outside of Kathmandu Nepal.

Visitors can explore the many temples and shrines including the Niana Pola temple which is one of the tallest and most impressive temples in Nepal.

Bhaktapur

There are also many Juju doll shops which are a yogurt specialty you can only find in Bhaktapur.

 

  8. Patan Durbar Square  

Patan Durbar Square is another UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to many ancient temples places and courtyards.

Patan Durbar Square

It is known for its traditional Newari architecture and is a great place to learn about the history and culture of Nepal.

 

  9. Kumari Ghar  

Kumari Ghar is the living goddess of Nepal she is considered to be the embodiment of the Hindu goddess.

Kumari Ghar

Talaju is worshiped by both Hindus and Buddhists she lives in the palace called Kumarighar where visitors can tour inside if you are lucky you might get a glimpse of the Kumari herself number.

 

  10. Tibetan Sound Bath  

Tibetan Sound Bath Damo is a popular trekking neighborhood in Kathmandu and while there you can take it to Betten sound bath class during the class.

You can lie down and listen to the soothing sounds of Tibetan singing bowls, gongs, and other instruments.

Tibetan South Bath

The vibrations and frequencies of the sounds are said to have healing properties, that can help to reduce stress anxiety, and pain during my time.

There I went to two sound baths and Healing Centers both offering free classes daily and you can also purchase your Tibetan singing bowls there.

  Some visiting Places near Kathmandu  

  • Narayanhiti Palace Museum
  • Thamel
  • Chandragiri Hills
  • Changunarayan Temple
  • Kopan Monastery
  • Dhulikhel
  • Panauti
  • Kathmandu Valley

 


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