Be a part of an amazing experience; visit architecturally and culturally rich heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley and Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha; or get a glimpse of the exotic flora and fauna of Nepal’s Himalayas or Terai in Sagarmatha or Chitwan . Whether you are a nature lover or a culture enthusiast, there’s something for everybody here.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
UNESCO has listed 4 World Heritage Sites in Nepal; Chitwan National Park and Sagarmatha National Park are listed as UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites; 7 sites in Kathmandu Valley counted together as one and Lumbini – the birthplace of Lord Buddha are listed as UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Sites. Enter the historical grounds at the Kathmandu Durbar Square, which is in the heart of the capital city, and experience the origins of how Nepal was unified. Or visit the equally enthralling Patan or Bhaktapur. The April earthquake might have made a rubble of a few old palaces.
However, renovations are ongoing and you can still learn about the rich history of the Malla dynasty, the foremost pioneers of art and culture in the valley, or be a part of vibrant festivals which are still carried out among much joy by the local Newars. Or take a tour around Patan Durbar Square where can walk through the old gallis (streets), where timeless wood and stone carvings of hundreds of Hindu and Tibetan deities greet you from every wall of temples. Or admire the flawless Newari architecture of the beautiful temples and resident homes which are hundreds of years old.
Another place to put on the trip is the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, where highlight is the 55 Window Palace and other numerous temples like the Nyatapola Temple or Dattatraya Temple, the Golden Gate, which all date back to the 14th century, built during the reign of Malla kings. One of the other major attractions is the Changu Narayan Temple situated 8 miles east of the Kathmandu Valley. This place is a must visit, for it is known to be one of the oldest temples of Nepal, which according to legends is said to have existed since 325 AD. Make a day’s trip where you can enjoy the rich archaeological relics and stone carvings, which are the oldest epigraphics to Nepal’s history.
If you want to experience Buddhism, then visit the Swayambhunath also popularly known as the Monkey Temple, or Bauddhanath, and let the bliss seep in, away from the noise and chaos of the city. Spin the hundreds of prayer wheels that surround the main domes and be a part of spiritual encantations and prayers that take place in the evenings. Light oil lamps and send prayers to a loved one.