Places to see in Kathmandu Valley
Pashupatinath temple is the biggest and oldest temple of Lord Shiva, lies in the bank of Bagmati river in Eastern part of Kathmandu valley. It is considered as holy and sacred temple of hindu believers. The temple is designed in pagoda style of architecture. The two levels of roofs are made of copper and gold. It has four main doors and all are covered with sliver sheets. Temple is rich is art, architects, wooden crafts, and many beautiful sculptures. Only Hindus (Nepalese and Indian) are allowed to enter inside the main temple. Whereas foreign visitors can have paranomic view of temple at the bank of the Bagmati river.
Swayambhunath stupa is one of the oldest Buddhist stupa in Nepal. It id located in western side of the Kathmandu city. It is also called monkey temple as monkeys are the holy monkeys. Stupa has dome at the base, which represents the entire world, then cubic structure present with three eyes, which represents unity. The stupa has myth, mythology, history, art, architecture, symbolic meanings as well as day to day religious practice. We can see many varieties of shrines and temples, some are dating back from licchavi period. The stupa was completely renovated in May 2010 its first major renovation in 90 years and its 15th in the nearly 1,500 years since it was built. This was funded by the Meditation Center of California.
It is one of the biggest and holiest temple of Buddhist. It is located in north east side of Kathmandu. It is built in 14th centuries. The stupa is on the ancient trade route from Tibet which enters Kathmandu Valley. Tibetan merchants have rested and offered prayers for many centuries. It is one of the most important places of pilgrimage and meditation for Tibetan Buddhist as well as for local Nepalese. The Buddhist stupa of Baudhanath dominates the skyline. Baudhanath is in World heritage sites along with Swayambhunath.
Patan Durbar Square
It is situated in the center of the city called Lalitpur. It is known for its cultural heritage. Patan Durbar Square has beautiful ancient Newari art, architecture, metallic and stone carving statue. Several multi-sized and multi styled temples are found in western part of the Complex. There are many places to see apart from the Durbar Square, such as Krishna Mandir, Mahabauda, Kumbeshwor, the Ashokan Stupa and so on.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu durbar is presently known as Hanuman Dhoka, a name derived from the statue of Hanuman, the monkey devotee of lord Ram,near the entance of the palace.
The Square is a cluster of ancient temples and Palaces, countryard and the streets dated back to 12th and 18th centuries. The durbar Square is sourrounded by spectacular ancient Newari art and architecture. The place is beautifully decorated with carved windows and panels.
Bhaktpur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur is an ancient city of Nepal, which is also called the city of devotees. Bhaktpur Durbar Square is more famouse in public places, art, culture,carving, peasantry, pottery typical Newari dances and lifestyle. Main attractions of the place are, Five stored pagoda styled temple of goddess Siddhi Laxmi, which is dedicated to three headed deities, Bramha, Bhishnu and Maheshsowara. Fifty five windowed Durbar, the golden gate, many temles like Batsala, Chardam Siddhi temple.