Top 5 Places to Visit in KathmanduNishum Subba
Kathmandu is the capital of the kingdom, situated in a valley which is an open air museum of famous sites, ancient temples and shrines, golden pagodas and are inspiring deities, is a city of inexhaustible historic artistic and cultural interest. Several beautiful and interesting villages and towns surrounding the valley offer ideal destinations for mini treks. The dazzling Himalayan peaks are visible from several points on the mountains around the valley.
Boudhanath Stupa: For Centuries, Boudhanath has been an important place of pilgrimage. Boudhanath is one of the oldest stupa of Nepal. As of 1979, Boudhanath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the most popular tourist sites in the Kathmandu area.The structure of the building consists of a giant dome, on the top of which sits a Buddhist pyramid tower. During the festival of Losar (Tibetan New Year) in February or March, Boudhanath hosts the largest celebration in Nepal.The main entrance to the upper platform of Boudhanath Stupa is on the north side. Here Amoghasiddhi, progenitor of the future Buddha, presides. Below Amoghasiddhi is the Buddha Maitreya, the future Buddha. Surrounding Boudhanath Stupa are streets and narrow alleys lined with colorful homes, Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, and street vendors.
Pasupatinath Temple: One of the most famous temples of Nepal where devotees come from different part of Nepal and India, is located on both banks of Bagmati River and the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu. Pasupatinath is the most important temple dedicated to god Shiva. Every year this temple attracts hundreds of elderly followers of Hinduism. One of the major festivals of the temple is Maha Shivaratri on which day over 800,000 devotees visit here. It is also very common to meet sadhus in Pasupatinath. They have very unique appearance with specific yellow paintings on their bodies.
Thamel: One of the most popular places to visit in night time where you can find many bars, pubs to go with friends and enjoy the night by drinking, dancing and listening to live music by the local bands or if you are lucky enough, you can also get to the popular singers or bands of Nepal. There are many good local bands who performs good and are very talented but hadn’t got the platform to show their talent. You can find varieties of cocktails and mocktails with accompany of different side dishes.
Durbar square: Durbar Square is the generic name used to describe plazas and areas opposite the old royal palaces in Nepal. It consists of temples, idols, open courts, water fountains and more. Before the unification, Nepal consisted of small kingdoms, and Durbar Squares are most prominent remnants of those old kingdoms in Nepal. In particular, three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley, belonging to the three Newar kingdoms situated there before unification, are most famous: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar. All three are listed in the World Heritage Organization.
Garden of Dreams: The garden of dreams is situated in the middle of the busy town Kathmandu where you can find greenery and fresh environment. This garden was a private garden built by late king Kaiser Sumsher Rana in early 1920 however, only from the year, 2006 it was opened for public. Garden of Dreams has enthralled the visitors ever since it was opened to their delight. The architectural sophistication of the individual pavilions suggests that they were inspired by pattern books, with minor local adaptations. Surrounding the planting areas along the path’s perimeter are sunken flower gardens with large ponds at their center of the garden. The ticket fee for Nepalis Rs 80, foreigners Rs 160, children, disabled persons and senior citizens Rs 40.