roster of the highest mountains on earth, a repertoire of enchanting cultures and exquisite
View of Annapurna Peak temples, thick tropical jungles holding a wealth of wildlife, thundering rivers swollen by the snows of the Himalaya and most of all, the friendliest people you have ever met…. this altogether is the land of charismatic wonders, The kingdom of Nepal.

The political, commercial and cultural hub of the kingdom, Kathmandu Valley has long been a magnet to people, with it's highly fertile soil, pleasant climate, and ancient holy sites. Originally known  as Nepal Valley and a separate kingdom in itself,
it contains three fabled cities, each an artistic exposition of graceful temples, elegant palaces, brick
paved courtyards and quaint streets.  The Valley has often been described as open art gallery, with thousands of sacred shrines in the brick, stone, metal and wood scattered throughout it.

In centre of the city is Durbar Square, a beautiful complex of palaces, courtyards & temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries. This World Heritage Site is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. An intriguing piece here is 17th

The Darbar Square- a World Heritage Site

century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages.

The huge Swayambhu Stupa watches over the Valley from the top of a hillock on its western side. It
The largest Stupa in the Kathmandu Valley- Boudhnath Stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal. From here one can have a terrific view of the city. Swayambhunath, one of the world's oldest Buddhist chaityas is also listed as World Heritage Site.

The largest stupa in the Valley, Baudhnath Stupa lies about six km to the east of downtown Kathmandu. It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design. This World Heritage Site is also known as Khasti, or dew
drops, after an account that builders had to use dew to mix the mortar as Kathmandu was suffering from a severe drought during the construction.

In existence prior to 400 AD, Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. The richly ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga, or phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. Here
devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati River flowing besides the temple, also a World Heritage Site.

Another ancient Hindu temple is Changu Narayan Temple, situated on a ridge overlooking the Valley. Dedicated to Hindu god Vishnu, it is one of the finest & oldest specimens of pagoda architecture that is embellished with exquisite wood and stone carvings. This World Heritage Site houses the oldest inscription

Pashupatinath Temple - Most sacred Hindu shrine of the world

found in the Kathmandu Valley, which dates back to the 5th century.

Lying to the south of Kathmandu is Dakshinkali temple, dedicated to Kali, Shiva's consort in her reincarnation as the goddess of Destruction. On every Tuesday & Saturday, sacrificial offerings of chickens & goats to the goddess Kali, is a rare sight.

Patan, another exotic city of Kathmandu Valley, is also known as Lalitpur- the city of the beauty. It is full of Buddhist monuments & Hindu temples with fine bronze gateways, guardian deities and wonderful carvings. Listed as World Heritage Site, Durbar Square here is an enchanting mélange of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples.
 
Traditional Folk Dance of Nepal A walk in the Durbar Square of Bhaktapur gives a feeling of inner harmony. Such is the art and architecture and the spatial layout here. The 12th century palace of 55 windows with a Golden Gate inspires admiration. In front of the palace building is a medley of temples of various designs.

One who is eager to have a close-up look at Nepalese craftsmanship should not miss to visit the ancient Newar township of winding streets, Thimi, famous for its pottery. The sight of potters giving shape to various earthenware on their old wooden wheels is common in this rural settlement. In addition to pottery, it has made a name for itself
in the age-old art of making colourful masks of various deities, demons, and animals.

Free time in Kathmandu will definitely tempt you to go for shopping in the colourful bazaar of
Thamel. It is one of the best places in town for silver jewellery, gems, metal statues, Paubha paintings, garments, carpets, as well as Nepalese, Tibetan and Indian handicraft. Tourmaline, healing quartz, and other semi precious stones are some of the specialities.

For those interested in Himalayas an hour-long Mountain flight is an amazing experience, which takes one on a breath-taking view of the entire Nepal Himalayan range including the Mount Everest.

The colourful bazaar of Themel

 

USEFUL INFORMATION

Getting there & away

The Royal Nepal Airlines (RA), the national flag carrier of Nepal, connects Kathmandu with Bangkok, Kolkata, Delhi, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, Osaka, Paris, Shanghai and Singapore. All the major International airlines also operate to/from Kathmandu.

Further Connections

Chitwan, Pokhara, Dhulikhel, Nagarkot

Foreign Nationals

A visa is required to enter Nepal for all except for Indian Passport holders.

Custom

1.

Only dutiable goods are allowed to bring in the country.

2.

Visitors can export souvenirs to their countries. The export of antiques requires special certificate from the Department of Archeology, Kathmandu.

3.

Gold, Silver, precious stones, wild animals and their skins, horns, etc, all drugs whether processed or in their natural state, are prohibited to export.

Climate

Warm summers & cool winters. Average temperature in Kathmandu ranges from 2 to 28 degrees Celsius. The rainy season lasts from June to August.

Outfits

Except in formal gatherings, informal clothes are acceptable everywhere. Warm clothes are required from October till March. An umbrella or a raincoat is a must for the rainy season.

Time Zone

Nepal time is 5 hours 45 minutes ahead of GMT and 15 minutes ahead of Indian Standard Time.

Language

Nepali (official), although over 20 distinct languages are also spoken with English also widely understood.

Unit of Currency

Rupee

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