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Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, has a wealth of artistic wonder and cultural splendor. It is a labyrinth of architectural masterpiece, cultural superiority and, ancient history. Putting aside our glorious tales of legends, custom beliefs and noble history, let us steer straight to the major highlights of Kathmandu Day Tour.
Note: We will try our best to ensure that you get to see as many places as you can in one day.
1. Kathmandu Durbar Square ( UNESCO World Heritage site )
The exploration of cultural, religious and historical heritages in Nepal is the never ending process. But if you want to witness the condensed piece of it, meandering inside the famous Kathmandu Durbar square is the best possible way.
Also known as the Hanuman Dhoka, Kathmandu Durbar Square is the labyrinth of the architectural masterpiece that vividly displays the master-skills of Newari Artist and, craftsmanship over several centuries.
Royal palaces of art loving Malla Kings-turned into the Museum now, enclosures releveling courtyards, paintings of deities and, auspicious signs, hymns carved with detailed statuette and even Erotic deities, tantric blending of Newar, Hindu and Buddhist beliefs, poojas and practises, mammoth Hindu temple build from a single tree famous as Kasthamandap and, many structural wonders dates back between 10th to 18th century.
The most curious attraction within the Durbar square is the Kumari Chowk, specifically Kumari Bahal-the residence of the Living goddess. Kumari is the virgin girl from Newar community chosen through the mystical selection process to become the incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. If you are lucky enough, you can catch sight of her during public appearances. Otherwise, you can visit her for a fee paid to her watch over.
Beside the unwavering richness in ancient traditions, the square is famous for couples meet, friends get together, concerts, tea spots, religious gatherings and gossiping conclaves . We are sure this go through will keep you amazed every step of your walk.
2. Swayambhunath Stupa
Some call the Swayambhunath hillock the abode of the Red Monks but the world sees it as the famous pilgrimage stage of the Buddhist.Besides the religious attraction, people mostly climb upto the Swayambhunath, which means ‘self-arisen’, to have a bird’s view of the Kathmandu valley.
To speak of attraction here, there’s a little museum, a couple of temples, monasteries with huge prayer bells and also beautiful Peace Pond with the statue of Buddha in the middle, his hand raised to bless the world. A small collection box is right by the Buddha’s foot– test your luck by trying to throw a coin right inside the box.
Likewise, there’s even a Monkey Pool out here where the little red monks stage a game sometimes in front of group of spectators. Swayambhunath Stupa is a white dome with golden spire, and the eyes of Gautama Buddha etched on all four sides. It is the first thing that you will see upon reaching the top of the long staircase (altogether 365 stone steps, with statues of beasts along either side of the staircase).
It is best to visit the Swayambhunath Complex early in the morning, maybe before sunrise. If our schedule does permit, we will most likely witness the sunrise.
3. Boudhanath ( UNESCO world heritage site)
Dominating the skyline, standing on majestic Mandala, this ancient Buddhist Stupa is one of the largest in the world. Boudhanath lies on the ancient trade and pilgrimage route between Tibet and Kathmandu valley making it a hub of Tibetan Culture in Nepal.The ingress of Tibetan refugees embedded with Nepalese Buddhist community, their enriched culture, tales and myths of Buddhist traditions surrounding one of the holiest spherical dome definitely adds unique experience to your sacred twenty minutes walk, accompanied by monks and pilgrims spinning their prayer wheel encircling this massive religious juncture.
4. Shopping On The Way
As our guide takes you through Basantapur, Freak Street, Thamel and other popular places of Kathmandu, watch out for interesting pieces of merchandise, be it Nepali Thanka arts, stone sculptors or the peaceful Buddhist music DVDs.Other than sightseeing, we will also stop by popular hotels and restaurants (or even street shops which has no parallel) to give our tongues a delicious treat of Newari and Nepali cuisines.