Kathmandu Valley cultural Sightseeing : Himalayan Smile Treks

Kathmandu Valley Cultural Sightseeing

Kathmandu Valley cultural Sightseeing is a full day tour to the spots having cultural and historical significance. In this you are taken to visit following places. Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal is also a cultural hub of this nation.

This is one of the world’s most glorious Buddhist Chaityas. It is said to be 2000 years old. Painted on the four sides of the spire’s base are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. It is 3 km west of Kathmandu city and is situated on a hillock about 77m above the level of the Kathmandu valley and hence commands an excellent view of the valley. This stupa is the oldest of its kind. It was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument List in 1979.

Patan is another city of Kathmandu valley which once was an independent Kingdom, lies only a few kilometers south of Kathmandu. The major attraction of this city is Patan Durbar Square; the palace of Malla dynasty ruled this city till 18th century. It is situated in the heart of the city, constitutes the focus of visitors’ attraction. The square is full of ancient palaces, temples and shrines, noted for their exquisite carvings. The Patan Durbar Square consists of three main chowks: Central Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk and Keshar Narayan Chowk. The Sundari Chowk holds in its center a masterpiece of stone architecture, the Royal Bath called Tushahity. It was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument List in 1979. The museum inside the Durbar Square is considered as one of the best museums in Asia. It specializes in bronze statues and religious objects. It Opens daily from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. It is closed only for 3 days during Dashain and for 3 days during Tihar.

Bungamati and Khokana:
Bungamati and Khokana, located 10 km South of Kathmandu city, are Newari villages. Newars are the ethnic people have been settling in Kathmandu from early times on. Here traditional houses made out of mud and brick with tiled roofs, stone paved streets, old temples, stupas, ponds and other old architecture provides glimpse of medieval era. Villagers spinning, caring for children, gossiping, processing crops in the sun are another amazing attractions of this village. Wood carving is a tradition alive and strong here and it is possible to see beautiful pieces being produced, including doors and window frames. The villages are surrounded by green fields and hills which invite tourists for day hikes and walks.

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