The mystical Kathmandu Valley is spread at an average altitude of 1,350 metersabove sea level, and covers an area of 218sq.miles. The rich culture heritageof Nepal is synthesized in the Kathmandu Valley, the stronghold of the ancientand sophisticated Newar nation. The Newars are the indigenous inhabitant's ofthe Valley, and the creators of the splendid civilization of its three citiesKathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur and their many satellite settlement.
The artistically built Hindu temples and shrines, Buddhist monasteries andchaitya's, resting places, intricate water conduits and canal systems, fabulouspalace complexes, delicately engraved stone, terracotta and metal images,meticulously carved wooden columns and pillars all testify to the artisticachievements of the Newars of Kathmandu.
Places to see around Kathmandu
one of the most revered and widely worshipped deities in Nepal, was built in the fifth century.. The
Swayambhunath Temple is one of the most sacred and holy places in Nepal, where
people from all around Nepal come to offer prayers. The appearance and the
structure of the temple have added an enigmatic charm to it. There is a conical
structure that is mounted by a golden spire. The eyes of Buddha on almost the
temple's summit, have added a special effect to the temple. The eyes of Buddha
look in all the four directions.
The stupa in the Swoyambunath Temple in Nepal is the most attractive part of the temple. The golden spire and the dome of the structure can be seen from all parts of the Kathmandu Valley. The surrounding areas of Swoyambunath Temple, Nepal have several shrines, chaityas, paintings of various deities and many more religious objects of interest. The reference of this grand temple was also found in mythology. Due to architectural and structural magnificence, the Swoyambunath Temple at Nepal has been put in the category of world heritage site.
Situated 5 KM east of Kathmandu, It is name the Temple of Lord Shiva, or Pashupatinath Temple with two tiered golden roofs and silver door, is one of the holiest shrines in Nepal and the Hindu world, Although only Hindus are allowed inside the Temple but the visitors can clearly see the temple from the eastern bank of Bagmati River.
The Stupa of Boudhanath lies 8 Km east of Kathmandu, This ancient colossal Stupa is one of the Biggest in the World and is an important centre of Buddhism in the world. The mandala design in Boudhanath is a copy of the one in Gyangtse in Tibet. The stupa is said to entomb the remains of a Kasyap sage venerable both to Buddhists and Hindus. Smaller stupas are located at the base. Gompa monasteries, curio shops, and restaurants surround Boudhanath. Because of its location and size, it seems much larger than the Swoyambunath Stupa, with the same hemi-spherical dome symbolizing the emptiness from which everything emanates. On top is the harmika painted on each side with the eyes of the Buddha symbolizing awareness, and above the spire with its 13 stages to the canopy. At ground level there is a brick wall with 147 inches and 108 images of the meditational Buddha inset behind copper prayer wheels. Early morning and evening are the times to visit Buddha to join the local residents in kora (walking the pilgrim's circuit, sometimes with Tibetan pilgrims on their hands and knees
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