Main Attractions in Kathmandu continued

Sightseeing in Kathmandu near Our Hotel

Pashupatinath Temple

About 10 to 15 minutes from the hotel by car, this temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and is one of the four most important religious sites in Asia for devotees of Shiva.  Built in the fifth century and later renovated by Malla kings, the site itself is said to have existed from the beginning of the millennium when a Shiva lingam was discovered in the forest.  The main pagoda-style temple has a gilded roof, four sides covered in silver and wood carvings of the finest quality.  Only Hindus are allowed inside the gates of the main temple.  An entry fee NPR 1000 (approx. USD $11) applies to foreign nationals, and the temple is open from 6:00am until 7:00 pm.
Distance: 3 km (1.8 miles)

Kathmandu Durbar Square
About 25-30 minutes from the hotel by car, Kathmandu Durbar Square is in the heart of old Kathmandu city in Basantapur.  It was once the residence of Nepal's Royal family, and all coronation ceremonies were held here.  The palace is an amalgamation of Eastern and Western architecture, with additions by Rana and Shah rulers over the centuries.  An unbelievable fifty temples lie within the vicinity, including the temple of the titular deity, Taleju Bhawani.  The Durbar is divided into two courtyards, the outer Kasthamandap, Kumari Ghar: home of the Living Goddess and Shiva-Parvati Temple, and the inner section consisting of Hanuman Dhoka and the main palace.  Some floors have been converted to museums dedicated to three generations of Shah kings.  Most parts of the palace premises are open to tourists throughout the week.  An entry fee NPR 750 (approx. USD $8) for foreign nationals and NPR 150 (approx. USD $2) for SAARC nationals is applicable.
Distance: 7 km (2.4 miles)

Patan Durbar Square
About 45 minutes from the hotel by car and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Patan Durbar Square is located in the heart of Patan city and was once the palace of the kings of Patan.  The square is a display of Newari architecture that had reached its pinnacle during the reign of Malla kings; who were great builders and patrons of the arts.  The palace has three main courtyards, the most central (and the oldest) is Mul Chowk.  To the west of the complex are a dozen free-standing temples of various sizes, built in different styles.  A masterpiece in stone, the Krishna Temple, Bhimsen Temple, the Golden Temple of Hiranya Varna Mahavira and Sundari Chowk mark the artistic brilliance of the Newari craftsmen of that era.  The Sundari Chowk - with the sunken bath of Tusha Hiti - showcases exquisite woodcarvings, stone and metal sculptures.  Like the other palaces, Patan Durbar Square also houses a temple dedicated to Taleju Bhawani.  An entry fee NPR 500 (approx. USD $5.5) for foreign nationals and NPR 100 (approx. USD $1.5) is applicable.
Distance: 14 km (8.6 miles)

Patan Museum
Patan Museum is housed in a courtyard within the Northernmost building complex of the Durbar area. The most picturesque setting of the palace that has been created in so small a place by piety and pride  is known now to the people as Keshav Narayan Chowk after a temple standing at the center of the courtyard dedicated to Keshavnarayan- a form of Lord Vishnu.This part is recorded in the history as Chaukot Durbar or four-cornered-fort-palace.

In an International Campaign by UNESCO for safeguarding the monuments of Kathmandu valley, the Austrian Government joined hands with Nepal Government to preserve Patan Darbar Square. The ensuing project began in 1982 with the repair of Keshav Narayan Chowk that led finally to the transformation of a teaching museum to dessimination of knowldge on Buddhism prevailed in Patan- city of Art and Architecture.

This is the first public museum in Nepal that has been created as an autonomous institution of this type managed by its own Board of Directors. The museum has been acclaimed, by the visitors, as one of the finest museums in South Asia. The popularity is growing day after day and is economically self sustained now.

The collaborative effort of Austrian Government with Nepalese counterpart did not only restore the historical palace to its original grandeuer but also created a Model Cultural Institution in Nepal.

Distance: 14 km (8.6 miles)
Entry Fee: NPR 250 (approx. USD $3) for foreign nationals and NPR 25 (approx. USD $0.5) for SAARC nationals

Patan Golden Temple
Located in north Patan the Golden temple (Hiranyavarna Mahavihara) is perhaps the second most popular attraction here after Durbar Square. The temple was built in 1409 and is in fact a Newari Buddhist monastery. The nickname "golden temple" came about through tourism more than it actually being made of pure gold. Most of the temple is actually polished brass. Never the less it still remains a stunning special to visit for many reason.

At the main entrance there was once a duel fought between a Brahman and Vajracharya Buddhist priest. The Vajracharya priest won when his wife threw here sari over the Brahmans head which led to the priest decapitating him. It’s said the severed head is still used in ceremonies today. Inside the main courtyard there are probably enough artifacts to keep most historians happy for a full day. Do keep note that leather items are not permitted inside.

Distance: 14 km (8.6 miles)
Entry Fee: NPR 50 (approx. USD $1) for foreign nationals and NPR 20 (approx. USD $0.5) for SAARC nationals

Patan Mahabouddha Temple
Mahabuddha temple is a Buddhist temple made up of terracotta, situated in the heart of kathmandu valley. This 500 year old temple can be taken as the treasury of Nepalese art and craft. The Mahabuddha temple is a great pilgrim for the Buddhist practitioners. Buddhists from all over the world come, worship the Buddha and feel eternal peace and satisfaction. The temple has proven to be a wonder to the cultural and archeological tourists.

This ancient historical temple is constructed under a typical architectural style called "Shikhar saili". The temple is build up of terracotta, each consisting Buddha images and other arts. Such terracotta is made up of very special material composing extracted clay, herbs and others to make the terracotta strong and pure, These terracotta are rather attached to each other with norma mud or cement but with a special mixture of different herbs etc. called "vajra". The temple composes of thousand Buddha statues. So it is even called "sangetongu" in Tibetan language meaning "temple of thousand Buddha". The temple is probably the best and first temple built up of terracotta in the country. The temple is surmounted by Usnish Cudamani suvarna chaitya the total height of the temple is about 60 feet.

Distance: 14 km (8.6 miles)
Entry Fee: NPR 50 (approx. USD $1) for foreign nationals and NPR 30 (approx. USD $0.5) for SAARC nationals

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