Main Attractions in Kathmandu

Famous Tourist Attractions & Places to Visit in Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal is a land-locked sovereign state in South Asia.  It is located in the Himalayas and bordered to the north by the People’s Republic of China, and to the south, east, and west by the Republic of India.  Kathmandu is the nation's capital, and the country's largest metropolis.  The city is the urban core of the Kathmandu Valley in the Himalayas.  The Kathmandu Valley is situated at an altitude of 1,350 m (4,400 ft) above sea level, and covers an area of 218 sq m (2,346 sq ft) surrounded by four major mountains, namely Shivapuri, Phulchowki, Nagarjun and Chandragiri.  Neighbouring cities include Patan or Lalitpur towards the southeast (an ancient city of fine arts and crafts) and Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon to the east (City of Devotees).  Kathmandu is the headquarters of the country’s Central Region.  Kathmandu is easily accessible by road and air.  The famous observation platform with its breathtaking views of the city is at the Swayambhunath Stupa in the Swayambhu area of the city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also known as Monkey Temple.

Boudhanath Stupa
Boudhanath Stupa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The 36 m (118 ft) high stupa is one of the largest stupas in South Asia.  With countless monasteries surrounding it, Bouddhanath is the centre of Buddhism in Nepal.  The stupa was renovated by Licchavi rulers in the eighth Century.  An entry fee of NPR 250 (approximately USD $3) applies for foreign nationals and NPR 150 for SAARC nationals.  The area is open 24 hours, and shops close at 7:00pm. 

The monasteries in and around Boudha are:

Shechen Tennyi Dargyeling Monastery
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche built the monastery 1980, and in 1989 Rabjam Rinpoche established The Shechen Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies at the monastery.  Over one hundred students from across the Himalayas are enrolled in its nine year curriculum.  Many of the graduates go on to be teachers across the globe.

Khawalung Monastery Khawalung Monastery was founded in 2005 by Lama Jigme Dorjee, who is a spiritual heir of Yogi Master Karma Choying Wangpo.  The Monastery includes an elementary school, a training school for rites and rituals, an institute for higher Buddhist studies and a retreat.

Kopan Monastery
The monastery was founded in 1971 by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.  Monks and nuns from the age of seven come from all over Nepal - and Himalayan countries such as Tibet, India, Bhutan, Sikkim and even Mongolia - to attend this Gelugpa monastery to receive a classical monastic education.  It is one of the very best in Kathmandu valley.
Distance to Boudhanath Stupa: 5 minute walk

Swayambhunath Stupa
About 30 minutes from the hotel by car and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Swayambhunath is believed to have been established more than 2,500 years ago.  According to translations from an inscription dating back to 460 AD, it was built by King Manadeva and, by the thirteenth century, Swayambhunath had developed into an important centre of Buddhism.  It is also known as the Monkey Temple.  The stupa sits atop the hill and steep stone steps lead up to the shrine.  An entry fee of NPR 200 (approx USD $3) applies for foreign nationals and NPR 50 (approx USD $0.5) for SAARC nationals, and the area is open 24 hours a day.
Distance: 7 km (4.3 miles)

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