Main Attractions in Kathmandu continued

Places to Visit In & Around Kathmandu

Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Around 45 minutes from the hotel by car, this square is in the centre of Bhaktapur city.  Showcasing architecture that dates back to the Malla period, the square is particularly charming with wide open spaces that are off limits to vehicular traffic.  In Bhaktapur you will see some of the finest medieval art in Nepal.  Of particular interest are: the Golden Gate, the Fifty Five Window Palace and the beautiful statue of King Bhupatindra Malla mounted on a giant stone pillar.  The Golden Gate was erected by King Ranjit Malla as the entrance to the main courtyard of the Fifty Five Window Palace, which was built during the reign of King Yakshya Malla in 1427 AD and re-modelled by King Bhupatindra Malla in the seventeenth century.  The Art Gallery has a fascinating collection of ancient manuscripts, thankas, centuries old stone sculptures and antique paintings that belong to the Hindu and Buddhist traditions of various periods.  This gallery is open daily except on Tuesdays.  An entry fee USD $15 for foreign nationals and NPR 500 (approx. USD $6) is applicable.
Distance: 15 km (9.3 miles)

Changunarayan Temple
About an hour from the hotel by car, Changunarayan temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, it was built in the fourth century.  A fifth century stone inscription in the temple proclaims it as one of the oldest shrines in Kathmandu Valley.  The temple is a showcase for Newari art and the architecture of the early century, and the stone, wood, and metal craft found here is exemplary.  On the struts of the two-tiered Changu Narayan Temple are ten incarnations of Narayan.  A sixth century stone statue shows the cosmic form of Vishnu.  Garuda - half man and half bird - is the vehicle of Vishnu, and his life-size statue kneels before the temple.  An entry fee NPR 100 (approximately USD $2) for foreign nationals and NPR 50 (approx. USD $0.5) for SAARC nationals is applicable.
Distance: 20 km (12.4 miles)

About 90 minutes from the hotel by car, Nagarkot is renowned for its sunrise view of the Himalayas (including Mount Everest) as well as other snow-capped peaks of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal.  Nagarkot also offers a panoramic view of Kathmandu Valley.
Distance: 32 km (19.8 miles)

National Museum
About 30 minutes from the hotel by car, the National Museum of Nepal is located in Chauni, near Swayambhu.  The museum was initially known as Chhauni Silkhana, which literally means “the stone house of arms and ammunitions”.  Here, one can see Napoleon’s sword of command which was presented to Jung Bahadur, the Prime Minister and virtual ruler of Nepal from 1846 to 1877, who established the powerful Rana dynasty.  An entry fee NPR 200 (approx. USD $3) for foreign nationals and NPR 25 (approx. USD $0.5) is applicable, and the Museum is closed on Tuesdays.
Distance: 7 km (4.3 miles)

Narayanhiti Palace Museum 
About 25 minutes from the hotel by car, the Narayanhiti Palace opened as a museum in February 2009; nine months after the abolition of the monarchy.  The museum currently showcases the belongings of former kings and other royals who lived at the palace.  Visitors can also see the diamond-studded crown, and the wardrobes of the former members of the Royal family.  An entry fee NPR 500 (approximately USD $7) for foreign nationals and NPR 250 (approx USD $3) for SAARC nationals is applicable.
Distance: 6 km (3.7 miles)

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