Major Places to Visit around Kathmnadu Valley

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Major places to visit around Kathmandu Valley

There are several Major Places to Visit around Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu being the capital city of Nepal, preserves many ancient and heritage sites. Out of hundreds fo monument sites, 7 sites are listed under the UNESCO World Heritage site. Besides the main cultural heritage sites of the valley, there is much to see inside the city. Some monuments lie inside the core areas of the city, whereas others remain in the outskirts of the valley.

  1. Bhaktapur Durbar Square
  2. Boudhanath Stupa (Khasti Chaitya)
  3. Budhanilkantha / Sleeping Buddha
  4. Chandragiri Hill
  5. Champa Devi Hill
  6. Chandeshwari
  7. Changunarayan

The historical landmark of Nepal, Changu Narayan Temple lies just 4 kilometers north to Bhaktapur. Situated at the top of a small hillock, the temple is one of the oldest monuments inside Kathmandu Valley. The main temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The place is sacred and witnesses the rich craftsmanship of the valley people of different times. Changu Narayan Temple is among the four Vishnu temples guarding the four different directions of the valley. Established around 325 AD, the premises preserve the first written history of Nepal carved in the stone pillar that holds Garuda. The monument is a standout amongst the country’s most wonderful and truly imperative structures.

The temple has undergone its reconstruction at different times in its history. In 1702 AD it was reconstructed after it caught fire. The main temple is a two-storied sanctuary witnessing the numerous carvings of the ten incarnations of Vishnu. Similarly, the multi-armed Tantric goddesses and unique Tri-Bikram Bamana Avatar idols are the actual jewels of Changu Narayan.  The premises is a live museum for the stone, wood, and metal carvings of the Lichhavi time frame. The artifacts decorate the courtyard surrounding the main temple. The temple is famous for its extraordinary carvings. It is among the 7 monuments referred to by UNESCO World Heritage inside the cultural heritage site of Kathmandu Valley. Every day a good number of domestic tourists, Hindu pilgrimage, and foreign visitors see the temple.

  1. Chapagaon
  2. Chovar Gorge
  3. Dakshinkali Temple
  4. Dhulikhel
  5. Godavari Botanical Garden
  6. Kakani Hill Station
  7. Kathmandu Durbar Square
  8. Kritipur
  9. Kopan Monastery
  10. Kathe Swoyambhu
  11. Nagarkot Hill Station /View Point
  12. Nagarjun Hill
  13. Namo Buddha
  14. Panauti
  15. Pashupatinath Temple
  16. Phulchowki Hill
  17. Patan Durbar Square
  18. Sankhu
  19. Shivapuri National Park
  20. Swayambhunath Stupa
  21. Thimi – Medieval Newari Town
  22. Tika Bhairav
  23. The Four Ganesh Temples
  24. Four Ashokan Stupa of Pata

a. Changu Narayan Temple

 

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