The Valley consists of three main cities of great historic
and cultural interest Kathmandu, Lalitpur (Patan) and Bhaktapur
(Bhadgaon). Situated at an altitude of 1336 meter above the
sea level, the Kathmandu Valley covers an area of 218 sq.
miles. The major tourist attractions in Kathmandu include:
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The temple of Sweta Machchhendranath is situated at Machchhendra
Bahal between Indra Chowk and Asan. It is a pagoda of considerable
artistic beauty. Also called as Janmadyo or Machchhendra the
A three storey temple in the main market avenue, called lndra
Chowk, the image of Akash Bhairav is displayed outside for
a week during lndra Jatra, the festival of lndra - the God
It is the historic seat of royalty. The durbar square, with
its old temples and places, epitomizes the religious and cultural
life of the people. It is here that kings of Nepal are crowned
and their coronations solemnized. Interesting things to see
here are; Taleju Temple built by King Mahendra Malla in 1549
A. D. Kal Bhairav, the God of destruction, Nautalle Durbar,
Coronation Nasal Chok, the Gaddi Baithak, the statue of King
Pratap Malla, the Big Bell, Big Drum and, the Jagannath Temple.
the right-hand corner, larger wooden lattice screen hides
an enormous gilded face of Sweta Bhairav. The screen is removed
only during the lndra Jatra festival.
are also Numismatic Museum and Tribhuvan Museum inside the
Hanuman Dhoka Palace building. Photography is prohibited inside
the museums. Both the museums remain closed on Tuesdays and
of Kumari (Kumari Ghar):
The temple or the residence of Living goddess, Kumari, is
situated in the vicinity of Hanuman Dhoka Palace. The building
has profusely carved wooden biaconies and window screens.
The Kumari - the living Goddess, acknowledges the greetings
from her balcony window. Photography is prohibited.
Located near the temple of Kumari, it is said to have been
built by King Laxmi Narsingha Malla in the beginning of the
sixteenth century. It is said to be constructed from the wood
of a single tree. The city of Kathmandu derives its name from
The small but a very important temple of Ashok Vinayak is
situated behind the Kasthamandap - also known as Kathmandu
Ganesh or Maru Ganesh.
Five minutes from Kasthmandap the Shiva Temple of Jaishi Dewal
is famous for its erotic carvings, It is still one of the
main routes of the chariot festival of lndra Jatra, Gal Jatra
and other festivals.
A huge Greenfield, flanks one entire side of the old city
Tundikhel. Some of the important landmarks of Kathmandu valley
are located in the periphery of this area. At the south western
end of Tundikhel is a 59.29m. tower built by Prime Minister
Bhimsen Thapa in 1832 A.D. known as Dharahara (or Bhimsen
Stambha). Sundhara - fountains with golden water spouts is
situated at the foot of this great tower also belonging to
the same period.
Memorial (Sahid) Gate:
It is located between Bhimsen Stambha and Bhadrakali temple.
The memorial arch contains the statue of the late King Tribhuvan
Bir Bikram Shah and the busts of four martyrs.
As the eastern edge of the Tundikhel, near Shahid Gate stands
the temple of Goddess Bhadrakali. This temple is also known
as Lumarhi Temple and is one of the main "Shakta' temples
of Kathmandu city.
A grand imposing palace built on the neo-classical style.
Singha Durbar was the private residence of Rana Prime Ministers.
Now it is the Secretariat of His Majesty's Government of Nepal.
It is the present Royal Palace. A famous historic water spout
called Narayanhity, is situated at the southern corner of
Located inside the premises of Ministry of Education, Kaisar
library is a great center of rare and valuable books and manuscripts.
It is open for the public except Saturdays, Sundays and other
About eight kilometers north of Kathmandu, at the base of
Sivapuri hill is a remarkable colossal statue of Lord Vishnu,
reclining of the bed of snakes. This is one of the masterpieces
of stone sculptures of Lichchhavi period. This fifth century
statue is in the middle of a small pond and seems to float
Situated about five kilometers North-west of Kathmandu, Balaju
Garden features fountains with 22 crocodile -headed water
spout dating from the mid eighteenth century. There is also
a swimming pool inside the park.
This is one of the world's most glorious Buddhist Chaityas.
It is said to be 2000 years old. Painted on the four-sides
of the spire bases are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha.
It is three kilometers west of Kathmandu city and is situated
on a hillock about 77m. above the level of the Kathmandu Valley.
It is known as monkey temple.
Two and half kilometers west of Kathmandu, the National Museum
has a splendid collection of weapons, artifacts from ancient,
medieval and modern Nepal. Its archaeological and historical
displays are worth seeing. The museum is open everyday except
Tuesday and government holidays.
Situated three kilometers west of Kathmandu city behind the
famous Swayambhunath hillock this museum has a unique collection
of butterflies, fish, reptiles, birds, mammals, plants and
a variety of fossils collected within the country. Photography
inside the museum is prohibited.
Situated five kilometers east of Kathmandu, the temple of
lord Shiva- Pashupatinath with two tiered golden roof and
silver doors is famous for its superb architecture. Visitors
can clearly seen the temple and the activities performed in
the temple premises from the eastern bank of the Bagmati river.
Only Hindus are permitted to enter inside the temple.
Near Pashupatinath is located another historic and holy temple
of Guheswari. Only Hindus are allowed to enter the temple
The lovely Stupa of Chabahil is believed to have been built
by Charumati, the daughter of the Indian Emperor Ashoka, in
the third century B.C. There are ancient statues around the
The temple of Chandra Vinayak is situated about 200m. north
of Chabahil Stupa. This double tiered brass roofed temple
houses a tiny image of Lord Ganesh, the elephant -headed god.