Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important shrines which the Hindus from all over the world are supposed to visit at least once in their life. Several hundred thousands of devotees pay homage to this temple every year. The main temple of Lord Shiva in Pashupatinath area is open only to Hindus. The open crematorium at the banks of Bagmati river is exceptionally remarkable attraction which many tourists from abroad would like see.
Swayambhunath temple, also popularly called as Monkey Temple, is situated on a beautiful hill on the western part of the main city of Kathmandu. It is a Buddhist temple, but one can feel the harmony among Buddhist and Hindu devotees meet in Swayambhunath where both the kinds of temples.
Buddhanath stupa located on the eastern side of Kathmandu close to Pashupatinath is the largest Buddhist Stupa in the world. Boudhnath is the religious centre for Nepal’s considerable population of tibetans and here there is a number of thriving monasteries.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
As the most impressive destination for the tourists from outside world, Kathmandu’s old town, the Durbar Square, offers very rich variety of ancient wood carving, stone sculptures and unparallel architectures. The Kasthamandapa, a wooden building, from which the name Kathmandu originates is located in the Durbar Square.
There are some interesting museums in this area. Kumari Ghar, where Living Goddess Kumari has her residence is also here.
Kumari (Living Goddess)
Not only is Kathmandu valley home for countless Gods, Goddess, Deities, Bodhisattvas, Avatars and Manifestations which are worshipped and revered as statues, image painting and symbols but also there is a real Living Goddess in Nepal known as a Kumari Devi.
Kumari Devi is a young girl who lives in the building known as the Kumari Bahal, right beside Kathmandu Durbar Square.
The most spectacular of the occasions in which Kumari Devi participates in a formal ceremony is Indra-Jatra Festival (falling in September) when She also offers audience to President of Republic of Nepal.
Patan Durbar Square
Patan Durbar Square complex, situated in the center of Patan city, also known as Lalitpur, houses the residence of the former Patan royal family. Patan Square and its surroundings are good specimen of ancient Newari architecture. There are three main courtyards in the palace: Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk and Keshav Narayan Chowk. Mul Chowk, the oldest one, is at the centre of Patan square.
Bhaktpur Durbar Square
About 15 km far from Kathmandu there is the beautiful old city of Bhaktapur. This city offers a unique flavour of ancient architecture blended with marvellous arts and traditions.
Nagarkot is another destination which many tourists from abroad would love to make a stay at least for a night. Nagarkot is also famous as a station for a godly view of white Himalyan range. Many tourists take opportunity to stay at Nagarkot overnight and next day early in the morining view sun rise from over the Himalayas including Mt.Everest.
Other places of interest in Kathmandu
Narayanhity Royal Palace (presently a museum), Famous tourist centre Thamel, Asan Tole, Thahity, Sun Dhara and Jhonse’freak street.