Hi guys, im travelling to Nepal (Kathmandu) on the 24th May until the 30th May. i have no idea what im going to do when im there. all i know about are Mount Everest, and my mate told me about a Toilet that you can use that has one way glass in it in a public square.....
does anyone have any advice for places to see, and more importantly some decent and cheap hostels for me to hole up in??
As I am tour guide I may suggest you the below Places please kindly look at there once and if you like to know more then try to log on -snip-
Patan Durbar Squar:
Patan Durbar Square complex, situated in the center of Patan city, houses the residence of the former Royal family of Patan. The Square and its surroundings provide very good example of ancient Newari architecture. The palace has three main courtyards the central and the oldest is Mul Chowk. To the west of the complex are a dozen free standing temples of various sizes and styles. Krishna Temple, Bhimsen Temple, the Golden Temple of Hiranya Varna Mahavira and Sundari Chowk mark the architectural excellence of its era. The Sundari Chowk with the sunken Royal bath of Tusha Hiti, contains exquisite woodcarvings, stone, and metal sculpture. Patan Durbar Square also houses a temple of Taleju Bhawani.
Swayambhu literally means 'Self-Existent One.' Swayambhunath is believed to have been established more than 2,500 years ago. An inscription dated 460 A.D. states that the construction was carried out by King Manadeva. By the thirteenth century Swayambhunath had developed into an important Buddhist learning site. The history of Kathmandu Valley is said to have started with the beginning of Swayambhu. The largest image of the Sakyamuni Buddha in Nepal is in a monastery next to the stupa. Behind the hilltop is a temple dedicated to Manjusri of Saraswati - the goddess of learning. Statues and shrines of Buddhist and Hindu deities dot the stupa complex. Large numbers of Buddhists and Hindus alike visit Swayambhunath. Swayambhu is perhaps the best place to observe the religious harmony in Nepal. The stupa is atop a hill, and requires considerable walk. Swayambhunath is known as "the monkey temple" because of the large band of monkeys that make it their home. There is also a road that leads almost to the base of the statue.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is in the heart of old city Kathmandu in Basantapur. The Royal complex was residence to Nepal's Royal family before the construction of the Narayanhiti Royal Palace. The founding of the Royal Palace dates back to Licchavi times. With considerable renovations by Malla rulers and later the Ranas, construction was accomplished progressively over many centuries. There are around 50 temples in the vicinity including the temple of Royal titular deity, Taleju Bhawani. The Durbar is divided into two courtyards, the outer comprising Kasthamandap, Kumari Ghar, and Shiva-Parvati Temple, and the inner consisting of Hanuman Dhoka and the main palace. It also houses two museums. Important ceremonies, including the coronation of the Nepali monarch, are held in the Kathmandu Durbar Square. Most parts of the palace premise are open for tourists throughout the week during office hours.
This is a unique city located east of Kathmandu at 1,400m above sea level. With an area of 5sq. kms. this unique city is divided into 24 traditional localities. It was founded by King Ananda Dev in 889 A.D.
Bhaktapur in supposed to have been built in the shape of a conch shell, a scared symbol of Lord Vishnu. The world Bhaktapur means The City of Devotees.
Bhaktapur; at one time an independent city, was ruled by the Malla Kings. They were very religious and gave importance to their artistic heritage which is evident throughout the city. Some of the significant momuments here are:
The Lion Gate: Built by King Bupatindra Malla in 17 th century A.D.
Golden Gate: The main entrance to the famous 55 Window Palace and Royal Taleju.
Constructed in 1754 A.D.
The statue of King Bupatindra Malla.
55 Window Palace: This architectural structure dominates the entire Bhadgaon Durbar Square. It is worth admiring.
Pashupati Nath Temple.
Bhairav Nath Temple.
Bouddhanath is the center of Tibetan culture in Nepal. The 36-meter-high stupa of Bouddhanath is one of the largest stupas in South Asia. Bouddhanath Stupa was renovated by Licchavi rulers in the eighth century. The mandala design in Bouddhanath is a copy of the one in Gyangtse in Tibet. The stupa is located in the area of ancient trade route to Tibet where Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers for many centuries. When refugees entered Nepal from Tibet in the 1950s, many decided to live around Bouddhanath. Hence, a complete township has developed around Bouddhanath. The stupa is said to entomb the remains of a Kasyap sage venerable both to Buddhists and Hindus. Smaller stupas are located at the base. Gompa monasteries, curio shops, and restaurants surround Bouddhanath.
PashupatiNath is Lord Shiva,the god of gods.Ancient scriptures(the Vedas,Upanishads and Puranas)have described Him as Lord of the entire living beings and the source of eternal bliss and peace.
The Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest temples of the world revered and worshipped both by Hindus and by Buddhists.It has set a shining example of religious harmony. In the sanctum of the temple stands a Jyotirlinga(believed to have self appeared)the like of which is not found existent anywhere else in the world. It is a phallic idol,the symbol of Pashupatinath which has for images carved on its foru sides. Infront of the west gate of the temple is kept a colossal image of a fold guilt bull seated with composure on its four legs and with its eys fixed on Lord Pashupatinath inside. It is mentioned in the Hindu scriptures that the bull is the carrier of Lord Shiva. Every year many of pilgrimage from Nepal as well as several parts from India visit this temple. So,the Pashupatinath Temple symbolizes Nepal's glory. It is a centre of faith and religious piety for the Hindus and Buddhists of the world,as well as unique treasure that forms part of the world heritage. The Pashupatinath area has remained a source of inspiration and the feeling of tolerance and harmony between religious communities. And this temple is located about 5k.m east from the centre of Kathmandu City.
Narayan, or Vishnu, is the preserver of creation to Hindus. His temple near Changu village is often described as the most ancient temple in the Kathmandu Valley. A fifthcentury stone inscription, the oldest to be discovered in Nepal, is located in the temple compound and it tells of the victorious King Mandev. The temple now covers sixteen hundred years of Nepalese art history. The temple, built around the third century, is decorated by some of the best samples of stone, wood, and metal craft in the Valley. In the words of one tourist guide, "When you look upon Changu Narayan, you observe the complete cultural development of the Valley."
On the struts of the two-tiered Changu Narayan Temple, are the ten incarnations in which Narayan destroyed evil-doers. A sixth-century stone statue shows the cosmic form of Vishnu, while another statue recalls his dwarf incarnation when he crushed the evil king Bali. Vishnu as Narsingha disemboweling a demon is particularly stunning. The western bronze doors sparkle in the evening sunlight, dragons decorate the bells, and handsome devas stare from the walls. Garuda, half man and half bird, is the steed of Vishnu, and his life-sized statue kneels before the temple. The favourite of many tourists is the statue of Vishnu sitting astride his steed.
Nagarkot, located 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu, an elevation of 2,195 meters, is one of the most scenic spots in Bhaktapur district of Nepal. It is renowned for its spectacular sunrise view of the Himalaya including Mount Everest as well as other snow-topped peaks of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. Nagarkot also offers a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley.
And you may do 2night 3days hiking near kathmandu valley.with beautiful scenery of Mountain and Nature with local Villages...I hope this will be little helpful for you -snip-.
have a happy journey to Nepal..
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