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Annapurna Base Camp TrekkingPashupatinath Temple : (World Heritage Site)

One of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, Pashupatinath lies five km east of the city center. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicate the temple's existence prior to 400 AD. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati river flowing beside the temple.


Buddhist Chaityas. It is said to be 2000 years old. The Chaitya which forms the main structure is made of a solid hemisphere of brick and clay supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper, gilt. Painted on the four sides of the spire bases are the never sleeping eyes of Lord Buddha. It is three kilometers west form Kathmandu city, and is situated on a hillock about 77m. Above the level of the Valley. The hill is a mosaic of small Chaityas and pagoda temple.

About Patan:
Patan is 15 minutes drive from Kathmandu.The ancient city of Patan is situated on the southern bank of the river Bagmati and is about 5km. Southeast of Kathmandu. The city is full of Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments with bronze gateway, guardian deities and wonderful carvings. Noted for its craftsmen and metal workers, it is known as the city of artists. The major sightseeing places in Patan Durbar Square.


Durbar Square:
Patan Durbar Square, situated in the heart of the city consitutes the focus of visitor’s attraction. The square is full of ancient palaces, temples and shrines, noted for their exquisitevings. The Patan Durbar Square consists of three main chowks or courtyards, the Central Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk and Keshav Narayan Chowk. The Sundari Chowk holds in its centre a masterpiece of stone architecture, the royal bath called “Tushahity”.


Krishna Mandir:
Built in the 17th century, the temple of Lord Krishna holds a commanding position in the palace complex of Patan. It is supposed to be the first specimen of Shikhara style architecture in Nepal. It is the only temple in Nepal having 21 spires and is completely made of stone.


Mahaboudha: (Boudha Nath)
A little further east from Patan Durbar Square lies this Buddhist temple made of clay bricks in which thousands of images of Lord Buddha engraved. The terra-cotta structure is one of the 14th century Nepalese architectural masterpieces.


Hiranya Verna Mahavihar:
Located inside, kwabadehal, this three storey golden pagoda of lokshwor (Lord Buddha) was built in the twelfth century by king bhaskar verma. Inside the upper storey of the pagoda,a re the golden image of lord buddha and a large prayer wheel.


Rudra Varna Mahavihar:
This unique buddhist monastery contains fine and amazing collection of images and statues in metal, stone and wood. It is believed that the kings in the ancient times were crowned in this monastery. Many of the treasures offered by the devotees can be seen here even today.


The Ashokan Stupas:
There are four ancient stupas popularly believed to have been built in 250 B.C. by emperor ahoka at the four corners of patan. The four stupas are situated in Pulchowk, lagankhel, ebahi and in teta (way to sano gaon) respectively. These stupas give evidence to the city’s ancient religious importance.


Temple of Machhendranath and Minnath:
The Pagoda of red Machhendranath built in 1408 A.D. is situated in Tabahal. For six months the deity is taken to its other shrine in Bungmati. The temple of Minnath is situated in Tangal on the way to Tabahal.


Visit Bhaktapur City, Bhaktapur Durbar:
Bhaktapur is situated at an altitude of 1401m, is a home of medieval art and architecture. The urban city covers an area of 4square miles. Shaped like a conch-shell Bhaktapur means the city of devotees. Pottery and weaving are its traditional industries. The city lies about 14 km east from Katmandu.


Nagarkot :
Nagarkot(altitude 2,175m)is by far the most popular.Located 30kms east of Kathmandu.nagarkot is popular for sunrise and sunset tour. At sunrise,the Himalayan range,stretching from Dhaulagiri in the west all the way past Everest to kanchenjunga in the east.


Dhulikhel :
The hill resort of Dhulikhel lies 32 kms east of Kathmandu on the arniko Highway that leads to Tibet. In the old days, Dhulikhel flourished as a trading center handling commerce Kathmandu and Lhasa. Today it delights visitors with its enchanting cultural and stunning Himalayan views.Dhulikhel means luxuriating in unspoiled natural splendor and becoming oblivious to the cares of the world.


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