- Explore the Ancient palace of Kathmandu Durbar Square
- Explore the Mythical & Ancient Kathmandu Valley
- Explore the oldest Stupa of the world – Swayambhunath Maha Chaitya – The Monkey Temple
- Explore The city of Fine Arts – Patan Durbar Square : City from the 2nd century
- Explore Bouddhanath Stupa : World’s second largest stupa; Heaven for the Buddhist
- Explore the Hindu Cremation Area : Pashupatinath Temple
- Explore the Ancient Palace of Bhaktapur: 8th Century Palace and Squares
|Price||100$ per person|
|Duration||4-6 hours (only 3 Sightseeing monuments per day)|
|Check in||10:00 am|
|Depature From & Return point||Hotel, Kathmandu , Nepal|
Today our experienced guide will host the tour. The tour will take around 6-7 hours. During the tour you can take enjoy the ancient and cultural places along with the Myths of Kathmandu Valley. To Take the photographs you have to ask with the people around or to your guide as some of the locals does not want to be captured as well as the shadhus(saints).
Nepal is steeped in numerous legends, myths and folklore that are entwined with different facets of Nepalese life. Every temple, shrine or sacred place throughout the country has some myth or legend to tell us. No wonder, Nepal is called the ‘land of the Gods’.
There are Hindu and Buddhist legends behind the origin of the Kathmandu valley. According to the former, for long this valley was a huge pristine lake. Lord Krishna of the Mahabharata age came here sliced the lowest part of the southern hills with his divine discus (Sudarshan Chakra) allowing the water to flow out, allowing the water to flow out, making the valley possible for human settlement.
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|Swayambhunath Maha chaitya:
Kathmandu valley has also some very important and highly venerated Buddhist sites. As one oenters the valley, the first sight to catch the visitor’s eye is the hemispherical white dome (stupa) of the Swyambhu Maha Chaitya perched majestically at top of a hill on the western fringe of the Kathmandu Valley. The stupa symbolizes the body of the Buddha, which is nothing other than the cosmos itself. The Swyambhu Maha chaitya with the semi-closed eyes of the Buddha overlooking the valley from all four directions is the most prominent monument and landmark of the valley. The historical origins of this great stupa are obscure, but it is believed to have been built during the Lichchhavi period. The main stupa is a huge white dome in the form of a flattened hemisphere. Around the circular base- the garva (womb)- are installed the five celestial Buddhas with their respective female counterparts. These include the twin Shikhara- style temples of Pratappur and Anantapur built by King Pratap Malla; Basupur, with the image of Goddess Basundhara, the bestower of prosperity; Vayupur, the god of wind; and the artistic golden temple of the Goddess Ajima or Harati, the protector of children.
The Swayambhu Maha Chaitya is a veritable treasure house of valuable artefacts of bronze and stone images and miniature chaityas. On the western side of the stupa in front of the Harati temple, there is a stone pillar on top of which are some very striking bronze statues. On the eastern side, atop a Mandala, there is a massive vajra, or thunderbolt. The golden Vajra, known as dorje in Tibetan, is the symbol of vajrayana Buddhism. In the vicinity of the great stupa there are Tibetan, Bhutanese and Nepalese vihars and gumbas, as well as a museum where numerous religious manuscripts and bronze and stone images of both Buddhist and Hindu deities are on display. Indeed, the entire site is a unique open-air museum, unparalled elsewhere in the world.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square in Kathmandu is the most extensive of the three royal palace squares, not only in size but also in scale of its open space and structures. It contains 60 important monuments, of which the majority date from the 17th and 18th century, Pratap Malla of the 17th century and Prithvi Narayan Shah of the 18th century added to the architectural splendor of this Durbar Square. King Mahindra Malla (1560-74 A.D) constructed numerous temples inside the palace complex and in its vicinity. Prominent among them are the temple of Mahendreshwar Mahadev, the Jagannath Temple and the grand Taleju Temple was built in 1563. One of the tallest and largest temples in the country, towering more than 40 meters, it is built atop a plinth of brick platform. Nearby, the Jagannath Temple, built in the 16th century, is known for the fascinating erotic carvings of human sexual union on the wooden struts. The Hanuman Dhoka Durbar monuments zone encompasses marvelous edifices built by King Pratap Malla (1641-74 A.D). These include the Krishman temple, Kabindrapur< Indrapur Temple, Panchamukhi Hanuman Temple of Nasal Chwok, and a stone pillar with his tatue atop facing the degu Taleju temple. King Pratap Malla had erected a stone statue of Hanuman, the bravest of the brave monkey-god in the epic Ramayana, in front of his palace to drive away evil spirits and be victorious in wars. This palace later came to be known as the Hanuman Dhoka Durbar, or the palace guarded by god Hanuman. After the conquest of the valley by King Pritvi Narayan Shah of Gorkha in 1769, he expanded the palace. Two very impressive architectural structures, the nine-storeyed Basantapur and Vilas Mandir, were built during his regin. All the four towers of this palace are considered remarkable pieces of Nepalese architecture. This palace square is surrounded by many important monuments, such as the resident temple of the Living Goddess Kumari; the Kastha Mandap, or Maru sattal, which is the largest open rest house and a landmark of Kathmandu from which the city derives its name; simha Sattal; and the Maju Dewal which is the tallest temple in the periphery. Anyone who visits this palace complex cannot but be overwhelmed by its grandeur and the architectural heritage which it represents.
Patan Durbar Square
Patan is also known as Lalitpur which means the city of arts. It is located across the river Bagmati which is 5 km south of central Kathmandu. This city founded in 3rd century A.D. by King Veera Dev has a distinction of being the home of the finest crafts and is considered oldest of all three cities of Kathmandu Valley. Most of the monuments in this square date back to the Medieval Malla period from 16th to 18th century and the monuments in the area are mostly created to King Siddhi Narsingha Malla, Shri Niwas Malla and Yog Narendra Malla.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur meaning the city of devotees was founded by King Ananda Dev in 1197 A.D. according to the Gopal Raj Vamsabali even though the existence of the city could be traced back to the Licchavi period (185-750 A.D.). There are many monuments including pagodas, palaces, shikhara style monuments, courtyards and Buddhists shrines and monasteries. The Durbar Square was the seat of the Malla Kings and the present structures were erected from the 12th to the 18th century A.D. Bhaktapur is located at around 12 Km away from Kathmandu city.
To the Hindus, the most famous and most venerated is the templeof Lord Pashupatinath, situated on the banks of the holy river Bagmati in Kathmandu. It is among the most revered shrines for Hindus all over the world.
Nepal has numerous pilgrimage sites, sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. To the Hindus, the most famous and most venerated is the templeof Lord Pashupatinath, situated on the banks of the holy river Bagmati in Kathmandu. It is among the most revered shrines for Hindus all over the world. The main temple, which stands in the middle of a courtyard, is two-tiered, built upon a square plinth, and is 23.6 meters high. The four large gates of the temple are silver and gilt-plated and richy carved with images of deities. The two copper roofs are supported by numerous struts adorned with beautifully carved images of various Hindu gods and goddesses. The sacro sanctum, or the main idol of “Mukhalingam”, is one metre high and has faces carved in four directions. The original temple is said to have been built at the beginning of the Christian era. It is said to have undergone several reconstructions over the ages to what stands today.
Situates 5 km east of Kathmandu city center, Pashupati literally means “Lord of Animals” and is considered to be the patron deity of Nepal. Pashupatinath is regarded as one of the holiest sites for Hindus all over the world. A temple dedicated to shiva was constructed at the present site by Licchavi King Supushpa Verma according to an ancient chronicle. However the present temple is claimed to have been built by King Bhupatendra Malla in 1697 A.D. legend has it that a cow would frequently escape from its herds and offer milk on a jyotilinga (phallic symbol of Shiva) which denotes the point where the temple stands today. It is said that a certain cowherd much to his surprise found the self-generated jyotilinga when he dug the spot where the cow would give milk. The spot immediately became the center of worship that has been continued till today.
Boudanath is the biggest stupa of Nepal, is located 5km east of central Kathmandu. The stupa stands on a three-tiered platform raised over the crossed rectangles in order to bring out the yantra form.
The claims made in various religious and literary texts regarding the erection of the stupa is varied and conflicting. However, the stupa is believed to have been built in the 5th century A.D. during the reign of the Licchavi kings.
As in other stupa architecture, this stupa also has Vairochana at the center followed by Aksobhya, Ratna Sambhava, Amitabha and Amogha Siddhi in east, south, west and north directions respectively. Similarly, there are one hundred and eight small niches around the stupa accommodating the icons of Buddhas, Bodhisatavas and other female deities along with conjoint figures in erotic poses. Likewise, at the bottom level, it is surrounded with the praying wheels embossed with the famous mantra Om Mani Padme Hum fixed in more than hundred and forty niches.
The stupa along with the monasteries are centers of learning, cultural activities, prayers and meditation.
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