A one day tryst with living history that speaks volumes of a past that refuses to be forgotten
This is a Brief historical one day tour that includes world renowned heritage sites that gives you deep insights into Nepals rich historical pasts where ancient traditions that date back hundreds of years still live on till this very day. The amazing skills of ancient artisans can be seen in these iconic heritage monuments where the echoes of a feudal era can still be heard in the corridors of these artistic structures that show us how these kings of yore wrote their history in blood, brick and sand
Situated 5 kilometers east of Kathmandu City, Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple built in pagoda style has a jilted roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors will be permitted to view the temple from the east bank of Bagmati River, entrance in the temple is strictly forbidden to all non Hindus. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. Behind the temple tourists can view the cremation grounds used for the poor man on the streets and for Nepals kings, too.
This Stupa, 8 kilometers east of Kathmandu City, is one of the biggest in the world of its kind. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal directions said to be keeping watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity. This Buddhist Stupa was built by King Man Deva on the advice of the Goddess Mani Jogini or so the myth goes. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The shrine is ringed by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priest.
Swayambhunath is located approximately 4 kilometers from the main city limits of Kathmandu and this Buddhist Stupa is said to be 2000 years old. The Stupa which forms the main structure is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Painted on the four sided base of the spire are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. This hill is a medley of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples. At twilight its a grand spectacle watching an illuminated Kathmandu from the heights of this temple. Swayambhunath is also known throughout the world as monkey temple and this is real. Before you climb the steps of this temple it is wise to buy some bananas to appease these hungry monkeys who can be a literal pain in the neck if you dont do so. Swayambhunath is home to these simians that are known for their pranks.
Patan Durbar Square
Patan Durbar Square, like its counterpart in Kathmandu, is an enchanting blend of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former royal palace complex is the center of Patans religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built entirely of stone.
The main attractions in Patan
Beside the above mentioned places to visit there are other significant sites that can be visited too, if you can find the time, 2 hours should be enough to cover all of these temples. Make sure you visit numbers 3-5-7-8 that will be of significant historical and anthropological interests.