One of world’s most glorious Buddhist charityays believed to be 2000 years old is Swayambhunath also known as monkey temple. It lies three kilometres west of Kathmandu city and is situated on a hillock 77m above the level of the valley. This hill is a mosaic of several small chaityas and pagoda temples. Nowhere in the world one can find the same concentration of culture, art and tradition that exists in the Kathmandu valley.
The most famous of stupas in Nepal is Boudhnath that lies about 8 km away from Thamel. This Buddhist ancient Stupa, one of the biggest in the world also has the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha.
About 5 km from thamel, on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River lies the famous Hindu pashupatinath temple. You can clearly see the temple and the cremation rituals being performed inside from the eastern bank of river.
A walk down the city’s Durbar square is certainly a rewarding experience. One can visit the beautiful ancient places, temples and shrines all exquisitely carved, and several shops selling treasures that patan is famous for its exotic, traditional handicrafts. One of the major attractions of patan Durbar square is the ancient royal palace that consists of three main curtyards-sundari chowk holds in its centre a masterpiece of stone architecture, the royal bath called Tushahity.
PATAN the city of fine arts
The city of patan, lying towards the 5km Southeast of kathmandu, is known as the city of fine arts and across the Bagmati river is town believed to be covered with a thousand golden roofs. Locally referred to as Lalitpur.
Bhaktapur the city of Devotees
This main square of the city contains innumerable temples and other architectural showpieces like the Lion Gate, statue of king Bhupatindra Malla, picture Gallery, Golden Gate, palace of 55 windows, Batsala temple, Bell of Barking dogs, and replica of the pashupatinath temple etc. The lion Gate aborted with the lovely statue of Hanuman made of stone. The statue of king Malla in the act of worship is placed on a column facing the palace. Of the many statues seen in Nepal this is considered to be the most magnificent. The Golden Gate is the entrance to the main courtyard of the palace of 55 windows. It is one of the most beautiful and richly carved specimens of its kind of the entire world. The entrance is surmounted by figures of Goddess Kali and garuda, They winged carrier of Lord vishnu and is attended by two sknymphs.