Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal and most probably your first stop upon arrival in Nepal. This ancient and historic valley has built its fame in the world for its rich culture, people, architecture, history, and heritage sites. The city of Kathmandu is very vibrant city with home to nearly 3 million people. Yet being a chaotic city, there are 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. The ancient palaces in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur reflects the royal taste of ancient Malla kingdoms of Nepal, whereas, the temples like Pashupatinath temple and Changu Narayan temple reflects the religious aspect of Hindu people in Nepal. Likewise, the Boudhanath stupa and the Swayambhunath Stupa will give you some insights about the Buddhist religion. This city offers plenty of activities and the travel packages for Kathmandu are many as you can choose them as according to your preference.
A day tour in Kathmandu is an amazing trip idea to experience and learn the unique cultural aspects of Nepal. Strolling around the streets of Kathmandu and witnessing the lifestyle of Nepalese community, visiting heritage sites in Kathmandu such as ancient palaces and sacred religious sites are some of the things to do in Kathmandu city. Core trek provides an amazing day tour package in Kathmandu with an experienced tour guide in Kathmandu who can speak your choice of language fluently.
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Kathmandu Durbar Square: Kathmandu Durbar is an ancient Malla Kingdom of Nepal that dates back to 14th century. This site was declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO back in 1997 and since thousands of tourists visit this historic place in Kathmandu each year. The prime attractions of this palace square are the art, architecture, craftworks and designs manifested in the pillars, buildings and windows, and the Hanuman Dhoka Museum. A big statue of Hanuman (who is one of the Hindu gods) is placed in front of the gate and hence the name. The palace is also surrounded by many small temples. This place is crowded with visitors and people all the time as it is an amazing hangout place for people of every age.
Swayambhunath Stupa: Also known as the Monkey Temple for its dense population of Monkeys, it is one of the oldest Buddhist Stupa in the Kathmandu Valley. This temple is a very sacred place for worship for Buddhists all over the world. One can observe large statues of Buddha, monasteries, and gompas in this stupa. This place also has a mythologic significance as it is believed that the stupa sits on the same place where the legendary Manjushree, the creator of Kathmandu Valley, had encountered a lotus in the valley lake. The Stupa lies on a hilltop and has a perfect vantage point from where the whole Kathmandu valley can be seen in its beauty and grandeur.
Pashupatinath Temple. This is very sacred religious site for Hindus all over the world. It is an oldest temple of a prime Hindu god, Lord Shiva, which holds a high value amongst Hindu pilgrims. Thousands visit this temple in Kathmandu each year for sightseeing or pilgrimage. Keep in mind though that only Hindus are allowed to enter inside the temple. For others, they can enjoy the surrounding areas of the temple along with crematorium where dead bodies are burnt into ashes. It is a Hindu tradition to cremate dead bodies in fire and the river bank that flows beside this temple is considered to be a holy river which is why it's a common sight to see these things here. As being a religious site, encounter with
Sadhus - people who have rubbed their bodies with ashes with dread locked hairs - are also quite common.
Boudhanath Stupa: Boudhanath Stupa is famous for being the largest Buddhist Stupa in the world. It is also one of seven World heritage sites in Kathmandu where visitors can experience a glimpse of Tibetan Buddhism culture. Monks are always busy with their chanting and prayer rituals. It is also the holiest stupa outside of Tibet which holds high value amongst Buddhist pilgrimage. The white dome on the bottom and gold plated spire on top with an eye that symbolizes peace is a unique feature of this Stupa. There are also many restaurants surrounding the Stupa where visitors can try different cuisines enjoying the beautiful view of the Stupa in the middle as the center of attraction.