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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What can be a suitable one day itinerary for visiting Kathmandu?

Kshitiz Ahuja DEC 10 2012
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Pressed for time but don't want to miss out on the myriad sights and smells of Kathmandu? Take heart. There are others like you but be forewarned that with just a day in hand, your trip would be quite a roller coaster kind of experience. Well, here goes …

A typical day long outing with this agency usually covers some of the following main highlights of Kathmandu.

  • Kathmandu Durbar Square

Being one of the three durbars or royal palace squares in the Valley and the site of the Hanuman Dhoka Palace Complex, this is a historic attraction. Visitors can take a tour of the state rooms, Mahendra Museum and King Tribhuvan Memorial. The place is also pretty close to the popular Kumari Chowk famous for a gilded cage enclosing a live girl Raj Kumari. The girl is painstakingly chosen for worship as she is believed to be the human incarnation of the Hindu Mother Goddess, Durga.

  • Pashupatinath Complex

Pashupatinath is famed as one of the most revered Hindu deities and the complex here is a spectacular one with silver plated gateway, gleaming brass decorations, gilt pagoda, and an impressive roof. The complex has many shrines and statues dedicated to Lord Shiva and other gods. Highlights include a 6th century Buddha statue and a Brahma statue dating back to the 8th century.

Only Hindus are allowed inside the premises. However, visitors of other faiths do visit the place to check out its grandeur from a distance.

  • Bouddhanath Stupa

Stretching to a height of some 36 meters, it is Nepal's largest stupa drawing both Tibetan and Newar Buddhist devotees. During mornings and evenings, the place is flocked in overwhelming numbers by devotees.

  • Patan Durbar Square

Full of grand architectural marvels, Patan Durbar Square is an enthralling place. The most notable attractions here include the Bhimsen temple with its marble balcony, Viswanath temple, Lord Krishna Temple and Royal Bath.

  • Swayambhunath(Monkey Temple)

Believed to be some 2000 years old, this is a magnificent Buddhist stupa with paintings of the ‘all seeing eyes' of the Buddha on all the sides of the spire. An eclectic bunch of devotees revere the place including Hindu pandits, Tibetan monks and Newar nuns. Besides its religious significance, Swayambhunath also offers spectacular views of the valley.

  • Bhaktapur Durbar Square

An amazing hodge podge of Shikhar temples and pagodas surrounding a wood and brick palace with 55 windows, Bhaktapur Durbar Square is worth cramming into your 1 day itinerary. Major attractions include the Golden Gate, the bell of the barking dog, the Batsala temple and King Bhupatindra Malla's statue.

  • Buddhanilkantha

This 5th century Lord Vishnu statue at the centre of a pond has humongous dimensions and is a popular pilgrim destination. The place is located at Shivapuri foothills some 8 km from Kathmandu.

  • Kirtipur

Spreading across two hills, this small town offers fabulous views of Kathmandu and the surrounding hilly landscape. An added attraction here is the Bagh Bhairab Yemple sitting between the two hills.

Book a taxi for an entire day. Start with Kopan followed by Bouddhanath. Proceed to Bhaktapur and check out Pashupatinath on the way back.

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