What transpires when nature and culture braces up? A charismatic beauty that is not just substantial to words. Kathmandu valley being settled on the central Nepal has its own unique natural and cultural beauty that makes it stands out with the rest of the city. With several must-see attractions, the place has all the right elements to catch your eyes. Despite the hustle and bustle, the city accommodates few real gems worth appreciating. Kathmandu takes you on a fascinating journey, something that would leave an imprint in the traveler’s heart for a lifetime.
Here are few things you can sort out for your visit to Kathmandu to make your trip remarkable and forever cherished.
1. Combine Sightseeing with a Dash of Religion
The perfect blend of Hinduism and Buddhism! How can you miss viewing two cultures existing so harmoniously? With numerous temples residing in the valley, makes the city culturally interesting to visit. With the very famous Hindu temple in the valley is the Pashupatinath temple situated at the bank of the Bagmati River. The Boudhanath temple and Swayambhunath temple is also big time favorite in the town. As you walk ahead in the lanes of the Kathmandu valley you are likely to discover more temples with great connotation to the locals.
2. Scenic Everest Flight
Your Kathmandu trip would be incomplete if you’ll miss on this amazing scenic flight. Viewing the world’s highest mountains from the fast grabbed window seat is definitely not a miss. One hour long flight is easily manageable even in the tight schedules. Snow-capped mountains are all meant to mesmerize you with its magnificent view.
3. Add a Local Spice with the Popular Bazaars
Among the most popular local markets, traditional Old Bazaar of Kathmandu city gets all the attention. With its unique charm and the fusion of local flavors, this market offers you a lot of essentials and antique offerings bound to their culture. Colorful soft pashmina shawls, beautiful Thanka painting and dancing dolls may be a good keepsakes to get home. Make sure to your bargaining skills before entering.
4. Discover the Royalty at Durbar Square
Being one of the oldest heritage sites and palace of the former Kathmandu kingdom, visiting each of the three Durbar Squares lets you feel royal. After all, the place has a rich history, the place where the city’s kings were once crowned and legitimized. With its unique art and culture, endowments are there to astonish you with the history and tales secured with them. One the beliefs say you may be lucky enough to spot the Kumari, the only living goddess in the world, gazing out of her home.
5. A Short Trek to Explore Countryside
Surrounded by succulent green hills across all the sides, the valley has several short hikes to offer you. If you want to spend your day hiking and enjoying outdoor activities, Nagarkot hike, Chisapani hike, Champadevi hike and Nagarjun hike are widely famous. You’ll be overwhelmed to witness the indescribable sunset and sunrise over the mountains and the hills while you hike these beautiful hills.
You may also explore the monasteries holding a great significance to the Nepalese culture. With the beautiful statues of Buddha having high cultural spirit, these serene monasteries allow you escape the chaotic Kathmandu city. Being the most developed cities in Nepal, the city has both peaceful and bright vibrant sides. As it is an ideal place to relish some multi nation cuisine, relax in the spa or enjoy a dashing night life.
Kathmandu being the most famous travel gateway of Nepal shelters many of the tourist tractions. You may discover your spiritual side and refresh yourself with some yoga and meditation in this land of god and goddesses. Not constraining yourself to just scenic beauty, you can enjoy the luxuries offered in the city.
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