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Best Places to Visit in Bagmati of 2017

  • 01 Kirtipur

    Kirtipur
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    A wonderful sense of faded grandeur, coupled with serenity and sleepiness makes Kirtipur a must visit. The impressive medieval temples dot this place. Located close to Kathmandu, the district is primarily known for its historic treasures.



    Highlights
    :The highlights of this place is how it can help you transcend into a bygone era. Apart from the temples and the medieval architectures, the place is known for its historic story, wherein when Prithvi Narayan Shah stormed into the valley in 1768 and won the town, he ordered that nose and lips be cut off every male in the town. Only those who could play wind instruments were left with their nose and lips. The town, which was shaken by the earthquake has largely been restored. The place offers multiple panoramas of some beautiful mountains across the country.

    Location
    : Kirtipur, Kathmandu District.

    Timings
    :Open all day.


  • 02 Indra Chowk

    Indra Chowk
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    Makhan Tole’s busy street spills and brings you closer to Indra Chowk, which is a popular courtyard in the region. The place, named after an ancient Vedic deity, Indra is known for its market and cultural escapades. It is here that you will find merchants of blankets and clothes, next door stone shiva Temple and stunning façade of the Akash Bhairab Temple.



    Highlights
    :Apart from the market, one of the biggest highlights of this place is the Sky Temple. This particular temple has four metal lions that appear to be rearing over the street. It also includes two more brass lions at the entrance, where non-Hindus can’t enter. The market here, hidden in alleyways to the east are a must visit, especially if you want to eat some local food or wish to buy beads and bangles sold by the indigenous people of this region.

    Location
    :Makhan Tole, Kathmandu.

    Timings
    :Open from morning till evening.


  • 03 Shechen Monastery

    Shechen Monastery
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    It is one of the most spectacular looking monastery near the great stupa of bodhnath. It was with the help of Dilgo Khyentse Riponche who had incorporated the age old tradition of the original Shechen Monastery. It was his strong belief that all the traditions are richly maintained and preserved for shechen monastery. It is a perfect example of rich Tibetan culture. You will find beautiful frescoe paintings which are going to leave you truly mesmerized.



    Highlights
    : There are approximately 400 monks across the Himalayan region from where they earn a livelihood.

    Location
    : The monastery is located between Nangdo and Dzogchen Monastery.

    Best time to visit
    : March and May.

    Prices
    : It starts from 895 NRs.

    Top Things To Do in Shechen Monastery

  • 04 Kyajo Ri Climbing

    Kyajo Ri Climbing
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    The interesting thing about this trek Kyajo Ri is that the trek ends in a summit. Not to mention while enjoying the beautiful views of the mountains all around. This trekking expedition also gives you a chance to peep into your inner self and relieve yourself from the unnecessary tensions. It makes you strong and powerful and gives you the strength to handle the tough situations of life.



    Best time to visit
    : March to May and September to November.

    Highlights
    : You can also get a glimpse of understanding the lifestyle of the finest climbers, the Sherpas.

    Price
    : $2990 USD.

    Difficulty Level
    : Medium

    Top Things To Do in Kyajo Ri Climbing

  • 05 EBC,Gokyo and Cho-la Pass

    EBC,Gokyo and Cho-la Pass
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    Tucked away to the Western Side of Everest Base Camp is the Ri Trail, Gokoyo and Cho-la Pass, which is perfect for those who want grandeur views, five terrific alpine lakes. This is one of the most adventurous treks for seasoned trekkers. It combines the Everest Base camp as well as Gokyo Valley with the highest elevation of almost 5500 meters.



    Highlights
    :The trip highlights include sensational views of snow-capped mountains and dramatic landscapes. The place is well known for its warmth hospitality as well. Trekkers will also get the opportunity to explore Buddhist culture, diverse ethnicities and pristine lakes. The trek usually includes Sagarmatha National Park as well.

    Location
    :Kathmandu.

    Things to keep in mind
    :The trek is difficult and therefore, make sure that you get the right sleeping bags, fleece jackets with wind-protection factor. Always carry sunscreen and water bottles among other necessary items.


    Top Things To Do in EBC,Gokyo and Cho-la Pass

  • 06 Island Peak Climbing

    Island Peak Climbing
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    If you are blessed with mountain madness then this is the chance to live your dreams by climbing the Island Peak which is also known as Imja Tse. You can have an amazing Himalayan experience which is covered with snow. The view is simply beautiful and appealing. This expedition is sure to create lasting memories in your mind. The mountaineering is such that it will give you can experience which you would never like to forget.



    Highlights
    : From the summit of the Island Peak, you can have a clear and amazing view of Lhotse and Makalu.

    Best time to visit
    : April and October.

    Price: $3980USD.

    Difficulty Level
    : High because it is a very strenuous trek.

    Top Things To Do in Island Peak Climbing

  • 07 Langtang National Park

    Langtang National Park
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    It is the first Himalayan National Park with rich flora and fauna. The national park is the most appropriate place for hiking too. It is the catchment area for Trisuli river along Sun Koshi river. Mostly the populations are Tamang who are from the ancient Nepalese race.

    The national park is highly uncrowded which makes it the best national park for the occasion. The nearby lodges are operational during winters only. People may have high altitude sickness so you should carry your medicines accordingly.



    Highlights
    : There are three main trekking routes in this place Langtang Valley, Helambu and Gosaikunda Lake.

    Best time to visit
    : Mid October to Mid December.
     
    Prices
    : Rs. 1000 entry fee.
     
    Location
    : Nearest city is Kathamandu.

    Top Things To Do in Langtang National Park

  • 08 Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park

    Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park
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    If you want to spot the last areas of woodland then it will be seen in Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park. It has quite recently got the wildlife status. The sprawling forest will get you bowled with the mere look at it. There are no accommodation here, as the one which was here was destroyed in the 2015 earthquake. To make the trip even more exciting there are several cycling and motor biking ride which is going to leave you truly thrilled.



    Highlights
    : It is not only a natural wildlife but at the same time it also allows you to make a trip to Tibetan nunnery of Nagi Gompa.

    Location
    : It is 12 km away from the centre of the capital city, Sundarijal, Nepal.

    Best time to visit
    : September to November and February to April.

    Price
    : Rs 500

    Top Things To Do in Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park

  • 09 White Monastery

    White Monastery
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    Nepal holds a prominent place in Buddhist culture. The country has a number of monasteries, including Seto Gumba or the White Monastery. This is a natural beauty with the relevant religious importance. The white monastery is surrounded by lush green valley and vivid terrain which makes it such a delight to watch.



    Highlights
    :The White Monastery gives heavenly pleasure and provides bird eye’s view of the Kathmandu Valley. One of the main highlights of this monastery is its white color as well as the serenity and calmness that it has to offer. The monastery has several murals, statues and paintings that can provide in-depth information about Buddhism. The place is on off-beaten track, but located close to the Swoyambhunath Stupa.

    Location
    :Kathmandu.

    Timings
    :The place is open from morning to evening only on Saturdays.

    Price
    :The usual price is USD 1.


    Top Things To Do in White Monastery

  • 10 Khawalung Monastery

    Explore Buddhism through the eyes of Khawalung Monastery. Founded by Vajra Master Jigme Dorje Rinpoche, the spiritual heir of Choying Wangpo Rinpoche, the monastery preserves, upholds and disseminates general Buddhist Teachings.

    Highlights:The monastery has been detailed extensively in terms of its architecture, inspired by the Buddhist styles and structure. It is also a major sect of Vahrayana Buddhism and provides teachings about the religion. At the moment, there are three teachers who work at the elementary and training school, teaching rites and rituals to the next generation. Besides religious education, the place is known for basic and advanced courses as well. It even provides children with medical expenses, free food and clothing. The same is offered to all the monks residing here.

    Location
    :Kapan, Nepal.

    Timings
    :Open for tourists from morning to evening.

    Price
    :Entry is free for travelers.


    Top Things To Do in Khawalung Monastery

  • 11 Durbar (Central) Square

    Durbar (Central) Square
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    Want to travel to an era bygone? Then Durbar Square is the place to be! The Durbar Square Central is a popular place among the tourists. It is well known for the ancient Royal Palace, which faces next to the square.



    Highlights
    :The concentrated mass of temples in this region is perhaps one of the biggest highlights of this place. It is here that you will find a stunning display of Newari architecture. The temple construction here happened from 14thto 18thcenturies, especially during the reign of King Siddhinarsingh Malla. The Durbar Central Square is one of the perfect places where you can wander around for hours, looking at magnificent buildings.

    Location
    : The Durbar Square is located in Patan Nepal.

    Timings
    : Entry is from 7 am to 7 pm. 

    Price
    : For foreign travelers, the prices are from USD 3-8.


    Top Things To Do in Durbar (Central) Square

  • 12 Narayanhiti Palace

    Narayanhiti Palace
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    Want to know how the politics have transformed Nepal? Well, things will get a lot clearer when you visit the Narayanhiti Palace and Museum. Full of meeting rooms and 1970s glamour, the palace has opulent interiors. The place is well known for its museum beauty. Once, King Gyanendra lived in it, but he was given 15 days to vacate the property after his fall from the throne.

    Highlights
    :This palace is also the place where Prince Dipendra massacred his family in 2001. The place is morbidly market and the bullet holes are still visible on some of the walls. But nevertheless, this place offers a peek into the regal lifestyle of the royals, the one that people only dream about.

    Location
    :Kathmandu.

    Timings
    :11 am to 4 pm.Price:USD 6-9


  • 13 Temples in Kathmandu

    Temples in Kathmandu
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    Nepal is a Hindu and a visit to this country is one of the best ways to discover the rich Hindu culture, which dates back for centuries. One of the best ways to explore the diverse and rich culture is to visit the temples in Kathmandu. The city of temples have several places to visit, including Bodhnath Stupa, one of the largest stupas in the world along with Swayambhunath Temple, the popular Pashupatinath temple, Dakshinkali and other temples.

    These temples offer a unique cultural experience, with the opportunity to explore something new altogether. These Hindu Temples are a reflection of magnificent architecture as well. They are usually dedicated to Hindu deities such as Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu among others. Visit them for a unique social experience.



    Location:Kathmandu.

    Cost:Free of cost.

    Best Time: These temples can be visited throughout the year.

    Difficulty Level: Easy.


    Top Things To Do in Temples in Kathmandu

  • 14 Mount Parchamo

    Mount Parchamo
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    This trek is surely going to catch your fascination and it will hard for any trekker to resist it. This trek involves a higher amount of risk which makes trekking quite difficult in this place. The expedition begins from Lukla and looking at Parchamo from a distance will make you feel that it is a big chunk of sweet ice-cream.

    Highlights
    : If you want to make your expedition even more exciting you can combine it with Ramdung Go Peak with the trek over Tesi Lapcha.

    Best time to visit
    : September to December.

    Difficulty Level
    : High.

    Prices
    : $2150 USD

  • 15 Lobuche East Peak Climbing

    Lobuche East Peak Climbing
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    It is one of the hardest trekking experience and it has got the magnificent view of Mount Everest.Since this peak is located just above the Lobuche village in Khumbu region, hence it is not far away from Mount Everest. The peaks of Lobuche forms a pyramid and they are very clearly visible from the Everest Base Camp.



    Highlights
    : You can explore the Sherpa village along with Helary museum. You can also get the chance to view the largest glacier of the Himalayas Ngozzumpa Glacier.

    Price
    : US$2050.

    Best time to visit
    : Mid March to Mid-May.

    Difficulty Level
    : Medium, however you need to be physically fit to climb this peak.

    Top Things To Do in Lobuche East Peak Climbing

  • 16 Namche Bazaar

    Namche Bazaar
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    Namche Bazaar is a village which is horses shoe shaped bowl. If you climb up till the end you can get the first look of Everest. It will leave you truly mesmerized with its absolute view. Most of the people reach this place by their trekking and hiking experience. There are several tea houses which will give you some of the most amazing experiences.



    Highlights
    : If you are in Namche on Saturday then don’t forget to visit the local streets which has some of the most amazing Chinese goods.

    Best months to visit: Spring is the best time to visit Namche Bazaar.

    Prices
    : All the hotels in the Namche Bazaar are quite reasonably priced.

  • 17 Boudhanath (Stupa)

    Boudhanath (Stupa)
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    Center of Tibetan culture and Buddhist symbolism, Boudhanath Stupa is Asia’s largest stupa and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple, located outside of Tibet. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where thousands of devotees come daily to perform ritual circumnavigation of the dome beneath the observant eyes of Lord Buddha, which is gilded on the central tower.

    It is believed that the stupa was founded in between 590-604 CE by the Nepalese Licchavi king ?ivadeva. In addition, several other Nepalese chronicles indicate that it may have been formed in between 464-505 CE during the reign of King M?nadeva.



    Highlights
    :The giant Stupa represents the mythical Mt. Meru, which is considered to be the center of the cosmos. During the Tibetan New Year, the largest celebration in Nepal i.e. the festival of Losar is hosted at Boudhanath.

    Location
    :Kathmandu, Nepal.

    Timings
    :Everyday 24 hours open.

    Price
    :USD 2 per person


  • 18 Himchuli Peak

    Himchuli Peak
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    It is the fourth highest peak and is connected to Annapurna South, thereby creating a strong south wall. You have to take the Annapurna sanctuary to start the trek upto Hinko.



    Location
    : Annapurna Range. The Himchuli Peak has allowed you to witness some of the most beautiful sights. This peak is rarely climbed by mountaineers because it is also prone to avalanche.

    Best time to visit
    : August to November and March to May.

    Difficulty Level
    : High, the trek is not however difficult but the dangerous part is the frequent rock falls which makes the expedition difficult.
     
    Prices
    : $ 2490 USD

  • 19 Rara Lake Trek

    Rara Lake Trek
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    The Rara Lake is one of the best fresh water lake. Location: You have to take an hour flight from Jumla to Kathmandu. You will find some vulnerable and endangered species at the time of the trek. You can experience some of the best scenic view in the north western side of Nepal.



    Highlights
    : If you get a chance it will be best if you can witness the rare Rara Lake Frog. You can also witness Danfe which is the national bird of Nepal. It is the ideal habitat for musk deer and at the same time you will also get a chance to Himalayan Black Deer.

    Best time to visit
    : September, October and April and May.

    Difficulty Level
    : Medium.

    Price
    : US$2645 PER PERSON.

    Top Things To Do in Rara Lake Trek

  • 20 Everest Base Camp Trekking

    Everest Base Camp Trekking
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    Everest is a daunting summit. It soars so high that even trekking at its base camp is a challenging adventure. Trek to the Everest Base Camp is arguably the experience of a lifetime. This trek allows you to step foot on the breathtaking Everest, the highest mountain in the world. The base camp is usually for 14 days and you get days to discover popular cities, hill stations and villages in the region.



    Highlights
    :The base camp is recommended from March-mid May and from Sept-mid November as otherwise, the season is wet and climbing can be difficult. The trek will take you through the diverse regions in the country and bring you up-close and personal with the culture of Nepal.

    Location
    :The trek usually begins from Kathmandu.

    Things to keep in mind
    :Have some obligatory items, such as warm clothes, UV sun-block, hiking boots and other items. Don’t take unnecessary things for the trip. However, keep a first-aid box.


    Top Things To Do in Everest Base Camp Trekking

  • 21 Sagarmatha National Park

    Sagarmatha National Park
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    It is a national park which is quite exquisitely adorned with Sagarmatha National Park. It has mountains, glaciers, and valleys along with the world’s highest peak of Mount Everest. You will also find Sherpas with their rich culture which makes the national park even more interesting. Since there are no roads to this place and you have to literally walk, so plenty of food should be accompanied with plenty of rest.



    Highlights
    : Reaching the Mount Everest base camp is the most adventurous thing to do.

    Location
    : Since there are no roads, so you have to walk from the nearest airport. It is 2 days from Lukla.

    Best time to visit
    : September to November.

    Prices
    : $135 to $145.

    Top Things To Do in Sagarmatha National Park

  • 22 Phulchoki

    Phulchoki
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    A prominent mountain peak in Nepal, Phulchowki surrounds the valley of Kathmandu. The mountain is called ‘Phul,’ to reflect flowers, the literal meaning. This place is a natural garden of flowers and everything bright-beautiful!

    Highlights
    :The Mountain is a bed of wild roses, along with iris, yellow jasmine and several native flowers. Exploring it is fun and enchanting because of the grove of rhododendrons in various hues. The path or the trail towards the summit includes keep able roads. The route takes you through the Buddhist shrine as well.

    If you have tried trekking or love hiking, then go ahead and scale the peak- it shouldn’t take more than four hours. The area is well known for its resorts as well. If you are looking for something peaceful or if you are searching for a short, easy day hike, then this is the place that should be listed in your itinerary.

    Location
    : Ryale, Nepal.

    Price
    :Free.


    Top Things To Do in Phulchoki

  • 23 Temples

    Temples
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    There are times when you want to meet you inner self and for all such moments you can visit temples. Therefore, Nepal is also considered to be the “City of Temples”. You can simply keep hopping from one temple to another in search of tranquillity. Nepal is predominantly surrounded with many Buddhist temple in and around.



    Highlights
    : Pashupatinath is the famous temple to visit in Nepal.

    Best time to visit
    : Mornings are usually the best time to visit temples.
     
    Prices
    : Rs 1000

  • 24 Pharchamo Peak

    Pharchamo Peak
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    A glaciated snow peak trek which is one of the dangerous one even for the most professional peak climbers. Despite the dangers involved it has enclosed some of the most beautiful scenic places too. The route to this peak starts from Tashi Lapcha which has some of the most potential dangers enclosed in it.



    Highlights
    : The trekking makes you witness some of the remote valleys of Rolwaling to Khumbu region.

    Best time to visit
    : April, May, October and November.

    Price
    : 2500 USD per person.

    Difficulty Level
    : High, it is advisable to walk for a while in the park before climbing the peak to ensure that the climbing is ensured.

  • 25 Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

    Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek
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    If you can never run out of challenges then this trek is for you. You will be climbing at an altitude of 6,060 m. What makes this trek even more fascinating is that it allows you to explore some of the off beaten and less travelled tracts of Nepal Himalayas.



    Highlights
    : The trek also allows you to pass through the Gurung villages which are truly marvellous and you will get to spot some of the beautiful terraced fields too.

    Best time to visit
    : March or May whichever suits you the best.

    Difficulty Level
    : High, because the trek is quite strenuous.

    Price
    : Rs 3000 NRs.

    Top Things To Do in Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

  • 26 Three Passes Trek

    Three Passes Trek
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    This fabulous three pass trek is a doorway to the colossal Mount Everest. This trek is certainly the one which has been designed for the adventurers. The three passes are Renjo La, Cho La, and Kongma La. This trekking in Nepal involves going up and down so much that it becomes a little strenuous and exhausting. However, the warm and pleasant natured Sherpas can relieve you from all the exertion.



    Highlights
    : You can visit some renowned Sherpa villages and monasteries. Also you get a chance to dive deeper into the vibrant lifestyle of the Sherpas.

    Best time to visit
    : March to May and October to November.

    Difficulty Level
    : High.

    Price
    : 15$ per day/per person.

    Top Things To Do in Three Passes Trek

  • 27 Rolwaling Trek

    Rolwaling Trek
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    One of the most outstanding trek lies between Gaurishankar Himal and Rolwaling Himal. Highlights: You can take a walk through the Teahouse, Lodge and Camping. You can also get a glimpse of the Sherpa community and the beautiful and spectacular view of Himalayan range. This beautiful ares was first explored during the preliminary surveying of Mount Everest.



    Price: Rs. 700 to Rs.1500.

    Location
    : You can take a bus from Kathmandu to Gongar Khola (6am and 8 am)

    Highlights
    : You can witness the beautiful landscape which ranges from Rhododendron and Juniper forests.

    Best time to visit
    : September, October, November along with March, April and May.

    Difficulty Level: High.

    Top Things To Do in Rolwaling Trek

  • 28 Bhaktapur

    Bhaktapur
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    Witness one of the largest kingdom of the Kathmandu valley and you will be simply mesmerized with its breath-taking looks. It had some of the best preservation of the olden times, however, they were destroyed because of the recent earthquake in 2015. Near the roadside you will find many craftisans weaving cloth and chisel timber.



    Highlights
    : You can examine the beautiful temples which are studded stones and winding streets which makes you bring back memories of the olden times.

    Location
    : It is 1 hour and 35 minutes from flight.

    Price
    : NPR 2000.

    Best time to visit
    : March to April and October to November in late afternoon

    Top Things To Do in Bhaktapur

  • 29 Pashupatinath

    Pashupatinath
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    If you have a spiritual bent of mind then the best thing would be to visit the famous Pashupatinath Temple. This temple id dedicated to Lord Shiva and has attracted millions of Hindu followers. Most of the people visit this temples when they are living the final days before they meet death. 

    The river Bagmati which flows along is considered to be the most sacred river for cremation. It is also believed that people who die here are reborn as humans again irrespective of their conduct on earth.



    Highlights
    : You can also visit Panch Deval which has five temple complex which was a holy shrine but not place for old people to stay.

    Location
    : Pashupatinath road , Kathamandu.

    Prices
    : USD 29.

    Best time to visit
    : You can viit this temple during anytime of the year but avoid visiting it during Mahashivratri and Teej festivals

    Top Things To Do in Pashupatinath

  • 30 Asan

    Asan
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    Asan, a shopper’s delight is one of the main marketplaces in central Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. The place is a historic bazaar which has been popular for decades. The section is known for its festival calendar and strategic location as well.

    Highlights
    :Streets at Asan converge in a square, which makes it a perpetual, bustling region. The colors here are vivid and bright, which makes it more enticing for the travelers. A variety of merchandise and diverse range of products are sold at this place, which makes it more exciting for travelers. Here, you can buy anything from spices to textiles, bullions, electronics and food items. The market is home to several architectural sights as well.

    Location
    :Kathmandu.

    Timings
    :Open from morning to evening.

    Price
    :Entry is free. But you will have to pay for buying items.


  • 31 Taleju Bell

    Taleju Bell
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    When the kings ruled over Nepal, grievances were not solved through a toll free, customer care number. Rather, it was solved with the Taleju Bell. Of course, there weren’t any phones back then so the rulers found out new, unique ways to hear their disciples. The bell, which is ancient and huge hangs between two stout pillars, providing access to be rung.



    Highlights
    : The bell was erected by King Vishnu Malla in 1736. The idea for its construction was to make kings more accountable to the citizens. Over the years, petitioners have rung this bell to alert the king about their grievances. And their issues were sorted out. The bell was broken during the 2015 earthquake disaster, however the pavilion stayed intact. The place is being restored. The bell pavilion has an ornamental bridge that should be explored as well.

    Location
    : Patan, Nepal.

    Timings
    : From morning to evening.


  • 32 Saribung Peak Climbing

    Saribung Peak Climbing
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    Saribung Trek is the most newly introduced trek, hence it is an ideal place for trekkers who want to try something different. This trek has been recently included in the Mustang region. However one would find at the inception that the trek is pretty simpler but as you ascend upwards it will be difficult to move upwards without the technical difficulties.

     

    Highlights
    : Saribung will let you live life the way you have always wished for. Defeating the challenges and moving ahead.

    Best time to visit
    : Spring and autumn.

    Difficulty Level
    : High and seldom are people able to finish this trek.

    Price
    : $2450 USD

  • 33 Yala Peak Climbing

    Yala Peak Climbing
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    If you are trekking for the first time then this Yala Peak climbing is the shortest climbing trip. You can have the thrilling adventure of trekking and climbing of peak in the Langtang region. The beauty of the trek lies in the fact that this tract can be covered within limited amount of time.



    Highlights
    : You can enjoy some of the breath-taking views of beautiful mountains such as Langtang Lirung, Lenpo Gang, Dorje Lakpa and many more.

    Difficulty Level
    : Easy, it doesn’t require any climbing experience.

    Price
    : US$ 1790.

  • 34 Taudaha Lake

    Taudaha Lake
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    It’s time that you explore Kathmandu fair and square. Go for off-beaten tracks and trails and enjoy discovering Taudaha Lake. A small lake that’s located in the outskirts of Kathmandu, Taudaha represents ‘snake’ and ‘lake.’



    Highlights
    :The name actually comes from mythology, where it is believed that a Buddhist mythical character Manjushree had cut the hill to drain the water of this lake, which is why the lake is now smaller than it used to be. However, due to the draining of lake, countless nagas, mythological creatures who were half snakes and half humans were left homeless. And therefore, an underwater lake or Taudaha was built, where serpent king and the subjects lived. That’s why the lake is considered tranquil. This lake is perfect for birdwatchers, as a number of migratory species visit the place.

    Location
    : Kathmandu District, Kirtipur.


  • 35 Everest High Passes and Peaks

    Everest High Passes and Peaks
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    If you are looking for something in particular in the Everest region then it wouldn’t be complete without valleys, peaks and passes. If you are climber at heart and you are looking for some serious trekking experience then the best thing would be to visit Everest High Passes and Peaks. You cannot deny some mountain vistas which overlooks some beautiful sceneries too.



    Best time to visit
    : October to Mid-May.

    Highlights
    : The Cho La crosses a glacier and the view is not only going to leave you jaw dropped but is quite risky too.

    Difficulty Level
    : High, since it has high passes and peaks which makes it a very difficult trek.

    Prices
    : $1300

  • 36 Swayambhunath Stupa

    Swayambhunath Stupa
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    Swayambhunath stupa is an ancient religious architecture located atop a conical wooden hill in the Kathmandu valley. This golden spire is one of the most ancient and holiest of all shrines in the region. The temple complex is revered by both Buddhists and Hindus. Stupa located inside the Swayambhunath complex, includes several other shrines and temples. According to the Gopalarajavamsavali, the complex is believed to have been founded by King Vrsadeva, the great-grandfather of King Manadeva in 464-505 CE.



    Highlights:Eyes of Buddha are painted on the cubical structure sitting atop the dome. Pentagon Toran are present above each of the four edges and have statues engraved on them. Pilgrims require to climb 365 steps in order to reach the stupa.

    Location
    :Kathmandu Valley, Nepal.

    Timings
    :Everyday 07:00 am - 12:00 pm.

    Price
    :USD 3 per person


  • 37 Kumari House

    Kumari House
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    It’s a brick building located on the Durbar Square in Kathmandu. But the building goes beyond its architecture and has something quite intriguing to offer- that’s the spiritual reincarnation of Goddess Durga. It is believed that the girl housed in here is the living goddess of Kathmandu.

    Highlights
    :Once upon a time, the temple was known for its magnificent carvings and divine inhabitants. Today it is mostly famous for being the house of a living goddess. Here, tourists will find wood-carved relics of gods and the symbols in Nepal and they can discover the place through a courtyard. Photos are strictly prohibited and it is forbidden to photograph the Kumari or the goddess. The living goddess does appear on the first floor windows often. But that happens in the morning or late afternoons. Kumari is a young girl and it is believed that in her expressions, she can answer the queries of devotees.

    Location
    :Durbar Square.

    Timings
    :From mornings to evening.

    Price
    :Entry is free, however you will have to pay handlers to get an actual glimpse.


  • 38 Monasteries

    Monasteries
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    If you are looking for inner peace and introspection then what could be better than monasteries. The tranquillity that these monasteries offer will let you come to terms with your inner disturbances. You can indulge in deep meditation which will truly be a bliss for you.

    The monks recite sutras where you can feel the positive vibrations. Feel the vibrations which will make you feel as if you are in trance. You might find several monasteries which are not just beautiful but at the same time are truly peaceful too.



    Highlights
    : Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu is a must watch in Nepal.

    Best time to visit
    : October.

    Prices
    : Rs.500

  • 39 Hanuman Dhoka

    Hanuman Dhoka
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    Founded during the 4thto 8thcentury, AD, Hanuman Dhoka is the royal palace in Kathmandu. This considerably expanded place is one of the most stunning destinations in the region. The sprawling palace, which was damaged during the 2015 earthquake is now extensively restored.

     After the restoration, people would be able to access the stunning courtyards and museums of this place without a hassle. The palace is impressive in mature. It is believed that Hanumana guarded important parts of this palace because of Lord Rama



    Highlights:There’s a statue at this place that dates from 1672 AD and the god’s face seems to have disappeared due to application of vermillion by the devotees that come here from all over the world. The palace otherwise has large courtyards. Once the palace reopens, you can enjoy the handsome courtyard at the entrance and then, visit the Narsingha Statue or go to the audience chamber.

    Location
    :Kathmandu Square.

    Timings
    :Admission Fee with Durbar Square Ticket.

    Price
    :10: 30 am to 4 pm.


  • 40 Casino Royale

    Casino Royale
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    Get ready to look suave. Style yourself in a tuxedo and throw away your backpack for a while. Polish up on some Sean Connery impressions and explore the royal world of Casino Royale, one of the most popular casinos in the country. This former Rana Palace at the Yak and Yeti Hotel is the perfect place to hang out in a sophisticated fashion.

     Highlights:One of the leading casinos in the area, the place has a number of tables where you can enjoy gambling, card games and other plays. If you stay here long enough, you may even get the opportunity to enjoy sumptuous dinner buffets. Frequented by tourists and locales alike, the casino is an ideal place for a conversation or for socializing. Oh! And don’t forget to try slot machines.

    Location
    :Located in Kathmandu.

    Timings
    :Open from morning till late night.

    Prices
    : Entry is fee, but you have to pay for playing games.


  • 41 Pashupatinath Temple

    Pashupatinath Temple
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    Hinduism is the most widely followed religion in Nepal. The country has embraced this religion and respects it with several sacred places of interest, including Pashupatinath Temple. The sacred place is considered one of the most important temples in the world. The complex is on UNESCO World Heritage Sites’ list for decades. The extensive Hindu temple has a sprawling collection of images, inscriptions, ashrams, temples and images. 



    Highlights
    :There are 12 Jyotirlinga in India and the one in Nepal is the head over this body. The temple has 275 holy abodes of Shiva as well. Temple architecture is quite intriguing as it is built in Nepalese pagoda style of architecture. The wooden rafters are carved to perfection whereas the overall foundation is like cubic constructions. The sacro sanctum here is that of s stone Mukhalinga, or a linga with a face.

    Location
    :Kathmandu.

    Timings
    :Open 24 hours.

    Price
    :USD 4-10.

  • 42 Chitwan National Park

    Chitwan National Park
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    Located at the foothills of Himalayas, Chitwan National Park is Nepal’s first national park. This park was granted the status of a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984 while it was established in 1973. Originally, this national park served as the winter hunting ground for the Nepal’s ruling class till the end of the 19th century. Covering over 932 sq. km of forest area, marshland and rippling grassland, this national park is an ideal Asian place for experiencing wildlife.



    Highlights
    :It is well known for its one horned rhinos, leopards, tigers, elephants, sloth bears and over 540 species of birds. Stay in one the luxury lodges located outside the national park’s boundaries for experiencing the Chitwan National Park at its best.

    Location
    :Nepal.

    Price
    :Park entry/person –USD 22 (foreigners), USD 15 (SAARC nationals) and USD 1 (Nepalese); Government elephant safari cost/person – USD 40 (foreigners), USD 15 (SAARC nationals) and USD 3(Nepalese).


  • 43 Helambu Trek

    Helambu Trek
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    Helambu is one of the most beautiful places in Nepal that should be visited. It is also spectacular for trekking and similar purposes. If you ready to embark on an adventure, then Helambu Trek is just the right option for you. The place, is famous for its sweet apples as well as artistic Buddhist pilgrimage sites.



    Highlights
    :The trek is usually 8-10 days long, although it can be completed in 5 days as well. The normal trail starts from place called Sundarijal, which has a small dam and hydroelectric station. This place then takes you through different villages and districts. Other starting positions can include Nagarkot, Kakani and Sankhu.

    Location
    : Helambu, 30 km from Kathmandu. The starting place for trek differs from region to region and depends upon the length of trek.


  • 44 Garden of Dreams

    Garden of Dreams
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    The beautifully restored Swapna Baigicha, also known as Garden of Dreams offers respite and rejuvenation from the stresses of the world. It is one of the most stunning places in the world. The garden was built in 1920s and has been brought back to life by Austrian financed team. The stunningly restored garden has gorgeous and refined details.



    Highlights
    :Some of the main highlights of this place includes marble inscription from Omar Khayam’s Rubaiyat, beautiful fountains and ponds. The palace is home to a quirky ‘hidden garden’ as well. It also features three pavilions. The place is ideal for going out for a picnic or just to marvel at the human-nature interaction. The place is a must visit for travelers.

    Location
    :Kathmandu.

    Timings
    :Open from 9 am to 10 pm. Last entry is at 9 pm.

    Price
    : USD 2-4 depending on adults or children.


  • 45 Durbar Square

    Durbar Square
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    Durbar square will take you to the king’s era and will surely give you the feeling of royalty. It is this place where the kings were crowned and were legitimised to rule that particular palace. You can simply sit in the terraced world and let the world go by. If you want to explore more, the best thing would be to start from the old valley.



    Highlights
    :
     
    Price
    : $10 USD

    Best months to visit
    : October and sometime in the afternoon is best time to visit the place.

  • 46 Annapurna Base Camp Trek

    Annapurna Base Camp Trek
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    Nepal is the land of majestic mountains. Annapurna is one of them. It’s the 10thhighest mountain in the world and one of the most fun challenges for trekkers. The Annapurna base camp trek is usually for 10 days, offers cultural insight and adventure for nature lovers. The trek takes you through the foothills that have several ethnic groups, terraced farms and charming villages. This pristine route with mountain lifestyle is going to win you over.



    Highlights
    :The trek usually begins from Pokhara, the lake city. It takes you through other places like Ghorepani, Dhaulagiri and others. You will also get to visit the rhododendron forests and narrow valleys between Fishtail and Annapurana.

    Location
    : Pokhara.

    Things to keep in mind
    :Since it is the 10thhighest mountain in the world, Annapurna is quite cold. Make sure that you carry right kind of winter wear, have sunglasses and first-aid.


  • 47 Ashok Binayak

    Ashok Binayak
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    A religious site, Ashok Binayak Temple is the place that shouldn’t be missed. In the midst of rubbles from the temples, a tiny golden shrines lies at the top of Maru Tole, this shrine is one of the most important shrines in the valley. Lord Ganesha is one of the most loved gods among the locals in Kathmandu and hence, this shrine has hundreds and thousands of visitors every single day.



    Highlights
    :If you are heading for a trek or wish to explore the place to the fullest, then make sure that you visit the temple. The temple has a self-serve tika dispenser as well, with the rejuvenating ringing of bells that will leave you de-stressed. It is believed that visiting this place will ensure safety on a forthcoming journey.

    Location
    :Kathmandu.

    Timings
    :The place is open from morning till evening. Timings change, depending on the weather.


  • 48 Pilgrims Book House

    Pilgrims Book House
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    Kathmandu’s best bookstore, Pilgrims’ Book House was burned down in 2013, but travelers hope that it rises from the ashes. The place still has a section where most of the saved books are available on display. The place has books on everything, from Buddhism to Hinduism, Yoga and Language books along with books for children.



    Highlights
    :The bookstore is a part of a book publishing company by the same name. This company is actually located in Varanasi. The book house itself has several books on religion and other topics. These saved books are mostly available on discount, with cheaper price options throughout the day. Some of the popular books available here includes Mount Everest, Nepal Himalaya, A message from Arunachala and Sadhus of India.

    Location
    :Kathmandu, Nepal.

    Timings
    :Open from morning till night. Timings change during different seasons.

    Price
    :Entry is free. However, you will be charged for buying books from the store.


  • 49 Monasteries in Kathmandu

    Monasteries in Kathmandu
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    Kathmandu is one of the most beautiful destinations where you can discover Buddhist monasteries and temples. Nepal as a country has a rich Buddhist culture and the temples here center on a blend of Buddhism and Hinduism.

    The most famous monastery in the country is called Swayambhunanth Monastery, which is a legendery Buddhist Shrine.Apart from this, there’s Kopan Monastery and Bouddhanath monastery that should be visited.



    Highlights
    : The stupa at Bouddhananth Monastery is included in World Heritage Cultural Site list by UNESCO. Apart from this, the Swoyambhunath Monastery is well known for being one of the oldest monasteries in the world. Other monasteries, such as Namo Buddha Monastery are located closeby as well. Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha is another popular monastery, which is located near Kathmandu.

    Location
    :Kathmandu District.

    Timings
    :Timings are different for each monastery. But most of them open early morning to night.


  • 50 Dakshinkali Temple Nepal

    Dakshinkali Temple Nepal
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    The Dakshinkali Temple is a holy shrine which is dedicated to Goddess Kali. You will find the true goddess Kali with red eyes and protruding tongue. The goddess is beautifully adorned with necklace of skulls. Location: It is 22 km outside Kathmandu valley. On Saturdays you will find temple fair being conducted in Dakshinkali Temple where people are selling the best of clothes and you can have the best of tea stalls too.



    Highlights
    : You can have the most interesting hiking and trekking experiences too.

    Best time to visit: You can visit during anytime of the month, however Tuesdays and Saturdays are the best time to visit this place.
     
    Location
    : Bhimsen Marga, Kathamandu.

    Prices: Free of cost


  • 51 Nagarkot

    Nagarkot
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    A Top spot for enjoying Himalayan views and the panorama, Nagarkot is well known for its stunning natural beauty and a number of hotels. The village is stacked up with hotels and accommodations, allowing you to view nature straight from the balcony. The views itself are breathtaking and it can get quite cold in here!



    Highlights
    :The sunrise view of the Mount Everest and other peaks gives this place a considerable edge. The major highlight of this place is the fact that 8 out of 13 Himalayan ranges in Nepal are visible from this place. The place is known for its views of the Kathmandu valley, Shivapuri National Park, Numbur Forest, Rolwaling range, Ganesh himal and Langtang range.

    The location is actually quite strategic. Once upon a time, this place served as the ancient fort for Kathmandu valley. At that point of time, it was used to monitor other kingdoms. Today, it is a popular hill station, where you can stay and enjoy a blissful holiday.

    Location
    : Nagarkot, Bhaktapur District.

    Best Time To Visit
    : October to March.


  • 52 Chhauni Museum

    Chhauni Museum
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    Close to Swayambhunath, one of the most beautiful monasteries in the world lies a sprawling museum in a walled compound. This National Museum has some of the most interesting treasures on display, which makes it worth a visit.

    Highlights
    :In the museum compound, you will find Judda Art Gallery, which is home to exquisite metal, terracotta and stone statues of Nepali deities. There are fabulous cloth paintings here as well. The place has a life sized statue of Jayavarma as well. The statue, discovered in 1992 is over 1800 years old. This museum includes temple styled Buddhist Art Gallery as well. The place has everything from manuscripts to informative displays and stone depiction of Buddha to offer. This place is home to leather cannons as well, seized during the 1792 Nepal-Tibet War.

    Location: Tahachal, Kathmandu.

    Timings:10:30 am to 4:30 pm.

    Price: USD 2-5


  • 53 Durbar Square Kathmandu

    Durbar Square Kathmandu
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    Romance in the world of Kathmandu and explore the culture or history of Kathmandu by visiting the Durbar Square. Located in front of the former Kathmandu Palace Kingdom, the Durbar Square is a UENSO World Heritage Site and is originally known for vivid showcases of artists and craftsmen.

    The palace here is stunningly decorated and the overall areas reflect the beauty of Nepalese culture. The palaces and the square itself have gone through reconstruction on several occasions.



    Highlights
    : The place includes museum and other parts of the palace here are opened for visitors. The place is home to Kumari Chok as well- it is one of the most curious attractions of Nepal. Here, a gilded cage contains Kumari, a girl who was chosen to be the human reincarnation of Hindu Goddess, Durga.

    Location
    : Durbar Square, Kathmandu.

    Timings
    : From early morning to night.


  • 54 Tamang Heritage Trail !

    Tamang Heritage Trail !
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    Experience exciting, new trekking route between Langtang and Ganesh Himal with the Tamang Heritage Trail. The trail is one of the most welcoming trail is warmest and easiest trails in the country. Perfect for introductory trekking and beginners’, this trek takes you through Nepal and Tibetan borderlands, with gentle circuit treks.



    Highlights
    :The trek will take you through terraced fields and some of the most picturesque villages in the countries. For tranquility lovers, the trek has several peaceful valleys where you can enjoy the serenity. This is where the discerning trekkers go. On the route, you will also enjoy panoramic mountain views and hot springs at Tatopani.

    Location
    :Kathmandu.

    Things to keep in mind
    :The trek is a world expedition trek and you don’t really need to carry a number of things. However, don’t forget to carry a sleeping bag, fleece jacket, wind-protective clothing, sunscreen, backpack and a first-aid box.


  • 55 Thamel

    Thamel
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    A haven for tourists visiting Kathmandu, Thamel is a popular destination. The place has several hotels, shops and restaurants that are particularly designed to cater to discerning range of customers. The commercial location is an easy walk from central Kathmandu and there are a number of activities that you can enjoy at this place.



    Highlights
    :The streets are quite fascinating at Thamel. But be cautious of sellers who might want to rip you off. Otherwise, the place is good for buying anything from Tibetan Singing Bowls to Glass Pipes. Just remember to bargain a little as the prices can come down to 2/3rdof the quoted prices. Here, you can also enjoy shopping incense sticks, Kukri swords, outdoor outfits and books. Over a hundred different eateries are located at this market. So, eat whatever cuisine you wish to try.

    Location
    : Thamel, Kathmandu.

    Timings
    : From morning till night.

    Price
    :Entry is free.


  • 56 Royal Botanical Gardens

    Royal Botanical Gardens
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    Kathmandu can get quite crowded during the holidays. But if you want someplace peaceful and quiet, then there’s a perfect spot for you. It is the Royal Botanical Gardens. The place is quaint and great for walking and picnic. However, you might want to avoid it on Fridays and Saturdays, as schoolkids often visit the place then. While the place was slightly damaged during the earthquake, repairs are going on and the place will be back to its glory.


    Highlights
    :One of the main highlights of this place is the visitor center, where you can experience an enormous variety of Nepal’s flora. The place includes cactus house, orchid house and a tropical house as well. In the middle of the center is the coronation pond, with a pillar.

    Location
    : Godavari, Kathmandu.


  • 57 the Casino Royale

    the Casino Royale
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    Take some time off! Feel free and enjoy your stay at Kathmandu by visiting Casino Royale. The place is a gaming and casino center that has over twenty games and thirty gaming machine. The property includes two restaurants as well, along with a hotel that supports over 110 rooms.

    The place has several poker games that you can sit and enjoy, including baccarat, blackjack and flush, paplu and roulette. The place includes restaurant, coffee house and a bar as well where you can sit and take off your mind. This is a visit that will help you de-stress and rejuvenate, taking away the stresses of your life. At the same time, you can even book a hotel room and choose among the suites to stay comfortably.


     Location:The Casino is located in Kathmandu.

    Cost
    :USD 50-1000.

    Best Time
    :All around the year.

    Difficulty Level
    :Easy.


  • 58 Kopan Monastery

    Kopan Monastery
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    Kopan Monastery is predominantly covered with Bodhi trees. Once upon a time this place was considered to be the residing place of astrologer for the king of Nepal. The view across this monastery is simply magical. It has accommodated some 360 monks, lamas, teachers and workers.

    This monastery is the place where everybody residing here has devoted their time to study the teaching of Buddha Shakyamuni. Everybody is on the look around to follow the teachings of the founder Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Riponche.



    Highlights
    : Learn about the monastic tradition and how they live and what all did they practiced. Meditation, teaching and community services are some of the prominent features of this place.

    Location
    : Kopan, Kathmandu.

    Best time to visit
    : June.

    Price
    : US$25

  • 59 National Museum of Nepal

    National Museum of Nepal
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    If you are a hard core history buff, this place is for you, where you will find many age old things reminding you of how once olden Nepal was. It is a very old museum and has some historic collection of arts, culture and paintings too. However one would also witness Buddhist gallery which has all the important information pertaining to Buddhism. The complete past of Nepal is neatly wrapped in this beautiful museum.



    Highlights
    : You would also find some wooden antiques along with bronze and copper. And you can also spot some amazing sculpture too.

    Price
    : Rs 150

    Location
    : Chhauni Road, Kathmandu.

    Best time to visit
    : Somewhere in October during evenings are the best time to visit.

  • 60 Kathesimbhu Stupa

    Kathesimbhu Stupa
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    The 17thcentury rendition of the renowned Swayambhunath temple, Kathesimbhu Stupa is one of the most popular Tibetan pilgrimage sites in Kathmandu. Located between Thamel and Durbar Square, the stupa was built using the left over materials from Swayambhunath temple complex. It is set in a hidden courtyard, surrounded by smaller stupas, engravings and statutes. Although well maintained and intact, this UNESCO World Heritage Site witnessed minor damages in the 2015 earthquake.



    Highlights
    :In the northwestern corner of the courtyard there’s a beautiful pagoda dedicated to Hariti, the goddess of smallpox whereas the northeast corner is adorned with the Drubgon Jangchup Choeling Monastery.

    Location
    :Kathmandu, Nepal.

    Timings
    :The complex is opened for public access the entire day throughout the week.

    Price
    :There is no admission charges for entry into the stupa complex.