You can roam in many tourist places in Kathmandu where you can enjoy the natural beauty, the views of Himalayas, the green forest under the hills and more. But in this article I am going to note down about 10 Best Places To Visit In Kathmandu, Nepal which are mainly the cultural heritage sites.
There are four World Heritage Sites in Nepal listed by UNESCO. Among the four one is situated at Kathmandu Valley and this one World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu is a blend of seven different places which all are situated within 7 km of radius. And these seven places are Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, Baudhanath Stupa, Changunarayan Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
Best Places To Visit In Kathmandu :
Kathmandu Tourism has a major role in Nepal’s economic growth. And the interest for Kathmandu city tour is increasing very fast. So lets starts about the Kathmandu tourist attraction and places to visit near Kathmandu.
The World Heritage Site, Pashupatinath Temple is on the bank of river Bagmati in Kathmandu district. This is one of the largest and famous temples in Asia. As this is a Shiva Mandir, so in the occasion of Maha Shivratri, millions of devotees gather from the country and abroad. Everyday the rituals are observed in the temple from 4 am to 7 pm.
Swayambhunath Stupa is the oldest and one of the holiest Buddhist Temple in Nepal. It is at top of hill from 3 km of main city and we also know it as a Monkey Temple. Here you can discover some sculptures like The Sleeping Buddha, The Dewa Dharma Monastery, The huge gold plated Vajra ‘thunderbolt’ etc.
Baudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupa in the world. It is in Kathmandu district but about 10 km away from the city. You can enjoy the beauty of the place in early morning or in the evening. It is also the center of Tibbetan Buddhism in Nepal.
Changu Narayan Temple:
Changu Narayan Temple is believed to be the oldest Hindu temple in Nepal. It is on hill and about 11 km away from the city and is in Bhaktapur district. This is a Vishnu Mandir. Here you can find some sculptures like Garuda, the flying vehicle of Lord Vishnu, Vishowrup, Narasimha etc.
Kathmandu Durbar Square:
The Basantpur or Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the Best Places To Visit In Kathmandu. It is the witness of many royal ceremonies of former Nepalese Monarchy. It is in Kathmandu district but about 4 km away from the city. People also know it as Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square. Here you can discover the museums, temples and many other things that you can visit.
Patan Durbar Square:
Patan Durbar Square is about 6 km away from the Kathmandu city and is in Lalitpur district. Here you discover the beautiful ancient royal palace. You can also see various temples such as Bhimsen Temple, Krishna Mandir, Biswanath Temple etc. In and around the premises, there are also some another beautiful places to visit like Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk, Keshav Chowk etc.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
With its ancient beauty it makes its position as one of the most visited place among the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley, situated in Bhaktapur district. It is from 15 km away from Kathmandu city. The main attractions of the place are Golden Gate, Batsala Temple, Lion’s Gate, 55 Window Palace, Hanuman Statue etc.
Dedicated to the Lord Vishnu, the temple is situated in Kathmandu district. People also know it as the Narayanthan Temple. It seems to be the largest stone sculpture of Lord Vishnu in Nepal. Here you also notice the maximum crowd at the day of the main festival of temple Haribondhini Ekadasi Mela.
This is the place where the horrible royal massacre of Nepal happened. The Narayanhiti Palace is at the centre of the city. And here in museum you can see various antique objects and the crown jewels which is the most precious things of the country.
Kumari Ghar (The Living Goddess):
Kumari Chok or Kumari Ghar is the Palace of the Living Goddess. It is one of the attractions of Kathmandu sightseeing and is at the center of the city near Kathmandu Durbar Square. Here you can see a girl in a cage, who has been chosen as a avatar of Durga, the Hindu Goddess and people also worship her.
Besides the above 10 Best Places To Visit In Kathmandu, there are also some beautiful places to see in Kathmandu like Garden Of Dreams, Nagarkot, Museums in Kathmandu, National Botanical Garden, Shivapuri National Park, Central Zoo, Chandragiri Hills, Taudaha lake, Phullahari Monastery, Thamel, Nama Buddha, Baber Mahal in Thapathali, Godawari etc.
If you are finding some best places to visit in Kathmandu to spent some quality time with your partner or finding some places for honeymoon destination, everything you will get here, as there are plenty of places to visit in Kathmandu. So go and spent some time with natural as well as cultural vibes.