Best Historical Places to visit in Kathmandu
To experience the tranquillity and divinity of Nepal, you should visit Kathmandu, capture serene views of nature, indulge in adventure and explore historical and worship places. You will be able to experience the traditional values and culture of Nepal while visiting the famous tourist attractions of Kathmandu.
- Boudhanath Stupa
One of the most visited holy places in Nepal, Boudhanath stupa is known to be one of the largest Tibetan stupas. Its history and wonderful architecture are sure to impress you. It is an iconic stupa outside of Tibet that is visited by thousands of travellers during the year. Boudhanath Stupa is surrounded by small temples, gompas, many shops and houses as well.
If you are interested in Buddha’s teachings and want to know about Buddhism, this is a great place to be where you can interact with monks, do prayers and enjoy the spiritual feeling. One should visit the stupa at night as this place is illuminated by hundreds of candles by pilgrims which is a sight to behold.
- Pashupatinath Temple
A part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Pashupatinath temple is a massive Hindu temple complex dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Nepalese pagoda style architecture along with inscriptions and numerous images is quite interesting. For all the Shiva devotees, this is a must-visit place in Nepal to witness an out of the world experience during the time of festival Mahashivatri, when the celebrations are on another level.
Only Hindus have permission to enter the main temple, while others can enter the temple complex. When you visit the temple, witness the most mesmerizing ritual – Pashupatinath Bagmati Aarti where you can offer prayers and see the priest chanting mantras (prayers) to create a blissful surrounding.
- Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur Durbar Square perfectly reflects the Nepalese culture. It is a wonderful place with palaces that are reconstructed many times on several occasions and now the bustling Durbar Square is like a living museum with temples, stunning ancient buildings and monuments.
The tiny streets and alleys of Durbar Square are home to famous monuments such as 55 Windows palace, Nyatapola Temple, Dattatreya Temple, Pottery Square etc.
- Hanuman Dhoka Temple
Located at Durbar Square Kathmandu, the Hanuman Dhokha temple is also one of the best sightseeing places in Kathmandu which every traveller should include in their trip. This place is renowned for its beautiful temples located inside the royal palace built with Nepalese culture techniques.
The view of the Lord Hanuman statue near the entrance is just amazing which adds so much charm to the temple. History and Art buffs would love to visit this temple as it is a museum of Nepalese history, art and culture.
- Swayambhunath Stupa
Also famous as Monkey temple, Swayambhunath Stupa is indeed an architectural marvel in Kathmandu city that needs to be seen by everyone. The stupa is surrounded by so many trees, temples, shrines, monasteries, and museums offering a lively ambience.
The stupa is painted beautifully with the eyes and eyebrows of Buddha on all four corners which looks fascinating. Also, one can enjoy the beauty and magnificent views of the entire Kathmandu valley from the Swayambhunath Stupa.
All these places offer a wholesome touring experience to every traveller. So now, whenever you visit Kathmandu, you already know where to visit and what to explore.