Welcome to the colorful and vibrant city,
Kathmandu (काठमाण्डु) – the capital of Nepal is the largest Himalayan state in Asia and the centre of Nepal’s history, culture, art and economy.
Dear diary // Dear readers,
Today’s diary entry is the first one in the Nepal Travel Diary series. To kick it off, I have created a list of the top places to visit in Kathmandu. So, without further ado, let’s get started.
1. Boudhanath Stupa
Boudha is one of my favorite places to visit in Kathmandu because of how wonderful and peaceful the environment is! Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest Stupas in the world. It is a World Heritage Site and an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists. Around the Stupa, there are lots good restaurants, guest houses and shops that sell traditional items.
2. Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square, also known as Hanuman Dhoka is another UNESCO World Heritage Site which is famous for its architecture and history. This site was home to the royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century. Spread over a large area, there are many temples at the Kathmandu Durbar Square, these include: Kasthamandap, Trailokya Mohan temple, and Taleju temple.
3. Chandragiri Hills
Carrying religious and historical significance, Chandragiri Hills has quickly become a popular travel destination for people in Nepal – it is also a place that I fell in love with. On top of the hill you will find the Bhaleshore Mahadev temple of Lord Shiva. According to legends, King Prithivi Narayan Shah worshiped at this temple before he conquered the Kathmandu valley. When the weather is clear, you can see a panoramic view of the Kathmandu valley and mountain ranges from Annapurna to Everest.
Thamel is the hub of tourism in Nepal and a commercial neighbourhood that is known for its night life, good dinning experience, many hotels and plenty of souvenir stores selling beautiful paintings, handicrafts and unique items like the Thanka. You could say: Thamel has it all (which explains why it is a very popular destination among tourists). While Thamel is crowded, it is certainly worth visiting for a fun and lively experience!
5. Swayambunath Temple
Swayambunath Temple, also known as the ‘Monkey Temple’ is another important pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus. The temple is home to hundreds of monkeys which are considered holy. At the site, you will find colourful prayer flags, monkeys swinging here and there and breath-taking monuments! This temple sits atop a hill overlooking the Kathmandu valley so you can also get a beautiful panoramic view of Kathmandu!
You see, Kathmandu is also known as the city of temples and so its no wonder that there are so many temples mentioned on this list 🙂
I hope you enjoyed my first diary entry in the Nepal Travel Diary series but this is just the start. I took a break from social media/blogging for sometime hence I was inactive on this blog but hey I am back! I will be blogging more regularly from now on so stay tuned for more adventures. As always, I am so excited to share my adventures with YOU!