Popular Tourist Places in Nepal
Kailash Journeys (P) Ltd. provides several Nepal Tour Packages that gives you opportunity to visit popular tourist places in Nepal. You can customize your trip by selecting the popular tourist places in Nepal listed below:
The city of Temples Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. The urban area of the Nepal with major sites of attraction Pashupatinath temple one of the important pilgrimage for Hinduism, Swoyambunath, Boudhanath, Budhanilkantha the sleeping idol of lord Vishnu and many more. The valley is surrounded by hills and mountains range on the eastern side. The two major cities are nearby Kathmandu namely Lalitpur and Bhaktapur famous for ancient arts and culture. The Religious and cultural diversity can be found in the Kathmandu so it would be exciting tour to all the visitors. There are several other tourist places in Nepal – Kathmandu, one of them is Thamel with full wi-fi zone which has crowded streets with various shops.
Situated 5 kilometers east of Kathmandu City, Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple built in pagoda style has a jilted roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors will be permitted to view the temple from the east bank of Bagmati River, entrance in the temple is strictly forbidden to all non Hindus. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. Behind the temple tourists can view the cremation grounds. If you are Hindu, then you can not miss this tourist places in Nepal.
This Stupa, 8 kilometers east of Kathmandu City, is one of the biggest in the world of its kind. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal direction keeping watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity. This Buddhist Stupa was built by King Man Dev on the advice of the Goddess Mani Jogini. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The shrine is ringed by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priest.
Swayambhunath is located approximately 4 kilometers from the main city limits of Kathmandu and this Buddhist Stupa is said to be 2000 years old. The Stupa which forms the main structure is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Painted on the four sided base of the spire are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. This hill is a medley of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples.
Patan Durbar Square
Patan Durbar Square, like its counterpart in Kathmandu, is an enchanting blend of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built entirely of stone.
Pokhara is the most popular tourist places in Nepal. It is also one of the urban areas of Nepal. Blessed with natural beauty and diversity. Pokhara has many places of interests like Mahendra Cave, Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, David’s fall, Phewa Lake, View of Machhapuchhare (Mt.Fishtail) it is also comes under the route to Jomsom which is gateway to Holy place Muktinath. A perfect place for holiday destination, where people duo domestic and foreign makes their visit to relax and enjoy their time.
The temple is located on a distinguished ridge 1302 meters above sea level and overlooks the river valleys of Trisuli in the south and Marsyangdi in the west. The spectacular views of the Manaslu,Himachali and Annapurna ranges can be seen to the north of the temple. The temple is approximately a 104 Km drive from Kathmandu and can also be reached via bus east from Pokhara in around three to four hours.
Chitwan National Park
Chitwan National Park is one of the most popular tourist places in Nepal which is just 180 KM from Kathmandu. It is one of Asia’s premier wildlife reserve. Its 932 square km of grassland is home for a wide variety of fauna, mammals, and birds including several endangered species. It is also home of one horned rhino and royal Bengal tigers.
The birthplace of Lord Buddha Kapilvastu lies in Lumbini. Numerous monasteries and the ancient palace and famous Ashokasthambha is main attraction of this place. It lies in the terai region of Nepal. The visit to this place is significant for the Buddhism followers and followers of Lord Buddha. This tourist places in Nepal is a must visit if you follow Buddhism.
Doleshwor Mahadev Temple
Kedarnath Temple along with Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, forms part of the annual religious excursion (Chardham Yatra) undertaken by Hindus to the Himalayas. Kedarnath Temple, located in the Himalayas in Uttarakhand of India, is one of the most popular temples associated with Hindu religion where lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of a Bull but without the head. Bhim Shankarling Shivacharya, the 54-year-old head of Kedarpeeth, has officially declared that the idol (Shivalinga) worshipped as Doleshwor Mahadev in Sipadol VDC of Bhaktapur, Nepal is the missing Head of the idol worshipped in Kedarnath.
Legend has it that Pandavas reached the Kedarnath region to seek forgiveness from Lord Shiva for the loss of lives during the 18-day Mahabharata war. But Lord Shiva was not ready to forgive them and disguised himself as a bull. The Pandavas soon realized that the Bull was Lord Shiva and tried to stop it by pulling the tail, whence the head got separated and vanished. The Pandavas finally located the head part as directed by the holy voice (Aakashvani) in thePashupat Region of Nepal, which consists of 64 jyotirlinga (idol of Lord Shiva), Doleshwor Mahadev being one of them.
For 4,000 years, people have been searching for the head of Kedarnath who assumed the shape of a bull to avoid the five Pandava brothers, the heroes of the Mahabharata. The search was declared over after Shree 1008 Jagadguru Bhimashankarlinga Shivacharya Mahaswamiji, the head of Kedarnathpeeth in Uttarkhand, officially spelled on 22nd August of 2009, that the Shivalinga worshipped as Doleshwor Mahadev in Sipadol village of Bhaktapur is the missing head part of Kedarnath. As proof, the holy man pointed out the amazing similarity in the traditions of the shrines in two different countries.
Jalnarayan (Sleeping Bishnu)
The Budhanilkantha statue of the Hindu god Vishnu, located approximately 10 kilometers from the center of Kathmandu at the base of the Shivapuri Hill, is the largest and most beautiful stone carving in all of Nepal. It is also the most enigmatic.
Carved from a single block of black basalt stone of unknown origin, the Budhanilkantha statue is 5 meters in length and it lies in a reclining position inside a recessed tank of water (representing the cosmic sea) that is 13 meters in length. Called the Sleeping Vishnu, or Jalakshayan Narayan, the statue depicts the deity reclining on the twisting coils of the cosmic serpent Shesha (Shesha is the eternal, multi-headed king of the serpent deities known as Nagas, and also is the servant of Vishnu). Vishnu’s legs are crossed and the eleven heads of Shesha cradle his head. Vishnu’s four hands hold objects that are symbols of his divine qualities: a chakra or disc (representing the mind), a conch-shell (the four elements), a lotus flower (the moving universe) and the club (primeval knowledge).
Kailashnath Mahadev Statue claimed to be the world world’s tallest Lord Shiva statue (143 ft) is situated just 20 Kms from Kathmandu Valley in Sanga, the border of Bhaktapur and Kavrepalanchok districts in Nepal.
The statue, which is made of cement, concrete and iron is coated with zinc and copper. It depicts Lord Shiva carrying a trishul in his hand while a snake is resting on his shoulder.An imprint of Buddha’s face can be made out on the figure’s chest which is a rare coincidence in a country where Hinduism and Buddhism go side by side.
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