Sightseeing in kathmandu Valley

Katmandu valley The bowl like Small Mountain - sheltered Kathmandu valley is the historical center of Nepal and the place where kingdoms rose and fell, palaces and temples were built and rebuilt, and Nepalese art and culture were developed and refined is equally religious. Kathmandu valley has been called on big museum - a vast store of Hindu and Buddhist art with more shrines and temples per square km than anywhere else in the world. Nepalese culture has immense vitality and countless festivals are celebrated each year. institutions such as the ''Living Goddess'' forms a direct link between the past and the present.

The valley is above 25 km from east to west and 20 km from north to south with an area of 570 square km and a population of 1.1 million. Kathmandu lies at a height of around 1300 meters while the surrounding hills range from 1500 meters to 2800 meters in height. Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Gaurishanker and Everest are visible from different points in the valley.

Patan situated across the Bagmati river to the south of Kathmandu is known to this day for its excellent works of art and carving in wood and bronze. Bhaktapur, also known as Bhadgaon, is the most medieval of the lot and is situated in the eastern part of the valley. while Kathmandu and Patan have undergone great changes in the three decades since Nepal its isolation, Bhaktapur has changed much less.

Patan locally referred to as Lalitpur and situated at the south of Kathmandu is the second largest town valley. patan's great building boom took place under the Mallas in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. numerous temples of widely diverse style as well as many Buddhist monasteries are scatterd around the fascinating town. the city is famous for its crafts and metal works which are wonderful souvenirs to be carried home.

Bhaktapur also known as Bhadgaon is shaped like conch. it is a medieval city designed in the 19th century by its founder king Ananda Malla. having an area of 139 square kilometer, it is situated at 1331 meter from the sea level and 13 km far from Kathmandu on the east side, linked with a motorable road. Bhaktapur has not yet lost its old traditions but rather has maintained them very well. Bhaktapur not only grows sufficient food for the city but support Kathmandu city also. the city's craftsmen build and decorate houses, make pottery and adorn temples. from the very beginning Bhaktapur has attracted the foreigners and local tourists as well. durbar square, ''palace pf 55 windows'', Golden gate leading through to the Taleju temple, National Art gallery having a good collection of thangkas paintings - all are of immense attraction. the ancient Royal palace is remarkable and an excellent example of 18th century architecture made by king Bhupatindra Malla whose statue stands in front of the Golden Gate. Around the Durbar square the curio shops, woods and stone carvings, thangkas have become a good attraction.

Nyatapola, Nepal's tallest five roofed temple, stands not far from the Durbar square. the pottery market is very near to the Nyatapola temple. the Akash Bhairav temple, the Dattaraya shrine, pujarinath with excellent wood work, the famous peacock windows located south of Dattatreya temple, the Bramayani mandir all are of equal importance and work of fine art and culture.

NAGARKOT located about 14 km north east from Bhaktapur at the height of 1838 meter from the sea level is the best place for countryside walking and mountain viewing . It takes about an hour by car to reach from Kathmandu. On the way to Nagarkot one sees the terraced farm land and pine forest It is the only place. where from one can view a panorama of the entire eastern central Himalaya . Everest. Numbur. Chooyu. Nuptse, Lhotse Makalu and to the west Manaslu and Himalchuli five of the world's ten highest peaks. By night overlooking the charming sparkling lights of the Kathmandu valley, Nagarkot is incomparable. One can see many varieties of flowers and can enjoy the songs of the many birds in the morning . For overnight stop, there are every type of accommodation suitable for all class of tourist, budget to deluxe.