Departure: Every Day
Pick up & Drop: From / to your hotel in Kathmandu
Trip Duration: 10:00 to 16:00 (6 hours)
Group Size: 2 to 20 people
Transportation: Private Vehicle
Cost: Cost Included
Kathmandu Durbar Square:
While browse around Katmandu Durbar Square you will visit Hanuman Dhoka, the old and historic palace of Kathmandu named after monkey God, Hanuman. It is historic seat of royalty. The Kings of Nepal are crowned and their coronations also held inside the court yard here. There is a statue of King Pratap Mall sitting on the stone pillar in the front and temple of Jagannath from mediaeval period . The Within the walking distance you will find the tall temple of Taleju from 1549 AD, the large stone statue of Kal Bhairav, the God of destruction,. the Big Bell and Big Drum and Hindu Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati peeping from window. Visit the temple of Kumari, the residence of Living Goddess within the vicinity. Kumari means the virgin girl. The girl is selected from Buddhist family. The building has profusely carved wooden balconies and window screen. Next a very interesting temple is Kasthamandap which is believed to be built from a single tree trunk and the name Katmandu is derived from this temple.
Interesting things to see in Kathmandu Durbar Square:-
Kumari (The Living Goddess):
At the West end of the square, is a beautiful house full of woodcarving of different God and Goddesses. This Palace is three storied and in this palace, lives the very famous living Goddess Kumari. Both Hindus and Buddhists equally venerate her. For Hindus she is the reincarnation of Hindu Goddess Kali. She is equally worshiped by Buddhists because she is chosen from Buddhist family. This shows the harmony between Buddhist and Hindus in Nepal.
One of the popular temples of Kathmandu Durbar Square is Kashamandap locally knows as Maru Sattal. It is believed that the name of Kathmandu City is derived from the name of this temple. Kastha means wood and Mandap means pavilion. And it is said that this temple is built by one single Sal (sorea robusta) tree. At the center of this temple, one can see the statue of a Hindu God Gorakhnath and in the four corners of the temple one can see Ganesh Statues.
Small yet the most visited temple of Kathmandu is Maru Ganesh. The people of Kathmandu valley believe that the four Ganesh in four corners of Kathmandu valley protect the peoples living in Kathmandu. Every day people go to worship this temple and especially on Tuesdays one can see a long queue of people waiting for hours to worship. Tuesday is considered the day of Ganesh.Other interesting things to see here are Mahadev Temple, Shiva Parvati Temple, Bhagwati Temple, Old palace, Saraswoti temple, Krishna Octangular Temple, Big drums, Kal Bhairav, Jagannath Temple, and Tal.
Swayambhunath / Monkey Temple is a 2500 years old stupa situated on a hillock about 77 m above the ground level and over looking Katmandu valley. The painted eyes on four sides symbolize the all seeing eyes of Buddha and are watching all the time wrong doers and good doers. Swayambhunath is a very religious shrine of Buddhists. In Swayambhunath there are two Buddhist monasteries within the complex and a temple of Haratima where both Buddhists and Hindus worship this temple.
Bauddhanath stupa is 6 km to the east of Kathmandu and is said built in 5th century AD. Bauddhanath Stupa is one of the biggest in the world and is ringed by Buddhist lamas and monasteries. Bauddhanath is aholy stupa for Tibetan Buddhists who come here in thousands in winter festival to pay their honor.
Pashupatinath is a temple of Lord Shiva – Pasupatinath with two golden roof and four silver doors situated five kilometer east of Kathmandu at the bank of Bagmati River. Pashupati Nath is being a holy place of pilgrimage attracts tens of thousands of Hindu pilgrims every year in spring. At the bank of Bagmati River one can also observe the cremation taking place.