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Kathmandu Valley

The Village of Woods

Kathmandu ValleyKathmandu Valley is the most important region in Nepal, the centre of political, commercial and cultural activities in Nepal. Most tourists in Nepal go right to Kathmandu valley. The valley, which was once a separate kingdom, now holds three fabled cities known for sightseeing, cultural and heritage tour - Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. The name Kathmandu literally means 'The Village of Woods'. The city has astonishing wooden architecture, hence the name.

Fast Facts
Importance UNESCO World Heritage Site
Festivals Goon la, Sa Paru, Yanya Punhi, Ehee, Tihar
Architecture Stupa, Pagoda, Vihara, Chaitya
Religion Hinduism, Buddhism, Newar Buddhism
Music Newari Music, Dhime, Bhusyaa

Major Travel Attractions
Kathmandu Valley is a cluster of world heritage monuments. In fact, seven out of the 10 world heritage sites in Nepal can be witnessed in Kathmandu valley tour. Sites like Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Changu Narayan Temple are priceless heritage of Nepal.

These are something which Nepal are proud of. Pahupatinath Temple is held in high regard by the followers of Hindu faith. Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square is also known for its architectural beauty. Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square are known for their historical importance too.

Cultural Heritage
The cultural heritage of the Kathmandu Valley is illustrated by seven groups of monuments and buildings which display complete range of historic and artistic achievements for which the valley is world renowned. The seven monuments include the Durbar Squares of Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu), Patan and Bhaktapur, the Buddhist stupas of Swayambhu and Bauddhanath, and the Hindu temples of Pashupati and Changu Narayan.

Getting Around
In Kathmandu valley, sightseeing can be best done on foot or riding a bike. Bus travel in Kathmandu but they take plenty of time in reaching their destination. They are very crowded too. For travelling around in Kathmandu valley, you can reach Bagbazar, and in Lalitpur, the central bus station is at Lagankhel. From Tripureshwor (in Kathmandu city) to Bhaktapur, trolley (electric buses) operate. Taxis and cabs are priced reasonably.

Kathmandu City has all kinds of places to stay, from expensive international style hotels to cheap and comfortable lodges. Thamel is the tourist quarter of the Nepalese capital. In general the lodges of Thamel offer a double room for with basic facilities like running hot shower facilities, flush toilets, foam mattresses and clean sheets. The money you give hugely depends on your bargaining skills.

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