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SWYAMBHU NATH STUPA [popularly called Monkey Temple] Located in a lovely little hill rock Swayambhu Nath Stoup is one of the most fascinating architectural jewels of the world. This great Stoup said to have been built around 250 BC. The Stupa of Swayambhu Nath stands on a typically stylized lotus mandala base - a long time ago believed to have originated from a legendary lake of Kathmandu Valley. This holy site in fact is the massive stupa complex ever built in Nepal. Hundreds of votive shrines and other historical monuments built in and around this stupa speak a lot about the significance and antiquity of this famed stupa. It is about 3 km west of down town Kathmandu.

DURBAR SQUARE Hanuman Dhoka Royal Palace
It is also known as Hanuman Dhoka, is a complex of temples and monuments including the Old Royal Place, the magnificent Taleju temple and the Kasthamandap.

Temple of Kumari ( The Living Goodess)
This is the residence of the virgin or living Godess Kumari, which is in the vicinity of the Hanumandhoka Royal palace. It is escorted by beautiful woodcarving, which shows the excellent skills of the wood carvers & carpenters of Malla period. The living Hindu goddess is chosen from a Shakya family which is the caste, Lord Buddha belongs to.

BOUDH NATH TEMPLE The classical stupa located at Boudha in the north east of the Kathmandu city. This is considered to be one of the biggest stupas in the World. The stupa having four eyes in four directions is symbolized as watch for welfare and behaviour of human beings. It is said that the stupa was built by King Man Dev as per the advice given by goddess Main ogini. The Lamas of Nepal who are real devotees of Lord Buddha always dwell at the surrounding of the stupa.

BHAKTAPUR (KHWOPA) Bhaktapur, literally means the city of devotees, is renowned for its elegant art, fabulous culture, colorful festivals, traditional dances and the typical Newar lifestyle. Nowadays people are referring Bhaktapur as the "City of Culture". It is spread over an area of 4.8 square Km., 12 Km east of Kathmandu, was founded in the 12th century by King Anand Malla. In spite of continual invasions by intruders and natural calamities, the historic city still boasts of superb arts and subtle cultudsfsddhists have drawn inspirations from each other through the ages.

PATAN This ancient city of Patan is also known as Lalitpur or the city of fine arts. It is full of Hindu culture, temples and Buddhists monuments. The Major tourists attraction of Patan Durbar Square, Krishna Mandir, Mahabuddha , Hiranyavarma Mandir, Khumbeswor , Narayan temple , Rudravarma, Acheshwor Mahabihar, Ashok stupa, Golden gate and National zoo.


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last updated 10 Oct 2002