If you are in Nepal, the Himalayan Kingdom then think that you're no far away with one more another fascinating experience or event during your stay here in the country, the sight seeing program. Right start from when you get down to the Airport, the three major cities which constitute the valley is full of old heritage, the architecture, the people and the culture is fascinating.
Besides the sight seeing program within the valley, the hills of the Kathmandu valley and beyond is once again the new beginning for you to watch for the landmarks, culture, history and many more.
Pokhara, one of the example for those who loves nature and the no wonder if you're in the influence of the lord Buddha, Lumbini, the Birth Place is right there for you to provide more information about the Buddhism. Not only these places are full of natural pity but we swear that each and every moments you pass during your stay here in Nepal will be fascinating for you.
The Kathmandu Valley is virtually an open air museum of magnificent Hindu and Buddhist art and architecture. What makes this vibrant, if congested, old Asian city so fascinating is that it is a museum in full use today. No matter that a temple structure was built centuries ago for a religious community, it may be part of a active elementary school now, with soccer play, where monks or priests once danced and chanted. There are fifteenth century shrines and temples literally to the left and right as one walks, among crowds, in the busy markets. Hindu men, women, and children are often seen making their morning pujas (prayer offerings of food and flowers) in front of magnificent small and large stone deity images, some are ancient. Buddhists, with prayer wheels circling in their hands, are also observed making their daily Kora (walking meditations) around gleaming white stupas found in many parts of this religious city. Narrow, brick-paved curving alleys remind us of the vestiges of Medieval times among twentieth-century buildings. Hindu culture focuses upon the celebration of many festivals; each featuring dances, costumes, lights and decorations, often with bright marigolds strung in chains. Many celebratory activities are street parades, very accessible to visitors. There are colorful festivals to enjoy most months of the year.
Nagarkot, Dhukikhel and the Nagarjuna Hills are close in to Kathmandu locations for panoramic views of the Hiamalya. The great peaks of Dhaulagiri and Kanchanjunga can be seen from Nagarkot, on a clear day. Sankhu, Thimi and Bungmati are typical Newari villages where one can appreciate the Newar way of living. Gokarna is an old Newari village surrounded on three sides by the Gokarna Wildlife Reserve, one of the untouched forest of the Valley. One can ride an elephant or horse or play golf on an excellent nine-hole course. Also there is a renowned Gokerneshwor Temple, dedicated to lord Shiva, and constructed in 1582.
This glorious complex of buildings and monuments is the most vivid exhibition of seventeenth and eighteenth century Newari architecture in the Valley. Indian influence is very strong. Enjoy it on a walking tour.This fine multi-storey temple is the oldest existing one in Patan; it is dated 1392, and noted for its exotic wood carvings.This three story temple is dedicated to the Rain God Machhindranath. It is dated 1673. The temple's four finely carved doors are guarded by Lion figures. With gleaming two- storey roofs, this rectangular Buddhist monastery is one of the best known sculptures in the Valley. Its elaborately carved wooden struts are the oldest features like that in the valley. These four stupas were built by the Indian Emperor Ashoka, when he came to the valley spreading Buddhism 2,500 years ago. Only the remains can be seen today.
Only a short 30 Kilometer drive east of the Kathmandu Valley at an elevation of 2175 meters (7112 feet), Nagarkot provides a grandstand panorama of the Himalayas. The snowy peaks are magnificent at the sunrise and the sunset. Often visible are the Everest(8848 meters, 29,028 ft.) Lhotse (8576 meters, 28,135 ft.), Cho-oyo (8463 meters, 27,674 ft.), and Manaslu (8163 meters, 26,693 ft.), five of the world's tallest mountains. Nagarkot also offers good bird watching in the forest and short hikes in a peaceful hilltop resort setting. Only the wind and the sound of rustling leaves is heard at this favorite weekend getaway for those seeking Himalayan scenery and serenity at any one of several nice hotels.
At an elevation of 1,44o m (4,708 ft.), thirds town and resort area lies 32- Kilometers east of Kathmandu on the Highway towards Tibet. It is a small town with five-hundred year-old history. Street are lines with brick houses featuring carved wooden windows; sloping tiles of Pagoda temples and sacred statues abound. Nature has blessed terraced hillsides with clear views of more then twenty Himalayan peaks on clear days. There are fine hotels where one can stay.
Lumbini, a place where Buddha was born in 623 BC, is situated in the terai plains of the southern Nepal. The nativity site is marked by a stone pillar reected by Indian Emperor Ashoka in 249 BC to commemorate his pilgrimage to the sacred spot.
Listed in World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Lumbini is being developed as the supreme Buddhist pilgrimage and a symbol of peace. The Sacred Garden where the Buddha was born converges on the Ashoka pillar, which carries an inscription identifying the spot as the birthplace.
Temples and Monasteries:
The Lokmani Cula Pagoda, a gleaming gold and white structure gracefully soaring into the sky in the style of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, is also known as the Myanmar Temple. Nearby, the international Gautami Nuns Temple is a fine replica of the Swayambhu stupa in Kathmandu. There is also a guesthouse for pilgrims here.The magnificent China Temple, the Korean Temple, the Dharma Swami Maharaja Buddha Vihara and the Nepal Buddha Temple are all located in Sacred Garden.
The Lumbini Museum, located in the cultural zone, contains Mauryan and Kushana coins, religious manuscripts, terra-cotta fragments, and the stone and metal sculptures. It is also posses an extensive collection of stamps from various countries depicting Lumbini and Buddha.
Sarangkot and the Temples and Stupas nearby. Phewa Lake is in the heart of the city and will provide you the classic boating experience. Paragliding, Ultra Light Aircraft are just made for you to view the view the Annapurna range and spectacular view of the city.
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