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There are many things not to miss during one day Kathmandu sightseeing tour. We will discover Pashupatinath (Hindu Temple), Boudhanath and Swayambhunath (Buddhist stupas) and Kathmandu Durbar Square (Ancient Royal Palace). Himalayan Dream Team above all adds the famous Bhimsen Tower to the sightseeing tour!
Pashupatinath is the holiest Hindu Temple of Nepal. The temple is situated at the banks of holy Bagmati River. The temple is two-storied Pagoda structure temple where millions of pilgrims come to pay reverence to Lord Shiva every year.In Hinduism, Lord shiva is the God of destruction and reconstruction.He is also the Lord of all animals. Along with the main temple, there are numerous temples of other gods and goddesses.
Cremation(burning the dead body) openly is another major thing not to miss in Pashupatinath which takes place near to the holy Bagmati River.
Boudhanath is the largest Stupa of Nepal and second largest in the world. In Nepal approximately 10% of People are Buddhists and there are many sections in Buddhism.Boudhanath is related to Tibetan Buddhism and it is like replica of Tibet so here we see many Tibetan monks,souvenirs,monasteries.
Swayambhunath is also another Buddhist Stupa which lies on the top of hill. It is more popular by another name Monkey Temple. This stupa is believed to be emerged by its own some 2000 years back.It is related to Vajrayana Section of Buddhism so it is more Kathmandu Buddhism. From the top of Hill, you enjoy the magnificent view of Kathmandu Valley and also some mountains.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square is an ancient Royal Palace of Nepal.In the past, Nepal had many Kingdoms and within the Kathmandu Valley there were three Kingdoms (Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktpaur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square). Kathmandu is the most famous and was used as a palace even by King from another dynasty after conquering all the Kingdoms and uniting Nepal.The premises of the palace have many temples and monuments of archaeological importance. We also see the temple of living goddess Kumari.
Dharahara or Bhimsen Tower
A nine storey (61.88m) tall tower at the center of Sundhara. It is situated in the historical city of Kathmandu, and is a part of Architecture of Kathmandu recognized by UNESCO. It was built in 1832 by the Prime Minister of the time, Bhimsen Thapa of Nepal. Bhimsen Thapa built the tower under the orders of Queen Lalit Tripura Sundari. The tower has a spiral staircase containing 213 steps. The 8th floor holds a circular balcony for observers that provides a panoramic view of the whole Kathmandu valley.